Church Life

The St James' Team

Rev Tony Berry

Rev. A N Berry

Parochial Church Council

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a team of clergy and lay members of St James'. It is responsible for the overall wellbeing, practical as well as spiritual, of Holmbury church, its members, and the church buildings. The PCC also has a duty to promote the mission of the church within the wider community.

The body responsible for leading the church along side the Rector is the Parochial Church Council or PCC. It is responsible for the overall wellbeing, practical as well as spiritual, of St James' church, its members, and the church buildings. The PCC also has a duty to promote the mission of the church within the wider community. Each year there is an Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) where church members have the chance to discuss matters and elect members of the PCC.

Michelle Bigland
Peter Borrowdale (churchwarden)
Peter Evelyn (churchwarden)
Lucy Harlow
Jim Hartley
Sally McCance (secretary). Parish office tel: 01306 737160 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 to 14:00.
Dominic Roberts
Hilary Swift
Peter Wrigglesworth

Services & Music

Services at St James' are generally:
1st Sunday - 10:30 Sung Holy Communion;
2nd Sunday - 08:00 Said Holy Communion, 18:00 Sung Holy Communion;
3rd Sunday - 10:30 All-age Service;
4th Sunday - 10:30 Sideways Church;
5th Sunday - Leith Hill Benefice Services at either St James', Christchurch, St Mary's or St John's.

8am Said Holy Communion: "I enjoy all forms of worship but my favourite regular service is the 8.00am Said Holy Communion. Usually our house is still quiet at 8.ooam on a Sunday, so I can slip out and join Tony and other early birds for some quality contemplative time. The service is taken from the Book of Common Prayer - a traditional Church of England liturgy. With no hymns, the service is brief and by the time I get home, the family are appearing for breakfast and I've missed nothing and haven't been missed. I'm in the right place mentally and spiritually for the start of the day and the coming week" Parishioner 6pm Choral Evensong: "When we first came to live in Abinger Hammer, one of the first things we did was look to see what services are available at the local churches and to our delight we discovered that Evensong was sung at St James where there is a wonderful choir which bring a special joy to the service . Why go to evensong? So we asked ourselves the question 'What makes Evensong so special for us? Each of us had deep memories going back to childhood. But there is more; The liturgy of Evensong is made up wonderful centuries old prayers, songs and psalms, in particular The Nunc Dimittis, the Song of Simeon; and the Magnificat, Mary's song. Here the core Christian beliefs are encapsulated. In many churches Evensong is no longer - low attendance often the reason given for its demise; but that is to miss the point - although the congregation may be small in number, the prayers at Evensong are said for everyone everywhere. As evening falls, we gather for a worship that is reverential, deeply prayerful and contemplative; a time to come to a place of stillness set apart where one also feels the silent witness of countless generations of worshipers down the centuries are with us. Yet also there is a strong sense of a close community coming together to be in God's presence, asking for God's love and support for the week ahead" Parishioner

Click here for details of services (and music) for the next six weeks or so at St James' and Christchurch. See the fservices for the year.

Get Involved

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Diocese of Guildford

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Guildford Cathedral
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Leith Hill Benefice