Welcome to St James’ – a small church with a big heart

We are trying to get closer to God, to live better lives, to make a difference in the world, and be more truly the people God meant us to be. We are inclusive, and open to questioning and challenges.

Regular Services

Every Sunday at 8.00am – BCP communion service.

1st Sunday 10:30am – Informal Service in Church with Sunday Club for children 4-10 and Sofa sessions for young people 10-14.

2nd Sunday 10:30am – Communion in Church, with Sunday Club for children 4 – 10’s and Sofa sessions for young people 10-14.

3rd Sunday – 10am – Messy Church in Alderholt Village Hall – all ages, all welcome! Starts with a full English breakfast.

4th Sunday 10:30 – Communion in Church, with Sunday Club for children 4-10 and Sofa sessions for young people 10-14. Evensong is at 4.00pm.

Covid Restrictions

Please don’t come to church if you have symptoms or test positive for covid. There is sanitiser available. Masks are currently optional. Communion is now distributed at the altar rail, and there is the option of intinction (dunking).

Teas and coffees are back to normal after the service.

Coming up……

2nd April – Palm Sunday – Communion Service starting with a procession from the Church hall

4th April – 8.00pm Worship and prayer in the Recreate marquee

5th – 7th April 8.00am Morning prayer in the Recreate marquee

6th April – Maundy Thursday – 6.00pm Communion with feet washing at St James’ Church followed by watch night until 11.00pm

7th April – Good Friday – 2.00pm Hour by the cross

9th April – Easter Sunday – 6.00am Sunrise Service 10.30am – Easter Service at the Recreate Marquee

Forest Edge

This is our great church-run cafe, in the Reading Room on Station Rd.

Now open – Mon – Weds, 9:30am – 1:30pm

To find out more about Eco Church – click here

Dorset Accordian Orchestra

We were delighted to welcome the Accordion Orchestra for a concert. Listen to a clip on the DAO website for more.


Thanks to all who made 2022 so special – see the highlights video here

Under “News” you will find our weekly notice sheet and prayers and other resources

Browse under “News” to archive video talks or downloadable files to read of past sermons and talks. Also see the music from our organist.

If you’re interested in seeing what some of us have been up to then look under “Activites” and “Recreate”.

If you want to be inspired, or your just curious, watch the films about the building of the church hall, 30 years ago in “St James Church Hall”

Revd Simon Woodley