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

Remembering Queen Elizabeth 2nd

St James is open every day if you would like to light a candle, or sign the Book of Condolence. Last Sunday we remembered the Queen in a special service – you can read the sermon here

Next Sunday – 18th September – there will be a special Commemoration Service at 6pm, when we can share our memories, and reflect together on her Majesty’s life before the funeral on Monday.

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.

Forest Edge

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

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

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, even for singing. 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.

Regular Services

Every Sun at 8am and Weds at 12 noon – we have a BCP communion service.

1st Sunday 10:30 – Informal Service – Church

2nd Sunday 10:30 – Communion – Church, with Sunday Club for 4 – 10’s

3rd Sunday – 10am – Messy Church – all ages, all welcome! Starts with breakfast! In the Village Hall

4th Sunday 10:30 – Communion – Church, with Sunday Club for 4 – 10’s

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 also how the Churches of Alderholt responded to Coronavirus – if you need help, or can offer it, please get in touch. Also 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”

Rev Simon Woodley

Last updated 10th Aug 2022