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.

Christmas Services

Please join us for any of our Christmas events or services:

Saturday 10th – 4:30pm Alderholt Stables Christmas Play.

Monday 12th – 8.00pm-9.00pm – Cranborne Choir Event in St James’ Church, refreshments served and collection for Church building funds.

Wednesday 14th – 11.15am – Carols in Forest Edge coffee shop.

Friday 16th – 6.00pm – Beer and Carols in Alderholt Sports Club.

Sunday 18th – 6.00pm – Carols by Candlelight in Church with Millstream Orchestra.

Friday 23rd – 7.30pm – Carols at the Churchill.

Christmas Eve – 4.00pm Crib Service- 11.00pm Midnight Mass.

Christmas Day – No 8.00am Service – 10.30am Parish Communion.

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.

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. Evensong is at 4.00pm every 2nd Sunday.

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.

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