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……

21st February 2023 – 5.00pm-8.00pm Pancake Event at Forest Edge coffee shop in Alderholt Reading rooms. Drop in for a free pancake.

22nd February 2023 – 12.00 noon Ash Wednesday service

5th March 2023 – We will be having a simple Lenten lunch of Soup, bread and fruit after the 10.30am service in the Church Hall.

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