St James, Great Horwood
Welcome to the beautiful and ancient church of
St James, Great Horwood and Singleborough
CORONAVIRUS: Please note that because of the threat from the Covid-19 virus we are unable
to provide public worship at the present time. We continue to hold a service each Sunday in
St Laurence but without a congregation. Instead, these services are being video recorded and
made available for viewing through the internet. In order to view the service please click on the
If you miss the live link then you can find a recording of the service in the Videos menu of the
Update on 1st July 2020.
I thought I would write again regarding the pattern of worship across the benefice starting this Sunday
5th July. Before I provide some details of what to expect, I would like to express my thanks to all who
have made online worship possible over the last few months: Mark and Didier for leading worship, Derry
for the music and of course Emma for all of the over and above duty hours she has put in. Your support,
encouragement and challenge are deeply appreciated.
We are now entering into a new phase where we will be offering both online and physical worship. The
online service will be recorded Thursday evenings and issued, as a premiere, at 9.30 on Sunday
mornings. If you are still shielding or are nervous about attending church in person, this might remain
the best option for you. As you know, we are, broadly speaking, adopting the pre-lockdown pattern of
benefice worship, but sadly won't be able to provide services at Addington in the short term. The only
significant difference is that we will also be providing an additional service at 6pm in Winslow. Except
for the 8am Book of Common Prayer services at Winslow, there will be recorded music at every service;
thank you to Charlotte and Janthea in Great Horwood and Derry and the choir in Winslow. The 6pm
service will be a little shorter than the 9.30 and 11am services. I also need to thank the wardens, who
have been working incredibly hard to produce comprehensive risk assessments and have thought long
and hard about how we manage seating and flow.
We are operating in a complex environment and inevitably we will all (clergy very much included) need
to make considerable compromises in our approach to worship. It would be pointless to try and explain
every aspect of how worship will work (we will on Sunday), but I thought I thought I would provide a
few pointers to manage expectations:
- We do need to record the name and contact details of everyone who attends a service. Please do
consider arriving earlier than you normally would so this information can be collected.
- You will then be guided to a pew by a steward. It is important that you then remain in your pew.
- Please do not turn to speak to those in the pews in front or behind you. We will be using every
other pew to maintain 1 metre plus social distance. Please also try to keep touch to a minimum.
- We are asking that you remain seated for the entirety of the service (including for the Gospel, the
Creed and Eucharistic Prayer). The only time you stand should be when you come forward under
the guidance of a steward to receive communion, which will be made available in one kind only.
- Please do participate in the liturgy but at a normal speaking level of volume and from memory as
will not be distributing orders of service.
- We have placed a piece of marking tape on the floor, please do not move beyond this to receive
- The priest will be wearing medical gloves and a protective visor for the distribution of the sacrament.
- No words will be exchanged.
- The wafer will be gently dropped into your hand to avoid touch.
- There will be no collection during the service, but you will be able to give through a retiring
collection. If you don't currently give through a direct debit/standing order, can we encourage you to
consider doing so.
During the Eucharistic Prayer, including for the act of consecration, only the priest's wafer will be
uncovered. The ciborium, in which the consecrated bread is kept, will only be opened when the priest has
put on the medical gloves and visor. At the end of the service, a steward will invite you to leave on a
We have worked incredibly hard to make the worship, online and physical, as dignified and vibrant as we
can. We are all looking forward to a return to normal and we will get there in time. Please, in the
meantime, take heart that whenever and wherever we say, 'The Lord is here,' he genuinely, always, in all
times and in all places, is, by his 'Spirit is with us.' We look forward to continuing to hear from you and
see you on Sundays, either in person or online.
In Christ, Andrew
Here is a copy of the Risk Assessment for services at St James during the present constraints
- click here.
We are also offering weekly prayer resources. Please click on the links below.
Please read 'The Parish Pump' for further information (see top menu).
St James is now open again in a very limited way. The only purpose for entering the church,
other than attending a funeral, is private prayer. In all cases, this must mean individual
prayer and silent prayer. Areas such as the loos, serveries and vestries remain 'out of bounds.'
Where you can sit or kneel to pray will also be highly restricted. All three of our churches and
the communities in which they are set are different, and the approach that has been agreed
reflects these differences.
In Great Horwood (St James'), we will be opening the church between 10am and 12 noon
on the 20th and 27th June and will then reassess the policy in light of experience, demand
and government policy. If you would like to pray in the church at any other time, please contact
the wardens (June Margerrison (01296) 714554 or David Brazier 714712).
INFORMATION ABOUT ST JAMES'
As you leave Winslow and turn right heading for Great Horwood you will soon see the Church Tower of St James. The Church is centrally sited in the High Street of Great Horwood. Click here to be taken to a map of our location.
A fascinating article appeared in The Buckingham & Winslow Advertiser, 1st August 2014, as part of local historian Ed Grimsdale's series 'Back to the Past'. In it he has condensed an article which appeared in a Detroit newspaper in 1881 describing an American's experience of bellringing at St James'. Click here to read the article for yourself.
SAFEGUARDING: WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE
Seek advice from our Parish Safeguarding Officer :
or visit oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding
This Benefice has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy as our local policy.