St James, Great Horwood
Welcome to the beautiful and ancient church of
St James, Great Horwood and Singleborough
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.
HRH PRINCE PHILIP, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Following the death of Prince Philip, we have made a few adjustments to our schedule of services, both online and in church.
As the national and established church, it is, of course, important that we mark Prince Philip's passing.
Please click here to access information about these changes and our recognition of his life and service.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 1ST MARCH 2021
As you will be aware, the decision was made just after Christmas to close Winslow and Great Horwood
for public worship. Although we were legally allowed to remain open, we were asked by Public
Health Buckinghamshire and encouraged by the Diocese to shut.
With many of our congregation now having received their first injection, and some their second, we are
planning to reopen for public worship on Palm Sunday, 28 March. We are pleased that this year we will
be able to celebrate Holy Week in St James, Great Horwood, and St Laurence, Winslow (please refer to
the weekly newsletter for details). Sadly, we do not yet feel able to reopen St Mary's, Addington, for public
worship. We will continue to offer online worship alongside physical, in-church worship, and this will
include services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. It will take some time for worship
to return to its pre-lockdown norms, but we hope and pray that by the end of June, things will look and
feel more normal.
We have been living through difficult and challenging times, and I know that some feel that we should
have kept the churches open for public worship, whilst others might think that we are being too quick
to reopen, so can I finish by offering some words of wisdom from St Paul:
'Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you,'
If we can keep these three virtues - kindness, tenderness, forgiveness - as our guiding principles,
then we will not only be an open church, but a healthy and attractive church.
Here is a copy of the Risk Assessment for services at St James during the present constraints
- click here.
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).
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.