St. James the Great
Church of England

We receive many requests for access to church burial records. These are available to the public and interested parties should contact the Stafford Record Office to view old records. There is a list of known graves in the church porch, and a list of burials harvested from over 300 years of records can be accessed by clicking the button below. There are burials and interred ashes listed, with additional information as available.

We support charities at home and abroad. Please give generously to YMCA in Rugeley where young people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, are given a place to stay and support in life skills.

Both ‘Morning Star’ and ‘Hands at Work’ are African charities which support children or adults who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in desperate need of help. See our ‘Charities’ page.

The churchyard regulations which are set by the Diocesan Chancellor have changed a little. They have always been designed to achieve a balance between sensitivity to those who have been bereaved and those who have to maintain the churchyard. You can read the diocesan leaflet ‘Hallowed Ground’ by clicking here.
St. James’ also has a tri-fold leaflet giving information and that can be accessed here.

Each week when practical, the pew sheet is put on this website so that you can see the details of the service for the next or last Sunday. It also contains details of the services, notices, contact details and more.

Welcome to the ‘Home’ page of the St. James’ web site. You will find all manner of information in the following pages and we hope you enjoy looking at them. Feel free to contact us using the information on the ‘Contacts’ page. Whether you need to contact the vicar or the Parochial Church Council, a Churchwarden or the Child Protection Officer, the contact details are there and you are invited to use them. St. James’ is a small parish church in a rural setting and although we could not compete with a city centre church for the activities we enjoy, much more goes on than one might imagine. From weekday services to concerts and school visitors, and churchyard maintenance parties, this lovely Norman church doesn’t sit idly between Sundays. Take a look at the events, services and special services pages, not forgetting and JAM Club and other regular and occasional events.

Newsletter for December 2017

We  are now in the season of Lent. It started on Ash Wednesday and culminates with Holy Week, beginning on 26th March and leads to Easter Day which is on 1st April. It is a season of fasting and prayer as we remember the events leading up to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, then his rising on Easter day when the sombre mood changes abruptly.

Do read Joan’s Christmas letter about Morning Star. It’s full of heartrending and heartening stories.
Keep them all in your prayers.