Welcome to the beautiful and ancient church of 

St James, Great Horwood and Singleborough




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.




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.





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,' 

(Ephesians 4.32)

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.

In Christ,



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).



Seek advice from our Parish Safeguarding Officer :

                         Chris Ryalls

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          or visit oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding

This Benefice has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy as our local policy.