parish church of St
James the Great in Radley was built in 1290. It is a beautiful
building with the original, and rare, wooden pillars still
standing. In the Civil War a battle in and around the church
led to the destruction of the north aisle and transept, giving
a rather lop-sided feel to the church. There is a fine peal
of bells and some interesting stained glass windows, many
of which represent the connection with royalty established
when the present rectory was a hunting lodge. The canopy over
the pulpit came from over the Speaker’s Chair in the
House of Commons during the Civil War.
Church was closed between June 2008 and February 2009 to allow
urgent work to repair damage caused by death watch beetle.
Reverend Pam McKellen
(Tel: 01235 554739) is the priest-in-charge of the United
Benefice of Radley
and Sunningwell. She is also priest-in-charge of St
Switchun's Church, Kennington.
details for the churchwardens and other church officers are
available on the church's website.
Please contact the vicar if you are interested in being confirmed
or if you have an enquiry about a baptism, wedding or funeral.
Church and Parish: A Brief History
illustrated booklet compiled by Radley
History Club gives information about the Church
and the village.
for sale in the Church, at the Post Office and at the
pattern of church services each
- 8 am Holy Communion
- 11 am Holy Communion (Family Service first
Sunday in month followed by short Communion)
6 pm Evening Service - 1st Sunday Holy Communion, 2nd Sunday
@Your Service (informal service using film, music, drama
or a speaker exploring a current theme), 3rd Sunday Sung
Evensong, 4th Sunday Iona Service (quiet and meditative
service using music from the Iona community), 5th Sunday
Songs of Praise
details of the services in the current and following weeks
are given on the church's website.
After the 11 am service, coffee is served in the Church
Room at which all the congregation are welcome.
Group meets on Saturday mornings in the church. Coffee
is served between 8.30 and 8.45 am followed by prayers until
9.15 am. All welcome. Contact Yvonne Milward (01235 530611)
for more information.
church is an active one, including a flourishing choir
and music programme under the energetic leadership of the
choirmaster David Beckett. The choir welcomes new members
(young and old) and particularly needs some more altos. For
more information, contact David on 01235 520520. Another active
group is the bellringers
- who like the choir are available for weddings.
is much provision for children:
- The Sunday Club is
held during the 11 am Sunday morning service (term-time
only) in the Church Room. Members join in the Family Service
on the first Sunday of each month.
- There is a creche in the Church Room under
the 11 am service for under 3s (contact Sally on 01235 535954
for more information).
- The Friday Club (church
youth group) also meets in the Church Room and is for all
children aged 8 to 13, whether from church-going families
YPs Club for people of senior school age
meet for 25 minutes during the 11 am service on the same Sundays
as the Sunday Club to discuss issues relevant to teenagers.
events for adults include:
Faith groups meet regularly every fortnight at various
times during the week either in people's homes to study the
Bible and share views and thoughts. Contact the vicar (Tel:
01235 554739) who will put you in touch with one that fits
with you and your lifestyle.
Church has a newsletter, edited by Emma Moore, email firstname.lastname@example.org
the church's website
for details of these and other groups.
well appointed Church Room next
to the church is available for village and church functions.
Parochial Church Council has published a Radley
Parish Local Information Handbook.
pictures of the church
information about people and activities at St James the Great
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