Smisby Village

St James' Church Pages

St James' Church Home Page

Church and Coronavirus

The PCC met in February and decided that in line with government guidelines we would start having drinks after the service once more.  We know that some people value this time to socialise and have all missed this.  We are still encouraging people to be sensible about what they do and if people still wish to wear masks and maintain social distancing, we will respect that choice.


Church Services




Services in July – all services start at 5.30 pm


Holy Communion


Evening Prayer


Evening Prayer


Patronal Festival – special guest, the Bishop of Repton


No service at Smisby – there will be a Benefice Eucharist at Melbourne at 10.30 am


Services in August – all services start at 5.30 pm


Holy Communion


Evening Prayer


Evening Prayer


Evening Prayer



Church News



Patronal Festival

Every year we gather to give thanks for the life of St James the Apostle and God’s work across our parish. Join us for a celebration this year as we give thanks in our Evening Worship, when the Bishop of Repton will be with us and preach the sermon.  If you want to find out more about St James, follow this link: 
James the Great - Wikipedia



The Fallen from Smisby

Thanks to more research by Garry Margerrison we now have finally identified the details for all of the fallen that we remember at Smisby. We now have not just their rank and service numbers but where they died and where they are buried including those from WW2 on who we previously had no information.

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Access this URL ( Fallen from SmisbyThe Fallen from Smisby 121 kB

Read more: The Fallen from Smisby

St James' Church



Hello and welcome to the web pages for our ancient village church.


St. James Church stands on a hill above the village and has been a place of Christian worship for more than 900 years. 


There are four churches in the group we belong to – Melbourne, Smisby, Stanton by Bridge and Ticknall.


Our Rector is the Revd. Steve Short who leads a ministry team of Clergy and Readers.



Please take a moment to click on this link and peruse the  St. James Parish Church Parish Safeguarding Policy


It sets out our policy and what to do if you have safeguarding concerns about the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities.