Smisby Village

St James' Church Pages

St James' Church Home Page

Smisby Annual Parish Church Meeting

Smisby Annual Parish Church Meeting


The APCM should have been held by the end of May but with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting everything we had to postpone it.

The APCM will now be held at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 13th October in Smisby Village Hall.  Please note that we have been advised that a maximum of 7 people can attend.  We have notified everyone on the church’s Electoral Roll of the date and time of the meeting.

Church and Coronavirus

Covid-19 Update 9th October 2020



Smisby Church re-opening


Good news, the church has been given permission to re-open and will do with a service of Evensong at 5.30 p.m. on the 25th October.  Please follow the link to see the conditions that we all must satisfy when attending the church.


Click here for more information

Melbourne Parish Church Streaming Services

The Revd. Steve Short, the Rector of the Melbourne Benefice, of which Smisby is a part, is live streaming a service from his dining room every Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook while the churches are closed. Click here for the Melbourne Parish Church Facebook page

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.



Church News



Annual Parish Church Meeting


All parish churches have to hold an Annual Meeting at which the Church wardens and PCC members are elected. This meeting should take place before the end of May, but this will not be possible in 2020.


The Bishop of Derby has made a legal order which allows the Annual Meeting to be held later in the year but before the 31 October 2020. The order allows the current Church wardens, Deanery Synod representatives and elected PCC members to remain in office until the Annual Meeting can be held.


Canon David K Edwards
David is now in self isolation but can still be contacted. See ‘Who to contact at the church’.