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St James' Church Pages

St James' Church Home Page

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

Church and Coronavirus

This is changing everyone’s lives and St. James is having to adapt to this new reality.


The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued guidance on what the individual parish churches should be doing to safeguard people during this time of change and challenge.


For the first time in many years there will be no public worship in any of the parish churches of the Diocese of Derby. Nor will there be any meetings or other activities. This is for the foreseeable future and we will be advised when it will be safe for these activities to restart.


For funeral, baptism and wedding arrangements please contact the Rector, the Revd. Stephen Short. See ‘Who to contact at the church’.


It is inevitable that things will change as the pandemic takes its course and the Bishop of Derby will be issuing fresh guidance to parishes as necessary.


If you wish to read the guidance given by the Archbishops, please

Read more: Church and Coronavirus

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 Services



Please note the update on coronavirus  There are no services for the foreseeable future and we will be advised when it will be safe for these activities to restart.


St. James is a ‘traditional church’ using the Book of Common Prayer; and services would, but for the coronavirus measures, be held at 5.30 p.m. 




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’.