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St James' Church Pages

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Church and Coronavirus

CHURCH RE-OPENING - Update 25th March 2021


Although the church will be opening for worship, we are still bound by Coronavirus regulations on maintaining social distance, avoiding contact with other people, wearing face coverings, keeping hands sanitized, etc.




Important: if you plan to attend the Easter service please ring Gary Margerrison to book a place for the Easter service on 01530 414453


There will be a service of Holy Communion for Easter Sunday in St. James Church at 5.30 p.m.


Please note the time of the service which is different from our normal pattern on Easter Sundays in the past.

Further details about worship on the Church Services page.


Please contact the Rector on 01332 864741 if you need to discuss wedding of funeral arrangements.



Church Services



Church Worship – April 2021


4th April           5.30 p.m.         Holy Communion for Easter

11th April         5.30 p.m.         Evening Prayer

18th April         5.30 p.m.         Evening Prayer

25th April         5.30 p.m.         Evening Prayer



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

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.