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St James Church - Shilbottle

Regular Activities

Our activities and regular gatherings are open to all: contact the named person for further details

Pastoral Care

We take seriously the wellbeing of all our parishioners, churchgoers or not.

Initial enquiry:  contact Canon Colin Gough 01665 581100 or Margaret Weaver  01670  760163


Christian Exploring

Being Christian is something to be worked at all the time and we offer encouragement through participating in groups of people exploring things together:


  1. The Farriers Rise Group An evening group
  2. The ‘Pele House’ Group                                                                   A monthly morning group
  3. The Open Door Group A monthly afternoon group


Contact person:   Cynthia Bishop 575705


Groups for young people

 Jamie’s Sunday Corner    A group for little children, meeting in Church during the 10am Family Communion Service (2nd – 5th                                                                                                                  Sundays),exploring faith together

Messy Church    A quarterly gathering, often at the Community Hall, where the Christian exploring  for children is                                                                                                                          definitely ‘hands-on’, with crafts, songs, and a meal together.  Family groups welcome.

Rock Solid (Contagious)   A Christian group for those in school years 5 & 6, meeting at St James’ URC, Alnwick.  Thursdays in term time 7pm.

Blaze (Contagious)   A Christian group for those in school years 7- 11, meeting in ‘Costa’, Bondgate Within, Fridays in term time 7pm.

Contacts:  The Contagious Groups                 Claire Mead 07525 748728

                       Other groups                                     Cynthia Bishop  575705


Primarily for older members of the community

Afternoon Church comprises a short service in church, with one or two hymns, followed by a cuppa and an opportunity to have a good chat. The idea is that those who find being part of a full length church service difficult could at least spend some time in the building in both worship and fellowship, and catch up with people they haven’t seen in a while. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 2pm.

If you feel that this is something that might help you, then please do come along, you will be very welcome! And if you need a friend to help you get to church, they would be welcome too. We do now have a wheelchair kept in church if you feel the path is too much for you.

We also welcome support from our regular church worshippers, and other members of the community, who can add to the fellowship.



Just inside Church, there is a book in which we invite you to write requests for prayer, which will be offered as part of the regular worship.  You can also approach any of the ministers listed in ‘Scallop Shell’.  As a sign of your prayer, feel free to light a candle at the stand near the pulpit.

The Julian Group   Several of our church members attend a  gathering at Alnmouth Friary at 7.45pm on the 2nd Tuesday of                                                                                             the month (March – November) for half-an-hour of silent prayer.  We then stay for the short evening service of Night Prayer with the brothers.

Spirituality Northumberland     Opportunities to take your praying further:  see www.spiritualitynorthumberland.co.uk

Contact:  Canon Colin Gough  581100

 Craft Group

Meeting since just after the Second World War, the group gets together on Wednesday mornings to work alongside one another in individual or corporate needlework or quilting projects.

Contact:  Lilian Hume  575985


St James’ Singers

This group of men and women meets monthly to rehearse for making a musical contribution on special occasions in church and elsewhere.  Being able to read music is a bonus, but not essential.

Contact:  Margaret Weaver  01670 760163


Church Governance

Churchwardens and some Parochial Church Councillors are elected each year at the Annual Parochial Meeting in April.  The Council meets regularly to order the church’s ministry and mission.  It has several sub groups that have devolved responsibility for aspects of this work and most are a mix of PCC members and other church members:

All of the groups would be glad to hear from volunteers interested in contributing further to the work.

Contact:   Cynthia Bishop  575705

Scallop Shell  Our parish magazine is published ten times a year and reflects our activities and our work in the parish.  Copies are delivered to your door for £6 a year.  If you would like to receive it regularly, please contact Colin Gough 581100.