St James’ Church


St James  was built via public subscription to create a church within the Parish for the growing Emsworth population who were, understandably, tired of trekking to Warblington for Sunday worship.  It continues to be the church which pushes forward and tries new things for the Parish and it is currently where you will find a wide variety of services, including less formal ones such as Breakfast Church and Wild Church.  This makes St James a church for all ages and everyone is welcome!

Our Sunday Services


Holy Communion

On the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month.

This is a quiet said Holy Communion service.  It offers a time for reflection and personal prayer as well as Bible teaching and Communion.



Family Service

1st Sunday of each month.

Our main Sunday service is at 10:00am and welcomes people of ages.  During the Family Service people of all ages stay together.

Our music is led by a band and the style is relaxed with some interaction and fun as well as heart-felt worship.


Holy Communion

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays.

Our Holy Communion service includes music led by the St James Choir, a strong choir of adults and children. 

We have groups for children and early teens. We also have a creche area where parents can go and be relaxed with young children (if they want to) but still listen to the service.



Breakfast Church

2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

To find out more about Breakfast Church click here.



1st Sunday of each month.

Our Sunday evening service pattern is in partnership with Emsworth Methodist Church and on the 1st Sunday St James hosts a Holy Communion service.



Wild Church

3rd Sunday of each month.

For more information click here.


Take a closer look

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St. James church was consecrated in 1840. It was sited in its current location to make room for free places for the poor, which could not be made available in the small St. Peter’s Chapel in the main square. Subsequently, had a gallery added and various additions to the building as the town and congregation grew.

Its most interesting feature is the main entrance “with its precarious looking belfry in an attenuated gable, its twin openwork turrets capped with dunces hats and single lancet window above a porch flanked by rows of Romanesque arches”.

The Emsworth Museum is a good place to go to find out more about the history of the Parish and of St James’ in particular.