Our Priest in Charge,
Rev'd Diana Johnson

A short introductory note can be found on the About Us-People page

All enquiries about St James's Church should be addressed to either

The Rev'd Diana Johnson

The Vicarage, Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AT

or The Churchwardens

Welcome to St James's Church in Riding Mill.

A warm welcome to St James's Parish Church, Riding Mill; on the banks of the beautiful River Tyne in Northumberland.

During the Covid-19 Lock-down we are continuing to worship and pray, and keep in touch, using the church building where possible and taking advantage of our open spaces, too. Full details of our Sunday services, mid-week communion in church and prayer group on 'Zoom' - and our other activities - are on these website pages.

Although close to Newcastle and boasting a stop on the railway we are very much a village church which has always looked outwards to welcome visitors to and provided an inspirational place for village activities. The spire on the church building is a landmark from the main road and attracts many to stop, stay a while and maybe reflect a little.

Yet beautiful and distinctive though our building is, a church is about far more than mellow stone and vibrant stained glass. It's about weaving nets of relationship - how Christians in this place worship and serve God; how we serve our community; and how we try to put our money where our mouths are in terms of living out our faith as Jesus taught.

Like most churches we are very much a work in progress and we are always learning. Like most churches we make mistakes and have our faults and foibles (for we are too human by half). Through it all, we want to be a church worthy of its founder and so we keep trying, for Jesus’ sake.

There may be many reasons why you are looking at our website. Perhaps you are looking for somewhere to arrange a baptism (christening) or a wedding? Or find out how to deal with a death. Perhaps you or someone you know needs prayer? Perhaps you want to find a place to worship and feel at home or perhaps you want to find out more about what it means to be a Christian today?

Whether you are looking for help, worship, history or salvation these pages should give you a good start. But there is no substitute for the real thing – so get in touch or just drop in to a service or event. We look forward to seeing you!

Rev'd Diana

Click here to watch the Blessing for Riding Mill, written specially for St James's Church by harpist Lucy Bunce in 2021

For regular service details, click the button below.

Zoom details for the 10am Sunday service, 9.30 Wednesday service and 7pm Wednesday Prayer service all use the same link. Click on the button below:

 Churchwardens :-

   David McKenzie 01434 682771     mckenzie.d@btinternet.com

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IMPORTANT Coronavirus (COVID-19) & St James's Church

WORSHIP services at St James's have resumed
see Calendar for service details and arrangements

Please note the following points in respect of attendance at St James's.
These reflect the measures currently in place: 
 - pre-booking is no longer required
- the wearing of a face covering is required, unless exempt
- hymns will be sung (whilst wearing face coverings)
- social distancing measures will be observed
- doors will remain open during services
- communion will be taken in one kind

- 10am Sunday and 9.30am Wednesday services will be relayed on Zoom for those unable to attend
if you are not in receipt of regular parish emails and would like to join the service by Zoom please contact the website by email for joining details.


Further detail maybe found on the pages under Worship and Services

Please read the Guidance for the Congregation below

St James’s Pastoral Care and Visiting


We now have an established Pastoral Care Team in the village. All the team members are DBS checked.

If you  would like a member of the team to visit you, either at home or in hospital, please contact Lynda on 01661 886785.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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