Welcome to St James Church in Riding Mill.

In the Diocese of Newcastle and set in the beautiful Tyne Valley, we are the Parish Church in the heart of the village.  

The village is a lively community and we offer a place of Christian worship and welcome.

This website will give you some basic information.  Do contact us if you would like to know more about Jesus and our lives with him, or better still, come and join us at any of our services!

Visit our other pages for more information.

Towards the foot of this page you will find links to our Safeguarding infornation and some of the Diocesan web pages including, for Intercessors, the Prayer Diary, the e-bulletin and a letter from Bishop Christine.

Do scroll down.


Everyone is welcome to all events

Sunday 1st December

11am Coffee & Mince Pies B&B cake stall in the Millennium Hall.                  

St James Raffle Draw.

Churches Together Advent Service

             3pm Methodist Church led by Rev Marie Beard.

Friday 6th December – Christingle

6pm Workshop Millennium Hall.  6.30pm service at St James

Sunday 8th December

                        8am & 10am services Collection of Christmas Gifts for Cornerstone

2pm the film ‘Nativity’ in the Parish Hall (time to be confirmed)

4pm lighting of the Parish Christmas Tree (time to be confirmed)

Saturday 14th December – Choral Concert

           3pm Parish Hall. Haydn St Nicholas Mass and Carols. Tickets £8

Monday 16th December Christmas Communion Service

                       10.30am Wentworth Grange.    

Saturday 21st December – Churches Together Carols for All

          3pm outside the Parish Hall led by Rev George Proud

Sunday 22nd December – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

                     4pm St James' Church

Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Crib Service.

         4pm St James' Church

Christmas Day 25th December

                    10am Family Parish Eucharist led by Rev Mary Warner


Welcome to the website of St James’ Church, Riding Mill.

We warmly welcome newcomers and visitors to our church services, here at St James’, please check out the times of these below. We offer coffee and tea after both our main Sunday service and our midweek Holy Communion, a chance to meet us for an informal chat.

We also hold regular fundraising events throughout the year at St James.

Thank you for visiting our website. We would love to welcome you to St James’, Riding Mill in the near future.

Rev Lesley Chapman

We are saddend to announce that due to ill health, Rev Lesley Chapman has resigned as Priest-in-Charge at St James Church, Riding Mill.

This took effect on30th September 2019.

All enquiries about St James Church should be addressed to the one of the Churchwardens  - contact details below.

For ALL matters regarding St James Church, please contact the Churchwardens :-

    Roderick Duff  01661 842093      roderick.duff@btinternet.com

   Jenny Mathers 01434 682486      jennymmathers@hotmail.com

St James’ 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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