St. James the Great
Church of England

Each week when practical, the pew sheet is put on this website so that you can see the details of the service for the next or last Sunday. It also contains details of the services, notices, contact details and more.

Joan Adams, General Manager at Morning Star, sends us regular updates as to what is happening there; sometimes good and sometimes bad. Read the newsletter and pray for the people and the work being done there. The latest newsletter can be viewed by clicking the button below.

We receive many requests for access to church burial records. These are available to the public and interested parties should contact the Stafford Record Office to view old records. There is a list of known graves in the church porch, and a list of burials harvested from over 300 years of records can be accessed here. There are burials and interred ashes listed, with additional information as available.

We support charities at home and abroad. Please give generously to YMCA in Rugeley where young people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, are given a place to stay and support in life skills.

Both ‘Morning Star’ and ‘Hands at Work’ are African charities which support children or adults who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in desperate need of help. See our ‘Charities’ page.

A prayer group will meet in church on every first Thursday of the month. All are welcome.

Burial records

The churchyard regulations which are set by the Diocesan Chancellor have changed a little. They have always been designed to achieve a balance between sensitivity to those who have been bereaved and those who have to maintain the churchyard. You can read the diocesan leaflet ‘Hallowed Ground’ by clicking here.
St. James’ also has a tri-fold leaflet giving information and that can be accessed here.

Thanks to a very generous bequest from the estate of Mrs. Maureen Piper, a long-time supporter of the church in Longdon, we have been able to re-order the Stonywell chapel to make a lovely space for private prayer, and to replace the very unsatisfactory South entrance door with a beautiful bespoke one. Do come and see it all and take time to pray.


Now that the rush of Christmas is past we have some time to reflect on its meaning. On January 8th we celebrated the Epiphany, a time when we think of the Wise Men visiting the infant Jesus and the love of God being revealed to the world. Check out our Special Services page to see what is in store for the weeks up to Pentecost.