Our Story

The congregation met in a local school from November 1969 until February 1974 when we were blessed by the opening of the purpose built church centre building .

At this time St James was part of the parish of St John the Evangelist, Woodley. As the congregation grew the need for an extension to the building became necessary and this was completed in 1984.  Even with an enlarged building we soon realised we were short of space and used a large portacabin in the car park for our children’s work.



With the continuing growth of the congregation we required a further extension in 1991 to increase the size of the worship area  and provide better facilities for the congregations and other groups who were making use of the church centre,  including a lounge which doubles up as space for children’s work. During the building work we had to move out of the building and when we returned it was not only to a new building but with the desire to use it in new and different ways.


In 1992 St James’ became a parish within the newly formed Woodley Team Ministry; and since 2009 has been the Benefice of Southlake St James’ in the newly created Group Ministry of Woodley.


On April 1st. 2012 changes in the ecclesiastical parish boundaries of Woodley came into effect, dividing the town into 2 halves, north and south. This has greatly increased our parish size and now the Benefice of Southlake St. James includes Emmanuel Church which has Conventional District status.


Alexandra Place Gainsborough Close Parade, The – Coppice
Ambleside Close Greenham Close Pearson Way
Antrim Road Grays Crescent Penrose Avenue
Arundel Road Greenham Close Players Green
Ashwood Plymouth Avenue
Austin Road Harding Road Portrush Close
Harrier Close Premier Karting
Bader Court Hawker Way
Bader Way Hazel Drive Quentin Road
Beaufield Close Headley Road
Beech Court Headley Road East Raleigh Close
Beechwood Avenue Hearn Road Reading Road
Bibury Close Herald Way Redwood Avenue
Bideford Close Highgate Road Renault Road
Bodmin Road Holly Road Rickman Close
Bosworth Gardens Howth Drive Ridgeway, The
Bruce Road Hudson Road Rivermead Road
Buckden Close Hunters Court Rosewood
Burgess Close Roslyn Road
Burns Close Jerome Road Rushbrook Road
Jubilee Close
Caldbeck Drive Sandford Lane
Campbell Road Keats Close School Drive
Carlton Close Keats Road Seaford Gardens
Carpenters Close Keswick Gardens Shelgate Walk
Carrick Gardens Kingfisher Drive Shelley Close
Cartmel Drive Kingsford Close Silver Fox Crescent
Cedar Place Kipling Close Sopwith Close
Chaffrey Close Knowle Road Southlake Crescent
Chard Close Southlake Parade
Chequers Way Ladbroke Close Spitfire Way
Chestnuts Lanark Close Spruce Road
Clivedale Road Larch Drive Stonehaven Drive
Close, The Letts Green Sussex Gardens
Cobham Road Linden Road Sycamore Close
Colemans Moor Lane Lismore Close
Colemans Moor Road Livingstone Gardens Temple Mews
Concorde Way Loddon Bridge Road Tennyson Road
Coniston Close Lynton Close Triumph Close
Consul Close Lytham Road
Coppice Road Vauxhall Drive
Corbett Gardens Malone Road Vickers Close
Cottesmore Road Malvern Close Vincent Close
Crediton Close Manners Road Viscount Way
Crockhamwell Road Martin Close
Crockhamwell Road Meteor Close Wallace Close
Crossways Miles Way Walton Close
Cypress Road Millbank Crescent Wheble Drive
Moffat Close Wingate Road
Dartington Avenue Mulberry Close Woodlands Avenue
Drovers Way Munro Avenue Woodlands Court
Dunbar Drive Woodley Park Estate
Duncan Road Nightingale Road Woodwaye
Dundela Close Norton Road Woodyer Close
Norwich Drive Wright Close
Eastwood Court
Eastwood Road Oak Drive Yeoman Place
Evelyn Court Oak Way
Oban Gardens
Fairwater Drive Orville Close
Fawcett Crescent
Fitzroy Crescent
Fosters Lane