About Us

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St James on a misty February morning 2019 © Steve Tucker

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The Parish Church of St James the Great is at the heart of the village community of Hanslope. St James seeks to be a focal point for worship and prayer whilst serving local people, providing pastoral care and holding community events for all ages. Since Norman times Hanslope has been united with the neighbouring parish of SS Simon & Jude, Castlethorpe.

Following the example of Jesus, our worship and faith keeps the celebration of the Eucharist at the centre of what we do. The congregation has grown significantly over the last fifteen years or so and includes people of all ages. St James has a busy ministry to children and young people. In addition to local residents, St James also welcomes worshippers from nearby villages and from Milton Keynes and Northampton too.  We look forward to welcoming you.

Our Parish Priest is Fr Gary Ecclestone SSC, and he is ably assisted by our assistant Parish Priest Fr Adam Burnham SSC, and retired colleague Fr Robin Carter SSC. The parish is cared for by the Bishop of Oswestry.

Epiphany 2023

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This parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community. The parish Safeguarding Policy and further information and contact details are in our Safeguarding section, click on ‘Church Matters’ above.

Join our new Sunday afternoon walking group which starts on Sunday 14th September

Sunday afternoon walking group – meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month – check “What’s On ” section for details of the next walk.


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