SAINT JAMES THE APOSTLE
PARISH OF QUEDGELEY AND KINGSWAY
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
“To place Jesus Christ and his Gospel at the heart of our praise and worship and fully identify with the well-being of this Community”
A SHORT HISTORY
Saint James parish church is a medieval (12th Century Church, once known as Saint James and Saint Mary Magdalene) the church site goes back to 1095. The parish church is situated in School Road Quedgeley, on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester.
Originally a rural and farming community under “a manor” with historical links with Whaddon and Saint Llananthony priory. It is believed that King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn passed through the parish and were greeted on Quedgeley Green they may well have stayed at Quedgeley, visiting the parish church for Holy Mass in the 1530’s, hence the name Kingsway.
Our Worship is “Common Worship” dignified and modern in its presentation, led by the clergy, and members of the Local Ministry Team.
OUR MAIN SUNDAY SERVICE IS AT 10.30am EVERY SUNDAY
The church also offers other services on other days of the week. Members of the PCC, led by the Churchwardens, work hard to raise funds, organise social events and to enhance the church and its surroundings. Today we exist in a growing community with a modern housing and business estate at Kingsway, formerly a RAF base.
Our emphasis is on Mission and Outreach towards the whole community of Quedgeley and Kingsway and since July 2012, we have taken seriously the need to identify more and more as a church congregation with the wider local community. These aims within our Mission and Outreach policy have already resulted in a well-established and successful:-
Mums & Tots Group called CHATTERBOX every Tuesday at 9.30am
A group called CHIT CHAT for the elderly every Thursday at 10.00am
A thriving Family Worship and Praise group every first Sunday of the month called STJ’s at 10.30am.
As a major undertaking, we are in the process of a restoration and re-ordering project with the aim that the church building should serve the community better both in its principle purpose of worship and in many other community based initiatives. For this we need to continue to raise funds.
Our Health and Safety Policy is in place and available on request.
Saint James PCC March 2014
Welcome to Our Web-Page
If you SCROLL the pages of this web-site you can read and see for yourselves the “Litany of God’s Blessings” on this parish.
QUEDGELEY with its 12th Century church has been dramatically transformed in the past 20 years or so from a very rural farming environment and village to a bustling and vibrant community.
KINGSWAY, historically has always been part of the parish of Quedgeley albeit in the days when it was a Manor, Farms, green fields and orchards. Today Kingsway stands as a hive of activity and population with new housing, business and social enterprises. The development of Kingsway brings the total parish population to around 15-16 thousand.
THE PARISH CHURCH goes from strength to strength with a regular Sunday congregation of about 80-90, and an ever improving place at the heart of the community.
AS you will see through our web-pages there have been many new and fresh innovations to compliment established and ancient historical past. You might like to read my letter under Rector & Parish Priest which gives something of the flavour of our shared joy of the past and our hopes and aspirations for the future
I am proud to be the Rector of this parish, following in a long line of priestly and rectoral succession which goes all the way back to AD 1210 and beyond.
Take a look inside this site and see for yourself the diversity and outreach of this parish and church – Good reading
With Prayer and every Blessing
Rector of Quedgeley and Kingsway