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St James 

the Great


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In the Benefice there are other churches: 

St .John the Baptist, Mathon 


St. John the Evangelist, Storridge.




Welcome to the parish church of St. James the Great in Cradley.


Cradley is blessed with a splendid historic church set in beautiful rural English countryside. Black and white timbered cottages vie with up to the minute eco friendly housing. 


The history of the church is a fascinating one, however, the life of the church today is focused on forward looking worship and remaining relevant to the village population of today ... while the active bell-ringing group ensure that the village is still able to enjoy the sound of the church bells.


Details of the events and worship of the church are to be found on this web site, and it is hoped that visitors will enjoy browsing these pages and maybe visiting us in person. 


You can also catch up on the latest news and notices by visiting the 'News Sheet' page and downloading the latest weekly 'pew sheet'.  


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The church is open from 9 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. in the winter or 6 p.m. in the summer (it is closed on Wednesday afternoons for cleaning).


The parish church of St. James the Great is situated in the heart of the village.




Under guidance from Bishop Richard, our Rector, Robert Ward, has decided to take up a window of opportunity that currently exists within the Diocese for a short period of study leave, starting from 8 August and continuing through to 7 November.  The number of diocesan opportunities for clergy to engage in ‘study leave’ available in each year is limited.  As it is at least eleven years since Robert last took formal 'time out' in his thirty years of ordained ministry to renew and refresh his theological studies this opening is both timely and convenient as it falls in a quieter time of the church year.  Plans are in place to ensure that the life and work of the churches continues smoothly in his absence and these will (soon) be available on the church websites. Any queries can be directed to Churchwardens or PCC members, whilst Mike Vockins is happy to respond where a priest is required.  We look forward to welcoming Robert back as he continues his ministry within the Benefice and the Deanery in November.




© Cradley Parochial Church Council, 2015