Cradley Church, Herefordshire

Cradley Church

Welcome to the parish church of St. James the Great in Cradley. The Village of Cradley is blessed with a splendid historic church situated in the heart of the village surounded by 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. The church is open from 8.00 am – 5.00 pm in the winter and 8.00 am – 7.00 pm during the summer.

Why not support the work of the church and its maintenance by joining the Cradley Church 100 Club? Joining forms are now available.

During the first half of 2019 a significant programme of repairs was carried out at Cradley church, part of which was funded from a grant from the National churches Trust.

Daily Bible Passage for

Services in Cradley this week
Cradley Church Altar

Sunday 28 February 2021 at 10:45 AM
Live-streamed Morning Service

Please join online (or by 'phone on 0330 221 0097 with Access Code: 578-270-357).

Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 6:30 PM
Live-streamed Evening Prayer from the Rectory

Please join us online (or by 'phone on 0330 221 0097 with Access Code: 496-060-773)

Other services this week:

Our Rector
Revd Robert Ward

The Revd Robert Ward's ministry covers the parishes of Mathon, Cradley and Storridge, in addition to this he is also Rural Dean for the Ledbury Deanary.

The Rectory,
Rectory Lane
WR13 5LQ

01886 880438

The next Cradley event:
There are currently no up-coming events at Cradley Church, please be sure to come back and check again soon
The next Benefice event:
There are currently no up-coming Benefice events, please be sure to come back and check again soon

A MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR (updated 31 January 2021)

Although our church is open for private prayer during the week our services are all live-streamed from the Rectory as we continue to come together only 'virtually' online and by telephone. Please check the ‘services’ page of this website for more details.

Fundraising has been hit hard this past year, as have other crucial sources of income, including summer weddings. Since it's difficult at present to plan events of any kind which involve people coming together, could we ask you to consider making a special donation to your local parish church or even setting up a regular payment via the Parish Giving Scheme?

Thank you for your consideration.

Your Rector,
Robert Ward

'Virtual' Meetings in Lent
Lent book 2021


Join us in a light-hearted exploration of some more serious themes, through a story in weekly instalments during each week in Lent.

  • Burrington Spring – Part 1
  • Burrington Spring – Part 2 (released 27/2/2021)
  • Burrington Spring – Part 3 (released 6/3/2021)
  • Burrington Spring – Part 4 (released 13/3/2021)

There will be an opportunity to meet ‘virtually’ and talk these over each Thursday evening starting at 7.30 p.m., join online or dial in by telephone via 03302 210097 with access code: 192589309#.

If you know someone who would like to join in but who does not have access to the internet, please contact the Rector, to arrange a paper copy.

Live Lent 2021


#LIVELENT 2021 The Church of England's Lent resources theme for 2021, building on the success of recent years, is #LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story (based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele). Find out more, download the smartphone app., access daily reflections and a host of other resources via the Church of England's website.

Candle and Cross


During the lockdown the 'Newsletter Team' are unable to print and deliver the Newsletter as usual. However they will continue to produce the Newsletter every month. Subscribers can:

  • Read the newsletter online via the benefice newsletter website.
  • Contact the newsletter at and ask for a digital copy to be sent by e-mail

(During the lockdown there is no charge for access to the online/digital version.)

Subscribers who cannot access the digital copy of the Newsletter and who would like to request a printed copy can write to: Newsletter Editor, Barratts Cottage, Cradley, WR13 5NF

Normal deliveries with resume as soon as circumstances allow.

Praying at home
Candle and Cross


Are you looking for different ways in which you can pray at home (especially if you are social distancing or self isolating)? Here are some ideas:

BBC Radio 4 Long Wave - Daily Service at 09.45 a.m. See detals online

BBC Radio 4 - Sunday Service at 08.10 a.m. - See detals online

Prayer and reflection for healing and well-being - A resource produced by Hereford Cathedral - details online

Ways to pray from home - produced by Wakefield Cathedral - download

Stay in touch

Sign up to get our weekly news update emailed directly to you inbox (if you change your mind you can opt out again at any time).

* indicates required

"Like" Cradley Church on Facebook to see our latest posts. comment and message us.

Go to Facebook