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Jacobstowe Church of St James

Serving the community of Jacobstowe and outlying areas

Dear friends…

From Reverend Leigh Winsbury

At St James Jacobstowe we aim to be a friendly and welcoming church where we look to be people who are centered on the Word of God as a ‘lamp to our feet and a light to our path’.

Life is often confusing and difficult for many reasons, so we hold out to you the offer of help in finding Jesus as the foundation for life. Those of us who have done this know Him to be the source of life, peace, joy and security; and we don’t want to keep Him to ourselves!

Why not come along to one of the services here in this beautiful church and see what a little illumination could do for you? You are always most welcome.

Team Vicar:
Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Everyone is very welcome to the church, be it for services or non-secular activities and can be assured that they can participate safely. Safeguarding is of primary importance to us and the church has a safeguarding policy and officer.

The active community group makes full use of the church, which is the only public building in the Parish, and welcomes all in the community and visitors to their activities.

The members of the PCC

Why not take a moment to consider your faith?

Faith Guide
Faith Guide…
Faith Guide
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV)

Regular Church Services at Jacobstowe Church of St James

Church Services
Morning Prayer Common Worship
Holy Communion BCP/Common Worship
Clergy Quarterly – BCP Evensong

Traditional services including Plough Sunday, Harvest Festival, Carols and Patronal are held as appropriate.

All services are followed by refreshments.

Church Services Calendar & other Church events

Please be patient while the calendar loads…


Wise words from figures in history…

Notable Quotes
Notable Quotes…
Notable Quotes
But just as your body needs sleep, your soul needs time to rest in God. To learn more about Him. To talk to Him. To worship and praise Him. To fellowship with other brothers and sisters.

Craig Groeschel

Contact the Jacobstowe Church team

Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Team Vicar: Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Churchwarden:  Duncan Michie

Telephone: 01837 851961

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Judith Westlake

All safeguarding enquiries are treated with absolute privacy and discretion.

Telephone: 01837 851996

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Admin: Hilary Winter

Telephone: 01837 851718

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Lay clergy:
Canon Prof Michael Winter OBE

Reverend Gillian George

Team Curate: Reverend Gillian George

Help for Visitors

Opening Times, Accessibility, Worship, & MUSIC & ABOUT THE BUILDING

Regular opening times

Monday to Sunday: 9am until 4pm.

Closing times

When are we closed: Sometime, when?


Wheelchair friendly

Removable ramp to allow access to the church

Toilet with disabled access in a separate building to the west of the tower

Assistance dogs welcome

Little Ellacroft meadow car park is to the North of the church

No hearing induction loop

We do not have a Church car park

Worship & Music


Book of Common Prayer Services

Common Worship

Miscellaneous help for visitors

Misc 1

Misc 2

Misc 3

Misc 4

Misc 5

About the building

Listed Grade II

Find the Church & more information

Jacobstowe Church
Devon EX20 3RF

Church hall hire

Apologies, we do not have a church hall for hire.

Events & activites

Jacobstowe Church of St James history

The Church of St James, which is a Grade II listed building, has visible evidence of its early 12th century origin in the Norman porch doorway, the font and possibly the stone altar to the right of the porch.

Excavations of the nave during the reordering scheme in 2015 revealed late Saxon eastern and western wall footings. The latter, being apsidal in shape, caused much excitement within the archaeological community due to its rarity, and is considered to be pre-Conquest possibly even 7th century in origin. The “stowe” place name, which suggests a pre-Saxon holy place, reinforces this possibility.

The reordering work, which included movable pews and chairs, has enabled the church to be used for a wide variety of uses by the community whilst retaining its primary function as a place of worship

Safeguarding Policy

We take the safety of everybody in these parishes very seriously.

If you or someone you know is being abused, is at risk of being abused, or presents a risk to others, or if you have concerns but are not sure, our Safeguarding Advisor is here to give advice and support in confidence.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Judith Westlake, Telephone 01837 851996, Email.

You can also contact the Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding Team on or phone 01392 294929.

If there is an immediate risk of harm to you or anyone else please call 999 and report your concern to the police. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer Judith Westlake can support you in this.

Our full safeguarding policy is explained here on this page, along with information about a range of local and national organisations that can help.