Alison Finch is the Team Vicar for St James, Downley.
Hi, I’m the Vicar at St James
As a Church we worship together, pray
together and socialise together. It’s hard work at times and lots of fun,
but it’s worth it!
As you can see by the website we have
lots of events and special services that are coming up, it would be great
to see some new faces in church. You will, I promise, get a very warm
If you need someone to speak to about
Christenings, Weddings, Banns or a funeral, please get in touch and we can
arrange a time to meet. Or indeed if you just want someone to share a
problem with just give me a call. The Church is there to show the love of
God, and in our own way at St James, the congregation and I hope and pray
that we are doing just that.
May God Bless you.
Rev. Alison Finch.
Tel: 01494 5242213
Like all other Church of England congregations, we
have a structure which reflects the necessary partnership between the priest
and the congregation.
Joining our priest is a number of people and groups with
Our two church wardens are voted in by the congregation anually.
Their role is crucial and rooted in Church Law. They represent the
congregation on the Parochial Church Council and work closely with Clergy to
initially discuss our mission and ministry. The role of church warden is
involved and involving but it shouldn’t ever mean that the warden is the
person who does everything that needs doing. When it comes to active
involvement in the life of the church, we should be doing our best to
encourage as wide a sharing of responsibilities as possible, just as Jesus
did among his apostles. Clergy and the church wardens meet once a month.
Members of this team were prayerfully handpicked to represent different
interests and activities within the life of the church. There are individuals
concerned with children’s ministry, healing and wholeness, church attendance,
buildings and maintenance, music…etc. The team comes up with new initiatives
and take these forward for consideration by the Parochial Church Council, our
executive body. The Mission Team meets once every
Parochial Church Council (PCC)
Every organisation needs a solid group of wise and trusted individuals to
oversee and guide its work. The church is no exception. Our PCC is made up
from members of the congregation who have been voted in to work with the
priest on all matters concerning the inner and outer life of the church. The
PCC makes the decisions which truly have an impact on the church, and our
work in the community. It meets around four times per year.
St James’ also takes its place in the wider life of High
Wycombe Team Ministry, Wycombe Deanery and the Diocese of Oxford.