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Church Leadership

As a Church we worship together, pray together and socialise together. Itís hard work at times and lots of fun, but itís 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, we promise, get a very warm welcome.

If you need someone to speak to about Christenings, Weddings, Banns or a funeral, please get in touch with the Churchwardens and we can arrange a time to meet. Or indeed if you just want someone to share a problem with just give them a call. The Church is there to show the love of God, and in our own way at St James, the congregation and we hope and pray that we are doing just that.

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 specific roles:

Our two Churchwardens are voted in by the congregation annually. 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 Churchwarden is involved and involving but it shouldnít 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.

The Mission Team
Members of this team were prayerfully handpicked to represent different interests and activities within the life of the church. There are individuals concerned with childrenís 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 6-8 weeks.

The 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 Jamesí also takes its place in the wider life of High Wycombe Team Ministry, Wycombe Deanery and the Diocese of Oxford.