St James' is one of 12 churches forming the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Parish in the Diocese of Llandaff, part of the Anglican Church in Wales.
We normally have regular Sunday services and activities at other times, but these are not normal times.
When the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the church will again be open every day for anyone who is passing to spend a few moments in prayer or contemplation - or just to look around.
We will be pleased to welcome new members of any age through baptism, to celebrate weddings and, when the time comes, to conduct funerals. We have a well-kept churchyard which remains open for burials.
Wedding at St James' Church
Chalice in hand 1
Altar and windows
Young people are very important to us and we are pleased to be associated with Wick and Marcross Church in Wales Primary School. The school normally holds services in St James' Church and is helping us with our restoration project.
The church also hosts various community activities. There are flower festivals, coffee mornings with exhibitions by local artists, presentations on health issues and activities in support of charities. It has even been used as a polling station.
St James' was the first church in Wales to have a defibrillator. This is for the benefit of the whole village and is kept in the church porch, which is never locked.
friends of st james' church
Apart from those who are normally able to attend services each week, there are many for whom St James' Church remains very important and who wish to ensure that it is there for future generations. The aims of this group of Friends are:
To assist in the repair, conservation and improvement of the fabric of the church building
To support the maintenance and upkeep of the churchyard
To support the use of the church in the daily life if the residents of Wick and those who visit the village
To encourage and support activities which underline the Church’s broader interest in the issues and concerns affecting all people – particularly in a rural setting
To encourage interest in St James’ church as an ancient place of worship, set as it is in close proximity to Britain’s earliest centre of learning at St Illtud’s church in Llantwit Major
Friends receive an annual newslatter and invitations to special events throughout the year.