St James Church, Temple Sowerby:

The Church is situated on the edge of the main village green and opposite the Victory Hall.

St James is one of three Churches in the Kirkby Thore Benefice and included in the ‘Heart of Eden’ Team Ministry.  The other two Churches in the Benefice are: St Michaels, Kirkby Thore and St Edmund, Newbiggin.



Rector:               Email:


Church Organist – Maeve Moore                017683 62005

Secretary – Mrs Anne Farmer                      017683 61770

Treasurer – Mrs Helen Morgan                   017683  61761

Church Warden – Mrs Angela Cleasby      017683 61534

PCC Member – Mrs June Cawley                  017683 61094

PCC Member – Mrs Laura Crackanthorpe   017683 61823




3rd Sunday at 10.45 am – Family Communion

Coffee or Tea is served 10.15 am onwards

When a 5th Sunday occurs the service is rotated within the Benefice

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Food Bank – The Church is a collection point for our local Food Bank. If you are able to donate any non-perishable items to help support those in need we would be very grateful. There is a box in the Church Porch where donations can be left. Thank you.


You may be interested to know that we now have permission to install disabled facilities at the Church and will be raising money and seeking grants to help with the work required. This will mean that the church will be more available to the community and can be accessible for more events.

Read an article in The Guardian newspaper about Sarah Lunn’s work with Listening Ear at Temple Sowerby Medical practice.

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The East Window

The East window was unveiled on 29th March 1925 and dedicated by the Bishop of Carlisle and consists of three lights depicting the crucifixion.

Made by Whitefriars Glass Company and installed by public subscription as a memorial to those who fell in the World War, bearing the inscription “The Great War 1914 – 18 John Dalston Boazman. Rex Jefferys, George Little, James graham Maclagan, Philip Whiteside Maclagan, Killed in action R.I.P.. Their name liveth for evermore”