Welcome to the website of St James the Great, Birstall and Our Lady and St Nicholas, Wanlip.

If you are new to the area, welcome to this parish. 

We are the Anglican Churches in the area and serve the people of Birstall and Wanlip alongside our fellow Christians, the Methodists and the Roman Catholics, confessing together our faith in God through his son Jesus Christ.

Our vision is to be:

An open Christian community where people feel loved, respected and free to be fully themselves!

We do hope that you find this website useful.  We would love to hear from you.

We look forward to your joining us for a service or an activity or a group where you will be made very welcome. If we can make your visit any easier for you, please let us know.

St James is open for visitors every Saturday morning between 10am and 12 noon. Do drop by for a chat or for private prayer or to simply look around. 

Our Lady & St Nicholas is open every Wednesday afternoon between 3pm and 4pm for private prayer, chat or to look around.

Our next three events:

Wednesday 17th July
2:00pm - 4:30pm -
3:00pm - 4:00pm -
Thursday 18th July
9:30am -

Our Church Services

St James:

08:30am    Holy Communion

10:00am   Holy Communion on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays. 

                 All Together service on the 1st Sunday 

                 (This will not usually be a communion service)

Also is also a Thursday Morning Holy Communion service at 9:30am


Our Lady & St Nicholas:

Holy Communion service on the 1st Sunday of the month at 6pm

BCP Evensong on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays at 6pm

'Something Different' Service on the 5th Sunday

Open Church & private prayer on Wednesday afternoons betwen 3 - 4pm 


Our Church is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults, particularly the vulnerable, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. Our PCC has adopted the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement’.

If you have any needs, please let us know when you come or contact us beforehand if you want to check first.  The building is accessible and we have an accessible toilet.  We also have gluten free wafers if needed – please let us know when you arrive.

You can find our safeguarding and other policies on our Safeguarding page.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSC) is Annette Marshall and she can be contacted on 07946 732202 or by email: annette.marshall8@gmail.com or by mail at the church office (St Jame's the Great Church, Church Hill, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 4DJ).

If you have concerns about the immediate safety of someone please don’t delay in ringing the Police  on 999 or Children or Adult Services:

  • Leicester City Children and Adults Services (incl. out of hours for Children’s Services) – 0116 454 1004
  • Leicester City and Leicestershire Adult Services out of hours – 0116 255 1606
  • Leicestershire Children’s Service (incl. out of hours) – 0116 305 0005
  • Leicestershire Adult Services (daytime) – 0116 305 0004
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