Our church sits at the centre of Neston surrounded by buildings which are five hundred years old. Whilst the village is a sprawling one, St Philip & St James is next to the primary school and just a few hundred yards from the pub; essential amenities cheek by jowl. We have a history dating back to the middle of the nineteenth century and for over one hundred and fifty years the church has served the people of Neston for the main events in life and at times of national importance. Locally, we have engaged regularly with our community, with many outreach activities and environmental awareness initiatives. Lent Lunches, summer cream teas, harvest festival, patronal festival, fundraising events for local, national and international charities are major occasions in our calendar. A band of enthusiastic volunteers from our congregation ensures we can provide a variety of opportunities for fellowship. A committed PCC manages and organises the life of the church, supported by many helpers from the congregation. The church has an Upper Room which is used by several groups from the village and by the local school. It is also a social hub for some church activities. We take our environmental impact seriously and are working towards Eco Church accreditation by reducing our carbon footprint and by improving our relationship with nature. Our churchyard has won recognition as a place managed with wildlife enhancement in mind and young people help in the care of the space as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award activities. We have an enriching partnership with our neighbouring village church at Gastard and we share two services a month together.
Our worship programme includes a variety of services from Holy Communion and Matins to multi-generation services such as Café Church. The latter service attracts children and adults from across the greater parish and instrumentalists of different ages play in our music group which leads our singing. In recent years we have purchased a hymnal, a smart projector and screen plus a digital piano to augment the musical and visual contribution to our worship. A five hundred pipe organ provides traditional music for the appropriate services. Our monthly programme of services is as follows:
1st Sunday 10.00 Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Gastard
2nd Sunday 10.00 Morning Worship St Philip & St James, Neston
3rd Sunday 09.30 Café Church at St Philip & St James, Neston (with Gastard Church)
4th Sunday 10.00 Holy Communion at St Philip & St James, Neston
5th Sunday 10.00 Matins at St Philip & St James, Neston
The church is open daily for private prayer from 09.30-16.00hrs
Church Rise, Neston, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN139SX
Charles Todd, Churchwarden (01225810490)
Where to Find Us
Neston is a particularly sprawling village, with no defined centre, so places aren’t very easy to find. St. Philip’s and St. James’ church is in Church Rise, just south of Neston primary school (approximate postcode location: SN13 9SX). You can view the location of St. Philip’s and St. James’ church on Google Maps. and a more details description of how to find us is given here.
There is usually ample space on the road in front of Neston church for parking.