St. James the Great

Church Lane, Gawsworth, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9RJ

Category: Religious Organisations

The History of Gawsworth St James the Great.

Previously, a Norman Chapel stood on this site, probably resembling the chapel which now stands in the churchyard in Prestbury. The walls of the nave were built of limestone in 1430 and the chancel and tower of pink sandstone in 1480. The splendid nave roof, barrel beam in design and unique in this Diocese, is five hundred years old and shows traces of its original brilliant colouring and gilt. The chancel roof is arch camber beam in construction and has rare panelled sections with tie beams. This was never painted but this and the nave roof are of exceptional beauty of design and in excellent condition.

The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the aumbry to the right of the altar. It is kept there for use in administering Holy Communion to people who are sick or are unable to come to the church, and to remind us of the ever constant presence of our Blessed Lord through the most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

The choir screen occupies the site of the original rood screen and was erected in 1893 to replace a similar medieval screen which had been destroyed. The cross and figures over the screen were added in 1978.

Sunday Services

All main services are based on the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Every Sunday - 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

1st Sunday - 10.00am Family Service for all.
6.30pm - Sung Eucharist (BCP)
2nd Sunday - 10.00am Choral Matins
6.30pm - Sung Eucharist (BCP) & Healing
3rd Sunday - 10.00am Sung Eucharist (BCP)
6.30pm - Evensong (BCP)
4th Sunday - 10.00am Sung Eucharist (BCP)
6.30pm - Evensong (BCP)
5th Sunday - 10.00am Sung Eucharist (BCP)
6.30pm - Devotion, Meditation & Compline.
Weekday Services
Every Wednesday - 10.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Please join us for coffee/tea served in the Church Hall after the Sunday 10.00am service.

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