Welcome to the website of The Parish Church of St James the Great, Manston, in Cross Gates.

We are a member of the Church of England, and are within The Diocese of Leeds. Our church building, as well access to the Church Hall and Parish Office, is situated on Church Lane, a five minute walk away from the hustle and bustle of Cross Gates shopping centre and just around the corner from Manston Park. See the map on  for our exact location.

Whether you are visiting this site to find out about getting married in a church, to have your child baptised, to get to know about the range of children’s activities and groups which take place in our Hall week by week, or to come to worship with others at one of the various services we offer, we hope that you find what you are looking for.

If not, please use the contact details to get in touch with us and we will be pleased to try and help. Even better, come and see us to find out more, and to receive a warm welcome!

Carolyn James, Vicar


Sunday 15th March – Annual Parochial Church Meeting – 11am. Please pray as we once again approach this point in the Church’s year, that there may be people willing to stand for election, to share responsibilities and to assist in leading our church into the future. Also check you are on the Electoral Roll, and […]

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LENT at St James’ 2020

‘Steps on the way to a Faithful Lent’ Wednesday 26th February: Ash Wednesday Services, 9.15am & 7.30pm Eucharist, Short Address & Imposition of Ashes Ongoing during Lent…Opportunities to meet / study / discuss with others…Wednesdays, 10.45am-12.15pm – Study Group in Church 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March, 1st April- after the 9.15am Eucharist and a ‘cuppa […]

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Songs from the Iona Community

SATURDAY 6th June, 2pm-4.30pm. Churches Together in East Leeds are hosting a “Songs from the Iona Community” event and have invited JOHN BELL to lead  a Singing Workshop at Christ Church, Halton. Tickets £5 + Tin of food (donation for local Food Bank) To reserve a ticket, please contact / give your name to  your […]

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Confirmation 2020

PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION: This is a final call for anyone wanting to speak about preparing for Confirmation – please be in touch with Rev’d Carolyn.

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“IN-BETWEENIES” : Friday 21st February 10am – 12.15pm

Inbetweenies will be at St James’ Parish Hall, Sandbed Lane, LS15 8JB. What happens in-between ‘Here we go up to BETHLEHEM’ and ‘JERUSALEM Journey’? An invitation to come along to St James’ Church, Manston, for a morning of craft and activities, concluding with a short act of worship, for children up to the age of […]

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Parish Share

Did you know that each church in the Church of England has to pay it’s parish share? Our church share is £52, 917 in 2020. This pays for clergy stipends & housing, pensions etc. Could you pay a bit more to help us? It really helps if you can pay by direct debit. Why not […]

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2019 Christmas tree Festival Highlights

Christmas tree festival 2019 About 80 people gathered for the opening of the Christmas tree festival and the grand switching on of the tree lights. Much prosecco and mulled wine was consumed, and many mince pies and Christmas tree biscuits eaten! There were 18 trees in the festival, and along side the many church organisations […]

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Mission Statement

Our mission statement is: To be an effective sign of God’s overflowing love in this parish and the wider world

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PCC meetings

DATES OF FUTURE PCC MEETINGS 2019/2020: 14 May, 9 July, 17 September, 19 November 2019, 14 January 2020, 11 February and AGM 15 March 2020  

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Twitter account

Twitter account Follow StJamesManstonChurch @StManston

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