Welcome to the Parish of Cowley. Bringing Christianity to life. 

As part of the Cowley Christian community we are here to serve the community as a whole - children and older people, students and workers, believers and those who are searching. We would love to meet you and hear how your journey in life might meet ours. You can meet us for worship, at a lunch club, in a home group, at the Community Food Bank or just drop in for a chat. Use the links below to learn more.

Regular Worship Services                                          Social Events                                                     Festivals and Fun Days    

Our Vision

“To live out God’s purposes for us, make Christ known in Cowley and to raise up a new generation to love and serve the Lord."

Parish News

St. James Old School

Saturday 5 September at 11.00am.

There will be an Open Meeting at St. James Church Centre, about the old school site, for anyone interested in discussing ideas for the future use of the school building and site. Just come along on the day if you are interested.



Parish Healing Service

Thursday 10 September 2015 at 7.00pm

St. Francis Church, Hollow Way

A time for quiet prayer and reflection and an opportunity to seek special prayer for healing for yourself or for others for whom you care.



Film Club

Friday 11 September 2015 at 6.30pm.

St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

Film of the Month "A room with a view"

This is a PRIVATE film club showing excellent films. Members can each sign in one guest but if you would like to join the club so you can attend sessions please contact Rosanne Butler 01865 453257


Open Doors and Ride & Stride

Saturday 12 September 2015

St. James Church and St. Francis Church

Both churches will be open to receive visitors with refreshments on this day whilst others are invited to join the "Ride & Stride" to raise funds for the churches whilst visiting as many local churches as possible.  Details available from St James or St Francis churches or on 01865 747680


Coffee, Cake and Communion

Tuesday 15 September at 10.30am.

The Vicarage, 27 Dom Bosco Close (Tel: 01865 434160)

An informal time of fellowship, prayer and communion with great refreshments.



Harvest Festival

Sunday 20 September at St. James, Beauchamp Lane.   Services at 8.00am. and 10.00am with a shared parish lunch to follow

Sunday 27 September at St. Francis, Hollow Way.    Service at 10.30am. with a shared parish lunch to follow.   Ecumenical "Churches together" service at 4.00pm.



Parish Sunday Lunch

Sunday 20 September at 12.30pm.

at St. James Church Centre

Come and enjoy a full cooked Sunday lunch with other members of the parish for a very reasonable price. Open to all but ...     Please book in advance (by Wednesday 16 September) by calling the Parish office (01865) 747 680


Gardening Party

Saturday 26 September 9.30am. onwards

at St. James Church Centre.

Come and have fun, fresh air and exercise as we prepare the St. James Church Centre garden for another beautiful spring and summer showing. If possible bring your own tools but some will be available. Both heavy and light work available plus coffee and cake.


St. James Café

Saturday 26 September

10.00am. - 1.00pm

at St. James Church Centre

Join us for a coffee and a chat and take the chance to browse the stalls : books, cards, preserves, bric a brac and more. Great cakes and now with bacon butties!


St. Francis' Patronal Festival

Sunday 4 October at 10.30am.

Festival Parish Eucharist to celebrate the patronal festival of our patron Saint, St.  Franicis of Asisi.

All are welcome - bring the family.



Christmas Gift and Craft Fair

Saturday 14 November 2015

10.00am. - 2.00pm. 

St. James Church Centre

Christmas cards, toys, gifts, craft items, coffee and cake and much more.



Induction Service

Thursday 26 November at 7.00pm.

St. James Church, Cowley

Induction Service for our new Rector, Revd. Geoff Bayliss. During the service the bishop will welcome Geoff and Mary and induct Geoff into his new ministry in this parish. Refreshments will be served in the Church Centre after the service


Cowley Festival of Christmas Trees 2015

St. James Church, Beauchamp Lane

4 - 13 December 2015

Look out for more details of this ever popular Cowley festival!



We are pleased to announce than Revd. Geoffrey Bayliss has been appointed as the next Rector of the Parish of Cowley. His induction service will be on Thursday 26 November 2015 at 7.00pm. at St. James Church, Cowley. Geoff, a former science teacher with experience of parish ministry in Essex and wider responsibilities in the church as Rural Dean, is currently vicar of North Blackwater in the Diocese of Chelmsford. He will be moving to Cowley, with his wife Mary, later this year to begin his new ministry alongside the community at St. James and St. Francis churches, with our local schools  and to serve the wider community across the Parish of Cowley. 

- a journey which for most of us is life-long.