Welcome to the website of Oddingley church. Part of the Bowbrook Group of parishes, St James is a small, tranquil church on the outskirts of Oddingley village, surrounded by beautiful Worcestershire countryside. The church is highly valued as a particularly homely place of worship, and within its ancient stone walls many people feel especially close to God and to the many generations of people who have worshiped here before. You will find details of all our services, to which everybody – local or from afar – is very welcome, on the Services page. You can find out about the surrounding area on the Bowbrook & Beyond page.
The church is the final resting place of many souls, most famously the Reverend Parker, the village parson who was gruesomely murdered nearby in 1806. The hunt for his killer gripped the attention of the nation for a time, but the case remained unsolved for nearly three decades before the truth was, at last, revealed. You can find out more about the story of this historic church on our History pages, including about the Oddingley murders.
We do hope that you enjoy discovering more about St James’ and about Oddingley, and that you may perhaps visit the church itself. No tour of the churches of Worcestershire would be complete without Oddingley. Details of how to find us and useful contacts if you would like any further information about the church can be found on the Contact Us page.
The church community also hosts a number of fund-raising and social events, which are listed in our Events page.