About St James

About Us

St James is the local Church of England parish church serving the area of the village of Westhead near Ormskirk, Lancashire.

The church is open for Sunday Services and our LIFE (Living In Faith Everyday) Bible discussion group continues to run weekly on Zoom.

St James Westhead is a friendly, welcoming church. As individuals we purposefully seek to grow in our spiritual life. Together, we strive to be a key part of our local community by sharing Jesus’ love through word and action and we have great links with the primary school in the village.

Further information and details of special services can be found on our A Church Near You page.

Vision Statement

Our vision is for our parish to grow spiritually and numerically through:

and be committed to

As we focus on this vision, St James will grow to be a Bigger Church and make a Bigger Difference

Meet Our Ministry Team

The contribution of all our church family supports our leadership and ministry teams.

Rev John Sephton

Officiating Minister

Ordained 2001, having a background in Agriculture, the Prison Service and a desire to share the Good News of Jesus.

Jayne Illingworth


Retired after 35 years in education. Love spending my time with my family and grandchildren and being a member of St James’ Church.

Barbara Westhead


Part of Westhead church since 1985, I’ve enjoyed serving as churchwarden for several years. One day I’d love to write a book about it!

Pam Jary


To enable God’s mission in this community & beyond, the stewardship of all gifts and grants received, is a responsibility and a privilege for me.

Judith Thomas


As new PCC secretary, I take on the administrative roles for PCC or standing committee meetings and dealing with correspondence on behalf of the PCC.

Meet Our Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Rev John Sephton

Officiating Minister, PCC and Standing Committee Member

Jayne Illingworth

Churchwarden, PCC and Standing Committee Member

Barbara Westhead

Churchwarden, PCC and Standing Committee Member

Sue Swailes

Deputy Churchwarden, PCC and Standing Committee Member

Peter Dickinson

Deputy Churchwarden, PCC and Standing Committee Member

Heather Doyle

PCC Member

Derek Williams

Gift Aid Secretary and PCC Member

Geoff Wright

Health & Safety and PCC Member

Sam Duffy

PCC Member

Jean Dutton

PCC Member

Judith Thomas

   PCC and Standing    Committee Member

Catherine Spencer

PCC Member

June Welsby

PCC Member

Giles Hooker

Deputy Churchwarden and PCC Member

Meet Our Youth Leaders

Moira McIver

Dave Savage

Janette Sephton

Dave Westhead

Kath Peacock

Marjie Tutte

Meet Our Representatives

Marjie Tutte

Safeguarding Representative

June Welsby


Electoral Role

We want to show the world that the Church is alive. Can we count you in?

We are looking for all those who consider themselves part of the St James Westhead church family to sign up as part of the electoral roll. It is a way of saying ‘I belong’ — it’s an act of commitment to the local church and to the Church as a whole.

It also enables you to vote at our annual church meeting (the APCM).

To be on our electoral role, you need to:

  • regularly worship at St James and have done so for the last six months, and/or be a parish resident;
  • be aged 16 or older;
  • have been baptised.

If you are unsure of the parish boundaries, you can view them here.

If you are eligible to join, we would love to encourage you to contact us or alternatively, download and complete the form here and email it to xxx or post it to:

Electoral Roll
St James Westhead
Vicarage Lane
L40 6HG


St James Westhead treats accessibility as a priority and has worked hard making the Church accessible to all to ensure that all visitors feel welcome. If you need any assistance during your visit please speak to any of our team or if you have any questions prior to your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The following facilities are currently available:

Hearing Loop

Large Print

Toilets (Braille Notice)

Disabled Toilets (Braille Notice)

Baby Changing Facilities

Ramped Access

Car Parking on Road Only

Location Information


ARCHDEACONRY: Wigan and West Lancashire

DEANERY: Ormskirk

BENEFICE: Newburgh Christ Church with Westhead St James


PARISH LEGAL NAME: St James Westhead

DIOCESE: Liverpool

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