In 2022 we will be celebrating 800 years of worship at St James in Mangotsfield. We want to leave a legacy which lays the foundation for the next 800 years.

The congregation of St James have spent decades planning renovations to the Church building – but in June 2019 we are finally ready to begin!

Back in the 1950’s, the PCC of the day recognised the lack of toilet facilities in the Church, and began to think of ways to solve the problem. Since then, many plans were designed, but none were ever quite right. Over the last few years our PCC have and leadership team have made a breakthrough and have developed ambitious plans to renovate the Church building, creating a flexible space to use to serve our local communities.

We want to retain the historical importance of our building but also make a Church fit for current needs and preserve the future of worship in this place.

We have a vision of a church building which is:

  • Fully open to serve the communities of Mangotsfield, Emersons Green and Lyde Green
  • Fully accessible to everyone, no matter their needs
  • Sustainable and energy efficient
  • Comfortable and welcoming
  • Flexible
  • Future-looking

Time Scale:

The Church will be formally handed over to the construction company on Monday 10th June, just after the weekend of Mangotsfield festival and Pentecost. It is envisioned that the project will take around 6 months to complete, meaning we could be celebrating Christmas in our newly renovated church!

However, this is all funding dependent. We have managed to raise 80% of our building costs so far, but we need all hands-on-deck to help raise the final bit.

Over the past few months we have seen amazing efforts to raise as much money for the project as possible – plays, coffee mornings, flower arranging demonstrations, sweetie making and even a silent auction for theatre tickets! Combined, the community of St James have raised more than £7000! If you have a burning idea of a new and fun way to raise funds, please do get in touch as we’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to support the project, and you are able, you can give a one-off or regular payment dedicated for Create800 at our virgin giving page here:, in cash, or by standing order.

View the latest project update here:  Latest Create 800 Update