church Welcome to our new website! You'll find information here about our ancient and beautiful church, our services and organisations, and the ways in which we try to serve this community of Norton, Batemoor and Jordanthorpe , along with our ecumenical partners at Meadowhead Christian Fellowship ("Unit 3").

Norton was once a large parish, taking in Norton Lees, Woodseats , Greenhill and Hemsworth: everything northwards up to the Sheaf and the Meers -brook. The village centre was never very populous, for it was along the rivers on the edges of the parish that water-powered iron industries developed, particularly the manufacture of large blades (scythes, sickles, etc) and nails. Dairy farming was also important until very recently, and it will be remembered that as a boy about 1790, the sculptor Sir Francis Chantrey used to take milk, butter and eggs into Sheffield on his donkey. He attended Norton Free School - somewhat irregularly - and its very modern successor still shows our commitment to education in this parish.


Vacancy: Organist and Choir Director

to continue and develop a solid tradition of Anglican music. A small, experienced SATB choir sings Sunday Eucharist, with motet, and a monthly sung evensong. The church is popular for weddings. Brindley & Foster 2-manual organ. Remuneration within RSCM guidelines. Please apply with CV to the Rector:

You can view the full job description here: Organist17.pdf

Fr. Michael Morgan, 1945-2017. Rector of Norton 1989-1999

We have just been informed of the death in hospital, following a long illness, of Fr. Michael Morgan, former Rector of St James. He died at 2am this morning (Thursday 14th September) with his son at his side. His funeral will be held at St Mary's, Lapworth in Warwickshire where he was Rector until his retirement.

R.I.P. Per Crucem ad Lucem.

Vacancy: Mission Partnership Development Worker (S8 Partnership)

The Diocese of Sheffield has a vacancy for a an experienced administrator/development worker to work with the S8 Mission Partnership in Sheffield (four parishes in in Woodseats, Norton, Norton Lees and Greenhill). This new and exciting post with the Diocese of Sheffield is part of a six year project designed to provide mission partnerships with additional administrative and missional support in order to free up clergy time to enable them to focus more on mission.

More infomration can be found at

New Lights in the Churchyard

The original lights in the churchyard were installed in the 1960's and had not worked for a long time.

Last year, the church had an opportunity to apply for funding to renew them. An application was submitted and was successful, and the new lights were installed during February.


St James is now on Twitter!

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