East Crompton St James

To follow Jesus in every way

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (AGM)





Welcome to our Website 

St James' Parish Church, East Crompton

On our site you will find resources, information and all you need to know about East Crompton St James, and its life as part of the communities which make up our town of Shaw.

We aim to have Jesus at the heart of everything we do, not only in church when we worship, but in our daily lives, work places, schools and homes.


 We Believe that our church, working alongside all the Christians of our community, is called to be a doorway to new life in Jesus Christ.

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN THAT CALLING: when anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation...

 In our Parish we have 2 worship centres: the Parish Church (pictured above) St James Street, Shaw, OLDHAM OL2 7TD established in 1847; and St Saviour's, Crompton Fold, Buckstones Road, Shaw, OLDHAM (below), established 1908.

St Saviour's is a Mission Church, and is fully part of the Parish of East Crompton St James.



St James was the brother of John, the sons of Zebedee. They were both fishermen, like St Peter. They were nicknamed by Jesus, ‘Sons of Thunder’, possibly because they wanted to summon fire from heaven to destroy a village which refused to offer them hospitality: such was their impetuous character and fiery temper!

 James was also one of the witnesses to Jesus’ agony in the garden of Gethsemane. James was also the first apostle to die for his faith, being put to the sword by King Herod Agrippa (Acts 12: 2). James is quite likely to have been a key preacher in Spain. The shell became a symbol of St James, since the shell was collected by pilgrims on their journey to Santiago de Compostella as proof of their pilgrimage there, where James’ relics, according to tradition, are still to be found to this day. There are over 400 churches dedicated to St James.


St James' in the stained glass at St James' Parish Church. He is depicted holding the Parish Church in his hand.











  • C/O Kath Moss & David Marsland, Churchwardens
  • St James Vicarage, Vicarage Street,
  • Shaw,
  • OL2 7TE

01706 847454