Inside St Mary and St John's churchInside St James churchSt James' Church viewed from the graveyard on South sideSt Mary and St John's Parish Centre
St James' Parish Centre
A very warm welcome from the Parish of Finchampstead and California!

Comprising the two churches of St James, Finchampstead and St Mary and St John, California the Parish of Finchampstead and California is a Church of England parish within the Deanery of Sonning, itself part of the Diocese of Oxford.  Our parish also has responsibility for the church of St. Eligius, previously the army garrison church at Arborfield.

See here for details on how to find us.  Our aim is to be a place where young or old can come to hear the good news about Jesus; to explore the Christian faith together; and to share with others the fun and excitement of being part of an active church community.Worship is at the heart of our church life and we have a wide range of forms of worship, as you will see from the Worship section of our website.

We hope you will find our website informative and useful and look forward to welcoming you to our churches.

If you have queries not answered here please do contact the Parish Office – alternatively take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.

Rev Canon Julie Ramsbottom, Rector

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Giving Info


Over 2,700 retailers, including Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis, Debenhams etc, are waiting to give money to our church. All you need to do is sign up as a supporter of the church (Parish of Finchampstead & California) on easyfundraising.org.uk and then go through their site for all your online shopping.
At no extra cost to you, the church will receive a percentage of your spend.
The church urgently needs money to balance the books.  Here’s something you could do today!  Please sign up. That ‘free’ money is only a couple of clicks away.  Thank you.

Whats happening in the parish?

The Google calendars below show planned services and other activities at our two churches.
Click on an item for further details (location etc.)
You can also download a printable (PDF) version of our latest Calendar of Events.

St James Church

St Mary and St John’s Church

St James on Google Streetview

Virtual Tour of St James’ Church

You can now explore the grounds and interior of St James’ Church on Google Street View!   Click here to start your tour.
Don’t miss the panoramic view from the top of the tower!

Thanks to Andrew Emptage of The Art Company in Wokingham for producing this tour.


Aerial Video of St James’ Church

We now also have this fabulous aerial video of St James’ Church and its surroundings thanks to Steve Powers who took this video using his small “quadcopter” with mounted high definition video camera…

This is purely a hobby for Steve but you can see further examples of his aerial filming at http://aerial-photography.hol.es/