Corsley & Chapmanslade Churches
St Philip and St James’, Chapmanslade
St Philip and St James’ construction began in 1866 and was consecrated on 1st
May 1867. Situated in the centre of the village with the school next door, the
church and school have a very good relationship. Average service attendances
are around 30, with more attendees on special services e.g. Harvest and
Christmas Crib Services. We share the same organist with the other churches in
the Parish, have a flower team and are a friendly and caring community. For the
past year we have been developing a monthly church and community coffee
morning in the local pub, with an attendance of up to 30 of all ages.
St Margaret’s, Corsley
St Margaret’s, a site of worship since the 12th century, is the largest of the three
Parish churches and the present church dates from the 1830s. It enjoys a regular
congregation of between thirty to fifty for Sunday worship and the church is
often nearly full for the larger services, weddings and funerals. The first and the
fourth services of the month are held at St Margaret’s, with the fourth service
usually being a shorter families service organised by the Lay Team. With bell
ringers, a choir and a superb organist, each service is a musical delight. In
addition the Festival Choir uses St Margaret’s to hold its concerts twice a year.
The church is always full of wonderful flower arrangements and we always enjoy
refreshments together after each service.
St Mary’s, Temple
St. Mary’s is a “chapel of ease” built in the late perpendicular style by the Barton
Trust and funded by Mary Barton in memory of her husband and son. The first
service was held in 1903. Services today follow the 1662 Prayer Book with
Matins at 11am on the second Sunday and 9am Holy Communion on the fourth
Sunday each month. An active and dedicated group of volunteers from the
congregation keep the church clean, polish brass, arrange flowers, maintain the
grounds and carry out minor building maintenance. Service attendance is
typically 15 to 20 with sometimes over 50 for festivals and significant services.