All are very welcome in our village church. Services are usually twice a month at 9am.

The second Sunday in the month is a family service of approximately 30 minutes duration. This is an informal service organised by Reader Penny Davies, where young people are encouraged to participate through singing with the choir, helping demonstrate a story or by reading a prayer. The service on the fourth Sunday is one of Holy Communion using either the traditional prayer book service or a more modern alternative service. We are one of five parishes looked after by Father Michael Gollop who is based at The Vicarage in St. Arvans. He can be reached on 01291622064 or 07867 803479. We try and display forthcoming services on the church notice board and in the shop window. Details may also be posted on the Notice Board page of this website.

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Father Michael Gollop's contact details are:
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Church History

St James' Church began its life as Devauden school built by James Davies in 1814 at the expense of the Duke of Beaufort. It was the first national school in Monmouthshire.

James Davies (1765-1849) was schoolmaster at Devauden and played an important part in the development of the village during the early nineteenth century.
In 1827, Davies converted the school into a church at his own expense (£45).

The nearest parish church at Newchurch was felt to be too far away for the forest-dwellers to travel.

In 1837, he built a new school and house for himself next to church.

Almost 100 years before the arrival of the church, John Wesley (founder of the Methodist Church) preached his first sermon in Wales on Devauden Green in 1739.

The Parish of Devauden combined with St Arvans, which included Penterry, Itton and Kilgwrrwg in 1981.

The church is built of random sandstone rubble with Welsh slate roof and is a grade II Listed building.

Friends of St. James Devauden

St James' Church is there for you - providing the routine regular services as well as being there for Weddings, Christenings, Funerals, Christmas & Easter.

The Church needs your support - currently, it costs more than £6000 a year just to keep the doors open.

Do you live in the parish or the surrounding area and care about our Church?

Do you have personal or family connections with the Church? (e.g. married, christened or attended the church as a regular or occasional worshipper)

Do you care about our heritage and helping to maintain, preserve, repair & restore historic buildings?

If the answer to any of these is yes, would you consider becoming a Friend of St James Devauden?

Why? This is your opportunity to support the local church and give something to the village community.
Without your help we may lose something that James Davies worked so hard to provide.
You will receive information about events by email and will be invited to attend an Annual Meeting.
What? Please donate £10 per year (minimum donation, please give more if you would like to).
Less than £1 per month may not seem much but it could make a huge difference to the Church.

If you would like to become a Friend of St James Devauden, or give a one-off donation, please contact:

  Tina Jones

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