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St James' Church

Methodist/URC, Woolton, Liverpool, UK

In our heart is a commitment to follow the way of Jesus Christ and to share the love of God with all.

1811 - 2013: Over 200 years of witness and service

You are invited to join us in any of our events ,to see our wonderful refurbished Church and join our services! - "Come and see!"

The church is open for coffee every Tuesday morning from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, there is also a regular coffee morning held on the second Saturday of the month in our church hall - everyone welcome - 10.00 am - 12.00 pm. Please note Coffee Mornings are suspended.

We had an excellent Annual Church Meeting on Zoom and we welcome our New Steward Elders: Margaret Dee, Jan Underwood and Jonquil Dickson. Please pray for them as they begin their work as leaders of our Church

HELPING HANDS NEEDED! Who is a little bored, sitting at home, twiddling thumbs? Would you be interested in some easy, outside- in- the- fresh -air, garden tidying and maintenance? We really do need some help with the ongoing weekly maintaining of our church garden and hall grounds.

An hour (or two!) a week and if there were enough pairs of hands it could be a monthly rota? Now, we do have a gardening firm who come in fortnightly to cut the grass. However, there is weeding, general tidying to be done and small, odd jobs within the lovely, calming garden areas.

Margaret Dee has spent many hours making the gardens to the sides of church welcoming and colourful, and Roy takes great care of Jimmy (and he can be quite a handful, Jimmy, not Roy,) but that is only two pairs of hands!

The grounds to the side of the hall also need constant attention to keep them clear of weeds, leaves and the occasional sweet papers and chip wrapper, to keep them safe for children to play in and keep the area clean and looking cared for and spruce.

None of these jobs are arduous and if done on a regular basis take very little time up. We can even offer a cup of tea or coffee once the regulations are lifted and there are always passers-by to have a chat with over the garden wall. The smiles are within our masks but that adds to the fun!! Please will you think about giving of your time? Please Wendy Doig if you think you can help us. Many thanks.

Many thanks to Dan Holmes for his Facebook Live concert on Sunday evening (24th January), it was very enjoyable and much appreciated. We all listened as Dan shared his music and a story or two with everyone who joined. Dan is a much-valued friend of St James’ and we thoroughly enjoyed his concert. Hopefully, one day soon, we will see him and Sue gracing our church again.

Many, many thanks for your generous and caring donations towards our centres nominated for gifts during the Christmas season this year. As we could not hold our usual Gift Service, we asked for financial donations and are delighted to say in total we received £695.00. With this amazing amount we have been able to send:

£100 to Action for Children for their appeal to buy new pyjamas for children to wear on Christmas Eve. The local centre we support works from Ellergreen Community Centre in Norris Green.

£100 each was given to Centre 56 who provide Nursery and After School care for children in the Kirkdale area of Liverpool who are in home situations suffering from domestic and financial abuse.

Two Refuge centres, one in the North of the City and one close to us in the South. These centres offer refuge to women and children fleeing from domestic abuse. The money was used to provide presents for the children in the centres at Christmas time.

£295 was given to The Whitechapel Centre who provide and support families in distress at the Belvidere Centre. There were 50 children in the centre over the Christmas period who will have benefitted from your help. We have received a letter of thanks from the Whitechapel centre thanking us for our help and support.

Thank you once again for your generosity and kindness which helped all these centres provide toys, toiletries, sweets! and many other goodies to the children in need.

For many years we have offered a “Christmas Experience”, inviting children from Woolton CP School and the members of our Youth Organisations to come to church and share in the Christmas Story though Story Stations and activities.

This year we were keen to carry on our outreach and to try to offer something, particularly to the children from Woolton CP, although obviously not in church. In past years we have always given the children an item to take home with them, to remind them of the visit and what they have learned.

During our discussions we agreed that something we have all learned is that it is not “things and possessions” that are important to us in our lives, but “people and acts of kindness”. As such we thought that our theme this year would be “Give Your Heart for Christmas” so our “giveaway” was a small heart.