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Events and Fundraising

1811 - 2021: 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!"

Normally, 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 currently suspended.

Interfaith Prayer Gathering: Saturday 18th September 2021 at midday, Reynolds Park, Woolton - Meet outside the Walled Garden. Great Big Green Week will take place 18 – 26 September 2021, and will be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK. Christian churches celebrate the Season of Creation from 1st September to 4th October. We want to help raise the environmental awareness of our whole community. Therefore we welcome you to an Interfaith Prayer Gathering to unite in prayer for our environment.

Quiz Night Cancellation - It now seems that Saturday, September 18th might not be the healthiest or most profitable time to hold the proposed Quiz Night & Fish and Chip Supper. So, with regret, it is being postponed until the new year. Please pass this information to anyone you know who had been hoping or planning to attend. Sincere apologies for the short notice, and grateful thanks to those who have already spent a lot of time preparing for it, especially Richard and Pam. More news of other fellowship and fundraising events will follow in the next few weeks.

Prayer Event at St James’ - In response to requests and concerns from members of the Church family, St James will be open for silent prayer on Thursday, September 30th, 2021, between 12 noon and 2 pm. More details will follow in the next couple of weeks, but please put this time in your diary as a reminder if you would find it helpful to come along. Everyone is welcome to this drop-in event.

We have planned the following events, please put the date in your diaries and cross your fingers that COVID does not rain on our parade!

  • Saturday 16th October – Film Evening in the Church
  • Saturday 20th November – We are planning a Christmas Fair event

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! 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 it could be a monthly rota? We do have a gardening firm who come in fortnightly to cut the grass but there is weeding, general tidying, and small jobs within the garden areas. Margaret Dee has spent many hours making the gardens 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 and safe for children to play in and keep them spruce. None of the jobs are arduous and take very little time up. We can even offer a cup of tea or coffee and there are always passers-by to have a chat with over the garden wall. Please will you think about giving of your time? Please contact 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 centre 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 through 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.

The BENEVOLENT FUND is used to enable St James' to support named charities suggested by members of the congregation. If you would like to suggest a charity which we might support then will you please let a Steward Elder have details of the name and purpose of the charity, and details as to where our contribution should be sent. The rota for charities to be supported from the Fund is agreed periodically and details of each charity being supported are recorded in the weekly notice sheet.

DONATIONS UPDATES - A big thank you to everyone who donated and supported Christian Aid week. We raised £315 in cash donations, £260 on the e-envelope and £550 on the 300,000 steps in May challenge which has been completed. So the grand total is a fantastic £1,125. Once again thank you for your generosity, prayers and support.

We also received thanks from all the centres who benefitted from your kind gifts of money over the Christmas period. Here are a few comments from them:

Grace House; Women and Children’s Refuge accommodation – Thank you to everyone who donated gifts for our families here at Grace House. We are very grateful for all your kindness and thoughtfulness. Many thanks and best wishes from staff and families here.

Centre 56: To all at St. James Church. This is to acknowledge receipt of £100 cash donation over the Christmas period. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your generous and continued support. The money was used for the Children’s Christmas party and also for purchasing gifts for the children to take home. Once again, a huge thank you from all at Centre 56, we simply could not continue with the work we do without the help and support from organisations such as yourselves. Best wishes.

The Whitechapel Centre: On behalf of the Whitechapel Centre thank you for your recent donation of £295. We are very grateful to you for thinking of our clients at the Belvidere Family Centre this winter. The Whitechapel centre is the leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region. We work with people who are rough sleeping, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation. We are committed to help people find and maintain a home and learn the life skills essential for independent living. Your donations helped to make to make Christmas as good as it could be for families with whom we work. Because of your support and generosity our vital services remain open to all, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We know there are so many more people in Liverpool who still need our help, and, with your ongoing support, we will continue to offer help to anyone who needs it. Thank you.

Many other expressions of thanks have been received via phone calls etc. thank you to everyone for your support.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE GIFT DAY As an update on our gift day in place of our Christmas fair, can we thank you all so much. Giving was a huge help with our finances The gifts of time and money that you give to God through St James’ is really appreciated as without everyone’s’ dedication, support and sacrificial giving, none. of the good work that St James’ does in the name of Christ would be possible.

HARVEST COLLECTION Well done to all in the St James’ family, rising to the Harvest Collection challenge! We managed to fill 14 large bags during these difficult times. We took them to South Liverpool Food Bank (Bridge Chapel).

In July Jane Laverty walked the 30 miles from Woolton to Southport to raise money for UNICEF. UNICEF helps children in crisis. Now more than ever children need water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Congratulations to Jane for such an amazing effort and also on the fantastic amount raised!

RNIB STAMP COLLECTION BOX - Thank you for all your used stamps and please do keep them for when we can come in to church again. There is a letter of thanks from RNIB on the noticeboard above the collection box – please do read it.

SMALL CHANGE BUCKET - Thank you also to all those who drop in the pennies and small change. This bucket has been with us for many years now, going back to 1992! Please keep building your collection of change for when we can return to church - we are very grateful for your small change donations. Please keep your pennies dropping.

Thank you to all those who have made donations towards the cost of succulents and compost to renovate JIMMY the horse in the church garden. If you would like to know more, or make a donation towards the purchase of more plants, please speak with Roy or Lynne Barker. Don’t forget, you are welcome to use the church garden, perhaps to eat lunch or simply to sit and reflect.

There are always exciting events planned as part of our drive to raise funds for good causes and to pay for the church refurbishment, please see the Events page for details.

We are a Gift Aid Church - If you are a taxpayer, and not using the envelope system, please complete a Gift Aid envelope with your offering.