Events and Fundraising
1811 - 2021: Over 200 years of witness and service
1811 - 2021: Over 200 years of witness and service
You are invited to join us in any of our events, to see our wonderful Church, and join our services - "Come and see!"
CAN YOU HELP? - There are also always have places in the Sunday morning service (and on the afternoon telephone worship) for readers.
Plus we need help with the ongoing maintenance of our church and hall grounds - none of the jobs are arduous - can you think about giving your time?
Upcoming events for your Diary
Upcoming events for your Diary
Coffee mornings will start again this week, on a trial basis till the end of May, but on THURSDAYS (not Tuesdays as previously). Tea, coffee, biscuits and toasted snacks will be available starting May 5th from 09.30 to 11.30 a.m.
Royal Jubilee Celebration:
The Mission Action Group are planning to create a 70-year timeline highlighting events across the Queen’s reign. We are particularly keen to collect any personal connections or memories of that period you may have, e.g. personal stories, memorabilia, photographs, etc... Please contact Lynne Barker or Kate Cook as soon as possible to let them know what you may be able to contribute. Precious items and photographs will be safely collected nearer the time.
Christian Aid week finishes on the 22nd May:
St Peters’ are organising a quiz night on 20th May and St James has Star for a night on Saturday 21st May 7.00pm to 9.15pm, live performances from our very own, home grown talented individuals, with refreshments, raffles, glow sticks and stars for our younger guests. It will be a great night of fun and entertainment and all proceeds are for Christian Aid. Tickets are £5 adult, £3 children and £15 for a family, are available from Jane and Tony Laverty.
If you would like to donate separately to Christian Aid there will be envelopes in Church on the 22nd May or if you would prefer to give directly, St James' has an e-envelope, just use the following link: https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/envelope/st-james?channel=copy
Important notice from Girls’ Brigade:
Everyone at St. James’ is invited to our Girls Brigade jubilee party on Thursday 26th May 6.30-7.30pm. Please pre-book your seat and join us for refreshments and cake, contact Jayne McLaren to book tickets.
St James’ Show in A Week is back:
We are excited to announce that this year we will be rehearsing & performing Madagascar JR . After 2 years, we are hopefully able to celebrate our 10th year and look forward to welcoming back returning families and in welcoming new families too! Please share the information and news with any families who you think may be interested in joining us - dates for this year are Monday 8th to Sunday 14th August with the pre-show workshop and auditions being held on Sunday 26th June. Please note all children must be able to attend all dates to be involved, contact an elder or Amy Bates direct for a form or more information.
URC 50th Anniversary Celebrations:
Saturday 16th July – regional celebration at Parkgate and Neston URC.
Saturday 1st October – London Open House, thanksgiving service and Mersey coach trip.
Over half the tickets have now been allocated – please book asap for The Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration if you're planning on attending. Copies of Celebrate Together are available to order from the URC bookshop. All churches will receive a pack containing resources to help with anniversary plans.
Your monetary donations are vital to the running and future of St. James Church, please contact Margaret Dee if you would like to change your giving to a Standing Order or join the Weekly Envelope scheme (out now). Also, if you are a UK Tax payer, please consider Gift Aid, as the Church is able to claim 25% from the Government at no addition cost to you (for example, for every £10 the Church would receive £2.50). We thank you for your continued support.
Recycling at St. James’:
Please note we will no longer be offering donation boxes for batteries, ink cartridges and spectacles as all large supermarkets now have used battery collection tubs and some also take ink cartridges, plus spectacles can be taken to several chain and some independent opticians.
We have recently resumed our beautiful flower displays in Church each week. If you would like to donate money for flowers on a particular Sunday - perhaps in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a happy event - please speak to Jonquil Dickson who can add you to the calendar.
Also, if you would simply like to donate for flowers so that we can make sure all Sundays are covered, please speak to Jonquil. At present, we have many dates available, especially Easter Sunday. We will then deliver those flowers to people after the Service. If you know someone who you feel would be blessed by receiving flowers from Church please speak to Jonquil or a steward. We will also need some more volunteers to take flowers out to people.
Scout Section News
We have got off to a quick start this year. Lots of cooking – pancakes and Chinese New Year. Beavers and Cubs have been on an activity weekend at Kingswood, Colomendy, Scouts have done a evening hike circumnavigating round Woolton and Squirrels have been busy building dens and drays. 2021 was a hard year for everyone but we have emerged stronger than ever - our annual census adds up to over 100 members, we are pleased to welcome Clare Elman as Squirrels leader plus we have 3 assistants in training. We wish to keep scouting affordable so have taken the decision not to increase our fees for this year.
Looking forward we have managed to get bookings for Wingding as it returns this year to Taud Vale - it is a brilliant weekend attraction with 2,000 beavers and Cubs from across Merseyside, plus our Scouts have camps and hikes planned - we are hoping and planning to get back to a more normal programme this year! We appreciate all the help and support we have been given from St James', thanks Skip / Colin
The Benevolent Fund collection for Bradbury Fields taken on 27th March amounted to £207.05. A huge thank you to all those who donated to this extremely worthy cause.
The Samaritans Challenge - Pam Alexander has now completed my 310,000 Steps in March fundraising challenge for The Samaritans. She has been overwhelmed with the generous support of her church family and friends who have sponsored, supported and prayed for her during this challenge. In total, Pam walked approximately 132 miles and raised £460 in total. If you have not yet given your sponsorship donation, can you please let Pam have it within the next couple of weeks. Many thanks, once again, for all your support!
The Benevolent Fund collection for the Afghanistan Emergency Appeal totalled over £270.
Thank you to those who supported the Roy Barker & Friends Christmas Concert, a good time was had by all, and especially those who made additional donations for the Foodbank. The final figures are now in and £400 has been sent to South Liverpool Foodbank via Bankuet (for every £1 donated through Bankuet, more than £1 worth of food is delivered to the Foodbank, thanks to bulk buying) and £335.28 went to St James’ Church Development Fund.
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 challenge which has been completed. So the grand total is a fantastic £1,125. Once again thank you for your generosity, prayers and support.
THANK YOU to everyone who so kindly donated gifts of money for the charities we have supported now for some years. You donated £540 and this wonderful amount was shared out between Action for Children & Centre 56. We have had thanks expressed by all those caring for and managing these units. Your donations have helped so much towards making Christmas a happier time for so many families. We also used some items left from our Christmas Fayre and these were taken to a YMCA centre in Liverpool and Sefton area and the letter received from the support practitioner said, ‘ Your generosity will make a difference for some of the most vulnerable people in our city, thank you so much.
A huge thank you to all the church family for the very generous gifts of food and money made to share with Princes Park Community Centre and All We Can (the Methodist Home and Overseas Mission Fund). Tins and packets were donated along with more than £400. May God richly bless all those who have given and those who will receive.
Thank you also to all those who drop the pennies and small change in our small change bucket. This bucket has been with us for many years now, going back to 1992! 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!