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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 Church, and join our services - "Come and see!"

We have planned the following events, please put the dates in your diaries!

CAN YOU HELP? - Are you good with numbers? St. James is looking for someone to take over the role of church treasurer. We are also looking for someone to oversee the property management side of the connected Manse. Are you happy to do a reading or prayers of Intercession in a service - we have spaces in the Sunday morning service and on the Sunday afternoon telephone worship.

HELPING HANDS NEEDED! - We need help with the ongoing maintenance of our church and hall grounds. None of the jobs are arduous and take very little time. 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, can you think about giving  your time? 

Upcoming events for your Diary

Please put them in your diary and come and join the fun and fellowship.

HARMONY CAFÉ at St James’:

Come and join us at 6.30 pm on Sunday 30th January to sing some favourite hymns and worship songs to start the year. Due to Covid safety measures, we won’t be able to share refreshments this time, seating will be appropriately distanced and masks will need to be worn for the singing. You will receive a warm welcome though and our voices will be raised together in, slightly quieter, praise! Doors open at 6.00 pm. 

Please let Lynne or Roy Barker know if you plan to attend or have any questions

Monday Fellowship - change of date:

Dear All, with the Omicron version of Covid spreading so quickly at present and people being advised to work from home I suggest that it would be wise to postpone the Monday Fellowship to the end of the month, when hopefully things will be a bit better. I suggest that we meet on Monday 31st January at 2.30pm in Church, many thanks, Peter.

Peer Talk:

Interested in emotional and mental wellbeing and a good listener? PeerTalk is looking for volunteer facilitators for its new peer support group for people living with anxiety / depression in Knowsley. Training Day is on Sat 5th Feb, 10am – 4pm in Manchester (travel costs reimbursed). More details at or contact [email protected] Closing date for applications is 28th Jan. PeerTalk is a registered charity, initially funded by the Methodist Church, and is expanding its reach nationally to support people living with mental distress and overwhelm. A brand new peer support group is launching in Huyton. It’ll meet every Wednesday morning,11am – 12.30pm at The Old School House, St John’s Road, Huyton, LS36 0UX, starting at the end of February. The need for this kind of support is clearly evident in these difficult times. 

 It is good to see the peer support offering hope to those in a difficult place.

URC 50th Anniversary Celebrations:

Saturday 16 July – regional celebration at Parkgate and Neston URC.

Saturday 1 October – London Open House, thanksgiving service and Mersey coach trip.

Over half the tickets have now been allocated – please book here asap for The Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster London, if you're planning on attending. Don't forget to also book if you would like to join our coach trip to the Service via the Synod office or call 0151 722 6590. Copies of Celebrate Together, a new, colourful anniversary booklet by Sam Richards and Ruth White, are available to order from the URC bookshop. The book is free so please order as many as you can use. All churches will receive a pack in the next month containing worship resources, a drama, a quiz, posters and other resources to help with anniversary plans. The resources will also be available to download.

Worship Resources Competition - to celebrate the 50th, choirs, bands, individuals, songwriters, composers, and poets are invited to submit competition entries. There are four categories: • traditional hymn/song; • poem; • contemporary hymn/song; • rap.

Judges will select a winner from each category. The closing date for entries is 8 April 2022. The winning entries will be recorded and/or filmed in July 2022 for sharing online. For more information go here

Recent events:

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 ChildrenCentre 56The two women’s and children Refuge Centres which we support.

I have had thanks expressed by all those caring for and managing these units. As you can imagine Christmas time is difficult when in an abusive, sad, lonely situation. The staff in all these units are amazing in the care they give. For residents to receive gifts and in particular hampers of food which had been made up by staff, made an incredible difference. It is difficult enough to buy toys for their children and often it means that food shopping has to be put further down a priority list. 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 – e.g., toiletries 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.’ (YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by, and faithful to, our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.)

Thank you so much.  

Mission Action Group

 Over the last few weeks we asked for anyone who could to help by knitting some Christmas baubles for us to distribute. Thank you very much to all those who were able to help. Here are some pictures to give you an idea what they looked like finished, many thanks for your help and support.

St James Woolton Liverpool mission action group Christmas event
St James Woolton Liverpool concert
St James Woolton Liverpool evening event
St James Woolton Liverpool choir concert
St James Woolton Liverpool Easter cross inside

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 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.

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.

Dan Holmes leading St James with 'Sing Amen".

Explore Dan's music on the following link,