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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.

Event and Fundraising Activities

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.

The St James and St Peter's Christian Aid Quiz is on Zoom on Sunday 23rd May at 7pm, and we’d love you to join us! The quiz is free to join, suitable for children and adults, and is open to households of all shapes and sizes. To register for the quiz, please email Laura Jones (details are in the newsletter) by Saturday 22nd May - you'll then receive specific joining instructions and more details about the evening. We look forward to seeing you on 23rd May!

DONATIONS UPDATES - We have 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 chuirch 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.