CENSING: Celebrating All Saints Day with L'Arche at St James's, 5 November 2017
With Christmas approaching, The City Circle and St James's Church are pleased to invite you to an Interfaith Peace Feast to celebrate the season of joy and goodwill. The evening seeks to bring together young people under 40 (and the young at heart) from different faiths to meet over a shared meal and discuss their commonalities, particularly the importance their faith plays in their life. This is a chance to talk about your generation's big questions with people of your generation. Peace Feasts always involve lots of delicious food! This time there will be falafel salads, grilled halloumi and Eton mess. Get your tickets here via Eventbrite
ROB LEADS WALKING BOOTS ON SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017
North Downs revisited – 9 miles – mainly grass with a hint of mud
This walk takes us on a gentle climb from Effingham Junction up to the Polesden Lacey estate on the North Downs (visited by King George VI and birthplace of Rob’s father). Lunch in a National Trust café, before heading to the top of the escarpment and then down to Box Hill and West Humble station. Meet opposite Platform 12 at Waterloo Station at 0845 with an off-peak day return ticket to Effingham Junction ready to catch the 0903 to Effingham Junction (not the mainline train to Guildford via Woking). Please let Rob know if you’re coming (rob <at> hullonline.org)
The SJP Traidcraft Stall is returning
in November! We are now recruiting a team of volunteers to help with this important work
Tasks include setting up and tidying away the stall, selling, and stocktaking. If you’d like to get involved, please talk to Mercedes Pavlicevic or Trevor Lines. Alternatively, send an email to email@example.com giving your details. This is a great opportunity to help producers from some poorer countries to get a fair price for their products!
Interested in volunteering for our 2017-2018 Winter Shelter? More
THE SIBYLS A Christian Spirituality Group for Transgender People www.sibyls.co.uk
NEXT MEETING 12 October 2017 6:00 p.m. at St Anne’s Church, Dean Street, Soho, London
Meet on the Second Thursday of every second month for a Service at St Anne’s Church, followed by a meal together. THESE EVENTS ARE OPEN TO ALL TRANS PEOPLE, TO THEIR FRIENDS, SPOUSES AND SUPPORTERS Come in whatever role is convenient at the time
Affordable room hire at St James's Church. Ideal for training sessions, rehearsals, meetings, seminars, presentations, workshops and press launches. Please re-tweet!
Urs Mattmann writes: It gives me great pleasure to invite you to an LGBT Advent & Christmas retreat at the fabulous Holland House retreat centre. While in a rural area it is easy to reach, with the nearest train station at Evesham. For details please follow this link: www.hollandhouse.org/page30.html
I have facilitated this retreat before and it was a great experience for all involved and with positive feedback about this opportunity to spend this festive and reflective time looking at the Christmas event from an LGBT perspective. Best wishes, Urs
Urs Mattmann www.ursmattmann.com
Most Christian Retreat Houses do not allow pets. But some do, and we're very grateful to the Retreat Association for sending these details of the exceptions. They are listed below the line (clink the 'read more' link).
The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world. St James's is one of the 2017-2018 winners.
The memorial garden and former churchyard is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag – the mark of a quality park or green space. The Revd Lucy Winkett said: “We are delighted that The Southwood Garden, here at St James’s Church has received its first Green Flag Award. In the heart of the West End, our garden provides a much-loved green space offering peace and tranquillity that is greatly appreciated by churchgoers and visitors alike. Catherine Tidman works extremely hard to maintain our garden and it’s a vital part of our commitment to being an Eco-Church. It’s terrific to see Catherine’s commitment acknowledged in this way.”
At St James’s we are committed to the principle that members of our community are able to give notices. Thank you for joining us in this important connecting of liturgy to life.
To help the notices move swiftly, and not overbalance the service, please observe the following charter, drawn up by the Church Council.
St James’s Response to Refugees Our Saturday Breakfast Drop-in is growing and seeks more volunteers (7.30am-11.00am). For information, please speak to Ruth Edmonds (Pastoral Assistant) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Pilgrimage to the Battlefields of the Western Front
Chris Davies - Head Verger
In May of 2017 my Dad and I visited the First World War battlefields of the Nord Pas-de-Calais in France and the Ypres Salient in Belgium. A pilgrimage we had initially done in 2009 to find the graves of two of my father’s great uncles, Bombardier Bernard Rallison of the Royal Artillery killed in action 23rd June 1916 near Ypres and 2nd Lieutenant Victor Edward Rallison of the Manchester Regiment killed in action on 7th April 1917 near Arras. We had been the first of any of our family to visit their graves and felt it only right to go back during the centenary of the First World War. More
Deborah Colvin writes: "Stand with thousands of others fasting for action on climate change. A growing movement of youth, environmentalists and people of faith are showing their strength of commitment by going without food once a month to call for world leaders to do more to solve the climate crisis" More
The Winter Shelter at St James's is an importnat expression of solidarity with those without secure homes. Frances has contributed a reflection on her experience. See it here.
Away Giving Report 2016/2017
Raks Patel writes: Away Giving is an opportunity to support projects that are aligned with St James's vision, within and beyond the UK.
SUMMARY: 13 applications received funding, £12,000 awarded
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We have just finished a series of events to help one another think about our death and in particular to make plans, including making a Will. Find out more here
Video that accompanies the current Sara Mark installation at St James's which arises from her pilgrimage to Finisterra. Sara's website
A statement from Alternatives
After 35 happy years at St James's Church Piccadilly, we have decided to relinquish our offices there as we are in much need of more space. As interest in our events has grown, so has our need for more staff and more desk space. We also recognise the church's need for more room too. St James's continues to be our home for the Monday night events and we look forward to a long and continued relationship with the church. As we have no events in August we will relocate then in order to be settled before our September programme of events commences. We would like to thank all of the staff at St James's for their ongoing hospitality, friendship and support. The Alternatives Team
Last year we ran a programme about death, including the importance of making a Will, leaving any instructions about funeral arrangements and indicating your wishes on treatment in certain circumstances. You can find our own material here. And a new website has been launched offering information and materials to help each of us decide our treatment preferences. It is called makeityourdecision.org.uk.