- A visit to the Cosmic Walk – details here
- A lecture by Prof Catherine Keller 'Political Theology of the Earth' – details and booking here
David writes: Join us for an an afternoon and evening trip to the University of Winchester on Tuesday 7 March with two parts. Organised by David Carter in consultation with Deborah Colvin.
Ivan writes: A faith rooted in Christ is marked by the many ways we both find and extend forgiveness. In Lent, it also leads us also to seek spaces of reflection and repentance. In these films, we enter stories that, in one way or another, touch on relationships and our need to make amends, with God, with ourselves, with others; each is an open invitation to connection and conversation. This Lent film group will follow screenings with a guided discussion, and finish with a short act of prayer.
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Includes LOOKING FOR ERIC Sunday 5 March, THE GOOD POSTMAN Sunday March 12, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS Sunday 19 March, STILL WALKING Sunday 26 March, JULIETA
Sunday 2 April
Full Lent listings here
Mercedes reports We have three walks confirmed for your diaries.
Part of our response to the needs of refugees is our Saturday International Group which began on Saturday 3 December, and meets each Saturday morning 8-11am. So afr we have have welcomed 48 guests, with a total of 155 attendances. Guests have come from 24 different countries, and their circumstances differ widely. Our Working Group especially has been on a steep learning curve about the issues and processes our guests face.
The Church of England continues to be divided on the issue of same-sex marriage. After two years of discussion involving clergy and laity, the bishops have declared that marriage is "a union permanent and life-long, of one man and one woman", but have called for "a fresh tone and culture of welcome and support". What now for LGBT people in the church?
Join us for an evening with The Revd Rachel Mann, theologian, broadcaster, and one of the church's few trans clergy. Rachel will give her response to the bishops' statement and will lead us in discussion.
St James' Church, Piccadilly | Sunday 26th February, 17:45-19:30 | Free admission, all welcome
Please register at the link: http://bit.ly/2kp7JsY
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.
On Wednesday 15 February at 9.45am the Daily Service on Radio 4 is from St James’s. With original musical arrangements by our Director of Music Michael Haslam, the St James’s Lay Singers and musicians are joined by clergy and reader Wilson Wong for a service about love. You can listen on DAB or Long Wave. The Daily Service is available on a Radio 4 DAB side channel which is automatically made available about a minute before the programme begins. After tuning to Radio 4 DAB, select "Daily Service" (from your display) with the tuning wheel and press the selector button.
Friday 10 March at 7.15pm with song practice from 6.45pm
Taizé Prayer led by Brother Paolo from the Taizé Community.
Preacher: The Revd Lucy Winkett
Brother Paolo is one of the English brothers in Taizé, the world-famous ecumenical community founded by Roger Schutz and situated in Burgundy, France. We are delighted to welcome Brother Paolo to St James’s as he leads us in this special service of prayer for Lent.
We are working on plans for a parish week-end to be held 16-18 June 2017. It will, as in past years, take place at The Emmaus Centre West Wickham. If this is of interest please note the date. More details - programme, focus, cost - will follow.
We are working on a Quiet Day for Lent, to take place on 18 March. If you are interested, save the date. More details to follow.
Winter/Spring Season 2017 A monthly Eucharist service featuring uplifting and inspirational gospel music from Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir on the second Sunday of the month.
Sunday 12 February at 6.00pm preceded by a free Gospel Singing Workshop Come along to a fun, no-pressure gospel music workshop at 4.30pm to learn a gospel song together - then sing it with Soul Sanctuary in the service at 6.00pm. Join us for a cup of tea and cake after the service. All welcome regardless of singing ability.
Sunday 12 March at 6.00pm
Sunday 9th April at 6.00pm Palm Sunday Gospel Music Service
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Regular members of our community are invited to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting - our AGM - on Sunday 23 April 2017 at 1.30pm: reports, elections and the chance to express your view.
Raks Patel has asked that we post this report on work undertaken in prisons by Churches Together in Westminster. Read it here
Penelope Douglas would like to let the community know how very grateful she is for all the care, kindness, prayers and love you have given since James's death last month. It has been enormously comforting and strengthening and has been a wonderful example of what it means to be part of a community like St James's.
"I wonder what you think when you hear words like ‘sustainability’ and ‘environment’? I wonder if you think you are going to be told how to live, that it will be difficult and make life miserable, that we will all have to wear hair shirts, maybe even that it’s not very relevant to church life. After all, we are all very busy already in response to the gospel call to love our neighbours." Read Deborah Colvin's sermon given at St Paul's Rossmore Road". Read Deborah Colvin's sermon given at St Paul's Rossmore Road
We want to twin the seven toilets here at St James’s. It costs £60 to twin a toilet. Toilets can be twinned in villages in Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Guatemala, Malawi, and the Central African Republic.
Heather writes: Dates for Winter to Spring 2017 Danced Liturgy Group are: 15 January, 19 February, 19 March. (We are not meeting in April 2017, because 16 April is Easter Day). The monthly 'Danced Liturgy' at St James's Piccadilly takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the month, 1.30 - 3 p.m. Starting and finishing with read prayers, the sessions are mostly circle dance, a mixture of dances to music from various countries and dances to worship songs or other music is used. The dancing usually take place in the church itself. People come on a drop-in basis. So any one session is tailored to the abilities and experience of attendees 'on the fly'. The sessions aim to be fun as well as prayerful.
We are very sad to report the death of James, a loved and valued member of our St James's community. Please give thanks to God for his life, and keep in your prayers Penelope and members of their family. The funeral took place at St James's on Thursday 22 December 2016. Order of service - click to open
Carolyn Davies writes: Evelyn Namutebi who is a member of our congregation and who's tribunal for asylum is taking place soon performed recently in this choir to raise funds and awareness for Refugees. They sing "We Shall Overcome" and she first appears in close up at 1.53.
Catherine, our intrepid gardener at St James's, reports good news about the bird boxes we installed. When cleaning them yesterday she found evidence of occupation at some point this year - see photo. And a nest was found in the wisteria on the Rectory. We continue to reduce our carbon foorprint as a church and to make our outdoor spaces hospitable to wildlife, right in the heart of london's West End.
Affordable room hire at St James's Church. Ideal for training sessions, rehearsals, meetings, seminars, presentations, workshops and press launches. Please re-tweet!
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