If you would like to sponsor a white lily in memory of someone you love who has died, then please contact David Hamilton-Peters in the parish office on 020 7292 4860 or by email. Give whatever you can afford. Cash or cheques (made payable to St James’s Church PCC) may be handed to one of the Vergers. The names of those being commemorated will be included in the service sheet on Easter Day.
Following the 10.00pm Compline service on Holy Saturday, 31st March, we will keep an all-night vigil in the church as we await the Easter Dawn. If you would like to join the vigil, please leave your details on the sign up sheet on the table by the font. Alternatively, please contact the Vestry on 020 7292 4865 or email email@example.com
MINDFUL COMMUNICATION Would you like to be a more effective communicator?
Do you struggle to speak up about the things that matter to you?
Mindful Communication fosters empathy and understanding in our interactions with family, friends and workmates. Also known as Nonviolent Communication (NVC), this approach provides a subtle yet powerful framework to get to the essence of any issue and support effective communication.
Do you fear conflict and avoid difficult conversations? THEN THIS COURSE MAY BE FOR YOU
Carolyn Davies is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. A filmmaker by profession she is passionate about the potential NVC has to transform relationships with family, friends and work colleagues. £160 Individual/£240 Charity/£300 Corporate 9.45am-4.45pm Tues, March 27 & 10.00am-4.15pm Wed, March 28 Bookings: www.mindfulcommunication.co.uk Contact: Carolyn@mindfulcommunication.co.uk 020 3195 3281 or 07894247870
The Prisons Mission presents the first of a series of talks - Can Prisons Work?
Peter Dawson, Director of the Prison Reform Trust who following 15 years in the Home Office went onto a pursue a career within the Prison Service, will consider what prisons are currently achieving on behalf of offenders, victims and taxpayers.
This talk coincides with First Impressions: Portraits from Prison an exhibition curated by the Koestler Trust at here at St James's Church from 21 March until 9 April. (Note: In keeping with Church tradition, from Maundy Thursday (29 March) until Easter Sunday (1 April) the art exhibition will be removed from the church).
For this event tickets are free, but please register here at Eventbrite
On Sunday 4 February 2018 we held our first gathering to knit teddy bears for young refugee children arriving in the UK. We had no idea what the response would be, but it’s certainly captured the imagination of knitters of all abilities. Our collection of teddies (we decided the best collective noun is a ‘hug’) now numbers 43, each one with its own unique appeal, and new bears continue to arrive. (The record is 13 in one day!) A huge thank you to all of our knitters. Watch this space for details of the next Big Kniturgy. And if you’d like to join in, then feel free to download the pattern. There’s no closing date for receiving bears, and each knitted companion will be blessed and then passed on to our friends at the British Red Cross International Family Tracing Service, to be given – in person - to a young child arriving in the UK.
20 March-9 April 2018 at St James’s Church, Piccadilly
An exhibition of portraiture and sculpture created by people in the UK’s criminal justice system
First Impressions – Portraits from Prison, has been curated by the Koestler Trust. The exhibition showcases a selection of portraiture and sculpture entered into the Koestler Awards.
More at www.koestlertrust.org.uk and www.ctiw.london
Get more involved and have your say! Join the St James's Church Electoral Role
Membership of the Electoral Roll entitles you to vote for the PCC and Deanery Synod representatives at the APCM on 8th April. Once you’re on the Electoral Roll, you can also stand for election to the PCC yourself. The only qualification is that you are baptised and either live in the parish or have been attending St James’s for six months or more by the time of the APCM which is on Sunday 8th April following the 11.00am Eucharist. Registration forms are available from the table by the font.
Eco Church Event Series - see ECO CHURCH website
This year we will be offering a 6-week Lent Course based on the recent BBC1 series Broken
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
CENSING: Celebrating All Saints Day with L'Arche at St James's, 5 November 2017
Our Walking Group has had two great recent adventures. Here seen undertaking a close inspection of an 18th century masterpiece
Affordable room hire at St James's Church. Ideal for training sessions, rehearsals, meetings, seminars, presentations, workshops and press launches. Please re-tweet!
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.
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
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