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).
We’re gathering the Eco Churches together for two packed days of talks and workshops this October— one in Sheffield and one at St James's Church Piccadilly, London.
Delegates will have the opportunity to put practical questions from their churches to our experts and hear the stories of other churches working towards the Eco Church Award. For more details, see here. The events comprise seminars, surgeries and stories. The southern conference will take place on 7 October at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London. The northern conference will be held on 21 October at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield. Each one-day event will run from 10am–4.30pm.
Eco Church is our award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to be good news for God’s earth. More than 600 churches have registered so far with this project, which offers a free online survey and supporting resources. Tickets are free. For the London event, get them online here.
Saturday 19 August Ruislip Woods and Lido
This is a 4 mile walk in the woods around Ruislip Lido. We will take the tube to Ruislip station (Zone 6) and then the bus to Ruislip Lido. The walk starts with a gentle uphill climb. It is mostly in the woods and, therefore, shaded if it’s a hot day. We finish on one of the sandy beaches at Ruislip Lido (a 60-acre lake), although swimming is not permitted. We will have lunch at either the Water’s Edge pub or Café San Remo. The walk will take 1.5 to 2 hours. We will meet at St James’s at 10.00am. If it is easier for you to get to Ruislip directly, please speak to Cornell Jackson and we can agree a meeting time.
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.”
Sleep Out 2017
Give up the comfort of your own bed for one night and sleep outside so that others don’t have to
Friday 13th October 2017 St James’s Church, Piccadilly, W1J 9LL
Raise money for West London Mission’s work to help homeless people off the streets and into accommodation
If you’re interested, contact Chloe Harrison on 020 7569 5902 / email
Please consider joining us. The money raised will go directly towards work supporting homeless people in moving to longer term accommodation, finding employment and begining a new chapter of their lives.
It is taking place at St James’s Church Piccadilly, in our secure gardens. By taking part in the Sleep Out, you get to experience, in a safe way, a few challenges that street homeless people face every night. We’re not trying to replicate homelessness, but we hope it will help you to understand a little of what rough sleepers have to endure. Last year the event raised nearly £30,000. we'd like to beat that this year.
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.
HIV. 3 small letters. 1 big black cloud of fear and anxiety
Did you know there are now HIV prevention drugs that you can take pre and post exposure (PrEP and PEP)? Did you know someone living with HIV, and on effective treatment, cannot pass the virus on to their sexual partners? Did you know people living with HIV now have the same life expectancy as everyone else? Did you know the biggest issue for people living with HIV is not the virus or their long-term health condition, but the stigma, prejudice and discrimination they face from other people?
Please join the St James's LGBT shared lunch on Sunday 10 September from 12.45pm with speaker Ian Green, Chief Executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust. Ian is a gay man living with HIV, he will be coming to raise awareness of HIV, and living with HIV; and to address head-on the stigma, prejudice and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV. All Welcome
The International Day of the Disappeared is marked by the UN, the Red Cross and other leading aid
organisations around the world, to honour all those people who have 'disappeared' as a result of armed
conflict, political upheaval, or migration. The day will be marked at St James’s on Sunday 3 September in two events organised by St James’s in collaboration with the British Red Cross Family Tracing Service:
Ethical Business in a Post-Truth World Here at St James's Wednesday 13th September at 6.00pm
Last year the Oxford Dictionaries named ‘post-truth’ as Word of the Year. When facts are no longer important, where do international businesses stand? How does one establish business practices when feeling and emotion are the markers for what is considered ‘real’? How can businesses navigate this new political reality and keep operating in an ethical way?
The speakers are: Donald Steel specialist in reputation and crisis communications; James Morris Senior
Director, Edelman; Sarah Ogden Head of Corporate & Business Communications, 3 Monkeys Zeno; Izabella Kaminska FT Alphaville blogger and FT columnist. Chaired by Lucy Winkett Rector of St James’s Church. Free event, but booking is essential at: www.justshare.org.uk
Sunday 27th August at 3.00pm Join us for a liturgy in the courtyard to reflect upon and give thanks for the important role animals play in our lives – as companions and cherished friends. In addition to blessing those animals present, we’ll also be reading out a roll call of remembrance for dearly
departed pets and companion animals. Please do bring along your two- and four-legged friends and please email David our Parish Secretary with names for the roll call of remembrance.
LUKE: THE GOSPEL FOR THE OUTSIDERS?
August and September 2017 | Gospel Conversations at St James’s Church, Piccadilly
Each Sunday in August and September, you are invited to come and get to know the gospel of Luke. His is the gospel that, more than the others, has a theme of social justice and concern for the “outsider”. His gospel is full of great parables, more women are mentioned than in the others, there are more healing stories and more stories about money! He also explores the mysterious theme of the basilea, the kingdom of God. Follow the 'Read more' link for details and dates
Join the Walking Boots on Saturday 2 September for a 9½ mile walk in Essex. Starting at Cressing Station we walk to the village of White Notley for a pub lunch at the Cross Keys. We then visit Cressing Temple, a 12th century estate which includes a Tudor walled garden, 18th century barn, stables, a granary, lots of farming implements – and a tea room! The walk ends back at Cressing Station. Meet at concourse information booth at Liverpool Street Station at 9.30am having bought a return ticket to Cressing. We will leave on the 9.48am train to Braintree. Please confirm (walk and pub lunch) with Cornell Jackson by Saturday 26 August.
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
Walking Sticks Programme Cornell writes: Walking Sticks is our walking group that focuses on shorter and less strenuous walks. We will have walks in July, August and September. These walks will be about 2 hours long and in London so there will no long distance trips to the start of the walk. Below are the next Walking Sticks walks. Dates: July 22nd - Totteridge and Mill Hill; August 19th - Ruislip Woods: September 9th - Royal Parks. Follow the 'read more' link for details.
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
Affordable room hire at St James's Church. Ideal for training sessions, rehearsals, meetings, seminars, presentations, workshops and press launches. Please re-tweet!
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.
Open Air Evening Gospel Music Services A Eucharist featuring music from Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir takes place on the second Sunday of each month and will be held outside in the church courtyard until September - if the weather is fine. All Welcome.
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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What is a Fun Palace? A campaign for culture at the heart of community - an annual weekend of arts and science events created by, for, and with local people. Why an Eco Fun Palace? Building on last year’s event, we aim to make a celebration of planet Earth around Harvest time. We have many talented individuals and groups in our community, and an amazing range of science and arts organisations very close by, which are ready to explore new forms of engagement with the natural world.
Could you be on the Fun Palace Steering Group? Come along to our first meeting on Sunday 7 May after the service. If you can offer an activity, experience, workshop, investigation, game, musical or theatrical event, we’d like to hear from you! For further details, or to express you interest, please speak to Deborah Colvin or others on the Steering Group.
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