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We are only the fourth recipient in the country of a gold Eco Church Award
Andy Atkins, the CEO of A Rocha UK, a Christian conservation charity, presented us with a plaque on 14 October in recognition of our "care for God’s earth in their everyday work and witness” across five categories: worship and teaching; buildings; land; community and global; and lifestyle.
St James’s won the award for initiatives that included attempting “to use renewable energy, reduce their carbon footprint, create wildlife-friendly areas such as a pond and wetland habitat on their land, and encourage outdoor worship and teaching”.
As an inner-city church in the heart of London, we hope that it will encourage other urban churches to realise how much they can care for nature and our environment regardless of their location. The three previous winners of a gold award are Hilfield Friary, Dorset; St Catherine’s, Burbage, in Leicester diocese; and St John’s, Leven, in Scotland. Open flyer for more information
Read about our journey towards being a eco-church
Video of the recent Iftar, by Ali Oudjana
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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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.
"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
The Key 2016 CARAVAN Exhibition of ART ran here at St James Church from June to August 2016. Find out more, or watch the video below.
We are currently hosting the temporary installation of a triptych of icons in the side chapel, painted by Regan O’Callaghan.
See the video of the 27 October 2015 event organised by JustShare in partnership with St James's Church, Piccadilly, London.
Could gamblers do with a little help from God? Would a rich spiritual life improve a rugby team? And does faith have a place in the theatre? With church attendance in decline, Tom Lamont meets the chaplains putting themselves into everyday lives
Next to a historic church in London’s West End stands a bleak white tent stamped UNHCR, the initials of the United Nations refugee agency. This symbol of conflict, dislocation and poverty is a mute reproach to the indifference of Londoners – and Britain as a whole – to the catastrophe of the Syrian war. More
We have been privileged to host one of Issam Kourbaj's Another Day Lost installation. Follow 'read more'
Another Day Lost is a series of installations across five sites, inspired by and based on the Syrian refugee crisis, by Syrian-born, UK-based artist, Issam Kourbaj.
These installations resemble ‘camps’ constructed out of waste materials, such as medicine packaging and discarded books. The ‘tents’ are marked with Kourbaj’s distinctive black lines, based on Arabic calligraphy and traditional mourning ribbons, and encircled with a ‘fence’ of used matches. On the first day of the festival, there will be 1,579 matches in every ‘fence’, and another match will be added for every day of the exhibition, resulting in a total of 1593 matches by the end of two weeks on display. Each match represents a day lost since the beginning of the Syrian uprising.
The sites are scattered around London, mapping out and loosely reflecting the geographic pattern of refugee presence outside the borders of Syria. The installations at Goethe-Institut London and St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, roughly relate to the locations of camps along Syria’s southern border; Central Books in East London correlates to the cities of northern Iraq; 10 Golborne Road represents Lebanon; and Heath Street Church, Hampstead, approximates the location of camps in Turkey.
See BBC interview with the artist.
Chris Davies of our Verger team has researched the names on the First World War Memorial, which is by the font at the back of the church. At this time of remembrance we list them here (they are below the fold - follow the 'read more' link)