St James's newly baptised and confirmed, with supporters, at St Paul's Cathedral London on Easter Eve 2019
Printed packs are available in church and may also be downloaded here as a PDF.
Equal, the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England, is campaigning for a change in the teaching and practice of the Church of England to allow all couples to marry in church, regardless of their gender, sex or sexuality. This principle of equality already applies in English law and in some other churches. Consider signing their Open Letter to the House of Bishops External website
The performance of Bach’s St John Passion in Holy Week, with the audience joining in singing the hymn-like chorales that punctuate the piece, made a great impression. Thank you to all who contributed and especially to Michael Haslam for organising it.
Lindsay Meader writes: In the summer of 2019 we are running a 4-day retreat at Bishop Woodford House, Ely. This is an invitation to take time out and slow down, to spend time in prayer, contemplation and silence and also to enjoy one another’s company and the cathedral, town and riverside at Ely.
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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.
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
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
GOSPEL CONVERSATIONS AT ST JAMES’S PICCADILLY
Luke, who wrote a gospel, also wrote an account of what happened after Jesus’s resurrection appearances. He wrote it for his friend Theophilus. It’s a key book of the New Testament but it’s often overlooked. It’s a helter-skelter ride of a story, full of arguing, miraculous happenings, discussions about property, money and faith, a good deal of bravery in the face of persecution and thousands of miles of travel. It’s a vivid account of a fledging movement, fighting for its life in a political and religious context that largely opposed it, and expanding its influence very fast. And there are surprising lessons for us today. Come and meet the early Christian characters whose inspirational faith and energy made this happen: Paul, Peter, Barnabas, Lydia, Junia (the only woman in the New Testament to be given the title “apostle”), Stephen, Phoebe, Dorcas and many others. Click 'read more' for dates and further details.
Everyone is welcome to attend any of the sessions. Course material and audio recordings are here
Don't miss all the news from our Church Council! See here for the reports on meetings.....
Jen reports that the St James's Walking Boots Group had a terrific day out on their nine mile adventure through the Kent countryside, taking in two National Trust properties - Ightham Mote (their lunch stop) and Knole Park. Here's a pic:
Violence against women and girls: Reason to hope? A video of this event, held on 23 May 2018, can be viewed here. Participants included Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James' Church, Lisa Gormley, Abou Atta and Elaine Storkey
We have recently obtained a St James's Church Parish Magazine from 1955.
See it here
Video of the recent Iftar, by Ali Oudjana
At the 11 o'clock Eucharist on Earth Day 2018, 22 April, we wrote out our hopes and prayers on paper leaves as we reflected on the astonishing gift of Planet Earth. At the Offerrtory we placed them on the altar. Thanks to Petra for collating them, and to Deborah and Chloe for organising us. The comments written on the paper leaves appear below - click "Read more". And below, an Earth Day Meditation and Liturgy in the church Garden -
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
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.
CENSING: Celebrating All Saints Day with L'Arche at St James's, 5 November 2017
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.”
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