St Martin in-the-Fields host a panel discussion with experienced practitioners sharing their stories, ideas and top tips for working with churches on Friday 16th October at 4.30pm.
Li Mills from End of Life Doula UK
Lia Shimada, Death Café, St James's Piccadilly
The Revd Juliet Stephenson, Director of The Good Funeral Company, Liverpool
The event will include a film from the Death over Dinner Organisation from the USA
Each panellist will speak for ten minutes followed by discussion and an audience Q&A.
To register for this event on Eventbrite, please click here.
A huge range of events are taking place around the world for Black History Month during October. Each week we'll be recommending something you may wish to explore - and you can find full listings for all the UK events at www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk. Last week, we encouraged you to discover the work of visual activist Zanele Muholi (see our blog post here). This week, Carolyn, Jo and Raks recommend some of their favourite books and films about race.
Georgina Elsey and Susy Brouard from our congregation, and and our new Curate Mariama Ifode-Blease were all ordained last weekend.
Our new curate Mariama was ordained Deacon at St Paul's Cathedral on Saturday 26th September. She's standing to the left of Bishop Sarah in this photo, with Georgina on the far-right, and Paul (the new curate at St Anne's Soho) on the far-left.
Here's Susy after her ordination at Christ Church Oxford on Sunday 27th September!
"Everyone, from all communities, needs to embrace Black History Month as a starting point for exploring, discovering and celebrating Black history, heritage and culture – both past and contemporary. From the incredible achievements and contributions, to the many untold stories and barriers to progress – the day-to-day reality of institutionalised racism."
Catherine Ross - guest editor of Black History Month 2020 (read Catherine's full article here)
A huge range of events are taking place around the world for Black History Month this October. Each week we'll be recommending something you may wish to explore - and you can find full listings for all the UK events at www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk
TGI* Theatre! including the Licensing of The Revd Lindsay Meader - Wednesday 30th September at 6.30pm
Theatre Chaplaincy UK's annual TGI Theatre celebration, will be live streamed from the Actors' Church, St Paul's Covent Garden, on Wednesday 30th September at 6.30pm. It will include the Licensing of our former Associate Rector, Lindsay Meader, in her new role as Lead Theatre Chaplain for the Diocese by the Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally.
The evening will include contributions from Dame Judi Dench, Dr Rowan Williams, David Suchet, Stephen Fry, Nica Burns OBE (CEO, Nimax Theatres), Julian Bird (CEO, Society of London Theatre), Maureen Beattie (President of Equity), and West End performers Sharon Rose (Hamilton), Nadim Naaman (The Phantom of the Opera), and Lucie Shorthouse (Everybody's Talking About Jamie).
Click here to watch the live stream on St Paul's Church Covent Garden YouTube channel.
*TGI = Thank God It's Theatre!
Annual Meeting of Parishoners and Annual Parochial Church Meeting - Sunday 18th October 2020 at 4.30pm on Zoom
This year’s Annual Meeting of Parishioners (AMP) and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), having been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place on Sunday 18th October 2020 at 4.30pm by Zoom.
Each year at the AMP, we elect/re-elect churchwardens, to serve for the next twelve months. At the APCM, we appoint new PCC members to any vacancies that arise. PCC members serve for a term of office of three years, and may stand for re-election (although our practice is that they should step down after two three-year terms). This year, five current PCC members come to the end of their term of office and a further PCC member has decided to step down, and there are therefore six vacancies (although three of the current members have advised of their intention to stand for re-election).
This year, we shall also be holding elections for Deanery Synod representatives, also to serve for a three-year term. This is an important role, ensuring that St James’s has a voice in the wider church. Deanery Synod representatives sit on the PCC, in addition to attending typically three Deanery Synod meetings each year.
Membership of the PCC provides individuals with an opportunity to help guide the work of St James’s. This is a particularly challenging time, as St James’s looks to adapt to the future through the current Covid-19 pandemic.
As St James’s is a registered charity, PCC membership also involves becoming a trustee of the charity. New PCC members are provided with an induction that explains these responsibilities more fully. The PCC acts with collective responsibility for decision-making.
If you are interested in standing for the PCC or as a Deanery Synod representative and would like to know more about what’s involved, please contact the PCC Secretary, one of the churchwardens or any member of the clergy team. We are particularly keen to see an increase in the diversity of membership of the PCC.
To join the PCC you will need to have been on the electoral roll for at least the last six months and you will need to be nominated and seconded by other members of the electoral roll. Nomination forms are available by email from Graham Cooper, the PCC Secretary email@example.com. Completed nomination forms should be submitted to Graham by Monday 5th October. They should be accompanied by a short statement (maximum 100 words), setting out your commitment and what you believe you could bring to the role.
In the event that there are more nominees than vacancies for the above positions, elections will be held at the AMP and APCM. Voting at the meetings will take place by Zoom online poll, but if you are unable to attend, you may vote by post, provided that you have registered for a postal vote in advance. To do so, please register by advising the PCC Secretary by Monday 12th October.
Our former Associate Rector, Lindsay Meader, is to be licensed to her new role as Lead Theatre Chaplain for the Diocese by Bishop Sarah on Wednesday 30th September at 6.30pm. This will take place at the Actors’ Church (St Paul’s, Covent Garden) as part of Theatre Chaplaincy UK’s annual TGI* Theatre Celebration.
Lindsay says: "It seems almost impossible that it's just over a year since my last Sunday at SJP, and goodness, what a bizarre year it's been. I am (finally!) to be licensed to my new role as Lead Theatre Chaplain for the Diocese on Wednesday 30th September at St Paul's Covent Garden. You won't be surprised to know that we've had to make a number of adaptations due to Covid restrictions and yesterday had to halve the number of people present for the second time, to only 15! Nonetheless, you are warmly invited to join via the live-stream and it would mean a great deal to have your support. As soon as the live-stream details are available, they will be posted to here. I'll also post them on @TheatreChaplain and @TCUKchaplains and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TCUKchaplains) or you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. As you doubtless realise, this is a pretty desperate time for the theatre industry, so please do hold us in your prayers."
*TGI = Thank God It’s Theatre
We pray for everyone being ordained this Michaelmas, especially Georgina Elsey and our new curate Mariama who are both being ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 26th September at 2.30pm. Lucy will be attending the special socially-distanced service to represent St James’s and everyone can watch via the St Paul’s YouTube channel here.
Our dear friend Susy Brouard is also being ordained at Christ Church Oxford on Sunday 27th September at 3.00pm. Susy writes:
Dear all, I would appreciate your prayers in the run up to my ordination to the Diaconate on Sunday 27th of September at 3.00pm. It will take place in Christ Church, Oxford, and will be live-streamed. The stream link is: here but to play it safe you might just want to go to the Christ Church Oxford YouTube channel. If you can't watch it live don't worry as it should be up there for a couple of weeks. I have now been in Kidlington and Hampton Poyle (five miles north of Oxford) for a couple of months and really enjoying my time as curate. Thank you for your ongoing love, prayers and support, Susy
Thank you for your prayers, your generosity and your continued commitment!
At our 11am Eucharist in the courtyard this Sunday, we welcome Julie Cunningham, who will dance as part of the service. Julie is a longstanding member of St James’s congregation and founder of Julie Cunningham and Company.
The dance is part of a piece called m/e and is offered as part of our liturgy.
"I made m/e using a collection of images of people who felt like part of my herstory. I was looking for queer gesture - that is, something we can’t recognise, that is not obviously something. I tried to embody that, see how it felt and find ways to move between them. So it’s sort of a time travel between the lives of the people that mean something/have affected me but then also a time travel through my own self and life, a way of sorting through things, looking at them and noticing what they feel like. It’s layers, and knowing that every moment of experience of one life is lived in every moment. In that way you can’t possibly feel alone."
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For the next four Saturdays, John our Associate Rector is leading a 60-minute yoga class online at 9.30am, using postures and breath-work to help calm your mind, reset your stress system & set a positive intention for the coming week. The classes are suitable for people of all faiths and beliefs, and we’re advertising them within and beyond the St James’s community and inviting everyone for a suggested donation to the church of £5 per class (plus the cost of one standard rate text message) by texting YOGA 5 to 70450 (or you can vary the donation to whatever you can afford simply by changing the digit). Email John via our website for a Zoom invite.
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Either pre-record or perform live a 2-minute story –
• something original,
• an excerpt from your favourite book,
• a poem,
• or anything entertaining.
For more info email Elijah at email@example.com
JRS UK is looking for new volunteer hosts to join their ‘At Home’ hosting scheme which facilitates short-term hosting placements in London for refugees at high risk of street homelessness. Hosts with a spare room in London welcome refugees for a period of three months, with support and assistance provided by JRS. Opening your home to a refugee in need is an incredible way of helping someone in need, which has a transformative effect on both the guest and host alike. Understandably, people often have many questions they would like to have answered before joining up as a hosts. Join us from 18:30-19:15 on Tuesday 11th August on Zoom for a discussion with Naomi, At Home’s coordinator. Click here for more info and to register.
As a Londoner, Mariama is thrilled to be joining the community at St. James’s Piccadilly, having worshipped and served for the past six and a half years as Queen’s Almsman at Westminster Abbey. She works as Head of Outreach Solutions at the University of Oxford and will combine employment with a part-time curacy. Prior to this, Mariama has worked in secondary and tertiary education, university admissions and community outreach.
Mariama is a modern linguist, having completed her undergraduate degree in French and Spanish at the University of St Andrews. Her MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge focused on European Literature and History. In 2009, she was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to New York University, where she also volunteered at an elementary school and the New York City Rescue Mission. Mariama completed an MA in Careers Education and Coaching at the University of Derby in 2018.
An avid Arsenal fan, Mariama longs for the return of the glory days for her beloved team. She believes in the power to transform local and national life through collaborative conversation and creative solutions. She is committed to working to enable young people, women and girls to fully flourish and thrive. Mariama is married to Oliver, who is a priest in the Church of England.
Please pray for Mariama as she prepares to be ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sat 26th September and joins us on Sunday 27th. She will also be preaching at St James's on Sunday 16th August, and in the meantime you can watch an online conversation between Lucy and Mariama on our website here.