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Plans for the future This is a ministry for everyone – ‘each according to your means’ 2 Cor 8:11
Follow what is happening on the page Plans for the future and read the leaflet Giving in Grace.

What has happened so far: A sink has been installed in the vestry, power sockets have been added to the south aisle and vestry, new cupboards now stand in the children's corner and the hall entrance lobby, the organ is undergoing an extensive renovation, see the photo album and work on the clock dials will hopefully begin later this year. Work has begun on the new toilets in church - a trench has been dug in order to run a pipe to connect to the sewer. This has involved clearing the route of bushes.

While much of this work will perhaps go unnoticed, the latest project will be different. From Wednesday 3 May work begins to convert the former storeroom in the west porch into two toilets. As a result there will be no access through glass doors for the next four weeks or so. Instead please use the south porch for all church services and events. The Ark and Rock Choir sessions will go ahead as planned. The Parish Office will remain open throughout, though Nick may relocate if the work gets too noisy.

COMING SOON

A new addition to services at St James’s starting at 1100 between 30 April and 2 July. In addition to our 0800 and 0930 services we have launched a new, fun-filled, child-friendly service with games, lively songs and hands-on activities. There is a talk and some prayers, but we keep everything punchy so the service lasts 30-40 minutes, leaving plenty of time for a chat over refreshments.

A requiem mass to reflect on and remember the life and accomplishments of Rodney Taylor is to be held at St James’s Church on Thursday 1 June at 1500. All are welcome. It will be followed by a reception in the hall. Rodney died on 3 May, aged 74.

General Election Hustings Churches Together in the Twickenham constituency are holding a meeting with the parliamentary candidates on Friday 2 June at 1930 at Teddington Baptist Church, 17 Church Road TW11 8PF.

Faith at Work The Saturday morning discussions continue on 3 June from 0915-1015 when Julian Reindorp will be talking to John Taylor about Faith in Headship.

Film Club Saturday 3 June at 1800 the award-winning comedy Some Like it Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. 

Teddy Bears’ Picnic for families on Sunday 4 June at 12, in the vicarage garden. Bring your own food, we’ll supply the drinks and games!

Remembering Kath Allen The funeral service for Kath Allen will be at Hanworth Crematorium on Tuesday 6 June at 1420 with Canon Julian Reindorp officiating. All are welcome. Kath, who was a regular member of St James’s for many years, died on 7 May after a short illness. She was 99.

Communion and Coffee NEW On the second Tuesday of the month, Holy Communion will start at 1000 instead of 0930 and be followed by coffee and conversation. The first of these will be on 13 June. Do come along and perhaps bring a friend!

Summer Learning Four Thursdays, four subjects. Come to them all or those that interest you. 22 June How to Pray with the Psalms 29 June Martin Luther (above) - the Man and his Message 13 July How to lead a Bible Study 20 July Les Miserables - A gospel drama. All at 2000 in the church hall.

Film Club Saturday 24 June at 1400 we present Moana, the latest animated Disney hit. Bring the children and grandchildren for the film + a popcorn treat!

Tea and Memories A new monthly meeting for people with dementia is being held on the first Friday of the month at Hampton Methodist Church, Percy Road, from 1030-1200.

NOTICES

Congratulations to the three children baptised at a recent week’s together at eleven service, Jessica Frank, Samuel Healing and Harlow Stewart. Earlier, during the 0930 service, Alex Jones, one of our Shell Seekers, received a blessing. Children and young families are an important part of growing the church.

PCC and Safeguarding The Church Council met on Tuesday 9 May (after the special meeting to approve the accounts). The main business was to consider the Safeguarding Officer's report and accept the plan for the new year. St James's has made great strides in this area, but there is still some work to do, including further training of PCC, Children's Leaders and Parish Visitors, and updating the confidential records for Shell Seekers. The PCC also reviewed the progress with the Action Plan and all the building works being organised.

Action Stations At the APCM Derek asked for people to join various development groups to help with church plans. Dates have now been fixed for the first three of these. St James’s Day Planning Team met on Thursday 18 May and the Social Calendar Team met on Wednesday 24 May. The Eco-Church Team are re-forming and will meet on Monday 5 June at 2000 in the vicarage. Derek would also like to create a team to think about developing the church building. This team will visit other churches nearby to gather ideas. Please email Derek if you are interested in this or any of the other teams.

Spire Appeal Thank you to everyone who has already made a donation to the Spire’s annual appeal. The more money we raise, the greater number of copies we can distribute in our parish. When we have such a good quality magazine it seems a shame not to promote it more widely!

Planned Giving We have made a good start to increasing our giving to cover our running costs. If you have not yet replied to Derek’s letter, please do to help us budget for 2017-18.

Sound and screen We are looking for more volunteers to help operate the sound system and screen during services, including weddings and funerals (for which a fee is paid). If you are interested let Nick in the office know. You don’t need to have any expertise as full training will be given.

RECENT EVENTS 

Have a look at this year's photo albums:
 Organ restoration | The Shell Seekers and Fairtrade | Spring in the churchyard | All-age services | Visitors from Tanzania | Palm Sunday Easter Sunday | Together at Eleven

Catch up on Charities and Links news on the page Charity News.

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