Calling all pet owners! To give thanks to God for all the animals around us we are holding a pet service on Sunday 8 October at 1500. You are welcome to bring your pet (or a photo of them) for a blessing. We’ll sing some hymns and afterwards both pets and owners can enjoy some refreshments! To ensure we have a safe and enjoyable time, dogs must be kept on leads and smaller animals should be brought in baskets or cages to avoid escapees.

Harvest Talent Show As part of our Harvest Festival celebrations on Sunday 1 October we are holding a talent show — and the search is on for star performers! Do you have that special something? Perhaps you are a secret Elvis performer, or can do the splits. We are looking for people to perform short routines in the hall during an interval between the main course and dessert of our Bring and Share lunch. Maybe you can tell a story or perform a magic trick. Don’t worry, we’re not expecting everyone to be up to X Factor standards. The main thing is to have a go, it’s just a bit of fun! Don’t forget, our main service will be at 1100 rather than 0930 to allow for the lunch afterwards. There will be a short Holy Communion service afterwards for anyone wanting it. And don’t forget, at 1630 Mark will lead the choir through Choral Evensong. Help us to make the day a memorable and enjoyable occasion for all.

Mark’s 40th Anniversary It’s hard to believe it, but our organist Mark Blackwell is celebrating 40 years as a church organist next month. There will be a concert at St James’s on 14 October at 1900. Called From Stanford to Swing, it includes special performances by Jo Gardner, the Spelthorne Young Voices and The Incidentals. Tickets cost £10 (under 16s free) with the money raised going to two charities: Orphans Know More and Spelthorne Young Voices. For more details, please speak to Mark.

Life Groups Thank you to everyone who has responded to Derek’s plans to launch groups to enrich our experience of church. Two of these Life Groups, as they will be known, will be run fortnightly during the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19 and 21 September. Those who have expressed an interest will receive an email from Derek. If you would like to join either do let him know.

Coffee for Cancer Our curate is hosting a coffee and cake morning in church on Thursday 28 September from 1100-1300 in aid of Macmillan cancer support.

St James’s Ramblers After a successful launch in August, Becky Jones is ready for more on Saturday 21 October. If you’d like to join her on a two-mile walk, followed by a pub lunch, please sign the sheet in church or email her:


Children’s Leader St James’s has just advertised for a full-time Families and Children’s Work Leader. The PCC agreed to fund the post for three years using part of Betty Stewart’s legacy. Important information | Job description | Application form

Revd David Bonner We were sorry to learn that David died on 20 September, aged 89. Some of you may remember David from when he covered services at St James’s prior to Nicholas Chubb’s arrival. We send our condolences to his family, including his daughter Zena Williams.

PCC meeting The PCC met on Thursday. They made a number of decisions, including:
• Supporting an expansion of the circulation of the Spire to reach new readers.
• Erecting new notice boards outside the church.

Change to Derek’s day off Please note that Derek now has Mondays as his day off.

New Lectionary We have a new lectionary to replace the worn version. This has been paid for with a bequest from Pat Young. Our thanks to her family.

Buildings updates Our thanks goes to Bryan Basdell from the Properties Team for installing our new notice boards in the hall corridor and painting the outside doors. Elsewhere:
• The clock dials are now in Derby for restoring.
• An inspection has revealed that repairs will also be necessary to the stonework.
We hope to have every-thing back by late November.


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 | Church improvements | St James's Day

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

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