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Plans for the future This is a ministry for everyone – ‘each according to your means’ 2 Cor 8:11
Our vision 
In the coming year we hope to:
Install toilets and upgrade our storage in the church, and washing facilities in the vestry
Enrich our 9.30 service, including having the choir more often and refurbishing the organ
Experiment by offering another Sunday service with, in particular, young families in mind
Develop our links with our local schools
Support the Administrator’s post from income
Collaborate on drawing up a renewed Vision, with clear plans for growing the church in depth, and in numbers
Appoint a Children / Youth Work leader
Support other ministries and organisations that further God’s Kingdom
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, and work on the clock dials will hopefully begin later this year.

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.

St James’s Church has a new management system This week Derek will be sending an email inviting you to check the information we hold about you. If you don’t receive the message check your spam folder. If it is not there, then we probably don’t have the correct email for you. If that is the case, please email the office. We realise that not everyone has an email address, and those without won’t be excluded, but this is an easy way to keep connected with church events and activities, as well as managing rotas and meetings.

Organ restoration work Major work to restore the church’s organ began this week. Bernie Whitmill is initially restoring a pedal chest. This essential work is necessary to ensure that the organ continues to work. The PCC agreed to provide up to £17,000 from Betty Stewart’s legacy to fund the most urgent work. We have also received a substantial donation to enable the year-long project to continue. If you would like to contribute towards this please speak to the office or Derek. Have a look at the photo album showing pictures inside the organ chamber.


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 are launching a new, fun-filled, child-friendly service with games, lively songs and hands-on activities. There will be 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.

Traidcraft stall Our Traidcraft stall will be in the hall next Sunday selling food and gifts and taking orders. Please come prepared to browse and buy.

Faith at Work The series of Saturday morning discussions resumes on 13 May at 0915-1015 when Julian Reindorp will be talking to Sandra Winterburn about Faith in Teaching. Come along and listen, ask questions and join in the debate. The series continues through June and July. More details will be available soon.

Christian Aid Walk Join the celebration at the end of Christian Aid Week on Sunday 21 May. Explore some of the City of London’s best-loved sights and places of worship, and enjoy pop-up exhibitions, music and activities. Book your place at ctc2017.eventbrite.co.uk, or telephone 020 7523 2417.

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.


The church held its Annual Parochial Church Meeting last Sunday and appointed Gwynneth Lloyd to replace Nick Bagge after six years as churchwarden. Gwynneth will be admitted to office at a visitation service on 18 May alongside Nick Harris, who was reappointed to serve for another year as warden and treasurer. Joining the PCC will be Paul Fitchett, Lou Coaker and Jennifer Clay

Lent Appeal We have collected £2300 for the Diocese of London’s appeal for three educational projects in Mozambique and Angola. Many thanks for all your contributions.

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.


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

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

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