Mission through the years

Mission, witness and outreach


The giving of charity has been one of the most important social functions of the church since before the advent of the Welfare State. Beyond the needs of the parish itself, St James’s contributed generously to the work of the church by the Home and Foreign Missions and other charities. Much has happened since 1863 and the links below lead to pages describing the historical records of the various types of witness, mission and outreach that St James's has undertaken.

Until 2016 November

Witness, mission and outreach Charities and links
Our church in the community The parish magazine
St James's Church Schools Concerts & recitals


From 2016 November (in reverse order)

2017 September: A group looked into new branding to update our image with the public and a fresh new logo, incorporating the landmark profile of the spire, was chosen by the PCC. The fluid style speaks of life and movement; there is also a cross and the colour version incorporates a ‘stained glass’ pattern - another feature of the building. Colour, text fonts and page layouts were included in this update and at the same time the magazine and the website underwent redesigns to incorporate them. 

2017 February: There were a few changes to the layout of The Spire to incorporate several ideas from Derek, and Nick took the opportunity to refresh the layout. See the 2017 February Spire.

2016 December: Derek continued the tradition of taking services in the local schools and care homes. A new venture was a carol service at Laurel Dene with members of the congregation and the Hampton Hill Junior School choir supporting the carol singing.

2016 November: As soon as Revd Winterburn started his incumbency he updated the weekly pew sheet, using colour, pictures and extra information. Also, every Saturday he started sending all congregation members a weekly email with greetings and any relevant information. He used both these methods of communication to keep more in touch with people.