Community

Our community


The central objective of all our church activities, our mission, is spreading a Christian influence in our local community and beyond. We are concerned with the whole Christian church, secular matters, the country and indeed with the world as a whole. Our mission is to be more active as disciples of Christ in our community and in our daily working lives; to make our church a welcoming and relevant place to all people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities or economic circumstances; and to take seriously our responsibilities to the wider world.

There are a number of ways that we seek to build up the church’s social life, and community. Refreshments after the 09.30 and 11.00 are very important in making new people feel welcome and enabling members to talk to one another. Through the year there are a number of other occasions including; St James’s Day, breakfast on Easter day, Harvest Lunch and mulled wine after the Carol Service.

Church members are encouraged to think about how their Christian faith can be taken into their working / family life. Approximately monthly someone will speak about ‘This Time Tomorrow’ at the 9.30 service; this replaces the long-running ’Faith at Work’ group.

Carol service at Laurel DeneSome of the ways we engage with mission at St James's Church:

A friendly welcome for the many people, individuals and groups, who come to the church and church hall -  to worship, for advice, to arrange or attend a baptism, a wedding or a funeral, to arrange or attend concerts or recitals, or perhaps to join the nursery school sessions, classes or evening meetings. 
• The Shell Seekers Sunday School.
• The Ark playgroup for under fives and their carers.
• Generous giving to charities near and far.
• Helping parishes in poorer parts of London to have a vicar through our Common Fund payment to our diocese.
• Being a Fairtrade Church and promoting Fairtrade through our Traidcraft stall.
• Encouraging environmental awareness in our parish life through the ECO group.
• Sharing information between local churches through the Hampton Deanery.
• Sharing activities with all the local churches in the CTAH.
Having an active relationship with the uniformed groups who are always welcomed into the church.
Having an active relationship with the local schools with clergy often visiting them and sometimes taking assemblies.
• Groups from the schools visiting to learn about the church to help with their Religious Education work.
• Welcoming the local schools for their own special services.
• The clergy and parish visitors going out into the community, providing a link with the church for anybody who is unable to attend church or is in need of support or company at a particular time, including the housebound, the elderly, the lonely, the bereaved, those who are unwell and anyone else in need.
• A team of visitors, together with clergy, conduct pastoral visiting. There are preparation groups for baptisms and weddings. As well as post-funeral support, all bereaved families are invited to an annual All Souls remembrance service. 
Holding a Lent course for adult learning and growth, prefaced by a meal. Re-introducing House Groups as Life Groups meeting fortnightly when there is no specific course taking place.
Taking occasional services at places like Teddington Hospital, Marling Court and Laurel Dene, providing for growth in Christian discipleship. The picture above shows a Carol service at Laurel Dene led by Revd Winterburn and supported by parishoners and Hampton Hill Choristers.
Providing a wide distribution of the Spire magazine. It is delivered free to 450 homes and is available from many High Street shops.
• This website and social media.

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St James's involvement with mission through the years

Contacts

CMS Mission Partner Link: Liz Wilmot on 020 8977 9434
Mozambique/Angola Link: Lawrence Sewell on 020 8977 2844
Tools with a Mission: Janet Nunn on 020 8979 6325