St James’s Theatre Club Feast your eyes on a sumptuous performance of The Nutcracker, live from the Royal Opera House, on Tuesday 5 December at 1915 at the Odeon Cinema Kingston. Tickets £24.50 adults, £22.50 concessions, £22.00 children. The 285 bus takes you all the way. Please sign-up on the events notice board.

Coffee and Communion The schools’ Christmas concerts mean that December’s Coffee and Communion won’t be on the second Tuesday of the month. It will instead be on Tuesday 19 December at 10am.

Carol Service Sunday 17 December 1800. As traditional as turkey, raise the roof at our annual favourite.

Children’s Carol Services Sunday 24 December 1500 and 1630. Children are encouraged to come dressed as Mary, Joseph, animals, shepherds, Wise Men or angels.

First Christmas Eucharist Sunday 24 December 2300. Celebrate the beginning of Christmas.

Christmas Day Service Monday 25 December (No 0800 service today) 0930 Parish Communion.


Gardening Club There was an excellent turnout last Saturday for our newly founded team of gardeners. A large area was prepared for our spring wildflowers. Four trees given to us by the Mayor of London’s Trees for Sacred Spaces project had earlier been planted. Phase two of the redevelopment can begin now that the scaffolding has been removed.

Finances at St James’s Since 2015 our expenditure has exceeded our income - excluding Betty Stewart’s generous legacy. The PCC has taken the decision to use that bequest to support development and growth initiatives, such as the new church toilets, work to the clock and organ, and financing a salary for a Children and Families Worker. However, we have still been aiming to run more closely to break-even on our general income and expenditure. When the PCC looked at the forecast for next year it decided:
to give the full amount asked for in Common Fund by the Diocese of London this year. (Even without this the deficit would still be very large.)
to try to find more savings in the expenditure
to run a Stewardship Campaign with the help of a Diocesan advisor
to change the way we support charities. Instead of using PCC funds, we will organise specific fundraising initiatives. 

These decisions were not taken lightly and were unanimously agreed by the PCC. If you would like to know more about church finances, or how to give tax-efficiently, and regularly, then please speak to Derek, Gwynneth, Carol or Nick Harris

Children’s Worker We are delighted to report that following interviews on Wednesday we made a job offer. We’ll make a full announcement in the next few weeks.

Christmas Day on your own? Will you be alone on Christmas Day? Churches Together in Teddington is organising lunch for local people – most of them elderly – who might otherwise spend the day on their own. The annual event is at Elleray Hall in Teddington. Guests arrive from 1045 and leave after the Queen’s Speech at about 1530. If you would like to go, or know of someone who would benefit, phone 020 8977 8000 or email The day also needs volunteers to provide transport, set up tables, help in the kitchen, cook the meal, greet guests or provide entertainment.

Students at Christmas Many international students remain in the UK over the holiday period, often left feeling lonely in near-empty halls of residence. Could you house a student for the holidays or at least share a meal with them? If so, Host UK would like to hear from you now. Telephone 020 7739 6292 or go to


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 | Clock restoration | Harvest Festival | Pet Service | Remembrance Sunday | The Gardening Club

Catch up on Charities and Links news on the page Year by year giving.

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