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.

David Bonner’s funeral
Zena Williams has confirmed that her father David Bon-ner’s funeral will be at All Saints Church, Hampton, on Tuesday 17 October at 1300. Anyone who knew David is welcome to attend.

Church hosts film night for homeless SPEAR, a local charity that helps homeless people, is holding a film night at St James’s on Tuesday 17 October from 1830 to raise funds. Half Way is a powerful documentary made by Daisy May Hudson about her own family, made homeless when they were evicted by their landlord from their home. The film will be followed by a chance to question Daisy about her family’s plight. Tickets are £8, available via the booking link and booking email address

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:

Jean Wilson’s funeral The funeral service for Jean Wilson, who died on 1 October aged 94, will be at St Mary’s Church, Gillingham, Dorset, on Monday 23 October at 1200. Her ashes will be interred in the churchyard at a later date.

Fish & Chips Supper We are hosting a fish and chip supper in the hall on Saturday 28 October at 1830. It will also be a chance to hear David and Shelley Stokes, our mission partners in Argentina, talk about their work. To join us for the meal of fish/chicken and chips please sign-up on the events notice board in church by Wednesday 25 October.

Alternative Halloween Instead of scaring people this Halloween, come and join our celebration of light! We’re joining with our Brownies in the hall on Tuesday 31 October at 6.15 until 7.30 for games, craft, other activities, party food and fun! A free alternative to Halloween with a positive message of light and hope. Any Junior school-age children are welcome to join us. Why not dress to celebrate positive characters or animals (just no horror or spooky costumes). Booking in advance is essential -

Laurel Dene Our next short service at the care home will be on Wednesday 1 November at 1100. If you are able to support this, contact Derek.

In Loving Memory Sunday 5 November 1530. All Souls’ Day gives us the chance to remember those who have died, whether this year or many years ago. All are welcome to attend this short service and light a candle in memory of all those we love but see no more. If you would like the name of a loved one to be read out please fill in the sheet at the back of church or contact the church office, or come a bit earlier on the day and speak to someone from the Welcome Team. The short service will be followed by refreshments in the hall.

Remembrance Sunday 12 November 0930. This is a day for the nation to remember and honour all those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Our Parish Communion will be followed by a short service at the War Memorial, including two minutes’ silence at 1100, and the laying of wreaths by various organisations.

St James Gardening Club We meet for the first time on Saturday 18 November from 0930-1230. The area around our church is full of natural diversity and colour, and appreciated by many people. The council do the ‘heavy lifting’ of the maintenance, but we would like to invite you to do some smaller scale pruning, preparing and planting. Next year we are going to prepare some ground for a wildflower meadow, but the autumn tasks are simpler. Come on the day with some secateurs and useful tools and we will bring out the beauty together.


Children’s Leader St James's has advertised for a Children and Families Work Leader. The Children’s Ministry Team met and agreed the content of an advert, which has appeared in Youth and Children’s Work, the leading magazine in this sector. The PCC believes that the appointment is vital if the church is to grow. Under Derek’s leadership it has agreed to commit a large part of Betty Stewart’s legacy to fund the full-time post for the first three years. Betty ran the Sunday School for many years and the PCC believes she would have supported the move. Mentor and Leader The new leader will work with the Shell Seekers’ leaders, mentoring their development, as well as increasing our commitment to local schools. One other possibility would be to launch a youth club for older children. If all goes to plan we hope to announce an appointment next month, probably with a start date early next year.
 Important information | Job description | Application form

Getting Social
You asked for more social events — and we listened! The Social Team is planning a year or events, including a curry night and an Epiphany party for children. Look out for details on the pew sheet!

A familiar, yet new look to St James’s It is a fact of life that organisations need a ‘visual identity’. Sometimes we use the word ‘branding’ and we also talk about logos. The Christian church has used a fish symbol, and then a cross, as its badge. St James’s has had a logo for 10 years or so, but we felt it was time to refresh it. A team worked with a design company, and after looking at various options the PCC agreed the final design incorporating the landmark profile of the spire. The fluid style speaks of life and movement; there is also a cross in there! The colour version incorporates a ‘stained glass’ pattern — another feature of the building. We think there is a freshness to the new identity, but in using the church’s outline it is recognisably St James’s Church. We hope you like it!

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

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

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 | Clock restoration | Harvest Festival

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

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