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. Mission implies active participation, sometimes by active membership of other organisations, sometimes directly by gifts. 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.

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.
Having an active relationship with local uniformed groups.
• 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.
• Visiting people preparing for a baptism, wedding or funeral and visiting the bereaved.
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.
• This website!

Looking back

Mission through the years

Contacts

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