St James's Day

St James's Day in the vicarage garden

St James’s Day is our Patronal Festival celebrating our patron saint, St James. Patron saints are saints who were chosen as special protectors or guardians over certain things like occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes, in fact, anything that is important to us.

Parish CommunionSt James's Day is actually on July 25th, but we celebrate this day a few weeks earlier before people go away on holiday. We have a service all together at 11.00, usually a Parish Communuion (shown right). There is often a guest preacher - listen to Bishop Graham Tomlin's sermon from the 2017 service. Our Sunday School, the Shell Seekers, take part in the service and the uniformed groups sometimes join in by carrying their flags in a colourful parade through the church.

At Revd Winterburn's first St James's Day, in 2017, the formal was combined with the the less formal with the organ playing, the choir singing an introit and anthem and the St James's Players accompanying the last two hymns, playing music during the giving of the communion and the exit music. The children enthusiactically joined in the hymns with bells and other instruments!

Ringing the bellsAfter the service drinks were served in the vicarage garden and this year a quiz was held. Soon after there was a family shared BBQ lunch. Various activities take place after the lunch, such as bell-ringing in the tower (shown left), climbing the spire, a churchyard hunt and a bouncy castle or slide, badge-making, face painting and other activities for the children. There have been Parish Treasure Hunts, and 'Beating the Bounds' where parishoners (of all ages) took to their bikes (of all types) and rode around the boundary of the Parish of St James. 

Have a look: St James's Day (2017 photo album)

Looking back

St James's Day (2016 photo album)
St James's Day through the years (updated July 2017)