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  • Welcome


    "We are a family of faith and hope, linked by mutual concern with a desire to serve. We are regularly praying for the people of Hampton Hill and are here to help, whether or not you come to church.

    "Our website, a treasury of facts and photos, introduces you to our church family. For over 150 years the people of St James's have served the local community, marked the key moments in people’s lives, and learned together how to follow Jesus. We hope you find the information you are looking for here."  Revd Derek Winterburn

    Some of the website pages reflect what was going on before the Covid-19 Pandemic but the newsletter, What's on This Week, and this page have information about what is currently going on.
    Click the image opposite to read and sign up for direct delivery of the Weekly News.

     


    June issue


    Dear Spire Reader
    We hope you enjoy reading our parish magazine. It costs just over £1 to print your copy, a total of £10 for the year. If you receive it by post the total, including postage and envelopes, is £18.

            

    We distribute 650 copies across the parish and beyond. As it is an important part of our outreach, we don’t charge for the magazine. If you value it, however, we hope you will at least make a donation to cover the cost. If you give more, we can reach even more people. Click the image for details.
     



    In the summer we are running two life groups, offering a choice. Initially they will run on alternating Thursday evenings on Zoom.



     

    St James's has just been awarded the Eco Church Bronze Award - congratulations to all involved. See the Certificate.

    Each week we offer a nugget of information or a pearl of wisdom to help us all care for the natural world we are part of and enjoy. Find these each week in Derek's Weekly Newsletter.


    As part of ‘Churches Count on Nature’ week (5 June - 12 June) we are asking anyone, young or old, to visit the churchyard through the week and note any animals or plants that they see.  There will be a board in the church porch to record our spotting, and at the end of the week all our findings will be entered on a national database.
    There will be information about wildlife on display and at these times there will be ‘guides’ around to identify what you find.
    Saturday 5 June 11.00 – 12noon
    Tues 8 June 11.00 – 12noon
    Sat 12 June 11.00 – 12noon


    Each day receive a reminder to pray and read the Bible with a link to a short audio reflection.
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    This week
    Click on the image above to see Derek's Weekly Newsletter

    Week beginning 13 June

    Sunday 13 June 
    8.00 Holy Communion - said
    9.30 Holy Communion - live streamed on Facebook and accessible later on YouTube
    Post service Coffee and Chat (Zoom)
    11.15 Together at Eleven in the Vicarage garden. 
    Our all age service is meeting again 'in the flesh'. Until we can sing in church, weather permitting, we will meet in the vicarage garden - please bring a rug to sit on. And there will be craft!! 


    Mon - Fri  9.00AM Morning Prayer (not Thursday)
    Monday - 4th Anniversary of Grenfell Tower Fire - our church bells will ring at 19:00 72 times to remember each fatality. Then there will be 2 minutes silence for prayer, and then four more rings, one for each year since the fire. 
    Tuesday 20.00 Eco-church team
    Thursday 9.30 Holy Communion (no need to book)
    Friday 20.00 Quiz night. Everyone  is welcome whether veterans or newbies! Book in here
    Saturday 10.00 Gardening Club - all welcome! (see below)


    David and Shelly Stokes (CMS Mission Partners in Argentina) are visiting.
    On Saturday 12 June there will be afternoon tea in the vicarage garden, and an informal opportunity to meet David and Shelley and listen to their experiences. Book here.
    They will also speak on Sun 13 June in the church service at 9.30. 


    Parish Communion and Special Services can be seen on Facebook and YouTube 


     

     


    St James's Festival Weekend will be held on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July. There will be an open day for the church on Saturday, and on the Sunday a special service and lunch together. Our plans are only provisional until it is clearer what will be permissible. But some things we can prepare, which will be valuable whatever turns out. 

    Last week we asked the green fingered to sow some seeds for the Plant Stall, this week we are encouraging donations for the Bottle Tombola. Anything in a bottle can be brought in and left at the back of church over the weeks before the Festival Weekend. 


    Peal to celebrate 200 years: 26 June

    The system of bells we have at St James’s is known as the Ellacombe apparatus. This apparatus was devised in 1821 by Rev Thomas Ellacombe whilst curate at St Mary’s, Bitton, near Bristol.

    Bells

    He invented the system so that all the bells could be rung from the vestry by one trusted person, as he was dismayed by the unruly and sometimes drunken behaviour of the ringers  up in the bell-tower!  

    On 26 June there will be a worldwide celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Ellacombe’s invention. Bells of this type throughout the world will ring at noon local time, starting in New Zealand and continuing across various time zones, finishing in Vancouver, Canada, 17 hours after it starts. Ringers at St James’s will be joining in this event — do listen out for it



    The Parish Office is closed
    Nick Bagge is working at home on reduced hours. 
    Please ring Derek at the Vicarage (020 8241 5904) or email if you have any enquiries or for any pastoral matters.

     


    Giving Giving
    If you would like to make a gift online then we have a special weblink for donations: Click here to give securely. Book the church and/or hall
    for your activity
    Make it easier to give regularly to St James's - by direct debit, within the Parish Giving Scheme. Ask Carol Bailey for details.

     

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