Church life

Church life

Much goes on in St James's Church all through the week. In addition to the services, both on Sundays and weekdays, there are social activities and groups that meet for fun, learning or helping others. There are many unseen helpers who quietly get on with the many tasks that produce the pleasant environment for worship, a smooth-running administration, and the enjoyable social events. 

Worship today is not a solo performance by the clergy, watched by a passive congregation. What goes into preparing the church for worship? There is a an organist, a choirservers, readers, intercessors and welcomers. There are bellringers and flower arrangers. What do the PCC and churchwardens do? There are people who handle the finance, the electoral roll and the administration - the hall bookings, the registers, the books of remembrance. Who supports the vicar in providing pastoral care - through visiting the sick and housebound, through preparation for baptism? Who keeps the garden and courtyard tidy? Who sweeps the church, polishes the brass, arranges the flowers, washes the altar linen, types the service sheets, organises the rotas and chooses the music?

And in our relationship with the wider world - we keep in touch with the deanery and diocese, and with other churches. We maintain our links with overseas mission partners. Our magazine, The Spire, is prepared, printed and distributed and our website is kept up to date.

There are many other activities - from teaching children to cleaning out the gutters, from cooking and making coffee to washing up - and laundering the tea-towels. You can be as involved as you like and as you have energy to be! Look at these behind the scenes activities, celebrate our hidden helpers and encourage everyone to pray for them, to support them and to join them.

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