Social life

Social life

A definition of social life is "the part of a person's time spent doing enjoyable things with others". St James's Church has always been good at providing parish social activities of all sorts and for all tastes and ages as it feels that it is important for people to interact with others, not just on Sundays, but through the week as well. Social activities are also viewed as an important part of the church's outreach by opening the church and hall, bringing people together and welcoming all members of the community, not just members of the congregation, into the church.

There is an increasing number of events, many of them new ventures that happen periodically. Examples include fun activities like quiz nights, games nights, wine tasting evenings, popular concerts, a fish and chip supper and a curry night.

These social activities are co-ordinated by the Social Team for the benefit of everyone, not just church goers. They provide a social function for the church, incorporating the parish and the Christian calendar


Meeting in church, Connections provides a great opportunity for people to get together in a safe environment. Not only church members come along, there is increasing interest from members of the local community. There is no cost and no membership expectations - it is great to see anybody who is passing, even if just for a quick drink and cake! Just come along if you are interested. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month from 11am-12.30pm. A hearing aid support service, provided by the NHS, is now a regular feature. Read more on the Groups page.

Communion and Coffee

Every second Tuesday in the month the usual communion service is followed by coffee in the church as a social get-together. This has become very popular. Occasionally the date has to be changed so keep an eye open!

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Films are shown in the church regularly, more being shown for the children. There is no charge and cushions and refreshments are available. These pop-up cinemas have become very popular.

Clubs and Groups

Connections, a new community-based project primarily for older people, was launched in February 2018 for friendship and support. Meeting in church, it provides a great opportunity to meet people in a safe environment. The plan is for a constantly changing range of activities to form part of each meeting, with everything from craft demonstrations and games to speakers. The Film Club and the Theatre Club continue and a Gardening Club has been formed to tackle the churchyard. There are other groups you and your children can join, just look at the page Groups.

Social life for Children

Children's parties include a paddling pool tea party in the vicarage garden, a teddy bears picnic, a late summer party, an Epiphany party and a celebration of light and 'Trunk or Treat' as alternatives to Halloween.

St James's Hospitality

There is another team, St James's Hospitality, who's purpose is to work together with the Social Team to provide refreshments of one kind or another at many of these social functions. There are some events that happen regularly, such as the weekly after-church refreshments, called parish breakfast

Other examples are providing meals or refreshments for regular annual social occasions such as St James's Day celebrations which is usually a BBQ in the vicarage garden with fun and games, Harvest Festival lunch and mulled wine with minced pies after the parish Carol Service. St James's Hospitality also provides refreshments for many of the events listed above.

Find out more

Social life through the years 


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A harvest lunch

A quiz night

Refreshments after a service