Our vision for the future

Our vision

Behind any vision for a church must be a vision of God. Our vision for the future is of continuing development and growth; a journey of exploration and of new understanding, reflecting an understanding of God. God does not ask us to remain the same, but to step out on a journey with him that involves new discoveries and endless possibilities. That vision is also to be increasingly inclusive, involving a wider group of people across the parish and welcoming others to join us.

Key actions or goals

The PCC considered the Values, Mission and Vision of the church before the Annual Meeting in 2018. Flowing from the mission (to love God, love people, love the world - learning all the time) these key actions have been identified:

● Sustain the new 1100 service, including developing children’s groups
● Recruit a new Choir Director / Organist
● Trial an after-school at Hampton Hill Juniors
● Strengthen our prayer life (prayer meeting, prayer space)
● Run an enquirer’s course in the autumn, and continue Life Groups
● Refurbish the Hall, recruit Hall Management Team
● Implement QI and H&S recommendations
● Gain an Eco-church award
● Gather a group to work on Church reordering / decoration
● Work towards a break-even budget, including full payment of Common Fund request and reinstating PCC giving to charities

What we have done so far

Launch an activity-based midweek group for older people
► 'Connections', a new group has been formed primarily for older people in the community which is held on the first Tuesday of the month. Come along and enjoy fresh coffee, cakes, friendship and support. Meeting in church, it will provide a great opportunity to find new friends.

Extend the circulation of the Spire
The Spire committee recruited a new member to organise the delivery of the magazine to every house in the parish. The parish was divided up into sections, extra volunteers were asked to deliver the magazines and eventually every house received a copy. An increase in the number of magazines taken from the post office and other places was presumed to be a direct result of this initiative.

● Enrich the 09.30 repertoire of songs with ‘best of the new’
The last hymn is now generally a more modern one instead of one from the normal hymn books. The Shell Seekers have returned to the church by then and enjoy joining in with the singing.

● Develop St James’s Day into a weekend – open church etc on Saturday, worship / meal on Sunday
The weekend events were a big success. Saturday’s open day attracted about 100 people, many of whom were first-time visitors. On Sunday we welcomed Ben Lovell to our service and then enjoyed lunch and activities in the vicarage garden. Over the two days we raised £905 for our charities from a variety of events including tower tours, bell-ringing, raffle, bottle tombola, plants sale, and film show. See the photo album.

● Renew the Visiting Team
 The Visiting Team was reintroduced in the summer of 2018.

Find out more

St James's involvement with mission through the years
2017 goals with achievements

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Singing the 'best of the new'

Spire magazines