People

Social life

Our church is its people and many of them are involved in different activities within the church. There are many seen and 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. Parish activities of all sorts, for all tastes and ages, take place as it is important for people to interact with others, not just on Sundays, but through the week as well. These events 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.

Helpers

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 ChoirServersWelcomers, people who prepare the Parish Breakfast, people who read the lessons or say the prayers. What do the Parochial Church Council and Churchwardens do? There are people who handle the Finance, the Electoral RollProperties and Social events 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 churchyard, garden and courtyard tidy? Who Cleans 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 continue with our Charity work and 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. Have a chat with Nick in the Office to see if any of them would suit you.

Social Groups

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. They 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 (Church) Calendar.

Connections is a community-based project for friendship and support, primarily for older people. 

The Gardening Club is for anybody with an interest in keeping the churchyard looking its best. The initial phase included clearing and planting up the area on the car park side of the west porch. A peaceful new garden was planted on the Park Road side of the west porch in the summer of 2019. The Garden Club meets some four times a year and all are welcome for either light or vigorous activity, whichever you choose, as well as lots of fun, good company, hot drinks and, most importantly, care and enhancement of our lovely churchyard. 
Contact: Ros Daly on 020 8979 3687

The Good Guys is a light-hearted definition of its members and is a fellowship and social group for men. It typically meets once a month for a meal and/or drinks at The Beech House in Hampton Hill. We welcome new members, young or old (18+). These social occasions have been very successful, and friendships have grown or been established as we get to know each other in a relaxed setting.
Contact: Nick on 020 8941 6003

Prayer and Study Groups 

Prayer & Study Groups/Courses are adult groups which generally meet for a short series. They are varied and can include prayers and studying the Bible. 

Music groups

The Choir supports the congregation regularly, though not every week, at Parish Communion services. In addition to the hymns, it sings at least one anthem, usually during the administration of Holy Communion, and sometimes an introit. The choir also leads the singing in the traditional Carol Service and takes part in many special services throughout the year.

St James’s Players, an instrumental ensemble, leads the music during the All Age Services, accompanying the hymns and playing processional music at the end. The group also plays any other music needed during the service. 

Groups for children

St James's Ark Playgroup is a playgroup for carers and under-fives, which is Christian based and non-educational. It takes place in church on Monday mornings during term time from 10.15am - 12.15pm.

The Shell Seekers Sunday School, a lively, caring group, meet during term time and always start and end their sessions in the church with the rest of the congregation so that they are included in the church service itself and feel part of it.

Youth: Friends, Food & Fellowship is a group of young people who meet together monthly and enjoy different activities. The group helps the young people grow in fellowship together and also helps them spiritually as they take the time to pray and chat about God’s relevance in their lives. 

The Uniformed Groups have an active relationship with the church.

Find out more

The History of St James's People

 

Uniformed Groups Study groups Gardening Group

Some of the Uniformed Groups

A Lent Study Group

The Gardening Group