Our church in the community

Our church in the community


The central objective of all St James's church activities, our mission, is spreading a Christian influence in the local and distant communities. St James's Church plays an important role in the community of Hampton Hill. This is done in two different ways. One is by the clergy and lay people going out into the community, ministering to the parishioners and the other is by opening the church to individuals and groups and encouraging people to come into our midst. There are a number of ways that we seek to build up the church’s life in the community. 

There is always a friendly welcome for the many people, individuals and groups, who come to the church and church hall - to worship, for advice, to arrange or attend a baptism, a wedding or a funeral, to arrange or attend concerts or recitals, or perhaps to join the nursery school sessions, classes or evening meetings. Refreshments after the 9.30am and 11am Sunday services are very important in making new people feel welcome and enabling members to talk to one another. 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.

The clergy and parish visitors go out into the community, providing a link with the church for anybody who is unable to attend church or is in need of support or company at a particular time, including the housebound, the elderly, the lonely, the bereaved, those who are unwell and anyone else in need. As well as post-funeral support, all bereaved families are invited to an annual All Souls' remembrance service.

We have an active relationship with the local schools who are always welcomed into the church on their visits. Groups from the schools visit to learn about the church to help with their Religious Education work. We also welcome these youngsters for their own special services, including their Christmas carol services. The clergy visit the local schools, sometimes taking assemblies or giving talks. 

We also have an active relationship with the uniformed groups who are also always welcomed into the church on their visits. Although they are not strictly Church organisations, being 'open groups', they nevertheless sometimes attend the church parade All Age services. The scouts generally help with the autumn leaf clearance and they always support the Remembrance Day 11am service at the war memorial in the churchyard, forming a guard of honour with their flags. The clergy also visit the Brownies, the Beavers, the Cubs, sometimes giving talks. 

We share information between local churches through the Hampton Deanery and activities with all the local churches in the Churches Together around Hampton (CTAH). The clergy take occasional services at places like Teddington Hospital, Marling Court and Laurel Dene, providing for growth in Christian discipleship. The picture below shows a Carol service at Laurel Dene led by Revd Winterburn and supported by parishioners and Hampton Hill Choristers.

We help parishes in poorer parts of London through our Common Fund payment to our diocese and communities near and far by generous giving to charities.

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Our church in the community through the years

Contacts

CMS Mission Partner: Liz Wilmot 020 8977 9434 
Mozambique/Angola: Lawrence Sewell 020 8977 2844 
Tools with a Mission: Janet Nunn 020 8979 6325

 

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A service at Laurel Dene

A community concert

St James's at Hampton Hill Fair