St James's involvement with mission through the years

The community

"Mission work was always strenuously exercised in the neighbourhood by St James’s...."  Beyond the needs of the parish itself, St James’s contributed generously to the work of the church through the Home and Foreign Missions and other charities. Advent Sunday became its Mission Sunday, when this work was celebrated and collections taken to support it. (The 'Through the years' links show what happened from when records began up until November 2016 when Revd Derek Winterburn became the tenth vicar of St James's.)

Mission witness & outreach through the years

St James's has undertaken various types of witness, mission and outreach through the years. Have a look at Witness, mission & outreach through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until November 2016.

A Lent Pilgrim Course was run on the subject of prayer, with a light meal, in the church, with books being available for Lent reading. Four ‘Learning’ evenings were held in the summer. House groups were revived in September 2017, meeting in members’ homes and were called 'Life Groups'. During the term the members read and discussed Paul's Letter to the Philippians. Derek led the meetings and "the group felt that it had been an enjoyable and inspiring time, giving us the opportunity to give thanks for our blessings, share concerns, and pray for ours and other people’s needs."

Church members are encouraged to think about how their Christian faith can be taken into their working / family life. Approximately monthly someone spoke about ‘This Time Tomorrow’ at the 09.30 service; this replaces the long-running ’Faith at Work’ group. 

Charities & links through the years

The giving of charity was one of the most important social functions of the church before the advent of the Welfare State. Have a look at Witness, mission & outreach through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until November 2016.

Twenty-first century Britain is a very different place from Victorian Britain, but sadly the need to think of those less fortunate has not gone away and charitable giving is still at the heart of our parish outreach - an essential part of the good news our Christian faith encourages us to proclaim.

Over the course of 2017 we welcomed three outside speakers and contributed to good causes in the UK and overseas in kind as well as financially. Following the PCC’s difficult decision to suspend charitable grants in 2018 (to help tackle the parish deficit), there were various fundraising initiatives so that we could continue to support our charities. The 'Charities and links' team was renamed 'Charity support' to match this. 

St James's in the local community through the years

Much of our mission work comes under the purview of community and has its own page, Our church in the community through the years.

Concerts & recitals through the years

Recitals and concerts have been held in the church probably since Revd Fitz Wygram was vicar, performed by young and old alike. Concerts and recitals have been, and still are, performed in the church by many different local community groups. Also, over the years, St James's own musicians have put on recitals for various charities and for their own pleasure. Have a look at Concerts & recitals through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until November 2016. 

Keeping in touch through the years

The parish magazines have always been considered one of the ways we achieve outreach by spreading news of our faith and what goes on in our church and further afield. All our parish magazines are available on this website - 1884 -1899 | 1900 - 1919 | 1920 - 1939 | 1940 - 1959 | 1960 - 1979 | 1980 - 1999 | 2000 - 2019 and have a look at Parish magazines through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until November 2016.

The PCC agreed to extend the Spire’s reach by funding an extra 100 copies for each issue, for systematic distribution around the parish during 2017-18. 

Soon after Revd Winterburn started his incumbency he developed the way St James's kept in touch with people. He updated the weekly Pew Sheet, using colour, pictures and extra information. Also, every Saturday he sent all congregation members a weekly email with greetings and any relevant information. Sermons were uploaded onto the website.

A team worked with graphic designers to produce new branding in 2017. A fresh new logo, incorporating the landmark profile of the spire, was chosen by the PCC. The fluid font style of the church's name spoke of life and movement; the 't' looked like a cross and the colour version incorporated a ‘stained glass’ pattern - another feature of the building. Colour, text fonts and page layouts were deployed on all printed materials and signage. This website underwent a major facelift to come into alignment with the new style.

Posters advertising upcoming events in the new west porch notice boards were continually being updated and therefore let people know that there is a lot is going on in the church. The sidespersons in church on a Sunday morning and the vergers at weddings, baptisms, funerals and other services were given name tags to wear which identified them as being welcoming helpers.