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Plans for the future This is a ministry for everyone – ‘each according to your means’ 2 Cor 8:11
Our vision 
In the coming year we hope to:
Install toilets and upgrade our storage in the church, and washing facilities in the vestry
Enrich our 9.30 service, including having the choir more often and refurbishing the organ
Experiment by offering another Sunday service with, in particular, young families in mind
Develop our links with our local schools
Support the Administrator’s post from income
Collaborate on drawing up a renewed Vision, with clear plans for growing the church in depth, and in numbers
Appoint a Children / Youth Work leader
Support other ministries and organisations that further God’s Kingdom
Read the leaflet Giving in Grace.

St James’s Church has a new management system to make life easier. This week Derek will be sending an email inviting you to check the information we hold about you. If you don’t receive the message check your spam folder. If it is not there, then we probably don’t have the correct email for you. If that is the case, please email the office. We realise that not everyone has an email address, and those without won’t be excluded, but this is an easy way to keep connected with church events and activities, as well as managing rotas and meetings.

Organ restoration work Major work to restore the church’s organ began this week. Bernie Whitmill is initially restoring a pedal chest. This essential work is necessary to ensure that the organ continues to work. The PCC agreed to provide up to £17,000 from Betty Stewart’s legacy to fund the most urgent work. We have also received a substantial donation to enable the year-long project to continue. If you would like to contribute towards this please speak to the office or Derek. Have a look at the photo album showing pictures inside the organ chamber.

COMING SOON

APCM is this Sunday! The church holds its Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 30 April at 1100 in the hall. As well as hearing about the past year, and giving thanks to the many volunteers who help with church life, we will hear from Derek about future plans for St James’s. Another part of the meeting will be the election of churchwardens and five members of the PCC. If you have something to offer and would like to stand, you’ll find nomination papers in the south aisle of church. Reports on the various aspects of church life are now on display in church in the south aisle. If we have your email address, they have been sent out to you.

A new addition to services at St James’s starting at 1100 between 30 April and 2 July. In addition to our 0800 and 0930 services we are launching a new, fun-filled, child-friendly service with games, lively songs and hands-on activities. There will be a talk and some prayers, but we keep everything punchy so the service lasts 30-40 minutes, leaving plenty of time for a chat over refreshments.

Tea and Memories A new monthly meeting for people with dementia is being held on the first Friday of the month at Hampton Methodist Church, Percy Road, from 1030-1200.

NOTICES

Sink and toilets A sink has now been installed in the vestry, paid for by a generous donation from a past baptism. The PCC has also accepted a tender for toilets to be installed in the west porch storeroom. We hope work will get underway sometime after Easter.

Spire Appeal Thank you to everyone who has already made a donation to the Spire’s annual appeal. The more money we raise, the greater number of copies we can distribute in our parish. When we have such a good quality magazine it seems a shame not to promote it more widely!

APCM Reports Reports on the various aspects of church life are now on display in church in the south aisle. If we have your email address, copies will shortly also be sent out with the APCM agenda for Sunday 23 April at 1100 and the minutes from last year’s meeting.

Planned Giving We have heard from half of the congregation. Thank you to everyone who has responded, including the many additional pledges. We are now halfway towards our target of an extra £15,000 a year to meet our costs. To help us budget, we’d still like to hear from the other half of you. Please return your form whether you are reducing, maintaining or increasing your donations. If you’d like to join and pay monthly, contact the office.

Lent Appeal 2017 We were supporting the Diocese of London’s appeal, called Sowing Seeds for Tomorrow, for its link with Mozambique and Angola, known as ALMA.

Electoral Roll If you count St James’s as your church and aren’t already on the electoral roll, then please complete a form in the south aisle. This is not to be confused with the list for voting in local and parliamentary elections.

Sound and screen We are looking for more volunteers to help operate the sound system and screen during services, including weddings and funerals (for which a fee is paid). If you are interested let Nick in the office know. You don’t need to have any expertise as full training will be given.

RECENT EVENTS 

Have a look at this year's photo albums:
 Organ restoration | The Shell Seekers and Fairtrade | Spring in the churchyard | All-age services | Visitors from Tanzania | Palm Sunday Easter Sunday

Catch up on Charities and Links news on the page Charity News.

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