St James's provision for children through the years


This page covers St James's care and provision for children through the years.

Until 2016 November

Follow the links below to find out what happened from when records began up until November 2016 when Revd Derek Winterburn became the tenth vicar of St James's.

St James's Ark through the years | St James's Sunday School through the years | Youth groups through the years | St James's Church Schools through the years | Brownies through the years | Guides through the years | Scout Group through the years

From 2016 November

During the early part of 2017 several new initiatives were started for families with young children. ‘Together at Eleven', a service specially created to meet the needs of families, was launched. Everyone stayed together in church for worship, teaching and prayer. All Age services were sometimes held at 1100 or 1000 instead of 0930 for specific occasions like Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and Christingle. In addition all these services have been designed to be more informal and accessible for children, without Holy Communion and often using the new overhead screen. Occasional special services were held, for example a well attended Pet Service (not just for children).

The teddy bears picnic

Several children's parties were held. These included a paddling pool tea party in the vicarage garden, a teddy bears picnic (shown right), a late summer party, a celebration of light as an alternative to Halloween and an Epiphany party.

In December 2017 the new Children and Families' Work Leader, Karen Roach, started work.