Life Groups Our Life Groups will be following a course reflecting on the centrality of Easter - how it gives shape and colour to and how a church can be shaped around it. Created by Bishop John Pritchard, it includes contributions from Bishop Libby Lane and others. Please sign up for the course on the sheets at the back of church. The course booklet will be £4.00. The course is five sessions, every other week. The Thursday evening group starts on 19 April, and the Tuesday group on 24 April.

The Big Dig The next date for your diary is Saturday 28 April from 9am when jobs will include preparing the ground for sowing our wildflower meadow. Please bring any tools you have.

Your Church —Your PCC Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Sunday 29 April at 11am. We need to fill five vacancies on the PCC and elect two churchwardens. Gwynneth will be standing for a second year, but we need to find someone to share the her work. If you care about the church, why not join the PCC and help shape its future? For more information talk to Gwynneth or Derek.

Traidcraft Stall The next stall is on Sunday 6 May and will include both foods and crafts. Come along and see what’s on offer. The plan is to feature crafts bi-monthly.

Hampton Deanery Service Ascension Day Eucharist Thursday 10 May at 8pm St James’s Church with the combined choirs of the Hampton Deanery Preacher Bishop Martin Wharton Followed by refreshments

Wine Tasting - Supporting our charities Christopher Carson, who has worked in the wine trade for 40 years and now manages his own company, will host the evening on Saturday 12 May from 7.30pm in the hall. Chris will introduce a variety of wines, and offer some helpful advice about appreciating the fruit of the vine. This evening will involve tasting of nine wines - ending with a 'guess the wine' competition. Everyone will enjoy the occasion whether novice or master wine-taster! Tickets £15 from church on Sunday or via the office.

Day of Prayer at St James’s Church Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. Here at St James’s we will be holding a morning of prayer on Saturday 19 May from 9am1pm. Come for Morning Prayer at 9am, a short Holy Communion at 12.45pm, or at any time in between when there will be short reflections/meditations on the hours of 10, 11 and 12 There will be a service at St Paul’s on Saturday 19 May (details in the May Spire magazine).


Organ woes Bernie, our organ restorer, has been working solidly on a major restoration project for 18 months. He had hoped to complete the work by Easter, but, alas, the damage was worse than at first thought and it will take a bit longer to complete. The final result will, however, be worth the wait!

Hampton Foodbank Hampton Foodbank has thanked us for the food we delivered to the White House last week. Items we would like to send in our next delivery include: long-life milk and fruit juice, tinned rice pudding, tinned custard, instant mashed potato, tinned potatoes, small coffee jars, tinned veg (not sweetcorn), and tinned meats (meat pies, corned beef, chicken in white sauce, chilli con carne). Karen can now issue vouchers to use the foodbank. To apply, contact her in the church office.

Shell Seekers’ Cake Sale Thank you to everyone who supported the Shell Seekers’ cake sale last Sunday by either baking or buying. The sale raised £55.60, to go to our Lent Appeal.

Connections gets puzzling The second Connections meeting on Tuesday was well attended. We could make good use of a jigsaw roll mat to store ongoing puzzles. If you have one you would be willing to donate, please contact Coryn or the Church Office. Connections takes a break for Easter, returning on Tuesday 1 May, 11am-12.30 pm.

Bereavement Café The United Reformed Church is launching a monthly bereavement café with Princess Alice Hospice, but needs help. Contact John Latham on 079 3280 5166 or

School Club After Easter, St James’s will be running an after-school club at Hampton Hill Junior School every Wednesday. If you can help, please contact Karen Roach.

Calling all photographers We would like to put together a group of people willing to take photographs at services and events for use in the Spire magazine, website, pew sheets, social media and other publicity. If you are able to help please contact Nick in the office.

New name for Charity team The Charity and Links Team has a new name and chair. It will now be known as Charity Support and be led by Dennis Wilmot.

Hampton Foodbank Did you know that St James’s supports the Hampton Foodbank at the White House Community Centre? We’d like to make a more meaningful and regular contribution to this valuable service. When doing your weekly shopping, or buying from our Traidcraft stall, why not purchase an extra item and put it in the Foodbank box in the baptistry?.


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