The Spire Magazine
The Spire is the parish magazine of St James's Church and has developed over the years in both style and production, being redesigned and developed into a journal that has been widely acclaimed as clear, accessible and informative. The size of the magazine has changed, there is effective use of colour and there is now no advertising. The magazine is distributed free, but each year there is an appeal for voluntary contributions. It is produced nine time a year, with three issues each covering two months.
The magazine is produced and distributed by a group of parishioners who believe that good communication is essential to the understanding and propagation of the Christian faith. The Spire aims to have as wide a variety of material as possible, including not only church notices and reports but also articles reflecting the life of parishioners, the wider community and national or global issues. Besides the magazine’s necessary factual content - who to contact for particular needs and how to find them, days and times of services, etc., there are features which are helpful or interesting to as wide an audience as possible.
A member of the clergy writes a 'Yours Faithfully' in every issue with his/her reflection on matters of Christian concern. The Young Spire page can also be instructive to people well beyond youth. Members of our community write of their personal beliefs and interests. Also covered are charities, both at home and abroad, matters of community concern and activities which help our local or distant communities. There are many readers of the magazine, churchgoers or not, who have things to write which would be helpful and interesting to others. Some have already contributed and it is hoped that future issues will contain many more articles of this type from a wide range of readers.
The Spire Committee is essentially the editorial committee who meet early each month to decide on the content of the next issue. The 2013 committee is shown left. During the following two weeks, the editors gather the material, decide on and create the layout, drafts are proof-read, sent to the printer and the magazine is ready in church by the first Sunday of the relevant month.
Each issue, six hundred copies are delivered to the many volunteer distributors all around the parish and beyond who deliver copies to houses in the parish every month. Many copies are also sent out each time by post to a wide variety of people - past clergy, former parishioners, local churches, the Bishop of Kensington and Archdeacon of Middlesex, as well as the local newspapers, schools and hospitals. There is now also a growing group of people who receive their copies by email. If you would like to do this please see below.
The distribution was reviewed in 2010 and as a result more copies were placed in the High Street, at the Post Office, library, Medical Centre and dentist with the response being "outreach at its best".
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