Summer in the churchyard

There are 34 photo albums.

St James's Weekend
Our 2018 weekend events were a big success. Saturday’s open day attracted about 100 people, many of whom were first-time visitors. On Sunday we welcomed Ben Lovell to our service and then enjoyed lunch and activities in the vicarage garden. Over the two days we raised £905 for our charities from a variety of events including tower tours, bell-ringing, raffle, bottle tombola, plants sale, and film show. Well done to everyone involved in the weekend.

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The organ chamber
Members of St James's congregation and visitors to the church will probably be familiar with a somewhat distant view of the organ on the north side of the chancel as shown above. Only an intrepid few, however, will have ventured into the interior of the instrument, behind the console. Here can be seen metal and wooden pipes of many shapes and sizes.

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Mothering Sunday
On Mothering Sunday, 2018, a joyful, busy service was held for all ages with beautiful posies given out.

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Epiphany party
A successful party in 2018. Apart from games, like Follow the Star, revealing the message that ‘Wise Men came from the East – A child is born,’ we had a great story telling session by Derek, delicious food and some craft activities.

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Christmas family service
Two busy Christmas Eve family services were held in 2017.

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The Carol Service
A moving service in 2017 was followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

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Christingle
The annual Christingle service in 2017 was, as always, very popular.

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Gardening Club
Autumn 2017 saw the introduction of a gardening club. This was, and still is, for anybody with an interest in keeping the churchyard looking its best.

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Remembrance Sunday
Photos showing parts of the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday, 2017

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The Ark Playgroup
The very popular St James's Ark is a playgroup for carers and under fives which is Christian based and non-educational.

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Pet Service
To give thanks to God for all the animals around us there was a pet service on Sunday 8 October, 2017. Pets of all kinds were brought into church for a blessing. There were also songs, stories and prayers and afterwards both pets and owners enjoyed some refreshments.

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Harvest Festival
There was the popular All Age service in 2017, followed by a short communion service. Lunch was shared in the hall and the day finished off with a moving evensong.

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Clock restoration
The clock faces were taken away in September, 2017, for a major restoration project at the clockmakers. The clock was built by J Smith & Sons of Derby in 1893, and this is the first major refurbishment of the faces. Work will include cleaning and shot blasting the copper-backed cast iron faces back to base metal, replacing the back and repainting them their original colours of black and gold, and applying gold leaf. They were back in place by the end of November.

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St James's Day
A photographic description of what happened on the festival of our patron saint in 2017.

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Church improvements
There are many initiatives in our Action Plan: some immediate, some for the coming year, and some for ‘one day.’ These happened in 2017.

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Together at 11
A new service, started in 2017, has the needs of children and parents particularly in mind, though everyone is invited. It is fun-filled with lively songs, hands-on activities and a famous Bible story - the whole family can learn together.

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Easter Day
The Easter celebrations at St James's Church in 2017 were for all ages.

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Visitors from Tanzania
The parish was delighted to welcome Bishop Matthew Mhagama and his wife Skola on 2nd April, 2017. They brought news and greetings from Milo hospital, which St James has supported for over 30 years. Bishop Matthew has many plans for income generating projects in his Diocese of South West Tanganyika and will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September to help fund them.

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Palm Sunday
St James's Palm Sunday Service in 2017 started out in the churchyard on a beautiful sunny morning.

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All Age Services
Some photos of the All Age Services during 2017.

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Spring in the churchyard
Photos to show what the churchyard looks like in the spring.

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Shell Seekers & Fairtrade
The Sunday School children learn about Fairtrade.

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Organ renovation
A few years ago various irregularities were noticed in the organ, including a whistling and hissing sound and also some notes being weaker and more ‘fuzzy’ than others. An examination by the organ restorer, Bernie Whitmill, revealed many technical faults causing these problems. consequently Bernie spent about 16 months from January 2017 deep in the organ chamber, meticulously repairing or replacing the parts of the instrument that were broken or showing their age, thus causing problems, and also moving some pipes to their correct positions.

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Christmas alive
St James's Church is where Christmas came alive in 2016.

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Christingle
The Christingle Service was held on the second Sunday in Advent 2016.

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Remembrance Sunday
Following the Parish Communion Service on Remembrance Sunday in 2016, the clergy, servers, choir and congregation processed out into the churchyard for a special service at the War Memorial.

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Our new vicar
Revd Derek Winterburn's Institution & Induction service 8th November 2016.

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Harvest Festival
A photographic description of the Harvest Festival All Age Service, 2016.

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St James's Day
A family service at 11.00 followed by a BBQ lunch for everyone in the vicarage garden in 2016. After lunch the Open Day continued with an inflatable slide, children's entertainment, a churchyard nature trail, music, a slide show and with opportunities to climb the tower and ring the bells.

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Our new curate
Jacky Cammidge was ordained priest by the Bishop of Kensington, The Right Reverend Dr Graham Tomlin, in St Mary Abbotts, Kensington, on June 26th 2016. Then three days later, on the festival day for St Peter and St Paul, presided at the Eucharist at St James’s for the first time.

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The Ark at play
Some activities at St James's Ark.

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St James's Ark
Some artwork made by the children going to St James's Ark.

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Shell Seekers work 2
The Shell seekers studied Bible Royalty during the Autumn Term 2015.

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Shell Seekers work 1
Photos of some of the work the Shell Seekers Sunday School have done to illustrate what they have been learning.

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