Our mission, witness and outreach

Our mission


Mission comes from a word that means 'to send'. Jesus was sent into our world, and then sent out his disciples. Today we are part of the company of disciples sent out into the world with the news of the love of God in Jesus. God asks us to step out on a journey with him, a journey that involves new discoveries and endless possibilities. The central objective of all our church activities, our mission, is spreading a Christian influence in our local community and beyondWe are concerned with the whole Christian church, secular matters, the country and indeed with the world as a whole. 

Our mission is to be more active as disciples of Christ in our community and in our daily working lives; to make our church a welcoming and relevant place to all people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities or economic circumstances; and to take seriously our responsibilities to the wider world. 

Outreach involves extending ourselves, our talents, our resources, to help others. "Outreach ministry is the Church at work in God’s name, stretching out to meet needs in the wider community. Our daily lives are filled with outreach ministry ...... by serving the needs of others. ...... Christian outreach is provided by parishioners in our daily lives. Work, school, home and community commitments provide endless opportunities to meet the needs of others." The Diocese of London.

We at St James's are a family friendly community of Christians, a wide range of people from different backgrounds and of different colours and ages. We are open to and challenged by the future, seeking to equip people for their daily lives, inspired by our worship of God. We have a keen desire both for growth in numbers and also to make a contribution to the community, locally, nationally and globally. Whoever you are you are assured of a very warm welcome at our church.

Some of the ways we engage with mission at St James's Church:

Giving a friendly welcome for the many people, individuals and groups, who come to the church and church hall -  to worship, for advice, to arrange or attend a baptism, a wedding or a funeral, to arrange or attend concerts or recitals, or perhaps to join the nursery school sessions, classes or evening meetings. 
Providing refreshments after the 9.30am and 11am services. These are very important in making new people feel welcome and enabling people to talk to one another.
• Giving to charities near and far and maintaining links with these charities.
• Helping parishes in poorer parts of London through our Common Fund payment to our diocese.
• Being a Fairtrade church and promoting Fairtrade through our Traidcraft stall.
• Encouraging environmental awareness in our parish life through the ECO group.
Holding courses for adult learning and growth. Re-introducing House Groups as Life Groups meeting fortnightly when there is no specific course taking place.

Children
Providing the Shell Seekers Sunday School.
Providing St James's Ark playgroup for under fives and their carers.
Providing the Together at Eleven service for families.
Having an active relationship with the local schools.
Having an active relationship with the uniformed groups.

Community
Providing friendship and support through the Connections group, a community-based project, primarily for older people.
• Sharing information between local churches through the Hampton Deanery.
• Sharing activities with all the local churches in the Churches Together around Hampton (CTAH).
• Pastoral visiting through the clergy and a team of parish visitors
• Providing preparation groups for baptisms and weddings. As well as post-funeral support, all bereaved families are invited to an annual All Souls remembrance service.
Taking occasional services at places like Teddington Hospital, Marling Court and Laurel Dene, providing for growth in Christian discipleship.
Providing a wide distribution of the Spire magazine. It is delivered free to homes around the parish and is available from many High Street shops.
• This website and social media.

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St James's involvement with mission through the years
 

Mission Mission Mission

A service at Laurel Dene

Activities for children

Collection for the foodbank