Our Mission, Witness and Outreach

Our mission

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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 for us to be more active as disciples of Christ in our community and in our daily working lives, spreading a Christian influence in our local community and beyondWe want to make our church a welcoming and relevant place to all people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities or economic circumstances. We want to take seriously our responsibilities to the whole Christian church, secular matters, the country and indeed with the world as a whole. 

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.

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 and Recitals, or perhaps to join the nursery school sessions, classes or evening meetings. 
Providing refreshments, Parish Breakfast, 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.
Holding Courses for adult learning and growth. Re-introducing House Groups as Life Groups meeting fortnightly when there is no specific course taking place.

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.

• Being a Fairtrade church and promoting Fairtrade through our Traidcraft stall.
• Encouraging environmental awareness in our parish life through the ECO group.
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
• The Pop Up Cinema makes full use of the big screen and wonderful sound system and is free for all. 
• Providing preparation groups for Baptisms and Weddings. As well as 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.

Find out more

The History of St James's Involvement with Mission 

Mission Mission Mission

A service at Laurel Dene

Activities for children

Collection for the foodbank