Social Life & Groups

Social life


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A definition of social life is "the part of a person's time spent doing enjoyable things with others". St James's Church has always been good at providing parish social activities of all sorts and for all tastes and ages as it feels that it is important for people to interact with others, not just on Sundays, but through the week as well. Social activities are also viewed as an important part of the church's outreach by opening the church and hall, bringing people together and welcoming all members of the community. They are co-ordinated by the Social Team for the benefit of everyone, not just church goers. They provide a social function for the church, incorporating the parish and the Christian (Church) Calendar.

There is an increasing number of events, many of them new ventures that happen periodically. Examples include fun activities like quiz nights, games nights, wine tasting evenings, popular concerts, a fish and chip supper and a curry night.

Find out more

The History of St James's Social Life 

Social Groups

Connections 
A new community-based project, primarily for older people, was launched in February 2018 for friendship and support. People can enjoy a cuppa with homemade cakes and the chance to sit and chat. There are always different activities to choose from.
Find out more on the page: Connections.

St James’s Film Club / Pop Up Cinema 
Going to the cinema has suddenly become a lot more local. St James’s has launched its own film club, making full use of the big screen and wonderful sound system. The idea came from PCC member Josh Webb, and his family have now joined forces to offer the full experience, which includes sales of popcorn, drinks and snacks. The first two films were Sound of Music and It’s A Wonderful Life. There are cushions if the pews prove too uncomfortable! Shows are put on throughout the year with growing popularity within the whole community. Adult films alternate with children’s ones and they are all free of charge. 
Contact: Nick on 020 8941 6003

St James's Theatre Club 
An outing of some sort is organised occasionally and the aim is to get people together to have some fun during the week.  Right from the start it was a great success, with the response being very positive. Now that it is a regular fixture in St James’s social diary, people look forward to an evening out with old or newly acquired friends. If you’re interested in joining them, please see the notice board at the back of the church or . If you need a lift to the theatre, this is no problem as there are a number of people willing to drive. Everyone is welcome!
Contact: Peter Hale on 020 979 9287

Gardening Club 
 A new Gardening Club was formed in the autumn of 2017 which was, and still is, for anybody with an interest in keeping the churchyard looking its best. The initial phase included clearing and planting up the area on the car park side of the west porch. A peaceful new garden was planted on the Park Road side of the west porch in the summer of 2019. The Garden Club meets some four times a year and all are welcome for either light or vigorous activity, whichever you choose, as well as lots of fun, good company, hot drinks and, most importantly, care and enhancement of our lovely churchyard. 
Contact: Ros Daly on 020 8979 3687

The Good Guys 
This is a light-hearted definition of its members and was launched in 2019 as a fellowship and social group for men. It typically met once a month for a meal and/or drinks at various Hampton Hill High Street restaurants, before settling on The Beech House as its permanent home. Membership has slowly crept up and at our Christmas meal we numbered 14. We welcome new members, young or old (18+). These social occasions have been very successful, and friendships have grown or been established as we get to know each other in a relaxed setting.
Contact: Nick on 020 8941 6003
 

Connections Pop up cinema Gardening Group

Connections

The Film Club

The Gardening Group

Prayer and Study Groups 

Over the years there have been a number of adult prayer and study groups which generally meet for a short series. They are varied and can include prayers and studying the Bible. The groups offer:
• An opportunity to be with Christian friends in a more relaxed way.
• A setting to learn more about living as a Christian, hearing from the Bible and from one another.
• A safe place of acceptance and trust in which we can talk about the challenges we face.
• A ‘homebase’ for caring and mutual support.

Find out more on the page: Prayer & Study Groups/Courses
 

Study groups Study groups Study groups
A Lent Study Group   A Lfe Group


Music groups

Church Choir
The church choir supports the congregation regularly, though not every week, at Parish Communion services. In addition to the hymns, it sings at least one anthem, usually during the administration of Holy Communion, and sometimes an introit. The choir also leads the singing in the traditional Carol Service and takes part in many special services throughout the year.
Find out more on the page: The Choir

St James's Players
​This instrumental ensemble leads the music during the All Age Services, accompanying the hymns and playing processional music at the end. The group also plays any other music needed during the service. It has supported the music in some special services, such as the Carol Services and Confirmations.
Find out more on the page: St James’s Players
 

Choir Band Choir

The choir singing an introit

St James's Players

The choir singing an anthem


Groups for children

St James's Ark Playgroup
The Ark is a playgroup for carers and under-fives, which is Christian based and non-educational. It takes place in church on Monday mornings during term time from 10.15am - 12.15pm.
Find out more on the page: St James's Ark Playgroup

The Shell Seekers Sunday School
This lively, caring group meet during term time and always start and end their sessions in the church with the rest of the congregation so that they are included in the church service itself and feel part of it.
Find out more on the page: The Shell Seekers Sunday School

Youth: Friends, Food and Fellowship
The older children, having outgrown Shell Seekers, have started their own group, combining friends, food and fellowship. The core group of young people meet together monthly and enjoy different activities. The group helps the young people grow in fellowship together and also helps them spiritually as they take the time to pray and chat about God’s relevance in their lives. 
Find out more on the page: Youth Friends, Food & Fellowship

Uniformed Groups
St James's has an active relationship with the uniformed groups who are always welcomed into the church.
Find out more on the page: Uniformed Groups

Find out more

The History of St James's Groups  
 

Uniformed Groups The Ark Shell Seekers

Some of the Uniformed Groups

St James's Ark

Shell Seekers Sunday School