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Life Groups resume fortnightly from Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 January, both at 8pm. More details next week.

String Quartet Concert The Burwood Quartet are holding a concert at St James’s on Saturday 9 February at 7.30pm in aid of Shooting Star Chase and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The music includes Haydn op.54 no.2, Shostakovich no.7 and Schubert no.13 in A minor Rosamunde. Tickets are £10 on the door (under 18s free)

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 25 Feb-10 Mar with a focus on chocolate. Our stall has a wide range of products that ensure the producer is paid a living wage. Why not switch to a fair trade chocolate product today?

St James’s Ramblers With Spring just around the corner it is time to dust off your walking shoes. Becky Jones will be leading a walk in the South Downs on Saturday 9 March. The walk will be 3-5 miles long and include a pub lunch. There is a sign-up sheet in church or email her: bexterjones200@gmail.com. Meet at 9:30am outside church. It may be possible to car share.

Icons who inspire Christian icons Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 6 March, so some details are still being finalised, but this is some of what is planned. Ash Wednesday services (HC with ashing) at 9:30am and 8pm. Thursday 14 March onwards, Lent Course: Icons who Inspire. The evening starts with soup, bread and cheese at 7pm, then an Icon will be introduced with a chance for questions and discussion. This will replace the usual Life Groups. Suggested reading: The Art of Lent by Sister Wendy Beckett. This book provides a full colour picture and a reflection for every day in Lent. The book is £10 or the Kindle edition £5.03. (We will probably offer a chance later in Lent to meet and discuss what we have found helpful in the book).

Holiday Club This summer we will be running Backpackers, offering Christian teaching in a fun setting for YR-Y5 children from Wednesday 28-Friday 30 August in the mornings. We will be opening booking later, but for more details speak to Derek or Dani.
 

NOTICES


Thom Stanbury has been appointed as our new organist and choirmaster - read about Thom on the Organist/Choirmaster page.

Hospitality & Social Team Our Hospitality Team needs one more volunteer to go on the 12-week rolling rota serving Sunday refreshments. See Derek

Hampton Court Palace We have reduced price tickets available to purchase for Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace or the Tower of London (part of Historic Royal Palaces). There are six children’s tickets priced £6 (saving £3.60) for Hampton Courtor Kensington, or £7 (saving £3.75) for the Tower of London and one adult ticket £16 (£3.20) for Hampton Court or Kensington or £19 (£3.70) for the Tower of London. These can be used on any named date, but please give us at least a few days’ notice to generate them. Speak to Dani if you would like to buy them.

Planned Giving Did you know that it costs just over £3000 to keep the doors of our church open every week? One way of helping us plan with greater certainty is to join the Planned Giving scheme. You can pay using numbered envelopes (one for every week), or by standing order or direct debit. You can even pay anonymously if you wish. If you are eligible for Gift Aid we can add 25% to your donation at no extra cost to you. For more information please speak to Derek or Carol Bailey.

Churches and VAT petition Will you support a petition calling on Parliament to stop charging churches VAT for building work? Currently 20% VAT is payable on extensions and refurbishments. The additional cost often makes it difficult to carry out all of the necessary work. To sign the petition go to: petition.parliament.uk/ petitions/225494

Thanks to our fundraising efforts, cheques totalling more than £2000 have been sent to five charities that we support. The money was raised at a number of events including the St James’s Day weekend and the recent Alistair Griffin concert. The charities who benefit are:
London Churches Refugee Fund gives small grants to organisations assisting destitute refugees and asylum-seekers, including women and children. Asylum seekers receive just £6 a day to live on while being assessed. Our donation: £900.
The Children’s Society helps improve the lives Five charities benefit from our fundraising of the four million young people living in poverty, abuse or neglect. This money was raised at our Christingle service. Don’t forget to return your Christingle candle collection in the new year! Our donation: £410.
Tools With A Mission collects unwanted tools, refurbishes them, sorts them into trade kits and send them across the world to help people make a living. They send around 20 containers filled with over 300 tonnes of tools every year. Money donated pays the transportation costs. Our donation: £400.
Welcare is a family-support charity that helps children and families overcome challenges and build towards a better future. The money we give to them is raised by the Ark Playgroup. Our donation: £285.
The Bishop Wand Church of England School is a voluntary-aided secondary school in Sunbury on Thames that offers children a good education underpinned by strong Christian values. Local children are eligible for places. Our donation: £250

Praying for others If you would like us to pray for someone please use one of the post-it notes and stick it on the white board near the vestry.

New home for cycles The Bike Project takes your unwanted cycles and gives them to refugees and asylum seekers in London, to help them support themselves. Now that TWAM no longer takes bikes, why not support this initiative. They can be dropped off at Hampton Methodist Church on Sundays between 11:45am and 12.30pm.

New Carers Café If you are you a carer living in the Hampton area why not join others at a new café at Hampton Hill’s United Reformed Church, 35 High Street. The person you are caring for is also welcome. They offer a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which to meet and share experiences.
 

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