Sunday 10th March
Sunday 17th March
Robert Simpson, Manager for the Forest Food Bank, has written, thanking us for our support in 2018. St. James’ contributed 466.25 kgs of food, enough for 1110 meals. The letter is on the notice board with more details if anyone would like to take a look.
ADLent Calender - most people would have received one of these via email which suggests something to buy each day (there are hard copies in the Foyer). Even if you cannot manage one item a day you could buy so many a week. Then either leave them in Church for the Food Bank or put them in the Food Bank Bins in the supermarket
On Wednesday 22nd May, years 3, 4 & 5 from Bream School will be coming to church to 'Experience Pentecost'. There will be two sessions, morning and afternoon, when the children will visit various stations around the church, each explaining different aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit. In addition to this they will have the opportunity to do several related craft activities. In order for us to be able to offer this to the school, we will need volunteers to be 'station' leaders and others to facilitate craft activities; full training will be given. If you are interested and available on that day, please speak to Annie Hemsley or message me on 07399 604344, thank you.
Date For Your Diary
Maundy Thursday Meal - we will share a meal together with reflection on the Passover. This is a family moment as a church so please do put it in your diaries. It will be held in the Church Centre at 7.00pm.
Every six years we are required to do a NEW Church Electoral Roll. This means that everyone who is currently on the existing roll (and those who are newer members of the congregation) will need to complete a new form. To be included you have to be 16 or over and Baptised; are either a resident of the Parish or have been worshipping at St. James for at least six months. You should have been given a form today so please do fill it in and give it to Claire or leave in the Church Centre Post box. We need to have these back within the next two weeks.
Lent Reflections 2019 -
Seeking Shapes for Living
Every Tuesday 7.00pm-9.00pm, commencing 12th March
This will be held at Christchurch Parish Church. Each evening will include coffee on arrival, short time of worship together, a video talk from Bishop Rachel, discussion and night prayers. A relaxed and engaging way to explore the relevance of faith in the world we live in day to day. Topics are:
Tuesday March 12th: RELATING. ‘Relating’ explores the many and varied ways our lives relate to and interact with others and our wider world – our belonging, loving, listening, caring, longing, speaking, struggling, sharing and welcoming.
Tuesday March 19th: PRAYING. ‘Praying is making space to be alone
with God or sharing a sacred space with others. There are many ways of praying – in silence, with words, together or alone.
Tuesday 26th March: WORKING. ‘Our world of work – work may be
many things, paid, or unpaid, official or unofficial, physical or mental,
for ourselves or for others, in our past or in our present. We may feel valued or undervalued. We may have more to offer or need to do less.
Tuesday 2nd April: PLAYING. ‘We all need time for rest, play, Creativity and inspiration. How easy do you find it to ‘switch off’? How often do you find time for ‘yourself’? Time to re-create, breath, explore and express who you are?
Tuesday 9th April: GROWING. ‘How do we keep learning, exploring,
flourishing, developing? What enables us to develop our spiritual lives.
Have we given up on thinking there is ‘anything more’?