St James' Church Update - november 2018
Here at St James’ we continue to hold our Sunday Services in the Village Hall and begin to catch something of the excitement of
seeing our refurbishment project entering what we hope will be the final stages.
Our expectations are tinged with some sadness though as last month Doreen Norman, one or our most regular and faithful members, passed away. We were sad that her funeral could not take place in St James’ because of the refurbishment, but we thank God for every remembrance of her.
Meanwhile, across the busy A606, we continue to worship and wait for the day which we trust is fastapproaching when we will be back in St James’ – hopefully in time to get everything cleaned up and ready for Christmas!
I hope you're not fed-up with hearing about the St James’ project but it has consumed a lot of energy this Autumn. I confess to a tinge of excitement now as I think about the many new opportunities we will have with the refurbishment. It has taken some time but we are now connected to water and gas and as I write the trench is being dug for the sewer connection!
It feels very strange to have planned this for so long and seen it on paper, but to see it actually happening feels truly amazing. We are so grateful to God and feel truly blessed. We are grateful too to all the people in the church and village and the many grant bodies who have trusted us with their precious funds. It is quite humbling. The exciting challenge we now face is to seek to fulfil the vision that inspired the original plans. At a time when many village churches are closing or finding it almost impossible to maintain their building or offer regular weekly services, we have so much to be thankful for.
We expect our first event back in St James’ to be a Christmas Concert by Celtic Band Govannen on Saturday, December 15th, and the ‘official opening’ by Bishop Martyn will be at a special service on January 13th at 3.30pm. Please put these dates in your diary!
Our usual Christmas services are also scheduled for 11am on December 23rd before the Village Hall Social and a Christingle/Carols by Candlelight Service will be held at 6.30pm on Christmas Eve.
Meanwhile, please support our continuing fund-raising efforts when you can – we still have a way to go before we cross the finishing line! But thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far! We appreciate all the support we have received and look forward to welcoming you all back into St James’ very soon!
Janet and Jenny would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Harvest Festival Service, raffle and meal and auction afterwards. The meal and auction raised £500 for our Church Refurbishment Project.