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St James' Church Update - August 2018

St James Burton Line DrawaingYes!  We’ve started! The refurbishment work on St James Church building has finally begun! Consequently the building is now off limits, even to those who have a key! 
Most of our regular Sunday Services are being held in the Village Hall – at the usual time of 11.15am and follow our usual monthly pattern. We have already held a few services in the Village Hall and they have gone well. We are grateful to the Village Hall committee for accommodating some of our 'boxes' of hymn books and other paraphernalia! No doubt St Mary's congregation remember what it is like to live out of boxes!
On June 18th work began on the building and at the time of writing, preparations are under way for the font to moved into its new position to create the space for the new and larger vestry/small meeting room at the back of the Nave, the old electric heaters have been removed and preparatory work is being done in readiness for the installation of the new heating system. The path from the front entrance of the church to the main road is well and truly out of bounds as work begins on digging the service trench to carry waste water to the nearest sewer! 
One of our major concerns during the refurbishment work is providing safe access to the graveyard and garden of remembrance. If you want to visit the graveyard, you should be able to continue to do so, but please follow the signs which will take you through the large field gate through the new graveyard
extension. The Book of Remembrance is being housed in St Mary’s Church,Melton, while the work is carried out and it can be seen there. We hope that disruption will be kept to the minimum while the work is in progress. We expect the work to take around 4 to 5 months, but
services and activities continue much as usual! 
While the Church building is being developed and made fit for the 21st century we have also begun to look at ourselves with a view to
developing our faith and gifts. We are eager (if not passionate)  to make this new building serve the whole community of Burton Lazars and not just those of us who enjoy praising God on Sunday mornings. So if you would like to be involved, if you have ideas we would love to hear from you.
 Please see below for details of an upcoming quiz night.
Saturday, September 1st, Quiz Night 7pm start in Village Hall - Tickets £4 bring own drinks and nibbles.  For more info call Jenny on 01664   66809 or e mail: jenpenge@aim.com

Janet King


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