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Work on church begins

The congregation of St James' Church, Burton Lazars, is so excited that work on the refurbishment of the building is now under way.

The final service in the Church before the work began was on Sunday, June 17th. Being the third Sunday in the month this would normally be a BCP communion service, but given that most of the furniture had been taken into storage by then, the ‘final’ service was a bit different! It was an Agape style simple communion around a centrally laid table using the benches which will be stored in the church.
 
Our first service out of the Church building will be on Sunday, June 24th and will be a Café Connect, which will be at Julia and Christopher’s home at 2 Cross Lane, Burton Lazars at the usual time of 11.15am. We are grateful for their hospitality as we cannot have the use of the Village Hall that day because of the village Summer Buffet preparations and lunch - which some of us will be going to enjoy afterward the service!

Most Sundays while we are out of the building we will follow our regular service pattern, but most Sundays we will be meeting in Burton Village Hall at our usual time of 11.15am. Everyone is welcome as always.
 
We expect the refurbishment work to take around 20 weeks, taking us into November. The plans, which were drawn up four years ago, will give us a toilet, a small kitchen/servery, a new meeting room/vestry plus a new heating and lighting system. To date we have raised more than £182,000 for the project which will cover the major work, but we will continue to fundraise and apply for grants so that we can achieve the right kind of finish.
 
Here at St James we are rejoicing in God’s wonderful provision and praying that the refurbished building, with its up-to-date facilities will give us new opportunities to serve our friendly rural community with the love of Christ.
 
We will post further updates throughout the project.
 
For further information about our services and the project itself please contact one of the church wardens, Janet (janetking476@gmail.com) or Jenny (jenpenge@aim.com).

The pictures below were taken as St James' Church was prepared for the refurbishment work to start.

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Time for a well earned break!

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Above and below: The ‘final’ service was a bit different! It was an Agape style simple communion around a centrally laid table using the benches which will be stored in the church.
 
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Work is looking good
For a progress report on the St James' Church Development Project, Burton Lazars, and pictures read on... More ...
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An evening with Govannen
Members of St James Church, Burton Lazars, are busy preparing for their first event back in the newly refurbished building on Saturday, December 15th, when everyone is invited to celebrate the festive season with Celtic music band Govannen and friends. More ...
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Work is still on target
Looking around the inside of St James' Church building, everything still looks quite chaotic and this last couple of weeks it has been a hive of industry, writes Jenny Pengelly. More ...
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Work on church progressing well
Refurbishment work at St James' Church, Burton Lazars, is going very well, with the new electricity supply laid and the pipe-work for the new central heating system now in, together with the new boiler. To find out more, read on... More ...
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LINK cream tea
This year’s annual LINK cream tea organised by St James’ Church and Burton Lazars Village Hall committee was held on July 18th in Julia and Christopher Joseph’s garden. More ...
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Harvest Festival Service
A Harvest Festival Service is being held in Burton Lazars Village Hall on Sunday, October 14th at 4pm. More ...
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Welcome boost for church funds
A coffee morning, cake and plant sale proved a big success and was well attended in Burton Lazars Village Hall on Saturday (June 2nd). More ...
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A very special day
St James' Church, Burton Lazars, was beautifully decorated for Easter Sunday by Sue Lloyd and a band of helpers and the many bunches of daffodils were distributed afterwards with a greeting from St James. More ...
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Great to see Alma
It was great to have Alma Syla from Albania with us in Burton Lazars recently, writes Janet King. More ...
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A lovely start to Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday got off to an early start for some of the St James' congregation who went to encourage a band of pilgrims who were walking along Sawgate Road, Burton Lazars, carrying a wooden cross en route to Walsingham, writes Janet King. More ...
Funding boost for church
St James’ Church in Burton Lazars has received a funding boost in time for Christmas in the shape of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Community Grant to install A much-needed toilet, kitchen and meeting room. More ...
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Alma is still working hard
Janet King gives an update on what has been happening in the villages of Bitaj and Drenge, Albania, recently. More ...