St James' Church
Methodist/URC, Woolton, Liverpool

In our heart is a commitment to follow the way of Jesus Christ and to share the love of God with all.

Fundraising Activities

Alan Smith would like to thank all those who have kindly made donations for DVDs of events at St James'. Your generosity has enabled £100.00 to be passed to the Development Fund and thanks to Alan for all his filming.

AN EVENING OF SONG WITH AMANDA HENDERSON - with a packed church, Amanda delighted the audience with a selection of songs from film and musicals. Her voice was absolutely fantastic, showing her great range and her immense talent as a singer. A huge thank you to her for giving up her precious time and to those who helped put the concert together. Thanks to her efforts, an amazing sum of £2,262 was raised. This will be shared equally between Liverpool Street Pastors and our Hall Refurbishment Project. This was a big event and we are very grateful for the amazing figure raised.

Please remember too all the smaller, continuing donations from events held on a regular basis that are the backbone of our fund raising and have been so for many years now: 

  • The Church Bucket (that's the happy yellow one!) has collected £66 since January this year. The bucket is a happy place to pop small change you find at the bottom of your pocket or bag and fairly painless to part with! 
  • The monthly Soup & Sandwiches has raised has raised over £200 since January. We are grateful to all those who help and support - please continue to do so. Soup and Sandwiches is held on the first Wednesday of most months - check your diary dates - the soup is delicious and homemade. 
  • Saturday Coffee Mornings have raised just over £700 since January, remember to pop in to the hall on the second Saturday of every month for coffee and there are always lovely cakes! 

BOYS BRIGADE BATTALION SERVICE - A huge thank you to all who helped with the service last Sunday. A fantastic success and credit to you all. So very proud of St James’ Family. Don't know how we squeezed 310 in but not heard a bad word and loads of praise about our welcome and organisation for the event. Big thanks go to Rob Swindells, the collection totaled £527 and this will be equally shared between: Alder Hey hospital, Oliver King Foundation, Zoe’s Place and the Liverpool Battalion.

CHURCH HISTORY BOOKLETThis has now been reprinted, with very slight updating, and is available from the Stewards at £2; there are also large print copies.

SAINSBURY'S ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS St James' Pre-School in our church hall are collecting and would be grateful for your support.  Previous collections have been very successful and the Pre-School have been able to purchase equipment to help keep the children active and fit as well as teaching them the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

DONATION BOXES As part of our Outreach Mission we will be collecting donations for an ongoing period for The Whitechapel Centre, Street Pastors and Centre 56. Two boxes are placed under the information table in church. A notice of the items requested is on the boxes and we hope that you will help and support us in this mission. 

RYAN MILLER – World Challenge 2018 (Mozambique & Swaziland) fundraising , Ryan must raise  the funds himself to go (£3800) so please remember that Ryan is willing to do any odd jobs you may have over the next 12 months – housework, car washing, shopping errands, dog walking etc. Please ring Helen Miller to make arrangements.

BENEVOLENT FUND COLLECTION Last week’s collection took £115.25, this will go to Shelterbox, thank you all.

THE BARN DANCE - raised £403.00, which is to be shared between Liverpool Street Pastors and our Hall refurbishment project. Tony Laverty (one of our St. James Street Pastors) has received very generous donations over the last few weeks amounting to £125, and this will be added to the proceeds from the Barn Dance. Thanks to those who supported and helped on the evening. We are grateful to Frank and his band members for giving of their time. Everyone enjoyed the dancing and shared supper, and we are sorry for those of you who missed a fun evening.

EASTER FLOWERS - We would like to thank everyone who made a donation towards the Easter flowers. The Church looked absolutely beautiful. Many thanks - it was much appreciated. 

AMY'S “WALKING ALL OVER CANCER CHALLENGE" Amy Bates has completed her challenge for Cancer Research UK to walk 10,000 steps (5 miles) a day every day in March. All donations were greatly appreciated. She walked in memory of her Grandma and all of those families who have lost someone close. Thank you to all those who sponsored Amy or donated online via the fundraising page.

MEN'S COFFEE MORNING - Thanks to all who supported this effort: a splendid £207 was raised.

Thanks to all who joined us at the St James Youth Forum annual fundraising event, “Dancing through the decades”, raising over £450. There were some great costumes as people dressed to impress in their favourite decade's outfits and it was a great night of music from the 50's up to present day.

STREET PASTORS - we've raised £650 which will keep them going for 9 months. People have been amazingly generous, which is very humbling.” If you would like to make a donation please speak to Naomi, Pauline, Tony, or one of our stewards. we can guarantee that every penny you give will be spent on helping vulnerable people in Liverpool.

ST JAMES' CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2016 this week we were pleased to hand over a cheque for £1,195.00 to the Honeysuckle Bereavement Team at the Women's Hospital. They were amazed and very touched that we had managed to raise this amount which will help women, and their families, who have lost babies through miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death. Thank you so much to all those who supported the concert in any way: as well as being a fun evening, the money you helped raise will make such a difference. 

Thanks from Ian Taylor for all of those who supported this year’s Operation Christmas Child appeal, the response has been eye watering! Supplemented by us being a drop-off point, we have seen 308 gift-filled shoeboxes come through our church - that’s 308 potential Gospel Opportunities on their way to places in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. 

Also thanks from Wendy to everyone who helped and supported the Christmas Fair this year; we raised £1,270.

The (Wonderful) Wizard of Oz - Congratulations to the cast and back stage crew on their 2 fantastic performances! Many thanks to all who supported us throughout the week, helping the children with costume changes, and making drinks for break time! Thank you to the organising team who pulled the whole week and show together for the 6th year running!

We were delighted to welcome Dan and Sue Holmes to share his music, £320 was raised and this will go towards the refurbishment work taking place to the stage area in our hall.  Many thanks to everyone for your support.

Over the summer Jane Lavarty raised money for UNICEF by walking from Woolton to Southport Pier - just over 27 miles. The money collected reached over £1,300.

The total for the St James Summer Fete was an amazing £1,310. A big thank you to everyone who donated items and helped in setting up and on the day. All of us at St James’ would like to take this opportunity to thank both Jonquil and Dave for all their hard work setting everything up and also all the helpers on the day.


Many thanks to the Scouts and in particular Colin ‘Skip’ Howard, for organising the annual plant sale, to date £385.00 has been raised.

Thank you to everyone involved in the following events for their help and support:

Soup & Sandwiches run by our Women’s Guild, which raised £53, Saturday Coffee Morning, run by the Choir, 14th May: £102.50, Quiz & Supper on Saturday evening: £324 and the 

Church small change bucket: £10. Please do keep your small change coming; it is amazing how the pennies add up!

There are always exciting events planned as part of our drive to raise funds for good causes and to pay for the church refurbishment, please see the Events page for details.

We are a Gift Aid Church - If you are a taxpayer, and not using the envelope system, please complete a Gift Aid envelope with your offering.