THANK YOU FROM ACTION FOR CHILDREN - the following note was written to Wendy after the toys and gifts were delivered: ‘To everyone at St. James’, wishing you all a very merry Christmas, and a big thank you for all your kindness in providing the children with such generous gifts. These gifts make such a difference to the families, many of whom really struggle to provide their children with Christmas presents. How wonderful that they will wake up on Christmas morning with gifts. Thank you from all at Action for Children.’
THE WHITECHAPEL CENTRE were delighted to receive the warm gifts, shampoos, shaving foam, soap, etc. They were also thrilled with a large container of lollipops (!) and the sweets and biscuits delivered to them.
THE REFUGE CENTRES for women and children received some lovely toys and also we left toiletry sets and other goodies so that the women will also have a bag of presents on Christmas Day.
Heartfelt thanks for all these kind and generous gifts, all of which make a difference and help to take away some of the worries and problems being faced.
ROY BARKER’S CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG was held on Saturday evening and raised £1,121.80, we are grateful to Barclays Match Funding, since through it the total amount to be shared between Oakleaf Children’s Bereavement and Loss Support Service and our own Hall Refurbishment Fund will be £2,121.80. Many thanks to Roy and Lynne for what was their 21st Christmas sing along. Their work and commitment is very much appreciated. Many thanks also to Tim, Adam, Jamie and Heather for their musical backing and to the Girl’s Brigade memorable signed ‘White Christmas’ and to the unforgettable Woolton Village People who turned up and entertained yet again to uproarious applause. Thanks also to Wendy and those who help behind the scenes and to those from St. James’ who supported us on the night, and to the many friends and families who came along to enjoy another wonderful entertainment.
Many thanks to everyone for help and support and to those of you who attended another successful CHRISTMAS FAIR. An excellent total of £1468 was raised for the general maintenance of our buildings which require constant and ongoing attention to keep them updated and safe for all groups using our facilities.
WEEKEND AWAY - Another year, and another great time was enjoyed by
all: a time together where everyone enjoyed real fellowship, friendship,
happiness, love, involvement, relaxation, laughter, caring, memories, sharing
and worship. It was really nice to share and enjoy time with new friends, and
we were especially pleased that Peter and Anne, our new Minister and his wife,
were able to be with us. It was lovely to have so many children with us and for
them to enjoy their activities and take part in the entertainment.
METHODIST HOMES - The collection raised a splendid £178.80 – many thanks!
SUMMER EVENT - Our new format 'Summer food' event raised a total of £743, many thanks to all involved particularly to Jonquil and Dave Dickson for all their hard work!
SATURDAY COFFEE MORNING & BROWNIES AND RAINBOWS - the coffee morning on July 8th raised £76.50 and the Brownies and Rainbows have raised £150. Remember to pop in to the hall on the second Saturday of every month for coffee and there are always lovely cakes!
DVD's - 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 BOOKLET - This 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.
“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
MEN'S COFFEE MORNING - Thanks to all who supported this effort: a splendid £207 was raised.
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.
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.