St James' Church, Methodist/URC, Woolton, Liverpool, UK
In our heart is a commitment to follow the way of Jesus Christ and to share the love of God with all.
Welcome to St James', whether this is your first time or your one-hundred-and-first, welcome! We are a Christian community that strives to follow Jesus by welcoming people of all backgrounds, nationalities, personal histories, sexual orientations, and gender identities. We worship, pray, and grow together, in both difficult and joyful moments, and on this journey we respect that we can be in different places along the way. In Christ, in this place, with these people, you have found a home.
Minister's Message for October 2023
Dear Friends, as we begin October our thoughts turn to Harvest thanksgiving as we share in our Harvest Festival on Sunday 8th at St James. I have had the tune of "Harvest Samba" going around my head for the last few weeks as our eldest granddaughter has been practicing for her School Harvest Service in the local Church. It feels positive that our youngest children are reminded - in an age of computers, tablets and games consoles - that the gifts of creation are still the things that we really depend on and that there is so much to be thankful for.
It always strikes me that if you don't believe in God, there is no one to say thank you to. All of us have a need and a duty to say "thank you". The simple but profound words of this children's harvest song have stayed with me:
It's another opportunity,
to be grateful for the food we eat,
with a samba celebration to say
'Thank you' to God the Father.
Thank you for the harvest,
thank you for your goodness,
for all of the fruit and vegetables
and the wonderful things that grow.
I hope you are able to take a moment to thank God for whatever fruits of the harvest you are eating, have just eaten or about to eat as you read this.
God Bless Peter
Harvest Service Sunday is 8th October, we will again be supporting: Action For Children; Centre 56; Women and Children’s Aid at two local Refuge Centres; and the YMCA centre in Aintree. We would be delighted to receive food items and the following are most acceptable: Cereal and UHT milk; Bottled water. Cordial. Coffee; Tea bags; Sugar; Tinned meals (e.g..: curry, chilli,) Tinned tuna, ham, corned beef, vegetables. Microwave meals. Pot noodles. Noodles, rice and pulses; Cooking sauces; Biscuits; Honey; Jam; Tinned fruit; Gravy granules; Salt and Pepper. All the units are constantly being asked for food items and run out on a daily basis.
Monetary gifts will also be collected during the service or can be sent/given to our treasurer, Andrew McLaren, before or after the service. These gifts will be converted into food vouchers and given to families who find themselves in desperate need of food day by day, by the centre key workers. Thank you.
We open our doors at 10.00a.m worship and the service starts at 10.30a.m. Holy Communion and all-age worship services are held monthly, and separate Junior Church activities are offered during morning service. Up-to-date information about forthcoming services is further down this page.
To join us for telephone worship, lines open from 2:20pm for a 2:30pm start each Sunday - please you can find the details in our weekly newsletter. The number costs the same as ordinary UK numbers – if you have “free minutes” from your telephone supplier then there will be no cost.
Other online service details and resources are available on the Liverpool South Methodist Circuit website here. Our Children's & Youth Workers have a YouTube channel called 'The Way', please share and subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCryJZotipDp-j_bxONkxiXA
Welcome To St. James:
October 1st: United Service at Hope University, (no service at St James’), Liz Hudson (phone)
October 8th: Andy Gillespie (St James’) Parade, tbc (phone)
October 15th: Geoff Felton (St James’), tbc (phone)
October 22nd: Peter Lyth (St James’), tbc (phone)
October 29th: Rev’d Peter Hughes (St James’) Holy Communion, tbc (phone)
November 5th: tbc (St James’), tbc (phone)
November 12th: tbc (St James’) Parade, tbc (phone)
November 19th: Rev'd Peter Hughes (St James’), tbc (phone)
November 26th: Rev’d Peter Hughes (St James’) Holy Communion, tbc (phone)
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St James Church is registered both for Marriage Services of people of the same sex
and for Marriage Services of a man and a woman.
Please contact us if you wish to enquire for dates available for your special day.
St James are now the proud owners of a defibrillator thanks to the fundraising walk by Rob Swindells of the BB with help from Amy and team in the GB. This machine was purchased from the Oliver King Foundation and is now fitted in the front entrance of the Church Hall, to find out more go to their website - www.theoliverkingfoundation.co.uk or find them on Twitter as @TheOKFoundation, there are also booklets in church.