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 November 2023
Dear friends, November is recognised in as a Season of Remembrance, this begins with All Saints and All Souls Days, continues through Armistice Day, and Remembrance Sunday and culminates with the Feast of Christ the King (this year on 26th).
Different parts of this season speak to each of us in different ways, hopefully for all of us there are moments to pray, give thanks, honour those who have gone before, and rejoice in the ultimate victory of Jesus Christ the King who keeps the souls of the departed safe.
This year we are reminded by global events that war is not something to be praised nor is an honourable way to settle the world's conflicts. War is not part of God's will for our world, during November there will be a prayer vigil at St James to help us focus our prayers for peace.
God bless, Peter
Roy Barker & Friends Christmas Sing-a-long is on Saturday 2nd December at 7.00 pm (doors open at 6.30pm). Come and join us for Christmas fun and lots of singing. Wear your Christmas hats and sweaters and bring your voices. Proceeds will be split between St James’ Fund and the Steps to Work programme at Strawberry Field. The Steps to Work programme empowers young adults aged 18 – 25 with learning difficulties, who are neurodivergent or have barriers to employment into paid work. Get your tickets now: adults: £6, children: £1. Contact Roy and Lynne Barker
We are hoping to welcome children from Woolton Primary School to St James for an Advent visit on Tuesday 5th December. For this to happen we need plenty of volunteers who are able to help out in different ways on that day. If you are willing and able to help, please let Rev Peter know as soon as possible so that we can confirm our invitation to the school. Ideally, we need volunteers who are DBS checked and have attended a Safeguarding training course. Welcoming the children to our Church always been a rewarding experience so if you can help, please sign up!
Christmas Gift Service: Sunday 10th December at 10.30a.m.
We warmly invite you to join us for this special service of Giving supporting the following charities;
Whitechapel Centre, which is the leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region. As you can imagine Christmas is a particularly difficult and emotional time for anyone sleeping rough. They will be distributing gifts and Christmas treats to over 900 clients around the city.
Their Christmas Wishlist is for: selection boxes.; new pyjamas; new boxers and socks; toiletry gift boxes; hats, scarves, gloves; Christmas food treats stocking fillers.
We also support two Refuge centres for women and children fleeing from many kinds of abuse.
A YMCA centre who accommodate both men and women in difficult circumstances, helping them to find a better life.
Centre 56: who provide domestic abuse support for families and children.
Please consider a financial gift via the special plate provided or use the new card reader available at the back of church. These gifts will be used to purchase gift vouchers for food. But we would also ask for gifts of toiletries, special biscuits/chocolates/Christmas treat which will be used in gift bags which all units try so hard to provide.
Farmer’s Market 9th December 10.30am - come and join us as we sing in the centre of the Village,
then back to St James’ for a cuppa at the Coffee Morning.
All are welcome to join us as we sing around Woolton Village on Tuesday 19th December:
4.00 – 4.45 pm Meet at Tesco
5.00 – 5.45 pm Meet at Sainsbury’s
then back to St James’ for a cuppa/bring your own food if you wish
6.45 pm Meet at Marie Curie
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, please find the new call details in our weekly newsletter. The number costs the same as ordinary UK numbers.
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:
November 26th: Rev’d Peter Hughes (St James’) Holy Communion, tbc (phone)
December 3rd (Advent Sunday): Rev Sheryl Anderson - Chair of Liverpool District of the Methodist Church (St James’), tbc (phone)
December 10th (2nd Sunday of Advent): Rev Peter Hughes (St James’) All Age Worship & Gift Service, tbc (phone)
December 17th (3rd Sunday of Advent): Mr Obeth Thevanesan (St James'), 4pm Carol Service, tbc (phone)
December 24th (4th Sunday of Advent): 10.30am Rev Peter Hughes (St James’) Christingle Service, 11.30pm Christmas Eve Holy Communion, tbc (phone)
December 25th: 10am Mr Steve Elliott (St James’) Christmas Day Service, tbc (phone)
December 31st: Rev Peter Hughes (St James’) Holy Communion, tbc (phone)
January 7th: Mr Keiran Bohan (St James’), tbc (phone)
January 14th: Rev Peter Hughes (St James’) All Age Worship, tbc (phone)
January 21st: Rev Peter Hughes (St James’) Covenant and Holy Communion, tbc (phone)
January 28th: Rev Sheryl Anderson (St James’) Chair of Liverpool District of the Methodist Church, tbc (phone)
February 4th: Rev Stuart Radcliffe Missional Discipleship Enabler, URC Mersey Synod (St James’), tbc (phone)
February 11th: Rev Peter Hughes - All Age Worship (St James’), tbc (phone)
February 18th: Mr Paul Holt (St James’), tbc (phone)
February 25th: Rev Tim Meadows (St James’) Communion Service, 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.