BENEVOLENT FUND - Please see Peter or Jayne if you would like to nominate a charity for our collections in 2019.
FULWOOD COURT METHODIST HOME Every Tuesday, two volunteers operate a small shop table which offers small items for sale to residents - biscuits, sweets, toiletries, etc. There is now an urgent need for more volunteers. If you could offer up to an hour and a half on a Tuesday morning, on dates to suit you - it could be one morning every two months - your help would be greatly appreciated.
USED POSTAGE STAMPS We continue to save these and you will notice that a collection box for the RNIB is now on the table next to recycling box. Please cut the stamp from envelope leaving 1cm of paper around the stamp. Please do not just tear off and leave most or a double layer of envelope as this adds to the weight to be dispatched and gives a great deal of work for the sorters at the collection end! Foreign stamps should go in a separate envelope.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS - We have received letters of thanks from the 2 Domestic Abuse Service Centres we support, thanking everyone for the gifts received. They say that the children had a lovely Christmas, your kindness and support is greatly appreciated and both staff and families send their thanks; Action for Children thanked us at the Gift Service and were thrilled and overcome with the gifts when delivered. White Chapel Centre send their best wishes and grateful appreciation; Centre 56 children enjoyed sweets and gifts at their Christmas Party thanks to you and the Food Bank serviced from Garston Park received bags of food for Christmas Hamper donations. Many, many thanks to you all.
BENEVOLENT FUND - the collection on December 30th totalled £115.13, thank you all.
THE CHRISTMAS SINGALONG raised an amazing £1,112, which with matching funding means that the Alder Hey Children’s Cardiac Fund will receive £1,056.
CHRISTMAS CARD TREE - Several people have asked if we could have a Christmas card tree this year, on which people could write a message to all their friends in church, and leave a donation in favour of the Alder Hey Cardiac Unit in lieu of postage etc. This tree is now available.
Also the ladies from the Tuesday Coffee Morning have suggested that instead of sending each other Christmas Cards in Church this year they will make a donation to a charity (still to be decided). Therefore, there will be a tin at the back of the church every Sunday and Tuesday from now until Christmas for those who wish to take part.
CHRISTMAS FAIR - Thank you to everyone who supported, helped, visited, donated to the Fair this year. This event is held every year to raise funds which are specifically used for the upkeep and general maintenance of the hall buildings. We are grateful for the support and commitment of all our groups associated with St. James’. The amount raised this year is £1638.
Film Night - a word of praise for the hard work of our arrangers for the recent Film Night, the Sound of Music on Friday. We raised over £300 - a great evening and thanks to all who took part.
Harvest Gifts - Your gifts of food for The Whitechapel Centre, Action for Children, Garston Food Bank, Women and Children’s Refuge Centres have been delivered and very, very gratefully received. Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way. Grateful thanks to Jonquil and Dave Dickson for the preparation and building of the staging in the Apse and for the beautiful arrangements of flowers. We appreciate the work done with the uniformed groups who prepared gift bags and boxes which have been given to families in crisis situations. Please consider continuing your giving of tinned or packet foods, bottled water, shaving gels, deodorants, women’s hygiene items, shampoos etc. which can be left in the boxes under the notice board in church. These items continue to be needed whatever time of year and are always so gratefully received.
FROM KIMBERLEY AND LAURENCE MORRIS, on behalf of our family we would like to thank those of you who sponsored Hannah during her half marathon in March. Alder Hey will be playing a big part in our lives for the foreseeable future, so Hannah decided she would use the race to raise money for the Cardiac dept. With your help she raised £930. This money was received with thanks from Alder Hey.
WALK FOR UNICEF - A big thank you to everyone who supported Jane, Tony and her colleagues on the sponsored walk in aid of UICEF, £975 was raised; £970 will be matched by Barclays Bank. The money will make a big difference to children living in crisis and poverty.
Thank you to all those who have made donations towards the cost of succulents and compost to renovate JIMMY the horse in the church garden. We are waiting on a delivery of more plants but you will see that he is already looking much more like his old self. If you would like to know more, or make a donation towards the purchase of more plants, please speak with Roy or Lynne Barker. Don’t forget, you are welcome to use the church garden, perhaps to eat lunch or simply to sit and reflect.
On Friday 10th of August Our Rev'd Peter Hughes hosted an evening of Organ Music 'from Bach to The Beatles – A Spiritual Journey' this wonderful evening raised £430 for Christian Aid and the St. James’ redevelopment fund.
DAN HOLMES CONCERT - An enjoyable night was had by all who attended Dan’s concert. A huge thank you to all those who came and those who took part; especially Girls’ Brigade. A fantastic £370 was raised for St. James’ redevelopment fund.
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!)
- The monthly Soup & Sandwiches held on the first Wednesday of most months - check your diary dates - the soup is delicious and homemade.
- Saturday Coffee Mornings, remember to pop in to the hall on the second Saturday of every month for coffee and there are always lovely cakes!
- Thanks to all who ordered from the annual Plant Sale this year.
- The CHURCH HISTORY BOOKLET, now reprinted with very slight updating, available from the Stewards at £2; there are also large print copies.
- Alan Smith would like to thank all those who have kindly made donations for DVDs of events at St James' and thanks to Alan for all his filming.
THE BOYS’ BRIGADE SPONSORED WALK - Rob Swindells the Officer in Charge of our BB Company at St. James’ (Liverpool 26th) took part in a sponsored walk of 42.5 miles around the Borough Boundary of St. Helens earlier this month. He was raising money for a St. James’ Church and Hall Defibrillator as the chosen fund raiser of the GB and BB for 2018. Forms are available at the back of Church for your sponsorship promise. A great thank you to Rob on this feat of endurance!
A big THANKS to all who supported the Men's coffee morning, the men of St James' raised £106.50 from tea/coffee and cakes, and Roy's foot soak raised £111.00 - a total of £217.50. Well done to all.
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!
SATURDAY COFFEE MORNING & BROWNIES AND RAINBOWS - the coffee morning raised £76.50 and the Brownies and Rainbows have raised £150.
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 was a big
event and we are very grateful for the amazing figure raised.
STREET PASTORS - 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.
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.