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.

Fundraising Activities


HELP OUR GIRLS’ BRIGADE RAISE £125 IN 5 PENCE'S - as part of the Girls’ Brigades’ 125th anniversary celebrations each group were tasked with raising £125 for a charity of their choice . The girls of 18th Liverpool Company based at St James have chosen Cancer Research UK as their chosen charity and the aim is to raise £125 in 5 pence's! We cannot do it alone, so any donations of 5 pence's would be much appreciated! Please pass any donations to Amy, Jayne or Jan; we meet Thursday evenings 6.30-7.30 if you would like to drop them in. Thank you in advance.


UGANDA APPEAL - On 19th October Jan Underwood will be returning to Uganda with a charity called Teams4U. She is looking for donations of face paints, bubbles and girl’s underwear size 8 through to teens. Some people have given her a monetary donation so that she can buy things. If you are able to donate anything she would be very grateful.


It’s that time of year again! This year everyone is welcome to join us in a ‘Bring and Share’ lunch on Sunday 27th October after the Sunday service, where we will be packing the shoe boxes with all the gifts we brought and collected in Lent. September’s benevolent collection will go towards covering the donation required to send the boxes to their destination. Shoe boxes will be available for those also wanting to put their own shoe box together. Completed shoe boxes need to be returned by Sunday 3rd November, any questions please ask a steward or Jayne McLaren.


SHOW IN A WEEK - The team would like to thank everyone who supported us and everyone who made the week possible and the show such a success! All of the 40 children were amazing both throughout the week, building friendships, learning new skills, growing in confidence and performing Annie Jr. The week would not be possible without the leadership team (Pam Alexander, Amy Bates, Pam Bellis, Jayne McLaren, Liz Hudson), everyone who helped in the sewing room, all those who helped with refreshments, church family life (Jonquil and Dave Dickson and Pat Fagan) for providing refreshments and cake after performances, to Roy and Lynne for helping with lighting and sound, to the 270 people who came and watched our performances and for all the prayers and support from our church family. Roll on Show in a Week 2020 (our 10th anniversary) 


QUIZ NIGHT - Thanks to everyone who supported the evening on Saturday 3rd August and especially to Richard Alexander for setting the challenging questions! We raised £235, which will go to funding much needed new sound and light equipment to our stage area for our work with young people.


The Organ Recital, in aid of the Walton Centre and St James’ Restoration Fund has raised £425. We record thanks to Peter for the entertainment and the hard work involved.


Simon and Julie Draper – Coast to Coast - Through storm and torrent and bog and flood, they've trudged 199 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay in 13 days. They thank you very much for sponsoring them and enabling them to surpass their target. Now comes the reckoning - see Pam D and hand over the dosh whenever you can. Thank you!


EASTER DAY - The collection for the Brain Charity raised a total of £155, including Gift Aid, thank you to everyone who contributed.


RNIB STAMP COLLECTION BOX - Thank you for all your used stamps and please do keep them coming in. Please may I ask that you follow the following three requests from the RNIB

  • Stamps should be trimmed with approximately one centimetre of paper around the edge

- Make sure that there are no large gold Post Office printed labels or pre- printed postage marks – these have no use to the RNIB

  • Please separate into different small bags or envelopes all overseas stamps (Channel Islands and the Isle of Man stamps count as foreign)

There is a letter of thanks from RNIB on the noticebaord above the collection box – please do read it. Thank you, Wendy Doig


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK If you feel called to deliver and/or collect envelopes, please see Jane or Tony Laverty. This is often seen as a challenging job, but every penny counts in the work of Christian Aid. If you collected last year, you will be contacted!


SMALL CHANGE BUCKETThank you also to all those who drop in the pennies and small change. This bucket has been with us for many years now, going back to 1992! I don’t have the total monies collected to hand but it is quite considerable and we are very grateful for your small change donations. £36 has been collected since the beginning of December. Please keep your pennies dropping, Wendy.


DEFIBRILLATOR APPEAL - On behalf of Liverpool City Centre Street Pastors I would like to say a BIG thank you for all your generous donations. We have been able to buy a defibrillator machine, the Street Pastors have been trained and the defibrillator will be going out with the team for the first time this weekend, which is amazing. Thanks again - Tony Laverty


SIMON AND JULIE DRAPER are donning their boots to embark on a Coast to Coast 200 mile walk and would be delighted if you would sponsor them. Half of the money raised will go the rebuilding fund of their church on the Wirral. The other half is for The Rock of Joy. This is a small charity based in Heswall, which created and supports 3 schools in Uganda which educate around 1200 local children. The long term plan is to make each school self-funding by providing the means for them to create their own income, mainly through farming. Simon went out there last year for 2 weeks to help with an apprenticeship program to teach joinery skills to young people who were less academically minded. The charity is small and there are no paid UK staff, so all money raised is going to help the children of Uganda, creating better lives for themselves and their families. If you would like to sponsor them, please see Pam Draper or go online at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/simonjuliedraper

http://bt.com/fundraisers/simonjuliedraper. Thank You and Easter Blessings to you all at St James'.


EASTER FILM EVENING - We would like to thank everyone who supported our Easter Family Film Event. It was a great fun afternoon for all ages and most importantly we welcomed lots of new families into our church who had never been in before and loved our church building and the welcome they felt. We also raised £160 towards the re-development fund which is an added bonus. Thank you again for supporting our new idea and here’s to the next one! 


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. 


ALDER HEY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CARDIAC FUND - a huge thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising for Alder Hey this Christmas. All the money is now in; so half of the proceeds from the Christmas Sing-a-long Concert, plus the £151.00 raised from the Christmas message tree, can now be handed over - a magnificent £1,239.00 to help their amazing work. St James' Refurbishment Fund will receive the other half of the Concert proceeds: £1,088.00.


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.


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. 


We recently collected £70.90, thank you to all those who donated.  


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 CONCERTAn 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.


ANNUAL 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 RAINBOWSthe 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.