BENEVOLENT FUND - Please see Peter or Jayne if you would like to nominate a charity for our collections in 2019.
For our GIFT SERVICE on December the 9th we shall be distributing gifts to: the Women and Children's Refuge Centres, Action for Children, the Whitechapel Centre and the Garston Food Bank. Any gifts you can offer are appreciated such as: UNWRAPPED gifts of children's toys/books/games - ages 2 to teenage; toiletries for men, women, teenage boys and girls; warm hats, gloves, socks; boxes of festive chocolates, biscuits, items e.g jars of coffee, tinned food, Christmas puddings, which could go into food packs.
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.
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:
- 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.
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!
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.