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.

Event and Fundraising Activities

The BENEVOLENT FUND is used to enable St James' to support named charities suggested by members of the congregation.  If you would like to suggest a charity which we might support then will you please let a Steward Elder have details of the name and purpose of the charity, and details as to where our contribution should be sent.  The rota for charities to be supported from the Fund is agreed periodically and details of each charity being supported are recorded in the weekly notice sheet.

A Harvest Notice from Mission Action GroupAlthough church is beginning to meet again on Sunday mornings, we are unlikely to be able to hold a Harvest Festival in the traditional way this year, so are considering alternative ways to engage with and benefit the whole community at this special time.

The morning service on Sunday October 11th will have a harvest theme and in the time between now and then it is hoped that we can organise a modified collection of tinned and packaged goods, or financial donations, which can be sent to a local foodbank, and maybe some of the other groups we have been able to share with in the past. The details of how to do this safely and effectively are still being finalised, but will be published soon so watch this space and please be ready to respond in any way you can.

Thinking about morning worship on October 11th, if anyone has a photograph or picture which could be included in a Harvest PowerPoint meditation, please can you call or email Liz and if anyone of any age would like to create any kind of harvest / seasonal picture to be displayed in the hall windows (now the rainbows have faded), that would be brilliant too.

St James may be operating on a slightly lower key than we would like but, together, there are lots of ways we can show our neighbourhood that Church is open and ready to celebrate with thankfulness God’s creation and blessing at the end of a difficult Summer.

On 13th July Jane Laverty walked the 30 miles from Woolton to Southport to raise money for UNICEF. UNICEF helps children in crisis. Now more than ever children need water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Congratulations to Jane for such an amazing effort and also on the fantastic amount raised! 

SAMARITAN’S PURSE- OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2020 - to continue the success of our lunch/shoe box packing event in October we are carrying this on through 2020. Please remember the gifts have to fit in the shoe boxes. No items are allowed with batteries or liquids, and no sweets or chocolate. For any more information please speak to Jayne McLaren.

CHRISTMAS FAIR - We raised a total of £1578, many thanks to everyone for their help and support.

BENEVOLENT FUND - the sum collected for Oakleaf Family Counselling, to support bereaved children, was £147.14.

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.

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, everyone who helped in the sewing room, all those who helped with refreshments, church family life  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 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!

RNIB STAMP COLLECTION BOX - Thank you for all your used stamps and please do keep them coming in. There is a letter of thanks from RNIB on the noticebaord above the collection box – please do read it.

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, which is amazing. Thanks again. 

FILM EVENING - We would like to thank everyone who supported our 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.

ALDER HEY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CARDIAC FUND - a huge thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising for Alder Hey. All the money is now in; so half of the proceeds from the Sing-a-long Concert, plus the £151.00 raised from the 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. 

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. 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.

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. 

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 around the Borough Boundary of St. Helens. He was raising money for a St. James’ Church and Hall Defibrillator. 

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.

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.