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.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS NOTICE Our Christmas Gift Service will be one of many ‘special’ services which we have been unable to hold this year and all of these services for worship have been very much missed. However, the love and generosity of our members and friends when asked for help has, as ever, been truly amazing and received with so much gratitude by those receiving the help and support through financial gifts.

We hope to able to support this Christmas: Centre 56 – a day nursery and after school club for children living in poverty and who are living with or fleeing domestic abuse, two Refuge accommodation centres who support mothers and children fleeing from domestic violence and abuse, and the Action for Children centre at Ellergreen Community Centre, L11.

This year we will not be collecting or delivering toys or gifts but would ask you to consider making a donation in lieu, BEFORE THE 11TH DECEMBER, so that staff at these centres can buy the gifts according to the children they are looking after at this time and also supply gifts for the children to give to their mums. The staff know the circumstances of each child and family and therefore can purchase appropriate gifts in time for Christmas giving.

It may not be possible for everyone to include another family in their virtual Christmas shopping, but if you can, please send gift donations in one of the ways that is now becoming familiar by Bank Transfer (Ref. GIFT SERVICE ) as you would your weekly collection OR by post (a cheque payable to St James Church - please write GIFT SERVICE on the back) OR leave an envelope with The Barkers OR ring Wendy to arrange a Covid-safe pick-up. Many thanks to you all for everything you do to help St James to support our community family.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE GIFT DAY As an update on our gift day in place of our Christmas fair, can we thank you all so much. Giving is a huge help with our finances. it is still possible to make further donations. If anyone would like to give anything please either send a donation to the Church OR to the treasurer direct. The gifts of time and money that you give to God through St James’ is really appreciated as without everyone’s’ dedication, support and sacrificial giving, none of the good work that St James’ does in the name of Christ would be possible.

HARVEST COLLECTION Well done to all in the St James’ family, rising to the Harvest Collection challenge! We managed to fill 14 large bags during these difficult times. We took them to South Liverpool Food Bank (Bridge Chapel).

In 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.

QUIZ NIGHT - Thanks to everyone who supported the evening and especially to Richard Alexander for setting the challenging questions! Funds raised will go to funding much needed for new sound and light equipment to our stage area for our work with young people.

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 noticeboard above the collection box – please do read it.

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. Please keep your pennies dropping.

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.  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.

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.