The 2 local charities suggested and chosen by the Mission committee are -“Kinergy” – Council of service for survivors of abuse based in Kingswood &“Sense”- Kingswood, which operates from the Woodside Family Centre. It provides for a range of services for children who are deaf and or deaf/blind, or have a multi sensory impairment
The loose cash offerings taken at the services at Christmas will be equally divided between the above two charities

I have received two Christmas cards from Betty, one for all her Mothers’ Union friends and the other for all her friends at St James.
She writes “I miss you all, but have settled well. I join Ann and Jeremy at St Marks where I have been made welcome. I also go to Mothers’ Union there and have made some nice friends. With love Betty”
I have put these cards on the notice board by the refreshment area Pat

A huge “thank you” to all who helped to organise our Christmas fair on Saturday 28th November, to all who helped on the day and of course, not forgetting those who came and spent their money.
Although the weather was very “dreary”, there was a lovely, bright atmosphere in the hall, subsequently £774.00 was raised. Thank you

Even though we haven’t reached Christmas yet some of us are thinking of summer!! We are now planning for the next Holiday Club, which will take place the week beginning 8th August. To enable us to plan effectively, a meeting has been arranged to discuss and help share this fun week on Thursday 21st January, 7.30pn at the Vicarage. Please do consider joining us and if this date is not convenient to you but you would like to take part, then please do contact me
Sally Sibley 07733256372 sallys@bristoldiocese.com


All ages welcome to help with Christingle Making on Wednesday 23rd December from 9.30am in church. Seasonal music and refreshments supplied
There will be a combined newsletter printed for Sunday 27thDecember & Sunday 3rd January 2016. Please ensure that I receive anything that you wish to be included in this newsletter by lunchtime Tuesday 22nd December at 41 Blackhorse Rd Tel 9560328 or email daleanddale@talktalk.net Thank you Pat

RESOUND FOOD BANK –December Shopping List
Twinned Puddings, Milk, Tomato Sauce, Juice, Instant Mash, Boxed Soup, Shaving Foam, Cold Meat (NOT Corned Beef) and Tinned Potatoes.
They would particularly welcome donations of new toiletries, small fancy chocolates or sweet treats, umbrellas, and men’s gloves and hats.


We continue to pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, perhaps it may be a family member, a friend or a member of our family here at St James. We pray especially today for Terry Bailey, Sonia Fleet, Sue & Paul Godwin, Jason Hamilton, Sheila Harris, Joan & Roy Howe, Jed, Danielle James, Chris Llewellyn, Chris Millett, Marion, Neil, Joyce & Edwin Prescott, Ryan Price, Imogen (Shirley Green’s granddaughter), Gwen Blagg

It is with sadness that we heard of the death of Geoff Gifford on Monday 7th December at Southmead Hospital. His funeral is on Thursday January 7th @ 12.30pm at Westerleigh Crematorium.
Our prayers go out to David and Michael, his two brothers
God is only a Prayer away, and we can reach Him every day, if we but lift our hands in prayer, and place ourselves in His loving care​