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 18th February, 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​

The Christmas Tree in church was given to us by the Kingswood Y’s Men’s Club with Ryan as our contact. This is a gift they have given to us each year and we thank them for it. Our thanks also to the “Christmas Tree Team” for setting up the tree and decorating it so beautifully again this year. Thank you

A sincere “thank you” to everybody who contributed in decorating the church so beautifully for Christmas and for helping with the Christmas Services. It was A Real St James Effort Thank you -Teresa

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

MOTHERS’ UNION next meet on Tuesday 5th January @ 2.00pm in the Church Hall Richmond Road, for an informal afternoon, which includes an auction of unwanted Christmas Gifts!!
RAMBLE Saturday 2nd January @ 11am Abbotts Leigh Pub Lunch
Meet in the car park opposite the church. Contact 9109462

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

A meeting at the Vicarage on Thursday 21st January @ 7.30pm to discuss the possibility of holding another Easter Experience leading up to Easter 2016

Please ensure that I receive anything you wish to be included in the next newsletter by Thursday lunchtime 7th January 2016 at 41 Blackhorse Rd. Telephone 9560328 or email Many thanks – Pat (Dale)


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, Andrew Norley, Joyce & Edwin Prescott, Ryan Price, Imogen (Shirley Green’s granddaughter) & Gwen Blagg

Sadly for those of you who don’t already know Geoff Gifford, who was very unwell and had been in hospital for a couple of weeks, died on Monday 7th December. His funeral service will be at Westerleigh Crematorium on Thursday 7th January 2016 at 12.15pm. All are most welcome to attend. Teresa would like to collect any memories and anecdotes any of you may have of Geoff, please can you let her have them by 3rd January, thank you
Our prayers are with Michael and David his brothers at this time.
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. – Helen Steiner Rice