The next members meeting is this Tuesday 2nd February when we are having lunch at the Sandringham PH Downend, 12.15pm for 12.30pm followed by our AGM at 2.30pm (approx) in the Church Hall


“Susannah will be baptised during the 10.30am service on 7th February – everyone is invited to a reception and game of skittles at Mangotsfield Football Club afterwards. For catering purposes could you let me, (Terrie Walker- Smith) know if you plan to attend on Thank you”


As most of you will now be aware Gwen passed peacefully away on 22nd February after a further stroke. Her funeral service is to be held on Friday 12th February at 2.00pm followed by committal at Westerleigh Crematorium. All will be welcome at the Church Hall following the service for light refreshments. Any offers of help with refreshments would be greatly appreciated, please sign up on the sheet provided or speak to Diana Gardner who is co-ordinating. If any would like to send cards or messages Pat Dale has addresses of Gwen’s children.

We thank God for over 60 years of service to St James by Gwen and for her shining example of faith and witness to Our Lord. Our prayers are with John and Marilyn, Grace and Martyn, Richard and Linda and all the grandchildren at this sad time for them.


Lent groups will be on Monday mornings at the home of Roger and Jackie Long, Tuesday evenings at the home of Peter and Jane Huzzey and Thursday evenings at the Vicarage. More details to follow


Messy Church – Many thanks to all who came to the Vision Planning Day. We now have a plan for the whole year which will be shared shortly but meanwhile can announce that the next session will take place on Friday 19th February 3.45pm-5.45pm at the Church Hall and ALL are welcome

Holiday Club Meeting– this will now take place at 7.30pm at the Vicarage on Wednesday 17th February NOT 18th February as previously advertised. Please do consider coming along to find out more.

Mango Jams Fund Raising Event – Bring & Buy, Tea, Cakes and Raffle to be held at the Church Hall on Friday 26th February @ 3.30pm. Donations and attendance welcome from ALL. This is to help purchase some more equipment for this thriving group. Sally Sibley – School-Community Link

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From Terrie Walker-Smith

“I will be placing an order for “The Real Easter Egg” at the end of February. These are Fairtrade Easter eggs, which contain booklets & activities, which tell the real meaning of Easter, and also raises money for Traidcraft. They are available in selected supermarkets, but are slightly cheaper if bought directly. If you would like to order one please make a note on the order form at the back of the church and pay me by the end of February. For more information please see/email me.” NB Terrie will be making the order week commencing February 22nd – so will need all orders/money by then. Thank you


January Shopping List -The following are the only things needed right now- Twinned puddings, Milk, Tomato Sauce, Juice, Instant Mash, Boxed Soup, Shaving Foam, Cold Meat (not corned beef), Tinned Potatoes. Thank you – from the Foodbank team


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, Godfrey & Enid Dobbins, Sonia Fleet, Sue & Paul Godwin, Jason Hamilton, Sheila Harris, Joan & Roy Howe, Jed, Chris Llewellyn, Chris Millett, Marion, Neil, Andrew Norley, Joyce & Edwin Prescott, Ryan Price, Imogen (Shirley Green’s granddaughter) & Susie, Wesley and family.

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