Back in July, the PCC agreed that in mid/late September we would review any feasibility of re-opening the church building under the Government and Church of England guidelines. The PCC virtually met on 16th September and agreed to take the first tentative step of re-opening the building for funerals. This, of course, would be subject to the guidelines mentioned above and that a team of volunteers to help prepare and clean the building is in place.
Any loss of a loved one is a very difficult and emotional time and through the pandemic many bereaved have voiced that it’s been even harder under all of the guidance. It is hoped that if the funeral can be held at St James, this would bring some comfort to the bereaved in their journey of grief.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help to keep the building open for funerals then please be in touch with me. To keep everyone as safe as we can, any volunteer would need to follow the guidelines issued and not be in any of the NHS vulnerable categories ie no underlying health issues or over 70 years of age. Please see the NHS advice for further information.
The PCC will review any further opening of the building at their November meeting.
We are living in uncertain times and the increased sense of the unknown for many is a real form of anxiety and fear. Please do be in touch if you would like a chat or would like to be prayed for. Let us stand together on the firm foundation that God is our rock and our refuge and that He will see us through these storms of life.
The meeting to elect our Churchwardens will be held via Zoom* on Thursday 22 October at 7pm to be immediately followed by our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).
Please click on the links below for all notices and nomination forms:
Please email completed nomination forms ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Barry on 01926 811254 to arrange collection. If it is difficult to obtain the signatures of proposers and seconders on a paper copy please contact Barry or Vikki on 07983 402614.
The various documents for the meetings, including the agendas, annual report and other statutory reports together with the reports on the various activities of the church, are here.
*In order to join the meeting please request log on details from Barry Parker at email@example.com by Wednesday 21 October.
If you have any questions or queries please contact us.
Government guidance has been revised to allow certain activities to take place in church buildings in limited and socially distanced ways. Having considered the guidelines in detail, the leadership team here at St James Church have taken the decision, supported by the Bishop of Coventry, that St James should remain closed for public worship for the time being in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Our priority is to ensure that everyone visiting St James can do so in a safe way. Considering the layout and facilities of the church, the need to maintain the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions and other constraints currently being imposed, it was felt that we could not reopen the church safely.
Under the current limitations the church is likely to remain closed until at least mid-September when we will review the guidance, but the leadership team are continuing to pray through and consider how and when the church building may open safely in the future.
During this time we are continuing to offer our weekly “Stay at Home” worship services which can be found here or on our St James Southam YouTube channel. The church can be opened for an individual’s private prayer by prior appointment or you can let us know if you would like personal prayer support by contacting Rev. Vikki Bisiker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Church continues to be alive and active, but sadly our buildings must close.
We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.
Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, St James and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.
Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building. To protect the vulnerable among us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength … Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
All public services at St James are on hold until further notice. However, the church building will still be open for prayer every week on Thursdays from 10am to 11am and on Sundays from 10am to 12 noon. The church will also be open from 8pm to 9pm on Friday 20th March as part of Prayer 2020. You are welcome to drop in during these times as long as you are free of symptoms and observing social distancing recommendations.
We have put together a document of prayer and resources for those who are unable to meet together, so please do make use of this. Although we may not be able to gather as one, let’s come together as a family in prayer and put our trust in the One who promises to never leave us.
In light of the current advice, the decision has been made to cancel all Jolly J’s meetings on Monday mornings until further notice.
Given the Government’s ongoing directives, we will continue to gather while we can;
The Communion Cup will be suspended for the time being as will sharing the peace;
Services may be cancelled in the future so please refer to this website for up-to-date information (or the church Facebook page).
It is with regret that we have made the decision to cancel Massive Messy Church next Saturday in Southam because of Covid-19. Although it probably wouldn’t be considered a “mass gathering”, it is unfair to put vulnerable people at risk – both our team and families. Our next Massive Messy Church will be on Saturday 31st October – we hope all will be well by then!
To mark the beginning of Lent, as we approach Easter, a service will take place on Ash Wednesday, 26 February 2020, at 7pm at St. James Church.
An opportunity to provide space and time, out of our usual hectic lives, to reflect and pray.
All are welcome to attend.