Coronavirus Update 25 March

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.

Coronavirus Update 19 March

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.

Jolly J’s Update

In light of the current advice, the decision has been made to cancel all Jolly J’s meetings on Monday mornings until further notice.

Coronavirus Update 15 March

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).

Massive Messy Church Update

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!

Ash Wednesday Service 7pm

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.

Community Christmas Concert Wednesday 18th December 1.30pm for 2pm

Students from Southam College are hosting a Community Christmas Event at St James Church.

Join us at 1.30pm for refreshments and chat. The performance will start at 2pm and will include Christmas music, readings and carols for all.

All are invited to support the students.

No tickets required.

When Christmas Hurts Saturday 21 December 3pm

When Christmas Hurts

Everything in our culture tells us that Christmas is a joyful season: friends, family, food, and gifts all encourage us to celebrate Christmas.  But for many, Christmas can be a painful reminder of life’s difficulties. 

At St James’ church, we want to recognise that sometimes life is hard, particularly at Christmas, so, through December, we will have a dedicated tree to hang a bauble on to represent a loved one or situation that may ‘cloud’ the Christmas celebrations for us. Throughout the month and in the Christmas services we will be praying for what these baubles represent. If you can’t make it to church to hang a bauble then please contact the office (details below) and one of us will be happy to hang one on the tree for you.

This year, on Saturday 21st December 3pm at St James church, we will also gather to have tea and cake together followed by a short service where we will remember our loved ones and situations, light a candle for them and celebrate Christmas in a quieter more reflective way. All are welcome.

If you would like the name of a loved one read out at the service then please do let the office know by Thursday 19th December  (01926 812413  or add the name to the sheet on the welcome desk in church . 

Revelation ch21 v4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death” or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’

May you know His peace this Christmas, 

Rev Vikki Bisiker

St James Church, Park Lane, Southam

Christmas Fayre Saturday 7 December 10am – 12.30pm

Stalls will include Books, Bottle Tombola, Bric-a-brac, Cakes and Preserves, Chocolate Tombola, Christmas Raffle, Refreshments, Toys and a Growing Greener stall.  Do come along to browse the various stalls and have a chat with friends whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and cake…

FAMILY FUN MESSY CHURCH – Harvest Praise Party 28th September 11am – 1pm Grange Hall Southam

Massive Messy Church on Saturday 28thSeptember with our special guest John Hardwick – singer, songwriter, story teller and loads of fun!

Join the fun from 11am to 1pm at the Grange Hall, Coventry Road, Southam, CV47 1QA.  Lots of crafts and activities, including a picnic lunch.  

 Come and join us.