Picnic Blanket Church

Some of you may be aware that we have been unable to have a children’s group or area in the church since re-opening and so on Sunday 13th June, we are going to try ‘Picnic Blanket Church’ outside for the young children and their parents/carers. Starting at 10:30 it will be a short time together (max 1/2 hour) and will involve things like a short activity, a Bible story, an action song and a prayer. Please can each family bring their own blanket and any drink or snack that they may need. We will be socially distanced on our blankets and we’ll need to know if you’re interested in coming as numbers will be limited. Please let me know and I can let you have the extra details.

Rev Vikki


Drop In Morning Prayer

We are pleased to announce that St James’ will be reopening the church doors for drop in morning prayer from Sunday 23 May. Please do drop in any time between 9:30am and 12 noon. Covid guidance, track & trace, social distancing and hygiene will be observed, but there will be people to welcome you and explain all the things that you need to know! Please remember to wear a mask. To mark the occasion of reopening, the bells will be rung from 9:30 until 10am to ring in Pentecost.

Some may feel anxious about coming back into the building and others have joined St James in worship from across the country and so online services will continue even though the church doors will be open. Links to our services and Treasure Time videos can be found here.

Important Notice

The meeting to elect our Churchwardens will be held via Zoom* on Sunday April 25th at 11.00am to be immediately followed by our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).

The notice for the election of our Churchwardens is here.

The nomination form for Churchwardens is here.

The notice for our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is here.

The nomination form for PCC members is here.

Please email completed nomination forms asap to barryapcm@icloud.com 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. 

The various documents for the meetings, including agendas, annual report and other statutory reports, etc. are here.

*In order to join the meeting please request log on details from Barry Parker at barryapcm@icloud.com by Friday 23 April.

If you have any questions or queries please contact us.

Holy Week & Easter

Due to the pandemic, we are saddened to say that we are unable to gather again this year for Holy Week and Easter. All of the Holy Week reflections and Easter celebration will be online on the St James Church YouTube channel. Treasure Time for our youngsters will also be available online for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Please see links to our services here.

Combined Churches in Southam are holding a Virtual Walk of Witness on Good Friday, and there is an Easter trail to follow around Southam. More information about both can be found here.

You may have noticed that The Tree of Hope at the crossing of the churchyard footpaths has many yellow ribbons tied on. These ribbons represent loved ones lost and missed over the past year. As Easter approaches please feel free to also hang Easter decorations. Many folk have paused and reflected at what has become the Tree of Hope and many a supportive conversation has happened there too. It will soon be in blossom and be an even more beautiful sign of hope for the coming months. 

Blessings, Vikki

Pain and Suffering, God and the Bible: Where’s the Truth?

A Listening to God Online Morning

Saturday 20th February 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How, in the midst of life’s storms, are we to make sense of what the Bible says about God’s goodness and love? Too many ‘solutions’ to the traditional problem of evil require us to accept that suffering isn’t really as bad as we think. The Bible, in contrast, acknowledges the deep anguish of our hurting world, and claims to offer a solution that brings healing, peace and hope. This event will unpack the Biblical account of suffering and equip you to reach your own conclusions about its truth and power.

Further details of the event and how to book are available from The Well’s website.

Celebrate Christmas with us!

A full list of our Christmas services at St James is available here.  All of the online services will be uploaded to our YouTube channel and links to our online services can also be found here.

A Notice from Vikki

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.

Blessings, Vikki



Important Notice

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:

The notice of election of Churchwardens

The nomination form for Churchwardens

The notice of the APCM

The nomination form for PCC members

The nomination form for Deanery Synod members

Please email completed nomination forms ASAP to barryapcm@icloud.com 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 barryapcm@icloud.com by Wednesday 21 October.

If you have any questions or queries please contact us.

Coronavirus Update 27 July

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 southamstjames@gmail.com.

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.