Thank you!

Now our Prescription Delivery Service is closed, we wanted to do a few thank yous! Our thanks to all of our brilliant local prescription delivery volunteers and to Karen (our Town Clerk in Ludgershall) and Lynn (our Garrison Welfare Officer in Tidworth) for coordinating all of those volunteers Monday to Saturday for what has seemed like months and months. Also thank you to all of our Pharmacy staff who all worked so hard to get us all through the lockdown. And thank you to everyone who thanked us… your appreciation really helped to keep us all going! Thank you!

Sunday 9th August

Sunday 9th August
A number of different ways of joining our worship are open to you on Sundays during August. Whichever you choose, we pray it will be a blessing to you and we are glad to welcome you.

In person : join us in St James’ Churchyard for a short socially distanced outdoor service at 10am. We have a small number of chairs available, so if you have a folding chair or a picnic blanket you could bring, that’s very helpful. Come ready to worship with a brolly to hand as we never know what the weather will do on the day! Similarly, our sister church Holy Trinity will also be holding an in person churchyard service in their churchyard on Sunday at 11am, if that suits you better.

Also at 10am, our friends at Castledown FM will broadcast a prerecorded service similar to those we have enjoyed over the last few months, and this will also be available at 10am on our Facebook page, for anyone who prefers to participate in the service that way.

As usual, you can find a service sheet for the radio/fb service at this link so you can follow along with the singing at home: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/ We continue to meet in Jesus’ Name, however we can, and are glad of your fellowship with us.

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Sunday 2nd August

5347B007-F330-4A4B-8300-71C5066D767D  Our Sunday morning service 2nd August will be on at 10am, live here on our Facebook page or listen to thesimultaneous broadcast by our friends at Castledown FM. Our in-person service last Sunday went well, but the Government guidance has been revised again so we are taking time to decide the best way to continue to be able to worship together. We will update you as soon as there are changes. Thank you for your patience, prayers, and your fellowship here in the meantime.

You can find a service sheet at this link so you can follow along with the singing at home: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/ As usual, we can receive your prayer requests on Sunday morning by text on 01980 221047, so feel free to get in touch.

Sunday Morning Service 26th July – St James’ Day

Our Sunday morning service will be a bit different this week, and there are a number of different ways in which you can choose to join our worship at 10am.

In celebration of our patronal festival – our ‘birthday’ – we will be having a socially distanced physical service in the church yard of St James. Being outdoors, it enables more of us to gather in the space safely. It will be a short but joyful meeting in Jesus’ Name.

Simultaneously, our friends at Castledown FM will broadcast a prerecorded service similar to those we have enjoyed over the last few months, led by Rev’d Tim and Rev’d Jimmy, and this will also be available at 10am on our Facebook page, for anyone who prefers to participate in the service that way.

As usual, you can find a service sheet for the radio/fb service at this link so you can follow along with the singing at home: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/ We pray that these services would be a blessing to you.

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Raise A Glass featured in the Andover Advertiser

Thanks to the Andover Advertiser for featuring our Raise A Glass birthday celebration for St James’ Day! What a lovely surprise! There is still time to join in if you’d like to raise a drink, take a snap and post it in the comments of our Raise a Glass post at the top of our fb page. As you can see from the article, wherever you are, whatever you are up to, if there is a brew in hand, help us celebrate our 724th! We are celebrating all month!
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Sunday Morning Service 19th July 2020

Our Sunday morning service continues to be on at 10am, live on our Facebook page or listen to the simultaneous broadcast by our friends at Castledown FM104.7. In response to Government guidance changing, we are making plans for being able to gather physically safely, but we are not ready for the time being, and so we are continuing to enjoy the hospitality of our friends at Castledown FM for now. We will update you as soon as there are changes. Thank you for your patience, prayers, and your fellowship here in the meantime.

You can find a service sheet at this link so you can follow along with the singing at home: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/ As usual, we can receive your prayer requests on Sunday morning by text on 01980 221047, so feel free to get in touch.
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Weekday Morning & Evening Prayer & Thursday Said Communion Recommence

We are delighted to announce that as of today, Morning Prayer at 8:30am and Evening Prayer at 4pm will take place every weekday, and our regular Thursday morning Said Communion Service at 10:30am will also be recommencing this week. These services all meet the government guidelines with regard length etc and will be socially distanced in the church building. Please help us to continue to safeguard the health of all by following the measures in place at the church and being mindful of others. We look forward to welcoming you to these acts of public worship and being able to physically gather in Jesus’ Name!
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Removal of our Horse Chestnut Tree

Friends, sadly, our well-loved churchyard horse chestnut tree has been condemned due to severe cracking in its structure, which as you probably know resulted in the dangerous bough drop across the hedge and into the street recently.
Arrangements are in hand to remove the danger without delay, and Wiltshire County Council approved conservation contractors plan this work for next week, starting on Tuesday.
The church road cones will be set out each evening before work is planned the next day. Heavy machinery is needed, so please keep the area clear of parked vehicles.
The tree and its roots are to be removed entirely at what seems to be a massive cost to our church so if you can help with a donation posted to Rev’d Tim at the Rectory, we would be delighted. We shall be seeking grant(s) where we can, in due course.
Meanwhile the Parochial Church Council have accepted Mike Dunning’s offer to gift a replacement specimen tree as soon as possible. This might take the form of a weeping silver birch, a cedar, a Scots pine, or any other suitable candidates from which a PCC choice can be made. If you have a preference or any other suggestions, we would be delighted to include them in the process.

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