Sunday 29th November

This Sunday we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent, worshipping together from home, assisted by our friends at Castledown FM who will broadcast our radio service, and bring a simultaneous live version on our Facebook page, all at 10am. We hope you can join us from where you are as we begin this season of waiting for the coming of Jesus.

You can find a service sheet at this link so you can follow along with the singing at home: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/
If you would like to support the ministry of the church financially, more info can be found on our website at https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/ – thank you!

Foodbank Festive Plea

Hi everyone. We have received the plea below from our friends at Andover Foodbank. If you wish to help with a donation for their festive hampers, please leave your donations in front of the Nave Alter in the church by the end of Sunday, so we can take them to the Foodbank on your behalf on Monday. Our church is open during the day for private prayer, and so items can be dropped off, even though we don’t have any services at the moment. Thank you!

Dear All,
Thank you all so much for your continuing support. With Christmas rapidly approaching, we have been busy sorting out gift boxes and delivering to agencies. So far over 1000 requests have been received and we are very grateful for all your donations.

This year the need for our festive hampers is greater than ever. Our 12 days to Christmas scheme is already up and running (our apologies in not getting this out to you but we had a busy couple of weeks and some things just slipped) but the information for this is on our website http://www.andoverfoodbank.org.uk if you wanted to catch up.

We are collecting the following items for hampers, if you would like to donate any of these. They can be dropped at the foodbank or in the supermarket collection points. If you cannot get out to shop you can always make a donation online via our website, and just leave a message saying that it is for hampers. The deadline for Christmas food is 30th November. Thank you.

Christmas pudding

Custard

Mince pies (BBE 26th December)

Gravy granules

Bread sauce

Stuffing mix

Marshmallows

Hot Chocolate

Pickle/chutney

Cheese biscuits

Crisps / nuts (savoury snacks)

Chocolates

Selection packs

Christmas biscuits

NON-FOOD ITEMS: Shaving Foam

Stained Glass Window Update

Here is the latest process our glass is being put through – masking. Revd Sophie Hacker, the artist making the window says, “I know it looks messy but this is such fun! Using the bitumen to make the masks for when [the glass] goes in the hydrofluoric acid. It’ll give the most wonderful textures and subtle colours.”
Isn’t it fascinating? Thanks, Sophie, for letting us see your process of making.

Thank you so very much to those who have already used our online payment system to donate towards the window project! If you would like to donate it is straightforward at this link to our website: https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/

Please pray with us for Holy Trinity’s Thrive weekend.

Friends, over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of November, our sister church, Holy Trinity Church Tidworth will be holding their next scheduled Thrive weekend. Thrive is about spending time thinking about their vision for the future and how the Holy Spirit might move in the community next, and how they might best be God’s people there. Over the coming week, please pray for them, that God’s voice will be heard and the Holy Spirit move them in accordance with His will. Thank you!

ps, all Covid secure, they will be doing it by zoom, so even more prayer for clarity and togetherness and no IT glitches! Thanks.

Sunday 22nd November

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ The King, worshipping together from home, assisted by our friends at Castledown FM who will broadcast our radio service, and bring a simultaneous live version on our Facebook page, all at 10am. We hope you can join us from where you are.

You can find a service sheet at this link so you can follow along with the singing at home: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/
If you would like to support the ministry of the church financially, more info can be found on our website at https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/ – thank you!

An Update re Finances

Following our Annual Church Meeting last month we can report that St James Church will be paying the Parish Share in full this year, although we’ll have to use £3,500 (roughly one third) of our reserves in order to do so.

Thank you to everyone who supports our church, not only financially, but in time, work, serving and praying. Some folk have understandably been financially effected by the ongoing pandemic, and have not been able to give – if that’s you, please don’t worry. If you are among the people who have generously decided to increase your giving to help make up some of the shortfall, thank you.

The decision to pay Parish Share is important because Parish Share is what the Diocese use to pay our clergy their wages. This link provides more information from the Diocese about how the money is used: https://www.salisbury.anglican.org/resources-library/whos-who/contacts/comms-team/working-together/budget-2021-at-a-glance-nov-2020

Sunday 15th November

During lockdown, we will be worshipping together from home, assisted by our friends at Castledown FM who will broadcast our radio service, and bring a simultaneous live version on our Facebook page, all at 10am. We hope you can join us from where you are to praise God, and bring ourselves to Him in prayer and fellowship with one another.
You can find a service sheet at this link so you can follow along with the singing at home: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/
If you would like to support the ministry of the church financially, more info can be found on our website at https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/ – thank you!