Sunday 20th September

This Sunday we will have our socially distanced outdoor in person service at 10am in the churchyard, as well as our radio/fb service broadcast at the same time by our friends at Castledown FM and on our fb page. The morning churchyard service will be a Service of the Word, and there will be a Communion service at 6pm also in the churchyard. We hope you will be able to join us at any of those to praise God and pray together.

As ever, for the outdoor services, please come equipped with a folding chair/picnic blanket, a waterproof/brolly if you can, and for the radio/fb broadcast you can find a service sheet at this link so you can follow along with the singing at home: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/ We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday.

Under the latest guidance, we continue to be allowed to meet for public worship, whilst making sure we observe social distancing between households. Thanks to everyone who continues to support and attend our various opportunities to worship. We pray the services are a blessing to all.

Sunday 13th September

This Sunday we will have our socially distanced outdoor in person service at 10am in the churchyard, as well as our radio/fb service broadcast at the same time by our friends at Castledown FM and on our fb page. The morning churchyard service will be a Service of the Word, and there will be a Communion service at 6pm also in the churchyard. We hope you will be able to join us at any of those to praise God and pray together.

As ever, for the outdoor services, please come equipped with a folding chair/picnic blanket, a waterproof/brolly if you can, and for the radio/fb broadcast you can find a service sheet at this link so you can follow along with the singing at home: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/ We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday.

With regard to any potential changes in Government Guidance or guidance from the Church of England from Monday, we will keep you updated.

Voluntary Giving Envelopes

A message from our lovely treasurer, Michael Meade:

“Voluntary Giving Envelopes: The present set of weekly giving envelopes will finish at the end of this month and new ones for the next 12 months will be available from Sunday 20 September. Anyone who would like to join the scheme should contact me, Michael Meade, as soon as convenient.
Anyone who no longer needs envelopes because they are giving through the bank either by standing order or through the Parish Giving Scheme should also contact me. Thank you.”

You can ring Michael on 01264 790262 or email him at mm.saiwen@ntlworld.com

You can also find out more about the Parish Giving Scheme and other electronic means of giving at the ‘Donations’ tab at the top of this page. Thanks to everyone who supports our church ministry financially.

Ride & Stride Saturday 12th September

🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏼🚴‍♀️🥾🥾🥾 It’s time for Ride and Stride, this Saturday 12th September! 🥾🥾🥾🚴‍♀️🚴🏼🚴🏼‍♂️

Each year, to raise money for the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, we participate in a sponsored walk or cycle ride, or even a horse ride, to another local church. This year we are walking this year from St James to St Andrews in Collingbourne Ducis on Saturday 12 September starting at 10am at St James’ lychgate, with a stop at Gastro Nicks for a break and refreshments. Come and join us! A walk and a natter in the beautiful countryside – what could be lovelier than that?

There’s transport back for those who wish to use it, two per car and home with the window open!

The money we raise is split 50% to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, who helped us last year with a grant of £1000 towards the restoration of our church clock face, and the other 50% to the ministry of St James’ Church. If you would like to sponsor our walkers, please ring Julie Walker on 07889503132,
or you can give electronically at this link: https://pay.collctiv.com/ride-and-stride-13592.
See you Saturday! 🥾🥾🥾

Sunday 6th September

Sunday Services in September!
We plan to continue our pattern of outdoor short socially distanced services and radio/fb services throughout September. We hope you can join us in prayer and praise as we begin the autumn. Please pray for good weather ☀️

In Person Services in the churchyard: this week, Sunday 6th September, our 10am will be an open air communion service. As ever, come equipped with a folding chair/picnic blanket, a waterproof/brolly if you can – you know the drill.

Also at 10am, our friends at Castledown FM will broadcast a service 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 look forward to welcoming you on Sunday.

Latest Community Magazine – digital!

54CCD5E7-DCCC-4ED2-9559-0B660B81E7D3If you missed our July edition of the Community Magazine, it is now available digitally at the link below, if you’d like a read.
Equally, if you are looking forward to the next one, and would like to register interest in recieving a copy hard copy through your letter box, please let us know by messaging us with your name and address. If you have already been receiving copies, don’t worry, you are on our list! 😊
July Magazine

 

Exciting Stained Glass Window Project

We are super excited about our Stained Glass Window project for St James! Artist, Rev’d Sophie Hacker specialises in Church Art, and here she tells us about creating the window and why she is excited to be part of the project:

“After a long period of gestation it is absolutely glorious to finally start work on this project – the window of Saint James Ludgershall. It is a design inspired by the story of the town and its historical associations with the Armed Forces, and by the eternal reality of hope offered by the Christian faith. The resurrection takes centre stage rendering in beautiful silvered golden glass.

The window will be acid etched and painted in a rich range of textures and tones but still BA5995BC-DD96-499A-9742-D82324190350allows slight sunshine to stream into the south chapel. After the stresses and worries of lockdown I am particularly loving the soaring open blues, representing both the skies of Salisbury Plain and also the spiritual realm where all people are free. I hope you will like it.”
Sophie

 
If Sophie’s words inspire you, and you like you would like to be part of this project, you can do so by making a contribution to the cost of this stained glass window, at this link to our website: https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/ The total cost of the window is £20,000, half of which has already been raised and allowed Sophie to start making it. Perhaps you would like to sponsor a piece of glass. Here at St James, we think this is a really special project, reaching out not only to the folk who worship here regularly, but to everyone who has connections to this place and our wider community. Donations of any size will be warmly welcomed, so don’t be put off getting involved – we would love to draw together in making this window into a collective gift from our present community to the one of the future.

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Sunday 30th August

A number of different ways of joining our worship are open to you on Sunday. 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/raincoat to hand as we never know what the weather will do on the day!

Also at 10am, our friends at Castledown FM will broadcast a service and this will also be available at 10am on our Facebook page, for anyone who prefers to participate in the service that way.

We will also have a short communion service in the evening, outdoors in the churchyard at 6pm. Again, please come prepared – being outside has its drawbacks, but it also allows us to worship more freely because there are fewer measures to put in place in order to meet together safely.

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 look forward to welcoming you on Sunday.

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