Morning Service Sunday 22nd March at 10am! We will not meet at either St James or Holy Trinity Church, but Revd Tim and Revd Jimmy will lead us in joint Benefice worship over fm radio on Castledown Radio 104.7fm and also on our Facebook page where they will be Live. Please join us virtually by listening in or watching on Facebook! You do not need a Facebook account to watch – we are a public page. http://www.castledownfm.com
Friends! Although our services are cancelled physically in church, our church is open for individuals/household groups to visit. It might help as a little excursion from home. Over the coming weeks you will find a few things there to do. 2 things so far:
1) Please come and leave a message or prayer on our board in the porch. It is a trace you were there, even if we were not there all at the same time!
2) Children! If you live locally but have not received your little Easter book from us via your school by the end of today, pop in and pick one up from the book table at the back of church.
We are encouraged to pop in at church, just not gather, and we do need to practice social distancing so if you arrive and find others please just keep your distance and call across to one another. If it’s too busy, have a walk round the church yard, say hi to the sheep and then pop in again a bit later!
A Coronavirus update: Friends, we will not be holding our services for the foreseeable future, until advised we can meet together as a congregation again. Please see the link below for the statement from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
We know this is unwelcome news but please join with us in prayer and in practical help to our local community. If you are able to help with practical tasks like bringing supplies to those self isolating, let us know. Phone friends and neighbours for a chat. Pray hard for all effected, for our NHS, for those who are ill, those who are afraid, for everyone finding this time difficult. We may not be physically together, but we are a strong community and we can act together. Please take good care, from us all here at St James.
Reflections for Lent: we have two study discussion groups focussing on Genesis chapter 1 over 5 sessions during Lent – one is on Thursday evenings at 7pm hosted by Ted and Alison at home, and the other is on Sunday afternoons 2:30-3:30pm in the Rectory. Let us know if you’d like to join us so we can provide more details, and come! A great way to prepare for the joy of Easter!
Did you have your wedding at St James Ludgershall?
As part of an ongoing project to digitize our records, the dates of all the weddings in St James are being recorded. Sue Williams, thought that, as a further enhancement, we would try and add wedding photographs – making it a very important part of social history.
If you, or any of your relatives, were married at St James, and have photos together with names and dates, would you agree to her making a copy to link with the records? She would take great care of your photo and return it to you immediately. Alternatively, if you could email a photo – that would be good too.
Do get in touch! Contact Sue Williams on 01264 791487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
This year we are having Lilies for Easter to decorate the Church on Easter day.
Would you like to make a donation for a lily in memory of a loved one?
A card will be displayed in Church listing the names both of the donator and the person being remembered. There will be a book in Church to enable you to give your name and the name for whom the lily is in memory. There is no set charge, just what you would like to give.
We look forward to a wonderful display of lilies to greet a joyful Easter morning!
For further details please contact Sue Williams on 01264 791487 or see her in Church.
Lent Lunches 2020 – the first of our Lent Lunches is on Friday 6th March, starting at 12noon, serving a soup lunch. First come, first served, we will be in the Church Hall. Come and join us! No charge, but donations welcomed. These will then continue every Friday during Lent, with our last one on Friday 3rd April 2020.