🧤🧤🧤Calling all volunteers for our regular Churchyard Working Party, this Saturday, 14th August, at 10am. Maximum of 2 hours working on the upkeep of our churchyard, so we will be all done by noon! Please wear gardening gloves, and bring any tools etc that you think might be useful: loppers, secateurs, wheelbarrows! More the merrier, thank to all in advance! 🧤🧤🧤
Friends, as part of our ongoing commitment to the stewardship of creation and sustainable ministry of our church here in Ludgershall and Faberstown, we are going to install a new pew heating system. This is an electric system which acts a bit like an electric blanket upholstered to our pews, to replace our oil boiler and radiator heating system. There are a number of good reasons that back this decision, which you can read about more on our website here, https://stjamesludgershall.com/eco-church/ but they include significantly reduced running costs/fuel bills, reduced use of fossil fuels and a warmer congregation.
The cost of the new system is £12,052, which we are now seeking to raise. We are applying for grants, but also welcome any donations towards this project from members of our local community. As a church we want to take active steps to reducing our carbon footprint at the same time as protecting the future ministry of the church by reducing costs. To donate online to this project, click this link: https://pay.collctiv.com/pew-heating-project-38888. Thank you!
The Community Cafe will be open in the Church Hall on Friday 9:30-11:30am. Tea, Coffee, and cake available! Space to inside or out in the churchyard if the weather is fine!
A unique and very special event, we are delighted to offer tickets to ‘A Conversation with the Artist, Sophie Hacker’ on Tuesday 17th August, 11:30am-3pm. Tickets are £25, inc coffee and lunch, and all funds raised will be put towards the ministry of St James Church. Places are limited, to allow for an intimate group to look and discuss together in the chapel, so book ASAP to avoid disappointment. More details on the flyer below.
Thanks be to God for this wonderful day! Happy St James’ Day, everyone. A slight sprinkling of rain but we carried on worshipping nonetheless! We were privileged to be led in our service by Bishop Andrew, Bishop of Ramsbury, and Rev’d Tim, and joined by Rev’d Claire Maxim, the previous incumbent who instigated the window project, as well as the artist, Sophie Hacker sophieartstory. It was a great celebration of our new stained glass window, now duly blessed by the Bishop. We enjoyed a hog roast and lots of delicious food, and thanks also go to those who played and sang at the open mic. The clouds and rain sprinkling couldn’t dampen our joy at God’s faithfulness to us! Thanks to everyone who contributed and came to our service. It was great to see you and enjoy your company as we marked this important day.
Community Cafe! On Friday mornings 9:30-11:30 in August, we will be opening our church hall to serve tea and coffee and cakes, and welcome you to sit for a catch up, either in our hall, or in our churchyard. All welcome.
A reminder that this Sunday we are having our special celebration of St James’ Day with a service at 10am in the churchyard led by Bishop Andrew, Bishop of Ramsbury and Rev’d Tim. The service will also include the joyful thanksgiving for, and blessing of, our amazing new stained glass window. It’s going to be a very special day, so our sister church, Holy Trinity, will be worshipping with us and no in person service will happen at Holy Trinity, because we will all be together at St James!
We will be outdoors, so come prepared, folding chairs and picnic blankets welcome! After the service there will be a hog roast lunch, and an open mic, so if you wish to bring along a song, please do. We look forward to fellowship together.
For those who wish to tune in to the radio service, our friends at Castledown FM will be broadcasting our Songs of Praise service, also at 10am.
Please give generously to help with the running costs of ministry in Ludgershall and Tidworth. Thank you. https://pay.collctiv.com/church-ministry-56501
Our Midsummer edition of the Community Magazine is out now, and is available to read online at the link below. If you would like to subscribe to a hard copy of our magazine through your letter box, you can also do that at the link. Our continued thanks to our editors, contributors and subscribers.
Our services will be at 10am, in person in the churchyard and and on the radio with our friends at Castledown FM on 104.7FM.
If you are coming to the churchyard, don’t forget your folding chair or picnic blanket! Children’s Church continues throughout the summer – we will gather as a whole congregation before going off to our separate worship activities. Looking forward to seeing you!
If you would like to support our ministry financially with an offering, please do so online here: https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/ Thank you
What’s The Story is our Bible Storytelling and activity session for toddlers, preschoolers and primary school children, along with their parents or carers. We will be running this session on FRIDAYS during the summer holidays, commencing on Friday 30th July, 9:30 – 10:30am in the churchyard at St James. If the weather is inclement we may use the church building as we have in the past, but the plan this summer is to focus on picnicking with Jesus, stories of when he ate food with his friends, so we will be outside on our picnic blankets!
😍A note to our regulars: the change of day for these sessions is in response to other childrens groups starting up in Ludgershall on Thursdays, so we want to continue to offer something on a different day, and we hope you will still be able to come! 😍