St James The Great
Old Milverton, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
St James Church takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. We recognise that the care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of St James Church.
September Monthly update from Rev. Sue
Welcome to our new Monthly Update - This will be available in church as a paper copy and we will also to email it out to everyone in time for the start of each month. This is the replacement for the magazine that we had planned to introduce back in April, but ‘normal’ life rather came to a halt at that point! If anyone has something they would like included, please would you email Sue Fairhurst with the details.
Churchyard Clearing - Thank you to everyone who came along for our churchyard clearing morning in August. We’d love you to do it all again! Please think about coming up to church from 10.00am on the morning of Saturday 12th September. Remember to bring your own tools and your own coffee and biscuits as we can’t offer any refreshments at the moment.
Looking ahead into the autumn
Sunday club will not be meeting this autumn.
All Souls: restricted numbers in church mean that it will not be practical to hold our usual All Souls service this October. We will keep a note of all the funeral services held this year and make sure we remember those people at our service in 2021.
Remembrance Sunday (November 8th) will happen: more details of how we will do this next month.
Thought for the month - I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15.5)
Summer is slowly drawing to a close; flowers and fruits will soon be over and it will be time to think about some pruning. Among his many images that drew on the natural world around him, Jesus described himself as a vine. The gardeners among you will know that left to itself, a vine will produce a lot of superfluous growth that needs to be cut away if it is to produce good fruit and achieve its full potential. Jesus likens us to the branches on the vine, himself as the stem and God as the gardener. Without the sustenance that comes from the vine, those branches that try to ‘go it alone’ soon discover that they will wither and die, good for nothing but the fire. By contrast, those branches that remain in the vine, and allow the gardener to prune them when necessary, live and bear good fruit.
I suspect that many of us feel we have been ‘pruned’ this year. Many of our normal activities have been curtailed, including gathering together to worship, and it may be that God has felt distant at times as we’ve tried to keep our prayer lives going from our own safe places. But try not to think of pruning as a purely negative activity. The gardener is never nearer to his precious plant than when he prunes it, his ultimate aim being to make his plant more fruitful.
When we look back on this summer, I hope that as well as recognising those places where God may have pruned you, you will also see the love of the Gardener that has surrounded and supported us all.
Have you emailed or rung Sue about any of the following yet?
If you intend to come to a Sunday morning service please let us know in advance: spaces are very limited and quite a lot of them have already been ‘booked’. We want everyone to have the chance to join us at some point in the month, so do get in touch.
If you are going to continue to follow William online and would like the Sunday morning order of service emailing to you, let us know.
If you would still like a monthly reading, reflection and prayers, this also needs an email or phone call.
Lord, may I be wakeful at sunrise to begin a new day for you;
cheerful at sunset for having done my work for you;
thankful under the moon and stars for the beauty of the universe.
And may I add what little may be in me to your great world.
St James Church is in Old Milverton Village, but our congregation is drawn from all parts of Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth. We hold a service every Sunday morning at 10.30am and offer a family friendly, fairly traditional style of worship. On the last Wednesday afternoon of each month, we have a quiet, reflective half hour service to help us recharge our batteries midweek.
The current church was built in 1880, but this has been a place of worship for nine hundred years. Our churchyard is on several footpaths that run across to Leamington and down to the River Avon at the Saxon Mill, Warwick, and is a lovely place to stop and relax on a sunny day, to take in the views and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.
We think of ourselves as the St James ‘family’, but a family that welcomes new members and enjoys meeting new people.
As part of the Diocese of Coventry we have a shared mission of “Worshipping God…making new disciples…transforming communities”.
Come and meet us
Remember to bring a face covering if you come to a service
From 1st September - everyone welcome, numbers restricted - let Sue know
Sunday 6th September - 10.30am Holy Communion at St James
Sunday 13th September - 10.30am Matins at St James
Thursday 17th September - 7.30pm PCC Meeting, in church at St James
Sunday 20th September - 10.30am Holy Communion at St James
Sunday 27th September - 10.30am Morning Worship at St James
Services online with St Mary Magdalene, Lillington
Sundays at 10.00am - Holy Communion (Please note from mid-September, may move to 9.30am.)
Tuesdays at 7.00pm - Night Prayer
Wednesdays at 10.00am - Holy Communion
Thursdays at 7.00pm - Night Prayer
To join these services, go to www.lillingtonparishchurch.org and click on ‘live streaming' on the left hand side of the screen