Heritage Day

Every year, the second weekend in September, is National Heritage Weekend. Many places of historical interest are opened for the public to visit. There is also the annual Ride and Stride, a fund-raising event organised by various Friends of Churches groups. At St James we have been participating in this for a number of years. This year it was decided to extend what we did so not only was St James open all day to welcome those who were part of the Ride and Stride but we had various other things going on. A sale of bric-a-brac in the churchyard proved a great draw, wonderful refreshments were served in church, cakes & preserves sold and a barbecue. All of this seemed to encourage people in and we were busy with visitors all day.

For the first time on the Sunday an Organ Trail had been organised and many of the organs in Colchester were played for people to tour the town to hear. Various pieces of music were played and there was an emphasis on playing compositions by local musicians. We at St James took part and Mark played two of his own compositions, one written especially for St James’ Church.

He also did a tour of our organ explaining and demonstrating some of its stops and other actions. This was a very interesting and enjoyable end to Sunday morning. In the afternoon the sale in the churchyard resumed and in total we have raised a little over £560.

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way on the day and those of you who turned out your cupboards and attics for the sale.

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Operation Christmas Child – Shoe Box Appeal

It has been some years since we participated in this appeal but the School is taking part again and I thought some church members may also like to join in.

Boxes are being provided this year for people to fill with small gifts to be sent to Eastern Europe and other areas where children have nothing at Christmas. I have ordered a supply of boxes for people to fill if they wish and these are available in church. They come with full instructions and must be returned to St James’ church by Sunday 9th November or to St James’ School by Thursday 13th November.

Fr Peter

Fr Taemin’s licensing

Around fifty people from St James and Colchester made their way
to Freezywater on Monday 1st September for Fr Taemin’s licensing service.

We had good journeys in a very comfortable coach and a few people made their own way there. It was very good to see Fr Taemin, Helen and Stephen so obviously settled and ready for their future in London. We received a strong welcome, enjoyed generous and tasty refreshments after the licensing Mass, which was presided over by Bishop Peter Wheatley the Bishop of Edmonton. Bishop Norman was also there to support the family.