Mission Weekend

Mission Weekend 2/3 December 2017

Mission is an important part of our church life and we should all be involved in some way as we are called to go out and ‘spread the word’.

Please ask Janet or the Wardens if you need further information.







Congratulations to the Austen family; Matthew has been accepted to train for priestly ministry and now has another member of the family to celebrate the good news, a new son, Albert David Ernest George.

Holy Week


8am Said Mass 10am Sung Mass and Procession of Palms

MONDAY 10th April
12noon Chrism Mass Chelmsford Cathedral Celebrant Bishop Norman of Richborough
Please join us if you are able and support our serving team at the service.

TUESDAY 11th April No Mass

WEDNESDAY 12th April
7pm Mass

THURSDAY 13th April
7.30 Sung Mass Maundy service with Foot Washing and
Watch until 10pm

GOOD FRIDAY 14th April
10am Stations of the Cross for Children
12 noon March of Witness Town Centre
Meet at the Salvation Army Citadel Butt Rd or join in at
Head St or High St the march ends at the War Memorial
with a short united service.
1pm Liturgy of the Day

SATURDAY 15th April
7.30pm Vigil Mass bring and share buffet afterwards

SUNDAY 16th April
8am said Mass
10am Sung Mass with blessing of the Easter Garden.
Children’s Egg Hunt after Mass

Special Services for November

All Saints Day

All Saints Day falls on Tuesday 1st November, Mass in St James at 7-00pm. All Saints Day is a Solemnity, a day when we ought to be at Mass if we can.

 All Souls Day

The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed falls on Wednesday 2nd November. Mass in St James at 7-00pm.  At this Mass the names of the Faithful Departed will be remembered, please check the list in church and then add any more names to it if you wish.

House Mass

The House Mass for November will be held on Monday 28th November 8-00pm at the home of Jeff and Catherine Graham, 69 Tower Street, Brightlingsea. These times of worship are a wonderful opportunity for less formal worship with an extended opportunity for prayer and a great time of fellowship to help build up the Body of Christ in our church and part of Colchester. Please join us.

Service for the Bereaved

The annual service for those who have been bereaved, which St James hosts and organises in conjunction with the Hunnaball Family Funeral Service, will be held in St James on Saturday 19th November at 11-00am. Please come along if you feel this service may be of help to you and tell anyone else or perhaps bring them with you, if you know someone who might benefit from joining us. The preacher at this year’s ecumenical service will be the Reverend Hilary Platts, one of Colchester Hospital’s chaplains.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Advent begins on Sunday 27th November; it is one of the prime seasons of preparation and anticipation in the Church’s year. To give us a prayerful starting point, as well as the Sunday Mass there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 6-00pm that day. Please return to church to worship for a second time and commend Advent, one of the most wonderful seasons of the year, to God. This will also have the focus of our Mission Week which begins on this day.

Social Events July/August

chillisThai 1 Evening

If you would like to join us at Thai 1 Restaurant on East Hill on Wednesday 13th July please add your name to the list at the back of St James. The cost will be £15-00 for two courses. All profits from this evening will be donated to church funds. Everyone is welcome.

Children’s Tea Partycakesale

The Children’s Tea Party will be held at the Rectory on Saturday 16th July beginning at 3-00pm with a prompt 4-30pm finish. Tea will be served and there will be party games and other activities and there will be Face Painting for the children.  Everyone welcome, no charge will be made but please respond to your invitation to aid us with planning and catering arrangements.

A St. James family event with ice cream for all!


A Sunday lunch has been organised at Greyfriars on Sunday 14th August to help us celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A special rate of £20-00 per person has been arranged, which is less than the regular rate although the menu will be their usual one. This would be for three courses, drinks would be extra.

Please add your name to the list in church if you would like to join us by Sunday 10th July please. A non-returnable deposit of £10-00 will be required at booking and this can be passed to Clare Moles or Fr Peter or if you prefer you could pay the whole amount at that point. We are limited to 40 people but there will also be a waiting list if the 40 spaces are all taken.