Thai 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 Party
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.
St James’ School
St James’ School will come up to church on Wednesday 20th July for their end of year leavers Eucharist. It is very important to encourage the children in their worship please come and support them if you can. The Mass will begin at around 9-15am.
St James’ Day
St James’ Day, Sunday 24th July, is a special day in the life of our church. It is a day of celebration for all that we have and share and one of prayer for guidance for the future. The Sung Mass will be at 10-00am. The preacher this year will be Fr Barry Hall SSC. The Mass will be followed by a Bring and Share lunch in the church and, weather permitting, the churchyard.
The Sacraments of healing will be celebrated on Wednesday 24th August at the 7-00pm Mass. If you would like to receive these Sacraments please join us for the Mass on that day.
We will be handling Lent in a slightly different way this year. Rather than meeting every Wednesday after Mass at the Rectory, we will be meeting at different venues and days of the week, which will hopefully allow more people to attend. Our topics for consideration this year will be the major services of Lent and Holy Week. So whilst it would be good to attend all of the meetings each one will stand-alone, so if you cannot manage them all or indeed only one, come along anyway. Each session will begin at 7-45pm and finish by 9-30pm at the latest.
The First Week of Lent, Wednesday 17th February 7-45pm – 49 Peache Road.
The devotional service of Stations of the Cross, its history and significance
The Second Week of Lent, Monday 22nd February 7-45pm – 6 Falcon Crescent.
The Chrism Mass.
The Third Week of Lent, Wednesday 2nd March 7-45pm – The Rectory.
The Maundy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper.
The Fourth Week of Lent, Thursday 10th March 7-45pm – 60b East Hill.
The Good Friday Liturgy of the Day.
The Fifth Week of Lent, Thursday 17th March 7-45pm – 10 Bristol Road.
The Easter Vigil.
Please speak with Fr Peter if you need or could offer transport.
Working Parties will meet every Saturday morning in Lent at 9-30am following the Saturday Mass and will finish with refreshments by 11-00am. There is always a lot to do to keep St James looking good, so please come along to help if you can.
There will be a special working party in St James, on Holy Saturday, 26th March, beginning at 9-00am, to prepare and decorate St James for Easter. Lots of different things to do so all help will be gratefully received.
For the last two years we have engaged in very successful Mission Weeks, making contact with all the houses in two different parts of the parish.
As a church we have been encouraged in one of the prime duties of the Christian, to reach out to others with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We also learnt things during our former mission weeks which will stand us in good stead for the future. Our Mission Weekend this year will be Friday 4th September until Sunday 6th September. This year we will be visiting the Broadlands estate, just off Ipswich Road.
On Wednesday 22nd July there will be the usual Wednesday Mass at 7-00pm. This will be followed by coffee and cake and the rest of the evening will be devoted to exploring more about our week of Mission. Why do we go out? How do we go out? What are the tools we need to go out? Please come along to this evening to find out more, it is for all members of St James’ Church and not just those who are more closely involved with the Mission.
St James’ School will come up to church on Monday 20th July for their end of year leavers Eucharist. It is very important to encourage the children in their worship please come and support them if you can. The Mass will begin at around 9-15am.
On Monday 6th July at 7-30pm in St Botolph’s Church there will be an opportunity for the Archdeacon and the Colchester Area Parish Development Office to share with us their vision for the future of the church in the Deanery of Colchester.
Everyone is welcome to attend, please join us.