Welcome to St. James Church, Alveston

This Sunday we keep the feast of
SAINT LUKE

Physician and Evangelist


PARISH EUCHARIST

THIS Sunday 

10.30am at St. James' AND LIVE STREAMED ON FACEBOOK

The order of service can be found by clicking the link to the Weekly Newsletter HERE

All current hygiene and social distancing rules will be adhered to and face masks must be worn.


St. James' will be open for PRIVATE PRAYER every day


Thursday 10.30am at St. James'


 You can still Follow our services on Facebook, 10.30am Sunday, 8.00pm Wednesday

Who are we?

A welcoming and inclusive church family which grows and shares God’s love; cares for every
individual; protects God’s creation; and is rooted meaningfully in its community.
 
We are part of the Church of England in the diocese of Coventry. We are ordinary people who recognise that everyone needs friendship, inspiration, motivation and energy to live out the Christian faith. We don't have all the answers but we have a desire to journey together and learn as we go.

Safeguarding is at the core of what we do, and details of safeguarding in our parish can be found here.

We have two buildings in which we meet, a beautiful traditional church in the village of Alveston and a smaller more modern and multi purpose building in Manor Road. Both buildings need care and attention, sometimes taking up a lot of energy and money but we try to focus on the people in our church families as a priority.

We have a vision, seeking to help people encounter God and engage more fully with Him through lots of different opportunities. We aim to serve and support those in our church family and in the wider community and we want to work together to bring about Gods kingdom of love and justice and reconciliation.

Our Sunday services are Eucharistically centred, seeing the need for us to meet together and eat together to refuel us for the days ahead. We have lots of other opportunities to meet together during the week, some social and some focused more on our spiritual development.

Our Vicar is Richard Williams and he looks after both churches working with the PCC and a number of lay people involved in small groups.

A Prayer for the week

Almighty God,

you called Luke the physician,

whose praise is in the gospel,

to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:

by the grace of the Spirit and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,

give your Church the same love and power to heal;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All Amen


 

Our Mission

Following the 8 Essential Qualities survey that we undertook last year, we have looked again at the 6 key areas of our Mission and the leaves of our 'growing in the right direction' tree.
  • Spiritual
  • Caring
  • Sociable
  • Visible
  • Welcoming
  • Sustaining

We feel that the slightly new wording addresses some of our priorities with regard to the 8 Essential Qualities, particularly that of 'Passionate Spirituality'.

Spiritual
Offering opportunities for church members to integrate their faith into all areas of their life.  To develop our prayer life, so we can see personal and corporate prayer empower the ministry of our church.  To provide opportunities for people to learn how to use the Bible as a guidebook in daily life.  To work with the Vicar to provide worship that is inspirational, engaging and gives everyone an opportunity to connect with God during that time.
Caring
Jesus said people would know we are his disciples by our love.  Practical demonstration of love builds authentic Christian community and brings others into God’s kingdom.   We will provide support to those in our community going through life changing events, particularly bereavement. 
Sociable
Jesus was often inviting himself to meals and attending parties.  We want to experience laughter at church gatherings, deepen our relationships and give thanks for the life that we live.    
Visible
Intentionally working with all people so they can become followers of Jesus Christ, particularly but not exclusively through our music and environmental ministries. Providing opportunities for church members to develop relationships with people in our community.
Welcoming
We accept that everyone is different and encourage church members to build kind and encouraging relationships with those in our church community and our wider community.  We want to hear praise and compliments influencing the atmosphere of our church.  We will support those families that are encountering our church through Baptism, Confirmation and marriage.
Sustaining
The Church is the living Body of Christ.  Like all health organisms it requires numerous systems which work together to fulfil its intended purpose. We will build links with local employers, raise funds for projects, and encourage church members to develop their discipleship through their generosity.     .

Thought for the Week