Did you wonder why the Bells were ringing on Saturday afternoon?

The St James' Church Bell Ringers were following the age-old tradition of ringing for a wedding, joining thousands across the country celebrating THAT wedding.

To find out more about becoming a bell ringer, full training given visit our Bell Ringers page

On Saturday 8th September the church will be open for our gift day, please follow the Stewardship link to find out more:

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Please Donate, thanks you're awesom

 

This will be followed by a barbecue, a sign up sheet is at the back of church

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We would like to thank everyone who either helped to make this day the such a success by providing refreshments or being in the church to talk to the many people who visited our wonderful church, some for the first time in their lives. As a Parish Church we do not get any financial support from the Church of England or from the Government, in fact we have to pay the Diocese of Coventry our share (The Parish Share) to enable us to have a Vicar to minister in the Village of Bulkington. Along with  this Parish Share we also have our running costs and it doesn't take much imagination to realise how much it takes to run a building such as St James Church.

The Gift Day, as of this morning (Sunday 9th September) raised a fantastic £12,200, this is not the final figure as we know there is still some money to count.

It is also not too late to make a contribution and if you would llike to do so please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We would like to thank everybody who has donated, without YOUR help this would not have been achieved.

Final Figure: £12,600.00

The Parocial Church Council is delighted and appreciates the wonderful support from parishioners and the wider community

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Stewardship starts with recognising that all we have comes from God, and that we are all responsible for using our resources according to God's will.

Stewardship is a ministry for everyone -' each according to your means' 2Cor.8.11

Your giving is a private commitment between you and God. How much you give to God's work through St James Church, is a decision that only you can make, and it deserves careful thought.

Here are some facts that we would like you to consider:-

The Parish Share for 2018 is £50,103

  • This amount has to be paid directly to the Diocese and includes clergy costs, vicarage costs, national insurance/ pensions and training costs for new clergy.
  • At the end of June we had paid £18,103. leaving a balance of £32,000 still to be found in the remaining 6 months of the year.
  • Apart from the Parish Share we need to pay running expenses such as heating, lighting, insurance, clergy expenses etc.
  • Additionally we need to find the costs of maintaining the churchyard; this has amounted to £3,377 for the first 6 months.

You may find this as an alarming statement of faith, but we believe God has entrusted some of his work to the Church of England in our village of Bulkington. All members of the church are fallible human beings, yet still God entrusts his work to us.

Giving regularly to the church is a sharing of God's work, and takes its place alongside all the other ways in which we live lives of gratitude to him. It is God who will make our stewardship bear fruit. Let us each make our giving to St James a worthy proportion of our stewardship.

It is hoped that people will review their regular giving to the church, and to support this it is proposed to have a Gift Day on September  8th appealing to the wider community of the village.

Michael and Kay

Do you like mysteries? Famous detectives unravelling a complicated plot, a group of police tracking down a villain at all costs. Or perhaps you like grappling with a difficult riddle or working to complete a puzzle? Mysteries, real or imagined enthral and intrigue so many. What is a mystery? Some of these things suggest it’s a complicated truth that’s to be grappled with and enjoyed. It’s something with depth that captures us. Maybe we think of mysteries as too complicated to bother with. The Bible uses the word mystery to mean ‘a truth that can only be revealed by God’.

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During January the Church celebrates the feast and season of Epiphany. Epiphany means “appearance”. We celebrate Jesus appearing on Earth and that in him God reveals a mystery – he shows us who he is in Jesus. In mystery stories, the central character often has an epiphany as well – a sudden idea that turns the whole case around. We might call it a “light bulb moment”. I wonder if any lightbulb moments stand out in your memory? Over the weeks of Epiphany, we’ll explore some moments where Jesus helped people to realise more of who God is – at his baptism, when he turned water into wine and when he began his ministry.lightbulb moment

This year I have been grateful for a lightbulb moment about those wise men that came to visit the infant Jesus and bring him gifts. I had imagined that meeting Jesus brought a great journey of many miles to an end. In one way it did, but really it was the beginning of something that would change the rest of their lives and beyond. When we meet Jesus, when we have those lightbulb moments and realise more about him, that is just the start of a life-changing journey. A very happy new year to you all - let’s look forward to sharing the journey together!

Rev. Charles Higgins

The wonder of Christmas has always been there,

Childhood memories, still fresh in my mind.

Church bells rang out through the cold frosty air,

Smoke from chimneys, spiralled, aligned.

 

I see dad in the kitchen, our breakfast to cook,

Mum’s there too, Festive food to prepare.

Baubles on the tree, hang hook by hook,

Presents so tempting, with wrapping to tear.

 

At home, my family, the warmth and the love,

Still fills my heart with such thankfulness

Mum and dad, still close, but now above,

I like to think they are proud of my success.

 

But those memories of many a Christmas past,

Will forever be with me, as many a day I recall,

Family tales from  mum and gran, life wasn’t fast,

Time was slow, but how I loved them telling all.

 

Grandad and uncle, surplices and robes freshly pressed

 To sing in the choir, Bass and Tenor, so gran relates,

Christmas joy it was for them, their voices truly blessed.

I wonder if they  know,  I followed through their gates.

 

The miracle that is Christmas, will always be there,

The Babe, to bring light and love to our world,

With thanks to all those that have gone before

I cherish those memories my family unfurled.

 

Now I have been blessed with grandsons, all three.

Excitement and wonder, for them carries on,

Amidst the bustle, silently, a prayer from me,

To give thanks for one, my miracle, for all to see.

 

Ginny

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