- Sunday, 09 September 2018
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.
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
- Sunday, 29 July 2018
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
- Saturday, 23 March 2019
We’re moving into the second half of the season of Lent. I wonder as you look back over the last few weeks, what has been different about the pattern of life you’ve experienced, preparing for and looking forward to Easter? In a few weeks’ time, on Palm Sunday (14th April), we will begin Holy Week, during which we follow Jesus’ journey to the cross and beyond to Easter Day.
But why? Of course, it’s a powerful way of underlining the central truths of the Christian faith, but it goes deeper than that as well. Over the course of the week, we will try our best to follow all the ups and downs that Jesus goes through, all his emotions. In doing this, we pray that we will become more like Jesus, making connections between worship, our lives, and the lives of those around us. Little by little, we will be changed for the better as a community and as individuals.
So what will happen? This year, Holy Week will begin in Bulkington at 9:30am on Sunday 14th April in the car park of St James’ School. We will gather to hear the story of Palm Sunday and then walk from the school to Church with palm leaves and with singing. In our service, we will share an overview of the whole week before we zero in on particular things throughout the week.
We will meet on Monday-Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. On Wednesday we’ll be in Burton Hastings. Monday-Wednesday will be short times of prayer, with a short reflection. On Maundy Thursday we remember that Jesus is the servant king, who shared the last supper and washed his disciples’ feet. On Good Friday, there will be a Café Church service in the morning and services of quiet by the cross at Bulkington and Burton Hastings in the afternoon and an opportunity to join the Catholic Church for Stations of the Cross in the evening.
On Easter Day, you are invited to come to an Easter Sunrise Service at 5:30am that will start outside the Church door. It is early, especially for a night owl vicar (!) but this most ancient and beautiful of services is really worth it for one day a year! We will tell God’s story around a bonfire then take light of the risen Christ into the Church, and finish with breakfast. Our day continues with Holy Communion at Burton Hastings (8:30am) and Bulkington (10am).
I would encourage you to come to as much as you feel able over the week and whether at Church or at home, take some time each day to reflect on the journey of Holy Week. If you have time, type ‘Good Holy Week’ into youtube and hear what Bishop Stephen Cottrell has to say (it starts at 5mins30 and ends at 42mins).
(Web editor - the link for Good Holy Week will open YouTube in a new window, slightly before Bishop Stephen starts to speak)
- Saturday, 02 March 2019
Are you good at making decisions? Depending on what the decision is, it might take next to no time to decide, or it might take a bit longer, and require a bit more thought. Perhaps one decision that you’ve been considering recently is “what am I going to do for Lent?”
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (6th March), starting six weeks of anticipation and preparation for Easter. Sometimes people choose to give something up for Lent – chocolate, tea or coffee, alcohol, or whatever it might be. Others choose to take something up – reducing consumption of plastic or volunteering somewhere new, making an extra effort to pray or read the Bible. Once again, so many options. Why have people marked Lent in this way for so many generations?
It’s not about making ourselves feel miserable or trying to do Lent “better” than anyone else, but perhaps it’s more about stepping out of normal life for a little while. By giving up something that is part of our everyday or taking up something that might stretch us out of our comfort zone a bit, life is lived differently and we might start to learn more about what our priorities are or what they should be. Perhaps we will have space to consider the difference between what we want and what we need. Maybe it will be something completely different and we will be totally surprised at the journey of Lent this year.
No matter what we decide about how we’re going to mark Lent or where the journey takes us this year, perhaps we could ask God to help us make space for what he has for us this Lent, both as a whole community and as individuals?
- Sunday, 03 February 2019
At the beginning of February, I will take down the last of the Christmas decorations. It’s not because I’m forgetful, but I do use them to remind myself that the celebration of Christmas lasts for 40 days, even if the chocolates don’t. Lent and Easter aren’t too far away, but before we get there, the next few weeks bring us to something the Church calls ‘Ordinary Time’. ‘Ordinary’ is a bit of an unpopular word – sometimes ordinary things are thought to be plain or unexciting. We often want things to be extraordinary or special instead, but we need the ordinary as well.
Ordinary time is ordered or measured time. It is time to live in the present moment, time that is counted and marked not to wish it away or count it down but to savour and enjoy it. Ordinary time celebrates that God is involved in the everyday as well as the extraordinary. Ordinary time makes special times like Christmas or Easter more special. Living for God week-by-week on ordinary days like Monday to Saturday mean that we will approach Sundays differently when we gather together.
The colour of Ordinary Time is green – the colour of growth. Living for God in the everyday helps us to become measured people - people who celebrate the good, grieve the bad, and notice where God is to be found in the ordinary.
Rev. Charles Higgins