“Living to love God and serve our local communities.”

 

Welcome to St James’s Church! We are a warm, inclusive and outgoing Christian family of all ages from all parts of the community, which is delighted to welcome new people. Everybody has a place in the worship of our great God and Father; all are welcome at God’s communion table, at the gatherings on Sunday and midweek and at our social meetings and parties. We love children and the noise they make reminds us of their value! There are children’s groups to join and toys and books are available at the back of the church. We would very much like to welcome you for coffee or tea after the services, to help ensure that you are included in our vibrant church and community life and have the opportunity to learn more about our faith.

Our service times are:

Every Sunday morning except the first Sunday of the month: Holy Communion at 9.00 am followed by coffee in the church barn

 The first Sunday of the month is an All Age service where families with their children join us for an appropriate service. There is Holy Communion on this Sunday also but the service is child friendly

On every Sunday but the first Sunday there is Sunday School (Explorers) in the church barn at which all children are very welcome. This runs during school term time

Evening services

On the first Sunday of the month there is Holy Communion at 6.00 pm

On the 2nd Sunday of the month there is evening prayer at 6.00 pm at our sister church, All Saints Church Kempston

On 3rd Sunday of the month there is evening prayer at St James Church at 6.00 pm

 

 

We would invite you to take a virtual tour around our church, though it is much livelier when it is full of members of our church family

 

We are a church in a vacancy.

Our last vicar left in March 2016 and we will be advertsising in the Church Times and the CPAS web site in late June and early July and interviewing in September 2016

 

Here is the advertisement:

bishop of st albans

The Bishop of St Albans wishes to appoint a

Vicar

for the benefices of Kempston and Biddenham (held in plurality)

 The benefices are looking to appoint a vicar who will

Be a competent teacher of the Bible to enable the church and each individual to grow spiritually.

  • Value and develop our diversity in worship, music and spirituality.
  • Prioritise mission and outreach in a growing and changing community.
  • Have the energy, vision and enthusiasm to nurture and lead us through change.
  • Inspire, communicate and empower lay ministry.
  • Encourage and develop our work with children and young people
  • Work with the Church Army Mission Ministers in new housing areas.

Situated to the west of Bedford on the banks of the River Ouse, these benefices serve both rural and growing urban areas and have good transport links and leisure facilities.

 

The closing date for applications is Monday 12th September   2016

Interview date:  Thursday 29th September

Enhanced DBS Disclosure is required

 

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy or would like further information,

please contact:

The Venerable Paul Hughes, Archdeacon of Bedford, 17 Lansdowne Road,

Luton, LU3 1EE   Tel: 01582 730722 or email: archdbedf@stalbans.anglican.org

 

If you would like to see our parish profile
please click on the link to be found under the news section of the menu of this web site

Meanwhile here is a summary of our vision:

Summary

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We are benefices in a period of transition:

  1. For years we have been two comfortable, warm parishes having many admirable features and serving an area of settled housing.
  2. We have been caring communities with a faithful core of members and full churches at the Christian festivals. We have had well maintained churches and a strong choral Eucharistic culture and active Sunday schools.
  3.  But the world around us has changed. We are now surrounded by areas of new-build estates and a new village populated largely by un-churched residents looking for community. More generally we have an increasingly secular and consumerist culture where the preferred activities on Sundays do not include going to church. People have little knowledge of the Christian faith and therefore reject its validity.
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We recognise that we have to change:

  1.  We need, with the help of our Vicar, to learn more about our faith and to increase our commitment to Jesus Christ and knowing Him as Lord and Master, so that we can take the Gospel out both into our traditional areas and into the new-build estates.
  2.  We must develop an enthusiasm about our faith; otherwise nobody will listen to us.
  3.  We have to train and work with our Vicar and our Church Army Community Ministers so we are effective in doing this task.
  4.  We have to order our church so that what goes on is understandable to people with an interest in the faith.
  5.  To do all this we seek a visionary leader who teaches from the Bible as the word of God, who is passionate about mission and who will encourage us, challenge us and walk with us during the highs and lows of this project, so that we once again have churches full of people who know why they are worshiping our Father God.

We would love to talk to you if you are interested in becoming our next vicar

 

Psalm 23 for the working man or woman

 

The Lord is my Mentor, He equips me for the task he has called me to do.

He supplies moments for reflection, in which he can restore the vision of my calling.

He keeps me in touch with the ideas of best practice, So that the quality of my work continues to be a good witness to his Lordship.

 

Even though I feel utterly overwhelmed with the demands of the job, I need not fear any disaster

If I stick with You even when the going is really tough

You rescue me with the sound advice and strengthening reassurance that I need.

 

You prepare a deep sense of fulfillment in the Christian dimension of my work, Even though colleagues may seem to despise my faith.

There’s an anointing on my care of clients, and I sense their delight as it overflows as calm in their anxiety.

The Lord’s wisdom and kindness will go on enfolding me right through my career,

Until I rest in the joy of hearing his approval of my life’s work well done.

 

With thanks to Dr John Caroe, chairman of PRIME, the mission society I work for.   Edwin

Working to find an answer to the problem of the Middle East

Open Doors

 

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Open Doors is working hard to support people to stay, survive and shine in Syria, to build a new future for themselves and their families through prayer, support and education. We are supporting churches as they distribute aid in the coastal cities of Tartus and Latakia, to Aleppo, Homs, Damascus, Hasakah, Quamishli, Hamaa and Suwayda. Help varies from providing financial assistance to distributing monthly food packages, hygiene kits and fuel for heating. The food packages contain essential items, such as oil and pasta, to keep a family going for a month. The hygiene kits contain soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and disinfectant.

In Quamishli, a city 400 miles north east of Damascus, many teams of volunteers are distributing emergency relief, but Open Doors cannot meet the huge need there without a massive increase in funds.

Amir, a doctor fled from Hama, north of Damascus, to Wadi al Nassara in the countryside west of Homs. He saw the work being done and volunteered to help. As well as food, 230 Bibles and 2,200 New Testaments were distributed in Wadi al Nassara.

Open Doors has strengthened its partnerships in Aleppo and can now meet increased need there – the churches just need more resources. As one leader, Pastor Edward of the Alliance Church in Damascus, says, “The relief work is going on full power; the need is still growing in the city. Every few months new waves of internally displaced arrive in the capital.”

Every day our media is full of the stories of desperate Syrians making journeys across Europe. We see their relief when they arrive to claim asylum. We hear their desperation when they are trapped and unable to move on.

And we weep when the bodies are washed up on the shore.

But we don’t hear much of the millions inside Syria. We rarely see their faces or read the stories of their daily struggle to survive. They need our help. They need our prayers. They need our voices raised on their behalf. They need us, will we help?

 

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