“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 vicar has retired and our church is in what is called a vacancy. We now have the permission from the Bishop to advertise for a new vicar to guide us as we go through a period of change, as we grow in our faith through Bible based teaching and learning how to be more effective in taking the gospel of Jesus Christ into our communities by word and deed. The advertisement is below:
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 Friday 20th May 2016 Interview date: Thursday 9th June 2016
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: email@example.com
Meanwhile here is a summary of our vision:
On 29th February our vicar and friend Stephen Huckle left his post as our vicar to start a well earned retirement with his wife Elaine. Please will you join us in praying earnestly to our Father God to send us a suitable godly and enthusiastic man or woman to be our vicar, teacher and guide. There is a prayer meeting for this every few weeks. The next one will be at 15 Church End Biddenham at 8.00 pm 22nd May. Do please come and join us
It is only two weeks since our Farewell Service and yet it seems much longer because we have been occupied with a series of contractors, renewing a bathroom, having new doors, a cupboard and bookshelves, having a new fire installed and having the whole place painted. That’s not to mention opening removal boxes and unwrapping various items and putting up pictures – there are still plenty more boxes to open. We went to our local church on Mothering Sunday for a very friendly and informal service, a variation on Messy Church, but this morning we went to the Boston Stump for a more dignified Sung Eucharist, with the emphasis on making their church a place of hospitality – this is quite challenging as it is the biggest parish church in England and you can’t help feeling a bit lost in it, but there was a friendly welcome.
However, the purpose of this letter is to thank you all most sincerely for our tremendous and memorable send-off at the last service, with its kind words about our time with you and the extremely generous gift for my retirement, which is a big help with all we have to buy for the house and garden. We were also incredibly appreciative of the peal of bells, the wonderful organ playing and the singing of the joint choirs and the gorgeous refreshments in the hall afterwards. Most of all, it was a great encouragement to both of us to see so many of you there at this service marking the end of my full-time ministry. We shall miss you all, but we will always be pleased to see old friends, even as we have to make a new life with new friends and fresh opportunities for ministry here in Lincolnshire.
It just remains for us to wish you well in your search for a new parish priest.
With every blessing,
Stephen and Elaine.
We are happy to report that the work has been done to make the cedar trees in the front churchyard safe. We hope that once again you will enjoy walking round the churchyard. We would like to thank Mr Laurie Hurn for all the work he has done to sort out this problem