“Living to love God and serve our local communities”

 

Welcome to St James’s Church, officially serving the rapidly expanding areas of Biddenham, Deep Spinney and Great Denham.  We are a warm, inclusive and outgoing Christian family of all ages, 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 Sundays and midweek, and at our social meetings and parties. We love children, and the noise they make reminds us of their value! We would very much like to welcome you, to help ensure that you are included in our vibrant church and community life, and that you have the opportunity to learn more about our faith.

Our church building is a beautiful and ancient one, situated at the end of Church End in Biddenham, in the middle of a peaceful churchyard and with a renovated barn as our church hall.

Our vicar Rev Eric Lomax and his wife, Liz, have been with us since January 2017. Here is Eric at a Reaching New People Vision Day.

 Our 9am Sunday services

Every Sunday morning, except the first Sunday of the month, we take Holy Communion at the main service, followed by tea & coffee in the church barn.

At the same time, on every Sunday except the first, there is Sunday School (“Explorers”) in the church barn, at which all children are very welcome. This runs during school term time.

 The first Sunday of the month is an All Age service, where the children join us for the main service. This is less formal & slightly shorter, and doesn’t have a Holy Communion.

Our 4pm All Age Sunday services

On the third Sunday of the month there is an All Age service at 4pm here at St James in The Barn.  Again, this is less formal & slightly shorter, and doesn’t have a Holy Communion.

Our 6pm Sunday services

On the first Sunday of the month there is Holy Communion here at St James.

On the 2nd Sunday of the month there is sung evensong at our sister church, All Saints, Kempston (MK43 8RH).

On the 3rd Sunday of the month there is evening prayer here at St James.

 

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

 

Safeguarding

St James is proud to be a part of the Diocese of St. Albans in the Church of England, whose Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and leaders are absolutely committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.

Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused, and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers, and that everyone associated with the Church who comes into contact with children, young people and adults has a role to play.

The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults, to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.

Although safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone here at St James, Margaret Lowe is our designated Safeguarding Lead and can be contacted about any safeguarding matter on 01234 216028. You can also speak to our Vicar, Eric Lomax, on 01234 852241 or rev.ejlomax@gmail.com. There is also Jeremy Hirst, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on 01727 818107 / 07867 350886 or safeguarding@stalbans.anglican.org

Three useful links:

Church of England’s National Safeguarding: www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding

Safeguarding in the Diocese of St. Albans: https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/safeguarding

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Our Mission Action Plan 

The following activities play part in our outreach:

Sunday services

  1. Sunday services with worship and teaching
  2. Holy communion
  3. Explorers, see below
  4. All age services at least once a month, which do not include communion, are served by a worship group, use child friendly hymns and talks and use participation of the children as much as possible
  5. Twice a month an evening service with a small congregation mainly of elderly parishioners

Children’s work

  1. All age services as above
  2. Messy church which takes place once a month during the week and attended by non-church families
  3. Explorers which is a worship, teaching, prayer and craft group that takes place every Sunday morning apart from when there is an All Age Service and is based around the same lectionary reading as is being taught on in the main Church

Mid-week meetings

  1. An Alpha course runs each year during late winter and early spring for 12 weeks each week. People are invited for a meal in a home followed by a DVD and a discussion. Numbers vary from 10 to 20 people. Following the last Alpha course 4 people asked for confirmation and 2 for baptism
  2. A Discovery group which runs once a fortnight in a different home, the aim of which is to disciple people after the Alpha course and teach them how to study the Bible by themselves and let it change their life. There are about 10 members
  3. A men’s group meets once a month and has about 10 members, not all of whom attend every meeting. The aim of this group is evangelism and Bible teaching

Parish day

At a parish day, a full day is set aside to come together as a church and look at a part of our Christian faith. Last time the day considered mission, how we go out and spread our faith.

Social meetings

  1. The men’s curry group meets about once a month to 6 weeks. A group of men attached to the church to some degree or who live in the village go and have a curry together in town
  2. The social committee arranges social activities for the whole church about 3-4 times a year. People both from the congregation and from outside the church community attend these

Prayer

Everything we do is surrounded by prayer. There is a regular parish prayer meeting in a home every two weeks and the programme of the church and people who have needs and have requested prayer are brought before the Lord

Specific missions

  1. There are two people in the church who work for an overseas mission in the Middle East and we have a partnership with a CMS missionary in Tanzania
  2. There are several other members who are involved in mission in our local community

 

Edwin Martin, Feb 2019

 

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