Welcome to St James & St Hilda
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During this second national period of lockdown we cannot hold services of worship in St. James’ Church. However, church is open for private prayer every Wednesday from 10am – 12noon. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to our building in December. For important details about the guidelines we have put in place to keep everyone safe, please click here.
Each day throughout Advent, beginning on Sunday 29 November, we will be adding a new reading, meditation and prayer written by Stockton Heath parish Reader Christine Chapman. We hope you find them useful as you journey through Advent to Christmas. Click the image above to visit the Advent Readings page.
We are continuing to post daily YouTube messages from Monday to Saturday. You can find all of our previous message on our YouTube channel. On Sundays we’ll be broadcasting worship from one of our churches and holding a Zoom service to which anyone can come. There is also an archive of all the previous service videos here. We hope this is helpful!
Worship on Sunday 29 November
We will be holding a live Zoom service at 9.30am using the church’s usual login details. The service will be recorded and put on YouTube later in the day for you to watch if you missed it live, and a link added here.
We know that anyone who has to arrange a funeral for a loved one at present is experiencing something very different to our normal practices. Following Government and Local Authority guidelines, funerals are restricted to very close family only, in extremely limited numbers. It is hard for wider family and friends who can’t be there, and for whom there isn’t an opportunity to say a proper goodbye. We are offering all families the chance to have a Memorial Service once we are allowed to recommence normal worship in our churches, and we hope that people will take up this offer. In the more immediate situation, the Church of England has produced a short reflection for you to use at home at the time of the funeral so that you can feel connected with the service taking place. You can find it here. We hope that this is helpful, and please remember that our clergy and ministry team are always available to talk on the telephone and support you.
Although our church buildings are closed for public worship because of Coronavirus, we are still a worshipping community in our own homes.
First be constant in prayer. Across our Deanery all the clergy are praying every day at 9.30am. Perhaps make this your prayer time too? Our community, country and world need our prayers for healing: be united in your home with thousands of others. Pray especially for all who work in our NHS and emergency services. The Church of England provides services of prayer on its website every day. To access these Daily Prayer resources, please click here and choose the service you’d like to follow. Each morning our clergy will be using the ‘Morning Prayer (Contemporary)’ service at 9.30am so if you’d like to unite with them you can do so. If you’d like to follow along on your smartphone, there is a Daily Prayer app which you can download (iOS / Android).
Look regularly at our church websites as we’ll be updating as new information becomes available.
You are not alone. Our Pastoral team are ringing households in isolation on a regular basis and volunteers will shop and get prescriptions for you. If you’d like to get in contact, you can leave a message on the vicarage answerphone 261396.
Look out for and care for each other. Not least, we urge you to follow the government’s advice if you are in a high risk category: please act selflessly in the common good, setting aside your own desires to get out and about, and acting responsibly to protect those who are less robust than you. Little acts of kindness still make a difference: you can ring or text your friends and neighbours even when you are staying inside your own home.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
|We believe in God, who has created and is creating, who has come to reconcile and to make all things new. We trust God, who calls us to love and serve others, to seek justice and to resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified, dead and risen; our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us: we are not alone. Thanks be to God|
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|Our church has adopted the Church of England’s safeguarding policies. Contact details for the Chester Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer and further information about these policies can be found on the Diocese of Chester safeguarding webpages here. Contact details for our parish safeguarding coordinators are displayed in each church.|