St James

Community Blog | Newspaper | Magazine

Here, you may read and interact with members of the parish community. To use this blog, read the community guidelines, and if you are a member of the community request access from Stefan. Then, re-read the community guidelines, log in, and start blogging. Please note the views of authors are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of St James Church.

Add Article All Articles Community Guidelines


· by stefan | Dec. 11, 2023, 10:36 a.m.

Perhaps we have read the news about staggering numbers of children going without meals during the week and without presents at Christmas. We long for change, the coming of God's kingdom, and as part of that change we collected a large number of toys for the KidsBank to start Advent. A huge thank you to the community of St James or their generosity, and to Mike and Janet for delivering them.

Please to spread the word, and connect with and support the KidsBank.




Rule of St Benedict

· by stefan | Dec. 9, 2023, 9:59 p.m.

I'm going to reflect on chapter 4 of the Rule of St Benedict this week to help get ready for Jesus this Advent after John the Baptist's ministry in Mark 1.2-8

The image I have is of looking up to the hill where our Father is standing. His loving gaze sees me, his arms move wide open, and he starts running towards me to take me to the feast he has prepared. It will be a moment of joy, a moment of healing to be received. It will be as necessary as the Oxygen I breath. Thanks be to God. 

Come and see says Jesus.



The Church of England has provided an app, free of charge and is available via the link below  to "Connect with this year's call to Join the Song".

The app features daily Advent reflections (1 - 23 December) and 12 days of Christmas reflections (24 December - 6 January).

Together, each reflection takes you on a journey that will help you take fresh encouragement and hope from Advent and the Christmas story into the year ahead.

Email reflections

Sign up to our Advent and Christmas reflection emails and receive daily messages straight to your inbox to help you connect with this year’s call to ‘Join the Song’.

Please note there are versions for Apple & Android devices available for download on the site. Just follow the instructions.

Christmas Services 2023

· by stefan | Nov. 27, 2023, 1 p.m.

Advent Taize Service 3 Dec

· by stefan | Nov. 27, 2023, 12:18 p.m.

This is going to be amazing smiley

We welcome the Heart and Soul Community Singers led by Ella Speirs this Sunday @ 6.30pm @ St James for our Advent Taize Service.

All are welcome.

Latest Articles


welcome churchyard creation animals services fundraising coffee foodbank churchdev community school council Tina Deacon's diary Quiet Day War Memorial Remembrance charity hospice events Christmas cakes Food heating parish hall christmas round the tree Food bank donation rector stefan bells events23 feb23 holyweek lent #HolyWeek prayer Refreshments PCC Churchwarden APCM Coronation celebrate cathedral ordination priest curate chester curacy rob Christian Aid fellowship cake news footpath work north re-surfaced fun Christleton funds raffle parish hall member darts tea snooker institute Men Faith AI learning music celebrations pastoral-worker harvest quiz workshop wreath Chrismas entertainment autumn violin concert Advent bin green environment England journey reflection church song free Benedict kidsBank donate compliance Week Holy working party St James luncheon guide hedgerow Grave Conversation Women crafts familes nature St James' tombola BBQ

© 2024 Stefan Collier