Parish Groups

The Parish has a number of active groups. Below is a list and description of each group;

Home group

Fr Brian Tubbs runs two monthly home groups (Wednesday and Thursday).The group that meets on the first Thursday of the month has recently been meeting on Zoom to study St John's gospel and grapple with questions such as what Jesus meant when he said 'I appointed you to bear fruit, fruit that will last'.By contrast, the Wednesday group has been in abeyance since early 2020; it is hoped that meetings in person can begin again soon. New members are always welcome.

St. James' Social Justice Group

Since its beginning in February 2015, the Social Justice Group has considered a number of topical issues including: Modern Slavery, Fairtrade, Homelessness, Refugees and Climate Change. They have organised several events aimed at raising awareness of these issues and receiving information from local charities about possible ways to help.

The group took its inspiration from William Wilberforce who led the anti-slavery trade movement in 18th Century Britain and said:

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."

Please check our weekly bulletin for details of our events, including our occasional Fairtrade Stalls.

Book Group

The St James’ Book group meets every 4 - 6 weeks to read a book chosen by its members. Most books have a religious or spiritual theme, but not all, and we happily read novels, memoirs, biographies, plays and poetry. Our membership has actually grown during the pandemic as we have continued to enjoy lots of lively conversation by Zoom. If you like reading and talking about books in a very informal way, do speak to Jill Mather in church or send her an email through the church office.