by David Hurst & Will Rolls
This has been a fairly typical year in the life of St. James as it continue to serve the community through activities laid on both weekly and on a one-off basis: baptisms, weddings funerals and funerals. Specialist groups such as the Mother’s Union and the bereavement group continue to be o benefit. Our happy liaisons with the local primary schools have continued. We have welcomed June Fox onto the staff as Lay Preacher and have benefitted from her contributions to the life of St. James We have said goodbye to Ollie and Jo Taylor as they have taken up a placement in Buxton. This has left a hole in the leadership of musical activities but the Prayer and Praise Groups, the Community Choir; Tots ‘n Teas; Baby Clinic liaison and Messy Church have continued to operate under new leadership which is bringing welcome new talent to light. The fabric of the church and hall has been tested both by the weather and by the human forces to which it is subjected. Principal works have related to replacing ridge-tiles on the church, plumbing and lighting to the hall and vandalism to the church doors. Our repair days continue to be a happy amalgam of well-honed maintenance skills, willing enthusiasm and good fellowship. They, with the gardeners, (recently swollen in number of volunteers) continue to enables. James to present itself to the community in a positive light. Thanks are due to all for the many quiet works that they offer to the church that makes St. James a secure and welcoming place to be.