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  • Priest in Charge Vacancy Update

    Dear Friends, The vacancy for the role of Priest in Charge at St. James has now been advertised on the Winchester Diocese website, and also in the Church Times. At the beginning of June we will prepare a shortlist of potential candidates and the interview process will be on the 27th and 28th June. Please pray for all involved in this process and for the successful appointment of a new Priest in Charge for St. James. Thank you for your continued support. Val and Carolyn Churchwardens

  • What is the PCC?

    The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the official Committee (Council) dealing with the business of our Church. The PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of the church, and the care and maintenance of the church fabric and its contents. At the moment the members and roles of the PCC at St. James are: Vicar, soon to be appointed, hopefully Acting Chair, Roz Willis who also reports for the Social Team Churchwardens, Carolyn Allen and Val Lakey Treasurer, Lesley Dixon PCC Secretary, Jill Cottle Ministry Team, The Rev'd. Pam Schollar and Sheila Munnery who organise the Church services Fabric Team, chaired by Christopher Horn who deals with the important job of maintaining our Church building Pastoral Team, chaired by Sheila Munnery who looks after the needs and concerns of our congregation Safeguarding, organised by Jen Pickard, our Parish Administrator Val and Ron Powis are our long term advisers and other PCC members include Steve Frost (part of the Fabric Team) and Suze Burgas who is learning the ropes for the future. Meetings are held bi-monthly with representatives from each of the Teams. The next PCC Meeting is on Tuesday 22nd March, followed by a meeting on 25th April which will predominantly be the Approval of Accounts prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15th May, all quite late this year due to Covid! Anyone can ask to be on PCC and can be elected at the AGM, generally for a term of 3 years. Although our meetings are to formally conduct the business of the Church, the atmosphere is informal. We look forward to all new members joining us and interested parties should talk to our Churchwardens. Further information regarding the key roles and responsibilities of Church Office Holders can be found in this link.

  • Barry Hall - Organist at St. James

    My Father started to teach me how to play a harmonium at Badshot Lea village, near Farnham, where I was born. I joined the choir when I was 7, just as he did many years previously. Much later, my job in the Met. Office required close liaison with the RAF – often working abroad – and I nearly always ended up playing at the various chapels, churches or even a cathedral at Port Stanley in the Falklands! Other stations were RAF Gan (Maldives), Ascension Island, the RAF Staff College at Bracknell and RAF Chivenor (search & rescue, N Devon). I played at Holy Trinity and St Andrew’s churches at Bracknell, later our village at Ashford near Chivenor, back at St George’s Badshot Lea with a ‘proper’ organ by 2006. Then Sandra & I moved to Southbourne for family reasons in 2015 and we quickly became fond of St James’s because of the vibrant and varied church family and friendliness of the congregation. Sandra soon became churchwarden until her untimely death in December 2020. I play for most 10am Sunday services and a few 3pm Eucharists. Theoretically I have the first Sunday in the month off (Family Service) but often play the tenor recorder in our excellent band. I am often asked to fill in elsewhere, including back at Badshot Lea (65 miles!) as the organist who took over from me has been seriously ill but fortunately is recovering well. We have close connections with St James’ School next to us and before Covid I sometimes played for school services held in our church – they hope to return soon. Several of our congregation have volunteered helping at the school with reading; with my background I was asked if I would help with teaching maths which I do every Wednesday afternoon. If I have any spare time I help with any ongoing work at church such as tidying/gardening. Outside that I either sing bass or accompany the Wessex Choir, recently of fame appearing on ‘South Today’! I cycle, swim, go to the gym and walk a lot; I also help raise money for Macmillan Nurses at Christchurch and for Christian Aid. I am supported by my Daughter Fiona and Family who fortunately live just down the road from me in Grand Avenue and have made many lovely friends connected with the church and Wessex Choir.

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  • COMMUNITY | St James

    Community is at the heart of the vision at St. James... We have a close knit community within St. James, but our faith and vision is to extend our ministry into the wider community, providing a helping hand or assistance where we can. ​ Please follow the link if you would like to login, or register with the St. James' Community . ​ Some examples of where we are trying to provide support within the wider community are shown in the Outreach section.

  • HOME | St James Church Pokesdown | England

    Welcome What's On Our Next Service... Bible Readings are printed and made available ahead of the Church Service in our weekly newsletter, Nevertheless. It is also available in our Members' file share. If you would like to receive a copy of Nevertheless by email, please get in touch with the Parish Administrator. Following the removal of Plan B measures , face coverings are no longer mandatory in any setting but the St. James' PCC recommends them in church, thereby helping to protect those people whom you do not normally meet. The latest Church of England coronavirus guidance can be found here . Upcoming Services can be found here Church Notices Priest in Charge Vacancy ​ St. James' Church currently has a vacancy for a Priest in Charge, and is advertised on the Winchester Diocese website and also in the Church Times. ​ Further details can be found from the following links: ​ The Parish Profile and Role Description Application Form Statement of Particulars ​ Articles Priest in Charge Vacancy Update Apr 29 1 min 8 likes. Post not marked as liked 8 What is the PCC? Mar 16 2 min 10 likes. Post not marked as liked 10 Barry Hall - Organist at St. James Feb 16 2 min 11 likes. Post not marked as liked 11 Latest Posts from the Church of England Facebook Page

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