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St James's Ark through the years

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St James's 'Ark' was introduced under the direction of Revd Debbie Oades, as a result of the 2007 Mission Action Plan. The overall aim was "A church community and local community brought closer to God". One of the six themes identified in the MAP was 'Outreach' and another was 'Children and Young People'. The theme 'Outreach' aimed to develop further contacts with the wider community, at home and abroad. The theme 'Children and Young People' aimed to give children and young people every opportunity to become involved in the Christian life by making it more attractive and accessible.
As a result of the MAP Away Day, Revd Debbie Oades produced a paper about the possibility of setting up a Carers and Toddlers group at St James’s. She went to St Mary’s Church, Staines, to observe their group, and other research was also carried out to discover how different churches organised their groups. It was decided that the group would be Christian based and non-educational. It was suggested that September 2009 would be the right time to start and in the meantime the PCC gave the idea their blessing.

Several mothers offered to help with the new group, had their CRB checks and updated their First Aid cover. A name, 'St James's Ark', was chosen and a logo was designed. Other plans were made, an article was placed in the Spire and flyers were produced to advertise the venture. Read the article Fun, Socialising and Sanity!

St James's Ark celebrated its first birthday in September 2011. Read the article St James's Ark First Birthday. This milestone was marked with a short service of thanksgiving with communion, followed by a delicious Ark cake (shown left). A short service is held once or twice a term and there are parties at Christmas and at the group birthday in September. On Monday 26th April 2010, Laura McGregor from St John's Ambulance came to do a session on pre-school first aid. The families have collected money for Welcare and St James's each term. A series of cake sales raised money for the Maternity Hospital in Bethlehem, and this money was presented by Canon Julian Reindorp and the Revd Peter Vannozzi during the parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2013.

The above information covers the period from when St James's Ark was started until November 2016. This was when Revd Derek Winterburn became St James's tenth vicar and from this time onwards any new information can be found on the main site's page Groups through the years: Groups for youngsters - St James's Ark.

First birthday

Telling a story
First birthday

Telling a story
First birthday

Singing songs

 

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