St James Church, Abinger Common

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Welcome to the website for St James' Church, Abinger Common, RH5 6HZ

St James'
(By Susannah Swift)
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As you will gather as you browse over these pages, we are a church with a long history and, as a community, Abinger goes back even further. Even if we take the Domesday Book as a start point, we have been a Christian worshipping community for a very long time. So, we are very proud of our church building. It has had a very chequered history, not least in the 20th Century. But now we are doing our best to meet the challenges of the 21st both for our building and church community.

Worship, praise, prayer and the reading of God's word are all part of our regular Sunday services, and if you are ever passing and would like to join us, we'd love to see you and make you feel welcome. But we don't believe that our church building any more than our faith, is just for Sundays. We are always looking for ways which enable the building to be a community resource during the week. We use the church for a Café morning on Wednesdays in term time from 8.30am until 10.00am. We also believe in developing our understanding of the Christian faith, so we meet in small groups to study what practical things the Bible has to say about living out the Christian faith in today's world. Again, if you would like to join us you are more than welcome; you should be able to find the dates somewhere on the website, failing that then do by all means get in touch. Thank you for visiting the website; I hope you find it helpful, informative and enjoyable, and we look forward to giving you more than a virtual welcome when you visit us for real!

Tony Berry, Rector

St James' Church

At St James' we are followers of Jesus, seeking to be a community, who:

To that end:

"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together ... but encouraging one another." Hebrews 10 verse 23-25.

Welcome to Abinger and a particular welcome from the church family of St James'.

St James' has been at the heart of the parish for centuries, indeed worship has taken place on its site for over a thousand years.

Many of the households have links with the church through baptisms, weddings as well as a place of worship - we hope you will want to forge some links of your own.

We hope you might want to find out a little bit more about those of us who worship there week by week; so we have set out some of the things that take place, some of he things we value, and a short description of the type of services that happen.

Our Services

There is a service in St James' each week and we also have weekly services in our sister church of Christ Church in Coldharbour.

On the first Sunday we hold a Communion Service at 10:30am using the Common Worship Service Book. This uses more contemporary language with a mix of types of music.

On the second Sunday of the month we hold an 8:00am service of Holy Communion using the traditional language of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. It is a quiet reflective service without music.

On the third Sunday we hold an All Age Service at 10.30am. This is a much more informal service, with participation from the children and young people of our newly organised Children's Club, and has contemporary songs and activities. It is a lot of fun but thoughtful and uplifting.

On the fourth Sunday we repeat the 8:00am service of Holy Communion from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and hold our 10.30am Sideways Church. A different way to think about church.

If there is a fifth Sunday we meet with the other churches of the Leith Hill Group, namely Wotton, Coldharbour and Holmbury, by rotation.

Click here for a schedule of services this month and next.

Who's who?

The Churchwardens are: Peter Borrowdale (Tel: 01306 731089) and Peter Evelyn (Tel: 01306 731624) email: Sally McCance is Tony's secretary and is in the Parish Office (Tel: 01306 737160) on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00-2.00pm.

The body responsible for leading the church along side the Rector is the Parochial Church Council or PCC. The PCC members are Tony, the Churchwardens, Tim Prideaux as Treasurer and also Lucy Harlow, Peter Wrigglesworth, Hilary Swift and Dominic Roberts. Each year there is an Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) where church members have the chance to discuss matters and elect members of the PCC.

Sunday Club is how we hope to help children and young people learn about the Christian faith. This takes place on the first Sunday when they leave the service just after the start and enjoy bible stories, music and dance during the communion service. Lucy and her team puts it all together. If you would like to help or find out more for your children then do get in touch with Lucy on 01306 731741.

We also run a Café called SJ's every Wednesday morning in term time from 8:30am till 10:00 am. Why not join us for a cup of bottomless coffee, croissants or the healthy option of juice and fruit?