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Why We Are Here
We believe that God has called us to be an effective community of disciples, committed to serving the Lord Jesus Christ, and reaching out to those in our local community who don't know Jesus. Our mission is that, 'together, we will live for Christ, become like Christ and make Christ known'. We actively encourage believers to develop spiritual disciplines of prayer, bible study, and fellowship with others through small group membership. We also run regular courses to further aid people's spiritual and personal development and to encourage them to reach out to their friends with the good news of Jesus. Being a Christian is about knowing and trusting Jesus. These activities can help us to know more about Jesus but are not a substitute for knowing Him.
St John's at Alsagers Bank and
St Martin's at Talke
The three parishes of St James, Audley, St John's Alsager's Bank and St Martin's, Talke have come together
as a United benefice' which means that our vicar, Simon Tomkins, looks after the three churches/parishes.
As part of the recruitment process for our new vicar we produced a Benefice Profile.
Click here to see the Benefice Profile (in Adobe Acrobat/pdf format). This Document includes a section describing the coming together of the three parishes
as well as the individual profiles for each parish.
St James and the wider world.
As well as supporting many other churches in Lichfield diocese through its share contribution, St James also supports a number of other mission and relief agencies.
We believe that as God has blessed us with so much, it is a Christian response to want to share what we have with others who need both prayer and financial support.
Our giving follows this pattern. We give internationally, nationally and locally and in each of these areas we support one agency emphasising the message of good news of Jesus and one concerned with practical aid emphasising Jesus' concern for the human condition that he shared.
Internationally we support
Crosslinks is an international mission society with its roots in the Bible and works principally within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Their prime focus is making Christ known through the proclamation and teaching of God’s word in the power of the Holy Spirit. They are enthusiasts for creative worldwide mission. Their slogan is ‘God’s word to God’s world’
Chrysolis exists to help you relate the story of Jesus to all of life, so that you can help others become convinced of his truth, beauty and relevance. It was was founded in the UK and its scope is global. They are happy to travel anywhere, though they currently focus much of their energy on post-communist Central and Eastern Europe.
Locally and Nationally we support
* UCCF and Chris Simons working in the local universties
Christians have met together on the site of our present church for nearly 1000 years. Naturally the church has seen huge changes over those years, and today change continues,
as we seek to be faithful to God's word and make clear its relevance to contemporary culture.
We are the temporary stewards of a fine and ancient building. The task of maintaining and restoring it is a costly and challenging one.
Look out for our regular church open days where you can have a look around, chat to church members and sometimes also view the church tower
(including the bell chamber and the view from the top) but the best way to see the church is to attend a Sunday service (whether we are meeting in the church builindg itself of whether we are
meeting in a diffferent building as we did after the fire!
Recent projects have included a major clean-up following a fire in 2007, replacement of the run down and fire-damaged organ and a major restoration of the church tower. Current work in progress is to sort out the church heating system.
The oil fired boiler supplying our church heating had been condemned and so we have replaced it with 3 gas fired 55 Kw boilers ensuring we have sufficient heat generation
for the future in an efficient and easily serviceable form.
We have now attended to the distribution side of the heating. Our existing system consisted of steel pipes and radiators with a capability of about 30 Kw output.
With such a high roofed building, it is necessary to move the warmer air around and so we introduced 8 variable speed fan assisted
convector radiators running off the 80 degree C water feed providing upto 15 Kw output. Each one is thermostatically controlled and they are mounted on
the outside walls blowing across and down the church. These heater draw air in from the top and blow warm air our at the bottom - some people feel the cooler air being drawn in and erroneously percieve this as the radiators blowing out cold air! Trust us - they are working properly!
This design is compatible with our longer term plans for the church including the creation of one floor level and improving access to meet Disability
Discrimination Act legal requirements, to install a toilet, a refreshment facility and improve storage.
Our future plans for St James' are molded by a simple purpose. We want "more people to love God more and know His love for them".
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