A big challenge has been set for the congregation of St James’ Church. A survey of the building has shown that around £500,000 is needed to restore the building.
Our immediate concern is to restore the spire, tower and main walls. This is a very expensive job in itself as St James has the tallest spire on the Wirral!
It is not all doom and gloom. We have some significant funds (though not enough!) and we are a listed Grade II building which means we do qualify for grants from bodies such as English Heritage, although these funds are modest compared to our total costs.
St James is a much loved landmark building at the mouth of the River Mersey. If you care for this building and would like to support the restoration work you can help in very practical ways by giving a ‘one-off’ gift, or considering a monthly giving pledge for a longer period of time (eg 4 years).
As Vicar, I have mixed feelings about writing this article! The churches often have reputations for “only wanting your money”. This is an unfair caricature, but it is a common prejudice. This article is not an arm-twisting exercise. I hope it simply lays the facts before you. Buildings like St James belong to the whole community. A modest sized congregation cannot restore and maintain St James into the future without much wider support. If you wish to be part of that support, please contact myself or our treasurer directly. All gifts are gratefully received.
If you wish to find out any more about this project, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to have a chat.
Revd Frank Cain Mr Trevor Thomas
St James Vicarage 53 Leyburn Road
14 Albion Street Wallasey
New Brighton CH45 6XH
Tel: 0151 639 5844 Tel: 0151 638 1843
St JAMES CHURCH with EMMANUEL, Parish of New Brighton
Regular Services At St James Church – Albion Street, New Brighton
8.00am Holy Communion (B.C.P.) – 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday in the month
10.30am Holy Communion – 2nd, 4th & 5th in the month
10.30am Morning Prayer – 1st & 3rd Sunday in the month
6.30pm Choral Evensong – 2nd Sunday in the month (with St James Choir)
Regular Services at Emmanuel Church – Seabank Road, New Brighton
9.45am Holy Communion – 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday in the month
9.45am Morning Prayer – 2nd Sunday in the month
9.45am Parade Service(young persons uniformed groups) – 4th Sunday in the month
6.30pm Evening Service – 4th Sunday in the month
Thursday(weekly) 9.30am Holy Communion
SPECIAL SERVICES & EVENTS DURING AUTUMN
1st & 8th September (Saturday) 10.15 – 4pm – Wirral Heritage Open Day at St James Church, Albion St, New Brighton. Refreshments available – no booking required
23rd September 10.30am – Harvest Festival Service at St James Church, Albion St, New Brighton
9.45am – Harvest Festival Service at Emmanuel Church
7th October 10.30 – RNLI Life Boat Service at St James Church, Albion St, New Brighton. Attended by His Worship, The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Gerry Ellis. (Joint Service with Emmanuel Church)
4th November 6.30pm – Service of Commemoration for the Faithful Departed at St James Church, Albion St, New Brighton
11th November 8.00am – Holy Communion (BCP) at St James Church, New Brighton
11th November 9.45am – Remembrance Day Service at Emmanuel Church Seabank Rd, New Brighton
11th November 6.30pm – Special Choral Evensong for Remembrance Day at
St James Church, Albion St, New Brighton .