St. James' Church, Southbroom, Devizes
As a church, we seek to be inclusive by removing barriers that prevent others from joining with us in our worship and mission. We believe that men and women are created by God in his image and have equal dignity and worth. This includes all people, with or without disabilities.
We are committed to breaking down barriers and seeing the value of each person to help us become the family that God intends us to be.
We have sought to change our building and improve our practices to create equality of opportunity for people with disabilities as members of the church.
For wheelchair users, mobility scooters and pushchairs there is a level access to the building from Church Walk and inside we have fully accessible toilet with changing facilities for babies. There is a space on the ground floor for wheelchair users and users of mobility scooters to remain seated on them if they wish whilst taking part in our activities.
For the hard of hearing we have a modern amplification system and a loop system. For those with a visual impairment we can provide large print copies of words and songs used. For the 11:00 am Sunday Worship the songs and responses are displayed on two video screens visible from most parts of the church building.
Young and old are welcome to join us is a wide range of services and other activities. There is plenty of space for baby buggies and a creche is provided at the 11:00 am Sunday Service.
If there is further help that you would like us to provide, or adjustments that would make it easier for you to take part in our activities, please ask any of our ministers or one of our churchwardens, Clare Kent and Paul Jakeman.
We look forward to welcoming you.
'The body is a unit, thought it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they from one body' (1 Corinthians 12:12)
As many of you know, Becky Sedgwick has worked for St James’ since 2008, initially as our Children and Families Worker, and more recently as the splendidly titled Family Life Co-ordinator.
From 1st April, Becky’s role at St James’ will be changing. She won’t be leaving St James’, but her hours here will change to two days a week, and her responsibilities will be reduced accordingly.
Jesus .... What Did Jesus Do?
We often ask ourselves What Would Jesus Do, WWJD, but often what we need to know is WDJD, What Did Jesus Do?
‘Jesus…’ is the new sermon series at St James’ looking at what Jesus actually did. The series covers some of the basics of what Jesus did and who he was, as well as looking at some of the often overlooked aspects of his life.
It is hoped the series will have a wide audience; with those on the fringes of faith getting as much from it as church regulars. Each talk is stand-alone, which means you’ll get something from each one, but following the series will paint a fuller picture of what Jesus did.
As a taster, talks in the series include: Jesus… ‘rewrote the rules’, ‘dated the undateables’, ‘did good religion’ and ‘napped’.
The series runs from February 5th all the way through to July 16th, and during it our Connect Groups will go a bit deeper into the life of Jesus, using the Swedish Bible Study tool to explore the Bible readings from the series.
The series was devised in-house by Paul, Jennifer, Becky, Steve, Keith and Mike.
Open for prayer
St James' church will be open for several evenings for 'PRAY: a time to pray for those that need our prayer' over the next few months.
The church will be open for an hour from 8:30pm and you are very welcome to join us. There will be space for silence, to receive prayer, to prayer for others, to prayer in small clusters, to write a prayer.... to allow the Spirit to guide our prayers.
1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
For more dates see flyer below.
Giving in Grace
You can download the Planned Giving form mentioned in Michael Porter's talk on Giving in grace from here.
More information on Giving can be found here or chick on the Giving plate on the righhand side of the menu.
Do you use the Internet to buy goods and services?
Would you be prepared to raise funds for St James’ at no cost to yourself?
If the answer to those two questions is “YES”, then you can do so by joining “Easyfundraising”. In March we received a cheque from Easyfundraising for £15.38 from those who have joined. This is not a great sum, you may say, but just think of what it could be if we all did so! So I publicised it at the APCM and we have already raised another £7 and so please join us! This really could turn out be a significant contribution to our finances. All you have to do is to go to the Easyfundraising website and enrol, giving “St James’Southbroom Devizes” as your chosen cause. Then use them whenever you order online.
It would be great to have a larger share of the £9.2 million raised through this scheme!