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APCM – Sunday 16th May at 11am

Join us for our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) on Sunday 16th May at 11am, during the All Age Worship service. This is our annual meeting where we look back at and report upon the previous calendar year. You can view and download the APCM report and agenda here. Please note we will not be providing hard copies of the report this year unless you specifically ask for one in advance. To do so, please email Sophie Bartlett (PCC Sec.) at s.lancaster@me.com or call on 07590 273291 by Tuesday 4th May, as these are being printed in the Parish Office on Wednesday 5th. Thank you.

Our schedule of services are: the first two Sundays of the month are Parish Communion at 09.30, the third Sunday is All Age Worship (AAW) at 11am and the remaining Sundays in the month are also at 11am (Parish Communion). The fourth and fifth Sundays are joint Benefice services.

Sunday Club is also back, meeting in the hall at the beginning of services (apart from AAW) when the children join the full service.

A risk assessment has been undertaken and is updated regularly as new guidance is received. This is available to see on the internal notice board or by contacting a churchwarden and we’ll be happy to email you a copy.

To ensure we all keep safe please be mindful of the following:

If you are in a vulnerable grouping the advice is still to remain home as much as possible, although we very much want to welcome you please do not feel any pressure to attend. 

The wearing of a face covering is mandatory, strict social distancing will apply and communion will be offered in one kind only (precautions as described in the risk assessment). If you have any concerns please do ring a churchwarden and we’ll be happy to help. (Chris on 01423 771991 and Louise 07733 221611)

To ensure we all keep safe please be mindful of the following:

Please DO NOT enter if you have a recent onset of

• a temperature

• a new cough, sore throat and nasal congestion

• diarrhoea

• suffering from flu-like symptoms

• or you have been identified as a significant contact by the UK Covid NHS Track& Trace system

The church door will remain open for ventilation.

Please use the hand sanitiser upon entry and keep socially distanced between yourself and others AT ALL TIMES.

The entrance for less mobile people is as usual through the Hall.

Wash your hands once home.

If you develop symptoms (as above) within one week of your visit, inform a churchwarden immediately.

That said we are a very welcoming church! A warm welcome awaits….

St. James’ is a Church of England parish church at the heart of the community in a thriving village between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge, in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are a friendly worshipping community with a welcoming Sunday Club, a strong musical tradition including a robed choir, and a range of groups and activities. Click on the various links to see what we can offer.

We are part of a joint Benefice comprising the parishes of St. Thomas a Becket, Hampsthwaite with Felliscliffe & St. Thomas the Apostle, Killinghall and St. James, Birstwith.

We hope you find what you are looking for on these pages and we would be delighted to welcome you, whether as a visitor or to join us regularly in worship and fellowship.