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Parish News – Summer 2018

The Summer Edition of our quarterly magazine, Parish News, is now available. Packed full of interesting news, articles and updates its great value at just £1 per copy.

A huge thanks goes to Emma Doggett, Editor, and her team of contributors for another fantastic edition. Great job everyone.

If you’d like more information about Parish News or would like to go on our distribution list drop us a line on st.jamesmilnrow@outlook.com. Only £4 per year and we’ll deliver you a copy.

Christian Aid Week 2018 – Record Breaking Year

Thanks to your generosity and support this years Christian Aid week broke all records raising and massive £1,772.87 with Gift Aid. This donation will make a huge difference to the lives of many people around the world les fortunate than us.

Everyone at St James would like to Johnny Royle who once again coordinated this years collection. Thanks Johnny,  and well done to all your team.  Great Job everyone.


Anne receives Top Scouting Award

On Sunday 29th April we were joined by Stephen Allen, ex-District Commissioner for Rochdale District Scouts.

The reason for Stephen’s visit was to present one of the most prestigious awards in  Scouting to Anne Winn, lifetime member of St James and currently PCC Secretary.

Anne has been a member of the Scout Association for over 30 years. For over 20 years of this period she was the Cub Scout Leader of 1st Milnrow Scout Group. More recently she is an active Training Advisor and member of the Appointments Committee interviewing prospective new leaders.

Anne’s commitment to the Scout Association has been steadfast throughout this time. We’re sure she would be the first to say she’s been supported throughout this time by her husband Trevor, but nonetheless, this is a fantastic achievement.

The Silver Acorn is one of the highest adult awards made by the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, in recognition of her service to the Scout Association and for the impact she has made on the lives of so many young people in Milnrow and across the Borough of Rochdale.

From everyone at St James, “congratulations Anne”. A very well deserved award.


St James receives Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

On Sunday 29th April we were joined by representatives of Rochdale Hearbeat who presented us with an AED for use (if needed) in church.

Committee members Pam Wiseman and Sue Ridgard joined Rev Ivan Ruiters and Ian Douglas to present the AED during the mornings service.

5 members of our congregation are members of Rochdale Heartbeat and they have encouraged us to support a number of fundraising events to help place more AED’s in public buildings. One of our bravest fundraisers, Rachel Jay (nee Winn), took part in 2 open water swims raising a mammoth £976.

So thank you to Rochdale Heartbeat for the AED. We hope we don’t have to use it, but if we do, we know we’ll have done everything possible to save a life.

Thanks to Rachel and all of you who supported any of these fundraising events.

For more information about the work of Rochdale Heartbeat please contact:

Tel: 01706 372199

Mob: 07530 667551



Confirmation 2018

On Sunday 22nd April we will be holding a joint Confirmation Service with our friends from St Thomas’, Newhey at 9am.

We welcome Assistant Bishop Graham Dow, who will be officiating along with Ivan.

All candidates are asked to be in church to meet with Bishop Graham from 8:15am.

We hope you will keep all our Confirmation Candidates in your thoughts and prayers as they make their final preparations to reaffirm the promises made by their parents at baptism in their own right, and commit their lives to following Jesus.

We hope you can join us on Sunday and offer your support at this important service.

War Memorial Appeal – update

Our Smartie Tube initiative is gaining momentum.  Thanks so far to Jean Calow, Walter Tann, Barry & Paula Shaw and everyone at Shaw Mitchell Accountants, Dale St Milnrow and the Senior Management Team at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

A tube of Smatries filled with 20p pieces holds £13, a massive donation which goes directly to our War Memorial Refurbishment Appeal.  You can collect your tube any Sunday from Church.

Thank you for everyone’s support.

Sunday School

Sunday School meetings are held in school from 9am most Sundays. Are schedule of forthcoming meetings is:

29th April

6th May

13th May

20th May – Whit Walk, more details to follow.

27th May – Family Service

3rd June

10th June

17th June

24th June – Family Service

1st July

8th July – Sunday School Prize giving

We are always happy to welcome new members and helpers. If you’d like more details about Sunday School please contact:

Rachel Hill, Tel: 07866 626984, e-mail: rachelogden4@aol.com

Mark Hazlehurst, Tel: 07825 994334, e-mail: mark.hazlehurst89@googlemail.com





Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2018

We will be holding of Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 15th April at 10am immediately after Parish Eucharist.

As is required there will be a meeting of Parishioners who will elect two Church Wardens.  If you would like to apply for this post you can get a nomination form from the PCC Secretary.

APCM will then consider reports on the work of St James for 2017 and elect members to the Parochial Church Council (PCC).  Nomination forms are available from the PCC Secretary.

If you would like to be considered for either role you must be on the Electoral Role of St James.

Adult Confirmation

Still not confirmed? We’d love to welcome you into our church.

Adult Confirmation classes are starting soon. If you’d like more information please contact Rev Ivan Ruiters as soon as possible for more information about what it entails and what you need to do.

Ivan can be contacted on Tel: 01706 290642 or you can drop us a line on st.jamesmilnrow@oulook.com We look forward to hearing from you.