Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Farewell to Delorine

It was a fond farewell to Delorine (pictured with St James churchwardens Marian and Pat) on Sunday.

Delorine, is training for the ordained ministry with St Augustine's College, and has been on placement with us at St James for eight weeks.

During that time she has thrown herself into a wide range of parish activities and has well and truly endeared herself to our congregation.

Yesterday she preached for the first time at St James, having previously led a Family Service. 

We shall all miss her, but wish her God's richest blessing in this, her third and final year, of ministerial training.

And finally, thank you Delorine, for that wonderful cake that you bought for us to share after church on Sunday.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Armistice in Bermondsey

Armistice Day began in Bermondsey with the St James School Armistice service in church, with all the children standing in respectful silence for the two minutes silence.

Next up was the service at the War Memorial in West Lane (left), attended by the Mayor, the Leader of the Council, councillors, prospective parliamentary candidates for Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the Pearly King and Queen, alongside representatives of the emergency services, tenants association, community organisations, political parties, London Southbank University, schools, local businesses and many members of the public, for the two minututes silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

We sang, we prayed, we remembered.

 Photos from Gary Glover and SE16 community Twitter feeds.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Bermondsey remembers

Our Remembrance Day events in Bermondsey began  with an Act of Remembrance in brilliant sunshine at the war memorial in Old Jamaica Rd (left), with the Army Cadets, the Veterans, councillors from both political parties, former MP, Sir Simon Hughes, and members of the public.

Meanwhile, back in St James's we were getting ready for our main Remembrance Sunday service, at which, Delorine (left), our placement student from St Augustine's College was the guest preacher.

After the service we all moved to the Narthex where Pat laid a wreath at the Boer War Memorial and David laid a wreath at the memorial to the ten young men of the St James Bermondsey Bible Class who gave their lives in the First World War.

It is good to take this annual moment to pause, to remember, to give thanks, and to pray for peace in our troubled world.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Through all the changing scenes

Changing views of St James, first from 1905 (thanks Pat)

Then from BermondseyBeat, three pictures - first of a 1950s shot of the young Tommy Steele signing autographs outside his Frean St house, with St James in the background

Then of the church before it was restored and before recent redevelopments with prefabs in the foreground

And the scene today:

Tuesday, 5 November 2019


Congratulations to Torbjorn Holt, Rector of the Norwegian Church in Rotherhithe, on being invested with the Lancelot Andrewes Medal for Godly Service and Zeal of the Gospel by Bishop Christopher.

Torbjorn will shortly be leaving London after 14 years service to the Norwegian community in the UK and 14 years as a valued member of our Bermondsey Deanery Chapter.

We wish Torbjorn God's richest blessings for the future.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Bermondsey brew

Bermondsey Brew, St James community cafe which runs from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Monday afternoon, continues to draw in a wide range of people, of all ages, from the community for delucious homemade cakes, tea, coffee, squash for the kids, and the chance to chat, make friends,  play a board game or cards, or if you are of a certain age, run around a bit and let off steam after a day at school.

A recent addition to the Bermondsey Brew menu is story time for the kids at 4pm, which gives the children, hot foot from school, and having filled up on some cakes and bread, the chance to settle down at the front of church and hear a Bible story told by Jacob.

Today the youngsters were hearing about 'Jonah and the very Big Fish.'

Do join us any Monday at St James from 2.30pm to 4.30pm for Bermondsey Brew. (PS whilst donations are welcome, everything is free at Bermondsey Brew).