Updates from 2021
October 2021
River of Hope 2021 - St James' Church art installation

In the days leading up to COP26, the United Nations conference on the Climate Crisis, Christian Aid have suggested a prayerful initiative, River of Hope, to encourage us to think about the decisions to be made by delegates to that meeting.

At St James’s Church we have set up our River of Hope, a “river” running from the baptismal font through the nave and out of the Transept door. The river has stones and plants beside it and a range of paper boats, some carrying our prayers, and symbolising the journey of hope we take as we pray about the effects of climate change - the storms and floods, the wild fires and the movement of peoples (sometimes in boats) trying to find places of safety from the effects of weather and conflict.

Join us in praying for COP26 and the outcomes for our planet and peoples.

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June 2021
6th June - Climate Sunday Outdoor Service
Held in the new churchyard.
The weather could not have been better and we were delighted to welcome a great mix of ages, including families, regular worshippers & some new faces.
Rev Sam Lochead from Corbridge devised and led the service, he compasionately brought us all to thinking about our planet on this special day of reflection.
The morning was a delight to share and thanks to all who made it so.
Lest We Forget 1948-2018

Riding Mill's Great War Warrior has moved to a new home adjacent to the War Memorial in the new churchyard, where he will continue to serve as a reminder of those who, now fading from direct human memory, made the ultimate sacrifice for our future.
May 2021  - Oxfam & Lent Soup RECIPE BOOK
The Lent Soup book raised sufficient to make a donation of £1439.50 to support the work of Oxfam's global Cornoavirus response.
Click on the highlighted text to see the letter from Oxfam acknowledging the donation.

March 2021  - Lent Soup RECIPE BOOK
Since it is not possible to hold the the Lent Soup Lunches in their usual form this year, the Lent Lunch Team with widespread support has created a book.     Riding Mill Lent Soup Recipes 2021
This is now on sale price £7, with at minimum of £5 of this going to support Oxfam's Cornonvirus Response Programme.
To order your copy, click on the highlighted text to contact Jenny Mathers by email

January 2021 - St James's Church; Charitable Giving
Click on the button below to open a short document with details of how St James' charitable giving is currently being distibuted and the charities supported.