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St. James Church 250yr Anniversary


The Quarter-Millennium Committee aims to make a special effort in this special year to develop community spirit still further by cooperation between the Church and   other parish organizations and individuals. It has been working steadily since January 2005 planning various activities and a series of events from April to October 2006, and arranging the necessary funding. 
We have tried to coordinate events with other organizations, in particular the Ravenfield Events Committee and the Ravenfield Garden Society ( this year entering the Britain in Bloom competition)
We are grateful to individuals who are carrying out various craft activities, and Ravenfield Primary School who are preparing a special audio-visual presentation about the church and the parish. We have published a small guide booklet to the church, and will shortly be publishing a larger full-colour souvenir booklet.
Will you help?
The more helpers we get, the more successful the celebrations will have been in achieving our aim.
Are you prepared to give an hour or two to act as a steward at an exhibition, or prepare and serve refreshments?
Can you accept responsibility ( with friends if you like)  for either :- Publicizing events, or Producing a visual record ( photographs, videos?)
Chairman Katrine Greenwood. 2, Hall Close
Secretary. Rev. Graham Fairhurst. 30, Barberry Way.
Treasurer. Gordon Hett. 29A, Hollings Lane
The Committee feels that it cannot take on the organization of any more events. However, we would welcome and publicize suitable events run by others. e.g. a well-dressing

Programme of Events


Sunday 30th. At 3p.m. Inaugural Thanksgiving Service

Preacher Bishop David Walker, once our team Rector.

Refreshments afterwards in the Parish Hall


Wednesday 10th At 7.30p.m. Musical Evening with the Cusworth singers,

and entertaining organist Geoff Stephenson


Friday 16th Treasure Hunt in cars

Starting at 7.00p.m. at the bottom of Church Lane


Sunday July 16th Guided walk with reception at church,

as part of the Rotherham walking festival.

Starting at 10.00 a.m. at the crossroads

Well Dressing and Blessing

Service on Sunday at 10.00 a.m.

Preacher The Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham


Saturday 7th Harvest Supper in the Parish Hall at 7.30 p.m.

with entertainment to follow

Sunday 8th Harvest Festival Services

10.30 a.m. and 3.30 a.m.

Sunday 29th  3.00 p.m. Rededication Service

Preacher The Bishop of Sheffield

Refreshments afterwards in the Parish Hall

There is a souvenir  booklet available which not only contains some beautiful photo's, but an interesting history of the church. The booklet reminds us all that like many churches the upkeep of St James is reliant on parishioners. My personal opinion is that those parishioners of Ravenfield have done a remarkable job in preserving this rather remarkable little church. Why not join in the celebrations and congratulate this proud community for their endeavours.

John Doxey

Sunday Services

9.15 a. m.  Holy Communion

Except for the 2nd Sunday each month when the services are as follows:-

 9. 30 a.m. Holy Communion at the Parish Hall Birchwood Drive

3.30 p.m. Evening prayer in the church


There is also a monthly afternoon service at the Elizabeth Parkin Centre

Longfield Drive on the fourth Sunday at 3. 30 p. m.

 My thanks to Gordon Hett who has supplied the above information on behalf of the committee



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