Make Time for Mindfulness, 1 Dec & 5 Jan

On the first Thursday of each month, we have a “Make Time for Mindfulness Group” 2- 3pm at St James’ Church.

We start with a couple of minutes silence/ breathing and then spend an hour doing mindful colouring or simple crafts while listening to music, and finish with a couple of minutes silence/ breathing and a short prayer. Phones only to be used in an emergency! The idea is to provide a conflict free space to be with other people in a stress free way (and help develop patterns that enable us to sleep better). Tea and coffee available throughout.


St James’ Christmas Tree Festival



SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 10am to 3.30pm (followed by Carol Service)

One of the fun things about being around Boroughbridge at Christmas Time has always been the Christmas Tree Festival. St James’ Church will be organising this year’s Festival, last year we had nearly 400 visitors. Each visitor is given a single vote for each section. There will be trophies and prizes for the winners and runners up in each section.

Enter the Grand prize draw
Have a go on the Tombola
Guess the name of the Christmas Dragon!
With refreshments served throughout the weekend

Admission by Donation (includes voting slips)
Prizes to be awarded for the winning entries!

Make Time for Music – Thursdays in Term Time

Rev Karen has started a new baby and toddler group at St. James’s called ‘Make Time for Music’ which runs from 9.30am to 10.30am on Thursdays during term time. Includes a half hour fun music group followed by half an hour coffee, catch up and free play.

In keeping with our ‘Somewhere to Belong’ statement, this is run on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis to take account of the struggles that many are facing during this financial crisis. Please do spread the word about our group to anyone with pre-school children.

A Warm Space – Thursdays at St James’ Church

St James’ Church is now registered as a ‘Warm Space’. A generous heating grant from Leeds Diocese has enabled us to heat the Church all Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and make it a comfortable space for our community.

Anyone can access the space, and there are reading materials and colouring facilities as well as toys for children (which we encourage people to tidy up after they have used them please). Disabled toilet/ baby change facilities are available.

Within the ‘warm space’ we have a “Make Time for Music” preschool group which runs on Thursdays during term time. This runs from 9.30am – 10am and tea and coffee is served following this (anyone can come in for a drink, not just parents from the group).

On the first Thursday of the month, we also have a “Make Time for Mindfulness Group” 2- 3pm which also has rolling tea and coffee.

Mothers’ Union Global Day Service 26 Nov

On Saturday 26th November, the Mothers’ Union are having a service to begin 16 days of activism against gender-based violence world-wide, supporting the Nomore1in3 campaign against domestic abuse.

12.15pm at St James’ Church, Boroughbridge. Followed by Silent Vigil on Fountain Square at 1.03pm.

Everyone welcome, please show your care and support.

Messy Church – Sunday 20 Nov

Sunday 20th November, 4pm

Advent Adventures!

Activities include making Advent Calendars, painting, Christmas Tree decorating, gingerbread decorating, glow sticks, story, song and this month a HOT meal for everyone….all for FREE.

Bring your friends – see you there!

What is Messy Church?

Messy Church is a kind of Church experience that focuses on creativity, celebration and hospitality! Anyone is welcome to attend. Most of the activities are aimed at children and young people 0-13 but we always make sure there is something for older young people and adults too. Creativity is for everyone!

What happens at Messy Church?

All kinds of things!

We start with lots of craft activities connected with the theme. These might involve making, thinking, decorating, exploring or experimenting by painting, sticking, pouring, writing, colouring, eating and more! You will always have something to take home with you! Parents can join in with the activities. After the messy time, we gather together for a story connected to our theme, a song and a prayer.

Do I have to book?

No – just turn up! We’d love to see you. If you enjoy yourselves – tell your friends!

What does it cost?

Messy Church is free to attend! There is a pot for donations for people to contribute what they are able, so we can continue to resource Messy Church and make it free for those who might otherwise struggle to attend.

What if one of us has special needs?

We aim to be as inclusive as possible and actively welcome neurodiverse people and any with physical or learning disabilities. We have a ramp and accessible toilet. We are a nut free Church and label food so you know it is safe to eat. If you are concerned we might not be able to meet your needs, get in touch and we’ll talk things through with you.

Any Other questions?

Do contact us with any questions through our Facebook page at Boroughbridge Churches or contact us direct via the web link. Or contact Louise on 079760259433.

Remembrance Events

We have several Remembrance events happening this year, with a few changes to established patterns and timings that you need to be aware of. Please can we encourage you to read the notes below carefully as we realise this is an important date for many and we would like to avoid any misunderstanding or disappointment.
Boroughbridge Town Remembrance Service on Sunday 13th November
The changes this year relate to our desire to ensure that as many people are able to attend and pay tribute, whilst keeping everyone safe within the Church element of the service.
To this end, the majority of the service will take place outside in Hall Square beginning shortly after 10.30am and will include hymns and readings prior to the main act of remembrance at 11am. An order of service will be given out in the Square and we would like to invite everyone to be part of this.
Prior to the main act of remembrance in the Square, there will be a much shorter service in Church beginning at 10am with selected invited members of our armed forces, town council representatives, uniformed organisations and British legion members. If it is very important for you to be able to attend this part of the service, please get in touch as we should be able to accommodate you.
Following this short service, further members of our armed forces will congregate outside the Church and formally parade down to Hall Square for the main act of Remembrance which we will all attend.
There are also some other Remembrance events happening to which all are welcome:
  • On Friday 11th November10.40am at Minskip church there will be a short reflective act of worship, including 2 minutes silence, hymns, readings and prayers.
  • On Remembrance Sunday itself there will be a 8.30am Traditional Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Aldborough, to include a reflection for Remembrance and 2 minutes silence.
  • Also on Sunday, there will be a 10am Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Dunsforth culminating in the Act of Remembrance at their memorial at 11am.
We look forward to seeing many of you over the weekend as we remember the fallen with thanksgiving for their sacrifice, and pray for peace in the world.