The scallop shell is the traditional emblem of James, son of Zebedee and has long been the badge of pilgrims on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. By tradition, Compostela is the burial place of St. James’ remains.
Medieval Christians making the pilgrimage to James’ shrine often wore a scallop shell symbol on their hat or clothes. The pilgrims also carried a scallop shell with them, and would present themselves at churches, castles, abbeys, etc., where they could expect to be given as much sustenance as they could pick up with one scoop. Even the poorest household could give charity without being overburdened. The scallop shell still serves today as a marker of directions and inns for modern pilgrims.
The association of Saint James with the scallop can likely be traced to the legend that the apostle once rescued a knight covered in scallops. An alternate version of the legend holds that while St. James’ remains were being transported to Spain from Jerusalem, the horse of a knight fell into the water, and emerged covered in the shells.
COMMUNITY QUIZ NIGHT - SATURDAY 30TH OCTOBER
PARISH COMMUNICATION - The Collective Worship Committee write a monthly article for publication in the community magazine.
UNDERSTANDING MARA - Our children are visiting St James Church to work alongside our friends there to develop their understanding of Tanzania, and specifically the region of Mara (where Ragata School is based). Mr Seacome, Mr Wainwright & Reverend Kevin are leading this work. Our KS2 children will visit on the following days: 6CJ ON WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER, 5/6CS ON WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER, 5EC ON WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL, 4VB ON WEDNESDAY 2ND MAY, 3/4BH ON WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY and 3SH ON WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE.
UNDERSTANDING COMMUNION - Reverend Kevin will lead the children through the meaning of communion, the significance of the service and show them how communion is given. All children in KS2 will visit church on the following days: 6CJ ON TUESDAY 16TH JANUARY, 5/6CS ON TUESDAY 23RD JANUARY, 5EC ON TUESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY, 4VB ON TUESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY, 3/4BH ON TUESDAY 27TH FEBRUARY and 3SH ON TUESDAY 6TH MARCH. Reverend Kevin will lead a special version in school for our KS1 children on WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH @ 1.45pm.
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP - Reverend Kevin leads monthly worship at St James.
CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION - Our annual competition to outline 'what Christmas means to me'.
HARVEST FESTIVAL - FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER @ ST JAMES CHURCH
TANZANIA DAY - FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 'Learning About & Learning From Tanzania' Our children will act of tour agents to 'promote' Tanzania. Should they focus upon the commercial, yet unique, Serengeti, the breathtaking Kilimanjaro or should their focus be upon the spiritual, social and cultural messages which resonate loudly? The children must demonstrate their work in the form of class presentations to a panel of judges during the afternoon.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT - FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER @ ST JAMES CHURCH
HOLY WEEK - 'THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS' Together with the help of our friend, Reverend Kevin, the children will, in the form of artwork and drama, represent the story of Jesus in Holy Week journey leading towards his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Our EASTER SERVICE on THURSDAY 29TH MARCH will form the centrepiece for this. This final event will take place at ST JAMES CHURCH.
END OF YEAR SERVICE - TUESDAY 24TH JULY @ ST JAMES CHURCH
ST JAMES' DAY - WEDNESDAY 25TH JULY
THESE EVENTS ARE IN ADDITION TO SUNDAY EUCHARIST AT 10.30AM AND SAID EUCHARIST EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 7.00PM.