St. James’s is a very sociable church. Our common church life is focused around our worship on Sundays and Thursdays, on our prayer life and desire to serve others. There are opportunities to meet centred around social and fundraising events and weekly and seasonal study groups.
Dollar and District Churches Together provides the framework for Dollar Parish Church, Ochil Hills Community Church and St. James’s to work together prayerfully and to share each others’ concerns.We share some services in Holy Week; pulpit exchanges when we swop ministers for the Sunday service and pew exchanges when the congregation is invited to attend the “other” church.
We work together during Christian Aid Week each year and at Christmas time to publicise services and events.
An important part of our shared work is the Childrens’ Holiday Club held for a week each August .
The congregation chooses charities to support each year: one “home”(local) and one”away”.
The charities chosen by the congregation for 2017-2018 are The Family Hub, Glenochil Prison and The Beath Malawi Trust.
The Stirling Interfaith Community Justice Group opened the new Visitor Centre at HMP Glenochil in April 2017.This facility gives those visiting a person in custody a relaxing place to sit before and after their visit. Refreshments are provided and there is a childrens play area and toilet facilities. Our support will make a big difference to the people using this valuable space during a difficult time in their lives.
We have been supporters of Traidcraft for many years and a stall is held occasionally after the main Sunday service selling food products, household items and gifts.
We also respond to emergencies and disasters with special collections.
Coffee Mornings held in The Burnside Hall in Spring and Autumn are partly about fundraising but also very much about engaging with the wider community.
Three times a year we hold an afternoon tea with entertainment for the elderly or housebound.
Many members of St. James’s are involved with community activities within Dollar.