St. James’s is a very sociable church. Our common church life is focused around our worship on Sundays (and Thursdays when there’s no pandemic occurring). It converges 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, 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 swap 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.
The congregation chooses charities to support each year: one “home”(local) and one”away”.
Our charities for 2019-2020 are:
The Asra Hawariat School Fund in Ethiopia which offers free, high quality education to some of the poorest children in Ethiopia; and the Motor Neurone Disease Scotland.
As there has not been many opportunities to fundraise for our charities, thanks to the pandemic, the vestry has decided that we will extend our support for these two good causes for another year. These will therefore also be our 2020-2021 charities.
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.
Many members of St. James’s are involved with community activities within Dollar.