Groups

THE LITTLE PILGRIMS
The Pilgrims meet each Friday in Term Time from 1.30 pm until 3 pm in the St. James Community Centre, on High Street (opposite the Church). 
They are open to all pre school children (under 5), no matter how young,to help carers meet with other carers, while the children enjoy playing, and learning to mix with other children. Meanwhile the carers enjoy a well earned rest and chat. The sessions finish with a sing, a prayer, and then a cup of tea (for the carers), juice and a snack for the children. 
The Little Pilgrims are an initiative of the Mothers Union (see below), organised & led by them.
Contact Mrs June Henderson on 01946 690845 for more information.

THE MOTHERS UNION (For other activities see Little Pilgrims above and the Baptism page)
The Parish of Whitehaven Mothers Union Branch endeavours to uphold the aims and objects of the Mothers Union in all that if does. The aim of the Society is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life. Meetings are linked to the diocesan theme of the year.  In 2016 the theme is Celebration of Faith.
The EVENING GROUP meets every 3rd Monday at 7.15pm in the Community Hall. Anyone is welcome to all or any of the meetings. Contact Sheila Kelly on 01946 812668.

The AFTERNOON MEETING is on the 1st Tuesday at 2pm at St. Nicholas. Contact June Henderson on 01946 690845. 

The Parish Mothers Union group is actively involved in MU, parish and community projects.
Little Pilgrims started in 2007 as one of these community initiatives.
Arising from a national MU Initiative 1st Anniversary of Baptism Cards are issued by a parish member, funded by the MU Branch.
They also knit baby garments for the West Cumberland Hospital Special Care Baby Unit, and make 'crosses of love', which are placed in the Baptistry for those who need them for loved ones, or as an aid to personal prayer.
Members no longer able to attend meetings due to illness or age are kept in touch with through prayer and visits.
There are many opportunities to care and share, so all are welcome to join at any time.

THE CHOIR
Sigrid Leech is our Director of Music who oversees the musical life of the Parish. In addition to being an accomplished organist and musician, Sigrid also leads and trains the choir of the Parish. Sigrid and the Choir members are always pleased to welcome new members to the choir. Choir rehearsals take place in Church on Tuesday evenings (during term time) at 7:00 pm, in St James Church. If you are interested in joining the Choir contact Sigrid on 01946 693906.

BELLRINGERS
Ringing practice is Friday night 7.30 pm to 9pm. Service ringing is 9.30 to 10, and 5.30 to 6 on Sundays when there is an Evening Prayer service, plus weddings as requested. Peals or half peals are regularly rung for special occassions.
Visiting ringers are very welcome. Please contact the Tower Captain- Richard Last - on 01946 695418, or richard.last@tiscali.co.uk. The tower secretary is Luise Leech - email  hoeslleech@aol.com


Please see the St. James Guided Tour page for full details of the bells