Sunday 22nd July St. James Day celebration service

Next Sunday we will be celebrating St. James Day with a special celebration service at St. James Church, at 10.00am.

Come and join us as we worship God and give thanks for our own Church Saint!

St James Church is located in Forton, Lancashire, and we welcome all newcomers and regular attendees through our doors! Come and find out more about the love of God, and join our friendly and happy fellowship!

Rose Queen service at St. James Church, Forton, Lancashire.

Forton enjoyed it’s annual field day on Saturday 30th June, with fantastic weather and lots of family fun. Most importantly, it also saw the crowning of our new rose queen, Grace.

Sunday also dawned bright and sunny, perfect weather for Grace to celebrate her inauguration within the welcoming fellowship of St. James.

Grace was ably supported by her retinue, and they all looked absolutely stunning. We wish them all the best for the coming year, and we feel sure they will represent our village well.

Art sale by local Lancashire artist Steven Hunt

Now on display in St. James church, artwork by Forton’s own artist Steven Hunt, is now on sale. This prolific artist is displaying his God-inspired creations of the last  10 years.

The pieces are all offered for sale without a price label, in recognition of the fact that admirers of Steven’s work may not be able to pay a specific price – instead, buyers are being asked to donate whatever amount they are able to. Every single penny raised will go towards the St. Pauls graveyard drainage project.

Members of the congregation both young and old were delighted to be able to see Steven’s work over the last decade, and some of the paintings have already been sold.

It’s not too late to see Steven’s work for yourself – and possibly grab a bargain too! His exhibition will be continuing over the next few weeks. Visit St. James church at the normal service times (click here for details) and you will receive our usual warm welcome. If you can’t get to the church within our normal opening times, please contact the vicar by clicking here, as it may be possible to accommodate your visit at another time.

Artwork set to raise funds for church project.

In the next few weeks, unique pieces of art brought to life by St. James Artist-in-Residence, Steven Hunt, will go on display in the church.

All the artwork will be on sale, and every penny raised will go towards the graveyard drainage project.

However, none of the pieces will display a price; Steven is leaving it to people’s discretion and generosity to give as much as they are able, to support this important project for our local community.

Come in to the church for a browse around Steven’s lovely and thought provoking creations.

St James Church, Forton Lancashire: serving our rural community through God’s love.

Messy church 12 May: Pentecost!

Today we learned about Pentecost, at our Messy church event held in Forton Primary School. We had a great time with many crafts and activities: to find out more click here.

You are always welcome to join us at St. James Church, Forton, Lancashire for our regular services and special events. Have a look around the website to find out more!

Afternoon tea fundraiser raises over £700!

A team of volunteers baked a wonderful selection of cakes and pastries for our Easter Monday afternoon tea event held at Shireshead Cricket Club, Forton, Lancashire.

This event was very well attended, raising an amazing £700 towards this important village project, the draining of St. Pauls graveyard so it continues to be a suitable site for the burial of our loved ones.

Many thanks to Jean and her team for organising such a successful event, and we look forward to seeing what other fundraising ideas they can come up with in the future!

Why not come along to St. James Church and take part in our regular worship or special events? You can find out what’s going on by clicking here.

Font decorations for Easter at St. James Church.

Here are some of the lovely cross decorations that were made at the recent Easter messy morning. Each board depicts a different aspect of the Easter story. Well done to our families who so carefully put these together!

 

 

They are now on display decorating our font, in St. James Church – why not come and see them?

Join us at St. James Church, Forton, Lancashire for worship! For service times, click here.

 

 

 

Champagne reception for Easter Sunday service at St. James!

JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY! HE IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELIUA!

Today at our Easter Sunday service, the congregation were surprised and delighted to be greeted with a glass of champagne as they arrived! Why? Because today we celebrate the single most important event in our church year: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the vicar explained – in any other setting, a big celebration would be accompanied with these little extras we all enjoy and even expect – weddings, coming of age parties, etc. Why shouldn’t the modern day church celebrate in the same way?

In a similar vein, every member of the congregation was given a gift to take with them at the end of the service. If you are wondering what gift could possibly follow a champagne starter – well, it was an Easter egg, of course!

Our services take place at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire – why not come to along and see what our enterprising vicar is going to think of next? Click here to find out more.

 

Easter Sunrise Service at St. Pauls Graveyard, Shireshead.

Early risers from the congregations of St. James and St. Johns Ellel met this morning for an out-of-doors dawn service at St. Pauls Graveyard, the site of the old Shireshead Church.

Meeting at 6.30am, the early risers joined the dawn chorus from our local bird population, giving thanks for the resurrection of Christ.

The Easter season continues at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire – why not join us to celebrate God’s amazing love for us!

Good Friday “An hour at the Cross”

Good Friday saw a quiet and contemplative congregation take part in our Hour at the Cross service at St. James Church. We focused on the roles of some lesser known characters from the Passion story: Pilate’s wife, the impenitent thief and the women followers at the cross.

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies it bears much fruit.”  John 12: 24.

Please join us for our celebratory Easter Sunday Eucharist, at 10am on Sunday 1st April, at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire.