We celebrated our special Family Eucharist at 10am on Christmas Day at St. James Church. After much publicity, our special guest arrived … it was Father Christmas, of course. Although very tired after his night’s work, he popped in to remind us of how his work of “giving with no thought of return” is central to the Christian message.
We wish all our website visitors a happy, peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year! But Christmas isn’t over yet! We have a number of special events coming up at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire, in addition to our regular worship times. Click here to find out more – we would love you to join us!
The congregation of St James has been out and about this month, singing the Good News of Jesus’ birth, in the most unlikely places ….
On Saturday 16th December, the Forton Light Orchestra (made up of the St. James music group and friends) played Christmas Carols on the FanZone stage at Ewood Park, Blackburn, before the match against Charlton Athletic. We had Susan on keyboard, Rebecca on trumpet, Daisy on clarinet, Malcolm on saxophone, Andrew and David on vocals and Mark on violin. It was a great event, and four of the group stayed to watch the match afterwards, with Blackburn Rovers winning 2-0.
Wednesday 20th December saw members of the music group out and about again, this time singing and playing to the residents of Stanley Lodge and Oakfield Nursing Homes, both in the Forton locality. The residents always greatly enjoy this annual event and are very appreciative. We love bringing some Christmas cheer and watching their faces light up!
Saturday 23rd December heard our voices once again lifted in joyful Christmas song, this time at Forton Motorway Services. This is one of our favourite venues to sing carols, as the travellers passing through are so surprised and pleased to see us. Some get in to the spirit of Christmas by taking a little extra time to sing with us in worship before continuing on their travels.
You too can come and sing with us at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire, over the Christmas season, just click here to find out about the services that will be taking place. We look forward to meeting you!
This year, a big feature of our Christingle service was a secret item made by our young adults in Youth Church. It turned out to be a giant Christingle, 2 feet diameter, which was hidden somewhere around the church.
Our intrepid younger children didn’t take long to find it though, and then we had the usual fun of making our Christingles (with normal sized oranges), and thinking about the meaning behind each part that we added.
We would love you to join us for our Christmas, and future, events here at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire. Click here to find out what’s going on.
04 Winter 2017 Spotlight
The occasional news magazine of St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire.