Lent course running at St. James

The lent course is proving popular at St. James; a large group is meeting every Wednesday evening with representatives from no less than three local churches. If you would like to follow the course notes, please look at the Lent page by clicking here.

Here is some of the feedback from the first couple of weeks:

Lent 2018 week two feedback

Lent 2018 week one feedback

Members from a number of local churches are meeting at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire. You are very welcome to join us; each session works as a stand alone unit so it won’t matter if you have missed one.

Candlemas February 2018

We celebrated Candlemas at our All Age service on Sunday 4th February 2018. We gave thanks for Jesus, the light of the world, who continues to work so vividly within our lives and the lives of those in our community. All the congregation lit a candle and prayed together. God be praised!

Why not come and join us at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire for fellowship and worship? Click here for details of service times.

Prepare for lent with St. James Church – February 2018.

We all know that Lent is traditionally a time of fasting, and following the indulgences of Christmas, we typically focus on giving something up, whether it be chocolate, social media or perhaps alcohol.

But there is also great value in undertaking a discipline of doing something extra for this time. Lent is a time of reflection and spiritual growth, and what better way to allow God to work within us, than to commit to a short course of study?

The congregation of St. James are being invited and challenged to make a commitment to study together during Lent.  We will do this by focusing on the book “Christianity Rediscovered” by Vincent Donovan. This was written as an epistle from the Masai, and addresses the question of what it means to be a community of faith.

This Lent activity will help us to understand and focus on Christianity as Community. We plan to run a lunchtime group and an evening group each week. Wednesday has been suggested as a suitable day for both groups to meet, but this may change depending on the needs of those interested. The suggested venue is St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire.

Why not make your own commitment to join us in study and prayer? We would love to travel this journey with you! In the first instance, please contact Peter by clicking here, to register your interest and find out more.

Happy New Year 2018!

Wishing you a joyous New Year, from all at St. James. Remember always, whatever befalls you this year, that you are truly loved and deeply cherished by the Lord, and you will always be welcome in His house.Why not join us in worship and fellowship this year, at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire? Click here for details of our service times. We would love to see you there!

Happy Christmas from all at St. James Church December 2017

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!

Carol singing out and about in the community December 2017

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!



Christingle Service 10th December 2017

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.


Gifts for our shoebox service 5th November 2017.

Our shoebox service took place at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire, on the 5th November 2017, in aid of Operation Christmas Child.

As always, our congregation brought in boxes they had filled with suitable gifts for a boy or girl who lives in a foreign country, where Christmas gifts are an unaffordable luxury.

We are proud to confirm that this year, our congregation gathered together enough gifts to fill 43 boxes, which have now been sent off on their journey across the world.

St. James Harvest Supper 14th October 2017

The St. James Annual Harvest Supper took place at Forton Village Hall on Saturday 14th October 2017. A delicious hot pot supper, followed by homemade apple pie, was enjoyed by all. Members of the congregation of St. James were joined by friends and family from a number of local villages in our part of Lancashire.


Following this, Forton locals generated their own home-spun entertainment, with everything from humorous poems that had everyone giggling, a superb female quartet, a solo violin medley, to haunting love songs from John Denver. The finale was a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, complete with waving Union Jack flags. And yes, it’s official, Elvis was in the building!

Watch out for this event happening again at the same time next year, when we can all look forward to another equally entertaining evening. Many, many thanks to the organising team, ably led by Kath Walling.