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.
Our Christmas shoebox appeal will be launched at our 10.00am all-age service on 5th November 2017, at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire.
You can bring presents to go in a shoebox on this date, or you can take away one of the pre-made boxes to fill over the next month, and return to the all-age service that will take place at the beginning of December. If you don’t feel you can fill a shoe box, please bring just one or a few items to go in a shoebox, which will be filled on your behalf.
Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the service!
Sunday 1st October, 10.00am, All age communion and Harvest Service at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire. Please bring a food donation, either canned/packaged foods which will be donated to the Food Bank in Lancaster, or fresh produce which will be donated to our local care homes Oakfield House and Stanley Lodge. In addition, you can find out all about Tree Aid – what is it? Come along and find out!
In addition, the church will be open from 2pm to 5pm on the same day, for cream teas, served by our lovely congregation.
The theme of this family worship was based on the scripture according to Matthew ch16, v21-28. This passage tells of Jesus beginning to speak of his own death, and he instructs his disciples – and all of us – to follow him. We looked at the theme of our own journey through life, and how the day to day choices we make influence whether we are truly following Christ. Everyone made a little crafted map foot, to hang from their car mirror, or wherever they wish, as a reminder to keep our personal journeys on track for Jesus.
We would love you to join us in worship and fellowship here at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire. Click here to find out about events at our church.
Men’s Breakfast is back!
Traditionally running on the first Saturday of each month, after our summer break the new season kicks off on Saturday 7th October.
Please join us at 8:30am in the Upper Room at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire.
We start with a delicious breakfast of bacon and sausage sandwiches with real coffee! Following that, each meeting we host a speaker on a range of fascinating topics.
If you are new to Men’s Breakfast, just come in through the main church door, up the aisle and turn left through the vestry, where the smell of bacon and coffee will guide you to us!
Future dates for this term are:
Saturday 4th November
Saturday 2nd December
Please do join all our menfolk, a warm welcome awaits you!
03 Summer 2017 Spotlight
The occasional news magazine of St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire.
Bishop Geoff’s final service took place at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire, on Sunday 30th July 2017.
The church was full of both regular congregation and those who had come especially to help give Geoff and Jean a good send off. The service was both poignant and emotional, and yet a wonderful celebration of their ministry with us at St. James and in the Diocese. It ended on a high note to the tune of “You’ll never walk alone”. After the service there was a meal in the Village Hall; everyone contributed food and it was a lovely time of sharing fellowship, memories and hopes for the future.
Geoff and Jean have been a constant source of inspiration and support both in their church ministry but also in their example of Christian living. There have been many times when we have had good cause to give thanks for their presence in our community and worship. All of us at St. James wish Geoff and Jean all the very best for a long and happy retirement together.
Bishop Geoff’s farewell service at Blackburn Cathedral took place on Saturday 15th July 2017 at 11.30am.
Geoff and Jean were of course the focus of the service, but a number of our congregation also travelled over to Blackburn in support and celebration of their ministry at St. James and the Diocese.
Jean commended the service, saying “it was a bit like being at your own funeral in an odd way – all the lovely accolades and stories about us, but actually being there to hear them, and of course, being around afterwards to thank people and be back on duty the following day!”
There will be an additional farewell service at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire, on Sunday 30th July at 10am, followed by a Jacob’s Join in the village hall.
Forton Field Day took place on Saturday 24th June 2017; the weather held off, everyone had fun, and it was a lovely afternoon. We said goodbye to our retiring Rose Queen, Hannah, and welcomed our new Rose Queen, Daisy. The following morning the new Queen and retinue attended the 10am service at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire, to bless them in their duties for the coming year. They all looked absolutely beautiful, and many thanks go to Mandy, Lindsey and Andie for arranging all the outfits.
Daisy’s lovely retinue is comprised of Maddie, Katie, Grace, Eva, Isabella, Katie and Faye. They will be taking part in lots of community events throughout the year, and we wish them all the best of luck, and best of weather!
Pentecost has arrived! We celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit in church, as well as welcoming two beautiful little girls, Holly and Ava, in to God’s family today!
Bishop of Blackburn, Rt. Rev. Julian Henderson, will be visiting St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire, for Family Communion at 10am on Sunday 11th June 2017. Come and join us for a great service!