All age service “Follow Me” 3rd Sept 2017

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 Autumn 2017!

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!

Farewell to Geoff and Jean – 30th July 2017

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 – 15th July 2017

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.

Welcome to our new Rose Queen Daisy – 25th June 2017

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 – Sunday 4th June 2017

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!


The Easter season continues at St. James – 23rd April 2017

Although Easter Sunday is now over, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection continues … please join us at 10am on the 2nd to 5th Sunday of the month for Holy Communion; Sunday School is available for children. On the 1st Sunday of the month there is a fun and lively all-age service. We would love to meet you!

Picture: returning from the Easter Day sunrise service on this  beautiful Sunday morning.


“Thy Kingdom Come” Global Wave of Prayer takes place from 25th May to the 4th June. As part of this event, St. James Church will be open every day. You can visit the church and enjoy it’s tranquil and quiet atmosphere as you pray. For more information on this event, click here.

We would also like to invite you to take part in our regular worship at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire, click here for details of service times.

Holy Week at St James Church – 14th April 2017

This Good Friday morning was our Focus on the Cross service; a reflective, thought provoking event followed by hot cross buns in the vestry. Join us at St. James Church, Shireshead, Forton, Lancashire, for our celebratory Easter service at 10am this Sunday, or, if you are an early riser, at 6.15am in the Church car park for a short walk up to St. Paul’s graveyard where an open air sunrise service will take place at 6.30am.