St James’ Church Haslingden

Welcome to the St James' Haslingden Church. Our worship is traditional & centred upon the Parish Eucharist to which everyone is welcome. and within which there is fellowship & friendship.

St James’ Church is the highest church above sea level in the country and has an imposing view over its parish of Haslingden, Rising Bridge and Grane. There has been a church on the site since the mid 13th century and throughout that time St James’ has played a key part in the life of the local community.

Today our worship is open to all and you will find a genuinely warm welcome here. Our services centre on the Eucharist but we also offer other styles and form of worship including quiet and reflective and services accompanied by our very fine Willis pipe organ. There’s a place, and something, for everyone at St James.

Worship is at the heart of all we do but we enjoy social and fundraising events as well as our work in our two church schools, in the town centre and as a support for anyone who needs it. We love to feed people and offer a lunch club every other Tuesday as well as other events during the year.
St James is rich with history and we welcome those researching the story of their family and other investigations.

Core Worship 

Our worship at St James’ centres on the Eucharist. In the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) we hear readings from the Bible, we pray and we share the bread and wine as Jesus taught his followers to at the Last Supper. The Eucharist is our core act of worship.

08.00 am : A quiet, said service, lasting about 30 minutes. 1st and 3rd Sundays
10.45 am : A service with music and a sermon included. There are activities for children in our Sunday School and we serve coffee and biscuits afterwards. This is a friendly service and there’s always someone to chat with and to help you join in.

10.00 am : A quiet service, lasting about 30 minutes. An oasis of peace and calm in the middle of the week

Friday Church – church on a Friday!
18.30 pm : This is a family service which lasts about an hour and includes songs, games, Bible stories, craft and activities. It’s informal and it’s fun!

Sitting in the shadow of St James’ Parish Church, our school is a big part of our life. As the Vicar of St James’ I’m delighted to also be part of the school community. The links between church and school go right back to the foundation of the first church school and continue in the present one. It’s a story and relationship which continues to flourish and develop each year as more and more children and their families come to see the St James’ family as encompassing both church and school.
Our school is a Christian community and how we work, teach, learn and nurture is rooted firmly in the Christian story – the story of Jesus. It’s a story in which every individual matters because we believe that all people are made in God’s own image. It’s a story that values difference and individuality, and it’s a story that encourages us all to be the very best we can be, reflecting how wonderfully God has made us.
As part of the St James’ community we are all part of a much bigger family, not just here but in the whole Church, throughout the world and throughout the ages. We are a community established in prayer and worship. God is at work in all parts of our school life and is with our school family members.
Our school and our church is one in which everyone is nurtured – children, families, staff and governors. We are hard at work here, and so is God.