Check here for the latest news from the Church of St. James the Great. You can find the latest pewsheet at the bottom of the page.

Please visit our What's On page to see what services and events are happening.

WEEK BEGINNING 14th April 2024 


We will have an all age service of the word on 14th April at St James' at 10.00 AM, it will be led by Steph Gregory and James Young

The link for the Church of England online service is below

Confirmation 2024

This year's Confirmation Service will be held on Tuesday 2nd July at 7 pm at St Katharine's Church Blackrod with Bishop Matthew.  Young people in Year 6 or above, or any adults who wish to be confirmed, should complete a booking form available in church and return by Sunday 5th May.  Anyone wishing to be confirmed should be regular attenders at our church services and be prepared to attend a short course.  Young people are asked to also attend our Team Youth Church called Ignite Youth.  Ignite Youth meets monthly on a Saturday evening at St John's Church Wingates at 7 pm - 8.30 pm.  The dates for the next two sessions are Saturday 20th April and Saturday 18th May.  If you need any more information, please speak to a member of the clergy team or a Church Warden.  I would really encourage any adults who are not currently taking communion to consider being confirmed, it is a really moving thing to do, and adult classes are separate to children’s ones, and look at faith and what it means to us as adult Christians.  

NW5 Wind Quartet

Dive into an evening of pure enchantment! Join us on April 26th for a captivating concert featuring the renowned NW5 Wind Quintet. Be swept away by the harmonious blend of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn. Immerse yourself in a repertoire that spans classical masterpieces to contemporary gems. Whether you're a seasoned music aficionado or just looking for an unforgettable experience, this event promises to delight the musical senses. 

Tickets ( £10 ) will be available on the door and from this link 

Front Cover Book Club

The book for this next month is The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam, meeting will be Thursday 2nd May 1.30pm - 2.30pm 

at St James vicarage 30 Lower Leigh Road.  See flyer below for more details

Tins and candles for Ukraine

Please can we save all our empty tin cans along with any half used candles or candles that you don’t want anymore,  as the Women of Ukraine are asking for these items so they can make them into night lights for use when there is no electricity.  As well as helping them we will be being eco -friendly as well !   

There is a box at the back of church, please help if you can. 

Plant Sale and Craft Fair

Our annual plant Sale and craft fair will be on Saturday 18th May 2024, if you are growing things, hope they are going well, if you can let us know what you are growing and how many that would be really useful, so we can plan what stalls and how many plants we may have.

APCM 2024

The APCM this year will be on Sunday 28th April 2024 after the service.  Please check your details on the Electoral Roll and make sure they are correct.  If you would like to apply to join the PCC we have two spare places vacant, please consider this important role in the management of the church, we need a wide range of talents to help us move forward to meet the needs of the community.  All Church Wardens and Deputy Church Wardens need to fill out an application form, if they wish to be re-elected and all PCC members need to fill in BOTH SIDES of the fit and proper persons form. 

St Bart's Organ Recital

Saturday 20th April 3:00pm – Ed Mc Hale is playing an organ recital as part of World Organ Day. It'll last about one hour and be followed by refreshments. Free entry but donations welcomed.


See flier below

2024 Team Retreat


Building on the great success of the retreat in 2022 and 2023, we have booked a weekend at the Foxhill Retreat Centre in Cheshire for 24th to 26th May 2024. Cost will be £190 per person for the whole weekend, or  £45 for just the Saturday (including lunch).  Most rooms are en-suite rooms all have private bathrooms.  Please contact Malcolm Wearing to book a place on the retreat for 2024.

Christian Aid Quiz – NEW DATE 27th April 2024

Unfortunately we have had to postpone the Quiz Night in aid of Christian Aid in February .The new date is Saturday  27th April at 7.30 at Daisy Hill Football. Hope everyone will be able to join us to support Christian Aid & have an enjoyable evening together.

Messy Church 

Messy church dates for the following year are set out below, please come along of you can, from 10.00 AM until 12.00 PM, with a light sandwich lunch at the end.

20 April 2024

29 June 2024

Childrens Society – Message from Graham Burrows


I am very pleased to report that we have been able to donate £275.84 following the Box Opening this August. Thank you to all who have supported this very worthy charity.

I have a number of spare boxes should anyone else wish to take one. Please contact me on 07811359569 if you do. The next Box Opening will be August 2024.

Also, a suggestion has been made that we invite someone with knowledge of the work that The Childrens’ Society do to take part in one of our Sunday morning services, possibly one of the “All Age Worship” services -  please keep your eyes open for this event!

Information about the work of The Children’s Society can be found on-line at :

TALKIN' TABLES - Conquering Loneliness one Table at a Time!

Another new group is opening, this time at St John's Wingates  The two events each week will be:

The group at St John’s Wingates is on a Wednesday from 10.30AM to 11.30 AM, starting next Wednesday (10th January).

The other group  meets every Tuesday from 10 am to 11 am at Thyme for Tea, 96 Church Street, Westhoughton BL5 3RZ.  

Everyone is welcome and it's free.  For more information, please visit

IGNITE YOUTH (The new name for Team Youth Church)

Young people from across the team in Year 6 and above are welcome to attend this event which is held monthly at St John's Church on a Saturday evening. Those children who are thinking about being Confirmed in the autumn this year are especially invited and strongly encouraged to come. (Ignite Youth meetings will form part of the preparation for Confirmation.)

If you would like to know more about IGNITE YOUTH or to book your place, please email

This Week's Pewsheet

14 Apr.pdf
May front cover.pdf
RCO IOD24-Word Poster A4-01.pdf
talkin tables.docx