Christmas Services
article posted 16 Dec 2013

Click  here  for details of our Services over Christmas - do come and join us - you's be most welcome!

Burns Night
article posted 11 Dec 2013
You are cordially invited to our very own Burns Night on
Friday 24th January
at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. There'll be a choice of Haggis or Hotpot for your supper. Advance booking will be required so put the date in your diary now and look out for further details in the weekly notices in Church

Cinderella
article posted 4 Jan 2014
Had to be seen to be believed! The Haydock Amateur Melodramatic Society proudly presented this classic pantomime seen through the imaginative rainbow lens of steam radio! If you missed it, you can see pictures of this glamorous and breath-taking production - just click  here;  and be amazed!

Installation as Canons
article posted 22 Nov 2013
Monday 18th November 2013 was an important date for our parish and for our clergy. On that day, Fr Rodney and Fr Robin were installed as Canons in the Cathedral Church of the Ascension in our link diocese of Wiawso, in Ghana. They flew from Manchester Airport on Tuesday 12th November and spent ten days or so visiting Bishop Abraham Ackah and meeting some of his clergy. Good to hear that they arrived back in Haydock safe and sound on Thursday 21st November! Click  here  if you would like to see a copy of the Service which was used at their Installation.

News of the Parish Room Roof
article posted 31 Oct 2013
Halloween brings news of progress with the Parish Room roof project! Not only is the supporting blockwork in place, so at last the sagging roof sags no more - but also the small forest of timber recently delivered is now magically in place to support the new ceiling! The unsung heroes of the building trade have put in lots of effort and we are on track for the construction phase to be complete by the end of November. Click  here  for more photographs which bring the project history up to date.

Chez Curé
article posted 14 Oct 2013
The Chef had said; "Never Again!!" but had relented. To raise much-needed funds for Wiawso, our missionary link diocese in Ghana, he faced the near-intolerable heat of the kitchen to bring us an outstanding gourmet menu for our delectation and delight. On Friday 11th October fifty souls sat down to a splendid gourmet meal amid scenes of convivality, badinage and cameraderie. The all important
 Chez Curé Menu 
enjoyed by these fortunate folk is here. We can say that the evening was an unqualified success, raising over £870 for Bishop Abraham's needy diocese.

Barbecue - 30th August
article posted 1Sep 2013
The Barbecue on Friday 30th August was intended to raise funds for the church repairs and restoration. It was a great success, and raised over £500 for that worthy cause. Our thanks to all who organised and supported this very worthwhile event. For information about the ongoing work on the church building please click  here  and also see the following article about the Parish Room.

Parish Room closed
article posted 27 Aug 2013
For further information and some photographs of the roof problem, please click  here.  At a meeting on 27th August we learned that strengthening the existing rafters may not be practicable, and it may be necessary to install new purlins running along the length of the Parish Room. To see the Wardens' latest bulletin about the roof, please click  here. 

Mothers' Union
Summer Garden Tea
20th July 2013

article posted 29 Jul 2013
This year the Mothers' Union Summer Garden Tea was held in aid of the charity ‘Wheels Appeal’. Here are some photographs of that event.

Pilgrimage to Thornton
article posted 20 Jul 2013
On Saturday 13th July a bus load of folk from St James' joined with the parishioners of St Mary the Virgin, Thornton in Craven, for the Annual Pilgrimage to the adjacent historic Holy Well which has in recent years become a renewed focus for pilgrimage. If you'd like to see a brief account with some photographs, please click  here. 

Christmas Fair
article posted 7 Dec 2013
Something for all the family at our Christmas Fair, and a good numer of folk came and enjoyed it. Wreaths were popular as always, and Father Christmas was in much demand!

Ordinand on Placement
article posted 9 Nov 2013
Daniel Langdon-Griffiths is an ordinand studying at Cranmer Hall in Durham. He is to spend the next few weeks with us as part of his training, and we bid him welcome! For a brief introduction to Dan, please click  here. 

Race Night!
article posted 9 Nov 2013
Our family-friendly Race Night was a galloping success! Our Walsingham Cell mounted (!) this event to support the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham but also to generate some much needed funds for the Parish Room roof repairs. In the event, the punters were tremendously generous, and we had sponsorship from Haydock Funeral Services, S J Heating, and Alan Jones Funeral Directors. Overall the evening generated more than
£1,000
of which
£720
was allocated to help pay for the Parish Room roof repairs.
You can still see the poster by clicking  here  and if you missed this event (you missed a treat!) look out for the next one!

2013 Pilgrimage to Walsingham
article posted 25 Aug 2013
Our parish pilgrimage to Walsingham took place this year from 12th to 15th August. Cell members, together with friends from St James' and from other churches in St Helens and Liverpool, made up a pilgrimage party of nearly fifty souls. The weather was kind to us, and afterwards all agreed that it had been a really rewarding pilgrimage. We were able to make another substantial donation to the work of the Shrine - please click  here  for more details.

Choir Concert
article posted 9 Feb 2013
The Warrington Male Voice Choir gave a splendid performance here at St James the Great, Haydock.
Friday 8th February saw a good and enthusiastic audience crowd into the nave to hear a varied programme of choral pieces performed in champion style. With a vocal solo from Musical Director Russell Patterson and an organ solo from Anthony Whittaker, this concert was a huge success. Further details and some photographs may be found  here.  The church and congregtion at St James' wish to record their gratitude to the Warrington Choir for giving their expert services to help the church with its restoration programme. Overall the evening raised nearly £1,500 to that end. Our thanks to the Choir and to all who supported this event.

Christmas Fair
article posted 2 Dec 2012
On Saturday 1st December the community came to church when St James the Great holds its traditional Christmas Fair. It was a great family event, welcoming young and old alike.

The stalls were very varied, with something to tempt every visitor. And we were privileged because Father Christmas did find time at this frenetic period of the year to come and speak to the children - with presents of course! Our thanks to all who worked so hard to make this Fair possible - and our thanks to all who supported them. Thus far a record sum of £1,500 has been generated by this effort, to support the work of the church in this community.

Raising the Roof
article posted 23 Nov 2012
Raising the Roof
Since the roof was vandalised by the lead thieves in late summer 2011 the church community has put a lot of energy into fund-raising events to get the urgent repairs done. We are most grateful to everyone who supported these events, and to the parishoners who worked so hard to make them happen. We are grateful also to the many individuals who made donations to help fund the much-needed repairs and restoration work.
An overview of how much has been raised, together with how much money has been spent on repairs is available here.

Chez Cure
article posted 19 Nov 2012 Chez Cure
They did it! Our clergy, aided by a number of parishoners, achieved a great Gastronomic Extravaganza! The setting was sumptuous, the dishes were delectable, and the diners declared themselves enormously happy. The event was designed to raise much needed funds for the Anglican Diocese of Wiawso in Ghana, and the event raised nearly £900! Many thanks to all who gave their generous support to this enterprise.

Guild of St Raphael
Festival 2012

article posted 30 Oct 2012 Festival
This year the Guild of St Raphael held its National Festival at Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 27th October. There was a good representation from our own Branch of the Guild in the congregation to hear Fr Paul Nener give an excellent talk under the title "Do You Want to be Healed?" and to join in worship as the Bishop of Blackburn celebrated the Eucharist. For more details of this excellent day please click here.

Walsingham Pilgrimage 2012
article posted 25th August 2012 Presentation
We spent four days at the Shrine, combining worship with fellowship and fun! The weather was kind to us, which was a blessing. And on the Wednesday evening we were able to present Bishop Lindsay Urwin with a £1000 donation towards the rebuilding of St Augustine's, one of the buildings which makes up the College. St Augustines More details of the Appeal may be found on the Shrine website here. After that, the fun turned to hilarity, as the traditional Guild of Servers' Awards were presented. Brian Griffin was as usual quite brilliant in the role of Compere.
There was also plenty of time to worship and to absorb the sheer peace of the place. If you'd like to, you can see the Pilgrimage Programme by clicking [here].

Guild of St Raphael
Festival 2012

article posted 30 Oct 2012 Festival
This year the Guild of St Raphael held its National Festival at Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 27th October. There was a good representation from our own Branch of the Guild in the congregation to hear Fr Paul Nener give an excellent talk under the title "Do You Want to be Healed?" and to join in worship as the Bishop of Blackburn celebrated the Eucharist. For more details of this excellent day please click here.

Walsingham Pilgrimage 2012
article posted 25th August 2012 Presentation
We spent four days at the Shrine, combining worship with fellowship and fun! The weather was kind to us, which was a blessing. And on the Wednesday evening we were able to present Bishop Lindsay Urwin with a £1000 donation towards the rebuilding of St Augustine's, one of the buildings which makes up the College. St Augustines More details of the Appeal may be found on the Shrine website here. After that, the fun turned to hilarity, as the traditional Guild of Servers' Awards were presented. Brian Griffin was as usual quite brilliant in the role of Compere.
There was also plenty of time to worship and to absorb the sheer peace of the place. If you'd like to, you can see the Pilgrimage Programme by clicking [here].

Walking Day 2012
article posted 18th June 2012 WalkingDay2012
The weather forecast encouraged us to bring umbrellas, but in the event the afternoon of Sunday 17th June 2012 proved to be dry and fair. So the folk of two neighbouring churches in Haydock took to the streets in friendship to proclaim the faith we share. We stopped the traffic as Catholics and Anglicans walked together to the music of Valley Brass. For photographs of the event, please click [here]

Fr Ian Wynne
ordained Priest

article posted 10th June 2012
A year ago we welcomed Fr Ian Wynne to Haydock as Non- Stipendiary Curate. The members of the congregation at St James the Great took him to their hearts, so on Sunday 10th June 2012 the Yikkers were out in force to support him at Liverpool Cathedral as he was ordained Priest. We heard the retired Bishop of Sheffield admonish the ordinands that they were embarking on an impossible job, that of breaking down barriers and enabling people to see and respond to Jesus Christ. Undeterred, Fr Ian Wynne and the other candidates presented themselves to the Bishop of Liverpool and experienced the laying on of hands as they were made Priests in the church of God.
We hold Fr Ian in our thoughts and prayers as he embarks upon this new and demanding phase of his ministry, and we thank God for him.

Ladyewell Pilgrimage
article posted 2nd June 2012
The promised rain did not fall on Ladyewell on the Pilgrimage Afternoon, for which we were all truly thankful! It's good to see the house restored after the serious fire - the Chapel and the Reliquery are beautifully restored. Our thanks to Fr Tom and all the volunteers who work at the shrine for their very kind hospitality. For photographs of the event, please click [here]

Raise the Roof!

International Choir Concert
article posted 22 March 2012

Combined Choirs
Warrington Male Voice Choir joined forces with a visiting choir from Australia in a special event raising funds to repair our Church roof. The music was magnificent and the roof was duly raised! You can see a brief account of the evening by clicking [here]
To say that the Concert was a resounding success is an understatement! As well as being a splendid evening enjoyed by all it raised £3,347 - and this does not include sales and donations after the event. For all of this, and to all who worked so hard to make it happen, a very sincere “THANK YOU!”

Roof Damage
article posted 19 Aug 2011

During two months the roof of our church was seriously damaged by criminals who removed lead sheets and other metal fittings. They hoped to make a few pounds by selling these items on the scrap metal market, but they left in their wake a huge repair bill. Click [here]. for more details of the problem facing the church community.

Parish & School Partnership Award
article posted 13 July 2011
There is a long history here at St James' of close collaboration between church and school. Recently the Head Teacher and the clergy went through an exercise to document this collaboration. Together we secured the prestigeous Parish & School Partnership Award, which is shortly to be displayed in the church. To see the certificate please click [here].

Doctor of Souls
article posted 8 July 2011
On Sunday 3rd July we were delighted to welcome Fr Ian Wynne to the ministry team here at St James the Great, Haydock. He had been ordained deacon that morning in a service at Liverpool Cathedral, but as he embraces his new ministry Fr Ian will continue to practice as a GP in Newton. To see what the St Helens Reporter thought about this, please click [here].

Mary's Month
article posted 21 May 2011
The month of May is Mary’s month so on a chilly and cloudy (but thankfully dry) May Saturday (21st of the month) we held our Annual May Devotion. The day was particularly enlightening and thought-provoking in many ways. Click [here] to read about the day and see some photographs taken at the services.


Rosary Group
article posted 11 Aug 2013
Our Rosary Group meets each Thursday at 7.00pm in the Lady Chapel. On Thursday 8th August we were delighted to welcome Fr Aobokia who joined us as we meditated upon the Five Joyful Mysteries, led by Jenni Shaw.
Fr Aobokia has been ministering to our friends at English Martyrs whilst Fr Tom has been taking his customary annual holiday in Ireland. We wish Fr Aobokia God Speed as he returns to his theological studies in Rome. For more details of our Rosary Group programme please click  here.  Do come and join us - we'd be pleased to see you.

Walsingham Cell Breakfast
article posted 28 Jul 2013
It was a good day to hold an event, because the weather forecast promised heavy rain later. The Cell Breakfast was very successful and all who supported it enjoyed their start to the day. For a brief account with some photographs, please click  here. 

Icon Corner
article posted 22 Jul 2013
We are fortunate to have our Icon Corner in church as a focus for quiet prayer and reflection.  Here  is a brief account of the icons displayed there.

Ordination Anniversary
article posted 4 Jul 2013
The feast of St Thomas the Apostle and Martyr fell on Wednesday 3rd July and we commemorated him at our 9.30am Eucharist. But this was also the 30th Anniversary of two Ordinations. A brief account is available  here. 
We congratulate both Fr Rodney and Fr Robin on this special anniversary and wish them every blessing in their continued ministry here at St James'.

Platinum Ordination Anniversary
article posted 4 Jul 2013
On 3rd June 2013 Fr Tom celebrated seventy years of faithful service as a priest. And he still serves as priest at English Martyrs Catholic Church, Haydock. To mark this truly remarkable achievement the Archbishop of Liverpool came to Haydock to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee Mass. We join with our friends at English Martyrs to congratulate Fr Tom and to wish him every blessing for the future.

Family Fun Day
article posted 23 Jun 2013
The day started off wet and windy, but things improved and by lunch time we had sunshine. A great day was had by all who attended. There are some photographs of the event and a list of sponsors available by clicking  here.  Our thanks to all those members of the St James' congregation who worked so hard to make this day happen. Grateful thanks too to all our sponsors.

Bishop Abraham Ackah visit
article posted 15 May 2013
On Sunday 5th May we were delighted to welcome to Haydock the Rt Revd Abraham Ackah, Bishop of Wiawso in Ghana, together with his wife Mother Margaret. More details and photographs are to be found by clicking  here. 
The diocese of Wiawso was founded in 2004, very much as a missionary diocese. It is in a very poor part of the country with few natural resources and poor transport links with the rest of Ghana. Bishop Abraham has been a powerful champion for his diocese, mobilising support from the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Amongst other things he secured much needed medical equipment for the three anglican clinics in Wiawso - a brief report may be found  here. 
Bishop Abraham brought with him a gift of vestments woven in the traditional Ghanaian style, which was very much appreciated. As a church we were able to present the Bishop with a contribution of over £2,000 to support the building programme in his diocese.

The Grand Haydock Race Night
article posted 15 Apr 2013 Race Night Poster
On Friday 12th April 2013 we held our Grand Haydock Race Night. Not amid the grandeur of Haydock Park, but in the more homely confines of our Parish Centre. Photographs of this highly successful social occasion are available - to view them please click  here. 

Holy Week
article posted 24 Mar 2013
The season of Lent comes to its climax this week, as we trace in our minds the progress of Our Lord from the adulation of the crowds with their cries of "Hosanna!" to the grim realities of Golgotha. Then the darkness descends, only to be dispelled by the great explosion of joy at Easter. We encourage you to join with us at the various acts of worship listed  here.  Some photographs of our Palm Sunday service are available  here. 

Mothering Sunday
article posted 10 March 2013
Mothering Sunday this year fell on Sunday 10th March, and our main Eucharist provided a golden opportunity of thanking God for our mothers and all they mean to us. Some photographs of the service (courtesy of Irene Jones) are available  here  if you'd like to see them.

Lent
article posted 13 Feb 2013
Shrove Tuesday this year was on Tuesday 12th February when we said 'farewell' to our little luxuries because the morrow was Ash Wednesday and signaled the beginning of Lent. We seek to keep this time as a period of reflection, of study and of listening to God's directions concerning our own lives. Come to church and join us in the various services and activities during Lent, and make the season worthwhile for you! To see the programme for the Lenten Season, please click  here,  and don't forget the  Lent Lunches! 

Burns Night 2013
article posted 26 Jan 2013
Each year as the Christmas season ebbs away we celebrate the trenchant wisdom of a certain Scottish Bard. Haggis, bashed 'neaps and tatties were the order of the day on Friday 25th January, when seventy stalwart folk gathered in good spirits to celebrate philosophical heritage and good company.
A splendid evening was enjoyed by all, and the splendid sum of over £500 was raised to help support the diocese of Wiawso and to help with the restoration of our church. If you would like to see an account of the evening, please click   here.  

Fourth Sunday of Advent
article posted 23 Dec 2012
Traditionally the Fourth Sunday of Advent is a time when the church can reflect upon the crucial role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the fundamental message of the Gospel. Without a human mother, Our Lord could not have be both human and divine, so the Christian concept of salvation for mankind would not be feasible. Fr Ian Wynne enlarged upon this theme in his address at the Parish Eucharist, and very generously he has shared his text with us. If you'd like to read what he said, please click here.

Festival of the
Immaculate Conception

article posted 8 Dec 2012
On Saturday 8th December we hosted the Society of Mary's Festival of the Imaculate Conception. Around a hundred members and friends assembled for Solemn Mass at 12 noon, at which the preacher was Fr David Sutton, SSC. He pointed out the risks involved by the organisers in selecting a preacher for this occasion who has great sympathy for the Eastern Orthodox view of the Immaculate Conception, as distinct from the more dogmatic view of the Western Church. His sermon was most thought-provoking and contributed signally to our act of worship. He has kindly made available the text of his sermon - please click here to download a copy. After lunch there was a brief service of admission of new members, at which no fewer than ten members of our church were enrolled in the Society of Mary! The Rosary followed, using the Scripture Rosary form which our Rosary group uses each week. The Lady Chapel was full to overflowing because nearly seventy people stayed for this and for the service of Benediction which followed.
If you'd like to see some photographs of the event, please click  here. 
Thanks to all who worked so hard to welcome the Society and make this Festival such a successful event. With the modest surplus arising from the Hot Pot luncheon (we fed sixty six people in the Parish Room!) and sales from the craft stalls, we raised £200 for the Walsingham Cell and its suppport of the Shrine at Walsingham.

Tea Towels are here!
article posted 16 Nov 2012 Tea Towels
At last! The long-awaited church tea towels are here! Printed in either dark blue or black, these real Lancashire cotton towels would enhance any washing line. A real bargain at just £3.99 each. Available in church and at church events, all profits raised by the sale of these towels will go towards the repair and restoration of the church building. Buy one and help Raise the Roof!

Pride of St Helens Award
article posted 20 Oct 2012
Our contratulations to Gill Haydock, whose work behind the scenes keeps the Vestry at St James' functioning as it should. She recently won the Pride of St Helens 2012 Award for her dedicated work as a nurse in Whiston Hospital's Special Baby Care unit. At the presentation ceremony she was adament that she was accepting the award on behalf of the whole team and the families. "Everybody makes the Unit what it is", she declared. A picture of Gill holding the Award was featured in the St Helens Star newspaper.

Nativity of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

article posted 9 Sep 2012
At noon on Saturday 8th September we celebrated the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a Eucharist in the beautiful setting of our Lady Chapel here at St James' Haydock. Some of us were glad of the opportunity to sit down, having been cooking and serving full English breakfasts since 8 o'clock on that morning! That, together with the associated book sale and raffle, raised well over £300 for our Walsingham Cell. Our thanks go to all whose work made that possible, and to all the folk who supported the effort. The Cell is seeking to raise funds in support of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and to support pilgrimages to that Shrine. Please click [here] to see a copy of the poster which advertised this event.

Mothers' Union
Summer Garden Tea

article posted 21 July 2012
We held our annual Summer Garden Tea on Saturday 21st July this year. To read all about it (and see some photographs) please click [here].

Walsingham Cell Eucharist
and Fund Raiser

article posted 21 July 2012
Tuesday 17th July was the date of our monthly Eucharist, but on this occasion it was followed by a fund-raising event designed to help the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham with its current appeal. You can find more details by clicking [here].

Splendid Evening!
article posted 5th May 2012

Those who went elsewhere on Friday 4th May missed a treat! Our Family-Friendly Race Night in the Parish Centre at St James the Great was a great evening's entertainment.
It's not likely that you'll have been to a more enjoyable race evening (unless it was the one we held last year!). Punters brought their own picnics and settled down to enjoy the gripping spectacle of our frequently fantabulously fundamentally funny races.
This event was staged to raise funds for our Walsingham Cell. After a really enjoyable social night out, we had raised over £500 for that worthy cause. Our thanks to all who made this Race Night possible, and to all who supported us so generously. We gratefully record the support of Alan Jones Funeral Directors and of Haydock Funeral Services. Please click [here] for photographs and an account of the evening.

Walsingham Cell
article posted 5 May 2012
The Cell is a local group formed to support the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. We organise pilgrimages to Walsingham, usually during August, and we celebrate the major Marian festivals here at St James the Great, Haydock. Each Thursday evening at 7.00pm you'll find members of the cell and other friends saying the Rosary in church - you'd be welcome to join us if you'd like to.

Pilgrimage to Barcelona and Monserrat
article posted 10 October 2011

A most moving experience. Especially to see the "little brown one", the statue of Our Lady with the Christ Child enthrooned on her knee. The Roman Catholic administrators of the Shrine were enormously helpful and supportive of our pilgrimage, and allowed us the use of North Chapel, a beautiful nearly circular chapel immediately behind the image of Our Lady, to celebrate mass, which was the hight point of our Pilgrimage. Please click [here] if you would like to see an account of our journey (it's a 2MB download which may take a little time to download on a slow connection).

Wines from Around the World
article posted 20 October 2011
We were delighted with the support we recieved for our Wine Tasting on Friday 14th October at 7.30pm, which featured wines from around the world. The room was full, the wine proved popular, the sellers of raffle tickets persuasive. As a result this most enjoyable evening raised over £400 towards our roof rescue project. Sincere thanks to all who supported us.

Pilgrimage to Ladyewell
article posted 6 June 2011
On Saturday 4th June 2011 Anglicans from the North West converged on the ancient shrine of Ladyewell at Fernyhalgh near Preston. A group from St James the Great took part in the Pilgrimage. If you'd like to read about the day and see some photographs taken at the services, please click [here].

Ordination
article posted 30 June 2013
After some years of training, we were delighted to see Harry Wood ordained Deacon at Liverpool Cathedral on Sunday 30th June. You can see some photographs of the event  here. 
For some years a stalwart member of the congregation here at St James the Great, Fr Harry is serving his curacy at St Helens Parish church. We pray for God's blessing on him and his family as he embarks upon his new ministry.

Walking Day in Haydock
16th June 2013

article posted 18 June 2013
Together two church congregations walked in procession through Haydock to proclaim the faith we hold in common. It was an occasion marked by smiles and furled umbrellas! Our thanks to Irene Jones for recording what was a really joyful occasion. If you'd like to see her photographs, please click  here. 

School Achievement
article posted 4 June 2013
Congratulations to our school for achieving yet another award! This time it's the Governing Body which has secured the coveted Governor Mark award. This award recognises the high standard of professionalism which our Governors bring to their roles. Governors are all volunteers who give of their time, expertise and commitment to help Linda Speed and her staff provide the best possible education for all the pupils in the school. You can find out more about this prestigeous award by clicking  here. 

May Devotion
article posted 26 April 2013
The parish church of St James the Great, Haydock, hosts a very active Walsingham Cell. During the month of May it has been traditional since mediaeval times to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and to celebrate her pivotal role in the Christian Gospel.
On Saturday 18th May we held our May Devotion, with the Angelus, a Festival Eucharist with Solemn Procession, Lunch, then finally Benediction. We were happy to welcome friends from other churches who joined us in this act of worship. Sue Korth took some photographs of the occasion, which may be found by clicking  here, 

Society of Mary
Lenten Devotions

article posted 25 Feb 2013
On Saturday 16th February the Society of Mary in the North West was holding its Lenten Devotions, and decided to incorporate elements of the Healing Ministry within the service. Fr Rodney was the guest preacher and was able to explain the sacramental approach to this area of ministry. A good number of folk from St James the Great attended and helped with the Laying on of Hands.
Further details and some photographs may be found  here. 

Embrace the Middle East
article posted 17 Feb 2013
As part of its support for various charities and organisations, the church had made a donation to the charity now called "Embrace the Middle East" which assists the poor in that part of the world. This acknowledgement has been received.

Nativity of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

article posted 9 Sep 2012
At noon on Saturday 8th September we celebrated the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a Eucharist in the beautiful setting of our Lady Chapel here at St James' Haydock. Some of us were glad of the opportunity to sit down, having been cooking and serving full English breakfasts since 8 o'clock on that morning! That, together with the associated book sale and raffle, raised well over £300 for our Walsingham Cell. Our thanks go to all whose work made that possible, and to all the folk who supported the effort. The Cell is seeking to raise funds in support of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and to support pilgrimages to that Shrine. Please click [here] to see a copy of the poster which advertised this event.

Patronal Celebration!
article posted 27 July 2012
The statue of St James the Great looks down upon the communion rail, reminding us of the discipleship and courage of the apostle for whom our church is named. Many members of the congregation had already marked the saint's day by attending the service at 9.30am, but in the evening a goodly number of us gathered in the Lady Chapel for the Eucharist. We were delighted to welcome the musical talents of Ex Choro to enrich our worship, and also the down to earth wisdom of Fr Geoffrey who exhorted us to follow our patron saint's example. Fr Ian proved to be a most fitting celebrant for the occasion.
After the solemnity of the Mass the congregation repaired to the newly manicured cloistered garden of the Vicarage for some well-earned relaxation.

Mine Host presided at the Bar with practiced ease, and the rest of us enjoyed the pleasures of the table - which include as always a good chat!

A good time was had by all - and mercifully it did not rain!


May Devotion
article posted 20th May 2012
May is the month traditionally associated with the Virgin Mary and it offers opportunities to ponder her vital role in God's plan of salvation. Without her willingness to serve, the Incarnation of God in our Lord Jesus Christ would not have happened, and the Christian Gospel would have been stillborn. In her faithful obedience, she provides today's Christians with a good example to follow.
On Saturday 19th May this year we celebrated our May Devotions here at St James the Great, Haydock. The service began at 12 noon with the Angelus, followed by a celebration of the Eucharist at which the guest preacher was Fr Mark Nicholls. We enjoyed a splendid lunch - opportunity to have a chat and to make new friends - and the afternoon was rounded off by a service of Benediction.in the Lady Chapel.
If you were unable to come on this occasion, perhaps we might see you at one of our other events. You can download a poster giving details of this event by clicking [here]
It is a mere 88kB, so should download easily.

Burns Night Supper
article posted 2 February 2012
On Friday 27th. January 2012 we held our annual Burns Supper. In spite of a fierce throat infection, our doughty Laird presided at the feast and gave the traditional Ode to the Haggis.
Bearer of the Haggis
The Haggis Bearer

It was a sumptuous feast featuring bashed neaps and tatties, and we did indeed experience some (almost) Scottish dancing! Hilarious! And thanks to the generosity of all concerned, the event raised over £450 to help support our restoration and renovation programme.
For photographs and the full story, please click [here].