Clergy Vacancy
Vicar at St James the Great, Haydock

Article posted 14 Nov 2017
Applications are invited for the post of Vicar here at St James the Great, Haydock. The details may currently be found on the
Liverpool Diocesan Website
and on the
Church of England Website
The Parish Profile may be downloaded by clicking  H E R E 

Fr Tom Kennedy RIP
Article posted 13 Oct 2017
Please hold in prayer before the Lord, Father Tom Kennedy, formerly Parish Priest of English Martyrs at Haydock, who passed away on Thursday the 12th of October, aged 101 years

In accordance with Irish practice his funeral rites follow very quickly and are to take place at 11.30am on Sunday the 15th of October at St Andrew's Church in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin - he had retired to live in a nursing home there.

Father Tom was born on the 2nd of July 1916 and ordained priest in 1943: seventy four of his one hundred and one years were spent in the service of the Lord in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. It was only earlier this year that he retired as Parish Priest of English Martyrs parish in Haydock.

May the Lord now reward his long and loving service. May he rest in peace.


Organised by the members of our Walsingham Cell, this fund-raising event on
Saturday 15th July
was intended to support the ongoing work of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Around 45 people came to enjoy a full English breakfast and a full English chat, complete with bonhomie and repartee! The event raised upwards of £260 to support the work of the Shrine. Thanks to all who suppported this very enjoyable and worthwhile occasion.

Easter 2017

Christ is

He is Risen Indeed!

Services in
Holy Week

Article posted 9 April 2017


Article posted 1 March 2017

It's not about what you give up - more about what you take on! Will you come and join us? You'd be very welcome!

Burns Supper

Article posted 31 Jan 2017
Our celebration of the Great Bard took place on Friday 27th January this year, an evening enjoyed by all who attended. You can see photographs of this event by clicking < H E R E >
All the guests responded with enthusiasm to the procession of the Haggis, and the Laird of the Feast declaimed the famous "Ode to the Haggis" with panache and aplomb - exceedingly impressive, though for most of us totally incomprehensible! After Haggis and a drahm, what could be better than a bit of Scottish country dancing? Much merriment and laughter! And at the end of the evening, the generosity of the diners produced a record £805 to be donated to our Mission Link Diocese in Ghana! Our thanks to all who worked so hard to make possible this gala evening, and to all who supported the effort so generously.

Events during Advent
and the Christmass Season

Article posted 26 Nov 2016
For a century and a half the church of St James the Great, Haydock, has been celebrating Advent and the Christmass Season in a very traditional manner. We'd love to welcome you to any (or all!) of our services over this festive season. For details of what is happening over the next few weeks, please click  here 

A Choral Christmas
Article posted 10 Dec 2016
This was a splendid evening of celebratory music, enjoyed by all who attended. The programme may be found  here.  Our thanks to the Warrington Male Voice Choir for their generosity in supporting the church by putting on such a marvellous choral event, and our thanks to all who supported by their presence. A total of £776 was raised, and this will help pay for the urgently required conservation of the church's south wall.

At Santiago
Article posted 6 Oct 2016
Our Roving Reporters recently visited the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, and in one of the chapels encountered this statue of Our Lady of Walsingham - a reflection of England's Nazareth in one of the premier pilgrimage sites in Europe!

Walsingham Festival
Liverpool Cathedral

Article posted 12 Jul 2016

On Saturday 17th September was a Walsingham Festival at Liverpool Cathedral, from 10am to 4pm, with worship, workshops and activities for all age groups, centring on the theme of evangelism. A detailed programme is available by clicking  here.  The event was most successful and appreciated by all who attended. Our thanks go to the organisers for all their hard work.

Article posted 26 Jun 2016
Our prayers and best wishes go to Alec Parkinson and to all who were ordained Deacon today at Liverpool Cathedral - may God bless them in their future ministries.

Article posted 4 Jun 2016
You can find an up to date report about this project by clicking  here. 

Family Fun Day
Article posted 29 Apr 2016
A day for everybody's diary - this year our Annual Family Fun Day will be on:
Saturday16th July
Please make a note in your diary, and watch out for further details on the website.

Maundy Thursday
Article posted 25 Mar 2016
Maundy Thursday - a day when we remember Christ's command that we "love oneanother as I have loved you". The Communion service was most moving as we remembered the way Our Lord instituted the Sacrament of His body and blood as signs of the New Covenant, the reconciliation with God our Creator. The long, slow procession of the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose focused our minds upon the great love of God seen in the events of Good Friday. Our Vigil, in the presence of the Sacrament, was an opportunity to meditate on all that Jesus has done for us.

Holy Week and Easter
Article posted 12 Mar 2016
Do come and join us at any of the Services or events during Holy Week - you'd be very welcome! (if you click on the programme above then you'll see a clearer, bigger image which is much easier to read.)

Welcome to Lent
Article posted 10 Feb 2016
Do come and join us at any of the Services or events in our Lenten Programme - you'd be very welcome! (if you click on the programme above then you'll see a clearer, bigger image which is much easier to read.)

Panto 2016
Article posted 3 Jan 2016
Our thanks to Director Sue Korth and her courageous, distinguished and determined CAST for providing an occasion full of laughter and merriment! The Parish Centre was full and the audience LOVED IT!! Children of all ages went away with aching sides and hoarse with singing and shouting! To see some photographs of this remarkable event, please click  here.  It raised well over six hundred pounds towards essential repairs to our church building. Our thanks to all who worked to make this evening possible, and to all who supported us by their presence.

article posted 07 Nov 2015
Our timber-framed church building is again giving some cause for concern - this time it's the finding of wet rot in the timbers which hold up the wall of the South Aisle. Phil Peplow has issued a bulletin detailing what has occurred, and you can download this document by clicking  here.  There are some photographs of the wet rot and damage to the structural timbers  here.  Here also are some further pieces of information: a  Report  showing the extent of the problem, a  Repair Plan  and a  Quotation  which covers only part of the total work required.

Chez Curé
Friday 24th July

article posted 25th July 2015
Themed on "The Last Night of the Proms", this Chez Curé evening produced a bewilderment of red, white and blue constume and a real party spirit. We had a whale of a time! And the food was magnificent!
 Here  are some photographs of the event, which raised well over a thousand pounds towards essential repairs to our church building. Our thanks to all who worked to make this evening possible, and to all who supported us by their presence.

Tuesday 23rd June

article posted 5 Jun 2015
The Confirmation Service took place at 7.00pm on Tuesday 23rd June. Please continue to support the candidates with your prayers. We were happy to welcome Bishop Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Liverpool, who presided and preached on this most important occasion.

Holy Week and Easter
article posted 28 Mar 2015
Please click below to see a list of Services during Holy Week and on Easter Day:

Lent at St James'
article posted 28 Mar 2015
Lent at St James' is always a busy time - extra Eucharists, Stations of the Cross, Lent Study Groups. All these 'extra' activities are exercises to help us deepen our knowledge and appreciation of our Faith, and hopefully to prepare us afresh for a worthy celebration of Easter.
This year we had been asked to host the Deanery Lent Course for the Winwick Deanery. This was led by our Diocesan Theological Advisor the Revd Rod Garner, who is also Vicar of Holy Trinity, Southport. He was also at one time Vicar of St Thomas', Eccleston, so is familiar with our area. For full details of the Lent Programme, please click  here. 

From the Website Archive
article posted 6 Aug 2014
Here are some links to past website articles which may be of interest.

Article posted 14 Nov 2017
Organised by the members of our Walsingham Cell, this fund-raising event on Remembrance Day was in support of the ongoing work of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Around 45 people came to enjoy a full English breakfast and a full English chat, complete with bonhomie and repartee! The event raised upwards of £330 to support the work of the Shrine. Our thanks go to all who suppported this very enjoyable and worthwhile occasion.

MU Garden Party
22nd July
Article posted 25 July 2017
The afternoon sun shone on the Mothers' Union Summer Garden Party on Saturday 22nd July. The event was a huge success, with lots of friends and neighbours as well as church members sampling the delights of home baking. A most impressive
was raised for various charities.

Article posted 13 May 2017

Seder Meal
Wednesday 12th April

Article posted 13 Apr 2017

Holy Week
Article posted 9 Apr 2017

In Holy Week we spend some time thinking about Jesus and what he was willing to do to rescue us all.

As St John puts it; "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life"

You are welcome to come and join us at one of our services listed
< H E R E >

Lent Events
Article posted 1 Mar 2017
Full details may be found  here. 

Public Notice
Article posted 12 Dec 2016
We are applying for a Faculty to allow restoration work to take place on the south wall of the church. Full details may be found  here. 

Book Launch
Article posted 1 Dec 2016
Joanne Hurst is a member of St Peter's Church Newton-le-Willows and she has now launched her third children's book "The Inn Keeper's Daughter" - a useful idea for a Christmas present, perhaps? Details are  here. 

Chez Curé
Article posted 13 Nov 2016
It was the evening of Friday 11th November and the theme was
150th Anniversary
Chez Curé was a great success, with a number of participants dressed in Victorian-style finery. Janet was our excellent chanteuse, and our gratitude to the small legion of volunteer caterers who created a feast fit for Queen Victoria herself! Fr Rodney created the rôle of Mein Host with his customary aplomb, and a splendid evening was had by all. Overall, the event raised an impressive £1428 towards the cost of the South Wall Restoration Project. Our thanks to all who so generously supported this event.

Episcopal Oversight
Article posted 22 Aug 2016
After a careful period of consultation and discussion, the PCC met on the 8th June and resolved to present to the Bishop of Liverpool a Statement of Needs and Theological Conviction, with the request that appropriate ecclesiastical oversight be provided under the terms of the House of Bishops Declaration. Today Bishop Paul has acceded to that request, and invites Bishop Glyn Webster to provide appropriate oversight as requested. His letter to this effect may be downloaded by clicking  here. 

Mothers' Union Garden Party
Article posted 24 Jul 2016
On Saturday 23rd July the ladies of the Mothers' Union provided a most enjoyable Garden Party to raise funds for MU Projects. The sun shone, and the Vicarage Garden provided the venue. You can find some photographs of the event by clicking  here. 

Event at St Mark's North Road
Article posted 3 Jul 2016

Pimm's Night
Article posted 14 Jun 2016
Our Walsingham Cell mounted a Pimm's and Strawberries night after the Eucharist on this particular Tuesday. Well supported by members, parishoners and friends, this most enjoyable event (with of course strawberries, scones, strawberry conserve, and lashings of cream) proved to be a delight to all who attended. Our thanks go to those who worked so hard to bring this creative idea to fruition (sic!). Thanks also to all who supported this fund raising event - the evening raised a very useful £280!

PCC Meeting
Article posted 11 Jun 2016
The PCC met on Wednesday 8th June to consider a Resolution under the provisions of the House of Bishops' Declaration. After a detailed and positive discussion, which involved a good number of members of the congregation invited to be present as observers, the PCC passed the Resolution with 23 votes in favour.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Article posted 29 Apr 2016
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Wednesday 27th April was well attended as church members received the Annual Report and elected officers. Phil Peplow and Nancy Holloway were re-electd as Church Wardens, and three new Members of the Parochial Church Council were elected: Nancy Armson, Rita Brogan and Geoff Lightfoot. Our thanks were expressed to our Treasurer, Sue King, for her brilliantly comprehensible presentation of the accounts.
A major challenge for the next year was described - repairs to the timber framed wall of the South Aisle would cost an estimated £45,000 which will require substantial fund-raising efforts. Our campain will be under the tagline "Save our Sole" - it's the timber sole plate on which the structure rests which is rotten and will need replacing.
As we embark upon this, any help or support you feel you could give would be very much appreciated!

Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Article posted 21 Mar 2016
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is to take place on Wednesday 27th April at 7.30pm. This is an important meeting in the life of the church because at it we shall elect Church Wardens, Members of the Parochial Church Council, and Representatives to the Deanery Synod. Also we shall receive a Report of the life and witness of our Parish Church during the past year, and receive the Accounts. It's an opportunity to ask questions and to let your views be known.
If you wish to vote in the elections, you need to be registered on the Church Electoral Roll - a form to make application for this can be downloaded by clicking  here. 
There's a list of current members of the Parochial Church Council avaliable by clicking  here.  If you wish to nominate anyone for election to the PCC a form can be downloaded by clicking  here.  Please make a note of this meeting in your diaries and come if you can.

Chez Curé
Article posted 5 Mar 2016
They were heard to say "Never Again!" - but that was months ago and now - they've done it again! This time Chez Curé was a fully fledged Irish Night, replete with green, white and orange theming, tricoleur flags and shamrocks galore! Our thanks to Fr Rodney and his team of dedicated sous-chefs who created a feast to be proud of! Thanks also to everyone who pitched in and helped to make this an outstandingly enjoyable festive gathering. The objective was to raise much needed funds for our link diocese of Wiawso in Ghana, and the event succeeded to the tune of £1,370 at the last count! Thanks to all who supported us on the night, and whose generosity created this record amount! You can see some photographs taken at this event by clicking  here. 

The Kings
have Come!

Article posted 09 Jan 2016
From our Special Correspondents in Sitges near Barcelona comes this photograph of the Epiphany procession - Spanish style! Haydock next year?

Cycle Challenge

Article posted 29 Nov 2015
Many thanks to all who have sponsored the Vietnam Cycle-A-Difference challenge. Samuel Martlew and his fellow cyclists (thirty in all!) have now successfully completed their gruelling charity ride. Their efforts (and your support) will help equip a neo-natal facility at Da Nong hospital.
For more details please click  here.  This on-line facility will remain into the New Year, ready to accept donations in support of this very worthwhile cause.

October Devotion
Article posted 9 Sep 2015

The Society of Mary will hold the National October Devotion in the North West this year, here at St James the Great, Haydock. An informative poster is available  here.  If you could download the poster and display in church or on appropriate noticeboards we'd be graterul - we cordially invite all who would like to join us in this act of worship to come on the 10th October. Lunch will be available - details on the poster.

Family Fun Day
Saturday 20th June

Article posted 04 Jun 2015
Many thanks to all those who have helped by sponsoring today's event, among them:

  • Steve Caunce Ltd. - Environmental and Industrial                                    Drainage Specialists
  • Focus Building and Roofing Ltd.
  • ASDA Haydock
  • Costco Haydock
  • Eden Hair Salon, Haydock
  • AIMIA Foods Ltd, Haydock
  • Colours Restaurant, St Helens College
  • Mrs Joan Nicholls
  • Mothers Union, St James the Great

Jumble Sale
Saturday 28th March

Article posted 28 Mar 2015
Jennii and Sarah are greatful for your support for this Jumble Sale - it was in aid of two projects in which they have been invited to participate. Sarah has been chosen to represent our area at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in July, and Jennii has been chosen to work for a year in Walsingham at the Shrine of Our Lady as a member of the Year4God team. Our thanks to all who supported them and their fund-raising event, which realised over  £350 

Chez Curé
Friday 13th March

Article posted 14 Mar 2015
To choose Friday the 13th and then agree to cater for no fewer than seventy five people - they must be mad. But Fr Rodney and Fr Robin produced an Italian-themed evening of gustatorial temptations and delights. And this splendid evening of sociable enjoyment raised no less than £1,330 towards the cost of the new heating boilers in church. To see some photographs of the evening please click  here. 

Full English Breakfast
Saturday 28th February

Article posted 28 Feb 2015
On the last day of February, Members of our Walsingham Cell catered for around eighty hungry folk at breakfast! Full English Breakfast, in support of the Walsingham Shrine, England's Nazareth. This event was intended to raise funds for the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, to support the continuing work and ministry there. Specifically, we sought to support Jennii's working placement there as one of the Year4God team. Thanks to a lot of hard work and some excellent support, this event raised £475 for Jennii's Year4God placement and the ongoing work of the Shrine.

Lent Lunches
Every Friday

Article posted 22 Feb 2015
They've started! Lent Lunches are now under way, every Friday during Lent, starting at 12 noon and spreading friendship and home made soup until 1.30pm. Not to mention the scones! Come and experience the atmosphere! Our first Lunch raised nearly
to support some very good charitable causes.

Burns Night
23rd January

Article posted 23 Jan 2015
The Parish Centre was packed to capacity on Friday 23rd January 2015 for our very own Burns Night supper. Haggis (with bashed neaps and tatties) were consumed enthusiastically, or for the faint hearted Hot Pot was also served. The event lived up to its track record and was a splendid evening of frivolity and hilarity as we paid tribute to Scotland's famous poet, but it also raised upwards of
to support our fellow Anglicans in the diocese of Wiawso, our link diocese in Ghana. Our thanks to all who worked hard to make this excellent evening possible, and also to all who so generously supported the event. If you'd like to see photographs of this event, please click  here. 

Article posted 7 Dec 2014
Our Church Heating boiler (dated before the second World War) has now been replaced at last by a pair of modern high efficiency condensing boilers. The Heating Engineers, Wakefield and Wilson, have been absolutely splendid! In spite of the difficulties occasioned by the necessary asbestos removal, they have worked extremely hard to get heating in place for us in time for the Choral Concert on Friday 5th December. They have achieved what we all thought was the impossible! Our thanks to them for making it possible for us to give the Choir and the audience a warm welcome on the night. We'll be continuing our fund raising efforts during the coming year to cover the £33,000 costs of replacing the heating system, and would value your support.

On Friday 7th November a capacity crowd graced the Parish Centre in support of our link diocese of Wiawso. Gourmet dishes in the French style were the order of the day, and many of the guests chose to dress accordingly. Janet, our chanteureuse, favoured us with a rich selection of appropriate music (though it must be said that the standard of audience participation in La Marseillaise left much to be desired!) All present were very generous in their support for the evening, and the event raised a handsome £1,315 to help our fellow Anglicans in Wiawso. To see photographs and some more detail please click  here. 

Our Race Night on 17th October raised a remarkable £950 towards the church heating boiler replacement - to see photographs and some more detail please click  here. 

Year4God Challenge
Article posted 12 Sep 2014

On Sunday 7th September Jennii Shaw achieved the dreaded Ice Bucket Challenge at the church door after the 10am Eucharist. This was to raise money to support the "Year4God" scheme at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. For proof, please click  here. 

Synod Vote
Bishop of Beverley Letter

Article posted 17 Jul 2014

Following the recent Synod vote, the Bishop of Beverley has made avaliable a pastoral letter from the Council of Bishops, which you can find  here.  His immediate reflections on the outcome are also available on the See of Beverley website  here. 

Church Building
Timber Frame deterioration

article posted 14 July 2014
As you enter the church, you'll see some small yellow tags on the large wooden uprights each side of the door. Look more closely and you'll see that these main timbers are very visibly deteriorating - fairly costly repairs are needed soon. For more photographs and details, please click  here. 

Holy Well Pilgrimage
Saturday 12th July

Article posted 12 Jul 2014

The Holy Well at Thornton in Craven is not well known, but it dates back to Saxon times. On Saturday 12th July there was the Annual Pilgrimage to this site and a group of Walsingham Cell members went to support this pilgrimage.

A beautiful service in beautiful surroundings on a beautiful day! Skipton market was good too! For an account of the event and some photographs, please click  here. 

May Festival
Saturday 31st May

Article posted 2 Jun 2014

On Saturday 31st May we celebrated the Visitation by the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. It was the day of our May Festival, which was a most inspiring occasion. For an account of the event and some photographs, please click  here. 

SlimRod Campaign
article posted 21 Apr 2014

Fr Rodney had set himself a Lenten Challenge - to lose weight in a Sponsored Slim Campaign! On the First Sunday in Lent, he weighed in at over 16 stones (dressed in his customary ecclesiasticals)! He endured a public Weigh-in during the Eucharist on Easter Sunday - and had lost 15lb!!!
If you sponsored him, please contribute your agreed sum - we estimate that this sterling effort has raised over £500 to support our needy brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Wiawso, Ghana.

Annual Parochial Meeting
article posted 12 Apr 2014
The Annual Parochial Meeting was held on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 in the Parish Centre. We elected our Church Wardens, PCC, Deanery Synod Representatives and those holding the office of Sidesman. The Annual Report was carefully presented and unanimously accepted by the meeting. To see a copy of the Annual Report, which of course relates to the calendar year ending 31st December 2013, please click  here. 

Letter from America
article posted 30 Mar 2014
We recently had an email from a former chorister at St James' who is now in America - Peter Kenyon. He keeps informed about his old church via our website. To read about him, please click  here. 

SlimRod Campaign
article posted 30 Mar 2014

This is the target! Fr Rodney has set his own Lenten Challenge - to lose weight in a Sponsored Slim Campaign! On the First Sunday in Lent, he weighed in at over 16 stones (dressed in his customary ecclesiasticals)! Will you sponsor him to lose weight? Every penny raised will be donated to our link diocese of Wiawso in Ghana to support the ministry of Bishop Abraham and his colleagues. There are sponsorship forms at the back of church, so please be generous in your support - it's not too late to become a sponsor!

Full English Breakfast
article posted 2 Mar 2014

Quite a few people came to Breakfast on the morning of St David's day. From 9.30am onwards they enjoyed a hand-crafted Full English in friendly comfort! Breakfast was courtesey of our Walsingham Cell, and thanks to the generous support of all who came, the princely sum of
was raised to support the Cell and through it to support and encourage pilgrimages to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Our thanks to everyone who made this event possible. For more details please click  here. 

Ghana Night!
article posted 9 Feb 14

It was a splendid evening on the 21st January when we gathered to enjoy colourful Traveller's Tales as Fr Rodney and Fr Robin re-lived their epic journey to Ghana to meet Bishop Abraham Ackah and to be made Canons of the Cathedral Church of the Ascension in our link diocese of Wiawso.
It was the night of the Walsingham Cell Eucharist, and members of the cell provided sumptuous refreshments (cheese and biscuites, cake and wine!) to make the evening even nicer! The slides were stunning, and the narrative was highly entertaining (punctuated as it was with cheese and biscuites, cake and wine!) as well as informative The Cell ran its usual stalls and generated £69 which it was glad to donate to support our fellow Anglicans in Ghana.

Advent and Christmas
at St James'

Article posted 18 Nov 2017
We'd like to invite you to join us at St James the Great, Haydock, as we celebrate the real Christmas! There are lots of events during Advent, which is the time when we think about the various things which led up to the coming of Christ into the world. All the details of the Services are available in a convenient leaflet which you can download   H E R E .  

Article posted 7 Aug 2017
It wouldn't be the Church of England without the Notices! For convenience, these are printed and circulated each Sunday at the Services, and remain available for reference during the week. Now you can access these via this website - there's an entry in the Navigation Bar to the left of this page which you can click to see the notices. Or else you can click on the link below:
Notices from the Pew Sheet

Job Done!
Article posted 20 July 2017
The reconstruction of the South Wall is now complete! As you can see from the photograph, thewall is now conserved and is back to what it originally looked like. Rotten timber has been replaced, so the structure is save for another century! Our thanks to our expert and most considerate contractors, UK Restoration Services, who carried out the works in an exemplary fashion and with minimum mess. Thanks too to our QI Architect, Jennifer Chambers, Chambers Conservation Ltd of Chester - her expertise and supervision meant that the taks was completed with minimum disruption to a most interesting late Victorian timber-framed building. Our thanks go to the team of cleaners who kept the church spick and span during the reconstruction work. But especially our thanks go to the generous members of our congregation and other friends of the church, whose donations and fund-raising efforts have provided the necessary finance to allow this major but necessary piece of work to go forward. And of course, Deo Gracias!

The Fathers' Farewell
Article posted 13 May 2017

Thursday 4th May dawned bright and cheerful, with blue skies and hot sunshine - more like the Mediterranean coast than grey Haydock! But the cloud on everyone's horizon was the departure of Fr Rodney and Fr Robin for their new life in Spain. We wish them well, but we'll miss them both. We turned out in force to wave them off on their way, and many a quiet tear was shed! Some photographs of this historic occasion may be found by clicking
H E R E .

God so loved the world
Article posted 9 Apr 2017

Article posted 11 Feb 2017

Come and enjoy a good English Full Breakfast on Saturday Morning 25th February, here in the Parish Room. Good food, good company, and a unique feature - the Grand Vicarage Attic Sale! There'll be books, more books, and many treasures which have not seen the light of day for many a long year! Bring your friends and neighbours to this not-to-be-repeated event! Click  <HERE>  for a printable poster - let all the neighbours know!

Article posted 12 Jan 2017

What a hilariously enjoyable afternoon's entertainment! As ever, the Haydock Amateur Melodramatic Society obliged with a very local (and cheeky!) adaptation of Babes in the Wood, which was enjoyed by a capacity audience. Photographs are available  <HERE>  (oh yes they are!!)

150th Anniversary
Sunday 11th December

Article posted 12 Dec 2016

On Sunday 11th December the church of St James the Great, Haydock, celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a choral Eucharist in the evening. We welcomed Bishop Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, as preacher. Also we had invited many clergy who have had links with our church in the past to come and share this Anniversary service with us. The service began at 6.00pm with over 200 people attending, and it was a fitting tribute to 150 years of faithful service to the community of Haydock.

Fr Greenwell at the lych gate of the original church

Walsingham 2016
Article posted 13 Aug 2016

Walsingham was wreathed in sunshine when we arrived on Monday 8th August. As befits a pilgrimage, the journey was arduous - traffic queues caused many a grimace! But we arrived safely, and were thankful. You can see some photographs taken on the pilgrimage if you click  HERE.  Our thanks to Fr Rodney and Fr Robin, whose organisation skills and sheer hard work created a splendid pilgrimage!.

Family Fun Day
Article posted 17 Jul 2016

Sponsored by: Steve Caunce Ltd., Focus Building Ltd., Tiddlers, Bruce Hatton, Tesco, Anima Foods Ltd.

Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this event a success! In spite of soggy weather and competing local events, people came and stayed to enjoy the day. Thank you for coming - the Fun Day contributed over £2,000 towards the work of restoring the church building!

St Peter's Parr
Somme Memorial Services

Article posted 18 Jun 2016
Fighting at the World War One Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916 and lasted four and a half months. To mark the centenary, there will be services at St Peter's Parr on Thursday 30th June at 10.30am and 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend these services, which are registered with the Royal British Legion.

Race Night
Article posted 11 Jun 2016

The Parish Centre was full, everyone enjoyed the evening, and we are happy to say that £761 was raised to help
Save our Soleplate!
Our thanks to all who supported this event - in particular to Race Sponsors:
Bill and Gill Haydock
Frank Dooley, Funeral Directors
Haydock Funeral Services

S.o.S. Breakfast
Article posted 07 May 2016

Mercifully the thunderstorms forecast for Saturday 7th May did not materialise, so the S.o.S. Breakfast organised by the Walsingham Cell went ahead without a hitch and was very well supported. Our thanks to all who came to have a full English breakfast with us on that morning - the effort has raised £250 towards the necessary repairs
Save our Soleplate!

A Toast to Billy Corless
Article posted 29 Apr 2016
Billy Corless was held in high regard by all the Servers at St James' - a legend for correctness, a man of hugely high standards when it came to serving at the Altar, indomitable, strict, but respected by all. We were all saddened to learn of his passing on 28th April, and the following day at the traditional annual Servers' Night Out all present raised their glasses in a toast to this remarkable man.
May he rest in peace
and rise in glory.

Easter 2016
Article posted 10 Apr 2016
Here are some photographs of our celebrations in the days leading up to Easter Sunday 2016. From the Seder meal, through Good Friday to the great celebration of Easter itself, each year we focus on Christ's great love in enduring the cross, but also of his rising again from the dead, conquering death itself and bringing his unquenchable light to the world. You can see photographs taken during these services (kindly provided by Irene Jones) by clicking  here. 

Palm Sunday 2016
Article posted 22 Mar 2016
This year it was our turn to walk across the traffic-infested main road and visit our friends at Blessed English Martyrs. As ever, Father Tom's welcome was warm and unstinting. It was good to see him and to join with his congregation in a united act of worship on this great festival. Then we returned to St James' for our Eucharist service. You can see photographs of this festival procession (kindly provided by Irene Jones) by clicking  here. 

Mothering Sunday Presentation
Article posted 06 Mar 2016
Ellen Crompton has played a central role in making the church look beautiful for the past 58 years. She has been coordinating flower arranging for all that time, sourcing and ordering the best blooms, arranging the displays herself, and giving guidance to a team of willing helpers down through the years. Many a time her living room has been totally full of buckets of flowers as she cajoled them into opening just at the right time! To mark our gratitude to Ellen for so many years of unstinting service, a presentation was made at the Mothering Sunday main Eucharist. The applause rocked the rafters!

Burns Night

Article posted 23 Jan 2016
We celebrated Burns Night on Friday 22nd January this year, when over a hundred folk gathere in the Parish Centre to honour the Bard and to enjoy the delights of the table. Centrepiece was of course the Haggis, which was ceremoniously piped in by our piper for the evening, Rob Blackmore. Rob is Pipe Major of the Liverpool Clan Wallace Pipe band - you can find out more about them by clicking  here. 

The evening was a resounding success, with much hilarity and good humour (particularly during the Scottish country dance session which followed the Haggis Supper. Thanks to all the team who worked so hard to put on this splendid event, and thanks to all who attended and made the evening so enjoyable. We raised over £860 towards the work of the Anglican Church in Ghana - in particular our sister Diocese of Wiawso.

To see some photographs taken at this event, please click  here. 

Article posted 20 Dec 2015
We were grateful to the Cell members who worked hard to provide full English breakfasts for all who came - good to see the Parish Room decorated in fine festive style! Our thanks to all who supported this convivial event - it raised £400, as well as many a smile!

Our Christmas Fair was well supported on the day - it raised over £1300 which will help us achieve the essential repairs to the church building.

Article posted 23 Aug 2015
Our thanks to members of the Walsingham Cell, who cooked breakfast for all and sundry on Saturday morning. The kitchen was hot, but the event successful, and £363 was raised to support pilgrimage and the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Summer Prize Draw
Article posted 04 Jun 2015

May Festival
Saturday 2nd May

article posted 26 May 2015
The Lady Chapel was full on Saturday 2nd March when we held our May Festival. The event began with a Festival Eucharist at 11.30am, followed by lunch and then at 2.30pm the event was completed a service of Benediction. Please click  here  to download an informative poster, or  here  to see some photographs of the event.

Mothering Sunday
article posted 25 Mar 2015
Sunday 15th March 2015 was the fourth Sunday in Lent - Mothering Sunday. Traditionally on this day we give thanks to God for our Mothers, but also for Mother Church. The church family at St James the Great Haydock joined in a traditional act of worship which brought all the generations together amid a host of daffodils! Some photographs are avaliable  here. 

Deanery Lent Course
article posted 5 Mar 2015
This evening we welcomed Rev'd Rod Garner who presented the first of the Deanery Lent Course evenings. He spoke compellingly of Being Christian (his overall theme for the course) and of Being Spiritual in today's world. If you missed it, you missed a very thought-provoking and valuable event - make every effort to be there next week! Some photographs are avaliable  here. 

The Great British Shave-off!
article posted 22 Feb 2015
The Art of Extreme Fund-Raising! Bill and John have put their faces where their mouths are when it comes to raising money to pay for the new heating boilers! They did a sponsored shave, which raised well over
to help pay the bills! Here's the proof - click on the photographs to see the evidence in full!

This unbelieveable performance happened before a capacity audience - with much mirth and merriment! HAMS lived up to its name - the cast members gave their all to create a view of Haydock never before imagined - a psychadelic scenario defying description. The aim was to delight the audience and raise funds to meet the cost of our new heating boilers. Both objectives were soundly met, and the boiler fund benefitted by over
Our thanks to cast and organisers, and to all the folk who supported this event in such numbers! If you'd like to see a selection of photographs taken at this ground-breaking event, please click  here. 

More details are available  here.  We welcomed the internationally acclaimed Warrington Male Voice Choir to St James the Great Haydock on Friday 5th December. Their performance was excellent - a unique blend of choral pieces old and new - and it was enjoyed by a full audience. Thanks to outstanding work by our heating engineers, Wakefield and Wilson, the church was warm in time for the concert, which raised a total of £1,735 towards the mammoth task of paying for the new boilers. Our thanks to all who made this concert possible, and to everyone who supported the event.

We are delighted to say that our Cell Breakfast was a notable success, enjoyed by all. Our thanks to those who prepared and served the Full English Breakfasts, and to those who came and ate them - the event raises over £300 to support the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Christmas Music
article posted 20 Oct 2014
Friday 5th December is a date for your diaries - this amazing choir is back at St James the Great, Haydock, presenting an unparalleled programme of Christmas Music - especially for you! Be sure to come and join us on this special occasion.

Harvest Festival
article posted 15 Sep 2014
Harvest fruits
Sunday 14th September was kept as our Harvest Thanksgiving, and as is traditional we had a Harvest Supper in the evening. Raising money to support Christian Aid was the objective, which gave a good focus for all the feasting and jollification usually associated with these events. We'd like to thank all who worked hard to orchestrate this event, and all who were able to come and join the fun; as a result we can donate
to Christian Aid. If you'd like to see some event photographs (by Dennis Dawber) please click  here. 

Walsingham Pilgrimage 2014
article posted 19 Aug 2014
Walsingham Pilgrimage
Early on the 12th August we boarded the bus and went to Walsingham. Fifty nine pilgrims! We had a splendid time, as you can see from these  photographs.  Walsingham is a special place, and to worship at the Shrine church is a very moving experience. But in addition we had some good trips, and much hilarity as Brian brilliantly compèred the classic "Awards Ceremony" on the final evening. Altogether a very worthwhile pilgimage! Click on the photograph below to see the Haydock pilgrims.
Walsingham Pilgrimage

Lych Gate
article posted 8 Aug 2014
church Lych Gate
If you've walked past the church recently you'll have seen that things have been happening to the Lych Gate. It had been in need of repair for some time, and you'll be glad to know that repairs are now progressing. To read about this story of restoration and conservation, please click  here. 

Mothers' Union Garden Fundraiser
article posted 26 July 2014
On Saturday 26 July our Mothers' Union Branch held its annual Garden Fundraiser, this time in the Vicarage Garden. The sun shone, the weather was great, and more than £500 was raised for the MU Wheels Appeal - a great result and our thanks go to all who made the event possible! You can see some photographs of the Garden Fundraiser by clicking  here. 

Lady Chapel Carpet
article posted 16 July 2014
Our beautiful Lady Chapel had become potentially dangerous - the wear on the carpet was such as to be a trip hazard for clergy and those who serve at the altar. Thanks to the devoted fund-raising by our Monday Afternoon Ladies' Social group we were able to commission a new carpet, installation of which began on Monday 14th July. You can see some photographs of the problems with the carpet and of its renewal by clicking  here. 

Life after the Vote
article posted 12 Jul 2013
Following the final approval debate in Synod opening up the possibility of episcopal ministry to women, Bishop Glyn is keen to make himself available to reflect on the outcome (whichever way the vote goes). Therefore he has arranged three meetings immediately following the General Synod. The meeting nearest to Haydock is on Thursday 17 July at St Paul's, Royton, Oldham. We plan to attend that event, travelling on a car-sharing basis, and there will be a list at the back of church to sign if you wish to come. Mass will be at noon, followed by a time of reflections and questions. Hopefully this will finish by 2.30pm. The matters to be discussed could be important to us in our life and worship at St James', so it would be good if a number of us were to attend.

Chez Curé
4th July

article posted 5 Jul 2014
Sixty or so folk gathered on the evening of Independence Day to celebrate that independence of spirit which has marked the church of St James the Great throughout its history - and of course to echo a similar celebration on the other side of the Atlantic! As ever we enjoyed some excellent cuisine amid stars and stripes bunting and much hilarity. Our thanks to all who worked so hard to create this landmark event, which raised well over
towards the crushing cost of replacing the church heating boiler. Here are some of the unsung heroes:-
If you'd like to see more photographs taken at this successful event, please click  here. 

Band Concert
2nd May

article posted 3 May 2014
If you missed this event, you missed a treat! The Band has an outstanding track record and we were fortunate to have a performance in Haydock. And what a performance!
Truly magnificent!
We can't bring you the sound, but you can see photographs of the event by clicking   here. 
This event had been organised by the local Scouts to help send Sarah, one of their number, as a delegate to Japan for a major Scouting event there. Our thanks to all who organised and supported the event, which raised over £600 to that end.

Black & White Race Night
article posted 30 Mar 2014
The race night went with a swing! Some of our stalwart supporters were unable to be with us, but all who came enjoyed the an evening of entertainment the like of which is hard to find elsewhere! For an account of the evening, together with photographs, please click  here!  Overall the event raised nearly £400 for the Walsingham Cell, of which £50 was donated to our link diocese of Wiawso in Ghana.

Burns Night 2014
article posted 29 Jan 2014
Our Burns Night this year was a huge success, with over ninety folk crowding into the Parish Centre for feasting and Scottish dancing. We enjoyed a great evening and managed to raise £600 for our link diocese of Wiawso in Ghana. If you'd like to see some photographs of the event, please click  here.  Grateful thanks to all who worked so hard to make this event happen, and to all who supported by their participation.

Parish Room refurbishment
article posted 19 Jan 2014
The final costs for the Parish Room roof repairs and the subsequent refurbishment and redecoration are in. In round numbers the project has cost the church £29,000 - if you'd like to see the details please click  here.  To keep our church functioning in its community, this and other maintenance works on the building have to be paid for, so please continue to support our various fund-raising events!