9th August 2020

A Prayer at this time

Father God, the rainbow you created is a sign of hope at this time of uncertainty. Like its colours we pray that we, in all shades of difference, may come together as one family of faith to love and support each other through these times of anxiety and distress. Stay by our side and bring us safely to the beginning of each new day.  Amen.

Wearing of face masks

It is a mandatory requirement that face coverings be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

On Sunday, 21st June 2020 our church opened its doors again after 3 months in lockdown. As a sign of hope and renewal the sanctuary was adorned with a newly made felt cross, knitted rainbow hangings and a mixed media altar frontal. Rainbow coloured flowers set off the 'ensemble' perfectly. All courtesy of Debbie Hallam, Jeanette Holdsworth and Sheila Scott and to the Glory of God.

Online Worship this Sunday

9am Live from the Diocese of Blackburn is led this week by Bishop Jill. You can watch it at that time on Sunday via the Diocesan YouTube channel which is here

You can also join in with worship from Blackburn Cathedral from 9am on Sunday which can be viewed via the Cathedral website


This weekend we also have another video event (on Saturday) from our Mothers' Union celebrating their founder, Mary Sumner. The virtual Mary Sumner Day Service premieres at 2pm on August 8. More information and links.

News from the Diocesan Board of Education

  • There are two resources available for the Summer Holiday which parents might be glad of. One is ‘We’re all in this together’ - 6 sessions which use Bible truths to explore the concept of team. This is available to download now from our website and is free. 

  • The second resource is ‘You’ve got the power’, a 6 week holiday club for families to do with their children at home. There will be a small charge of £6 for this one but it comes with access to a brilliant Pinterest Board full of activities and ideas and some exclusive YouTube videos. When released, this will also be available to download from the resources area on our website. 

  • Please have a look at the Diocesan Board of Education website for other useful resources.

Please continue to support Burnley Food Bank at this important time...


PLEASE NOTE: All food donations can now also be left at the SPAR if easier.


Food bank donation point:-

Burnley Community Kitchen Unit 83 

Upper Market Square

Charter Walk Shopping Centre 


Cash donations to


During lockdown many people in the congregation have been pursuing creative activities. Christine Hewitson recently painted this wonderful picture of the Altar & Sanctuary and the one of our church.

St James Church is open at the usual times for worship. There is also a Worship at Home service sheet below for those who are still self isolating.

St James Church, Church St, Briercliffe, Burnley BB10 2HU

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