Altham Opening Times

St James’ is open every third Sunday through the summer months

between 2:00 – 4:00pm with a guided tour starting at 2:30pm

It is also open every Wednesday lunch time to look around or for quiet reflection

with a short service at around 1:10pm


Coming up at Altham

31st August

Concert by Haslingden Concert Band featuring popular music through the decades.

Tickets £10, with funds going towards the roof appeal.

15th September

Treasure Hunt (Adult and child versions)

From outside church from10:30am

onwards and returning for a BBQ

Confirmation classes will begin in September.

for those who would, by then be in Year 7 or above.

If your child would like to  attend please register your interest with the vicar

if you haven’t already done so.

Next Community lunch is Friday

26th July

 11:30am – 1:00pm.

Through the warmer months of the year lunches will be held once a month on the fourth Friday in each month and will feature cold food but still a warm welcome!

No charge, but if you are able to give a small donation towards costs that would be greatly appreciated.

Please note , there will;l NOT be a community Lunch in August

Purple Praise

At 1:00pm following on from the community lunch on every  fourth Friday in the month, we will have a short informal café style service and a brew.

        Ninth Sunday after Trinity

This service is live in church, but it will be streamed so if you are unable to attend you can view it online. Now most of the words will also appear when you view the service on line so it will be easier to follow the service.

First reading: 2: Samuel 11:1 – 15

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.But David remained in Jerusalem.

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home.The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”

So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.

10 David was told, “Uriah did not go home.” So he asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?”

11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents,[a] and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”

12 Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”


Second reading: John 6: 1 – 21

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother,spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks,and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Jesus Walks on the Water

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[b]they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water;and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.


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Older members of the Parish are invited for afternoon tea in

All Saints’ School,

On  Friday 19th July at 2:00pm.

Served by Year 6,

Please sign up at the back of church if you would like to go, spend time chatting to pupils and enjoying their singing

Thank you.

Confirmation classes will begin in September.

A short meeting will be held this Thursday 18th July at 6:00pm in All Saints’ Church

for those interested and their parents.

If you are unable to attend please register your interest with the vicar.

Church Ribchester Day

28th September


We are delighted that many people have already indicated their interest in coming on our church day to Ribchester. we will soon be putting out a list and asking for  firm commitments. The list will be at the back of church.

The day will be free, but a small donation per person accepted. There will be children’s activities, an input for adults, sandwich luch together, time to explore the village/ have an ice cream/ play at the park before we enjoy a 15 minute walk up to the beautiful Stydd Church for a short service.

Ordinations – Congratulations

Congratulations to Claire ordained Deacon and Peter ordained Priest at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 29th June;  very best wishes to you  both and our prayers go with you.


Revd Dr. Joe Kennedy

will be ordained and consecrated as Bishop in the church of God

On Friday 19th July at 11:00am

In York Minster.

This is a fantastic occasion when anyone can attend – but will need a ticket. Spaces may still be available on a free coach. Please speak to the vicar if you would like to go.

A group from St James’ Haslingden are walking to Whalley on Saturday 13th and are stopping off to eat sandwiches at Altham Church.

If anyone wishes to join them, they are meeting at 9:00am at Haslingden and expect to be at Altham about 12:45, leaving by 1:30pm to get to Whalley by about 4:00pm.

If you are interested, please ask the Vicar for further details.