Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Accrington Saint James

Accrington St James


St James' Church was founded on this site in 1546. The present building dates back to 1763 but with some later additions.  There is a peal of 12 bells and these are still rung regularly. Sunday services are held every week, and a Food Bank and homeless drop-in operate during the week.  Civic services also take place here, including the annual Mayor-making service.  The area to the east of the church has now been turned into a memorial garden for the Accrington Pals. The building is in need of extensive renovation work. Much of the effort in the past went into supporting the 'new' churches in Accrington, and by the time they got round to thinking about a replacement building  the First World War intervened and it never got off the drawing board.

There are some Georgian pews still in the building, but the majority are Victorian pews, with the addition of late-Victorian choir stalls.  A short history of the building is available from the church or in the Accrington Library.

The parish of Accrington St James is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Blackburn’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

Get in touch

Revd Ian Enticott

St Paul's Vicarage Barnfield Street Accrington BB5 2AQ

Holy Communion

Every Sunday at 11 a.m. for 30m

Cannon Street

Common Worship Holy Communion.

Refreshments Common Worship Family Friendly Sunday School / Organised Children's Activities

Statement released noon 20th March 2020

20 Mar 2020, noon
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