The "Mother" church of the town of Haslingden, St James' is the most prominent building in the town. With a history going back to the 12th Century it provides a spectacular backdrop to the development of the community of Haslingden.
St James is an inclusive and welcoming community of Christians who seek to serve the local community and to maintain the worship of the Church. Some of the building's facilities were refurbished in 1999 to provide a large social/meeting space. The redevelopment also created a large exhibtion space at gallery level which hosts events at different times during the year.
The church has active social groups for men and women as well as a programme of events aimed at fostering positive relationships within the community and, occasionally, fundraising for good causes.
The two church schools, St James' Haslingden and St John's, Stonefold, are well integrated into church life and supported by the wider congregation through a variety of means.
St James' has a strong choral and organ musical tradition and a full ring of bells.