About Us

Our Mission Statement

To spread our faith in Jesus Christ in our locality and beyond by words and action.

St James’ mission statement empowers everyone at St James’ to demonstrate our committment to Jesus Christ in how we live our daily lives. To spread the Good News to all in everything that we say and do.

United Benefice



Under the Pastoral Scheme (1983) the Parishes of St. Stephen and St. James came in existence as United Benefice on 22nd March 2012, having Rev Arun John (the present Vicar) as its first incumbent. This scheme came into operation on 1st April 2012 with the consent of the then Bishop Nicholas, Bishop of Blackburn. St. James Vicarage is the residence of the incumbent of this new benefice.

St Stephen’s Church is located on St Stephen’s Road, Little Harwood, BB1 5NS

Churches Together

St James’ works closely with other Churches in the locality. We have regular services and social events together as a group of similar minded Churches.

The Churches involved are all within north Blackburn;

The Good Shepherd (Catholic)

Revidge Fold United Reformed

Lammack Methodist

Interfaith Forum

St James’ is an active church within the Blackburn Diocese Interfaith Forum.

The Interfaith Forum (formerly the Interfaith Council) was launched in December 1999 and since then has worked continuously to build stronger links between faith communities and to promote community cohesion and social inclusion within Blackburn with Darwen.

Since its inception, Interfaith Forum has become a trusted forum for exchange between the different faiths in the Borough.

What do we do?

The Interfaith Forum aims:

◾To work together to foster understanding and cooperation between the faith communities in Blackburn with Darwen

◾To increase understanding of the positive role that the faith communities can play in society

◾To improve the quality of life of local people by working together on agreed projects in order to demonstrate our commitment to working in partnership between people of different faiths.

More details on Blackburn Diocese Interfaith Forum can be found on the Diocesan website.