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St James Church, Stalmine

Hello, and welcome to our website, and to
St. James'.  We are an Anglican parish church, situated in the Over Wyre village of Stalmine, about 8 miles north-east of Blackpool.  Our services are spirit-filled, often informal and always friendly, and visitors are always offered a warm welcome.

The Vicar for the five Over Wyre parishes is Father Andy Shaw, to whom enquiries should be directed.

Please see the "Church Activites - Calendar" tab for details of services and other events.  Also, see the "Prayer" tab for details of the monthly prayer diary.


In 2007, the church building was extended, and we now have much more space that includes a parish office, kitchen, toilets, larger meeting rooms and extra facilities for our young people. There is a crèche in church, a loop system, a good sound system and  a video projector screen. We are child- and wheelchair-friendly and have extra facilities for those with special needs, such as disabled toilets and ramps.  We have recently re-carpeted and redecorated the main meeting room, and provided it with new chairs, so it is looking really smart.

The village Post Office normally operates from the Parish Office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (apart from Bank Holidays.)

We hope you find this web site interesting and helpful, and enjoy learning more about our church and area.  Come and join us, you are most welcome.  (If, in your view, the web site could be improved, please let us know!)


With every blessing in the name of Jesus.

See Calendar Tab for details of services. 

The church building is open during the day for private prayer, as usual.  Parish churches in Hambleton, Preesall, Stalmine, and Pilling are open from 10.00 - 15.00.



As many of you may know, the parish has been without a Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) for some time now.  Mr Peter Swarbrick, volunteered recently to take this role on and I am very grateful to him for doing so and for the focus and energy he is applying to this task. The safeguarding of all people, especially children and vulnerable adults, is an important matter in all parishes and I hope that the knowledge that we now have an active PSO will be reassuring for you.  


Being new to the role, Peter will have a steep learning curve and, due to the extensive period the parish has had without someone in the role, there is a big initial workload while he gets the parish at the level of safeguarding assurance that the diocese expects and that we all should desire.


I hope that you will keep him in your prayers and give him any practical help he may need in this large and important task and that you will feel able to support any requests/demands he may need to make of you.


Thank you in anticipation.


Please keep yourselves safe and well.


Rev Andy Shaw 



Up to thirty people can attend a wedding and also the reception afterwards.

From June 21st HOPEFULLY all attendance restrictions will be lifted.

There is currently no change in the requirement for those attending to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.



Attendance will continue to be limited to thirty until June 21st.

Wakes are limited to:

Thirty people (May)

Again, hopefully, restrictions will be lifted after 21st June.  There is currently no change in the requirement for those attending to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.



Baptisms constitute an act of public worship and so the maximum number is that of the risk assessment for the church building.  Whilst they can take place, the content of the service will need to be adjusted slightly to reduce contact/risk.  For example:

- Only the priest and the parents may go to the font

- One of the parents will hold the child (if it's an infant) for the pouring of the water, rather than handing them to the priest

Bearing in mind, the rollout of vaccinations, the numbers allowed for after service celebrations, and other safety and practical considerations, there will be no baptisms booked for dates before the beginning of May and any existing bookings have been changed.

POST BAPTISM PARTIES are limited to:

Thirty people (May)

Again, hopefully restrictions will be lifted after 21st June.  There is currently no change in the requirement for those attending to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.



For Over Wyre, this will now take place on October 10th at 14.00 at St Oswald's.  The prep sessions for young people and the rehearsal for everyone will be on two Saturday afternoons in September.  Preparation for adults will be on ann individual, 1:1 basis.  Details will follow along with a request for people to assist with the preparation.


If you want to know more about any of these issues, please ring Fr. Andy on 01253 799895. 

Please see the Covid-19, Practical Help and SSRA tabs for further, up-to-date information.

Thank you, and may God bless you and keep you, your families and those you love, safe and well.