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St. James' is a church that has prayer at its heart. God is very much consulted BEFORE we do anything!  The church members care about the community and about the things happening in people’s lives. Prayer is possibly THE most important activity of our lives. It is one of the main ways that we develop a relationship with our Father in heaven. In effect, it is talking and listening to God and getting to know him, and allowing him to share in every part of our lives.


At St. James', we meet together to pray for the work and witness of the church here in Stalmine.  We have a monthly cycle of prayer (see below) which includes every Street, Lane, Road and Close within the Parish. Of course, we have prayers during each service, which usually include prayers for the sick and needy, and those who have asked for prayer for whatever reason.  We have an emergency prayer chain, which provides immediate prayer through about fifteen people. We offer individual prayer after each Service.


Why do we do all this?   GOD CARES. WE CARE. Prayer makes a difference. We see time after time the results of answered prayer and our wonderful God never ceases to amaze us.  We are not a church which exists just for Sunday.  We are a church that loves God and loves his people. That includes everyone, church people or not.  You may feel that this talk of prayer is not for you, thank you very much.  You may feel that yes, there is something in it, but not for me just now.  You may be thinking, yes, I like the sound of this but don’t know what to do about it.  Of course we can pray in many different ways and places.  But it can be hard sometimes to start.  If you have something which you would like to say to God you may not know what to say or how to begin.  Sometimes it is easier if two people pray together.  Jesus tells us that if two or three come together in my name, there I am with them (Matthew 18.20).   Our prayer team members know God and have a living faith.  We all have training and prayer experience, and understand the need for confidentiality.  We consider it to be a great privilege to pray for, or with, somebody.  Would you like prayer?  Do you know someone who needs prayer?  Would you like to have a chat about prayer?


Here are two members of our prayer ministry team who would be pleased to hear from you:


Andrea Francis 01253 701123

Judith Kirkham 01253 702711



St James' Diary for Daily Prayer

Ist

THANKS : The created world and its peoples.

PRAY: The United Nations, the European Parliament.

COMMUNITY: Hall Gate Lane

 

2nd

THANKS : The worldwide Christian Church, Blackburn Diocese and its bishops.

PRAY: The Queen, her Prime Minister and Government.

COMMUNITY: Moss Side Lane, Lancaster Road

 

3rd

THANKS : Our own faith and those who taught it to us.

PRAY: All our Over Wyre Churches.

COMMUNITY: Cartgate, Cemetery Lane

 

4th

THANKS : Jesus’ birth, His humility and self-giving.

PRAY: Other denominations working in our community.

COMMUNITY: Back Lane (Preesall,) Monks Lane, Acres Lane

 

5th

THANKS : Jesus’ ministry, his gentleness and compassion.

PRAY: Our Deanery, the Area Dean, Chapter and Synod.

COMMUNITY: Park Lane.

 

6th

THANKS : Jesus’ death, His suffering and redeeming love.

PRAY: Those of other faiths and none.

COMMUNITY: Birch Grove, Malvern Ave


7th

THANKS : Jesus’ suffering and his redeeming love.

PRAY: Our priest Andy and Judith his wife. For all preachers, worship leaders and visiting clergy.

COMMUNITY: Occupation Lane

 

8th

THANKS : For the Kingship of Jesus, that he may be King of our lives.

PRAY: For our curate Dyllis and her husband John, for Nicola our reader and Andrea our PA.  For the baptism team.

COMMUNITY: Woodside Park Homes, Bradshaws Close

 

9th

THANKS : For the gifts of the Holy Spirit and for its fruit in our lives.

PRAY: Churchwardens, PCC, Vision Champions, Social & Communications Sub Committee.

COMMUNITY: Moss Edge Lane, Carr Close, Pennine Way

 

10th

THANKS : Our sins are forgiven, so we may forgive others.

PRAY: For the Sidespersons.

COMMUNITY: Wood View Lane, Sower Carr Lane

 

11th

THANKS : For the beauty of creation.

PRAY: All who maintain and beautify our church.  The Finance  & Facilities Sub Committee

COMMUNITY: Carr Lane, Brick House Lane

 

12th

THANKS : For opportunities to worship and serve. That we may use our God given-gifts.

PRAY: Our Organist, Choir and Music Group. The Worship & Liturgy Sub Committee.

COMMUNITY: Back Lane, Swilkin Lane, Ned’s Lane


13th

THANKS : For our families and friends.

PRAY: The Pilgrim Course, our hope for House Groups.

COMMUNITY:  The Heads Holiday Home Park

 

14th

THANKS : For those who support us in prayer.

PRAY: The Bible Study Group and our Prayer Chain.

COMMUNITY: The Sisters at Hyning

 

15th

THANKS : For our health and strength.

PRAY: Those with disabilities, for the sick and all who work to relieve suffering.

COMMUNITY: Brown Lane, Burrows Lane

 

16th

THANKS : For the beauty of our surroundings and the food and employment the land provides.

PRAY: For the farming community and our pets at home.

COMMUNITY: Smithy Lane, Foxfields, Birch Close

 

17th

THANKS : Our homes and security.

PRAY: Those who live in retirement or nursing homes, the housebound and those who care for them.

COMMUNITY: Carr End Lane

 

18th

THANKS : Our local community.

PRAY:  Local businesses, The Seven Stars P.H. Stables, Mane Attraction, the Post Office & McColls.

COMMUNITY: Fairway, Fellway


19th

THANKS : For our freedom and relative wealth.

PRAY: Prisoners, especially prisoners of conscience. Prison Chaplains. The poor and refugees. Blackpool Street Angels

COMMUNITY: Stalmine Country Park

 

20th

THANKS : The congregation of St. James Church

PRAY: Those recently baptised or confirmed. Those

preparing for confirmation.

COMMUNITY: Stalmine Hall Park

 

21st

THANKS : For the lives and examples of the saints,

especially St. James.

PRAY: For loved ones who have died and the bereaved. For funeral directors, crematorium and cemetery staff.

COMMUNITY: Head Dyke Lane, Burned House Lane

 

22nd

THANKS : Our schools and the church’s work in education.

PRAY: Children and teachers, especially at Stalmine C.P School, St. Aidan’s School & Moss Side Nursery.  Our hopes for a Sunday Group.

COMMUNITY: Moss House Lane

 

23rd

THANKS : Overseas Missionary Societies.

PRAY: The Mission and  Outreach Sub Committee, Church Army and all involved in evangelism.  Pray that we may witness to Christ in our community.

COMMUNITY: Union Lane., Hanley Close

 

24th

THANKS : For recreation and friendship.

PRAY: Wyre Villa F.C., the Bowling Clubs, the Village Hall Committee, the Parish Council and the Stalmine Residents Association; that these facilities and groups may be used to make strong links within our community.

COMMUNITY: Harwood Close

 

25th

THANKS : For God’s provision of all our needs.

PRAY: Our treasurers, for good stewardship and sacrificial giving.

COMMUNITY: Strickland Lane

 

26th

THANKS : For help and support available locally.

PRAY: The Women’s Institute, the Over 60’s Group. The unemployed and retired.

COMMUNITY: Grange Lane, Corcas Lane

 

27th

THANKS : For the privilege of serving Jesus.

PRAY: For the ministry of every church member. Pray that we may recognise each other’s gifts and talents.

COMMUNITY: Lynwood Drive, Sarah’s Fold

 

28th

THANKS : For those who give their time in the service of others.

PRAY: Charities and their volunteers, our Charities Sub Committee. Messy Church.

COMMUNITY: Hillside Drive

 

29th

THANKS : For the privilege of reading the Bible in our own language.

PRAY: All who translate and explain the Bible.

COMMUNITY: Douglas Avenue, Ash Lea Grove

 

30th

THANKS : For answered prayer.

PRAY: For the deepening of our spiritual life.

COMMUNITY: For those who have recently come to live in our community.

 

31st

THANKS : For Jesus.

PRAY: For renewal in the church, the fulfilment of God’s work through St. James’ and Vision 2026.

COMMUNITY: All who live and work outside our parish.

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