St Matthew – New Hall Lane

St James – Knowsley St, Avenham

St Matthew’s Mission – Acregate Lane

The Parish of The Risen Lord offers 3 places of Church of England Christian worship in a large area of south-east Preston in Lancashire

LATEST NEWS (5.8.2020)

As you know, we’ve been running online daily prayers, a weekly Wednesday evening Cafe Church and a weekly 11am Sunday service since lockdown began in March. (You will find last Sunday’s service (2nd August) on Youtube here:

These services have been well received and an encouragement for those who have been able to link up with them. But, sadly, I know that hasn’t been possible for everyone.

One of the most exciting developments has been the arrival of Dan Freeman, our new curate. Dan, along with his wife, Geraldine and young children, Zoe & Luke arrived at the end of June and are settling in during these strange times in which we find ourselves. We have been looking for a suitable house in or near the parish for a year now but haven’t been successful, so at the moment they are living in Fulwood in what was the previous Archdeacon’s house. We are still hoping to find them somewhere closer – please pray that a suitable house will be found in the parish.

The PCC met on Sunday 26th July to determine if we should open our buildings for worship at the beginning of August or the beginning of September. The conclusion we reached was to open again from 6th September. 

However, at this stage we will not be able to open fully as before the lockdown. So, the plan is to open for a 10.30am service at St Matthew’s on 6th Sept and the following Sunday, 13th Sept we will meet at 10.30am at St James. 

Thereafter we will meet alternate Sundays in these two church buildings in the short to medium term, at least until the end of October. If we have to keep this pattern of services beyond October we will meet in Acregate Mission instead of St Matthew’s. This was something agreed last year by the PCC due to the low temperatures in church and the prohibitive expense of trying to heat the building.

Due to COVID-19, as current legislation stands, we will have to ask the following of you at our services:

  1. to give us your contact details on arrival (name and phone number)
  2. you cannot meet in groups to chat before and after the service
  3. you must wear a face mask
  4. there will be no singing
  5. there will be no refreshments
  6.  there will be no toilet facilities available


From 6th September we will also run an internet service at 5pm on a Sunday afternoon for those unable to make the 10.30am one. It will be found at the same Zoom link for our current services:


All the above plans will be dependent on what happens with Coronavirus infections, etc., in the future and any laws or advice coming from Government, National Church and Diocese.

As I mentioned earlier we currently have services on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening as well as daily morning prayer from Monday – Friday and we would be happy to pray for you and any particular needs and challenges you are facing at the moment. Please let me know how we can pray for you.

I hope you understand why we are doing things as I described and hope, as we were thinking about at Sunday’s service, that we will together learn to wait upon God in these uncertain times and know the hope that he holds out to us.

Psalm 27:13-14 

13 I remain confident of this
I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.


Welcome To Our Parish

We consist of 3 places of worship in South East Preston:
St Matthew’s Church, New Hall Lane
St James Church, Avenham
St Matthew’s Mission on Acregate Lane.

Each congregation is small in number, but large in welcome and enthusiasm. You are most welcome to join us, no matter your stage of life.

At each service we seek to worship God
as revealed to us in, and by, His Living Word, Jesus,
and to engage with God’s revelation
in his written Word,
the Bible.

Do have fun exploring our web site, contact us if you would like to know more about us, and do come and worship with us at one of our churches on Sunday morning.

Revd Canon Alistair McHaffie
Vicar, The Parish of the Risen Lord