St Nicholas w St John and St Michael, Newchurch

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Founded in 1511, it is the oldest church in the Rossendale Valley. It was pulled down in 1561 and rebuilt in stone. The church was enlarged in 1753, and pulled down and rebuilt in 1826. In 1898 a Chancel and Sanctuary was added. It has listed 2* status.

It has a peal of 8 bells in working order, and a a team of bellringers, and some amazing glass - Herbert Bryans, Powell & Sons(Whitefriars), Percy Bacon, Mayer & Co -Munich and London.

All the oak woodwork is by Langshaws of Whalley. It has records going back to 1611. During its history it had some very wealthy patrons notably Lettice Jackson from the 16th Century and several Mill Owners, and Coal Owners from the 19th Century. The altar is dedicated to Edward Rostron - founder of the felt industry in Lancashire.

The organ is basically an early Harrison Organ [1864] when Harrison and Harrison of Durham, were based in Rochdale. It has not been played since 1973 when the church purchased an electronic organ - it can be renovated and is in reasonably good condition. At one time it was considered to be the best organ in Lancashire.It was enlarged by Abbot and Smith of Leeds in 1907.

The style of worship is Modern Catholic and major Saint Days are celebrated with an evening Eucharist. The reserved sacrament is to be found in the church and incense is used on Saint days.It owes its catholic liturgy to the Rev'd. Herbert Bury [1891-96] who went on to become the bishop of Honduras, and later the bishop of Northern and Central Europe. Over the years it has produced several priests and bishops, the most recent being bishop Jack Nichols of Sheffield [a former choir boy] who retired in 2008.

In 2011 it will celebrate 500 years of worship on this site with a series of special events which will include Archbishop John Sentamu presiding at a special service, a walking pigrimage to Whalley Abbey from which the church was founded, music and flower festivals.

The church has the tradition of installing a Boy Bishop and May Queen. The church has close links with its local Church of England Voluntary Controlled St Nicholas Primary School.

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Revd Penny King
The Rectory,
539 Newchurch Road,

(01706) 211122
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Sung Eucharist
Sung Eucharist with choir and sermon. Excellent Sunday School. Refreshments after the service.
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments


Film Club
Modern films and golden oldies on a large screen plus tea and sparkling conversation.
Every second Monday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Monday Club
A community based club for the retired of any age. A programme of events plus afternoon tea and sparling coversation and laughter.
Every second Monday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Flower Arranging
Expert tuition from exhibitionist and competition winner -Jane Giles. There is a charge for flowers used
Ten weekly sessions which break for school holidays. Next session starts mid September - see website calendar for start date.
Every Monday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours


Said Eucharist
A short quiet service of worship in one of the side chapels,according to the BCP. Refreshments after the service.
Every Wednesday at 10:15 AM for 35 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Bell Ringers
Learn to ring the bells. Expert tuition given for all ages.
Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours


Jolly Tots
A free monthly toddler group. Play, craft, stories, nursery rhymes and refreshments. A very relaxed caring atmosphere supported by 'grannies' from the church and retired infant school teachers. Children and carers are invited into church for a blessing at the end from the Vicar.
No meeting if it coincides with a school holiday period.
Every first Friday at 9:30 AM for 2 hours
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Become a Dementia Friend
An information and interactive event that will raise your understanding and awareness about dementia.
Thursday 16th November 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Become a Dementia Friend
An information and interactive event that will raise your understanding and awareness about dementia.
Saturday 18th November 2017 at 10:00 AM for ½ hour


Stained Glass

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Incumbent: The Revd Rodney BEVAN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 16106
Built: 1826
Style of worship: Modern Catholic
Our Patron: Bishop of Manchester
Archdeaconry: BOLTON (243)
Deanery: ROSSENDALE (24306)
Benefice: Newchurch (24/244D)
Parish Legal Name: Newchurch Saint Nicholas with Saint John (240374 )
CofE Church Info: (624374 24/374)
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This page was last updated on Monday 25th September 2017
St Nicholas w St John and St Michael : Church Lane, Newchurch, Lancashire, BB4 9EQ

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