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In one of the five mainly rural parishes of Over Wyre* , St Oswald’s, from its heart in its fine Austin-Paley building of 1899,  serves the villages of Preesall and Knott End-on-Sea (pop 5,884) with its Sunday, weekday, and occasional special services, but also takes its ministry out to two church schools, three nursing homes, and some 45 home communicants who receive every month  (our sea air does wonders for longevity!)  We are a welcoming and friendly church; we have superb community facilities in our recently extended church hall; we have a large car park; we have a traditional choir; and our youth and other organisations guarantee plenty of opportunities for young people and their families to worship and socialise in the protective atmosphere of a Child-Friendly Church.

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St Oswald's was originally built as a mission church of St James, Stalmine, to serve the two growing villages, and was granted its independence in 1934, when its curate, the Rev'd Joseph Holt, was translated to Vicar.  Joseph Holt retired in 1961, after 30 years' service to St Oswald's, but some members of our congregation remember him, and the historic links between our two churches, clergy and congregations have still not been entirely erased from memory.

*Local authority website:“Over Wyre covers an area that is too big to give definitive directions for”

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Rev'd Shaun Baldwin
St Oswald's Vicarage
Lancaster Road
Knott End-on-Sea
POULTON-LE-FYLDE
FY6 0DU
Tel: (01253) 810297 (Vicar in Plurality, Over Wyre parishes) or (01253) 790250 (curate: Rev'd Dawn Banks)
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The Dawn Eucharist - Whalley Abbey

We invite you to join us in this Locus Benedictus for prayer worship and teaching to soak up Whalley Abbeys beauty and silence and deepen your Christian discipleshipnbspEaster Day The Dawn EucharistnbspOn Sundaynbsp20th AprilnbspTo celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus ChristnbspCome well wrapped up starts in the ruinsnbspat 6am nbspFollowed by breakfast in St Marys Churchnbspnbsp

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Messy Church - Accrington St John the Evangelist

MESSY CHURCH to be held on Good Friday 18th April 2014nbspFrom 930amnbspAt the church of St John the Evangelist in AccringtonnbspFor more detailsnbspplease contact Helen Barrett on nbsp01254 232595nbspnbspnbspnbsp

Her Majesty The Queen visits Lancashire to present Maundy Money at Blackburn Cathedral

HERMAJESTY THE QUEEN has today presented Maundy Money at Lancashires AnglicanCathedral to men and women from across the CountyEveryyear the Monarch visits a UK cathedral or abbey to give out Maundy coins topeople aged 70 and over in recognition of their service to their community andchurchThisyears visit was the first time The Queen who by tradition is also the Duke ofLancaster has visited Blackburn Cathedral She was accompanied by His RoyalHighness The Duke of EdinburghBuckinghamPalace invited 88 men and 88 women from the Diocese in line with The Queensage this year to receive the special coinsTheDean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said today I am delighted that theCathedral was asked to host The Queen for the Maundy Service It has been a huge privilege as wellas a great responsibility on behalf of the bishop the Diocese and the Countyof LancashireThe Queen always enjoys the annualMaundy Service and I am certain she was doubly delighted at the fantasticwelcome she received from Lancastrians who turned out in great numbers to greether on the short journey from Blackburn Station to the CathedralThe event itself was conducted to theglory of God as Maundy Thursday is an important part of any Christianspreparation for Easter and I am aware that The Queen conducts her Maundyresponsibilities with great devotionThe visit was a wonderful experiencefor all involvedLancashiresBishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson who was appointed in October last yearadded It was wonderful to welcome Her Majesty to the Cathedral in my firstyear in the DioceseTheoccasion was an honour and privilege for Blackburn and for Lancashire TheCathedral looked magnificent for the service and was a credit to the town andthe CountyHer Majestysgift of Maundy Money to pensioners is symbolic The Money is given inrecognition of their service to others over the years and takes place on a daywhen Christians recall the servant ministry of Jesus as He washed the feet ofHis disciples emphasising the importance of service and humilityNormallypeople visit Her Majesty to receive honours so it is also symbolic that todayis the only occasion that The Queen travels to make an awardThe Royal party arrived atBlackburn Railway Station at 1045am and they were then driven slowly downChurch Street to the Cathedral for the historic servicenbsp In keeping withthe wishes of The Queen it was business as usual with very little disruption inthe townThat didnt stop thousandsof wellwishers lining the street however with Blackburn Market on the routefollowed by the Royal car bedecked with bunting and flags as manystallholders took time out from their work to join the other crowds to cheerHer MajestyAs the Royal car drew upoutside the Cathedral the Royal Standard was raised on top of the spire forthe first time ever and the Cathedral became the Chapel Royal for the dayInside the building anexpectant crowd stood as a magnificent fanfare echoed around the building andthe service beganThe combined Choirs ofBlackburn Cathedral and the Chapel Royal then led the congregation in singingthe hymn Praise to the holiest in the height as the processions beganThe Cathedral Processionwas followed by the Ecumenical Procession and then the Queens Processionwhich saw Her Majesty become the first ever reigning monarch to enterBlackburn Cathedral and finally The Royal Almonry ProcessionThe last of these includedThe Children of the Royal Almonry all drawn from Lancashire schools Theyoungsters are Scarlett Smith 7 from St Marys RC Primary School LanghoKimbarly De Sousa 10 fromnbsp St Annes RC Primary Blackburn JackDuerden 6 from Feniscowles Junior School and Lucas Woodhouse 8 from StMarys RC Primary OsbaldestonThe Almonry group alsoincluded the magnificently attired Yeoman of the Guard the bodyguard of theBritish Monarch and the oldest British military corps in existence The Yeomentook up positions all around the Cathedral each holding a Yeomanry standardAfter hymns were sungprayers said and Psalms sung by the Choirs The First Lesson was read by TheDean and this was then followed by the first distribution of Maundy Money torecipients on the south side of the CathedralThe Queen looked radiantin a cerisecoloured outfit as she made her way around the aisles to hand outthe Money stopping occasionally to speak to some of the recipients and leavinga long trail of happy smiles in her wakeThe Second Lesson was thenread by local MP and former Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Jack Straw beforethe second and final distribution of Maundy Money on the north side of theCathedralPrayers of thanksgivingwere then said after the distribution was complete and there followed astirring rendition of the National Anthem which in keeping with tradition hadthe second line Long live our noble Duke to recognise the Queens status asThe Duke of LancasterThe brief but memorableservice was then concluded by a series of retiring processions and the Queenand the Duke then posed for photographs outside the West Door with the Yeomansenior clergy and The Children of the Royal AlmonryIn keeping with Royal Maundytradition The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh then spent time with religiousand civic dignitaries at a reception followed by a civic lunch Both eventstook place at the Ewood ground of Blackburn Rovers Football ClubMeanwhile the recipientsof Maundy Money were the guests of honour at another civic event hosted byBlackburn with Darwen Council at nearby King Georges HallRonnie Semley17042014nbsp

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Diocese of Blackburn is now home to SIX new Parishes

The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese will be home to six parishes that previously sat under the Diocese of Bradford from this Easter weekendnbspThe parishes are set to move to the Lancashire Diocese as part of the changes to create a new superDiocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales consisting of the Dioceses of Bradford Ripon and Leeds and WakefieldnbspThe Blackburn Diocesan Synod met in April last year and having reviewed a report by the Dioceses Commission which recommended they should move into the Blackburn Diocese voted by a large majority to welcome Hurst Green Mitton Waddington Grindleton Bolton by Bowland and Gisburn nbspThe changes take effect officially from Easter Sunday April 20nbspThe following Sunday April 27 there is a welcoming service for the six parishes at Gisburn Parish Church at 630pm to which everyone is invited including of course all the members of the six transferring parishesnbspAt this service the Archdeacon of Craven The Venerable Paul Slater will symbolically hand over the parishes to the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley and they will then be welcomed into their new Diocese by Lancashires Bishop The Rt Rev Julian HendersonnbspThere will be two other occasions of welcome in the coming months the first being on Tuesday May 13 at Blackburn Cathedral at the Primary Visitation Service for parishes in the Whalley Accrington and Blackburn with Darwen Deaneries at which Bishop Julian will formally welcome the parishes and their clergy and churchwardensnbspThe second occasion is on Sunday June 8 Pentecost Sunday when there will be an informal celebration in the grounds of Whalley Abbey with a service at 3pm This is a specific welcome by the Deanery of Whalley to which the new parishes now belongnbspArchdeacon John Hawley said today I have had a very warm welcome by the clergy and Parochial Church Councils of each new parish over the last few weeks and months as I have visited them and supported them through the transition periodnbspThere is a real sense of anticipation and excitement in the area and we look forward to learning from them as rural parishes as well as being able to help resource them in their parish missionnbspnbspRonnie Semley16042014nbsp

Pensioners celebrate Queen's Maundy visit with Royal Tea Party!

Residents at a Blackburn care home are set to celebrate the Queens visit to the town this week by hosting a patriotic tea partynbspBlakewater Lodge is holding the special event on the day of the Royal visit Thursday April 17nbspIt comes as Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are set to visit Blackburn on Thursday to hand out Maundy Money at the regions Anglican Cathedral to men and women from across LancashirenbspEvery year the Monarch visits a UK cathedral or abbey to give out Maundy coins to people aged 70 and over in recognition of their service to their community and church nbspThis years visit will be the first time The Queen who by tradition is also the Duke of Lancaster has visited Blackburn Cathedral nbspBuckingham Palace will invite 88 men and 88 women from the Diocese in line with The Queens age this year to receive the special coinsnbspResidents at Blakewater Lodge will be treated to salmon and cucumber sandwiches and traditional English tea fayre The building will be decorated with bunting and flags and a tea dance will also take placenbspItems of interest on display will include artefacts from previous royal visitsnbspThe residents who are aged between 60 and 98 will be able to watch the Queens visit on the TV nbspJulie Bolan assistant coordinator at the home said Our residents are very interested in the Royal Family and really wanted to be involved in the Queens visit but many of them are unable to attend the event in personnbspWe thought a patriotic tea party would be fun and a great way for them to feel involved without having to worry about the weather or crowdsnbspMeanwhile in Blackburn Town Centre people are being invited to join other wellwishers to line the official route on the morning of the visitnbspHer Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip will be making their way by car to Blackburn Cathedral for the special private Maundy Thursday service from 1030am Photocall To celebrate the Queens visit photographers are invited to attend a Patriotic Tea Party at Blakewater Lodge from 4pm on Thursday April 17 nbspJulie Bolan will be the contact on the day available on 01254 665531nbspnbspRonnie Semley16042014nbsp

The Easter message by Lancashire's Bishop, Rt Rev Julian Henderson

It is fascinating to listen to adverts on the radio encouraging us in the way we might spend the Easter Weekend holiday nbspHave a good time relax enjoy being with the family go shopping go out for a meal do some useful DIY and get the garden looking cared for and full of colour nbspWhile I would not expect retailers to make mention of the reason for the holiday over Good Friday and Easter in their adverts it is interesting that we have come to a time when many will enjoy the benefit of the holiday without pausing to remember what brought it about in the first place nbspSo quite unashamedly let me ask two questions nbspWhy did a good person get betrayed by a friend for money allow Himself to be arrested face an unjust trial put up with torture and ridicule be sentenced to a cruel death when it was within His power to prevent it all nbspThe answer is that Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves and paid the price for our living independently of God so we didnt have to carry the consequences ourselves We all know there are consequences for our actions but rarely think that leaving God out of our lives has a consequence But it does and we need to respondnbspThe other question is is it reasonable to believe that Jesus rose from the dead There isnt time or space for a full answer except to say that those there at the time were convinced even those with a sceptical frame of mind nbspIf they were persuaded we have to take their evidence seriously nbspA very happy Easter weekend to you allnbspnbspRonnie Semley17042014nbspnbsp

Cathedral Dean's Delight at 'Biggest Ever Event'

The Maundy Service this Thursday is the biggest event Lancashires Anglican Cathedral has ever hosted according to The Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher ArmstrongnbspHer Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will be in attendance when Her Majesty hands out Maundy Money in Blackburn Cathedral to 176 recipients from across LancashirenbspThe all ticketed event takes place on April 17nbsp Although the Cathedral has been packed to capacity before the Royal presence the first time a reigning monarch has ever visited makes it the Cathedrals most significant event evernbspSpeaking to BBC Radio Lancashire this week The Dean said All Cathedral Deans hope to be in office when a Maundy Service is announced nbspIt is great for the Cathedral of course but also great for the town and the County and certainly the biggest ever event we have hostednbspThe Dean also paid tribute to everyone who has worked towards the big day saying Staff at the Cathedral and Diocese who support our events already work hard anyway but they have gone beyond the call of duty to make sure everything goes well this week nbspI want to take this opportunity to publicly thank them and to say they are doing a wonderful jobnbspSpeaking about the significance of the Maundy Service in the Christian calendar he added The service has its roots in the Bible specifically St Johns Gospel chapter 13 where John recounts Jesus humble action of washing the disciples feet as part of the preparation for the Passover FestivalnbspThe Queen coming to present Maundy Money rather than the recipients going to her reflects that humble action by Jesus and we look forward to welcoming Her Majesty and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh for the special servicenbspnbspRonnie Semley16042014nbsp

Chrism Eucharist at the Cathedral

As the Royal Maundy will be taking place in Blackburn Cathedral on Maundy Thursday the arrangements for the Chrism Eucharist will be a little different this yearnbspThe Diocesan Chrism Eucharist will be held in the Cathedral on Tuesday of Holy Week 15 April at 11amnbspThe Traditional Chrism Eucharist at which Bishop John will preside will be held on Monday of Holy Week 14 April at 11am venue TBCnbspnbsp

Meet the 'Children of the Royal Almonry'

FOUR children from primary schools in Lancashire have been chosen to take part in the Royal Maundy service at Blackburn Cathedral this Thursday April 17 in the presence of the Queen and the Duke of EdinburghnbspThey will be part of the procession and in accordance with tradition will each have a white towel wrapped around themnbspThe youngsters are Scarlett Smith 7 from St Marys RC Primary School Langho Kimbarly De Sousa 10 from St Annes RC Primary Blackburn Jack Duerden 6 from Feniscowles Junior School and Lucas Woodhouse 8 from St Marys RC Primary OsbaldestonnbspFormally they are known as Children of the Royal Almonry and until 1808 were actually pensioners But in that year the old men were pensioned off and replaced by childrennbspThe tradition of wearing linen towels over their clothing and tied at the waist signifies Christs act of washing the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper on the day before his crucifixion on Good FridaynbspThe Maundy Children receive a set of Maundy coins to mark their participation The linen towels were once retained by their wearers but since 1883 the same towels laundered each year have been usednbspThis years Maundy Children have already had one Maundy experience when they attended the traditional Maundy Lecture which takes place every year about a month before the main service nbspRecipients from all over Lancashire were present and the children were introduced at the event by The Lord High Almoner Rt Rev John Inge who also delivered the LecturenbspnbspRonnie Semley15042014nbsp

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Recipients of Maundy Money ready to meet Her Majesty the Queen this Maundy Thursday

There are just days to go until the Maundy Thursday visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness ThenbspDuke of Edinburgh which is set to spread a feelgood factor across LancashirenbspA total of 88 men and 88 women from the county are being honoured with Maundy MoneynbspThe Royal party is due to arrive at Blackburn Railway Station at approximately 1045am where they will be driven slowly up Church Street to the Cathedral for the historic servicenbspThe service itself is ticketed only but there will be opportunities on Church Street and nearby Darwen Street to view the Royal party as they arrivenbspFollowing the service the Queen and the Duke will then attend a reception and lunch at Blackburn Rovers Football ClubnbspThe Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which can be traced back to the fourth century and has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good FridaynbspLancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson who was appointed in October last year said today Normally people visit Her Majesty to receive honours so it is symbolic that this is the only occasion that The Queen travels to make an award nbspI am delighted for all the recipients from across the county and I am sure that it will be a wonderful experience for all involvednbspHer Majestys gift of Maundy Money to pensioners in the county in recognition of their service of others over the years takes place in a special service on a day when Christians recall the servant ministry of Jesus as He washed the feet of His disciples emphasising the importance of service and humility I hope we all count this occasion to be an honour and privilege for LancashirenbspThe Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong added I am confident that the Cathedral will conduct the event to the glory of God and to its usual standard of excellence and generositynbspThis event is being held at the regions Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn but it is an honour for the whole of Lancashire particularly as this is the first time in her long reign that Her Majesty has come to the Cathedral to present Maundy MoneynbspHer Majestys visit to the county for The Royal Maundy is also welcomed by The LordLieutenant of Lancashire The Lord Shuttleworth KCVO who is The Queens personal representative in the County nbspHe said There can be no more prestigious Royal Visit than that of Her Majesty The Queen on Maundy Thursday what a delight for us all that it will be to Lancashire for the Maundy Service in Blackburn Cathedral The people of Lancashire will give Her Majesty a marvellous welcome on this unique occasionnbspnbspRonnie Semley15042014nbsp

Tweet to say what #EasterMeans to you for Maundy!

The Church of England has announced its Easter twitter campaign EasterMeans which will run from Maundy Thursday April 17 until Easter Day April 20nbspThe campaign asks people to use the hashtag EasterMeans to share a personal meaning of Easter with pictures stories and messagesnbspThe Maundy Thursday service in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh this year taking place at Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire will play a role in the campaign as the service itself and the Christian significance behind it lies at the heart of what EasterMeansnbspThe Cathedral twitter account is already using the hashtag on many of its tweets about Maundy You can follow at bbcathedralnbspThe national CofE campaign follows the success of the Christmas campaign Christmasmeans which reached more than four million people between Christmas Eve and Christmas morningnbspTheologian and religious commentator vickybeeching said Im excited about the EasterMeans campaign it encourages Christians to give the world a window into their personal faith why Easter matters to them and how the events of Jesus death and resurrection have impacted their lifenbspSpeaking today The Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong added The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which can be traced back to the fourth century and has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good FridaynbspGiven the significance of the service in our marking of Easter every year I am pleased we are supporting this national CofE campaign by tweeting about what EasterMeans in the context of the Maundy Service and I would encourage others to do the samenbspRonnie Semley April 14 2014nbsp

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Holy Week - Walk of Witness

Churches Together in Central BlackburnnbspWelcome you to Holy WeeknbspCome and joint our Walk of Witness through Blackburn Town CentrenbspSaturday 12th AprilnbspMeet at the Cathedral at 1100am Finish at the Citadel for praise drinks and biscuitsnbspCelebrate with usnbspnbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

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Bishop Julian welcomes Measures that accommodate ALL views on Women Bishops

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has welcomed the accommodations in the New Legislation for Women Bishops for those who are against the proposalsnbspThe Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire recently voted in favour of the latest legislation from General Synod to allow women to become Bishops nbspAll Dioceses across England are currently voting separately on the new draft legislation to allow women to become Bishops It cannot receive the final approval of the Church of Englands General Synod unless it has first been approved by a majority of the diocesesnbspThat is why there was a specially convened Diocesan Synod in Blackburn town centre recently at which there was a passionate and thoughtful debate about the proposed changes to Canon Law to pave the way for the historic move nbspAt the close of proceedings there was a majority of 83 to 34 in favour with 3 abstentionsnbspSpeaking this week on BBC Radio Lancashire Rt Rev Julian Henderson who was appointed in October last year and voted for the proposals said I am delighted our Synod has taken this important step but recognise there are a significant number for whom this legislation is a step too farnbspHowever the present proposals for legislation which will come we trust to General Synod in July of this year will lead to the sort of arrangements locally in Dioceses where those who are against this development of women becoming Bishops will still be able to flourishnbspWhen proposals for women Bishops came before General Synod the first time in 2012 Bishop Julian who was then Archdeacon of Dorking in Surrey voted against the Measures precisely because he believed not enough consideration had been given to those who couldnt support the prospect of women BishopsnbspBishop Julian added Given my previous position I am heartened that we have now reached a point where the proposals look likely to be accepted while at the same time ensuring that those who in all conscience cannot accept women Bishops will not be marginalised and wont be pushed to the edge of the Church of England but will still have an honoured placenbspnbspRonnie Semley0042014nbsp

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Lancashire's Bishop promotes The Real Easter Egg

As Easter approaches Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson is asking people across the county to remember the real meaning of the season and to buy The Real Easter EggnbspOut of the 80 million Easter Eggs sold in the UK every year the Real Easter Egg is the only one which tells the Easter story gives money to charity and is Fairtrade nbspA cooperative in Bethlehem is making tens of thousands of olive wood crosses for a special edition of the Real Easter Egg this year It is the first time a cross has featured as part of a mainstream Easter gift nbspThe Special Edition Egg is one of three new designs available the other two being a sharing box with 20 smaller eggs and 20 Easter story booklets in the box and the blue boxed egg which comes with a 24 page Easter story book and some Chunky chocolate buttonsnbspThe Meaningful Chocolate Company came up with The Real Easter Egg in 2010 It was a real struggle as all the supermarkets turned it down at first So in December 2010 churches and schools across the country joined together to establish the egg by placing orders and making it a mail order hit To date more than 450000 eggs have been sold with 210000 sent through the post directly to churches and schoolsnbspThis year Traidcraft and a number of independent retailers are stocking all three eggs Tesco have the blue boxed egg and special edition Waitrose and Morrisons are stocking the blue boxed egg You can check which shops are stocking the egg or buy it at httpwwwrealeastereggcouknbspLancashires Bishop the Rt Rev Julian Henderson said It is very important that we look for opportunities to share the Easter story with those we love nbspThe new Real Easter Egg is a great way to do this while adhering to the principles of Fairtrade and charitable givingnbspnbspRonnie Semley09042014nbsp

Spirituality Programme - Whalley Abbey

We invite you to join us in this Locus Benedictus for prayer worship and teaching to soak up Whalley Abbeys beauty and silence and deepen your Christian discipleshipnbspEvenings in LentnbspTHE WAY I SEE ITnbspWednesday 9th April at 730pmnbspThe Venerable John HawleyArchdeacon of Blackburnnbsp

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Maundy Exhibition to open as Queen's visit draws nearer

To mark the visit of HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to Lancashire for Maundy Thursday the museum closest to the regions Anglican Cathedral is putting on a special exhibitionnbspBlackburn Museum and Art Gallery is displaying its collection of Maundy Money to coincide with the visit including some examples given out by our current Queen during the last few decades and some from Queen Victoria nbspThe oldest coin a Maundy penny is tiny but has the Lords prayer written on the back in full They were donated to the museum by members of the communitynbspThe exhibition will be open at the museum from Wednesday April 16 until Saturday April 19 from 12pm until 445pm nbspIt will also explain the tradition behind the giving of Maundy Money and what it represents nbspHer Majesty will be coming to Blackburn on Thursday April 17 to hand out Maundy Money at our Cathedral to men and women from across Lancashire Every year the Monarch visits a UK cathedral or abbey to give out Maundy coins to people aged 70 and over in recognition of their service to their community and churchnbspThis years visit will be the first time The Queen who by tradition is also the Duke of Lancaster has visited Blackburn Cathedral which is Lancashires Anglican Cathedral nbspShe will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Buckingham Palace will invite 88 men and 88 women from the Diocese in line with The Queens age this year to receive the special coins Maundy money is given in denominations of 1 2 3 and 4p nbspThe coins are always given just before Easter by the Queen or a representative of the monarchy nbspVinai Solanki Curatorof History from Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery said It is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the tradition of Maundy Money and the history of the coins in our borough These coins are not always on display so please come along and see them for yourselfnbspCanon Andrew Hindley from the Cathedral who is coordinating the planning for the Maundy Service said today I am delighted to hear that the museum is putting on this display for its visitors I shall certainly make some time to visit myselfnbspThis is another great example of the excellent partnership working between ourselves and the council All of our partners including the Council are really entering into the spirit of what will be a fabulous daynbspnbspRonnie Semley07042014nbsp

Cathedral welcomes community initiatives for Queen's visit

The Dean of Blackburn has today welcomed a massive community initiative in the town which has been inspired by the visit of HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh for Maundy Thursday 17 AprilnbspThe local council has led the coordination of a team of community volunteers who are pledging their support ahead of the Queens official visit by helping local businesses in and around the town centre to prepare nbspAs part of Blackburn with Darwen Councils Your Call campaign they will be on hand this Saturday April 12 to help with litter picking and will even offer to clean doors and fascias if needednbspThe Dean The Very Christopher Armstrong said today The visit of Her Majesty is an important one for the Cathedral the town and for the County as wellnbspIt is fabulous that the news of Her Majestys visit has inspired such a community initiative The Cathedral has always been at the heart of the town and it is heartwarming that an event at the Cathedral can inspire such activities involving so many local peoplenbspAnybody who wants to get involved is invited to join in the fun on the day and from 10am 2pm There will also be a host of mini events across the town for people to enjoy nbspKing William Street will be getting into the spirit of the Royal visit where there will be a marquee providing children with the opportunity to make their own Maundy Money from pottery with Alastair Nicholson and there will be a face painter and crafts stall where anybody can make their own bunting or regal flag nbspThere will also be a mini fun fair in in the town hall square and the chance to do some puppet making with local artist Kerris Casey St Pierre in the Blackburn is Open CentrenbspCouncillor Kate Hollern leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council said We feel extremely proud that our Cathedral was chosen for the Royal Maundy celebrations and in the run up to the official visit wanted to share that feeling of pride with an event that really brings the community togethernbspCanon Andrew Hindley who is coordinating the Cathedral preparations for the Maundy Thursday service added This is fantastic news for the town and as we gear up to the big day which draws ever closer we couldnt be more pleased at the way in which our partners in the town are working with us to ensure it will be a day to remember for Blackburn and LancashirenbspnbspRonnie Semley08042014nbsp

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Don't Forget Me - The Kairos Forum & L'Arche Community

We have an exciting and insightful day coming up on the 8th April which may of interest to members in the diocese nbspIt is called Dont Forget Me A Joint day of reflection and training with The Kairos Forum and LArche CommunitynbspThis unique event will highlight inclusive approaches to loss bereavement and spiritual support with People who have an Intellectual Disability We are really excited about bringing together Professor John Swinton and Dr Irene Tuffrey both international experts in this important and sensitive area of peoples lives nbspWe aim to enable participants to merge theory and practice so as to enable accompaniment as we Celebrate Life in the Face of Death nbspFor more detailed information pleasenbsp click herenbspnbspnbsp

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Voices of the Great War - Arkholme Parish Church

Sunday 6 April at 3pmnbspin Arkholme Parish ChurchnbspVOICES OF THE GREAT WARnbspwith Avril Newey and Christine BurnnbspPoetry by Wilfred Owen Philip Larkin Laurence Binyon Rupert Brooke Carol Ann Duffy and Avril NeweyMusic by Ralph Vaughan Williams and othersExtracts from prose writings and diariesMedwyn Parry and Norman Thorpe as special guests nbspThe opportunity to bring your own poems and readings on the theme and other reminiscences and memorabilia to read out show or display either as part of the programme or over refreshments afterwards nbspJoin us for this unique afternoon of readings and musicnbspin Arkholme Parish Churchnbspnbspnbsp

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Set aside some familymending time we all enjoy repairing things sometimes

End Hunger Fast

Fast today as part of the End Hunger Fast Campaign

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Twin your toilet there are schemes to twin toilets across the world

Church of England in Lancashire votes for women bishops

The Diocese of Blackburn has voted in favour of the latest legislation to allow women to become bishopsAt a specially convened Diocesan Synod in Blackburn town centre tonight there was a passionate and thoughtful debate about proposed changes to Canon Law to pave the way for the historic movenbspThere was also an opportunity to have more detailed discussions during breakout sessionsAll Houses then passed the motion which could not be altered or added to by a majority of 83 to 34 with 3 abstentionsVoting was as followsHouse of BishopsFor 2 Against 1 Abstaining 0House of ClergynbspFor 31 Against 19 Abstaining 2House of LaityFor 50 Against 14 Abstaining 1Back in 2011 the Diocesan Synod of Blackburn Diocese narrowly voted in favour of proposals for the introduction of women bishops into the Church of EnglandThe motion was carried in two of the three houses of the synod with support from the laity and clergy groupsThe House of Bishops voted three to one againstNationally all but two dioceses voted in favour of the legislation but at the final approval stage in the General Synod on November 20 2012 it narrowly failed to secure the requisite twothirds majorities in each of the Synods three HousesIn the 15 months which followed work was done to identify a new approach which would receive the necessary supportThe new draft legislation to allow women to become Bishops as with the old falls under Article 8 of the Constitution of the General Synod meaning that it cannot receive the final approval of the General Synod unless it has first been approved by the majority of the dioceses in the Church of EnglandThat is why Blackburn Diocese was voting tonight and other Dioceses will continue to do so until all have given their verdictIf a majority of diocesan synods approve the draft legislation it is intended for the General Synod to consider the legislation in July this year The Final Approval Stage at which twothirds majorities are required in each House would then take place at that timenbspIf passed the legislation would then go to Parliament for approval and could be in force before the end of the yearSpeaking tonight following the vote Lancashires Bishop The Rt Rev Julian Henderson who was appointed in October last year said I am delighted our Synod has taken this important step towards equality for women within the ChurchAs I have already stated publicly several times I am fully supportive of women clergy and I am looking forward to my first ordinations of women priests in June of this yearIt follows that I also support the introduction of women bishops and this vote today takes us evercloser to the moment when women will take their place alongside men as BishopsRonnie Semley April 3 2014

Diocesan Synod

Blackburn St Bartholomew EwoodMore information to follownbsp

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Blackburn's Sacred Heart Primary School set to become Anglican Academy

School move welcomed by Dioceses ofnbspSalford and BlackburnnbspA Catholic primary school in Blackburn is set to become an Anglican Academy under the direction of the Cidari Trust which is run by the Diocese of BlackburnnbspParents of children at the Sacred Heart RC Primary School Lynwood Road received a letter today from the Governors informing them of the newsnbspThe decision has been taken to make the move to Academy status to benefit the pupils who attend now and in the future Other ecumenical schools exist which are run jointly by Catholic and Anglican Dioceses but it is thought this may be the first time such a change in status from one denomination to the other has taken placenbspFalling numbers of Catholic pupils on the roll meant that Sacred Heart Primary School was no longer fulfilling its responsibility to its Trust Deed as a Roman Catholic school hence the Diocese of Salfords approach to the Diocese of Blackburn the Church of England in Lancashire which recently set up the Cidari Trust to manage Academy schools nbspNo such issues exist in relation to The Church of England schools however and the Diocese of Blackburn today welcomes the transition of the school into its family nbspFred Kershaw Deputy Director of Education said today The Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education has been working closely with Salford Diocese to identify ways in which through the mechanism of the Cidari Trust Sacred Heart could become an Academy nbspThis would also require a change of its religious designation to become a Church of England schoolnbspWe have also been in discussion with the Department for Education and the Secretary of State has agreed to the process taking place In addition both Dioceses have kept in close contact with Blackburn with Darwen CouncilnbspFollowing the Church of England ratification the Governors unanimously passed a resolution last Wednesday March 26 requesting an Academy Order from the Secretary of State which will allow the school to become an Academy under the sponsorship of CidarinbspSpeaking today Canon Anthony McBride from the Diocese of Salford said Salford Diocese anxious for the welfare of the pupils staff and whole school community and recognising the huge degree of confidence that the parents have for the school is delighted that the Cidari Trust will be the sponsoring body to now take the school forwardnbspGetting to this point has been a complicated process there was no blueprint but great willingness from Blackburn Diocese and its Cidari Trust the Salford Diocesan Trustees and the schools own governing body has ensured a successful conclusion to the ongoing discussions and the children will now continue to have the highest quality of education and carenbspnbspRonnie Semley03042014nbsp

Spirituality Programme - Whalley Abbey

We invite you to join us in this Locus Benedictus for prayer worship and teaching to soak up Whalley Abbeys beauty and silence and deepen your Christian discipleshipnbspEvenings in LentnbspTHE WAY I SEE ITnbspWednesday 2nd April at 730pmnbspThe Rt Rev Julian HendersonBishop of Blackburnnbsp

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Visit your localnature reserve to learn about your local environment

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Study one of thegospels and highlight every passage that refers to poverty justice and thenatural world

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Grow your own evena small window box or a few fruit bushes in the garden keeps us in touch withGods creation

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Go on the ChristianAid website and learn how much climate change is already harming poorcommunities

Good News Tour 2014 - Blackburn Cathedral

Christian Aid North WestnbspGood News Tour 2014nbspSaturday 29th March from 1000am to 12 noonat Blackburn CathedralnbspCome and find out all you need to know about Christian Aid Week 2014 Feel free to drop in or stay for the whole time there will be talks and activities and a chance to meet the North West Team and pick up ideas and resources to make the most of Christian Aid Week in your Church and area nbspWe look forward to seeing you at this eventnbspFor any further information please contact 01925 573769 or email warringtonchristianaidorg nbspnbsp

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Plan your own holiday preferably without flying Packages can be easy but wasteful

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Seal your bin for aweek to see how much rubbish you have inadvertently bought and how muchwaste you can actually reuse or recycle

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Start a journeylist so you do all the errands in one go saving time and carbon

Spirituality Programme - Whalley Abbey

We invite you to join us in this Locus Benedictus for prayer worship and teaching to soak up Whalley Abbeys beauty and silence and deepen your Christian discipleshipnbspEvenings in LentnbspTHE WAY I SEE ITnbspWednesday 26th March at 730pmnbspThe Rt Rev Geoff ParsonBishop of Lancaster

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Leyland

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp23rd26th March 2014nbspThis visit to Leyland Deanery follows a series of Deanery Days Bishop Julian Henderson held in 2013 shortly after he arrived in the Diocese nbspThe principal reason for this longer visit is so the Bishop can meet personally with every clergy member in the Diocese nbspWhile in the Deanery the Bishop will also have other engagements and further opportunities to meet with parishioners TBCnbspnbspRonnie Semley2422014nbsp

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Buy seasonal food save carbon and enjoy the rhythms of nature

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Leyland

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp23rd26th March 2014nbspThis visit to Leyland Deanery follows a series of Deanery Days Bishop Julian Henderson held in 2013 shortly after he arrived in the Diocese nbspThe principal reason for this longer visit is so the Bishop can meet personally with every clergy member in the Diocese nbspWhile in the Deanery the Bishop will also have other engagements and further opportunities to meet with parishioners TBCnbspnbspRonnie Semley2422014nbsp

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Buy recycled goods recycling only works if there is an outlet for the productsnbsp

Maundy Money recipients attend historic Maundy Lecture at Cathedral

Maundy Lecture for Recipients from across LancashirenbspThe sun shone brightly as Lancashire Recipients of Maundy Money arrived from every corner of the County on Saturday to listen to the traditional Maundy Lecture at Blackburn CathedralnbspThe event is held every year and takes place a few weeks before the big day Maundy Thursday which this year is April 17nbspMany of the 88 men and 88 women from Lancashire who have been nominated to receive the Maundy coins the number equalling the monarchs current age made the trip to the regions Anglican Cathedral together with family and friendsnbspHM The Queen is giving out Maundy Money in Lancashire for the first timenbspThe Maundy Service is run by The Royal Almonry an office of the Royal Household and the lecture was delivered by the Lord High Almoner currently the Bishop of Worcester Rt Rev John Inge nbspLancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson also attended the eventnbspAfter leading the large group who attended the lecture in prayers Bishop John Inge outlined the history of the service gave explanations of the symbolism that surrounds it and answered questionsnbspBishop John said It will be a wonderful and historic day and it is my privilege to talk to you about The Royal MaundynbspIt will be a day of great celebration of Christian service with Her Majesty being the model of leadership through service nbspIt will be very moving for you to receive this recognition Its a unique honour as unlike for other honours the Sovereign comes to younbspThe Bishop went on to describe how the act of the monarch giving Maundy Money is an act of humility reflecting Jesus act of humility in washing the feet of the disciples the day before Good FridaynbspThere were moments of humour from past services as well like the tale of one recipient who gave the Queen a jar of homemade marmalade in return for the Maundy MoneynbspFollowing the lecture by the Lord High Almoner Paul Leddington Wright secretary to the Almonry discussed the practicalities of the day itself with the recipients and Bishop Julian gave thanks for the lecturenbspHer Majesty The Queen will attend the Royal Maundy Service in Blackburn with HRH Duke of Edinburgh on April 17nbspAlthough the service is a private ticketed event there will be lots of opportunities for the wider community to get involvednbspThe Cathedral is working closely with the Council police and other local agencies as well as The Royal Almonry in London to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possiblenbspA full programme of Royal themed activities is planned with Blackburn with Darwen Council working with businesses and groups This will include family attractions on Maundy Thursday as part of the normal Easter programme of events nbspThe Royal party is due to arrive at Blackburn Railway Station at approximately 1045am where they will be driven slowly down Church Street to the Cathedral for the historic service Arrangements are being made to ensure anybody who wants to help welcome them can do this safely In keeping with the wishes of The Queen it will be business as usual with very little disruption in the townnbspFollowing the service in keeping with Royal Maundy tradition The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are due to spend time with religious and civic dignitaries at Blackburn Rovers Football Club Because the main focus of the day is the town centre there will be very limited opportunity to see The Queen herenbspCanon Andrew Hindley who is coordinating the Cathedral arrangements locally said The lecture was a happy occasion and everyone who attended learned a lot Meanwhile our preparations for the historic service itself are now moving in the final stages nbspThe music and hymns have been chosen and the cathedral is being made ready over the next few weeks I am delighted to say that the existing partnership between the Borough and the Cathedral has shone through in the way everyone has worked togethernbspCouncillor Kate Hollern leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council said We always work closely with the Cathedral and are happy to be helping them prepare for something so historic This is their special private occasion though are working hard to make sure anybody who wants to can share in the excitement of the Cathedral community and all the people receiving honoursnbspnbspRonnie Semley24032014nbspnbsp

Launch of Ecumenical Initiative for Pentecost

The environment groups of the Church of England in Lancashire and Cumbria are building up to an ecumenical celebration involving many partner organisations which will embrace all the communities in Morecambe BaynbspNinety faith communities and 60 schools around Morecambe Bay between Barrow and Fleetwood will be encouraged to host a meal open to people of all faiths or none sharing fish seafood and bread in a shoreside picnic school parish hall party or around a table at homenbspTimed for Pentecost Week from June 7 to 15 the buildup to Loaves and Fishes begins this weekend as breadmaking chain kicks off in the communities around Morecambe Bay from BarrowinFurness to FleetwoodnbspThe chain was started in the Anglican cathedrals of Blackburn and Carlisle Dioceses where the Deans The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and The Very Rev Mark Boyling blessed yeast and sourdough leaven or yeast at the Eucharists on March 23 nbspTaken home to coastal parishes the leaven will then be used for making bread then passed on to someone in the next village or town and so on all around the Bay nbspA special website will also be live soon to allow participants to post their own recipes for others to use nbspThe aim is to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy making and sharing good quality bread in time for the main event in Pentecost WeeknbspAnd local initiatives are already rising with the dough At Lancaster Priory for example the East meets West group will have Christian and Muslim women of faith learning together in the coming weeks about breadmaking and how good food can be part of healthy livingnbspSpeaking today Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said One of the loveliest stories in The Bibles accounts of what happened after the first Easter Day is of Jesus meeting with his disciples on the shore of Galilee and sharing bread and some of their catch of fish with him around the firenbspWe believe that the risen Jesus invites us all to experience his presence with us today as we eat together He also challenges us who receive so much from him to be generous in sharing with othersnbspCanon John Rodwell Chair of the Blackburn Diocese Environment Group said This is an opportunity for sharing our faith with others getting to know our neighbours and celebrating together our dependency on the gifts of creation for our nourishment and inspirationnbspWe want to welcome those who know little about the wildlife and culinary delights of the sea and shore who hesitate to cook and eat together or who cannot afford a decent mealnbspThe project will also provide an opportunity for fishing and seafood enterprises fishmongers bakers and local restaurants and cafes to promote their waresnbspAnd Bishops and other church leaders will bless freshlycaught fish and newlybaked bread in a grand picnic on Monday June 9 on Arnside Promenade CumbrianbspFor more on the Loaves and Fishes initiative please seenbsp this pagenbspFor enquiries about the detail of any of the above please contact John Rodwell on 07908 420058 or email him at johnrodwelltiscalicouk nbspnbspRonnie Semley24032014nbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Leyland

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp23rd26th March 2014nbspThis visit to Leyland Deanery follows a series of Deanery Days Bishop Julian Henderson held in 2013 shortly after he arrived in the Diocese nbspThe principal reason for this longer visit is so the Bishop can meet personally with every clergy member in the Diocese nbspWhile in the Deanery the Bishop will also have other engagements and further opportunities to meet with parishioners TBCnbspnbspRonnie Semley2422014nbsp

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Bishop's Deanery Visits - Leyland

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp23rd26th March 2014nbspThis visit to Leyland Deanery follows a series of Deanery Days Bishop Julian Henderson held in 2013 shortly after he arrived in the Diocese nbspThe principal reason for this longer visit is so the Bishop can meet personally with every clergy member in the Diocese nbspWhile in the Deanery the Bishop will also have other engagements and further opportunities to meet with parishioners TBCnbspnbspRonnie Semley2422014nbsp

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Hang out your washingon fine days and the Lord will dry it for free saving carbon and money

Children's Workers Conference - Blackburn The Redeemer

CHILDRENS MINISTRY CONFERENCEnbspSaturday 22nd March 2014nbspThe Redeemer Blackburnnbsp930 100pmnbspFor more information visit wwwbdeducationorgukchildrenor to register your interest please email childrenblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbsp

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Put reusableshopping bags permanently in your car or porch so you always have them whenshopping Put some money in a charity box for every plastic bag saved

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Have a Fairtradelocalproduce day support small farmers overseas and at home by using onlyFairtrade or local ingredients for a day or longer

Bishops crack the codes as new Directory is distributed

A TRIO of Bishops got together this week to mark the release of the latest Diocesan Directory for The Church of England in LancashirenbspThe Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn was joined by the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev John Goddard and the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson to review the new publication and try out a new innovation for this yearnbspFor as well as the full listings you would expect the new 2014 Directory contains QR code links for smartphones taking users to online resources including the Diocese website and online versions of the content contained in the Directory nbspThere is also a QR code link to the Dioceses new YouTube channel which has been running for a few months nbspFor the first time ever the Directory currently being distributed around the Diocese also contains a special foreword written by the Diocesan Bishop nbspBishop Julian who was inaugurated in October 2014 says This Directory provides an invaluable resource for better and more efficient communication within the Anglican family in Lancashire nbspThat sense of being a family and a team is crucial for our encouragement in the work of witness and evangelism to which as a church we have been called nbspFeeling isolated and alone in ministry will hamper our enthusiasm whereas a sense of belonging to the wider family of the Diocese will give us confidence and fellowshipnbspnbspRonnie Semley21032014nbsp

Parish of Ribbleton - Concert Series - A Concert of Three Halves

Celebrating 125 Years of the Anglican Church in RibbletonnbspThis year marks the 125th Anniversary of St Mary Magdalenes Church and what better way is there to mark this than with the parish of Ribbletons first ever Concert SeriesnbspPlease see attached detailsnbspnbspnbsp

Countdown begins with four weeks to Royal Maundy visit

The countdown has begun for the Maundy Thursday visit of Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh next month which looks set to spread a feelgood factor across LancashirenbspAlthough The Royal Maundy Service on April 17 at Blackburn Cathedral is a private ticketed event to honour 88 men and 88 women from the county there will be lots of opportunities for the wider community to get involvednbspThe Cathedral is working closely with the Council police and other local agencies as well as The Royal Almonry in London to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possiblenbspCommunity groups businesses schools and families are now being encouraged to help build the excitement ahead of the big day nbspA full programme of Royal themed activities is planned with Blackburn with Darwen Council working with businesses and groups This will include family attractions on Maundy Thursday as part of the normal Easter programme of events nbspThe Royal party is due to arrive at Blackburn Railway Station at approximately 1045am where they will be driven slowly down Church Street to the Cathedral for the historic service Arrangements are being made to ensure anybody who wants to help welcome them can do this safely In keeping with the wishes of The Queen it will be business as usual with very little disruption in the townnbspFollowing the service in keeping with Royal Maundy tradition The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are due to spend time with religious and civic dignitaries at Blackburn Rovers Football Club Because the main focus of the day is the town centre there will be very limited opportunity to see The Queen herenbspCanon Andrew Hindley who is coordinating the Cathedral arrangements locally said Our preparations for this historic service are now moving in the final stages nbspThe music and hymns have been chosen and the cathedral is being made ready over the next few weeks nbspThe service participants are now selected There have been many meetings and I am delighted to say that the existing partnership between the Borough and the Cathedral has shone through in the way everyone has worked togethernbspCouncillor Kate Hollern leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council said We are lucky to have The Queen coming to Blackburn Cathedral and happy to support on all the preparations for this special occasion Its also right that we put effort into making it as big a community celebration as possiblenbspIts going to be a happy and memorable day which will go down in history In true Blackburn spirit the community is stepping up to sure we have the town looking as good as possible for all the visitors nbspThe last time The Queen visited Blackburn it was to see the start of the regeneration works on Church Street its a happy coincidence that when she comes for the special service we have the next phases of the town centre transformation taking placenbspExcitement is building at the Cathedral itself as preparations continue There is a real buzz about the place according to Director of Music Samuel HudsonnbspMuch of the organisation in relation to the service operates likes clockwork having been done countless times over the years nbspThe main element that is different each time is the location so appropriate orientation meetings have taken place with key people to ensure a bespoke Maundy Service for Blackburn CathedralnbspSpeaking today Director of Music Samuel Hudson added For the majority of us who will be performing at the service this is our first Royal occasion and certainly the first involving HM The QueennbspFor that reason alone there is a real buzz about the place and everyone is really looking forward to the eventnbspIt is also an opportunity for us to collaborate with the Chapel Royal choir who will be represented on the day by 10 choristers and six mennbspWe are all in the midst of separate rehearsals of the music which has been chosen for the Service but it will be a special moment the day before Maundy Thursday when we all come together for the final rehearsalnbspnbspRonnie Semley20032014

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Launch of Summer Festival for the whole county

New YouTube video to launch event for churches and schools and anyone else in Lancashire who wants a weekend of summer funnbspThe Church of England in Lancashire today releases a new animated YouTube video to launch its plans for a massive Summer Festival as well as giving some details about the event itselfnbspThe Festival will be led by Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson who also features in the fun video available from today on the Dioceses YouTube Channel in which he issues a personal invitation to every community to attendnbspThousands are anticipated from churches and schools from Lancaster and Morecambe to Chorley and Leyland from Blackpool and Fleetwood to Blackburn and Burnley and all points in betweennbspClergy and headteachers across Lancashire are being actively encouraged to send their congregations and pupils to the festival which will take place on the weekend of June 21 and 22 at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St Annes They are being asked to show the video at services and assemblies in the coming weeks but the FREE event is also open to ANYONE who wants a great day out that will cost them nothingnbspActivities on day one Saturday begin around 10am and run throughout the day They include Messy Church exciting workshops and resources to equip people with the latest ideas for outreach a jazz band garden games clowns and worship and praise events There will also be a football cage bouncy castle rodeo sheep and a climbing wall for people of all ages to try and the whole day will finish with a rousing ceilidh in the eveningDay two Sunday then focusses on evangelism and begins in earnest in late afternoon nbspEveryone who attends on day two will be encouraged to bring their friends to hear more about the Christian faith and collectively join in an informal worship eventnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said It is important that we have fun and fellowship together as a church but also take every opportunity to introduce others to JesusnbspThis weekend will tick both those important boxes and I am looking forward to it immensely nbspThe senior clergy team is already working hard with Diocesan officers in the Boards of Finance and Education to make it the biggest and best event weve ever put onnbspArchdeacon John Hawley is in charge of logistical coordination for the event He said A planning evening took place recently in Preston and I was encouraged at the level of commitment shown by the many people from across the Diocese who attendednbspWe are particularly keen to ensure the event is well attended by young people from across the County and I know our schools and churches will be pulling out all the stops to ensure as many teenagers and younger children as possible are there for the weekendnbspIf you are in a church or school and dont already know about the event email summerfestivalblackburnanglicanorg and youll be sent information That email is also for any general queries from anyone who wants to find out more about the summer festivalnbspWith many young people anticipated to attend the Diocese is also hoping to create a real social media buzz before and during the weekend Any schools or parishes with youngsters who are interested in getting involved in this aspect of the event should also email the above address in the first instancenbspA full itinerary of the Summer Festival will be released nearer the time nbspIn the meantime Bishop Julian adds Keep the weekend free and I hope to see you therenbspnbspRonnie Semley20032014nbsp

Spirituality Programme - Whalley Abbey

We invite you to join us in this Locus Benedictus for prayer worship and teaching to soak up Whalley Abbeys beauty and silence and deepen your Christian discipleshipnbspEvenings in LentnbspTHE WAY I SEE ITnbspWednesday 19th March at 730pmnbspThe Venerable Michael EverittArchdeacon of Lancasternbsp

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Blackburn Cathedral welcomes £20m Budget Announcement

Blackburn Cathedral together with the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England this afternoon welcomes a twoyear 20m fund allocated in the Budget for urgent cathedral repairsnbspThe Cathedral confirmed today it will be applying for a share of the fund for important future worknbspSpeaking earlier The Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said We are really grateful to The Chancellor for this money set aside for Cathedrals but I would also like to think that the Chancellors statement is also an endorsement of the place which cathedrals play in the fabric of our culture both locally and nationallynbspCathedrals are a key part of forming the cultural identity of many of Englands cities and are powerful symbols of our shared history nbspBut they are not just icons of the past They are active community hubs and are at the centre of several urban regeneration plans including Blackburn Peterborough and Leicester which are all creating cathedral quartersnbspThe Church of Englands 42 cathedrals alone welcome over 11m visitors a year with only 6000 staff but over 15000 dedicated volunteers demonstrating how much cathedrals contribute to but also depend upon the communities around them Church of England Cathedrals generate annually at least 350 million for the economy nbspThis has been part of their historical resilience However despite this admirable support upkeep and restoration costs often fall disproportionately on these small dedicated local groups nbspAs a result the Church of England predicts a 87m repair funding shortfall over the next five years nbsp20m of grants will help meet the costs of urgent repairs to these great buildings and support local fundraising efforts by Church of England and Roman Catholic Cathedrals nbspCanon Andrew Hindley who is responsible for the Blackburn Cathedral Maintenance programme said This is such good news for cathedrals like ours which do not have historic monies to help with repairs nbspWe shall be applying for funds to repair the Transepts and Jesus Chapel stonework as soon as we have details of the fundnbspChair of the Association of English Cathedrals The Very Revd Vivienne Faull Dean of York added As Dean of one of the cathedrals which is eligible to apply to this fund I appreciate the incredible heritage of these internationally important places nbspHowever I am particularly happy to welcome this fund as it is about much more than just beautiful buildings Whether great or small cathedrals are part of the lifeblood of their towns and citiesnbspThey also bring in millions of visitors and millions of pounds a year right across England They are a source of community spirit and local pride They are part of the identity of EnglandnbspThe grant will be available over a two year period for Church of England and Roman Catholic Cathedrals in England nbspnbspRonnie Semley19032014nbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Chorley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp16th19th March 2014nbspThis visit to Chorley Deanery follows a series of Deanery Days Bishop Julian Henderson held in 2013 shortly after he arrived in the Diocese nbspThe principal reason for this longer visit is so the Bishop can meet personally with every clergy member in the Diocese nbspWhile in the Deanery the Bishop will also have other engagements and further opportunities to meet with parishioners TBCnbspnbspRonnie Semley2422014nbsp

The Estates we are on ... Conference for those ministering on Council or similar estates

This is your invitation to an event Together Lancashire isputting on at The Salvation Army Preston on Wednesday March 19th2014 from 1000 to 330 pmThe conference is about Christian Ministry and Engagement inparishes or circuits in Urban Priority Areas or where there are deprivednbspCouncil Social Housing Estatesnbspnbsp Our keynote speakerfacilitator will be Bishop LaurieGreen of the National Estates Churches Network nbspnbspWe hope to drawtogether church leaders church planters and community activists from acrossLancashire nbspnbspSome of them have already met together to shareexperiences and a number attended the conference Laurie and National EstatesChurches Network held in Manchester in October 2013We are planning for the day to be very interactive with lotsof workshop groups and sharing of stories leaving with a deeper understandingof how we can better support some of our most vulnerable communitiesBook tickets here if you want to secure a place and yourfree lunchhttpswwweventbritecouketheestateweareontickets10332880925Alternatively just email gillianbeeleytogetherlancashireorguk

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Chorley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp16th19th March 2014nbspThis visit to Chorley Deanery follows a series of Deanery Days Bishop Julian Henderson held in 2013 shortly after he arrived in the Diocese nbspThe principal reason for this longer visit is so the Bishop can meet personally with every clergy member in the Diocese nbspWhile in the Deanery the Bishop will also have other engagements and further opportunities to meet with parishioners TBCnbspnbspRonnie Semley2422014nbsp

Latest Edition of CofE Magazine for Lancashire is out now

The latest edition of The See the magazine printed by Blackburn Diocese of the Church of England for parishes across Lancashire is being distributednbspThe April issue also available in pdf format here on the Diocese website is packed with information and features includingnbsp The news that the Bishop of Burnley The Rt Rev John Goddard will retire in Julynbsp A report on a huge overnight lockin event for young people from across Lancashire at Blackburn Cathedral called Sanctuary Love Never Endsnbsp An article to coincide with Easter by Lancashires Bishop The Rt Rev Julian Henderson about why we should put our trust in what Jesus did for us when He died on the crossnbsp Firsthand memories of Sir Tom Finneys funeral from Rev Timothy Lipsombe vicar of Preston Minster who led the service for the football legendnbsp The latest on the Maundy Thursday visit to Lancashire and to Blackburn Cathedral on April 17 by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburghnbsp A column by The Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancasternbsp An update on the Diocesan Summer Festival taking place on June 21 and 22 at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St Annesnbsp A full roundup of other Diocese news and event in the People and Places sectionnbspRecent and archive editions of The See are available online herenbspnbspRonnie Semley18032014nbsp

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Vicar remembers football legend's funeral

When people in the future will talk about the day of Sir Tom Finneys funeral I hope they will remember the exemplary behaviour of the crowds that day all over the city writes Father Timothy Lipscombe from Preston Minster nbspEveryone was amazed at the turnout of Prestonians and others which totally surpassed all our expectations nbspPeople were standing ten deep in the city centre and each and every one of them were composed in a solemn atmosphere of expectation nbspThe deportment of the assembled was a true example of that which we pride our country on nbspThings were a bit more informal in church before the service with people catching up with one another and many wellknown names from the world of football reminiscing about the good old days nbspThere was marvellous cooperation between the Town Hall the Church and the FA in planning the service At all times the feelings and wishes of the family came first nbspJust prior to the service as the cortge drew past the Town and Guild Hall with the flag on the Town Hall at half mast there was a brief pause as the Veterans dipped their standards in commemoration of Sir Toms service in the army during World War Two nbspAs the hearse turned the corner to draw up alongside the Minster there was a spontaneous and very dignified applause I felt very much for the family who were astounded at the turnout of fans and wellwishers They conducted themselves with the utmost poise and dignity at what was a quite unique occasion nbspIt was fitting that players from North End should carry the coffin The family flowers on the top of it were sublime and Margaret Mason did some astounding arrangements in the PNE colours which gave a great deal of style to the occasion I had to keep reminding myself that this was a family funeral as well as a Civic one nbspGoing into the church to Elgars Nimrod was a traditional start to what was to be a simple service to portray the selfeffacing nature of the man nbspLater I spoke to my organist David ScottThomas and we agreed that we shall never again hear the hymn Jerusalem sung with such volume and gustonbspIt was good to have the Bishop of Lancaster present at the event representing the Diocese and the Nelson brothers who are clergy and the greatest North End fans Rev Chris Nelson gave some entirely appropriate and fitting intercessions nbspThe address was by Jimmy Armfield CBEand the Eulogy by Tommy Docherty Both talks were gracious poignant and very personal nbspAfter a trumpet fanfare of Oh Mein Papa by the late Prestonian Eddie Calvert the coffin left the Minster church to Elgars Pomp and Circumstance number four amidst a tumult of applause and cheers nbspThe service was broadcast outside the Church and there was full television coverage at North End so that everyone could be part of the servicenbspAs we left to make our way to the crematorium crowds lined the streets the whole way to Ribbleton even though it had not been announced where the interment would be I call that over and above the call of duty nbspAt the start of that final journey members of the Council led by the Mayor lifted their hats to bid farewell to Prestons legend In the streets people took off their hats crossed themselves threw flowers and clapped and cheerednbspI have not seen anything like it since Princess Dianas funeral Sir Tom Finney has totally united the people of Preston and beyond in unconditional love and thanksgiving for the Father of Preston May he rest in peacenbspnbspRonnie Semley18032014nbsp

Bishop's delight for 'Top 101' Villages in Lancashire

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has expressed his delight at the news that Whalley and Garstang in Lancashire have both been nominated as two of the top 101 locations in the UK to livenbspThey were among 10 locations in the North West to receive the accolade nbspWhalley village is home to Whalley Abbey large parts of which are owned by The Church of Englands Diocese of Blackburn The Abbey has long been the jewel in the crown of the village and of the region as a wholenbspAlso nominated from Lancashire is the town of Garstang nbspThe Bishop visited Garstang early in his tenure following his inauguration in October last year nbspHe met with local civic dignitaries and held a question and answer session in nearby St Helens Church which was attended by parishioners from across Garstang DeanerynbspBishop Julian said The County of Lancashire has many fabulous places to live and work and these nominations remind us of that I send my best wishes to residents of Garstang and Whalley on their fantastic achievementnbspI am particularly delighted that Whalley has been nominated as the Abbey has contributed so much to the life of the village not just in recent times but going back centuriesnbspAll the staff from the Abbey are also delighted with the villages nomination as one of the Top 101 Places to Live by The Sunday Times newspapernbspManager Christine Nelson said today Whalley Abbey was a medieval Cistercian monastery and is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument which is always well worth a visit especially as the spring and summer months approachnbspA short distance away the northwest gatehouse is owned by English Heritage and is also Grade I listednbspChristine added The Abbey House is currently used as a conference centre and retreat as well as a unique venue for events and weddings with four star bed and breakfast accommodationnbspTo find out more about the Abbey call on 01254 828400 nbspEmail nbspofficewhalleyabbeyorg nbspor write to Whalley Abbey The Sands Whalley Clitheroe BB7 9SSnbspnbspRonnie Semley17032014nbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Chorley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp16th19th March 2014nbspThis visit to Chorley Deanery follows a series of Deanery Days Bishop Julian Henderson held in 2013 shortly after he arrived in the Diocese nbspThe principal reason for this longer visit is so the Bishop can meet personally with every clergy member in the Diocese nbspWhile in the Deanery the Bishop will also have other engagements and further opportunities to meet with parishioners TBCnbspnbspRonnie Semley2422014nbsp

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Bishop's Deanery Visits - Chorley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp16th19th March 2014nbspThis visit to Chorley Deanery follows a series of Deanery Days Bishop Julian Henderson held in 2013 shortly after he arrived in the Diocese nbspThe principal reason for this longer visit is so the Bishop can meet personally with every clergy member in the Diocese nbspWhile in the Deanery the Bishop will also have other engagements and further opportunities to meet with parishioners TBCnbspnbspRonnie Semley2422014nbsp

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Fleetwood Town Football Club gets visit from Lancashire's Bishop

Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson and his wife Heather will attend the Fleetwood clash with Portsmouth at Highbury Stadium on SaturdaynbspThe visit is the third of a series the new Bishop is making to football league clubs in the county of Lancashire as part of an orientation tour of the whole County which has been ongoing since his appointment in October 2013nbsp So far the Bishop has visited Blackburn Rovers FC and Blackpool FCnbspBishop Julian and Heather will be hosted tomorrow by ViceChairman Phil Brown and will also meet with club chaplain Rev George AyomanbspThe Bishop said We were delighted to be invited by Fleetwood to attend the match and wish them success in the game and for the rest of the seasonnbspA spokesman for Fleetwood said today We were pleased Bishop Julian and his wife were able to accept our invitation to attend the match on Saturdaynbsp Football fans everywhere not just at Fleetwood will appreciate this gesture and all the fans attending on Saturday will make the new Bishop feel at home by giving him a traditional warm Lancashire welcomenbspnbspRonnie Semley14032014nbsp

New Lancashire Bishop's mission to meet with all parish clergy

Lancashires new Bishop the Rt Rev Julian Henderson is about to embark on a new phase of his learning about the Diocese he now represents with a tour that will eventually see him meet with every member of the parish clergy in the CountyThe Diocese of Blackburn which covers the whole of Lancashire is split into 14 Deaneries from Tunstall Deanery in the north to Chorley Deanery in the south and from Blackpool Deanery in the west to Whalley Deanery in the east nbspFollowing a series of Deanery Days which took place from October to December 2012 in the aftermath of his inauguration this Sunday Bishop Julian begins a new series of longer Deanery visits where he will meet personally and 11 with every member of the parish clergy together with their familiesnbspThe latest series of visits have been inserted periodically into his diary over the next year and each will last about three to four days each with the first from March 1720 in Chorley DeanerynbspThe Bishops Chorley visit has been facilitated by the Area Dean Reverend Tim Wilby from St Georges Church and will take him to parishes in central Chorley as well as Euxton Charnock Richard Eccleston Croston Bretherton Brindle Appley Bridge Coppull Heapey and Withnell and WhittleleWoods as well as a few parishes in Wigan borough that fall under the Lancashire Diocese namely Standish Shevington Wrightington and Parboldnbsp WhittleleWoods St Johns Church will also play host to a special Deanery Service to officially close the visit on Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pmnbspSpeaking about his reasons for undertaking this very personal mission Bishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said today My chief priority in Christian ministry is to share the story of what God has done for all people and call them to take Him seriously in their lives nbspBut I have often said the top job in the Church of England is vicar not Bishop or ArchbishopnbspThe job is a difficult and often very challenging one so I will do whatever I can do to support all of my clergynbspThat is why I wanted at this early stage of my ministry in Lancashire to visit all clergy in their own homes to offer pastoral care and to understand their needs and the individual needs of each parishnbspnbspRonnie Semley14032014nbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

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Latest Directory helps Anglican Church stay in touch

nbspnbspnbsp The Church of England in Lancashire has published its latest Diocesan DirectorynbspIts the first new edition of the directory since the edition produced for 201213 and a copy is now being distributed free to all clergy along with a copy for places of worship across the CountynbspThe Directory has been going a long time and is a vital tool for the Diocese nbspThis years revamped edition contains full listings of contacts at Church House including the Diocesan Boards of Finance and Education and the Cathedral as well as full parish listings with all clergy contacts including clergy with what is known asnbsppermission to officiate PTO and readers nbspnbspnbspnbspAs well as full listings the new 2014 edition contains QR code links for smartphones to online resources such as the Diocese website and online versions of the content contained in the Directory There is also a QR code link to the Dioceses new YouTube channel which has been running for a few months nbspFor the first time ever the Directory also contains a special foreword written by the Diocesan Bishop nbspLancashires new senior Anglican clergyman Rt Rev Julian Henderson who was inaugurated in October 2014 says This Directory provides an invaluable resource for better and more efficient communication within the Anglican family in Lancashire nbspThat sense of being a family and a team is crucial for our encouragement in the work of witness and evangelism to which as a church we have been called nbspFeeling isolated and alone in ministry will hamper our enthusiasm whereas a sense of belonging to the wider family of the Diocese will give us confidence and fellowshipnbspThe front cover of the Directory features several recent pictures one of the new Bishop and his wife Heather on the day of the announcement of his appointment in March 2014 with staff from Church House and Blackburn Cathedral another of the Bishop meeting members of the congregation of Christ Church Over Wyresdale while on a tour of the Diocese in late 2013 and another of the Bishop meeting the entire clergy chapter of Blackpool DeanerynbspSpeaking today Diocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley added A lot of work has gone into producing the latest Directory by the team at Church House We have produced a more streamlined publication this year which has also been redesignednbspBut although it has a new look and feel the Directory still fulfils its core mission to provide the most important contact information needed by everyone in the region who works for or supports the Church of England in any waynbspCopies of the Directory are distributed free to all clergy and places of worship across the County and additional copies can be ordered from Church House at 5 each email karenashcroftblackburnanglicanorg to order onenbspnbspRonnie Semley12032014nbsp

Spirituality Programme - Whalley Abbey

We invite you to join us in this Locus Benedictus for prayer worship and teaching to soak up Whalley Abbeys beauty and silence and deepen your Christian discipleshipnbspEvenings in LentnbspTHE WAY I SEE ITnbspWednesday 12th Marchnbspat 730pmnbspThe Rt Rev John GoddardBishop of Burnleynbspnbsp

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News Briefs from Church of England in Lancashire

Would you be able to spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month to help out with the Chaplaincy Department at Royal Blackburn Hospital They are looking to recruit some new people to help transport patients to the Chapel for the Sunday Eucharist and also to take Holy Communion to people on the wards after the service The commitment would be from 915 1130am once a month For a conversation about volunteering contact Revd Andrew Horsfall the Chaplain on 01254 733632nbspnbspThis year marks the 20th Anniversary since the first ordinations of women to the priesthood There is going to be a service to celebrate this in Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 25th May There will be activities from 1015am and the service will start at 11am The service will be a time for remembering giving thanks and looking forward to the future and everyone of all ages are welcome to come along nbspnbspLancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has given his backing to a new FREE prayer app initiative from the Church of England The app has been designed to enable people to pray with the aid of their smartphone and tablets Daily Prayer a new app for iPhoneiPad gives people the ability to follow the daily pattern of morning evening and night prayer in the words of the Anglican liturgy There is text for every day of the year with the ability to select between traditional and contemporary language Daily Prayer is available now on iTunes More about the app on the Diocese website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg nbspnbspWhether youre thinking of planting for commemoration or remembrance for shade or shelter in the church grounds for food or for wildlife or for other reasons the Woodland Trust is offering communities youth groups and schools the chance to apply for packs of free trees for delivery in November 2014 They have over 4000 packs to give away You can apply for more than one pack and theme with 420 saplings being the maximum quantity Find out more about and apply online at httpwwwwoodlandtrustorgukplanttreesinyourcommunity nbspnbspThe Prayer Book Societys annual festival takes place in Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday May 17Choral Holy Communion sung by Octavius is at 11am and the Bishop of Blackburn is to be the Preacher The afternoon speaker is the Reverend James Lee Potter from LeighonSea whose subject is The Relevance of the 39 Articles in the 21st Century at 2pm All are welcome to all or each of the sessions which are free of charge but lunch which is 1250 must be prebooked Contact Neil Inkley on 01772 821 676nbspnbspSt Marys Church Mellor is holding an exhibition of paintings by Local Amateur Artists during the weekend April 2527 2014 There is a Launch Evening with wine and nibbles on Friday 730930pm It will be open on Saturday 10am4pm and Sunday 14pm when refreshments will be available It will conclude with a Songs of Praise Service on Sunday at 430pm For further details contact Sonia Tipper on 01254 813565nbspnbspChrist Church Chatburn Sawley Road Chatburn BB7 4BE is holding a Craft and Produce Show with a Vintage Afternoon Tea with piano music by local legend Eric Ainsworth between 2pm to 4pm on Saturday April 12 to raise money for the Church Development Project Food and refreshments for 5 Free entry Produce and crafts are individually priced Exit donations welcomenbspnbspThe Bluebird Band will be performing at St Pauls Church Marton Blackpool on Sat April 26th at 730pm Tickets 8 children under 16 free For further details please ring 01253 692047 01253 767863nbspnbspA concert by Stuart Townend one of todays leading worship songwriters is to be held at St Peters Church Darwen on Friday 16th May at 730pm Tickets are 1000 each and are available by stpeterschurchnewsgmailcom or by contacting 01254 708331 This is the only concert he is doing on this tour in Lancashire nbspnbspBrindle St James Music Festival is entitled A Month of Music in May and the programme is as follows 3 May St Georges Day Concert with Pemberton Old Brass Band and Soprano soloist Helen Latham 10 May The Harmony Singers 17 May Blackburn Cathedral Young Peoples Choir 24 May Trouble at tMill Folk Group 31 May The Song Rooms Adult Choir and Hoghton Hand Bell Ringers Adults 8 under 16s free price includes refreshments For more details or tickets please contact Richard Evans on 01254 852894 or 07831 738399 or email rjevans25btinternetcomnbspnbspThe Renaissance Singers of Blackburn Cathedral with The 18th Century Sinfonia are performing St John Passion on Saturday 12th April 2014 at 730pm Samuel Hudson Conductor Joshua Ellicott Evangelist David Shipley Christus Performance will take place at Blackburn Cathedral Tickets 5 10 15 Available from King Georges Hall Box Office in person or on 0844 847 1664nbspnbspSt Helens Churchtown Patronal Flower Festival 2014 Turning the Page is on Saturday May 17 Wednesday May 21 The patronal Festival will feature flower displays craft stall and other attractions free admission and parking The Church is open daily from 11am 6pm we open with a short act of worship on the Saturday at 11am and close on the Wednesday with a Concert by the choir of Kirkland and Catteral St Helens CofE primary School and with the Gadabouts Tickets 5 with a glass of winenbspnbspTwo departments at The Church of England in Lancashire have relocated offices If you wish to get in touch with either the Parish Mission Support Department or Discipleship and Ministry theyare both now located at Unit 250 Glenfield Park Business Centre Blakewater Road Blackburn BB1 5QH Office hours for both departments are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday Switchboard forParish Mission Support Department is 01254 658910 and the switchboard forDiscipleship and Ministry is 01254 658920 All other Diocese staff remain at Church House Blackburn on switchboard number 01254 503070nbspnbspPreston Cecilian Choral Society is performing the Requiem by Robert Schumann Opus 148 together with Lauda Sion by Felix Mendelssohn Opus 73 at St Michael and All Angels Church Ashton Preston at 730pm on March 15 Tickets available from the Society secretary on 01772 456666 or online httpwwwcecilliansorguknbspnbspSpecialist church and heritage insurer Ecclesiastical has once again opened its annual Ministry Bursary Awards for applications this month Now in their 26th year the awards are open to all clergy in Anglican Christian faiths and aim to provide financial support to members of the clergy for sabbatical breaks and projects The awards were established in 1987 and have to date supported over 1100 members of the clergy and provided financial support for awards for a wide range of extended leave projects and plans To find out more eligibility criteria and to download an application form go to wwwecclesiasticalcommbanbspnbspBlackburn Music Society will perform Mendelssohns Symphony No2 Hymn of Praise and also works by Bach and Schumann on March 22 in Blackburn Cathedral at 730pm conducted by Tom Newall Tickets 12 10 concessions free to all in fulltime education Ticket secretary 01254 201978 httpwwwblackburnmusicsocietyorguknbspnbspDo you want to engage with the fathers in your community Is it mostly mums who attend your parent and toddler group and you never get to meet the childrens fathers If so come and hear Mark Chester founder of Who Let the Dads OutWho is guest speaker at The Childrens Workers Conference on March 22 at The Redeemer Blackburn from 930am 100 pm For more information visit wwwbdeducationorgukchildren or to register your interest please email childrenblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbspThe Church of England has launched a new Church Legacy website httpwwwchurchlegacyorguk with essential information for individuals considering leaving a lasting gift to their local church in their Will The website provides further information on leaving a legacy example wording for your Will and information for Solicitors and for PCCs Church Legacy also shares parish stories where a legacy gift has helped transform a churchs future nbspnbspNational Cherishing Churchyards Week organised by the charity Caring for Gods Acre CGA takes place in the second week of June every year Over the years a wide variety of events have been held ranging from local history tours and archaeology talks to family bug hunts and wildlife walks Now is a great time to start planning this years event Contact CGA to register and for more information on 01588 673041 or visit the website httpwwwcaringforgodsacreorguk nbspnbspChurches chapels and meeting houses seeking funding for repairs and modernisation can apply to the National Churches Trust grants programme The National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects through its grant programmes From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilets its grants enable places of worship to continue to serve their local communities The National Churches Trust also works with local churches trusts on Partnership Grants which can provide funding for urgent repair projects Full details and online application forms are available on the grants section of the National Churches Trust website httpwwwnationalchurchestrustorg nbspnbspThis year is the centenary of the start of World War One An information pack has been produced by the organisers of the national events which is aimed specifically at parish churches It contains links to key background information and other important data such as how to apply for Heritage Lottery Grants More information is available on httpwww1914org nbspnbspThe Diocesan Childrens Ministry Conference takes place on March 22 2014 at The Redeemer School Blackburn from 9am 1pm It promises to be a wonderful conference for those involved in Childrens ministry with opportunities to discuss share worship and be inspired At 5 per person it is a fantastic chance to explore new areas of your ministry For more information visit our website wwwbdeducationorgukchildren click on events and follow the link or email childrenblackburnanglicanorg nbspnbspThe latest Friday Recitals takes place at St Georges Church Preston on March 21 featuring students from the Royal Northern College of Music and on April 4 featuring Charlotte Hoather soprano and Russell Lomas piano Doors for both open 1130am and recitals begin at 1230pm Admission Adults 6 Students 3 includes coffee and there are no further concessions Note that on April 18th Good Friday there is no recital Join the email list and receive regular brochures about the Friday Recitals Simply send an email with your full name and PPAET in the Subject line to ejcrightonaolcom Further enquiries to Edmund J Crighton Preston City Parish Concerts Manager 01772 613388nbspnbspSt James Church Whitechapel will be holding a Silent Auction in Whitechapel Village Hall PR3 2EP on Saturday March 15 a change from the date previously advertised commencing at 730pm Admission including light refreshments is 5 accompanied children free Viewing from 24pm Further information on 01772 783436864289 nbspnbspThe brand new 2014 Directory for the Church of England in Lancashire is now available and has been sent to clergy and every place of worship This years revamped edition contains full listings of contacts at Church House and the Cathedral as well as full parish listings with all clergy contacts Additional copies can be ordered from Church House at 5 each email karenashcroftblackburnanglicanorg nbspnbspRonnie Semley12032014nbsp

Children's Ministry Conference

Get involved in countywide Childrens Ministry ConferencenbspThe Church of England in Lancashires Childrens Ministry Conference organised by the Diocesan Board of Education DBE takes place on Saturday March 22nbspThe event promises to be a fantastic conference for those involved in childrens ministry with opportunities to discuss share worship and be inspired One of the speakers will be Mark Chester founder of Who Let the Dads Out an organisation aiming to inspire resource and support churches to develop initiatives that will give dads father figures and their children the opportunity to spend time together have fun and engage with the churchnbspThere will be plenty of other workshops to attend and resources to share at the conference which is open to people from across the CountynbspAt 5 per person it is a fantastic chance to explore new areas of your ministrynbspIt takes place at The Redeemer School in Blackburn from 9am 1pm nbspFor more information visit the DBE website wwwbdeducationorgukchildrenhtml nbspclick on events and follow the link or email childrenblackburnanglicanorg nbspnbspRonnie Semley11032014nbsp

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Bishop of Burnley announces his retirement

The Bishop of Burnley The Rt Rev John Goddard will be retiring in July this yearnbspBishop John 66 who has 43 years of experience as a clergyman more than 13 of them as a Bishop is one of the most respected members of The Church of Englands House of BishopsnbspThe announcement comes after Bishop John sought HM The Queens permission to step down from his role as is customary Not a Lancastrian by birth he has come to love the County and he and his wife Vivienne will spend their retirement in Tarleton nbspThis permission has just been given and so the Bishop has now announced his retirement day as July 19 2014nbspSpeaking today Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Bishop of Blackburn said Bishop John has served the people of Lancashire with distinction for many years including nearly 14 years as Bishop of BurnleynbspHe commands huge respect from all communities and I have hugely valued his counsel since my arrival in Lancashire last yearnbspI know I speak for the whole Diocese when I wish Bishop John and his wife Vivienne a long and very happy retirement togethernbspIn the meantime Bishop John will continue to serve the Diocese and we will be looking at ways to ensure his long service to the community is marked appropriately before he steps down nbspIn an email and letter sent today to all Diocese clergy and staff as well as partner organisations Bishop John speaks about his decisionnbspHe says Having weighed matters carefully and taken advice I believe the time has arrived when I should lay down the privilege of being the Bishop of Burnley nbspI have found great fulfilment in the diversity of ministry to which I have been called over the last 43 years and certainly being the Bishop of Burnley for more than 13 of those years has been a blessing nbspMy engagement in ministry service and witness with you has been a time of joy challenge sometimes real fun and often of spiritual depthnbspI want to take this early opportunity of thanking you for the friendship and encouragement I have received and ask that you hold me in your prayers as I move forward in whatever God will require of menbspBishop John was born in Somerset in a small coal mining town where his father was the local Vicar He grew up in Swindon He is married to Vivienne and the couple have two sons Michael who is a social worker and Gareth who is a teacher nbspHe was ordained in the York diocese to the Parish of South Bank in Middlesborough in 1970 At 28 he was made Vicar of The Ascension Middlesbrough and then in 1982 to the town centre parish of All Saints Middlesbrough when he was also appointed Area Dean All these parishes were deprived areasnbspIn 1988 he became VicePrincipal of Edinburgh Theological College in the Episcopal Church of Scotland returning to England to be Rector of the Team Parish of Ribbleton in Lancashire in 1992 nbspIn 2000 he was consecrated Bishop of Burnley In that same year there were the disturbances in Burnley Bishop John worked with those of other denominations and other faiths to form Building Bridges Burnley which became not only a forum for working across the faiths but also in opposing the BNP nbspBishop John was also involved in the investigatory taskforce and received the honour of a Mayoral reception to thank him for his worknbspnbspRonnie Semley06032014nbsp

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Bishop backs Foodbank initiative for Lent

Give a little make a big difference and Bless othersnbspAs Lent begins today Ash Wednesday a Foodbank in Lancashire is asking people across the region to take the opportunity to remember those less fortunate than they are as part of a special Easter campaign to boost donations which has been backed by Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson nbspBlackburn Foodbank is supported by the Trussell Trust and was started with seed money from St Gabriels Church of England in Blackburn It opened on November 16 2012nbspSince the Christmas Holidays the Foodbank in common with others across the County and nationwide has seen a sharp increase in the numbers of people needing their support as well as the amount of food it is giving outnbspSo to keep supplies up as the spring approaches Ros Duerden Foodbank Manager and her team have devised a new campaign nbspThe aim of A Blessing of Food this Easter is to help people by encouraging others to give a little and make a BIG difference as Easter approachesnbspRos said today For many people the cookie has well and truly crumbled and they are struggling to see a way forward When they arrive at our door they are weary and struggling to see a light at the end of their tunnelnbspHaving made them something to eat and drink and while we pack their food we listen to their circumstances and help them to identify other agencies where they can find support and assistance This approach is working towards our longer term goal of helping people to help themselvesnbspThe Easter campaign is simple Each week from the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday March 5 simply drop off a different item to the Foodbank All have been identified by Foodbank staff as key foodstuffs nbspFor more information call the foodbank on 01254 672756nbspThis week its sponge pudding week two March 10 a packet of sugar week three March 17 long life milk week four March 24 a carton of fruit juice week five March 31 a tin of ham andweek six April 7 a tin of tunanbspRos added Please help us to help those in our community experiencing crisis by supporting our Easter campaignnbspIf you are able to help just drop off your donation more than one item is always welcome to the Foodbank on Brunswick Street Blackburn between 11am and 2pm Monday Wednesday and FridaynbspBishop Julian said today My appointment as Bishop of Blackburn was announced at Blackburn Foodbank as I wanted to send a message that the Church is here to care for all in the community including the most disadvantagednbspI wholeheartedly support this initiative by Ros and her team and encourage everyone to spare an item a week more if they can to boost the Foodbank storehouse nbspIf Blackburn Foodbank is too far away to reach for you then please just donate to your nearest one they will be delighted to receive whatever you can afford to givenbspIf you live further afield you can pinpoint your nearest foodbank on the Trussell Trust website httpwwwtrusselltrustorg nbspnbspRonnie Semley05032014nbsp

Lancashire's Bishop supports launch of new Prayer App

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson today gave his backing to a new prayer app initiative from the Church of EnglandnbspThe app has been designed to enable people to pray with the aid of their smartphone and tablets nbspDaily Prayer a new app for iPhoneiPad gives people the ability to follow the daily pattern of morning evening and night prayer in the words of the Anglican liturgy as part of the rhythm of prayer followed by Christians across the globe nbspUsing text from both Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer the app provides an easy to use platform for accessing the Church of Englands Daily Prayer website which has more than 600000 views each year The app offers text for every day of the year with the ability to select between traditional and contemporary language nbspThe app is the fifth to be released by the Church of England and complements existing apps including Reflections for Daily Prayer Sunday Worship and the Lectionary of Services for the Church of England nbspBishop Julian who is the Bishop of Blackburn uses this technology on his iPad he said As technology becomes more prevalent in peoples lives it is important we keep up with developments and provide platforms that allow people to continue to engage with the Church and the life of the Church in new waysnbspWith this prayer app people everywhere from a commuter travelling to work to a housewife taking a break from a busy day at home can have a few moments of quiet reflection I wholeheartedly support it and I am already using it myselfnbspThomas AllainChapman Publishing Manager for Church House Publishing added Daily Prayer is an app that is free and accessible to all whether on the move or browsing at home or work The pattern of Daily Prayer is an important part of Christian living for so many people and we hope that this new resource will make them even more accessiblenbspThe app is free to download and includes access to online material up to one month in advance A premium version of the app allows access to material offline and to view up to 12 months in advance nbspThe app is being released in iOS format and will be launched for Google Store Android for EasternbspThe app has been developed by Church House Publishing Official Publisher of the Church of England with Aimer Media a Brightonbased developer that has developed acclaimed apps for a number of other religious publishers among many othersnbspDaily Prayer is available now on iTunes and details can be found at httpwwwchpublishingcoukfeaturesourapps nbspnbspRonnie Semley05032014nbsp

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Finance Committee

Finance Committee Held at Whalley Abbey400pm600pm

Property Committee

Property CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey1000am1200noonnbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Walton-le-Dale St Leonard - Gathering

Blackburn Cursillo Events 2014nbspnbspThe word ULTREYA echoes Cursillos Spanish origins and means onward It was used by pilgrims on the way to Compostella to urge each other on and therefore has come to mean a forum through which Christians meet together to encourage and support each other obeying the call in Hebrews 102425nbspnbspDateEvent Venue nbspWed 5th February nbspAGMSt Ambrose LeylandFri 28th FebruarynbspCursillo ConcertSt Ambrose Leyland Mon 3rd MarchnbspGatheringSt Leonards Walton le Dale24th 27th April nbspWeekend 59Whalley AbbeyThur 8th MaynbspUltreyaSt Margaret HornbySat 17th MaynbspQuiet DayTabor PrestonTue 17th JunenbspGatheringSt James Leyland21st22nd June nbspBishop JulianFestival WeekendSat 12th July nbspGathering with Afternoon TeaSt Nicholas Wrea Green 1214 SeptembernbspHappeningWhalley AbbeyWed 17th SeptnbspUltreya Christ Church ThorntonSat 11th Oct nbspDDUSt Paul Adlington23rd26th OctnbspWeekend 60Whalley AbbeyTue 11th NovnbspUltreyaSt Andrews BurnleyMon 8th DecnbspAdvent GatheringHoly Trinity Tarletonnbspnbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Leyland St Ambrose - Cursillo Concert

Blackburn Cursillo Events 2014nbspThe word ULTREYA echoes Cursillos Spanish origins and means onward It was used by pilgrims on the way to Compostella to urge each other on and therefore has come to mean a forum through which Christians meet together to encourage and support each other obeying the call in Hebrews 102425nbspnbspDateEvent Venue Wed 5th February nbspAGMSt Ambrose LeylandFri 28th FebruarynbspCursillo ConcertSt Ambrose Leyland Mon 3rd MarchnbspGatheringSt Leonards Walton le Dale24th 27th April nbspWeekend 59Whalley AbbeyThur 8th MaynbspUltreyaSt Margaret HornbySat 17th MaynbspQuiet DayTabor PrestonTue 17th JunenbspGatheringSt James Leyland21st22nd June nbspBishop JulianFestival WeekendSat 12th July nbspGathering with Afternoon TeaSt Nicholas Wrea Green 1214 SeptembernbspHappeningWhalley AbbeyWed 17th SeptnbspUltreya Christ Church ThorntonSat 11th Oct nbspDDUSt Paul Adlington23rd26th OctnbspWeekend 60Whalley AbbeyTue 11th NovnbspUltreyaSt Andrews BurnleyMon 8th DecnbspAdvent GatheringHoly Trinity Tarletonnbspnbsp

Gardeners' Question Time visits Lancashire's Anglican Cathedral

BBC Gardening Programme puts down roots in LancashirenbspGot green fingers Then get down to Lancashires Anglican Cathedral this Friday when the BBC Radio 4 series Gardeners Question Time will be putting down roots for the eveningnbspThe popular show featuring a team of experts is being staged at Blackburn Cathedral on February 28 at 730pmnbspLeading the panel will be Sarah Hopps from Radio York who is a writer for Garden Answers and presenter at Harrogates famous spring and autumn showsnbspShe is joined by Peter Foley formerly of Holden Clough Nurseries BoltonbyBowland who is a wellknown local expert and vegetable grower and Philip Calvert from Reedley Garden Centre Nelson and a columnist for the Burnley ExpressnbspAdmission is 5 on the doornbsp

Gardeners' Question Time visit

BBC Gardening Programme puts down roots in LancashirenbspGot green fingers Then get down to Lancashires Anglican Cathedral this Friday when the BBC Radio 4 series Gardeners Question Time will be putting down roots for the eveningnbspThe popular show featuring a team of experts is being staged at Blackburn Cathedral on February 28 at 730pmnbspLeading the panel will be Sarah Hopps from Radio York who is a writer for Garden Answers and presenter at Harrogates famous spring and autumn showsnbspShe is joined by Peter Foley formerly of Holden Clough Nurseries BoltonbyBowland who is a wellknown local expert and vegetable grower and Philip Calvert from Reedley Garden Centre Nelson and a columnist for the Burnley ExpressnbspAdmission is 5 on the doornbspnbspRonnie Semley27022014nbsp

Lent Resources

Are you looking for resources for Lent Its never too late to find somethingTry looking at Just Love Lent the Lent study material from Church Urban Fund That is available from wwwcuforguk as a download With resources for Children and young people as well as adultsDont fancy that one How about Living in a Global Village from the Awareness Foundation Ed Saville has 3 of these available FREE again in the officeAnd finally for nowWatch the diary for daily input during Lent Simple ideas that can change you and begin to change the world

Summer Festival Meeting

As you will be aware Bishop Julian has issued a Countywide invitation to the Diocese Summer Festival which takes place on June 21 and 22 at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham nbspA lot of work has to be done before then howevernbspSo Archdeacon John Hawley and Bishop Geoff Pearson and their event teams will share the vision and how every parish can be involved in this megaevent at a planning meeting to take place at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood Preston on Thursday February 27 nbspPlease make every effort to send a representative to this event which starts at 730 pm For a location map for St Cuthberts click this linknbspnbsp

Green light for Clergy Court - part of wider regeneration project

THE final part of the 33m Cathedral Quarter regeneration project in Blackburn has been officially approved by the Dean and Chapter of Blackburn CathedralnbspClergy Court a 7m suite of domestic buildings will include houses and apartments for Cathedral clergy and lay staff a small hall of residence for music scholars together with library meeting rooms offices new refectory underground car park and a new cloister garden nbspThis will give the Cathedral more space to resource its community cohesion and educational worknbspIt is the most significant addition to the Cathedral since completion of the transepts and lantern tower in the late 1960s It has been made possible through a partnership with the Cathedral Chapter Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council the Homes and Communities Agency and the European Regional Development FundnbspThe Chapter has appointed the John Turner Construction Group of Preston to build this landmark projectnbspThe Dean The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said This is a very happy time after 13 years of planning and hard work Our mantra over this extensive period is to bring the heartbeat back to Blackburn nbspWe now know that this will be delivered The local community will be the major beneficiaries together with the Cathedral the Diocese and the regionnbspChief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Harry Catherall added The Cathedral is vitally important to the people of Blackburn with Darwen and is at the very heart of this exciting new development nbspThe Cathedral Quarter Regeneration Project will transform the town centre create hundreds of jobs and will encourage people to use this area more both for work and leisure time The Cathedrals major role in this development shows their commitment to the further regeneration of the town and the boroughnbspThe Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson said I am delighted that after many years of planning and praying this project is set to become a reality and my hope is that it will enhance the ministry and mission of the Cathedral in its service to the people of Blackburn and the whole of Lancashire for many years to comenbspIt is expected that the scheme will be on site by the end of March 2014 and be completed in Autumn 2015nbspnbspRonnie Semley26022014nbsp

All Night Cathedral Lock-in is a great success!

Children seek Sanctuary at Cathedral for a night of funnbspYoung people from across Lancashire take partnbspScores of youngsters from across Lancashire descended on Blackburn Cathedral at the weekend for one of the biggest youth events ever held by the Church of England in LancashirenbspThe Anglican Cathedral became a haven of fun and laughter and worship for a Sanctuary Love Never Ends an allnight lockin from 730pm to 7am coordinated by the Diocesan Board of Education with activities including cage football and a massive bouncy castle as well as arts and crafts filmmaking dancing and musicnbspAll that was in addition to great opportunities to meet and make new friends time for worship and praise and most importantly FOOD lots of foodnbspMore than 100 youngsters and around 40 youth leaders took part and Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson led the initial collective worship which kicked off the eveningnbspKat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer was in charge of the ecumenical team planning the evening She said today The theme Love Never Ends is based on 1 Corinthians 13 and was chosen to help young people explore how God loves us and how that motivates us to show love to others focussing on three key points God Is Love God Loves Us and Love Your Neighbour nbspThe young people who came along each got the opportunity to try out new activities and workshops and to learn new things nbspDuring the times of group worship young people took part in interactive talks prayed together danced together and shared some of the things they had prepared in their workshops nbspOn top of all this there were some fantastic challenges and games including cage football and the bouncy castle midnight mummies using toilet rolls for bandages and human sculptures of cathedralsnbspKat added It was a fantastic night All the young people got involved and shared their experiences questions and ideas It was brilliant to see people from different groups making friends and chatting together as well as joining together in prayer and worship nbspThere were loud moments including everyone doing aerobics at 6am but there were also quiet still moments including some girls choosing to light candles and pray at 4amnbspTo ensure the event has a lasting impact all the groups taking part in Sanctuary Love Never Ends were challenged to plan a way to express Gods love in their own community in the coming year Leaders got together for some resourcing sessions and the groups were given some time to start sharing ideas and plan The DBE hopes to hold the event annually in futurenbspSpeaking at the event Bishop Julian Henderson said Its about ensuring we get the message across that Church is for all ages Its great to gather young people in the Cathedral and do things that are different from what people expect to happen in churchnbspSee this link for the BBC North West Tonight report on the event which also featured on BBC Radio Lancashire with regular reports across the weekendnbspnbspRonnie Semley2522014nbsp

End Hunger Fast

On 5th March Lent begins the traditional Christian season of fasting Whilst we may think it is about giving up chocolate for just over a month others are going without food altogether out of necessity not choiceLet us join together join the End Hunger Fast Campaign and join the debate about food poverty in this country Bishop Tim Thornton the Bishop of Truro is cochairing a Parliamentary group on Hunger and Food Poverty It will look at the causes of hunger and what can be done to alleviate it Foodbanks are ultimately not the answer they meet a need but they are a symptom of the problem There are Foodbanks in all parts of the Diocese and they meet the urgent needs with most of the people using them now being in work The End Hunger Fast campaign asks you to join the day of fasting on April 4th to share your decision with you MP and call on them to take action against rising food prices stagnant wages and failures in the welfare system join in a Forty40 Prayer space Ideas for all of this are available on httpendhungerfastcouk where you can join the campaignHave a holy Lent and make your fast meaningful for others as well as yourself

Together Network News

View the latest news from the Together Network of which Together Lancashire is a part hereThe Church Urban Fund and Anglican dioceses have joined together through the Together Network to provide longterm sustainable support for Christians working in often difficult circumstances Together Lancashire is the local arm of the networkThe aim is to improve access to resources make local work more effective and create a framework for others to respond to the problem of poverty by offering time and money action and prayerThe complex problem of poverty demands a creative and comprehensive response Our experience of supporting local people in tackling poverty has shown us that many of them work under considerable pressure with insufficient resources support coordination with others doing similar work and the lacking an ability to share learning and insightsJoint Ventures are a new and flexible way of meeting these needsNo two Joint Ventures are the same each reflects its local needs and prioritiesnbspEach Joint Venture has charitable status and is a subsidiary of Church Urban FundJoint Ventures nurture local networks of people and organisations involved in tackling poverty enable sharing of information about funding training opportunities and ways of working and create a coordinated and robust response to specific local issues

PCC Registration with Charity Commission

It has been announced that the exception for those charities with an income of 100000 or less has been extended to 31 March 2021 This means that these charities are not yet required to register with the Charity CommissionThosenbspPCCs that are registered with the Charity Commission must ensure that they submit a copy of their annual report and accounts asnbsprequired by law The Charity Commission is taking an increasingly tough line on late submission and there is the possibility of prosecution for those who do not complynbspPosted 21214Elaine Hargreaves

Sanctuary - Love Never Ends

There is still time to get involved in one of the most exciting youth events the Diocese has ever organisednbspThe Diocesan Board of Education is planning to turn Blackburn Cathedral into a huge fun overnight youth venue for an event called Sanctuary Love Never Ends on Friday February 21 2014nbspThe event for young people aged 11 15 is a repeat of a successful similar one held in October last yearnbspChildren will enjoy a variety of workshops activities and challenges all around the theme of love There will also be team games and cage football nbspThe cost is 10 per young person and accompanying leaders come free nbspPlease ensure any youngsters you know have heard about the event to give them a chance to attend nbspYou can view a promotional video on the Diocese YouTube channel or you can view it at this link nbspBooking forms for Sanctuary Love Never Ends are available to download from the Board of Education website here nbspMore information from Kat Witham or Jill Ivison on 01254 503070 or email youthblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Financial Assistance Group

Financial Assistance GroupHeld at Church House300pm500pmnbsp

Accrington Pals Commemoration Service

St John the Evangelist Church AccringtonnbspAnnual Accrington Pals Commemoration ServicenbspTo be held on Sunday 16th February 2014 at 300pmnbspFor further details please contact Helen Barrett PCC Secretary on 01254 232595nbspnbsp

Lock in and chill out at Lancashire's Cathedral

Lancashire has a brand new and impressive indoor football venue for one night only nbspOn the night of February 21 and 22 scores of youngsters from across Lancashire will descend on Blackburn Cathedral for one of the biggest youth events ever held by the Church of England in Lancashire and there is still time to join innbspThe Cathedral will become a haven of fun and laughter for the youngsters including that allimportant opportunity to tackle the beautiful game in a beautiful settingnbspWorried about the windows Dont be The football will be played inside a special cage big enough for around four players at a timenbspThe Diocesan Board of Education DBE has organised an allnight lockin with the help of many partner organisations Its called Sanctuary Love Never Ends and as well as the football there will be a whole host of other fun games and activities including an adultsized bouncy castle arts and crafts filmmaking dancing and musicnbspThats in addition to great opportunities to meet and make new friends time for worship and praise and most importantly FOOD lots of foodnbspThe event is NOT a sleepover instead the young people will be kept busy all night from 730pm until daybreak when they will have breakfast before leaving around 7am after closing worshipnbspKat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer is leading the ecumenical team planning the evening She said today We held a similar event in October last year and it was a great success but we want to go one better and thats why we have organised this Sanctuary evening which will be an exciting allnight lockinnbspThe theme Love Never Ends has been chosen to help young people explore how God loves us and how that motivates us to show love to others so even though the event will end we know Gods love will continue to shine through the youngsters who have attended We hope everyone will have fun and make new friendsnbspKat also appears with colleagues in a promotional video for the event which has been posted to the Dioceses YouTube channel and can be viewed herenbspThe Sanctuary event is for young people aged 11 15 from all denominations across Lancashire not just Anglican as well as any youth groups across the County that may want to send representatives nbspThe cost is just 10 per young person and accompanying leaders come free nbspBooking forms for Sanctuary Love Never Ends which should be returned by early next week are available to download from the DBE website here nbspAnyone with questions or wanting more information just call Kat Witham or Jill Ivison on 01254 50 30 70 or email youthblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbspRonnie Semley 14022014nbsp

General Synod

The Church of England General Synod is underway There are a number of ways to keep in touch with the latest from SynodRegular updates can be foundnbspherenbspon the Church of England websites news feedIf you want to watch proceedings as they happen they are being livestreamed on the CofE websitenbspherenbspPlease be aware Synod isnt streamed during lunch breaks or during worshipThe CofEnbspTwitter feednbspfeatures live tweets from the Synod If you are at Synod or if you are wanting to tweet about the proceedings then the twitter handle isnbspcofegensyn and the hashtag isnbspsynodThere are also audio interviews and clips with participants available via Soundcloud for further backgroundnbspEthical InvestmentnbspPresentationsnbspInterviewnbspwith Rev Prof Richard Burridge about the issues surrounding Ethical InvestmentInterviewnbspwith James Featherby from the Ethical Investment Advisory Group on how ethical investment worksFullnbspRecordingnbspof Tuesday afternoons sessionnbspnbspFurther recordings and interviews will be added to the Soundcloud site as Synod progresses Clicknbspherenbspto monitor the feed as more is addednbspRonnie Semley11022013nbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Lancashire's new Bishop takes in life at Royal Blackburn Hospital and takes off with BAE

Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has continued to get to know the County by making two recent visits to major County employersnbspBishop Julian was welcomed by representatives at BAE Systems and Royal Blackburn Hospital when he called on both organisations recentlynbspAt the hospital Bishop Julian met with members of the Executive Team and spent time visiting wards and departments including the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre to meet with patients relatives and staffnbspHis visit concluded with a visit to the hospitals Spiritual Care Centre where the he led a brief time of prayer alongside the hospital chaplains for all those who work at Trust the patients and their familiesnbspBishop Julian said I am immensely impressed by the hard work dedication and commitment demonstrated by staff at all levels to patient care It was a pleasure to spend time at the hospital and have the opportunity to meet so many caring and compassionate peoplenbspBishop Julian also visited BAE Systems sites in Warton and Samlesbury as well as the firms training centre in PrestonnbspWhile at the centre he met apprentices who are in their first 12 months of training before they join more experienced colleagues in the firm which employs more than 10000 peoplenbspThe Bishop said Seeing the enthusiasm which the apprentices tackle their training was great to see They get the opportunity to see the company from the bottom upwards which is a great way to get to know a profession It is so important we continue to invest in our young people and for BAE Systems it is a huge investment in its futurenbspOn the final leg of his BAE tour at Warton Bishop Julian visited the Typhoon final assembly line and Hawk manufacturing facility where he saw the aircraft the RAF use on the frontline and to train future pilotsnbspnbspRonnie Semley14022014nbsp

Find Sanctuary and find fun!

There is still time to get involved in one of the most exciting youth events the Diocese has ever organisednbspThe Diocesan Board of Education is planning to turn Blackburn Cathedral into a huge fun overnight youth venue for an event called Sanctuary Love Never Ends on Friday February 21 2014 nbspThe event for young people aged 11 15 is a repeat of a successful similar one held in October last year nbspThe cost is 10 per young person and accompanying leaders come free nbspPlease ensure any youngsters you know have heard about the event to give them a chance to attend You can view a promotional video on the Diocese YouTube channel or you can view it at this link nbspBooking forms for Sanctuary Love Never Ends are available to download from the Board of Education website here nbspMore information from Kat Witham or Jill Ivison on 01254 503070 or email youthblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley11022014nbsp

Get the Abbey Habit in 2014

At the Dioceses Whalley Abbey there will be a full Spirituality Programme taking place at the 13th century Cistercian Abbey in 2014 There is plenty to get involved in and full details of upcoming events can be viewed on the Whalley Abbey website where you can also find out what else the Abbey can offer you and your church If your parish is planning an awayday or a retreat for example why not consider Whalley Abbey first

Church of England General Synod updates

The Church of England General Synod is underway There are a number of ways to keep in touch with the latest from SynodRegular updates can be found here on the Church of England websites news feedIf you want to watch proceedings as they happen they are being livestreamed on the CofE website herenbspPlease be aware Synod isnt streamed during lunch breaks or during worshipThe CofEnbspTwitter feednbspfeatures live tweets from the Synod If you are at Synod or if you are wanting to tweet about the proceedings then the twitter handle isnbspcofegensyn and the hashtag isnbspsynodThere are also audio interviews and clips with participants available via Soundcloud for further backgroundnbspEthical Investment PresentationsnbspInterviewnbspwith Rev Prof Richard Burridge about the issues surrounding Ethical InvestmentInterviewnbspwith James Featherby from the Ethical Investment Advisory Group on how ethical investment worksFullnbspRecordingnbspof yesterday afternoons sessionnbspnbspFurther recordings and interviews will be added to the Soundcloud site as Synod progresses Clicknbsphere to monitor the feed as more is addednbspRonnie Semley11022013nbsp

Summer Festival - ArnoldKEQM School, Lytham

nbspnbspBishop Julian has issued a Countywide invitation to the Diocese Summer Festival which takes place on June 21 and 22 at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham nbspA lot of work has to be done before then howevernbspSo Archdeacon John Hawley and Bishop Geoff Pearson and their event teams will share the vision and how every parish can be involved in this megaevent at a Planning Meeting to take place at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood Preston on Thursday February 27 nbspPlease make every effort to send a representative to this event which starts at 730 pm nbspFor a location map for St Cuthberts please click this linknbspnbsp

Imaginative Lenten Fast

Walk the children toschool save carbon enjoy quality time with them and their friends

Imaginative Lenten Fast

Stroll to church save carbon and enjoy taking the time to appreciateyour neighbourhood Smile at everybody you pass

Worship Celebration - Westholme School Theatre

On behalf of the Christians Together in Blackburn Steering Groupnbspthe Worship Celebration takes place on Saturday 8th February 2014 at 7pm at Westholme Theatre Meins Road Blackburn BB2 6QUnbspThis will be a wonderful opportunity to meet together as the whole church in Blackburn to worship share stories of what God is doing in our community and encourage one another as we continue to press forward in seeing His Kingdom come here in Blackburnnbspnbsp

Diocese prepares to 'Celebrate Education'

A special service for the whole of Lancashire to Celebrate Education will take place this weekend at Blackburn CathedralnbspThe theme of the service organised by the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education DBE will be Salt and Light and it will be attended by headteachers governors and schoolchildren from across the CountynbspThe Service will begin at 630pm on Sunday and the preacher will be Lancashires Bishop the Rt Rev Julian HendersonnbspBlackburn Diocese has an established tradition in education Other churches across the Diocese will be marking the importance of Education over the coming week as wellnbspNot only has the Diocese the largest collection of Church Schools in England but it also has a strong commitment to developing and supporting the wider sphere of education within the ParishesnbspThe Diocesan Board of Education centralises its work in these areas through the work of its committees which focus on the work with children youth schools further and higher educationnbspThe service at Blackburn Cathedral will be attended by representatives of all the local authorities in Lancashire with whom the Board works as well as representatives from the Parishes in the Diocese Around 300 guests are anticipatednbspDuring the service the choir from St Pauls School in Caton will be singing with Vanessa Quai a popular singer from Vanuatu known as the Pacifics number one singing artistnbspThe Director of Education for the DBE Rev Paul Lock said today This event is an important moment in the academic year as it gives us a chance to stop and give thanks for the excellent work done in our schools by pupils and their teachers We are looking forward to the service and many other churches across the Diocese will also take the opportunity to give thanks for their church schools in their own area in the coming weeknbspnbspRonnie Semley7022014

Imaginative Lenten Fast

Try a new vegetarianrecipe save money discover nutritious vegetables and enjoy an experiment

Budget Committee - Whalley Abbey

nbspBudget CommitteenbspAt Whalley AbbeynbspOn Thursday 6th February 2014nbspTime 400pm to 600pmnbspnbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Leyland Saint Ambrose - AGM

Blackburn Cursillo Events 2014nbspThe word ULTREYA echoes Cursillos Spanish origins and means onward It was used by pilgrims on the way to Compostella to urge each other on and therefore has come to mean a forum through which Christians meet together to encourage and support each other obeying the call in Hebrews 102425nbspnbspDatenbspEvent Venue Wed 5th February nbspAGMSt Ambrose LeylandFri 28th FebruarynbspCursillo ConcertSt Ambrose Leyland Mon 3rd MarchnbspGatheringSt Leonards Walton le Dale24th 27th April nbspWeekend 59Whalley AbbeyThur 8th MaynbspUltreyaSt Margaret HornbySat 17th MaynbspQuiet DayTabor PrestonTue 17th JunenbspGatheringSt James Leyland21st22nd June nbspBishop JulianFestival WeekendSat 12th July nbspGathering with Afternoon TeaSt Nicholas Wrea Green 1214 SeptembernbspHappeningWhalley AbbeyWed 17th SeptnbspUltreya Christ Church ThorntonSat 11th Oct nbspDDUSt Paul Adlington23rd26th OctnbspWeekend 60Whalley AbbeyTue 11th NovnbspUltreyaSt Andrews BurnleyMon 8th DecnbspAdvent GatheringHoly Trinity Tarletonnbspnbsp

Respected Professor speaks at Cathedral

Professor Keith Ward will give an open lecture at Blackburn Cathedral on Wednesday February 12 at 730pmnbspOn Fundamentalism Secularism and the Presence of God nbspFormerly Regius Professor at Oxford and Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at the University of London Professor Ward has written over 70 books and has lectured all over of the worldnbspAs well as being an eminent theologian and philosopher he is committed to communicating with young people and members of the general public in a fresh and lively way nbspAll are welcomenbspEntry is free nbspFurther details are available from the Reverend Canon Dr Ian Stockton onnbsp01254 503090nbspnbsp

Her Majesty the Queen to visit Lancashire to present Maundy Money at Blackburn Cathedral

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN will be coming to Lancashire in April to hand out Maundy Money at the regions Cathedral to men and women from across the CountynbspEvery year the Monarch visits a UK cathedral or abbey to give out Maundy coins to people aged 70 and over in recognition of their service to their community and churchnbspThis years visit on Thursday April 17 will be the first time The Queen who by tradition is also the Duke of Lancaster has visited Blackburn Cathedral which is Lancashires Anglican Cathedral She will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of EdinburghnbspBuckingham Palace will invite 88 men and 88 women from the Diocese in line with The Queens age this year to receive the special coinsnbspThe Dean of Blackburn The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong is pleased to be welcoming Her Majesty for the ancient ceremony He said today I am delighted that the Cathedral has been asked to host The Queen for the Maundy Service this year nbspThis is a huge privilege as well as a great responsibility on behalf of the Bishop the Diocese and the County of LancashirenbspI am confident that the Cathedral will conduct the event to the glory of God and to its usual standard of excellence and generositynbspMaundy Thursday is an important part of any Christians preparation for Easter and I am aware that The Queen conducts her Maundy responsibilities with great devotionnbspI am sure that the visit will be a wonderful experience for all involvednbspLancashires new Bishop The Right Reverend Julian Henderson who was appointed in October last year added It will be wonderful in my first year in the Diocese to be able to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to the Cathedral Normally people visit Her Majesty to receive honours so it is symbolic that this is the only occasion that The Queen travels to make an award nbspHer Majestys gift of Maundy money to pensioners in the County in recognition of their service of others over the years takes place in a special service on a day when Christians recall the servant ministry of Jesus as He washed the feet of His disciples emphasising the importance of service and humility I hope we all count this occasion to be an honour and privilege for Blackburn and for LancashirenbspHer Majestys visit to the County for The Royal Maundy was also welcomed today by The LordLieutenant of Lancashire The Lord Shuttleworth KCVO who is The Queens personal representative in the County nbspHe said There can be no more prestigious Royal Visit than that of Her Majesty The Queen on Maundy Thursday what a delight for us all that it will be to Lancashire for the Maundy Service in Blackburn Cathedral The people of Lancashire will give Her Majesty a marvellous welcome on this unique occasionnbspWhile the event is principally to mark an important day in the Christian calendar The Queens visit is also an important day for the Cathedral and the town of Blackburn currently undergoing a resurgence thanks to a series of redevelopments in the town centrenbspThese include the new Cathedral Quarter an 118000 square feet development which will comprise a clergy court which will house senior members of the clergy and lay staff adjacent to Blackburn Cathedral a hotel 37000 square feet of offices restaurants shops and a new public square and bus interchangenbspWelcoming the visit of Her Majesty to the town for the Maundy Service Councillor Kate Hollern Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council said This promises to be a special event for Blackburn Cathedral the town and the whole of Lancashire The focus is on rewarding people who have given something back to their community which is something very close to my heart Im really pleased they are getting the national recognition they deservenbspMeanwhile Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council Harry Catherall said We are very much looking forward to welcoming The Queen Hosting Royal Maundy is a real honour for the area Visits like these are also a great way for communities to come together and an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the very best aspects of our Borough to the rest of the countrynbspWe are delighted for the Cathedral community and all the people receiving honours The Cathedral is without doubt one of Blackburns biggest assets and at the heart of the exciting changes taking place in the town centrenbspThe Lancashire recipients of The Royal Maundy and the detailed arrangements surrounding the event will all be announced in due course nbspThe Maundy Service itself will be ticketed and invitationonlynbspnbspUseful linksThe announcement on the Buckingham Palace website The story on Blackburn Cathedrals website Blackburn Council website Blackburn Cathedral on Twitter Blackburn Council on TwitternbspRonnie Semley24032014nbspnbsp

Messy Church Forum - Poulton-le-Sands with Morecambe

MESSY CHURCH FORUMnbspSaturday 1st February 2014nbspPoultonleSands Holy Trinity with Morecambe St Laurencenbsp930 12noonnbspFor more information visit wwwbdeducationorgukchildrenor to register your interest please email childrenblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbsp

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Held at Whalley Abbey400pm600pmnbsp

Property Committee

Property CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey1000am1200noonnbsp

Together Lancashire's Newsletter highlights successes

Securing funding for parishes is just one aspect of the work of Together Lancashire over the last quarternbspWe have supported a growing number of networks all working hard to tackle the effects of local povertynbspClick Herenbsp to see a copy of the newsletternbspnbspGillian Beeley27012014nbsp

New 'online-only' Edition of Diocese Magazine is out now

A new special edition of The See the magazine produced by Blackburn Diocese The Church of England in Lancashire for parishes across the county is now outnbspFor only the second time it is available online only due to space issues which meant it wasnt possible to feature a comprehensive review of the year just gone in the regular monthly printed version of The SeenbspDiocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley said today We wanted to look back over 2013 and to take the opportunity to remind everyone just what a diverse and interesting organisation the Diocese is nbspThe existing pagination of The See just wont allow an indepth exploration of all our work so we have taken the opportunity to produce the second online only edition of the magazine Even then we have just scratched the surface of everything that has happened in the past 12 monthsnbspThe new edition is available now in full colour on the Diocese website just search for The See It also features clickable links to other content nbspFeatured in this the review of the year are the announcement and arrival of Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson the annual ordination ceremony for new ordinands the successful prayer initiative for Lancashire farmers the first Diocesewide Messy Church event an encounter with Jamie Oliver and much morenbsp This special edition has been produced in addition to the regular printed editions of The See which continue to appear monthly The next regular monthly edition will be in churches across the Diocese in early FebruarynbspnbspRonnie Semley20012014nbsp

Bishop meets Bishop at Blackpool FC

Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson was invited to attend the Blackpool FC clash with Middlesborough at Bloomfield Road on SaturdaynbspBishop Julian was accompanied to the game by his wife Heather and Blackpool FC chaplain Rev Michael WardnbspAfter meeting the clubs senior staff Bishop Julian was invited onto the pitch just before kickoff to meet midfielder Neal Bishop who presented him with a very personal shirt signed by the whole teamnbspBishop Julian right with Blackpool FC Club ChaplainRev Michael Ward and midfielder Neal BishopBishop Julian said We were delighted to be invited by Blackpool to attend the match We were made very welcome and we wish them success for the rest of the seasonnbspThe visit was the second of a series of visits the new Bishop is making to football clubs in the county of Lancashire as part of an ongoing tour of the whole County since his appointment in October The first visit was to Blackburn Rovers on the day on his inaugurationnbspA spokesman for Blackpool FC said today We were delighted to welcome Bishop Julian and his wife to the match on Saturday particularly with it being so soon after he was appointed to the rolenbspAll the fans attending the game against Middlesbrough made the new Bishop feel at home and gave him a warm welcomenbspnbspRonnie Semley13012014nbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbspnbsp

New Bishop's New Year Greetings on YouTube

Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has made two special New Year videos for the Church of England in Lancashires YouTube channelnbspHe has taken the opportunity to send greetings to everyone living in the region at the start of the New YearnbspThat video is available nownbspAnd from Thursday this week a short New Year Greeting for Diocese churches and schools across the County will also be available to view and download Churches are being asked to play the video at Sunday services this weekend and schools will play it at assembliesnbspIn it the Bishop looks forward to the limitless opportunities of the year ahead and also issues a direct call to all parishes and schools to support his Summer Festival due to take place on June 21 and 22 at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham which will also incorporate a Evangelistic Mission EventnbspBishop Julian says It has been marvellous to be able to meet so many people during my first Deanery Days which have taken place around the DiocesenbspI look forward to the limitless opportunities in 2014 I will spend more time in each of the Deaneries during the course of the year and I am looking forward to engaging in the many different areas of ministry across the DiocesenbspHe adds I do hope that you will join me and make the Summer Festival a focus for your diary We will celebrate learn and discover what God has in store for us togethernbspThe greetings come less than three months after the Diocese of Blackburn launched its new YouTube channel by uploading a six minute introduction interview with Bishop Julian who is the Bishop of Blackburn Since then that interview has been viewed over 1100 times and many more videos have been uploaded with total views now in excess of 3300nbspnbspRonnie Semley08012014nbsp

Some Diocese departments move offices

Two departments at the Diocese have relocated officesnbspIf you wish to get in touch with either the Parish Mission Support Department orDiscipleship and Ministry theynbspare both now located atnbspUnit 250Glenfield Park Business CentreBlakewater RoadBlackburnBB1 5QHnbspOffice hours for both departments 900 am to 500 pm Monday to FridaynbspSwitchboard fornbspParish Mission Support Department 01254 658910nbspnbspSwitchboard fornbspDiscipleship and Ministry 01254 658920All other Diocese staff remain at Church House Blackburn Switchboard number 01254 503070nbspnbsp

Parish of Ribbleton - Concert Series - Carol Service

Celebrating 125 Years of the Anglican Church in RibbletonnbspThis year marks the 125th Anniversary of St Mary Magdalenes Church and what better way is there to mark this than with the parish of Ribbletons first ever Concert SeriesnbspPlease see attached detailsnbspnbspnbsp

Christmas Message from Lancashire's Bishop

It is a great privilege to be able to wish you a very Happy Christmas on this my first Christmas as the Bishop of BlackburnnbspI wonder what Happy Christmas means to each of usA peaceful dayTime with family and friendsGood foodRelaxing entertainmentBreak from workReceiving and giving of giftsnbspI hope that everyone will enjoy some if not all of those pleasures though I know that Christmas can sometimes be a difficult and even a painful time and my thoughts are with those who are lonely bereaved seriously ill or struggling financiallynbspI believe that Happy Christmas means something more than these material things It is a time when we are all invited to enter into a joyful celebration that God has loved the world so much that He sent His Son into the world nbspHe came as a newborn baby Jesus entering into the full human experience of life on earth with all its joys and sorrows So Christmas for me is the celebration of an extraordinary miracle God with us which is what the name Emmanuel means nbspAnd that is all the more wonderful when we remember what humankind did to Him putting Him on a cross and leaving Him there to die Christmas leads to Good Friday and then thankfully to EasternbspSo I wish you and all your friends and loved ones a blessed peaceful and Happy Christmas And my prayer is that we will all understand and receive the wonderful gift of Gods gift of His Son Jesus Christ and so find a joy and peace in knowing Him whatever our circumstances nbspnbspRt Rev Julian HendersonBishop of Blackburn

Charity Christmas Tree Festival - St Annes on Sea St Anne

On Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December St Annes Parish Church St Annes is holding its Annual Charity Christmas Tree Festival in church from 1100 am until 330 pm nbspEveryone is welcome to come and view the trees and support the charities involved nbspAdmission is free and refreshments will be available nbspAs part of the festival on Saturday 21st December at 730 pm in church there will be a concert given by Sixteen Men SwingingnbspTickets for the concert cost 5 for adults nbspchildren are free nbspRefreshments are included in the pricenbspnbsp

Band of the King's Division - Family Christmas Concert - Kirkham St Michael

The Band of The Kings DivisionnbspPlease click here to find the poster for the event taking place at the Parish Church of Kirkham St MichaelnbspKirkham is a Garrison town and we host predeployment services and receive welcome parades from those at Weeton BarracksnbspThis year we are hosting a Family Christmas Concert at St Michaels Church with donations on the door being split between Help the Heroes and the Royal British Legion nbspThe padrethe Reverend Phil Burrows Padre to 2 Lancs will be giving a short Christmas message towards the end of the concertnbspFor further information please contact the Reverend Rick Bunday on 07724 761681 or 01772 687076nbspnbsp

Blackburn Cathedral - Gala Carol Concert

Traditional Christmas Event nbspat nbspMyerscough House andChurchtown Saint HelensnbspPlease click here for further informationnbspnbsp

Traditional Christmas Miscellany - Salesbury St Peters

The Rotary Club of Blackburn Presents a Traditional Christmas Miscellany of Words and Music with audience participationnbspFeaturing The Renaissance Singers at St Peters Church SalesburynbspTogether with seasonal refreshments at 8pm on December 17 2013 nbspAll Proceeds to Charity nbspTickets 10 including a gift aid donation are available from Keith Sowerbutts on 01254 247129nbspEmail kandksowerbuttsbtinternetcom nbspnbspnbsp

Clitheroe Fairtrade Group Christmas Event

The Clitheroe Fairtrade Group will hold their annual Christmas event at The Grand in Clitheroe on Saturday 14th December 2013 nbspEntrance is FREE nbspThere will be stalls offering a wide selection of Fair Trade foods gifts cards toys jewellery and accessories Plus some local sustainable craftsnbspVisitors will be entertained by local primary school choirs there will be a Fair Trade fundraising tombola and refreshments served in The Grand cafe nbspFor more information email fairtradeinclitheroegmailcomnbspnbspnbsp

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Angels and Cribs Festival - Whalley St Mary & All Saints

St Mary and All Saints Church Whalley is to hold their second Angels and Cribs Festival in Church from Friday 13th December to Sunday 15th December 2013 nbspThe church will be open each day from 12 noon to 4pm nbspBarber shop style carols on Saturday evening with Something for the Weekend and the annual Christingle service on Sunday 15th at 10am nbspFor further information contact the Parish Office on 01254 823249

New Bishop's final Deanery Day is tomorrow

Nearly two months on from his inauguration service at Blackburn Cathedral Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has reached the end of his initial tour of the County for a series of Deanery Days nbspThe Diocese of Blackburn which covers the whole of Lancashire is split into 14 Deaneries from Tunstall Deanery in the north to Chorley Deanery in the south and from Blackpool Deanery in the west to Whalley Deanery in the east nbspSince midOctober the Bishop of Blackburn has toured all 14 Deaneries across Lancashire to get to know the area and has met hundreds of peoplenbspHis last Deanery Day is in Blackpool tomorrow December 11nbspIn the new year the Bishop will make longer return visits to each Deanery for three days on each occasion and will take the opportunity to meet personally with every single member of the clergy and their familiesnbspnbspRonnie Semley10122013nbsp

The Rawstorne Singers

The Rawstorne Singers are presenting three special Christmas concerts during DecembernbspStarting at Hesketh with Becconsall Old Church on Sunday December 8th at 200pmnbspFollowed by St Saviours Church in Bamber Bridge on Wednesday December 11th at 730pm nbspThe final concert takes place at Rufford Old Hall on Saturday 14 December at 700pm nbspTickets for the latter are 12 including teacoffee and mince pies nbspFor further information regarding all three events please contact 01772 462202 or alisonking90hotmailcomnbspnbsp

The Aabrahami Café

The Aabrahami CafnbspSt James ChurchSt James RoadBlackburnnbspFor more information or to arrange to visit the caf please contact nbspDerek Hartley of St James Church on 01254 676545nbspnbsp

Handel's Messiah - Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Music Society will perform Handels Messiah in Blackburn Cathedral nbspOn Saturday 7th December at 7pm nbspWith Lancashire Chamber Orchestra conducted by Tom NewallnbspTickets 1210 concessions free to all in fulltime education nbspFurther information please telephonenbsp 01254 201978nbsphttpwwwblackburnmusicsocietyorguk

Christmas Season of Music - Kirkham St Michaels

A season of wonderful music at St Michaels Kirkham starts with Coffee and Carols a morning of Christmas music and refreshments on Saturday 7th December 10am noonnbspThen there is a Carol Concert with St Michaels the Kings Division Band with the choir and an address by Padre Phil Burrows on Thursday 19th December at 730pm nbspThe suggested donation is 5 at the door This will support the work of Help the Heroes and the Royal British Legion nbspThen on Sunday December 22 at 730pm On Christmas Night with Bob Chilcott is a celebration of the Christmas story with candlelight carols and readingsnbspPerformed for the first time in the North West by St Michaels Choir with Edward Rugman conductor and Chamber Orchestranbspnbspnbsp

Narnia Comes to Morecambe

Contact Rev Mike Peatman Morecambe Parish Church Phone 01524 410941 mikepeatmangmailcom The Rectory Church Walk Morecambe LA4 5PR Morecambe Parish Church nbspNarnia Comes To Morecambe nbspLocal organisations and businesses are brought together to provide a magical experience for ChristmasnbspFrom Dec 57 Morecambe Parish Church Christmas Festival comes to town inspired by CSLewiss The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe nbspVisitors will enter through a special wardrobe into the church building where they will encounter a forest of Christmas trees decorated and displayed by local organisations businesses and individuals There will also be a programme of live entertainment at the front of church nbspMeanwhile over in the War Memorial Hall Aslans Pavilion provides the perfect venue for our Christmas Fair This will showcase a wide range of products from local traders including cards art jewellery cakes confectionary and other crafts Its an ideal opportunity to buy a unique Christmas gift nbspMr Tumnus Caf will also be open in the hall to provide light refreshments throughout including mulled wine in the evening On Saturday lunches will also be available nbspVenue Morecambe Parish Church amp Morecambe War Memorial Hall Church Street Morecambe nbspOpening times Thursday 5 December 38pm Friday 6 December 38pm Saturday 7 December 1030am 530pm nbspAdmission includes both venues 1 for adults accompanied children free nbspFor more information contact Rev Mike Peatman at the above address nbspnbsp

Christmas Tree Festival - St Andrew's Church, Cleveleys

FREE ENTRY to the Christmas Tree FestivalHeld at St Andrews Parish Church CleveleysOn Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st DecemberClick Here for full details and further informationnbspnbsp

Christmas Tree Festival - St Andrew's Church, Cleveleys

FREE ENTRY to the Christmas Tree FestivalHeld at St Andrews Parish Church CleveleysOn Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st DecemberClick Here for full details and further informationnbspnbsp

Parish of Ribbleton - Concert Series - Preston Flute Group

Celebrating 125 Years of the Anglican Church in RibbletonnbspThis year marks the 125th Anniversary of St Mary Magdalenes Church and what better way is there to mark this than with the parish of Ribbletons first ever Concert SeriesnbspPlease see attached detailsnbspnbspnbsp

Level 2 Safeguarding training

Level 2 Safeguarding training for those clergy and SafeguardingUnder18s Coordinators in parishes nbspwho have operational responsibility for receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults and those who make decisions about what action needs to be taken and in contacting and liaising with other agencies and have completed Level 1Saturday 23rd November 930 am 1230 pmSt John the Evangelist Barkerhouse Road Nelson BB8 9HAPlaces are limited to 25nbsp To book a place please email Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorg

Flower Arranging Workshop - Blackburn Cathedral

Flower Arranging Workshop has been organised bynbspFriends of Blackburn CathedralnbspAs part of the preparation for major flower festivalnbspnbspCLICK HEREnbsp for full details and Booking Formnbsp

World Mission Service - Chorley Saint Laurence

The Annual Diocesan World Mission Service will be held on Sunday 17th November 2013at 230pmnbspTo be held at St Laurences Church Union Street Chorleynbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp PR7nbsp 1QWnbspThis years theme is Telling the Gospel Story of RedemptionnbspIt will be in part a reflection on the recent visit of a group from the Melanesian MissionnbspEveryone is welcomenbsp Why not bring a carload from your parishnbspThank youAnn W TSecretary BDWM groupnbspnbsp

Gospel Story of Reconciliation - Chorley Saint Laurence

Telling the Gospel Story of ReconciliationnbspChorley Saint LaurencenbspThe Venerable Chris Liley former Archdeacon of Lichfield willnbspbe representing Melanesian Mission UKat the service on Sunday 17th November 2013 at 300pmnbspPlease CLICK HERE to seenbspthenbspposter for this Event nbspnbsp

Births & Deaths Project

Tonbsp be held at St James Shiresheadnbsp A booking form can be downloaded here

The Aabrahami Café

The Aabrahami CafnbspSt James ChurchSt James RoadBlackburnnbspFor more information or to arrange to visit the caf please contact nbspDerek Hartley of St James Church on 01254 676545nbspFurther datenbspnbsp 7th December 2013

Births & Deaths Project

To be held at Whalley Abbeynbsp A booking form and flyer can be downloaded here

Nurturing Faith

A training event to inform equip and encourage Blackburn Cathedral Cathedral Close Blackburn BB1 5AA Saturday 9 November 1015am 100pm Registration and refreshments from 1000am Running nurture courses is widely recognised as a vital elementin encouraging church health and growth Many people point towards involvementin an Inquirers course as being a significant step forward in theirfaith journey The event is designed to offer practical advice to churcheswith a strong encouragement to have a go and run a course in their localarea Information will also be given on setting up a course including building a team finding course participants finding follow upmaterials and keeping going The morning will also feature opportunities to find out moreabout the most popular courses Alpha Start Christianity Explored andEmmausPilgrim For more information or to book please contact Miranda Wraithmell Parish Mission Support Department mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorg01254 503278 The event is organised by the Parish Mission Support Departmentand is free

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Property Committee

Date 05 NovemberTime 1000 am 12 noonVenue Whalley Abbey

Finance Committee

Date 05 NovemberTime 400 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbey Wedding Fair

Wedding Fair atWhalley AbbeySunday 3 November from 1100 am to 400 pmFree entryWide variety of exhibitors and Fashion Show

The Michael Hardin Weekend - Kildwick, Skipton

Internationally renowned speaker holds seminar at St Andrews Church Kildwick near SkiptonFor further information pleasenbsp click herenbsp

WEDDING FAIR - Whalley Abbey

Bridal Fashion Show held at Whalley Abbeynbspon Sunday 3rd November 2013 1100am 400pmnbspClick here for full detailsnbspnbsp

The Michael Hardin Weekend - Kildwick, Skipton

Internationally renowned speaker holds seminar at St Andrews Church Kildwick near SkiptonFor further information pleasenbsp click herenbsp

Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People NHS England - Public Workshops

The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People consists of a range of national organisations which have come together in response to the independent review of what is known as the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient nbspThese links to the review report and to the announcement of the formation of the Alliance which now includes the College of Healthcare Chaplainsnbsphttpswwwgovukgovernmentpublicationsreviewofliverpoolcarepathwayfordyingpatientsnbsphttpwwwenglandnhsuk20130830resplcpnbspAs part of the ongoing review the Alliance would welcome any views you have on care for people in the last days and hours of lifenbspSee the pdf alongside this story for more information about how to take partnbspWorkshop Informationnbspnbsp

Level 1 Safeguarding Training Sessions 2014

Level 1 For all those in parishes who work or volunteer for the church and who have an interest in or require a basic knowledge about the safety and welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults including Clergy Safeguarding Coordinators and members of PCCsnbspPriority will be given to Clergy Safeguarding Officers and Under 18 Coordinatorsnbsp Spare places will be filled with lay people wishing to engage with the trainingnbsp Please complete the booking form in the usual waynbspLevel 1 Booking Form

Level 2 Safeguarding Training Sessions 2014

Level 2 For those Clergy and SafeguardingUnder18s Coordinators in parishes who have operational responsibility for receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults also those who make decisions about what action needs to be taken and in contacting and liaising with other agencies nbspLevel 2 Booking Formnbspnbsp

Flower Arranging Workshop - Mitton Hall Hotel

Flower Arranging Workshop has been organised bynbspFriends of Blackburn CathedralnbspFeaturing Bill Dixon WAFAS Award Winner amp National DemonstratorandJane Brown Award Winning Contemporary ArtistnbspTo be held at Mitton Hall HotelnbspnbspCLICK HEREnbsp for full details and contact numbers

County's new Bishop sends YouTube message

COUNTYS NEW BISHOP SENDS YOUTUBE MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF LANCASHIRE FOLLOWING HIS INAUGURATIONnbspLancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson is now in post following his inauguration at Blackburn Cathedral last weekendnbspHe has taken the early opportunity to send greetings to everyone living in the region as he starts his new role via the Church of England in Lancashires new YouTube channelnbspThe greeting comes two weeks after the Diocese of Blackburn launched the new channel by uploading a six minute introduction interview with Bishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn Since then that interview has been viewed nearly 1000 timesnbspThe latest greeting to the County is around a minute long There is also one for churches one for primary schools and another for high schoolsnbsp Speaking this week Bishop Julian who has begun a series of Deanery Days which will see him visit every part of the County between now and Christmas said After so many months of expectation and the various events of the last two weeks it feels very good to have finally arrived and be placed in my seat in Blackburn Cathedral nbspI see this as a symbol of being called to serve the church and people of Lancashire as a pastor Now I look forward to getting on with the task aheadnbspIn the video greeting he adds I want to wish you well and to say that I hope that we shall meet in due course one way or another and I hope I shall be one of those people who is approachable and that you feel you can be in touch with if you need tonbspIt is a great privilege to move to Lancashire to enjoy the delights of the County and I do look forward to sharing life here with you over these next weeks months and years as wellnbspSpeaking recently about the launch of the YouTube channel Graeme Pollard Diocesan Secretary said Over the past year we have been moving forward with a more modern approach to our communicationsnbsp As part of this we were keen to engage in social media as Bishop Julian started with usnbspTo remain contemporary and fresh in its communications the church needs to engage in the latest methods of reaching people and this is a successful initial step for the Diocese with a total of more than 1600 views for videos on the channel in just two weeksnbspnbspRonnie Semley25102013nbsp

Bishop's Chaplain has his own Big Day at Cathedral

One week after the inauguration service at Blackburn Cathedral of his boss Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishops Chaplain Reverend Toby Webber will be returning to the same Cathedral this time to get marriednbspIts been a whirlwind few weeks for Toby who is the Bishops right hand man and runs his office at Bishops House near RibchesternbspTwo weeks ago Toby 38 was also at York Minster for the Bishops consecrationAnd he has had a pivotal role in preparing for the Rt Rev JuliannbspHendersons arrival since his announcement as Bishop in March this yearnbspBut now the time has come for personal focus as he makes final preparations for his busy day with fiance Rebecca Crawshaw 32 who has been very understanding of Tobys many absences in the run up to their Big DaynbspThe couple will be married by Rt Rev John Goddard Bishop of BurnleynbspToby has worked very closely with Bishop John in the past year while he fulfilled the role of Acting Bishop of Blackburn during the recent vacancy The preacher at the service will be Rev Canon Richard Hunt until recently Rector of St Pauls Chichester which is Rebeccas home churchnbspBishop Julian and his wife Heather will be at the service as will other senior clergy from the Diocese and many of the couples family and friendsToby and Rebecca met on a Christian holiday in Switzerland Toby who hails from Chagford in Devon has been Bishops Chaplain since 2012 and before that he was Priest in Charge of St Aidans Bamber Bridge St Leonards Walton le Dale and St Leonards Samlesbury nbspHe was ordained in 2002 and was first a curate at St Laurences Church in ChorleynbspRebecca has been thenbspscience teacher at Aireville High School Skipton since Easter 2013 Before that she was a science teacher at St Philip Howard Catholic High School in Chichester She is originally from Winchester then ChichesternbspSpeaking today Toby said Rebecca and I are looking forward to our wedding on Saturday with great excitementnbspcelebrating our special day with many dear friends and family nbspWe are very grateful to have found each other We are so happy to be able to pledge to love comfort honour and protect each other every day of our lives all within the overarching love of God our heavenly Father nbspThis month is very much a time of new beginnings last week I was with the new Bishop of Blackburn at the inauguration of his ministry This week Rebecca and I will be back in the very same cathedral church to begin our married life togethernbspnbspRonnie Semley24102013nbsp

Bishop Julian's inauguration: a special day

The inauguration of the Dioceses new Bishop Julian Henderson has taken place at Blackburn Cathedral today October 19A full report and pictures about the events of a special day will appear on the Diocese website shortly as well as video clips on the Blackburn Diocese YouTube channelBefore todays celebrations York Minster was the venue last week for an historic consecration event event attended by 1500 peopleSee links on the right for a consecration report and pictures and updates on the Bishops prayer vigil which took place in the week between the two key datesAll clergy parishioners and everyone else living in Lancashire can find out a bit more about their new Bishop by watching a video interview on YouTube in which Bishop Julian chats to Joe Wilson from BBC Radio LancashireThe interview is an opportunity to get to know a bit about the new Bishop and roams across a number of topics including how Julian came to faith his views on women bishops and Lancashires love of football The video is available on the new Blackburn Diocese YouTube channel which launched recently to coincide with Julians arrivalThe Consecration Service was led by the Archbishop of York He said It is great to welcome Bishop Julian Henderson as Lancashires next Bishop He will be a great blessing to the Diocese of Blackburn join me in praying for his ministry thereThe new Bishops appointment was announced in March and he made his first public appearance at the Blackburn Foodbank to support the work the staff at the Foodbank do on a daily basis to help those in need He then made his first visit to the Cathedral where he met with the Dean The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong staff from the Diocese offices in neighbouring Church House and cathedral workersThe next Bishop Julian Henderson and wife Heather at Blackburn FoodbankThe new Bishops name was sent to the Prime Minister by the CNC at the end of January and then to Her Majesty The Queen in her role as head of state and Supreme Governor of the Church of England who gave the decision her final approval and ratificationThe Venerable Julian Henderson commented To find that I am the person invited to become the next Bishop of Blackburn is extremely humbling It is an honour to be entrusted with such an important and significant responsibilityHeather and I come to the diocese in response to a call from God through His church to serve both His people and the whole wider community in Lancashire And we do so joyfully with a real sense of expectation and excitementI am very aware of the very significant challenges facing many in Lancashire at a time of austerity and cutbacks and a shortage of jobs It is no coincidence that this announcement is taking place at a foodbank one of many round the country each one a sign of the struggle it is for some to get through the next week I would hope to be a champion and spokesman for those whose voice is often not heardI am also aware this Foodbank has been supported by the whole community not just the Christian community including local Muslims and Buddhists and people of no faith who just want to help people in needOur relationship as leaders sends a vital message to our separate communities about finding good ways of living alongside one another respecting our differences and working together where we can for the common goodI also look forward to meeting and working closely with civic leaders and CEOs of local and County authorities a partnership in which I believe the church has much to offerThe next Bishop of Blackburn continued At another level I am aware of different deeply held convictions around the diocese on the ordination of women to the priesthood and to the episcopate Let me be clear I am in favour of women serving as Bishops and will want to introduce a change in the current diocesan pattern by ordaining women as deacons and priestsBut I hope my vote at General Synod last November will be a reassurance to those opposed to this development that I want to be a figure of unity on this matter and will ensure there is an honoured place for both positions within the mainstream of the Church of England Might Blackburn be a model for the rest of the Church of EnglandBBC TV news report on the announcementJulian Henderson is welcomed at the Foodbank by the Rt Rev John Goddard Bishop of BurnleyJulian Henderson also spoke of the opportunities for mission his new position affords saying Compared to other areas of the country Blackburn Diocese had a stronger response to the question about faith in the most recent 2011 Census Around 67 of people in the region describe themselves as Christian compared with 59 nationallyThere is a strong Christian core running through Lancashire much like the writing in a stick of the famous Blackpool rock I want to build up and encourage my fellow Christians in the region to stand up and speak out for what they believe in and to make a difference where it matters in peoples lives We can grow the Kingdom in this area as much through the works we do as by the words we sayThere are great opportunities for the church today I am passionately committed to encouraging church leaders and their families lay and ordained in supporting them and their parishes in the front line work of proclaiming the Gospel and serving their local communitiesIt is a tough call to be church today and I am aware of the cost and commitment of many in fulfilling their calling Without their presence many local communities would be the poorer I also long to see the church more fully engaged in the mission task given to us to go and make disciples of all peopleI believe that knowing Jesus Christ is Good News and I will do whatever I can to speak of Him and encourage others to believe in Him I hope to be able to boost confidence in this Gospel message and for the Christian community to be more and more unashamed of their faith in Jesus ChristRt Rev John Goddard Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn added I am delighted to welcome Julian Henderson as our next Bishop He has the full support of the senior clergy in the Diocese including myself as he seeks to bring Gods Word to Lancashire in the years ahead We are all looking forward immensely to this new era for Blackburn DioceseJulian Henderson and his wife Heather with Diocese and cathedral staff at a welcome meeting in Blackburn Cathedral on the day his appointment was announcedFactsheet about the next Bishop of BlackburnCareerJulian Henderson is 59 and was born in 1954 Educated at Keble College Oxford he became an ordained Deacon in 1979 and a priest in 1980 From 1979 to 1983 he was Curate at Islington St Mary Diocese of London From 1983 to 1992 he was Vicar of Emmanuel and St Mary in the Castle in Hastings Diocese of Chichester From 1992 to 2005 he was Vicar of Holy Trinity Church Claygate Diocese of Guildford where he was also Rural Dean of Emly from 1996 to 2001 In 2005 he was appointed Archdeacon of Dorking He has also been Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral from 2002 He is currently chair of the Church of England General Synod Business Committee He also supports The Limpsfield Trust which works to provide fun activity holidays for young people from across the UK from all backgrounds Other background informationIn 2010 the Archdeacon was one of 4000 delegates representing 198 countries at The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation in Cape Town South Africa the most representative gathering of Christian leaders in the 2000 year history of the Christian movement Christianity Today He heard powerful stories from around the world about evangelisation and the importance of placing God at the centre of peoples lives not only speaking about faith but acting out faith in the Works we do as Christians It is the importance of action as well as words that led the Archdeacon to choose the Blackburn Foodbank for his first appearance as the next Bishop of Blackburn Other personal informationJulian Henderson is married to Heather and has two grownup children Susannah 28 and Jamie 26 In his leisure time he enjoys gardening design and DIY walking reading tennis and cycling Some information about the Foodbank WarehouseBlackburn Foodbank was started with seed money from St Gabriels Church of England in Blackburn and opened on November 16 2012 It is franchised by the Trussell Trust a national network of foodbanks Blackburn Foodbank is run by Ros Duerden a parishioner and former church warden of St Gabriels Since it opened in November 2012 the foodbank has fed 1346 adults and 712 children It shifts around a tonne of food every single week There are around 11 volunteers who help out regularly and donations come from a variety of sources including local churches both C of E and other denominations private individuals local businesses and other faith groups The foodbank has a solid Christian ethos behind it supporting people in need and sharing the gospel in an informal way Find out more at the Foodbank website httpblackburnfoodbankorguk To find out more about volunteering or just making a donation email infoblackburnfoodbankorguk Press interest in the announcement was high It was covered by the BBC TV and radio Granada Reports many local daily and weekly regional newspapers and the Christian press including Church TimesOther linksThe official announcement from 10 Downing StreetThe next Bishops message to all Diocese clergy and churchesGoodwill messages from around the Diocese for the next BishopThe next Bishop of Blackburn thanks all wellwishersThe positive local newspaper editorials on announcement of next BishopSpecial announcement edition of Diocese magazine The SeenbspSelected news coverageLancashire Telegraph BBC News Online Church Times Burnley Express Lancashire Evening Post Blackpool Gazette Surrey Today and the response on Twitter including tweets from the Archbishop of YorknbspBishop updates since the announcementDates announced for arrival of new Bishop of BlackburnNext Bishop moves inPrayers to be said for new BishopConsecration day arrives

Bishop licenses first priest

The new Bishop of Blackburn has licensed a priest to serve in a parish just two days after the inauguration of his own ministry on SaturdayOn Monday 28 October he licensed the Revd Cath Brooks as Priest in Charge of the Parish of Christ the King encompassing St Lukes Blackburn and St Marks Witton and of the Parishes of St Aidan Mill Hill and St Francis Feniscliffenbsp St Francis however is being cared for by the Associate Priest the Revd David Roscoe in preparation for reorganisationCath was ordained in 2008 and has served her curacy in Blackburn St Stephen and St Jamesnbsp Many of her former parishioners were present to add their prayers and support as she begins this new ministryIn his sermon Bishop Julian talked about the scandal of so much food being wasted in a world in which many starve and a town and nation where so many are hungry and depending on food banksnbsp He encouraged his hearers to be good stewards with the food we have and also to be good stewards of the gospel of Jesus Christ who dont waste the opportunity we have to witness to our faith in himnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspBishop Julian with Cath and the Churchwardens of St Aidans and St LukesnbspToby Webberchaplainbishopofblackburnorguk23 October 2013nbsp

Leading your Church into Growth

A residential training event to inform equip and encouragechurches in Going for GrowthWaddow Hall nr Clitheroe LancashireMonday 21 October to Wednesday 23 OctobernbspFor more information or to book please contact Miranda Wraithmell Parish Mission Support Department mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorg01254 503278 The event is organised by the Parish Mission Support Departmentnbsp

Inauguration of Lancashire's new Bishop takes place

Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has been inaugurated at Blackburn Cathedral in a moving ceremony attended by more than 1000 peoplenbspThe ceremony took place on Saturday October 19 and was attended by clergy parishioners and community leaders from across LancashirenbspIt follows Bishop Julians consecration on October 10 at York Minster by the Archbishop of York Bishop Julian was previously Archdeacon of Dorking in SurreynbspThe inauguration service was reflective of Bishop Julian himself as he chose all the hymns and songs as well as the Bible readings During the service Bishop Julian also delivered his first sermon as Bishop of BlackburnnbspSpeaking before the service he said I am aiming for a measure of informality around the inevitable formalities connected with such an occasionnbspOn the runup to the big day itself Bishop Julian has toured the whole of Lancashire on a prayer vigil for the county making 54 separate stops to pray at locations as diverse as the cockle pickers memorial in Morecambe and the top of Blackpool Tower nbspHe has also been interviewed for the new Blackburn Diocese YouTube channel by Joe Wilson from BBC Radio Lancashire and has used the same channel to send greetings to all Diocese churches primary schools and high schoolsnbspLocal schoolchildren were also involved in the inauguration on Saturday and official greetings during the service were passed on to the Bishop from civic community and religious leaders from across the region many of whom were involved in processions beforehandnbspThey included The Rt Hon The Lord Shuttleworth Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Councillor Salim Mulla Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen representing the civic leaders of the cities and boroughs of Lancashire The Rt Rev Stephen Dintoe representing link Diocese The Free State in South Africa Rt Rev Tom Williams Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Liverpool representing Lancashire Church Leaders Abdul Hamed Qureshi chair of Lancashire Council of Mosques representing other faith communities in Lancashire Edwin Booth Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership representing industry and commerce in the County and Richard Jones Head Teacher St Christophers High School in Accrington representing church schools in the DiocesenbspSenior clergy from the Diocese in attendance on Saturday were the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev John Goddard Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley Archdeacon of Lancaster the Venerable Michael Everitt and the Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong who conducted the servicenbspFollowing the announcement of the Bishops appointment which took place at Blackburn Foodbank in March this year and his stated intention to be a champion and spokesman for those whose voice is often not heard everyone who attended was asked to bring a donation for the foodbank Many people brought cans and others donated money nbspEdwin Booth of Booth Supermarkets donated 1000 to the Foodbank to mark the occasion and in keeping with the current times of austerity a simple afterservice lunch was generously sponsored by The Mall in BlackburnnbspThe inauguration service began at 11am It was preceded by a procession from Blackburn Town Hall led by the Bishop himself dressed in a plain cassock together with all the Diocesan and visiting clergy dressed in their clerical robesnbspAt the cathedral they were joined by a further civic procession featuring Rt Hon Jack Straw MP and civic leaders of the Boroughs and districts of Lancashire as well as the chair of Lancashire County Council the Dean the High Sheriff of Lancashire and the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire and Lady ShuttleworthnbspAfter the first hymn was sung Bishop Julian entered the Cathedral with his wife Heather having first knocked three times on the West Doors with an ancient Saxon hammer found in the River Ribble a unique element of the service as normally the bishops staff is used to knock on the cathedral doorsnbspThe location where the hammer was found gives it its significance The River Ribble lies on the boundary of the two Lancashire Archdeaconries Lancaster and BlackburnnbspThe Bishop was greeted at the West Door on his arrival by Max Kilshaw 12 from Beardwood and Ruth Edwards 13 from Wilpshire both pupils of St Wilfreds High School in BlackburnnbspThe service then consisted of a number of key elementsnbsp The moment when Bishop Julian took up the Crosier of the Bishop of Blackburn from the High Altar left there by Nicholas Eighth Bishop of Blackburn at his farewell servicenbsp The reading of the Mandate from the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu by the Diocesan Registrar Stephen Crossley The Archbishop had passed on his good wishes to the Bishop before the service saying It is great to welcome Bishop Julian as Lancashires next Bishop He will be a great blessing to the Diocese of Blackburn join me in praying for his ministry therenbsp The taking of the oaths and the installation after which the cathedral bells were rung in unison and the congregation applauded their new Bishopnbsp The recognition of shared ministry when those who held the fort during the vacancy reported on the work of the Diocese during that periodnbsp The greetings when the Bishop and his wife Heather were greeted by leaders from across the county and representatives from link dioceses abroadnbsp The Bishops first sermonnbspBishop Julian took the opportunity in his sermon to thank everyone who had made the inauguration and the earlier consecration such special occasions He went on to talk about his plans for his ministry He said I come to serve the Diocese and the County of Lancashire yes called to lead but do so with humility following the pattern of our Lord Jesus who came into this world not to be served but to servenbspThat is why I wanted to process from the Town Hall and enter the Cathedral dressed simply in a cassock and I am thankful that breaking tradition I could do so with my wife Heather without whom I would not be where I am todaynbspHe continued Let me assure you I am a very ordinary person who by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ many years ago in my teens became one of His disciples The call to faith and Christian ministry at every level is always a privilege of which none of us is worthy and if you ever spot the role I have been given going to my head or making me proud please take me to one side There is nothing worse than an arrogant minister of the GospelnbspThat is especially true in our current secular climate where faith in general and Christianity in particular as the established faith of the nation has an increasingly less prominent and less favoured place in society Those of all faiths and none face the current challenges of a time of cuts and austeritynbspHowever the opportunities to support and care as expressed in the tins gathered today and generous donations to local foodbanks are greater than ever and the Christian community is in the fore front with others of showing pastoral concern and compassion for those most struggling to get through each daynbspBishop Julian continued Neither can we hide from the challenges facing the Church of England for example to turn the tide of decline in attendance or to find a way for women to be Bishops while respecting those who struggle to accept this development Church life can feel like an uphill struggle and the temptation to grow weary and lose heart is never far from the door of the local church or the Cathedral nbspHe concluded Undoubtedly there are challenges ahead but my message today is about encouraging confidence so we keep running the race set before us so we hand the baton on to others in due coursenbspAt the end of the service and prior to the Bishops blessing the visiting civic community and religious dignitaries processed outside to be joined by the Bishop and his wife HeathernbspWith everyone gathered symbolically unified in a circle there was another moving moment when two other young people Bethan Shaw 18 from Feniscowles who attends Stonyhurst College and Harry Brookes 15 from Darwen a pupil at St Wilfreds High School read from the Bible and invited the new Bishop to bless the congregation and the county nbspSpeaking about the inauguration after the service Rt Rev Julian Henderson said To become the ninth Bishop of Blackburn is extremely humbling It is an honour to be entrusted with such an important and significant responsibilitynbspAfter so many months of expectation and the various events of the last two weeks it feels very good to have finally arrived and be placed in my seat in Blackburn Cathedral nbspI see this as a symbol of being called to serve the church and people of Lancashire as a pastor I am honoured that so many people came today to welcome me and pray with me Now I look forward to getting on with the task aheadnbspAfter the service was over the Bishop was invited to local football club Blackburn Rovers to watch their clash with Charlton and at half time he spoke briefly to the crowd from the pitch saying Thank you for your wonderful Lancashire welcome My wife Heather and I wish you all the best for the rest of the seasonnbspRonnie Semley20102013nbsp

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Photos from Bishop Julian's Consecration in York Minster

York Minster on the morning of October 10 as preparations for the consecration were reaching completionnbspThe packed Minster from the west doornbspA view of the packed cathedral just before the service begannbspDiocesan clergy processing down the aislenbspJulians parents Ian and Sue who were celebrating their Diamond Wedding on the same day as Julians consecrationnbspJulian is presented to the Archbishop by Bishop John of Burnley and Bishop Christopher of GuildfordnbspThe moment when all the Bishops gathered round to anoint JuliannbspJulians parents Sue and Ian the Archbishop of York Bishop Julian and his wife HeathernbspBishop Julian wife Heather their son Jamie and daughter SusannahnbspThe Archbishop of York Bishop Julian his wife Heather and bishops from across England Bishop of BurnleyRt Rev John Goddard and Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson are behind the Archbishop on the leftand right respectively

Bishop Julian's inauguration: a special day

Thenbspinauguration of the Dioceses new Bishop Julian Henderson has taken place at Blackburn Cathedral today October 19A full report and pictures about the events of a special day will appear on the Diocese website shortly as well as video clips on thenbspBlackburn Diocese YouTube channelnbspBefore todays celebrations York Minster was the venue last week for an historic consecration event event attended by 1500 peoplenbspSee links on the right for a consecration report and pictures and updates on the Bishops prayer vigil which took place in the week between the two key datesnbspAll clergy parishioners and everyone else living in Lancashire can find out a bit more about their new Bishop by watching a video interview on YouTube in which Bishop Julian chats to Joe Wilson from BBC Radio LancashirenbspThe interview is an opportunity to get to know a bit about the new Bishop and roams across a number of topics including how Julian came to faith his views on women bishops and Lancashires love of football The video is available on the new Blackburn Diocese YouTube channel whichnbsplaunched recently to coincide with Julians arrivalnbspThenbspConsecration Service was led by the Archbishop of York He said Itnbspis great to welcome Bishop Julian Henderson as Lancashires next Bishopnbsp He will be a great blessing to the Diocese of Blackburn join me in praying for his ministry therenbspnbspSee main articles on the home page for more on the consecrationnbspnbspThe new Bishops appointment was announced in March and he made his first public appearance at the Blackburn Foodbank to support the work the staff at the Foodbank do on a daily basis to help those in need He then made his first visit to the Cathedral where he met with the Dean The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong staff from the Diocese offices in neighbouring Church House and cathedral workersThe next Bishop Julian Henderson and wife Heather at Blackburn FoodbankThe new Bishops name was sent to the Prime Minister by the CNC at the end of January and then to Her Majesty The Queen in her role as head of state and Supreme Governor of the Church of England who gave the decision her final approval and ratificationnbspThe Venerable Julian Henderson commented To find that I am the person invited to become the next Bishop of Blackburn is extremely humbling It is an honour to be entrusted with such an important and significant responsibilitynbspHeather and I come to the diocese in response to a call from God through His church to serve both His people and the whole wider community in Lancashire And we do so joyfully with a real sense of expectation and excitementnbspI am very aware of the very significant challenges facing many in Lancashire at a time of austerity and cutbacks and a shortage of jobs It is no coincidence that this announcement is taking place at a foodbank one of many round the country each one a sign of the struggle it is for some to get through the next week I would hope to be a champion and spokesman for those whose voice is often not heardnbspI am also aware this Foodbank has been supported by the whole community not just the Christian community including local Muslims and Buddhists and people of no faith who just want to help people in neednbspOur relationship as leaders sends a vital message to our separate communities about finding good ways of living alongside one another respecting our differences and working together where we can for the common goodnbspI also look forward to meeting and working closely with civic leaders and CEOs of local and County authorities a partnership in which I believe the church has much to offernbspThe next Bishop of Blackburn continued At another level I am aware of different deeply held convictions around the diocese on the ordination of women to the priesthood and to the episcopate Let me be clear I am in favour of women serving as Bishops and will want to introduce a change in the current diocesan pattern by ordaining women as deacons and priestsnbspBut I hope my vote at General Synod last November will be a reassurance to those opposed to this development that I want to be a figure of unity on this matter and will ensure there is an honoured place for both positions within the mainstream of the Church of England Might Blackburn be a model for the rest of the Church of EnglandnbspBBC TV news report on the announcementJulian Henderson is welcomed at the Foodbank by the Rt Rev John Goddard Bishop of BurnleyJulian Henderson also spoke of the opportunities for mission his new position affords saying Compared to other areas of the country Blackburn Diocese had a stronger response to the question about faith in the most recent 2011 Census Around 67 of people in the region describe themselves as Christian compared with 59 nationallynbspThere is a strong Christian core running through Lancashire much like the writing in a stick of the famous Blackpool rock I want to build up and encourage my fellow Christians in the region to stand up and speak out for what they believe in and to make a difference where it matters in peoples lives We can grow the Kingdom in this area as much through the works we do as by the words we saynbspThere are great opportunities for the church today I am passionately committed to encouraging church leaders and their families lay and ordained in supporting them and their parishes in the front line work of proclaiming the Gospel and serving their local communitiesnbspIt is a tough call to be church today and I am aware of the cost and commitment of many in fulfilling their calling Without their presence many local communities would be the poorer I also long to see the church more fully engaged in the mission task given to us to go and make disciples of all peoplenbspI believe that knowing Jesus Christ is Good News and I will do whatever I can to speak of Him and encourage others to believe in Him I hope to be able to boost confidence in this Gospel message and for the Christian community to be more and more unashamed of their faith in Jesus ChristnbspRt Rev John Goddard Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn added I am delighted to welcome Julian Henderson as our next Bishop He has the full support of the senior clergy in the Diocese including myself as he seeks to bring Gods Word to Lancashire in the years ahead We are all looking forward immensely to this new era for Blackburn DioceseJulian Henderson and his wife Heather with Diocese and cathedral staff at a welcome meeting in Blackburn Cathedral on the day his appointment was announcedFactsheet about the next Bishop of BlackburnCareerJulian Hendersonnbspis 59 and was born in 1954 Educated at Keble College Oxford he became an ordained Deacon in 1979 and a priest in 1980 From 1979 to 1983 he was Curate at Islington St Mary Diocese of London From 1983 to 1992 he was Vicar of Emmanuel and St Mary in the Castle in Hastings Diocese of Chichester From 1992 to 2005 he was Vicar of Holy Trinity Church Claygate Diocese of Guildford where he was also Rural Dean of Emly from 1996 to 2001 Innbsp2005 he was appointed Archdeacon of Dorking He has also been Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral from 2002 He is currently chair of the Church of England General Synod Business Committee He also supports The Limpsfield Trust which works to provide fun activity holidays for young people from across the UK from all backgrounds Other background informationIn 2010 the Archdeacon was one of 4000 delegates representing 198 countries at The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation in Cape Town South Africa the most representative gathering of Christian leaders in the 2000 year history of the Christian movement Christianity Today He heard powerful stories from around the world about evangelisation and the importance of placing God at the centre of peoples lives not only speaking about faith but acting out faith in the Works we do as Christians It is the importance of action as well as words that led the Archdeacon to choose the Blackburn Foodbank for his first appearance as the next Bishop of Blackburn Other personal informationJulian Henderson is married to Heather and has two grownup children Susannah 28 and Jamie 26 In his leisure time he enjoys gardening design and DIY walking reading tennis and cycling Some information about the Foodbank WarehouseBlackburn Foodbank was started with seed money from St Gabriels Church of England in Blackburn and opened on November 16 2012 It is franchised by the Trussell Trust a national network of foodbanks Blackburn Foodbank is run by Ros Duerden a parishioner and former church warden of St Gabriels Since it opened in November 2012 the foodbank has fed 1346 adults and 712 children It shifts around a tonne of food every single week There are around 11 volunteers who help out regularly and donations come from a variety of sources including local churches both C of E and other denominations private individuals local businesses and other faith groups The foodbank has a solid Christian ethos behind it supporting people in need and sharing the gospel in an informal way Find out more at the Foodbank website here httpblackburnfoodbankorguk To find out more about volunteering or just making a donation email infoblackburnfoodbankorguk Press interest in the announcement was high It was covered by the BBC TV and radio Granada Reports many local daily and weekly regional newspapers and the Christian press including Church TimesOther linksThe official announcement from 10 Downing StreetThe next Bishops message to all Diocese clergy and churchesGoodwill messages from around the Diocese for the next BishopThe next Bishop of Blackburn thanks all wellwishersThe positive local newspaper editorials on announcement of next BishopSpecial announcement edition of Diocese magazine The SeenbspSelected news coverageLancashire Telegraph BBC News Online Church Times Burnley Express Lancashire Evening Post Blackpool Gazette Surrey Today and the response on Twitter including tweets from the Archbishop of YorknbspBishop updates since the announcementDates announced for arrival of new Bishop of BlackburnNext Bishop moves inPrayers to be said for new BishopConsecration day arrivesnbsp

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Lancashire's new Bishop sends YouTube messages to schools and churches

LANCASHIRES NEW BISHOP SENDS YOUTUBE MESSAGES TO SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES AS HE IS INAUGURATED AT BLACKBURN CATHEDRALnbspTomorrow Saturday October 19 the Inauguration of Lancashires new Bishop Julian Henderson takes place at Blackburn CathedralnbspAnd to coincide with the special event the Bishop is sending greetings to all parishes and Church of England schools across the county via specially recorded greetings uploaded to YouTubenbspThe greetings come a week after the Diocese of Blackburn launched its new YouTube channel by uploading a six minute introduction interview with Bishop Julian nbspSince then that interview has been viewed nearly 800 timesnbspThe latest greetings are around a minute each and there is one for churches one for primary schools and another for high schoolsnbspLinks to download the messages have already been sent to all clergy and to all headteachers Churches are being encouraged to play the greeting at their services on Sunday nbspSchools will play their own greetings to pupils and staff at assemblies next week alongside fresh materials prepared by the Diocesan Board of Education DBE to coincide with the arrival of Bishop Julian The information tells schools and youth groups about the new Bishop who he is and his role for use in RE lessonsnbspSpeaking today about the launch of the YouTube channel Graeme Pollard Diocesan Secretary said Over the past year we have been moving forward with a more modern approach to our communications As part of this we were keen to engage in social media as Bishop Julian started with usnbspSo we have launched a YouTube channel initially with a video interview with Bishop Julian and now with these video messages I am delighted to say that after just seven days the interview has already been viewed nearly 800 times and still rising We are delighted with this initial response and more videos will follownbspTo remain contemporary and fresh in its communications the church needs to engage in the latest methods of reaching people and this is a successful initial step for the Diocese into social media We hope to do more in the futurenbspnbspRonnie Semley18102013nbsp

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New Bishop's greetings to churches and schools as inauguration takes place

Bishop Julian Henderson is sending video greetings to allparishes and Church of England schools across the county to coincide with his inauguration at Blackburn Cathedral on October 19The greetingscome a week after the Diocese of Blackburn launched its new YouTube channel by uploading a six minute introduction interview withBishop Julian Since thenthat interview has been viewed nearly 800 timesThe latestgreetings are around a minute each and there is one for churchesone for primary schools and another for high schoolsLinks to downloadthe messages have already been sent to all clergy and to all headteachersChurches are being encouraged to play the greeting at their services on SundaySchools willplay their own greetings to pupils and staff at assemblies next week alongsidefreshmaterials prepared by the Diocesan Board of Education DBE to coincidewith the arrival of Bishop Julian The information tells schools and youthgroups about the new Bishop who he is and his role for use in RE lessonsSpeakingtoday about the launch of the YouTube channel Graeme Pollard DiocesanSecretary said Over the past year we have been moving forward with a moremodern approach to our communications As part of this we were keen to engagein social media as Bishop Julian started with usSo we havelaunched a YouTube channel initially with a video interview with Bishop Julianand now with these video messages I am delighted to say that after just sevendays the interview has already been viewed nearly 800 times and still risingWe are delighted with this initial response and more videos will followTo remaincontemporary and fresh in its communications the church needs to engage in thelatest methods of reaching people and this is a successful initial step for theDiocese into social media We hope to do more in the futureRonnie Semley16102013

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New Bishop, Julian Henderson, prays at Lancashire Police HQ and meets Chief Constable

Another stop on prayer vigil round regionnbspLancashires new bishop Julian Henderson visited Lancashire Police Headquarters at Hutton near Preston today in one of his first appointments in his new rolenbspThe visit was one of his stops on a prayer vigil across Lancashire following his consecration on October 10 at York Minster by the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John SentamunbspUntil October 18 the day before he is inaugurated at Blackburn Cathedral Bishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn will be travelling across Lancashire on a vigil which will take him to all points on the compassnbspAt the police headquarters after spending some time praying in a room set aside for the purpose Bishop Julian who was accompanied by his wife Heather met with the Chief Constable Steve Finnigan Also travelling with the Bishop was the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John HawleynbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said My chief priority in Christian ministry is to share the story of what God has done for all people and call them to take Him seriously in their lives I love to help others come to faith in Jesus Christ and will want to encourage the many Christian communities around the diocese to engage in that outwardlooking task nbspOn this vigil I am praying for all aspects of the life of the county and the church and this stop was an opportunity to pray for the police and for the emergency services and the important work they do every daynbspChief Constable Steve Finnigan added I was delighted to meet Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson and his wife Heather when they visited police headquarters today nbspI was grateful to the Bishop for taking the time to pray for all emergency services including the police as part of his prayer vigil nbspWe appreciate that he has thought about and prayed for the work the police and emergency services do every day for the county at such an early stage in his tenure as BishopnbspBishop Julian goes on this week to make a series of short stops at many other locations around the regionnbspnbspRonnie Semley16102013nbsp

New Bishop, Julian Henderson, prays and takes a walk of faith at top of Blackpool Tower!

Another stop on prayer vigil round LancashirenbspLancashires new bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson visited Blackpool Tower yesterday in one of his first appointments in his new rolenbspThe visit was one of his stops on a prayer vigil across Lancashire following his consecration on October 10 at York Minster by the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John SentamunbspUntil Friday the day before he is inaugurated at Blackburn Cathedral Bishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn is travelling across Lancashire on a vigil which is taking him to all points on the compassnbspAt the Tower the Bishop accompanied by the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt met with local clergy and was given a tour of the facility including the famous Tower Ballroom by Greg Pearn the Head of Operations Also on the tour was Eileen Ormand Blackpool Town Centre and BID manager nbspThe Bishop and his wife Heather were then taken to the top of the Tower where they took in the fantastic view and also took some time to pray for the town and its people This was followed by a chance to make the walk of faith onto a glass floor with nothing underneath him except a birds eye view of the Blackpools amazing comedy carpet which contains hundreds of comic catchphrasesnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said My chief priority in Christian ministry is to share the story of what God has done for all people and call them to take Him seriously in their lives I love to help others come to faith in Jesus Christ and will want to encourage the many Christian communities around the diocese to engage in that outwardlooking task nbspOn this vigil I am praying for all aspects of the life of the county and the church and this stop was an opportunity to pray for the town of Blackpool and the people who live herenbspnbspRonnie Semley16102013nbsp

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New Bishop, Julian Henderson, prays at Cockle Pickers Memorial in Morecambe

Lancashires new bishop Julian Henderson visited the Cockle Pickers Memorial in Morecambe at the weekend in one of his first appointments in his new rolenbspThe visit on Saturday was one of his first stops on a prayer vigil across Lancashire following his consecration on October 10 at York Minster by the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John SentamunbspUntil October 18 the day before he is inaugurated at Blackburn Cathedral Bishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn will be travelling across Lancashire on a vigil which will take him to all points on the compassnbspIn Morecambe Bishop Julian was joined by local parishioners and clergy in the areas affected by the tragedy including Rev Nancy Goodrich vicar of Bolton le Sands the Rev Helen Leathard curate of Slyne with Hest and Rev Mike Peatman Rector of Morecambe Also travelling with the Bishop was the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael EverittnbspThe Morecambe Bay cockling disaster occurred on the evening of February 5 2004 when at least 21 cockle pickers were drowned by an incoming tide off the nearby coastnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said My chief priority in Christian ministry is to share the story of what God has done for all people and call them to take Him seriously in their lives I love to help others come to faith in Jesus Christ and will want to encourage the many Christian communities around the diocese to engage in that outwardlooking tasknbspnbspOn this vigil I am praying for all aspects of the life of the county and the church and this stop at the memorial was an opportunity to pray for those who work at sea and migrant labourers and to remember those who lost their lives in this tragedynbspBishop Julian will go on this week to make a series of short stops at many other locations north south east and west of LancashirenbspnbspRonnie Semley14102013nbsp

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St Wilfrids Arts and Music Festival arranged to celebrate our Patronal Festival celebrates in a week long programme through Art and Music the many and varied talents of so many local people As a Church community we warmly invite you to join and celebrate with usnbsp

New Bishop Julian Henderson embarks on Prayer Vigil

Lancashires new bishop Julian Henderson tomorrow Saturday embarks on a prayer vigil across Lancashire after being consecrated yesterday at York Minster by the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon John SentamunbspUntil October 18 the day before he is inaugurated at Blackburn Cathedral Bishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn will travel across Lancashire on a vigil which will take him to all points on the compass including to the worldfamous Blackpool TowernbspSpeaking at the consecration yesterday The Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu said Bishop Julian is being sent out today to win hearts for Jesus It is great to welcome him as Lancashires next Bishopnbsp He will be a great blessing to the Diocese of Blackburn join me in praying for his ministry therenbspTravelling with the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley and the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt Bishop Julian will make a series of short stops at many locations north south east and west of Lancashire meeting with local parishioners on the way who will join him in praying for all aspects of the life of the county everything from businesses and industry to farming and the emergency servicesnbspBishop Julian said To become the ninth Bishop of Blackburn is extremely humbling It is an honour to be entrusted with such an important and significant responsibilitynbspMy chief priority in Christian ministry is to share the story of what God has done for all people and call them to take Him seriously in their lives I love to help others come to faith in Jesus Christ and will want to encourage the many Christian communities around the diocese to engage in that outwardlooking task But I firmly believe that everything I do must begin in prayer to God Before my consecration I went away for a time of quiet prayer and now I look forward to praying with a variety of people in different locations around LancashirenbspI shall be praying for all aspects of the life of the county and the church and I shall be praying that Gods will be done in all I do and say as BishopnbspAs Bishop Julian prays for the region and prepares for his inauguration all clergy parishioners and everyone else living in Lancashire can log on to a video interview on YouTube in which Julian Henderson chats to Joe Wilson from BBC Radio LancashirenbspThe interview is an opportunity to get to know a bit more about the new Bishop and roams across a number of topics including how he came to faith his views on women bishops and Lancashires love of football nbspThe video is available on the new Blackburn Diocese YouTube channel which launched this week to coincide with Julians arrivalnbspRonnie Semley11102013nbsp

Diamond Wedding makes it double joy for new Bishop's family

The consecration of Julian Henderson as Lancashires new Bishop yesterday was a double day of joy for his familynbspFor on the very same day October 10 his parents Ian and Sue celebrated their Diamond WeddingnbspSo after the main proceedings of the day at York Minster were over the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu walked down from the altar to stand in front of the elderly couple and to bless them on their special dayPutting their hands together and wrapping them in his stole he was about to carry out the blessing when he noticed Bishop Julian at his shouldernbspHe turned to him and said You dont have to follow me but you can if you want tonbspThe new Bishop replied Im just coming to make sure you are nice to themnbspThen with Julian his wife Heather and their wider family proudly looking on there was a very moving moment when the Archbishop blessed and anointed the couple and then congratulated them on 60 years of marriagenbspIan 91 and Sue 81 were married in 1953 at St Peter and St John the Baptist Church Wivelsfield Green in Surrey where they still worshipnbspAfter the service the Archbishop said This was a unique occasion I have consecrated 18 Bishops but I have never anointed the parents on their diamond wedding in the same servicenbspIan Henderson added My wife and I have really enjoyed the occasion it has been a proud moment for us both and to have our anniversary on the same day is lovelynbspRonnie Semley11102013nbsp

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Lancashire's new Bishop consecrated in historic ceremony

Lancashires new bishop Julian Henderson has sent greetings tonbspthe regionnbspafter being consecrated in a moving service at York Minster today by the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon John SentamunbspThe two hour service attended by around 1500 people began at 11am and was led by the ArchbishopnbspAs he stood with Bishop Julian at a windy West Door at the conclusion of proceedings the Archbishop said Where I come from all of natures glory is a blessing This wind is like the Holy Spirit coming as Bishop Julian is being sent out today to win hearts for JesusnbspIt is great to welcome Bishop Julian as Lancashires next Bishopnbsp He will be a great blessing to the Diocese of Blackburn join me in praying for his ministry therenbsp nbspJulian Henderson added I want to thank all those who came to be present at my Consecration and all those who have remembered me and Heather in their prayersnbsp nbspIt was an aweinspiring occasion as bishops from around the church joined the Archbishop of York in laying hands on me and everyone prayed for the gift of the Holy Spirit to equip me to fulfil this role to the glory of Godnbsp nbspNow I commit myself with all the strength He gives me to make the Good News about Jesus Christ more widely known in Lancashire to be a faithful pastor to the people of the diocese and to become a useful member of the existing diocesan teamnbspClergy and parishioners from across Lancashire attended the York Minster service in the company of other senior clerics from across the UK and visiting international dignitariesnbspAlso attending today were Julians family and friends and representatives from all of Julians previous ministries including from his time as a parish priest and more recently as Archdeacon of Dorking nbspOther dignitaries at the Minster included Mayors and Mayoresses from many of the local councils including Blackburn Hyndburn West Lancashire Chorley South Ribble Burnley Fylde and Blackpool as well as the chairman of the County CouncilnbspLocal church schools were also represented with children in the congregation from St Stephens in Tockholes St Wilfreds innbspBlackburn and Archbishop Temple SchoolnbspThe sermon was delivered by Peter LeRoy a lifelong friend of Julians who is a lay reader at St Lukes Church Bath Julian chose Peter to deliver the sermon as he is a strong encourager of lay ministrynbspThe Bishops official service of Inauguration in Lancashire takes place on October 19 at Blackburn Cathedral and will be led by the Dean of BlackburnnbspTo find out more about the new Bishop clergy parishioners and everyone else living in Lancashire can now log on to a video interview on YouTube in which Julian Henderson chats to Joe Wilson from BBC Radio LancashirenbspThe interview is an opportunity to get to know a bit more about the new Bishop and roams across a number of topics including how he came to faith his views on women bishops and Lancashires love of football nbspThe video is available on the new Blackburn Diocese YouTube channel which launched this week to coincide with Julians arrivalnbsp

New Diocese YouTube channel launched

The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese today launches a new YouTube channel to mark the arrival of Bishop Julian Henderson Lancashires new BishopnbspThe first video on the channel is a six minute interview with Bishop Julian conducted by Joe Wilson from BBC Radio LancashirenbspFurther videos featuring the Bishop and the work of the Diocese will be uploaded in coming monthsnbspThe Consecration of Julian Henderson takes place at York Minster this week and will be conducted by the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John SentamunbspThe Bishops official service of Inauguration in Lancashire takes place on October 19 at Blackburn Cathedral and will be led by the Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher ArmstrongUPDATE November 7 the interview with the Bishop has been viewed more than 1000 times in less than four weeks and all videos now on the channel have been viewed in excess of 2200 timesnbspRonnie SemleyOctober 9 2013

Level 1 Safeguarding Training

Level 1 Safeguarding training for all those in parishesnbspwho work or volunteer for the church and who have an interest in or require a basic knowledge about the safety and welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults including clergy safeguarding coordinators and members of PCCsTuesday 8th October 700 pm 930 pmSt Thomas Church LancasterPlaces are limited to 25nbsp To book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Diocesan Synod

Datenbsp5 October Please note change of date from 19 OctoberTime 0930 amVenue Preston St Cuthbert Fulwood

Parish of Ribbleton - Concert Series - Autumn Variety Evening

Celebrating 125 Years of the Anglican Church in RibbletonnbspThis year marks the 125th Anniversary of St Mary Magdalenes Church and what better way is there to mark this than with the parish of Ribbletons first ever Concert SeriesnbspPlease see attached detailsnbspnbsp

Introduction to Mission Action Planning

An evening organised to offer support and resources to clergy and parishes who are either new to the MAP process or have not been involved in Mission Action Planning for some time This event will be held at St Marys House Blackburnnbspon Tuesday 1st October at 730pm and will offer an overview of the Mission Action Planning process and helpful advice in developing and writing a MAPWe will also offer help and support to ensure priorities within your Mission Action Plan become part of parish lifeFor further information please contactThe Rev Tim Horobin Parish Development OfficerTelephone 01254 53898timhorobinaolcom or stjameschuchlowerdarwenaolcouk The Rev David Banbury Department Leader and Diocesan MissionernbspTelephone 01254 503274davidbanburyblackburnanglicanorg nbspIf you would like to book a place on this evening event please contactMiranda Wraithmell Parish Mission Support Department SecretaryTelephone 01254 503278mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorg

Horseman's Sunday - Service to be conducted by Canon Godfrey Hirst

Horsemans Sunday will be held on Sunday September 29 at Penny Farm the World Horse Welfare Centre Preston New Rd Blackpool FY4 5JSnbspJudging across four classes for the Stirrup Cup event will be at 1145am prior to a service at 1230pmnbspThe service has become a main feature of the local scene and attracts many spectators as well as participantsnbspCanon Godfrey Hirst known as The Cantering Canon will conduct the service and preach from horseback and will bless each horse individuallynbspAfter the service there will be the opportunity to ride around the groundsnbspAll proceeds will go to World Horse WelfarenbspFor more details please ring 01253 766983nbspnbspnbsp

Level 2 Safeguarding Training

Level 2 Safeguarding training for those clergy and SafeguardingUnder18s Coordinators in parishes nbspwho have operational responsibility for receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults and those who make decisions about what action needs to be taken and in contacting and liaising with other agencies and who have completed Level 1St Margarets Church Hall Tag Lane Ingol Preston930 am 1230 pmPlaces are limited to 25nbsp To book a place please email Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorg

Praying for Julian - Preston Minster

Praying for JuliannbspA chance for people from all over Lancashire to pray for the next Bishop of Blackburn Julian HendersonnbspEvent will take place on September 27 from 79pm at Preston MinsternbspThere will be different styles of prayer catered for and the evening will be divided into 20 minute slotsnbspMore details from the Archdeacon John Hawley on 01254 262571

Safeguarding Level 1

Safeguarding Level 1 training fornbspnbspall those in parishesnbspwho work or volunteer for the church and who have an interest in or require a basic knowledge about the safety and welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults including clergy safeguarding coordinators and members of PCCsThursday 26th September 930 am 1230 pmAll Saints Church Anchorsholme BlackpoolPlaces are limited to 25nbsp To book a place please email Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Blackburn St James - Organ Recital

Organ Recital as part of the Harvest Celebrations in aid of the Blackburn FoodbanknbspSaturday 21st September 2013 at 730pmnbspAdmission 1 tin of soup or 1 bag of sugarnbspRetiring CollectionnbspPlease click here nbspfor more informationnbspnbsp

Harvest Supper - Winmarleigh Saint Luke

Winmarleigh Saint Lukes ChurchHarvest Supper18th September 2013 at 730pmFor more information click herenbsp

Treasurers Foundation Course

A Foundation Course for Parish Treasurers to be held at St Margarets Church Ingolon Tuesday 17th September 1000 am 330 pmPlaces are limited to book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorg or telephone 01254 503078

Pilgrimage at Whalley Abbey - Heritage Open Day

Pilgrimage at Whalley AbbeynbspThe pilgrimage will take place at Whalley Abbey ruins on September 15 from 45pmnbspThis is a free event to conclude a Heritage Open Day at the AbbeynbspArchdeacon John Hawley will lead pilgrims through the ruins in prayer and reflectionnbspMore details from the Archdeacon on 01254 262 571

Harvest Flower Festival - Winmarleigh Saint Luke

Winmarleigh Saint Lukes ChurchHarvest Flower Festival14th and 15th September 2013For more information click herenbsp

The Aabrahami Café

The Aabrahami CafnbspSt James ChurchSt James RoadBlackburnnbspFor more information or to arrange to visit the caf please contact nbspDerek Hartley of St James Church on 01254 676545nbspFurther datesnbspnbsp12th November 20137th December 2013

Celebrating God's Good and Glorious World

Celebrating Gods Good andGlorious WorldBrockholes Nature Reserve Preston Junction 31M6Saturday September 14th 2013 12 noonA short act of worship on the day of the annual Ride and Stride eventat the newly installed Family Hide just off the Guild Cycle WheelBring a picnic lunch and enjoy this gloriousplaceFurther details Revd Chris HalliwellDiocesan Rural and Environmental Project OfficerChrisHalliwellblackburnanglicanorg1572013

Bishop's Council & Directors

Datenbsp14 September Please note change of date from 28 eptemberTime 0900 am

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Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee

Date 10 September Please note change of date from 17 SeptemberTime 100 300 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Property Committee

Date 17 September Please note change of date from 17 SeptemberTime 1000 am 12 noonVenue Whalley Abbey

Finance Committee

Date 17 September Please note change of date from 17 SeptemberTime 400 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Safeguarding Level 1

Level 1 Safeguarding training fornbspall those in parishesnbspwho work or volunteer for the church and who have an interest in or require a basic knowledge about the safety and welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults including clergy safeguarding coordinators and members of PCCsSaturday 31st August 930 am 1230 pmSt Cuthberts Church Centre FulwoodPlaces are limited to 25nbsp To book a place please email Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Church Urban Fund - Nelson St Philip's Grassroots Centre

CHURCH URBAN FUND CAMERAS FOCUS ON WORK OF ST PHILIPS GRASSROOTS CENTREThe church mission work of St Philips Grassroots Centre in Leeds Road Nelson is now in focus thanks to a new video made by the Church Urban Fund CUF and available onlineThe CUF visited the centre and interviewed staff volunteers and other direct beneficiaries of the Grassroots project including computer literacy learners and confidence building participantsThey also looked at the work of the Foodbank that is run weekly from the centreThe filming took place as CUF supports Together Lancashire a partnership between the Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese Lancashire Methodist District and CUF itselfThe finished film has been uploaded to CUFs website as part of a series of profiles on work being carried out across the UK The CUF aims to tackle poverty and transform the lives of the poorest and marginalised members of society while Together Lancashire is managed and run locally responding to local needs and supporting church leaders and members community and youth workers and voluntary activists to tackle the effects of povertyThe Together Lancashire Board has representatives from each of the partners and includes people with a wide range of skills and contacts in church business local government and the voluntary sectorThe five minute film looks at the people who use the centre and work there They include Kirsty who had a difficult upbringing and suffered from low selfesteem Her life has been turned round by confidencebuilding courses at the Centre and she now works there as a volunteer something she says would have been impossible a while agoOthers featured include Roland who was helped by the Centre after finding it hard to make ends meet after an illness laid him low and Deborah who has trained on how to use a computer something she had never done beforeSuzanne Waddicor who features in the film and is Project Manager of the Grassroots Centre said I hope the film will highlight the continuing need for our support in the heart of our poorest communities and will hopefully raise awareness of issues around poverty that will inspire more churches to get involved and make a differencePoverty affects people in different ways but it affects every part of their lives We try to empower people to move forwardEd Saville Lead Officer for Social Responsibility for the Diocese added This is a place of mission as well as a place of service Involving people from churches in meeting the needs of the community is a central part of Christian faith Here we are putting it into practice We hope that this joint work will continue until we manage to remove all causes of povertyJeremy Aspinall Director of Communications of the Church Urban Fund added The work of the Grassroots Centre in helping the poor and marginalised is inspirational and so also is the Nurture Room that provides breakfast for children arriving at school hungryIf you or your church or place or worship want to get involved and can help the Grassroots Centre get in touch by emailing suzannewaddicorblackburnanglicanorg or calling 01282 877 640 nbspnbspRonnie Semley22082013

Blackburn St James - Organ Recital

Organ Recital as part of the Harvest Celebrations in aid of the Blackburn FoodbanknbspSaturday 21st September 2013 at 730pmnbspAdmission 1 tin of soup or 1 bag of sugarnbspRetiring CollectionnbspPlease click here nbspfor more informationnbspnbsp

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Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - Camus Arts Centre, Island of Canna, Scotland

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summer nbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspWednesday 7th Augustnbsp Camus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotland 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

Foodbanks appeal for food to keep up with demand ....

Our foodbanks are so grateful for all your support across Lancashire the demand is growingnbsp In the Burnley area there have been over 6000 parcels provided in the last 18 monthsnbsp Keeping up with demand is challenging please could you appeal to your congregations to donate food or moneynbsp Often foodbanks have to buy particular items if they run shortnbsp If you dont know where your local foodbank is contact Greg Smith Lancs West Normal 0 false false false ENGB XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 on 07726 177044 or Gill Beeley East Lancs on 07904 919413Some foodbanks provide collection boxes which can be put in the ChurchSo please do help us to feed the hungry especially at this time when free school meals are not available to childrennbsp THANKYOU

Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - Durham Cathedral, Durham

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summer nbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspSunday 4th Augustnbsp Durham Cathedral Durham7pmTickets The Gala Theatre Box Office Tel 0191 332 4041 or httpwwwgaladurhamcouknbspWednesday 7th August Camus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotland 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - St Mary`s Parish Church, Holy Island, Northumberland

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summer nbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspSaturday 3rd August St Marys Parish Church Holy Island Northumberland7pmTickets 01289 389216 or vicaragestmarysholyislandorguknbspSunday 4th August Durham Cathedral Durham7pmTickets The Gala Theatre Box Office Tel 0191 332 4041 or httpwwwgaladurhamcouknbspWednesday 7th August Camus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotland 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - St Mary's Parish Church, Holystone, Northumberland

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summer nbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspFriday 2nd August St Marys Parish Church Holystone Northumberland 730pmTickets Tullys of Rothbury Tel 01669 620574nbspSaturday 3rd August St Marys Parish Church Holy Island Northumberland7pmTickets 01289 389216 or vicaragestmarysholyislandorguknbspSunday 4th Augustnbsp Durham Cathedral Durham7pmTickets The Gala Theatre Box Office Tel 0191 332 4041 or httpwwwgaladurhamcouknbspWednesday 7th August Camus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotland 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

SOLD OUT - Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - St Mary & All Saints Church, Whalley

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summer nbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspThursday 1st August Whalley Parish Church Whalley Lancashire730pmTickets Shaun Smith 01254 823249 or officewhalleypcorguknbspFriday 2nd August St Marys Parish Church Holystone Northumberland 730pmTickets Tullys of Rothbury Tel 01669 620574nbspSaturday 3rd August St Marys Parish Church Holy Island Northumberland7pmTickets 01289 389216 or vicaragestmarysholyislandorguknbspSunday 4th Augustnbsp Durham Cathedral Durham7pmTickets The Gala Theatre Box Office Tel 0191 332 4041 or httpwwwgaladurhamcouknbspWednesday 7th Augustnbsp Camus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotland 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

SOLD OUT - Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - Tabor Carmelite Retreat House, Preston

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summer nbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspWednesday 31st July Tabor Carmelite Retreat House Preston Lancashire 2pm amp 730pmTickets 01772 717122 or taborcarmelitenetnbspThursday 1st August Whalley Parish Church Whalley Lancashire730pmTickets Shaun Smith 01254 823249 or officewhalleypcorguknbspFriday 2nd August St Marys Parish Church Holystone Northumberland 730pmTickets Tullys of Rothbury Tel 01669 620574nbspSaturday 3rd August St Marys Parish Church Holy Island Northumberland7pmTickets 01289 389216 or vicaragestmarysholyislandorguknbspSunday 4th Augustnbsp Durham Cathedral Durham7pmTickets The Gala Theatre Box Office Tel 0191 332 4041 or httpwwwgaladurhamcouknbspWednesday 7th Augustnbsp Camus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotland 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

SOLD OUT - Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - Ormskirk Parish Church, Ormskirk

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summer nbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspTuesday 30th July Ormskirk Parish Church Ormskirk Lancashire730pmTickets Arts Centre Box Office Edge Hill University Tel 01695 584480 or httpwwwedgehillacukrosetheatrewhatsonnbspWednesday 31st July Tabor Carmelite Retreat House Preston Lancashire 2pm amp 730pmTickets 01772 717122 or taborcarmelitenetnbspThursday 1st August Whalley Parish Church Whalley Lancashire730pmTickets Shaun Smith 01254 823249 or officewhalleypcorguknbspFriday 2nd August St Marys Parish Church Holystone Northumberland 730pmTickets Tullys of Rothbury Tel 01669 620574nbspSaturday 3rd August St Marys Parish Church Holy Island Northumberland7pmTickets 01289 389216 or vicaragestmarysholyislandorguknbspSunday 4th Augustnbsp Durham Cathedral Durham7pmTickets The Gala Theatre Box Office Tel 0191 332 4041 or httpwwwgaladurhamcouknbspWednesday 7th Augustnbsp Camus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotland 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

SOLD OUT - Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - Blackburn Cathedral

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summer nbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspSunday 28th July Blackburn Cathedral Blackburn7pmTickets 01772 785727 or jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspTuesday 30th July Ormskirk Parish Church Ormskirk Lancashire730pmTickets Arts Centre Box Office Edge Hill University Tel 01695 584480 or httpwwwedgehillacukrosetheatrewhatsonnbspWednesday 31st July Tabor Carmelite Retreat House Preston Lancashire 2pm amp 730pmTickets 01772 717122 or taborcarmelitenetnbspThursday 1st August Whalley Parish Church Whalley Lancashire730pmTickets Shaun Smith 01254 823249 or officewhalleypcorguknbspFriday 2nd August nbspSt Marys Parish Church Holystone Northumberland 730pmTickets Tullys of Rothbury Tel 01669 620574nbspSaturday 3rd August St Marys Parish Church Holy Island Northumberland7pmTickets 01289 389216 or vicaragestmarysholyislandorguknbspSunday 4th Augustnbsp Durham Cathedral Durham7pmTickets The Gala Theatre Box Office Tel 0191 332 4041 or httpwwwgaladurhamcouknbspWednesday 7th Augustnbsp Camus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotland 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

Illumination - A Play by Donna Worthington

IlluminationA play by Donna WorthingtonDirected by Bill Hopkinson Animations by Helen NewallSunday July 28th Blackburn Cathedral Blackburn Lancashire 7pmA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathIllumination has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this Summer The play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The sitesensitive production is touring across Northern England and ScotlandAt the heart of the play are the themes of the Lindisfarne Gospels which explores death resurrection and the search for the truth and the nature of who we are The play asks How should we live How do we die a good death Can we commit to anything wholeheartedly What is the nature of the human pilgrimage Which selves do we need to let go of in order to find the truth of who we areIlluminated with beautiful images and written specifically for church settings the play explores spirituality and profound human questionsFor tickets 01772 785727 or jenworthington2003yahoocoukSupported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Library

SOLD OUT - Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Lytham

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summer nbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspSaturday 27th July St Cuthberts Parish Church Lytham Lancashire7pmTickest 01253 736488 or janestcuthbertslythamcouknbspSunday 28th July Blackburn Cathedral Blackburn7pmTickets 01772 785727 or jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspTuesday 30th July Ormskirk Parish Church Ormskirk Lancashire730pmTickets Arts Centre Box Office Edge Hill University Tel 01695 584480 or httpwwwedgehillacukrosetheatrewhatsonnbspWednesday 31st July Tabor Carmelite Retreat House Preston Lancashire 2pm amp 730pmTickets 01772 717122 or taborcarmelitenetnbspThursday 1st August Whalley Parish Church Whalley Lancashire730pmTickets Shaun Smith 01254 823249 or officewhalleypcorguknbspFriday 2nd August St Marys Parish Church Holystone Northumberland 730pmTickets Tullys of Rothbury Tel 01669 620574nbspSaturday 3rd August St Marys Parish Church Holy Island Northumberland7pmTickets 01289 389216 or vicaragestmarysholyislandorguknbspSunday 4th Augustnbsp Durham Cathedral Durham7pmTickets The Gala Theatre Box Office Tel 0191 332 4041 or httpwwwgaladurhamcouknbspWednesday 7th Augustnbsp Camus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotland 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

Illumination - a play to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels - Stricklandgate Methodist Church, Kendal

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire nbsp in Blackburn Lytham Ormskirk Preston and WhalleynbspA monk creates the Lindisfarne Gospels the body of St Cuthbert is carried across the North an everyday family struggles to cope with ambitions life and deathnbspIllumination a play by Donna Worthington directed by Bill Hopkinsonand with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday 28th July at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pmnbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summernbspThe play weaves visual images from the pages around a contemporary story to bring back those ancient pictures to our churches walls The production is touring across Northern England and Scotland and is written specifically for church settingsnbspFor tickets for the Blackburn Cathedral event only call 01772 785727 or email jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspIllumination is also being shown at a number of other venues around Lancashire as well as elsewhere in the UK The other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Ormskirk Preston and Whalley in the period from 27th July to 1st August nbspThere will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspFriday 26th July nbspStricklandgate Methodist Church Kendal Cumbria 7pmTickets 01539 561206 or wafbennettbtinternetcomnbspSaturday 27th July nbspSt Cuthberts Parish Church Lytham Lancashirenbspnbsp7pmTickest 01253 736488 or janestcuthbertslythamcouknbspSunday 28th July nbspBlackburn Cathedral Blackburnnbspnbsp7pmTickets 01772 785727 or jenworthington2003yahoocouknbspTuesday 30th July nbspOrmskirk Parish Church Ormskirk Lancashirenbspnbsp730pmTickets Arts Centre Box Office Edge Hill University Tel 01695 584480 or httpwwwedgehillacukrosetheatrewhatsonnbspWednesday 31st July nbspTabor Carmelite Retreat House Preston Lancashire nbspnbsp2pm amp 730pmTickets 01772 717122 or taborcarmelitenetnbspThursday 1st August nbspWhalley Parish Church Whalley Lancashirenbspnbsp730pmTickets Shaun Smith 01254 823249 or officewhalleypcorguknbspFriday 2nd August nbspSt Marys Parish Church Holystone Northumberland nbsp730pmTickets Tullys of Rothbury Tel 01669 620574nbspSaturday 3rd August nbspSt Marys Parish Church Holy Island Northumberlandnbspnbsp7pmTickets 01289 389216 or vicaragestmarysholyislandorguknbspSunday 4th August nbspDurham Cathedral Durhamnbspnbsp7pmTickets The Gala Theatre Box Office Tel 0191 332 4041 or wwwgaladurhamcouknbspWednesday 7th AugustnbspnbspCamus Arts Centre Island of Canna Scotlandnbsp 6pm and 830pmTickets 01687 462474 or camusartscentreyahoocouknbspnbspnbspEvent supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council EnglandnbspThe use of images in the play by courtesy of the British Librarynbsp

Lancaster Priory - Exhibition of Work by Textile Artist, Jacqui Frost

Lancaster Prior nbspOpen daily from 24th July to 1st September 2013nbsp930am to 330pmnbspnbspAn Embroidery Exhibition of Work by Textile Artist Jacqui FrostnbspRiver of Life Threads through life and faithnbspnbsp

Faith in a rapidly changing world

Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke will visit Lancaster Priory to speak on Faith in a Rapidly Changing World on July 22 from 730pm 9pmnbspMr Clarke is the current Visiting Professor of Politics and Faith at Lancaster University and is enthusiastically looking forward to the latest instalment of Lancasters successful Priory Lecture seriesnbspHe is set to cover the recent events in Egypt and the Middle East as well as domestic issues regarding equal marriage and other equality legislation There will be a QampA opportunitynbspHistorically the event has attracted eminent speakers from the worlds of politics and religion including Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Bishop David JenkinsnbspLooking ahead Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities is due to speak on Faith in Multicultural Britain when the series returns in autumnnbspAll are welcome to what promises to be an engaging evening Tickets are 5 on the door including refreshmentsnbspnbsp

Church House Induction Day

A day for those newly Ordained and for clergy new to the DioceseFor further details please email Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Diocesan Synod & DBF AGM

Date 13 JulyTime 0930 amVenue Preston St Cuthbert Fulwood

Cracking the Code

A day of encouraging equipping and getting to grips with Gods plan for our livesSaturday 13th July 800am 100pmCalvary Christian FellowshipWard Street Lostock HallPreston PR5 5HRFor more information and to book go to httpcvmorgukeventseventsdetailp

Diocese of Blackburn confirmed as home for six new Parishes

Decision taken at General Synod earlier this weeknbspBlackburn Diocese The Church of England in Lancashire will be the home for six parishes that previously sat under the Diocese of BradfordnbspThe parishes were set to move to Lancashire as part of changes to create a new superDiocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales consisting of the Dioceses of Bradford Ripon and Leeds and WakefieldnbspThe Blackburn Diocesan Synod met in April this year and having reviewed a report by the Dioceses Commission which recommended they should move into the Blackburn Diocese voted by a large majority to welcome Hurst Green Mitton Waddington Grindleton Bolton by Bowland and GisburnnbspSheffield Diocese also voted to accept a cluster of parishes in February as part of the changesnbspThe Dioceses Commission report had stated the parishes were a coherent pastoral and geographical grouping and moving them and other parishes around the edges of the proposed West Yorkshire and the Dales Diocese would help to bring all diocesan boundaries more in line with county boundaries bringing the Churchs structures closer to those of civic societynbsp Following objections to the larger plan by one of the central Dioceses Wakefield the final decision was referred to the General Synod for further discussion and final approvalnbspResponding to the decision at Synod the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley said The parishes we will now welcome into Blackburn Diocese will strengthen and add to the fabric of the Diocese in many ways particularly in relation to rural affairs and church growth in rural areasnbspWe now begin the process of working closely with them to ensure their transition is smooth and I look forward to working with my counterpart in Bradford Diocese the Archdeacon of Craven Paul Slater to ensure this happens as soon as it is practical to do sonbspnbspRonnie Semley12072013nbspnbsp

DAC

Date 12 JulyTime 200 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Finance Committee

Date 09 JulyTime 400 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Re-shaping Ministry for Mission Consultation

A consultation for clergy and church members to respond to the Shape of Things to Come Report to be heldon Tuesday 9th July at St Hildas Church and Church Hall Carleton at 730 pm

Real Time Information and Gift Aid Training

There will benbspan evening seminarnbspon Monday 8th July at St Cuthberts Fulwood at 700 pm for Real Time Information relevant to parishes who employ peoplenbsp followed at 730 pm by a seminar on Gift Aid

Re-shaping Ministry for Mission Consultation

A consultation for clergy and church members to respond to the Shape of Things to Come Report to be heldonnbsp Monday 8th July at Longridge Primary School adjacent to Longridge St Lawrence with St Paul at 730 pm

Spectacular Flower Festival

TARLETON HOLY TRINITY CHURCHnbsp125th ANNIVERSARYnbspSPECTACULAR FLOWER FESTIVALnbsp5th 7th JULYnbspThe centrepiece of Holy Trinity Church Tarletons 125th Anniversary celebrations will be a SPECTACULAR FLOWER FESTIVAL to be held at the Church on Church Road from 5th 7th JulynbspThe Flower Festival theme Blossom and Flourish looks at the role of the Church at the centre of the community in the past present and future Other important providers of service to the area from the local business community have provided much valued sponsorship of the eventnbspThe Exhibits have been designed and created by a team of skilled flower arrangers from across the North West many of whom have exhibited with distinction regionally and nationally and who have been led by Eva Eccleston who is also a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Church Local children working with the experienced exhibitors will be contributing to the FestivalWithin the grounds of the Church there will also be displays and exhibits illustrating scenes from village life past and present There will also be a large marquee the Blossom Tearooms serving a range of delicious refreshments on all days to cater for the needs of visitorsnbspOn the evening of 4th July the Mayor of West Lancashire will attend a sponsors and exhibitors private Preview Evening at the Church at 730pm when wine and canaps will be servednbspThe Festival will be open to the public from 10am 8pm on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July and from 10am 630pm on Sunday 7th July when it will conclude with a Festival EvensongnbspFurther information fromnbspLes Abernethy Chair Flower Festival CommitteenbspAnne Abernethy Secretary Flower Festival Committee01772 814067anneabernethybtinternetcomnbsp

Called to Serve Day Conference

A day conference for all those taking part in the Called to Serve 201213 courseTo be held at Ashton Methodist Church Wellington Road Ashton on Ribble Prestonnbsp 1000 am 300 pm

The Aabrahami Café

The Aabrahami CafnbspSt James ChurchSt James RoadBlackburnnbspFor more information or to arrange to visit the caf please contact nbspDerek Hartley of St James Church on 01254 676545nbspFurther datesnbspnbsp14th September 201312th November 20137th December 2013nbsp

Spectacular Flower Festival

TARLETON HOLY TRINITY CHURCHnbsp125th ANNIVERSARYnbspSPECTACULAR FLOWER FESTIVALnbsp5th 7th JULYnbspThe centrepiece of Holy Trinity Church Tarletons 125th Anniversary celebrations will be a SPECTACULAR FLOWER FESTIVAL to be held at the Church on Church Road from 5th 7th JulynbspThe Flower Festival theme Blossom and Flourish looks at the role of the Church at the centre of the community in the past present and future Other important providers of service to the area from the local business community have provided much valued sponsorship of the eventnbspThe Exhibits have been designed and created by a team of skilled flower arrangers from across the North West many of whom have exhibited with distinction regionally and nationally and who have been led by Eva Eccleston who is also a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Church Local children working with the experienced exhibitors will be contributing to the FestivalWithin the grounds of the Church there will also be displays and exhibits illustrating scenes from village life past and present There will also be a large marquee the Blossom Tearooms serving a range of delicious refreshments on all days to cater for the needs of visitorsnbspOn the evening of 4th July the Mayor of West Lancashire will attend a sponsors and exhibitors private Preview Evening at the Church at 730pm when wine and canaps will be servednbspThe Festival will be open to the public from 10am 8pm on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July and from 10am 630pm on Sunday 7th July when it will conclude with a Festival EvensongnbspFurther information fromnbspLes Abernethy Chair Flower Festival CommitteenbspAnne Abernethy Secretary Flower Festival Committee01772 814067anneabernethybtinternetcomnbsp

Spectacular Flower Festival

TARLETON HOLY TRINITY CHURCHnbsp125th ANNIVERSARYnbspSPECTACULAR FLOWER FESTIVALnbsp5th 7th JULYnbspThe centrepiece of Holy Trinity Church Tarletons 125th Anniversary celebrations will be a SPECTACULAR FLOWER FESTIVAL to be held at the Church on Church Road from 5th 7th JulynbspThe Flower Festival theme Blossom and Flourish looks at the role of the Church at the centre of the community in the past present and future Other important providers of service to the area from the local business community have provided much valued sponsorship of the eventnbspThe Exhibits have been designed and created by a team of skilled flower arrangers from across the North West many of whom have exhibited with distinction regionally and nationally and who have been led by Eva Eccleston who is also a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Church Local children working with the experienced exhibitors will be contributing to the FestivalWithin the grounds of the Church there will also be displays and exhibits illustrating scenes from village life past and present There will also be a large marquee the Blossom Tearooms serving a range of delicious refreshments on all days to cater for the needs of visitorsnbspOn the evening of 4th July the Mayor of West Lancashire will attend a sponsors and exhibitors private Preview Evening at the Church at 730pm when wine and canaps will be servednbspThe Festival will be open to the public from 10am 8pm on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July and from 10am 630pm on Sunday 7th July when it will conclude with a Festival EvensongnbspFurther information fromnbspLes Abernethy Chair Flower Festival CommitteenbspAnne Abernethy Secretary Flower Festival Committee01772 814067anneabernethybtinternetcomnbspnbspKaren Ashcroft24062013nbspnbsp

Re-shaping Ministry for Mission Consultation

A consultation for clergy and church members to respond to the Shape of Things to Come Report to be heldat St Gabriels Church Hall BlackburnnbsponnbspThursday 4thnbspJuly at 730 pm

Re-shaping Ministry for Mission Consultation

A consultation for clergy and church members to respond to the Shape of Things to Come Report to be heldat St John Great Marsden on Wednesday 3rd July at 730 pm

Established and Long Serving Churchwardens training

Anbsptraining evening for Established and Long Serving Churchwardens led by Archdeacon John and Archdeacon MichaelSt Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwoodnbsp 730 900 pm

Ordination of Priests

The Bishop of Burnley will ordain the Revv Paul Bye and Damian Platt to serve as Priests in the Church of God on Sunday 30 June at 12 noon in Christ Church Blackburn

Ordination of Priests

The Bishop of Lancaster will ordain the Revv Tim Brampton David Gerrard John Mountain and Tracy Swindells to serve as Priests in the Church of God on Sunday 30 June at 7pm in the Parish Church of St Wilfrid Standish

Women's Voices at Lancaster Priory

Choral Evensong atnbsp630pm on Sunday 30th JunenbspSung by the Priory Choir with sermon by visiting preacherThe Reverend Debbie Peatman Morecambe Parish Churchnbspnbsp

Ordination of Priests

The Bishop of Lancaster will ordain the Revv Rebecca Crowe Craig Abbott Linda Tomkinson and Sharon Wilkinson to serve as Priests in the Church of God on Sunday 30 June at 3pm in the Parish Church of St Thomas Lancaster

Duggie Dug Dug Praise Party

Sunday 30th June 2013nbsp6pm730pmnbspRed Rose SuiteNorthcote at the Rovers Ewood Park Blackburn Lancashire BB2 4JFnbspThis will be a fun and fast moving event with a mixture of action songs break dancing funky dance tracks tricks illusions hilarious puppets and sign language songs There will be lots of audience participation and a hefty measure of fun and laughter thrown in they make for a colourful and exciting celebration that your kids and grown ups will talk about for yearsnbspnbspTickets 4 per person or 15 per family of fournbspFor further informationnbspor to book please contact Susan or Sarah on 01254 503405 or email childrenblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Ordination of Deacons

The Bishop of Burnley will ordain the following men and women to serve as Deacons in the Church of God on Saturday 29 June at 1030am in Blackburn CathedralJane AtkinsonCalum CrombieJames GwynThomasSteve HaskettMike KirbyJudith KirkhamHelen LeathardChristine MortonTerry Murnane

Ordination of Priests

The Bishop of Burnley will ordain the Revd Stuart Tomlinson to serve as nbspa priest in the Church of God on Saturday 29 June at 3pm in the Parish Church of St Christopher Blackpool

Ordination of Priests

The Bishop of Lancaster will ordain the Revv Catherine Braithwaite Christopher Coupe and Andrew Whitehead to serve as Priests in the Church of God on Saturday 29 June at 7pm at St Mary Magdalenes Clitheroe

Poverty is the Question. Are you the answer?

nbspWhether you are hot on history clued up about popular culture or fanatical about food make sure your church is part of Quizaid 2013nbspRegister today for your free fundraising pack at wwwchristianaidorgukquizaid or by calling 020 7620 2248nbspYou will receive everything you need to make your Quizaid a huge success including quiz questions and answers and an easytofollow guide to running your QuizaidnbspPut your brain to the test this September and join Quizaid 2013nbspnbspKaren Ashcroft25062013nbsp

Blackburn Launch of Giving in Grace website

Giving in Grace WebsiteLaunch in Blackburn DioceseChurch Finances are they a blessing to help ministry and mission or a curse to prevent further action Each parishs circumstances are different some churches have a real problem with expensive buildings and declining and ageing congregations This is an issue that wont go awayResources are available to help parishes one of which is the Giving in Grace website wwwgivingingraceorg This is very user friendly and includes details about preparing a long term parish plan to address ongoing stewardship matters This newly revitalised web site is being launched first in Liverpool diocese in May then in Blackburn Diocese on 25th amp 26th June moreinfo

New Churchwarden training evening

A training evening for New Churchwardens led by Archdeacon John and Archdeacon MichaelTo be held at St Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood 730 900 pm

Spectacular Flower Festival

TARLETON HOLY TRINITY CHURCHnbsp125th ANNIVERSARYnbspSPECTACULAR FLOWER FESTIVALnbsp5th 7th JULYnbspThe centrepiece of Holy Trinity Church Tarletons 125th Anniversary celebrations will be a SPECTACULAR FLOWER FESTIVAL to be held at the Church on Church Road from 5th 7th JulynbspThe Flower Festival theme Blossom and Flourish looks at the role of the Church at the centre of the community in the past present and future Other important providers of service to the area from the local business community have provided much valued sponsorship of the eventnbspThe Exhibits have been designed and created by a team of skilled flower arrangers from across the North West many of whom have exhibited with distinction regionally and nationally and who have been led by Eva Eccleston who is also a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Church Local children working with the experienced exhibitors will be contributing to the FestivalWithin the grounds of the Church there will also be displays and exhibits illustrating scenes from village life past and present There will also be a large marquee the Blossom Tearooms serving a range of delicious refreshments on all days to cater for the needs of visitorsnbspOn the evening of 4th July the Mayor of West Lancashire will attend a sponsors and exhibitors private Preview Evening at the Church at 730pm when wine and canaps will be servednbspThe Festival will be open to the public from 10am 8pm on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July and from 10am 630pm on Sunday 7th July when it will conclude with a Festival EvensongnbspFurther information fromnbspLes Abernethy Chair Flower Festival CommitteenbspAnne Abernethy Secretary Flower Festival Committee01772 814067anneabernethybtinternetcomnbsp

Women's Voices at Lancaster Priory

Choral Evensong at 630pm on Sunday 23rd JunenbspSung by the Priory Choir with sermon by visiting preacherThe Reverend Canon Fleur Green Vicar of Darwen Saint Peter

Within the eye of the Storm

WITHIN THE EYE OF THE STORM is coming to BLACKBURN The film is a unique portrait of two men whose conviction and friendship triumph in the face of personal sacrifice It is a unique beautiful story filled with love and hope Sundance Institute Within The Eye of The Storm tells the amazing story of Bassamand Rami a Palestinian and Israeli who were once dedicated fighters When they each face the price of war and lose their daughters in the conflict instead of seeking revenge they turned from enemies to brothersSynopsis Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan a Palestinian and Israeli were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed by one another for the sake of their nations Then each had a young daughter killed in the conflict Left with the excruciating pain of bereavement they did the unexpected and set out on a joint journey to humanize the very enemy that took the dearest thing from them and prevents the vicious cycle of retaliation in themselves and their societies Along the way they reveal the friendship and humour that keep them aliveDate 20th JuneVenue Blackburn Central LibraryTime 530 for 6 pm film from 6 710 pm followed by Q and A until 810 pm with the producer Shelley Hermon Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan the two protagonistsFor further information and to book your place please contact Anjum Anwar anjumanwarblackburncathedralcouk 01254 50308107903 731 106This event is supported by Blackburn College and Womans VoiceBlackburn the ONLY town in the North West to host within the eye of the Storm a once in a life time opportunity to watch the film and meet the producer and the protagonists who turned from enemies to brothersnbsp

Re-shaping Ministry for Mission Consultation

A consultation for clergy and church members to respond to the Shape of Things to Come Report to be heldatnbspThe Ascension Torrisholmenbspon Wednesday 19 June at 730 pm

Re-Shaping Ministry for Mission Consultation

A consultation for clergy and church members to respond to the Shape of Things to Come Report to be heldat St Johns Leyland on Tuesday 18th June at 730 pm

PCC training

A training evening for PCC members led by Archdeacon John and Archdeacon MichaelSt Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood 730 900 pm

Women's Voices at Lancaster Priory

Choral Evensong atnbsp630pm on Sunday 16th JunenbspA service of music and readings for Weddings nbspSung by the Priory Choir with sermon by visiting preacherThe Reverend Cindy Rigney Vicar of Dolphinholme Quernmore and Over Wyresdale

DAC

Date 14 JuneTime 200 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Budget Committee

Date 13 JuneTime 300 pmAny matters that were to be discussed at the November meeting will be carried over and included in the first meeting of 2014 which is on the 6th February 2014nbsp

Clergy Study Day

Reshaping Ministry for Mission A Study day for all Clergy to be held at Mytton Fold Hotel LanghoThere will be a Eucharist at 845 am in St Leonards Church Langho and registration at Mytton Fold from 915 am

Lancashire Forum of Faiths

Faith in LancashirenbspNetworking EventnbspGuest Speaker Dale BartonnbspMonday 10th June 2013 630pm830pmnbspTo be held at St Stephens Church Bird Street PrestonnbspContact shahidaigbalymailco to book your placenbspFood and refreshments will be providednbspnbsp

Women's Voices at Lancaster Priory

Choral Evensong atnbsp630pm on Sunday 9th JunenbspSung by the Priory Choir with sermon by visiting preacherThe Reverend Nancy Goodrich Vicar of BoltonleSandsnbsp

Environmental bonus for church

Serious structural repairs secure sustainability spinoff for rural Lancashire church Repairs at an attractive church in Lancashire have secured an additional environmental bonusnbspA recent architects quinquennial inspection at St Johns Parish Church Yealand Conyers near Carnforth Lancashire revealed problems with the roof The church leadership team decided that just repairing the roof was not the most sustainable way forward for this small parish church which was built in 1838 to serve a small rural community of about 500 souls Possibly stimulated by perceived competition from the Roman Catholic community and the Quakers both of whom had their own places of worship in the village the north aisle had been added in 1861 and a chancel added in 1882 creating a large space which over time had attracted the usual Church of England fixtures and fittings It was decided to seize the opportunity to explore the potential the church building had for wider community use and the results of the first two phases are now beginning to bear fruit A very rapid response to the window of opportunity that arose in 2011 enabled the PCC to proceed with the installation of solar pvs on the south facing roof of the north aisle at the same time that the muchneeded repairs to that portion of the roof were completed One year on almost 20 of the capital outlay on the pvs has been recouped through the advantageous feedintariffs that were in place at the time of installation In addition and in collaboration with the church architect Richard Wooldridge of HARRISONPITTARCHITECTS rwooldridgehparchcouk 01524 32479 significant internal reordering has taken place The west end of the nave and north aisle has been subdivided creating muchneeded small meeting facilities already in use for Sunday childrens activities and vestry space An ingeniouslydesigned and tastefullyfinished practical kitchen space has been created within the wall dividing the west end of the north aisle from the meeting room and this facility already provides a focal point after worship for the congregation to enjoy refreshments The chancel area has also been adapted to enable it to be used for small group worship whilst the addition of multimedia facilities have increased the potential for creative liturgy and worship as well as a muchneeded performance space for the whole village The total cost of phases one and two has been budgeted at 100000 and this target has been reached through the endeavours of a former NHS fundraiser who submitted applications to 11 grantmaking organisations and received positive responses from 9 of them including a major grant from the Diocese of Blackburns Grant and Loan Fund as well as one from the Lancashire Environmental Fund LEF which is a partnership between SITA UK Ltd Lancashire County Council The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire Manchester and North Merseyside and Community Futuresi The church family at St Johns Yealand Conyers is now able to encourage wider community use of their warm welcoming practical and environmentally considerate church building but they are not content to rest on their laurels and have their eyes set on changing the present heating system which is a fed by an expensive 9 x 3kW electric immersion system As church warden SallyAnn Rothwellii says Not bad for a community of about 500 Yealand Conyers churchwardens Ron Ogden and SallyAnn Rothwell in the newly created gallery room with views into the refurbished rural parish church i The LEF is financed by Landfill Tax donations from SITA UK Ltd and Neales Waste Management together with a contribution from Lancashire County Council Organisations can apply for funding for environmental and community initiatives which benefit the environment and people of Lancashire Projects to date have included improvements to community facilities environmental education general environmental improvements creation and management of habitats improvements to parks gardens open spaces play areas recreational facilities ponds canals and rivers and biodiversity For further information about Lancashire Environmental Fund contact Anne Kingston Publicity Officer on 01772 317248 email annekingstonlancsenvfundorguk or visit wwwlancsenvfundorguk ii Further information about the development of St Johns Church Yealand Conyers can be obtained from SallyAnn Rothwell sallyannthebowercouk or Revd Chris Halliwell Blackburn Diocesan Rural and Environmental Project Officer Chrishalliwellblackburnanglicanorg

Pre-Retirement Conference

A residential conference for all clergy aged 62 to be held at Waddow Hall 4 6 June 2013

Women's Voices at Lancaster Priory

Choral Evensong atnbsp630pm on Sunday 2nd JunenbspSung by the Priory Choir with sermon by visiting preacherThe Reverend Canon Brenda Harding Christ Church Lancasternbsp

THINK,EAT,SAVE

The Anglican Communion joins with other international churches in marking World Environment Sundayhttpwwwchurchofenglandorgmediacentrenews201305archbishopofcapetownencouragesanglicancommuniontothinkeatsaveaspxArchbishop of Cape Town encourages Anglican Communion to ThinkEatSave29 May 2013Archbishop of Cape Town the Most Revd Thabo MakgobaThe Archbishop of Cape Town the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba the chair of the Anglican Communion Environment Network ACEN is encouraging the 85 million Anglicans in 38 Provinces to use new ACEN prayers and resources from South Africa and England in church services on or around Environment Sunday 2nd June and World Environment Day 5th June They include a childrens prayer written by 10yearold Jackie from South Africa and arenbspavailable herenbspnbspnbspThis years World Environment Day theme ThinkEatSave encourages people worldwide to reduce their foodprint According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO every year 13 billion tonnes of food is wasted At the same time one in every seven people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20000 children under the age of five die daily from hungerrelated causesnbspThe Most Revd Thabo Makgoba said In the story of the feeding of the five thousand we read everyone ate and had enough Mark 642nbsp This is a beautiful image of sharing with everyones needs being met and nobody going hungry There is enough food in the world for our need there is not enough for our greed This World Environment Day I encourage Anglicans everywhere to think about what they eat to eat food which is healthy and sustainable and to stop wasting food Let us share today our daily breadThe annual World Environment Day launched in 1973 is run by the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP It is commemorated in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern HemispherenbspThe Sunday nearest to World Environment Day is celebrated in the Church as Environment Sunday although it can be observed on a date that suits individual churchesNotesThe Most Revd Thabo Makgoba born 15 December 1960 is the South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town hence is also the Primate of Southern Africa He graduated from Orlando High Soweto and took a BSc at Wits before going to St Pauls College in Grahamstown to study for the Anglican ministry He was made Bishop of Queenstown Suffragan Bishop of Grahamstown on 25 May 2002 and became Bishop of Grahamstown in 2004 Until he moved to the Diocese of Grahamstown as Bishop Suffragan Makgobas ministry had been spent in the Diocese of Johannesburg first as a curate at the Cathedral and then as Wits chaplain After that he was put in charge of St Albans Church and later of Christ the King Sophiatown He became Archdeacon of Sophiatown in 1999 He became Archbishop of Cape Town on 31 December 2007 the youngest person ever to be elected to this position In 2008 he was awarded the Cross of St Augustine the second highest international award for outstanding service to the Anglican CommunionnbspA soundbite featuring the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba may be downloaded for use on radio and online atwwwchurchofenglandorgmedia1772243archbishopcapetownmp3bigmp3World Environment Day is hosted by a different country every year this year Mongolia and has a different theme It is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5th June For more details go tonbsphttpwwwuneporgwedFor more details of the Church of Englands national environmental campaign Shrinking the Footprint go tohttpwwwchurchcarecoukshrinkingthefootprint

Cursillo 25th Anniversary

Festal Eucharist 1100am at St Ambrose Leylandwith Bishop John and Bishop Geoff presidingnbspFollowed by bring your own picnic lunchnbspThen a concert by the Gospel Millennium Choir at 200pmnbsp

The Aabrahami Café

The Aabrahami CafnbspSt James ChurchSt James RoadBlackburnnbspFor more information or to arrange to visit the caf please contact nbspDerek Hartley of St James Church on 01254 676545nbspFurther datesnbspnbsp6th July 201314th September 201312th November 20137th December 2013nbspnbsp

Finance Committee

Date 14 MayTime 400 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

UPA Retreat

A residential conference 1315 May at Rydal Hall for those in UPA ministry

DAC

Date 10 MayTime 200pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Safeguarding Level 1

There will be a Safeguarding training session on Thursday 2nd May 700 pmat St Andrews Church Hall LeylandFurther information and a booking form can be downloaded here

Pastoral Assistant Training Day

A Training Day for Pastoral Assistants to be held at St Andrew Longton Church Hallnbsp 1000 am 300 pm

Service of Celebration for Pastoral Assistant Ministry

A Service of Celebration for Pastoral Assistant Ministry and Presentation of the first Pastoral Assistant Emeritus Certificates will take place on Saturday 27th April at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood at 300 pm

Budget Committee

4pm until 6pmnbsp Whalley AbbeyPosted 18th February 2013Julie Grimshaw

CME Event: There but for the Grace of God: Where financial pressures are biting and how we might respond

A morning session at Whalley Abbey for Clergynbspnbsp Details can be downloaded here together with a booking form

Blackburn Music Day 'One Heart, One Voice'

One Heart One Voice Blackburn Music Day will be held on Saturday 20 April 2013 at St Wilfrids School and Blackburn Cathedralnbsp The keynote speaker will be the Revd John BellFor booking information and details of workshops please download a booking form here or email ministryblackburnanglicanorg to request oneFurther details can be found in this flyernbsp

Faith and Environment weekend

nbspEcoCongregation National Director David Hughes being interviewed by Joe Wilson for BBC Radio Lancashire at the recent EcoCongregation Awareness DaynbspnbspFollowing on from the recent and wellattendednbspEcocongregation awareness day held at St Pauls Scotforth our attention is drawn tonbspFAITH AND THE ENVIRONMENTA weekend of discussion action and reflection leading up to Earth Day19th22nd April 2013Lancaster Methodist ChurchScotforth Road Lancaster LA1 4TEnbspFull details can be found here or by contactingnbspgordonsblairgooglemailcom nbsp

Diocesan Synod

Date 13 AprilTime 0930 amVenue Preston St Cuthbert Fulwood

DAC

Date 12 AprilTime 200 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Dawn Eucharist - Whalley Abbey

with Archdeacon JohnDate Easter Day 31 March 2013Time 630am nbspnote clocks changedVenue Whalley Abbey Open AirnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Called to Serve Day Conference

A day conference for all those taking part in Called to Serve 201213 To be held at Ashton Methodist Church Ashton on Ribblenbsp 1000 am 300 pm

God our Rock Day Conference

A day conference to be held at St Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood for everyone taking part in the God our Rock course

Eco-Congregation awareness event

EcoCongregation Open MorningSaturday March 9thnbsp2013nbsp930am 12 noonSt Pauls Parish HallnbspScotforth RoadnbspLancaster LA1 4TSnbspacross road from churchIs there something your church could do to engage with creation care and sustainabilityAs part of Climate Weeknbsphttpwwwclimateweekcom St PaulsScotforth Lancaster are hosting a morning to explore thisDavid Hughes who runs both EcoCongregationnbsphttpewecocongregationorgnbspandthe Live Simply Awardshttplivesimplyawardorgukwill explain themRepresentatives from local churches who havealready gained an award will be on hand and alsonbspa local assessor of theEcoCongregation schemeThere will benbspinformation on the schemepresentations and displays on how to start the processnbspand gain an awarddrawing the experiences at St Pauls and other churchesThere will be opportunities to ask questions shareideas and talk with othersnbspnbspWhether your church has begun on thisjourney or not does not matterCome along and be inspired to start something inyour churchRefreshments availableFor further information contact Hugh Kidd onnbsphkadminphonecoopcoopnbspor01524nbsp 39018nbsp

DAC

Date 08 MarchTime 200 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Priory Lecture - Lancaster Priory

After the Synod Vote against Women Bishopswhat next for the Church of EnglandLecture with Professor Linda Woodhead MBEDate 06 March 2013Time 730 pmCost 300 available on the door and to include refreshmentsPosternbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Property Committee

Date 05 MarchTime 1000 am 1200 noonVenue Whalley Abbey

Finance Committee

Date 05 MarchTime 400 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Children's Work Conference

Friday 1 March Sunday March 2013 The Headway Hotel Marine Road MorecambeA fantastic and inspiring weekend for anyone involved in childrens work in parishes Guest speakers from Fischy Music who will be leading workshops on using Fischy Music effectively in churchgroup situations Suitable for both the musical and those who are not confident with music Residential and nonresidential places available Call 01254 503405 or email childrenblackburnanglicanorg for more detailsnbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Arise Ministries Conference (Valuing Children, releasing disciples)

Date Saturday 16 February Time 915am 330pm Venue Fulwood Free Methodist Church Lightfoot Lane PrestonCome and explore how we can connect with the children of our communities helping them discover Jesus and become His followers For bookings and enquiries contact Laura Bayliss Arise Ministries on 01268 530531 or email infoariseministriesorguknbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Diocesan Day of Prayer and Fasting

Ash Wednesday 13th February 2013Calling all to pray for the future mission and ministry of the Church in LancashireDownload the Leaflet

DAC

Date 08 FebruaryTime 200 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Budget Committee

Date 06 FebruaryTime 400 pm to 600 pmLocation Whalley AbbeynbspPlease note change of date from 7 Februarynbsp

CANCELLED: From Genesis to Genes via Geology and Art

We are sorry but this event has been cancelled All those who have booked should have received a notification of this individually sorry if that hasnt worked for any reasonA training day for clergy and interested lay people to be held at St James Church Shireshead on Tuesday 29th January 2013 930 am 330 pmnbsp Drinks will be provided but please bring a packed lunchTo book a place please contact ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Finance Committee

Date 28 JanuaryTime 400 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Mega Messy Church - Runshaw College

Date Saturday 26 JanuaryTime 2pm 5pm Venue Runshaw College LeylandThe theme will be YOU are the body of Christ There will be crafts music games stories food fun and learning about Jesus for the whole family All ages welcome There will be no charge for the event but tickets will be required for entry and are available by calling 01254 503405 or email childrenblackburnanglicanorg Any donations made on the day towards the cost of catering would be gratefully receivednbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Cafe Church Network

Cafechurch Network are running an event on Saturday 26th January at The Saviour Sunnybank Road Blackburn 1000 am 330 pmnbsp Full details can be found here

EDUCATION SUNDAY AT BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL

An Education Sunday event organised by Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education will take place this weekend at Blackburn CathedralThe theme of the service will be listening and responding to Gods call on our lives and it will be attended by pupils from all over LancashireThe Service entitled From whatever to Amen Listening to Gods call will begin at 630pm and the speaker will be Professor John Sullivan Professor of Christian Education at Liverpool Hope UniversityBlackburn Diocese has an established tradition in education Other churches across the Diocese will mark Education Sunday locally on the same dayNot only has the Diocese the largest collection of Church Schools in England but it also has a strong commitment to developing and supporting the wider sphere of education within the ParishesThe Diocesan Board of Education centralises its work in these areas through the work of its committees which focus on the work with children youth schools further and higher educationThe service will be attended by representatives of all the local authorities in Lancashire with whom the Board works as well as representatives from the Parishes in the Diocese Around 400 guests are anticipatedDuring the Service the Diocesan Child Friendly Church Awards the Church School Distinctiveness Awards and University Certificates in Christian Youth Work will be presentedThese Awards give recognition for outstanding commitment to the spiritual development of young people in schools and parishes across the DioceseIssued by Ronnie Semley Communications Manager

Pant y Rhedyn Guesthouse

Pant y Rhedyn is a converted and extended Welsh longhouse with a wealth of beams and low doorways which we open as a small Christian guesthouse We offer economical breaks for those who are actively involved in or retired from any sort of Christian workthat does not have to be paid employment it could be how you spend your free timeFor more information please view the brochurenbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Come and Pray for a New Bishop of Blackburn !!!!

You are all invited to Blackburn Cathedral on Wednesday 16th January 2013 to pray for a New diocesan Bishop The Crown Nominations Committee will meet in mid January and then again at the end of January We want to surround them in our prayers so that the choice made is inspired by God the Holy SpiritCome and pray for as long or as short a time as you can There will be prayer stations with different ways of praying either together or alonePlease come to your Cathedral and pray for a new Diocesan Bishop your future BishopBetween 700pm 900pmContact Archdeacon John for further detailsWed love to see you therePlease click on an image to download andprint out a poster to advertise the event for us You might like to use the following prayerAlmighty Godyou have given your Holy Spirit to the Churchto lead us into all truthbless with the Spirits grace and presencethe members of the Crown Nominations CommitteeKeep them steadfast in faith and united in lovethat they may seek your will manifest your gloryand prepare the way of your kingdomthrough Jesus Christ your Son our LordAmen

Bishops Reading Week

The Bishops Reading Week led by Bishop Geoff nbspto be held at Gladstones Library14th 18th January 2013

DAC

Date 11 JanuaryTime 200 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Survival Strategies - CUF Report

Survival Strategies A survey of the impact of the current economic climate on community organisations in the most deprived areas of EnglandnbspClick on the above heading to access the reportChurch Urban Funds latest research report examines the impact of the current economic climate on community organisations in the most deprived areas of England It follows two reports published by Church Urban Fund in 2011 At the Cutting Edge and Holding on by a Shoestring which looked in detail at how public spending cuts were affecting people and organisations at a grassroots level Returning a year later to the same organisations we wanted to examine the ongoing effects of the economic climateWe found that the current economic climate is having a significant impact upon community organisations and people living in deprived areas of England This impact can be seen in the rising demand for services and the difficulty of securing fundingHowever in response to these difficulties organisations are employing a range of survival strategies in order to meet rising demand with rising service provisionFor more information please contact Bethany Eckley using the details belowBethany EckleyResearch ManagerFollow me on twitter Bethany Eckley CUFT020 7898 1141WhttpwwwcuforgukM Church House 27 Great Smith Street London SW1P 3AZToby Webberchaplainbishopofblackburnorguknbsp

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral

nbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Carols for Fun - Whalley Abbey

A lively presentation of The Christmas Story through carols For the whole familyLed by Revd Tom MaidmentDate Saturday 22 DecemberTime 400pm 600pmVenue Whalley AbbeyDisplay PosternbspnbspnbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Candlelit Christmas Carol Spectacular - Lancaster Priory

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December at 730 pmwith soloists Mike Bracegirdle Lise Christensen Priory Choir and Orchestra featuring Hallelujah ChorusHark the herald Dingdong merrily on high Sleigh ride Winter Wonderland White Christmas and much moreTickets 12 Centre Nave 700 Side Aisles Students 500 Family ticket 30 2 adults and 2 children in centre nave available from Lancaster Priory Tel 01524 65338 or online at httpwwwlancasterprioryorg nbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Candlelit Christmas Carol Spectacular - Lancaster Priory

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December at 730 pmwith soloists Mike Bracegirdle Lise Christensen Priory Choir and Orchestra featuring Hallelujah ChorusHark the herald Dingdong merrily on high Sleigh ride Winter Wonderland White Christmas and much moreTickets 12 Centre Nave 700 Side Aisles Students 500 Family ticket 30 2 adults and 2 children in centre nave available from Lancaster Priory Tel 01524 65338 or online at httpwwwlancasterprioryorg nbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Lancashire Sings Christmas

nbspYes its that time of year again Lancashire Sings Christmas 2012 will be happening on Thursday 20th Dec from 7pm Listen out for the Official Launch of this years event on Sunday 30th September from around 730am on BBC Radio Lancashires Faith Programme and watch the website for the latest news and updates httpwwwlancashiresingschristmascouk This will be our 3rd year of collaborating with BBC Radio Lancashire to bring you a carol sing like no other but its up to you to take it out of the church walls and into the local community If you havent caught up with what its all about yet read the story on the about page of the website and start thinking about how you can join innbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

DAC

Date 14 DecemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosterVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosterVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Finance Committee

Date 12 DecemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosterVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Fees Measure Briefing for PTO's

The new national Fees Measure comes into force in January 2013nbsp This Archdeacons Briefing will explain the changes tonbspthe collection of fees for weddings and funerals For those with permission to officiateWhere Shireshead St James Whinney Brow Lane Forton PR3 0AEWhennbsp200 pm to 400 pm

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosterVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosterVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Only 80 Miles to Christmas! - Barrowford St Thomas

Riding Lights Theatre Company is coming to BARROWFORD to perform its brand new innovative Christmas show Only 80 Miles to Christmas Nigel Fordes retelling of the traditional nativity story is the latest in a line of popular warmhearted and hilarious Christmas shows taken around Yorkshire by this innovative theatre companyOnly 80 Miles to Christmas will be performed on Saturday 8th December St Thomas Church Wheatley Lane Road Barrowford BB9 6QS at 7pm Tickets cost 6 full 4 concessions To book tickets contact the box office on 01282 613206 The performance lasts approximately one hour For ages 5 and overSuitable for the whole family the show is full of laughter excitement and unexpected twists Plan to start Christmas 2012 in good cheer by purchasing your tickets nowA busy carpenter has to nip along to Bethlehem to register for the censusan easy enough tripbut Mary wants to come too Suddenly the journey takes on a new life full of travel cots and squeaky toys undercover angels and Persian philosophers not to mention a wildly mischievous camel called Desmond odd things are happening on the way to the census officeWith puppetry skills clever jokes and wonderful storytelling Only 80 Miles to Christmas is the perfect Riding Lights Christmas experience for young and old alikenbspnbspnbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosterVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Balshaw's Parents' Prayer Meeting

Monthly prayer meeting for parents and supporters of Balshaws Church of England High SchoolThe first meeting will take place on Thursday 6 December 2012 at 900 am in the Conference Room at the school on Church Road LeylandContact Sarah Ferguson School Chaplain on 07736 037708 or fergusonsharahannegmailcomnbspfor more information Please can you let Sarah know if you will be attendingnbspPosted by Elaine Hargreaves8 November 2012

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosternbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Time Management for Clergy

Led by Sandra Cobbin and held at Whalley Abbey 930 am 1230 pm

Fees Measure Briefing

The new national Fees Measure comes into force in January 2013nbsp This Archdeacons Briefing will explain the changes tonbspthe collection of fees for weddings and funerals For incumbents PCC Treasurers and ChurchwardensWhere St Cuthberts Fulwood Lytham Road Fulwood PR2 3ARWhen 730 pm

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosternbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Fees Measure Briefing for PTO's

The new national Fees Measure comes into force in January 2013nbsp This Archdeacons Briefing will explain the changes tonbspthe collection of fees for weddings and funerals For those with permission to officiateWhere Christ Church Mosley Street Blackburn BB2 3STWhennbsp200 pm to 400 pm

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosternbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Christmas at Blackburn Cathedral - Lunchtime School Carol Concerts

Monday 3rd December Friday 14th DecemberEvery Weekday at 100pmCome and go as you can All are very welcomePosternbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Advent Carols - St Michael's on Wyre

Divers Voyces visit St Michaels on Wyre to sing Advent Carols on Sunday Dec 2 at 630 pmA new carol written by Hermione Roff the winner of the national carol competition in 2010 especially for Divers Voyces will have its world premiere on this occasionCarols readings and familiar Advent hymns in which the congregation can join will trace the Advent Story with background and explanations given by James Dickinson of Chesterfield an Executive Officer of the Hymn Society and an expert on church music and its historyThe music to be performed including pieces by Palestrina Orlando Gibbons Bach and Rachmaninov ranges in origin from the 4thcentury to the present time mirroring the life period of St Michaels Church the site of a place of worship since around 640 ADDivers Voyces are a group of 11 experienced singers based at Lancaster University who frequently sing unaccompanied They rehearse and perform at the University regularly and at other locations most recently at Hornby and Gressingham They are eagerly looking forward to their visitThis is a first for St Michaels and promises to be a special occasion dont miss it and bring your family and friendsnbspnbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Lancaster Priory - Sunday Evening Organ Recital

on the newlyrestored historic organThe recital begins at 800 pm following Choral Evensong at 630 pm on 2nd DecemberOrganist Ian Hare Lancaster UniversityMusic to include Handel Musick for the Royal FireworksWalton Orb amp Sceptre Dubois Fiat LuxChorale preludes on Wachet auf by Bach and KargElertTickets 5 available from Lancaster Priory Tel 01524 65338 or online at httpwwwlancasterprioryorg nbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Service of Celebration

A service of Celebration for all those who have completed God our Rock and Called in Serve in 201112The service will begin at 200 pmnbsp Venue to be advised

Come and See - National Vocations Conference

This residential weekend conference organised by the Ministry Division of the Archbishops Council is for men and women wanting to explore the possibility of Ordained Ministry in the Church of EnglandWhen23 25 November 2012WhereGlenfall HouseCheltenham GlosCostThe full cost of the weekend is 8356150More information and booking forms from catherinewilliamschurchofenglandorg

Architects/Surveyors Bi-Annual Seminar

Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of ChurchesArchitectsSurveyors BiAnnual SeminarFriday 23 November at Whalley Abbey from 900 am to 415pm15 including lunchTo book please contact Christine Ellis on 01254 503074 or christineellisblackburnanglicanorgnbspPosted 7 November 2012Elaine Hargreaves

Training Incumbents

A day for Training Incumbents with Curates in their 2nd or 3rd yearnbsp To be held at Whalley Abbey

Training Incumbents

A training day for all Training Incumbents of Deaconsnbsp To be held at Whalley Abbey

World Mission Group Service/Event

The diocesan celebration Making Christ Known has been arranged for Sunday 18th November 2012 at St Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood Preston and will start at 200 pm The event this year will be led by Bishop Geoff and Rev David Banbury and will take the form of a series of workshops incorporated into the service Participants may choose to join two of the four workshops during the afternoon These will focus on our diocesan links with The Free State and Braunschweig OMF International and Friends International LancasterThere is a car park behind the church off St Michaels Close and light refreshments will be available on arrival Several mission organisations will have displays and representatives available to chat beforehand The celebration is expected to last less than three hours and we welcome anyone from the diocese to join in learning more about the groups which work to make Christ knownFurther details are available from Ann W Thompson on 01772 729647nbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecertary to the Diocesan Secretary

Come Dine with Pam Rhodes - Blackburn Cathedral

All are welcome includes Reception Three Course Meal Coffee and MintsThe Friends of Blackburn Cathedral invite you to theirnbsp Annual Dinner when the guest speakwe will be Pam Rhodes from the BBC Programme Songs of Praisenbsp Date 17 NovemberVenue Blackburn Cathedral CryptTickets 30 Friends of Blackburn Cathedral 25For full details and tickets tel 077420 65335 or email fobcbtinternetcomFlyerVikki McArthurSecretary to the Dicoesan Secretary

Lancaster Singers - Lancaster Priory

Celebrate with us the Priory Churchs magnificent new organDate 17 NovemberTime 730 pmVenue Lancaster PrioryDurufle Requiem with Ian Pattinson OrganVierne Messe Solennelle with Ian Pattinson and Jeremy Truslove organ and Jeremy Lamburn celloConductor Marco FantiTickets 11 10 Concessions free for students Refreshments includedTickets are available from Lancaster Tourist Information Office direct or our website at wwwlancastersingersorg or tel 01254 68481nbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Dicoesan Secretary

A Fairtrade Christmas Market - Longton St Andrew

with light refreshments organised through the Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade GroupDate Friday 09 NovemberTime 1000am 530pmand Date Saturday 10 November Time 1000am 530pmVenue St Andrews Church Hall Longton PR4 5AAwith a wide variety of food and crafts chocolates cookies sweets dried fruit nuts pasta olive oil Christmas cakes and puddings handcrafted chocolate novelties bags purses scarves jewellery candles small toyschildrens gifts Palestinian glass embroidery and olivewood carvings Advent calendars Christmas cards and wrapping paper WinetastingChristmas cakes puddings and wines may be orderedFor further details please contact Cath Greenlees tel 01772613500nbspnbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

God our Rock Day Conference

A God our Rock Day Conference for all those taking part in the 201213 courseTo be held at St Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood Preston

Men's Ministry in Lancashire - The Gathering

Please click on the link below for further information about this excellent piece of ministry happening in our local areanbsp The morning promises to be an excellent eventFurther details

Living for Now: Preparing for the Future - Lancaster St Thomas

CTL in partnership with Churches Together in Cumbria and The Lancaster Diocesan Faith and Justice Commission invites you to Living for Now Preparing for the FutureAn introduction to the Mental Capacity Act amp ideas to care for others amp ourselvesDate Saturday 10 November 2012Time 1030 am 100 pmVenue St Thomas Church Penny Street Lancaster LA1 1XXSpeakers Martin Keeves Office of the Public GuardianA Lancashire CarerBarbara Crompton Churches Together in WindermereChair Gary Rycroft of Joseph A Jones amp Co Solicitors Chance to hear carers experiences share your own amp ask questionsFree entry and teacoffee donations towards costs welcomeRegistration and refreshments from 1000amTo reserve a place contact Margaret McSherry email lfjctalktalknet Tel01524 383081 Mobile07864012385 St Bernadettes Parish House Bowerham Road Lancaster LA1 4HTnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

DAC

Date 09 NovemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

A Fairtrade Christmas Market - Longton St Andrew

with light refreshments organised through the Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade GroupDate Friday 09nbspNovemberTime 1000am 530pmand Date Saturday 10 November Time 1000am 530pmVenue St Andrews Church Hall Longton PR4 5AAwith a wide variety of food and crafts chocolates cookies sweets dried fruit nuts pasta olive oil Christmas cakes and puddings handcrafted chocolate novelties bags purses scarves jewellery candles small toyschildrens gifts Palestinian glass embroidery and olivewood carvings Advent calendars Christmas cards and wrapping paper WinetastingChristmas cakes puddings and wines may be orderedFor further details please contact Cath Greenlees tel 01772613500nbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Finance Committee

Date 07 NovemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Diocesan Property Committee

Date 07 NovemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Fees Measure Briefing

The new national Fees Measure comes into force in January 2013nbsp This Archdeacons Briefing will explain the changes tonbspthe collection of fees for weddings and funeralsWhere St Cuthberts Fulwood Lytham Road Fulwood PR2 3ARWhen 730 pm

Being an Incumbent in a Church School

Being an Incumbent in a Church School with particular reference for GovernanceLed by Heather StarkieTo be held at Whalley Abbey 1000 am 1230 pm

The Bible Society - h+ Making Good Sense of the Bible

The Bible Society has a brand new resource h Making Good Sense of the Bible h has already made a difference in a number of peoples lives as they become enthused in their Bible reading develop skills in interpretation and are inspired to reach the wider culture more effectively Now h is catching the interest of churches across the denominational spectrum The h Making Good Sense of the Bible course relies on church leaders like you who will teach their congregations Its my pleasure to invite you to our h facilitator training day that is soon coming to your area The training day will equip you to teach the h course and pass on essential interpretive skills to your congregation enabling them to enter into a deeper and transforming engagement with Scripture Please take a few minutes to visit httpwwwhplusorguk where you will discover why h is more than just another church resource how the course works and what it sets out to achieve As you browse the site have a look at the summaries of each session and sample some of the video content If you have any questions please email hplusbiblesocietyorguk InvitationDiscover all you need to know about h learn how to teach it to others and gain the confidence and skill to make h a transforming experience for your church Included are lunch and refreshments and your own multimedia facilitators pack consisting of course books Powerpoint slides and video materials for only 50 Date Tuesday 6 November 2012Time 930am to 500pmVenueSt Thomas ChurchStricklandgate KendalLA9 4QC Once you have decided to attend andor enable other leaders in your church to take advantage of this opportunity please telephone 01793 418222 to book into the upcoming training day nbspnbspRevd Canon Sue PenfoldDirector of Ministry

Pastoral Assistant Quiet Day

A Quiet Day for all Pastoral Assistants to be held at St Christophers Church Hawes Side Blackpool beginning with a Eucharist at 1000 am

Come and See - Pilgrim Journeys of Encounter

Thinking of visiting the Holy LandKeynote speaker George RishmawiPalestinian Christian Tour Operator who will inform and inspire you During the day there will be films and presentations by several organisations secular and Christian about a range of ethical options from traditional pilgrimages to walking holidays There will be opportunities to ask questions about where to go and what to see Date Saturday 3 November 2012Time 10nbsp 4Venue St Teresas Social Club College Road Up Holland SKELMERSDALE WN8 0PYCost 5 please bring your own lunch drinks providedTo register please email loganjbtconnectcom Exhibition Bookstall Crafts and food from the Holy LandDisplay Poster

Passion for Poetry

Give vent to verse in this poetry marathon for charityA 24hour Charity Poetry Marathon with the BBCs Ted Robbins and The Dean of Blackburn The Very Reverend Christopher ArmstrongTo find out more please visit Blackburn Cathedrals WebsitenbspnbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Passion for Poetry

Give vent to verse in this poetry marathon for charityA 24hour Charity Poetry Marathon with the BBCs Ted Robbins and The Dean of Blackburn The Very Reverend Christopher ArmstrongTo find out more please visit Blackburn Cathedrals WebsitenbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Sanctuary – in the world but not of it

A unique overnight youth event in Blackburn Cathedral for young people aged 11Date Friday 26 October Saturday 27 October 2012Time 730pm 700 amCost 1000 per personMore details from youthblackburnanglicanorgFlyer

Fairtrade

The Blackburn Diocesan World Development Group would like to encourage all churches in the Diocese to review their Fairtrade statusWe became a Fairtrade Diocese in November 2005 when over 51 of churches made a commitment to use Fairtrade tea coffee and sugar at functions and to promote the sale of Fairtrade products as they felt able to do soSince then many churches have held stalls on a regular or occasional basisOne of the best ways to do this is by ordering goods from the catalogues of the Fairtrade companies Traidcraft and Tearcraft Created Traidcraft has a wide variety of food and crafts including Advent calendars Christmas cakes puddings and other seasonal items chocolate dried fruit and nuts and also clothes toys jewellery Christmas cards and calendars and Created also has beautiful crafts and cards If stalls are not held on a regular basis churches may like to have catalogues available between now and Christmas from which people may order goods These are available from Traidcraft tel 0845 330 8900 and Tearcraft tel 0845 218 3960 and goods may also be ordered online traidcraftshopcouk httpwwwcreatedgiftsorgSeveral shops in the Diocese are now stocking Fairtrade products Traidcraft Created Bishopston Trading and many others These include Craft Aid at the St Thomas Community Centre Lancaster Esme at Galgate Mill Lancaster the Fig Tree Garstang Justicia Bolton and The Fairground at Blackburn If you would like further information please contact Cath Greenlees tel 01772613500 or Arton Medd tel 0152464730 Arton and Cath are also available to give talks on Fairtrade to churches meetings schools and young peoples groupsnbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Free Child Protection Training - Chorley St Laurence

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

Diocesan CRB Evidence Checker Training - Chorley St Laurence

In order to comply with the CRB code of Practice Registered Bodies in this case Blackburn Diocese must Ensure that any person undertaking identity verification checks on their behalf is suitable and trained accordinglyTraining is available for all those who are responsible for the recruitment of Employees and Volunteers in positions where a CRB Disclosure is required This will be an opportunity to refresh your knowledge of CRB Evidence Checking guidance and to learn about changes to CRB Processing which are part of the Governments rolling programme of changes commencing September 10th 2012 A refresher for Incumbents amp Evidence Checkers on how to check and complete a CRB Application Form A chance for those who are responsible the safe recruitment of employees and volunteers in a Vulnerable Groups to become an Evidence Checker to check and submit CRB Applications to the Diocese To provide information in respect of NEW ID CHECKING PROCESS ROUTES 13CRB Evidence Checker Training will be available in conjunction with Child Protection Training at the following VenuesVenueDateTimePenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012730pmScotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012730pmWhalley StMaryampAll Saints Church LaneBB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012730pmSt Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012730pmChorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012730pmIf you wish to attend any of these courses please contactDebbie Jagger CRB Administration OfficerTel 01254 503070 ext 227 or email to debbiejaggerblackburnanglicanorgOrSarah Earnshaw Childrens Work AdministratorTel 01254 503070 ext 218 or email to childrenblackburnanglicanorgAddressBlackburn Diocesan Board of Education Church House Cathedral Close Blackburn BB1 5AAnbspDebbie JaggerCRB Administration Officer

John Higginson - Winmarleigh

Local Historian John Higginson will be showing old cine films from Winmarleigh and surrounding areaDate Wed 24th Oct Time 730pmVenue Winmarleigh Village HallEntrance on the door or Tickets 5 Inc light refreshmentsnbspavailable from Joyce 01995 603581 or Alex 01524 752837All proceeds to St Lukes Church WinmarleighDisplay PosternbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

20 Ways to save your parish money

This session will be led by Robert Kissick National Procurement Officer for the Church of Englandnbsp There will be a session 200 pm 330 pm and this wll benbsprepeated in the evening 730 pm 900 pmThis session is particularly relevant to treasurers churchwardens administrators and clergyFurther information and a booking form can be downloaded from the website via the following linkhttpwwwblackburnanglicanorgmoreinfoaspcurrentid94nbspor you can email your booking to ministryblackburnanglicanorg

A Concert for Christian Aid - Longton St Andrew

Simeon Wood a talented flautistwill perform in a concert of popular light music with the Longton Primary School ChoirDate Saturday 20nbspOctober Time 700pmVenuenbspSt Andrews Church Hall Longton PR4 5AAfollowed by Coffee and Cup Cakes and other light refreshments a Fairtrade Stall and the sale of Simeons DVDsTickets 7 Children 3 from Cath Greenlees 01772613500Outstanding musicianship interspersed with humour and anecdote combine to give an unforgettable eveningnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

An Evening of Swing - St Christopher's CofE High School Accrington

St Christophers Band and the Senior Vocals are performing in aid of St John the Evangelist Church Accrington Date Friday 19 OctoberTime 730 pmVenue St Christophers CofE High School AccringtonAdmission nbsp5 Bring your own drinks Refreshments at the interval For tickets please ring 01254 232595nbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Dicoesan Secretary

Gareth Davies-Jones and Rob Halligan in concert - Morecambe Parish Church

A great opportunity to hear two leading Christian singer songwriters fresh from the Greenbelt Festival and a national tourDate Wednesday 17 October 2012 Time 730pmVenue Morecambe Parish Church Church Street MorecambeTickets 7 5 concession 20 family Group discounts available eg for youth group trips get in touch For more information contact Mike Peatman 01524 410941 mikepeatlineonenet Tickets are also available at Lancaster Christian Bookshop 5 Mary Street Lancaster LA1 1UWMore about Rob at httpwwwrobhalligancouknbsp More about Gareth at httpwwwgarethdaviesjonescomnbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Free Child Protection Training - Blackburn The Redeemer

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

Christian Aid - Tax Justice Bus: Next Stop Blackburn Diocese

On Sunday 14th October the red doubledecker Tax Justice Bus will be travelling around various locations in the Chester Diocese Blackburn will mark the 52nd day of the tax buses 53day tour of the UK and Ireland highlighting how global tax dodging is hurting the poor in the UK and beyondThe Tax bus journey of Blackburn diocese will start at St Pauls church in Lancaster 915945am Lancaster Methodist church is next on the list at 1030am until 12noon with Sunday school on the bus 1pm230pm sees the bus at Lancaster university chaplaincy followed by the Fig Tree Caf in Garstang at 330pm4pm The last stop will be Fulwood Methodist 5pm 630pm Local residents are invited to get on board and learn how they can make a difference in the fight for tax justiceTax dodging is an injustice that keeps some people poor while others get richer It robs countries of the taxes they are owed money that could be spent on essential services such as health education and welfare Both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have condemned aggressive tax avoidance as morally wrong Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty think the system must be changed and that David Cameron should use his global leadership to end financial secrecy so tax dodgers have nowhere to hide The charities want people to Tick for tax Justice by signing a petition that calls on the Prime Minister to push for measures that would requireCompanies to report on the profits they make and taxes they pay in every country in which they operateTax havens to automatically share information about the money flowing through them with other countriesNiall Cooper Church Action on Poverty said At a time when spending cuts are having a devastating impact on the UKs poorest people and communities tax dodging is morally unacceptable Itamounts to robbing the poor If the Government just collected the 35 billion of tax they know is going uncollected they could invest properly in tackling UK povertyPaul Brannen Christian Aid said We estimate that tax dodging by some unscrupulous multinational companies costs developing countries at least 160 billion a year thats oneandahalf times the total global aid budget Its money that could be used to make huge improvements to public services such as healthcare and education better enabling people to sustain themselves By making changes to the tax system people across the world can live healthier happier and less hungry livesTo find out more about the Tax Justice Bus tour follow us on Twitter taxbus2012 and to take the Tick for tax Justice campaign action visit wwwchristianaidorguktaxbus or wwwchurchpovertyorguktaxbus nbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Whalley Abbey Wedding Fayre

Sunday 14 October 2012 from 1130 am to 330 pmFree Admission and ParkingMeet the experts exhibiting all a bride needs to create her perfect dayFashion shownbspcakes cars childrens entertainment doves fireworks florists hair and beauty jewellery photography shoes hats and accessories and much moreWhalley AbbeyThe SandsWhalley ClitheroeBB7 9SSTel 01254 828400email officewhalleyabbeyorgwebsite wwwwhalleyabbeyorgWedding Fayre organised by MJ PublishingnbspElaine Hargreaves24 September 2012nbsp

Diocesan Synod

Datenbsp13 OctoberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

500 Anniversary Concert for St James' Church Altham

All Saints Parish Church ClaytonleMoors Presents a 500th Anniversary Concert for St James Church AlthamThe concert will includeOrganSalvation Army Brass BandDigital PianoHarpsichordOrchestraAll Saints Church Choir and Girl ChoristorsJennie Marsden SopranoDate Saturday 13 OctoberTime 700 pmAdmission Adult 750 Child and Senior Citizen 500Contact Mr Britnell 07901 865 238nbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

IME 4-7

A residential conference to be held at Rydal Hall for all Curates in their second or third yearFriday 12th Sunday 14th October

DAC

Date 12 OctoberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Messy Church Workshop - Christian Resources Exhibition

Messy Church workshop at Christian Resources Exhibition EventCity Manchester10 11 October 2012 1130am to 1pm each dayWhether youre thinking about starting a Messy Church or have been running one for some time this will be a fabulous opportunity to pick up new ideas and share yours with othersTo book your free placesVisit wwwmessychurchorgukpages69 93htmAll prebooked places are entitled to a free entry ticket to CRE ManchesternbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Dicoesan Secretary

Free Child Protection Training - St Michael's on Wyre

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

Christian Resources Exhibition

Often dubbed the ideal church show the Christian Resources Exhibition returns the northwestNow the leading series of Christian exhibitions in Europe CRE is a treasure trove of innovative ideas niche organisations topical angles and human interest always worth covering editorially From solarpowered church noticeboards to preaching puppets portable baptismal pools to personalised coffins CRE North showcasing 170 organisations all floor space was sold three months before the show opens will be visited by some 3000 people over two days For a media pass to CRE North click hereFor a roundup of newsworthy stories from exhibitors click herenbspnbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Diocesan CRB Evidence Checker Training - St Michael's on Wyre

In order to comply with the CRB code of Practice Registered Bodies in this case Blackburn Diocese must Ensure that any person undertaking identity verification checks on their behalf is suitable and trained accordinglyTraining is available for all those who are responsible for the recruitment of Employees and Volunteers in positions where a CRB Disclosure is required This will be an opportunity to refresh your knowledge of CRB Evidence Checking guidance and to learn about changes to CRB Processing which are part of the Governments rolling programme of changes commencing September 10th 2012 A refresher for Incumbents amp Evidence Checkers on how to check and complete a CRB Application Form A chance for those who are responsible the safe recruitment of employees and volunteers in a Vulnerable Groups to become an Evidence Checker to check and submit CRB Applications to the Diocese To provide information in respect of NEW ID CHECKING PROCESS ROUTES 13CRB Evidence Checker Training will be available in conjunction with Child Protection Training at the following VenuesVenueDateTimePenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012730pmScotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012730pmWhalley St Mary amp All Saints Church LaneBB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012730pmSt Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012730pmChorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012730pmIf you wish to attend any of these courses please contactDebbie Jagger CRB Administration OfficerTel 01254 503070 ext 227 or email to debbiejaggerblackburnanglicanorgOrSarah Earnshaw Childrens Work AdministratorTel 01254 503070 ext 218 or email to childrenblackburnanglicanorgAddressBlackburn Diocesan Board of Education Church House Cathedral Close Blackburn BB1 5AAnbspDebbie JaggerCRB Administration Officer

Christian Resources Exhibition

Often dubbed the ideal church show the Christian Resources Exhibitionnbspreturns the northwestNow the leading series of Christian exhibitions in Europe CRE is a treasure trove of innovative ideas niche organisations topical angles and human interest always worth covering editorially From solarpowered church noticeboards to preaching puppets portable baptismal pools to personalised coffins CRE North showcasing 170 organisations all floor space was sold three months before the show opens will be visited by some 3000 people over two days For a media pass to CRE North click hereFor a roundup of newsworthy stories from exhibitors click herenbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Messy Church Workshop - Christian Resources Exhibition

Messy Church workshop at Christian Resources Exhibition EventCity Manchester10 11 October 2012 1130am to 1pm each dayWhether youre thinking about starting a Messy Church or have been running one for some time this will be a fabulous opportunity to pick up new ideas and share yours with othersTo book your free placesVisit wwwmessychurchorgukpages69 93htmAll prebooked places are entitled to a free entry ticket to CRE ManchesternbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Dicoesan Secretary

Paulinus' Day - Whalley Abbey

You are invited to a Paulinus Evening on Paulinus DayArchdeacon John will give a visual presentation of the results of his Sabbatical Study on Paulinus the Apostle to the North who is traditionally linked with the early beginnings of Christianity in 7th Century WhalleyWe will begin with a said Eucharist in Whalley Abbey Chapel at 7pmAll are welcomeDate Wednesday 10 October 2012Venue Whalley Abbey700pm Holy Communion Archdeacon John745pm Coffee and Biscuits800pm In search of Paulinus Archdeacon John reports back on his 2012 Sabbatical studyCost 3 to include CoffeeTea and BiscuitsTo book please contact Whalley Abbey on 01254 828 400Display PosternbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Collective Worship for Clergy

Collective Worship for Clergynbsp A morning led by Lisa Fenton to be held at The Clarion Hotel Billington 1000 am 1230 pm

Free Child Protection Training - Marton St Paul

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

New Area Deans Conference

A residential conference to be held 89 October 2012 at Rydal Hall for New AreaRural Deans

Free Child Protection Training - Cleveleys St Andrew

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

The Power and The Glory Flower Festival - Coppull St John the Divine

The PowernbspandnbspThenbspGlorynbspis the theme for finale Centenary Celebrations at St John the Divine CoppullThe festival will take place on 05 06 and 07 October daily from 1000 am 600 pm There will be a Festival Eucharist on Sundaynbsp07 OctobernbspCelebrant Bishop Nicholas at 1000 am followed by the cutting of the Centenary Cake after which the Festival will continue Refreshments will be available throughout the days of the Festival with a complementary cup of tea or coffee The Flower Festival is being arranged by the Parbold amp District Flower Club Church Address Hewlett Street Coppull PR7 5AB for further details please contact Geoffrey Magrath 01257 794176nbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Reader Licensing

A Licensing Services for Readersnbsp To be held at St Paul Scotforth at 300 pm

The Power and The Glory Flower Festival - Coppull St John the Divine

The PowernbspandnbspThenbspGlorynbspis the theme for finale Centenary Celebrations at St John the Divine CoppullThe festival will take place on 05 06 and 07 October daily from 1000 am 600 pm There will be a Festival Eucharist on Sundaynbsp07 OctobernbspCelebrant Bishop Nicholas at 1000 am followed by the cutting of the Centenary Cake after which the Festival will continue Refreshments will be available throughout the days of the Festival with a complementary cup of tea or coffee The Flower Festival is being arranged by the Parbold amp District Flower Club Church Address Hewlett Street Coppull PR7 5AB for further details please contact Geoffrey Magrath 01257 794176nbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Sustainable Christianity - Tabor

Lancaster Diocesan Faith amp Justice CommissionSustainable Christianity is there a distinctive call to how Christians should respond to the environmental and financial crisisSpeaker Sean McDonagh SSCFr Sean is a Columban missionary priest famed for campaigning amp battling for justice on environmental issues Date Saturday 6 October 2012 Time 1000 145pmVenue Tabor 169 Sharoe Green Lane Fulwood Preston PR2 8HEFREE EVENT DONATIONS WELCOMEMUST BOOKFor more information amp to reserve a place contact Margaret McSherry emaillfjctalktalknet or Tel 01524 383081St Bernadettes Parish House Bowerham Road Lancaster LA1 4HT nbspnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

13th National Conference on the Deanery

The Shape of Things to comeThe Deaneries task in Gods missionDate Friday 5 October to Sunday 7 October 2012Venue The Hayes Conference Centre SwanwickSpeakers will includeRt Revd Dr Alistair Redfern Bishop of DerbyAlastair Redfern has been Bishop of Derby since 2005 He sees the Deanery as a key component in the future of the mission and ministry He is a member of the House of Lords and is in demand as a lecturer and teacher in leadership and spiritualityOliver Home Policy Director Diocese of BristolOliver was instrumental in establishing the Dioceses Strategic Development In 2010 as part of the new strategy a range of responsibilities were delegated to those holding deanery leadership positionsHelen Simmons Director of Finance amp Operations Diocese of LondonBringing extensive experience of church and charity sectors Helen sees finance as a positive resource for mission and ministry She lives and worships in Southwark diocese is a member of the Church of England Pensions Board Risk Commitee and Council Member of the RSCMThe Revd David Primrose Director of Transforming Communities Diocese of LichfieldHe served as a parish priest in Gloucester and has extensive experience in the voluntary and statutory sectors Previously he has worked as a Mission Partner in Pakistan and as a Probation Officer in BristolConference ReviewerRt Revd Peter Maurice Bishop of TauntonPeter became Archdeacon of Taunton in 2003 and Bishop in 2006 Prior to this he served in various roles in London and Southwark including Director for Ordinands and Rural Dean His experience has given him a distinctive insight into role of the deanery in the future shape of mission and ministryFor more information cost and booking form please click here

The Power and The Glory Flower Festival - Coppull St John the Divine

The PowernbspandnbspThenbspGlorynbspis the theme for finale Centenary Celebrations at St John the Divine CoppullThe festival will take place on 05 06 and 07 October daily from 1000 am 600 pm There will be a Festival Eucharist on Sundaynbsp07 OctobernbspCelebrant Bishop Nicholas at 1000 am followed by the cutting of the Centenary Cake after which the Festival will continue Refreshments will be available throughout the days of the Festival with a complementary cup of tea or coffee The Flower Festival is being arranged by the Parbold amp District Flower Club Church Address Hewlett Street Coppull PR7 5AB for further details please contact Geoffrey Magrath 01257 794176nbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Organ Extravaganza

An organ extravaganza will take place in the Upper Church at the Community of the Resurrection Mirfield on Friday 5 October at 730pmnbsp Fr Simon Lumby will perform a number of popular masterworks on the new Harrison and Harrison OrgannbspnbspThis will all be projected onto a large screen display to allow all to see the console in action as well as hearing what it has to offerFor full details see the attached posternbsp

Free Child Protection Training - Burnley St Peter

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

Sarah Groves: Invisible Empires UK Tour - Blackburn Christ Church

Date Monday 01 OctoberTime 730 pmVenue Christ Church Blackburn BB2 3STTickets are 10 and available from the Church Office 01254 673 135Please see the display poster for what others have to say about Sara

Special People, Special Places!

A celebration of the special volunteers and staff of the organisations in Pendle dedicated to supporting those facing challenging circumstances in some of our more deprived communitiesnbsp Pendle Congregations particularly welcomeWhere To be held at Grassroots at St Philips Nelson BB9 9XB When on Monday 1 October 2012 at 12 noon to 300 pmnbsp Lunch will be served at 12 noon and there will be a Service of Thanksgiving at 230 pmnbsp Contact Suzanne Waddicor on 01282 877640 or email suzannewaddicorbsrgrassrootsorg There is no charge for this event but we would be glad if you could let us know if you are coming for catering purposes by 26 September nbsp

Bishop's Council

Date 29 SeptemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Called to Serve Day Conference

The first day conference for all those taking part in the Called to Serve 201213 courseTo be held at Ashton Methodist Church Wellington Road Ashton on Ribble Prestonnbsp 1000 am 300 pm

IME 4-7 Deacons Conference

A residential conference to be held at Thornleigh Grange over Sands for Deacons in IME 47This will be held Friday 28th 30th September

Safeguarding Adults training

A Safeguarding Adults Training to be held at Lancaster Methodist Church 1000 am 1200 noon Led by Mary Bunting Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Group and a professional trainer and Jenny Price Safeguarding Adviser for the diocese of Bradford and Walkefield and Temporary Adviser for Vulnerable Adults in BlackburnEach session will be limited to 25 peopleTo book a place please email ministryblackburnanglicanorg

Free Child Protection Training - Whalley St Mary and All Saints

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

Is Well-Being Just Good Health - Third Sector Lancashire

The News last week tells us that whilst the people of Lancashire are happier that the national average those who live in Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen are much less happynbspnbsp The happiest of all are those who live in the HebridesHow can this possibly be true Is this Government inspired happiness index any sort of reliable measure and if it is what does it mean for public policy especially in the field of health and wellbeingAs the Third Sectors representative on the Lancashire Health and WellBeing Board I invite you to attend a meeting at which these issues will be addressed by two professors who are experts in the fieldPlease take a look at the flyer and return the booking form to Michael Wedgeworth michaelwedgeworthhotmailcomnbspnbspnbspVikki McArhur

Safeguarding Adults Training

A Safeguarding Adults Training to be held at St Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood 200 pm 400 pmLed by Mary Bunting Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Group and a professional trainer and Jenny Price Safeguarding Adviser for the diocese of Bradford and Walkefield and Temporary Adviser for Vulnerable Adults in BlackburnEach session will be limited to 25 peopleTo book a place please email ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Free Child Protection Training - Grimsargh St Michael

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

Diocesan Property Committee

Date 19 SeptemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

DBF Executive

Date 19 SeptemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Australian Voices Concert

Concert by The Australian Voices at St Lukes Blackburn starting at 730pmnbsp Tickets 15 concessions 12 students 6See poster for details nbspToby Webber30 July 2012nbsp

Harvest Supper - Winmarleigh

Date Wednesday 19 SeptemberTime 730 pmVenue Winmarleigh Village HallTickets 6 Includes Hot Pot amp Apple PieYou are welcome to bring your own drinksFurther details from Joyce 01995 603 581 or Alex 01524 752 837Display PosterVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Harvest Flower Festival - Winmarleigh St Luke

Floral Theme A Celebration of Great British EventsCraft and Produce StallsHistorical Church RecordsLocal Items of InterestRefreshments available throughoutDate Saturday 15 SeptemberChurch and Stalls 1100 am 400 pmVenue St Lukes Church WinmarleighSunday 16 September everyone is welcome to join us for the 1100 am Harvest Family ServiceThe Church and Refreshments Outside stalls close at 430 pm will remain open until 600 pm Harvest Evensong taken by Bishop Geoff the Joint Choir will be attendingDisplay PosternbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretarynbsp

Lancaster Priory Patronal Festival Concert

nbspwith the Priory Choir and Priory Festival OrchestraDate Saturday 15 SeptembernbspTime 730pmVenue Lancaster St Mary The Prioryincludes Poulencs Organ Concerto and music by Bach Rutter and Gabrieli See wwwlancasterprioryorgnbsp or 01524 65338 for detailsnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

Harvest Flower Festival - Winmarleigh St Luke

Floral Theme A Celebration of Great British EventsCraft and Produce StallsHistorical Church RecordsLocal Items of InterestRefreshments available throughoutDate Saturday 15 SeptemberChurch and Stalls 1100 am 400 pmVenue St Lukes Church WinmarleighSunday 16 September everyone is welcome to join us for the 1100 am Harvest Family ServiceThe Church and Refreshments Outside stalls close at 430 pm will remain open until 600 pm Harvest Evensong taken by Bishop Geoff the Joint Choir will be attendingDisplay PosternbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretarynbsp

DAC

Datenbsp14 SeptemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Free Child Protection Training - Caton St Paul

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

Vacancy in See - Public Consultation Meeting

There is to be a Public Consultation Meeting on Thursday 13 September with Caroline Boddington Archbishops Appointments Secretary and Sir Paul Britton Prime Ministers Appointments Secretary in relation to the appointment of a new Bishop of BlackburnThe meeting will be held at the Crofters Hotel A6 Cabus Garstang PR3 1PH and will run from 730 900pmPlease may I ask you to make the meeting known within your parishIf you are unable to attend the Consultation but wish to comment please feel free to write by 28 September toCaroline Boddington Archbishops Secretary for Appointments The Wash House Lambeth Palace London SE1 7JU Paul BrittonPrime Ministers Secretary for Appointmentsco Honours amp Appointments SecretariatAdmiralty Arch The Mall LondonSW1A 2WHnbspCanon Graeme PollardDiocesan SecretarySecretary to the Vacancy in See Committee

Inaugural Organ Recital - Lancaster Priory

Date Sunday 09 SeptemberTime 730 pmVenue Lancaster St Mary The PrioryWith Professor Ian TraceyMusic to includeGigout Grand Choeur Dialogue Widor Allegro Symphony No6Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite Fee Draguee Arab MirlitonsBach Prelude in B minor 48 Preludes amp Fugues Bach Chaconne in D minornbspnbspFollowed by a week of evening concerts culminating in thenbspLancaster Priory Patronal Festival Concert with the Priory Choir and Priory Festival OrchestraSaturday 15 September at 730pmincludes Poulencs Organ Concerto and music by Bach Rutter and Gabrieli See wwwlancasterprioryorgnbsp or 01524 65338 for detailsnbspVikki McArthurSecretary to the Diocesan Secretary

A Year of Celebration (Flower Festival) - Blackpool

St Stephen on the Cliffs Blackpool will be holding a Flower Festival from the 06 09 SeptemberThe opening times are Thursday Saturday 1000 am 800 pm and 12 noon 500 pm on the SundayThe theme will benbsp A Year of Celebration with arrangements and displays covering happening ands anniversaries throughout 2012nbsp This will include but is not limited to the Olympic Games HM The Quenns Diamond Jubilee and the Centenary of Girl GuidingLunches teas and snacks will be available and bookings are now being taken for coach partiesA Musical Evening 800 pm Saturday along with Songs of Praise 600 pm Sunday will be part of the Festivalnbsp Details from 01253 353 403 or 01253 765 698 or wwwststephenblackpoolcouk

Heritage Open Days - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeyHeritage Open Days 6 9 SeptemberGrounds open daily free entryGuided toursSunday 9 September House open 1200nbspnoon to 400 pmFor information tel 01254 828400email officewhalleyabbeyorgElaine Hargreaves17 July 2012

Celebrating Creation and Re-Creation

Anbspshort ecumenical Christian servicenbspat nbspBrockholes Nature Reserve nbspon nbspSaturday 8th September 2012 at 4 pm nbspoffers an opportunity to give thanks to God for the newlyopened Guild Cycle Wheelnbspas part of the legacy of the Preston Guild 2012 and for the blessings of creation life health and physical wellbeing nbspBishop Geoff Bishop of Lancaster Kath Knight Centre Manager Brockholes and Revd Chris Halliwell Diocesan Rural and Environmental Project Officerpreparing to cycle the 21 mile Preston Guild Wheel from Brockholes Nature Reserve 2012712nbspBrockholes Nature Reserve was opened in 2011 on the site of former gravel extraction activities just off the M6 motorway junction 31 The centre has already won some prestigious national architectural awards for sustainabilityThe Preston Guild 2012 cycle wheel passes through the nature reserve as part of its 21 mile orbital route around Prestonand offers wonderful opportunities for exploring creation and experiencing the wonders of local natural historynbsp

Heritage Open Days - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeyHeritage Open Days 6 9 SeptemberGrounds open daily free entryGuided toursSunday 9 September House open 1200nbspnoon to 400 pmFor information tel 01254 828400email officewhalleyabbeyorgElaine Hargreaves17 July 2012

A Year of Celebration (Flower Festival) - Blackpool

St Stephen on the Cliffs Blackpool will be holding a Flower Festival from the 06 09 SeptemberThe opening times are Thursday Saturday 1000 am 800 pm and 12 noon 500 pm on the SundayThe theme will benbsp A Year of Celebration with arrangements and displays covering happening ands anniversaries throughout 2012nbsp This will include but is not limited to the Olympic Games HM The Quenns Diamond Jubilee and the Centenary of Girl GuidingLunches teas and snacks will be available and bookings are now being taken for coach partiesA Musical Evening 800 pm Saturday along with Songs of Praise 600 pm Sunday will be part of the Festivalnbsp Details from 01253 353 403 or 01253 765 698 or wwwststephenblackpoolcouk

Service of Dedication with Archbishop John Sentamu - Lancaster Priory

Date Saturday 08 SeptemberTime 600 pmVenue Lancaster PrioryService of Dedication for the new Pipe Organ by The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu The Lord Archbishop of YorkAll are welcomeplease be seated by 545 pmnbspVikki McArthur

A Year of Celebration (Flower Festival) - Blackpool

St Stephen on the Cliffs Blackpool will be holding a Flower Festival from the 06 09 SeptemberThe opening times are Thursday Saturday 1000 am 800 pm and 12 noon 500 pm on the SundayThe theme will benbsp A Year of Celebration with arrangements and displays covering happening ands anniversaries throughout 2012nbsp This will include but is not limited to the Olympic Games HM The Quenns Diamond Jubilee and the Centenary of Girl GuidingLunches teas and snacks will be available and bookings are now being taken for coach partiesA Musical Evening 800 pm Saturday along with Songs of Praise 600 pm Sunday will be part of the Festivalnbsp Details from 01253 353 403 or 01253 765 698

Heritage Open Days - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeyHeritage Open Days 6 9 SeptemberGrounds open daily free entryGuided toursSunday 9 September House open 1200nbspnoon to 400 pmFor information tel 01254 828400email officewhalleyabbeyorgElaine Hargreaves17 July 2012

Weekend of Prayer (7th-9th September)

The weekend of 7th9th September 2012 is a special weekend of prayer where many churches of all denominations will specifically pray for mission in our nationnbspFor more information and free resources please see the following linksnbsphttpwwwchurchofenglandorgclergyofficeholdersthemedservicesandeventsprayingtogetherweekendofprayeraspxnbsphttpwwwhopetogetherorgukGroups131792HOPEPrayerPrayeraspxnbsp

A Year of Celebratiion (Flower Festival) - Blackpool

St Stephen on the Cliffs Blackpool will be holding a Flower Festival from the 06 09 SeptemberThe opening times are Thursday Saturday 1000 am 800 pm and 12 noon 500 pm on the SundayThe theme will be A Year of Celebration with arrangements and displays covering happening ands anniversaries throughout 2012 This will include but is not limited to the Olympic Games HM The Quenns Diamond Jubilee and the Centenary of Girl GuidingLunches teas and snacks will be available and bookings are now being taken for coach partiesA Musical Evening 800 pm Saturday along with Songs of Praise 600 pm Sunday will be part of the Festival Details from 01253 353 403 or 01253 765 698 or wwwststephenblackpoolcouk

Heritage Open Days - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeyHeritage Open Days 6 nbsp9 SeptemberGrounds open daily free entryGuided toursSunday 9 September House open 1200nbspnoon to 400 pmFor information tel 01254 828400email officewhalleyabbeyorgElaine Hargreaves17 July 2012nbsp

Free Child Protection Training - Scotforth St Paul

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

Diocesan CRB Evidence Checker Training - Scotforth St Paul

In order to comply with the CRB code of Practice Registered Bodies in this case Blackburn Diocese must Ensure that any person undertaking identity verification checks on their behalf is suitable and trained accordinglyTraining is available for all those who are responsible for the recruitment of Employees and Volunteers in positions where a CRB Disclosure is required This will be an opportunity to refresh your knowledge of CRB Evidence Checking guidance and to learn about changes to CRB Processing which are part of the Governments rolling programme of changes commencing September 10th 2012 A refresher for Incumbents amp Evidence Checkers on how to check and complete a CRB Application Form A chance for those who are responsible the safe recruitment of employees and volunteers in a Vulnerable Groups to become an Evidence Checker to check and submit CRB Applications to the Diocese To provide information in respect of NEW ID CHECKING PROCESS ROUTES 13CRB Evidence Checker Training will be available in conjunction with Child Protection Training at the following VenuesVenueDateTimePenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012730pmScotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012730pmWhalley St Mary amp All Saints Church LaneBB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012730pmSt Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012730pmChorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012730pmIf you wish to attend any of these courses please contactDebbie Jagger CRB Administration OfficerTel 01254 503070 ext 227 or email to debbiejaggerblackburnanglicanorgOrSarah Earnshaw Childrens Work AdministratorTel 01254 503070 ext 218 or email to childrenblackburnanglicanorgAddressBlackburn Diocesan Board of Education Church House Cathedral Close Blackburn BB1 5AAnbspDebbie JaggerCRB Administration Officer

Free Child Protection Training - Penwortham St Mary

Sue is bringing Child Protection Training to a Deanery near you in the autumnThe training is for those who work with children and young people and need to be aware of the policy used by the Diocese which is adopted or adapted by parishes The training takes around an hour and covers general good practice Parishes need to remember that their safeguarding policy should be revisited annually to ensure it is up to date and being adhered to The training we offer is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge even if youve done it previously so do try to attend one of the dates listed below and encourage others from you parish to come alsonbspVenueDatenbspnbspPenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012Scotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012Caton St Paul Caton Green Road LA2 9JPThursday 13 September 2012Grimsargh St Michael Preston Road PR2 5SDThursday 20 September 2012Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Church Lane BB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012Burnley St Peter Church Street BB11 2DLTuesday 2 October 2012Cleveleys St Andrew Rossall Road FY5 1DPMonday 8 October 2012Marton St Paul Honister Avenue FY3 9PFTuesday 9 October 2012 St Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012Blackburn The Redeemer Jack Walker Way BB2 4JJMonday 15 October 2012Chorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012 Please note that all training sessions will start at 730pm with the exception of Marton St Pauls which will start at 8pmnbspSarah EarnshawChildrens Work Administrator

Diocesan CRB Evidence Checker Training - Penwortham St Mary

In order to comply with the CRB code of Practice Registered Bodies in this case Blackburn Diocese must Ensure that any person undertaking identity verification checks on their behalf is suitable and trained accordinglyTraining is available for all those who are responsible for the recruitment of Employees and Volunteers in positions where a CRB Disclosure is required This will be an opportunity to refresh your knowledge of CRB Evidence Checking guidance and to learn about changes to CRB Processing which are part of the Governments rolling programme of changes commencing September 10th 2012 A refresher for Incumbents amp Evidence Checkers on how to check and complete a CRB Application Form A chance for those who are responsible the safe recruitment of employees and volunteers in a Vulnerable Groups to become an Evidence Checker to check and submit CRB Applications to the Diocese To provide information in respect of NEW ID CHECKING PROCESS ROUTES 13CRB Evidence Checker Training will be available in conjunction with Child Protection Training at the following VenuesVenueDateTimePenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012730pmScotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012730pmWhalley StMaryampAll Saints Church LaneBB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012730pmSt Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012730pmChorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012730pmIf you wish to attend any of these courses please contactDebbie Jagger CRB Administration OfficerTel 01254 503070 ext 227 or email to debbiejaggerblackburnanglicanorgOrSarah Earnshaw Childrens Work AdministratorTel 01254 503070 ext 218 or email to childrenblackburnanglicanorgAddressBlackburn Diocesan Board of Education Church House Cathedral Close Blackburn BB1 5AAnbspDebbie JaggerCRB Administration Officer

Whalley Abbey Bug Hunt

nbspBug Hunt at the AbbeyMonday 27th August 2012Come and join Lancashire Wildlife Trust hunting for bugsin the grounds of Whalley AbbeyBug catching and study equipment supplied1030 am amp 200pmFree of Charge 15 hours Easy and funDonations may be made to the Wildlife TrustOur coffee shop is open or bring a picnicWhalley Abbey The SandsWhalleyClitheroeBB7 9SSEnquiries 01254 828400 nbspElaine Hargreaves 17 July 2012nbsp

Chancel Repair Liability - Advice for PCCs

Chancel land and chancel repair liablities go back to mediaeval times with the rector being responsible for repairs to the chancel and paying for these from income from glebe land and tithesThe liability for these repairs has continued to exist and The Chancel Repairs Act 1982 gives PCCs the power to serve notices to repair on those affectedFrom 12 October 2013 this liability will not affect specific properties if the liability has not been registered although existing owners will still be liable If the property is sold with nothing reigstered there will be no liability for new purchasers PCCs are recommended to identify and register land that is subject to chancel repair liability before the deadlineThe attached document gives full informationAdvice for Parochial Church Councils issued by the Diocesan RegistryElaine Hargreaves15 August 2012nbsp

Vacancy in See Consultation - Lancaster Christ Church

The Vacancy in See Committee invites clergy and laity from across the Diocese to attend one of the Consultation evenings listed below DatenbspVenueFacilitator nbspTime22 June FriMarton St PaulnbspRevd Paul Benfield700 pm Refreshments730 pm Consultation27 June WedsBurnley St Peter Mrs Vivienne Goddard730 pm16 JulyMonBlackburn CathedralRevd Canon Dr Sue Penfold730 pm24 July TuePreston St Cuthbert FulwoodRevd Richard Marshall730 pm Refreshments745 pm Consultation25 July WedsTorrisholme The AscensionCanon Ian Garden730 pm30 July Mon Lancaster Christ ChurchProf Helen Leathard 700 pm Refreshments730 pm ConsultationThe purpose of the Consultation is to assist the Vacancy in See Committee in its task of producing the Person Profile to be given to the Crown Nominations Committee who will select the next Bishop of BlackburnThe Committee wishes to hear your views as it prepares this important document If you are unable to attend any of the Consultations please feel free to email your thoughts and comments to Fr John Hall Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee via vacancyinseeblackburnanglicanorg The Consultations will focus around the following questions1 One of the Church of Englands priorities is contributing as the National Church to the common good What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil thisnbspnbsp priority2 A second priority is facilitating the growth of the Church both spiritual and numerical What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority3 The third priority is reimagining the Churchs ministry so as to make sure there is a growing and sustainable Christian witness in every local community What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority4 A Diocesan Bishop has a significant role in leading the team to ensure the practical aspects of diocesan life run smoothly including finance clergy deployment legal matters etc What do we need in our Bishop for the aspect of the role5 What other aspects of our future Bishop do you think importantCanon Graeme PollardDiocesan SecretarySecretary to the Vacancy in See Committee

National day of prayer for farmers at Lammas-tide

A Day of Prayer for our Farmers Sunday July 29thAt Lammas tide which on August 1st it is traditional to take a loaf made from the first grain of the harvest season to be blessed in church and to ask for Gods blessing on the ensuing harvest This loaf is then used to celebrate communion Given the extremes of weather experienced in the Spring and early Summer this year it is unlikely that any farmer will be in a position to harvest any crops by this dateEarly in the year while the talk was of drought conditions and hosepipe bans many crops started to suffer from lack of moisture Then we experienced unprecedented and near continuous rainfall for several months Week after week we have heard of new records for high rainfall being established for the majority of us this has simply been inconvenient while others have suffered dreadfully through repeated flooding For our farmers who toil all year long to provide us with the food we need it can mean disaster Mild and wet conditions are ideal for the growth of fungi which attack crops and potentially devastate the yield This leads to a difficult and potentially poor harvest with grain prices on the increase Sadly good harvest weather is not in sight as yet so this is of little comfortIn the meantime high grain prices are pushing up feed prices for livestock farmers who are also suffering at the hands of the weather Thousands of stockfarmers had to bring their animals back indoors to prevent them damaging valuable grazing land in the wet conditions Because of this many are obliged to feed their animals with costly winter forage or costly bought in feed and with haymaking badly hampered until the weather improves there is little prospect of being able to replenish those stocks before this coming winter Without such reserves many are very worried about the welfare of their animals in the cold months to comenbsp nbspArchdeacon John farmer Douglas Wallbank and NFU Senior Policy Advisor Adam Briggs talk farming 2572012On top of all this we see dairy farmers many of whom are already trying to cope with the devastation of bovine tuberculosis among their herds having to contend with draconian price cuts for their milk bringing them to a level which for many is totally unsustainable There is a very real likelihood of many dairy farmers simply going out of businessArchdeacon John Hawley NFUnbspSeniornbspPolicy Advisor Adam Briggsnbspdiscuss the current dairy crisis with farmer Eric Dowson 2572012Farming has always been a risky business and farmers are well used to managing those risks This year however is proving to be quite exceptional bringing with it concerns of a much greater magnitude than normal When these worries are amplified by the isolation of rural living and the sense of neglect felt by many farmers increasing pressures can prove too much sometimes resulting in tragic and devastating consequences nbspSo this Lammas tide take a moment to consider the plight of our farmers and their families They have the burden of feeding the nation while managing and caring for our countryside in such difficult circumstances Farm Crisis Network is calling for a day of prayer on Sunday 29th July for our farming community who everyday face the consequences of this terrible weather and who often pay a much higher price than the consumers of their production The Right Reverend Donald Allister Bishop of Peterborough who is also an FCN Trustee has composed the following prayer for use on SundayHeavenly Fatherthe earth is yours and the harvests are your bountyWe pray for our arable farmersin this year of extreme weatherWe pray for our dairy farmerswith supermarkets forcing the price of milk downand with bovine TB in some parts of the countryWe ask your blessing on the harvestand on all who work in farmingWe ask that farmers facing difficult timesmay know your loveand our supportThrough Jesus Christ our LordAmennbspThank you for your support of the farming community especially at this difficult timenbspFarm Crisis Network is available to provide practical and pastoral support to anyone in the farming community FCNs national helpline operates from 700am to 1100 pm every day of the year 0845 367 9990nbsp

Diocesan CRB Evidence Checker Training - Whalley St Mary and All Saints

In order to comply with the CRB code of Practice Registered Bodies in this case Blackburn Diocese must Ensure that any person undertaking identity verification checks on their behalf is suitable and trained accordinglyTraining is available for all those who are responsible for the recruitment of Employees and Volunteers in positions where a CRB Disclosure is required This will be an opportunity to refresh your knowledge of CRB Evidence Checking guidance and to learn about changes to CRB Processing which are part of the Governments rolling programme of changes commencing September 10th 2012 A refresher for Incumbents amp Evidence Checkers on how to check and complete a CRB Application Form A chance for those who are responsible the safe recruitment of employees and volunteers in a Vulnerable Groups to become an Evidence Checker to check and submit CRB Applications to the Diocese To provide information in respect of NEW ID CHECKING PROCESS ROUTES 13CRB Evidence Checker Training will be available in conjunction with Child Protection Training at the following VenuesVenueDateTimePenwortham St Mary Church Avenue PR1 0AHMonday 3 September 2012730pmScotforth St Paul Scotforth Road LA1 4STTuesday 4 September 2012730pmWhalley St Mary amp All Saints Church LaneBB7 9SYThursday 27 September 2012730pmSt Michaels on Wyre Blackpool Road PR3 0UAThursday 11 October 2012730pmChorley St Laurence Union Street PR6 0HTThursday 25 October 2012730pmIf you wish to attend any of these courses please contactDebbie Jagger CRB Administration OfficerTel 01254 503070 ext 227 or email to debbiejaggerblackburnanglicanorgOrSarah Earnshaw Childrens Work AdministratorTel 01254 503070 ext 218 or email to childrenblackburnanglicanorgAddressBlackburn Diocesan Board of Education Church House Cathedral Close Blackburn BB1 5AAnbspDebbie JaggerCRB Administration Officer

Sports Quiz

FRIDAY 22 JUNE 730pm at the Red Lion Hotel Devonshire Road Bispham Blackpool FY2 0ARSports Quiz in conjuction with Christians in Sport and Hot Pot Supper followed by a short talk on the Christian faith by John Simmons Chaplain to Oldham Atheletic Ideal to come with non christian friends Cost 5 Come as a team of 4 or on your own to make up a team Contact Martin Ormond on 01253 826 153 or email martinrormondblueyondercouk by the 18 JuneTHURSDAY 26 JULY 800pm at the Railway Suite Leyland PR25 4NTSports Quiz in conjuction with Christians in Sport and Hot Pot Supper Ideal to come with non christian friends Cost 5 Come as a team of 4 or on your own to make up a team Contact Nick Moxom 01772 322 920 or email nickmoxonbtinternetcom by the 18 June

Vacancy in See Consultation - Torrisholme The Ascension

The Vacancy in See Committee invites clergy and laity from across the Diocese to attend one of the Consultation evenings listed below DatenbspVenueFacilitator nbspTime22 June FriMarton St PaulnbspRevd Paul Benfield700 pm Refreshments730 pm Consultation27 June WedsBurnley St Peter Mrs Vivienne Goddard730 pm16 JulyMonBlackburn CathedralRevd Canon Dr Sue Penfold730 pm24 July TuePreston St Cuthbert FulwoodRevd Richard Marshall730 pm Refreshments745 pm Consultation25 July WedsTorrisholme The AscensionCanon Ian Garden730 pm30 July Mon Lancaster Christ ChurchProf Helen Leathard 700 pm Refreshments730 pm ConsultationThe purpose of the Consultation is to assist the Vacancy in See Committee in its task of producing the Person Profile to be given to the Crown Nominations Committee who will select the next Bishop of BlackburnThe Committee wishes to hear your views as it prepares this important document If you are unable to attend any of the Consultations please feel free to email your thoughts and comments to Fr John Hall Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee via vacancyinseeblackburnanglicanorg The Consultations will focus around the following questions1 One of the Church of Englands priorities is contributing as the National Church to the common good What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil thisnbspnbsp priority2 A second priority is facilitating the growth of the Church both spiritual and numerical What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority3 The third priority is reimagining the Churchs ministry so as to make sure there is a growing and sustainable Christian witness in every local community What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority4 A Diocesan Bishop has a significant role in leading the team to ensure the practical aspects of diocesan life run smoothly including finance clergy deployment legal matters etc What do we need in our Bishop for the aspect of the role5 What other aspects of our future Bishop do you think importantCanon Graeme PollardDiocesan SecretarySecretary to the Vacancy in See Committee

Families and Children - Have your say: Preston St Cuthbert Fulwood

nbspFamilies and Children Have your sayWe are holding interactive sessions which last one hour for families to tell us what qualities they would like in our next Bishop Susan Witts and her team will unpack the five questions in creative ways for our children to be able to share their thoughts and ideasIf you have primary aged children and would like to come along with them please choose from one of the venues and dates below Come along Wed love to see youThe purpose of the Consultation is to assist the Vacancy in See Committee in its task of producing the Person Profile to be given to the Crown Nominations Committee who will select the next Bishop of BlackburnThe Committee wishes to hear your views as it prepares this important document We apologise for the short notice but we need to meet the required time scale for consultation530630pm Wednesday 27 June St Peters Burnley530630pm Monday 16 July Blackburn Cathedral530630pm Tuesday 24 July Preston St Cuthbert FulwoodSusan Witts15 June 2012

Vacancy in See Consultation - Preston St Cuthbert Fulwood

The Vacancy in See Committee invites clergy and laity from across the Diocese to attend one of the Consultation evenings listed below DatenbspVenueFacilitator nbspTime22 June FriMarton St PaulnbspRevd Paul Benfield700 pm Refreshments730 pm Consultation27 June WedsBurnley St Peter Mrs Vivienne Goddard730 pm16 JulyMonBlackburn CathedralRevd Canon Dr Sue Penfold730 pm24 July TuePreston St Cuthbert FulwoodRevd Richard Marshall730 pm Refreshments745 pm Consultation25 July WedsTorrisholme The AscensionCanon Ian Garden730 pm30 July Mon Lancaster Christ ChurchProf Helen Leathard 700 pm Refreshments730 pm ConsultationThe purpose of the Consultation is to assist the Vacancy in See Committee in its task of producing the Person Profile to be given to the Crown Nominations Committee who will select the next Bishop of BlackburnThe Committee wishes to hear your views as it prepares this important document If you are unable to attend any of the Consultations please feel free to email your thoughts and comments to Fr John Hall Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee via vacancyinseeblackburnanglicanorg The Consultations will focus around the following questions1 One of the Church of Englands priorities is contributing as the National Church to the common good What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil thisnbspnbsp priority2 A second priority is facilitating the growth of the Church both spiritual and numerical What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority3 The third priority is reimagining the Churchs ministry so as to make sure there is a growing and sustainable Christian witness in every local community What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority4 A Diocesan Bishop has a significant role in leading the team to ensure the practical aspects of diocesan life run smoothly including finance clergy deployment legal matters etc What do we need in our Bishop for the aspect of the role5 What other aspects of our future Bishop do you think importantCanon Graeme PollardDiocesan SecretarySecretary to the Vacancy in See Committee

Visible Faith the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Vacancy in See Consultation - Blackburn Cathedral

The Vacancy in See Committee invites clergy and laity from across the Diocese to attend one of the Consultation evenings listed below DatenbspVenueFacilitator nbspTime22 June FriMarton St PaulnbspRevd Paul Benfield700 pm Refreshments730 pm Consultation27 June WedsBurnley St Peter Mrs Vivienne Goddard730 pm16 JulyMonBlackburn CathedralRevd Canon Dr Sue Penfold730 pm24 July TuePreston St Cuthbert FulwoodRevd Richard Marshall730 pm Refreshments745 pm Consultation25 July WedsTorrisholme The AscensionCanon Ian Garden730 pm30 July Mon Lancaster Christ ChurchProf Helen Leathard 700 pm Refreshments730 pm ConsultationThe purpose of the Consultation is to assist the Vacancy in See Committee in its task of producing the Person Profile to be given to the Crown Nominations Committee who will select the next Bishop of BlackburnThe Committee wishes to hear your views as it prepares this important document If you are unable to attend any of the Consultations please feel free to email your thoughts and comments to Fr John Hall Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee via vacancyinseeblackburnanglicanorg The Consultations will focus around the following questions1 One of the Church of Englands priorities is contributing as the National Church to the common good What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil thisnbspnbsp priority2 A second priority is facilitating the growth of the Church both spiritual and numerical What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority3 The third priority is reimagining the Churchs ministry so as to make sure there is a growing and sustainable Christian witness in every local community What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority4 A Diocesan Bishop has a significant role in leading the team to ensure the practical aspects of diocesan life run smoothly including finance clergy deployment legal matters etc What do we need in our Bishop for the aspect of the role5 What other aspects of our future Bishop do you think importantCanon Graeme PollardDiocesan SecretarySecretary to the Vacancy in See Committee

Families and Children - Have your say: Blackburn Cathedral

nbspFamilies and Children Have your sayWe are holding interactive sessions which last one hour for families to tell us what qualities they would like in our next Bishop Susan Witts and her team will unpack the five questions in creative ways for our children to be able to share their thoughts and ideasIf you have primary aged children and would like to come along with them please choose from one of the venues and dates below Come along Wed love to see youThe purpose of the Consultation is to assist the Vacancy in See Committee in its task of producing the Person Profile to be given to the Crown Nominations Committee who will select the next Bishop of BlackburnThe Committee wishes to hear your views as it prepares this important document We apologise for the short notice but we need to meet the required time scale for consultation530630pm Wednesday 27 June St Peters Burnley530630pm Monday 16 July Blackburn Cathedral530630pm Tuesday 24 July Preston St Cuthbert FulwoodSusan Witts15 June 2012

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Art&Music: Fulwood Methodist Church

An audio visual presentation with sacred choral music selected from the tudor period to the present day with Coro Dellarte a new chamber choir conducted by Marco Fanti and Mavis FletcherDate Saturday 14 JulyTime 730 pmVenue Fulwood Methodist Church Watling Street Road Preston PR2 8EAFurther Details and Display Poster

Hate Crime Awareness Workshop - Lancaster Priory

Date Saturday 14 JulyTime 2 400 pmVenue Lancaster PrioryExhibition delivered by Wyre amp Lancaster District Hanewsblackburnanglicanorgte Crime Project

Service of Solidarity with the persecuted & Victims of Hate Crime - Lancaster Priory

Date Saturday 14 JulyTime 400 pmnbsp Venue Lancaster PrioryPreacher The Revd Dr Giles FraserAll welcome to attend this serviceTel 01524 65338 or online at httpwwwlancasterprioryorg

Visible Faith: Exhibition of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Diocesan Synod

Date 14 July Time 900 amVenue Preston St Cuthbert Fulwood

DAC

Date 13 JulyDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

The Shape of Things to Come

FOUNDATIONS FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY 2020Challenges to be faced Opportunities to be grasped Issues to be resolvedThe Church faces many challenges and opportunities in its life and structures This is not limited to our own Church of England nor even to our Diocese deaneries and parishes for we now face new and pressing challenges as to the effective distribution and deployment of our ministerial resources as we seek to engage in the mission and ministry of Christ This Report which we shall call The Burnley Report is offered to the whole Diocese to ensure that in the years to come we may continue to be inspired enlivened and empowered in ministry for our mission to the world

Fair Trial or Foul Bill (Lecture) - Lancaster Priory

His Honour Judge Anthony Russell QC Resident Judge for LancashireThe Trial of the Lancashire Witches a legal perspectiveDate Friday 13 JulyTime 730 pmVenue Lancaster PrioryAdmission free retiring collection for Stepping Stones NigeriaTel 01524 65338 or online at httpwwwlancasterprioryorg

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

DBF Executive

Date 11 JulyDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Disclosure & Barring Update (CRB)

Please find below a link tonbsp the Disclosure and Barring Update from the HM Government Home Office for Information only regarding changes to the CRB Disclosure ServiceChanges to disclosure and barring What you need to knownbspDebbie JaggerCRB Officer

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Called to Serve Day Conference

A final Day Conference for all those who have taken part in the 201112 course at Ashton Methodist Church Ashtonnbsp on Ribblenbsp

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Church House Induction Day

An day for all newly ordained Deacons and clergy new to the Diocese to have a tour of Church House and meet the staff

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Training evening for PCC Members

A training event for all those who serve on Parochial Church CouncilsTo be held at St Cuthberts Church Fulwoodnbsp 730 900 pmThe evening will be led by Archdeacon John and Archdeacon MichaelBooking details to follow

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Ordination of Priests

The Bishop of Lancaster will ordain the following men and women to the office and work of a priest at All Saints Clayton le Moors on Sunday 1st July at 3pmPlease pray for themAlex Baker Burnley St MatthewDavid Bacon Altham St James and ClaytonleMoors All SaintsAndrew Gray Clitheroe St JamesPhil Hunt Rishton St Peter and St Paul Janet Taylor Chorley St Laurence

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Vacancy in See Update

The Vacancy in See Committee wants to hear your viewsThe Blackburn Diocese Vacancy in See Committee met for the first time on Monday May 21stand has asked that a series of five or six meetings are arranged around the diocese to hear the views of both clergy and laity in relation to the person we should seek to be the next Bishop of BlackburnThe meetings will be facilitated by members of the Vacancy in See Committee and will feed back to the full committee to assist in producing the person profile which forms part of the information given to the Crown Nominations Committee The dates and venues will be advertised and the committee hopes many people will attendThese meetings supplement the consultations which will occur when the Archbishops Secretary for Appointments Caroline Boddington and the Prime Ministers Secretary for Appointments Paul Britton visit the diocese the dates of which are to be confirmed and pubilcisedChairman of the Vacancy in See Committee Canon John Hall of St Peters and St Davids Churches Fleetwood has written a prayer which all in the diocese are invited to useVacancy in See PrayerAlmighty God who has called us to be members of your church which is the body of your Sonpour out your Spirit on this Diocese of Blackburn and upon all engaged in the process of selecting a new Diocesan BishopAccept the gifts and talents that each member of the Vacancy in See Committee brings to the processFather keep us ever mindful of the needs of Bishop Nicholas and Christine as their time with us draws to a closeLead us we pray in all our work for you and unite us all in the service of Jesus your Son our LordAmen

Ordination of Deacons

The Bishop of Blackburn will ordain the following men and women to the office and work of a deacon in his cathedral church on Saturday 30th June at 1030amPlease pray for themCraig Abbott Lancaster St ThomasCatherine Braithwaite Colne and Villages Team MinistryTimothy John Gordon Brampton Standish St WilfridPaul Andrew Bye Blackburn Christ Church with St MatthewChristopher Francis Colton Worsthorne and ClivigerChristopher John Coupe Lower Darwen St JamesRebecca Helena Crowe Penwortham St MaryDavid Ian Gerrard Shevington St AnneCatherine Linda Martlew Chorley St GeorgeJohn Raymond Mountain Appley Bridge and ParboldDamian Edward Platt Bispham All HallowsTracy Jane Swindells Farington Moss and Lostock HallLinda Margaret Tomkinson Blackpool St JohnStuart Tomlinson Blackpool St Christopher amp St NicholasAndrew Paul Whitehead Clitheroe St Mary MagdaleneSharon Theresa Wilkinson Lancaster St Paul Scotforth

Ordination of Priests

The Bishop of Lancaster will ordain the following men to the office and work of a priest in Lancaster Priory on Saturday 30th June at 630pmPlease pray for themJoel Love Lancaster St Mary the PrioryDenis Tate Ellel St John the Evangelist with Shireshead St Jamesnbsp

Visible Faith: Art, Music and Light

A Concert of Modern Christian Music fromnbsp 316Date Friday 29 JuneTime 730 pmVenue Student Union Atrium St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Roadnbsp Preston PR1 7BYAdmission FreenbspDisplay Poster

Ordination of Priests

The Bishop of Burnley will ordain The Revd Matthew McMurray to the office and work of a priest at the Parish Church of St Christopher and St Nicholas Blackpool on Friday 29th June at 730pmPlease pray for him

The Chapel Choir (Somerville College) - Lancaster Priory

Friday 29 June at 730 pm The Chapel Choir of Somerville College Oxford in a concert of choral music Tickets 800 5 conc from 01524 65338 or online from httpwwwlancasterprioryorg

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Day Conference on Issues of Human Sexuality

A Day Conference Human Sexuality and the Christian Leader to be held 1000 am 300 pmnbsp 27th Junenbsp Venue to be advised

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Vacancy in See Consultation - Burnley St Peter

The Vacancy in See Committee invites clergy and laity from across the Diocese to attend one of the Consultation evenings listed below DatenbspVenueFacilitator nbspTime22 June FriMarton St PaulnbspRevd Paul Benfield700 pm Refreshments730 pm Consultation27 June WedsBurnley St Peter Mrs Vivienne Goddard730 pm16 JulyMonBlackburn CathedralRevd Canon Dr Sue Penfold730 pm24 July TuePreston St Cuthbert FulwoodRevd Richard Marshall730 pm Refreshments745 pm Consultation25 July WedsTorrisholme The AscensionCanon Ian Garden730 pm30 July Mon Lancaster Christ ChurchProf Helen Leathard 700 pm Refreshments730 pm ConsultationThe purpose of the Consultation is to assist the Vacancy in See Committee in its task of producing the Person Profile to be given to the Crown Nominations Committee who will select the next Bishop of BlackburnThe Committee wishes to hear your views as it prepares this important document If you are unable to attend any of the Consultations please feel free to email your thoughts and comments to Fr John Hall Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee via vacancyinseeblackburnanglicanorg The Consultations will focus around the following questions1 One of the Church of Englands priorities is contributing as the National Church to the common good What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil thisnbspnbsp priority2 A second priority is facilitating the growth of the Church both spiritual and numerical What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority3 The third priority is reimagining the Churchs ministry so as to make sure there is a growing and sustainable Christian witness in every local community What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority4 A Diocesan Bishop has a significant role in leading the team to ensure the practical aspects of diocesan life run smoothly including finance clergy deployment legal matters etc What do we need in our Bishop for the aspect of the role5 What other aspects of our future Bishop do you think importantCanon Graeme PollardDiocesan SecretarySecretary to the Vacancy in See Committee

Families and Children - Have your say: Burnley St Peter

nbspFamilies and Children Have your sayWe are holding interactive sessions which last one hour for families to tell us what qualities they would like in our next Bishop Susan Witts and her team will unpack the five questions in creative ways for our children to be able to share their thoughts and ideasIf you have primary aged children and would like to come along with them please choose from one of the venues and dates below Come along Wed love to see youThe purpose of the Consultation is to assist the Vacancy in See Committee in its task of producing the Person Profile to be given to the Crown Nominations Committee who will select the next Bishop of BlackburnThe Committee wishes to hear your views as it prepares this important document We apologise for the short notice but we need to meet the required time scale for consultation530630pm Wednesday 27 June St Peters Burnley530630pm Monday 16 July Blackburn Cathedral530630pm Tuesday 24 July Preston St Cuthbert FulwoodSusan Witts15 June 2012

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Training Evening for Established and Long Serving Churchwardens

A training event for all those who are experienced ChurchwardensTo be held at St Cuthberts Church Fulwoodnbsp 730 900 pmThe evening will be led by Archdeacon John and Archdeacon MichaelBooking details to follow

Back to Church Sunday Event - Lancaster St Thomas, 2-4 pm

Please contact Karen Wignall to book places for this event 01254 503278

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

The Crucible - Lancaster Priory

21 June 22 June at 730 pm and 23 June at 3 pm and 730 pm Lancaster Priory presents The Crucible by Arthur Miller This amateur production is by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd Tickets 10 centre nave and 8 side aisles No concessions from 01524 65338 or online from httpwwwlancasterprioryorg

Visible Faith: Exhibition of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art

23 June 18 JulyMon Fri 1000 am 600 pmSat 1000 am 500 pmSun 200 pm 500pmVenue St Peters Centre UCLAN Fylde Road Preston PR1 7BYAdmission Free donations welcomewwwfulwoodmethodistorgukEvents PosterFor more information please email visiblefaithyahoocouk

The Crucible - Lancaster Priory

21 June 22 June at 730 pm and 23 June at 3 pm and 730 pm Lancaster Priory presents The Crucible by Arthur Miller This amateur production is by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd Tickets 10 centre nave and 8 side aisles No concessions from 01524 65338 or online from httpwwwlancasterprioryorg

Sports Quiz

FRIDAY 22 JUNE 730pm at the Red Lion Hotel Devonshire Road Bispham Blackpool FY2 0ARSports Quiz in conjuction with Christians in Sport and Hot Pot Supper followed by a short talk on the Christian faith by John Simmons Chaplain to Oldham Atheletic Ideal to come with non christian friends Cost 5 Come as a team of 4 or on your own to make up a team Contact Martin Ormond on 01253 826 153 or email martinrormondblueyondercouk by the 18 JuneTHURSDAY 26 JULY 800pm at the Railway Suite Leyland PR25 4NTSports Quiz in conjuction with Christians in Sport and Hot Pot Supper Ideal to come with non christian friends Cost 5 Come as a team of 4 or on your own to make up a team Contact Nick Moxom 01772 322 920 or email nickmoxonbtinternetcom by the 18 June

Vacancy in See Consultation - Marton St Paul

The Vacancy in See Committee invites clergy and laity from across the Diocese to attend one of the Consultation evenings listed below DatenbspVenueFacilitator nbspTime22 June FriMarton St PaulnbspRevd Paul Benfield700 pm Refreshments730 pm Consultation27 June WedsBurnley St Peter Mrs Vivienne Goddard730 pm16 JulyMonBlackburn CathedralRevd Canon Dr Sue Penfold730 pm24 July TuePreston St Cuthbert FulwoodRevd Richard MarshallTBC25 July WedsTorrisholme The AscensionCanon Ian Garden730 pm30 July Mon Lancaster Venue TBCProf Helen Leathard TBCThe purpose of the Consultation is to assist the Vacancy in See Committee in its task of producing the Person Profile to be given to the Crown Nominations Committee who will select the next Bishop of BlackburnThe Committee wishes to hear your views as it prepares this important document If you are unable to attend any of the Consultations please feel free to email your thoughts and comments to Fr John Hall Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee via vacancyinseeblackburnanglicanorg The Consultations will focus around the following questions1 One of the Church of Englands priorities is contributing as the National Church to the common good What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil thisnbspnbsp priority2 A second priority is facilitating the growth of the Church both spiritual and numerical What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority3 The third priority is reimagining the Churchs ministry so as to make sure there is a growing and sustainable Christian witness in every local community What do we need in our Bishop to fulfil this priority4 A Diocesan Bishop has a significant role in leading the team to ensure the practical aspects of diocesan life run smoothly including finance clergy deployment legal matters etc What do we need in our Bishop for the aspect of the role5 What other aspects of our future Bishop do you think importantCanon Graeme PollardDiocesan SecretarySecretary to the Vacancy in See Committee

The Crucible - Lancaster Priory

21 June 22 June at 730 pm and 23 June at 3 pm and 730 pm Lancaster Priory presents The Crucible by Arthur Miller This amateur production is by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd Tickets 10 centre nave and 8 side aisles No concessions from 01524 65338 or online from httpwwwlancasterprioryorg

Back to Church Sunday Event - Blackpool St Christopher, 2-4 pm

Please contact Karen Wignall to book places for this event 01254 503278

A Mystery Bible Exposition - Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship

A meeting of the Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship will be held at St Andrews Parish Church Leyland onMonday June 18thnbsp945 for 1015 amnbspnbsp Speaker The Rev Canon David Gibb Theme A Mystery Bible Expositionnbsp

Kaneland Community Choir - Lancaster Priory

Monday 18 June Kaneland Community Choir at 730 pm Chicago USA in a concert of music from Classical to Contemporary Tickets 800 500 concfrom 01524 65338 or online from httpwwwlancasterprioryorg

Training Evening for New Churchwardens

A training event for all those who have recently been elected as ChurchwardenTo be held at St Cuthberts Church Fulwoodnbsp 730 900 pmThe evening will be led by Archdeacon John and Archdeacon MichaelBooking details to follow

Pre-Retirement conference

A Residential Conference for all clergy aged 62 at Waddow Hall Clitheroenbsp 18 20 June 2012

A Feast of Song - Lancaster Singers

Guest Soprano Bibi Heal Faur Chansons Accompanist Helena MorwoodConductor Mavis FletcherDate Sunday 17 June 2012Time730 pmVenue St Pauls Church Brookhouse Brookhouse Road Lancaster LA2 9NXTickets 10 9 concessions free for students refreshments included Tickets available from Lancaster Tourist Information Office Or Tel 01524 770138Display PosterRegistered Charity Number 1099551 Charity Name LANCASTER SINGERS

One Summer Knight

Saturday 16th June 2012 from 6 10pmCamelot Theme park For all young people Rides bands Chip KBooking essential 1000 if you book before 7th April 1300 thereafterwwwwixcomonesummerknight2012info

North West Sustainability Forum - Preston

Date 14 June Vene Preston St CuthbertEVENT OUTLINEEvidence continues to amass about the imperatives to immediately address fundamental sustainability questions However in the current political and economic climate steps towards substantial policy action appear stagnated Consequently it seems increasingly important that different groups business public sector faith academic and third sector come together to work out fresh ways to connect with one another in order to reignite and scale up progress This event seeks to open up new possibilities for action by engaging individuals from diverse networksRealising that sustainability can ask difficult and challenging questions about our ethics values and identities this event seeks to create a nonjudgemental space for candid exchanges to promote people taking leadership for a sustainable North West of England This event has been developed following the organisers attendance at the Sustainability in Crisis conference httpwwwsustainabilityincrisisorg which took place in Cambridge last summer Recordings of the sessions from this conference are freely available via the Faraday Institute websiteFurther details can be viewed here

CTL's AGM and Annual Forum

Date Tuesday 12th JuneVenue Fulwood Methodist Church Watling Street Road Fulwood Preston PR2 8EA700pm AGM730pm Forum Chaplaincy Together across LancashireLocal congregation led chaplaincy is one of the most effective ways to collaborate in Gods mission in the world local people responding to local needs over time can change the worldChaplaincy is something that every local CT group can get involved in Were delighted that our contributors on this evening will include Kevin Duffy the Methodist Connexions Chaplaincy Development officer who has been working in the Lancashire District over this past year and encouraging churches to work together across denominations in local chaplaincy projects Well also be hearing from Polly Mason CTLs coordinating chaplain for FE about her work across the county and have an opportunity to meet some of the lay chaplains in FE colleges and hear about their experiences on the groundEveryone Welcome Come and be inspired to be church without walls wwwctlancashireorguk

DAC

Date 08 JuneDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Church Representation Rules online

The Church Representation Rules a vital tool for clergy churchwardens and PCC deanery and diocesan synod members is now available free on the Church of England websiteThe free online version of the Rules which govern matters such as the preparation of the church electoral roll the membership and election of parochial church councils mirrors the 2011 edition of the book published in print and Kindle ebook format by Church House PublishingMaking the Rules freely available online was a recommendation of the House of BishopsArchbishops Councils Simplification Group who are committed to reducing the time spent by clergy and church members on the management of structures and processes

St James Haslingden - Jubilee Beacon

St James Haslingden JUBILEE WEEKENDSUNDAY 3rd June WALKING DAY MONDAY 4th June LIGHTING the JUBILEE BEACON PICNIC LAST NIGHT of the PROMS LIGHTING of the BEACON Download a poster

Music for a Royal Occasion - Lancaster Priory

Saturday 2 June at 730 pm Music for a Royal Occasion Lancaster Priory Choir and Orchestra in an evening of spectacular music associated with Royal occasions including Zadok the Priest Crown Imperial and Elgars Pomp and Circumstance March No1 Tickets 1200 800 conc from 01524 65338 or online from httpwwwlancasterprioryorg

Pentecost Praise

Date Saturday 26 MayTime 1030am1130amVenue St Wilfrids Church Standish Come along for a morning celebration of Pentecost with Bishop Nicholas For bookings or enquires please contact Susan or Sarah on 01254 503070 ext 218 or email childrenblackburnanglicanorg

'Take the World' (Roughshod Theatre Company) - Blackpool St Thomas

The World in a SpinBook Now for the Most Original Olympevent in 2012Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Companys lively and original new production TAKE THE WORLD is touring nationally See it in Blackpool onSaturday May 26th 1930 hrs at St Thomas Church 135 Caunce Street Blackpool FY1 3NJBox office on 01253 302365 Tickets Full 5 45 group of 10 Concs 250Further details about Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company at wwwridinglightsorgroughshod TAKE THE WORLD takes on our world of today managing to destroy some modern myths and instilling an energetic spiritual perspective of hope True and contemporary stories are intertwined with historical parables through sketches music and comedy producing an entertaining show with a thought provoking edge Five actors have come together to put their personal spin on contemporary life They are Joe Carron Katie King Michael Perkins Peter Shaw and Stephanie Wrench Their views of the world and their own personal stories are used throughout making this a truly unique dynamic production

'Take the World' (Roughshod Theatre Company) - Thornton Little Theatre

The World in a SpinBook Now for the Most Original Olympevent in 2012Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Companys lively and original new production TAKE THE WORLD is touring nationally See it innbspThornton CleveleysnbsponFriday 25 Maynbsp1930 hrs at Thornton Little Theatre Fleetwood Rd North Thornton Cleveleys FY5 3SZBox office 01253 858529 Tickets Full 6 Concs 4Further details about Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company at wwwridinglightsorgroughshod TAKE THE WORLD takes on our world of today managing to destroy some modern myths and instilling an energetic spiritual perspective of hope True and contemporary stories are intertwined with historical parables through sketches music and comedy producing an entertaining show with a thought provoking edge Five actors have come together to put their personal spin on contemporary life They are Joe Carron Katie King Michael Perkins Peter Shaw and Stephanie Wrench Their views of the world and their own personal stories are used throughout making this a truly unique dynamic production

Deanery Visitations - Blackpool

Blackpool DeaneryDate Thursday 24 MayTime 730 pmVenue Blackpool St John

Deanery Visitations - Burnley and Pendle

Burnley and Pendle DeaneriesDate Wednesday 23 MayTime 730 pmVenue TBC

DBF Executive

Date 23 MayDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Deanery Visitations - Preston

Preston DeaneryDate Tuesday 22 MayTime 730 pmVenue Longridge St Paul

Prayer Book Society Annual Festival - Blackburn Cathedral

All are welcome at our festival of traditional worshipDate Saturday 19 MayVenue Blackburn Cathedral1100 am Choral Holy CommunionCelebrant Rt Revd Nicholas Reade Bishop of BlackburnPreacher Rt Revd amp Rt Hon Lord Hope KCVO Former Archbishop of York215 pm Afternoon SpeakerRevd Norman Taylor The Prayer Book in Literature330 pm Cathedral Choral EvensongServices sung by Octavius SingersCome to any part or the whole of the day free of chargenbsp A chargeable buffet lunch with wine is available at 1230 pm if requirednbsp Tickets for lunch MUST be prebooked 1250 eachTelephone 01772 821676Fax 01772 259340Display Poster

Alpha Course - Accelerate Training Day (Kendal)

Your invitation to Accelerate Training Day on the Alpha Course With Cumbria Alpha Adviser Team and Alpha UK Are you longing to see your area impacted by the good news of Jesus Have you thought about running an Alpha Course and wondered how Have you run Alpha many times and wondered what happens after Alpha Do you wish you could attract more guests to your course Do you want to breathe fresh life into you courses The day will equip you to run the course in your church home or community Wed love to see you Please come join us When Saturday 19 MayTime 10 am to 4 pm Where St Thomas church Kendal LA9 4QG Cost 6 per person For more information regarding bookings please email Michael Roche at Alpha UK at MichaelRochealphaorgnbspor telephone 02070520485 Display Poster

Christ Church Wesham 24 Hour Praise Continues!

12288 In Christ Church Wesham From 5pm Friday 18th May to 5pm Saturday 19th May We have a number of visiting choirs and bands Christ Church Youth are being sponsored to host the event and together with our singing group will keep the Praise going in between the choirs and bands All Welcome to come and join in Refreshments availableFollowing Fridays Praise events Christ Church Youth and families will read The Psalms through the night Saturday800 830am Morning Prayer 900 930am Singers from Kirkham Methodist Church 1000 1030am Puppet Praise from Christ Church Thornton 1100 am 1200 noon Kirkham Singers 1215 1245pm Singers from The Gate Church Kirkham 115 215pm Margaret Bedford and the World Wide Church of God Wesham 230 345pm St John the Evangelist Lund Choir 350 420 pm Your Choice come along and choose your favourite hymn 430 500pm Cornerstone Free Methodist Worship Band The church will be open from 8 am till 5pm on Saturday

Youth Weekend & Confirmation Camp 2012

Date Friday 18 May Sunday 20 MayVenue Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Education Centre near LongridgeA full on fantastic action packed weekend with an Olympic flavour Enjoy exciting outdoor activities and interactive sessions focusing on the theme of worshipFor bookings or enquires please contact Susan or Sarah on 01254 503070 ext 218 or email childrenblackburnanglicanorg

Christ Church Wesham, 24 Hour Praise!

12288Christ Church Wesham 24 Hour PraisenbspFrom 5pm Friday 18th May to 5pm Saturday 19th May We have a number of visiting choirs and bands Christ Church Youth are being sponsored to host the event and together with our singing group will keep the Praise going in between the choirs and bands All Welcome to come and join in refreshments availableFriday 500 520 pm Medlar with Wesham CE School 530 600 pm St Josephs RC School Wesham 6 30 730 pm Songs of Praise come and nominate your favourite hymn745 830pm Singers from St Michaels Kirkham Choir 1000 1100 pm Cornerstone Free Methodist Youth Band 1130 till midnight Taize please book before Tel 01772 461466 or 01772 682206 Christ Church Youth and families will read The Psalms through the night Saturday 800 830am Morning Prayer 900 930am Singers from Kirkham Methodist Church 1000 1030am Puppet Praise from Christ Church Thornton 1100 am 1200 noon Kirkham Singers 1215 1245pm Singers from The Gate Church Kirkham 115 215pm Margaret Bedford and the World Wide Church of God Wesham 230 345pm St John the Evangelist Lund Choir 350 420 pm Your Choice come along and choose your favourite hymn 430 500pm Cornerstone Free Methodist Worship Band The church will be open from 5 till 11pm on Friday and 8 am till 5pm on Saturday

Deanery Visitations - Kirkham and Poulton

Kirkham and Poulton DeaneriesDate Tuesday 15 MayTime 730 pmVenue PoultonleFylde St Chad

Deanery Visitations - Leyland

Leyland DeaneryDate Tuesday 15 MayTime 730 pmVenue Bamber Bridge St Saviour

CMEAC 25th anniversary

EvensongnbspService in York Minster at 515 to celebrate 25 years of Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican ConcernsAll welcome

DAC

Date 11 MayDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Deanery Visitations - Chorley

Chorley DeaneryDate Thursday 10 MayTime 730 pmVenue Standish St Wilfrid

Deanery Visitations - Lancaster & Morecambe

Lancaster and Morecambe DeaneryDate 09 MayTime 730 pmVenue TBC

Deanery Visitations - Accrington and Whalley

Accrington and Whalley DeaneriesDate Wednesday 09 MayTime 730 pmVenue Haslingden St James

Supervision Skills Conference

A residential Conference held jointly with Carlisle Diocese for Training IncumbentsTo be held at Waddow Hall 89 May

Deanery Visitations - Blackburn with Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen DeaneryDate Thursday 03 MayTime 730 pmVenue Blackburn St Silas

The Gathering - Resourcing Men's Ministry in the local church

The GatheringAn evening for those involved in mens ministryWhen Thursday 3rd MayTime 7 pm for foodnbsp Meeting starts at 8 pmWherenbspPreston Grasshoppers FulwoodnbspCost 750 per person includes foodFor more details or book your place call Nick Moxon 01772 322920Please see flyer for more details nbspGatheringFlyerA5pdfnbsp

Parish Buying

Parish Buying offers you a one stop shop for your major parish spends from paper clips to photocopiers and moreParish treasurers churchwardens administrators and other church workers many of whom are volunteers do not have an abundance of time to spend looking for the best deal for their churches This website allows parishes to access national deals and buying guides on a range of major spends all from the one siteThe service is managed by the Church of Englands two National Procurement Officers Rob Kissick and Russell Stables Initial start up funding has been granted by the Church Commissioners This is primarily about delivering benefits to parishes and dioceses and more than 90 of savings will come to parishes However users should be aware that a small commission will flow back to enable this service to continue asnbsphaving a professional resource to monitor and manage contracts and to put new ones in place will be vital in ensuring that the service not only maintains its edge but that the deals get better over time as more and more parishes participateVisit the website at httpwwwparishbuyingorguknbspnbsp

Deanery Visitations - Tunstall

Tunstall DeaneryDate Wednesday 02 MayTime 730 pmVenue Silverdale St John

Deanery Visitations - Garstang

Garstang DeaneryDate Tuesday 01 MayTime 730 pmVenue Pilling St John

Vocations Event: 'Where is God Calling You?'

A Vocations event for anyone seeking any kind of Vocationnbsp 200 600 pm at Lancaster University Chaplaincy CentreWorship Workshops Market Place Refreshments space to talk

Big Day Out at the Farm

Date Saturday 28 April Time 1015am 230pmVenue Farmer Parrs Animal World FleetwoodA day for families with young children to celebrate Gods creation Pony rides animals tractor rides and worship for all the familyFor bookings or enquires please contact Susan or Sarah on 01254 503070 ext 218 or email childrenblackburnanglicanorg

DAC

Date 20 AprilDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Tackling Poverty Together - CUF Conference

Tackling Poverty 2012 Conference 18th April For Christians and churches transforming lives in local communities9679 1030 4pm 9679 18thApril 20129679 Cost 109679 Travel bursary availableVenue St Georges Great George Street Leeds LS1 3BRMAIN SPEAKERSMost Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu Archbishop of York John Bell Iona Community Helen Gatenby M13 Youth Project Jude Smith Chris amp Anna Hembury

An Evening of Entertainment - Winmarleigh

An Evening of Entertainment with Joe Gardner Family amp FriendsDate Friday 30 March Time 730pmVenue Winmarleigh Village HallTickets 5 inc light refreshmentsRaffleContact Irene 01524 792037 or Alex 01524 752837All proceeds for St Lukes Church WinmarleighDisplay Poster

Chethams comes to Brindle

On Wednesday 28 March commencing at 730 pm we at Brindle St Jamess welcome students from the UKs largest specialist music school A Wind Quintet and Organist will perform several pieces in the Concert Proceeds will go to the St James Restoration AppealChetham School Of Music in Manchester will provide this will be a wonderful opportunity for the Community and friends to experience first hand the talents of these gifted musicians It is an honour for us to host such a concert Chetham School has produced many fine Musicians who then progress to greater acclaim Tickets are 1000 each from either David Ward our Rector Tel 01254 851053 Martin Coane Tel 01254 853803Richard Evans Tel 01254 852894and Cherith Howard Tel 01254 200967 Wine and nibbles by donation are available after the performance

Diocesan Synod

Date 24 MarchDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Children's Work Residential Conference

WhennbspFriday 23 March Sunday 25 MarchnbspVenue Headway Hotel MorecambeGuest Speaker Bob HartmanPlease contact Susan or Sarah on 01254 503070 ext 218 for booking form and enquiries or email childrenblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Children's Workers Weekend

Date Friday 23 March Sunday 25th March 2012Venue The Headway Hotel MorecambeFor everyone involved in Childrens Work in parishes Guest speakerBob HartmanFor bookings or enquires please contact Susan or Sarah on 01254 503070 ext 218 or email childrenblackburnanglicanorg

Exploring Traditions: Lent 2012 - Whalley Abbey

St Mary and All Saints Parish Church in conjunction with Whalley Abbey Spirituality Programme and Whalley Christian Action Groupto be held in Whalley Abbey at 730pm on four Wednesdays in Lent29 FebruaryIn response to Evil and Suffering Donna Worthington Head of Ethics Philosophy and Religion at Westholme School07 MarchIn science and religion Anthony Finnerty Advisor on Religious Education In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster14 MarchIn contemplation Brother John Michael Franciscannbspworking with The Thomas Project in Blackburn21 MarchIn devotion to the Virgin Mary Canon Michael Wedgeworth and Brother John MichaelCost 10 for the Course Refreshments included

New Training Incumbents

A training day for all Training Incumbents receiving a Deacon in 2012nbsp To be held at Whalley Abbey 1030 100 pm

Bishop's Council

Datenbsp17 MarchDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Mozart Requiem - Lancaster Singers

Date Saturday 17 MarchTime 800 pmVenue St Peters Cathedral Lancaster Balmoral Road Lancaster LA1 3BTTickets 16 14 concessions free for students Display PosterTickets available from Lancaster Tourist Information Officnbspor email ticketslancastersingerscoukor Tel 01524 68481Registered Charity Number 1099551 Charity Name LANCASTER SINGERS

Open Churches Event

Date 16 MarchVenue Christ Church Fenton StokeonTrentTime 1000 am 400 pmFor more information please see the programme

God our Rock Day Conference

For everyone taking part in God our Rock this academic year 201213To be held at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood 1000 am 300 pm

Exploring Traditions: Lent 2012 - Whalley Abbey

St Mary and All Saints Parish Church in conjunction with Whalley Abbey Spirituality Programme and Whalley Christian Action Groupto be held in Whalley Abbey at 730pm on four Wednesdays in Lent29 FebruaryIn response to Evil and Suffering Donna Worthington Head of Ethics Philosophy and Religion at Westholme School07 MarchIn science and religion Anthony Finnerty Advisor on Religious Education In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster14 MarchIn contemplation Brother John Michael Franciscannbspworking with The Thomas Project in Blackburn21 MarchIn devotion to the Virgin Mary Canon Michael Wedgeworth and Brother John MichaelCost 10 for the Course Refreshments included

Bonhoeffer for Today

A workshop at Blackburn Cathedral led by Canon Ian StocktonDate 10 MarchTime 1000 am 300 pmCost 800Please see the flyer below for more details

DAC

Date 09 MarchDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Exploring Traditions: Lent 2012 - Whalley Abbey

St Mary and All Saints Parish Church in conjunction with Whalley Abbey Spirituality Programme and Whalley Christian Action Groupto be held in Whalley Abbey at 730pm on four Wednesdays in Lent29 FebruaryIn response to Evil and Suffering Donna Worthington Head of Ethics Philosophy and Religion at Westholme School07 MarchIn science and religion Anthony Finnerty Advisor on Religious Education In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster14 MarchIn contemplation Brother John Michael Franciscannbspworking with The Thomas Project in Blackburn21 MarchIn devotion to the Virgin Mary Canon Michael Wedgeworth and Brother John MichaelCost 10 for the Course Refreshments included

DBF Executive

Date 07 MarchDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

A day led by Chris Williams on Myers Briggs Type Indicator will be held on 6 March at St James Shireshead 1000 am 300 pmnbsp There will be a small charge for materialsnbsp If you would like a place on this day please contact Jacqui Mallinson 01254 503078 or email ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp Everyone taking part will need to take a packed lunchnbsp

God our Rock Day Conference

A God our Rock Day Conference all those taking part in the God our Rock course1000 am 300 pmSt Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood

IME 4-7 Conference

A residential training Conference for all those in IME 47To be held at Waddow Hallnbsp Friday 2nd Sunday 4th March

Exploring Traditions: Lent 2012 - Whalley Abbey

St Mary and All Saints Parish Church in conjunction with Whalley Abbey Spirituality Programme and Whalley Christian Action Groupto be held in Whalley Abbey at 730pm on four Wednesdays in Lent29 FebruaryIn response to Evil and Suffering Donna Worthington Head of Ethics Philosophy and Religion at Westholme School07 MarchIn science and religion Anthony Finnerty Advisor on Religious Education In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster14 MarchIn contemplation Brother John Michael Franciscannbspworking with The Thomas Project in Blackburn21 MarchIn devotion to the Virgin Mary Canon Michael Wedgeworth and Brother John MichaelCost 10 for the Course Refreshments included

Open Forum with Prof Keith Ward - Blackburn Cathedral

Date Tuesday 28 FebruaryTime 730 pmOpen Forum onnbspphilosophy and religion with Prof Keith Ward Formerly Regius Professor of Divinity University of Oxford Theologian Philosopher Writer SpeakerALL WELCOME ADMISSION FREE

MDR Briefing

A morning to brief those who are preparing for their MDRnbsp To be held at Whalley Abbey 1000 am 12 noon

Annual Accrington PALS Commemoraton Service

Venue Accrington St John EvangelistDate 26 February SundayTime 300 pmThisnbspservice also marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Chapel the preacher will be the Rt Revd John Goddard Bishop of BurnleyFor further detailsnbspplease contatactnbspMrs Helen Barrett on 01254 232 595

Called to Serve Day Conference

For all who are taking part in the Called to Serve courseAshton Methodist Church Ashton on Ribble1000 am 300 pm

Day of Prayer and Fasting 2012

Bishop Nicholas has asked that all churches in the Diocese be open on Ash Wednesday to offer formal prayers at intervals throughout the day His intention is that we pray particularly for the ongoing work of the Diocese and our call to be a servant church and especially for young people affected by the current economic recessionWe can use this Open Church Day as an opportunity for both private and personal prayer as well as community prayerThe Area Deans have been asked to make sure that at least one church in each Deanery is open all day with fixed times of corporate prayer every three hoursAs an individual why not reinterpret St Pauls praying without ceasing by finding three or four occasions in the day when you stop and centre yourself on God in prayerIn most church there will be an opportunity to celebrate the Holy CommunionWhy not speak to your Parish Priest and offer to lead part of the day or make sure that your church is open for prayerOur increasingly secular society means that as Christians we need to be praying people for our nation and the needs of allnbspPrayer and Fasting leafletBLACKBURN ARCHDEACONRYAccringtonnbspDeaneryMusbury St Thomas open 930 am 1230 pm1000 am Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes12 noon Prayers and Readings for Ash WednesdayHaslingden St James open 145pm 400 pm200 pm Prayers and Meditation300 pm Prayers and Reading of prose and poetry for Ash Wednesday730 pm Sung Eucharist with Imposition of AshesBaxenden St John700 am Early Morning Prayer Service930 am Service with all of St Johns School1230 pm Lunchtime Service300 pm before school pick up900 pm ComplineOswaldtwistle Immanuel800 am Morning Prayer Oswaldtwistle All Saints Open all day with prayers led at intervalsOswaldtwistle St Paul1000 am Holy Communion with hymns and address200 pm School Service400 pm Evening Prayer730 pm Holy Communion with hymns and address900 pm ComplineAccrington Trinity Community Church1000 am EucharistAltham St James open from 700 am with prayers on the hour1200 noon Office300 pm School Worship730 pm Eucharist with prayers for wholenessBlackburn with Darwen DeaneryBlackburn St Silas not open all day800 am Prayers12 noon Prayers500 pm Prayers730 pm Holy CommunionnbspDarwen St Cuthbert open 930 am 830 pmBlackburn St Barnabas with CafeBlackburn St JamesOver Darwen St JamesBurnley DeaneryBurnley St Peter open 930 am 730 pmHolme in Cliviger St John opennbsp1000 am nbsp400 pmLeyland DeanerySt Leonards House Salmesbury hosted by Sue Williams700 am Prime 730 am Morning Prayer 730am815 am Said Eucharist only if someone comes along930 am Lectio Divina1245 pm Midday Office430 pm Quiet Time500 pm Evening PrayerRufford St Mary opennbsp830 am 500 pm900 am School Service1000 am BCP Holy Communion730 pm Holy CommunionSt Saviours Bamber Bridge open 900 amnbsp 12 noon1000 am Service730 pm ServiceSt James Leyland open 830 am 830 pm900 am School Service1000 am Service730 pm ServiceSt Ambrose Leyland opennbsp830 am 1230 pm730 pm Service Pendle DeaneryColne St Bartholomew opennbsp730 am 630 pm800 am Prayers1000 am Holy Communion12 noon Prayers300 pm Prayers600 pm PrayersBrierfield St Luke opennbsp930 am 830 pmWhalley Deanery Salesbury St Peter845 am Prayer910 am Schools Eucharist1030 am Parish Eucharist12 noon Prayer300 pm Prayer600 pm Prayer700 pm Parish EucharistLANCASTER ARCHDEACONRYBlackpool DeaneryBispham All Hallows open 700 am 700 pm700 pm Communion Formal prayers offered at intervals through the dayBlackpool St Christopher and St Nicholas 830 am Morning Prayer1030am Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes500 pm Evensong730 pm Sung Eucharist with Imposition of AshesMarton St Paul open all day for personal prayer800 am Mattins930 am Baines School Mass with Imposition of Ashes 1045 am Mass at St Georges High School12 noon Midday Prayer600 pm Evening Prayer730 pm Mass with Imposition of Ashes900 pm ComplineGarstang DeanerySt Michaels on Wyre1000 am Holy CommunionGarstang St Helen Churchtown 700 pm Holy Communion Kirkham DeaneryAnsdell amp Fairhaven St Paul open 900 am 830 pm900 am Morning Prayer 1000 am Holy Communion 730 pm Sung EucharistLancaster amp Morecambe DeaneryLancaster St Mary The Priory open all day930 am Morning PrayerMorecambe St Barnabasnbspopen all day900 am Morning Prayer1000 am Said Mass12 noon Midday Prayer500 pm Evening Prayer730 pm Solemn MassSandylands St John open 1100 am 800 pm1100 am Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes700 pm Eucharist with Imposition of AshesSkerton St Chad Water in the Wilderness open 800 am 930 pmThere will be small acts of worship each hour of 510 minutes duration800 am nbspreflection 1 a focus of stillness and hope introducing the 7 Penitential Psalms900 am reflection 2 a season of creativity and growth using the Penitential Psalms930 am Morning Prayer 1000 am nbspEucharist with the imposition of Ashes and a short address Joel 212 1217 2 Corinthians 520610 Matthew 616 16211100 am nbspreflection 3 Psalm 612 noon reflection 4 Psalm 32100 pm nbspreflection 5 Psalm 38200 pm nbspreflection 6 Psalm 51300 pm nbspreflection 7 Psalm 102400 pm nbspreflection 8 Psalm 130500 pm Evening Prayer600 pm nbspreflection 9 Psalm 143700 pm nbspEucharist with the imposition of Ashes and a short address readings as at 1000 am800 pm nbspreflection 10 a sequence of images and music 900 pm ComplineReflections 19 will comprise a few verses from one of the Penitential Psalms a short spiritual reflection a brief Litany or some prayers some reflective music some silence A number of the lay people in our parish will offer a brief thought for the day as part of some of these reflections based on the theme of where we find the inspiration of the Spirit and people can contribute what the Spirit moves them to bring This forms part of our discernment during 2012 of our collective spiritual insight here at St Chads You are invited to come to as much or as little of the day as you feel is appropriate but we shall try to collate and print as much of the material which is offered as we can and to make it available on the day and afterwardsPoulton DeaneryFleetwood St David open service times only200 pm Eucharist with Imposition of AshesFleetwood St Nicholas open service times only930 am Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes200 pm Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes700 pmEucharist with Imposition of AshesFleetwood St Peter open service times only1030 amEucharist with Imposition of Ashes730 pm Eucharist with Imposition of AshesCarleton St Hilda open service time only1100 am Holy Communion with Imposition of AshesSingleton St Anne open service time only730 pm Holy Communion with Imposition of AshesLittle Thornton St John the Evangelist Formal prayers will be offered on the hour throughout the day from 1000 am830 am Prayer930 pm Morning Prayer730 pm Holy Communion with Imposition of AshesPoultonleFylde St Chad open from 800 am private prayer with a rota of parishioners to ensure prayers are offered continuously1100 amnbspHoly Communionnbspwith Imposition of Ashes 730 pm Sung Eucharist with Imposition of AshesThorntonleFylde Christ Church Church open throughout the day900 am Morning Prayer1030 am BCP Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes 12 noon Stations of the Cross 300 pm Quiet Prayer 700 pm Common Worship Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes Preston DeaneryFulwood Christ Church open 900 730 for Prayer Prayer Station and guide to prayer available730 pm Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes Bishop Nicholas to Preach and PresidePreston St John The MinsterThe Minster will be open all day with details to followTunstall DeaneryBolton le Sands Holy Trinity open 830 am 830 pm830 am Morning Prayer1000 am Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes100 pm Prayer400 pm Prayer500 pm Evening Prayer730 pm Eucharist with Imposition of AshesMany morenbsphurches will be open for prayer includingSilverdale St JohnCarnforth Christ ChurchHornby St MargaretWarton St Oswald Details of Communion Services are available from the churchesnbsp

Talk on Faith Symbols and artifacts

The InterFaith Forum is holding a talk on Buddist Christian and Sikh Faith symbols and artifacts on 21 February at 7pm at Revidge URC Shear Brow Blackburn

Training for those leading small groups

A training day has been organised on Saturday 18th February 2012 for anyone interested in leading small groups ie housegroups lent groups etcThis will be held at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood 1000 am 300 pmnbsp

Second South Asian Christian Conference

Sponsored by Project Beddaari Revival South Asian Christians Challenges and opportunitiesCourtesy First South Asian Christian Conference at St Pauls Manningham on 10 September 2010 Date Saturday 18 February 2012 Time 1030am to 2pm Venue Great Marsden St John The Evangelist with Nelson St Philips Barkerhouse Road BB9 9HAPlease confirm before 08 Feb as places are limitedFor more detail please contactRev Canon Dr Arun JohnSt James VicarageCromer PlaceBlackburn BB1 8ELEmail ajohn419btinternetcom Telephone 01254 518 64Programme

Blackburn Diocese Mothers' Union - AFIA Caravan Holidays

Do any families in your parish need to get Away From It AllSometimes the families who need a break are those least able to take oneThe Mothers Union provides holidays for families like thesenbsp The Mothers Union Caravan accommodates up to six and is fully servicedHolidays are available for families couples or individualsIf a caravan holiday is unsuitable alternative accommodation may be possibleApplication Forms must be completed by a member of the clergy a representative of the church or a Mothers Union memberPlease apply as soon as possibleFor further information contact Marion Barlow on 01772 324376Display PosterApplication ProcedureApplication Form

Running the Race

Date Saturday 11 February 2012Time 9am 12noon or 1pm 4pmVenue Mercure Foxfields Country Hotel Nr BlackburnEquipping Childrens Workers to plan events to celebrate the Olympic YearFor bookings or enquires please contact Susan or Sarah on 01254 503070 ext 218 or email childrenblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

DAC

Date 10 FebruaryDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Study Day for Clergy

A day for all clergy on the theme of Ministry Full details will follow later but it will be a full day finishing with dinner together in the evening SSM clergy unable to attend during the day will be welcome to join us for the evening mealnbsp

Good News for All - Mission Road Show

I should like to take this opportunity to invite incumbents priestsincharge and church wardens toattend one of a series of evenings to be held at Whalley Abbey Conference centre The purpose of the evenings is to be inspired and encouraged in our joint task of supporting mission in Blackburn DioceseThe evenings will contain a variety of input a little from myself and others giving insights into the missionopportunities and challenges we face within the diocese and further afield Our aim is to highlight some of the Good News stories of God at work within our diocese and to offer encouragement for our ongoing ministry The evenings coincide with the creation of the Parish Mission Support Department and offer an opportunity to highlight the range of resources available within that department to support mission in our churches and parishes This will also be a chance to engage with our new Leader of the Department who is also Diocesan MissionerThe dates for the evenings are as follows and places are allocated on a first come first served basis We can only accommodate 50 people on each occasionWednesday 25 JanuaryThursday 26 JanuaryThe evenings begin with light refreshments and drinks from 700 pm onwards and the presentation will begin at 730 pm I very much hope that you will all respond positively to this invitation and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our Good News for all eveningsPlease fill in the response form or reply by email to Karen Wignall at karenwignallblackburnanglicanorgWith my continuing prayer and good wishes as together we share in Gods Mission to the people of Lancashire NicholasSupporting Mission in the Blackburn Diocese

Good News for All - Mission Road Show

I should like to take this opportunity to invite incumbents priestsincharge and church wardens toattend one of a series of evenings to be held at Whalley Abbey Conference centre The purpose of the evenings is to be inspired and encouraged in our joint task of supporting mission in Blackburn DioceseThe evenings will contain a variety of input a little from myself and others giving insights into the missionopportunities and challenges we face within the diocese and further afield Our aim is to highlight some of the Good News stories of God at work within our diocese and to offer encouragement for our ongoing ministry The evenings coincide with the creation of the Parish Mission Support Department and offer an opportunity to highlight the range of resources available within that department to support mission in our churches and parishes This will also be a chance to engage with our new Leader of the Department who is also Diocesan MissionerThe dates for the evenings are as follows and places are allocated on a first come first served basis We can only accommodate 50 people on each occasionThursday 13 October Monday 31 OctoberMonday 07 November Tuesday 22 NovemberWednesday 25 JanuaryThursday 26 JanuaryThe evenings begin with light refreshments and drinks from 700 pm onwards and the presentation will begin at 730 pm I very much hope that you will all respond positively to this invitation and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our Good News for all eveningsPlease fill in the response form or reply by email to Karen Wignall at karenwignallblackburnanglicanorgWith my continuing prayer and good wishes as together we share in Gods Mission to the people of Lancashire NicholasSupporting Mission in the Blackburn Diocese

Deprivation and Funding

Some funding is available from the national church to assist with developing church growth in deprived areasThere will be a meeting on 23rd January at 200 pm in Acregate Mission Preston to discuss thisContact Canon Ed Saville for more details

DBF Executive

Date 18 JanuaryDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Books! Books! Books!

Due to relocating Johns office books are available 3 lots from other clergyCOME AND BROWSE have a COFFEEDonations to Christian Aid1000 am12 noonTuesday 17 JanuaryAll Saints House Padiham Rd Burnley BB12 6PA

Bishop's Council

Date 14 JanuaryDetails to be sent with the Agenda

DAC

Date 13 JanuaryDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Christmas Near You

Churches all over the country are putting on carol services Christingles and other special Christmas services this month The Christmas Near You website aims to help you find your nearest service quickly and easily Just type in your town or postcode to find details of services in churches near youWishing you a very happy Christmas

Lancashire Sings Christmas

On 22nd December 2011 from 7 8 pm churches and Churches Together groups from all over Lancashire will be arming themselves with radios and stepping out of their buildings and into pubs clubs supermarkets residential homes and other places where people gather Their aim to join in the largest Carol Service in the county BBC Radio Lancashire will head things up from the Radio theatre in Blackburn and live links and texts will ensure that we all share in an interactive hour of carol singing and celebration nbspLast year many churches used this creative and innovative project as a way of bringing the joy of Christmas into their communitiesnbsp The overall response to the 2010 initiative has been incredibly positive and this year the promises to be even betternbsp Its not too late to register and get involvednbsp Simply find a good community venue publicise the event then on the day gather a crowd tune in and sing alongnbsp nbspFull details of the initiative can be found on the website wwwlancashiresingschristmascouk

The Four Last Things: Spirituality Programme for Advent at Whalley Abbey

Thenbsplast of the Series will be with Revd Peter LawJonesDatenbsp19 DecemberVenue Whalley AbbeyTime 600 pm to 900 pmCost 5 including refreshments

Charity Tree Festival & Christmas Market - St Annes on Seam St Anne

St Annes Parish Church St Annes on Sea are holding a Charity Tree Festival and Christmas Market onSunday 18 December 200 pmnbsp 430 pm Admission is free refreshments will be available Everyone is most welcome

Charity Tree Festival & Christmas Market - St Annes on Sea St Anne

St Annes Parish Church St Annes on Sea are holding a Charity Tree Festival and Christmas Market onSaturday 17 December 1030 amnbsp 430 pm Sunday 18 December from 200 pmnbsp 430 pm On Saturday 17 there will be stories for children at 230pm and Father Christmas will arrive at 300 pm Admission is free refreshments will be available Everyone is most welcome

Charity Tree Festival & Christmas Market - St Annes on Sea, St Anne

St Annes Parish Church St Annes on Sea are holding a Charity Tree Festival and Christmas Market onFriday 16nbspDecember 10 30 am 430 pmSaturday 17 December 1030 amnbsp 430 pm Sunday 18 December from 200 pmnbsp 430 pm On Saturday 17 there will be stories for children at 230pm and Father Christmas will arrive at 300 pm Admission is free refreshments will be available Everyone is most welcome

Whalley Abbey Christmas Lunch

Monday 12 Thursday 15 DecemberLast bookings taken 05 December12302 COURSES 12453 COURSES 1445Printable Menu amp Booking FormSTARTERSA WARMING SOUP OF THE DAYB FISHCAKES SALAD amp TARTARE SAUCEC DEEP FRIED BRIE amp REDCURRANT SAUCEMAIN COURSED TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY WITH TRIMMINGSE BAKED GAMMONF SALMON amp LEMON BUTTERG ROAST PEPPER amp LEEK RISOTTOALL SERVED WITH POTATOES AND SEASONAL VEGETABLESSWEETSH CHRISTMAS PUDDING WITH RUM SAUCEI SHERRY TRIFLEJ MINCE PIE amp CREAM

Making the Sense of the Bible - Leyland St Andrew

When 30 Novembernbsp07 and 14 DecemberWhere St Andrews LeylandTime 730 900 pmDisplay Poster

Whalley Abbey Christmas Lunch

Monday 12 Thursday 15 DecemberLast bookings taken 05 December12302 COURSES 12453 COURSES 1445Printable Menu amp Booking FormSTARTERSA WARMING SOUP OF THE DAYB FISHCAKES SALAD amp TARTARE SAUCEC DEEP FRIED BRIE amp REDCURRANT SAUCEMAIN COURSED TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY WITH TRIMMINGSE BAKED GAMMONF SALMON amp LEMON BUTTERG ROAST PEPPER amp LEEK RISOTTOALL SERVED WITH POTATOES AND SEASONAL VEGETABLESSWEETSH CHRISTMAS PUDDING WITH RUM SAUCEI SHERRY TRIFLEJ MINCE PIE amp CREAM

Whalley Abbey Christmas Lunch

Monday 12 Thursday 15 DecemberLast bookings taken 05 December12302 COURSES 12453 COURSES 1445Printable Menu amp Booking FormSTARTERSA WARMING SOUP OF THE DAYB FISHCAKES SALAD amp TARTARE SAUCEC DEEP FRIED BRIE amp REDCURRANT SAUCEMAIN COURSED TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY WITH TRIMMINGSE BAKED GAMMONF SALMON amp LEMON BUTTERG ROAST PEPPER amp LEEK RISOTTOALL SERVED WITH POTATOES AND SEASONAL VEGETABLESSWEETSH CHRISTMAS PUDDING WITH RUM SAUCEI SHERRY TRIFLEJ MINCE PIE amp CREAM

The Bible Jigsaw - Haslingden St James

Trouble understanding the Bible Intrigued but not sure where to start Hungry for Gods word but need a bit of help Come along and see how it all fits together Come and explore and find out how you can make sense of the Bible and see how it all points to Jesus and Gods deep desire for friendship Welll take a whistle stop tour of the whole of the Bible and see the Big Message of the Old testament and the Big Mesage of the New Testament Come along learn a bit think a bit ask lotsand a have a lot of fun Tuesdays at St James Haslingden 730pm9pm Nov 22nd 29th Dec 6th and 13th Refreshements provided and its free What are you waiting for Contact Rev John Tranter 01254 384321 or Rev Joe Fielder 01254 384179 for more details

Whalley Abbey - Christmas Lunch

Monday 12 Thursday 15 DecemberLast bookings taken 05 December12302 COURSES 12453 COURSES 1445Printable Menu amp Booking FormSTARTERSA WARMING SOUP OF THE DAYB FISHCAKES SALAD amp TARTARE SAUCEC DEEP FRIED BRIE amp REDCURRANT SAUCEMAIN COURSED TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY WITH TRIMMINGSE BAKED GAMMONF SALMON amp LEMON BUTTERG ROAST PEPPER amp LEEK RISOTTOALL SERVED WITH POTATOES AND SEASONAL VEGETABLESSWEETSH CHRISTMAS PUDDING WITH RUM SAUCEI SHERRY TRIFLEJ MINCE PIE amp CREAM

THe Four Last Things: Spirituality Programme for Advent at Whalley Abbey

Thenbspthird of the Series will be with Revd Graham PiperDatenbsp12 DecemberVenue Whalley AbbeyTime 600 pm to 900 pmCost 5 including refreshmentsRevd 19 December Revd Peter LawJones

Festival of Christmas Trees - Warton St Oswald

Venuenbsp St Oswalds Parish Church Warton Near Carnforth Date Sunday 11 December Time 100 pm 500 pmAdmission free Programmes 2Raising money for local charitablevoluntary groups and church fundsVarious charities and community organisations will be decorating Christmas trees to display in the Parish Church all in aid of charitable or voluntary causesAll the programme money will be given to the charities represented in the festival and there are collecting boxes beneath each treeThere will also be a tree of remembrance at the altar People are invited to come and write the names of their lovedones who have died on a star to be hung on the treeThe festival brings together many people of good will from our local community it is a real celebration of lots of wonderful work going on both locally and further afield and it is a really wonderful lead up to ChristmasRefreshments and crafts available in the Church HallFurther details from Father Damian Porter Vicar of Warton 01524 732946 Or Chris Smith 01524 736421

Brass By Candlelight -Warton St Oswald

Venuenbsp St Oswalds Parish Church Warton Near Carnforth Date Saturday 10 DecemberCHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH THE KIRKBY LONSDALE BRASS BANDTickets 6 to include seasonal light refreshmentsAvailable from Church or on the door

Christmas Concert - Oswaldtwistle Immanuel

Conchordnbsp Singers and Baxenden Concert Band Prestent yet another Christmas Cracker of a ConcertDate Saturday 10 NovemberVenue Immanuel Parish Church New Lane OswaldtwistleTime 730 pmCost 5 including Christmas BuffetMore information from the Parish Office on 01254 382 147

Festival of Christmas Trees - Warton St Oswald

Venuenbsp St Oswalds Parish Church Warton Near Carnforth Date Saturday 10 December Time 1000 am 500 pmDate Sunday 11 December Time 100 pm500 pmAdmission free Programmes 2Raising money for local charitablevoluntary groups and church fundsVarious charities and community organisations will be decorating Christmas trees to display in the Parish Church all in aid of charitable or voluntary causesAll the programme money will be given to the charities represented in the festival and there are collecting boxes beneath each treeThere will also be a tree of remembrance at the altar People are invited to come and write the names of their lovedones who have died on a star to be hung on the treeThe festival brings together many people of good will from our local community it is a real celebration of lots of wonderful work going on both locally and further afield and it is a really wonderful lead up to ChristmasRefreshments and crafts available in the Church HallFurther details from Father Damian Porter Vicar of Warton 01524 732946 Or Chris Smith 01524 736421

D.A.C

Date 09 DecemberDay FridayTime 200 pm

Making Sense of the Bible - Leyland St Andrew

When 30 Novembernbsp07 and 14 DecemberWhere St Andrews LeylandTime 730 900 pmDisplay Poster

The Bible Jigsaw - Haslingden St James

Trouble understanding the Bible Intrigued but not sure where to start Hungry for Gods word but need a bit of help Come along and see how it all fits together Come and explore and find out how you can make sense of the Bible and see how it all points to Jesus and Gods deep desire for friendship Welll take a whistle stop tour of the whole of the Bible and see the Big Message of the Old testament and the Big Mesage of the New Testament Come along learn a bit think a bit ask lotsand a have a lot of fun Tuesdays at St James Haslingden 730pm9pm Nov 22nd 29th Dec 6th and 13th Refreshements provided and its free What are you waiting for Contact Rev John Tranter 01254 384321 or Rev Joe Fielder 01254 384179 for more details

The Four Last Things: Spirituality Programme for Advent at Whalley Abbey

The second of the Series will be with Revd Keith FentonDate 05 DecemberVenue Whalley AbbeyTime 600 pm to 900 pmCost 5 including refreshments12 December Revd Graham Piper19 December Revd Peter LawJones

Year of the Bible: Advent Carol Service for Accrington Deanery

When 04 December Advent Sunday Venue Altham St JamesMore details to follow

Vocations Day - London

with Bishop Martin WarnerDate Saturday 03 DecemberTime 1030 am 400 pmVenue Christ the King Gordon Square WC1H 0AGAn initiative supported by Forward in Faith ACS CBS and other Catholic SocietiesFor more information contact wwwadditionalcuratescouk 0121 382 5533Display Poster

Bishop's Task Group

The meetings are all held at 730 AM at Whalley Abbey chaired by Bishop John 30 November

Making Sense of the Bible - Leyland St Andrew

When 30 Novembernbsp07 and 14 DecemberWhere St Andrews LeylandTime 730 900 pmDisplay Poster

Nearly the Goat - Blackpool

Can Nearly the Goat save Christmas Riding Lights Theatre Company is coming to Blackpool to perform their hilarious enchanting and moving Christmas play Nearly the Goat This family show which has the traditional nativity story at its heart is touring the country this Christmas including The Salvation Army Citadel Blackpool Citadel Corps Raikes Parade Blackpool FY1 4EL on Wed Nov 30th December at 1900hrsEmploying an extraordinary range of puppetry skills Riding Lights brings you the Christmas story in unforgettable style Since its first performances in 2009 Nigel Fordes delightful play has drawn acclaim laughter and excitement from both young and old Nearly the Goat is action packed captivating storytelling for the whole family Will Nearly in his own DIY travelling machine get to Bethlehem before the wolf does Can his amazing acting talents impersonate a host of harassed innkeepers And how can the kings return to Persia without their camel This night of all nights is heading for a flock of disasters Well nearly if it wasnt for one relentlessly cheerful extremely resourceful goat butting in Tickets cost 5 for adults and 2 for concessions The performance lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for ages 5 and over To book your tickets contact the box office on 01253 302365Since 1977 Riding Lights Theatre Company has provided vibrant professional theatre for York and far beyond taking live theatre to a wide range of communities For more information visit httpwwwridinglightsorg

The Bible Jigsaw - Haslingden St James

Trouble understanding the Bible Intrigued but not sure where to start Hungry for Gods word but need a bit of help Come along and see how it all fits together Come and explore and find out how you can make sense of the Bible and see how it all points to Jesus and Gods deep desire for friendship Welll take a whistle stop tour of the whole of the Bible and see the Big Message of the Old testament and the Big Mesage of the New Testament Come along learn a bit think a bit ask lotsand a have a lot of fun Tuesdays at St James Haslingden 730pm9pm Nov 22nd 29th Dec 6th and 13th Refreshements provided and its free What are you waiting for Contact Rev John Tranter 01254 384321 or Rev Joe Fielder 01254 384179 for more details

Re-imagining church revitalising mission

Reimagining churchRevitalising missionCohosted by Fresh Expressions amp New Wine Monday 28 Tuesday 29 November 2011Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick Derbyshire BOOK NOWThis conference is both for leaders who are already involved in fresh expressions and others wanting to learn how to boldly reach out to people groups their church has never previously reachedThis is the start of a new learning community We hope you and your team will join usKEYNOTE SPEAKERS JOHN COLES with his wife Anne took over the leadership of New Wine in 2001 He is particularly involved in the development of the Church Leaders Network in the UK and has an increasing role representing New Wine in the wider church community John and Anne have recently started a new missional congregation meeting in a homeGRAHAM CRAY is the Archbishops Missioner and Leader of the Fresh Expressions team He was the Bishop of Maidstone for eight years and Bishop for Mission in the Diocese of Canterbury Before this he was Principal of Ridley Hall theological college in Cambridge after 14 years as Vicar of St Michael le Belfrey York He is passionate about the engagement of the gospel with contemporary culture youth ministry and the theology of renewalThe programme will start with coffee at 1100 am on Monday and end at 400 pm on TuesdayThe conference will include a mixture of plenary sessions and practical seminars including Creative ways of gathering worshipping and being together as church Making the most of the growing opportunities to serve our communities Building a successful team Relationships with the inherited church accountability finding support and maintaining missional values Christian communities with a passion to share the gospel relationally Training that fires the imagination and helps people see what is possibleThere will also be consultancy slots available to individuals or teams during the conferenceAccommodation Price is based on two people sharing a twin room Single occupancy is subject to availability and carries a 20 supplement please request at the time of booking by emailing documentwrite addy20676 documentwrite infonewwineorg infonewwineorg This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it and your fees will be adjusted accordinglyCost 110 per person if full fees paid before 14 September 2011120 per person after this datePrice includes all meals and accommodationnbsp

The Four Last Things: Spirituality Programme for Advent at Whalley Abbey

The first of the Series will be with Revd Brenda HardingDate 28 NovemberVenue Whalley AbbeyTime 600 pm to 900 pmCost 5 including refreshments05 December Revd Keith Fenton12 December Revd Graham Piper19 December Revd Peter LawJones

Christmas Tree Festival - Eccleston St Mary the Virgin

Date Saturday 26 November Time 1200 pmnbsp 600 pmDate Sunday 27 NovemberTime 1200 pmnbspAdvent Carol Service 630pm Venue Eccleston St Mary the VirginEntry 200 Children under 16 yrs free There is no charge for entry during services but donations will be welcomeRefreshments Fair Trade gifts and cards raffle flower arrangement parcel wrapping Live music Story tellersChildrens Quiz and Colouring sheets School Art Competition Poster

Christmas Tree Festival - Eccleston St Mary the Virgin

Date Saturday 26 November Time 1200 pmnbsp 600 pmDate Sunday 27 NovemberTime 1200 pmnbspAdvent Carol Service 630pm Venue Eccleston St Mary the VirginEntry 200 Children under 16 yrs free There is no charge for entry during services but donations will be welcomeRefreshments Fair Trade gifts and cards raffle flower arrangement parcel wrapping Live music Story tellersChildrens Quiz and Colouring sheets School Art Competition Poster

Service of Celebration

A Service of Celebration to be held in Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 26th November at 200 pmThis is for everyone who has completed God our Rock or Called to Serve in the last year and their families and friends

Give it Back Mak! (for Christmas) - Barrowford St Thomas

Riding Lights Theatre Company is coming to Barrowford to perform its new warm hearted and hilarious Christmas show Give it Back Mak Suitable for the whole family Paul Burbridges brand new play is certainly an innovative retelling of the traditional nativity story As part of a Christmas countrywide tour Give it Back Mak will be at St Thomas Church Wheatley Lane Barrowford BB9 6QS on Saturday November 26 at 1900hrsThe Lamb Chop Inn is full to bursting and Mak the owner puts up his No Vacancies sign A young couple whose car is stranded in the snow knock anywayA rumbustious tale unfolds of desperate deeds sheep in prams and people that glow in the dark and what on earth is happening in Maks potting shed With puppetry skills hilarity and extraordinary storytelling Give it Back Mak is the quintessential Riding Lights Christmas experience for young and old alikeSince 1977 Riding Lights Theatre Company has provided vibrant professional theatre for York and far beyond taking live theatre to a wide range of communities For more information visit httpwwwridinglightsorg Tickets cost 6 for adults and 4 for concessions The performance lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for ages 5 and over To book your tickets contact the box office on 01282 613206nbspnbsp

Training Incumbents

A training day for Incumbents with a Curate in their second or third yearWhalley Abbeynbsp 1000 am 100 pm

Training Incumbents

A training day for Incumbents with a Curate in their first yearWhalley Abbeynbsp 1000 am 100 pm

POSTPONED Temple Lecture Blackburn Cathedral: Waiting for Justice - for the Nations

Please note this event is now postponed to a later date which will be confirmed in due courseDate Wednesday 23 November Time 730 pmVenue Blackburn CathedralWith Lord Judd former Overseas Development Minister and Director of OxfamThese lectures sponsored by the Bishop of Blackburn and hosted by Blackburn Cathedral are named after William Temple and tackle contemporary issues of faith and ethicsThere will be tea and coffee served afterwards and opportunity to meet the speakersDisplay PosterFor further information contact Blackburn Cathedral on01254 503 090nbspor httpwwwblackburncathedralcoukEverybody welcome free entry no ticket required

Good News for All - Mission Road Show

I should like to take this opportunity to invite incumbents priestsincharge and church wardens toattend one of a series of evenings to be held at Whalley Abbey Conference centre The purpose of the evenings is to be inspired and encouraged in our joint task of supporting mission in Blackburn DioceseThe evenings will contain a variety of input a little from myself and others giving insights into the missionopportunities and challenges we face within the diocese and further afield Our aim is to highlight some of the Good News stories of God at work within our diocese and to offer encouragement for our ongoing ministry The evenings coincide with the creation of the Parish Mission Support Department and offer an opportunity to highlight the range of resources available within that department to support mission in our churches and parishes This will also be a chance to engage with our new Leader of the Department who is also Diocesan MissionerThe dates for the evenings are as follows and places are allocated on a first come first served basis We can only accommodate 50 people on each occasionThursday 13 October Monday 31 OctoberMonday 07 November Tuesday 22 NovemberWednesday 25 JanuaryThursday 26 JanuaryThe evenings begin with light refreshments and drinks from 700 pm onwards and the presentation will begin at 730 pm I very much hope that you will all respond positively to this invitation and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our Good News for all eveningsPlease fill in the response form or reply by email to Karen Wignall at karenwignallblackburnanglicanorgWith my continuing prayer and good wishes as together we share in Gods Mission to the people of Lancashire NicholasSupporting Mission in the Blackburn Diocese

The Bible Jigsaw - Haslingden St James

Trouble understanding the Bible Intrigued but not sure where to start Hungry for Gods word but need a bit of help Come along and see how it all fits together Come and explore and find out how you can make sense of the Bible and see how it all points to Jesus and Gods deep desire for friendship Welll take a whistle stop tour of the whole of the Bible and see the Big Message of the Old testament and the Big Mesage of the New Testament Come along learn a bit think a bit ask lotsand a have a lot of fun Tuesdays at St James Haslingden 730pm9pm Nov 22nd 29th Dec 6th and 13th Refreshements provided and its free What are you waiting for Contact Rev John Tranter 01254 384321 or Rev Joe Fielder 01254 384179 for more details

God our Rock Day Conference

A Day Conference at St Cuthberts Fulwood for all those taking part in the God our Rock Course1000 am 100 pm

Christmas Craft Fayre - Darwen St Peter

Venue St Peters Church Church Street Darwen BB3 3HE Date 19 NovemberTime 1000 am 300 pmStalls to include hand made cards painted candles health amp wellbeing products wood crafts oil paintings amp watercolours photography jewellery gift boxes amp bags knitted amp embroidered goods home made cake stall raffle tombola and many many morewith new stalls for 2011Refreshments afternoon teas bacon butties and more besidesFor further details please ring the Parish Office 01254 703929 Admission is free we ask that children be accompanied by an adult please

Christmas Craft Fayre - Darwen St Peter

Venue St Peters Church Church Street Darwen BB3 3HE Date 18 NovemberTime 100 pm 400 pmDate 19 NovemberTime 1000 am 300 pmStalls to include hand made cards painted candles health amp wellbeing products wood crafts oil paintings amp watercolours photography jewellery gift boxes amp bags knitted amp embroidered goods home made cake stall raffle tombola and many many morewith new stalls for 2011Refreshments afternoon teas bacon butties and more besidesFor further details please ring the Parish Office 01254 703929 Admission is free we ask that children be accompanied by an adult please

Headteachers and Incumbents Conference

A Day Conference for Headteachers and Incumbents to be held at Ewood Park

Open the Book Training

Date 16 NovemberTime 730 pmVenue Whalley AbbeyImprove your storytelling techniques and find out how this can help to build relationships with your local primary schools

Be-Attitude: Inclusive Church Conference

Date 16 18 NovemberVenue The Hayes Conference Centre Swarbrick DerbyshireConference Chair Canon Dianna Gwilliams Honorary Secretary Inclusive ChurchFor more information please see the Booking Form

Holy Communion of Remembrance - Kirkham St Michael

for loved ones departedFeaturing Faures Requiem amp French Music with Choire and OrganDate Sunday 13 NovemberVenue St Michaels Church Kirkham PR4 2SETime 400 pmDisplay Poster

Intimations of Immortality - Lancaster Singers

When Saturday 12 NovemberVenue Ripley St Thomas SchoolTime 730 pmTickets 10 9 concessions students free refreshments includedPlease see poster for more information

D.A.C

Date 11 NovemberDay FridayTime 200 pm

Information from Ecclesiastical Insurance

nbspEmployers Liability Tracing Office ELTOThis is an alert relating to new regulations from the Financial Services Authority The Employers Liability Tracing Office is a new independent industry body which has been set up to make it much easier for injured employees to trace their employers or former employers Employers Liability insurersAll parishes with Ecclesiastical Insurance policies will be contacted as Ecclesiastical Insurance is required to collect and submit a return for each organisation they insure that has Employers Liability insuranceHow does this affect policyholdersUK organisations including businesses churches charities and community groups which pay any employee at or above 50300 per month will have been given an Employers Reference Number ERN sometimes referred to as the Employer PAYE Reference by HMRC This is the reference number for their employees income tax and national insurance contributions If you or your organisation have an ERN number Ecclesiastical is required to collect it and submit it to ELTOThe majority of Anglican churches will not have an ERN because they either have no direct employees or each of their employees is paid less than 50300 per month If churches do not have an ERN number Ecclesiastical still needs to record this fact and advise ELTO that they are exemptHow policyholders can complete their returnPolicyholders will need to have the following to hand ERN number if they have one The policy number The name of the insuredThere are three ways policyholders can complete their returnOn line by completing a short form at wwwecclesiasticalcomchurchmatterselto By email by sending the details as listed above to ernecclesiasticalcom By phone by recording the details on the automated system on 0845 601 5671More than one ERN numberPolicyholders will need to let Ecclesiastical know either by email or by phone because the web form will only allow people to submit one ERN number If policyholders have more than one ERN number please include the names of the subsidiary companies along with the information listed above If policyholders are exempt just include the information above and add I am exemptRecent Press Release from Ecclesiastical InsuranceScrap Metal Dealer ArrestsDuring a joint operation on 15 September with Nottinghamshire Police BTP and other partners on a targeted Scrap Metal Dealer in Newark SmartWater operatives havehelped recover a quantity of lead flashing which was marked with SmartWater Link to attached BBC News clip refers you tube news clip The lead has now been subjected to forensic analysis and found to be registered to three local churches that had suffered recent thefts The suspect arrested at the time will be charged with theft alternative handling when they answer bail in a few weeks time Large amounts of communication and power cable were found in the yard which was suspected to be stolen but unfortunately the police were unable to identify it Further details will be circulated when reporting restrictions are liftedElaine Hargreaves9 November 2011nbspnbsp

CMEAC Vocations Event

The Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns CMEAC as part of its brief seeks to promote minority ethnic vocationsnbspnbsp nbspThey will be holding anbspVocationsnbspevent at Whalley Abbey on Tuesday 8th November 930 300 pmnbsp nbspnbsp

Engaging with the Twittersphere - London

Engaging with the Twittersphere8 November 2011 2pm5pmChurch House Westminster London50 for delegates from Church of England churches or charitiesDo you want to understand what Twitter is all about what its capable of and how to use it effectively This half day practical workshop will explain how Twitter can help you build relationships both locally and further afield Come and learn how to how to get followers what good content is all about and the tools and etiquette you need to tweet effectivelyFor more information and online booking click here httpwwwchurchcommstrainingorgtwitterspherephpPlease note this is not run by Blackburn Diocese

Good News for All - Mission Road Show

I should like to take this opportunity to invite incumbents priestsincharge and church wardens toattend one of a series of evenings to be held at Whalley Abbey Conference centre The purpose of the evenings is to be inspired and encouraged in our joint task of supporting mission in Blackburn DioceseThe evenings will contain a variety of input a little from myself and others giving insights into the missionopportunities and challenges we face within the diocese and further afield Our aim is to highlight some of the Good News stories of God at work within our diocese and to offer encouragement for our ongoing ministry The evenings coincide with the creation of the Parish Mission Support Department and offer an opportunity to highlight the range of resources available within that department to support mission in our churches and parishes This will also be a chance to engage with our new Leader of the Department who is also Diocesan MissionerThe dates for the evenings are as follows and places are allocated on a first come first served basis We can only accommodate 50 people on each occasionThursday 13 October Monday 31 OctoberMonday 07 November Tuesday 22 NovemberWednesday 25 JanuaryThursday 26 JanuaryThe evenings begin with light refreshments and drinks from 700 pm onwards and the presentation will begin at 730 pm I very much hope that you will all respond positively to this invitation and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our Good News for all eveningsPlease fill in the response form or reply by email to Karen Wignall at karenwignallblackburnanglicanorgWith my continuing prayer and good wishes as together we share in Gods Mission to the people of Lancashire NicholasSupporting Mission in the Blackburn Diocese

Spiritual Direction Course

A Course for all those who exercise this ministry and those who would like to know more about itSaturday 5th NovemberSt James Church Shireshead930 1230 pm

ACAT Training Session - Bradford

ACAT now has a membership of nearly 10000 and is committed to helping those concerned with the governance and finance of Christian organisationsnbsp A Foundation Training Sesion will be held atVenue St Marks Church Greenhead Road Utley Keighley Bradford BD20 6EDDate Friday 04 November 2011Registration from 1000 am for a 1030 a start finish time 330 pmnbspPlease see the booking form for more information

Churches Tourism Association Conference

The annual Conference will be held at The Monastery GortonManchester M12 5WF1100 330pmThursday 3rd November 20110810Making Connections or Going It Alone Going Public or Staying PrivateIf anyone is interested in going to this worthwhile event please contact Ed Saville edsavilleblackburnanglicanorg

Temple Lecture Blackburn Cathedral: Waiting for Justice - for Women

Date Thursday 03 November Time 730 pmVenue Blackburn CathedralWith Baroness Dean FRSA formerly General Secretary of SOGATThese lectures sponsored by the Bishop of Blackburn and hosted by Blackburn Cathedral are named after William Temple and tackle contemporary issues of faith and ethicsThere will be tea and coffee served afterwards and opportunity to meet the speakersDisplay PosterFor further information contact Blackburn Cathedral on01254 503 090nbspor httpwwwblackburncathedralcoukEverybody welcome free entry no ticket required

CME: Dealing with Difficult Behaviour

Wednesday 2nd Novembernbsp Whalley Abbeynbsp 930 300 pmA CME day for ClergyDealing with difficult behaviourDuring this interactive session we will explore and develop skills to deal with difficult behaviour from adults We will work with reallife examples to understand different ways of dealing with behaviour that can be amongst other things destructive frustrating confusing or draining The session will be confidential making a safe space to look at real and tough peoplenbspissues that clergy face

Bishop's Task Group

The meetings are all held at 730 AM at Whalley Abbey chaired by Bishop John 02 November30 November

Good News for All - Mission Road Show

I should like to take this opportunity to invite incumbents priestsincharge and church wardens toattend one of a series of evenings to be held at Whalley Abbey Conference centre The purpose of the evenings is to be inspired and encouraged in our joint task of supporting mission in Blackburn DioceseThe evenings will contain a variety of input a little from myself and others giving insights into the missionopportunities and challenges we face within the diocese and further afield Our aim is to highlight some of the Good News stories of God at work within our diocese and to offer encouragement for our ongoing ministry The evenings coincide with the creation of the Parish Mission Support Department and offer an opportunity to highlight the range of resources available within that department to support mission in our churches and parishes This will also be a chance to engage with our new Leader of the Department who is also Diocesan MissionerThe dates for the evenings are as follows and places are allocated on a first come first served basis We can only accommodate 50 people on each occasionThursday 13 October Monday 31 OctoberMonday 07 November Tuesday 22 NovemberWednesday 25 JanuaryThursday 26 JanuaryThe evenings begin with light refreshments and drinks from 700 pm onwards and the presentation will begin at 730 pm I very much hope that you will all respond positively to this invitation and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our Good News for all eveningsPlease fill in the response form or reply by email to Karen Wignall at karenwignallblackburnanglicanorgWith my continuing prayer and good wishes as together we share in Gods Mission to the people of Lancashire NicholasSupporting Mission in the Blackburn Diocese

Quiet Day for Children's Workers

WhennbspSaturday 29 OctoberVenue Shekinah Christian Centre Newchurch in PendleTime 1000 am 200 pm Costnbsp15 including lunchPlease contact Susan or Sarah on 01254 503070 ext 218 for booking form and enquiries or email childrenblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Annual Diocesan World Mission Service

This year the annual Diocesan World Mission Service will take place on Bible SundayDate 23 October 2011Time 300 pmVenue St Cuthberts FulwoodThis years theme is Unchaining Gods Word and the event will include workshops led by people involved in Bible translation

Year of the Bible - Bible Sunday Oswaldtwistle St Paul

Come and celebrate the Word of GodA continuous reading of ScriptureDate 23 OctoberTime 12 noon 345 pmVenue St Pauls ChurchCatlow Hall StreetOswaldtwistleDisplay PosterCome at any time and stay as long as you likeRead a passage of Scripture from any translation or childrens BibleCaf serving afternoon teas throughout the afternoon200 pm Bible Stories told by No Strings Attached Puppet Group400 pm Choral Evensong Book of Common PrayerA Year of the Bible celebration

Fashion Show by Almarice of Winmarleigh

Date Wednesday 19 OctoberTime 730 pmVenue Winmarleigh Village HallFornbsp more information please see poster

Bible Question Time - Year of the Bible

Bible Question Time ask your difficult questionsThe Archdeacon of Blackburn will do a David Dimbleby and chair a Bible Question Time Four of our own clergy will be the panelists coming from different traditions within the church and their own views on approaches to the Bible its significance for Christians and its importance for society todayCome and enjoy the debate and hear the responses to your questions of Canon Sue Penfold Revd Peter Law Jones Revd David Arnold and Rev Canon Dr Simon CoxTo be held at 730 pm 900 pmTuesday 18 October Clitheroe St Mary MagdaleneLight refreshments will be available afterwardsnbsp

Blackburn with Darwen Deanery Synod

The synod is hosting a visit from the Christian Institute at St Lukes Blackburn on Monday 17th OctoberThis is an open meeting and all are welcome not just synod membersPlease see the poster for more information

Year of the Bible: Diocesan Service of Thanksgiving -Blackburn Cathedral

When 16 OctoberTime 400 pmVenue Blackburn Cathedralon Sunday 16 October as we celebrate 400 years of the Bible for the English Peoples With all the splendour and music of our Cathedral we all have a marvelous context within which to celebrate and recommit ourselves to the written Word of God Everyone is welcome and we hope that you will make every effort to attend and make this a Diocesan climax of our Year of the BibleInvitation from Bishop Nicholas

Autumn Events

Dear FriendsI am keen that you all know about four exciting Autumn events and want to invite you to each one of them We will make full use of the Cathedral on each occasion So please accept my invitation and come along to worship and celebrate the living God and learn about His great love for us shown in Jesus life death and resurrection for usDIOCESAN SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE KING JAMES BIBLE on Sunday 16 October as we celebrate 400 years of the Bible for the English Peoples With all the splendour and music of our Cathedral we all have a marvelous context within which to celebrate and recommit ourselves to the written Word of God Everyone is welcome and we hope that you will make every effort to attend and make this a Diocesan climax of our Year of the BibleThese are I believe wonderful opportunities for the Diocesan Family to come together with the Bishops and to have four varied experiences of worship to encourage us in the Mission that God gives to each of usWith my prayer in the Lord Jesus Christnbsp Nicholas

Blackburn Cathedral Bible Exhibition

As part of the Year of the Bible there will be a Bible Exhibition in the Cathedral from Sunday 16th October The exhibition presents the story of the King James Version using resources created by Sheffield Universitys Biblical studies Department In addition there will be some of the Cathedrals older Bibles on display including contrasting eighteenth century versions of the KJV text which illustrate how the text was revised during that period Examples of modern translations will also be shown and there will be resources available for people who can better appreciate the New Testament by listening For any further information contact the Canon Ian Stockton 01254 503095

Diocesan Synod

Date 15 OctoberDay SaturdayTime 0900 am

Readers Weekend Conference (Whalley Abbey)

When 14 16 OctoberVenue Whalley AbbeyDiocesan Readers Conference for Readers on the Bible with former Bishop of Crediton Richard Hawkins on The Bible not for children and The Bible not for adults Each evening there will be an open time for anyone to attend Lectio Divina led by our Warden of Readers Sue WilliamsFurther details will appear in due course in the Readers newsletter or contact Margaret Ives Reader CME Officer margaretivesbtinternetcom

Good News for All - Mission Road Show

I should like to take this opportunity to invite incumbents priestsincharge and church wardens toattend one of a series of evenings to be held at Whalley Abbey Conference centre The purpose of the evenings is to be inspired and encouraged in our joint task of supporting mission in Blackburn DioceseThe evenings will contain a variety of input a little from myself and others giving insights into the missionopportunities and challenges we face within the diocese and further afield Our aim is to highlight some of the Good News stories of God at work within our diocese and to offer encouragement for our ongoing ministry The evenings coincide with the creation of the Parish Mission Support Department and offer an opportunity to highlight the range of resources available within that department to support mission in our churches and parishes This will also be a chance to engage with our new Leader of the Department who is also Diocesan MissionerThe dates for the evenings are as follows and places are allocated on a first come first served basis We can only accommodate 50 people on each occasionThursday 13 October Monday 31 OctoberMonday 07 November Tuesday 22 NovemberWednesday 25 JanuaryThursday 26 JanuaryThe evenings begin with light refreshments and drinks from 700 pm onwards and the presentation will begin at 730 pm I very much hope that you will all respond positively to this invitation and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our Good News for all eveningsPlease fill in the response form or reply by email to Karen Wignall at karenwignallblackburnanglicanorgWith my continuing prayer and good wishes as together we share in Gods Mission to the people of Lancashire NicholasSupporting Mission in the Blackburn Diocesenbsp

Love It Keep It Fund It

Managing repairs and maintenance for your church building1000am to 330pm Wednesday 12 October 2011Carrs Lane Church Centre Birmingham B4 7SXEvent poster

CANCELLED: Paulinus Evening at Whalley Abbey

600 pm Presentation and Discussion on Paulinus the Apostle to the North of England by Archdeacon John700 pm Supper in Abbey 650 please book your supper by phoning the Abbey on 01254 828 400800 pm Compline in the Abbey ChapelEveryone is welcome but to have supperHot Pot please book in by phone 01254 828400We will stay in the Abbey for this years Paulinus EveningArchdeacon JohnPoster

Pastoral Assistant Quiet day

A Quiet Day for all Pastoral AssistantsSt Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood Preston1000 am 300 pmnbsp Hot drinks will be provided but please bring a packed lunch

Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

The Faith Centre Burnley at 330 pmThe Archbishop will meet leaders of other Faiths and people and clergy from Presence and Engagement parishesnbspnbspnbsp

Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

Holy Communion for Bishops Staff at Bishops House at 800 am

Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

BAe systems Salmesbury to meet management and workforce at 12 noon and to have lunch

'Knocked about but not Beaten' NECN Conference

Bishop Nicholas has received information from the National Estate Churches Network NECN for this yearConference DetailsDate 07 OctoberTime 1000 am 300 pmVenue Carrs Lane Church Birminghamk B4 7SXFurther information andnbspbooking form

IME: Residential Conference

A Residential conference for all Curates in their second and third yearWaddow Hallnbsp 79 October

Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

Blackburn Cathedral at 200 pmTo join the Praise Party to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the National Society Church Schools

D.A.C

Date 07 OctoberDay FridayTime 200 pm

The Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

County Hall Preston at 600 pmThe Archbishop will meet Ecumenical and Civic Leadersnbsp

Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

Buckshaw Village church Church Planting and Fresh Expressions at 1030 am

Diocesan Eucharist with Archbishop Sentamu - Blackburn Cathedral

DIOCESAN EUCHARIST WITH ARCHBISHOP SENTAMU the Archbishop of York as our preacher Bishop Nicholas writesHe is with us for two days but we look forward to a tremendous time in our Cathedral as the whole Diocese comes together with our own Archbishop to celebrate and worship the living God We begin at 700pm on Thursday 6 October I hope you will book this in your diaries now and tell everyone you know to come to the Cathedral on that evening Why not book a coach and bring the parishPosternbsp

Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

The Priory Lancaster for the Wedding Project and the City at 12 noon

Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

The University of Lancaster to engage with students and University authorities at 300 pm

Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

Diocesan Eucharist in the Cathedral at 700 pmOn service and sacrifice William TyndaleEVERYONE WELCOMEnbsp

Archbishop of York's visit to the Diocese

Christ Church Lancaster Homeless Project and lunch at 100 pm

Better Presentations - London

Better Presentations6 October 2011 10am5pmChurch House Westminster London100 for delegates from Church of England churches or charitiesDo you give presentations or talks as part of your work Are you confident when using visual aids The best way to improve your public speaking or presentation skills is to see yourself as others see you This small group workshop uses video playback to assess your style and expert coaching advice to build on your strengthsFor more information and online booking click here httpwwwchurchcommstrainingorgpresentationphpPlease note this is not run by Blackburn Diocese

How to get your church noticed - London

How to get your church noticed4 October 2011 10am5pmChurch House Westminster London80 for delegates from Church of England churches or charitiesDoes your local community know about all the good things on offer at your church Simple marketing and communications techniques can help your church reach more people Come and learn how to give your church a complete communications audit and come up with simple strategies that will help you get noticed The day includes ideas to increase the impact of your church noticeboard website and magazine and examples of events that help get your church known more widelyFor more information and online booking click here httpwwwchurchcommstrainingorggetchurchnoticedphpPlease note this is not run by Blackburn Diocese

CME: Child Protection Part 2

Anbsptraining evening partnbsp2 of 2 nbspin Child Protection proceduresThis is for all clergy and particularly for curates in their first four years oftrainingnbsp Under 18 Coordinators Readers and Pastoral Assistants are also welcomeThe training will be held at St Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood Prestonnbsp 730 pm 930 pm

Reader Licensing

Reader Licensing Service at Walton le Dale

The Last Night at The Proms - Oswaldtwistle Immanuel

The Choncord SingersConducted by Tom Young with Margaret Pattinson as Soprano and Julie Ann Carr on the OrganDate 01 OctoberTime 730 pmVenue Immanuel Parish Church New Lane OswaldtwistleTickets 6 includingnbspa buffet suppernbspyou can pay on the door children under 13 free if accompanied by an adultFor more information please contact the Parish Office on01254 382 147jrimmasvirginnet

Sensing God

SENSING GODnbspin BEVERLEY MINSTERnbspon 1ST OCTOBER 2011 from 1200 400A service intended for everyone all ages all abilities wheelchair access BSL signing quiet area Usenbspyour senses to experience the goodness and generosity of God through our environmnet using touch taste sight smell and hearingStroll through the Garden of EdenPray with pictures and candlesTaste food fromteh Bible lands adn timesFeel and play with various texturesCreate art12 noon eat your lunch in the Hall drinks available1 pm explore and enjoy the experience of God through your senses245 worship330 coffee4 Departnbsp

Children's Work Celebration Service

Date 28 SeptemberTime 730 pmVenue Preston MinsterWith Bishop John

MDR Briefing

A briefing for all those undertaking Ministerial Development ReviewWhalley Abbey 700 pm 900 pm

CME: Child Protection

A Training Day at Whalley Abbey in Child Protection proceduresThis is for all clergy and particularly for curates in their first four years oftraining

CME: Child Protection (Part 1)

Anbsptraining evening partnbsp1 of 2nbspPartnbsp2 being Monday 3rd Octobernbspin Child Protection proceduresThis is for all clergy and particularly for curates in their first four years oftrainingnbsp Under 18 Coordinators Readers and Pastoral Assistants are also welcomeThe training will be held at St Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood Prestonnbsp 730 pm 930 pm

Cross Morecambe Bay: Arnside - Kent's Bank

Cross the Bay with the Queens Guide and raise money for Blackburn Cathedral AppealWhen Saturday 24 SeptemberBlackburn Cathedral invites you to join this iconic walk across Morecambe Bay enjoy the walk beautiful scenery and the pleasure of Cedrics experience humour and storiesRegistration required 10 to include teeshirt tea and biscuits at end of walk and official certificateCoach serrvice available from Blackburn and points en routeIf you cannot walk but would like to sponsor a walker or would like to offer help or support please contact Mrs HicksFor more information please contact Mrs Louise Hicks Appeal Office 01254 503 090 or email appealblackburncathedralcouknbsp

Called to Serve Day Conference

The first conference for Called to Serve in 201112 to be held at Ashton Methodist ChurchWellington Road Ashton on Ribble Preston1000 am 300 pmFor further details of the Called to Serve course please email ministryblackburnanglicanorg

IME 4-7: Deacons Conference

A residential training conference for all Deacons to be held at Thornleigh Grange over Sands2325 September

Tonight in Braunshweig

TONIGHT in Braunschweig Bishop Nicholas and Bishop Weber resign the Covenant between our two Dioceses which was originally entered into ten and a half years ago Diocesan Ecumenical Officer Hartley will also be at the Service of Thanksgiving and ReCommitment

Clearer Vision

Blackburn Diocese are working in partnership with the Torch Trust and have a training event on Sight Impairment and BlindnessA Clearer Vision Topics will includenbspAn introduction to blindness and partial sight loss including practical exercises nbspLearn how to guide a blind person safely nbspDiscussion nbspWhat does the Bible have to say about disability nbspFind out about available resources Galloways and Action for Blind People nbspAn opportunity to network1000am to 300pmTabor Carmelite Retreat House169 Sharoe Green LaneFulwood PrestonPR2 8HE Tel 01772 717122Fax 01772 378030nbspBooking form and details available here

Bishop's Task Group

The meetings are all held at 730 AM at Whalley Abbey chaired by Bishop John 21 September02 November30 November

Harvest Supper - Winmarleigh St Luke

Date Wednesday 21 SeptemberTime 730 pmVenue Winmarliegh Village HallFor more information please see poster

MDR Briefing

A Briefing for all those undertaking Ministerial Development ReviewWhalley Abbey 1000 am 12 noon

Harvest Flower FEstival - Winmarleigh St Luke

DatenbspSunday 18nbspSeptemberVenue Winmarleigh St LukeFloral Theme Winmarleigh WeddingsCraft and Produce StallHistorical Church RecordsLocal Items of InterestEveryone is welcome to join us for the 1100 am Harvest Family Service the church amp refreshments Outside Stalls close at 430 pm will remail open until Harvest Evensong including renewal of wedding wows with joint choir at 600 pmDisplay Poster

Mission Shaped Ministry - A year long course

You are invited to share a oneyear learning journey in a supportive community to be equipped for a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing fresh expressions of churchFurther details including how to book can be found by clicking nbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Year of the Bible - Seminar for Preachers

Venue Leyland St AndrewDate 17 SeptemberTime 1000 am 1200 noonnbspEsther How do you preach on an Old Testament book that doesnt mention GodA seminar for preachers at St Andrews Church Hall Leyland PR25 3EL 10am12noonTo book your place please contact St Andrews Church office on 01772 622964 or email officestandrewsleylandorgukPlease pass this information on to your readers or anyone involved in regular preaching

Harvest Flower Festival - Winmarleigh St Luke

Date Saturday 17 SeptemberTime 1100 am 400 pmVenue Winmarleigh St LukeFloral Theme Winmarleigh WeddingsCraft and Produce StallHistorical Church RecordsLocal Items of InterestDisplay Poster

An Evening of Music - Oswaldtwistle Immanuel

An Evening of Music given by St Christophers High SchoolDate 17 SeptemberTime 730 pmVenue Immanuel Parish Church New Lane OswaldtwistleTickets 5 including nibbles and drinks you can pay on the door children under 13 free if accompanied by an adultFor more information please contact the Parish Office on01254 382 147jrimmasvirginnetnbsp

Dying Well - Faith and Compassion in Dialogue

Venue Ridley Hall Cambridge Date September 1517The aim of the Conference is to enable thoughtful and prayerful exploration of end of life issues from a range of perspectives legal medical theological and spiritual The panel of invited speakers represents the breadth of position and opinion in the current debate and there will be much opportunity for participant engagement In particular we will focus attention on appropriate care and support including pain management the autonomy of the individual in the context of community and faith assisted dying We invite participation from all involved in the provision of care whether formal or informal as well as from those who have a responsibility to formulate good practice It is our hope that participants will include clergy and theological students medical and legal practitioners and laypeople concerned for a robust Christian discussion wwwsimeoncentrecoukFlyerThis conference is not run by Blackburn Diocese

Bishop John's 40th Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood

You are invited to mark Bishop Johns 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthoodSung Festal Eucharist of the Holy Crossat Holy Trinity Tarleton PR4 6UWMonday 12th September 2011 730 pmfollowed by wine and cheeseFor catering purposes it would be helpful to know how many are coming but if you decide to come at the last moment come anyway UltreyaVivienne 01772 812532 viviennegoddardtalktalknet

Heritage Open Day - Whalley Abbey

11 September 2011Free admission to the grounds and free monks toursGrounds open all dayMonks tours at 1100 am and 200 pm Display Poster

Awareness Sunday

Awareness Sunday A Path to PeaceAwareness Sunday is an initiative of the awareness Foundation that seeks to turn the evil carried out in the name of religion by a handful of people on 911 into a force for good in the worldIt marks the tenth anniversary of 911 terrorist attacks in the USA and calls for an end to violence in the name of religionIt seeks tocounter this evil with an inclusive call for peace and reconciliation spread a message of awareness and love work to replace the culture of fear and suspicion with a culture of trust and respectHow can you take partLook here

Awareness Sunday

Awareness Sunday A Path to PeaceAwareness Sunday is an initiative of the awareness Foundation that seeks to turn the evil carried out in teh name of religion by a handful of people on 911 into a force for good in the worldIt marks the tenth anniversary of 911 terrorist attcks inthe USA and calls for an end to violence in the name o freligionIt seeks tocounter this eveil with aan inclusive call for peace adn reconciliationspread a message of awareness and lovework to replace teh culture of fear and suspicion with a culture of trust and respectHow can you take partLook here

Year of the Bible - Diocesan Family Eucharist

Eucharist with a difference for the whole family of GodVenue Blackburn CathedralDate 10 September 2011Timenbsp1030 am While this event is focused on families noone is excluded it is for people of all ages It will be a lively Eucharist at which I Bishop Nicholas will preside and there will be plenty of action movement and imagination It promises to be an exciting time So do encourage at least one family to come with youInvitation from Bishop Nicholas

Year of the Bible: Public Reading of Scripture (Accrington St James)

When May to September 2nd Saturday in MonthTime 1100 am 12 noon Venue Accrington St James

D.A.C

Date 09 SeptemberDay FridayTime 200 pm

The 90 minute Bible - Blackburn with Darwen Deanery

As a deanery we will be hosting The 90 minute Bible with Lance Pierson When Thursday 08 September Where Thwaites Empire TheatreBlackburn Time 730 pmTickets 500 For tickets and more information please contact Canon Andrew Raynes on 01254 562 92 or andrewraynesbtopenworldcomFlyer

Whalley Abbey Retreat

When 5 8 September 2011Bishop Lyndsay Urwin Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will lead this years RetreatThere will be spiritual addresses and Bible studies time for spiritual reflection and sacramental opportunities confession wholeness and healing as well as being Eucharistically centred There will be times of silence and stillness and particularly a corporate silence before the Blessed SacramentThe Retreat is open to both clergy and lay both residential and day delegatesThe Abbey is set amongst beautiful and tranquil gardens in the heart of the Ribble Valley Cost Residential 195 Day Delegate 141Grants may be available for ClergyFor full details please contact Receptiontel 01254 828400email officewhalleyabbeyorg

God our Rock Induction Day Conference

A Day Conference for everyone taking part in God our Rock 201112To be held at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood Preston on Saturday 3rd September 1000 am 200 pmDrinks will be available but please bring a packed lunch

Soul Food - Preston

Dear friendsOn Saturday 3rd September 2011 Prestons One Voice Community Choir is performing a very special concert at The Salvation Army Harrington St PrestonIt has come to our notice via various church groups and organisations the plight ofour neighbours in Preston who are finding it hard to make ends meet in the currenteconomic climateFood poverty in particular is a growing condition of our society and we are aware of the fantastic work that is already being done to address this by churches voluntary organisations and charitiesIt is with this in mind that we are appealing to your congregation to support our event in SeptemberSOUL FOOD is a unique event We promise to deliver a top quality Gospel concert with a full choir band and audience involvement in exchange for FOODYesinstead of buying tickets we want people to bring FOOD which will then be distributed immediately to those in needThis project is already attracting wide media attention due to its direct approach in addressing the issue We have also secured some sponsorship to ensure that any costs are absorbed without detriment to the causeTickets can be reserved via our website or by phoning Preston CVS Full details are on the poster found hereWe literally have 4 weeks to fill 300 seats and create Prestons own Food Mountain to help those in needIf you have any questions please email us at leadersonevoicecoukFinally thank you for your time in reading this letter and we look forward to seeing you and your congregation at our SOUL FOOD concert on 3rd September 730pm at The Salvation Army Harrington Street Preston PR1 7BN Please spread the word among your networks tooYours sincerelyMike BarnesMarketing Officer on behalf of One Voice Community Choirps places are limited as there are only 300 seats available so early booking is recommended However there is no limit to food donations delivered directly to the Salvation Army

Diocesan Youth Conference Re-source 2011: Led Astray?

When Friday 2 nbsp Sunday 4 SeptemberWhere Myerscough College Bilsborrow near PrestonFor young people aged 16 24The theme this year is leadership Gods style Looking at Bible characters for inspiration Reflecting on how the world views leadership Does the world lead us astray from Gods ways or does God want to lead us astray from the influences around us A weekend of interactive teaching worship sport art and time to relaxCost 8500 Financial help may be availableBooking forms and more information from httpwwwbdeducationorguk2011diocesanyouthconferencehtmlOr from Craig and Jill at Church House 01254 503070 ext 221223

God our Rock Leaders

A meeting for all those who will be leading God our Rock groups in 201112730 900 pmAshton Methodist Church Wellington Road Ashton on Ribble Preston

Bishop's Task Group - If required

The meetings are all held at 730 AM at Whalley Abbey chaired by Bishop John 01 September if required21 September02 November30 November

Family Fun Day at Bamber Bridge

Family Support at Bamber BridgeFamily and Volunteer Event Wednesday 24th August 2011 at 10am to 2 pmSt Marys PrioryDear AllI would like to invite you to the above event with lots of fun and activities plus a talk for the adults and childrenThe event will includeIndoor and outdoor activities for all the children all ages welcome Stranger Danger talk by the local community police officer Richard Howarth Fire Service talk by Fiona ScotWilson re safety in the home how to arrange free fire alarms dangers of playing with fires Tombola stall Name that Rabbit Refreshments provided free of charge Zumba lessonPlease let me know you are attending Tel 0788158776 asap Bring your childrengrandchildren and have some funSusan ClarkFamily Support Coordinator

Emergency Faith Responders

New Guidance for Emergency Response Centres is downloadable from the Emergency Planning section of this website

Metal theft - how at risk are you?

Ecclesiastical have prepared a leafletnbspto help Churches asses the theft of metal riskShould your parish accumulate a high scorenbspwould you please contact Alan Wilkinson or Ecclesiastical who may be able to suggest improvements in security Metal theft how at risk are youAlan Wilkinson alanwilkinsonecclesiasticalcomnbsp Ecclesiastical 0845 777 3322

New God our Rock leaders

A meeting to be held at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood for all who wish to lead a God our Rock Group in 201112730 900 pm

Year of the Bible: Public Reading of Scripture (Accrington St James)

When May to September 2nd Saturday in MonthTime 1100 am 12 noon Venue Accrington St James

Harp Concert - Heysham St Peter

On Saturday the 13th of August oneofakind international harpist Robin Ward will be performing at St Peters Church Heysham LA3 2RN as part of his 2011 programme Robin is a unique musician in that he both builds and performs on his own instruments He is also one of only a handful of people who play the triple harp professionally in the world Robins talent and mastery of his own handcrafted instrument combined with his engaging and informative performance approach is a treat not to be missedThe programme is an exploration of music on the triple harp which is a chromatic instrument with three rows of strings The programme includes music from the Baroque Classical and Romantic periods as well as music from Folk Traditions with a combination of music originally written for the instrument and Robins own transcriptionsThe concert starts at 300 pm and tickets are 10 for adults 8 concession and a donation for children under 18 For tickets and enquiries please contact Revd D Tickner on 01524 851422Display PosterAbout Robin amp his harpOriginally from New Zealand Robin is currently residing in the UK where he has been touring extensively Robin initially learned to play the lever harp before moving onto the pedal or orchestral harp on which he completed a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University of Wellington under the guidance of the principal harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra After becoming dissatisfied with the orchestral world he stumbled across a recording of someone playing the triple harp which is a chromatic instrument with three rows of strings instead of one with no pedals or levers Due to the prohibitive cost of buying a triple harp especially after being a student mixed with typical Kiwi ingenuity he set on building his first instrument Then he had to set about teaching himself how to play it from surviving sourcesOver his performing career Robin has played with various orchestras and ensembles and is now establishing himself as a solo artist If you would like to read more about Robin you can visit his websitehttpwwwearlyharpscom on which there is his current programme information about harps and a video of a performance More videos of Robins playing can be found on his YouTube profile httpukyoutubecomuserseb25arpaIn February 2009 Robin independently released his first solo CD No Pedals Attached a preview of which can be listened to at httpwwwcdbabycomcdrobinward

The Northern Saints - A Celtic Summer Pilgrimage

Churches in the north east have been helping pilgrims to explore the works of The Venerable Bede and the remarkable lives of Cuthbert Aidan Hilda and their contemporaries in recent yearsThey provided the backdrop to a wonderful English pilgrimageFrom Holy Island and Bamburgh in Northumberland to Jarrow and Monwearmouth in the Diocese of Durham the churches welcome our support in connecting with the anglo saxon and celtic roots which give significant insight on the challenge of modern missionWe have been organising pilgrimages there for over a decade now but next summer a coach will pass through each Diocese of the Church of England picking up pilgrims who are interested in joining in a week of study reflection and worship based at St Chads College DurhamPlease see leaflet for more information

Help Nobody's Listening to Me - Fulwood Methodist Church

An Evening for Christians around Preston to explore together how we can develop listening skills and support ministries When Wednesday 20 July Time 700 pm 930pm Venuenbsp Fulwood Methodist Church Garstang RoadWatling Street Road PR2 8EAnbspPlease view the poster for more informationnbspEvent by Preston Christian Action Network PCAN

Year of the Bible United Service - Clitheroe St Mary Magdalene

From Creation to RevelationA journey through the Bible in words and musicWhen Sunday 17 JulynbspTime 630 pmVenue St Mary Magdalene Clitheroe

Mission Shaped Lancashire Conference

It is with great regret that the organising team has decided to postpone this event due to the low number of bookings On July 4th our gono go decision day we only had 60 bookings whereas our target was a minimum of 200 for the conference so we were well below our phased plannbspHowever we aim to try again in the coming months If anyone would like to comment or suggest changes to our approach for next time please let us know For example is July a bad month Was the booking fee too high etcWe will contact those who have booked soon to refund their 7 booking feeFor help or more information please contact Mike Chew chewmikegmailcom or 07801888955

Forward in Faith in the Blackburn Diocese - AGM

Annual General MeetingnbspWhen Thursday 14 JulyVenue St Georges Church Preston Time 730pm Mass meeting amp buffetSpeakernbspRt Revd Jonathan Baker Bishop of EbbsfleetnbspAll WelcomenbspPoster

Bishop's Task Group

The meetings are all held at 730 AM at Whalley Abbey chaired by Bishop John 13 July01 September if required21 September02 November30 November

Preparing for Responsibility Conference

A residential conference at Whalley Abbey for all curates in their fourth year1213 July

Leyland St Ambrose

125 Anniversary CelebrationsWe have great pleasure in inviting members of the Diocese of Blackburn to visit St Ambrose Church in Moss Lane Leyland during our superb three day Flower Festival taking place from Friday July 8th to Sunday July 10thWe are celebrating 125 years of worship at St Ambrose and this landmark event is opennbspfrom Sunday 10th from noon until 600pm The festival closes with a special service of Thanksgiving on Sunday Daily admission to the Flower Festival on Friday Saturday and Sunday is by programme at 3 Concert tickets for Saturday evening are 5 for adults accompanied children under 12 free entry this including refreshments and admission to the Flower Festival Concert tickets can be bought on the door or booked in advance from 01772 462202 or email alisonking90hotmailcom Further Flower Festival and Church details from httpwwwstambroseinfo

Called to Serve Day Conference

The final Day Conference for all those undertaking the Called to Serve Course 201011St Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwood Preston 1000 am 300 pm

Year of the Bible: Public Reading of Scripture (Accrington St James)

When May to September 2nd Saturday in MonthTime 1100 am 12 noon Venue Accrington St James

Leyland St Ambrose Flower Festival

125 Anniversary CelebrationsWe have great pleasure in inviting members of the Diocese of Blackburn to visit St Ambrose Church in Moss Lane Leyland during our superb three day Flower Festival taking place from Friday July 8th to Sunday July 10thWe are celebrating 125 years of worship at St Ambrose and this landmark event is open from 1000am until 600pm on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th and on Sunday 10th from noon until 600pm The festival closes with a special service of Thanksgiving on Sunday Special events on Saturday 9th July include performances by Leyland Morris Men at 200pm and 300pm demonstrations of Lacemaking and Ribbon Embroidery and a special Flower Festival Concert by the Rawstorne Singers and St Ambrose Choir at 730pm This Saturday evening concert features some superb music including favourite anthems songs from the shows and wellloved familiar folk songs The ticket price of 5 free for accompanied children under 12 years of age includes the Concert admission to the Flower Festival and light refreshments Our programme for the musical evening includes I was Glad when they said unto me by Parry chosen by HRH Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge during the recent Royal Wedding and the following lovely itemsHallelujah Chorus George Frederick HandelHow Lovely are thy dwellings Johannes Brahms All things bright and beautiful John RutterThou O God art praised in Zion Malcolm Boyle Heidenroslein Franz Peter SchubertFor the flowers are great blessings Benjamin BrittenThe Ascot Gavotte My Fair Lady Tonight West Side Story Try to Remember The FantasticksWaltz of my Heart The Dancing Years Well Gather Lilacs Perchance to DreamThe Bold Grenadier The Keel Row Afton Water arr John Rutter The Blue Bird Charles V StanfordCalme des nuits and Les Fleurs et les arbresCamille Saint Saens Autumn Leaves Cosma arr Andrew CarterDaily admission to the Flower Festival on Friday Saturday and Sunday is by programme at 3 Concert tickets for Saturday evening are 5 for adults accompanied children under 12 free entry this including refreshments and admission to the Flower Festival Concert tickets can be bought on the door or booked in advance from 01772 462202 or email alisonking90hotmailcom Further Flower Festival and Church details from httpwwwstambroseinfo Choir details from httpwwwrawstornesingersbtckcouk Display Poster

Harp Concert - Heysham St Peter

When Saturday 09 JulyTime 730 pmVenue St Peters Church HeyshamProceeds for Northwest Air Ambulance and St Peters ChurchTickets at the doorAdults 500Senior Citizens 350Children 200The programme will include a presentation on the Northwest Air Ambulance

Fylde 24 Hour Prayer Room

When Friday 08 July 1100 pm Saturday 09 July 1100 pmVenue St Marks Church Westcliffe Drive Blackpool FY3 7HGFriday1100 pmPrayer room opens join us for prayer around the cross into the night as we keep watch over the FyldeSaturdaynbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp 0700 pmEarly morning prayer and worship to dedicate the day to the Lord and lift the Fylde up before Him in Prayer1200 pmPrayer walk into Blackpool town centre leaving from the prayer room0700 pmJoin us as we pray for the church leaders of the Fyldenbsp Church leaders especially welcome to come and be prayed for and pray for others in ministry1030 pmnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspA short communion to close the prayer roomFor more information please see the posternbspThe Fylde 24 Hour Prayer Roomnbspis run by an interchurch team

Leyland St Ambrose Flower Festival

125 Anniversary CelebrationsWe have great pleasure in inviting members of the Diocese of Blackburn to visit St Ambrose Church in Moss Lane Leyland during our superb three day Flower Festival taking place from Friday July 8th to Sunday July 10thWe are celebrating 125 years of worship at St Ambrose and this landmark event is open from 1000am until 600pm on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th and on Sunday 10th from noon until 600pm The festival closes with a special service of Thanksgiving on Sunday Daily admission to the Flower Festival on Friday Saturday and Sunday is by programme at 3 Concert tickets for Saturday evening are 5 for adults accompanied children under 12 free entry this including refreshments and admission to the Flower Festival Concert tickets can be bought on the door or booked in advance from 01772 462202 or email alisonking90hotmailcom Further Flower Festival and Church details from httpwwwstambroseinfo Choir details from httpwwwrawstornesingersbtckcouk Display Poster

Fylde 24 Hour Prayer Room

When Friday 08 July 1100 pm Saturday 09 July 1100 pmVenue St Marks Church Westcliffe Drive Blackpool FY3 7HGFriday1100 pmPrayer room opens join us for prayer around the cross into the night as we keep watch over the FyldeSaturdaynbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp 0700 pmEarly morning prayer and worship to dedicate the day to the Lord and lift the Fylde up before Him in Prayer1200 pmPrayer walk into Blackpool town centre leaving from the prayer room0700 pmJoin us as we pray for the church leaders of the Fyldenbsp Church leaders especially welcome to come and be prayed for and pray for others in ministry1030 pmnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspA short communion to close the prayer roomFor more information please see the posternbspThe Fylde 24 Hour Prayer Roomnbspis run by an interchurch team

Church House Induction Day

A day for all who are new to or returning to the Diocese to meet the staff in Church House and St Marys House The invitation is also extended to newly ordained Deacons

Petertide Ordinations

Sunday 3 July1030 am Leyland St Ambrose300 pm Musbury St Thomas

Petertide Ordinations

Saturday 2 July1030 am Blackburn Cathedral600 pm Fleetwood St Peter600 pm Longridge St Paulnbspnbspnbsp

Bible Question Time - Year of the Bible

Bible Question Time ask your difficult questionsThe Archdeacon of Blackburn will do a David Dimbleby and chair a Bible Question Time Four of our own clergy will be the panelists coming from different traditions within the church and their own views on approaches to the Bible its significance for Christians and its importance for society todayCome and enjoy the debate and hear the responses to your questions of Canon Sue Penfold Revd Peter Law Jones Revd David Arnold and Rev Canon Dr Simon CoxTo be held at 730 pm 900 pmThursday 30 June Lancaster Scotforth St PaulsTuesday 18 October Clitheroe St JamesLight refreshments will be available afterwardsnbsp

Mosques and Churches in the 21st Century

Event poster for Mosques in the 21st CenturyThis event will be followed by a similar discussion on Churches in the 21st Century in the near future

Training Evening for Long Serving and Experienced Churchwardens

A training evening for Experienced and Long Serving Churchwardens at St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood 730 pm 900 pm

Flower Festival - Warton St Oswald

St Oswalds Church Main Street WartonFor All The SaintsnbspMonday 27 June 1000am to 400pm Proceeds will be used for the maintenance and ministry of StOswalds We hope you will come and visit our festival We assure you of a very warm welcome Refreshments will be available cream and strawberry Teas There is a good pub right next door serving home cooked food Car parking is plentiful For any further information and concert tickets please contact Gina Rosindale 01524 736 633Jean Thompson 01524nbsp736 050Alicia Tipper 07879 636 806Display Poster

Flower Festival - Warton St Oswald

St Oswalds Church Main Street WartonFor All The SaintsnbspSunday 26 June 1100 am Sung Eucharist led by Lord David Hope former Archbishop of York Festival open to visitors 100pmnbsp 400pm Songs of Praise 600 pm Monday 27th June 1000am to 400pm Proceeds will be used for the maintenance and ministry of StOswalds We hope you will come and visit our festival We assure you of a very warm welcome Refreshments will be available cream and strawberry Teas There is a good pub right next door serving home cooked food Car parking is plentiful For any further information and concert tickets please contact Gina Rosindale 01524 736 633Jean Thompson 01524 736 050Alicia Tipper 07879 636 806Display Poster

Garden Safari - Scotforth St Paul

Parishioners of St Pauls Church Scotforth Road Lancaster on the A6 south Lancaster will be opening their gardens onSunday 26 June from 130pm 530pm Programmes will be on sale 3 in the Church grounds where there will also be refreshments and cake and craft stalls Programmes can be purchased earlier at the Parish Office in St Pauls Parish Hall which is open every Monday to Thursday morning 01524 843135 Proceeds will go to the Church funds

Refugee Week

Different pasts shared futureRefugee Week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UKDuring Refugee Week loads of events take place across the UK all of which explore refugee experiences Whatever youre into be it arts music food or just meeting people in your local area Refugee Week will have an event for youThis year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention In order to mark the occasion and link it to Refugee Week 2011 our theme for this year will be 60 Years of Contribution Were currently collecting stories and case studies about the contributions that refugees have made to Britain over the last 60 years If you have any interesting stories or photos on this subject to share wed very much like to hear from youJoin us on Twitter and Facebook via the links belowhttptwittercomRefugeeWeekwwwfacebookcomRefugeeWeek

Poverty Sunday

The Church has fought against poverty in all its guises over many yearsWilliam Wilberforce Abolition of SlaveryJoshua Watson Schools for AllFlorence Nightingale professional nurnsingSadly the poverty still exists Poverty is a form of slavery 53 million people are in poverty AND employment through low pay insecure adn tmprary jobsPoverty limits education children living in the poorest 20 of the country are 16 months delayed in their development when they start school compared with the richest 20Poverty damages health children form low income families are three times more likely to develop mental health problems than those on average incomesPOVERTY SUNDAY gives us all a chance to make a differencenbsp More details can be found from httpwwwcuforgukactpovertysundaynbspor get in touch with Ed Saville at St Marys Housenbspnbsp

Refugee Week

Different pasts shared futureRefugee Week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UKDuring Refugee Week loads of events take place across the UK all of which explore refugee experiences Whatever youre into be it arts music food or just meeting people in your local area Refugee Week will have an event for youThis year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention In order to mark the occasion and link it to Refugee Week 2011 our theme for this year will be 60 Years of Contribution Were currently collecting stories and case studies about the contributions that refugees have made to Britain over the last 60 years If you have any interesting stories or photos on this subject to share wed very much like to hear from youJoin us on Twitter and Facebook via the links belowhttptwittercomRefugeeWeekwwwfacebookcomRefugeeWeek

Flower Festival - Warton St Oswald

St Oswalds Church Main Street WartonFor All The SaintsSaturdaynbsp25 June 1000 amnbsp 400 pm Concert by Barrow Male Voice Choir 730pm 750 includes refreshments Sunday 26 June 1100 am Sung Eucharist led by Lord David Hope former Archbishop of York Festival open to visitors 100pmnbsp 400pm Songs of Praise 600 pm Monday 27th June 1000am to 400pm Proceeds will be used for the maintenance and ministry of StOswalds We hope you will come and visit our festival We assure you of a very warm welcome Refreshments will be available cream and strawberry Teas There is a good pub right next door serving home cooked food Car parking is plentiful For any further information and concert tickets please contact Gina Rosindale 01524 736 633Jean Thompson 01524 736 050Alicia Tipper 07879 636 806Display Poster

One Summer Knight

On Saturday 25 June 2011 6pm till 10pm CAMELOT THEME PARK will be a hive of activity playing host to the youth of Britain as it opens its gates for the ONE SUMMER KNIGHT event The event aims to provide an exclusive time of extreme fun and extreme challenge with a message to inspire and provoke a life changing metamorphosis into a people walking in Gods plans and purposes for our livesWith the theme park closed to general public you will have sole exclusivity of all the rides which in itself is amazing But together with some outstanding music from THE STEELS and challenging discussions with MARTIN DICKSON One Summer Knight will be an unforgettable and life changing experience A downloadable application form for tickets is available from Urban Saintsnbspand tickets are charged at 10 if purchased before 31 March rising to 13 thereafter So get in there early Tickets must be purchased prior to the eventOne Summer Knight is brought to you in partnership by the North West Baptist Association Scripture Union Youth for Christ the United Reformed church the local Church of England Diocesan Youth Officers Christian Aid the Bolton and Rochdale Methodist district and Urban SaintsPostcard frontPostcard back

Refugee Week

Different pasts shared futureRefugee Week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UKDuring Refugee Week loads of events take place across the UK all of which explore refugee experiences Whatever youre into be it arts music food or just meeting people in your local area Refugee Week will have an event for youThis year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention In order to mark the occasion and link it to Refugee Week 2011 our theme for this year will be 60 Years of Contribution Were currently collecting stories and case studies about the contributions that refugees have made to Britain over the last 60 years If you have any interesting stories or photos on this subject to share wed very much like to hear from youJoin us on Twitter and Facebook via the links belowhttptwittercomRefugeeWeekwwwfacebookcomRefugeeWeek

Refugee Week

Different pasts shared futureRefugee Week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UKDuring Refugee Week loads of events take place across the UK all of which explore refugee experiences Whatever youre into be it arts music food or just meeting people in your local area Refugee Week will have an event for youThis year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention In order to mark the occasion and link it to Refugee Week 2011 our theme for this year will be 60 Years of Contribution Were currently collecting stories and case studies about the contributions that refugees have made to Britain over the last 60 years If you have any interesting stories or photos on this subject to share wed very much like to hear from youJoin us on Twitter and Facebook via the links belowhttptwittercomRefugeeWeekwwwfacebookcomRefugeeWeek

Refugee Week

Different pasts shared futureRefugee Week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UKDuring Refugee Week loads of events take place across the UK all of which explore refugee experiences Whatever youre into be it arts music food or just meeting people in your local area Refugee Week will have an event for youThis year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention In order to mark the occasion and link it to Refugee Week 2011 our theme for this year will be 60 Years of Contribution Were currently collecting stories and case studies about the contributions that refugees have made to Britain over the last 60 years If you have any interesting stories or photos on this subject to share wed very much like to hear from youJoin us on Twitter and Facebook via the links belowhttptwittercomRefugeeWeekwwwfacebookcomRefugeeWeek

Back to Church Sunday Seminars

On June 20th and 21st Michael Harvey the National Coordinator for BTCS will be conducting a series of seminars for clergy churchwardens and other leaders who are involved in welcomeOn these dates Area Deans will be organising six identical seminars in locations covering the whole diocese as listed belownbspIf you cant attend the session for your deanery you are welcome to attend any of these For help please call Bishop John or Mike ChewDeaneriesCoordinatorDateTimeVenueLancaster andnbspTunstallMikenbspPeatmanJune 20thnbsp1030amSt Chads SkertonChorley andnbspLeylandChrisnbspNelsonJune 20thnbsp230pmSt Aidan Bamber BridgePreston andnbspGarstangTimnbspLipscombJune 20thnbsp730pmThe Minster PrestonAccrington andnbspBlackburn with DarwenAndrewnbspRaynesJune 21stnbsp1030amSt Gabriels BlackburnBurnleynbspPendle andnbspWhalleyMarknbspJonesJune 21stnbsp230pmSt LeonardsnbspPadihamBlackpoolnbspKirkham andPoultonSimonnbspCoxJune 21stnbsp730pmSt ThomasSt Annes on Sea

Refugee Week

Different pasts shared futureRefugee Week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UKDuring Refugee Week loads of events take place across the UK all of which explore refugee experiences Whatever youre into be it arts music food or just meeting people in your local area Refugee Week will have an event for youThis year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention In order to mark the occasion and link it to Refugee Week 2011 our theme for this year will be 60 Years of Contribution Were currently collecting stories and case studies about the contributions that refugees have made to Britain over the last 60 years If you have any interesting stories or photos on this subject to share wed very much like to hear from youJoin us on Twitter and Facebook via the links belowhttptwittercomRefugeeWeekwwwfacebookcomRefugeeWeek

New Churchwardens Training Evening

A training evening for all new Churchwardens to be held at St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood Prestonnbsp 730 pm 900 pm

Back to Church Sunday Seminars

On June 20th and 21st Michael Harvey the National Coordinator for BTCS will be conducting a series of seminars for clergy churchwardens and other leaders who are involved in welcomeOn these dates Area Deans will be organising six identical seminars in locations covering the whole diocese as listed belownbspIf you cant attend the session for your deanery you are welcome to attend any of these For help please call Bishop John or Mike Chew Deaneries Coordinator DateTime Venue Lancaster andnbspTunstall MikenbspPeatman June 20thnbsp1030am St Chads Skerton Chorley andnbspLeyland ChrisnbspNelson June 20thnbsp230pm St Aidan Bamber Bridge Preston andnbspGarstang TimnbspLipscomb June 20thnbsp730pm The Minster Preston Accrington andnbspBlackburn with Darwen AndrewnbspRaynes June 21stnbsp1030am St Gabriels Blackburn BurnleynbspPendle andnbspWhalley MarknbspJones June 21stnbsp230pm St LeonardsnbspPadiham BlackpoolnbspKirkham andPoulton SimonnbspCox June 21stnbsp730pm St Thomas St Annes on Sea

Refugee Week

Different pasts shared futureRefugee Week is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UKDuring Refugee Week loads of events take place across the UK all of which explore refugee experiences Whatever youre into be it arts music food or just meeting people in your local area Refugee Week will have an event for youThis year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention In order to mark the occasion and link it to Refugee Week 2011 our theme for this year will be 60 Years of Contribution Were currently collecting stories and case studies about the contributions that refugees have made to Britain over the last 60 years If you have any interesting stories or photos on this subject to share wed very much like to hear from youJoin us on Twitter and Facebook via the links belowhttptwittercomRefugeeWeekwwwfacebookcomRefugeeWeek

Medical Ethics

The meeting featuring the BBC R4 The Moral Maze contributor Dr David Cook at Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre will be held at 730 pm on June 20 and not on June 17 as advertised in The See Dr Cook will consider the issue Medical Advances Ethical Dilemmas What is Faiths Response Everyone is welcome and no booking is needed

God our Rock Study Day

A Study Day for all those doing Level 2 and Level 3 Accreditationnbsp To be held at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood 930 am 12 noon

The Bible for Everyone - Clitheroe St Mary Magdalene

Dramatised readings bringing to life some well known narratives Coming Home The Book of RuthTheres nothing like the Family Joseph and his brothers Genesis chapters 37 50When Saturday 18 JuneTimenbsp1030 am 1215 pmVenue St Mary Magdalenes Church Clitheroe or churchyard if the weather is suitable

The Bible in Voice and Verse

Leyland StnbspAndrewnbspis holding a special concert celebrating the impact of the King James Bible in words and musicWhen 17 JuneTime 730 pmVenue Leyland St AndrewLance Pierson recites key passages from the Bible interspersed with performances of famous pieces of music which those words inspired sung by Belinda Yates The music will include excerpts from Haydns Creation Handels Messiah and SS Wesleys Blessed be the God and Father amongst many others It lastsnbsp1 hour 30 minutes plus intervalnbspTogether with pianist Heather Chamberlain Lance and Belinda form a concert trio called In Voice and Verse who have been producing concerts of music and words for the last couple of years including a performance at the National Gallery Lance is an experienced actor who performs an abridged version of Marks Gospel and has recited at St Pauls Cathedral and Westminster Abbey Belinda sings regularly with the Monteverdi Choir and has collaborated on solo projects for years with Heather who studied at the Royal Academy of MusicThere is no charge for the evening but a contribution of 5 is suggested Refreshments will be servednbspnbsp

The Bible for Everyone - Clitheroe St Mary Magdalene

Dramatised readings bringing to life some well known narratives The Essential Jesus St Markss GospelWhen Friday 17 JuneTime nbsp200 pm 330 pmVenue St Mary Magdalenes Church Clitheroe or churchyard if the weather is suitableComing Home The Book of RuthTheres nothing like the Family Joseph and his brothers Genesis chapters 37 50When Saturday 18 JuneTimenbsp1030 am 1215 pmVenue St Mary Magdalenes Church Clitheroe or churchyard if the weather is suitablenbsp

Medical Advances - Ethical Dilemmas

What is Faiths Response An opportunity for theological discussion with leading thinker and writer Dr David CookEvent poster

HOPE – What could it mean for us?

The Churches Together in Lancashire Annual Open Forum will take place this year at the Tabor Retreat Centre in PrestonChris Drury Pastor of Lancaster FM Church will help us to explore the resources and encouragement HOPE offers us as we seek to work in partnership in loving service of our local communitiesEvent poster

Faith in Maintenance Training Day

Do you worry about damp in your church buildingFaith in Maintenance aims to help volunteers who look after historic places of worship We provide training to help you understand how your building works and how to solve problems caused by leaky gutters and blocked drainsA Faith in Maintenance free oneday course will help youRecognise potential problems Tackle common maintenance tasks Understand inspections and reports Know when to call in expert helpFaith in Maintenance FlyerFaith in Maintenance Course Programme

Closure of Diocesan Offices - 14 June

Following an underground fire which caused power failure in Church House we regret that only a few members of staff of the Board of Finance and Board of Education will be available today and that Reception will not be staffed Although the electricity supply has now been restored we only have intermittent internet connection and there may be further power cuts throughout the dayWe apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but hope that everything will be back to normal tomorrow

Summer Serenade - Lancaster Singers

When Sunday 12 JuneTime 730 pmVenue Christ Church Wyresdale Road Lancaster near the junction with East Road Lancaster LA1 3EATickets 10 9 concessions free for students refreshments included Tickets available on the doorFor more information and future eventsWebsite wwwlancastersingerscoukEmail ticketslancstersingerscoukTel 01524 684 81

Spiritual Direction Training Day

If younbspare anbspSpiritual Director and are willing to come on the scheme or have any lay people who you know are involved in this ministry please could you let Gill Dyer revvygilly141btinternetcom or David Arnold frdavidf2scom knowThere will be four Saturday training days at at St James Shireshead 1000 am 330 pm February 12th 9th April 11th June and 9 July for those involved currently or previously to explore four different issues in Direction and hone our skills for the work There is no cost for these training days but you will need to bring your own lunchIf you are interested please can you contact Sue Penfold for an application form with more details suepenfoldblackburnanglicanorg

Year of the Bible: Public Reading of Scripture (Accrington St James)

When May to September 2nd Saturday in MonthTime 1100 am 12 noon Venue Accrington St James

Pentecost Praise and Holy Communion with Bishop Nicholas

Venue Blackburn CathedralTime 1030 am 1130 amA special service for all those who have recently been confirmed and their families to celebrate PentecostAlthough invites have been sent out to those recently confirmed anyone is welcome to attend

D.A.C

Date 10 JuneDay FridayTime 200 pm

Bible Exhibition at Lancaster University Library

01 April 10 June 2011The Bible in print Celebrating 400 years of the King James BibleA Floor Purple ZoneFor opening times telephone 01524 592517 or see httplibweblancsacukopenhtm

Prayer Walk

PlaceChurchBurnley Bur0900nbsp All Saints Padiham RoadBurnley Bur0930nbsp St Mark Rossendale RoadBurnley Bur1000nbsp St Matthew St Matthews StreetBurnley Bur1145nbsp St Stephen Oxford RoadBurnley Bur1215nbsp St Catherine Todmorden RoadWorsthorne Bur1600nbsp St John the Evangelist Church SquareAnyone is welcome to join the walk for all or part of a dayFeel free to come along and meet us at any Church and walk with us for as far as you likeFor route details and to contact the walkers direct Rt Revd Geoff Pearson tel 01524 799900

Prayer Walk

PlaceChurchRibchester Pre0900nbsp St Wilfrid RiversideSalesbury Wha1030nbsp St Peter Ribchester RoadLangho Wha1145nbsp St Leonard Whalley RoadBlackburn BBD1330nbsp St Stephen St Stephens RoadBlackburn BBD1415nbsp St Michael and All Angels Palm Street Blackburn BBD1500nbsp St James St James RoadBlackburn BBD1600nbsp St Barnabas Johnston StreetBlackburn BBD1630nbsp St Silas Preston New RoadAnyone is welcome to join the walk for all or part of a dayFeel free to come along and meet us at any Church and walk with us for as far as you likeFor route details and to contact the walkers direct Rt Revd Geoff Pearson tel 01524 799900

Prayer Walk

PlaceChurchWhittleleWoods Cho0900nbsp St John the Evangelist Preston RoadChorley Cho1030nbsp St PeterChorley Cho1115nbsp St James Brook StreetChorley Cho1200nbsp All Saints Moor RoadCoppull Cho1300nbsp No designation Chapel LaneCoppull Cho1430nbsp St John Hewlett StreetCharnock Richard Cho1545nbsp Christ Church Church LaneEuxton Cho1700nbsp No designation Wigan RoadAnyone is welcome to join the walk for all or part of a dayFeel free to come along and meet us at any Church and walk with us for as far as you likeFor route details and to contact the walkers direct Rt Revd Geoff Pearson tel 01524 799900

Community Voices - bring you contemporary issues

Are Religions today nothing more than cultural relicsDate 07 June Time 600 700nbsppmVenue Blackburn CathedralPlease see poster for more information

Prayer Walk

PlaceChurchBispham BPL0900nbsp All Hallows All Hallows RoadBlackpool BPL1000nbsp St Stephen on the Cliffs Holmfield RdNorth Shore BPL1045nbsp St Paul Egerton RoadLayton BPL1145nbsp St Mark Westcliffe DriveBlackpool BPL1245nbsp Christ Church Palatine RoadSouth Shore BPL1400nbsp Holy Cross Central DriveMereside BPL1515nbsp St Wilfrid Langdale RoadAnyone is welcome to join the walk for all or part of a dayFeel free to come along and meet us at any Church and walk with us for as far as you likeFor route details and to contact the walkers direct Rt Revd Geoff Pearson tel 01524 799900

A Training evening for PCC Members

An evening for PCCnbspmembers at St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood Preston730 pm 900 pm

Prayer Walk

PlaceChurchBilsborrow Gar0900nbsp St Hilda Bilsborrow LaneChurchtown Gar1030nbsp St Helen ChurchtownSt Michaels on Wyre Gar1115nbsp St Michael Blackpool RoadCopp Gar1245nbsp St Anne Copp LaneSingleton Pou1445nbsp St Anne Church RoadLittle Thornton Pou1630nbsp St John the Evangelist Stannah RoadAnyone is welcome to join the walk for all or part of a dayFeel free to come along and meet us at any Church and walk with us for as far as you likeFor route details and to contact the walkers direct Rt Revd Geoff Pearson tel 01524 799900

Are You Ready To Find Hidden Treasure?

66 of churches say they need ideas for how to include disabled people in church activitiesIn response to this need the theme of the 2011 Disability Sunday is Finding Hidden Treasure to help congregations engage more fully with disabled peoplePoster

Study Day on the Bible - Spreading the Word

English Bibles and Early Modern Readers Where Elizabeth Livingston Lecture Theatre Bowland College University of LancasterWhen Saturday 04 JunenbspTime 930 am to 400 pm With Professor Naomi Tadmor and Professor Alison FindlayFor more information please see the display posterbring sandwiches

Bible Exhibition at Lancaster University Library

01 April 10 June 2011The Bible in print Celebrating 400 years of the King James BibleA Floor Purple ZoneFor opening times telephone 01524 592517 or see httplibweblancsacukopenhtm

Prayer Walk

PlaceChurchLancaster Lan0900 nbspThe Priory Castle HillLancaster Lan0930nbsp St Thomas Penny StreetScotforth Lan1015nbsp St Paul Scotforth RoadEllel Lan1200nbsp St John the Evangelist Chapel LaneDolphinholme Lan1345nbsp St Mark DolphinholmeScorton Gar1530nbsp St Peter Snow Hill LaneShireshead LanSt James Whinney Brow LaneAnyone is welcome to join the walk for all or part of a dayFeel free to come along and meet us at any Church and walk with us for as far as you likeFor route details and to contact the walkers direct Rt Revd Geoff Pearson tel 01524 799900

Prayer Walk

PlaceChurchArkholme TunSt John the Baptist B6254Gressingham TunSt John the Evangelist Fall KirkHornby TunSt Margaret Main StreetWray TunHoly Trinity Main StreetTatham TunSt James the Less Park LaneMelling TunSt Wilfrid Main StreetTunstall TunSt John the Baptist Church LaneAnyone is welcome to join the walk for all or part of a dayFeel free to come along and meet us at any Church and walk with us for as far as you likeFor route details and to contact the walkers direct Rt Revd Geoff Pearson tel 01524 799900

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Isreal

29th May 4th June is the world week for peace in Palestine and Isreal Learn MoreGather friends together to watch the new film Little Town of Bethlehem An inspiring true story of three men expected to be enemies instead they strive to end thecycle of violence You can find it at httplittletownofbethlehemorg Why not read the Kairos Palestine documentMore to follownbsp

Bible Exhibition at Lancaster University Library

01 April 10 June 2011The Bible in print Celebrating 400 years of the King James BibleA Floor Purple ZoneFor opening times telephone 01524 592517 or see httplibweblancsacukopenhtm

A Quiet Day for Clergy

WHERE ARE YOU FLEEING FROM GODnbspThursday 26th May 2011nbspTabor Retreat House Preston1000 am 330 pmnbspA Quiet Day for ClergynbspArrive from 10am coffee and tea available throughout the daynbsp1030am nbspnbsp Going further than expected intimacy with Godnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Father John Michael OFM nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspfollowed by quiet spacenbsp1215pmnbspnbsp Eucharistnbsp Bishop Nicholasnbsp1pmnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Lunchbreak please bring a packed lunchnbsp145pmnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Hiding from God a biblical meditation on Genesis 3nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspCanon Sue Penfoldnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp followed by quiet spacenbspnbsp315pmnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Rounding off the day togethernbspThe day will be in silence except for the lunch break Resources for using the silence will be available but you may wish to bring something Tabor has a variety of spaces for quiet including a gardennbspNumbers are limited first come first served To reserve a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson 01254 503078 or ministryblackburnanglicanorg

University of Sheffield - Biblical Literacy and the Curriculum

Early booking advisedUniversity of SheffieldBiblical Literacy and the Curriculum Celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible25th28th May 2011 Department of Biblical Studies University of SheffieldExploring the role of the Bible in the 21st century classroomConfirmed speakers includeThe Rt Hon Frank Field MP Chair of the 2011 Trust Sir Andrew Motion Poet Laureate 19992009 Gordon Campbell Professor of Renaissance Studies Leicester and author of Bible The Story of the King James Version 16112011 OUP Yvonne Sherwood Professor of Old TestamentTanakh GlasgowMore information wwwsheffieldacukkjv

Kirkham/Poulton

Date Wednesday 25 MayVenue Wesham Christ ChurchTime 730 pm

Deanery Visitations: Burnley/Pendle

Date Wednesday 25 MayVenue Burnley St StephenTime 730 pm

Bible Question Time - Year of the Bible

Bible Question Time ask your difficult questionsThe Archdeacon of Blackburn will do a David Dimbleby and chair a Bible Question Time Four of our own clergy will be the panelists coming from different traditions within the church and their own views on approaches to the Bible its significance for Christians and its importance for society todayCome and enjoy the debate and hear the responses to your questions of Canon Sue Penfold Revd Peter Law Jones Revd David Arnold and Rev Canon Dr Simon CoxTo be held at 730 pm 900 pmTuesday 24 May Chorley St GeorgeThursday 30 June Lancaster Scotforth St PaulsTuesday 18 October Clitheroe St JamesLight refreshments will be available afterwardsnbsp

Deanery Visitations: Preston

Date Monday 23 MayVenue Preston All SaintsTime 730 pm

Year of the Bible - Prayer Book Society Lecture (Blackburn Cathedral)

When Saturday 21 MayWhere Blackburn CathedralTime 215 pmSpeaker Professor Philip Alexander FSALecture on The Importance of the Authorised Version of the Bible in the culture and language of our nation

Bible Exhibition at Lancaster University Library

01 April 10 June 2011The Bible in print Celebrating 400 years of the King James BibleA Floor Purple ZoneFor opening times telephone 01524 592517 or see httplibweblancsacukopenhtm

Deanery Visitations: Garstang

Date Thursday 19 MayVenue Scorton St PeterTime 730 pm

Deanery Visitations: Blackpool

Date Wednesday 18 MayVenue Bispham All HallowsTime 730 pm

MDR Briefing

A Briefing for those undertaking Ministerial Development Review1000 am 1200 noon at Whalley Abbey

Accrington/Whalley

Date Tuesday 17 MayVenue Clitheroe St MaryTime 730 pm

Deanery Visitations: Leyland

Date Monday 16 MayVenue Leyland St AndrewTime 730 pm

Year of the Bible: Public Reading of Scripture (Accrington St James)

When May to September 2nd Saturday in MonthTime 1100 am 12 noon Venue Accrington St James

Spiritual Direction Course

A day at St James Shiresheadnbsp To book please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Bible Exhibition at Lancaster University Library

01 April 10 June 2011The Bible in print Celebrating 400 years of the King James BibleA Floor Purple ZoneFor opening times telephone 01524 592517 or see httplibweblancsacukopenhtm

Y Follow - Confirmation Camp for Year 6 to Year 9

A weekend away for young people in school years 6 9 who are preparing for confirmation or who have recently been confirmednbsp Come on your own or as part of a group with your youth leadernbsp You can also come if you are not part of a confirmation groupWhen Friday 13 Sunday 15 MayWhere Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Activity CentrePlease see the flyer for more information

Deanery Visitations: Chorley

Date Thursday 12 MayVenue Chorley St GeorgeTime 730 pm

Spiritual Direction Course

A Course for all those who exercise this ministry and those who would like to know more about itSaturday 5th NovemberSt James Church Shireshead930 1230 pm

Community Voices - exploring contemporary issues

Commissioning childrens complex health needs in the 21st century needs still not being metDatenbsp10 MayTime 600 730 pmVenue Accrington Town HallPlease see poster for more information

Make a Joyful Noise - A Music Day for All

A Music Day for All Saturday 7th Maynbspnbspnbspnbsp PLACES STILL AVAILABLE915 am 200 pm at St Wilfrids School220 pm 415 pm in Blackburn CathedralA Multichoice workshop day designed to encourage and equip all who want to see music flourish in their church worshipAn opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity of music for worship both old and new and explore fresh approaches in a changing and challenging worldWith Graham Kendrick Gordon Appleton John Bertalot Philip Jakob Anne Harrison Stephen Dean Andrew Maries Sue Witts Gill Fourie More Music Andy Silver and James DavyFor further information please contact Jacqui Mallinson 01254 503078 or download the brochure and booking form herenbsp

An Evening with Graham Kendrick

7th May 2011nbsp 730 pmMusic and conversation with one of the leading Christian hymnwriters of the 20th Century at Blackburn Cathedralnbsp This event is open to everyoneTickets still available 1000 from wwwblackburncathedralcom or from Linda Bruce on 01254 503082 or lindabruceblackburncathedralcouk

Fylde 24/7 Prayer - Final Day

At 1100 pm on Saturday 30 April the Prayer room opens Reflective and interactive prayer stations in the prayer room open 24 hours a day for the 7 days The Prayer Room is situated atSt Marks Church Westcliffe Drive Layton FY3 7HGnbspSaturday 07 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room900amThe Well come and pray for and with the residents of Queens Park flats and estate at this cafe outreachWalter Robinson Court Community CentreLaycock GateFY3 8SA1200pmA prayer walk round Central DriveRevoeFoxhall meeting atChrist Church with All SaintsPalatine RoadBlackpoolFY1 4BT700pmAnother Evening of Worship and Intercession Lifting up our communities and the church of the Fylde before the Lord to seek an abundant outpouring of His blessing and powerThe Prayer Room1030pmA special gathering for Communion using a Kenyon liturgy to end the weeknbsp Please stay on or attend this important act of Christian unity if you are ableThe Prayer Room1100pmThe Prayer Room closes

Bible Exhibition at Lancaster University Library

01 April 10 June 2011The Bible in print Celebrating 400 years of the King James BibleA Floor Purple ZoneFor opening times telephone 01524 592517 or see httplibweblancsacukopenhtm

Fylde 24/7 Prayer - Day 7

At 1100 pm on Saturday 30 April the Prayer room opens Reflective and interactive prayer stations in the prayer room open 24 hours a day for the 7 days The Prayer Room is situated atSt Marks Church Westcliffe Drive Layton FY3 7HGnbspFriday 06 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1200pmPrayer for the Mereside estate with Mereside LinkUp and friendsMereside Methodist ChurchGrizedale RoadBlackpoolFY4 4TL700pmAn evening of prayer for our youth and schoolsThe Prayer RoomSaturday 07 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room900amThe Well come and pray for and with the residents of Queens Park flats and estate at this cafe outreachWalter Robinson Court Community CentreLaycock GateFY3 8SA1200pmA prayer walk round Central DriveRevoeFoxhall meeting atChrist Church with All SaintsPalatine RoadBlackpoolFY1 4BT700pmAnother Evening of Worship and Intercession Lifting up our communities and the church of the Fylde before the Lord to seek an abundant outpouring of His blessing and powerThe Prayer Room1030pmA special gathering for Communion using a Kenyon liturgy to end the weeknbsp Please stay on or attend this important act of Christian unity if you are ableThe Prayer Room1100pmThe Prayer Room closes

Fylde 24/7 Prayer - Day 6

At 1100 pm on Saturday 30 April the Prayer room opens Reflective and interactive prayer stations in the prayer room open 24 hours a day for the 7 days The Prayer Room is situated atSt Marks Church Westcliffe Drive Layton FY3 7HGnbspThursday 05 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Revd Stephen BrookThe Prayer Room700pmPrayer for the homeless praying for our homeless and for the work of Vincent House a Christian project providing accomodation for homeless adultsVincent House61 Furness AvenueGrange ParkBlackpoolFY3 7QLFriday 06 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1200pmPrayer for the Mereside estate with Mereside LinkUp and friendsMereside Methodist ChurchGrizedale RoadBlackpoolFY4 4TL700pmAn evening of prayer for our youth and schoolsThe Prayer RoomSaturday 07 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room900amThe Well come and pray for and with the residents of Queens Park flats and estate at this cafe outreachWalter Robinson Court Community CentreLaycock GateFY3 8SA1200pmA prayer walk round Central DriveRevoeFoxhall meeting atChrist Church with All SaintsPalatine RoadBlackpoolFY1 4BT700pmAnother Evening of Worship and Intercession Lifting up our communities and the church of the Fylde before the Lord to seek an abundant outpouring of His blessing and powerThe Prayer Room1030pmA special gathering for Communion using a Kenyon liturgy to end the weeknbsp Please stay on or attend this important act of Christian unity if you are ableThe Prayer Room1100pmThe Prayer Room closes

Fylde 24/7 Prayer - Day 5

At 1100 pm on Saturday 30 April the Prayer room opens Reflective and interactive prayer stations in the prayer room open 24 hours a day for the 7 days The Prayer Room is situated atSt Marks Church Westcliffe Drive Layton FY3 7HGnbspWednesday 04 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1030amA traditional Communion service with Revd Stephen BrookThe Prayer Room700pmPrayer for Grange Park estate with the Open Door project and friendsArgosy Community CentreForshaw AvenueGrange ParkFY3 7PWThursday 05 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Revd Stephen BrookThe Prayer Room700pmPrayer for the homeless praying for our homeless and for the work of Vincent House a Christian project providing accomodation for homeless adultsVincent House61 Furness AvenueGrange ParkBlackpoolFY3 7QLFriday 06 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1200pmPrayer for the Mereside estate with Mereside LinkUp and friendsMereside Methodist ChurchGrizedale RoadBlackpoolFY4 4TL700pmAn evening of prayer for our youth and schoolsThe Prayer RoomSaturday 07 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room900amThe Well come and pray for and with the residents of Queens Park flats and estate at this cafe outreachWalter Robinson Court Community CentreLaycock GateFY3 8SA1200pmA prayer walk round Central DriveRevoeFoxhall meeting atChrist Church with All SaintsPalatine RoadBlackpoolFY1 4BT700pmAnother Evening of Worship and Intercession Lifting up our communities and the church of the Fylde before the Lord to seek an abundant outpouring of His blessing and powerThe Prayer Room1030pmA special gathering for Communion using a Kenyon liturgy to end the weeknbsp Please stay on or attend this important act of Christian unity if you are ableThe Prayer Room1100pmThe Prayer Room closes

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Fylde 24/7 Prayer - Day 4

At 1100 pm on Saturday 30 April the Prayer room opens Reflective and interactive prayer stations in the prayer room open 24 hours a day for the 7 days The Prayer Room is situated atSt Marks Church Westcliffe Drive Layton FY3 7HGnbspTuesday 03 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Revd Keith AshworthThe Prayer Room100pmPrayer Soaking with our friends from Blackpool Christian CentreThe Prayer Room430pmTrinitee Kids Club meets Fylde 247 Prayer interactive prayer for primary school kids with Pais BlackpoolThe Prayer Room700pmAn evening of prayer for our youth and schoolsThe Prayer RoomWednesday 04 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1030amA traditional Communion service with Revd Stephen BrookThe Prayer Room700pmPrayer for Grange Park estate with the Open Door project and friendsArgosy Community CentreForshaw AvenueGrange ParkFY3 7PWThursday 05 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Revd Stephen BrookThe Prayer Room700pmPrayer for the homeless praying for our homeless and for the work of Vincent House a Christian project providing accomodation for homeless adultsVincent House61 Furness AvenueGrange ParkBlackpoolFY3 7QLFriday 06 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1200pmPrayer for the Mereside estate with Mereside LinkUp and friendsMereside Methodist ChurchGrizedale RoadBlackpoolFY4 4TL700pmAn evening of prayer for our youth and schoolsThe Prayer RoomSaturday 07 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room900amThe Well come and pray for and with the residents of Queens Park flats and estate at this cafe outreachWalter Robinson Court Community CentreLaycock GateFY3 8SA1200pmA prayer walk round Central DriveRevoeFoxhall meeting atChrist Church with All SaintsPalatine RoadBlackpoolFY1 4BT700pmAnother Evening of Worship and Intercession Lifting up our communities and the church of the Fylde before the Lord to seek an abundant outpouring of His blessing and powerThe Prayer Room1030pmA special gathering for Communion using a Kenyon liturgy to end the weeknbsp Please stay on or attend this important act of Christian unity if you are ableThe Prayer Room1100pmThe Prayer Room closes

Fylde 24/7 Prayer - Day 3

At 1100 pm on Saturday 30 April the Prayer room opens Reflective and interactive prayer stations in the prayer room open 24 hours a day for the 7 days The Prayer Room is situated atSt Marks Church Westcliffe Drive Layton FY3 7HGnbspMonday 02 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Steve HaskettThe Prayer Room1200pmA prayer walk round the Queens Park highrise flatsDevonshire RoadCaunce Street areasmeeting outsideDevonshire Primary SchoolDevonshire RoadBlackpoolFY3 8AFTuesday 03 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Revd Keith AshworthThe Prayer Room100pmPrayer Soaking with our friends from Blackpool Christian CentreThe Prayer Room430pmTrinitee Kids Club meets Fylde 247 Prayer interactive prayer for primary school kids with Pais BlackpoolThe Prayer Room700pmAn evening of prayer for our youth and schoolsThe Prayer RoomWednesday 04 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1030amA traditional Communion service with Revd Stephen BrookThe Prayer Room700pmPrayer for Grange Park estate with the Open Door project and friendsArgosy Community CentreForshaw AvenueGrange ParkFY3 7PWThursday 05 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Revd Stephen BrookThe Prayer Room700pmPrayer for the homeless praying for our homeless and for the work of Vincent House a Christian project providing accomodation for homeless adultsVincent House61 Furness AvenueGrange ParkBlackpoolFY3 7QLFriday 06 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1200pmPrayer for the Mereside estate with Mereside LinkUp and friendsMereside Methodist ChurchGrizedale RoadBlackpoolFY4 4TL700pmAn evening of prayer for our youth and schoolsThe Prayer RoomSaturday 07 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room900amThe Well come and pray for and with the residents of Queens Park flats and estate at this cafe outreachWalter Robinson Court Community CentreLaycock GateFY3 8SA1200pmA prayer walk round Central DriveRevoeFoxhall meeting atChrist Church with All SaintsPalatine RoadBlackpoolFY1 4BT700pmAnother Evening of Worship and Intercession Lifting up our communities and the church of the Fylde before the Lord to seek an abundant outpouring of His blessing and powerThe Prayer Room1030pmA special gathering for Communion using a Kenyon liturgy to end the weeknbsp Please stay on or attend this important act of Christian unity if you are ableThe Prayer Room1100pmThe Prayer Room closes

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Fylde 24/7 Prayer - Day 2

At 1100 pm on Saturday 30 April the Prayer room opens Reflective and interactive prayer stations in the prayer room open 24 hours a day for the 7 days The Prayer Room is situated atSt Marks Church Westcliffe Drive Layton FY3 7HGnbspSunday 01 May915amSt Marks Morning CommunionThe Prayer Room1100amSt Marks Morning WorshipThe Prayer Room330pmEncounter Cafe come and pray for and with the residents of Queens Park flats and estate at this cafe outreachWalter Robinson Court Community CentreLaycock GateFY3 8SA500pmPrayer Hour an all age monthly hour of prayer for our communities with Pais BlackpoolRenovate Life ChurchWillow LodgeLaburnum AvenueLythamFY8 4HL730pmA showing of Transformations a 60 minute film which chronicles the amazing changes in 4 challenging communities through the united prayers of the believersThe Prayer RoomMonday 02 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Steve HaskettThe Prayer Room1200pmA prayer walk round the Queens Park highrise flatsDevonshire RoadCaunce Street areasmeeting outsideDevonshire Primary SchoolDevonshire RoadBlackpoolFY3 8AFTuesday 03 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Revd Keith AshworthThe Prayer Room100pmPrayer Soaking with our friends from Blackpool Christian CentreThe Prayer Room430pmTrinitee Kids Club meets Fylde 247 Prayer interactive prayer for primary school kids with Pais BlackpoolThe Prayer Room700pmAn evening of prayer for our youth and schoolsThe Prayer RoomWednesday 04 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1030amA traditional Communion service with Revd Stephen BrookThe Prayer Room700pmPrayer for Grange Park estate with the Open Door project and friendsArgosy Community CentreForshaw AvenueGrange ParkFY3 7PWThursday 05 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayer with Revd Stephen BrookThe Prayer Room700pmPrayer for the homeless praying for our homeless and for the work of Vincent House a Christian project providing accomodation for homeless adultsVincent House61 Furness AvenueGrange ParkBlackpoolFY3 7QLFriday 06 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room1200pmPrayer for the Mereside estate with Mereside LinkUp and friendsMereside Methodist ChurchGrizedale RoadBlackpoolFY4 4TL700pmAn evening of prayer for our youth and schoolsThe Prayer RoomSaturday 07 May700amEarly morning worship reflection and prayerThe Prayer Room900amThe Well come and pray for and with the residents of Queens Park flats and estate at this cafe outreachWalter Robinson Court Community CentreLaycock GateFY3 8SA1200pmA prayer walk round Central DriveRevoeFoxhall meeting atChrist Church with All SaintsPalatine RoadBlackpoolFY1 4BT700pmAnother Evening of Worship and Intercession Lifting up our communities and the church of the