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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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Archbishop to address Lancashire clergy at Preston Minster

Moredetails have been announced about the visit of the Archbishop of York toLancashire next weekTheMost Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu is to visit the region on November 4 and5Whilethe Archbishop is in the Diocese he will carry out a number of key engagementsacross the region including a fantastic FREE mission event Light in Darknessat Blackpool Tower Ballroom More details available hereTodayThe Church of England in Lancashire reveals more about two key engagements atBlackburn Cathedral and Preston MinsterTheArchbishop will address Anglican clergy from across Lancashire at PrestonMinster at lunchtime on November 5Allclergy from across The Church of England Diocese in Lancashire have beeninvited and a good turnout is expected to hear the ArchbishopAtthis event the Archbishop is expected to speak supportively of the recentproposals by the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson for the future ofthe Diocese which were outlined at the most recent Diocesan Synod meeting twoweeks agoFormore on these proposals click hereSpeakingtoday the Archbishop said I have readBishop Julians proposals with interest and I rejoice that his Diocese is goingto be taking positive action in growing the Church in Lancashire in the comingyearsnbspparticularly in relation to investment in youth ministry which isvital for the continued health and growth of the ChurchAnticipatingthe visit next week Bishop Julian said I know I speak for everyone in theDiocese when I say we are looking forward to welcoming the Archbishop of Yorkto Lancashire and showing him some of the great work being done by the Churchin this regionTheArchbishop will also make two stops at Blackburn Cathedral during his two dayvisit to the regionOnthe afternoon of Tuesday November 4 he will speak at a Focus on the Middle East conference whichis hosted by the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral and the Cathedralswellknown exChange programme The event will include the launch of thenorthern branch of the Egypt Diocesan AssociationThe EgyptDiocesan Association exists to offer support to the Episcopal Anglican Dioceseof Egypt which covers Egypt Libya Algeria Tunis Ethiopia Eritrea Somaliaand Djibouti and is led by The Most Rev Mouneer Anis who is the PresidingBishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East and is also the Bishop of Egypt Bishop Julianwill also speak at the Focus on the Middle East eventThere will bean exhibition to view from 245pm before the speeches between 315 and 415pmThe followingmorning November 5 the Archbishop will return to the Cathedral to lead theregular monthly early morning communion service for Diocesan staff andCathedral staffThe Dean ofBlackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said today We are delighted tobe welcoming the Archbishop on two occasions as he makes his two day visit tothe region We look forward to hearing him speak at our Focus on the MiddleEast event and then leading communion the following morningThe Archbishop added Iam looking forward to my visit to Blackburn Diocese on 45 November my firstsince Bishop Julian Henderson became Diocesan Bishop in 2013 Theyve puttogether a fantastic programmenbspfor the two daysForthe very latest news about the twoday visit the Church of England inLancashires website and click on thepromotional link on the home pageClick here for a special message toLancashire from the Archbishop in advance of the visitThere will alsobe updates throughout the two days on the Dioceses social media accounts Twittercofelancs and YouTube and Flickr search both for Blackburn DioceseHashtag forthe visit is abylancsRonnie Semley28102014nbsp

Prayers for Peace - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

Archbishop of York set for two day visit to Lancashire

The Church of England in Lancashire is delighted to announce that The Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu is to visit Lancashire on November 4 and 5nbspWhile the Archbishop is in the Diocese he will carry out a number of key engagements across the region with the highlight being a fantastic FREE Mission Event Light in Darkness at Blackpool Tower Ballroom Open to all no ticket is needed just turn upnbspThe Archbishop has recorded a special YouTube video for the occasion looking forward to the two day visit and inviting people to come to the Tower Mission Event to hear him speaknbspClick here for the Archbishops message to Lancashire Please share andor embed the video on your websitenbspWhile the Archbishop is in the Diocese he will carry out a number of key engagements in addition to the Light in Darkness eventnbspThese include visits to St Michaels High School in Chorley The University of Central Lancashire in Preston Blackburn Cathedral and Preston Minster as well as worship with children from across Accrington at a special service in St Johns Church in the East Lancashire townnbspSpeaking today Archbishop Sentamu said I am looking forward to my visit to Blackburn Diocese on 45 November my first since Bishop Julian Henderson became Diocesan Bishop in 2013 Theyve put together a fantastic programme in which Ill meet school children students and chaplains from the University of Central Lancashire join in an interfaith group and also worship at Preston MinsternbspThe Archbishop is particularly looking forward to speaking about the Good News of Jesus Christ at the Tower Ballroom at an Evangelistic Mission Event called Light in DarknessnbspIn his YouTube video message the Archbishop tells Lancashire to get ready for fireworks of the different kindnbspHe added today The highlight of the two days will be a big and really exciting event at Blackpool Tower on Tuesday evening November 4 to which all are invited to come and hear about Love and HopenbspThe Archbishop will speak about his life to date including his difficult childhood growing up in Uganda Its sure to be a compelling evening nbspLight in Darkness is a free event and is open to everyone It takes place at 730pm on November 4 in the fabulous Blackpool Tower Ballroom Even if you dont go to church make sure you dont miss the Archbishops powerful testimony He is widely recognised as one of the best speakers in Britain today Hundreds from across the region are expected to attend with many churches bringing busloads of people to the resort for the nightnbspDoors open at 6pm for Light in Darkness so get there nice and early as the illuminations are still on that evening There is extensive parking in Blackpool near the Tower Before the event begins at 730pm there will be entertainment from 630pm by a 30 piece band and music played on the mighty Tower Ballroom WurlitzernbspAnticipating the visit Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said I know I speak for everyone in the Diocese when I say I am looking forward to welcoming the Archbishop of York to Lancashire and showing him some of the great work being done by the Church in this regionnbspI recently presented proposals to Diocesan Synod looking towards a new era of growth and change for the Diocese and it will be a pleasure to hear the Archbishop speak at the massive mission event we are planning at the magnificent Tower Ballroom This is exactly the kind of exciting outreach event we will be doing more of in futurenbspFor the very latest news about the twoday visit including promotional materials for the Light in Darkness event on November 4 and information about how to get to the Tower as well as local parking visit the Church of England in Lancashires website and click on the promotional link on the home pagenbspThere will also be updates throughout the two days on the Dioceses social media accounts Twitter cofelancs and YouTube and Flickr search both for Blackburn DiocesenbspnbspRonnie Semley28102014nbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Whalley Abbey - Weekend No. 60

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 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

Inspire Training Evenings - Lower Darwen St James

We have planned 6 evenings in October and November to Inspirenbspwork with new ideas Some of the evenings are extended versions of workshops we have held at our conferences others reflect some of the requests we have had nbspAll the evenings will take place at St James Lower Darwen which is easily accessible from the M65 at Junction 5 nbspThe cost will be 10 per evening we will let one person come free if 5 come from a parish If an individual chooses 3 evenings we will do an offer ofnbspbuy 2 get one free October 2nd Susan and team will explain the work of Open the Book and its aim of sharing Bible stories in all schools If you have never heard of Open the Book or have just heard a little bit then come along Bishop Julian is a fan October 9th Carol Pike will go through DBS online recruitment for those parishes not yet signed up and Susan will look at safeguarding children and parish policy October 16th Susan Witts Karen Ball and Alison Newsham will share lots of ideas for worship with children in All Age and Family services and Messy Church celebrations October 23rd Sue Tinker will talk through all her brilliant Bible Egg resources which she has created and developed for those working with children in parishes and schools November 6th Lisa Fenton will share ideas and demonstrate Godly Play stories for you to use with children in your groups November 20th Lindsay Wright Trisha Godly and Sarah Earnshaw will go through the Weekly sheets and how you can use them with under 5s and primary school children There will be lots of resources availableMore information and details to follow

CIDARI Multi-Academy Trust appoints new Chief Executive

A newnbspChief Executive has been announced for Cidari Education the MultiAcademy Trust which was set up last year by the Diocese of BlackburnnbspLiz Agbettoh joins the trust from Diocesan Board of Education DBE where she has been Schools Improvement Officer She has wide experience of the education sector in a career spanning 23 yearsnbspAfter several years of frontline teaching in variety of innercity London schools Liz joined the Department for Education as Team Leader in the Ethnic Minority Achievement UnitnbspMore recently she worked as a Regional Adviser for Capita and as an Education Consultant before joining the DBEnbspSpeaking this week Liz said I am delighted to be taking up this position with the Cidari MultiAcademy Trust at this important time in its development nbspSince inception it has always had sought to support schools making the journey to Academy status by working closely and collaborativelynbspI am looking forward to consolidating our relationships with Headteachers and staff at current and future Academies and getting to know and working with Cidari staffnbspLiz hails from Manchester and loves exploring the countryside particularly in Lancashire as well as being an avid theatregoer and bakernbspAs Cidari grows the responsibilities of Chief Executive which is currently a parttime role are such that a fulltime incumbent is now requirednbspThe outgoing Chief Executive of Cidari Education is Alan Davies who said this week I am unable to fulfil the role on a fulltime basis so I have decided to step asidenbspI have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Cidari and I am proud to have taken on the challenge of leading what is now one of the leading Academy Trusts in the UKnbspCidari brings together schools to raise standards and support one another on the journey to excellence I am sure it will continue to do so under Lizs leadershipnbsp8203Commenting on Alans departure and Lizs appointment Archdeacon Michael Everitt Chairman of the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education said Alan Davies has worked tirelessly as Chief Executive Officer in establishing Cidari the MultiAcademy Trust of the Diocese nbspHis commitment and energy has been inspiring and has ensured a strong start for this new initiative nbspThis has all been done whilst continuing as an Executive Head at Great Sankey It is testimony to Alans hard work and skill that we are now looking to have a full time Chief Executive Officer as Cidari continues to grow and maturenbspI am looking forward to the continuing growth of Cidari as Liz Agbettoh takes over the role of Chief Executive I wish her every successnbspMeanwhile the Chairman of Cidari Education Ian Higginbotham commented It is a pleasure to welcome Liz Agbettoh to the Cidari family She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role and I look forward to working with her as we continue to develop the TrustnbspLancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson added Cidari Education MultiAcademy Trust has a bright future ahead and I am delighted to be able to welcome Liz as she takes up this important fulltime role I wish her every successnbspI would also like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Davies for all his hard worknbspnbspRonnie Semley22102014nbsp

Priory Lecture - Lancaster Priory

Lancaster PriorynbspWednesday 22nd October at 730pmnbspCanon Dr Alan BillingsnbspWill deliver the Priory Lecture nbspThe Dove the Fig Leaf and the Sword Christian approaches to War and PeacenbspAdmission including refreshments 500nbspAll WelcomenbspFor further information please contact Mrs Bron England onnbsp01524 65338nbspnbspnbsp

Prayers for Peace - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

Bishop's praise for Hospital Chaplaincy Team

The spiritual religious and cultural needs of patients and their families were top of the agenda when a Lancashire Hospital Trust welcomed a special visitor this weeknbspThe Chaplaincy Team from Blackpool Victoria Hospital part of 8203Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hosted a visit from Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson recentlynbspBishop Julian was welcomed by Chairman Ian Johnson and Deputy Chief Executive Wendy Swift before spending time in the hospital chapel discussing the day to day issues the chaplaincy facenbspHe was also shown around the hospital to meet patients and talk to them about their care and their thoughts on the chaplaincy service He was especially pleased to see the specialist work of the cardiac unitnbspBishop Julian said I was delighted to be able to visit the Blackpool Victoria Hospital during my latest Deanery visit and to see the excellent work being done by all the staff there including the members of the hospital chaplaincy teamnbspnbspRonnie Semley21102014nbsp

Working towards a new vision

Bishop Julian has presented his vision for the future of the Diocese to Bishops Leadership Team Bishops Council and Diocesan SynodnbspHe spoke to Synod on October 18 almost a year to the day since he first arrived in the Diocese as Bishop A summary document was handed out to all Synod representatives after the meetingYou can read this document bynbspclicking hereMedia coverage since the Bishop presented his vision at Synod on Saturday has included an indepth interview about the proposals on BBC Radio LancashireYou can hear the whole interview by clicking here and listening from about 2h 4m into the programmenbspThe process of developing the vision now enters a period of conversation before the next key stage nbspa further special Diocesan Synod in January 2015 This speciallyconvened Synod will be a chance for feedback leading to a final decision about the way forward for the Diocese The exact date is TBCnbspIf you want to make any comment in the meantime and you are not on Synod you may do so Please emailnbspvisionblackburnanglicanorgnbspor alternatively speak to a member of Diocesan SynodnbspnbspRonnie Semley21102014nbsp

Time and Ministry

Tuesday 21st October St Margaret IngolTime and MinistryDuring this practical session we will explore how we use our time well and the pressures that sometimes make that trickynbspInput and exercises will give the opportunity to practice and apply different approachesnbspin your own ministry and context Whether you are in your first years of ordained ministry or have many decades behind younbspthere will be practical and relevant ideas and tools to help you to flourish where you are A personal action plan will ensure you go away with two or three key things to apply in order to help you use time betternbspTo book a place please email Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Pray and fast for the climate

Pray and Fast for the Climatenbspis an initiative to mobilise Christians to fast and pray on the first of every month for ameaningful and just climate agreement We hope this will be agreed in December 2015 at the Paris climate summit

Financial Assistance Group

Financial Assistance GroupHeld at Church House300pm500pmnbsp

Inspire Training Evenings - Lower Darwen St James

We have planned 6 evenings in October and November to Inspirenbspwork with new ideas Some of the evenings are extended versions of workshops we have held at our conferences others reflect some of the requests we have had nbspAll the evenings will take place at St James Lower Darwen which is easily accessible from the M65 at Junction 5 nbspThe cost will be 10 per evening we will let one person come free if 5 come from a parish If an individual chooses 3 evenings we will do an offer ofnbspbuy 2 get one free October 2nd Susan and team will explain the work of Open the Book and its aim of sharing Bible stories in all schools If you have never heard of Open the Book or have just heard a little bit then come along Bishop Julian is a fan October 9th Carol Pike will go through DBS online recruitment for those parishes not yet signed up and Susan will look at safeguarding children and parish policy October 16th Susan Witts Karen Ball and Alison Newsham will share lots of ideas for worship with children in All Age and Family services and Messy Church celebrations October 23rd Sue Tinker will talk through all her brilliant Bible Egg resources which she has created and developed for those working with children in parishes and schools November 6th Lisa Fenton will share ideas and demonstrate Godly Play stories for you to use with children in your groups November 20th Lindsay Wright Trisha Godly and Sarah Earnshaw will go through the Weekly sheets and how you can use them with under 5s and primary school children There will be lots of resources availableMore information and details to follow

New Director of Education appointed for Blackburn Diocese

The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese has appointed a new Director of EducationnbspStephen Whittaker has a wide range of experience in the teaching profession the majority within the Diocese of Blackburn beginning at St James CE Primary in Lower Darwen before moving on to become Deputy Headteacher at St Johns CE and Methodist Primary School in Brinscall In September 2003 he became Headteacher at St Peters Chorley CE PrimarynbspLatterly he moved to Bolton School where he is Head of the Junior School of the Boys Division and is also a member of the wider management team responsible for all pupils from ages 7 18nbspSpeaking today Stephen said These are exciting and challenging times to be working in education and I am pleased to have been appointed as the next Director of Education for the Diocese nbspThe importance of working with and developing our young people in environments that value and uphold strong Christian values cannot be overstatednbspI have already heard much about the excellent team in the Diocesan Board of Education and the Cidari MultiAcademy Trust and I am looking forward to working with and alongside themnbspUnder my direction I hope the Board will continue to benefit all of the pupils in our schools as well as helping to reach out to all young people in our parishesnbspMy door will be open and I hope to meet as many headteachers pupils governors clergy PCCs and people working with young people across the Diocese as I can when I arrive in postnbspCommenting on the appointment today Archdeacon Michael Everitt Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Education said Stephen has a wide range of experiences in the education sector from urban to rural church schools and independent nbspStephens range of experience passion for the gospel and for childrens learning means he is ideal to lead our excellent Board of Education as it serves the parishes Anglican and Methodist schools in our area and works with the whole range of organisations who with this seek to shape children and young people in the faithnbspLancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson added I am delighted we have been able to appoint someone of Stephens calibre to the important role of Director of Education and I look forward to working with himnbspStephen is 43 and lives in ClaytonleWoods near Chorley with his wife and two children An active member of Leyland Methodist Church he enjoys music gardening cycling and writing plays for children in his spare timenbspStephen will formally take up his new role on April 1 2015nbspnbspRonnie Semley15102014nbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Blackpool

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp12th15th October 2014nbspThis visit to Blackpool 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

Prayers for Peace - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Blackpool

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp12th15th October 2014nbspThis visit to Blackpool 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

Double for Darwen as schools welcomed to Cidari Trust

Two schools in Darwen Lancashire have been welcomed into the Cidari MultiAcademy TrustnbspThe Trust was set up last year by the Diocesan Board of Education for The Church of England in LancashirenbspSt Barnabas Church of England Academy and Darwen St James Church of England Academy are the latest schools to join Cidari The conversion process for both schools began in early 2014nbspThe two schools were officially welcomed during recent visits made by representatives of Cidari including Chief Executive Alan Davies nbspAlan said I am absolutely delighted to welcome both staff and pupils into Cidari under the leadership of Helen Thomas at St Barnabas and Maggie Beck at Darwen St James nbspCidari continues to bring together schools to raise standards and support one another on the journey to excellence nbspOver the next few months more schools will be joining the trust as it becomes one of the fastest growing MultiAcademy Trusts in the countrynbspCidari works closely and collaboratively with all its schools and other partners to ensure that they offer a strong caring ethos a clear moral purpose and inclusive values In turn they aim to ensureHigh academic standards and improve school performance Raised community aspirations An inclusive and welcoming environment for those of all faiths or of none An open Christian ethos within whose values all can achieve their full potentialHelen Thomas Headteacher of St Barnabas said I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher of a school at the heart of such an active and compassionate communitynbspMaggie Beck Headteacher of Darwen St James added At our school we all work hard and we enjoy ourselves too We have an exciting curriculum and we aim for the highest standards in all we donbspnbspRonnie Semley13102014nbspnbsp

Lancashire's Bishop lays out Church's standpoint on energy provision at Global Conference in London

First ever Faith Representative to be invited to speak at a annual gathering Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has called on leaders of the worlds major power and utilities companies to ensure they operate according to a moral and ethical framework that will ensure the best possible outcomes for them and for their customers nbspHe was speaking at the 4th Annual KPMG Global Power and Utilities Conference in London this week which was attended by 250 executives from across a broad spectrum of the industry worldwide and was focussed on the socalled trilemma of affordability the environment and security of supplynbspHe was the first faith speaker ever to be invited to the conference and took the opportunity to discuss the benchmarks via which the Church approaches the need for energy provision while at the same time making a plea for generosity in approach wherever feasible to ensure those who can least afford energy are supported as much as possiblenbspBishop Julian was invited to make a presentation and then participate in a breakfast seminar Q and A with Alistair PhillipsDavies Chief Executive of SSE plcnbspAs Diocesan Bishop for Lancashire in the north of England he said he was only too aware of the ongoing debates about energy provision because of discussions taking place locally about the future of fracking in the regionnbspAddressing the delegates Bishop Julian said All of us have a starting point a compass which guides our decision making and priority setting nbspNaming our moral stance and ethical viewpoint by those without a faith in a supreme being as much as those with a committed faith is key to engaging in the debatenbspWhat dictates our moral and ethical position What underpins our current practice Our ends will be dictated to by our starting point Does your company know its starting pointnbspHe continued Our starting point in the Church arises out of a series of moral and ethical benchmarks which need to be held in a precarious delicate balance and tension as we engage with a wide variety of current issues at the macro level with the acceleration of population growth and consequences of climate change to individual choices in our consumerist culture And within that spectrum comes your primary concern of energy provisionnbspBishop Julian then laid out the six benchmarks for the delegates to consider beginning with stewardship as Christians believe we are all accountable for our actions and must care for nature during our time on Earth He also touched on accountability to God and to each other honesty fairdealing with customers and the importance of independent regulation and being open to inspection in relation to this and the waste and energy reduction benchmark including the importance of education and culture changenbspBishop Julian called on the delegates to take a lead on this saying I know energy reduction may not be in the interests of the providers of energy but one responsible way of preserving our scarce resources and to limit further damage to the planet is to encourage much greater reduction of our dependence on energy and a simpler lifestylenbspThe final two benchmarks discussed by Bishop Julian were generosity and conscience nbspThe inner voice that indicates right from wrong needs to be cultivated and listened to or else we will fail to hear the warnings and so become vulnerable to making mistakes and foolish decisionsnbspYou are indeed a service industry and attempts to provide energy for those who can least afford it are a further opportunity and responsibility Generosity is an attractive attribute of corporations which engage in schemes of corporate social responsibility or sustainabilitynbspFollowing the breakfast meeting Bishop Julian commented Attending this global gathering was both a privilege and an excellent opportunity for me to lay out the position from which we in the faith community approach all discussions about energy provisionnbspIn so doing I was able to offer a series of moral and ethical benchmarks as a compass and suggest that by them they could assess their performance as an industry and be guided in the decisions they takenbspOur stance makes the importance of renewable energy provision important but we are realistic about the requirements to provide all kinds of energy in a world that is growing in population every year nbspAs a church is also important to state that we dont have a fixed view on the fracking debate that is ongoing in society both locally in Lancashire and nationally nbspBut we are listening and this seminar allowed me articulate the intellectual and theological framework that we apply to that listening processnbspnbspRonnie Semley13102014nbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Blackpool

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp12th15th October 2014nbspThis visit to Blackpool 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

A Paulinus Evening - 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 discipleshipnbspOn Sunday 12th October 2014 at 600pmnbspA Paulinus EveningnbspA talk by Archdeacon John HawleyFollowed by discussionnbspPie and Pea SuppernbspCost 1000nbspPlease book your place through Whalley Abbey Office on 01254 828400nbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Blackpool

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp12th15th October 2014nbspThis visit to Blackpool 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

Cursillo Events 2014 - Adlington St Paul - DDU

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 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

Lancashire's Bishop speaks at global energy conference in London

Lancashires AnglicanBishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has called on leaders of the worlds majorpower and utilities companies to ensure they operate according to a moral andethical framework that will ensure the best possible outcomes for them and fortheir customersHe wasspeaking at the 4th Annual KPMG Global Power and UtilitiesConference in London this week which was attended by 250 executives fromacross a broad spectrum of the industry worldwide and was focussed on thesocalled trilemma of affordability the environment and security of supplyHe was thefirst faith speaker ever to be invited to the conference and took theopportunity to discuss the benchmarks via which the Church approaches theneed for energy provision while at the same time making a plea for generosityin approach wherever feasible to ensure those who can least afford energy aresupported as much as possibleBishop Julianwas invited to make a presentation and then participate in a breakfast seminar Qand A with Alistair PhillipsDavies Chief Executive of SSE plcAs DiocesanBishop for Lancashire in the north of England he said he was only too aware ofthe ongoing debates about energy provision because of discussions taking placelocally about the future of fracking in the regionAddressing thedelegates Bishop Julian said All of us have a starting point a compass whichguides our decision making and priority setting Namingour moral stance and ethical viewpoint by those without a faithin a supreme being as much as those with a committed faith is key to engagingin the debateWhatdictates our moral and ethical position What underpins our current practice Our ends willbe dictated to by our starting point Does your company know its startingpointnbsp He continued Our starting point in the Church arises out of a seriesof moral and ethical benchmarks which need to be heldin a precarious delicate balance and tension as we engage with a wide variety of currentissues at the macro level with the acceleration of population growth andconsequences of climate change to individual choices in our consumeristculture And within that spectrum comes your primary concern of energyprovisionBishop Julian then laid out the six benchmarksfor the delegates to consider beginning with stewardship as Christians believe we are all accountablefor our actions and must care for nature during our time on Earth He alsotouched on accountability to God and to each other honesty fairdealing with customersand the importance of independent regulation and being open to inspection inrelation to this and the waste and energy reduction benchmark including theimportance of education and culture changeBishop Julian called on the delegates to take alead on this saying I know energy reduction may not be in theinterests of the providers of energy but one responsible way of preserving ourscarce resources and to limit further damage to the planet is to encouragemuch greater reduction of our dependence on energy and a simpler lifestyleThe final two benchmarks discussed by Bishop Julian were generosityand conscienceTheinner voice that indicates right from wrong needs to be cultivated and listenedto or else we will fail to hear the warnings and so becomevulnerable to making mistakes and foolish decisionsYou are indeed a service industry and attempts to provideenergy for those who can least afford it are a further opportunityand responsibility Generosity is an attractiveattribute of corporations which engage in schemes of corporate socialresponsibility or sustainabilityFollowing the breakfast meeting Bishop Juliancommented Attending this global gathering was both aprivilege and an excellent opportunity for me to lay out the position fromwhich we in the faith community approach all discussions about energyprovisionIn so doing I was able to offer a series of moral and ethicalbenchmarks as a compass and suggest that by them they could assess theirperformance as an industry and be guided in the decisions they takeOur stance makes the importance of renewableenergy provision important but we are realistic about the requirements toprovide all kinds of energy in a world that is growing in population everyyear As a church is also important to state that wedont have a fixed view on the fracking debate thatis ongoing in society both locally in Lancashire and nationally But we are listening and this seminar allowed mearticulate the intellectual and theological framework that we apply to thatlistening process

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Faith in Britain Today - Lancaster Priory

Lancaster PriorynbspFriday 10th October 2014 at 730pmnbspThe Rt Hon Baroness Sayeeda WarsiMinister of State for Faith and CommunitiesnbspWill deliver the Priory Lecture nbspFaith in Britain TodaynbspAdmission including light refreshments 500nbspAll WelcomenbspFor further information please contact Mrs Bron England on 01524 65338nbspnbspnbspnbsp

The Paulinus 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 discipleshipnbspThe Paulinus EucharistnbspTo be held on Friday 10th October 2014 at 930amnbspIn the Whalley Abbey Chapelnbspnbsp

Dioceses join forces to promote North West

The Church of England in the North West is a great place to live work and ministernbspThat is the message from three North West Church of England Dioceses as they launch a campaign to highlight the region at the Christian Resources Exhibition CRE in Manchester which started yesterday and continues today October 9nbspResponding to media coverage earlier in the year indicating that some clergy may not have considered a move north Blackburn Diocese which is the Diocese for Lancashire has joined forces with Liverpool and Manchester Dioceses to say simply see for yourselfnbspThe campaign is supported by a wide variety of senior clergy from all three Dioceses and the lead cleric for the campaign is Lancashires own Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson who recently made the move north himself nbspOther leading clergy from Lancashire making an appearance at the stand over the two days are the Suffragan Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael EverittnbspAs well as the stand a campaign website also launches this week at httpwwwcofenworguk which contains fascinating case studies of clergy who have made the move north as well as links to each Dioceses own website and current vacanciesnbspSee this link for coverage of the campaign from BBC Radio Lancashires Joe Wilson programme From 1h 40m and 30s onwards Available until Sunday October 19For clergy the North West is a great place the live and worknbspIt has a huge variety of opportunities suiting all callings from parishes in affluent areas to challenging parishes with extreme deprivation as well as some of the best opportunities to engage in rural ministry anywhere in EnglandnbspAs well as leading clergy Diocesan staff from all three Dioceses concerned with making clergy appointments are also fronting the stand at CRE and chatting to delegates nbspCollectively they are highlighting the many positives of working in the North West including ministry opportunities vibrant towns and open spaces sports venues and the warmth and friendliness of the peoplenbspThe Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson was inaugurated at Blackburn Cathedral in October of last year Previously Archdeacon of Dorking in Surrey he had spent all his life in ministry in the south before his move to the North WestnbspBishop Julian and his wife Heather love it here nbspHe says My wife Heather and I came to the North West in response to a call from God through His church to serve both His people and the whole wider community in Lancashire We did so joyfully and with a real sense of expectation and excitementnbspSince our arrival we have been welcomed by countless people across the region churchgoers and nonchurchgoers alike and have felt very welcome It is a fabulous place to live and practice ministry and the opportunities to make a difference in ways that really matter and to grow His kingdom are numerous and excitingnbspI am delighted to be able to support this campaign which is a fantastic initiative we hope will encourage people to think about the North West and its opportunitiesnbspIt also helps to set those opportunities in some context by giving potential candidates ways to find out from those already practising ministry here what it is really like as they can read their case studies at httpwwwcofenworguk before clicking through for the very latest vacancies on the website of each DiocesenbspnbspRonnie Semley09102014nbsp

Double for Darwen as schools welcomed into Cidari Trust

TWO schoolsin Darwen Lancashire have been welcomed into the Cidari MultiAcademy TrustThe Trust wasset up last year by the Diocesan Board of Education for The Church of Englandin LancashireSt BarnabasChurch of England Academy and Darwen St James Church of England Academy are thelatest schools to join Cidari The conversion process for both schools began inearly 2014The twoschools were officially welcomed during recent visits made by representativesof Cidari including Chief Executive Alan Davies Alan said Iam absolutely delighted to welcome both staff and pupils into Cidari under theleadership of Helen Thomas at St Barnabas and Maggie Beck at Darwen St James Cidaricontinues to bring together schools to raise standards and support one anotheron the journey to excellence Over the next few months more schools will be joining thetrust as it becomes one of the fastest growing MultiAcademy Trusts in thecountryCidariworks closely and collaborativelywith all its schools and other partners to ensure that they offer a strongcaring ethos a clear moral purpose and inclusive values In turn they aim toensurenbsp nbsp High academic standards andimprove school performanceRaised community aspirationsAn inclusive and welcomingenvironment for those of all faiths or of noneAn open Christian ethos withinwhose values all can achieve their full potentialHelen ThomasHeadteacher of St Barnabas said I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher ofa school at the heart of such an active and compassionate communityMaggie Beck Headteacher of Darwen St Jamesadded At our school we all work hard and we enjoyourselves too We have an exciting curriculum and we aim for the higheststandards in all we do

Inspire Training Evenings - Lower Darwen St James

We have planned 6 evenings in October and November to Inspirenbspwork with new ideas Some of the evenings are extended versions of workshops we have held at our conferences others reflect some of the requests we have had nbspAll the evenings will take place at St James Lower Darwen which is easily accessible from the M65 at Junction 5 nbspThe cost will be 10 per evening we will let one person come free if 5 come from a parish If an individual chooses 3 evenings we will do an offer ofnbspbuy 2 get one free October 2nd Susan and team will explain the work of Open the Book and its aim of sharing Bible stories in all schools If you have never heard of Open the Book or have just heard a little bit then come along Bishop Julian is a fan October 9th Carol Pike will go through DBS online recruitment for those parishes not yet signed up and Susan will look at safeguarding children and parish policy October 16th Susan Witts Karen Ball and Alison Newsham will share lots of ideas for worship with children in All Age and Family services and Messy Church celebrations October 23rd Sue Tinker will talk through all her brilliant Bible Egg resources which she has created and developed for those working with children in parishes and schools November 6th Lisa Fenton will share ideas and demonstrate Godly Play stories for you to use with children in your groups November 20th Lindsay Wright Trisha Godly and Sarah Earnshaw will go through the Weekly sheets and how you can use them with under 5s and primary school children There will be lots of resources availableMore information and details to follow

Lancashire Church Leaders to make Social Justice Pledge

On October 14 church leaders from across Lancashire will renew their covenant with each other by signing a Pledge of Support for social action and social justicenbspThe leaders from many Christian denominations will sign the Pledge at The Foxton Centre Preston which is a Christianbased social action project doing cuttingedge work with some of the most marginalised members of the local community It has operated for 45 yearsnbspChurch leaders signing on the day include Rev Richard Church Moderator of the North Western Synod of the United Reformed Church Rev Paul Davis Chair of the Lancashire District of the Methodist Church Bishop Geoff Pearson the Anglican Suffragan Bishop of Lancaster and Rev Tim Presswood Transitional Regional Minister of the North Western Baptist AssociationnbspAlso signing are Major Mark Billard Divisional Director for Evangelism of the North Western Division of the Salvation Army Pat Golding representative of The Lancashire Central and North Area Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Quakers Fr Peter Hopkinson Ecumenical Officer for the RC Diocese of Salford and Fr Chris Loughran Ecumenical Officer for the RC Diocese of LancasternbspAlso attending are representatives from Together Lancashire and the Preston Christian Action NetworknbspThe Pledge reads nbspWe the leaders of the Churches in Lancashire renew our covenant together and pledge our support for the many excellent faithbased social action projects around the countynbspWe will seek to listen to and prioritise the voices of poor and marginalised people in our communitiesnbspWe call on policymakers to tackle the problems of poverty and hunger through measures such as a Living Wage and review of zerohours contracts and to ensure that the welfare state once again provides a robust defence against destitutionnbspHelen Boothroyd of Churches Together in Lancashire said today At a meeting earlier this year Lancashire church leaders decided they wanted to make a public renewal of their existing covenant with each other through a commitment to social justicenbspThey wanted to do this at a key social action project in order to explicitly ground the ecumenical commitment in Lancashire towards the real needs of communities in the countynbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley08102014nbsp

Prayers for Peace - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

Making New Friends

This event will be held at St Stephens Church Bird Street Broadgate Preston on Wednesday 8th October 700 pm 900 pmThis evening event will be led by Andy Pratt Bishops Advisor on Interfaith with some of his Muslim FriendsMore information including details of how to book can be found here

Reader Triennial Re-Licensing Service

The TriennialnbspReLicensing of all Readers by Bishop Juliannbspwill take place in Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 4th October at 330 pm

Inspire Training Evenings - Lower Darwen St James

We have planned 6 evenings in October and November to Inspirenbspwork with new ideas Some of the evenings are extended versions of workshops we have held at our conferences others reflect some of the requests we have had nbspAll the evenings will take place at St James Lower Darwen which is easily accessible from the M65 at Junction 5 nbspThe cost will be 10 per evening we will let one person come free if 5 come from a parish If an individual chooses 3 evenings we will do an offer ofnbspbuy 2 get one free October 2nd Susan and team will explain the work of Open the Book and its aim of sharing Bible stories in all schools If you have never heard of Open the Book or have just heard a little bit then come along Bishop Julian is a fan October 9th Carol Pike will go through DBS online recruitment for those parishes not yet signed up and Susan will look at safeguarding children and parish policy October 16th Susan Witts Karen Ball and Alison Newsham will share lots of ideas for worship with children in All Age and Family services and Messy Church celebrations October 23rd Sue Tinker will talk through all her brilliant Bible Egg resources which she has created and developed for those working with children in parishes and schools November 6th Lisa Fenton will share ideas and demonstrate Godly Play stories for you to use with children in your groups November 20th Lindsay Wright Trisha Godly and Sarah Earnshaw will go through the Weekly sheets and how you can use them with under 5s and primary school children There will be lots of resources availableMore information and details to follow

Prayers for Peace - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

Event City, Manchester to play host to 'The Ideal Church Show'!

nbspThe Christian Resources Exhibition often dubbed The Ideal Church Show is heading back to the North West on October 8 and 9nbspRt Rev David Walker Bishop of Manchester the city where the CRE show is being held welcomed the event back to Event City after its debut at the same venue in 2012nbspHe said Im delighted almost 200 organisations are bringing skills services ideas and products to the North WestnbspMay God who has blessed this city in its rich diversity bless all those who participate in and attend this exhibitionnbspSome 3000 people from churches of all denominations will visit the twoday CRE event gaining direct access to dozens of speciallytargeted exhibitors displaying everything from computers to communion wine pulpits to preaching puppets nbspA series of seminars given by both regional and national experts will cover issues of vital concern to local church leaders and members of all kinds from parish magazine editors to treasurersnbspAlso at the CRE show the Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire the Diocese of Liverpool and the Diocese of Manchester are teaming up to promote the North West as a brilliant place to live work and practice ministrynbspResponding to media coverage earlier in the year indicating that some clergy were reluctant to consider moving north the three North West Dioceses have joined forces to say simply see for yourselfnbspDiocesan staff concerned with making clergy appointments will be fronting the stand G13 at CRE and chatting to the delegates from all over the country who attend They will highlight the many positives of working in the North West including ministry opportunities vibrant towns and open spaces sports venues and the warmth and friendliness of the peoplenbspThe Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson was inaugurated at Blackburn Cathedral in October of last year Previously Archdeacon of Dorking in Surrey he had spent all his life in ministry in the south before his move to the North WestnbspBishop Julian and his wife Heather love it here He says Since our arrival we have been welcomed by countless people across the region churchgoers and nonchurchgoers alike and have felt very welcome It is a fabulous place to live and practice ministry and the opportunities to make a difference in ways that really matter and to grow His kingdom are numerous and excitingnbspThe whole CRE event will be opened by the Catholic Bishop of Salford Rt Revd Terence Brain who will be joined over the two days by the Bishop of Manchester and Rt Revd Chris Edmondson Bishop of Bolton Archbishop Doye Agama copresident of Greater Manchester Churches Together will also give a seminarnbspOther key contributors include Andy Hawthorne of the Message Trust Bradfordbased singersongwriter Lara Martin and Prestonborn comedian Tony VinonbspOur first show in 2012 proved a resounding success explained event manager Bill Allen We are delighted to bring Europes leading Christian exhibition back to the north west CRE North will provide inspiration at every level of the local church agenda Its mustvisit event for anyone who cares about the future of their churchnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspFor more details on the CRE at Event City callnbsp 01793 418 218 in office hours and dial Option 1nbspCRE North at Event City Phoenix Way Manchester M41 7TB opening hours are Wednesday October 8 10am5pm and Thursday October 9 10am430pm nbspSee the promotional advert above this story for details about how to book free tickets for the eventnbspnbspRonnie Semley30092014nbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Garstang

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp28th30th September 2014nbspThis visit to Garstang 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

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Garstang

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp28th30th September 2014nbspThis visit to Garstang 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 20th Horseman's Sunday

The 20th Horsemans Sunday is to be held at nbspWHW CentrePenny FarmBlackpoolnbspOn the 28th September 2014 at 1230pmnbspThis year we shall mark the Twentieth Anniversary of Horsemans Sunday and we hope to make it a wonderful celebratory eventnbspThis event after nineteen years is well established in the horse world calendar and goes from strength to strength attracting over forty horses last year as well as many spectators Horses of all shapes and sizes ridden driven and in hand turn out for the occasion nbspThis year once again the event will be combined with the Stirrup Cup Competition where horses and riders in four classes will be judged on the quality of their turn out The Cup winner will be the overall champion of the four sectionsnbspAfter the Competition the horses will assemble for the Service which includes hymns prayers readings and a short homily from me on horseback a sermon on the mount nbspEach horse and rider will be blessed individually and the Mayor of Fylde will give a commemorative rosette to each participantnbspTwo representatives from the Mounted Branch of the Lancashire Constabulary accompany me and we lead the initial procession into the arenanbspThe World Horse Welfare site at Penny Farm near Blackpool host the event and all proceeds of the day go towards their charitable worknbspAll participants give their services free of chargenbspThere is plenty of car parking space and the centre is well worth a visit in its own rightnbspThe event is nonprofit making and survives through the good will and generosity of one or two folk especially Chris Pollitt and the staff of Wrea Green Equestrian Centre nbspFurther details can be obtained from Canon Godfrey Hirstnbspatnbsp godfreyhirstbtinternetcomnbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Garstang

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp28th30th September 2014nbspThis visit to Garstang 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

Brockholes Late Summer Harvest Celebration

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Archbishop of York wishes Lancashire School 'Happy Birthday'

Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy in Lancaster had a birthday to remember today when they received a visit from the Archbishop of York for their 150th AnniversarynbspFor The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu led 2000 pupils teachers governors local clergy and guests in a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday followed by three cheers for the school at the end of an Open Air Celebration ServicenbspThe Academy opened in 1864 and Ripley St Thomas currently has 1750 pupils aged 1118 on roll Of these 400 are in the Sixth Form The schools has a long and prestigious history which is summarised in the service booklet available here on the Diocese websitenbspThe Archbishop was delighted to preside and preach at the service on what was his fourth visit to the school and was even celebrating his own Anniversary on the same day 18 years since he was first consecrated as a BishopnbspHe said This school can be proud of its long history and its service to the people of Lancaster It is so important the Church of England has schools like this they are a real sign of hope nbspIt is fantastic to join Ripley St Thomas as they celebrate Gods goodness over the last 150 years The Open Air Service allows for everyone to join in Heres to the next 150 yearsnbspSpeaking before the service the Principal of the school Liz Nicholls said It is a momentous day for the school and all its pupils staff governors and parentsnbspWe have 2000 people on the field today for our Open Air Service The first time I have seen the entire school gathered together in one place at one timenbspChair of Governors Professor John Crewdson added This a fine Christian school and we are proud of our history and our young people Its an exciting daynbspWe hope to maintain the current high standards and continue to improve further in the coming years encouraging all our pupils whatever life choices they makenbspIts a great community we call it the Ripley FamilynbspAccompanying the Archbishop in the special Open Air Eucharist Service at which the school worship band performed was the Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Suffragan Bishop of LancasternbspHe said The whole ethos of Ripley St Thomas is all about developing young people in body mind and spirit to make a real difference in this world nbspIn addition to the Open Air Service there will be an open day this Saturday September 27 and a celebration on the Founders birthday November 3 with cake for the pupilsnbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley26092014nbsp

Auction of Artworks - Midland Hotel, Morecambe - Heysham St Peter

The roof of St Peters Church Heysham needs completely replacing as a Grade 1 listed building this is a major undertaking for the community and we are raising money to support this cause nbspOn the 25th Septemberthe community is having an Auction of Artworks at the Midland Hotel Morecambe hosted by Paul Hayes Cash in the AtticnbspIn order for you to see the works we are displaying them in St Peters church as an Art andFlowers Festival Sealed bids for the Auction can be placed at the church nbspTicketsfor the Auction will be on sale at the churchat 500nbspArt amp Flowers St Peters Churchis open on nbspSaturday 6th September 10am to 4pmSunday 7th September 1pm to4pmMonday to Friday 11am to 3pmnbspYou can also look online at httpwwwstpetersroofcoukFacebookSt PetersRoof andTwitterStPetersHeyshamnbspThe tickets for the Auctioninclude a glass of wine and cheese so it will be a good nights entertainment and a chance to meet friends and see some lovely works of art and buy one if you see something you likenbspPlease contactSyl Welberry by emailsylwelberrytalktalknet or by telephone 01524 853906 if you would like a ticket or you can purchase online by going to our Facebook page and clicking on the Eventbrite tab nbspBelow is a sample of the Artworks Homage to Turner by Gil ShawnbspKind regardsSyl Welberry nbspnbsp

Prayers for Peace - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

Archbishop of York visits Lancashire School for 150th Birthday

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu is to preach at an OpenAir Service for all pupils at Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy on Thursday September 25 marking the 150 Years Anniversary since the Academy opened in 1864 nbspRipley St Thomas has 1750 pupils aged 1118 on roll Of these 400 are in the Sixth Form All will be attending the Open Air Service at 1pm with teachers parents governors and friends of the AcademynbspThe Archbishop of York said It is fantastic to join Ripley St Thomas as they celebrate Gods goodness over the last 150 years the Open Air Service allows for everyone to join in Heres to the next 150 yearsnbspAccompanying the Archbishop in the service at which the school worship band will be performing is the Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Suffragan Bishop of Lancaster nbspHe said The whole ethos of Ripley St Thomas is all about developing young people in body mind and spirit to make a real difference in this world nbspMrs E Nicholls Principal said We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the Archbishop to Ripley for our special celebration Much has changed at Ripley over 150 years but our core values of faith service and hard work remain nbspOur young people make a huge difference every year through their commitment to the Archbishop of Yorks Young Leaders Award through our own Ripley and Tristar awards and through the Duke of Edinburghs Award I am sure Julia and Thomas Ripley would be very proud of themnbspIn addition to the Open Air Service there will be an Open Day on Saturday September 27 and a celebration on the founders birthday November 3 with cake for the pupils Ripley was the gift of Thomas and Julia Ripley to the people of Lancaster and Liverpool nbspThe Anniversary Service Ordernbsp 150 Years 18642014nbspFor more information on Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy please visit httpwwwripleylancsngflacukindexhtml nbspAbout The Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders AwardnbspThe Young Leaders Award is a schoolbased programme which aims to equip young people with skills to be a force for good in their local communities and encourages active citizenship from a young age The Awards are available at Key Stages 2 3 4 and Post 16nbspFor more information about the Award please visit wwwabyytcom or contact the Archbishop of York Youth Trust direct on 01904 707021 or email youthtrustarchbishopofyorkorgnbspnbspRonnie Semley23092014nbspnbsp

Pastoral Assistant Quiet Day

A Quiet Day for all Pastoral Assistants at St Thomas Church St Annes on Sea 1000 am 300 pmLed by Mrs Christine MaidmentPlease book a place with Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorg

Quiet Garden Days

An opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for prayer silence reflection and the appreciation of creationnbspQuiet Garden DaysnbspTo be held at the Shireshead Garden Vicarage and ChurchnbspAnd also The Rectory Garden and Church in RibchesternbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp for dates and further informationnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Thornton Christ Church -Ultreya

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 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

Prayers for Peace - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Held at Whalley Abbey400pm600pmnbsp

Property Committee

Property CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey1000am1200noonnbsp

Mission & Pastoral Committee

Mission and Pastoral CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey100pm300pmnbsp

The Dean welcomes new Lead Bishop for Cathedrals and Church Buildings

The Dean of Blackburn Cathedral The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong has welcomed the appointment of The Bishop of Worcester the Rt Revd Dr John Inge as the Church of Englands Lead Bishop for Cathedrals and Church BuildingsnbspBishop John recently accepted the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to succeed the Bishop of LondonnbspBishop John will become the Lead Bishop for Cathedrals and Church Buildings He will support the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division ChurchCare and all who help to maintain the Church of Englands 16000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals with their architectural glory and wonderful array of treasures which have such huge potential for worship and community usenbspBishop John said I am delighted to have been invited to become Lead Bishop for Cathedrals and Church Buildings Our Cathedrals are breathtaking spaces of awe and wonder with a rich history offering beautiful and vibrant worshipnbspTogether with the parish churches of our land they are an unparalleled treasure They provide space for people to meet reflect pray and engage with the heritage of our nation as well as serve their communities in all sorts of waysnbspThe work that the Church Buildings Team carries out in supporting those responsible for church buildings which are at the heart of their communities is vital in enabling them to be properly cared for and fulfil their potential for service to allnbspThe Dean of Blackburn added I am delighted to hear the news that Bishop John Inge has been appointed to this important rolenbspBishop John is a close friend of Blackburn Cathedral as he worked together with us throughout the preparations for Maundy Thursday earlier this year in his capacity as the Lord High Almoner He made several visits to Blackburn in the run up to the big day as well as on the day itselfnbspDuring his time at Blackburn helping us prepare for the Royal Maundy Bishop John knew that his wife was seriously ill In fact she passed away a few days after the Royal visitnbspIn all of this Bishop John showed every conceivable care support sensitivity and enthusiasm for us which in the circumstances was remarkablenbspI will look forward to welcoming him again to Blackburn at some point in the future in his new role as Lead Bishop for Cathedrals and Church BuildingsnbspnbspRonnie Semley15092014nbsp

Quiet Garden Days

An opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for prayer silence reflection and the appreciation of creationnbspQuiet Garden DaysnbspTo be held at the Shireshead Garden Vicarage and ChurchnbspAnd also The Rectory Garden and Church in RibchesternbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp for dates and further informationnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Let's Celebrate - Blackburn Christ Church

Christians Together in BlackburnnbspAre holding a celebrationnbspat Christ Church BlackburnnbspOn Saturday 13th September 2014nbspAt 730pm

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Whalley Abbey - Happening

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 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

Celtic Spirituality - Resourcing a Parish

A teaching day for Clergy and Readers led by Ray Simpson nbspto be held at Tabor Retreat Centre Preston on Wednesday 10th Septembernbsp To book a place please email ministryblackburnanglicanorg or telephone Jacqui Mallinson 01254 658920For more information a poster can be downloaded here

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Blackburn with Darwen

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp7th10th September 2014nbspThis visit to Blackburn with Darwen 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

Prayers for Peace - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

Celtic Spirituality - Clergy Teaching Day

Celtic Spirituality Resourcing a ParishnbspA Clergy Teaching Day with Ray SimpsonnbspTo be held at Tabor Retreat Centre PrestonOn Wednesday 10th September 2014nbspBook your place through Jacqui Mallinson on 01254 658920nbspResources from Celtic spirituality for encouraging discipleship including a Rule of Lifenbspnbsp

A Celtic Quiet Day - 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 discipleshipnbspTuesday 9th September from 1000am to 400pmnbspA Celtic Quiet DayWith Ray SimpsonnbspDimensions of Prayers insights from the CelticnbsptraditionnbspWith anbspSoup and Sandwich LunchTea and CoffeenbspCost 1000nbspBook your place through the Whalley Abbey Office 01254 828400nbspRay Simpson is the Guardian and Founder of thenbspCommunity of Aidan and Hilda with its main base on Lindisfarnenbsp Offering people the opportunity to reconnect with God through scripture creation and Celtic Christian spiritualitynbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Blackburn with Darwen

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp7th10th September 2014nbspThis visit to Blackburn with Darwen 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

Budget Committee

Budget CommitteeOn Monday 8th September 2014Time 400pm600pmnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Blackburn with Darwen

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp7th10th September 2014nbspThis visit to Blackburn with Darwen 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

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Blackburn with Darwen

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp7th10th September 2014nbspThis visit to Blackburn with Darwen 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 Semley2422014nbspnbsp

Auction of Artworks - Heysham St Peter

The roof of St Peters Church Heysham needs completely replacing as a Grade 1 listed building this is a major undertaking for the community and we are raising money to support this cause nbspOn the 25th Septemberthe community is having an Auction of Artworks at the Midland Hotel Morecambe hosted by Paul Hayes Cash in the AtticnbspIn order for you to see the works we are displaying them in St Peters church as an Art andFlowers Festival Sealed bids for the Auction can be placed at the church nbspTicketsfor the Auction will be on sale at the churchat 500nbspArt amp Flowers St Peters Churchis open on nbspSaturday 6th September 10am to 4pmSunday 7th September 1pm to4pmMonday to Friday 11am to 3pmnbspYou can also look online at httpwwwstpetersroofcoukFacebookSt PetersRoof andTwitterStPetersHeyshamnbspThe tickets for the Auctioninclude a glass of wine and cheese so it will be a good nights entertainment and a chance to meet friends and see some lovely works of art and buy one if you see something you likenbspPlease contactSyl Welberry by emailsylwelberrytalktalknet or by telephone 01524 853906 if you would like a ticket or you can purchase online by going to our Facebook page and clicking on the Eventbrite tab nbspBelow is a sample of the Artworks Homage to Turner by Gil ShawnbspKind regardsSyl Welberry nbspnbsp

Auction of Artworks - Heysham St Peter

The roof of St Peters Church Heysham needs completely replacing as a Grade 1 listed building this is a major undertaking for the community and we are raising money to support this cause nbspOn the 25th Septembernbspthe community is having an Auction of Artworks at the Midland Hotel Morecambe hosted by Paul Hayes Cash in the AtticnbspnbspnbspIn order for you to see the works we are displaying them in St Peters church as an Art andnbspFlowers Festivalnbsp Sealed bids for the Auction can be placed at the church nbspTicketsnbspfor the Auction will be on sale at the churchnbspat 500nbspArt amp Flowers St Peters Churchnbspis open on nbspSaturday 6th September 10am to 4pmSunday 7th September 1pm tonbsp4pmMonday to Friday 11am to 3pmnbspYou can also look online at httpwwwstpetersroofcoukFacebookSt PetersRoof andTwitterStPetersHeyshamnbspThe tickets for the Auctionnbspinclude a glass of wine and cheese so it will be a good nights entertainment and a chance to meet friends and see some lovely works of art and buy one if you see something you likenbspPlease contactnbspSyl Welberry by emailnbspsylwelberrytalktalknetnbsp or by telephone 01524 853906 if you would like a ticket or you can purchase online by going to our Facebook page and clicking on the Eventbrite tab nbspBelow is a sample of the Artworks Homage to Turner by Gil ShawnbspKind regardsSyl Welberry nbspnbsp

Bishop Julian answers questions on BBC Radio Lancashire

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson was in the Hot Seaton BBC Radio Lancashire this morning September 5 between 9am and 10amThe programme is a monthly feature which forms part of the regular daily morning show presented by Brett Davison and Sally Naden Every month a prominent figure is interviewed and answers questions from the public and Bishop Julian took his turn todayIf you didnt get chance to listen you can hear it via the BBC IPlayer using this link At the point this story was uploaded to the Diocese website the programme was not yet uploaded to IPlayer but it should be there soon Its the first hour of the September 5 showYou can also view the live tweets during the show on our Twitter feed via this link If you are onTwitter or your church or school is and you havent yet followed our Twitter feed please do so

Prayers for Peace - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

9th annual multi-faith football tournament

The 9th MultiFaith FootballnbspTournament will be held in Blackburn on Saturday 30th August 2014 and the closing date for registration is August 24The event is organised by the local Inter Madrassah Organisationnbspand entries are invited from your club church madrassah school academy or team at anyage group from Year 4 primary school to Year 11 secondary school inclusiveFollowing the success of last yearsnbspcompetition there are also matches again for seniors as well this yearThis years tournament will once again be held at thenbspSoccerdome Powerleague Haslingden Road Blackburn BB1 2NG This year thetournament has been partly funded by Lancashire Police and CrimeCommissioners Community Action FundThe entry fee will be 40 pernbspteamnbspfrom Year 4 tillYear 11 and 60 pernbspteam for the seniors To reserve your place in one ofthe most popular fixtures in the multifaith football calendar please completeand return the entry form link below to infoimosportsacademyorgor infointermadrassahorgnbspRegistrationdeadline for this year will be Sunday24th August 2014The squad size is limited to the followingYear 4 and 5 7 a side and 3 subsYear 6 7nbsp and 8 6 a side and 3 subsYear 9 1011 and Seniors 5 a side and 3 subsThe format of the event be similar to the previous years Allage groups will compete in group games leading to a Cup knockout tournamentAs always it will guarantee a full day of football for all the playersA wide range of food and drink will be available with lots ofother activities to ensure a great day out for all the familynbspGet the registration form here

Prayers for Peace Service - Blackburn Cathedral

Invitation to attend andor use locallynbspIn response to the dreadful suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for PeacenbspInterfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October with the aim of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspPlease find the service booklet attached herenbspYou are warmly invited to attend these services if you cannbspGroups may also like to consider using this service on a regular basis in your own local communities during this troubled timenbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral writes nbspAs part of its efforts to raise awareness of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa the Cathedral is holding an interfaith prayers for peace service every Wednesday through the end of October at 1030 am nbspThis forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbspYou can read more about Pray Act Give here and make sure you download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done Various peace initiatives and statements some particularly related to the Church of England are covered on this page of our website Finally if you tweet you can also use the hashtag WeAreN nbspnbsp

Lancashire's Bishop shows solidarity with persecuted minorities in Iraq

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has shown solidarity with persecuted Christians and other persecuted minorities in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle EastnbspToday he placed a new Church of England poster in the window of Bishops House in the Ribble Valley wrote to all parishes in the Diocese urging them to pray for peace and urged Twitter users to tweet using the hashtag WeAreN to show supportnbspThe regions Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn also begins a regular weekly session of prayers for peace tomorrow WednesdaynbspThe poster features the Arabic letter N which is being daubed on the homes of Christians often called Nasrani in Arabic in areas taken over by Islamic State fighters The symbol marks the occupants out for persecution and even executionnbspReleased this week by the Church of England it is available to download here as part of a threepronged initiative encouraging members to Pray Act and Give at this timenbspBishop Julian The Bishop of Blackburn said In view of the dreadful and shocking situation in the Middle East I urge us all to pray for peace and a cessation of violence recognising the need not only for effective humanitarian relief but also for freedom and justicenbspI want us to pray for wisdom for all political leaders who have the responsibility of working out how to handle these difficult and delicate issues nbspAs Christian brothers and sisters we have a responsibility to care for and pray for persecuted Christians but also for all those of whatever religion or ethnic grouping who are innocent victims of violent aggression at this time especially in Gaza Israel Syria and IraqnbspI am sure that we are all shocked by the barbaric violence exercised by the Islamic State ISIS in Iraq Their advance needs to be halted and the perpetrators of genocide brought to justice As the Archbishop of Canterbury recently stated these are evil actsnbspAs part of The Church of England in Lancashires response to the current situation Blackburn Cathedral is holding a weekly prayer time for peace every Wednesday beginning tomorrow August 20 at 1030am nbspAnyone from all religions or none is invited to take part and to pray for peace and justice and a cessation of violencenbspBishop Julian is also encouraging all parish churches across the County to pray for peace and has written to all clergy in the Diocese to that effectnbspHe continued I hope that every parish will consider not only sending representatives to take part in the time of collective prayer at the regions Cathedral but also organising similar prayer vigils on a regular basis in every locality across LancashirenbspThe issues of the Middle East have serious implications not only for the Christian Church in those areas but also for the stability and peace of all nationsnbspLet us all turn to prayer bringing our suffering world to the foot of the Cross of JesusnbspBishop Julians comments come on the back of recent comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Rev Justin Welby and other senior Church of England Bishops including the Bishop of Manchester calling for asylum to be granted for those seeking refuge from persecutionnbspChurches are also being encouraged to urge political representatives to step up humanitarian aid and also to give what they can to key organisations and charities including the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf and to interact and offer support on social media using the Twitter hashtag WeAreNnbspMore on the Church of England Pray Act Give initiative can be found herenbsp

The Church of England in Lancashire: short stories

A selection of short stories connected to Church of England activity across Lancashire ideal for use in church magazinesChurches in Lancashire wanting their Harvest celebrations to relate to the festivals agricultural roots Self Help Africa has produced a Harvest Pack linking the Bible to the charitys work helping rural families overcome hunger and poverty Paper copies can be ordered through their office 01743 277170 or the resources including schools material can be downloaded from wwwselfhelpafricaorgukharvestnbspSt Laurences Parish Church Chorley has the following items available to anyone who can use them no charge but a donation would be appreciated nbsp 16 Maroon adult choir robes 1 RiseographnbspEnquiries to the church office 01257 231360nbspSt Annes Church Woodplumpton Preston is in urgent need of the following items nbsp Red booksHymns Ancient and Modern New StandardFull Music Orange books Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New by Kevin MayhewFull Music Navy books The Parish Psalter with Chants by Sydney H Nicholson Mens polyester crimson choir cassocks and white surplices Ladies polyester crimson choir gownsnbspContact eileendearnaleyhotmailcouk or 01772 691421 if you can helpnbspWhalley Abbey is holding a special Christmas lunch week in December and is taking bookings now There will be delicious food and a great atmosphere and the venue would be ideal for an office or church group party The week runs from December 15 December 19 noon for 1230pm dining each day nbspFor more information call 01254 828400 or visit the website httpwwwwhalleyabbeyorg to see the full menus nbspSt Georges Church Preston City Centre Friday Lunchtime Recitals Five minutes walk from the Railway Station andnext door to the shopping centre and Mobility Centre September 5 Barbara Ruzsics soprano Kirsty Ligerwood piano and September 19 Charlotte Hoather soprano and Russell Lomas piano 1230pm doors open 11amnbspAdmission 6 Recital lasts about 50 minutes nbspEnquiries ejcrightonaolcomnbspA concert featuring the Blackburn Salvation Army Citadel Brass Band supported by Westhome School Chamber Choir takes place on October 18 at the Salvation Army Hall Vicar Street Blackburn BB1 5BE nbspDoors will open at 615pm and the concert will start at 7pm nbspAll proceeds of the event will go directly to the British Limbless ExServicemens Association Blackpool Home nbspTickets are priced at 5 preferred each and can be purchased from Mr Richard Walsh on 01254 675495nbspSaturday 13th September 2014 St Johns Minster Church Street Preston Bell Ringing Have a Go Day nbsp10am 1pmnbspLearners of all ages invited to come and learn to ring church bellsnbspThe next tour of Blackburn Cathedral is on Tuesday August 26 and all are welcome Please report to George Kirby at the Welcomers Desk in time for the 2pm startnbspBlackburn Cathedral Walking Group Saturday August 30 to Shining Tor for an 11 mile walk grid reference sk012748 nbspMore information from the leader Jeremy Duerden email jeremyDuerdenvirginmediacom or ring 07976419198 nbspAll are welcomenbspOn Sunday September 14 at 6pm there will be a BBQ at the Blackburn Cathedral Deanery Preston New Road Blackburn BB2 6PS Food is provided and a bouncy castle toonbspSt Lukes Church Winmarleigh invites you to a Special Harvest Weekend on September 20 and 21 including a Celebration of Harvest Flowers nbspOn Saturday September 20 between 11am and 4pm there will be craft and produce Stalls historical church records local photographs and memorabilia to celebrate Harvest nbspRefreshments will be served all day nbspOn September 21 everyone is very welcome to join us at the Celebration of Harvest Family Service at 11am Stalls will close at 430pm but the Church will remain open and refreshments served until the Celebration of Harvest Evensong at 600pmnbspTwo events coming up at St Ambrose Church Moss Lane LeylandnbspDaves Super Quiz Night at 730pm on Friday September 5 nbspFor tickets and details call 01772 422878 nbspAlso a free Singalong Music for All concert of Old Time Music Hall and family favourites by Joy Mills and the Joyettes September 12 atnbsp7pm St Ambrose Church Moss Lane Leyland PR25 4XA nbspSt Silas Church Preston New Rd Blackburn is shortly to begin a major fundraising drive to save the churchs Harrison organ The launch event will be on December 13 with a concert by the Rawstorne Singers then early next year there will be a concert on February 28 by Nigel Ogden of BBC Radio 2 fame nbspSee the church website httpwwwstsilasorganorguk or email stsilasorganfundemailcom nbspWednesday 10 September Celtic Spirituality Resourcing a Parish at Tabor Retreat Centre PrestonnbspA Clergy Teaching Day with Ray Simpson Ray is the Guardian and Founder of the Community of Aidan and Hilda with its main base on Lindisfarne offering people the opportunity to reconnect with God through scripture creation and Celtic Christian Spirituality nbspTo book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson 01254 658920 or emailministryblackburnanglicanorg nbspThe National Churches Trust bike ride and stride has become an annual event in many part of the country nbspRidersstriders are sponsored to visit churches across their county the money raised being divided between the Trust and a church chosen by the rider nbspThis year the Lancashire ride and stride on September 13 will focus on the Preston Guild wheel nbspMaps and sponsor forms can be obtained at the ride and stride website httpwwwrideandstrideukorgcountieslancashire nbspPlease also inform the local organiser Peter Lumsden if you are intending to take part pjlumsden58gmailcomnbspCome and Wave your Flag at The Last Night of the Proms with Lytham Concert Band on Sunday September 14 at St Pauls Church Marton Blackpool starting at 730pm nbspTickets 8 children under 16 free nbspFor further details please ring 01253 692047 church office or 07727 369085 Dorothy MathernbspSt Annes Church Fence in Pendle has a concert of Musical Memories including music in Remembrance of World Wars 1 and 2 and Last Night of the Proms Spectacular with St Annes Choir Wheatley Lane Methodist Choir and Wheatley Lane Primary School ChoirnbspAll on Saturday October 11 at 730 pm nbspTickets including refreshments 4 adults and 2 children under 14 available from Margaret Lancaster 01282 614009 and Geoff Wormwell 01282 617159 nbspFurther information from James Taylor 01257 369819 or 07808 504357 nbspThe Last Night of the Chatburn Proms at Christ Church Chatburn BB7 4BE at 8pm on September 19 is the climax of the successful Ribble Valley Summer Proms seasonnbspIt will feature Leyland Band officially ranked as the 6th best in the world and soprano Emily Carter from the renowned UCLAN Chamber Choir nbspProceeds will be donated to the Church Development Fund nbspTickets at 8 include wine refreshments and flags can be obtained from Roy Porter Butchers Chatburn or by calling 01200 441624 or 01254 384893 nbspThe event is sponsored by Keenans Estate Agents and Roy Porter Butchers ChatburnnbspMacmillan Coffee Morning on Friday September 26 at Preston Minster from 10am to 1pm nbspThis is to raise money for Macmillan Nurses nbspPlease contact Parish Office on 01772 901313 if further details are requirednbspThrough The Leaves of The Green Tree by Donna Worthington will be performed at The Civic Arts Centre in Oswaldtwistle on Thursday September 25 2014 730pm nbspIt tells the story of Etty Hillesum a remarkable Jewish woman who was to become an insightful profound and inspirational voice through her diaries of life in Nazioccupied Holland and her subsequent deportation to Auschwitz where she died in 1943 The diaries were published in the 1980s nbspBox Office 01254 398319 or visit wwwticketsourcecoukcivicartscentrenbspSt Matthews Church of England Church and Primary School The Parish of The Risen Lord Preston Lancashire is hoping to appoint a School and Community Worker on a salary of 2123000 pa nbspThe person appointed will work with St Matthews Primary School in developing its worshipping life Christian ethos and community engagement and will work with St Matthews Church focussing on work with children young people and familiesnbspFull details including a full job description and application form can be found on the parish website via this address wwwtherisenlordprestonorgukscwindexphp nbspClosing date for applications is September 12nbspSt Marys Church Mellor requires an Organist and Choir Master who will continue its strong musical tradition and train and direct its enthusiastic choir nbspSunday services are 1030am sung Eucharist and 630pm Evening Worship with hymns nbspOther services are held on special occasions and major feast days together with a number of weddings and funerals nbspChoir practice is held weekly on Wednesday evenings nbspThe organ is a 2 Manual Organ built by Walkers RSCM rates are paid Reserves and standins are available for holiday cover nbspFor further details please contact the Vicar Amma Sue 01254 812154 or churchwarden Graham Tipper 01254 813565nbspWould you like a speaker at your church The Childrens Society would like to offer a talk to update you about their work with children and young people Their talks usually last about 1015 minutes and content and length can be tailored to suit the audience nbspTo request a speaker please contact Helen Whiteley at helenwhiteleychildrenssocietyorguk or on 07539 214 403nbspChrist Church Glasson Annual Flower Festival is on August 2325 2014 nbspThis years theme is Count Your Blessings Canon Herrick Daniel will take Sunday Service at 6pm nbspStalls and refreshments are available From 10am 5pm nbspEveryone welcome and bring a friendnbspThrough The Leaves of The Green Tree takes place at the Tabor Carmelite Retreat House 169 Sharoe Green Lane Fulwood Preston PR2 8HE on Saturday September 20 at 7pm and Sunday September 21 at 2pm nbspThere are also two schoolsfocussed performances which anyone is welcome to attend if seats are available nbspThese will take place on September 18 at 230pm and September 19 at 6pm nbspThe play has been written to celebrate the centenary of Ettys Hillesums birth in 1914 Etty a remarkable Jewish woman has become an insightful profound and inspirational voice through her diaries which were published in the 1980s nbspTickets 10 Booking essential For tickets call Tabor 01772 717122 or email Donna Worthington at donnacarmelitenetnbspnbspRonnie Semley22082014nbspnbspnbspnbsp

Bishop thanks 'The Lavender Ladies' for vital help

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has sowed seeds of praise for a group of dedicated gardeners who regularly volunteer at beautiful Whalley Abbey in the Ribble ValleynbspOn a recent visit to the Abbey Bishop Julian thanked the women from Whalley in Bloom Community Group who call themselves The Lavender Ladies for the work they do to support the AbbeynbspNestling on the banks of the River Calder in Lancashire Whalley Abbey was a medieval Cistercian monastery and is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument owned by the Diocese of BlackburnnbspThe Lavender Ladies who meet at the site twice a month in the morning tend the gardens of the Abbey assisting the full time gardener They help with everything from the kitchen garden borders to the hanging baskets all the time keeping the place looking its bestnbspBishop Julian said Whalley Abbey is a fantastic venue run by and for the Diocese and also for the benefit of the whole community in Whalley and Lancashire as a wholenbspThe work done by The Lavender Ladies is much appreciated and helps to keep the beautiful ruins and nearby house looking at their very bestnbspAs well as their work at the Abbey the awardwinning Whalley in Bloom volunteers also maintain displays in the village of Whalley all year roundnbspIf you can help with their work in any way including making donations contact Penny RobinsonKerr on 01254 823730 or you can follow Whalley in Bloom on Facebook Whalley in Bloom and Twitter whalleyinbloomnbspAs well as the ruins in the Abbey grounds both low level and standing there are postdissolution gardens and an English Heritage Grade I listed house The whole site is set within the beautiful Whalley Conservation AreanbspThe house which underwent a 1m refurbishment in 2005 is currently used as a conference centre and retreat as well as an incredible and unique business event or wedding venuenbspFor guests wishing to stay overnight or longer there is also fabulous four star bed and breakfast accommodation available The grounds and ruins are also open to the public for a small fee nbspThe Abbey also hosts spiritual gatherings and retreats and is owned and managed by the Board of Finance DBF of The Church of England in LancashirenbspOther attractions include the northeast Gatehouse which is part of the Abbey complex along with Whalley Lodge and the North Range a series of buildings which houses the small exhibition centrenbspA short distance away the northwest Gatehouse is owned by English Heritage and is also Grade I listednbspLog on to httpwwwwhalleyabbeyorg to find out morenbspcall the Abbey on 01254 828400nbspemail officewhalleyabbeyorg nbspOr drop a line with your requirements to Whalley Abbey The Sands Whalley Clitheroe BB7 9SSnbspnbspRonnie Semlley20082014nbsp

A selection of stories from the Church of England in Lancashire

A variety of mediumlength stories connected to Church of England activity across Lancashire ideal for use in church magazinesThe link between the dioceses of Blackburn and the FreeState in South Africa is 50 years old this year and is in fact the oldestdiocesan link in the Anglican CommunionnbspIt has been very highly valued by people on both sides notleast the Mothers Union who began the link in 1948To celebrate the anniversary the Free State Link Committeeis arranging a pilgrimage to the Free State in 2015nbspLeaving on September 24 2015 and arriving back on October9 the plan will be to see as much of the Free State as possible get to knowsome of the people and make contact hopefully with parishes that have a linkin LancashireBishop Julian and his wife Heather will accompany thePilgrimage as he makes his first official visit to our link diocesenbspAs yet final costings have not been established but it ishoped that the price will be in the region of 2500 The current rate ofexchange between sterling and the Rand is being helpfulIf you might be interested in joining the pilgrimage andwould like to know more why not contact the organiser Canon Tom Bill whowill be delighted to give you a copy of the proposed itinerarynbspToms address is 26 Thornton Road Morecambe LA4 5PETelephone 01524 417117 or email tomthebillscoukThere would be no obligation at this time but it would be helpful to get someidea of possible interest and numbersA church in Grimsargh has come up with a great solution to the problem of finding space for children to meet during Sunday worship St Michaels Church Grimsargh just didnt have an available and suitable place for the young onesnbspSo the PCC with support from the Diocesan Board of Education now has a new portable building nicknamed the cabin where the youngsters have the freedom and space to be noisy messy creative watch DVD clips sing play display their work and have fun learning about Jesus togethernbspSt Michaels Church was even awarded a Child Friendly Church Award in August last year as a result of the creation of the Jigsaw Club So if your church building is not designed to accommodate childrens work think outside the box and perhaps consider our solution by making a 32 x10 box the answernbspnbspA new videonbsphas been uploaded to The Church of England in Lancashires YouTube channel featuring highlights from the recent Diocesan Summer Festival in Lytham St AnnesnbspBishop Julians Summer Festival took place in late June at Arnold KEQM SchoolnbspThe Summer Festival drew thousands of all ages from parishes and schools on a scorching hot weekend to enjoy fellowship fun and faith togethernbspThe estimated attendance of 3000 over the weekend was particularly impressive as it was one of the busiest weekends for other summer events across LancashirenbspCommenting on the Festival Bishop Julian said I hope people enjoy the video and perhaps spotting themselves It was really important for me in my first year as Diocesan Bishop to hold this event to give as many people as possible from around the Diocese the opportunity to gather togethernbspWe had people attending from Tunstall in the north and Standish in the south and from Blackpool in the West to Burnley in the east as well as all points in betweennbspnbspIn response to the suffering and violence caused by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa at the present time Blackburn Cathedral is conducting a Universal Prayers for Peace Interfaith Service every Wednesday at 1030am through until the end of October nbspThe aim is of unifying communities locally and sending out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world nbspSpeaking about the service Canon Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral saysnbspThe service forms part of the Church of Englands campaign to Pray Act Give in light of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and elsewhere The Cathedral wants to contribute positively in bringing people together of different faiths and all those who want to see an end to the violence by having this prayer service nbspThe service consists of prayers and scripture readings from Jewish Christian and Muslim sources and also contains times of silence for reflection nbspWe hope this time for contemplation and prayer helps to unify our communities and to send out a signal of support to suffering groups around the world A candle will also be lit as a sign of Gods love overcoming the darkness and our prayers lighting up the worldnbsp You can read more about Pray Act Give here and you can download the N poster to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities and place it in your window as Bishop Julian has done nbspnbspA conference on restorative justice coordinated by the office of the High Sheriff of Lancashire Barry Johnston who is also a churchwarden at St Hildas Bilsborrow takes place this month nbspThe conference takes place on September 19 at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters One of the aims is to educate and encourage churches to become involved in the work of Sycamore Tree Project which brings together unrelated victims and offenders and to recruit people who feel they have the time and gifts to train as tutors for intensive 58 week inprison programmes at the five Lancashire prisons nbspIf you are interested in attending the conference email Julie Debicka JulieDebickalancashirepnnpoliceuk with your name organisation and contact details in the first instance And for more on the Sycamore Tree Project contact stephenhawkinsprisonfellowshiporguknbsp nbspPictures taken at the Maundy Service earlier this year of HM The Queen presenting Maundy Money to people from across Lancashire at Blackburn Cathedral are still available to order on the Diocese website wwwblackburnanglicanorg under Home then Maundy nbspAll Maundy Money recipients have been sent a letter explaining how to order which also contains password details for accessing the order area of the website nbspDue to restrictions placed on what can be made public from the service these pictures are not generally available nbspOnly recipients will be able to access the site with the password information supplied in the letter they have received which they can also share with their family and friends nbspSo if you know someone who was there and dont have a picture yet but want one then get in touch with them directly for the details you neednbspnbspPassionate about supporting children and young people nbspCan you inspire people to get involved The Childrens Society is seeking a Volunteer Diocesan President in the Diocese of Blackburn area who will support the work of our Regional Fundraising Manager to raise awareness of its work both within the church and outside support volunteers and help with fundraising initiatives to ensure our work can continue in the region nbspThey need someone who is great at talking with passion to church and clergy members at all levels and who can use their influence within the Diocese to motivate others to take action whether it be to donate raise money campaign or pray nbspFor details visit wwwchildrenssocietyorgukvolunteeringDiocesanPresident or contact Helen Whiteley at helenwhiteleychildrenssocietyorguk or 07539 214 403nbspClosing date is October 31nbsp The Childrens Society also needs volunteer speakers in the Blackburn Diocese area to help raise awareness of its work For details visit httpwwwchildrenssocietyorgukwhatyoucandovolunteerspeakraiseawarenessourwork or contact Helen Whiteley as abovenbspnbspThis years Bishops Harvest Appeal for The Church of England in Lancashire is supporting communities in Angola and Myanmar nbspSpeaking this month Bishop Julian said While it is one thing to look after needy neighbours who are close at hand it is all too easy to overlook the needs of neighbours who are at least as needy but who live far away nbspIts why I am asking everyone in our Diocese both in our schools and in our parishes to support my 2014 Appeal as best they can in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who made no distinction between neighbours far and near and had extreme compassion for everyonenbsp Visit httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg to find out how you can get involved in our Harvest Appeal nbsp Please support this years appeal either through your parish church or by sending a contribution to Bishops Harvest Appeal Church House Cathedral Close Blackburn BB1 5AA nbsp For promotional literature please contact Rev Gary Lewis The Vicarage 5 Lancaster Road Cockerham Lancaster LA2 OEB Tel 01524 791390 or email artonmeddbtinternetcom nbsp For inspiring ideas for schools and childrens groups to use please visit wwwbdeducationorguknbspnbspBLACKBURN FOODBANK UPDATE Ros Duerden who runs the Foodbank writes This summer we have focussed on working with disadvantaged families whose children would usually enjoy free meals at school each week feeding over 100 children referred to us by local schools nbspNumbers of guests visiting us continues to rise and our premises are becoming a major constraint however it is exciting to report that we are looking at possible new premises please pray for the success of this move nbspShould we move to larger premises we would be able to spend more time with guests and in conjunction with professionals from other agencies be able to work with guests in addressing the underlying problems which bring them such hardship eg debt housing problems and benefit changes to name but a few Thank you for continuing to donate food nbspnbspThe latest edition of The See the magazine printed by Blackburn Diocese of the Church of England for parishes across Lancashire is in churches nownbspThe August issue also available in pdf format here on the Diocese website is packed with information and features includingCoverage of the ordinations of new Priests and Deacons in the Diocese by Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson including the first women priests to be ordained by a Diocesan Bishop in Lancashire A two page spread of pictures from the Summer Festival following a special onlineonly editionwhich was released shortly after the event took place in late June A full roundup of other current Diocese news and eventsRecent and archive editions of The See are available online herenbspnbspIn September two new Temple Lectures are taking place at Blackburn Cathedral on the first two Tuesdays in the month September 2 and 9 at 730pm Named after Archbishop William Temple the lectures are organised on an occasional basis by the Cathedral as a way of supporting the teaching ministry of the Diocesan BishopnbspSpeaking this week Rt Rev Julian Henderson said The two lectures will be quite different but they will help us all ponder further on two of the key priorities in our Christian life mission and prayernbspBishop Henry Scriven will speak on September 2He is an authority on mission having served with the South American Mission Society in Argentina as well as in the Diocese of Europe as Chaplain in Madrid and as Suffragan Bishop and in the United States nbspThen on September 9 as part of a two day visit to the Diocese Ray Simpson will give the other Temple LectureOrdained in 1963 since 1996 Ray has been the Founding Guardian of the Community of St Aidan and St Hilda based on Holy Island nbspFurther details on both lectures are available from Canon Ian Stockton at Blackburn Cathedral on 01254 503090nbspnbspRonnie Semley22082014nbsp

Lancaster Priory remembers 'Lancaster Pals'

There will be a unique commemoration of the First World War held on September 6 2014 at Lancaster PriorynbspThe service will place one hundred years to the day after a service was held at the Priory on 6th September 1914 which was attended by 200 local men together with their families and supporters before they marched away for training before being deployed on the Western FrontnbspThese 200 men some of whom are depicted in the historic photograph on this page taken on September 6 1914 came to be known as Lancasters Gallant 200 who volunteered to join the British Expeditionary Force after the first hostilities had taken place and it became apparent that very large numbers of men would be needed at the FrontnbspIt is hoped that many of the descendants of these Gallant 200 will be able to attend the church service on this significant anniversary for Lancaster Some parts of the service will reflect the original service from 1914 but we will also be able to reflect on the whole situation of the war as we look back on the events of 100 years agonbspThe Priory choir will sing a new anthem Anthem of Loss specially composed by local composer Hermione Roff and using some of the words of 1st World War poet Wilfred Owen and the sermon will be preached by The Bishop of BlackburnnbspThe service will take place in Lancaster Priory on 6th September 2014 at 1100amnbspFor further information regarding the visit contact Peter Donnelly at The Kings Own Regimental Museum on email kingsownmuseuminamecomnbspnbsp

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 in churches nownbspThe August issue also available in pdf format here on the Diocese website is packed with information and features includingCoverage of the ordinations of new Priests and Deacons in the Diocese by Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson including the first women priests to be ordained by a Diocesan Bishop in Lancashire The launch of Bishop Julians Harvest Appeal for 2014 More about this here An article by Bishop Julian reflecting on a busy summer including the recent Diocesan Summer Festival and another article by The Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster A two page spread of pictures from the Summer Festival following a special onlineonly edition which was released shortly after the event took place in late June A full roundup of other current Diocese news and eventsRecent and archive editions of The See are available online herenbspnbspnbsp

Lancashire's Harvest Festival Appeal launched by Bishop Julian

LancashiresBishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has launched his 2014 Harvest Appeal whichthis year is supporting communities in Angola and Myanmar in conjunction with appeal partners Christian AidThe BishopsHarvest Appeal is an annual initiative and has raised tens of thousands ofpounds in recent years This is the first appeal to go live since Bishop Julianwas appointed as Diocesan Bishop in October last yearBishop Julian on left of picture joined appeal organiser Arton Medd and the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev GeoffPearson for the 2014 launch They arepictured at the recent Diocesan Summer Festival in Lytham when the appeal gotoff to a great start with a strong presence via a special stand to promote itto the 3000 people who attended over the weekendAlthough 6000miles divide them families in Angola and Myanmar know what it is to be hungryoften struggling as harvests are poor or fail completelyBishop Juliansays While it is one thing to look after needy neighbours who are closeat hand it is all too easy to overlook the needs of neighbours who are atleast as needy but who live far away This is whyI am pleased that the proceeds of the Harvest Appeal for 2014 are to improvethings appreciably for people in Angola and Myanmar who are having to scratchalong from day to day often with next to nothing simply in order tosurviveI amasking everyone in our Diocese both in our schools and in our parishes to supportmy 2014 Appeal as best they can in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who madeno distinction between neighbours far and near and had extreme compassion foreveryoneBut you donthave to go to one of the Dioceses churches or schools to contribute If youwant to help the communities in Angola and Myanmar then you can contributedirectly to the appeal Here are the ways you can get involved and find outmore Visitthe Diocese website wwwblackburnanglicanorg and search harvest appeal to findout how you can get involvedForpromotional literature to promote the appeal downloadthe appeal leaflet andor theappeal poster via the Diocese website or contact Rev Gary Lewis TheVicarage 5 Lancaster Road Cockerham Lancaster LA2 OEB Tel 01524 791390 or emailartonmeddbtinternetcomnbspSupportthis years appeal either through local initiatives and collections in yourparish church or school or by sending a contribution directly to BishopsHarvest Appeal Church House Cathedral Close Blackburn BB1 5AA Make chequespayable to Blackburn DBFForinspiring ideas for schools and childrens groups to use please visit wwwbdeducationorguk and search for harvest appealFinally churches and schools across the country are also beingencouraged to support the Bring Home the Harvest campaign as part of theforthcoming British Food Fortnight in September British Food Fortnightencourages community organisations and schools to learn more about UK food andsupports British producers To mark the fortnight churches and schools can add their harvest events to wwwaharvestnearyoucom to promotethem widelyRonnie SemleyAugust 2014nbsp

Spiritual nourishment for autumn evenings

In September two new Temple Lectures are taking place at BlackburnCathedral on the first two Tuesdays in the month September 2 and 9 at 730pmNamed afterArchbishop William Temple the lectures are organised on an occasional basis bythe Cathedral as a way of supporting the teaching ministry of the Diocesan BishopSpeaking this week Rt Rev Julian Henderson said The twolectures will be quite different but they will help us all ponderfurther on two of the key priorities in our Christian life mission andprayernbspI am veryexcited that Bishop Henry Scriven has agreed to speak on September 2nbspHeis an authority on mission having served with the South American Mission Society in Argentina as well as in the Diocese of Europe as Chaplain in Madrid and as SuffraganBishop and in the United States nbspHe is now the Church Mission Societys Mission Director for LatinAmerica The title of his lecture will be Church and Mission Global and LocalBishop Julian continued Then on September9 as part of a two day visit to the Diocese Ray Simpson will give the other Temple LecturenbspOrdained in1963 since 1996 Ray has been the Founding Guardian of the Community of St Aidanand St Hilda based on Holy Islandnbsp He is much sought after as a leaderof retreats and giver of spiritual counsel and his talk will be entitledPilgrimage Place and HospitalityBothspeakers will be invited to respond to questions following each lectureFurther details on both lectures are available from Canon Ian Stockton at Blackburn Cathedral on 01254 503090nbspnbsp

Quiet Garden Days

An opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for prayer silence reflection and the appreciation of creationnbspQuiet Garden DaysnbspTo be held at the Shireshead Garden Vicarage and ChurchnbspAnd also The Rectory Garden and Church in RibchesternbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp for dates and further informationnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Service of Commemoration of the First World War

AnbspSERVICE to commemorate the outbreak of war 100 years ago was held at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday August 3 when a memorial honouring 72 soldiers who died during the conflict was rededicatednbspThe memorial which was installed in the then Blackburn Parish Church in 1920 was dismantled in 1965 when the cathedral was undergoing massive internal rebuilding Only four bronze plaques containing the names of the fallen and five wooden carvings of angels survivednbspBut to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of war the memorial was reconstructed by Blackburn firm Cooper Bespoke JoinerynbspAll Scott Cooper and wood carver Christopher Blackledge had to go on were old photographs from the files of the Northern Daily Telegraph now the Lancashire Telegraph nbspScott said It was an honour to work on this project It was a lot of hard work and we only finished drying the gold leaf on the night before the servicenbspThe Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev Julian Henderson who rededicated the memorial said after the service I was humbled and honoured to stand with civic and religious leaders from across the County to remember the fallen from across the County and the impact of their deaths on their families and communitiesnbspIt was also particularly poignant on this day for me to dedicate the reconstructed First World War Memorial in the presence of relatives of some of those commemoratednbspThis event marks the start of an extended period of remembrance across the County and the UK as we continue to mark the anniversary of the First World War That remembrance continues today August 4 when Church of England parishes across Lancashire will light a special poppymotif candle during vigil services at 11pm tonight exactly 100 years since the outbreak of warnbspThe Sunday service was also attended by a delegation from the German Lutheran Cathedral of Braunschweig led by the new Dean Dompredigerin Cornelia Gotz She said It was a special moment of my life to be here To be able to remember together is a great moment and to sing your National Anthem was fantasticThe Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth read the New Testament Reading from St Pauls Letter to the RomansnbspThe Dean of Blackburn the Very Rev Christopher Armstrong told the congregation We gather to remember the outbreak of the First World War and the effect it was to have on a generation of the youth of Europe and beyondnbspWe remember courage valour and discipline We remember too the emotions of communities and families at stations and ports as fond farewells were madenbspDuring the service area Deans collected candles which were to be placed in each parish throughout the Blackburn Diocese on Monday August 4 where they were to be lit un tiul 11pm the time war was declared a century agonbspA vigil was also being held in Blackburn Cathedral at 930pm attended by the German visitorsnbsp

County Service to mark Centenary of WW1

Parishes throughout the Diocese have been invited to send representatives to take part in a special service to commemorate the start of the First World War nbspThe service will take place on Sunday August 3rd at 400pmnbspDuring the service at which Bishop Julian will preach a reconstructed First World War Memorial will be dedicated The original was removed from the Cathedral some years ago nbspFor details of the names on the memorial click on the following linkuserfilesfileSDOC1339pdfnbspAt the end of the service commemorative candles with a poppy motif will be distributed one to each parish The candles have been specially commissioned by the Diocese to support individual parish commemorations which may begin with a vigil on the following day August 4th when war was declared at 1100pmnbspIt is hoped that each parish will send a designated representative to collect a candle either at the end of the service on August 3rd or if this is not possible from the Virgers Office in the Cathedral on August 4th between 830am and 515pmnbspThe service on August 3rd and vigils on August 4th mark the start of a four year commemoration nbspResources to support this may be found on the Diocesan Website on this pagenbspnbspRonnie Semley25072014nbsp

Service to commemorate centenary of outbreak of WW1

A damaged World War One Memorial honouring the deaths of 72 Lancashire soldiers has been reconstructed and will be rededicated to mark the Centenary of the start of the conflict this Sunday 3 AugustnbspA special service is being held at Blackburn Cathedral at 4pm when the Memorial will be rededicated by the Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev Julian HendersonnbspA new inscription on the base of the Memorial will record that the service is being held on the 100th Anniversary and will remember all the fallen of Lancashire as well as the 72 from Blackburn for whom the Memorial was originally installednbspThe Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire the High Sheriff mayors and civic dignitaries from the county and clergy from the Blackburn Diocese are also being invited to attend the servicenbspBishop Julian said yesterday This is a solemn and important event for the Diocese of Blackburn and County of Lancashire as we remember the events of a hundred years ago which led to the tragedy of the First World War nbspCivic and religious leaders and representatives of our parishes will join me at the Cathedral as we think of those many many servicemen and women who left our towns and villages with heads held high for the fields of France so many of whom did not returnnbspThe occasion will also be marked in a variety of ways in parishes across the County in towns and villages where the losses between 1914 and 1918 were felt so keenly Many churches will conduct vigil services as they reflect on the darkness and suffering of war both a hundred years ago and today and pray for the peace of the worldnbspDuring the service the Area Deans will collect candles which will be placed in each parish church throughout the Diocese on Monday 4 August where they will be lit until 11pm when war was declared and remain unlit except on occasions of Remembrance until Armistice Day 2018nbspThe Cathedrals Canon Sacrist Andrew Hindley who has been in charge of the restoration of the Memorial explained its historynbspIt was placed in the then Blackburn Parish Church now the Cathedral in November 1920 just two years after the war ended and contained the names of 72 soldiers from the parish who had fallennbspCanon Hindley said Sadly it was dismantled in 1965 when the Cathedral was undergoing massive internal changes Much of the frame and carvings were lost at that time Only the four bronze panels bearing the names of the fallen and five wood carvings of angels survivednbspWe did discover that photographs and newspaper cuttings from the Lancashire Telegraph then the Northern Daily Telegraph still existed in their files and although no drawings or original plans survived in the archives we then explored the possibility of remaking the MemorialnbspLast year the Cathedral Chapter decided that the reconstruction of the Memorial should be the centrepiece of rededication on the 100th Anniversary and should be a county event nbspThe remaking of the Memorial was put in the hands of a Blackburn firm of joiners Cooper Bespoke JoinerynbspCanon Hindley said Now what we really want is to find as many relatives of the men named on the Memorial as possible in the hope that they can come and join us for this very special occasionnbspThe Dean of Blackburn the Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said The loss of the War Memorial in the 1960s should not have happened and we felt that it would be very appropriate to have it reconstructed in time for the Centenary of the start of the Great WarnbspIt has taken a lot of planning and research but the outcome is that we have a tangible reminder of the terrible price that was paid in that conflict 100 years agonbspThe original Memorial was designed and made by the Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts whose most famous works on public display include the main gates of Buckingham Palace and Liverpools Liver Bird carvingsnbspHERE PLEASE FIND A SELECTION OF EVENTS BEING HELD TO MARK THE CENTENARY THROUGH THE DIOCESE THIS LIST IS A SELECTION ONLY CONTACT YOUR LOCAL PARISH CHURCH DIRECT TO CHECK WHAT IT IS DOINGnbspnbspSt Matthews Burnley has found the addresses of those listed on their War Memorial They left from these homes never to return The PCC has invited those who now live at these addresses to a special service of commemoration in November 2014nbspSt Stephens Church Little Harwood Blackburn intend to hold a Vigil on 4 August in commemoration of the First World WarnbspAt Lytham St John the Divine the congregation will be holding a Vigil on the evening of Monday 4 August the start of which will be signalled by the tenor bell being tolled 95 times once for each member of St Johns Parish whose name is inscribed on the Memorial to those who gave their lives during that warnbspAs part of Brindles commemoration of the start of the First World War St James Church will be holding a NonEucharistic service at 1030am on 3 August Following this there will be light refreshments served at Brindle Community Hall a WW1 Exhibition to peruse arranged by the Historical Society and Brindle Band will be playing appropriate music for the occasion in the community hall 1130am 230pm nbspSt Pauls in Warton has a number of events planned but the main one will be the dedication of a new flagpole in our village centre with Rev Mike Hartley leading prayers a lowering of the flag and playing of the Last Post There is also an exhibition in the church to honour the fallen and the served of Warton with a booklet available about their background and families with details of their regiments and resting places On display will be severalnbspFirst World Warnbspartefacts lent by residents and there will be information on life in the trenchesnbspand at homenbspPoppy wreaths and candles will be available and the church plans to provide First World War type refreshments Local young people will do readings and there will be music a service and a vigil to mark the exact moment when Britain joined the warnbspAt 11pm precisely the Blackburn Cathedral candle will be extinguished and there will be silence in the dark A number of relatives of the local men who fought will attendWe will remember them WW1 Centenary events at St Marys Church Eccleston Monday August 4 Church open all day from 9am to 9pm with exhibition on show during that period Services during the day include a Requiem Eucharist from 1pm to 2pm a service at the war memorial at 630pm and a vigil from 715pm to 9pmnbspAt Houghton Holy Trinity on August 4 it is planned to hold a service at the War Memorial in the evening Then there is a vigil service in church later that evening and the plan is to have seventeen candles one for each name on the roll of honour These candles will be lit at the start of the service and extinguished during it in chronological order of the date they died the candles will be lit individually again on the nearest Sunday to of the date of their deaths over the next four years and a brief history given during that service All candles will finally be lit in 2018 on Remembrance Sunday with the County Service candle to signify that Christ is the Light of the worldThe Bamber BridgeWalton le Dale churches and parishes are having a nighttime walk around each of the indoor and outdoor War Memorials with a short commemoration at each culminating with a candlelit vigil at one in Lostock Hall on the eleventh hour nbspThis will take place at 1045 for 11pm on the 4th AugustnbspnbspAlec Stuttard29072014nbsp

New Festival Video showcases all the fun of a great weekend

A new video has been uploaded to the YouTube channel for The Church of England in Lancashire featuring highlights from the recent Diocesan Summer Festival in Lytham St AnnesnbspBishop Julians Summer Festival ran over the entire weekend of June 21 and 22 at Arnold KEQM SchoolnbspThe Summer Festival drew thousands of all ages from parishes and schools on a scorching hot weekend to enjoy fellowship fun and faith together nbspThe estimated attendance of 3000 over the weekend was particularly impressive as it was one of the busiest weekends for other summer events across LancashirenbspOn the Saturday people participated in activities for all ages throughout the day from exhibitions and resources to praise and worship There was also a football cage bouncy castle rodeo sheep and a climbing wall for people In addition there was a massive Messy Church event for the kids in the afternoonnbspTwo large tents Not Just On Sundae and More than a Church gave Festivalgoers an insight into the wider work of the Church that happens beyond the services that take place every week nbspThey included stands by Together Lancashire and the Church Urban Fund working to tackle poverty and hardship Whalley Abbey the Diocese conference centre Blackburn Cathedral Christian Aid Parish Mission Support the Diocesan Cursillo Group and Urban Saints to name just a fewnbspOne of the main highlights of the whole weekend took place at midday on the Saturday when everyone came together for a giant openair Diocesan Eucharist service which was led Bishop Julian During the service parishes from all over the County laid symbolic stones with their church names on a Road to Emmaus facing the altar Each parish then took away a young Choisya evergreen to plant in their church grounds as a symbol of growthnbspThe Festival continued into the evening on the Saturday as a jazz band from Ripley St Thomas School played over the teatime period before a ceilidh kicked off Then as the sun set there was a Christian rock gig featuring Chip KendallnbspChip K formerly of thebandwithnonamenbspOn the Sunday the focus was on an evangelistic mission event Pilgrim Praise at 5pm preceded by a Pilgrim Walk to the service beginning at 3pm from two points on the Fylde coast Lytham Windmill and Todmorden Road The crowd was led in worship by a supergroup of musicians and singers from across the Diocese led by Sue Witts Assistant Director of Education nbspAlso performing was the One Voice Gospel Choir from PrestonnbspnbspCommenting on the Festival Bishop Julian said It was really important for me in my first year as Diocesan Bishop to hold this event to give as many people as possible from around the Diocese the opportunity to gather togethernbspWe had people attending from Tunstall in the north and Standish in the south and from Blackpool in the West to Burnley in the east as well as all points in betweennbspThe fastmoving short video showcases many aspects of the Festival as outlined above and lasts around five minutes The montage of images is set to two Chip Kendall tracks from his new album which he has kindly provided to the Diocese royaltyfreenbspA longer video is also being worked on and will be uploaded to the YouTube channel when it is readynbspnbspRonnie Semley24072014nbsp

Budget Committee

Budget CommitteeOn Thursday 24th July 2014Time 400pm700pmnbsp

Gaza humanitarian aid

Churches might want to respond to the emergency appeal by the Diocese of Jerusalem for the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in GazanbspThis Anglican hospital is doing some amazing work in responding to the civilian casualties The Jerusalem and Middle East Church Association is helping to facilitate the appeal here in the UKnbspMorenbsphereIndividuals might also want to consider signing the Christian Aid online petition to the Foreign Secretary pressing the Government to do more to work towards a ceasefire See the petitionnbsphere

Thanks from Bishop after his Retirement Service

The Bishop of Burnley The Rt Rev John Goddard has sent a thank you message following the recent special service to mark his retirementnbspBlackburn Cathedral was packed with more than 1000 people last Saturday who came to acknowledge Bishop Johns 43 years of ministry nearly 14 as BishopnbspThe message reads nbspMy brothers and sisters in ChristnbspI hope that you will accept this note as a thank you for your wonderful encouraging yet humbling farewell service It was wonderful to see so many of you therenbspI also want to thank you all for the presentation gift which takes my breath away Vivienne and I will be making plans for our future travellingnbspMany thanks and may God continue to guide the Diocese forward to His glory and the service of allnbspI continue to hold you in my prayersnbspJohnnbspThe service followed a unique tribute paid to the Bishop by the Archbishop of York last week when he became the first Suffragan Bishop ever to be given a Farewell Address by an Archbishop at General Synod during which his significant role in interfaith relations including his role as a founder member of Building Bridges Burnley was acknowledgednbspAnd yesterday Monday Burnley Council held a special Thank You Civic Lunch in honour of Bishop John which was hosted by the Mayor of Burnley Councillor Andy TatchellnbspnbspRonnie Semley22072014nbsp

Quiet Garden Days

An opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for prayer silence reflection and the appreciation of creationnbspQuiet Garden DaysnbspTo be held at the Shireshead Garden Vicarage and ChurchnbspAnd also The Rectory Garden and Church in RibchesternbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp for dates and further informationnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Bishop of Burnley bows out at Special Retirement Service in Blackburn Cathedral

The Bishop of Burnley The Rt Rev John Goddard was the centre of attention on Saturday at a special service to mark his retirementnbspBlackburn Cathedral was packed with more than 1000 people who came to acknowledge Bishop Johns 43 years of ministry nearly 14 as BishopnbspThe service followed a unique tribute paid to the Bishop by the Archbishop of York last week when he became the first Suffragan Bishop ever to be given a Farewell Address by an Archbishop at General Synod during which his significant role in interfaith relations including being a founder member of Building Bridges Burnley was acknowledgednbspIn his tribute at Synod the Archbishop said He has been an inspiration in this and in many other ways He has always spelt out and lived out the social and economic implications of the Gospel nbspHe loves Christs Church and has been fearless and tireless in its defencenbspHe has been a persistent advocate for those in poverty for reconciliation and for building Interfaith Bridges right across the community He has the authority of someone engaged at the grassrootsnbspDuring the Burnley riots in 2001 the newlyappointed Bishop received death threats both through the post and over the phone as he explored the causes of the unrest It was deeply distressing The police were asked to intervenenbspDespite the intimidation Bishop John took on a role within a task force to investigate the cause of the riots and improve interfaith relationships in the town an achievement he is rightly proud ofnbspMeanwhile at the service in Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday the congregation heard Bishop John speak typically not about himself and his career but of the need for the Church in Lancashire to walk closely together as it moves forward under new Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson and reach out to local communities everywhere in the CountynbspHe said If we saw a child in danger crossing the road we would do anything we could to save it So we must have the same attitude to people in our communities when it comes to the message of eternal lifenbspWe should change up a gear and be less bashful and quiet about our faithnbspWatching the Bishop make his final sermon were Lord Shuttleworth Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire High Sheriff of Lancashire Dr Barry Johnson ViceChair of Lancashire County Council Cllr Margaret Brindle plus the Mayors and consorts from many of Lancashires boroughs including Blackburn Burnley Wyre South Ribble and HyndburnnbspClergy including many ecumenical representatives as well as Anglican also came to celebrate a final Eucharist with the popular BishopnbspSenior Anglican Bishops attending including Bishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn together with his two immediate predecessors Rt Rev Alan Chesters and Rt Rev Nicholas Reade the current Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and Rt Rev Cyril Ashton an honorary assistant bishop of the Diocese of BlackburnnbspThe current Archdeacons of Blackburn and Lancaster The Venerable John Hawley and The Venerable Michael Everitt also attended the servicenbspAs the service drew to a close warm tributes were paid by many dignitariesnbspBishop Geoff of Lancaster said We all recognise the great ministry of John and his wife Vivienne bringing glory to the living GodnbspBishop John spent just over a year as Acting Bishop of Blackburn following the retirement of Bishop Nicolas in October 2012nbspIn paying his own tribute the new Bishop of Blackburn Bishop Julian expressed personal gratitude to Bishop John for his support in the first months of his tenure He said John has been a fount of knowledge and has been very gracious with his guidance direction and encouragementnbspGifts were then presented to Bishop John including money collected from around the Diocese to go towards a cruise vouchers for a day at Silverstone a beautiful carved wooden candleholder and a lifebelt and armbands the latter following an anecdote recalled by Bishop Julian about when Bishop John fell off his beloved barge into a canalnbspThe last word at the service went to Bishop John himself With his wife Vivienne at his side he spoke about why he had decided to retire to Tarleton at the edge of Lancashire nbspLancashire is such a special place we came as strangers and were welcomed and have become part of the Lancashire familynbspWe love the straighttalking people of Lancashire they have always made us feel welcome We feel at home here so this is where we will be stayingnbspBurnley Council held a special civic thank you lunch today in honour of Bishop John which was hosted by the Mayor of BurnleynbspRonnie Semley22072014nbsp

Bishop John's Farewell Service

Bishop Johns farewell Eucharist will be held in Blackburn Cathedral at 11am on Saturday 19 JulyBishop John will preside and Bishops Julian Geoff Cyril Nicholas and Alan will all be present nbspNo tickets are required and everyone is most welcome to attendnbspPlease aim to arrive for 1030 when the singing to gather will begin

Blackburn Diocese's Director of Education set to move on

The Director of Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education is set to take up a fresh challengenbspRev Paul Lock who joined the Diocese from a headteacher role in Bolton is to return to a similar position this time as Headteacher of Willow Tree Primary School in St Helens from September nbspHe will continue in his current role as Director of Education until the end of August All schools in the Diocese have been informednbspIn the past Paul has also worked as a deputy head teacher in Bolton and as a class teacher in Wigan Before qualifying as a teacher Paul served as a priest in the Dioceses of Liverpool and London nbspIn all his parish work Paul has been actively involved in work with children and young people nbspHe has also been a governor in many church and community schools including being Chair of Governors on a number of occasionsnbspSpeaking today Paul said In the nearly two years I have worked for the Diocese a lot has been achieved and I am delighted to have been able to play my part in the work herenbspI pay tribute to my colleagues and thank them for their support and I am looking forward to the new challenge which awaits in St Helens from this SeptembernbspRt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn added I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul for what he has achieved in his time at the Diocese nbspWe are keen to appoint Pauls replacement as soon as possible and are already working towards thisnbspnbspRonnie Semley18072014nbsp

Parish of Ribbleton - Concert Series - Patronal Festival & 125th Anniversary of Dedication Concert

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

Budget Committee

Budget CommitteeOn Thursday 17th July 2014Time 400pm700pmnbsp

Bishop of Burnley honoured at General Synod by Archbishop Sentamu

The Bishop of Burnley The Rt Rev John Goddard has been given a rare honour at the meeting of The Church of Englands General Synod in YorknbspFor he has become the first Suffragan Bishop ever to be the recipient of an Archbishops Farewell Address at SynodnbspNormally Farewell Addresses are reserved for Diocesan Bishops but the Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu broke with tradition today to honour the Bishop of Burnley who retires this monthnbspFollowing a summary of Bishop Johns career peppered with a series of amusing anecdotes the Archbishop went on to pay fulsome tribute saying Bishop John has always identified with those in poverty in the most deprived areas of our societynbspnbspHe has a passion for the Gospel and a real heart for those with whom our Lord would identify nbspHe has been an inspiration in this and in many other ways He has always spelt out and lived out the social and economic implications of the Gospel nbspHe loves Christs Church and has been fearless and tireless in its defencenbspArchbishop Sentamu continued In the House of Bishops and at General Synod Bishop John has been a trusty champion for the traditional catholic theological perspectivenbspnbspnbspBut he is far from being a single issue Bishop he has been a persistent advocate for those in poverty for reconciliation and for building Interfaith Bridges right across the community He has the authority of someone engaged at the grassrootsnbspDuring the Burnley riots in 2001 the newlyappointed Bishop received death threats both through the post and over the phone as he explored the causes of the unrest It was deeply distressing The police were asked to intervenenbspDespite the intimidation Bishop John took on a role within a task force to investigate the cause of the riots and improve interfaith relationships in the town an achievement he is rightly proud ofThe full text of the Archbishops tribute at General Synod can be read on his website hereSpeaking today following the tribute Bishop John said I was delighted to receive the honour of a Farewell Address and felt both encouraged and strongly affirmed by it I was pleased the Archbishop felt I had played an important part in seeking unity and that he noted my work in deprived areas and on interfaith mattersAnd Bishop John added I was also gobsmacked by the applause that followed which seemed to go on foreverBishop of Burnleys retirement service takes place at Blackburn Cathedral this Saturday July 19 at 11am The event is not ticketed and all are welcome to attendnbsp See this story for more Click here for a full interview with Bishop John on the occasion of his retirement This is an unedited version of an interview which appears in this months edition of the Diocese magazine The Seenbsp

Lancashire Bishops respond to 'Yes' Vote on Women Bishops at Church of England General Synod

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has welcomed the result of the vote at the Church of Englands General Synod which has just passed legislation to allow Women BishopsnbspMeanwhile the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev John Goddard who is opposed to women clergy is pleased that a way forward has been found that accommodates all viewsnbspBishop Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster said the vote means women can now serve equally in every task in the churchnbspRev Canon Fleur Green Bishops Adviser on Womens Ministry says it is positive step forwardnbspThe vote today came after previous proposed legislation was rejected in November 2012nbspIn the 18 months since work has been done to identify a new approach which would receive the necessary supportnbspThe new legislation to allow women to become Bishops as with the old fell under Article 8 of the Constitution of the General Synod meaning that it could not receive the final approval of the General Synod unless it has first been approved by the majority of the dioceses in the Church of EnglandnbspAll the Dioceses including Blackburn Diocese The Church of England in Lancashire voted in favour paving the way for the historic vote todaynbspResponding to the result Bishop Julian The Bishop of Blackburn said I am delighted General Synod has taken this historic step which means women will now take their place alongside men as Bishops in the futurenbspI am fully supportive of women clergy serving in every part of the Churchs leadership and I recently ordained male and female priests in Blackburn CathedralnbspDespite his support for women Bishops and women Clergy in general it is now wellknown that when a previous set of proposals for women Bishops came before General Synod for final approval in 2012 Bishop Julian who was then Archdeacon of Dorking in Surrey voted against the measurenbspHe took this stance because he believed not enough consideration had been given to those unable to accept the ministry of women Priests and BishopsnbspAs a result and since being appointed as the Diocesan Bishop in Lancashire in 2013 The Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Bishop of Blackburn has been careful to reach out to people on both sides of the debatenbspHe said today I hope my vote at General Synod in November 2012 was a reassurance to those opposed to this development nbspI have always wanted to be a figure of unity on this matter and have strived to ensure there would be an honoured place for both positions within the mainstream of the Church of EnglandnbspBishop Julian added Given my previous position I am heartened that we have now reached a point where the proposals have been accepted while at the same time ensuring that those in Lancashire and elsewhere who in all conscience cannot accept women Bishops will not be marginalised and wont be pushed to the edge of The Church of EnglandnbspBishop John Goddard the Bishop of Burnley added The unity of the Church is very important to me Anything that could disrupt it I have thought theologically carefully about and then taken a stance On principle therefore I voted against the measurenbspNevertheless as I have taken such stances I have always aimed to engage with those who disagree with me but to engage with honesty and by Gods grace I am pleased today that we seem to have found a way through in relation to this issuenbspMeanwhile Bishop Geoff Pearson the Bishop of Lancaster said This vote helps women to serve equally in every task within the church It helps us all to move forward in mission nbspThose of us in favour will have to work gracefully and generously with those who will be disappointed with todays resultAlso commenting on the positive outcome today was Rev Canon Fleur Green Bishops Adviser on Women Ministry in The Church of England in Lancashire She said This is a great day for the Church of England a positive step forward to have women BishopsnbspIt gives us a level playing field and when a future vacancy arises everyone who wants to apply can be considered and the best person can then be chosen whoever that may beBishop Julian spoke after the vote on the BBC Radio Lancs Graham Liver programme You can listen to that interview here until July 22 Listen from 2h 21mAnd Bishop John was interviewed on the same programme on the day the vote was due to take place That interview is here and available until July 21 Listen from 1h 23m 30snbspRonnie Semley14072014nbspnbsp

Schools come together for end of term dance spectacular

The Big Dance Event is taking place on Thursday July 17 at St James Church Lower Darwen where the vicar is Rev Tim HorobinnbspChildren from four primary schools and Darwen Vale High School all in the parish are coming together to perform one or two dances of their own in the graveyard outside the churchnbspThere will be a teachers band made up of headteachers and teachers from two schoolsnbspDarwen Vale students have choreographed the final dance and have visited the primary schools to teach the children so they can all come together to perform the final dance on the day to make it a fantastic example of the schools coming together to perform a great outdoor eventnbspThe schools are hoping to create lovely memories for the children of the schools taking part while forging good links between all the schools at the same time nbspThe Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen will be attending and closing the event while Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson will call in at the start of the event around 130pmnbspThe schools will begin arriving from 1pm and the teachers band will be on stage playing and singing from that pointnbspnbspRonnie Semley15072014nbsp

A Prayer Walk - 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 discipleshipnbspA Prayer WalknbspOn Sunday 13th July from 300pm to 400pmnbspThrough the grounds of the Abbeyfollowed by Tea and CakenbspCost 350nbspPlease book your place through Whalley Abbey Office 01254 828400nbspnbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Wrea Green St Nicholas

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 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

Quiet Garden Days

An opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for prayer silence reflection and the appreciation of creationnbspQuiet Garden DaysnbspTo be held at the Shireshead Garden Vicarage and ChurchnbspAnd also The Rectory Garden and Church in RibchesternbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp for dates and further informationnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Bumper month for readers of the Church of England Magazine for Lancashire

TWO editions of The See the magazine produced by Blackburn Diocese of the Church of England for parishes across Lancashire are currently outnbspThe first is available online only and is a picturepacked 16 page special telling the whole story of the recent Diocesan Summer Festival held at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St AnnesnbspMeanwhile the regular monthly printed edition is also out now and is available in churches across the County It featuresA special picture on the recent Diocesan Youth Confirmation Camp at Hothersall Lodge in Ribchester Reflections by Rev Canon Fleur Green Bishops Adviser on Womens Ministry on the recent service at Blackburn Cathedral celebrating 20 years of womens ministry The regular column by Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson this month reflecting on forgiveness An interview with soontoretire Bishop John of Burnley by Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagerThe forthcoming August printed edition will feature key highlights from the Summer Festival as the July edition went to press before the Festival took placenbspRecent and archive editions of all editions of The See are available online herenbspnbspRonnie Semley11072014nbsp

Peace and Tranquility this weekend at Whalley Abbey

Everyone seems to lead busy lives these days so heres a great chance to pause and reflect for a momentnbspA Prayer Walk takes place at Whalley Abbey in the heart of the village of Whalley in Lancashire this weekendnbspNestling on the banks of the River Calder in Lancashire Whalley Abbey was a medieval Cistercian monastery and is now a Scheduled Ancient MonumentnbspThe walk is this Sunday July 13 from 3pm to 4pm through the grounds of the Abbey and will be followed by refreshmentsnbspThere will be prayer worship and teaching as well as a chance to soak up Whalley Abbeys beauty and silence before and after the main walk and all for just 350nbspIdeally please book your place through Whalley Abbeys office by calling 01254 828400 The office is open until early afternoon on Saturday If you dont get chance to do so by then however you can still turn up on the daynbspAs well as the ruins at Whalley both low level and standing there are postdissolution gardens and an English Heritage Grade I listed house The whole site is set within the beautiful Whalley Conservation AreanbspFor guests wishing to stay overnight or longer there is also fabulous four star bed and breakfast accommodation available which is ideal for both day and residential conferences wedding receptions and other family celebrations or just for that short break youve been promising yourselfnbspThe Prayer Walk is part of a whole series of spiritual events in 2014 at the Abbey The next event is A Celtic Quiet Day on September 9 nbspTo find out more about this other events still to come or any other aspect of Whalley Abbey log on to httpwwwwhalleyabbeyorg call on 01254 828400 email at officewhalleyabbeyorg or drop a line to Whalley Abbey The Sands Whalley Clitheroe BB7 9SSnbspnbspRonnie Semley11072014nbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Bishop John - An eventful life dedicated to God

On Saturday July 19 a service will be held at Blackburn Cathedral for Rt Rev John Goddard Bishop of Burnley who is retiring after 13 years as Bishop including a year as Acting Diocesan Bishop in 201213 and 44 years as a priest All are invited to the service which begins at 11amnbsp Recently Bishop John sat down with Diocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley to reflect on his long career in ministry nbspHe spoke at length about his years as an urban parish priest his time as Bishop during the Burnley disturbances the future of the Church and much more nbspA strong theme quickly developed as we spoke in Bishop Johns office at Church House namely the importance he places on truth and honesty at all timesnbspThe Bishop acknowledged that throughout his career he has required skills more akin to being a diplomat at timesnbspBut in a society that is increasingly demanding openness and transparency from all those in power or with power it is interesting to hear him discuss his maxim for operating in ordained ministrynbspHe explained Diplomacy is important in the role You should be careful how you talk to people of course but you should not deny any of the truth we are called to tell the truth If we fail to tell the truth how can we follow the one who is The TruthnbspParticularly these days people appreciate a straight answer or want you to say if you dont have an answer which is a straight answer in itself Lying really does upset me as it is destructivenbspThis philosophy has served Bishop John well in all manner of situations from his approach to the ordination of women to the Episcopacy to his time leading the faith response to the disturbances in Burnley in the early noughtiesnbspIn relation to the ordination of women Bishops he said The unity of the Church is very important to me Anything that could disrupt it I have thought theologically carefully about and then taken a stancenbspAs I have taken such stances I have always aimed to engage with those who disagree with me but to engage with honesty and by Gods grace I am pleased we seem to have found a way through in relation to this issuenbspDuring the period of the Burnley disturbances he believes it was by acting with honesty at all times that a way forward was forgednbspBishop John explained Christians from a variety of churches got involved to create a single ecumenical Christian unit from which six were chosen including me to meet with our Muslim faith counterpartsnbspAt this time there was a fear that racism and faith could divide the town We began meeting and from that grew Building Bridges Burnley a partnership of faith organisations which works with others to celebrate diversity promote dialogue and organise activities to develop understanding achieve equality and justicenbspClosing down racism and racist behaviour was vital God created us all and any form of racism is contrary to Gods will in fact it is sinful as it denies the nature of God in creationnbspWorking with others from a variety of faith perspectives who all hold the same view became the key way we could understand each other and move forward to combat together those who wished to divide the town through racismnbspWe were then able to build beyond that to an understanding of how faith race and culture are determinative aspects of our lives that we need to take in everyone very seriouslynbspI call it witness dialogue Engaging in dialogue trusting the other person and being quite clear about your own faith and witnessing to that in how you act and speaknbspAlongside this approach was a commitment to mythbusting to counter the lies being circulated by the far right about Muslims in the area together with displays of solidarity in the face of continued attacksnbspIf incidents took place a firebombing in Burnley Wood of some houses and a shop for example then the very next morning I and the leader of the Muslim community would stand outside stating clearly that this is what happens when you let extremism dictate what happens in your life and in your communitynbspThe Bishop is happy he was able to play a role in the renaissance of Burnley and is delighted to see the town prospering again particularly as it comes at a time when the football club is now in the top flight as wellnbspA premier club for a premier town he chucklesnbspIt wasnt always smiles thoughnbspThere were unpleasant times when people threatened me and others I was working alongside with violence but you have to stick to the work which is laid upon younbspUltimately however things began to turn around but the Bishop is keen to stress it has been a collaborative effort with faith colleagues but also many local partners Everyone from the football club to Burnley Council has been involved in helping Burnley to overcome fear as he puts itnbspBishop John was born in the town of Midsomer Norton in Somerset 67 years ago His father was a vicar and the family moved several times when he was a child from Swindon to Bristol to GuildfordnbspAt university St Chads College Durham he met wifetobe Vivienne on his very first day on campus and they married in 1970 the weekend after he graduated The couple have two grownup adopted sons In retirement they will continue to live in their current home in Tarleton near SouthportnbspBishop John has worked in urban parishes throughout his career apart from four years in Edinburgh from 1988 to 1992 when he was VicePrincipal of Edinburgh Theological College He was ordained Deacon in 1970 and priest in 1971 and his first parish Southbank in York Diocese was in the poorest council ward in the UK at the time A later parish All Saints in Middlesborough was based in the heart of the red light districtnbspBishop John and Vivienne have had an eclectic variety of vicarages to live in over this time even a flat in a tower block but such was his vocational commitment that on three occasions they didnt even check out the vicarage in advance choosing instead to follow Gods call and trust in HimnbspIn turn Bishop John feels he and wife Vivienne we are a team have been able to make a real difference to lives in the parishes where they have servednbspHe said There is always a need to engage very directly in such communities and you can do so in a number of ways Sometimes its the basics sometimes its something more for example campaigning for better housing in certain areas where Ive servednbspBut if its only social work something is missing The social work has to come from a church that follows the pattern of Christ In many of my parishes there was a great need which hopefully was also a seedbed for evangelism God cares for people wherever they are and the churchs job is to mirror thatnbspOne of the purposes of the church is to give people hope You can become a centre of belonging and a centre of valuingnbspSuch involvement gives the church credibility and you can follow through by saying I do this because I want to show something of Gods compassion and hopefully people will want to know morenbspThe Bishop continued All Saints in the heart of the red light district of Middlesborough was a challenging deprived environment but it was also a wonderful place to worknbspWe visited ceaselessly and looked to social engagement for the benefit of the community Within the church you develop discipleship and the richness and glory of Worship which is not only fitting to God but also attractive to people and they are drawn innbspThere were a great variety of people to deal with but the honesty and straightforwardness was marked and we were very blessed with great growthnbspBishop John is a passionate believer in the difference the Church makes in so many communities across the UK but also wants to see the right support continue to be offered to those who servenbspIn some places after 5pm when everywhere else has closed the priest is the only person to turn to The church needs to be localnbspThis can create pressure what I call the goldfish issue Often you can feel the pressure of people looking in upon your lifenbspIt can be very draining and thats why there needs to be proper support The church needs to learn given the potential for reduced numbers of clergy in the future how we not only support the clergy but also the lay leadership otherwise we will retreat from the very places where incarnational leadership is needednbspSo is the Bishop hopeful about the future of the ChurchnbspI do have a real hope for the future he says I think God is doing great things not just in the Church in this country but around the world We tend to judge things from our own perspective but we forget the growing church around the world especially in AfricanbspWe make a difference in so many ways in local communities for example foodbanks arise from the importance of being seen to work in mission in society in a visible way If everyone could work like this across the nation then maybe there would be less divisionnbspYoung people are an important part of the Church of course and Bishop John sees them not just as the future of the Church but as the Church here and now He has inspiring views on how the Church should be engaging with young peoplenbspIt is important we have the voice of young people in the Church We need to celebrate the fact that they are therenbspNationally our model of work with those aged 30 and under is not good We have good schools and we need to find ways of marrying what happens in our schools with what goes on in the church and ensure they complement each othernbspWhat attracts children to Church is the freedom to be accepted as they are and also to have a feeling of the otherness the awesomeness and the wonder the relaxed joy that can exist in a church in Christs presencenbspChildren pick up on wonder Reading a story to a child you can watch them immerse themselves I think too much of our worship still tends towards the mundanenbspWhatever the tradition of worship it should be full of wonder so children and adults too can experience the wonder of God in their heartsnbspLooking to the future Bishop John hopes to help out in the local parishes and if asked in neighbouring dioceses supporting the Church in whatever way he is needed But he has a few other projects to get on with as wellnbspThese include spending more time sequence dancing with Vivienne and putting the finishing touches to a refurbished Morris Minor he has bought to trundle around in thats when he is not on his narrow boat So he should be as busy as evernbspHe plans to spend his retirement at the edge of his adopted County of LancashirenbspWe love the straighttalking people of Lancashire they have always made us feel welcome We feel at home here so this is where we will be staying he says with a smileBishop John has also given an interview about his career to Joe Wilson of BBC Radio Lancashire To listen to it available until Sunday July 20nbspclick here The interview is split across the programme and can be heard atnbsp50m 50s 1h 22m 20s 2h 24m 40s and 2h 50m 49snbspRonnie Semley08072014nbsp

Budget Committee - Department Leaders

Budget Committee Department LeadersOn Thursday 3rd July 2014Time 400pm800pmnbsp

Q and A profiles of all 2014 Ordinands

Priests Questions and AnswersnbspReverend Calum CrombienbspReverend Christine MortonnbspReverend James GwynThomasnbspReverend Jane AtkinsonnbspReverend Michael KirbynbspReverend Helen LeathardnbspReverend Stephen HaskettnbspReverend Judith KirkhamnbspReverend Terence MurnanenbspnbspDeacons Questions and AnswersnbspnbspReverend Anne BeverleynbspReverend David StephensonnbspReverend Pauline TaylornbspReverend Kamran BhattinbspReverend Susan SeednbspReverend James GoodwinHudsonnbspnbsp

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Held at Whalley Abbey400pm600pmnbsp

Property Committee

Property CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey1000am1200noonnbsp

Mission & Pastoral Committee

Mission and Pastoral CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey100pm300pmnbsp

Ordinations of Church of England in Lancashire's Priests and Deacons, men and women, takes place at Blackburn Cathedral

The ordinations of new Priests and Deacons for the Church of England in Lancashire took place at the weekend at Blackburn CathedralnbspA total of 16 Ordinands took part in the services one on Saturday for Priests and another Sunday for DeaconsnbspOn Saturday Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson became the first Bishop of Blackburn to ordain women Priests alongside their male colleaguesnbspIt was also the first time a woman Priest has been ordained at Blackburn Cathedral and the first time any Priest has been ordained in the Cathedral since the ordination of women Priests began in 1994 nbspPrevious Diocesan Bishops in Lancashire had ordained women Deacons but not PriestsnbspWhen he took on the role of Diocesan Bishop in October 2013 Bishop Julian pledged his support for women Clergy and women Bishops and said he would be ordaining women as PriestsnbspIn his introduction at the weekend however the Bishop was also careful to acknowledge how he was conscious of those for whom this was a development they could not agree withnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said They were wonderful events and as a strong supporter of women clergy who had promised to introduce a change in the previous diocesan pattern when first appointed to the role of Diocesan Bishop last year I was delighted to be able to ordain both women and men Priests and DeaconsnbspThey have ALL worked hard to reach this point and we give thanks to God for their callingnbspI hope that our Diocese will be a positive example for the whole Church of England in the way in which it upholds and encourages women clergy whilst very importantly continuing to respect and honour all those who are in conscience unable to accept their priestly ministrynbspA total of 10 Priests were ordained at the Cathedral on Saturday nbspMost of the candidates or Ordinands for the Priesthood in 2014 were ordained as Deacons in the Cathedral last yearnbspIn addition to the 10 Priests a further six candidates were ordained as Deacons at another service on Sunday in the Cathedral at 1030amnbspThe Ordinands this year have a wide variety of backgrounds including a lecturer in medical physics several teachers a hairdresser a health club manager and a former policemannbspPrior to their big weekend last week all the Ordinands went on retreat to Whalley Abbey with the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John HawleynbspCoverage of the weekend also features on the Church of England in Lancashires new Twitter feed which can be followed cofelancsnbspnbspRonnie Semley30062014nbsp

Ordination of Deacons

Bishop Julian will ordain men and women to the office and work of a deacon 1030am in the Cathedral

Ordination of Priests

Bishop Julian will ordain men and women to the office and work of a priest 1030am in Blackburn Cathedral

Bishop Julian to be first Diocesan Bishop of the Church of England in Lancashire to ordain Women Priests

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson will become the first Bishop of Blackburn to ordain women Priests this weekendIt will also be the first time a woman Priest has been ordained at Blackburn Cathedral and the first time any Priest has been ordained in the Cathedral since the ordination of women Priests began in 1994nbspWhen he took on the role of Diocesan Bishop in October 2013 Bishop Julian pledged his support for women Clergy and women Bishops and said he would be ordaining women as PriestsnbspThis weekend he fulfils that pledge at the first opportunity the annual ordinations ceremonies for Priests and Deacons at the CathedralnbspSpeaking today during a photocall pictured with all the ordinands on retreat at Whalley Abbey Bishop Julian said I am a strong supporter of women Clergy and I am fully supportive of women in leadership at all levels of the church nbspI promised to introduce a change in the previous Diocesan pattern by ordaining women as Deacons and Priests when first appointed to the role of Diocesan Bishop last year I am looking forward immensely to the ordinations and I feel privileged and happy to be able to ordain ALL the candidates this weekend nbspI hope they and those who join them sense the significance of this commissioning for ordained Christian ministry nbspThey have all worked hard to reach this point and we give thanks to God for their callingA total of 10 priests will be ordained at the Cathedral on Saturday June 28 at the special service beginning at 1030am and conducted by Bishop Julian nbspThe first woman to be ordained will be Jane Atkinson of Kirkham St MichaelnbspMost of the candidates or Ordinands for the Priesthood in 2014 were ordained as Deacons in the Cathedral last year and are now back for this further commissioningnbspIn addition to the 10 Prieststobe a further six candidates will be ordained as Deacons at another ceremony on Sunday in the Cathedral at 1030amnbspPrior to their big weekend ahead all candidates Priests and Deacons are on retreat at Whalley Abbey with the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John HawleynbspnbspRonnie Semley27062014nbsp

Christian Muslim Encounters in Lancashire

Christian Muslim Encounters in Lancashire will be hosting a lecture by Dr John A Morrow a well known academic on Muslim Christian history on the 26th June at Burnley Interfaith Centrenbsp His lecture topic will be The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World for more information see attached flyernbsp Rt Revd Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster will respond and moderate the lecturenbspDr Morrows work is constructed around covenants that the Prophet concluded with various Christian communities of his time drawn from materials discovered in obscure monasteries collections and book out of print for centuries in some cases newly translating them into English as well as providing cogent arguments for their validitynbspMore information can be found here httpwwwcovenantsoftheprophetcomnbspDr Morrow has served as a faculty member and administrator at numerous colleges and universities and has authored and edited many books including the Encyclopedia of Islamic Herbal Medicine McFarland 2011 Religion and Revolution Spiritual and Political Islam in Ernesto Cardenal Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2012 and Islamic Images and Ideas Essays on Sacred Symbolism McFarland 2013nbspYou could book a place following this linknbsphttpswwweventbritecoukethecovenantsoftheprophetmuhammadwithchristiansbydrjohnmorrowtickets11734531299nbspnbsp

Festival Coverage - Bishop's Challenge - Online Magazine Out

Churchgoers from across Lancashire have been given strong words of encouragement from their Diocesan Bishop and the Archbishop of York at their Summer Festival in Lytham St AnnesnbspLancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson challenged the Church of England in Lancashire to raise its game in spreading the Word about God and Jesus while the Archbishop The Most Rev John Sentamu urged them to be bold and go for itFull coverage of the Summer Festival is now available in a special colour online edition of The See and there will also be coverage in the next available printed edition of The See in churches in early AugustnbspSpeaking at the largest Christian gathering in the region this summer the free Diocesan Summer Festival which took place in baking sunshine over the weekend at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St Annes on the Fylde Coast Bishop Julian said churches need to have confidence in the GospelnbspWe should be a Christcentred Diocese preaching and teaching in a way that leaves hearts burning for Christ said Bishop JuliannbspIn our walk with Christ we shouldnt overcomplicate the message either Just keep it simple and have the confidence to make our services welcoming to allnbspAs a Diocese we need to find in that confidence a way to raise our game so we are known collectively and in local parishes as communities who speak out for Christ he addednbspThe Summer Festival drew thousands of all ages from parishes and schools to Lytham St Annes on a scorching hot weekend to enjoy fellowship fun and faith together They were also sent powerful greetings by the Archbishop of York in a message read out at the Pilgrim Praise event on day twonbspThe estimated attendance of 2500 was particularly impressive as it was one of the busiest weekends for other summer events across LancashirenbspThe weekend was fully supported by a raft of preevent communications on multiple platforms and throughout the two days via a special Festival Twitter feed which now tells the complete story of the event as well as the Diocese YouTube channel nbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said It was really important for me in my first year as Diocesan Bishop to hold this event to give as many people as possible from around the Diocese the opportunity to gather togethernbspWe have people here from Tunstall in the north and Standish in the south and from Blackpool in the West to Burnley in the east as well as all points in betweennbspIts been like a big party and everyone has had fun one church St Laurences in Chorley has even come here today in a Summer Holiday London busnbspYoungsters from church schools played a prominent part in the event with schools sending choirs dancers and even a jazz bandnbspOn the Saturday people participated in activities for all ages throughout the day from exhibitions and resources to praise and worship There was also a football cage bouncy castle rodeo sheep and a climbing wall for people In addition there was a massive Messy Church event for the kids in the afternoonnbspTwo large tents Not Just On Sundae and More than a Church gave Festivalgoers an insight into the wider work of the Church that happens beyond the services that take place every week nbspThey included stands by Together Lancashire and the Church Urban Fund working to tackle poverty and hardship Whalley Abbey the Diocese conference centre Blackburn Cathedral Christian Aid Parish Mission Support the Diocesan Cursillo Group and Urban Saints to name just a fewnbspOne of the main highlights of the whole weekend took place at midday on the Saturday when everyone came together for a giant openair Diocesan Eucharist service which was led Bishop Julian During the service parishes from all over the County laid symbolic stones with their church names on a Road to Emmaus facing the altar Each parish then took away a young Choisya evergreen to plant in their church grounds as a symbol of growthnbspThe Festival continued into the evening on the Saturday as a jazz band from Ripley St Thomas School played over the teatime period before a ceilidh kicked off Then as the sun set there was a Christian rock gig featuring Chip KendallChip K formerly of thebandwithnonamenbspOn the Sunday the focus was on an evangelistic mission event Pilgrim Praise at 5pm preceded by a Pilgrim Walk to the service beginning at 3pm from two points on the Fylde coast Lytham Windmill and Todmorden Road The crowd was led in worship by a supergroup of musicians and singers from across the Diocese led by Sue Witts Assistant Director of Education nbspAlso performing was the One Voice Gospel Choir from PrestonnbspAs the Pilgrim Praise service started the message from the Archbishop of York was read It had been brought to the event by Michael Roberts a retired vicar from Garstang who cycled 115 miles from York to Lytham via Otley Bolton by Bowland and InglewhitenbspThe Archbishop said I was delighted to hear about the invitation for all to join Lancashires Summer Praise event and hope the weather is kind for you nbspWhat a marvellous opportunity to live out the Good News and tell it to others nbspRev Michael Roberts has cycled all the way from the City of York taking in part of the Tour De Yorkshire route to deliver this message nbspRemember praying for others to come to know Christ is a privilege and a joy and loving our neighbours and making disciples of Jesus is exactly what we are called to do Be bold and go for itnbspBishop Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster who coordinated Pilgrim Praise said We hope through our evangelist David Banbury people clearly heard the Christian message and we hope and pray there were people at Pilgrim Praise who heard the Christian message for the first timenbspMeanwhile Bishop Julian summed up why he wanted to organise the huge Festival Everyone needs to belong to someone to something Its part of being human Theres no such thing as the solitary Christian we are a family of faithnbspThat is why church as a Christian community is so important and why we have to work hard at being that fellowship both in the local setting and in the wider sense of playing our part in the universal churchnbspThis was a marvellous opportunity to express that and I am delighted so many people made the effort to be therenbspnbspRonnie Semley24062014nbsp

Refugee Week - Raising Awareness

Raising awareness about issues affecting refugeesnbspTo be held at Blackburn Cathedral onnbsp24th June 2014nbspTime 630pm 800pmnbspFor further information please CLICK HEREnbspnbsp

Cursillo Events 2014

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 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

Come to our exciting FREE Diocesan Summer Festival

One of Lancashires largest summer events is this weekendnbspThe CofE in Lancashires massive FREE Summer Festival is on June 21 and 22nbspVenue is Arnold KEQM School Lytham St AnnesnbspnbspDay one features a whole host of exciting activities and an openair Diocesan Eucharist Day two features a Pilgrim Walk and service of praisenbspEveryone is welcomenbspnbspFull details latest news and PR resources click the festival logo to the rightnbspnbspnbspRonnie SemleyDiocesan Communications Managernbspnbspnbsp

Budget Committee - Department Leaders

Budget Committee Department LeadersOn Thursday 19th June 2014Time 400pm800pmnbsp

Faith Discussions at Blackburn Cathedral

What do you say Is Britain really a Christian CountrynbspThursday 19th June 2014 at 630pmnbspTo be held at Blackburn CathedralnbspFor further information please CLICK HEREnbspnbsp

Safeguarding Help - St Cuthbert's Church, Fulwood

How Do I Apply Online to DBSnbspCarole Pike from Girlguiding UKnbspat St Cuthberts Church Fulwoodnbspon Thursday 19th June 2014nbsp730pm900pmnbspFor further information please CLICK HEREnbspnbsp

Church of England in Lancashire launches Twitter Feed for Summer Festival

The Church of England in Lancashire is piloting its first Diocesewide Twitter feed to coincide with its massive Summer Festival this weekendnbspThis latest foray into social media comes after the launch of a Diocese YouTube Channel in October 2013 nbspThe channel has been very successful with nearly 6000 views on since inceptionnbspWith the Twitter feed initially live for seven days from today the Diocese hopes to reach even more people with news about its activitiesnbspLancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said today We have long aimed to launch a Twitter feed and I am delighted we are able to pilot this to coincide with the Summer FestivalnbspThe Festival promises to be one of the biggest events in the County this summer and is likely the biggest faith gathering in Lancashire this yearnbspWe felt it was important to give people the opportunity to interact online and to be able to find out more about what is happening over the two days via this routenbspThis is one more way of ensuring people feel involved in the work we do and can find out more about the Diocese nbspThe soontoretire Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev John Goddard was also enthusiastic about the Twitter projectnbsp Trying his hand with the Twitter feed today he commented In a recent interview to mark my retirement I said I wanted to continue to see growth in the Church and social media outlets such as Twitter are ideal for this particularly when we want to reach out to younger generations nbspI hope many people follow cofelancs and enjoy the Festival when it happensnbspThe Summer Festival runs over the entire weekend at Arnold KEQM School Lytham St Annes beginning at 10am on Saturday until 9pm and then starting again on Sunday at 3pm with a Pilgrim Walk from two points on the Fylde Coast to Arnold School for a Pilgrim Praise event nbspFor a full itinerary of events over the weekend and other news and information about the festival click the Festival logo on the homepage of the Diocese website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg nbspThe new Twitter feed is managed by Diocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley with help for this week from Youth Chaplains from CofE schools across the County nbspRonnie said today We have been hoping we could launch a Twitter feed for some time now and the Summer Festival gives us the perfect opportunity to pilot onenbspWe will review the feed and response to it after the Festival and I hope we can keep it going so we can feature other updates about what is happening across the DiocesenbspYou can follow the new Twitter feed cofelancs and anyone going to the festival or tweeting about the event should use the hashtag diosummerfest nbspnbspRonnie Semley18062014nbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Leyland St James - Gathering

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 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

Final countdown begins to one of Lancashire's Big Summer Events

Brand new promotional video uploaded to Diocese YouTube channelnbspDedicated area on Diocese website for full information about eventnbspIn just one weeks time there is a chance for everyone in Lancashire to have a fabulous FREE day outnbspIts all thanks to The Church of England in Lancashire which has organised a great FREE Summer Festival weekend at Arnold KEQM School FY8 1DT in Lytham St AnnesnbspThey are expecting thousands to be there including many from churches and schools across the County nbspYou dont have to go to either to get involvednbsp Everyone is welcome nbspSo mark the dates Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22 in your diary nownbspThis week Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson paid a visit to the school in Lytham pictured to see where the event will take place and to look forward to welcoming people from across the CountynbspBishop Julian has issued a personal invitation to attend the event and with the Bishop of Lancaster Geoff Pearson he has also recorded a brand new YouTube video to go alongside a previous promotional video on the Diocese YouTube channel in which he talks about his hopes for the FestivalnbspChurches are being encouraged to play the new video this Sunday at services and schools are being asked to show it at assemblies next weeknbspIn the new video Bishop Julian says Im really excited about the Festival nbspIts going to be an important event when as many people as possible from around the Diocese will gather togethernbspEveryone is welcome to come and see what the Church of England is about in Lancashire and there will be a huge variety of fun activities to enjoynbspPeople are coming from across the County to enjoy the festival and youngsters from church schools will play a prominent part in the event with schools sending choirs dancers and even a jazz bandnbspThe full list of schools to date which have confirmed participation is as followsnbspo St Michaels Church of England High School Chorley o St Wilfrids Church of England Academy Blackburn o All Saints Church of England Primary School Clayton le Moors o Oliversons Church of England Primary School Goosnargho Baines Endowed Church of England Primary School Blackpoolo St Thomas Church of England Primary School St Annes on Seao St James Lower Darweno St Nicholas Church of England Primary School Blackpoolo St Leonards Church of England Primary School Langhoo St Wilfrids Church of England Academy Standisho Ripley St Thomas Lancastero St Pauls Oswaldtwistleo St Pauls Scotforth Lancastero Cardinal Newman College PrestonnbspOn the Saturday people coming to the Festival can join in loads of activities for all ages throughout the day from exhibitions and resources to praise and worshipnbsp There will also be a football cage bouncy castle rodeo sheep and a climbing wall for people of all ages to trynbsp In addition there will also be a massive Messy Church event in the afternoonnbspOne of the main highlights of the whole weekend takes place at midday on the Saturday when everyone attending comes together for a giant openair Diocesan Eucharist service which will be led by Bishop Julian nbspBring a picnic but there will be plenty of food and drink to buy if you prefer and just relaxnbsp The fun goes on into the evening as the jazz band plays over the teatime period before a giant ceilidh kicks offnbsp Then as the sun sets there will be a Christian music gig featuring Chip KendallnbspChip K formerly of thebandwithnoname and now a fantastic singersongwriter in his own rightnbspOn the Sunday the focus will be on an evangelistic mission event nbspThere will be a Pilgrim Praise Service beginning at 5pm at the same venue Arnold School and preceded by a Pilgrim Walk to the service from one of two points on the Fylde coast either Lytham Windmill FY8 5LD or Todmorden Road FY8 2QLnbsp Gather to walk at either of the two gathering areas from 245pm and be ready to head off at 3pm nbspIf youd rather not walk just head to Arnold School directly for the service at 5pmnbspMore information about the whole Summer Festival including timetables and even advice on hiring a coach is now available on a dedicated part of the Diocesan website herenbspBishop Julian added Everyone needs to belong to someone to something nbspIts part of being human nbspTheres no such thing as the solitary Christian we are a family of faithnbspThat is why church as a Christian community is so important and why we have to work hard at being that fellowship both in the local setting and in the wider sense of playing our part in the universal churchnbspWe have a marvellous opportunity next week to express that in attending the Festival so I encourage you to join me and others from across the Diocese on both daysnbspnbspRonnie Semley13062014nbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Property Committee

PropertynbspCommitteenbspnbspTuesday 15th September 2015nbsp1000pm 12 noon

Cathedral Quarter building work now well underway

A HUGE piledriver has started work excavating for foundations on which a 33 million development in the grounds of Blackburn Cathedral Lancashires only Anglican Cathedral will risenbspA new hotel office block shops and the first complete set of Cathedral domestic buildings in 400 years are being built with the aim of restoring the heartbeat to Blackburn town centre nbspThe piling will create a 50space underground car park and basement but great care was being taken so as not to disturb the foundations of the nearby 188yearold cathedralnbspCanon Sacrist Andrew Hindley said This is a special machine that drives in the piles to a depth of 12 metres without any noise or vibrationnbsp Once the piles are in 700 truckloads of earth will be excavated to make way for the underground car parknbsp These are exciting timesnbspThe new building linked to the Cathedral will have nine residences a new 80seat refectory a new Cathedral shop a garden courtyard library and scholars Hall of ResidencenbspThis project which has been 14 years in planning will house both Cathedral clergy and lay staffnbsp It will also contain new state of the art office accommodation for the Cathedral administration and offices for the diocese nbspIt is planned to be completed by autumn 2015nbspAt the same time as the piledriver started work workmen began pulling down an historic building in the grounds of the Cathedral known as St Marys HousenbspThe building was used for office accommodation and was originally a house for the clergy and also used as the song school for the Cathedral choirsnbspCanon Hindley said Some of the stone and all of the slates from the roof will be reused on the new buildingnbsp Anything that is not used will be taken offsite and recycled elsewherenbsp We are sad it is being demolished but it had reached the end of its life nbspThe Dean of Blackburn Christopher Armstrong added I am delighted that this major piece of work has begun in Blackburn Town Centre nbspThis has been a long time in gestation and I would like to voice my admiration and huge thanks for all those who have worked tirelessly with us for the last 10 plus yearsnbspIt will create some shortterm inconvenience but the longterm gains for both the Cathedral and the town centre are incalculablenbsp It will give the people of the town and region something else to treasure in our joint heritagenbspnbspRonnie Semley12062014nbsp

Lancashire Telegraph editorial on our Summer Festival

Following our successful Summer Festival last weekend the Lancashire Telegraph ran a picture special alongside an editorial comment on the eventnbspYou can read the story that went with the picture special hereThe full editorial follows Bringing a family togetherBringing his flock together has been one of theRight Rev Julian Hendersons major objectives since becoming Bishop ofBlackburnAt the weekend thousands of Anglicans gatheredin Lytham to celebrate a summer festival for the whole dioceseThe event was a chance for people from differentparishes who would never normally meet to get to know each otherThey also learnt about the ongoing projects thechurch is involved with such as food banks and charities abroad helping theless fortunateSchool children from across East Lancs also tookpart in the song praise and dance events helping to keep the crowdentertainedThe Bishop of Burnley the Right Rev JohnGoddard summed up the motive behind the event very wellHe said If a family never gets togetherit loses contact When everyone comes together like this you can see we are amassive familyNo doubt the success of the festival held inglorious sunshine will spark many other events will worshippers can sharetheir faith and support one anotherAnd that could make a big difference in the longrun After all together people are stronger and can get a lot more doneLancashire Telegraph Comment June 23 2014

Climate Change, Faith & The Human Condition

Lancaster Treading Lightly Network are hosting a public talk by Alastair McIntosh author of Soil and Souland Hell or High Water selected by Radio 4s Open Book as one of the 2 best books on climate change Lancaster Treading Lightly Network ispart of Lancaster ChurchesTogether and aims to be a catalyst to local people and churches for both contemplation and action in the face of the multiple challenges Contact Hugh Kiddhkadminphonecoopcoop

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Lancaster

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp8th11th June 2014nbspThis visit to Lancaster 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

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Lancaster

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp8th11th June 2014nbspThis visit to Lancaster 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

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Lancaster

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp8th11th June 2014nbspThis visit to Lancaster 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

Loaves and Fishes

St Peters Church in Fleetwood together with Chaucer Community Primary School are taking part in the Loaves and FishesnbspinitiativenbspTo be held on Mondaynbsp9thnbspJune930amnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbspPrayernbsp1000amnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Coastal Watch Tower at Rossall Pointnbsp1100amnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp To the Marquee on the sea front and a chance to see a whole Salmon Cod Whiting etc nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp local fish in our seasnbsp12noon100pmnbspnbspnbspnbspBake Off between three Priests John Hall Tim Horobin and Linda Tomkinsonnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbsp They will cook their favourite fish dish for Year 6 pupils who will then judge the best130pm230pmnbsp nbspnbspIn the afternoon a chance to learn of our Nautical Heritage as some intergenerational activity nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp between elderly residents of Fleetwood and Year 6 pupilsnbspSandwiches and tea will be served200pm300pmnbspnbspnbspnbsp Prayer and Reflection300pmnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspReturn to School

Loaves and Fishes Picnic Lunch

Come to the Blessing on the Beach on Arnside promenade at 12 noon on Monday 9 JunenbspBishops and other leaders of Christian congregations around the Bay will bless newlycaught fish and fresh bread with local schoolchildrennbspBring your own breadandfish picnic and enjoy the company of others against the glorious backdrop of the BaynbspTry to come on foot by bike by bus or train and build up your appetiteClick here for more information about this exciting projectnbsp or via Facebooknbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Lancaster

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp8th11th June 2014nbspThis visit to Lancaster 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

Quiet Garden Days

An opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for prayer silence reflection and the appreciation of creationnbspQuiet Garden DaysnbspTo be held at the Shireshead Garden Vicarage and ChurchnbspAnd also The Rectory Garden and Church in RibchesternbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp for dates and further informationnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Prayer of remembrance for D-Day 70th anniversary

A prayer of remembrance for the 70th anniversary of DDay today June 6Retweet thisOfficial DDay 70 websiteOfficial DDay 70 brochureBBC News coverageDDay assault remembered

Loaves and Fishes will feed many around the Bay!

A special Blessing on the Beach will help mark a weeks worth of celebrations of Gods bounty for Morecambe Bay communitiesnbspThe Loaves and Fishes Project aims to involve as many villages towns schools businesses and organisations which have links to the BaynbspThe aim of the event which runs from Saturday June 7 to Sunday June 15 is to invite as many coastal communities and schools as possible to host a Loaves and Fishes meal open to people of all faiths or nonenbspThe meals of fish and seafood will be served in schools parish halls and in beachside picnicsnbspJohn Rodwell Chair of the Blackburn Diocese Environmental Group said This is a project about creation and community celebrating the gifts of God in the natural world which inspire and nourish us and joining with our neighboursnbspWhat we hope for from this project is a better awareness of the good things that nature provides and the fragile character of the world we share with other creatures nbspThe project will reach a climax at noon on Pentecost Monday June 9 with a Blessing on the Beach on Arnside Promenade in Cumbria nbspAgainst the backdrop of Morecambe Bay Bishops and other faith community leaders will gather with local people and visitors to bless newlycaught fish and freshlybaked bread nbspThe Rt Rev Robert Freeman Bishop of Penrith said This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to glory in Gods goodness and bounty nbspGods provision is perfectly represented by the beauty of Morecambe Bay and the rich harvests which are taken from our seas every daynbspThe Loaves and Fishes Project helps provide an important reminder to us all of the great benefits Morecambe Bay brings to those communities who are on its shores and those further afield and also our need to care for all of Gods creationnbspLancashires Bishop the Rt Rev Julian Henderson added 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 as we eat together nbspHe also challenges us who receive so much from him to be generous in sharing with others nbspThat is why this event is so important and I encourage everyone in the Morecambe Bay area to get involvednbspChildren from Storth Church of England Primary School will perform a specially composed song for the project musicians will accompany and all will join in a grand bringyourown picnic on the beachnbspMeanwhile from Fleetwood right round to Barrow schools and parishes are busy with their own local Loaves and Fishes Projects joining in a breadmaking chain baking and passing yeast on to neighbouring communities practising for a beach bakeoff between three parish priests and making fishshaped biscuits for an ecumenical picnicnbspLoaves amp Fishes participants can share details of their own projects download worship materials and recipes for celebratory meals and find out about the care of our oceans and their wildlife by visiting a website athttpwwwblackburnanglicanorgmoreinfoaspcurrentid537nbspThe project is also providing an opportunity for local fishmongers and bakers to promote their wares better sourcing and sustainable productionnbspFor more information please contact John Rodwell direct on 07908 420058nbspnbspRonnie Semley05062014nbsp

Latest Edition of Church of England Magazine for Lancashire out now

Special Edition focussing on forthcoming Diocesan Summer Festival in Lytham St AnnesRecent and archive editions of The See including the June 2014 edition online hereThe latest edition of The See the magazine produced by Blackburn Diocese of The Church of England for parishes across Lancashire is now available across the CountynbspThe June issue focusses on the forthcoming FREE Diocesan Summer Festival taking place at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St Annes on June 21 and 22 and featuresnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp A message from Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson as the Festival approaches about the importance of fellowship and joining together as a communitynbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Information about promotional material for the festival on the Diocese websitenbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Information about and links to the Festival promotional video on the Diocese YouTube channel for showing in churches and schools as well as a QR code link to the same videonbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp A piece by the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson focussing on the Pilgrim Praise event which forms the centrepiece of the second day of the festivalnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp A full breakdown of activities taking place on both days which include worship bands Messy Church craft activities other activities such as a climbing wall and football cage exhibitions including resources for churches and schools workshops and even a ceilidhWriting in The See magazine about the free festival which is open to churches schools and anyone else who wants a fun day out Bishop Julian says Everyone needs to belong to someone to something nbspIts part of being humannbspTheres no such thing as the solitary Christian nbspThat is why church as a Christian community is so important and why Christians have to work hard at being that fellowship both in the local setting and in the wider sense of playing our part in the universal churchnbspThe Diocese is simply a way of describing the collection of local churches in a specific area in our case Lancashire nbspWe have a marvellous opportunity this month to express that in attending the diocesan festival nbspI hope to see you in the crowdsnbspnbspRonnie Semley04062014nbspnbsp

Parish of Ribbleton - Concert Series - Ascensiontide Concert

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

20th Anniversary of Women Priests

There will be a Eucharist to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests in the Diocese of Blackburn and Church of England on Saturday 24 May 11am in the Cathedralnbsp Bishop Julian will presidenbsp Everyone is most welcome both to the service and to bring a picnic for afterwardsnbsp

Loaves and Fishes Picnic Lunch

Come to the Blessing on the Beach on Arnside promenade at 12 noon on Monday 9 JunenbspBishops and other leaders of Christian congregations around the Bay will bless newlycaught fish and fresh bread with local schoolchildrennbspBring your own breadandfish picnic and enjoy the company of others against the glorious backdrop of the BaynbspTry to come on foot by bike by bus or train and build up your appetiteClick here for more information about this exciting projector via Facebooknbspnbsp

Primary Visitations - Burnley St Peter

Blackburn ArchdeaconrynbspnbspThursday 22ndnbspMaynbspDeaneries nbspBurnley PendlenbspTo be held at Burnley St Peternbspat 730pmnbsp

New Area Dean for Tunstall Deanery is appointed

A new Area Dean has been appointed for Tunstall Deanery in the north of Lancashire by the Countys Bishop Rt Rev Julian HendersonnbspReverend Damian Porter age 47 Vicar of Warton St Oswald with Yealand Conyers St John takes up the post held by Canon Paul Warren of Silverdale St John Church nbspReverend Porter was previously a Vicar in the region at churches in Blackpool and St Annes on Sea and for a time was also Area Dean of Kirkham DeanerynbspThe 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 Pendle Deanery in the eastnbspEach Deanery is run by the Area Dean who also retains his or her role as a local parish priest in addition to the area dutiesnbspThese duties includenbsp helping the Bishop in his care of the Deanerynbsp providing a supportive and collaborative leadership for mission and ministry in the Deanerynbsp convening the Deanery Chapter and cochairing the Deanery Synod meetings and the work of Deanery Synodnbsp sometimes deputising for the ArchdeaconnbspArea Deans also usually have a significant role during clergy vacancies along with churchwardens and also have a role in the appointment of a new incumbentnbspReverend Porter grew up in Staffordshire in the Diocese of Lichfield and trained for the priesthood at Lincoln Theological CollegenbspHe was ordained at Lichfield in 1992 and served his curacy at Pelsall in the West Midlands before coming to The Church of England in Lancashire Diocese of Blackburn in 1996 to be the Vicar of St Anne Greenlands in Blackpool and then five years later to the Parish of St Annes on Sea St Anne Heyhouses nbspDuring this time he also served for a time as Area Dean of Kirkham DeanerynbspReverend Porter has spent the last five years in the north of the Diocese in the more rural parishes of Warton Borwick and Yealand Conyers near CarnforthnbspSpeaking today Reverend Porter said I enjoy being a Parish Priest and I look forward to continuing that ministry whilst also seeking to serve the parishes clergy and people of the Tunstall Deanery and the Diocese of Blackburn as Area DeannbspBishop Julian added Damian brings much experience to the role of Area Dean of Tunstall and I am looking forward to working with him in the coming months and yearsnbspMarried to Yvonne with a son Chad age 18 Reverend Porter has a strong interest in pilgrimage and has led several to places including The Holy Land Assisi Rome Lindisfarne and Walsingham nbspIn his spare time he enjoys anything to do with food caravanning crown green bowling and supporting Morecambe Football ClubnbspnbspRonnie Semley23052014nbsp

Budget Committee

Budget CommiteeOn Thursday 22nd May 2014Time 400pm700pmnbsp

News round-up from The Church of England in Lancashire

Here are 30 short stories featuring activities involving or connected with The Church of England in Lancashire Diocese and its parishes church communications people can use any of these stories or any other stories in the news section on their own websites or in their parish magazinesnbspOne of Lancashires largest summer events takes place in just a few weeks The Church of England in Lancashire is organising a massive FREE Summer Festival on the weekend of June 21 and 22 nbspThe venue is Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St Annes Day one features a whole host of exciting activities and day two features a Pilgrim Walk and service of praise nbspEveryone is welcome and full details are on the Diocese website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and view the promotional video on the Diocese YouTube channel search YouTube for Blackburn DiocesenbspnbspWould 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 nbspThe commitment would be from 915 1130am once a monthnbsp 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 nbspThere is going to be a service to celebrate this in Blackburn Cathedral tomorrow Saturday May 24 nbspThere will be activities from 1015am and the service will start at 11amnbsp 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 Englandnbsp The 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 nbspThere 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 nbspMore 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 nbspThey have over 4000 packs to give awaynbsp You can apply for more than one pack and theme with 420 saplings being the maximum quantity nbspFind out more about and apply online at httpwwwwoodlandtrustorgukplanttreesinyourcommunity nbspnbspShaun Turnbull Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral is recruiting for their Young Peoples Choir teenagers and young adultsnbsp The YPC rehearse on a Thursday evening and sings the Sunday morning 9am Eucharist nbspIt comprises 12 or so teenagers and young adultsnbsp The choir has an active social calendar and has toured and featured on BBC radio and television in the last academic year nbspIts a great opportunity for young musicians to do something to a high standard with their peersnbsp Many of the former members have gone on to read music at universitynbsp For more information contact Shaun on shaunturnbullblackburncathedralcouk nbspnbspBlackburn Diocesan Board of Educations Children and Youth sections have joined forces to launch a new social media site on Pinterest nbspPinterest is a pinboardstyle photosharing website nbspThe DBE site is called BDBE Inspire and will be an online scrap book full of ideas nbspThere are places for a whole host of activities from seasonal crafts to games AND a section they need your help with Messy Churchnbsp Have you had a craft or activity you used at your Messy Church event that worked really well and want to share it with others in the Diocese nbspThen send your image no children in it please along with your church name and a brief description to lindsaywrightblackburnanglicanorg nbspnbspThe 9th Lancaster Organ Festival takes place on Saturday 31st May 2014 nbspEnjoy hearing the three largest organs in Lancaster all in one daynbsp 2pm RC Cathedral with Damian Howard 4pm Lancaster Priory with Ian Pattinson 6pm Town Hall with Dr Peter Litman IOM CathedralnbspNo advance tickets set price 5 per person at each venue on the day Accompanied children under 16 years FREE Tickets include discounts on meals at two local nominated pubs throughout the day Enquiries to 01524 843117 or 07901 82562nbspnbspSt Nicholas Church Wrea Green will be holding a strawberry afternoon tea and craft exhibition on Saturday 14 June 25pmnbsp Enjoy a delicious tea in the beautiful church centrenbsp There will be several exhibitions plant and cake stalls and an organ recitalnbsp Tickets are 4 or come along and pay on the doornbspnbspOn Friday June 6 at St Johns Church Worsthorne Stacksteads Brass Band and Guests are presenting a magical evening to remember with music to suit all tastes finishing with a rousing finale of Last Night at Worsthorne Promsnbsp All proceeds will go towards Church funds nbspReserved seating by ticket 650 from Jim Leaver on 01282 431296 or 07880977866 nbspnbspThe Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev John Goddard is retiring from his post as Bishop of Burnley at the end of July nbspThere will be a farewell service at Blackburn Cathedralnbsp Bishop John hopes as many as possible will come to the 11am Eucharist on July 19 and all are welcome there is no need to book or order tickets nbspBishop Julian has asked Bishop John to preside and to preach at the service nbspThe service will be for the continuing outpouring of the gifts of the spirit upon the Diocese of Blackburn and the moving forward in the proclamation of the Gospelnbsp There will be a variety of music and above all Bishop John hopes it will be a real congregational event to the glory of God when we can sing His praises and rejoice in His presence and offer ourselves in worshipnbspnbspBrindle St James Music Festival is in the midst of a music festival entitled A Month of Music in May and the programme still to come is as follows 24 May Trouble at tMill Folk Group 31 May The Song Rooms Adult Choir and Hoghton Hand Bell Ringers nbspAdults 8 under 16s free price includes refreshments For more details or tickets please contact Richard Evans on 01254 852894 or 07831 738399 or email rjevans25btinternetcomnbspnbspLancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson and The Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong attended the farewell service recently in Braunschweig Cathedral of Bishop Friedrich Bishop of Braunschweig which is the link Diocese of The Church of England in Lancashirenbsp Bishop Friedrich has been in post since 2002 nbspHe has been a strong supporter of ecumenism including being cochair of the Meissen Commission from 2009 nbspHe has given strong support to the link with Blackburn established under the Meissen Agreement between the Church of England and the Evangelical Church in Germany nbspSince 2008 he has been an Ecumenical Canon of Blackburn Cathedral nbspHis final visit to the Diocese was for the Royal Maundy Service at the Cathedral in Holy WeeknbspnbspThe Revs Damian Porter from Tunstall and John Bannister from Preston are planning to lead a Holy Land pilgrimage in partnership with McCabe Travel from November 2 12 2015 nbspThere will be six nights in a hotel in Jerusalem and the remainder of the tour will be at Tiberias on the shore of Lake Galileenbsp They include visits to various sites in and around Jerusalem Bethlehem Nazareth Jericho Masada and the Dead Sea and the Galilee region nbspThey also plan to meet with local Christians and visit two schools one of which is a school for the blindnbsp A local qualified guide will stay with the group for the entire pilgrimage nbspIf you would like a brochure or more information please contact Damian on 01524 732946 or John on 01772 683617nbspnbspBook of Plans Hopes and Dreams Braunschweig and Blackburn Cathedralsnbsp As part of the two Cathedrals First World War commemorations the German Lutheran Cathedral of Braunschweig Brunswick has developed a project in cooperation with Blackburn Cathedral that encourages people not only to reflect upon human loss 100 years ago but also to record our present hopesnbsp This initiative is a competition out of which a book will be formed with people encouraged to write letters both about how lives lost in WW1 might otherwise have developed and also write letters for people who will be reading our words in 2114nbsp Entry is open to anyone in Germany or the UK nbspAll entries must be submitted by midnight on August 14 2014nbsp For further details see httpwwwbookofphdcom or email infobookofphdcomnbspnbspSpecialist Church and Heritage Insurer Ecclesiastical has once again opened its annual Ministry Bursary Awards for applications this monthnbsp 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 nbspThe window to apply has been extended until August 31 nbspThe 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 nbspTo find out more eligibility criteria and to download an application form go to wwwecclesiasticalcommbanbspnbspnbspBlackburn Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship will be holding a meeting on Monday 16th June at St Andrews Church Leylandnbsp There will be coffee and tea served from 915 am and the meeting will start at 1015nbsp The speaker is the Rev Rob Munro Vicar of St Marys Cheadle who recently attended the GAFCON gathering in Nairobinbsp His subject isThe future of Anglicanism GAFCON II All are welcomenbspnbspCome and see which way the wind is blowing at St Leonards Church WaltonleDale nbspWe are holding our annual Open Week from June 9 to June 13 with a spectacular display of 150 weathervanes all individually decorated and on display throughout the church nbspThere will also be various stalls light refreshments an early evening walk and talk by local historian David Hunt and much morenbsp Doors open each day at 11amnbspnbspnbspThe 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 nbspThe website provides further information on leaving a legacy example wording for your Will and information for Solicitors and for PCCs nbspChurch 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 nbspOver the years a wide variety of events have been held ranging from local history tours and archaeology talks to family bug hunts and wildlife walksnbsp Start planning this years event nbspContact 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 programmenbsp The National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects through its grant programmes nbspFrom repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilets its grants enable places of worship to continue to serve their local communitiesnbsp The National Churches Trust also works with local churches trusts on Partnership Grants which can provide funding for urgent repair projectsnbsp 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 nbspAn information pack has been produced by the organisers of the national events which is aimed specifically at parish churches nbspIt contains links to key background information and other important data such as how to apply for Heritage Lottery Grants nbspMore information is available on httpwww1914org nbspnbspOn Saturday July 19 from 10am to 4pm Christ Church Glasson Dock is holding a Book Fair in Glasson Village Hall nbspThis is a special event with up to 10 professional book dealers displaying second hand and antiquarian books of all types priced from 50p to 200 nbspHomemade refreshments will be available all day nbspParking is available near the hall or at the large car park near the Marina nbspGlasson Dock is just off the A588 Lancaster to Cockerham RoadnbspnbspThe Glenn Miller D Day Concert at St Johns Minster Preston Saturday 14th June 2014 at 730pmnbsp With Leyland Band and Octaviusnbsp Canaps and wine includednbsp Admission on door 10 9 if dressed in 40s vintage Contact Fr Timothy on 01772 252528nbspnbspBlackburn Music Society present Music for a Summers Afternoon at Pleasington Priory on Sunday June 15 at 2pm conducted by Tom Newall and accompanied by David ScottThomas nbspAll tickets 6 students free Ticket Secretary 01254 201978 httpwwwblackburnmusicsocietyorguknbspnbspLunchtime Concerts take place at The Parish Church of St George the Martyr Lune Street Preston at 1230pm 130pm nbspConcerts are every 1st and 3rd Friday except in August and January nbspOn June 6 Music for cello and piano by students from the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester On June 20 Emmanuel Vass International Concert Pianistnbsp Doors open at 11am Admission 6 3 students includes real coffee and biscuits Bring your own sandwiches if you wish Further information Edmund J Crighton on 07415 377002nbspnbspA concert by Colne Ladies Choir will be held at St Leonards Church Padiham on Friday June 6 at 730pm Ticket prices 500 for adults 200 for children including refreshments payable on the doornbsp The concert will be an evening of easy listening and all proceeds will go to Christian Aid nbspIn addition to the choir there will be items by the U3A Handbell Ringers and also Eleanor Tomlinson playing solos on the flute and recordernbspnbspGospel to Gershwin is the next in the series of popular concerts at Christ Church Chatburn Sawley Road BB7 4BE and the first in the fund raising series of summer proms takes place on July 4 at 730pmnbsp With live music performance by some of the regions top artists including The Three Valleys Gospel Choir The Pendle Jazz Men and jazz legend Eric Ainsworth nbspTickets are 8 including light refreshment and available by calling 01254 384893 or 01200 441624 or from Roy Porter Butchers Chatburn nbspAll proceeds go towards the Church Development Fund for the creation of disabled and child friendly toilets and kitchen in the churchnbspnbspMinster Open Days Preston Minster Church Street Prestonnbsp Feel free to come and have a look around the Minster Church of Preston Refreshments will be available Saturday July 5 1pm 4pm Saturday July 26 11am 3pm Saturday August 16 11am 3pmnbspnbspSociety of Mary and Forward in Faith Joint Pilgrimage to Ladyewell Fulwood in Preston takes place on Saturday June 7 from midday 330pmnbsp The Principal Celebrants will be Bishop John Goddard and Preacher Father Tom Hoole Director of the Shrine and Parish Priest nbspThe Rosary procession starts at noon at the RC Parish Church nbspRefreshments available but bring a packed lunchnbspnbspBarnacre Exhibition and Flower Festival This years exhibition will be held on Saturday and Sunday July 5 and 6 at All Saints Church Barnacre near Garstang nbspThe theme this year is Around the World nbspThe church will be decorated and there will be various displays and stalls nbspRefreshments will be served from 11am to 5pm on both days nbspThere will be a Festival Communion Service at 1030am on the Sunday morning All welcomenbspnbspA series of lunchtime organ recitals will be given at Preston Minster this summer by David ScottThomasnbsp Lasting approximately 40 minutes the series will run on Wednesdays starting at 1pm on the following dates July 9 and 23 and August 6 and 20 Admission free with retiring collectionnbspnbspThe combined choirs of the Over Wyre churches will sing Choral Evensong for Pentecost at 7pmon Sunday 8th June atSt John the Baptist Pilling nbspRefreshments will be available after the servicenbspnbspCome and Celebrate the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeares birth with a concert given by Blackpool Symphony Orchestra at St Pauls Church Marton Blackpool on Sunday June 22 2014 at 730 pmnbsp Tickets 8 children under 16 freenbsp For further details please ring 01253 692047 01253 767863 or 07727 369085nbspnbspRonnie Semley23052014nbsp

Primary Visitations - Lancaster St Mary (The Priory)

Lancaster ArchdeaconrynbspnbspWednesday 21st MaynbspDeaneries nbspLancaster and MorecambeTunstallnbspTo be held at Lancaster St Mary The Priorynbspat 730pmnbsp

Church of England in Lancashire marks 20 years of Women's Ministry

It is 20 years since the first ordinations of women priests in the Anglican churchnbspThis weekend The Church of England in Lancashire marks the milestone with a special service at Blackburn CathedralnbspThe service follows a similar national one in London a couple of weeks ago which was attended by Lancashires Bishop Right Reverend Julian Henderson and senior women clerics from the Diocese of Blackburn including Reverend Canon Fleur Green Bishops Adviser on Womens Ministry and vicar of St Peters Church in Darwen and Reverend Canon Sue Penfold the Diocesan Director of MinistrynbspThe celebration also comes on the back of the recent Diocese vote to support the ordination of women Bishops and the vote later this year at General Synod which will likely see women overcome this final hurdlenbspSharing the Seeds of Life is the title for this weekends event which takes place on Saturday May 24 at 11amnbspSpeaking today Reverend Green said There were originally 13 women ordained in the Blackburn Diocese on 14th May 1994 at St Johns Church Blackpool and at Lancaster Priory nbspThe service is not only giving thanks for the 20 years since then but will also be a chance to remember key moments and look to the future togethernbspThe celebratory service will be fairly informal with various activities taking place before the service starts from 1015am including a prayer tree a well dressing making badges and the creation of a collage nbspThe collage is to be made up of photos and memories of the ordinations in 1994 and the intention is to put it on display at the Diocesan Summer Festival which takes place in Lytham on June 21 and 22 nbspFollowing this period of activity everyone will be gathered together by the hymn Will you come and follow menbspThe sermon on Saturday will take the form of a conversation moderated by Reverend Libby Lane from Chester Diocese in which Bishop Julian will reflect with a number of women clergy on where we were in 1994 and where we are todaynbspBishop Julian said I am looking forward to this special day and to celebrating together with people from around the Diocese the ministry of our women priests nbspI rejoice in the fact that men and women share together in ordained ministry in our Church today nbspThe celebrations come just a month before I shall become the first Bishop of Blackburn personally to ordain women priests nbspI see this as an important step and I hope that our Diocese will be a positive example for the whole Church of England in the way in which it upholds and encourages its women clergy whilst continuing to respect and honour those who are in conscience unable to accept their priestly ministrynbspnbspRonnie Semley20052014nbsp

Quiet Garden Days

An opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for prayer silence reflection and the appreciation of creationnbspQuiet Garden DaysnbspTo be held at the Shireshead Garden Vicarage and ChurchnbspAnd also The Rectory Garden and Church in RibchesternbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp for dates and further informationnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Lancashire's Bishop looks forward to County Festival

nbspnbspWith just five weeks to go Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson is looking forward to what promises to be one of the regions biggest events of 2014nbspThe Church of England in Lancashire is organising Bishop Julians Summer Festival a massive FREE event over two days on the weekend on June 21 and 22 at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St AnnesnbspParishes and church schools from across the County are looking forward to the big Diocesan weekend but the event is open to EVERYONE who wants a day out to remembernbspThe Bishop who recently featured in an animated YouTube video inviting people to the Festival sees it as an important opportunity to share fellowship together as a Christian community nbspSpeaking today he said Everyone needs to belong to someone to something nbspIts part of being humannbsp Theres no such thing as the solitary Christian we are a family of faithnbspThat is why church as a Christian community is so important and why we have to work hard at being that fellowship both in the local setting and in the wider sense of playing our part in the universal churchnbspWe have a marvellous opportunity next month to express that in attending the free Diocesan Summer Festival on June 21 and June 22nbspI encourage you to join me and others on both the Saturday for a big family and celebration day out and then for Pilgrim Praise on the Sunday afternoon nbspShow the YouTube video in your churches and schools at services and assemblies and share it proactively with your family and friends nbspAlso use the many resources available on the Diocese website to promote the event and encourage people to comenbsp I hope to see you in the crowdsnbspActivities on day one Saturday begin around 10am and run throughout the day nbspThey 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 nbspThere 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 as well as a music concert featuring Christian artistsnbspDay two Sunday focusses on evangelism with a Pilgrim Praise event and begins in earnest in midafternoon with a Pilgrim Walk from two points on the Fylde coast at 3pm nbspBishop Julian will be leading a walk for people coming from the north of the County from the car park at Todmorden Road walking south from the HM Coastguard station along the beach nbspBishop of Burnley Rt Rev John Goddard will lead people coming from the south of the County from the Lytham Windmill north along the pedestrian pathway on the sea wall nbspThey will then join together at Arnold School for an open air worship celebration starting at 5pm nbspIf you dont fancy the walk still make the journey to the celebration event by whatever means youll be very welcomenbspnbspRonnie Semley19052014nbsp

Bishop makes his 'Primary Visitations' across the county and welcomes six new Parishes

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson is in the midst of a series of Primary Visitation events across the regionnbspIn most years Archdeacons carry out Visitations which is the name given to the service at which churchwardens are admitted to officenbsp Churchwardens are both locally elected leaders and officers of the Bishop nbspFrom time to time however a Bishop will personally carry out a Visitation and Bishop Julian decided he would like to do so in his first yearnbspHe is holding Visitation Services in six locations around the county gathering at each the clergy churchwardens and PCC members of two or three DeaneriesnbspThe Visitation Service held recently at Blackburn Cathedral for the deaneries of Accrington Blackburn with Darwen and Whalley had an additional special element nbspIt was the first time that the clergy and wardens of the parishes which have newly become part of Blackburn Diocese had formally gathered at the Cathedral and so it was an occasion for a formal welcome to all of themnbspAs their clergy and wardens were called forward they were greeted with a standing ovationnbsp The Bishop welcomed the new parishes admitted their wardens and prayed for themnbspOnce the Bishop had admitted and prayed for the wardens of all the parishes present he delivered his Visitation charge or sermon this sermon is identical at all the services and took the form of a call to be the healthy body of Christ nbspParticularly he called on our churches to be places with healthy positive relationships nbspHe called on his listeners to be people who took seriously Christs injunction to love one another as I have loved you adding that only if church people behaved in that manner would others be attracted to belongnbspFour Visitation Services have taken place thus far and there are a further two this week one of which will also see the licensing of the new Area Dean of TunstallnbspnbspRonnie Semley19052014nbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Tabor, Preston - Quiet Day

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 102425nbspDateEvent 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

New Area Dean for Accrington Deanery is appointed

A new Area Dean has been appointed for Accrington Deanery by Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian HendersonnbspReverend John Holland age 61 Vicar of the Benefice of Oswaldtwistle will fulfil the role previously held by Reverend Canon Roger Smith of Haslingden St JamesnbspThe 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 Pendle Deanery in the east nbspEach Deanery is run by the Area Dean who also retains his or her role as a local parish priest in addition to the area dutiesnbspThese duties includenbsp helping the Bishop in his care of the Deanerynbsp providing a supportive and collaborative leadership for mission and ministry in the Deanerynbsp convening the Deanery Chapter and cochairing the Deanery Synod meetings and the work of Deanery Synodnbsp sometimes deputising for the ArchdeaconnbspArea Deans also usually have a significant role during clergy vacancies along with churchwardens and also have a role in the appointment of a new incumbentnbspReverend Holland was born and brought up in Cornwall nbspHe studied for the ministry at the Salisbury and Wells Theological College and was ordained in Birmingham Diocese serving his first curacy at Wylde Green Sutton ColdfieldnbspnbspHe then served a second curacy in Swanage Dorset where he had responsibility for a daughter church St Marks Herston nbspJohns first incumbency was at Sixpenny Handley with Pentridge in the Diocese of Salisbury nbspSince then he has worked in Manchester Diocese at St Johns Failsworth and Christ Church AshtonunderLyne nbspHe returned to his native Cornwall and was Priest in Charge of Lelant and Carbis Bay St Ives before making the journey north again to take up his present position as PriestinCharge of Oswaldtwistle in 2010 nbspHe became Vicar with the formation of the new Benefice of Oswaldtwistle in 2012 nbspJohn is married to Jean and they have three adult children Simon Peter and Anna nbspIn his spare time he enjoys music reading and walkingnbspReverend Holland who will be licensed at Immanuel Oswaldtwistle on June 16 at 7pm said today I am delighted to accept this appointment and I am looking forward to getting involved in the new challenges it presents with the strong support of my wife JeannbspBishop Julian added John brings much experience to the role of Area Dean of Accrington and I am looking forward to working with him in the coming months and yearsnbspnbspRonnie Semley16052014nbsp

Lancashire Bishops say 'Use your Vote next Thursday'

nbspnbspAll three Bishops of The Church of England in Lancashire today urge everyone to use their vote in the elections to take place next ThursdaynbspThe Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev John Goddard Bishop of Burnley and the Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster have today issued a joint statement which calls on people across the region to make sure they cast their vote and to use it to support parties which promote positive relationships and mutual respect between all communitiesnbspTheir statement follows nbspOn this coming Thursday 22 May there will be elections to choose those who will represent us as Members of the European ParliamentnbspWe are part of the North West Region of England and will return a total of eight Members of the European Parliament MEPs nbspThe European Elections also coincide with the 2014 local elections in some parts of Lancashire and CumbrianbspWe join with fellow Church Leaders across the different denominations in Lancashire and Cumbria in urging all church members to use their vote on Thursday and to encourage others among your family friends and community to vote toonbspIn the last European elections in 2009 the turnout was low at 317 nbspThis resulted in the BNP gaining seats including one here in the North West RegionnbspWe are not asking you to vote for any particular political partynbsp However we do urge you to cast your vote for those who promote positive relationships and mutual respect between all of our communities and who reject any form of racism xenophobia religious intolerance or discriminationnbspWe believe that if we want to see Christian values prevail in our society then we must participate positively in elections nbspThe right to vote has been hard wonnbsp Lets cherish protect and use itnbspSigned nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspJuliannbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Johnnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp GeoffnbspBishop of Blackburnnbspnbspnbspnbsp Bishop of Burnleynbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspBishop of LancasternbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley16052014nbspnbsp

An Evening with Stuart Townend

Event title An evening with Stuart TownendnbspDate Friday 16 May 2014nbspLocation St Peters church Church Street Darwen BB3 3HEnbspPrice 10 no concessionsnbspTickets available from stpeterschurchnewsgmailcom or 01254 708331nbspWebsite linkhttpwwwstpeterschurchdarwenorg20140227eventsnbspnbsp

Primary Visitations - Chorley St George

Blackburn ArchdeaconrynbspnbspThursday 15th MaynbspDeaneries nbspChorleyLeylandnbspTo be held at Chorley St Georgenbspat 730pmnbspnbsp

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

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN hasnbsppresented Maundy Money at Lancashires Anglican Cathedral to men and women from across the CountyEvery 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 churchThis years visit was the first time The Queen who by tradition is also the Duke of Lancaster has visited Blackburn Cathedral She was accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of EdinburghBuckingham Palace invited 88 men and 88 women from the Diocese in line with The Queens age this year to receive the special coinsThe Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said today I am delighted that the Cathedral was asked to host The Queen for the Maundy ServiceIt has been a huge privilege as well as a great responsibility on behalf of the bishop the Diocese and the County of LancashireThe Queen always enjoys the annual Maundy Service and I am certain she was doubly delighted at the fantastic welcome she received from Lancastrians who turned out in great numbers to greet her on the short journey from Blackburn Station to the CathedralThe event itself was conducted to the glory of God as Maundy Thursday is an important part of any Christians preparation for Easter and I am aware that The Queen conducts her Maundy responsibilities with great devotionThe visit was a wonderful experience for all involvedLancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson who was appointed in October last year added It was wonderful to welcome Her Majesty to the Cathedral in my first year in the DioceseThe occasion was an honour and privilege for Blackburn and for Lancashire The Cathedral looked magnificent for the service and was a credit to the town and the CountynbspHer Majestys gift of Maundy Money to pensioners is symbolic The Money is given in recognition of their service to others over the years and takes place 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 humilitynbspNormally people visit Her Majesty to receive honours so it is also symbolic that today is the only occasion that The Queen travels to make an awardnbspThe Royal party arrived at Blackburn Railway Station at 1045am and they were then driven slowly down Church Street to the Cathedral for the historic servicenbsp In keeping with the wishes of The Queen it was business as usual with very little disruption in the townThat didnt stop thousands of wellwishers lining the street however with Blackburn Market on the route followed by the Royal car bedecked with bunting and flags as many stallholders took time out from their work to join the other crowds to cheer Her MajestyAs the Royal car drew up outside the Cathedral the Royal Standard was raised on top of the spire for the first time ever and the Cathedral became the Chapel Royal for the dayInside the building an expectant crowd stood as a magnificent fanfare echoed around the building and the service beganThe combined Choirs of Blackburn Cathedral and the Chapel Royal then led the congregation in singing the hymn Praise to the holiest in the height as the processions beganThe Cathedral Procession was followed by the Ecumenical Procession and then the Queens Procession which saw Her Majesty become the first ever reigning monarch to enter Blackburn Cathedral and finally The Royal Almonry ProcessionThe last of these included The Children of the Royal Almonry all drawn from Lancashire schools The youngsters are Scarlett Smith 7 from St Marys RC Primary School Langho Kimbarly De Sousa 10 fromnbsp St Annes RC Primary Blackburn Jack Duerden 6 from Feniscowles Junior School and Lucas Woodhouse 8 from St Marys RC Primary OsbaldestonThe Almonry group also included the magnificently attired Yeoman of the Guard the bodyguard of the British Monarch and the oldest British military corps in existence The Yeomen took up positions all around the Cathedral each holding a Yeomanry standardAfter hymns were sung prayers said and Psalms sung by the Choirs The First Lesson was read by The Dean and this was then followed by the first distribution of Maundy Money to recipients on the south side of the CathedralThe Queen looked radiant in a cerisecoloured outfit as she made her way around the aisles to hand out the Money stopping occasionally to speak to some of the recipients and leaving a long trail of happy smiles in her wakeThe Second Lesson was then read by local MP and former Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Jack Straw before the second and final distribution of Maundy Money on the north side of the CathedralPrayers of thanksgiving were then said after the distribution was complete and there followed a stirring rendition of the National Anthem which in keeping with tradition had the second line Long live our noble Duke to recognise the Queens status as The Duke of LancasterThe brief but memorable service was then concluded by a series of retiring processions and the Queen and the Duke then posed for photographs outside the West Door with the Yeoman senior clergy and The Children of the Royal AlmonryIn keeping with Royal Maundy tradition The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh then spent time with religious and civic dignitaries at a reception followed by a civic lunch Both events took place at the Ewood ground of Blackburn Rovers Football ClubMeanwhile the recipients of Maundy Money were the guests of honour at another civic event hosted by Blackburn with Darwen Council at nearby King Georges HallnbspnbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley17042014nbsp

Joint Statement on Nigerian School Girls

Blackburn Cathedral and The Church of England in Lancashire together with the Lancashire Council of Mosques today release a joint statement condemning the recent kidnap of the Nigerian school girlsnbspThe statement also backs the international social media campaign to see the 200 plus girls returned safely to their families nbspIt is signed by Reverend Canon Dr Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral and Abdul Hamid Qureshi Chair of the Lancashire Council of MosquesnbspThe statement followsnbspThe kidnapping of the school girls is very upsetting and distressing for Muslims and Christians in Lancashire nbspThis act cannot be an act of people of faithnbsp The Lancashire Council of Mosques and Blackburn Cathedral have together been at the forefront of developing understanding among different communities and are united in their condemnation of the kidnapping of over 200 school girls in Nigerianbsp This position is also supported by the entire Diocese of Blackburn the Church of England in Lancashire nbspBoth Islam and Christianity are believers in a God of compassion justice and mercy nbspTo behave otherwise is to dishonour what is true letourgirlsgonbspRev Canon Dr Shannon Ledbetter Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral Abdul Hamid Qureshi Chair of the Lancashire Council of MosquesnbspLancashires Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn has a national and international reputation for its groundbreaking work in the area of interfaith relations and community cohesion and for working with many important local partners including the Lancashire Council of Mosques nbspSome time ago it became the first Cathedral in the world to employ a Muslim Dialogue Development Officer Mrs Anjum Anwar MBE and continually works in a proactive way to foster understanding between different faiths and cultures nbspnbspRonnie Semley13052014nbsp

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Held at Whalley Abbey400pm600pmnbsp

Primary Visitations - Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn ArchdeaconrynbspnbspTuesday 13th MaynbspDeaneries nbspAccringtonBlackburn with DarwenWhalleynbspTo be held at Blackburn Cathedralnbspat 730pmnbsp

Bishops 'Join Forces' to support WW1 Poppy Planting Initiative

POPPIES will be grown in churches and church schools across the country as a joint act of remembrance for the centenary of World War One by the Church of England and the Royal British LegionnbspAnd today Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson and other senior clergy from the Diocese of Blackburn urge church schools and churches across the County to plant poppies to commemorate the outbreak of World War OnenbspHe is taking the lead by planting poppies at Bishops House in Salesbury Lancashire this coming Monday May 12 with the Bishops of Lancaster and BurnleynbspThe aim of the national campaign is to commemorate the centenary of WW1 and help make the country awash with poppies later in the year nbspThe campaign is being run jointly with the Royal British Legion and has the backing of The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who recently urged people to plant poppy seeds to remember the terrible events of the First World War and as a sign of our hope in Jesus Christ for peace in the future nbspYou can view a video from the Archbishop on the Dioceses YouTube channel here which was filmed in advance of his own planting session which took place recently on April 30nbspThe Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu also said I encourage parishes and church schools across the country to join together to make many thousands of flowers bloom as a tribute to the sacrifice of past generationsnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian adds his voice to the campaign saying It is vital we remember the millions during the Great War and this is an appropriate way to do so that can be achieved simply by schools and parishes across the CountynbspAs the anniversary approaches in August of this year the poppies at Bishops House and elsewhere will be flowering and will be a fitting reminder of the sacrifice of all those who foughtnbspOf course I want churches and schools to join in the effort but any person or group who can plant some seeds as a token of remembrance should also do sonbspThe poppies planted at Bishops House are seeds from Flanders which are available nationwide from outlets of B amp Q for just 2 with a donation of 1 going towards the work of the Legion The packet is pictured herenbspClick here to find your nearest BampQ storenbspPlease locate seeds at the customer service desk in your local BampQ store Any queries should be directed to BampQ customer services atnbsp bandqcustomerservicesbandqcouknbsp or 0845 609 6688nbspHere are some other resources for schools and parishes to use as wellnbsp A prayer to say whilst planting poppies How to grow poppies Twitter or Facebook Badge for use once seeds have been plantednbspnbspRonnie Semley12052014nbsp

Primary Visitations - Preston St Matthew

Lancaster ArchdeaconrynbspnbspMonday 12th MaynbspDeaneries nbspGarstangPrestonnbspTo be held at Preston St Matthew Parish of The Risen Lordnbspat 730pmnbsp

Yorkshire & the North-East Cymanfa Ganu - Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival

This May the Yorkshire and the NorthEast Welsh HymnSinging Festival is coming to HarrogatenbspCYMANFA GANU Yorkshire amp the NorthEast Welsh HymnSinging FestivalnbspnbspSaturday 10th May 2014nbspServices 200330pm and 445630pmnbspTrinity Methodist Church Trinity Road Harrogate HG2 9AUnbspLeader Yvonne RobertOrganist Nicholas PagenbspCome and sing with us in WelshnbspPrayers readings and introductions bilingualnbspContact Eileen Walker onnbsp01535 66582907931 466810Emailnbspjimwalkermistralcouknbsp

The Bishop's Day at 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 discipleshipnbspThe Bishops DaynbspOn Saturday 10th MaynbspA Quiet Day with Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of BlackburnnbspWalking with Jesus Christnbsp3 Reflections on Luke 241335 with discussion followed by time for private reading and prayernbsp1000amnbsp nbspnbsp Arrive and Coffee1030amnbspnbspnbsp nbspTalk 11200 noonnbspnbspTalk 2100pmnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbsp Soup and Sandwich Lunch200pmnbspnbsp nbsp nbsp Talk 3330pmnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbsp Worship400pmnbsp nbspnbspnbsp nbspDepartnbspCost 1000nbspPlease book your place through the Whalley Abbey Officenbspon 01254 828400nbspnbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Budget Committee (Review)

Budget Committee ReviewOn Thursday 8th May 2014Time 400pm700pm

Cursillo Events 2014 - Hornby St Margaret - Ultreya

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 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

Good News Tour 2014 - Longton St Andrew

Christian Aid North WestnbspGood News Tour 2014nbspWednesday 7th May from 700pm to 900pmat St Andrews Church Liverpool Road Longton PR4 5AAnbspCome 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

Primary Visitations - Cleveleys St Andrew

Lancaster ArchdeaconrynbspnbspTuesday 6th MaynbspDeaneries nbspBlackpoolKirkhamPoultonnbspTo be held at Cleveleys St Andrews at 730pmnbspnbsp

Bishop Julian backs National Push for Christian Aid Week

Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson is encouraging parishes and schools across the County to sign up and raise money for Christian Aid Week which is imminentnbspThe Bishops call comes as the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby releases a special YouTube video which is available to view here on the Diocese YouTube channel to promote the annual eventnbspThe Bishop is joining The Archbishop in asking parishes to go for it and sign up to collect during Christian Aid week May 1117 2014 nbspThe Christian Aid Week theme this year is reconciliation with a special focus on supporting communities in warravaged countries including South Sudan helping them to rebuild their lives and live a life free from fear nbspSpeaking in the specially recorded video the Archbishop calls on parishes to Go for it with the volunteers nbspAcknowledging that it is often difficult for volunteers to find time to go collecting the Archbishop said They may not individually see the fruits of what they do but they are doing something which is seen by God and which changes thingsChristian Aid Week is the longest running doortodoor fundraising week in the UK and raises about 12 million a yearnbsp Many parishes are already involved but there is still time to sign up and order the free collection packs or download the free resources available here on the Christian Aid website nbspAnyone can donate as well at nbsphttpchurchofenglandus2listmanage1comtrackclicku50eac70851c7245ce1ce00c45ampid5669ddbd15ampe259350bb60nbspYou can also view a more general thank you video from the Archbishop to everyone contributing to Christian Aid Week herenbspBishop Julian added The annual collection on behalf of Christian Aid is a chance to remind ourselves of the importance of any donation however small and what that can do when added together with everyone elses totals from around the countrynbsp12m is an amazing sum by anyones standards and I ask people to dig deep and go even further this year so the work of Christian Aid can benefit as many people as possible in great need both in this country and abroadnbspThe campaign is on social media as well and Twitter followers can join the twitter onething and have their photo taken with the one thing they would grab if you had to suddenly flee your home as a refugeenbspnbspRonnie Semley01052014nbsp

An exciting Summer Festival for the whole county

nbspClick here for a promotional poster featuring the music acts on Saturday evening and for Pilgrim PraisenbspDownload a promotional leaflet to use in your church and schoolnbsphereDownload a promotional poster to use in your church and school hereA promotional banner for websites is available herenbsppdf formatA promotional banner for websites is available here png formatAnd here is a link to the official Festival logo for use in all publicitynbspnbspThe Church of England in Lancashire is holding a massive fun festival in June to which everyone in the County is invitednbspThe Festival will be led by Lancashires new Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson who also features in a fun video produced to promote the event andnbspavailable on the Dioceses YouTube Channelnbspin which he issues a personal invitation to every community to attendThousands 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 betweennbspnbspClergy 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 AnnesnbspThey 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 nothing You dont have to attend a Church in the Diocese or a church school either you just have to be prepared to have lots of funnbspFor advise on hiring a coach to the event please click herenbspActivities 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 afternoonnbspEveryone 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 instancenbspnbspIn the meantime Bishop Julian adds Keep the weekend free and I hope to see you therenbspnbspRonnie Semley28042014nbspnbsp

Acclaimed Author Joanne Harris is coming to Lancashire

Joanne will be in conversation with The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong Dean of Blackburn and Anjum Anwar MBE Dialogue Development Officer discussing her new novel Peaches for Monsieur le CurenbspThe FREE event will take place at Blackburn Cathedral on May 1 starting at 630pm with light refreshments being served from 530pm httpgooglmapsUyi9j Joanne is the author of Chocolat which was made into an Oscarnominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp in 2000 as well as ten more bestselling novels nbspHer work is published in over 50 countries and has sold an estimated 30 million copies worldwide nbspA native of Barnsley in South Yorkshire of an English father and a French mother Joanne spent fifteen years as a teacher before becoming a fulltime writer nbsphttpwwwjoanneharriscouk nbspIn Peaches for Monsieur le Cur Joanne returns to the setting and characters of Chocolat and brings the story right up to date by confronting 21st century issues raised by North African immigration to FrancenbspSpeaking today the Dean said I am looking forward to what Im sure will be will be a lively discussion nbspJoanne Harris is one of our foremost authors and we are delighted to be able to host this exciting event which is open to everyonenbspEntry is free but please email anjumanwarblackburncathedralcouk or call 01254 503081 or 07903 731106 to secure your ticketsnbspFor further details about this event please contact Anjum Anwar direct via the contact details abovenbspnbspRonnie Semley30042014nbsp

Pilgrimage Study Morning - Shireshead St James

Pilgrimage Study DaynbspTuesday 29th April 2014nbsp10am 1215pmnbspAt St James ShiresheadnbspAll WelcomenbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp for more informationnbspnbsp

Cathedral Dean's Thanks for Maundy Support

Following the Maundy Thursday Service at the regions Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen the Dean of Blackburn has thanked everyone who supported the event in whatever capacitynbspSpeaking today The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said The whole visit on April 17 was made possible by a number of factors the exceptional work put in by Cathedral and Diocese staff both ordained and lay voluntary and paid nbspThe support of the local Council and other organisations such as Lancashire Police was a huge encouragement as was the support of the local and regional media all of whom were quite brilliant at supporting this local visit alongside their national cousinsnbspWe can all have our moans and groans about local services but because they all have local allegiance theyre very quick to get behind such an inclusive and exciting project such as the visit of The QueennbspDavid Jenkins a recent and very sharp Bishop of Durham once said that if it isnt local then it probably isnt Christian nbspOur choices and activities have to address our immediate situation before they can have a wider relevancenbsp That is how Christ conducted his short ministry in a very small area of the Middle East and what he did there 2000 years ago still moulds the lives of millions today nbspThe origins of the Royal Maundy lie precisely here Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his 12 disciples during their last meal together on the night before he was crucifiednbspThe Queen travelled to Lancashire to perform this simple ceremony on Maundy Thursday nbspShe didnt wash feet but she did present Maundy Money to those who have given their lives in Christian service across the County of Lancashire nbspI am confident that this gesture was inspirational not just for the 176 lucky recipients in the Cathedral on Maundy Thursday but to all others who work alongside them and many more who selflessly serve their neighbournbspResponding to The Deans comments the Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council added Blackburn is well known for its partnership working Its one of the towns strengths Individuals businesses and organisations find ways to come together and make things happen Thats whats happened on and before April 17nbspThis was unlike any ordinary Royal visit which makes it even more special nbspIt was The Queen saying her own thank you to people who have made a contribution to their church and community nbspEven though it was a private ceremony we worked together to make the most of his historic event so that anybody who wanted to could share in the daynbspnbspRonnie Semley29042014nbspnbsp

Special online edition of Diocese Magazine for Maundy

A new special edition of The See the magazine produced by The Church of England in Lancashire for parishes across the county is now availablenbspThe special onlineonly edition is focussed on the events of Maundy Thursday and the visit to the regions Cathedral of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of EdinburghnbspIt has been produced in addition to the regular printed magazine which is sent to parishes every monthnbspDiocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley said today We wanted to tell the whole story of Maundy from start to finish including The Maundy Lecture in March and this was the best way to do itnbspOur regular printed magazine is usually eight pages so producing a special like this allowed for many more pages and indepth coverage with loads of pictures and all in full colournbspThe magazine is for everyone but we appreciate some of the recipients may not be online so we are producing a small number of printed copies so every one of them will shortly receive their own personal copy of the special magazine to keep forevernbspThe new edition is available now in full colour here on the Diocese website or log on to httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and just search for The See nbspThe online magazine also features clickable links to other contentnbsp This special online edition has been produced in addition to the regular printed edition of The See which continues to appear monthlynbsp The next regular monthly edition will be in churches across the Diocese in early June and will also feature some highlights from the Maundy ServicenbspnbspRonnie Semley29042014nbsp

Cathedral flying as Twitter followers reach all-time high

The recent Royal Maundy Service at the Countys Anglican Cathedral set its Twitter feed ablazenbspThe power of social media and the obvious interest in the visit by The Queen meant that Blackburn Cathedrals feed bbcathedral adding many hundreds of followers to its numbers in the week of the visitnbspThis activity reached a peak on the day itself when the Twitter account passed 1000 followers for the first time putting the Cathedral on a par with its illustrious counterpart in CanterburynbspRegular tweets were posted on the day and were viewed by thousands nbspMany pictures tweeted of the event as it happened were viewed in excess of 20000 times and one picture tweeted just as Her Majesty emerged from the West Door of the Cathedral has been viewed more than 43000 timesnbspSpeaking today the Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said The Cathedral in Blackburn is at the heart of the community both locally and regionally and we wanted to make sure as many people as possible were able to follow events on the day by whatever meansnbspFor some that would have been tuning into the great allday coverage on BBC Radio Lancashire and for others it would be buying a local paper nbspBut an increasing number of people also want to access events through social media and this response to our Twitter feed proves the effort to engage via this route was worthwhilenbspDiocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley added We wanted to use bbcathedral to create a social media buzz around the event and it certainly worked nbspAs I was taking pictures of the huge crowds before the service people were even anticipating it was for Twitter and were shouting across to ask me what the account handle name wasnbspInterest in the event the Cathedral the Diocese and the County was huge on the day with people logging in from around the world to follow what was happeningnbsp We are delighted with the resultnbspnbspRonnie Semley29042014nbsp

New Scouts Group Open Evening - Ansdell

Please see the attached Flyernbsp which is an exciting new development here at St Pauls as we seek to support the opening of a new Scout Group here in Ansdell amp Fairhaven details of an Open Evening are attachednbspIf more details are needed please contact Andy Marsden the County Development Officer for West Lancs ScoutsnbspTel 01995 61336nbspnbspnbsp Mobile 07827 344136 Email andymarsdenwestlancsscoutsorgukAddress Waddecar Scout Activity Centre Snape Rake Lane Goosnargh Preston PR3 2EUnbspnbspnbsp

New Academy for the Cidari Trust

A Blackburn school is set to join the Cidari MultiAcademy Trust and will convert to Academy status from May 1nbspThe Church of England in Lancashire runs the Cidari Trust which has been officially operating for a few months nownbspThe school is the first primary school within the Church of England Diocese of Blackburn to join CidarinbspBlackburn St Luke and St Philips Church of England Primary School also becomes the second school to officially join the Trust nbspThe other is Blackpool St Georgesnbsp More will follow in the months to comenbspThere are 242 children on the roll including 38 children in the nursery age 3 11 nbspThe acting Headteacher is Kath Emmerton and Reverend Paul Lock is the Chair of Governors nbspOn joining the Trust the school will be known as St Luke and St Philips School A Church of England AcademynbspFred Kershaw Deputy Director of the Diocesan Board of Education said today By becoming an Academy the school will have freedom from local authority control and more control over how it delivers the curriculum nbspIt will also have the choice to change the length of terms and the school days and holiday arrangements as well as the management of the school finances nbspThe school together with the Diocese consider that academy status is the best option for safeguarding the Christian ethos and is in the best interest of current and future pupils and staffnbspFor more information about the changes please contact Reverend Paul Lock directly nbspPaul is also Director of Education for the Diocesan Board of Education He can be reached on 01254 50 30 70 Ext 255nbspnbspRonnie Semley29042014nbsp

Welcome service for new parishes

A special service at which Bishop Julian will welcome the parishes priests and people of Hurst Green Mitton Waddington BoltonbyBowland Grindleton and Gisburn into the Diocese of Blackburn and Deanery of Whalley nbsp6pm at St Marys Gisburn

Cursillo Events 2014 - Whalley Abbey - Weekend No. 59

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

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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Reflect this week onthe difference you have made may every day be hallowed

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

Maundy visit by Her Majesty The Queen

The Maundy Thursday visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness ThenbspDuke of Edinburgh has taken place and spread a feelgood factor across LancashireA full report on the day itself can be found in the news feed on the right of this panelnbspAlthough the Royal Maundy Service on April 17 at Blackburn Cathedral was a private ticketed event to honour 88 men and 88 women from the county there was lots of opportunities for the wider community to get involvednbspHer Majesty handed out Maundy Money at the regions Cathedral to men and women from across the County The recipients had already had a first taste of what the day will be like when many of them attended the Maundy Lecture at the Cathedral which takes place every year a few weeks before the bid daynbspEvery 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 was the first time The Queen who by tradition is also the Duke of Lancaster had visited Blackburn Cathedral which is Lancashires Anglican Cathedral She was accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of EdinburghnbspBuckingham Palace invited 88 men and 88 women from the Diocese in line with The Queens age this year to receive the special coinsnbspThe Cathedral became the Chapel Royal for the day as The Queen was in attendance and the Royal Standard flew from the cathedral flagpole for the first timenbspWhile the event is principally to mark an important day in the Christian calendar The Queens visit was 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 centre nbspThe Cathedral and The Church of England in Lancashire worked closely with the Council police and other local agencies as well as The Royal Almonry in London to ensure the event ran as smoothly as possible The Royal Almonry is a special permanent office in the Queens Household responsible for the annual servicenbspA full programme of Royal themed activities was planned with Blackburn with Darwen Council working with businesses and groups This included family attractions on Maundy Thursday was part of the normal Easter programme of events in the areanbspSee these pages on the local Council website for morenbspOther linksnbspRoyal Maundy Visitnbsp Four weeks to gonbspBlackburn Cathedral on TwitternbspBlackburn Council on TwitternbspThe Church of England in Lancashire YouTube ChannelnbspBlackburn Cathedral websitenbspThe Church of England in Lancashire websitenbspBlackburn Council websitenbspnbspRonnie Semley07042014nbsp

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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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

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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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End Hunger Fast

Fast today as part of the End Hunger Fast Campaign

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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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

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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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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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

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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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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bishop's Council & Directors

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

Harvest Flower Festival - Winmarleigh Saint Luke

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

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Date 13 SeptemberTime 200 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Finance Committee

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

Property Committee

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

Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

Dates announced for arrival of next Bishop of Blackburn

The dates for both the Consecration and Inauguration Services for the next Bishop of Blackburn have now been announcednbspJulian Henderson currently Archdeacon of Dorking will be consecrated as a Bishop at a special service at York Minster on Thursday October 10nbspOnce he has become Bishop of Blackburn who is the most senior Anglican cleric in Lancashire he then has to be formerly installed as the Bishop in a service at Blackburn CathedralnbspThat Inauguration Service will be at 11am on Saturday October 19 Due to the expected demand for places at the service it will be a ticketed event nbspIn the period following the Inauguration the next Bishop of Blackburn will then make time to travel round the Diocese for a further series of special welcome services to be announcednbspArchdeacon Julian Henderson was announced as the next Bishop of Blackburn on March 1 this year in an event at Blackburn Foodbank when he said 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 responsibilitynbspMy wife Heather 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 excitementThere 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 communitiesnbspAnd speaking today about the announcement of the key dates later this year Archdeacon Julian added I am looking forward immensely to taking up my appointment in LancashireAs the time grows nearer I ask people to join me in praying for everyone involved in the preparations and for days that will stand as a testament to Gods gloryHeather and I continue to value your prayers not just for us but also for Bishop John Goddard and the senior team in the Diocese as they continue to carry the responsibility of the vacancynbspRt Rev John Goddard the Bishop of Burnley and acting Bishop of Blackburn has today formerly written to all clergy and readers across the region with the news about the datesnbspCommenting about the forthcoming services Rt Rev Goddard added We are all looking forward immensely to a new era for Blackburn DioceseWith these dates now announced the excitement and expectation across the Diocese about the arrival of the next Bishop will continue to growWe will be announcing further details about the services themselves in due coursenbspnbspRonnie Semleynbsp19062013

Church Urban Fund teams up with Diocese for video project

Communications staff from the Church Urban Fund CUF will be in the region this Monday June 24 to film a video which will promote Together LancashirenbspThe video will feature on the video stories section of CUFs website and on their YouTube channelnbspCUF will be visiting St Phillips Foodbank in Leeds Road Nelson to film the work going on there and the people who use the centrenbspTogether Lancashire is a joint venture of Church Urban Fund Blackburn Diocese The Church of England in Lancashire and Lancashire Methodist District and 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 poverty nbspThe 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 sectornbspIts current focus is on raising awareness of the issues of poverty coordinating and supporting food poverty initiatives and networking sharing experience and support for church projects and activities using a variety of methods including social medianbspTogether Lancashire is supported by the Esme Fairburn Foundation and further funding is always welcome no matter how small the donation nbspContact Greg Smith covering western Lancashire inc Preston Lancaster Blackpool on 07726 177044 or Gillian Beeley covering eastern Lancashire inc Blackburn Burnley and Pendle on 07904 919413 for more information about donating and getting involvednbspEd Saville Lead Officer for Social Responsibility at Blackburn Diocese commented We are delighted the Church Urban Fund is making the trip here to film the work of Together Lancashire nbspFoodbanks are becoming a feature of modern life in a way we have not seen in the past and every donation is vitalnbsp To have the work of the Foodbank at St Phillips highlighted in this way and through the film the wider work of Together Lancashire is a great boost to everyone involvednbspRonnie Semley Diocesan Communications Manager added We are pleased the Church Urban Fund agreed to film in our Diocesenbsp This is just one of many projects across the region that often go unnoticed so its about time we shone the spotlight on them and demonstrated how the church makes a real difference in lives at the most local levelnbspnbspRonnie Semleynbsp19062013

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

Touring play promises illuminating experience across Lancashire ....

in Blackburn Lytham Preston Whalley Blackburn Diocese and Ormskirk Liverpool DiocesenbspA 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 Hopkinson and with animations by Helen Newall can be seen on Sunday July 28 at Blackburn Cathedral at 7pm and elsewhere across Lancashire at around the same timenbspThe play has been created to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this summernbspIt 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 nbspThe other Lancashire appearances will be at venues in Lytham Preston and Whalley all within Blackburn Diocese as well as Ormskirk which falls under nearby Liverpool Diocese in the period from July 27 to August 1 There will be a postproduction debate on each nightnbspFull details for these other events including contact information are as followsnbspSaturday July 27 St Cuthberts Parish Church Lytham Lancashire 7pmTickets 01253 736488 or janestcuthbertslythamcouknbspSunday July 28 Blackburn Cathedral details abovenbspTuesday July 30 Ormskirk Parish Church Ormskirk Lancashire 730pmTickets Arts Centre Box Office Edge Hill University Tel 01695 584480 or httpwwwedgehillacukrosetheatrewhatsonnbspWednesday July 31 Tabor Carmelite Retreat House Preston Lancashire 2pm730pmTickets 01772 717122 or taborcarmelitenetnbspThursday August 1 Whalley Parish Church Whalley Lancashire 730pmTickets Shaun Smith 01254 823249 or officewhalleypcorguknbsp Event supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council Englandnbsp The use of images in the play by courtesy of the British LibrarynbspnbspRonnie Semleynbsp11062013

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

The Bishop of Blackburns temple lectures

At Blackburn Cathedral on Wednesday June 26 730pm Making Decisions in Medical Ethics Dr David Cook Ethicist Philosopher and Theologian BBC broadcaster from The Moral Maze and The Cutting Edge nbspOn Friday July 5 at 7pm Issues in Social Justice with the Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party MP for Bermondsey since 1983 Privy Council champion of social justice and human rights Question Time regular nbspThese lectures sponsored by the Bishop of Blackburn and hosted by Blackburn Cathedral are named after William Temple and tackle contemporary issues of faith and ethicsnbspEverybody welcome free entry no ticket requirednbspMore information from the Cathedral Canon Ian Stockton directly on 01254 50 30 90 ext 240nbspnbspRonnie Semleynbsp10062013

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

Repair work makes way for green bonus

Repairs at an attractive church in Lancashire have secured an additional environmental bonusnbspAs well as repairing the roof of their building parishioners at St Johns Parish Church Yealand Conyers near Carnforth also installed solar panels which have already helped to recoup a chunk of the original outlay for repairsnbspFurther development inside at the same time has created a meeting area and kitchen space and the chancel area has also been adapted to enable it to be used for small group worship with the addition of multimedia facilities increasing the potential for creative liturgy and worship as well as a muchneeded performance space for the whole villagenbspThe total cost of the work was budgeted at 100000 and this target has been reached via grants including one from the Diocese of Blackburns Grant and Loan Fund as well as another 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 FuturesnbspSee this article on the Diocesan website for much more information If you have further queries andor wish to do a storyfeature on this church transformation please contact Rev Chris Halliwell Blackburn Diocese Rural and Environmental Project Officer direct on 01772 717346 or email chrishalliwellblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbspRonnie Semleynbsp03062013

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

Duggie Dug Dug digs in for fun

Popular Christian childrens entertainer Duggie Dug Dug is coming to Blackburn at the end of JunenbspDoug Duggie Dug Dug Horley has a national and international ministry song writing and working with children nbspSome years ago his song We want to see Jesus lifted high was chosen as the theme song for the Global March for Jesus event and sung by some 25 million people in 176 countries Doug is a recording artist signed to EMIKingsway and Elevation and he has written many other songs that have become childrens favourites nbspWith his team he travels widely putting on family praise parties seminars and celebrations and they will be in Blackburn on June 30 to host a Praise Party from 6pm730pm at the Red Rose Suite Northcote at the Rovers Ewood Park Blackburn nbspThis will be a fun and fast moving event with a mixture of action songs breakdancing funky dance tracks tricks illusions hilarious puppets and sign language songs nbspThere will be lots of audience participation and a hefty measure of fun and laughter thrown in making for a colourful and exciting celebrationnbspTickets 4 per person or 15 per family of four nbspFor further information or to book please contact Susan or Sarah on 01254 503405 or email childrenblackburnanglicanorg nbspnbspRonnie Semley31052013

Countdown to Coronation Anniversary

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen which was held in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday June 2nd 1953And churches across the UK including many in Lancashire are set to celebrate with services and events using specially composed Prayers and Liturgical Material on the actual day Sunday June 2 with other events on the days surrounding the anniversarynbspA special Service of Thanksgiving is also to be held in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday June 4th at 11am It will be televised by the BBCnbspSome events in Lancashire nbsp A celebratory choral evensong for the Coronation anniversary will be held at 4pm on June 2 in Blackburn Cathedral Lord Shuttleworth The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire the Queens representative in the region has invited a large number of representatives of Lancashires civic and other key organisations as well as winners of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service the Queens Award for Enterprise and recent New Years Honour recipients A big turnout is expectednbsp St Chads PoultonleFylde is linking up with The Big Lunch to celebrate the Coronation anniversary on June 2 The Big Lunch is a national Eden Project initiative which encourages communities to come together It is also the weekend of the local gala which has run annually for over 200 yearsnbsp St Wilfreds Church Ribchester is also holding a celebration of 60th anniversary of the Coronation on Sunday June 2 at 1030am There will be a thanksgiving service at the church followed by a celebration lunch There will be childrens activities in the village hall during the service Everyone attending is being encouraged to bring any souvenirs or photos and also to dress to suit the occasion in 1950s fashion if they want tonbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley24052013

Joint statement on the murder of Lee Rigby

The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese and the Lancashire Council of Mosques have issued a joint statement signed by their leaders in the wake of the terrible events in London yesterdayAnglicans and Muslims meet regularly in Lancashire as the AnglicanMuslim ForumnbspThe Bishop of Burnley and acting Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev John Goddard and his Forum counterpart Salim Mulla who is Chair of the Lancashire Council of Mosques and current Mayor of Blackburn said the followingnbspThe Diocese of Blackburn and the Lancashire Council of Mosques meet as the AnglicanMuslim Forum to promote peace and understanding between congregations of the Anglican church and the Islamic faith in LancashireThe terrible murder of the soldier in London yesterday requires us all to work even harder in the cause of peace Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the soldierMay God grant them His strength and peace to cope at this timeWe would urge all people to pray that there will be no escalation of violence and the Police and other authorities are given wisdom as they deal with the situationnbspnbspRonnie Semley23052013

Blackburn Diocese Cursillo Group celebrates 25 years

The successful Blackburn Diocese Cursillo Group had a day of celebration recently to mark its 25th anniversary nbspAnglicans from across Lancashire made the trip to St Ambrose Church Moss Lane in Leyland for events to mark the special day on May 18nbspnbsp nbspAnglican Cursillo is a movement of the church providing a method by which Christians are empowered to grow through prayer study and action and enabled to share Gods love with everyonenbspPeople had travelled from parishes across the Diocese and some who have long had special links with Blackburn Cursillo travelled from further afield from Lincolnshire Cumbria Cheltenham London and SolihullnbspThe Lay President of the British Anglican Cursillo Council Lyn Radcliffe was also present as a special guest together with other Blackburn Diocesan officialsnbspThere was a Eucharist at 11am led by Bishop John Goddard Bishop of Burnley and acting Bishop of Blackburn and Bishop Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster incorporating a procession of weekend leaders or representatives from each of the 57 weekend gettogethers that will have been held since 1988nbspThe long colourful procession also featured many parish Cursillo banners and around 25 clergy were also present to participate nbspThe new Diocesan Cursillo banner which was created by ladies from St Laurences Chorley was dedicated during the service and a participant from Blackburn Diocese Cursillo weekend number 1 read the lesson with a participant from the most recent weekend number 57 delivering the intercessions nbspCursillo members also organised a participative piece of artwork permanently commemorating the day All those attending stuck a passport sized photo of themselves on a Blackburn Diocesan map which will be transformed by a local photographer into an artwork to hang in Whalley Abbey which has played host to many Cursillo weekendsnbspLater in the day there was a concert by the Millennium Chapel Gospel Choir from BoltonnbspRt Rev Goddard commented It was a bright and colourful day of celebration for all who are members of the Cursillo movement in our Diocesenbsp Cursillo originated in Spain in the late 1930snbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbsp It is rooted in the pilgrimage to the shrine of St James at Compostellanbsp Cursillo Weekends developed from the short preparation courses for pilgrimage leadersnbsp Cursillo subsequently spread across the world and was gifted from Texas to the Dioceses of Bangor and Gloucester in 1981nbsp It was to these Dioceses that the first people from Blackburn Diocese went to experience Cursillo in the mid 1980snbsp Following much investment of time by people in Gloucester and Bangor developing and training Blackburn people April 1988 saw the first Blackburn Diocese Cursillo Weekend take place at Whalley Abbeynbsp A further 56 weekends have been held since that time with Blackburn Diocese Cursillo 57 having taken place last monthnbsp Each Cursillo Weekend provides a picture of how every Christian community should operatenbsp The Cursillo is a focus of living in Christian community surrounded by prayer as participants and team worship pray study and share togethernbsp Fifteen talks are presented on each weekend on subjects such as grace sacraments laity study leaders and Christian community in actionnbsp Most importantly there is a support network and ongoing post weekend programme known as The Fourth Day in the Diocese which is open to all and not dependent on having attended a Cursillo Weekendnbsp Cursillo Weekends in Blackburn Diocese normally take place at Whalley Abbey from Thursday evening to Sunday evening twice yearly in April and Octobernbsp Cursillo commends a Rule of Life based on Prayer Study and Actionnbsp Many Anglican Dioceses now offer Cursillo with the approval of the Diocesan Bishop and are affiliated to the British Anglican Cursillo CouncilnbspThe British Anglican Cursillo websitenbspBlackburn Cursillos web pages within the Diocesan website can be found herenbspThe British Anglican Cursillo websitenbspBlackburn Cursillos web pages within the Diocesan website can be found herenbspnbspRonnie Semley20052013

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

BBC takes over Cathedral for three broadcasts, one live

Excitement is mounting at Blackburn Cathedral as the venue prepares to play host to crews from the BBC this weekendnbspAnglicans from all over Lancashire will be heading for the Cathedral for a live television broadcast at 10am on Sunday followed by two further services on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening which are being recorded for future broadcast as part of Songs of PraisenbspAlso in the congregations for the three services will be choirs from across the region and they will be raising their voices to give added impact to the singingnbspMore than 1000 people are expected in the Cathedral on the Sunday and a further 700 will pack the building on Monday Dignitaries at the live service will include the current Mayor of Blackburn Councillor Salim Mulla nbspNo more tickets are available for Sunday but the BBC has said that anyone wanting to come to the service on Monday evening can do so nbspPlease arrive by 530pm at the latestnbspWhile in the region BBC crews have been out and about meeting with Christians who are sharing their stories for inserts in the Songs of Praise broadcastsThey include a piece on a group of South Pacific missionaries from Melanesia who are visiting the UK for 12 weeks and are currently based in Chorley where they are being hosted by St Laurences and St Peters ChurchesnbspOther filmed inserts will include one featuring Blackburn Foodbank which the next Bishop of Blackburn The Venerable Julian Henderson recently chose as the venue for the announcement of his appointmentnbspSpeaking today at the Cathedral as his crews continued to set up around him for the weekend BBC Producer Garry Boon said We are delighted to be back here in Lancashire and Blackburn and have enjoyed our time so farThe buildup to largescale outside broadcasts such as these ones can be very complicated and so I would like to pay tribute to the staff at the Cathedral who have gone out of their way to help us in the weeks leading up to our arrival and particularly during the past few days when we have been on site getting ready and organising rehearsalsnbspThe live broadcast on Sunday morning will be led by Canon Andrew Hindley while the preacher is the Dean The Very Rev Christopher ArmstrongCanon Hindley said We are delighted to welcome the BBCs live Pentecost broadcast team and their Songs of Praise colleagues to the CathedralThe people of Blackburn and Lancashire will give them a warm welcome and will make the events memorableWe are pleased with the response from people from all over Lancashire and thank everyone who is coming to support the servicesnbspnbspRonnie Semley17052013

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

Yorkshire parishes wait to hear if they are moving to Lancashire

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has announced that the Dioceses Commission Draft Reorganisation Scheme for the Dioceses of Bradford Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield will be put to General SynodnbspThe decision means a cluster of parishes currently sitting in Bradford Diocese that may move within the borders of Blackburn Diocese as part of the reorganisation plans will have to wait to hear the outcome of the further deliberations most likely in JulynbspA unanimous yes vote at the recent Blackburn Diocesan Synod meeting in April meant Blackburn Diocese agreed to accept the parishes of Hurst Green Mitton Waddington Grindleton Bolton by Bowland and Gisburn within its boundaries Blackburn Diocese is otherwise unaffected by the plansnbspThe decision was part of ongoing work to create a new combined Diocese via the dissolution of the Dioceses of Bradford Ripon and LeedsnbspEach Diocese affected has now voted individually on whether they support the scheme being implementednbsp Bradford Ripon and Leeds Sheffield and Blackburn Dioceses all voted in favour of the draft scheme progressing Wakefield Diocese voted againstnbspDr Sentamu said Having listened carefully to all the submissions made during the consultation process I know that there are strong views about how we take forward this Diocesan reorganisation however it is clear that what must be at the centre is our mission to best serve peoples needs wherever they liveI have written to the Chair of the Dioceses Commission authorising him to lay the draft scheme before the General Synodnbsp The General Synod will now have the opportunity to debate and decide whether these proposals should be progressedIt does not follow from my decision to refer this matter that the draft scheme will be approved what it does mean is that rather than the process coming to an end the General Synod will be able to form its own view and hear and assess the arguments that will no doubt be put to it from a range of perspectivesThere are wider considerations affecting the Province of York which require the draft scheme to be submitted to the General Synod and I am grateful that we will all have a further opportunity to reflect prayerfully on the proposals that are before usnbspnbspRonnie Semley09052013

South Pacific missionaries arrive in North West England

Melanesians to spend a week living and working in regionnbspA group of missionaries from the South Pacific is coming to Lancashire next weeknbspThe missionaries from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will be based in the Chorley area and are being hosted by St Laurences and St Peters Churches from May 13 19nbspWhile in the region the groups work to be carried out under the banner of Simply Living will be aiming to show how their lifestyle can bring peace and revive communitiesnbspThe event is already attracting a lot of interest with BBC Songs of Praise filming activities for inserts as part of future services being recorded at Blackburn Cathedral on May 19 and 20 which will feature the work of Blackburn Diocese The Church of England in LancashirenbspThe missionaries itinerary and activities includenbsp Time with children and young people from local primary schools St Laurences and St Peters and Chorley St Michaels High School throughout the week looking at care for the environmentnbsp Living out aspects of the Sermon on the Mount and a dramatic presentation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son the latter on May 16nbsp A messy church event at St Peters Churchnbsp An outdoor Pentecost Praise service on Sunday May 19 at St Michaels High School attended by children from all three schools mentioned above nbspThe Bishop of Burnley and acting Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev John Goddard will be welcoming the group to the Diocese and will also lead the Sunday Praise Service nbspAt that service the Bishop will use the staff of one of his predecessors as Bishop of Blackburn Walter Baddeley who served in the Diocese of Blackburn from 1954 to 1960 nbspRt Rev Baddeley was the Bishop of Melanesia from 1932 to 1947 which included the period during the second world war when the islands were occupied by the Imperial Japanese ArmynbspRt Rev Goddard said The Melanesian Anglican tradition is one of prayerful living the promotion of peace and reconciliation and a strong tradition of missionary activity The missionaries are also very environmentally aware and will be sharing some insights into their work to preserve their lowlying islands which are already suffering the effects of sea level risesThe international Anglican Communion is rich in diversity and we are delighted our Melanese brothers and sisters have chosen Lancashire to visit as part of their UK tournbspRev Martin Cox Rector of St Laurences in Chorley and a trustee of the Melanesian Mission in the UK which has prepared for the visit said We are tremendously excited that the time of the visit is almost herenbspThe people of Chorley are very welcoming and Im sure our visitors will immediately feel at home here Their mission is a wonderful opportunity for those looking to reflect refresh or explore their faith in new ways and we expect to learn a lot from each otherEach day the missionaries will be inviting us to pray with them in the manner of their community in Melanesia experiencing the rhythm of their life and giving us a new dimension to our relationship with GodnbspSpeaking on behalf of the Melanesian group Brother Clark Burgy Leader of the Mission said We are looking forward to visiting Lancashire and sharing our lives as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ Please take the opportunity to get to know us as we are out and about in the community getting to know younbspThis group of missionaries have returned to the UK 160 years after John Coleridge Patteson a curate from Alfington Church in East Devon visited the South Pacific islands as a missionarynbspThe visit to Lancashire is part of a much longer visit to Anglican Dioceses across the UK which started just after the enthronement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury and is set to finish in June with a pilgrimage to CanterburynbspnbspRonnie Semley09052013

Bishop welcomes up-turn in attendance figures for Diocese

The Church of England today released its annual statistics for 2011 including figures for Blackburn Diocese revealing a strong and growing trend for Christmas attendance an increase in baptisms and stability in weekly service attendancenbspBlackburn Diocese the Church of England in Lancashire is a key part of this growth story showing the third highest Diocesan rise in average Sunday attendance across the UK with an increase of 44nbspMeanwhile total average weekly attendances for services held across the whole week including Sunday are also showing signs of growth in Blackburn Diocese with a slight increase of 1nbspNationally Christmas 2011 drew 145 more worshippers to Church of England services than attended in 2010 reaching a total of 2618030 nbspIn Blackburn Diocese the total numbers of worshippers was up 10 from 40120 in 2010 to 44100 in 2011nbspWhilst one of the factors for such a high annual increase includes the poor weather in 2010 early returns from 2012 reveal a further increase in Christmas attendance on these high 2011 figures suggesting a potential growing trend for churchgoing at Christmas nbspOn Easter Day in 2011 the figures for all age attendance were down 16 nationally but were down by 1 in Blackburn Diocese from 33800 to 33400Almost half of the Church of Englands regional areas have seen growth in Church attendance with 20 out of 44 dioceses including Blackburn showing increases in attendancenbsp Nationally there was a 12 increase in children and young people attending to 216928 nbspWhile the equivalent total weekly figure in Blackburn Diocese is 2 down it doesnt tell the complete story because Sunday attendances by young people are up 7nbspAlso released today and available on the Church of England website are other figures for church life and activitynbspThe total number of baptisms has increased by 43 nationally and by 7 in Blackburn Diocese nbspThis means that the Church of England as a whole conducted an average of over 2600 baptisms each week during 2011 nbspWeddings saw a slight decrease of 36 in 2011 to 51880nbsp In Blackburn Diocese the numbers of weddings fell by 8 from 1040 to 960nbspChurch of England Clergy and lay ministers conducted 162526 funerals in 2011 a fall of 28 on the previous year in Blackburn Diocese the fall was 1 This reflects figures from the Office for National Statistics which showed a fall of 18 in deaths in England and Wales in 2011 nbspWelcoming the publication of the statistics the Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn the Right Rev John Goddard said These figures are a welcome reminder of the work and service undertaken by the Church of England annuallyBlackburn Diocese has committed itself to growth and it is really good to see that our work to this end seems to be having some form of impactThe attendance figures both locally and nationally are heartening especially the very strong growth in Christmas attendance and the encouraging news of further growth even on these figures in 2012It is my hope that these national statistics reflect an end to the narrative of decline in church attendance with many Dioceses showing growth in the numbers of those both coming to faith and coming to Church nbspIn particular the figures build our confidence as we await our next Bishop of Blackburn The Venerable Julian Henderson and give him an excellent base on which to build his future ministrynbspnbspRonnie Semley07052013

Bishop says thanks

The Venerable Julian Henderson sends thanks to all wellwishersnbspSince the news of the next Bishop of Blackburn was announced last month the Diocese of Blackburn has been inundated with messages of goodwillnbspIn addition a review of the coverage related to announcement about the next Bishop The Venerable Julian Henderson who is currently Archdeacon of Dorking has revealed the story was seen as highly significant being covered by dozens of media outlets regionally and nationallynbspSince the news broke in March many people from across Lancashire and beyond have been sending messages of goodwill nbspResponding to them all The Venerable Julian Henderson said My wife Heather and I would like to thank everyone who has sent greetings to us following the news of my forthcoming election as the next Bishop of BlackburnnbspWe had been told the people of Lancashire are very welcoming to newcomers and we are now beginning to experience this at first hand nbspWe are sorry not to be able to respond more personally to all the messages we have received but hope you will understandnbspWe look forward to meeting you and working with you in due course in what the Apostle Paul calls our partnership in the GospelnbspMedia coverage of the appointment has been extensive with both BBC North West Tonight and ITV Granada Reports covering the announcementnbspArticles also appeared in most local newspapers in Lancashire and local radio featured the announcement prominentlynbspNationally the news featured in Church Times and on many Christian websites and blogsnbspThe announcement was also a major news story on social media including Twitter with many tweets welcoming the appointment including one from the Archbishop of YorknbspnbspRonnie Semley03052013

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

Warm Response to news of next Bishop of Blackburn

Here is a selection of the many messages the Diocese has received from across the region and beyond nbspI am delighted to welcome The Venerable Julian Henderson as Bishop of Blackburnnbsp Julian has many years of Christian Ministry and will bring to his new challenging role the joy of the Christian Gospelnbsp I look forward to working with Julian to advance Gods kingdom of justice and peace in LancashirenbspThe Archbishop of York Dr John SentamunbspOn behalf of all clergy in the Diocese I am delighted to welcome The Venerable Julian Henderson as our next Bishop nbspHe 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 aheadnbsp We are all looking forward immensely to this new era for Blackburn DiocesenbspRt Rev John Goddard Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of BlackburnnbspPlease accept my heartfelt congratulations on your appointment today as well as the prayers of the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster as you begin your new ministry in Blackburnnbsp You can be assured a warm welcome from the people of Lancashire in your care and from your ecumenical brothers and sistersnbspMichael G Campbell OSA Bishop of LancasternbspI warmly congratulate the next Bishop of Blackburn upon his appointment and look forward to his ministry in our CountynbspChairman of Lancashire County Council County Councillor John ShedwicknbspFrom all the staff governors and children of St Laurences Chorley our prayers and best wishes on your new appointment God Bless You AlwaysnbspYvonne Taylor Head Teacher nbspA very warm welcome to our Diocese You would be made very welcome should you ever wish to visit us out on the Fyldenbsp Every blessing in your ministry herenbspMrs Jan Potter Headteacher Ribby with Wrea Endowed CE Primary SchoolnbspWelcome to Blackburn Diocese nbspI very much look forward to your arrival and to supporting you in the work of promoting Mission and Church Growth in the life of the parishes of this wonderful DiocesenbspThe Revd David Banbury Parish Mission Support Department LeadernbspOn behalf of us all students staff and Governors at Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy I send you our congratulations on your appointment as our next Bishop nbspWe look forward to greeting you and in the meantime on behalf of us all we assure you of our prayers and love as you lead us in Gods worknbspMr Alan Davies Executive Headteacher Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy CrostonnbspI can assure you of a warm welcome from the staff and governors of Whalley CE Primary School and look forward to continuing the excellent partnership between the school and the Diocese nbspEvery blessing as you begin your ministry amongst usnbspDavid Borland OBE Chairman of the Governing Body Whalley CE Primary SchoolnbspThank you on behalf of my parish in Cleveleys north of Blackpool for accepting the call to be the next Bishop nbspI look forward to praying worshipping and working with you in the years to come WelcomenbspStef Dnistrianskyj All Saints AnchorsholmenbspA very warm welcome to the Diocese from the people of Pendle Deanerynbsp We look forward to meeting and working with younbspElizabeth Johnston Deanery Lay ChairmannbspWe send our prayers to you and your family as you prepare to undertake this task God has given younbsp We look forward to you joining us and your ministry among usnbsp Every blessingnbspRev Andrew Malcolm on behalf of the Wardens and Congregation of the parish of St Leonards Langho nbspCan I extend a warm welcome to Blackburn Diocese from Hesketh with Becconsall All Saints CE Primary SchoolnbspMr Lawrence SmyeRumsby HeadteachernbspAs a Foundation Governor I would like to add my congratulations to the many expressed on your appointment as the next Bishop of Blackburnnbsp May God guide and protect younbspCounty Councillor Mike Otter Farington and Lostock HallnbspOn behalf of the SSMs in Chorley Deanery I offer my warmest congratulations on your appointment as the next Bishop of Blackburn nbspYou will arrive here at a time of great change and opportunity regarding the missionary direction of the Diocese nbspWe offer you our fullest support as you take on this new appointmentnbspRev Terence Stoke Assistant Curate SSM St Laurence Chorley PTO Manchester Diocese nbspThe folk at St James Brindle assure you Heather and your family of their prayers in the coming months as you prepare to come amongst us as our Bishop nbspWe look forward to welcoming you to Brindle where you will receive a warm Lancashire welcome wrapped up in cake and a cup of teanbspDavid Ward RectornbspCongratulations on your nomination as the next Bishop of Blackburnnbsp I look forward to meeting you and at the appropriate time welcoming you to St Laurences Chorley nbspPlease be assured of our prayers for you and your wife as you prepare to move to Lancashire and begin your new ministry with all that this will entailnbspRev Martin Cox Rector St Laurences ChorleynbspWelcome to Blackburn Diocese nbspMay you and Heather have a happy and fruitful time of Mission and Ministry with usnbspMargaret Taylor Pendle Deanery Synod Secretary nbspI am delighted to welcome you to the Diocese of Blackburn nbspI feel much anticipation of what God will do during your time at this DiocesenbspRev Peter Hamborg curate at Christ Church Fulwood PrestonnbspI and all of my school community will pray for you both and your family that you will enjoy a happy and peaceful time with us nbspI look forward to meeting you in due course Welcome aboardnbspPaul Smith Headteacher Parbold Douglas CE AcademynbspI thank God for guiding the Vacancy in See committee to a man who is passionate about Christ has a love for those who are unreached a desire to see people brought to faith and has lots of experience of doing itWe will be praying for him and Heather and look forward to working together with him to reach many thousands for ChristnbspRev David Gibb St Andrews in LeylandnbspnbspRonnie Semley30042013

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

Church of England prayer for Lancashire farmers

The Church of England has published a prayer for farming communities recovering from weather conditions that have led to thousands of sheep and cattle being lost and crops being sown weeks late or ruined nbspThe initiative is backed by the Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese nbspRev Chris Halliwell Blackburn Diocese Rural and Environmental Project Officer said The Church is here to support and help ALL our local communities urban and rural and we encourage all parishes across Lancashire to use this prayer collectively in their regular services as well as individually in personal prayernbspFarmers across the region have suffered during the recent cold spell and will continue to feel the effects of the weather as the year progresses To give just one example it is already apparent that the exceptionally damp year of 2012 and the long cold start to 2013 are already having a very serious impact on the availability price and quality of fodder for livestock in LancashirenbspThe Rt Rev James Bell Bishop of Knaresborough who chairs the Church of Englands Rural Affairs Group added We grieve for the loss of so many livestock in the recent appalling weather conditions We grieve too for the farmers who have worked so hard to feed and shelter their animals so that we can have good food to eatnbspThis prayer is an expression of solidarity with those who have experienced hardship or distress in the hope of a fruitful and kind season to come and in commitment to see farmers properly supported and rewardednbspThe prayer written by Cn Dr Jill Hopkinson the CofEs National Rural Officer based at the Arthur Rank Centre in Stoneleigh is as followsnbspGracious Godnbspyou provide us with food from the earth through the work of human handsnbspafter a poor summer and long winternbspwe pray for all those who grow and produce our food nbspin the most difficult conditionsnbspWe remember the physical hardships nbspand distress of farmers dealing with livestock that have died nbspand those who are still to sow crops to harvest this yearnbspBless the work of all those who care for your land and animals so that we may have food to sustain usnbspThis we ask through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord Amen nbspnbspRonnie Semley22042013

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

Bishop leads local discussions on women Bishops

The Bishop of Burnley and acting Bishop of Blackburn The Rt Rev John Goddard has been speaking about the way ahead both locally and nationally on the issue of women BishopsnbspMaking his Presidential address to the Blackburn Diocesan Synod at the weekend in St Cuthberts Church in Preston Bishop John spoke of his efforts to understand all sides of the discussion and laid out future plansnbspThe measure to allow women to enter the episcopate was debated in the Church of England General Synod in November and was narrowly defeated nbspBlackburn was one of the Dioceses which voted for the measure All but two of the Dioceses nationally were in favournbspBishop John who is not personally in favour of the ordination of women said Although our Diocese voted for the measure it is incumbent on all of us to continue the dialogue in light of the outcome of the vote at General Synod in NovembernbspIn light of that I have held by invitation four private focus groups to better understand where possible areas of flexibility and compromise may existnbspThe groups represented all viewpoints and further discussions also took place at the Diocesan House of Bishops and other meetings of senior clergy and laitynbspThis process mirrors and will feed into similar work going on at a national level and it is possible that feedback shared at all these meetings may be distilled sufficiently by July to share with the General Synod when they meet in London that monthnbspBishop John went on to say that if any new measure is agreed at the General Synod regarding the ordination of women to the episcopacy then it would be prudent for further discussions to take place locally in Blackburn Diocese to debate the new materialnbspAnd referring to the impending arrival later this year of the next Bishop of Blackburn The Venerable Julian Henderson currently Archdeacon of Dorking who is in favour of women Bishops Bishop John added Given our next Bishops views on this issue I would suggest we should await his arrival before we hold such a meetingI also hope to hold a further Diocesan event before then to advance general understanding of all the viewpoints on this issue I shall announce more about this event in due coursenbspDuring his Presidential address to Diocesan Synod Bishop John also emphasised his ongoing concern about the impact benefit cuts will have to people in parishes across the regionnbspThe impact on our more deprived areas will be great and we should be prepared for this and be prepared to help in whatever way we cannbspParticularly vulnerable to these cuts will be the poor of East Lancashire Preston and Blackpool although the impact will be felt by others across the regionnbspI ask for your prayers for all those affected including priests and congregations who will be seeking to serve the most affected communities in these difficult timesnbspnbspRonnie Semley15042013nbsp

Graham Kendrick comes to county

Popular Christian song writer Graham Kendrick is coming to LancashirenbspThe writer of the perennial favourite Shine Jesus Shine and many more wellknown songs will appear at Christ Church Wesham on Friday April 26 nbsphttpgooglmapsXZ6jCnbspThe evening starts at 730pm doors open at 700pm nbspAdmission is by ticket only and there are still a few tickets left at 15 eachnbspTo book please contact Barbara Lang 07925018057 or email blang710hotmailcom nbspYou can also collect in person from Creations Floral Design 34 Station Road Wesham PR4 3AD nbsphttpgooglmapsrxwbhnbspPlease ask on booking for wheelchair seating if needednbspnbspRonnie Semley15042013nbsp

Diocesan Synod

Date 13 AprilTime 0930 amVenue Preston St Cuthbert Fulwood

Cathedral Conference to explore future urban landscape

A Conference exploring urban landscape and sacred space is to be staged at Blackburn Cathedral on May 16 from 10am to 430pmnbspThe theme for the event is Hope for the Urban LandscapenbspThe Cathedrals Canon Chancellor Ian Stockton explained The perspectives of architecture and planning ecology and theology will be brought together to aid reflection and understanding nbspWe welcome practitioners from other disciplines and contexts and anyone with an interest in exploring hope for the urban landscape to attendnbspBlackburn Cathedral Partnership has worked long in securing effective plans for the reworking of Blackburn Cathedrals site and environsnbsp With the formation of a new Cathedral Close including offices a refectory educational and social space and the transformation of the associated public realmnbsp A new hotel will also be built within the site nbspCanon Stockton added This whole vision fulfils earlier hopes for Blackburn Cathedral in a way that fits 21st century needs and the event provides opportunity to explore the transformation of urban landscape the ownership of public space the fostering of community engagement and the appreciation of sacred space nbspThe contributors will include Timothy Gorringe Professor of Theological Studies at the University of Exeter the Revd Canon Professor John Rodwell an ecologist James Sanderson Blackburn Cathedral Architect and Canon StocktonnbspFurther details about the conference and Blackburn Cathedral can be found on the cathedral website wwwblackburncathedralcom nbspFor telephone enquiries please phone 01254 503090 or for email enquiries contact Canon Ian Stockton at IanStocktonBlackburncathedralcouknbspnbspRonnie Semley12042013

DAC

Date 12 AprilTime 200 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Diocese votes to welcome new Parishes

Blackburn Diocese has voted to accept the recommendations of the Dioceses Commission in relation to the proposed creation of a new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the DalesnbspThe vote means that a cluster of parishes currently sitting in Bradford Diocese may now move within the borders of Blackburn Diocese The decision is part of ongoing work to create a new combined Diocese via the dissolution of the Dioceses of Bradford Ripon and LeedsnbspAt the Blackburn Diocesan Synod today Saturday April 13 members voted overwhelmingly to welcome the following parishes Hurst Green Mitton Waddington Grindleton Bolton by Bowland and GisburnnbspThe vote breakdown is as follows 104 in favour with one against and one absentionnbspThe Synod took the decision to welcome the parishes having reviewed a report by the Dioceses Commission which recommended they should move into the Blackburn Diocese also known as The Church of England in LancashirenbspThe report 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 societynbspThe Dioceses of Bradford Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield have already voted on plans to create a new Diocese for West Yorkshire and the Dales Wakefield voted againstnbspSheffield Diocese voted to accept a cluster of parishes in February as part of the changes and the final part of the jigsaw was the Blackburn vote todaynbspNow all the votes are complete and as consent has not been given by one of the Dioceses directly affected the next step is for the Archbishop of York to decide whether to allow the scheme to go forward for debate at General Synod meeting possibly in JulynbspnbspRonnie Semley10042013

Songs of Praise heads to Lancashire

BBC Songs of Praise has announced it is coming to Lancashire to record two special editions of the programme on May 19 and May 20The events will take place at Blackburn Cathedral and are free to attend but you must have a ticketThe Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said We are delighted to welcome the Songs of Praise team to the Cathedral for these special recordings nbspThe people of Blackburn and Lancashire will be sure to give them a warm welcome and will make the events memorableIndividuals can attend the events or whole choirs are also able to take part as well If you would like to be part of the congregation you need to move fast You can apply in the following ways nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp via emailnbsp songsofpraisebbccouknbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp by post Songs of Praise Blackburn Tickets 1st Floor Dock House MediaCityUK Salfordnbsp M50 2LHInclude the following Full name postal address telephone number email address if applicable number of tickets and the date of recording you would like to apply for Also state whether you would like congregation or choir tickets for Choir please also remember to state how many Soprano Alto Tenor and Bass tickets your require Any access requirementsBBC recordings are often very popular and so you should only apply for tickets that you will be able to useFor more information please visit the BBC website wwwbbccouksongsofpraisenbspnbspRonnie Semley04042013

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

Easter Message from Bishop John Goddard

What follows is an Easter message for publication written by the Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev John GoddardChrist has diednbsp Christ is Risen Christ will come againAlleluiaSo rings out the hope of Christians not only hope but also a challenge Christ has in His crucifixion suffered horribly yet he gives His life to set us free to be the sons and daughters of glory the final act of a life in which He was seen more with the sick and the vulnerable the poor and the marginalised than with those in power After all it was those in power who wanted Him done away withJesus rising from the tomb calls us to embrace His love and the character of His lifeThe challenge this brings to Christians is how to live a life which is true to Christ although it is very likely to be at odds with the expectations of the influential and powerful The Church too easily is tempted to drift with the way of the world ie by seeing selffulfilment status and power as ultimate primary goals of achievementThe Cross of Christ and His risen life say No We are to start with those in most need to live a life of greater simplicity in order to witness to our priorities to move out of our comfort zones sometimes to risk anger and destruction for His sakeSuch is the gift of Easter to us A hope a challenge a real possibilityChrist is Risen AlleluianbspRonnie Semley28032013nbsp

Dawn Eucharist at Whalley Abbey

The joy of Easter Day will be celebrated in a special service this SundayThe Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley will lead a Dawn Eucharist amidst the ruins of Whalley Abbey on March 31The event will begin at 630am and will be attended by worshippers from across the Diocese nbspEveryone is welcome to attend no prior invitation is required Bacon butties will be served immediately after the EucharistnbspRonnie Semley28032013nbsp

Bishop issues challenge to UK Supermarkets

PROVE THE REAL EASTER EGG ISNT WANTEDnbspDiocese of Blackburn donates eggs to new local church cafnbspThe Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev John Goddard has challenged the big supermarkets across the UK to defend their decisions not the stock The Real Easter EggnbspAnd he has today issued a plea to people in his native Lancashire to contact their local supermarket on the immediate runup to Easter to demand they stock The Real Easter EggnbspLast month The Bishop called on Lancashire to support The Real Easter Egg campaign for 2013 and help change a lifenbspIt is the first and only Fairtrade chocolate egg to explain the meaning of Easter and it is also a Fairtrade product supporting TraidcraftnbspHowever recent stories in the national media have revealed that many supermarkets have refused to believe that Christianity sells and have placed low orders as a resultnbspBishop John said Why not give people the choice Time and again big companies are surprised that when they offer a Christian alternative people actually take them up on it nbspLook at the History Channel in America their recent drama series on the Bible has broken all records much to their own surprise and you dont even have to be a Christian to support some of the principles behind The Real Easter Egg of fairness and support for some of the poorest farmers in the worldnbspOn what basis has the decision been made not to stock the egg You cant evaluate the effectiveness of something without giving it a chancenbspFair enough if the stocks were ordered but didnt sell but I issue a challenge the supermarkets to provide the evidence of lack of interest otherwisenbspMeanwhile a local church in the Bishops Diocese will be benefitting from The Real Easter EggnbspFollowing a contest run in the monthly Diocese magazine to win 10 of The Real Easter Eggs St James Church in Blackburn has won the prize to give out as part of a new initiativenbspThe Aabrahami Caf starts on Holy Saturday March 30 nbspIt is aimed to provide a safe environment for poorer families in the areanbsp It will run on five further dates across 2013 and will continue beyond this if successfulnbspEveryone is welcome of whatever race colour or creed and meat suitable for Muslims will be provided nbspAll food will be wholesome and well within reach of families which may be struggling financiallynbspThe Real Easter Eggs will be distributed on that day to children at the cafe nbspBishop John added The events of Easter including the death and resurrection of Jesus have the power to open minds change lives and offer real hopenbsp The Real Easter Egg is a wonderful reminder of this nbspI wish St James every success with their new initiative and congratulate them on winning the prizenbspnbspRonnie Semley27032013nbspnbsp

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

Bishop Nigel Peyton - Managing Clergy Lives

Blackburn Diocese is hosting Bishop Nigel Peyton of Brechin with Dr Caroline Gatrell of Lancaster University for the launch of their book Managing Clergy Lives Obedience Sacrifice Intimacy published by TampT ClarknbspIt is written based on interviews with Area Deans nbspThe event takes place on Wednesday March 20 2013 from 11am until 2pm at Preston MinsternbspFor more information see the accompanying pdf filenbspThe Archdeacon of Lancaster Michael Everitt has enabled this event to happen having been one of the participants in the original research nbspFor further details about it contact him directly on 07715 490144nbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley15032013nbsp

Bishop's Harvest Appeal raises nearly £25k

Christian Aid and Church Mission Society CMS to benefitnbspThe annual Bishops Harvest Appeal across Lancashire has raised 24782 nbspThe figure has been announced this week by Blackburn Diocese following the collections which took place late last yearnbspThe Bishops Harvest Appeal has been running in the Diocese since 1996 The Appeal is made to churches across the Diocese and to all Church of England schoolsnbspChristian Aid produce the leaflets and posters for the Appeal and each year a different organisation is invited to share the Appeal with a two third share going to Christian Aid and a third to them nbspThe Ducks and Muck appeal on behalf of CMS shared in the monies raised as part of the 2012 Appealnbsp The ducks are raised by farmers in Bangladesh to provide eggs and meat while the muck part of the title refers to projects in Tanzania which help teach better farming techniques to local familiesnbspFrank Kendall Chairman of the Diocese World Development Committee said nbspThis figure is one of our best ever and will make a huge difference to people in Bangladesh and TanzanianbspWhen you consider that in Bangladesh 31 pays for all the ducks for a family to rear and make money with and the money they make can then pay for food school books and other necessities while 54 in Tanzania can pay for tools and agriculture training for a whole family you can begin to see what a huge impact nearly 25k will have in these countriesnbspBishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev John Goddard added I am delighted at this Appeals wonderful total and my thanks go out to everyone who donated or raised money in any waynbspThis kind of effort by the church shows how we can make a real difference with a missionfocussed approach not only here at home but overseas as wellnbspnbspRonnie Semley13032013nbsp

Whalley Abbey opens it doors to public

Whalley Abbey will be opening its doors to the public on Sunday March 17nbspAs well as free access to the medieval ruins visitors will be able to look around the Conference House and Retreat Centre built in the 16th Century on the site of the 13th Century Abbots HousenbspThe house is not normally open to the public and is generally used for retreats meetings and weddings as well as offering 4 bed and breakfast accommodationnbspAs part of the Open Day the Abbey will showcase its wedding servicesnbsp Conference House Manager Christine Nelson said nbspCouples can imagine themselves as bride and groom walking into the woodpaneled Great Hall in its full glory dressed for a weddingnbsp The Abbey has been described as an exceptional wedding venue and visitors to the Open Day can see just how splendid it really isnbspThe Grade I listed Conference House was built after the monastery was closed in 1537 nbspIt became the home of Tudor gentry and was extended and modified over the years with 17th Century and Victorian additions nbspThe house and grounds were purchased by the Church of England in 1923 and are owned and managed by the Diocese of Blackburn Board of FinanceThe Undercroft Caf will be open and families can enjoy the grounds and woodland trails The event takes place from 12 noon to 4pm nbspThe Open Day will conclude with a 45minute Passion Praise service led by Rev Toby Webber to which all will be welcomenbspnbspRonnie Semley11032013nbsp

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

Child Protection Officer retires from Diocese

Nancy Talbot has retired from the Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese after fulfilling the role of Bishops Advisor for Child Protection for seven yearsnbspNancy who worked for the Diocese for seven years has a background in child protection and worked for over 30 years at Lancashire County Council covering the Preston and Lancaster areanbsp She is also a trained counsellornbspDuring her period with the Diocese Nancy built up excellent relationships with local authorities police and the probation service amongst many othersnbspNow she has retired Nancy who lives in Fulwood near Preston is looking forward to spending more time with her familynbspA retirement party was held recently at Whalley Abbey which was attended by senior Diocese clergy and staff plus friends and colleagues from other organisations Nancy has worked withnbspAt the retirement event Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev John Goddard said We are very grateful to Nancy for all her hard work over the past few years nbspWe wish her a long and very happy retirementnbspOver the past few weeks Nancy has been working closely with Kaley Vaughton who was recently appointed as the new Safeguarding Advisor for the Diocese to hand over her work nbspKaley can be contacted on kaleyvaughtonblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbspRonnie Semley08032013nbspnbsp

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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

Local newspaper editorials on announcement of next Bishop

Response to the announcement of the next Bishop of Blackburn has been warm and welcomingnbspElsewhere in the news section you will find greetings from wellwishers from across the Diocese and a press release featuring the next Bishop The Venerable Julian Henderson sending greetings in responsenbspCoverage related to announcement about the next Bishop The Venerable Julian Henderson who is currently Archdeacon of Dorking has revealed the story was seen as highly significant being covered by dozens of media outlets regionally and nationallynbspSignificantly two major regional newspapers covering Lancashire dedicated their entire editorials to the news immediately afterwardsnbspWith the permission of both papers we are now reproducing both these editorials on our websitenbspLancashire Evening Post March 2 2013nbspWelcome to next Bishop of BlackburnnbspThe eyes of the world have been focussed on historic events at the Vatican this week back following the surprise departure of Pope Benedict XVInbspBut closer to home yesterday marked an important day for those of the Anglican faith here in Lancashire with the formal announcement of The Venerable Julian Henderson as the new Bishop of BlackburnnbspCurrently Archdeacon of Dorking he assumes his new role at a crucial time for the Church of England in LancashirenbspIndeed it was a symbolic move that yesterdays announcement was made as the Archdeacon visited a foodbank in BlackburnnbspThe facility is a multifaith resource and The Venerable Julian Hendersons message to Anglicans pledged to champion the hardest pressed in society and to be a friend of other faithsnbspHe has also stated his support for women Bishops while working to maintain unity in the Church of EnglandnbspCertainly first impressions suggest he will be a positive force for Lancashire when he is ordained later on this year and we look forward to welcoming the Archdeacon and his wife HeathernbspThanks must also got to the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev John Goddard who has looked after the diocese these past few monthsnbspA popular figure across the county he has done an excellent job and we wish him well when he returns to his Burnley seat full timenbspLancashire Telegraph March 2 2013nbspChallenges ahead for new BishopnbspThe next Bishop of Blackburn has been given a warm welcome on his first day in the Dioceses top jobnbspThe Venerable Julian Henderson chose his appointment to be announced as he visited Blackburns Foodbank as a way of showing his commitment to tackling poverty and deprivation in the areanbspAnd the next Bishop who will be officially enthroned in the autumn also revealed that he and his wife sheltered a homeless man for two years as he rebuilt his lifenbspThe evangelical Christian said his experience of being curate in a deprived parish of London and vicar in a poor area of Hastings had also prepared him for the challenges he will no doubt face in the coming yearsnbspNot least of those will be local opposition to women Bishops he wishes to see more women ordainednbspThe keen football fan who wants to visit the grounds of all our clubs said he was looking forward to getting to know the area and its peoplenbspAnd he also wanted to work with everyone from all our communities no matter what their religionnbspWe wish him well with his ministry in LancashirenbspnbspRonnie Semleynbsp02032013

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

Bishop promotes Fairtrade Fortnight and 'Real' Easter Egg

The Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev John Goddard is calling on Lancashire to support The Real Easter Egg campaign for 2013 and help change a life nbspIt is the first and only Fairtrade chocolate egg to explain the meaning of Easter and the Bishop is asking people to consider buying this egg as Fairtrade Fortnight begins on February 25 instead of their usual purchasenbspThis year the Real Easter Egg has a free activity pack in the box which includes the Easter story activity poster a free iTunes download and a sticker setnbspThe Real Easter Egg is now in its third year of production and hundreds of thousands have been sold alreadynbspEach sale of The Real Easter Egg leads to a donation being made to Traidcraft Exchange to support some of the poorest farmers in the worldnbspBishop John said I hope churches and schools across the county will take advantage of this cracking opportunity to remind people about the reason we eat eggs at EasternbspBut I would also encourage Lancashire people of all faiths and none to buy the egg not just because of its Fairtrade credentials but because they will know that buying it will result in a specific donation being made to Traidcraft ExchangenbspIt is encouraging to hear The Real Easter Egg campaign has been so successful already and I hope this continues in 2013 It is proof that the events of Easter including the death and resurrection of Jesus have the power to open minds change lives and offer real hopenbspEach Real Easter Egg costs 399 The three buying options areBulk orders if ordering six or more eggs then either visit the official online shop at httpwwwrealeastereggcouk or buy through your Traidcraft Fairtrader You can contact one of the independent shops listed on the How to Buy section at httpwwwrealeastereggcouk Pick up one or two eggs while shopping Check the How to Buy section at httpwwwrealeastereggcouk to see which stores are stocking the egg Make individual orders Again check the How to Buy section at httpwwwrealeastereggcouk More information on Fairtrade Fortnight Monday February 25 to Sunday March 10 httpwwwfairtradeorguknbspTraidcraft ExchangenbspTraidcraft Exchange is the charitable arm of the Traidcraft organisation nbspEstablished in 1986 Traidcraft Exchange aims to enable poor producers in Africa and Asia to grow their businesses find markets and engage effectively in tradenbspThey are currently managing 14 major projects with a total value of about 55 million These projects are directly benefiting 350000 people with a further 14 million indirectly benefitingnbspnbspRonnie Semley20022013nbsp

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

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Date 08 FebruaryTime 200 pmVenue Whalley Abbey

Ash Wednesday marked with day of Prayer and Fasting

Anglicans come together as Lent beginsnbspAs Lent begins next Wednesday Anglicans from across Lancashire will be marking the day with a day of prayer and fastingnbspBlackburn Diocese of the Church of England is encouraging all members to spend part or all of Ash Wednesday in contemplationnbspArchdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley said Ash Wednesday and Lent marks the beginning of Lent and of a renewal process for Christians and is an opportunity to take your spirituality seriously by combining prayer with fasting as a witness to othersnbspMany churches will be open across the Diocese to encourage people to set that day aside and to do so in the company of others Blackburn Cathedral will also be open all day on Ash WednesdaynbspnbspRonnie Semley06022013nbsp

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 CathedralnbspThe 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 LancashirenbspThe 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 University nbspBlackburn Diocese has an established tradition in educationnbsp Other churches across the Diocese will mark Education Sunday locally on the same day nbspNot 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 Parishes nbspThe 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 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 Diocesenbsp Around 400 guests are anticipatednbspDuring the Service the Diocesan Child Friendly Church Awards the Church School Distinctiveness Awards and University Certificates in Christian Youth Work will be presented nbspThese Awards give recognition for outstanding commitment to the spiritual development of young people in schools and parishes across the Diocese nbspnbspRonnie Semley25012013nbspnbsp

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

Getting Messy for Jesus!

Youngsters flock to church with a differencenbspMore than 200 young people are all set for the time of their lives this Saturday as they prepare to attend the first ever Messy Church in LancashirenbspThe venue will be Runshaw College in Leyland and children will get the chance to try their hand at everything from junk modelling and balloonpowered cars to chocolate craft and Wii SportsnbspMessy Church is being organised by the Blackburn Diocese Board of Education team and it could become an annual jamboree guaranteed to brighten the depths of winternbspChaos will reign at the College from 2pm to 5pm and as well as loads of fun activities the kids will also be fed and the event will be bookended by fun worship and praisenbspAlso attending the event is Reverend Paul Lock the new Director of Education for the Diocese nbspHe said I am looking forward to coming along to this first major event to be organised by my team since I arrivednbsp It sounds like great fun and Im ready to get messynbspReaching families across the Diocese is very important for us now and the future and this is a great way of helping people to see how church can be fun no matter what your agenbspThe event is free and tickets have been sent to churches all round Lancashire but some last minute spaces may still available and tickets can be obtained by emailing childrenblackburnanglicanorg nbspParents are responsible for their children throughout the eventnbspBishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev John Goddard is delighted with the initiative nbspHe said Messy Church will be a fun way of connecting with young people and their families and the Diocese is looking forward to hosting the eventnbspWe are always looking for new ways to reach out to young people and this has proved incredibly successful with 200 plus tickets issuednbspnbspRonnie Semley24012013nbsp

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

New Bishop of Blackburn : Decision Imminent

Lancashire Anglicans come together to pray about decisionnbspA decision is expected soon on the identity of the new Bishop of BlackburnnbspThe name of the Bishop will be decided later this monthnbspThe decision will be taken by the Crown Nominations Committee CNCnbspRt Rev John Goddard Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop ofBlackburn commented The year 2013 will be an important one for the Diocese as we prayerfully consider who will represent the entire Anglican community in Lancashire as the next Bishop of BlackburnnbspThere are several stages to the processnbsp We have already held initial discussions about our requirements as part of whats called the Vacancy in See Committeenbsp This Committee produced a Statement of Needs which is sent to the Church of Englands Crown Nominations Commission CNCnbspThe next stage of the process will begin shortly under the auspices of the CNCnbsp The 14strong Commission consisting of six representatives from the original Vacancy in See Committee three each from the General Synods House of Laity and Clergy and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York will ensure all views are represented as they consider the Statement of Needs and the applicantsnbspThe Commission will come together later this month to make the final choicenbsp The name then goes to the Prime Minister and then the Queen in her role as Head of State and Supreme Governor of the Church of England for final approval and ratificationnbspThis will take some time so we hope at this stage to be in a position to make an announcement by the end of FebruarynbspAs part of the preparation for the forthcoming decisionmaking process Anglicans from across Lancashire will come together next Wednesday January 16 at Blackburn Cathedral to pray for the new BishopnbspThe event will run from 7pm to 9pm and all churches in the Diocese have been encouraged to send representatives althoughnbspthe event is open to all who wish to attendnbspIt will be led by the Archdeacon of Blackburn John HawleynbspArchdeacon Hawley said This event is about formally giving the process to God in prayer and will consist of five 20 minute prayer sessions throughout the Cathedral interspersed with worship and praisenbspDifferent styles of praying will be catered as part of the event and a special booklet will be available to those who attend to help focus their thoughts throughout the eveningnbspI encourage everyone who cares about the appointment of the new Bishop to attend the event and to pray for the deliberations which lie aheadnbsp Please note although the Archbishop of Canterbury is normally on the CNC the Bishop of London is serving in his stead for this appointment nbspRt Rev Justin Welby doesnt officially become Archbishop until February 4nbspnbspRonnie Semley11012013nbsp

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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

Bishop of Burnley welcomes Archbishop's praise for volunteers

The Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev John Goddard has welcomed the words of the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rt Rev Rowan Williams in the Archbishops final new year message nbspAt the same time he has called on Lancastrians to get involved in the many volunteering efforts going on in their local parishesnbspThe Archbishop used his message to pay tribute to people whose unsung efforts and sacrificial generosity helps to transform lives and build communitiesnbspHe drew on the experience of the London Olympics to illustrate what it took to make the games so successful the famous volunteer Gamesmakers being a prime examplenbspSimilar things are happening in many communities said the Archbishop while pointing to the work of local churches in caring for the disadvantagednbspBishop John Goddard commented This message very much reflects my own sermons over the festive periodnbspThere is the readiness of people in Lancashire churches to assist in the increasing number of food banks and the development of such projects as Emmaus communities which look to assist homeless people Projects such as these bring hope where darkness often existsnbspWe might say that in the 21st century food parcels should not be necessary in our developed nation but in East Lancashire over 930 a week are needed This is mindblowing but given that Lancashire people do not just sit back but assist where they can in this they reflect the service of God who comes in Christ to serve usnbspHe added Over the last 12 years of being a Bishop in Lancashire I have come to appreciate the breadth and depth of readiness for so many to want the good for all If 2013 is to be a year of celebration we will each of us need to become more accountable for the wellbeing of our neighbour and I believe this to be possiblenbspIf you want to get involved in the good work being done by many Lancashire churches even if you arent a regular worshipper then contact your local parish and make a difference yourself this yearnbspCall the Diocese on 01254 503070 and we will point you in the right directionnbspnbspRonnie Semley03012013nbsp

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

New Year Message from Rt Rev John Goddard, Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn Diocese

Hope Springs EternalnbspLife appears to be becoming more hectic with less space for reflection as we seek our own fulfilments and security nbspA conversation recently helped me see that for a lot of people in Lancashire homelessness is never far away nbspPeople especially those on low income look to an overcrowded rental section nbspIn a recession where jobs remain at risk fear grows that failing to meet rent would result in homelessness of individuals and families nbspToo often economic forecasts point to no change or at best slow change towards a more secure future nbspHow do we get off this roundabout and so avoid despairnbspFor me there is a good deal of hope about even in these dark timesnbsp The readiness of people to assist in the increasing number of food banks the development of such projects as Emmaus communities which look to assist homeless people are not insignificant shafts of light from which spring hopenbspIf 2013 is to be a year of celebration we will each of us need to become more accountable for the wellbeing of our neighbour and I believe this to be possiblenbspOver the last 12 years of being a Bishop in Lancashire I have come to appreciate the breadth and depth of readiness for so many to want the good for allnbspOf course a big change for the Church of England and we pray one which will bring good for our County will be the appointment of a new Bishop of BlackburnnbspI am sure the new bishop will build on the good things of the past but also bring in the new as he leads us forwardnbsp There will be changes and we will be blessed in them nbspSo hope does spring eternal nbspWe pray for change that will be good for all and in 2013 for Lancashire my hope is that we continue to develop a caring compassionate community building a society in which all are honoured nbspI take as my model Jesus Christ who came to serve us allnbspGod bless you and have a great New Year in 2013nbspnbspRonnie Semley20122012nbsp

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

Christmas Message from Rt Rev John Goddard, Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn Diocese

Much is made of the power and influence some people can and do hold nbspIndeed there is the power for good but so often power is used to dominate and is used to harm or diminish peoplenbsp Recently we have heard much about awful child abuse where adults have used their position to dominate the young and exploit their vulnerability nbspThis has caused our nation to shudder with revulsionnbspAt Christmas we are shown that the allpowerful God comes to us in powerlessness and service nbspHe sends his Son to us in love nbspOne of the joys of being a parish priest or bishop is to see this reflection of Christ time and time again in congregations throughout Lancashire nbspEast Lancashire faces difficult times during the recessions and yet there is a warmth and readiness to reach out to each othernbsp For example a village in West Lancashire Tarleton knowing the difficulty that some urban areas in East Lancashire particularly in Burnley and Blackburn are facing wanted to help in making sure the food banks are well stocked nbspWe might say that in the 21st century food parcels should not be necessary in our developed nation but in East Lancashire over 930 a week are needednbsp This is mindblowing but given that Lancashire people do not just sit back but assist where they can in this they reflect the service of God who comes in Christ to serve usnbspBut it is not just a matter of food and gifts of toys valuable and vital though they are nbspIt is how we treat and care for each othernbsp Sometimes this is seen in the readiness of giving that most precious of gifts timenbspA father one Christmas wrote a note to his son I promise to give you two hours of my time each Saturday for whatever you want it nbspA different sort of present but more valuable than many for of such presents are made lasting relationships nbspChildren elderly and all who are pushed to the margin the vulnerable and powerless not only need our protection but also honouring our affirmation and respectnbspThis Christmas I pray while we enjoy our festivities we do not neglect the needynbsp Perhaps also we could look to that care being realised in seeking how better to enrich the lives of others around usnbspFor Christians this starts in honouring Christ himself for our deepest need is met in him who came in poverty and simplicity was born for us in a stable and gave us his life on the cross so that in his rising to glory we find our true selves in his service and so develop the courage to serve each othernbspMay you have a blessed ChristmasnbspnbspRonnie Semley19122012nbsp

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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

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

New Training for Mission Leaders and full-time Ordinands

Those looking for full time ordination training in the North West have a new option following Church of England approval for an exciting partnership between five North West Dioceses and St Mellitus College LondonThe first full time local course since St Aidans College Birkenhead was closed in 1969 will be based at Liverpool Cathedral nbspSt Mellitus NW the St Aidans Centre will offer innovative training for missional leaders and fulltime ordination training from September 2013This is particularly good news for those whomight not otherwise have considered ordination want to train on the job in a church context want their training to be shaped by the context of the North West church for family reasons are unable to move away to train want training focussed on missional leadership are attracted by St Mellituss reputation for excellence amp generous orthodoxy St Mellitus College in London has developed an excellent reputation since it started in 2007 attracting over 100 ordinands and over 400 others training for missional leadership from across many denominations This exciting news means that St Mellitus innovative fulltime pathway will be available to ordinands in the North West It will offer a mix of quality teaching delivered by local teachers London staff and North West based practitionersnbsp Half the learning will be on the job with a carefully chosen mentorAs the only fulltime non residential ordination training route in the North West it will complement the excellent parttime courses offered by the All Saints Centre for Mission and MinistryThe Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster instrumental in shaping this project said I am delighted that we have gained approval for this exciting partnershipnbsp Being able to offer a full time local training college meets a real need in the North West nbspSt Mellitus NW St Aidans Centre will offer excellent full time training alongside the highly regarded part time courses run by the All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry nbspI hope this offers extra choice for those who feel called to ordinationThe Rev Dr Graham Tomlin Dean of St Mellitus St Mellitus NW St Aidans Centre is an exciting partnership between the College and the church in the North West of England that we hope will be mutually enriching for both nbspIt offers a way of training for ministry that is fresh and innovative and our hope is that it will strengthen the church and its mission in both parts of the countryDean of Liverpool the Very Revd Pete Wilcox added The realisation of this vision has been many years in the making but now is the right time for this exciting development nbspLiverpool Cathedral is proud to be part of this innovative project and I look forward to welcoming the first trainees next September nbspSt Mellitus NW St Aidans Centre has great potential for the work of Gods kingdom in this regionnbspHow St Mellitus NW St Aidans Centre will work nbspThe main teaching day will be a Monday in Liverpool Cathedral with the morning curriculum delivered either by local teachers via live video link to St Mellitus staff in London or visiting staff from London The innovative afternoon programme Leadership for Healthy Churches will draw on expertise from incumbents around the North West region Students will also have one or two days a week for private studyThey will join other St Mellitus ordinands at seven residential weekends and one residential week per yearnbsp At the same time they will be based in local churches learning half of the time on the job with a carefully chosen mentornbspFind out moreVisit the website httpwwwstmellitusorg20Email the Project Leader in the North West The Revd Dr Jill Duff jillduffbtinternetcomnbspnbspRonnie Semley12122012

Finance Committee

Date 12 DecemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

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

Diocese of Blackburn appoints two Senior Staff

Blackburn Diocese of The Church of England has appointed a two new senior staff to take forward important areas of worknbspRonnie Semley has secured the role of Communications Manager while Kaley Vaughton is the new Safeguarding Officer for the DiocesenbspRonnie is an experienced strategic communicator who comes to the Lancashire Diocese following 11 years at Bolton Council where he was Communications and Media ManagernbspMeanwhile Kaley has a wide range of experience of child protection with her most recent role involving the assessment and approval of foster carers for the agency Fostering Solutions based in Bolton She has also worked in a variety of child protection roles at Lancashire County CouncilnbspDiocesan Secretary Canon Graeme Pollard said Ronnie and Kaley bring a wealth of experience to their important rolesnbspAs well as improving the ways in which we communicate internally Ronnie will also help us to tell the story of all the good work which is going on across the Church much of which simply wouldnt happen if we werent herenbspKaley will strengthen our expertise when it comes to safeguarding By appointing a permanent member of staff to this role the Diocese is sending a signal that we take this work seriously and we will support Kaley in ensuring we do our utmost to safeguard vulnerable adults and children in our parishesnbspI look forward to working with both of them in the coming monthsnbspRonnie and Kaley will both be based at Church House Blackburn nbspCommenting on his appointment Ronnie said I am delighted to be joining at this exciting time as the process of choosing a new Bishop of Blackburn begins Im keen to work with people at all levels of the Diocese to ensure we communicate well and often both internally and externallynbspKaley added I am looking forward to meeting people across with the Diocese getting to know them and working to keeping safeguarding high on everyones agendanbspnbspnbsp

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diocesan Property Committee

Date 07 NovemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

Finance Committee

Date 07 NovemberDetails to be sent with the Agenda

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

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

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 P