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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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Summer Series of Organ Recitals - Broughton Parish Church

Summer Series of Organ RecitalsnbspCome and listen to the magnificent Phoenix Organ that celebrates its 10th Anniversary this yearnbspThursday 30th July David ScottThomas Broughton Parish ChurchnbspThursday 20th August Alistair Mackenzie St Annes Parish ChurchnbspAll recitals start at 730pmnbspAdmission 5 Free refreshments served at the end of each recitalnbspFor further information please CLICK HERE for the PosternbspEveryone welcomenbspInfoofficebroughtonparishgmailcom httpwwwbroughtonparishorguknbspnbspnbsp

Retirement Party for Archdeacon John

A retirementparty with a difference was held at picturesque Whalley Abbey on Sunday as theArchdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley said farewell to theDiocese he has served for 13 years The wet weatherfailed to dampen the atmosphere as Christians from across the county and beyondgathered in the marquee to share a picnic tea chat with John and join in anevening of informal worshipnbsp The event wasattended by Bishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn Bishop Philip Bishop ofBurnley Bishop John retired Bishop of Burnley and Archdeacon MichaelEverittnbsp They werejoined by Diocesan staff as well as clergy and parishioners from acrossLancashire and a whole coachload of Archdeacon Johns former parishioners fromDewsburynbsp There were even people he hadministered to as a young curate in Hull and Bradford back in the 1970s and as avicar in Sheffield in the 1980sJohn presentedtshirts to the diocesan senior team and in return one was presented to himwith the affectionate caption ArchieArchdeacon John Hawley pictured wearing his new tshirt together with his secretary Christine EllisWithin theservice everyone present was invited to write their name and a brief prayer ona strip of paper which were all joined together to make a massive paper chainfor Archdeacon John to take away with him and read through at his leisurenbsp At the end everyone prayed in silence whilstBishop Julian Bishop Philip and Bishop John laid hands on John and asked forGods blessing on him in the next chapter of his life in GooleWhalley Abbeyhas been a very important place to Archdeacon John throughout his time inLancashire both as a site where Christianity was preached by St Paulinus wayback in the 7th Century and because it is a blessed place ofcloseness to God todaynbsp He was thereforedetermined that his very last service as Archdeacon should take placetherenbsp And it did as he rounded theevening off with a quiet candlelit service of night prayerArchdeacon Johnsaid This evening has been atremendous time of Christian worship and thanksgiving with a deeply movinggathering of friends and colleagues I have worked with down the yearsnbsp A tremendous affirmation and blessingnbspBishop Julian said Despite the weather it has been areally good fun yet meaningful gathering for John in the context of Christianworshipnbsp He has been an invaluable member of theteam here in Lancashire and has made a major contribution to the diocese and tovery many parishes and individualsnbsp We send him on his way with massivethanksgiving and many prayers for Gods blessing as he moves to GooleToby Webber28 July 2015

Party at Whalley Abbey

All welcome to a fun gathering at Whalley Abbey with Archdeacon John as he retires to GoolePlease come and go as suits430 Gathering and Fun Prayer Pilgrimage for those who wish530 food bring a picnic or order a hotpot from Miranda Wraithmell on 01254 427020 stjameschurchlowerdarwenaolcom630pm Ceilidh730pm Worship and Thanksgiving900 Candlelit Night Prayer in the ruins of the Abbey led by Archdeacon John

Occasional Preachers course

A three part course for those who preach occasionallynbsp For further details please contact Mandy Stanton Lay Ministry Development Officer mandystantonblackburnanglicanorgFor an application pack please email Jacqui Mallinson Jacquimallinsonblackburnanglicanorg

Occasional Preachers course

A three part course for those who preach occasionallynbsp For further details please contact Mandy Stanton Lay Ministry Development Officer mandystantonblackburnanglicanorgFor an application pack please email Jacqui Mallinson Jacquimallinsonblackburnanglicanorg

Church presence at this year's Royal Lancashire Show

Churches Together in Lancashire will have a major presence at this years Royal Lancashire ShownbspTheir tent will host a whole range of attractions including activities for children organised by the Diocesan Board of Education of The Church of England in Lancashire a Fairtrade stall and exhibitions and displays from various Christian organisations serving the areanbspThe lost and found children facility which is being run by the Mothers Union will also be located at the Churches Together in Lancashire tent nbspThere will also be space and opportunity for quiet reflection and prayers will be said at the start and end of each of the three days of the show which takes place at Salesbury Hall Farm near Ribchester from August 79nbspOn Sunday August 9 ecumenical worship will take place with the Anglican Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford Bishop John Arnold and the Methodist District Chair Rev Paul Davis all taking partnbspRev Chris Halliwell The Church of England in Lancashires Diocesan Rural and Environmental Project Officer commented Churches Together in Lancashire is delighted to have the opportunity to take up the kind invitation of the Royal Lancashire Show organisers to make use of a marquee for the 2015 Show nbspIn addition to providing display stands that will show something of the life and vitality of the Christian faith in Lancashire we will also be offering a place for visitors to the showground to sit down and take a wellearned breathernbspThe Christian church is at the heart of village communities all across the county not only as a place of spiritual refreshment and renewal but also as the living breathing Body of Christ involved in every aspect of village life It is entirely appropriate that the Church should be at the heart of the county show which celebrates the rural life of LancashirenbspFurther information is available from Rev Chris Halliwell on chrishalliwellblackburnanglicanorgnbspor RevAnton Muller on antonmullerctlancashireorguknbspnbspRonnie Semley24072015nbspnbsp

Bishop of Burnley's official welcome by Muslim community

The new Bishop of Burnley spoke of the importance of honesty and friendship between people of different faiths when he was recently invited to join Imams and members of Burnleys Muslim community as they celebrated EidnbspRt Rev Philip North was warmly welcomed at a special event held in his honour at the Parish Hall on Brougham Street in Burnley at which he was also officially welcomed to the local community by the ImamsnbspnbspBishop Philip wished the Muslim community Eid Mubarak and spoke of the need to always seek ways to close the gap between faith communitiesnbspnbspThe Bishop said In a vulnerable and dangerous world it is vital that people of faith stand together in an atmosphere of honesty and friendship emphasising what unites them rather than what dividesnbspnbspnbspI have much appreciated the chance to meet with the leaders of some of Burnleys mosquesnbsptonightnbspso that we can build friendships and unite around the issues that concern usnbspOn the same day as the welcome event the Bishop also visited some local Muslim families to celebrate Eid with themnbspnbspRonnie Semley22072015nbspnbspnbspnbsp

Coverage of Archdeacon John Hawley's Retirement Service

A SERVICE of thanksgiving for the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley was held at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday to mark his retirement from the ministrynbspThe service which took the form of choral evensong was attended by three Bishops and two retired Bishops all of whom worked with Archdeacon Hawley in the Blackburn DiocesenbspAlso in attendance was Archdeacon Johns colleague the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt Clergy and parishioners from across Lancashire were also in the congregation fornbspthe relaxed and enjoyable servicenbspAlthough brought up in Yorkshire the Archdeacon in his sermon spoke of being proud to be a Lancastrian since arriving in Blackburn in 2002 nbspHe said I believe the desire was to have an Archdeacon who was into church growth and willing to make structural changes both to parishes and churches This I have tried to donbspThe Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev Julian Henderson paid tribute to the Archdeacons work over the past 13 yearsnbspHe said John Hawley has been an invaluable member of the team here in Lancashire and has made a major contribution to the DiocesenbspWe are grateful for the skill and ability he has brought to the role He has been a supporter of many parishes through some very difficult timesnbspThe Bishop then presented the Archdeacon with a number of gifts from the Diocese and the Bishops staff including a cheque a golf cartoon a bottle of 18yearold malt whisky and vouchers for green fees at a golf club in LeedsIn turn Archdeacon John then took a moment to thank his secretary throughout his time as Archdeacon Christine Ellis for all her support Christine was presented with a magnificent bouquet of flowers by the Archdeacon as a token of his appreciationnbspThe service was attended by the Bishop of Lancaster the Rt Rev Geoff Pearson the Bishop of Burnley the Rt Rev Philip North retired Bishop of Burnley the Rt Rev John Goddard and retired Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev Nicholas ReadenbspAlso in the congregation was the High Sheriff of Lancashire Mrs A J ParkernbspThe Archdeacon 65 is a keen golfer having been a member of the Wilpshire club and will be playing more golf at a course in Goole where he is moving to in his retirementnbspArchdeacon John said At 65 it is the right time for me to step aside while I still have health and energynbspI want to return to pastoral and evangelistic ministry albeit as a retired ArchdeaconnbspTo be Archdeacon of Blackburn has been a huge challenge over 13 years helping the Diocese to face the reality of the need to change and become more focussed on discipleship and evangelism and hopefully doing so with humour and some informalitynbspI am grateful to those who have loved and supported me through these years for me I never forget my friends Once a friend you are always a friend You will always be welcome at my homenbspAnd all friends are invited this Sunday July 26 when there will be a final farewell event at one of Archdeacon Johns favourite places Whalley Abbey in the Ribble Valley which is the Diocesan retreat and conference centrenbspThe Abbey Farewell begins at 430pm and finishes at 930pm There will be a marquee in the grounds bring a picnic a bottle and a cake to share nbspIf you would rather have a fresh Lancashire Hot Pot on the day you can but you must contact Miranda Wraithmell on 01254 427020 to book your meal or emailnbsp stjameschurchlowerdarwenaolcouknbspFind out more about the Abbey farewell party on the Diocesan websitenbspherenbspnbsp

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Monday 20th July 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbsp

BBC 'Fake or Fortune' reveals church painting is £100k treasure

A mystery painting that has hung in a Lancashire church for hundreds of years has been revealed as a Renaissance treasure worth at least 100000nbspThe identity of the painter was revealed after an exhaustive investigation by the team from the hit BBC programme Fake or Fortune which investigates the provenance of paintings in an attempt to prove whether they are real or just fakenbspAt the climax of last nights edition shown at 8pm on BBC1 the identity was confirmed by experts asnbspFrancesco Montemezzanonbsp a secondlevel Italian artist and contemporary of some of the greats such as Tinteretto and TitiannbspThe programme also investigated the original purchase of the painting which brought it to Tunstall uncovering a complicated family web that ultimately led to the buyer being identified not as Richard ToulminNorth patron of the church but as his illegitimate halfbrother Frederick Needham who was a past vicar of St Johns in the early 1800snbspThe current vicar of St Johns Church in Tunstall Rev Mark Cannon and the church warden Jane Greenhalgh were involved in the programme and were filmed showing presenters Fiona Bruce and renowned art expert Philip Mould the uncleaned and unknown painting at the start of the show and were then seen with the fully cleaned and revived painting at the end of the programme complete with attributionnbspIn between those two points the investigation took the presenters to Cambridge London and Venice to get the answers they needednbspIn an exclusive interview with The Church of England in Lancashire recorded on the last day of filming and available on our YouTube channel Fiona and Philip talked about the experience of making the programme and revealing the painting and its history in more ways than onenbspFiona said It was filthy and dark but very early on Philip thought it was Venetian because of the style and colours particularly But now you can see it has jewellike enamellike coloursnbspWe went back to the late 16th century where we knew because of the style it wasnt quite good enough to be a Tinteretto or Titian the premier division of artists at that timenbspBut we have found a name thanks to an Italian scholar who plucked it like a rabbit out of a hat really and it wasnt one we were familiar with nbspPhilip continued It was an extraordinary transformation and on a scale that is pretty well unmatched It was a religious experience watching it being cleanednbspThe process of cleaning the painting was like getting to know the individual who painted it nbspAlthough Venetian art is awash with major names there is a level below who are capable of great feats of artistic distinction and one of the great things about this programme is we have identified an individual who deserves a little bit of recognitionnbspAnd that name is Francesco Montemezzano said FionanbspHe was an Italian artist who painted in Venice in the late 16th century he lived a short life and died from a life of excess but he is according to the reputed scholars of this country and Italy the artistnbspPhilip added The really wonderful thing is this painting was designed to hang in a church to tell a story and communicate itself to a congregation and now 400 years later cleaned and hanging in St Johns in Tunstall with any luck it will do it againnbspA member of that congregation and churchwarden Jane Greenhalgh was lucky enough to get the chance to visit Cambridge to watch the investigation into the painting and has thoroughly enjoyed her experience filming with the Fake or Fortune teamnbspIn the video Jane says They came to see the painting before Christmas and soon decided it was a goer We started filming in March nbspAs part of the filming work Ive had the good fortune to go to Cambridge and see the picture forensically examined and infrared photographs taken of it which was fascinatingnbspI was not too concerned about value more about what it was it was so incredibly dirty it was hard to seenbspVicar Rev Mark Cannon added We were hopeful of discovering something about its history how it got here and why its in the church nbspWeve been down some blind alleys but in the end what was neglected by us all at the back of the church turns out to be something quite specialnbspIt has been an exciting journey and in the end the value became less and less important even though it is worth a lot of money we are now focussing on using it for what it was intended for as an object of devotion and reflection that will draw people to the church on many levelsnbspJane continued We are absolutely delighted to find out it is by a notable artist even if not so well known but it doesnt alter the fact that the picture has hung in our church for over 200 years and we now want to celebrate it and enjoy it But this is not all about just having a beautiful painting its about mission as wellnbspMark elaborated adding The painting was given by a former vicar who obviously thought it would be an aid to devotion for his parishioners so we hope it can do that again nownbspThe result of the investigation has also been welcomed by the Archdeacon for the area The Venerable Michael Everitt Archdeacon of LancasternbspArchdeacon Michael said today It was one of the most fascinating editions of Fake or Fortune ever and as well as featuring the beautiful painting I was struck too how beautifully the programme showcased the wonderful part of our Diocese where St Johns is situatednbspI am delighted with the outcome and I thank Fiona Philip and the rest of the BBC team as well as the vicar Mark churchwarden Jane and all the parishioners for their hard work in solving the mystery of the paintingnbspI am so pleased for the church that they can now name the artist of this stunning picture of ChristnbspObviously the outcome has implications for the future and the church which has extensive security measures in place has reinforced them with other measures which we cant discuss further for obvious reasonsThe programme is available to view in full on the BBC iPlayer for 29 days from July 20 2015 Click here View behindthescenes pictures of the last day of filming of Fake or Fortune at Tunstall on the Diocesan Flickr feed hereAll pictures BynbspClive Lawrence Clive Lawrence Photography Email clivelawrencemecomnbspThe story also features as a highlight of the week on the weekly podcast from the Church of England You can listen to the podcast herenbspnbspRonnie Semley20072015nbsp

Farewell Evensong for Archdeacon John

The Diocese will formally bid farewell to Archdeacon John Hawley and give thanks for his ministry among us within Cathedral Evensong on Sunday 19 JulyAll are welcome and no tickets are required

Diocesan Synod

Diocesan SynodnbspTo be held at Fulwood St CuthbertsnbspOn Saturday 18th July 2015nbsp930am 100pm

BBC1's 'Fake or Fortune' investigates Lancashire church painting

A painting that has hung in a Lancashire church for more than 200 years becomes the focus of the latest Fake or Fortune investigation this Sunday on BBC1nbspThe popular programme presented by Fiona Bruce and art expert Philip Mould will hope to reveal the provenance of the mysterious work of art nbspEach week Fake or Fortune forensically examines a painting that could be by a noted artist So far in this latest series works which were thought to be by Lowry and Renoir have featurednbspThis week the ancient picturepostcard Grade 1 listed church of St John the Baptist in Tunstall once patronised by the Bronte sisters which nestles on the edge of Lancashire not far from the Yorkshire Dales will take centre stage in the programme nbspThe vicar of the parish Rev Mark Cannon and other parishioners including churchwarden Jane Greenhalgh feature as the exciting investigation gets under waynbspThe huge Renaissancestyle painting depicts the aftermath of Christs crucifixion and the trail leads the programme to Italy in search of the answer to the key question who was the artistnbspSpeaking to The Church of England in Lancashire in an exclusive video Fiona Bruce said Its thanks to Jane the churchwarden that this painting was brought to our attention It was a mystery they wanted us to investigate nbspThe painting was filthy and dark and had been in the church since the mid1800s but that was all that was known about itnbspPhilip Mould added Using my trusty torch which I take with me everywhere I go I was able to see that despite the fact it was dirty beneath all the grime lay something very excitingnbspThe episode sees the Fake or Fortune crew travel to Cambridge and Venice during their investigationnbspFiona continued Its been lovely working with the people here at the church including Mark the vicar and its such a beautiful church We found out more than we ever thought we would including some very interesting information about a former vicar of the parishnbspAnd Philip teased further saying I think its fair to say that if you watch the programme you will find we have come up with a name for the artistnbspJane the churchwarden talks in the video about the experience of working with the Fake or Fortune teamnbspShe said They came to see the painting before Christmas and soon decided it was a goer We started filming in March nbspAs part of the filming work Ive had the good fortune to go to Cambridge and see the picture forensically examined and infrared photographs taken of it which was fascinatingnbspI was not too concerned about value more about what the painting was it was so incredibly dirty it was hard to see what it wasnbspRev Mark Cannon added We are hopeful of discovering something about its history how it got here and why its in the churchnbspIt has been an exciting journey and we are looking forward to watching the programme on Sunday which will reveal the outcome of the investigationnbspnbspRonnie Semley15072015nbsp

Bishop 'Tops Out' Blackburn Cathedral's huge new extension

CATHEDRAL Court the 6 million extension to Blackburn Cathedral has been topped out at an official ceremony in the Cathedral groundsnbspTaking part were Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson and the Dean of Blackburn the Very Rev Christopher Armstrong nbspLord Shuttleworth the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire was also in attendance along with other local dignitaries including Harry Catherall Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough CouncilnbspRepresentatives from John Turner Construction Group who are building Cathedral Court were also present including John Turner site manager Chris MurphynbspThe ceremony which featured as part of a longer report on the whole redevelopment on BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme took place at the top of the new building to mark the completion of the external structure The main participants climbed a secure scaffold to a high platform where Bishop Julian placed the final roof tile in positionnbspA short ceremony then took place during which a blessing for the building for the construction work still to come and for the workers doing that construction work was saidnbspSpeaking afterwards Bishop Julian said This is an important day for the Cathedral and the clergy and staff who worship and work here nbspA lot of hard effort has brought us to this point and I pray the new Cathedral Court will when finally completed be used to further the work of God and his Kingdom in the heart of the rapidly changing heart of Blackburn and further afieldnbspThe act of faith of building this new Cathedral Court shows the commitment we have to the local community as well as the rest of Lancashire for which Blackburn Cathedral plays an important role as the regions Anglican CathedralnbspCathedral Court will provide a library refectory conference room an enclosed cloister garden underground car park for 50 cars four townhouses for the Dean Cathedral Canons and the Director of Music six apartments for Cathedral staff and six accommodation units for organ and choir scholars The building is expected to be completed by October and is the first major new cloister building for a Cathedral in more than 500 yearsnbspIt is part of the massive Cathedral Quarter development which has been transforming Blackburn town centre since construction started last April The 34million scheme includes a hotel office block and a public square work on all of which is well advancednbspDean Christopher said This has been a momentous day for the Cathedral and we are delighted to reach this point in the construction of Cathedral Court The main structure is now in place and you no longer need to use your imagination to envisage what the final building will look like in realitynbspFrom start to finish so many people have worked really hard to get us to this stage and we are now after today just a few months away from final completion This Court is the first of its kind to be built onto a Cathedral for 500 years So this is also a momentous moment for the countrys architectural historynbspWhen completed it will be dedicated to the service of God and we look forward to serving the people and communities of the surrounding area and further afield in Lancashire as a whole in fresh new ways using the facilities it will providenbspLord Shuttleworth said he was exciting to attend the ceremony adding This is a tremendous project that has taken many years to bring to fruition The whole County looks to its Anglican Cathedral and it is exciting to see the building growing here in this way at the heart of the local community and as part of a wider multimillion pound regeneration project called the Cathedral Quarter here in Blackburn town centrenbspAnd Harry Catherall added I am delighted to see this day finally arrive and to be here for the topping out of this outstanding development The Cathedral Court element of the Cathedral Quarter is making a massive contribution to the ongoing regeneration of this fabulous townnbspAll pictures by Clive LawrencenbspnbspRonnie Semley16072015nbsp

Budget Committee

Budget Committee Department LeadersnbspThursday 16th July 2015nbsp400pm 700pmnbsp

Inquirers' Courses Information Evening - Lancaster - Hala Community Centre

As you will be aware from 811 September 2016 the Bishops of the Northern Province will be leading Mission events across the Diocesenbsp For many people Inquirers Courses form a significant step in their faith journey sonbspwill be a crucial part of the follow up that can be offered after the Mission eventsnbsp Running a course this Autumn will be good preparation for running one in 2016You are invited to come to an evening to find out more about the different types of material that are availablenbsp The evenings will run from 730pm until 900pm on the dates and at the places shown below so we hope that you can find one where the date and location is convenient for you to bring a group from your parishnbsp All the events are free but if you havent already done sonbspwe ask that you book by clicking on one the links below for the one which is most convenient for younbspTuesday 7th July 2015Preston St Cuthbert Fulwoodwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesprestontickets17042711208Thursday 9th July 2015Blackpool All Hallows Bisphamwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesblackpooltickets17044935862nbspTuesday 14th July 2015Burnley St Cuthbertwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesburnleytickets17045091327nbspWednesday 15th July 2015Chorley St Laurencewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseschorleytickets17045117405nbspThursday 16th July 2015Lancaster Hala Worship amp Community Centrewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseslancastertickets17045152510nbspnbspnbsp

Lancashire Bishops on proposed Sunday trading changes

Lancashires three Anglican Bishops have given their reaction to the Sunday trading proposals put forward in the recent budgetnbspThe Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North are all concerned about the plansnbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said I am concerned on a number of counts about these proposalsnbspFirst a measure of consistency across the country rather than massive variations is a really important cohesive factor in our society While devolution maybe the current fashion certain features of our common life are necessary to foster the common goodnbspSecondly the erosion of a special day in the week that is different from others is a further important move away from one of those traditions that has moulded our life as a community A day of rest for the wellbeing of society is key for family life as well as personal healthnbspBishop Julian continued Thirdly my chief concern is about the implications for employees who say they will not work on a Sunday because they wish to attend Christian worship nbspWhile I am sure that promises will be made to safeguard such people inevitably over time pressure will be brought upon them and those wishing to keep Sunday clear of work will be disadvantaged in the employment market nbspThe Secretary General of USDAW John Hannett has also opposed the move saying it would not bring any further economic benefit to the country but would put more pressure on already stretched employees I share his concern nbspThe Bishop concluded For everyone with or without a Christian faith I strongly feel that more than ever in todays hectic world there is still a need to have at least one day of the week where people can slow down relax and spend time with their familiesnbspBishop Geoff the Bishop of Lancaster commented Sadly the Chancellor wants to relax Sunday trading lawsnbspWill someone please tell him what a gift it is to have a day of rest and recreationnbspIt can be a day of fun when we can give precious time to key relationships The significance of the Sabbath goes far beyond Christians choosing to worship God in celebrationnbspEvery shopping day the same How boring and sadnbspBishop Geoff added Also on the budget two cheers for the Chancellor and his support for the living wagenbspA third cheer will come from me when he tackles the problem at the other end of the scale of sky high wages for the top earnersnbspThe gap between the boardroom and the shop floor is growing seriously widernbspAlso commenting was Bishop Philip the Bishop of Burnley who said We are put under ever increasing pressure in the workplace to be more productive and to work longer hours Our phones and tablets mean we are always available and can never escape from the demands others place on us nbspLeisure can be just as stressful as work as we strive to keep up with others and impress friends with a constant stream of glamorous sounding social media updates Every waking moment is invaded with noise and images and activity We all live nonstop livesnbspThis is why the move by the government to relax Sunday trading laws concerns me very deeply I worry about it on many different levels As a Christian I am concerned about anything that stops people from worshipping nbspI sympathise with many of the concerns raised by trades unions about the pressures that will be placed on staffnbspBut my main problem is about the rhythm of peoples lives Happiness is not something that can be bought in a shop It is about the quality of our relationships and those relationships need time if they are to remain healthynbspBishop Philip concluded The Bible contains a great deal of straightforward wisdom and the command to put a day aside each week purely for rest is a good example of that If we never stop we lose something precious of what it is to be humannbspnbspRonnie Semley15072015nbsp

Inquirers' Courses Information Evening - Chorley St Laurence

As you will be aware from 811 September 2016 the Bishops of the Northern Province will be leading Mission events across the Diocesenbsp For many people Inquirers Courses form a significant step in their faith journey sonbspwill be a crucial part of the follow up that can be offered after the Mission eventsnbsp Running a course this Autumn will be good preparation for running one in 2016You are invited to come to an evening to find out more about the different types of material that are availablenbsp The evenings will run from 730pm until 900pm on the dates and at the places shown below so we hope that you can find one where the date and location is convenient for you to bring a group from your parishnbsp All the events are free but if you havent already done sonbspwe ask that you book by clicking on one the links below for the one which is most convenient for younbspnbspTuesday 7th July 2015Preston St Cuthbert Fulwoodwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesprestontickets17042711208Thursday 9th July 2015Blackpool All Hallows Bisphamwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesblackpooltickets17044935862nbspTuesday 14th July 2015Burnley St Cuthbertwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesburnleytickets17045091327nbspWednesday 15th July 2015Chorley St Laurencewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseschorleytickets17045117405nbspThursday 16th July 2015Lancaster Hala Worship amp Community Centrewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseslancastertickets17045152510nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th July 2015

Inquirers' Courses Information Evening - Burnley St Cuthbert

As you will be aware from 811 September 2016 the Bishops of the Northern Province will be leading Mission events across the Diocesenbsp For many people Inquirers Courses form a significant step in their faith journey sonbspwill be a crucial part of the follow up that can be offered after the Mission eventsnbsp Running a course this Autumn will be good preparation for running one in 2016You are invited to come to an evening to find out more about the different types of material that are availablenbsp The evenings will run from 730pm until 900pm on the dates and at the places shown below so we hope that you can find one where the date and location is convenient for you to bring a group from your parishnbsp All the events are free but if you havent already done sonbspwe ask that you book by clicking on one the links below for the one which is most convenient for younbspTuesday 7th July 2015Preston St Cuthbert Fulwoodwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesprestontickets17042711208Thursday 9th July 2015Blackpool All Hallows Bisphamwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesblackpooltickets17044935862nbspTuesday 14th July 2015Burnley St Cuthbertwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesburnleytickets17045091327nbspWednesday 15th July 2015Chorley St Laurencewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseschorleytickets17045117405nbspThursday 16th July 2015Lancaster Hala Worship amp Community Centrewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseslancastertickets17045152510nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Archdeacon of Blackburn The Ven. John Hawley to retire shortly

The Church of England in Lancashire is preparing to say farewell to The Venerable John Hawley Archdeacon of Blackburn who will retire shortlynbspIn his time with the Diocese Archdeacon John has worked closely with churches from the following Deaneries Accrington Blackburn with Darwen Burnley Chorley Leyland Pendle and Whalley as well as serving the whole Diocese as a key member of the Bishops Leadership TeamnbspThe Archdeacons retirement service takes place this Sunday at 4pm in Blackburn Cathedral All are welcomeThe following Sunday July 26 there will be a final farewell event at one of Archdeacon Johns favourite places Whalley Abbey which is the Diocesan retreat and conference centreThe Abbey Farewell begins at 430pm and finishes at 930pm nbspThere will be a marquee in the grounds and all are invited bring a picnic a bottle and a cake to share If you would rather have a fresh Lancashire Hot Pot on the day you can but you must contact Miranda Wraithmell on 01254 427020 to book your meal or email stjameschurchlowerdarwenaolcouknbspFind out more about the Abbey farewell party on the Diocesan website herenbspHaving served as Team Rector of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire Archdeacon John moved to the Diocese of Blackburn in 2002 nbspSince then he has become a wellknown and respected figure in the Diocese promoting the development of the church by making mission and evangelism central priorities nbspArchdeacon John has taken special responsibility for urban issues and for overseeing the work of hospital and prison chaplaincies In addition his skills as coordinator of important regionwide events such as the Summer Festival in 2014 in Lytham St Annes which was attended by around 3000 people will also be much missednbspArchdeacons also take particular responsibility for buildings including church buildings the welfare of clergy and their families and the implementation of Diocesan Policy within an archdeaconry nbspThe Church of England in Lancashire is split into two archdeaconries the Archdeaconry of Blackburn covers the south of the region while the Archdeaconry of Lancaster is for the north of the region Each Archdeaconry is subdivided further into DeaneriesnbspIn his time with the Diocese Archdeacon John has worked closely with churches from the following Deaneries Accrington Blackburn with Darwen Burnley Chorley Leyland Pendle and Whalley as well as serving the whole Diocese as a key member of the Bishops Leadership TeamnbspHis work has included leading the reorganisation of many parishes and the redrawing of boundaries where appropriate to serve the needs of the church a total of 40 pastoral schemes as they are known Archdeacon John has also had a major role in the ongoing development of the Dioceses retreat and conference centre at Whalley AbbeynbspEarlier in his career the Archdeacon was vicar of a mining parish in Doncaster for 11 years from 198091 including the period of the miners strike in 1984 nbspHe organised many big events in this period including Pentecost 1984 at Doncaster Racecourse attended by 15000 and was stadium manager for American evangelist Billy Grahams rallies in Sheffield in 1985Archdeacon John reflects on his career in ministry in a much longer article which you can read herenbspJohn Hawley is the 16th Archdeacon of Blackburn in a line stretching back to 1877 The role was transferred to the Diocese of Blackburn from the Diocese of Manchester in 1926 when the Diocese of Blackburn was founded He is one of the longest serving incumbentsAt the conclusion of 41 years of ordained ministry Archdeacon John will retire to Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire He looks forward to engaging in the life of the local church there as well as rediscovering friendships which have supported him through his many years of ministrynbspHe hopes to take up cycling and walking to complement his other sporting passion golfnbspSpeaking today Archdeacon John said At 65 it is the right time for me to step aside while I still have health and energynbspI want to return to pastoral and evangelistic ministry albeit as a retired ArchdeaconnbspTo be Archdeacon of Blackburn has been a huge challenge over 13 years helping the Diocese to face the reality of the need to change and become more focussed on discipleship and evangelism and hopefully doing so with humour and some informalitynbspI am grateful to those who have loved and supported me through these years for me I never forget my friends Once a friend always a friend You will always be welcome at my homenbspBishop Julian said John has given an immense amount of devoted service as Archdeacon of Blackburn andnbsphe will be missed immensely by me and by the whole DiocesenbspBefore he goes however we aim to give him a great sendoff over the next week or so with the two events at Blackburn Cathedral and Whalley AbbeynbspI am particularly grateful for all his support through my first 20 months in LancashirenbspWe thank God for all his years of faithful service andnbsppraynbsphe will have a long and happy retirementnbspRonnie Semley13072015nbspnbsp

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th July 2015

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th July 2015

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 10th Julynbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Inquirers' Courses Information Evening - Blackpool - All Hallows Bispham

As you will be aware from 811 September 2016 the Bishops of the Northern Province will be leading Mission events across the Diocesenbsp For many people Inquirers Courses form a significant step in their faith journey sonbspwill be a crucial part of the follow up that can be offered after the Mission eventsnbsp Running a course this Autumn will be good preparation for running one in 2016You are invited to come to an evening to find out more about the different types of material that are availablenbsp The evenings will run from 730pm until 900pm on the dates and at the places shown below so we hope that you can find one where the date and location is convenient for you to bring a group from your parishnbsp All the events are free but if you havent already done sonbspwe ask that you book by clicking on one the links below for the one which is most convenient for younbspnbspTuesday 7th July 2015Preston St Cuthbert Fulwoodwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesprestontickets17042711208Thursday 9th July 2015Blackpool All Hallows Bisphamwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesblackpooltickets17044935862nbspTuesday 14th July 2015Burnley St Cuthbertwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesburnleytickets17045091327nbspWednesday 15th July 2015Chorley St Laurencewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseschorleytickets17045117405nbspThursday 16th July 2015Lancaster Hala Worship amp Community Centrewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseslancastertickets17045152510

Coverage of General Synod, York, July 10 - 14

The General Synod of The Church of England meets in York from July 10 14 You can watch a live video stream of proceedings via this linkWatch a behind the scenes Periscope video about Synod by Tallie Proud digital communications officer for the CofEListen to all Synod business on the CofE Soundcloud pageFollow this link for background information on the General Synod and its workFor Twitter users this is the Synod Twitter feedFor a current whos who in General Synod click hereSynod business other online linksFriday pm business from SynodSaturday am businessSaturday pm businessSunday pm businessMonday am businessMonday pm businessNews stories from SynodSynod gives final approval for Safeguarding legislation Click hereChurch should reflect reality of multicultural society Click hereThis is the last meeting of the current quinquennium and a new General Synod will shortly be elected before meeting for the first time in November at a session at Church House Westminster which will be opened by Her Majesty the QueenFor information about the election process for the next General Synod see this page of our Diocesan website You can find out more about why its important to consider standing via this national videonbspavailable on our Diocesan YouTube channelFinally we recently announced that one of our Lancashire clergy had been appointed as the new Chaplain for General SynodThe Rev Michael Gisbourne currently Vicar of Scotforth St Paul and previously a vicar in Freckleton and Garstang is the new Chaplain Working on a voluntary basis he will coordinate a team of volunteers drawn from Synod members and others to assist with the delivery of Synod worshipMichael will attend part of the July Synod meeting in order to shadow Canon Gavin Kirk and will take up his duties at the Inaugural session of the new General Synod in November 2015 Read more about Michaels appointment on our website herenbsp

For The Love Of ... Workshop - Lancaster University

For The Love Of WorkshopnbspLancaster University Chaplaincy Centre LancasternbspThursday 9 July 2015 7pm to 9pmnbspnbspA climate change workshop to prepare for the UN Summit in Paris in December 2015nbspFor further information and contact details pleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbspnbsp

Get to know our new Priests and Deacons

nbspnbspA total of 14 new Priests and Deacons have been ordained by The Church of England in LancashirenbspThe annual occasion took place during two services in Blackburn CathedralnbspThe event was mirrored in Anglican Dioceses across the country with hundreds of candidates taking their vowsnbspThere are eight men and six women in the group while the youngest two candidates are 29 and the oldest is 58nbspAll 14 Ordinands willingly responded to Gods call on their lives and are ready and eager to get to work in their parishes to help fulfil the fresh new vision for the Diocese of Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspVia this page you can get to know our new Deacons and Priests a bit better by clicking on their names below which will take you to a set of questions and answers for each of themnbspnbspOrdained as Priests nbspRev Anne BeverleynbspRev Kamran BhattinbspRev James GoodwinHudsonnbspRev Catherine MartlewnbspRev Susan SeednbspRev David StephensonOrdained as Deacons nbspRev AlexnbspFrostnbspRev Chris KrawiecnbspRev CarolynnbspLeitchnbspRev Phil MaudsleynbspRev Andy MeesonnbspRev LorrainenbspMoffatt nbspRev Mike PrintnbspRevnbspRie WalkernbspnbspRonnie Semley08072015nbspnbspnbsp

Inquirers' Courses Information Evening - Preston St Cuthbert

As you will be aware from 811 September 2016 the Bishops of the Northern Province will be leading Mission events across the Diocesenbsp For many people Inquirers Courses form a significant step in their faith journey sonbspwill be a crucial part of the follow up that can be offered after the Mission eventsnbsp Running a course this Autumn will be good preparation for running one in 2016You are invited to come to an evening to find out more about the different types of material that are availablenbsp The evenings will run from 730pm until 900pm on the dates and at the places shown below so we hope that you can find one where the date and location is convenient for you to bring a group from your parishnbsp All the events are free but if you havent already done sonbspwe ask that you book by clicking on one the links below for the one which is most convenient for youTuesday 7th July 2015Preston St Cuthbert Fulwoodwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesprestontickets17042711208Thursday 9th July 2015Blackpool All Hallows Bisphamwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesblackpooltickets17044935862nbspTuesday 14th July 2015Burnley St Cuthbertwwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscoursesburnleytickets17045091327nbspWednesday 15th July 2015Chorley St Laurencewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseschorleytickets17045117405nbspThursday 16th July 2015Lancaster Hala Worship amp Community Centrewwweventbritecoukehealthychurchestraininginquirerscourseslancastertickets17045152510

Ordination Services for new Deacons and Priests take place

A comic writer of sketches and sitcoms a bank manager a hospital doctor several teachers a fitness instructor and a dental hygienist nbspThese are just some of the former jobs of the latest cohort of 14 new Priests and Deacons to be ordained by The Church of England in LancashirenbspThe annual occasion took place at the weekend during services in Blackburn Cathedral The event was mirrored in Anglican Dioceses across the country with hundreds of candidates taking their vowsnbspThere are eight men and six women in the group while the youngest two candidates are 29 and the oldest is 58nbspAll 14 Ordinands have willingly responded to Gods call on their lives and are ready and eager to get to work in their parishes to help fulfil the fresh new vision for the Diocese of Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspWhen I heard the calling I felt compelled to explore it says Alex Frost 45 from Burnley I have loved every aspect of training study worship and fellowship not to mention the fun and laughter I have shared with my fellow ordinands Some folk may think trainee clergy are stuffy and dull trust me we are notnbspPhil Maudsley 41 who is originally from Lancaster and will serve at a church in Fulwood Preston said The call to ordination has been in the background for around 20 years but it is only really now that I feel I have the experiences in life and the confirmation from God that the time is right to take this next step in sharing my faith and ministering to othersnbspLorraine Moffatt 58 also from Lancaster and serving at a church in Morecambe said Getting ordained comes after a long and searching process with a persistent sense of a calling from God At its heart is a yearning to serve God and communitynbspI hope to help and move people on their journey of faith to become wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ and become effective witnesses to others To encourage and nurture vocations in others so they fulfil their God given potentialnbspAnne Beverley 38 from Lytham St Annes and serving in two Blackpool churches added I want to reach out to people with Christs love by being a Church that is a beacon of hope for those in dark places through which God may be glorifiednbspWhile Kamran Bhatti 48 originally from Nelson and serving at a Preston church said I believe that it is God who has chosen me and not the other way round I believe that I have a strong sense of calling to ordained ministry since my youthnbspMy hope is to show Gods love and mercy by proclaiming the Gospel in both words and actions with humility encouraging church congregations to grow closer to God and serving local and wider community by building relationshipsnbspAnd Mike Print 34 from Mawdesley and serving a church in Padiham added God has been calling me to care for his church and reach out to others with the good news of Jesus since coming to faith at the age of 23 My hope for the Church is that we might better imitate Christ in our lives and our Christian communities so that the world might see Christ more clearly and thus turn to HimnbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson ordained the Deacons while the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson ordained the Priests on what was the 40th Anniversary of his own ordination as Priest nbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said It has been a huge privilege to be able to ordain these men and women who have been called by God through His church nbspI look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours in the coming years as they work at parish level to make our Diocesan vision of Healthy Churches Transforming Communities a realitynbspBishop Geoff added This was a special and significant day for all the candidates and their families The Ordinands have worked hard to reach this point and we give thanks to God for their callingnbspMost of the candidates or Ordinands for the Priesthood in 2015 had been ordained as Deacons in the Cathedral last year and returned for further commissioning Their service took place at 230pm on SaturdaynbspIn addition to the six new Priests a further eight candidates were ordained as Deacons at another service in the Cathedral which began earlier in the same day at 1030amnbspPrior to their big weekend all candidates Priests and Deacons went on silent retreat at Whalley Abbey the Diocesan retreat and conference centre where they had chance to share time together and to pray prior to their big weekend nbspJoining the Ordinands at Whalley were the entire Diocesan Episcopal Team Bishop Julian and Bishop Geoff together with Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip NorthnbspA video filmed during the retreat featuring the three Bishops plus four of the Ordinands two Priests and two Deacons and Rev Fleur Green from Darwen who led the Ordinands retreat at Whalley Abbey is available to view now on the Dioceses YouTube channel herenbspOrdinations have taken place across the country and the Church of England was tweeting throughout on its national feed cofe and our local Diocese Twitter feed cofelancs was also very active using newrevs nbspA full list of candidates for ordination and where they will be based across Lancashire is available here nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley06072015nbsp

Cathedral prepares for Topping Out Ceremony at new extension

Cathedral Court the 6 million extension to Blackburn Cathedral is to be topped out at an official ceremony on July 15nbspTaking part will be Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth and the Dean of Blackburn the Very Rev Christopher ArmstrongnbspThe ceremony will take place at the top of the new building to mark the completion of the external structure and will be near the roof areanbspBecause work on the internal parts of the building are still ongoing the topping out party will have to use ladders and scaffolding to reach the sitenbspDean Armstrong said this week The original plan was that there would be prayers and thanksgiving for the work followed by a glass of champagne nbspBut health and safety issues have meant that the celebratory drink will have to be held when we come back to ground levelnbspAsked about the safety aspect the Dean added that every precaution will be taken to ensure that all of us get up to the roof without incidentnbspRepresentatives from John Turner Construction Group who are building Cathedral Court will also be present for the ceremonynbspCathedral Court will provide a library refectory conference room an enclosed cloister garden underground car park for 50 cars four townhouses for the Dean Cathedral Canons and the Director of Music six apartments for Cathedral staff and six accommodation units for organ and choir scholars The building is expected to be completed by OctobernbspIt is part of the massive Cathedral Quarter development which is currently transforming Blackburn town centre since construction started last April The 34million scheme includes a hotel office block and a public square work on which is well advancednbspnbspRonnie Semley07072015nbsp

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 6th July 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbsp

Ordination of Deacons

The new deacons will be ordained in the Cathedral by Bishop Julian at 1030am on Saturday 4 JulyClick here for more information

Ordination of Priests

The new priests will be ordained by Bishop Geoff in the Cathedral at 230pm on Saturday 4 JulyClick herenbspfor more information

Ordination Services for new Deacons and Priests this weekend

A total of 14 new Deacons and Priests for the Church of England in Lancashire will be ordained this weekend at services in Blackburn CathedralThe Ordinands include men and women who are or will be based right across the regionnbsp CLICK HERE for the full list of names and where they will serveDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson will ordain the Deacons while the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson will ordain the Priests on what will be the 40th anniversary of his own ordination as Priest Bishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said I am looking forward immensely to the Ordinations It is a huge privilege to be able to ordain these men and women who have felt called to Christian ministryBishop Geoff added This is a significant time for all the candidates and their families and we are praying for good weather to set off what will be a lovely day They have all worked hard to reach this point and we give thanks to God for their callingMost of the candidates or Ordinands for the Priesthood in 2015 were ordained as Deacons in the Cathedral last year and are now back for this further commissioning Their service will take place at 230pmIn addition to six Prieststobe a further eight candidates will be ordained as Deacons at another ceremony in the Cathedral which begins earlier in the day at 1030amPrior to their big weekend ahead all candidates Priests and Deacons will go on retreat at Whalley Abbey where they will have a chance to share time together and to pray prior to their big weekend Ordinations are taking place across the country and the Church of England will be tweeting throughout on its national feed cofe and local Diocese Twitter feeds including the Diocese of Blackburns feed which is cofelancs using newrevs Joining the Ordinands at Whalley will be the entire Diocesan episcopal team Bishop Julian and Bishop Geoff together with Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip NorthnbspFollowing the retreat at Whalley Abbey and the services at the weekend pictures and a further news report will be posted to the Diocesan website and pictures will also be uploaded to the Diocesan Flickr feednbsp Search online for Flickr and Blackburn DiocesenbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley30062015nbsp

Prayers to mark one minute silence for Tunisia victims

The Church of England has issued prayers to coincide with the national one minute silence taking place tomorrow at noon for the victims of the Tunisian attack in which many British people diedSpeaking today Rt Rev Julian Henderson Lancashires Anglican Bishop said I would encourage people across Lancashire to mark the silence with some quiet reflection and prayer to remember the victims including those from Lancashire who were killed and injured in the attackThe Bishop will be attending the consecration of the new Bishop of Hull Rev Canon Alison White tomorrow at the time of the one minute silence He will be in the company of the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North and other Church of England BishopsA spokesman for York Minster confirmed today there are plans for the Bishops and the congregation to mark the silence during the consecration service itselfnbspnbspRonnie Semley 02072015nbsp

Budget Committee

Budget Committee Department LeadersnbspThursday 2nd July 2015nbsp400pm 700pmnbsp

Prayers from Church of England to mark Christening of Princess Charlotte

The following prayer has been issued by the Church of England to mark the forthcoming Christening of Princess CharlottenbspFaithful Godwe thank you for your love and for your presence at every stage of our livesWe pray for Princess CharlotteFill her Christening day with joy and celebrationAs she is baptised into the Christian faith strengthen and support her parents and godparents Through their love and prayershelp her to know your love and care surrounding her now and alwaysWe ask this in the name of Jesus Amennbspnbspnbsp

Preparing for Responsibility Conference

A residential conference for all those nearing the end of their curacy2930 JuneWhalley Abbey

Churchwarden training for Experienced and Long Serving Wardens

An evening training session for Experienced and Long Serving Churchwardens to be held at All Saints Church Clayton le Moors onMonday 29th JuneTo book a place please complete the attached form

Bishop Julian talks to BBC Radio Lancashire about vision plans

Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has spoken about the plans for a decade of growth as part of the Dioceses new Vision Plans on BBC Radio LancashirenbspHe was interviewed by Joe Wilson on the Sunday morning Faith ProgrammenbspClick herenbspto listen to Bishop Julian being interviewed by Joe and discussing the plans Listen from 2h 09m 30snbspAnd click here and here for more about the Vision and the events taking place over the next 18 months up to September 2016 all of which are just the beginning of a further 10 years of intentional growth work across the Diocesenbsp

Lancashire Clergyman appointed Chaplain to General Synod

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced today that a Lancashirebased clergyman has been appointed as Chaplain to the Church of Englands General Synod for the next five year session nbspThe Rev Michael Gisbourne currently Vicar of Scotforth St Paul and previously a vicar in Freckleton and Garstang is the new ChaplainnbspWorking on a voluntary basis he will coordinate a team of volunteers drawn from Synod members and others to assist with the delivery of Synod worshipnbspHe will report into a small subgroup for Synod worship appointed by the Archbishops and chaired by the Rt Rev Robert Paterson Bishop of Sodor and Man and ViceChair of the Liturgical CommissionnbspThe General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England formulates new forms of worship debates matters of national and international importance and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national levelnbspMichael Gisbourne said I am excited and humbled to be supporting the work of Synod through helping to coordinate worship and prayer nbspI have more than 22 years of experience as a parish priest leading people in worship and am more involved in liturgical education at a Diocesan level with experience of constructing and leading worship at a variety of Diocesan events nbspI look forward to playing my part to enable Synod to transact its business in the context of Anglican worshipnbspWelcoming the new Chaplain today Bishop Robert said This role has expanded in recent years under the auspices of Canon Gavin Kirk the current Chaplain and now includes the Continuous Praying Presence at each General Synod as well as Synod worship conducted in a range of styles nbspAppointing a nonmember of General Synod to coordinate Synod worship will enable more time to be devoted to building on these initiatives nbspMichael brings a great deal of commitment and a variety of locallybased experience to the role At his interview he displayed an enthusiasm offering Synod a range of styles of worship prayer and music which reflect the richness of Anglican traditions I am delighted to welcome himnbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson added I am pleased Michael has been appointed to this important role He has many years of experience and already coordinates worship at our own Diocesan Synod I look forward to the worship events he will plan at General SynodnbspMichael Gisbourne will attend part of the July 2015 General Synod meeting in order to shadow Canon Gavin Kirk and will take up his duties at the Inaugural session of General Synod in November 2015nbspnbspRonnie Semley26062015nbspnbsp

Budget Committee

Budget Committee Department LeadersnbspThursday 25th June 2015nbsp400pm 800pmnbsp

Archdeacons presented with beautiful new 'Copes' by Diocesan Needleworkers

The Blackburn Diocesan Fellowship of Church Needleworkers has produced two new copes for the Archdeacon of Blackburn and Archdeacon of LancasternbspThe copes embroidered vestments were given to the Archdeacons at a recent service in Blackburn CathedralnbspThey were commissioned by Archdeacon John as a gift to the Diocese prior to his retirement in JulynbspElizabeth Johnson Nan Clough and Susan Hughes all from the Burnley area and Janet Stockton who is the wife of Canon Ian Stockton Canon Chancellor of the Cathedral were the members of the fellowship who put the copes togethernbspThe copes depict scenes from the two Archdeaconries with the Blackburn cope featuring the Whalley Abbey Gatehouse and Pendle Hill while the Lancaster vestment shows Lancaster Castle and a windmillnbspnbspRonnie Semley25062015nbsp

Summer Series of Organ Recitals - Broughton Parish Church

Summer Series of Organ RecitalsnbspCome and listen to the magnificent Phoenix Organ that celebrates its 10th Anniversary this yearnbspThursday 25th June Shaun Turnbull Blackburn CathedralnbspThursday 30th July David ScottThomas Broughton Parish ChurchnbspThursday 20th August Alistair Mackenzie St Annes Parish ChurchnbspAll recitals start at 730pmnbspAdmission 5 Free refreshments served at the end of each recitalnbspFor further information please CLICK HERE for the PosternbspEveryone welcomenbspInfoofficebroughtonparishgmailcom httpwwwbroughtonparishorguknbspnbspnbsp

Level 2 Safeguarding Training

A Level 2 Safeguarding Training session for those who have already done Level 1 at St James Parish Centre St Margarets Church Hall Tag Lane Ingol PrestonTo book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp1000 am 1230 pm

Level 1 Safeguarding Training

Level 1 Safeguarding training at Clayton Brook Community Centre Clayton Brooknbsp To book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnAnglicanorg130 pm 400 pm

Property Standing Committee

Property Standing CommitteenbspnbspWednesday 24th June 2015nbsp100pm 300pm

Local clergy enjoy trip on canal as part of Deanery event

As part a regular annual gettogether clergy from Accrington Deanery took to the water for a canal boat trip from Skipton on the LeedsLiverpool CanalnbspThey were joined by the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip NorthnbspThe Church of England in Lancashire is split into 14 Deanery areas Accrington Deanery covers the areas of Accrington Huncoat ClaytonleMoors Baxenden Haslingden Altham and OswaldtwistlenbspThe boat trip has been an annual event for 22 years Neville Ashton now a retired clergyman but formally of Church Kirk Accrington has been on all 22 tripsnbspThe clergy had lunch at The White Lion Public House Kildwick Bishop Philip met the group for lunch and joined them for part of the return journey taking the helm at one pointnbspA total of 12 deanery clergy took part Stephen Brown chapter clerk and organiser Judith Balkwell Lawrence CarsonFeatham Terry Murnane Tom Donaghey Ian Enticott John Binks Gerald Higham Carole Garner Chris Colton Neville Ashton and John HollandnbspVicar of Oswaldtwistle Rev John Holland is also the Area Dean Following the trip he commented This is a day of fun and fellowship and although we do not have an agenda it is an important chapter meeting as a great deal of business and idea sharing takes place through our conversations with one anothernbspnbspRonnie Semley23062015nbsp

Short stories from the C of E in Lancashire for June/July

A Church of England in Lancashire is a busy place with lots going on across the region in our churches and schools Here are some short news stories about just some of our forthcoming activitiesnbspnbspnbsp

Mega Messy Garden Party - Bishop Philip's Garden, Burnley

Mega Messy Garden PartynbspTo be held on Sunday 21 June at 2pm to 4pmnbspIn Bishop Philips Garden Dean House 449 Padiham Road Burnley BB12 6TEnbspWere running a Mega Messy Garden Party this summer at Bishop Philips garden exploring Creation There will be our usual level of amazing crafts along with worship activities games and a BBQ Tickets have now gone but you can still contactnbspif you would like to go on a waiting list in case anyone gives back their wordnbspIts going to be an exciting afternoon for all the family we look forward to seeing you therenbspFor more information and to enquire about tickets please do not hesitate to contact us at 01254 503405 or emailnbsp childrenblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbsp

Bishop's Council and Directors

Bishops Council and DirectorsnbspOn Saturday 20th June 2015nbsp900am 130pm

Open Gardens - Barton

OPEN GARDENSnbspThirteen gardens in Barton will be open during the weekend June 20 1100am5pm and June 21st 12noon 500pm nbspEntry programmes 5 per adult accompanied under 16s free valid for both days are available at St Lawrence Church Barton A6 north of Broughton nbspRefreshments are available at several of the venues nbspEveryone is welcome at a Songs of Praise service on June 21st at 630pm nbspFurther details from Joan on 01772 864748

ACAT Training Day - Westbury Gardens United Reformed Church, Blackburn

As part of the Association of Church Accountants ACAT commitment to regional training a Foundation Training Course will be held at Westbury Gardens United Reformed Church in Blackburn on Saturday 20 June 2015nbspThe Course will covernbsp The role of the Treasurer Budgeting Charity accounting Record keeping VAT amp LPWGS Employment Gift Aid amp GASDS Annual reports Computer packages Independent Examination Legal amp Financial OverviewnbspWhether you have been a Treasurer for 2 months or 20 years you will find something in this Course to benefit you The cost is 35 plus a small booking fee and includes all course material refreshments and a buffet lunch nbspRegistration will be from 930am onwards for a prompt start at 1000am and will finish at 400pm These Courses are always popular and we recommend that you book early to ensure your placenbspYou do not have to be a member of ACAT to take part in our trainingnbspTo book a place visit our websitewwwacatukcomtraininghtml nbspYou can book instantly online or download a postal booking form See this form You can also book over the telephone by calling 0333 123 0880 Booking fees are payable and vary according to which method you use

Bishop of Burnley's 'Messy Church' Event ... in his garden!

nbspnbspThe Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North is playing host to families from churches across the local area this weekend at a special Messy Church event in his garden at Dean House BurnleynbspOrganised by staff from the Diocesan Board of Education the ticketonly free Mega Messy Garden Party takes place from 2pm to 4pm at 449 Padiham Road Burnley BB12 6TE nbspAs well as being catered for the families coming from local churches will take part in activities crafts worship on what should be a great fun family day nbspBishop Philip said Im really looking forward to what I hope will be a fantastic day As well as having our focus on God it will be a chance for church families to have great fun and fellowship together The weather WILL be good for the eventHere the Bishop talk about the event on BBC Radio Lancashire here listen at 1hr 42mins and 30secsnbspnbspRonnie Semley19062015nbsp

Bishop and Archdeacon's tributes to Rev. Lawrence Laycock

The Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson and the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley have both paid tribute to Rev Lawrence Laycock who has passed awayRev Lawrence Laycock was Associate Priest of St Stephens and St Peters Churches in Burnley and had previously held the position of Area Dean of BurnleynbspBishop Julian saidnbspIthas been a huge privilege to get to know Lawrence and Beverley Laycock since myarrival in the Diocese and to see the respect and love in which they areheldnbspnbspLawrence will be greatly missed by all who have benefited from hisministry over the years but we are comforted by the knowledge and assurance ofhis faith in Jesus Christ that enabled him to die peacefully with the certainhope of going to be with his Saviour and LordnbspnbspAs a Diocese we send oursympathy and good wishes to Beverley and the family at this time of sadbereavementArchdeacon John added Lawrence was anbspbeautifully humble and gracious man who as a priest has exemplified a gentlepastoral ministry of the highest qualityLawrencewas not an academic but lived his Christian Faith and trusted God to give himthe confidence to speak and preach and lead public worship which did not comenaturally to himInhis struggle against cancer he showed remarkable resilience and trust and atthe end showed he had a real hope beyond deathAsVicar of Worsthorne and Cliviger and Area Dean of Burnley and recently at StStephens and St Peters he always went the extra mile The churches of Burnleywill miss his reassuring presenceLawrenceloved his fishing and was a skilled carpenter emulating his Lord and SaviourJesus Christ We will all miss him but be grateful for the privilege of havingknown himThe funeral willtake place at St Stephens Church Oxford Road BB1 3JA on June 24 at 10am

Budget Committee

Budget Committee Department LeadersnbspThursday 18th June 2015nbsp400pm 800pmnbsp

Adrian Plass and The Church Weekend - Fulwood Free Methodist Church, Preston

Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend nbspThursday 18th June atnbsp730pm nbspFulwood Free Methodist Church Lightfoot Lane Fulwood Preston PR2 3LTnbspSome of Adrians much loved characters come together under one retreat centres roof for 48 hours and there is no escape The results are predictably hilarious touching and heart warming with the lighter and deeper sides of the people attending coming to the surfaceWith material from the new book Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend as well as The Sacred Diary A Year at St Yorricks An Alien at St Wilfreds and Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation join Searchlight Theatre Company World Vision and Adrian amp Bridget Plass for a good chuckle and a great night out nbspTickets are 12 and available from Fulwood Free Methodist ChurchnbspCall 01772 861597 Email generalfulwoodfmcnet 10 concessions amp groups first 75 sold are half price nbspnbsp

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Monday 15th June 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbspnbsp

Occasional Preachers Course

A three part course for those who preach occasionallynbsp For further details please contact Mandy Stanton Lay Ministry Development Officer mandystantonblackburnanglicanorgFor an application pack please email Jacqui Mallinson Jacquimallinsonblackburnanglicanorg

Wake up your church!

The Wake up your church workshop enables Christians to make powerful connectionsnbspbetween faith everyday life and challenges of justice and environmental sustainabilitySaturday 13th June 2015930am till 430pmSt Thomas Church Penny St Lancaster LA1 1XXBOOKING DETAILSCost 5 payable on the dayTea amp coffee provided please bring your own lunchBook a place athttpwakeupyourchurcheventbritecoukAlternatively or for further information contactHugh KiddTelephone 01524 39018Email hkadminphonecoopcoopEvent arranged by the Treading Lightly Network Lancaster Churches TogetherClick here fornbspMore detailsnbsp

Return of the Great St Ambrose Bake Off - Leyland St Ambrose

St Ambrose Church Moss Lane LeylandnbspPresents the Return of the Great St Ambrose Bake Off nbspFollowed by afternoon tea onnbspSaturday 13 June 2015 in St Ambrose Church Hall nbspCake entries 930am followed by Cake judging 1000am nbspCake Auction and Prize giving 130pm followed by Cream teanbspMusical entertainment from 2pm 330pm entry 3 nbspTickets and competition entry forms in advance from St Ambrose Church Office httpwwwstambroseinfo or contact 01772 495684 nbspEnquiries to lynnerhodesblueyondercouknbspnbspnbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 12th Junenbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Area Deans' Meeting

Area Deans MeetingnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Wednesday 10th Junenbsp2015nbsp900am 100pmnbspEnding with Eucharist and lunchnbsp

Finance Committee

Finance CommitteenbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Tuesday 9th June 2015nbspAt 400pm to 600pmnbspnbsp

Property Committee

PropertynbspCommitteenbspnbspTuesday 9th June 2015nbsp1000pm 12 noon

Mission and Pastoral Committee

Mission and Pastoral CommitteenbspTo be held on Tuesday 9th June 2015nbsp100pm 300pmnbsp

Bishop of Lancaster zipwires at successful Youth Camp event!

The Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson turned action man at a Church of England Youth Camp event at the weekendnbspHe joined youngsters from across Lancashire for the weekend Alive Youth Event at Hothersall Lodge near Longridge and was keen to take part in the many activities including zipwiring and also canoeing nbspThe event organised by the Diocesan Board of Education took place at Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Centre near Longridge from Friday to Sunday and was attended by more than 50 youngsters in school years 6 9 from churches across the regionnbspYoungsters attended the camp from Lancashire churches includingnbspTrinity Community Church Accrington St Pauls North Shore Blackpool Christ Church with All Saints Blackpool Holy Trinity BoltonleSands St Pauls Caton St Michaels Cockerham St Johns EllelnbspSt Helens OvertonnbspSt James Shireshead St Michaels on Wyre Christ Church Thornton Waddington Methodists St Johns Worsthorne and there was also a group from Higham St Johns SchoolnbspThis year the camp explored how Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life nbspAs well as exciting outdoor activities there were games camp fires and discussion times to help the youngsters to have fun worship find out more about being a disciple of Jesus and grow in faithnbspSpeaking today Bishop Geoff said I had a great time over the weekend and the zipwire canoeing activities and team challenges were great fun for all ages including myself nbspThis annual event is important as it is a great opportunity for youngsters to have fellowship together and to sustain them in their ongoing discipleship at the same timenbspI always discover something of value during our time with the young people We also call it a Confirmation Camp as its great for young people preparing for confirmation and for those whove recently been confirmednbspAs well as Bishop Geoff the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North made an appearance over the weekend The young people were also joined by Father Deon Lombard who is currently on an exchange visit to Lancashire from the link Diocese of Free State in South Africa Deon is a youth chaplain at St Andrews Boys School in BloemfonteinnbspA team from the Diocesan Board of Education led the event This year there was also a team of young leaders aged 1518 who were participants of previous youth camps and are now part of the Board of Education Young Leaders ProgrammenbspBishop Geoff added The young leaders were involved in planning the weekend and were great role models for the young people coming to camp this yearnbspMore pictures of the Hothersall Lodge Youth Camp event are available on Flickr herenbspnbspRonnie Semley08062015nbsp

Churchwarden training for New Churchwardens

A training evening for all new Churchwardens to be held at St Cuthberts Church Centre Fulwoodon Monday 8th JuneTo book a place please download and complete a copy of the form

Lostock Hall Memorial Band - Leyland St Ambrose

St Ambrose Church LeylandnbspIs hosting a special concert on Sunday 7 June at 230pm nbspLostock Hall Memorial Band is making a welcome return visit with music chosen to delight all brass band lovers nbspTickets are 3 including refreshmentsnbspThe concert will take place in the Church Hall on Moss Lane nbspEnquiries to lynnerhodesblueyondercouk nbspnbsp

The Guardian Royal Band - Marton St Paul

Come and Enjoy the Guardian Royal Band soloist Jacqui CooksonnbspSunday 7th June 2015 at 730pm nbspSt Pauls Church Marton Blackpool nbspTickets 8 children under 16 Free nbspFor further details please ring Church Office 01253 692047 or Dorothy Mather on Mobile 07727369085

Creation Sunday Worship

St Johns Church Hurst GreenCreation Sunday Worship 11 amPlease come along and join in with the funwhile we learn more about the natural world around usnbspFurther details fromnbspClare Hyde clareearthcarehotmailcouk

Marilyn Baker Ministries - Preston Minster

Preston MinsternbspMarilyn Baker Ministries Restoring lives through intimacy with God nbspPopular Christian singer and musician Marilyn Baker will be in concert accompanied by Tracy Williamson on Saturday 6th June at 7pm nbspAdmission Adults 8 Concessions 6 To order tickets in advance and for details of Group Booking Discount please contact Preston Minster Office Telephone 01772 901313 nbspMarilyn amp Tracy will also be taking part in the Joint Service at Preston Minster at 1030am on Sunday 7th June followed by a Parish Lunch nbspFor further details andnbspall contact information please CLICK HEREnbspAll welcomenbspnbsp

Diocesan Youth Camp - Hothersall Lodge

Diocesan Youth CampnbspHothersall LodgenbspTo be held onnbspFriday 5 June to Sunday 7 June 2015nbspOur annual Confirmation Youth Camp nbspMore information to follow

Investment Committee

Investment CommitteenbspnbspTo be heldnbspon Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Bishop of Burnley scales new heights in church abseil!

The Bishop of Burnley took his life in his hands on Saturday to raise funds for a Lancashire parish churchnbspRt Rev Philip North abseiled down the 90 foot tower of St Johns Church on Preston Road in WhittleleWoodsnbspHe was the guest of honour at a church fundraiser on Saturday June 6 at which members of the congregation and the local community followed the Bishop down the towernbspThe Bishop was the first person to make the descent down the wellknown local landmark at 930amnbspSpeaking after the ordeal Bishop Philip said Bishop Philip said I like a challenge and this certainly qualified It was absolutely terrifying The experience was so scary I couldnt believe how scary it was I know now why God made us to walk on the groundnbspI was looking forward to it without much concern until I was at the top of a similar sized church tower the previous week Having experienced the height at first hand I was more than a little apprehensivenbspBut the event was for a very good cause and I was in good hands I hope people donate to the appeal at wwwstjohnsonlineorguknbspThe event was organised by St Johns Church council member Anne Harris who said We were delighted Bishop Philip was able to join us on Saturday and agreed to be the first person down the towernbspOur church building needs a complete overhaul which requires a lot of money so this event will make a vital contribution to the fundraising for that workSee pictures from the event on the Diocesan Flickr page hereWatch a video of the descent hereYou can listen to reports about the event on BBC Radio Lancashires faith programme herenbspat 45 mins and at 2hr 55mins and 30secsnbspAnyone who still wants to make a donation can do so via the church website above or atnbspwwwmydonatebtcomfundraisersstjohnsabseilnbspRonnie Semley02062015nbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Archdeacon's Visitation - Chorley and Leyland - Chorley St George

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May and June in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming year nbspOn Tuesday 2 June at 730pm in ChorleyLeyland Deaneries Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley will lead the service at Chorley St George St Georges Street PR7 2AA at 730pm nbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available herenbsp

Whalley Abbey calls for volunteers

Whalley Abbey is seeking volunteers to help out during the summer season and beyondnbspAnyone interested in meeting and greeting visitors selling entry tickets and guidebooks or even learning how to give guided tours is invited to a presentation on June 9 at 230pm at Whalley AbbeynbspThe Abbey now has a new ticket office and volunteer base and has recently revamped its tour leaflets A new updated guidebook is also planned ahead of the summer holidaysnbspRecent publicity has resulted in several new volunteers but we are always looking for more people to get involved said Manager Christine NelsonnbspWe are very keen to hear from people who want to welcome visitors and perhaps become tour guides The Abbey depends on the goodwill of local people to help us enhance the visitor experience Even just giving a couple of hours a week would be really helpful she addednbspThe Abbey is set beside the River Calder in the historic village of Whalley and has attractive gardens with the ruins of the 13th century monastery forming a romantic backdrop There is a woodland trail for children and an attractive picnic area in the former kitchen gardens The Abbey House became the home of Tudor gentry and was extended and modified over the years with 17th century and Victorian additionsnbspThe presentation will look at the history of the Abbey and will include a tour of the medieval ruins as well as coffee and biscuits Volunteers will be provided with all the information they need to give visitors a potted history of the AbbeynbspEven if youre not sure that volunteering is for you why not come along and find out more urged Christine nbspThe presentation and tour will take around two hours Anyone interested should reserve a place by contacting reception on 01254 828400 or by email at officewhalleyabbeyorg nbspnbspRonnie Semley02062015nbspnbsp

Archdeacons Visitation News

Electronic copies ofnbspthenbspnbsp2015nbspnbsp Archdeacons Visitation Newsnbspnbspare available on the website the link is to be found in the Archdeacons Pagesnbsp Although there is much useful information for churchwardens the publication is of interest to PCCs and all those involved in church lifenbsp Hownbsppeople arenbspliving Diocesan vision growing their congregations and developing their church facilities show that the we are a vibrant Christian communitynbspnbspnbspIfnbspyou would like hard copy please contact secretaryarchdeaconlancasterblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Bishop of Lancaster looks forward to Youth Camp Weekend

The Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson has spoken about the Church of England in Lancashires Alive youth event this weekend which is being attended by youngsters from local churchnbspThe event organised by the Diocesan Board of Education takes place at Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Centre near Longridge from 5 to 7 June and will be attended by more than 50 youngsters in school years 6 to 9 from churches across the regionnbspThis year the camp will be exploring how Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life nbspWith exciting outdoor activities games camp fires and fabulous food it is a brilliant way for the youngsters to come together worship and find out more about being a disciple of Jesus and grow in faithnbspSpeaking in a video available on the Diocesan YouTube channel Bishop Geoff said Part of the beauty of the camp is it helps to sustain young people in their discipleship nbspThere is a great team from the Education Department that leads the event There will be lots of fun and lots of activity throughout the three daysnbspThis year there will be a team of young leaders aged 1518 who are participants of previous youth camps but are now part of the Board of Education young leaders programmenbspTheyve been involved in planning the weekend and will be great role models for the young people coming to camp this timenbspAlthough my wife and I are a bit old for it we are both going to be there I always discover something of value during our time with the young peoplenbspWe also call it a Confirmation Camp as its great for young people preparing for confirmation or for those whove recently been confirmed but anyone in the age group is welcomenbspAs well as Bishop Geoff the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North will attend for part of the weekend They will also be joined by Father Deon Lombard who is currently on an exchange visit to Lancashire from our link Diocese of Free State in South Africa Deon is a Youth Chaplain at St Andrews Boys School in BloemfonteinnbspFor more information or to book a last minute place visit the Board of Education Youth Weekend website page herenbspnbspRonnie Semley04062015nbsp

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 1st June 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbspnbsp

Summer Series of Organ Recitals - Broughton Parish Church

Summer Series of Organ RecitalsnbspCome and listen to the magnificent Phoenix Organ that celebrates its 10th Anniversary this yearnbspThursday 28th May Ian Pattinson Lancaster PriorynbspThursday 25th June Shaun Turnbull Blackburn CathedralnbspThursday 30th July David ScottThomas Broughton Parish ChurchnbspThursday 20th August Alistair Mackenzie St Annes Parish ChurchnbspAll recitals start at 730pmnbspAdmission 5 Free refreshments served at the end of each recitalnbspFor further information please CLICK HERE for the PosternbspEveryone welcomenbspInfoofficebroughtonparishgmailcom httpwwwbroughtonparishorguknbspnbspnbsp

Vacancy on Archbishops' Council

A vacancy has arisen on Archbishops Council and the Councilnbspis looking to appoint a new member to support its objective to coordinate promote aid and further the work and mission of the Church of England through a period of renewal and reformnbspThe post is unremunerated but expenses associated with meetings are reimbursed Anyone appointed to the Archbishops Council provided that they are a communicant member of the Church of England becomes an ex officio member of the General SynodThe closing date for applications is 900 am on Monday 1 June 2015Please follow this link for more information httpswwwchurchofenglandorgaboutusvacanciesncivacanciesmemberofthearchbishopscouncilaspxnbspnbspnbspPosted by Elaine Hargreaves26 May 2015nbspnbspnbsp

Flower Festival in Caldbeck, Cumbria

St Kentigerns Church Caldbeck CumbrianbspOverlooked by High Pike in the Northern Fells of the Lake District St Kentigerns Churchnbspis staging a magnificent Flower Festival over the late Bank Holiday weekend Friday to Monday 2225 May nbspDoors will open on Friday and Sunday at 2 pm and on Saturday and Monday at 10 am nbspIt closes every evening at 8 pm nbspEntrance is 5 accompanied children free including entry to walk around The Old Rectory Garden Refreshments are available throughoutnbspAlthough churchbased most organisations in the village are involved nbspThe flower arrangements are situated in all the corners and windows of the church as well as round the pulpit font altar and chancel porch pillars and pew ends nbspThe churchyard lych gate and St Mungos Wellare also included nbspIn addition displays of historic wedding dresses and christening gowns are complemented by floral arrangementsnbspArrangements for parking will be clearly marked from the centre of the villagenbspFor further details please contact Ron Davie on 01697 477055nbspnbspnbsp

Building for Mission - Mirfield College

College of the Resurrection Mirfield West YorkshirenbspFriday 22 May 2015nbspA Training Day on Buildings for Mission nbspA day of vision and practical training for clergy lay leaders DAC members churchwardes church architects and conservation officers The event is organised by the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales the Centre for the Study of Christianity amp Culture University of York English Heritage and the College of the Resurrection Mirfield For more information and a Booking Form pleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbspnbspnbsp

Budget Committee

Budget Committee ReviewnbspThursday 21st May 2015nbsp400pm 700pmnbsp

Archdeacons' Visitation - Blackpool - Bispham All Hallows

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming year nbspOn Thursday 21 May at 730pm in Blackpool Deanery Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt will lead the service at Bispham All Hallows All Hallows Road Bispham FY2 0AYnbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available here

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Wednesday 20th May 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbspnbsp

Archdeacon's Visitation - Lancaster & Morecambe - Skerton St Luke

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming yearnbspOn Wednesday 20 May at 730pm in Lancaster and Morecambe Deanery Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt will lead the service at Skerton St Luke Mainway LA1 1AX nbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available here

New initiative aims to make talking about death and dying easier

Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has welcomed the launch of a new national resource from the Church of England to help parishes get people talking about death and dyingnbspGraveTalk provides resources for a caf space in which churches provide a relaxed environment for people to explore questions about death and dying funerals and lossnbspThe initiative is being launched nationally at a giant GraveTalk caf event in Portsmouth Cathedral today at 2pm The resources include a pack of 52 questions about life death society funerals and grief to help people start and it has been piloted in more than 100 parishes The pack and more information is available at httpwwwgravetalkorgnbspMany parishes nationally including around 30 in Lancashire have piloted GraveTalk sessions including the parish of Holy Trinity in BoltonleSandsnbspQuestion cards include What would you like your lasting legacy to be How do you feel about being asked to wear bright colours at a funeral and What music would you like to have played or sung at your funeralnbspRecent research from Mintel 2014 shows the need for GraveTalk showing that less than one in five 16 people have made written funeral plans The research highlighted that many people who want to make a funeral plan havent yet done so with three fifths 61 of respondents feeling that it was important to make at least some plans for the kind of funeral theyd like to havenbspBishop Julian said Some people are surprised by the scale of the funeral provision by the Church of England We hold 3300 funerals nationally each week in churches crematoria cemeteries and green burial sites all being led by Church of England ministers clergy and readersnbspLocal clergy and lay people in Lancashire are a valuable source of support and help at every stage In 2014 alone the Church of England in Lancashire conducted more than 3500 funeralsnbspFrom thinking about what hymns and readings you might want in your funeral service to finding someone to listen to during the painful journey of grief a local church can play a big part in getting people talking about death and dying I am pleased to support this important new initiativenbspThe Church of England national team which developed GraveTalk came up with the idea of having cards that might help people to talk about the subject at GraveTalk Cafes because it is often a taboo subject Even in families caring for an elderly relative talking about death can be hardnbspRev Canon Sue Penfold Director of Ministry at The Church of England in Lancashire said The GraveTalk initiative is one of the exciting resources which have been tested in Lancashire as a pilot project which is part of the Funerals Project being developed by the Church of England nbspIt has been run in more than 30 parishes locally so quite a few people will already have experienced it and discovered how helpful it can benbspIm pleased it is now moving to a full launch as our Diocese welcomes any initiative which makes the process of talking about death and dying easier We encourage our churches to engage with GraveTalk as part of their ongoing ministrynbspVicar of Holy Trinity BoltonleSands Rev Nancy Goodrich added At GraveTalk in BoltonleSands the 13 participants were pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoyed talking to each other about death dying and funeralsnbspThere was much laughter at shared stories of unusual keepsakes dramatic escapes from death and humorous suggestions for eulogies and there were serious conversations about cremation vs burial dying at home vs hospital headstone on a grave vs ashes scattered somewhere beautiful nbspFavourite music choices were declared and suggestions made as to how to keep written preferences If today were to be our last day on earth would we want to know Most of us thought notnbspAs a church event it was as simple to run as an ordinary coffee morning and afterwards participants asked if we would do it again so they could tell their friendsnbspnbspRonnie Semley19052015nbsp

Rare 400 year-old Bible is sensation as crowds flock in

Huge crowds flocked to Gisburn in Lancashire last weekend to see a rare 400 yearold Bible worth at least 50000 which was recently uncovered in the village churchnbspMembers of the public got a chance to view the find for the first time when St Marys Parish Church in Gisburn put it on display on Saturday during the local scarecrow festivalnbspPrinted in 1611 by Robert Barker in London and known as the Great She Bible it is one of the earliest known copies of the famous King James Version KJV BiblenbspIt is called a She Bible because in Ruth chapter 3 verse 15 it says She went into the city This verse was changed from another edition of the KJV which said he It was thought to be a typographical mistakenbspThe story of the Bible find hit the local regional and national media following the announcement by the Church of England in LancashirenbspCoverage helped boost visitors to the church beyond all expectations and 1200 people are reported to have passed through the medieval building on Saturday Local businesses also reported increased tradenbspThe book was discovered when Rev Anderson Jeremiah and Rev Alexander Baker began exploring the nooks and crannies of the medieval parish church after starting work there in August 2014nbspAfter initially discussing their find with the British Library the Bible was assessed and authenticated by Neil Summersgill a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association based in BlackburnnbspRev Baker said We were delighted the coverage of the Bibles rediscovery led to this amazing interest which was much greater than we expected nbspPeople made the pilgrimage to view the Bible from far and wide including Scotland the North East Cardiff London and even Cornwall Many were visibly moved at seeing such an important relic of Christian history in the intimate setting of our parish churchnbspThere are a handful of She Bibles left but most of them are in the hands of the great universities or cathedrals not small churches like this one so it was a unique opportunity for many people to see itnbspRev Anderson Jeremiah added This English language version of the Bible was created to encourage ordinary people to discover the Good News of Jesus Christ for themselves and it is likely that it was the book that first took Gods word into many peoples homes in this part of LancashirenbspWe hoped to encourage the people of Lancashire and elsewhere to visit our church and discover this Bible for themselves but the numbers who did so exceeded all our expectationsnbspThe Bible is now being kept at a safe place but in the future we hope to identify other opportunities to allow people to view itnbspnbspRonnie Semley19052015nbsp

Bishop Julian welcomes Muslim 'message of solidarity'

Lancashires Anglican Bishop the Rt Rev Julian Henderson has welcomed a message issued by the Lancashire Council of Mosques LCM expressing solidarity with the Countys Christians in what they describe as troubled and painfilled timesnbspThe Message of Solidarity available on the LCM website is signed by Abdul Hamid Qureshi Chair of LCM who says We are living in troubled and painfilled times Times in which such people exist who do not uphold the values of humanity who commit atrocities in the name of faith and have no care for whom their victims are Christians Muslims or otherwisenbspSome of these people profess that they are Muslims and try to justify their actions through Islam However our faith does not prescribe the harming of innocents but instead teaches us to protect them It saddens us that Christians amongst others are being victimised in places where they should be safestnbspWe have thus written this letter as a message of solidarity with you to let you know that we stand alongside you We pray to the Almighty for the safety of all people and deliverance to more peaceful and happier timesnbspBishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn said On behalf of the whole of The Church of England in Lancashire I welcome this positive encouraging and helpful statement nbspOur Christian brothers and sisters in the some parts of Africa and the Middle East have suffered terribly at the hands of people who profess to be Muslims nbspThis statement from the Lancashire Council of Mosques makes clear that true Muslims want no part in their heinous actions which are carried out in the name of a particular interpretation of IslamnbspIt will offer succour to those in pain as a result of the crimes of organisations like ISIS and is a clear signal that the LCM and Muslims generally do not support and indeed speak against the crimes perpetrated in the name of their religionnbspOther reactions to the letter from the Lancashire Council of Mosques from senior Diocesan clergyThe Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson said I appreciate the stand of moderate Muslims against those who accept the need for violence Anything that helps against the poisonous atmosphere of hatred for religious minorities is to be welcomed We continue to pray for Gods help and hope for those who are suffering for their faithnbsp Anything that helps against the poisonous atmosphere of hatred for religious minorities is to be welcomed nbspWe continue to pray for Gods help and hope for those who are suffering for their faithThe Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North commented The sad truth is that we live in a new age of Christian persecution with some of the most ancient Churches in the world disappearing and terrible atrocities being committed This clear statement from the Lancashire Council of Mosques is extremely constructive and helpful and I welcome their solidarity and their prayers for those who are sufferingnbspIt is especially welcome that Christians and Muslims in Lancashire can stand together over this issue If in places like Burnley we can model what it is for faith communities to live together in peaceful harmony we will be sending out a powerful message to the worldThe Very Rev Christopher Armstrong Dean of Blackburn said I am delighted to read this message of solidarity for the oppressed from the Lancashire Council of MosquesnbspI and my colleagues at Blackburn Cathedral treasure excellent relationships with our Muslim neighbours Trust and friendship have led to extraordinary successes in community cohesion terms nbspWe employ a faithful Muslim worker whose job it is to organize dialogues across our communities and she does it extremely well nbspThis is but one example of partnership work across a religious division which is viewed very positively nbspI therefore applaud this statement from Mr Qureshi on behalf of our neighbours My hope is that it is not only widely read but taken as an example to follow by others in the Muslim world nbspIt is this way that we can isolate the extremists and show them up for what they truly arenbspnbspRonnie Semley19052015nbsp

HR Committee

HR CommitteenbspnbspTuesdaynbsp19th Maynbsp2015

Archdeacon's Visitation - Preston - Ashton-on-Ribble St Andrews

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming year nbspOn Monday 18 May at 730pm in Preston Deanery Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt will lead the service at AshtononRibble St Andrews Blackpool Road PR2 1ES nbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available herenbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Scavenger Treasure Hunt

St Johns Church Hurst GreenOld SchoolScavenger Treasure Hunt3 pm followed bynbspJacobs Join Tea at 430 pmFull details fromnbspClare Hyde clareearthcarehotmailcouk

Bishop of Burnley praises Burnley FC as 'Community Club'

The new Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North has praised the work of Burnley FC as a community club in the wake of their relegation from the Premier LeaguenbspSpeaking today footballloving Bishop Philip said I am so sorry to see Burnley Football Club relegated from the Premier LeaguenbspThe players under the passionate leadership of Sean Dyche fought to the very end They are a determined cohesive and well organised unit and though the season ended in disappointment they have brought pride to their team and the townnbspSince becoming Bishop of Burnley in February it has been a privilege to get to know Burnley FC who are that rare thing in contemporary football a real community club nbspMatches are a family affair with amazing local support and people of all ages and backgrounds turning up to cheer on their teamnbspThe Bishop who grew up supporting Arsenal has become a wellknown figure in relation to the club in the few short months since his arrivalnbspHe pledged to pray for Burnley FC after the announcement of his appointment as Bishop and their results immediately improved nbspLater in the season he attended the BurnleyArsenal clash in April His divided loyalties made media headlines and a closeup on his favourite programme Match of the DaynbspBishop Philip continued The community spirit of Burnley FC is evident everywhere on my first Sunday in a local church half the congregation at St Peters left very quickly after the Service because they were going to the matchnbspI have also been massively impressed by the role the team plays in the town I have toured the area extensively since I arrived and I have been to a number of schools and community groups who have received outstanding support from the ClubnbspBurnley FC are generous in allowing their facilities to be used by charitable groups and community organisationsnbspAlthough the relegation is disappointing there is so much pride spirit and humour in the club and this town I am certain they will soon bounce backnbspnbspRonnie Semley13052015nbsp

Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties - Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn CathedralnbspWhen Words Fail Why the media must get religionnbspWednesday 13 May 2015nbsp6pm 830pmnbspFor full information please CLICK HEREnbspnbsp

Archdeacon's'Visitation - Kirkham/Poulton - St Anne's on Sea St Thomas

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming year nbspOn Wednesday 13 May at 730pm in KirkhamPoulton Deaneries Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt will lead the service at St Annes on Sea St Thomas St Thomas Road FY8 1JLnbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available herenbsp

Rare 400 year-old Bible discovered at Lancashire Church

A rare 400 yearold Bible worth at least 50000 has been uncovered in a small Lancashire village churchnbspAnd this weekend members of the public will get a chance to view the find for the first time when St Marys Parish Church in Gisburn puts it on display during the local scarecrow festivalnbspPrinted in 1611 by Robert Barker in London and known as the Great She Bible it is one of the earliest known copies of the famous King James Version KJV BibleThe pictures on this page are also available to view and share on our Diocesan flickr feednbspThe book was discovered when Rev Anderson Jeremiah and Rev Alexander Baker began exploring the nooks and crannies of the medieval parish church after starting work there in August 2014nbspAfter initially discussing their find with the British Library the Bible has now been assessed and authenticated by Neil Summersgill a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association based in BlackburnnbspThe parish history which dates back to 1135 when the church was first dedicated makes mention of a few old prayer books and an old Bible amongst the historical assets of the church The historical significance of the Bible was not highlighted in the records so it had lain unrecognised in a cupboard at the back of the church for all that timenbspOnly a handful of the She Bibles still exist mostly at major universities such as Oxford and Cambridge as well as a few in Cathedrals such as Salisbury Exeter and Durham nbspIt is called a She Bible because in Ruth chapter 3 verse 15 it says She went into the city This verse was changed from another edition of the KJV which said he It was thought to be a typographical mistakenbspThe She Bible edition of the KJV was printed in 1611 It is now thought that He and She Bibles were printed at the same time on different printing pressesnbspSpeaking today Rev Alexander Baker said It was a really exciting thing to discover it looks just like something out of Harry Potter nbspOne of the wonderful things about worshipping in a church as old as ours is the sense of history that oozes from its walls and discovering the treasures it has to offernbspBut we were stunned to discover a treasure as rare as thisnbspWe knew as soon as we saw the date of the New Testament it was a significant findnbspRev Anderson Jeremiah added Its amazing to think we are able to hold a book printed as the direct result of the command of King James 400 years agonbspThis English language version of the Bible was created to encourage ordinary people to discover the Good News of Jesus Christ for themselves and it is likely that it was the book that first took Gods word into many peoples homes in this part of LancashirenbspNow we hope to encourage the people of Lancashire and elsewhere to visit our church and discover this Bible for themselvesnbspThe Bible can be seen this Saturday from 10am to 3pm at St Marys Parish Church in Gisburn at the crossroads between the A59 and the A682 postcode BB7 4HFnbspThereafter it will be held at a secure locationnbspnbspRonnie Semley12052015nbsp

Level 1 Safeguarding Training

Level 1 Safeguarding training at St Gabriels Church HallJubilee Lounge Brownhill Drive Blackburnnbsp To book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnAnglicanorg700 pm 930 pm

Level 2 Safeguarding Training

A Level 2 Safeguarding Training session for those who have already done Level 1 at St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood PrestonTo book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp1000 am 1230 pm

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 11th May 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbspnbsp

Archdeacons' Visitation - Tunstall - Hornby St Margaret

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming year nbspOn Monday 11 May at 730pm in Tunstall Deanery Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt will lead the service at Hornby St Margaret Main Street Hornby LA2 8JTnbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available herenbspnbspnbsp

Bishop of Lancaster, Geoff Pearson, training for Charity Run

The Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson is pulling on his running shorts this weekend to participate in the ninth Run for the World R4TW eventnbspHe is hoping for a repeat of his success last year when he was part of the winning team from Shireshead St James Parish ChurchnbspMore than 300 people will line up on Morecambe Promenade in Lancashire on Saturday May 16 ready for the off nbspThey will be raising awareness and funds for this years chosen charities Christians Against Poverty and Ambassadors Football International There are three runs 1k 5k and 10k Bishop Geoff will be running in the 5knbspSpeaking today the Bishop said I am looking forward to the event which has fast become a regular fixture on the annual Morecambe calendarnbspI enjoy running to keep fit and this is a great opportunity to combine my passion for running with raising money for excellent causes nbspId like to thank the organisers for putting on this great event year after year and I hope as many people as possible will line the streets on Saturday to cheer on all the runners and keep us going until we reach the finish linenbspWith various local sponsors contributing prizes the run provides a great day for all linking up with other runs taking place year round to make a total distance of at least 42000 km the circumference of the globenbspRegistration for the event is still possible at httpwwwr4tworguk and visit wwwfacebookcomr4twthebay for more informationnbspnbspRonnie Semley11052015nbsp

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

This year Britains longest running doortodoor fundraising week is asking the Diocese of Blackburn to support women living in poverty around the world many of whom are discriminated against from birth nbspChristian Aid Week is taking place between Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 May nbspEleanor Ledesma Head of Christian Aid Week Appeal said Our fundraising throughout Christian Aid Week relies not on celebrities but on thousands of committed individuals who believe in what we are doing and want to be a part of bringing the good news to the poornbspMoney raised during Christian Aid 2015 will help to transform the lives of women like Loko from Ethiopia Four times a week Loko makes an eighthour journey to gather wood to support her family She said If I cant collect firewood my children will starve As she walks she prays I ask God to change my life and lead us out of this nbspJust 5 could give Loko a loan to start her own business buying and selling tea and coffee releasing her to spend more time caring for her familynbspMany churches across the Blackburn Diocese get involved with Christian Aid Week each year says Ruth Platt Lancashire regional coordinator It is humbling to see people putting their faith into action and loving their international neighbour From sponsored walks abseils and coffee mornings to community events and house to house collections they all help to release people from povertynbspChristian Aid Week is the single biggest act of Christian witness in Britain and Ireland Its housetohouse collections raise almost 9million across the UK every yearnbspIf you or your church is able to get involved with collections or you would like to put on an event please email your Lancashire regional coordinator Ruth Platt rplattchristianaidorg or call the Warrington Christian Aid office 01925 573 769nbspFor more information visit httpwwwcaweekorgnbspnbspnbsp

Firm Roots Cancer Support - Retreat Day - Don Orione Centre, Up-Holland

FIRM ROOTS CANCER SUPPORT RETREAT DAYnbspStrength for today Hope for tomorrow wwwfirmrootsorguknbspA quiet day for anyone affected by cancer and families and friends supporting others A chance to pray and reflect spend time in Gods presence enjoy music unwind take time out meet new friends and be encouragednbspDon Orione Centre2 Walthew Green off School LaneRoby MillNr UpHollandLancashireWN8 0QTnbspSaturday 9th May 2015 10am 4pmnbspThe retreat was all absolutely wonderful I enjoyed sharing openly with people who have been on a similar journeyThe food was excellent venue perfect and plan for the day was well thought out I would recommend it without hesitation I had not been on a retreat before and was very pleasantly surprised and moved by the whole experience Firm Roots Retreat Day at Don Orione October 2014nbspLunch amp refreshments provided NO COST but booking is essentialnbspTo book your place please contact Helen JonesTel 01704 897920 Mobile 07936 186028 Email firmrootscancersupporthotmailcouknbspnbspnbsp

Occasional Preachers Course

A three part course for those who preach occasionallynbsp For further details please contact Mandy Stanton Lay Ministry Development Officer mandystantonblackburnanglicanorgFor an application pack please email Jacqui Mallinson Jacquimallinsonblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbsp

Bishop pledges Diocese's support for Christian Aid Week

Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson gave his support today to the forthcoming Christian Aid WeeknbspThis year Britains longest running doortodoor fundraising week is asking people across Lancashire to support women living in poverty around the world many of whom are discriminated against from birthnbspChristian Aid Week is from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 MaynbspBishop Julian said We are approaching an important week in the annual faith calendar Christian Aid Week is the single biggest act of Christian witness in Britain and Ireland I encourage everyone to respond generously in their donations and I wish the campaign wellnbspMany churches and schools across the Blackburn Diocese get involved with Christian Aid Week each year says Ruth Platt Lancashire regional coordinator for Christian Aid nbspIt is humbling to see people putting their faith into action and loving their international neighbour From sponsored walks abseils and coffee mornings to community events and house to house collections they all help to release people from povertynbspEleanor Ledesma Head of Christian Aid Week Appeal added Our fundraising throughout Christian Aid Week relies not on celebrities but on thousands of committed individuals who believe in what we are doing and want to be a part of bringing the good news to the poornbspMoney raised during Christian Aid 2015 will help to transform the lives of women like Loko from Ethiopia Four times a week Loko makes an eighthour journey to gather wood to support her family She said If I cant collect firewood my children will starve As she walks she prays I ask God to change my life and lead us out of thisnbspJust 5 could give Loko a loan to start her own business buying and selling tea and coffee releasing her to spend more time caring for her familynbspYou dont have to be a churchgoer or at school to contribute nbspFor more information about donating call the regional Christian Aid office in Warrington on 01925 573 769 or visit httpwwwcaweekorgnbspRonnie Semley08052015nbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 8th Maynbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Budget Committee

Budget Committee ReviewnbspThursday 7th May 2015nbsp400pm 700pmnbsp

Archdeacons' Visitation - Garstang - Goosnargh St Mary

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming year nbspOn Thursday 7 May at 730pm in Garstang Deanery Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt will lead the service at Goosnargh St Mary Church Lane PR3 2BNnbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available herenbspnbsp

Archdeacon's Visitation - Burnley and Pendle - Barrowford St Thomas

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming year nbspOn Thursday 7 May at 730pm in BurnleyPendle Deaneries Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley will lead the service at Barrowford St Thomas Wheatley Lane Road BB9 6QN at 730pm nbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available here

Prayer for the General Election

TheChurch of England has released a prayer for the General ElectionCommenting today our Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said I encourage everyone to participate in todays General Election and to do so prayerfully in relation to whichever party they chooseThe Church of England prayer is as followsLord we give thanks for theprivilegesnbspand responsibilities of living in anbspdemocratic societyGive us wisdom to play ourpart atnbspelection time that through the exercisenbspof each vote your Kingdom maycomenbspcloserProtect us from the sins ofdespair andnbspcynicism guard us against the idols ofnbspfalse utopias andstrengthen us to makenbsppolitics a noble calling that servesnbspthe common good of allWe ask this in the nameofnbspJesus Christ Our LordAmen

Popular Children's Author to open regional Resource Hub

Acclaimed childrens storyteller Bob Hartman author of popular The Lion Storyteller Bible is in the region this Saturday to officially open a new Resource Hub for parishes and schools in Blackburn Diocese The Church of England in LancashirenbspBlackburn Diocesan Board of Education DBE has created the brand new Resource Hub at 23 Fleming Square Blackburn nbspThe new Hub takes over from Simply Resources formerly located in the north transept of Blackburn CathedralnbspThe Hub is easy to reach either on foot or by car being situated within the Fleming Square car park just off the town centre in BlackburnnbspThere is a wide range of faithbased books and resources for all those involved with children and youth work in parishes and schools There is also an entirely new range of resources focusing on Families at Home Together nbspThe Hub is open Monday to Friday 10am 4pm closing for lunch between 1230 and 130pmnbspBrowse a wide range of resources for Children and Youth Workers in Parishes books on Collective Worship Schools Curriculum and Prayer Resources AllAge Worship and Messy Church together with gifts and books for Baptism and Confirmation and lots morenbspThe Resource Hub is to be officially opened on Saturday May 9 by Bob Hartman As well as The Lion Storyteller Bible Bob has authored many more books bringing the Scriptures to life with his characteristic flair and creative spark for storytellingnbspHe is much in demand at home and abroad so this is a real coup for LancashirenbspIf you are not familiar with Bobs work then dont miss this opportunity to see him in action on Saturday See this YouTube video which shows Bob in action telling stories to children at an event in BermudanbspBefore the Resource Hub opening itself Bob will be at St Bartholomews Church Jack Walker Way Blackburn BB2 4JJ from 945am 1145am for a morning of exciting storytelling The cost for this event is 3 for an individual and just 6 for a family of two adults and three childrennbspBob then moves on the Resource Hub for the official opening This is a FREE event and Bob will also sign copies of his books Children have also been sending in questions they would like to ask God to the DBE in advance of the opening and Bob will present some books to the children who asked the best questionsnbspFor enquiries about the new Resource Hub visit us on line at httpwwwbdeducationorguk nbspContact via email at childrenblackburnanglicanorg or resourcesblackburnanglicanorg nbspTelephone The Resource Hub on 01254 290131 or call the Board of Education on 01254 503405nbspnbspRonnie Semley06052015nbsp

Archdeacon's Visitation - Accrington and Whalley - Oswaldtwistle Immanuel

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming year nbspOn Wednesday 6 May at 730pm in AccringtonWhalley Deaneries Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley will lead the service at Oswaldtwistle Immanuel Aspen Lane Oswaldtwistle BB5 4PZ nbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available here

Financial Assistance Group

Financial Assistance GroupnbspnbspTuesday 5th May 2015nbsp300pm 500pmnbspAt Glenfield Park Business Centrenbspnbsp

Archdeacon's Visitation - Blackburn - Blackburn St Silas

Archdeacons Visitations take place across Lancashire in May in the many Diocesan Deanery areas nbspVisitations are an important part of the Church of England in Lancashires annual calendar of events as the Visitation Service sees the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming yearnbspOn Tuesday 5 May at 730pm in Blackburn with Darwen Deanery Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley will lead the service at Blackburn St Silas Preston New Road BB2 6JP nbspMore information including an electronic copy of 2015s Archdeacons Visitation News available herenbspnbsp

Church goes Wild

Hurst Green Village FetenbspwithnbspChurch Goes Wild activitiesnbspHurst Green Memorial Hall 1 4 pmFull details fromnbspClare Hyde clareearthcarehotmailcouk

Archdeacons prepare for their annual Parish 'Visitations'

Archdeacons Visitation News also distributed at MayJune eventsnbspThe Church of England in Lancashires two Archdeacons are preparing for their annual VisitationsnbspAn important point of the Churchs annual calendar of events a key part of the Visitation Service is the official admittance of Churchwardens to office for the coming year nbspDuring the service the Archdeacons will deliver a sermon which is called a Charge and offers advice encouragement and support to parishes and especially to the ChurchwardensnbspAt the Visitation Services which take place this year throughout May and in early June Archdeacons Visitation News will also be distributed Copies are available for churchwardens and for congregationsnbspThis is an annual publication produced by The Church of England in Lancashire in conjunction with Ecclesiastical InsurancenbspThe publication gives churchwardens important legal and practical advice on managing their parish church effectively nbspThis years edition also includes news about the new Diocesan Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and a checklist of important tasks all churchwardens must fulfil nbspIt will also be available shortly here on the Diocesan websitenbspThe Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire is split into two Archdeaconries the Archdeaconry of Blackburn in the south and the Archdeaconry of Lancaster further northnbspThe Archdeacon of Blackburn is The Venerable John Hawley and the Archdeacon of Lancaster is The Venerable Michael EverittnbspThe Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson who is the Diocesan Bishop delegates administrative authority to the Archdeacon for each area The Archdeacons also play a major role in the pastoral care of the clergy and volunteers in the churches in their ArchdeaconrynbspArchdeacon Johns Archdeaconry covers Accrington Blackburn with Darwen Burnley Chorley Leyland Pendle and Whalley nbspMeanwhile Archdeacon Michaels Archdeaconry covers Blackpool Garstang Kirkham Lancaster and Morecambe Poulton Preston and TunstallnbspSpeaking today Archdeacon Michael Everitt said To be elected as a churchwarden is to shoulder leadership and care responsibilities that need both prayer and support at the local level and across the DiocesenbspThat need is at the heart of the annual Visitations Churchwardens are not just committed members of their local church community they are also trusted and elected to lead and care for the activities of the church nbspAs Archdeacons we value them immensely and our Visitations give us an opportunity to thank them for all they donbspArchdeacon John who is retiring in July added As I come to the end of my time as Archdeacon I reflect on the many amazing individuals I have encountered in my time in the Diocese who selflessly carry out the role of churchwarden It has been a privilege to work with them and to support themnbspI will continue to pray for existing and new churchwardens as they fulfil their day to day roles as well as helping to implement the new Diocesan vision at grassroots levelnbspnbspRonnie Semley01052015nbsp

New Wine Landmark Conference, Lancaster, 1-4 May 2015

nbspnbspThe New Wine Landmark conference is in Lancaster at Ripley St Thomas School on the Bank Holiday weekend 14 May 2015 nbspThe early bird deadline for bookings is January 31 nbspThis is a conference hosted and organised by 10 churches from five cities in Lancashire and Cumbria but it really is open to anyone from the North West nbspA great range of speakers is confirmed including John and Anne Coles Ian Parkinson Matt Barlow Lucy Peppiatt Joanne Seabourne Luke Smith Mark Powley and Gareth Robinson plus a host of seminar speakers nbspThere will be a full range of youth and childrens venues as well as two main adult venues including one aimed at 1830s all for a bargain early bird price of 40 per adult 10 per child for the whole weekend accommodation not includednbspThe conference will be held at a beautiful historic school called Ripley St Thomass CE Academy with extensive grounds and great facilities nbspThe Landmark website has full details httpwwwlancsandlakesorguk and booking is open through the New Wine website nbspThere is a limit of 1400 places 900 adults and 500 children If you are reading this after the early bird deadline then go to the website to book at the later booking prices nbspIf you want to publicise the event locally there is a flyer available to download and print athttpswwwdropboxcoms218nlal0fnasvo9Landmark20201520A520Flyerpdfdl0 nbspIf anyone would like to serve on the teams full details are on the Landmark website nbspnbsp

Bishop's Council and Directors

Bishops Council and DirectorsnbspOn Saturday 25th April 2015nbsp900am 130pmnbsp

Prayer Book Society Annual Festival - Blackburn Cathedral

BBC Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes is the special guest at the 30th Prayer Book Society Annual Festival which takes place at Blackburn Cathedral on April 25 from 11am nbspThere will be Choral Holy Communion at the event led by The Venerable John Hawley Archdeacon of Blackburn and the Preacher will be Reverend Dr Mike Kirby from the CathedralnbspAt 215pm Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes will be the guest speaker with a talk entitled Hymns and Hearts Pam will sign copies of her new book Love So Amazing after her talk The hardback devotional book is based on the inspirational stories behind the writing of 40 favourite hymnsnbspA sit down lunch will be held in the crypt during the event The cost for this is 1250 All other segments on the day are completely free For further information please contact Neil Inkley on 01772 821676nbspThe Prayer Book Society has a branches in every Diocese of the Church of England as well as branches in Wales and Ireland and a branch for overseas members There are also separate Prayer Book Societies in Scotland Canada Australia and the USA with whom The Prayer Book Society enjoys friendly relationsnbspThe Society has over 4500 members representing a wide diversity of background tradition and churchmanship The Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales and the Ecclesiastical Patron is the Bishop of London who are both keen supporters of the Book of Common Prayernbspnbsp

North West Disability Network - St Andrew's Church, Leyland

St Andrews Church LeylandnbspOn Saturday 25 April 2015nbsp930am 1230pmnbspThis is a FREE EventnbspThis is anbspnew Disability Network which is being set up in the North West and this will be thenbspfirst meeting which is taking place at St Andrews ChurchnbspThis is something that one of the church members is involved with who is an expert on child disability and learning disabilities especially Autism and is setting up in conjunction with Prospects Through the Roof and Urban SaintsnbspFor more information and further details of the Event nbsppleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbspnbspnbsp

The Beautiful Burial Ground

Caring for Gods AcreThenbspBeautiful Burial GroundSimple ways to create a haven for wildlife fornbspheritage fornbsppeopleHearnbspfrom specialists in the fieldAttend workshops of your choiceMeet the many organisations who can helpFind out about fundingClaim your reduced price Burial Ground Action PackRegister for continuing supportnbspLimited places 15 to include lunch and refreshmentsnbspDetails and registration formnbspnbsphttpwwwcaringforgodsacreorgukindexphpeventsconferenceshtml

Band of Angels - Blackburn Cathedral

Band of Angels uncovers the vital role women played in spreading the Christian ReligionnbspProfessor Kate Cooper Professor of Ancient History at the University of ManchesternbspIn conversation with Canon Dr Ian Stockton and Anjum AnwarnbspOn Thursday 23 April 2015nbsp630pm to 800pmnbspRefreshments will be served in the Crypt at 545pmnbspThis is a FREE Event but please book your place with nbspanjumanwarblackburncathedralcouknbspTel 01254 50308107903 731106nbsp

Caring for God's Acre - Rydal Hall, Ambleside

Caring for Gods Acre is the conservation charity for churchyards and burial groundsnbspIt is holding a Beautiful Burial Ground Conference at Rydal Hall in Ambleside on 23 AprilnbspMore information at httpwwwcaringforgodsacreorguk then click the conferences linknbspOr contact Andrea Gilpin National Project Manager on 01588 673041nbspnbsp

Diocesan Offices to move to Business Park in Blackburn

An exciting new era in the work of The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese will begin later this yearnbspThe majority of staff who work for the Diocese will be moving to modern offices approximately two miles from the present Church House in Blackburn The new building is on Walker Business Park adjacent to Junction 5 of the M65nbspThe new offices will be occupied by most of the staff working for the Diocesan Board of Education DBE which supports all of the Church schools in Lancashire and the Diocesan Board of Finance which provides a variety of administrative and support services to parishes across LancashirenbspThere is also potential for Cidarinbspthe Diocesan MultiAcademy Trust and DBE Services to join usnbspatnbspthe premisesnbspnbspA handful of staff with locationspecific roles such as those who work at Whalley Abbey the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre will not be affected by the move which will take place in the autumnnbspThe future of Church House itself will be decided at a later date Currently as well as being occupied by staff who work for the whole Diocese in Lancashire the building is shared with Blackburn Cathedral which has a small office complex at one endnbspLater this year the new Clergy Court building opens next to the Cathedral and it will house new Cathedral offices alongside extensive living accommodation for all the Cathedral staffnbspGraeme Pollard Diocesan Secretary said today The Dioceses current main offices in Church House adjacent to the Cathedral are no longer fit for modern working practices nbspThey are old and significant work is needed to bring the building up to modern standards not even having a lift for elderly infirm or disabled people to use for example Our staff are also based on multiple sites in addition to Church House nbspConsidering all of this we wanted to ensure we had a new location where everyone could be housed appropriately and where we could also work more closely together for the benefit of the Diocese as a wholenbspWe explored a number of options but settled on the Walker Business Park as our new homenbspWith a Diocese of our size and the support to clergy parishes and schools across Lancashire that is provided from a range of functions this move is about providing the best possible asset to the Diocese in terms of office space while at the same time ensuring that our hardworking staff get the best possible modern environment to work innbspWe are also pleased to be able to maintain our links with Blackburn as well as being better placed close to the motorway to serve the whole of LancashirenbspBlackburn Diocese is not the first Diocese in the country to make such a move in recent times In the North West alone in the past few years the Diocese of Chester and Diocese of Liverpool have moved Chester to similar new out of town offices on a business parknbspMr Pollard added The Diocese of Chester reports many benefits from being in new offices for the support work carried out across their Diocese not least as a result of staff working closer together at all times We aim to learn from their experience and achieve the same resultnbspThe Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson gave his reaction to the news today saying This move is taking place as the Diocese is looking forward to a new chapter of its life with our vision of Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspHaving a fitforpurpose base for all our hardworking staff is important so that we can effectively support our parishes and schools as we all work together to grow Gods Kingdom nbspI am extremely grateful to all those who have worked so hard in identifying the issues and the solution to our office accommodation questionnbspI will be praying for staff and for all the planning that will take place to ensure the move goes smoothlynbspnbspRonnie Semley21042015nbsp

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Monday 20th April 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbspnbsp

Level 1 Safeguarding Training

Level 1 Safeguarding trainingnbspat St John the Evangelist Barkerhouse Lane Nelson nbspTo book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnAnglicanorg1000 am 1230 pm

Level 2 Safeguarding Training

Levelnbsp2 Safeguarding training for those who have already done Level 1 at St Gabrielss Church Hall Jubilee Lounge Brownhill Road Blackburnnbsp nbsp To book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnAnglicanorg700 pm 930 pm

Service to celebrate Mr David Whyte - Blackburn Cathedral

The Dean and Chapter of Blackburn Cathedral invite you to a service to recognise the contribution of Mr David Whyte to the community and to Saint Wilfrids C of E AcademynbspAll are most warmly invitednbspEvensong 19 Aprilnbsp2015 starting at 4pmnbspnbsp

Blind Faith - The Musical - Blackburn Cathedral

Blind Faith The MusicalnbspTo be held in Blackburn Cathedral nbspnbspOn Friday 17 April 2015 730pm10pmAnd Saturday 18 April 2015 730pm10pmnbspnbspFor details and booking information please click on the link below httpwwwhandamusicalscoukshowsblindfaiththemusical

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 17th Aprilnbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Blind Faith - The Musical - Blackburn Cathedral

Blind Faith The MusicalnbspTo be held in Blackburn CathedralnbspnbspOn Friday 17 April 2015 730pm10pmAnd Saturday 18 April 2015 730pm10pmnbspnbspFor details and booking information please click on the link below httpwwwhandamusicalscoukshowsblindfaiththemusical

Finance Committee

Finance CommitteenbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Tuesday 14th April 2015nbspat 400pm to 600pmnbspnbsp

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th April 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbsp

Property Committee

PropertynbspCommitteenbspnbspTuesday 14th April 2015nbsp1000pm 12 noon

Football loving Bishop to see two favourite teams clash!

The new Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North makes his first visit to Burnley Football Club this weekendnbspHe will have divided loyalties as the footballloving Bishop will be watching a Premier League clash between his new home town club and the team he has been following since childhood ArsenalnbspSince starting his new role officially in February Bishop Philip has been touring the area getting to know the people and the places he now representsnbspThe Bishop who is 48 said today It has been a great privilege to move to Burnley and Lancashire from London where I was Rector of a large inner city parish of four churches in the Camden areanbspI am enjoying being part of East Lancashire In 2013 Burnley was awarded the title City of Enterprise and I think that award alongside the importance of being a Premier League town of course can provide inspiration for us as a DiocesenbspWe want just that spirit of success enterprise and entrepreneurship as we seek tonbsplive out our new Diocesan vision of Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspThe Bishop continued I love football and I was brought up watching Arsenal so the match at the weekend will be interesting for me to say the least as I have also developed a soft spot for Burnley FC since my appointmentnbspIn fact I have been praying for Burnley FC the club its players and supporters ever since I was announced as the new Bishop on November 2 and the team won their very next game after a period when wins were hard to come bynbspSo I was delighted to be invited to attend my first Burnley FC match this weekend along with the Mayor of Burnley Councillor Andy Tatchell and I wish the team every success for the tailend of the season nbspIt is sure to be exciting for the supporters and I will continue to pray for the club as they fight to stay in the Premier LeaguenbspnbspRonnie Semley13042015nbsp

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th April 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbsp

Property Standing Committee

Property Standing CommitteenbspnbspTuesday 7th April 2015nbsp100pm 300pm

New Director of Education is licensed by Lancashire's Bishop

The new Director of Education for The Church of England in Lancashire has been licensed by the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian HendersonnbspStephen Whittaker was licensed as Director of Education during the Diocesan Chrism Eucharist this morning at 11am in Blackburn Cathedral nbspStephen was presented by Archdeacon Michael Everitt who chairs the Diocesan Board of Education He was accompanied by Rev Paul Davis Chair of the Lancashire District of the Methodist Church as the Board serves Methodist and Anglican schools in the county and by two headteachers representing the schools Mrs Julie Heaton from St Michaels Church of England High School in Chorley and Mrs Jo Duckworth from St Michaels Church of England Primary School in HoolenbspStephen has a wide range of experience in the teaching profession the majority within the Diocese of Blackburn beginning at St James CofE Primary in Lower Darwen before moving on to become Deputy Headteacher at St Johns CofE and Methodist Primary School in Brinscall In September 2003 he became Headteacher at St Peters Chorley CofE PrimarynbspLaterly he moved to Bolton School where he was Head of the Junior School of the Boys Division and was also a member of the wider management team responsible for all pupils from ages 7 18nbspSpeaking today Stephen said It was wonderful to be welcomed by the bishops and senior diocesan team in the service this morning and also to receive the support and endorsement of Methodist church and school leaders Having been commissioned in the role I now seek to live out my pledge to serve God in my work with children and young peoplenbspThe importance of working with and developing our young people in environments that value and uphold strong Christian values cannot be overstatednbspI am joining the Diocese at an exciting time as it starts to roll out its new vision with key aims of making disciples of being witnesses to and growing leaders for Jesus ChristnbspOur young people are the present as well as the future of the church and therefore central to the vision and I will seek to ensure our excellent church schools play a full role in the development and future growth of The Church of England in LancashirenbspBishop Julian added I wish Stephen every success in his new role I was pleased to be able to officiate at his licensing this morning Stephen is the right person to lead our superb team in the Diocesan Board of Education as we move forward togethernbspStephen 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 timenbspnbspToby Webber02042015nbsp

Chrism Eucharist

Bishop Julian will preside at a Chrism Eucharist at which he will consecrate the oils and all diocesan clergy will be invited to renew their vows in Blackburn Cathedral on Maundy Thursday at 11am

Maundy Thursday Pilgrimage to the Cathedral - Fulwood Christ Church

On Maundy Thursday a group will walk from Preston to Blackburn for the special service in the Cathedral On their 105 mile walkpilgrimagethey will carry a large wooden cross as part of their preparations for Good FridayThe church group will leave Christ Church Fulwood at 530am and walk along the pavements beside the main road After 6 miles theyll stop for breakfast and the aim is to be in Blackburn before 10am in good time for the Service Comfort stops enrout have been arrangedThis has beennbspdonenbsptwice before in 2010 as part ofa church walking week and in 2012 as a lead up to the Preston Guild That yearnbspthe cross was carriednbspfor the first time and all appreciated the way in which it added to the pilgrimage The spiritual benefit of coming to the service in this way helps each of us in our Holy Week journey On arrival in Blackburn we have the obligatory photo outside the Cathedral but before entering weshould have time for a cuppa in a local caf2015 is the 150 Year Anniversary of Christ Church Fulwood and the walkpilgrimage is one of the celebration events At present 11 parishioners are due to walk with others in the backup car and others preparing breakfast A total of 25 from the church are likely to be there for the Servicenbspnbsp

Total of £23,000 raised by Bishop's Harvest Appeal

The Diocesan Bishop of The Church of England in Lancashire has welcomed the total figure raised for his 2014 Harvest AppealnbspWith all monies now in and counted The Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn revealed today that a total of 23090 was raised by parishes and schools across the Diocese for last years appeal nbspThe Bishops Harvest Appeal takes place annually This was Bishop Julians first appeal since he became Diocesan BishopnbspAround 80 parishes and 24 schools across Lancashire and many individuals sent in contributions to raise the total which is 1000 more than the 2013 appealnbspArton Medd Diocesan World Development Group Secretary said Two thirds of the proceeds will go towards helping Christian Aids partner The Association for Building Communities in Angola The remaining third will go to support the Mothers Union Community Development workers in remote areas Myanmar Burma where they are promoting food selfsufficiencynbspBishop Julian said This is excellent news and I am very pleased that my first appeal since taking over as Bishop has seen an increase in the amount of money raised nbspThe total of 23090 represents generous giving by many in a good number of our schools and parishes Others too have raised significant amounts for other harvestrelated charitiesnbspArton Medd added Thank you from the World Development Group to all who have supported this appeal We hope that churches and schools will join in again later this year for the 2015 Bishops Appeal when alongside Christian Aid Tearfund will be the partner and the countries involved are Colombia and MalawinbspnbspRonnie Semley01042015nbsp

Book of Plans, Hopes and Dreams Presentation

A SPECIAL ceremony will take place at Blackburn Cathedral on Easter Sunday April 5 when a book will be laid on the altar which forms part of a project marking the Centenary of the start of the First World WarnbspThe large book entitled the Book of Plans Hopes and Dreams Letters from the Bridge of Time is being presented to Blackburn by the link Diocese of Braunschweig in Germany and contains pieces of imaginative writing which were submitted for a competition which was held last yearnbspCanon Ian Stockton Blackburn Cathedrals Canon Chancellor who coordinated the project described it this week as a symbol of reconciliation and hopeHe added The idea was to invite people from Lancashire and Braunschweig under 19 and those over 19 to submit letters one written to someone in 1914 and the other to someone in 2014nbspWe got a very good response and on Sunday the book which has been put together in Germany will be presented to the CathedralnbspThe Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev Julian Henderson will welcome formally the German visitors who will include Michael and Rebecca Bilkau who devised the project and the German winners Berndt and Micaela Daschek from Berlin and Tabea Henn from SchleswigHolsteinnbspThe UK prize winners are Bethany Pearson under 19 from Accrington and Jennifer Robertson over 19 from EdinburghnbspBoth will be in Braunschweig from April 10 to April 13 and the presentation of the English version of the book will take place during a special vesper service on Sunday April 12nbspThe project received the International Grundtvig Award for Excellence in adult education in Autumn 2014nbspnbspAlec Stuttard01042015nbsp

Bishops' Easter Messages of Resurrection Hope

Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Geoff Pearson the Bishop of Lancaster and the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North have all issued their annual Easter messagesnbspTheir messages speak in different ways of the sacrifice of Jesus and his subsequent resurrection the importance of personal faith and the relevance of the Easter message today more than evernbspBishop Julian says Jesus bore the judgement of God as the consequence of all the wrongdoing in the world and then as a sign of His approval and acceptance God raised Jesus from the dead on that first Easter morning nbspThat was Gods stamp of approval on what Jesus had achieved and Christians rightly see it as a reason for a significant celebrationnbspBishop Geoff comments Personal faith is the essence rather than being religious and doing good works nbspThe Christian faith is about what God has done for us Trying to do enough good things to please God doesnt bring peace Jesus Christ did for us what we could never do Easter underlines that Jesus died on the cross to pay for all our wrongdoingsnbspAnd Bishop Philip adds This Easter as we meet the Risen Christ we are called also to proclaim him We do that with our words as we speak the good news that Jesus is still alive and that we can be in contemporary relationship with himnbspTo read the full Easter message from Bishop Julian click herenbspFor the Easter message from Bishop Geoff click herenbspAnd to read Bishop Philips Easter message click herenbspnbspRonnie Semley31032015nbsp

Chrism Eucharist (Traditionalist)

Bishop Philip will preside at a Chrism Eucharist at which he will consecrate the oils and traditionalist priests and deacons will be invited to renew their vows11am at the Parish Church of St Andrew Burnley

The Cross of Christ - Whalley St Mary and All Saints

Whalley St Mary and All Saints ChurchnbspPalm Sunday 29th March 2015 at 630pmnbspThe Cross of Christ will be sung by the Choirs of Whalley St Mary and All Saints and Salesbury St PeternbspAll welcome to this service at the start of Holy Weeknbspnbsp

Lytham Passion Play - Amphitheatre, Park View Playing Fields, Lytham

Lytham Passion Play is modern take on a Passion Play organized by the Lytham Ecumenical Partnership along with Park View 4u writes Alison Newsham Childrens and Youth Worker St Cuthberts Church LythamnbspIt will take place on Palm Sunday March 29 from 3pmnbspStarting in the park with the Last Suppernbspand then travelling through town to finish in the park where Jesus will be taken off the cross and placed in the tomb nbspAs Jesus carries his cross through town there will be points where there will be drama readings and singingnbspThe local high schools and primary schools are all involved in this along with youngsters from the local churchesnbspThe music is all up to date songs including one from our local band who now also have a recording contract Unfortunately they are unable to be therenbspnbspnbsp

Whalley Abbey Wedding Fair

Sunday 29 March 2015 from 1100 am to 400 pmFREE ADMISSION130 pm Bridal Fashion ShownbspFree Prize Draw and Bridal BooknbspFantastic Range of ExhibitorsnbspWhalley AbbeyThe SandsWhalleyClitheroe BB7 9SSnbspTelnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp 01254 828400Emailnbspnbspnbspnbsp officewhalleyabbeyorg

New Director of Education begins work in Diocese

The new Director of Education for The Church of England in Lancashire starts his new role on April 1 next weeknbspStephen Whittaker from ClaytonleWoods in Chorley will be licensed the following day by Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn during the Diocesan Chrism Eucharist taking place on Maundy Thursday at 11am in Blackburn Cathedral nbspStephen has a wide range of experience in the teaching profession the majority within the Diocese of Blackburn beginning at St James CofE Primary in Lower Darwen before moving on to become Deputy Headteacher at St Johns CofE and Methodist Primary School in Brinscall In September 2003 he became Headteacher at St Peters Chorley CofE PrimarynbspLatterly he moved to Bolton School where he was Head of the Junior School of the Boys Division and was 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 looking forward immensely to my new role The importance of working with and developing our young people in environments that value and uphold strong Christian values cannot be overstatednbspMy 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 in my first year in the role I am joining the Diocese at an exciting time as it starts to rollout its new vision with key aims of making disciples of being witnesses to and growing leaders for Jesus ChristnbspOur young people are the future of the church and therefore central to the vision and I will seek to ensure our excellent church schools play a central role in the development and future growth of The Church of England in LancashirenbspCommenting on the appointment today Archdeacon Michael Everitt Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Education said Stephens arrival signals a new era for education in the Diocese His range of experience passion for the gospel and for childrens learning means he is ideal to take the Board of Education forward as it seeks to serve the parishes Anglican and Methodist schools in our area as well as our multiacademy trust CidarinbspLancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson added I am looking forward to licensing Stephen who will be a key member of the Bishops Leadership Team This is a challenging role and Stephen is the right person to lead our superb team in the Diocesan Board of Education as we move forward togethernbspStephen 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 timenbspnbspRonnie Semley27032015nbsp

Bishop Julian completes mission to visit all Deaneries

Travelling across Diocese has directly informed new Diocesan vision plansnbspLancashires Anglican Bishop the Rt Rev Julian Henderson has completed a tour of the Diocese during which he has met almost all of the parish clergynbspThe Diocese of Blackburn which covers most of the County 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 nbspThe final Deanery area to be visited by Bishop Julian was Tunstall Deanery and during his time in the area as well as meeting clergy he also had lunch with all the headteachers of local Church of England schoolsnbspIn the aftermath of his inauguration in October 2013 Bishop Julian requested Deanery visits lasting on average three days be put in his diary over his first 18 months in the DiocesenbspThey had a dual purpose to meet the clergy and their families in their own homes and also to get to know his new patch as well as possible The challenges and opportunities the Bishop has seen and heard about firsthand have also directly informed his thinking for the new vision for the Diocese Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspSpeaking as he embarked on his series of visits 18 months ago 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 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 to support all of my clergynbspThat is why I wanted at this early stage of my ministry in Lancashire to visit clergy in their own homes to offer pastoral care and to understand their needs and the individual needs of each parishnbspAs the last Deanery visit in Tunstall Deanery drew to a close this week Bishop Julian reflected on the last 18 months saying I am grateful for the time spent by the Area Deans and local clergy in organising my visits across Lancashire I have enjoyed them immenselynbspThe visits have played a major part in shaping our new Diocesan vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities with its key aims of making disciples of being witnesses to and growing leaders for Jesus Christ our Lord and SaviournbspWe are facing a crucial decade ahead as we seek to win hearts for Jesus and to see the numbers of people of all ages attending our churches grow as the Diocese approaches its centenary in 2026nbspI have seen much to celebrate as I have travelled around the County but there are also many challenges But Im delighted to say people in our churches and schools are telling me they are relishing the opportunity to live out the vision and its aims at parish levelnbspThe vision has been developed centrally but is to be owned by all parishes and each will be free to make it real and relevant in their own communities in the way that is best for themnbspnbspRonnie Semley27032015nbspnbsp

Ebola Nurse celebrates NHS values

A nurse who spent six weeks fighting Ebola in west Africa is joining a panel of health professionals to celebrate the values of the NHSnbspKathy Farrell an AampE nurse at the Royal Blackburn Hospital flew out to Sierra Leone last December as part of a team of NHS workers who volunteered their time and expertisenbspNow Kathy a mother of four who was away from her family for Christmas will feature on a panel of speakers at Blackburn Cathedral to discuss what motivates them to work in the health service nbspShe will be joined by Professor John Ashton President of the Faculty of Public Health and by Samantha Nichol Programme Director of Healthier LancashirenbspReverend Dr Mike Kirby Lecturer in radiotherapy at Liverpool University and Blackburn GP Dr David Gebbie complete the panelnbspThe event takes place on Thursday 26 March and is organised by Third Sector Lancashire an umbrella group aimed at forging partnerships to improve the sectors effectivenessnbspChair Mike Wedgeworth who is also a canon at Blackburn Cathedral said it was not an explicitly religious event though the speakers might want to explain how their faith influences their worknbspHe added My aim for the event is that it will clarify and affirm just what are the fundamental values of the NHS and thus encourage the audience to feel inspired and motivated to better do their job and understand their role as citizens in the debate on the NHSnbspParticipants are warmly invited to Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir at 515pm with the Conference itself beginning at 6pmnbspFor further details please contact Mike Wedgeworth on 07449 927 618nbspnbsp

Lancashire Prayer Book Society date for Songs of Praise Presenter

BBC Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes is the special guest at the 30th Prayer Book Society Annual Festival which takes place at Blackburn Cathedral on April 25 from 11am nbspThere will be Choral Holy Communion at the event led by The Venerable John Hawley Archdeacon of Blackburn and the Preacher will be Reverend Dr Mike Kirby from the CathedralnbspAt 215pm Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes will be the guest speaker with a talk entitled Hymns and Hearts Pam will sign copies of her new book Love So Amazing after her talk The hardback devotional book is based on the inspirational stories behind the writing of 40 favourite hymnsnbspA sit down lunch will be held in the crypt during the event The cost for this is 1250 All other segments on the day are completely free For further information please contact Neil Inkley on 01772 821676nbspThe Prayer Book Society has a branches in every Diocese of the Church of England as well as branches in Wales and Ireland and a branch for overseas members There are also separate Prayer Book Societies in Scotland Canada Australia and the USA with whom The Prayer Book Society enjoys friendly relationsnbspThe Society has over 4500 members representing a wide diversity of background tradition and churchmanship The Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales and the Ecclesiastical Patron is the Bishop of London who are both keen supporters of the Book of Common PrayernbspnbspRonnie Semley25032015nbsp

Lent Talks at Blackburn Cathedral - Spiritual Re-formation

Wednesday Evenings 2015nbspBlackburn Cathedral at 700pmnbspThe Road of ReformationnbspOne of a series of 2015 Lent talks taking place onnbspMarch 4 March 18 and March 25nbspEach talk explores aspects of the Bishops Vision for the future of the DiocesenbspYou can read a summary of the Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities here on the Diocese websitenbspFree for anyone to attend you are all welcomenbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp to see bothnbspPosters fornbspTuesdays In Lent and Wednesday Eveningsnbspnbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Tunstall

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp22nd24th March 2015nbspThis visit to Tunstall 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

Lent Talks at Whalley Abbey - Exploring the Vision

Tuesdays in Lent 2015nbspWhalley Abbey at 730pmnbspRegaining the Ministry of Intercession The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong The DeannbspOne of a series of 2015 Lent talks taking place on February 24 March 3 March 10 March 17 and March 24nbspEach talk explores aspects of the Bishops Vision for the future of the DiocesenbspYou can read a summary of the Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities here on the Diocese websitenbspFree for anyone to attend you are all welcomenbspPlease contact tel 01254 828400 for further details andnbsp CLICK HEREnbsp to see the two Postersnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Short and mid-length stories from the Church of England in Lancashire

A selection of short and midlength stories have been compiled about the activities in the Church of England in LancashirenbspnbspPlease CLICK HEREnbspfor a selection ofnbspshort storiesnbspnbspPlease CLICK HERE for a selection ofnbspmidlength storiesnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Tunstall

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp22nd24th March 2015nbspThis visit to Tunstall 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

Lent talks at Preston Minster

This ecumenical series continues into its fourth year with talks each Monday in LentnbspThis years theme is Being BoundnbspWell explore aspects of captivity poverty victim addiction etc recognising that Jesus came to proclaim liberty to captives and that the poor and vulnerable are close to his heartnbspGuest speakers are Bishop Philip North Fr Stephen Patterson Mark Slaney Rev Nadim Nassar and Peter Bates nbspFive Mondays from 23 Februarynbspto 23nbspMarch at Preston Minsternbsp730pm to 9pmnbspAll welcomenbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Tunstall

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp22nd24th March 2015nbspThis visit to Tunstall 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

Diocesan Synod

Diocesan SynodnbspTo be held at Fulwood St CuthbertsnbspOn Saturday 21st March 2015nbsp930am 100pm

Walk for Water or Cycle for a Bike - Longton Christian Aid

Longton Area Christian Aid CommitteenbspOn Saturday 21 March between 9am and 3pmnbspA Sponsored Walk starting at St Andrews Church Hall LongtonnbspA Sponsored Cycle starting at New Longton Methodist ChurchnbspThe Walk is a short circuit of two miles which may be repeated as many times as you wish nbspThe Cycle is a ride of twenty miles through the local countrysidenbspThe money raised will go towards Christian Aids water projects and medical work for which bicycles are invaluablenbspForms and further details are available from Cath Greenlees Telnbsp 01772 613500nbspnbsp

Recitals at Preston St George the Martyr

Recitals at St George the Martyr Prestonnbsp6 March Students from Chethams School of Music Manchesternbsp20 March Jeffrey Taylor Tenornbspand Simon Willoughby PianonbspAdmission 6 includes light refreshmentsnbspDoors open at 1100am nbspStart 1230pmnbspnbsp

Ribble Valley Music Festival - Clitheroe St Mary

Ribble Valley Festival Showcase nbspAt Clitheroe Parish ChurchnbspnbspEvent to be heldnbspon Friday 20 March 2015 nbspBrings together some of the stars of this years festival and is a rare opportunity to see this array of talent all together on the same eveningnbspTickets arenbsp10 including light refreshment and there is no booking feenbspAll proceeds will be donated to the Church Development FundnbspTickets can be obtained from the box office at St Marys Centre Church Street ClitheroenbspBetween 1000 am and 300 pm on Monday Tuesday and Fridayor by calling 01200 422828 or 01254 384893nbspnbspnbsp

Chaplains and School Leaders Conference

Chaplains and School Leaders Conference nbspTo be held at RossallnbspOn Thursday 19 March 2015nbsp nbsp 1000am300pmnbspnbsp

Lent Talks at Blackburn Cathedral - Spiritual Re-formation

Wednesday Evenings 2015nbspBlackburn Cathedral at 700pmnbspThe Guide in ReformationnbspOne of a series of 2015 Lent talks taking place onnbspMarch 4 March 18 and March 25nbspEach talk explores aspects of the Bishops Vision for the future of the DiocesenbspYou can read a summary of the Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities here on the Diocese websitenbspFree for anyone to attend you are all welcomenbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp to see bothnbspPosters fornbspTuesdays In Lent and Wednesday Eveningsnbspnbspnbsp

Lent Talks at Whalley Abbey - Exploring the Vision

Tuesdays in Lent 2015nbspWhalley Abbey at 730pmnbspRecovering Confidence in the Gospel nbspThe Right Reverend Philip North Bishop of BurnleynbspOne of a series of 2015 Lent talks taking place on February 24 March 3 March 10 March 17 and March 24nbspEach talk explores aspects of the Bishops Vision for the future of the DiocesenbspYou can read a summary of the Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities here on the Diocese websitenbspFree for anyone to attend you are all welcomenbspPlease contact tel 01254 828400 for further details andnbsp CLICK HEREnbsp to see thenbsptwo Postersnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Area Deans' Meeting

Area Deans MeetingnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Tuesday 17th Marchnbsp2015nbsp900am 100pm nbspEnding with Eucharist and lunchnbsp

Kairos Britain - Sion Baptist Church, Burnley

Friends of Sabell UK NW GroupnbspInvite you to meet Charlotte Marshall nbspOn Tueday 17 March at Sion Baptist Church Burnleynbspand Wednesday 18 March at St Johns United Reformed Church WarringtonnbspCharlotte Marshall is the coordinator of Kairos BritainnbspAnbspUK response to Kairos Palestine httpwwwkairosbritainorgukhttpwwwkairospalestinepsnbspPlease CLICK HEREnbsp to print off the poster and let your congregation know about this in case any of them are interested in making use of these opportunities If you are in contact with any other network eg Justice and Peace for any reason please publicise it there Charlotte will be back on 30th June to speak at a fringe meeting of the Methodist Conference in Southport and the following morning will be leading another 102pm session in the Greater Manchester area details tbc I do hope someone from your churchfellowship will be able to come along to one of these eventsJohn LoganConvenor of Friends of Sabeel UK NW

Schools and Parishes asked to pray and donate to Vanuatu Disaster Fund

Schools and parishes across the region are being encouraged to say prayers and donate money to help victims of the recent Cyclone Pam in VanuatunbspThe Church of England in Lancashire has forged a number of links with the region in recent years through hosting visits by Melanesian Missionaries and by sending staff from the Diocesan Board of Education DBE to Vanuatu to support and encourage education provision on the islands Melanesia is a region in the Pacific Ocean consisting of several countries including VanuatunbspIn late 2013 the then Diocesan Director of Education Rev Paul Lock Diocesan Advisor for Schools Lisa Horobin and former Deputy Director for Schools Daphne Durham visited to learn about the challenges of and opportunities for education in Vanuatu and how the DBE might be able to help and encourage the islanders nbspLisa and Daphne then returned to Vanuatu in September 2014 to deliver training to headteachers and staff serving in church schools from several islands nbspThey were also hoping to be able to establish links between schools in the Diocese and others in Vanuatu to provide ongoing support for example the training and development of qualified teachers In the days since Cyclone Pam the Diocese has not heard from anyone on the islands due to communications being downnbspAlso in 2013 a group of Melanesian Missionaries came to Lancashire and spent a week in the Chorley area being hosted by local churches including St Laurences Church nbspThe vicar of St Laurences Rev Martin Cox is a Trustee of The Melanesian Mission in the UK and has also visited the islands On their trip to the region the missionaries who were from the Solomon Islands and the affected islands of Vanuatu took part in many events over the seven days including visiting local schools and participating in an outdoor praise servicenbspIn an email sent to all parishes and schools this week Lisa Horobin Daphne Durham and the team in the DBE encouraged urgent prayer for the islands as well as donations to be made to the emergency relief fund nbspnbspAll those doing something for the islands are also encouraged to email schoolsblackburnanglicanorg to say what action they have takennbspLisa from Lower Darwen said Cyclone Pam is possibly the strongest ever in the south Pacific region Tens of thousands of people are homeless without adequate food water shelter or sanitationnbspThe Government of Vanuatu estimates that 80 of homes have been either destroyed or have sustained significant damage Communications infrastructure has been knocked out in the hardest hit islands and there are grave fears for rural communities that were directly in the path of the cyclones eyenbspEssential services have been wiped out on most islands and even in the nations capital Port Vila which is home to about 60000 restoring water and electricity may take weeksnbspI hope all our schools and parishes will remember the people of Vanuatu at this difficult time in the islands history nbspMy time in Vanuatu with my colleagues was rewarding and inspiring We met with many of our education counterparts and were able to impart useful knowledge and to offer shortterm and longterm help including guidance on the leadership and management of Church Schools curriculum content standards and expectations teaching and learning nbspWe visited several schools and were amazed by the resourcefulness and commitment of teachers working in difficult circumstances We are now extremely worried that the places we visited may no longer be there as buildings were made of local materials such as banana leaves We hope and pray that the children and teachers are safe nbspAlso speaking about the tragedy this week and people who he knows on the islands Rev Martin Cox added It is devastating news If I could jump on a plane now to help I wouldnbspThe people of the islands are so friendly and hospitable and yet they have so little So for such a devastating event to overcome them is a huge blow nbspA lot of work has been done over the years to improve lives and communities and a lot of that work will now have to start againnbspMy immediate thoughts however are with people I know on the islands including the local Anglican Bishops Communications are cut off and I am praying they are all safenbspThe Venerable Michael Everitt Archdeacon of Lancaster and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education added his thoughts on the disaster saying We have forged close links particularly in recent times with the people of Vanuatu and so it was distressing and shocking to hear of the terrible devastation across the region as the weekend progressednbspI urge all Christians of whatever denomination to be praying for the islands and for everyone to donate something to help the stricken people of Vanuatu Every donation big or small will be put to good usenbspIf you would like to make a donation you can do this directly to the Melanesian Mission in one of the following waysnbsp By cheque make payable to The Melanesian Mission and post to 21 The Burlands Feniton Honiton EX14 3UN Please write on the back of the cheque Vanuatu Cyclone Appeal nbsp By online transfer with the reference Vanuatu Cyclone to The Melanesian Mission Barclays Bank plc Hart Street HenleyonThames RG9 2AX sort code 203953 account no 50442216 nbsp Alternatively visit the dedicated giving page on Virgin Money GivingnbspnbspRonnie Semley18032015nbspnbspnbsp

Exciting new Resource Centre for Children's and Youth Work

Parishes and schools across Lancashire now have a brand new exciting Resource Hub for all those involved in faithbased childrens and youth worknbspBased at 23 Fleming Square in Blackburn it is run by the Diocesan Board of Education of The Church of England in LancashirenbspThe attractive new Hub takes over from the wellused Simply Resources formerly located in the north transept of Blackburn CathedralnbspThe venue is easy to reach either by car being situated within the Fleming Square car park just off the town centre in Blackburn and by public transport with Blackburn bus and rail stations sited a short walk away in the town centrenbspThere is a wide range of faithbased books and resources for all those involved with children and youth work in parishes and schools There is also an entirely new range of resources focusing on Families at Home Together nbspThe Hub is open Monday to Friday 10am 4pm closing for lunch between 1230 and 130pm nbspCall in and browse the wide range of resources for children and youth workers in parishes books on collective worship schools curriculum and prayer resources allage worship and Messy Church together with gifts and books for Baptism and Confirmation and lots morenbspAnd later this year on Saturday May 9 2015 at 130pm The Resource Hub will be officially opened by popular author Bob Hartman nbspBob is the highly acclaimed storyteller and author of The Lion Storyteller Bible and many more books after which Bob will be available to sign copies of his booksnbspFor enquiries about the store please visit online at httpwwwbdeducationorguk contact the store via email at resourcesblackburnanglicanorg or phone on 01254 290131nbspnbsp

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Monday 16th March 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbspnbsp

Lent talks at Preston Minster

This ecumenical series continues into its fourth year with talks each Monday in LentnbspThis years theme is Being BoundnbspWell explore aspects of captivity poverty victim addiction etc recognising that Jesus came to proclaim liberty to captives and that the poor and vulnerable are close to his heartnbspGuest speakers are Bishop Philip North Fr Stephen Patterson Mark Slaney Rev Nadim Nassar and Peter Bates nbspFive Mondays from 23 Februarynbspto 23nbspMarch at Preston Minsternbsp730pm to 9pmnbspAll welcomenbsp

Purcell's 'The Fairy Queen' - Adlington St Paul's Church

St Pauls Adlington welcomes the return of the Wiganbased choir Vox AurumnbspOn Saturday 14 March 2015nbspFor a performance of Purcells The Fairy Queen in church at 700pmnbspTickets cost 7 5 for concessions and may be obtained from Thomas Leeming either through church or by ringing 01257 482471 nbspAll proceeds will be split between church restoration projects and choir funds nbspThe choir is hoping to take the production to Italy later in the year following the successful production of Dido and Aeneas in Rome last yearnbspnbsp

Forward In Faith - St Stephen's-on-the-Cliff, Blackpool

The Blackburn branch of Forward in Faith will be holding a Quiet Day on Saturday March 14 2015nbspAt St StephensontheCliff Holmfield Road Blackpool FY2 9RBnbspThe Rt RevnbspPhilip North Bishop of Burnley will be the ConductornbspStart at 11am until 4pmnbspPlease bring a packed lunch there will be hot drinks and soup availablenbspAny enquiries please contact Fr Roger Parker on 07977 291166

Blackburn Cathedral's 'Sing Together' Concerts - King George's Hall

Blackburn Cathedrals annual Sing Together concerts 2015nbspAre to take placenbspin King Georges Hall BlackburnnbspOn the evenings of Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 March inclusivenbspConcerts begin at 6pm except on the Saturday evening when its at 5pmnbspIn excess of five hundred children from schools across Lancashire will form the choir each evening nbspTickets priced at 4 each are available from the King Georges Hall box office or by calling 0844 847 1664nbspnbspSing Together is funded and coordinated by Blackburn Cathedral Music Outreach TeamnbspFor more information please contact Gill Fourie either by telephone 07971 881576 or by emailnbsp fourieaolcomnbspnbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 13th Marchnbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Blackburn Cathedral's 'Sing Together' Concerts - King George's Hall

Blackburn Cathedrals annual Sing Together concerts 2015nbspAre to take placenbspin King Georges Hall BlackburnnbspOn the evenings of Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 March inclusivenbspConcerts begin at 6pm except on the Saturday evening when its at 5pmnbspIn excess of five hundred children from schools across Lancashire will form the choir each evening nbspTickets priced at 4 each are available from the King Georges Hall box office or by calling 0844 847 1664nbspnbspSing Together is funded and coordinated by Blackburn Cathedral Music Outreach TeamnbspFor more information please contact Gill Fourie either by telephone 07971 881576 or by emailnbsp fourieaolcomnbspnbsp

Blackburn Cathedral's 'Sing Together' Concerts - King George's Hall

Blackburn Cathedrals annual Sing Together concerts 2015nbspAre to take placenbspin King Georges Hall BlackburnnbspOn the evenings of Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 March inclusivenbspConcerts begin at 6pm except on the Saturday evening when its at 5pmnbspIn excess of five hundred children from schools across Lancashire will form the choir each evening nbspTickets priced at 4 each are available from the King Georges Hall box office or by calling 0844 847 1664nbspnbspSing Together is funded and coordinated by Blackburn Cathedral Music Outreach TeamnbspFor more information please contact Gill Fourie either by telephone 07971 881576 or by emailnbsp fourieaolcomnbspnbsp

Praxis Northwest - All Age Worship for All

Discipleship and Ministry DepartmentnbspAll Age Worship for All is it possible nbspThursdaynbsp12 March 2015nbsp1030am 400pmnbspWilliam Temple Church Wythenshawe ManchesternbspnbspClick here for more detailsnbspnbsp

Level 2 Safeguarding training

A Level 2 Safeguarding Training session for those who have already done Level 1 at St James Parish Centre St James Street ClitheroeTo book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnanglicanorgnbsp700 pm 930 pm

Blackburn Cathedral's 'Sing Together' Concerts - King George's Hall

Blackburn Cathedrals annual Sing Together concerts 2015nbspAre to take placenbspin King Georges Hall BlackburnnbspOn the evenings of Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 March inclusivenbspConcerts begin at 6pm except on the Saturday evening when its at 5pmnbspIn excess of five hundred children from schools across Lancashire will form the choir each evening nbspTickets priced at 4 each are available from the King Georges Hall box office or by calling 0844 847 1664nbspnbspSing Together is funded and coordinated by Blackburn Cathedral Music Outreach TeamnbspFor more information please contact Gill Fourie either by telephone 07971 881576 or by emailnbsp fourieaolcomnbspnbsp

Investment Committee

Investment CommitteenbspnbspTo be heldnbspon Tuesday 10th March 2015nbspnbspnbsp

Blackburn Cathedral's 'Sing Together' Concerts - King George's Hall

Blackburn Cathedrals annual Sing Together concerts 2015nbspAre to take placenbspin King Georges Hall BlackburnnbspOn the evenings of Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 March inclusivenbspConcerts begin at 6pm except on the Saturday evening when its at 5pmnbspIn excess of five hundred children from schools across Lancashire will form the choir each evening nbspTickets priced at 4 each are available from the King Georges Hall box office or by calling 0844 847 1664nbspnbspSing Together is funded and coordinated by Blackburn Cathedral Music Outreach TeamnbspFor more information please contact Gill Fourie either by telephone 07971 881576 or by emailnbsp fourieaolcomnbspnbspnbsp

Lent Talks at Whalley Abbey - Exploring the Vision

Tuesdays in Lent 2015nbspWhalley Abbey at 730pmnbspReturning to thenbspScriptures nbspThe Right Reverend Geoff Pearson Bishop of LancasternbspOne of a series of 2015 Lent talks taking place on February 24 March 3 March 10 March 17 and March 24nbspEach talk explores aspects of the Bishops Vision for the future of the DiocesenbspYou can read a summary of the Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities here on the Diocese websitenbspFree for anyone to attend you are all welcomenbspPlease contact tel 01254 828400 for further details andnbsp CLICK HEREnbsp to see the two Postersnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Accrington

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp8th10th March 2015nbspThis visit to Accrington 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

Lancashire School welcomed to Cidari Trust

Baines Endowed Primary School in Blackpool has been welcomed into the Cidari MultiAcademy TrustnbspThe Trust was set up in 2013 by the Diocesan Board of Education for The Church of England in LancashirenbspThe school celebrated its conversion to Academy status with a special service for pupils and members of the school communitynbspBaines Endowed was officially welcomed during a visit by representatives of Cidari including Chief Executive Liz Agbettoh nbspLiz said I am delighted to welcome Baines Endowed into the Cidari Multi Academy Trust I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and working with them as part of the Cidari family of schoolsnbspCidari 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 performanceRaised community aspirationsAn inclusive and welcoming environment for those of all faiths or of noneAn open Christian ethos within whose values all can achieve their full potentialJo Snape Head Teacher of Baines Endowed said We are delighted to be joining Cidari and look forward to playing our full part in working alongside our partner schools within the Trust nbspWe have always enjoyed working in partnership with others sharing our expertise and learning from best practice elsewhere and so we are looking forward to building new links and moving forward together nbspBaines Endowed Primary School Nursery and Childrens Centre are already a strong group working within the community of Marton Blackpool and I know our whole family of governors staff children parents and friends are keen to continue to serve our community in providing the best possible support for families education and childcare that we cannbspnbspRonnie Semley09032015nbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Accrington

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp8th10th March 2015nbspThis visit to Accrington 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

10 years of Fairtrade is celebrated by Diocese

It is 10 years since enough churches and church schools in The Church of England in Lancashire area Blackburn Diocese became Fairtrade establishments for the whole diocese to be formally accredited as FairtradenbspTo celebrate this there was a special celebration at Blackburn Cathedral in early MarchnbspEvensong included a number of special Fairtrade features nbspThere was an address focusing on Fairtrade by Rev Canon Ed Saville Diocesan Lead Officer for Social Responsibility who lives in Brierfield BurnleynbspThere were also Fairtraderelated prayers and the presentation of a Fairtrade certificate to Barnacre All Saints Church by Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster The PCC church governing body of Barnacre All Saints near Garstang recently committed itself to becoming a Fairtrade parish nbspThere was also an exhibition of photographs from around the world produced by the Fairtrade Foundation nbspIf your church or school is thinking about achieving Fairtrade status and you want more information members of the Diocesan World Development Group are able to give talks in Church services or to visit schools Mothers Union meetings uniformed organizations and other groups nbspFor more details contact Arton Medd on 01524 64730 email artonmeddbtinternetcom or Cath Greenlees on 01772 613500 email cathgreenleeshotmailcom

Lent talks at Preston Minster

This ecumenical series continues into its fourth year with talks each Monday in LentnbspThis years theme is Being BoundnbspWell explore aspects of captivity poverty victim addiction etc recognising that Jesus came to proclaim liberty to captives and that the poor and vulnerable are close to his heartnbspGuest speakers are Bishop Philip North Fr Stephen Patterson Mark Slaney Rev Nadim Nassar and Peter Bates nbspFive Mondays from 23 Februarynbspto 23nbspMarch at Preston Minsternbsp730pm to 9pmnbspAll welcomenbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Accrington

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp8th10th March 2015nbspThis visit to Accrington 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

John Newton Amazing Grace - Fulwood Free Methodist Church, Preston

John Newton Amazing Grace Saltmine Theatre Company are delighted to announce their return to Fulwood Free Methodist Church Lightfoot Lane Fulwood Preston PR2 3LTnbspOn Saturday 7th March at 730pm A4 poster amp A5 flyer attached nbspPress ganged into the navy at nineteen torn from the girl he loves he is a man beyond hope John Newton is drawn into the harsh world of 18th Century slave trade Then one stormy night everything changes This is a powerfully moving story of freedom and the remarkable power of love and grace to transform a life nbspSaltmines portrayal of John Newtons lifestory from slave ship captain to church leader and author of arguably the most famous hymn ever written is sure to leave you amazed and inspired Suitable for ages 12nbspnbspTickets 8 available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church call 01772 861597 email generalfulwoodfmcnet nbspFor a previewtrailer of the performance follow this link httpvimeocom105758535

Trash or Treasure Table Top Sale - Bamber Bridge St Aidan's Church

St Aidans Church Hall Station Road Bamber BridgenbspTrash or Treasure table top salenbspBuy or sell unwanted items clear out your clutter onnbspSaturday 7 Marchnbsp930am100pmnbspTea coffee and bacon butties will be servednbspTo book a table please call 01257 267464nbspnbsp

Bishop supports The Real Easter Egg

Bishop Julian says The Real Easter Egg is the one to buynbspLancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has thrown his support behind The Real Easter Egg which is the only chocolate egg to promote the Easter story nbspIntroduced in 2010 The Real Easter Egg was initially turned down by supermarkets as they were unsure that a Faith Egg would sell nbspHow wrong they were Last year in a national poll the Real Easter Egg was voted the UKs favourite Fairtrade egg and more than a million Real Easter Eggs have been sold nbspThe Real Easter Egg is a Fairtrade egg with a copy of the Easter story in each box There is also a charitable donation for every 150g egg sold More than 140000 has been donated from sales It also supports farmers and producers in the developing world by using Fairtrade chocolate nbspDavid Marshall who heads up the Meaningful Chocolate Company said The Real Easter Egg campaign aims to establish giving a Real Easter Egg as a tradition We can be found in Tesco Waitrose and Morrisons However we make very little from supermarket sales so we do rely on direct sales from churches and schools nbspLast year we sent more than 400000 eggs through the post This is a very positive example of putting our faith into practice so I hope churches will support this years Real Easter Egg campaign by visiting httpwwwrealeastereggcouk and orderingnbspBishop Julian said today The Real Easter Egg is a simple way to share the essentials of our faith while supporting Fairtrade and the charities involved I encourage people to buy one as a giftnbspEach year the content of the Real Easter Egg changes This years range has a blue egg with a unique 3ft storybookbanner the Premium Peace Edition contains an olive wood key ring made in Bethlehem and there is a dairy free dark chocolate eggnbspnbspRonnie Semley06032015nbsp

Women's World Day of Prayer - Ansdell and Fairhaven St Paul

On Friday 6th March at 200pm St Pauls Church Ansdell and Fairhaven are acting as hosts for this years local service for the Womens World Day of Prayer see details in the attached flyernbspThis ecumenical act of worshipnbspthis year is focussing upon The Bahamas nbspPosters have already been distributed to the local churches in Lytham St Annes area but you can play your part by passing on the details to your friends and familynbspnbsp

Recitals at Preston St George the Martyr

Recitals at St George the Martyr Prestonnbsp6 March Students from Chethams School of Music Manchesternbsp20 March Jeffrey Taylor Tenornbspand Simon Willoughby PianonbspAdmission 6 includes light refreshmentsnbspDoors open at 1100am nbspStart 1230pmnbspnbspnbsp

New Board of Education Resource Hub

Hub of ActivitynbspBlackburn Diocesan Board of Education has opened a brand new Resource Hub at 23 Fleming Square Blackburn nbspThe new Hub takes over from Simply Resources formerly located in the north transept of Blackburn CathedralnbspThe Hub is easy to reach either on foot or by car being situated within the Fleming Square car park just off the town centre in BlackburnnbspThere is a wide range of faithbased books and resources for all those involved with children and youth work in parishes and schools There is also an entirely new range of resources focusing on Families at Home Together nbspThe Hub is open Monday to Friday 10am 4pm closing for lunch between 1230 and 130pm Please feel free to call in and browse our range of resources for Children and Youth Workers in Parishes books on Collective Worship Schools Curriculum and Prayer Resources AllAge Worship and Messy Church together with gifts and books for Baptism and Confirmation and lots morenbspThe Resource Hub is to be officially opened on Saturday 9th May 2015 by Bob Hartman Bob is the highly acclaimed storyteller and author of The Lion Storyteller Bible and many more booksnbspIf you are not familiar with Bobs work then dont miss this opportunity to see him in action join us at 23 Fleming Square on Saturday 9th May 2015 at 130pm for the official opening of the Resource Hub after which Bob will be available to sign copies of his booksnbspFor enquiries please visit us on line httpwwwbdeducationorguknbspContact us via email resourcesblackburnanglicanorgnbspTelephone The Resource Hub on 01254 290131nbspnbspnbsp

International Women's Day - Myerscough College

The Chaplaincy Department of Myerscough College BilsborrownbspIs holding a special free event for International Womens Day on Thursday 5nbspMarchnbspThis will be led by Gloria Birdsall the Lay ChaplainnbspIt will be held at Myerscough College from 1230130pmIn the PenninePendle adjoining roomsnbspThere will be two speakers one of which will be Pamela Stewart an author and evangelistic teacherspeakernbspEmili Lowery a singer and liturgical dancer will also be performing an expressive dance based on the theme for International Womens Day this year called Equality and Achievement should go hand in hand for WomennbspMore information chaplainmyerscoughacuk or telephone Gloria on 07790768845 to booknbspnbspnbsp

Cidari Multi Academy Trust

nbspnbspCidari Multi Academy TrustnbspBlackburn Diocese have set up a Multi Academy Trust known as Cidari which is for those Church of England or Community Schools in the Diocese who either want or who are obliged by the Department of Education to become Academies Cidari offers a Christian home to Schools who want the strength and support that comes of being in a fellowship of likeminded schools There are presently six schools in the Cidari Family and the schools are located throughout the geographic spread of the Diocese There are also more schools in the Diocese looking to join the Trust in the futurenbspSchools are managed day to day by a Head Teacher and their team and their work is scrutinised by a team of Governors who ensure that there is a clear strategy for the school which is followed The concept is a Critical Friend someone who has the confidence and ability to challenge where necessary but who also supports the school and is willing to contribute ideasnbspAre you passionate that our young people deserve the best education to set them off in life Do you believe that a Christian moral structure is important Are you prepared to use your skills and experience for the benefit of the next generation in maybe 610 meetings a year depending on your level of involvement Therefore would you like to become a Governor of one of our schoolsnbspIf so we would love to hear from you Why not pick up the phone for an initial chat with a member of our team on 01254 695301 and if youre still interested well send out a full information pack and application formnbspThis is your chance to make an investment in our young people from which they and you will receive great satisfaction and blessing Go on pick up the phonenbspnbspIan HigginbothamChairmanCidari Multi Academy Trust

Lent Talks at Blackburn Cathedral - Spiritual Re-formation

Wednesday Evenings 2015nbspBlackburn Cathedral at 700pmnbspThe Need for ReformationnbspOne of a series of 2015 Lent talks taking place onnbspMarch 4 March 18 and March 25nbspEach talk explores aspects of the Bishops Vision for the future of the DiocesenbspYou can read a summary of the Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities here on the Diocese websitenbspFree for anyone to attend you are all welcomenbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp to see bothnbspPosters fornbspTuesdays In Lent and Wednesday Eveningsnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Pilgrim Training Event - Chorley St Laurence

Pilgrim Training EventnbspTo be held at St Laurence Church ChorleynbspOn Wednesday 4 March 2015 1000am to 400pmnbspBishop Steven Croft Pilgrim author will be running a presentation day on 4 March 2015 at St Laurence Church ChorleynbspMary Gregory parish priest in the Diocese of Sheffield Dean of Womens Ministry and a Pilgrim contributor will support Bishop StevennbspThere will also be recorded contributions from other Pilgrim authorsThe Pilgrim course is published in two stages Follow and Grow All the books will be available at the event nbspYou can find out more information about Pilgrim at httpwwwpilgrimcourseorgnbspThis event is aimed at Diocesan representatives who are involved in mission lay ministry education as well as training at all levels including CME IME and Reader trainingnbspParish representatives are most welcomenbsp clergy discipleship group leaders churchwardens and readers who are interested in finding out more about Pilgrim and those who have experience of running Pilgrim groups who would be willing to share their feedbacknbspA free lunch will be providednbspFor further information please contact Allison Ward Pilgrim Promotion amp Support on pilgrimpromotionchurchofenglandorgnbspFor further information ornbspquestions about Pilgrim training event click Contact Allison Ward nbspnbspnbsp

Finance Committee

Finance CommitteenbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Tuesday 3rd March 2015nbspat 400pm to 600pmnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Bishop's Council and Directors

Bishops Council and Directors ProvisionalnbspDirectors AccountsnbspOn Saturday 3rd March 2015nbsp900am 130pmnbspnbsp

Lent Talks at Whalley Abbey - Exploring the Vision

Tuesdays in Lent 2015nbspWhalley Abbey at 730pmnbspRenewal and Understanding of Descipleship The VenerablenbspMichael Everitt Archdeacon of LancasternbspOne of a series of 2015 Lent talks taking place on February 24 March 3 March 10 March 17 and March 24nbspEach talk explores aspects of the Bishops Vision for the future of the DiocesenbspYou can read a summary of the Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities here on the Diocese websitenbspFree for anyone to attend you are all welcomenbspPlease contact tel 01254 828400 for further details andnbsp CLICK HEREnbsp to see the two Postersnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 2nd March January 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbsp

Lent talks at Preston Minster

This ecumenical series continues into its fourth year with talks each Monday in LentnbspThis years theme is Being BoundnbspWell explore aspects of captivity poverty victim addiction etc recognising that Jesus came to proclaim liberty to captives and that the poor and vulnerable are close to his heartnbspGuest speakers are Bishop Philip North Fr Stephen Patterson Mark Slaney Rev Nadim Nassar and Peter Bates nbspFive Mondays from 23 Februarynbspto 23nbspMarch at Preston Minsternbsp730pm to 9pmnbspAll welcomenbsp

Children's Ministry Conference - The Barton Grange Hotel

Childrens Ministry ConferencenbspThe Barton Grange HotelnbspTo be held on Saturdaynbsp28 February and Sunday 1 March 2015nbspThe annual Childrens Ministry Conference is focusing onnbspwork and ministry with Under 5s providing tools and inspiration to help grownbspwork in this area nbspThere are three fantastic main speakers as well as workshops allowing you to really unpack this topic nbspFor further information please click on the link belownbsphttpwwwbdeducationorgukWhyUnder5sCountChildrensMinistryConferencehtml nbspnbsp

Let Us Remember - Corporation Park

Let Us RemembernbspThis is an Event being held at Corporation Park BlackburnnbspOn Sunday 1st March at 230pmnbspPlease see letter and invitation from Blackburn Cathedral for more informationnbspThis annual nondenominational event is for anyonenbspwho may have suffered a bereavement during the past yearnbsp

Children's Ministry Conference - The Barton Grange Hotel

Childrens Ministry ConferencenbspThe Barton Grange HotelnbspTo be held on Saturdaynbsp28 February and Sunday 1 March 2015nbspThe annual Childrens Ministry Conference is focusing onnbspwork and ministry with Under 5s providing tools and inspiration to help grownbspwork in this area nbspThere are three fantastic main speakers as well as workshops allowing you to really unpack this topic nbspFor further information please click on the link belownbsphttpwwwbdeducationorgukWhyUnder5sCountChildrensMinistryConferencehtml nbsp

Overnight Sanctuary Event at Cathedral is hit with Lancashire young people

Scores of youngsters have taken part in one of the biggest annual youth events in LancashirenbspThe Diocesan Board of Education DBE with ecumenical partners organised an allnight lockin called Sanctuary Light in the Darkness which took place at Blackburn CathedralnbspThe event enabled young people to explore what it means to bring the light of the gospel to school church local and global communitiesnbspThere was worship prayer stations including a giant lighthouse an inflatable assault course and a football cage transforming the Cathedral into an exciting youth venue for the nightnbspThe event was on social media via Twitter Sanctuary15 The new Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North attended for part of the evening and the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson was also at Sanctuary for the closing service when he commissioned the young people to go and share the light of JesusnbspWorkshops on topics ranging from facing fears to climate change and gender equality to filmmaking asked questions about how the light of Jesus overcomes darknessnbspThe event was NOT a sleepover instead the young people were kept busy all night from 7pm until daybreak when they had breakfast before leaving around 7am after closing worship although some of the youngsters walked across the road from the Cathedral to BBC Radio Lancashires offices with some of their leaders to appear on the stations breakfast show before heading homenbspKat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer said today Throughout the night we unpacked how and what light and dark look like for us in the North West in the 21st CenturynbspWe did this by bringing together worship team games food epic inflatables Xboxes arts crafts dance drama and music to name a fewnbspThe vision for Sanctuary was to bring young people together from all over the North West to worship God together and to have a great time exploring what the Gospel of Jesus Christ means for young people todaynbspIts just not about one night each year we are passionate about seeing young people taking the light of Jesus back into their schools churches villages towns and cities and turning them on their head with the love and light of JesusnbspYoungsters from across Lancashire took part in Sanctuary including 1st Skerton Boys Brigade and Girls Association Baxenden St Johns ChurchnbspCentrepoint St Gabriels Blackburn Christ Church Thornton Christ Church Blackburn Explore Youth Group Warrington Joint AnglicanMethodist Youth Group Waddington St Cuthberts Church Lytham St James Church Shireshead St Johns Church Burscough Baptist St Johns Church Leyland St Johns Methodist Church Hindley St Laurences Church Chorley Pathfinders St Peters Church Laneside St Stephens Church Burnley Torrisholme Parish Church and Y4Gs Youth Group from the Over Wyre areanbspnbspRonnie Semley27022015nbsp

Adoption and Fostering Information Event - Lancaster Priory

Lancashire County Council Adoption and Fostering Team and Churches Together in LancashirenbspInvitation and Outline Plan for a Adoption and Fostering Information EventnbspTo be held at Lancaster Priory on Thursday 26 February 2015nbsp630pm to 830pmnbspIt would be good to have a range of related organisations who would be willing to come and set up displays and give out information relating to this issue but also on supporting children young people and families in a broader sense nbspCLICK HEREnbsp to see Information Event PosternbspOutline Plannbsp530nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp staff arrive to set up600615nbspnbspnbspnbsp adopters and foster carers arrive for briefing630nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp delegates arrive provision of light refreshmentsnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Opportunity to browse speak to staff and carersadoptersnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Collect information and view DVD700nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp start of presentation Introduction by Anton710nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Chris Newlands shares his personal experiences caring for a young person including views of Jacob715nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspNick Moxton shares his personal experiences of being an adoptive parent720 nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Gill presentation skills and qualities and assessment process support from the team Enda730745 nbspnbspnbspBrief presentation fromnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Gina foster carer with experience of bridging to adoptionnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Kelly previous child looked after now an approved foster carer and adopternbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Clare concurrent carernbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Synee and Mike adopters of siblings share their views745 nbspnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspFinal remarks Questionsnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Followed by networking and inviting delegates to speak to staff and carers informally815 nbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspClose

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Whalley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp22nd25th February 2015nbspThis visit to Whalley 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 - Whalley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp22nd25th February 2015nbspThis visit to Whalley 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

HR Committee

HR CommitteenbspnbspTuesday 24th February 2015

Lent Talks at Whalley Abbey - Exploring the Vision

Tuesdays in Lent 2015nbspWhalley Abbey at 730pmnbspRepentance A Stark Prerequisite The VenerablenbspJohn Hawley Archdeacon of BlackburnnbspOne of a series of 2015 Lent talks taking place on February 24 March 3 March 10 March 17 and March 24nbspEach talk explores aspects of the Bishops Vision for the future of the DiocesenbspYou can read a summary of the Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities here on the Diocese websitenbspFree for anyone to attend you are all welcomenbspPlease contact tel 01254 828400 for further details andnbsp CLICK HEREnbsp to see the two Postersnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Whalley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp22nd25th February 2015nbspThis visit to Whalley 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

Lent talks at Preston Minster

This ecumenical series continues into its fourth year with talks each Monday in LentnbspThis years theme is Being BoundnbspWell explore aspects of captivity poverty victim addiction etc recognising that Jesus came to proclaim liberty to captives and that the poor and vulnerable are close to his heartnbspGuest speakers are Bishop Philip North Fr Stephen Patterson Mark Slaney Rev Nadim Nassar and Peter Bates nbspFive Mondays from 23 Februarynbspto 23nbspMarch at Preston Minsternbsp730pm to 9pmnbspAll welcomenbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Whalley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp22nd25th February 2015nbspThis visit to Whalley 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

Whalley Deanery Bishop's Roadshow

Whalley Deanery Bishops RoadshownbspClitheroe Saint James ChurchnbspTo be held on Sunday 22 February 2015nbsp nbsp 600pm800pmnbspAn amazing opportunity for those ages 1418 to come along and have their say nbspBishop Julian would like to hear from you your thoughts ideas and opinions on what goes on in your Parish and surrounding areas and what you feel could be improved nbspA night of chat worship and foodnbspFor further information please click on the link belownbsphttpwwwbdeducationorgukBishopsRoadshowhtml nbspnbsp

Bishop's Council and Directors

Bishops Council and DirectorsnbspOn Saturday 21st February 2015nbsp900am 130pmnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Sanctuary - Blackburn Cathedral

SanctuarynbspBlackburn CathedralnbspTo be held on Friday 20 Feb 2015nbspat 730pm until 700am Saturday morning 21 February 2015nbspA fantastic all night event for those aged 1115 exploring how and what light and dark looks like through worship games good epic inflatables art craft dance drama and musicnbspFor more information please click on the link belownbsphttpsanctuaryeventscouk nbspnbsp

'You are the hope of the World' Bishop tells churches

Rt Rev Philip North is installed as new Bishop of BurnleynbspThe new Bishop of Burnley has used his first sermon to issue a call to local churches to reach out to a world of growing injustice and remember the vital hopeful role they can play on the frontlinenbspHe also reminded the congregation at his Installation Service in Lancashires Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn of the importance of working in partnership with each other to be as effective as possibleView images of the installation service on FlickrnbsphereWatch video excerpts from the installation service on the Diocesan YouTube channelnbspherenbspwhere you can also see video excerpts from the consecration service at York Minster on February 2 2014View tweets from the installation service on our cofelancsnbspTwitter feednbsphereRead the full text of the Bishops sermonnbspherenbspSpeaking on St Valentines Day Bishop Philip said Our purpose is to be bearers of a message of love that lifetransforming sacrificial love revealed to us through the cross of our Saviour Jesus Christ Thats what were for We are the Valentine we are the messengers of lovenbspI was at a conference recently being addressed by the American church planter Bill Hybels He said local church is the hope of the world I agree with himnbspWe can get so bogged down with insurance policies and gutters and rotas that we all too easily forget the dignity of the task that the Lord has laid before us The local church is the hope of the world Without you there is no one left to speak the message of love YOU are the hope of the worldnbspBut we need to locate ourselves in those places where life is hardest All the most significant renewal movements in the history of the Church have started with the poor nbspA complacent solvent middle class church that pays no more than lipservice to the poor is not a church at all The books may balance but God has been forgottennbspHe added To have a future we must be utterly committed to ministry where its toughest and in those places where it will never ever make economic sensenbspRt Rev Philip North was until recently Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras a large inner city parish of four churches in the Camden area of north London The Bishop was consecrated two weeks ago at York MinsternbspClergy and parishioners from across Lancashire attended the Installation Service and were joined by civic dignitaries including Vice LordLieutenant of Lancashire Colonel Alan Jolley Mayors and Mayoresses from across Lancashire in attendance included those from Burnley Blackburn Chorley West Lancashire Ribble Valley South Ribble and WyrenbspThe Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson presided at a Diocesan Eucharist during which Bishop Philip was given his official seat in the Cathedral and preached nbspHis uncompromising message reminded people from across the Diocese of the need for the Church to be in difficult places the danger of loneliness in growing the Kingdom and importance of interfaith worknbspHe said We live in a nation crippled by growing injustice Last week I was at a Youth Centre in West Burnley where the volunteers were telling me about the sheer desperation of people forced to choose between fuel or food nbspThey told me about children who will eat everything they are offered whole loaves of bread so desperate are they to fill their stomachs nbspThis is where we must be as Christians We need to serve the hungry and the debtladen and the lonely and the young We need to give voice to the anxious and the victimised and the abusednbspAnd we need to work in joyful partnership with people of other faiths who also long for the flourishing of human lifenbspBishop Philip also spoke of the need to work together as a Church saying Parishes should not exist in isolation as if the wider church werent there for them This is not how the Lord calls us to work for we are one family under Christ nbspAt the moment we are developing a bold and confident vision for the future of our Diocese nbspIn many ways even more important than the concrete steps to which that vision commits us is that we agree to walk it together It is a shared and common purpose that will show how we are bound together as one family under ChristnbspSpeaking after the service Bishop Philip reflected on his new role saying To become the eleventh Bishop of Burnley and to follow in the footsteps of my predecessor Rt Rev John Goddard is extremely humbling nbspAs well as being Bishop of Burnley I will be a Bishop working for the whole Diocese and it is with that in mind that I believe we need local Christian communities that are imaginative in service bold in ministry and generous in reaching out to all with Gods love This belief was reflected in my sermon todaynbspThe church here in Lancashire like churches across the nation faces some real challenges and that is what I had in mind when I gave my first sermon todaynbspBishop Philip will now spend some time getting to know the area and the people he serves nbspHe said I am looking forward to being part of East Lancashire In 2013 Burnley was awarded the title City of Enterprise and I think that award can provide inspiration for us as a Diocese because we want just that spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship as we seek to build healthy churchesnbspMeanwhile the new Bishop of Burnley is already finding favour with many locals after demonstrating the power of prayer when he promised in November to pray for premier league football team Burnley FC nbspWith no wins since the start of the season Burnley won their next two premier league games and have won several more matches since nbspThe Bishop even took to Twitter to comment joking Yesterday I promised some school children I would pray for Burnley FC Today they won 10 Draw your own conclusionsnbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson is looking forward to working with Bishop PhilipnbspHe said today Bishop Philip comes to us with a wealth of experience and a passion for spreading the gospel His track record suggests he will make a significant contribution to the life of the Church of England in Lancashire He comes to serve the whole DiocesenbspBishop Julian added I ask everyone in the Diocese to remember Philip in their prayers as he embarks on what I am certain will be a fruitful and exciting new ministryFind out more about the new Bishop of Burnley Read the reportnbspabout the Bishops consecration which took place at York Minster on February 2The installation and the consecration have been documented by the DiocesenbspPictures on thenbspDiocesan Flickr feedWatch video excerpts from the consecration and soon the installation on thenbspDiocesan YouTube channelView tweets from the installation service on our cofelancsnbspTwitter feednbspherePhilip Norths nbspbiographyArticle innbspChurch Timesnbspfollowing the consecrationThenbspannouncementnbspof his appointment in November 2014 and announcement picturesnbspon FlickrThe elevennbspBishops of BurnleyRonnie Semley16022015nbsp

Welcome service for Bishop Philip

The new Bishop of Burnley the Rt Revd Philip North will be welcomed to the Diocese and collated and installed as an Episcopal Canon on 14 February at 1030am in Blackburn Cathedral nbspAll are welcome and tickets are not required

CHURCH GOES WILD......

nbspChurch Goes Wild St Johns Old School HallnbspLongridge Road Hurst Green Lancashire BB7 9QRSaturday 14th February 2015 nbsp3 pmnbspHELPING ENDANGEREDnbspWILDLIFE nbspTIGERS RHINOS ORANGUTANS nbspNATTERJACK TOAD TURTLEnbspDOVE HEDGEHOGComeand learn about species around the world that are in danger of extinctionandmake cards and masksfollowed by the usual JacobsJoin teaANIDEA OF NUMBERS IS HELPFUL SO PLEASE EITHER RESPOND TO CLAREEMAILnbspclareearthcarehotmailcouk nbspOR PHONE nbsp01254 878402nbspALL WELCOMEOF ANY AGE

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Monday 9th to Friday 13th February 2015

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 13th Februarynbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Iraqi Christians In Need - Piano and Organ Recital

Iraqi Christians In NeednbspA Piano and Organ Recital to be held atnbspSt Marys Roman Catholic Church Lord Street Fleetwoodnbsp FY7 6DTnbspOn Friday 13 February 2015 at 700pmnbspnbspThe recital is in aid of the UKregistered charity Iraqi Christians in Need wwwicinorguk which is providing direct financial relief to thousands of displaced refugee families under the care of the Catholic Chaldean Syriac and Orthodox churches in northern IraqnbspFor further information please contact Carl Bahoshy on 07732 155612nbspnbspnbsp

General Synod: Updates and information

The Church of England General Synod has been meeting over the last three days February 10 12For news and updates from the Synod discussions click here for more from the CofE national news feedThis link will take you to all papers and the agendas that have been discussedHere is a list of whos who on the current General SynodThis is the Synod Twitter feed

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Monday 9th to Friday 13th February 2015

Level 1 Safeguarding Training

Level 1 Safeguarding training at St Margarets Church Hall Ingol Prestonnbsp To book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnAnglicanorg1000 am 1230 pm

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Monday 9th to Friday 13th February 2015

Audit, Governance & Risk Committee

Audit Governance and Risk CommitteenbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Tuesday 10th February 2015nbspAt 600pmnbspnbspnbsp

Finance Committee

Finance CommitteenbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Tuesday 10th February 2015nbspat 400pm to 600pmnbspnbsp

Mission and Pastoral Committee

Mission and Pastoral CommitteenbspTo be held on Tuesday 10th February 2015nbsp100pm 300pmnbspnbsp

Property Committee

PropertynbspCommitteenbspnbspTuesday 10th February 2015nbsp1000pm 12 noon

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Monday 9th to Friday 13th February 2015

Foundation Stone is historic moment for Cathedral Court

A PIECE of history was made yesterday when the Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson laid the foundation stone for the new Cathedral Court adjoining Blackburn CathedralnbspThe ceremony took place in the mistshrouded Cathedral Close where the Bishop trowel in hand placed cement on a plinth before the foundation stone supplied by Lambert Walker stonemasons of Bamber Bridge Lancashire and taken from a quarry in Longridge was lowered and then hammered into placenbspLooking on were civic and county dignitaries including the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen Councillor Alan Cottam and Mrs Agnes Cottam representing Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Lord Shuttleworth The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire as well as clergy from the Diocese the Cathedral choir and members of the congregationnbspThe trowel was handed to the Bishop by the Cathedral Architect James Sanderson and the mallet by John Clarke Managing Director of the John Turner Construction Group who are building Cathedral CourtnbspEarlier at a service of choral evensong the Dean the Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said the plans for the Cathedral Court had been 14 years in the makingnbspHe added We are delighted to have reached this milestone and we are indebted to the vision of William Temple Bishop of Manchester who was responsible for creating the Diocese of Blackburn in 1926nbspCathedral Court will contain the first complete set of Cathedral domestic buildings to be built anywhere in the country for 400 years nbspIt will consist of a library refectory conference room enclosed cloister garden underground car park for 50 cars four town houses and six apartments for Cathedral clergy and staff and six accommodation units for organ and choir scholars The building is expected to be completed by OctobernbspCathedral Court is part of the massive Cathedral Quarter development in Blackburn town centre construction of which started last April The 34million scheme includes a hotel office block and a public square work on which is well advanced with two steel structures for the hotel and office block now very much in evidencenbsp

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Monday 9th to Friday 13th February 2015nbspnbsp

Diocesan Synod

Special Diocesan Synod to discuss Bishop Julians Vision for the DioceseThis meeting will be held at Ewood St Bartholomew from 900 am to 12 noonnbspPosted 9 December 2014Elaine Hargreaves

Budget Committee

Budget Committee ProvisionalnbspnbspThursday 5th February 2015nbsp400pm 600pmnbsp

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Thursday 5th February 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbspnbsp

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Tuesday 3rd February 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbsp

Property Standing Committee

Property Standing CommitteenbspnbspTuesday 3rd February 2015nbsp100pm 300pm

Consecration of the Eleventh Bishop of Burnley at York Minster

Philip North has been consecrated as the eleventh Bishop of BurnleynbspUntil recently the Bishop was Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras a large inner city parish of four churches in the Camden area of north London nbspYork Minster was the venue for the consecration at 11am on February 2 The Archbishop of York the Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu presided and preached while the consecration element of the service was conducted by the Bishop of Chichester assisted by the Bishops of Pontefract and Beverley nbspThis was in accordance with arrangements put in place by the Archbishop several months ago following the vote by General Synod to welcome women Bishops and was in response to the five guiding principles which underpinned the decision and which ensure those who are unable to accept women Bishops still have an honoured place in the ChurchnbspIn a moving moment after he was consecrated during The Welcome segment of the service Bishop Philip moved around the altar and was greeted by every one of the scores of Bishops who attended his consecration including Rt Rev Libby LaneThe Minster was packedfor the consecration Joining members of Bishop Philips family including his mother Christine North and father John North were delegations from Bishop Philips newDiocese as well as some of his previous churches in London and the North EastnbspA sizeable delegation of the Guardians of theShrine of Walsingham where Bishop Philip spent a number of years as Priest Administratorwere also in attendanceAs well as scores ofBishops from across the country including Bishop Libby who wasconsecrated the week before the event was also attended by many localdignitariesNotable faces in thecongregation included Lord Shuttleworth The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire plusmany of the Countys Mayors and Mayoresses including the Mayor and Mayoress ofBurnley Councillor Andy Tatchell and his wife LornaThe service in a chillyMinster on what was a bright winters day was hailed as a special occasionby our Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian HendersonHe said The consecration of Philip North has been a special occasion for the Church coming as it does just a week after the consecration of our first woman BishopnbspAs a supporter of women clergy and in appointing Philip I wanted to have an episcopal colleague who is from the traditionalist catholic constituency and Philip fulfils that role well He comes to serve the whole Diocese nbspHe will also have particular care for those people who cannot accept the ministry of women as Bishops and Priests in the Church and he will have my wholehearted support in carrying out this important worknbspLibby Lane and Philip Norths consecrations offer a very visible sign that the Church is moving forward having sought and found space for those in favour and those against the ordination of women to live together in the Church of EnglandnbspAs the Archbishop said in his recent statement the two consecrations show the church living out its pledges in new confidence and with love and respect for all nbspI am aware the arrangements that have been put in place are difficult for some as the Archbishop himself acknowledges but we are all members of one body seeking to share the good news of Jesus Christ with a needy worldnbspBishop Philip said While I also appreciate the Archbishops arrangements for my consecration were difficult for some it should not in any way undermine my absolute passion to serve as a Bishop to all and to care for love and support all churches in the Diocese of Blackburn regardless of their theological traditionnbspThe Church has stated afresh its commitment to enabling all traditions to flourish within its life and structures and I hope that my appointment is seen as evidence of that pledgenbspLooking to the future Bishop Philip added I am looking forward to getting to know Lancashire It is really good to be returning to the north of the country where I began my ministry However as Bishop of Burnley I am a Bishop for the whole DiocesenbspHe continued In recent years the Church in this Diocese has been responsible for some extremely imaginative ministry including some pioneering interfaith work something I am very familiar from my previous ministry in London where I was a governor of a church school with a 68 Muslim populationnbspHe added The church here in Lancashire like churches across the nation faces some real challenges and the Bishop of Blackburn has recently announced a vision for the next 12 years focussed around the optimistic statement healthy churches transforming communities nbspI have seen again and again how with that kind of faithfulness and optimism churches can grow and it is good to be part of a Diocese that is proclaiming Jesus and looking to the future with real hopeOn February 14 at 1030am the new Bishop will be welcomed into the Diocese in a special installation service at Lancashires Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn The Bishop of Blackburn will preside at a Diocesan Eucharist during which Bishop Philip will be given his seat in the CathedralnbspnbspFind out more about the new Bishop of Burnley The whole consecration has been documented by the Diocese Pictures available in albums on the Diocese Flickr feedWatch video segments of the consecration service on our YouTube channelPhilip North biographynbsp The announcementnbspof his appointment and announcement pictures on FlickrThe eleven Bishops of BurnleyRonnie Semley02022015nbsp

Consecration of Revd Philip North

The Revd Philip North will be consecrated to the Office and Work of a Bishop in the Church of God to serve as Bishop of Burnley in York Minster on 2 February at 11am

Bishop of Lancaster to attend Memorial Service for Bishop Friedrich Weber

The Bishop of Lancaster the Rt Revd Geoff Pearson pictured top is to represent the Church of England in Lancashire at the Memorial Service for Bishop Friedrich Weber which takes place in Braunschweig Cathedral in Germany on Thursday 29 JanuarynbspThe Diocese of Blackburn is linked with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Braunschweig Brunswick Bishop Friedrich pictured below was its Bishop from 2002 until his retirement in spring 2014 nbspBishop Friedrich took the link very seriously and became a great friend of the Diocese and of Bishop Nicholas the predecessor of current Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian HendersonnbspThis friendship was marked when he was installed as an Honorary Ecumenical Canon of Blackburn Cathedral in January 2008 He took his place in the Cathedral on a number of occasions most recently for the Royal Maundy Service in April 2014 nbspVery sadly Bishop Friedrich was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in autumn 2014 He died on 19 January and his funeral took place onnbsp26 January at Greetsiel on the North Sea coast where he and his wife Bielda had moved in retirementnbspThe Diocesan Bishop the Bishop of Blackburn has sent condolences on behalf of the Diocese to the current Bishop of Braunschweig and to Bishop Friedrichs widow Frau Bielda Weber expressing his great sadness that Bishop Friedrich was not able to enjoy more than a few months of retirement with his wife after a lifetime of servicenbspCommenting Bishop Julian said Many in this Diocese have very fond memories of Bishop Friedrich I was so pleased to be able to welcome him here when he came to attend the Royal Maundy Service on Holy Thursday last year nbspI was then honoured to attend his farewell service in Braunschweig Cathedral In this short time Bishop Friedrich impressed me as a man of faith and genuine humanity I am glad that Bishop Geoff is able to represent us all at the memorial servicenbspnbspRonnie Semley28012015nbspnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Preston

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp25th28th January 2015nbspThis visit to Preston 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

Work of Governors is celebrated on 'Education Sunday'

The Church of England in Lancashires annual Education Sunday Service was held on Sunday January 25 at 4pm at St Georges Church ChorleynbspThe service took place on the Festival of the Conversion of St Paul and took as its theme the transforming power of the Christian Gospel and of Christian educationnbspThe event celebrated and affirmed those working in education across the region both professionally and voluntarily nbspIn particular this year the commitment and hard work of School Governors was highlighted and there was a time of prayer and commissioning for GovernorsnbspThe service was attended by representatives of all the local authorities that work with the Diocesan Board of Education as well as representatives from parishes across the regionnbspVarious schools from around the region attended and took part in the service in a variety of ways including the band from St Michaels CofE High School Chorley the School Choir of Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy in Lancaster and pupils from The Redeemer Church of England Primary School Blackburn and Pupils from St Wilfrids C of E Academy Blackburn who did the reading Pupils from St Georges Church of England Primary School in Chorley also attendednbspnbspnbspnbspnbspArchdeacon of Lancaster The Ven Michael Everitt who is Chair of the Board of Education preached at the service nbspArchdeacon Michael said Blackburn Diocese has an established tradition in education Not only has the Diocese one of the largest collections 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 fantastic service in Chorley on Education Sunday celebrated this work as well as recognising the important work and the role played by school governors across the regionnbspPictures from the event can be viewed on this page and a full album of pictures is available now on the Diocese Flickr feednbspnbspRonnie Semley27012015nbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Preston

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp25th28th January 2015nbspThis visit to Preston 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

Level 1 Safeguarding Training

Level 1 Safeguarding training atnbspSt Thomas Church Marton Street Lancaster LA1 1XXnbsp To book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnAnglicanorg130 pm 400 pm

Level 2 Safeguarding Training

Level 1 Safeguarding training for those who have already done Level 1 at St Thomas Church Centre Marton Street Lancasternbsp To book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnAnglicanorg1000 am 1230 pm

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Preston

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp25th28th January 2015nbspThis visit to Preston 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 - Preston

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp25th28th January 2015nbspThis visit to Preston 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

Education Sunday - Chorley St George

EDUCATION SUNDAYnbspTo be held at Chorley Saint George nbspOn Sunday 25 January 2015nbsp nbsp 400pm500pmnbspnbsp

Mercy Ministries MPower Self Harm and Addiction Training Day

Mercy Ministries MPower Self Harm and Addiction Training DaynbspTo be held on Saturday 24 January 2015nbspAt Leyland SaintnbspAmbrosenbsp 9am till 5pmnbspFor further information please click on the link belownbsphttpwwwmercyministriescoukproductleylandmpowertrainingsaturday24thjanuary2015 nbspnbsp

Consecration statement by the Archbishop of York

The Archbishop of York has made a statement about the forthcoming consecrations of Rev Libby Lane the next Bishop of Stockport and Rev Philip North who is the Bishopelect of BurnleyYou can read the statement hereIn response thenbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Bishop ofBlackburn said I welcome the statement made by the Archbishop of York in relation to the consecration of Rev Philip North as the next Bishop ofBurnleyI am looking forward immensely to attending the Philipsconsecrationnbsp The Archbishop will rightlypreside over the liturgy as a whole whilst delegating the actual consecrationand the celebration of the Eucharist nbspItwill be a special occasion for the Church coming as it does just a week afteranother special occasion the consecration of the Church of Englands firstwoman Bishop Libby Lane As the Archbishop says in his statement the twoconsecrations show the church living out its pledges in new confidence and withlove and respect for all He states very clearly the arrangements for Philipsconsecration were made many months ago At no stage did Philip make any requestof the Archbishop in relation to his consecrationnbsp Instead the arrangements were made by theArchbishop himself in working out the five guiding principles approved byGeneral SynodI am aware the arrangements that have been put in place aredifficult for some as the Archbishop himself acknowledges but we are allmembers of one body seeking to share the good news of Jesus Christ with aneedy worldnbsp I urge everyone to cometogether in that spirit and appreciate the immense steps forward made by theChurch in reaching the historic point when we are about to ordain our firstwoman bishopRev Philip North added Changed arrangements for theconsecration of traditionalists were not triggered by a direct request from meand the Archbishop will in fact be fully involved as president of the liturgyand will preach I will make the oaths of canonical obedience to him because heholds jurisdiction nbspThe Archbishop will delegate the act of consecrationto another BishopWhen my installation takes place in the Diocese at aservice on February 14 at Blackburn Cathedral the Bishop of Blackburn will presideat the Eucharist and I will preachWhile I also appreciate the Archbishops arrangements formy consecration are difficult for some it should not in any way undermine myabsolute passion to serve as a Bishop to all and to care for love and supportall churches in the Diocese of Blackburn regardless of their theologicaltradition

Dementia Friendly Churches - 4

Helping your church to be Dementia friendly100 pm 500 pmSt Cuthberts Church CentreLytham RoadnbspprestonThe final training session Community

Churches Together in Lancashire - Forum and AGM

Forum and AGM to be held at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood PrestonnbspOn Tuesday 20 January 2015 at 700pm900pmnbspPleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbsp for poster informationnbspThere will be full representation by the Denominational Church Leaders a marketstall for churches and organisations to share the work that is going on across the County of Lancashire nbspThe AGM will be a short meeting followed a time of worship togethernbspThis is a key event in the Week for Christian UnitynbspFor further information please contact the Reverend Anton MullerEcumenical Facilitator for Churches Together in LancashireTel nbsp07919 438413

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Monday 19th January 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbspnbspnbsp

Financial Assistance Group

Financial Assistance GroupnbspnbspMonday 19th January 2015nbsp300pm 500pmnbspAt Glenfield Park Business Centrenbspnbsp

Get Involved in Homeless Sunday

nbspGet involved in Homeless Sunday 2015nbspHomeless Sunday is fast approaching a chance for churches and their communities to consider a new approach to their work with vulnerable and marginalised peoplenbspHomeless Sunday marked on 18 January this year provides the ideal opportunity for groups and individuals to arrange activities dedicate local services or improve awareness towards helping homeless peoplenbspThis year the event supported by Housing Justice asks people to connect challenge and commit Think about what you can do in your community whether it is a small practical action or a commitment to a nationwide scheme nbspPerhaps youll plan some time for thought prayer or to donate on Sunday 18 January Churches organising groups or fundraising activities can ask for a selection of free materials from Church Housing Trust including posters Gift Aid envelopes and a collection boxnbspChurch Housing Trust encourages everyone to celebrate the hard work that goes on in homelessness schemes across the country It asks people to challenge themselves and their communities to go further in the coming year whether it is through donations practical actions or simple kindnessnbspChurch Housing Trust raises funds to help marginalised and homeless people and provide them with hope through education and activities that build selfesteem and social engagement It aims to break the cycle of homelessness by encouraging people to overcome the challenges they face and gain the ability to live full independent livesnbspChurches can ask for a free collection box or other materials about the Trusts work by calling 0207 269 1630 or emailing infochurchhousingtrustorgukFor more information please contact Nicole Holgate at nicoleholgatechurchhousingtrustorgukor call 020 7269 1630

Dementia Friendly Churches - 3

Helping your church to be Dementia friendly100 pm 500 pmSt Cuthberts Church CentreLytham RoadnbspprestonThe third of four training sessions Support

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 12th January 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbspnbsp

Lancashire School welcomed to Cidari Trust

A school in Blackburn Lancashire has 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 Aidans Primary School Mill Hill is the latest school to join Cidari The conversion process began in early 2014nbspThe school was officially welcomed during a visit this week by representatives of Cidari including Chief Executive Liz Agbettoh nbspLiz said I am delighted to welcome St Aidans into the Cidari Multi Academy Trust I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and working with them as part of the Cidari family of schoolsnbspCidari 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 nbspRachel Senior Senior Deputy Headteacher of St Aidans said As a school that encourages and celebrates a love of learning where each pupil is known and cared about as an individual we are delighted to be joining CidarinbspThe school is a calm purposeful environment that embraces all learners The school has the highest expectations for each and every member of our school communitynbspThe teachers and support staff are dedicated high performing professionals who go the extra mile in order to make a difference to pupils livesnbspnbspRonnie Semley09012015nbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 9th Januarynbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Bishops' New Year messages for 2015

The new year messages of the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson and the Suffragan Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson First up is Bishop Julian A video version of his message can be watched here on YouTubeBishop Julians New Year messageAs we enter a new year I know that Christmas for some will not have been a time of joy and celebrationTragedy and sadness may have come unexpectedly to your door as has happened for the recently bereaved families in Glasgow Peshawar and New York and many other places as wellSome will have felt isolated and lonely Some may have struggled to get food on the table And some face a New Year with debts that seem impossible to repaynbspAnd so what are we saying when we say Happy New YearWe are not being unrealistic and suggesting that we expect life to be perfect but we are saying that we hope it wont be too challenging or demanding that nasty unexpected surprises do not come knocking on the door and that more positively there will be times of delight a sense of fulfilment and purpose and perhaps even some important learning about ourselves and how we relate to othersFrom a Christian perspective our hopes are also of a spiritual nature that faith in Jesus Christ may be strong and withstand some of the challenges of an increasingly secular culture and that Gods purpose of making us more like Jesus may make progressIn The Church of England in Lancashire we are also engaging in the process of setting a vision for the future so we know where we are heading and what we are seeking to achieveI have set 2026 as a goal because it marks the 100thnbspanniversary of the founding of the diocese and it does us no harm to ponder what it is we shall be celebrating and giving thanks to God for on that important occasionThe strapline I have suggested is Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesI hope as a Diocese we shall gather around that aspiration and aim to make church life so good that instead of being pushed to the margins and catering only for the few it becomes much more central and makes an impact in the transformation of our local communitiesnbspI hope and pray that 2015 will be a year of real progress in seeing Gods good purposes for His world being worked out and experienced by the people of LancashireRt Rev Julian HendersonBishop of BlackburnnbspnbspBishop Geoffs New Year messageNew resourcesRecently my cousin Kevin died Kevin had Downs syndrome but was greatly blessed by being born to parents Ronnie and Theresa who loved him to bitsnbspDuring Kevins lifetime they regularly went as a family to Lourdesnbsp There they didnt find any cure but Kevins parents felt that they were given the love grace and patience to look after KevinnbspnbspThey found a rich resource which they drew on time and time againWhere in the New Year will you look for resources to cope and even to go that extra milenbsp Here are two suggestionsTry pilgrimage nbspA pilgrimage is a journey which takes us beyond ourselvesnbsp It can be described as a departure from daily life on a journey in search of greater wholeness and wellbeingnbsp There are hundreds of places of pilgrimage in the UKnbspThese range from wells in fields to Cathedrals shrines and places such as Lindisfarne or Walsingham Englands NazarethThere are also some very ancient pilgrimage routes such as those to Canterbury or routes through North Wales to Bardsea Island or St Cuthberts Way to Lindisfarnenbsp Pilgrimage is a practice found across all religious traditions and also appeals to those who would not identify with any of themSecondly consider different ways of prayernbsp It may be learning to be still and quiet or it may be pouring out your heart in deep feelingnbsp It may simply be asking for qualities that are lackingnbspIn the Bible we are encouraged to asknbsp It takes a certain humility and lack of pride but try itnbsp It could be you find a new and rich resource for lifes great challengesHappy New YearRt Rev Geoff PearsonSuffragan Bishop of LancasternbspnbspRonnie Semley31122014nbsp

New Year's Eve "Champagne" Concert - Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral is holding a New Years Eve Champagne Concert nbspOn Wednesday 31 December 2014 at 700pmnbspStart your New Year celebrations in style with an hour of entertaining music anda glass of fizznbspWith Ben Fourie on the French Horn and Samuel Hudson on the Organ and PianonbspTickets are 10 under 16s free from King Georges Hall Box Office in person or on 0844 847 1664nbspFor more information please go to httpwwwblackburncathedralcomnbspnbspnbsp

Blackburn Cathedral - 3 Day Christmas Event

There is a 3 Day Christmas Event being held at Blackburn CathedralnbspnbspOn Tuesday 23 December at 730pm there is a Ceremony of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelightbeing sung by the Cathedral ChoirnbspnbspThe service on Christmas Eve at 400pm is the Childrens Carols at the Crib nbspTo all children please bring your parents and grandparentsnbspnbspOn Christmas Day the Parish Eucharist of Christmas service is sung by the Young Peoples Choir at 900am nbspAt 1030am the Cathedral Eucharist of Christmas service is with the Bishop of Blackburnand sung by the Cathedral ChoirnbspnbspFor more information go to httpwwwblackburncathedralcomnbspnbsp

Archbishop remembers 'amazing' event in Lancashire in Christmas message

nbspThe Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu looks back fondly on an amazing event in Lancashire in his annual Christmas message released todaynbspIn the message on his website he continues the theme of the packed mission event held at the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom on the first night of his two day visitnbspThe theme of the ballroom event attended by a capacity 2000 people was Light in DarknessThe Archbishop says Last month I was privileged to preach to two thousand people in Blackpool Tower Ballroom at a mission event called Light in DarknessnbspnbspIt was amazing Outside the famous Blackpool Illuminations lit up the sky with the Golden Mile blazing with light as far as the eye could seeInside the Tower after the mighty Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer played the Diocese of Blackburn had assembled a huge crowd to celebrate the good news of JesusnbspThe Archbishop continues Id been asked to speak about my journey encountering Jesus Christ as a boy growing up in Uganda and I told how Gods radiant light guides us along all sorts of unexpected paths and journeysnbspnbspAnd then we sang that wonderful South African song of hope and praise Siyahamba We are marching in the light of GodThe Archbishop then goes on to speak about nbspthe Christmas story saying On Christmas daynbspLight came into the world with Jesus Christ born to live among us as one of usnbspHis radiant light glory and life enables us to know what real life is he is God made visible As we reflect that light and life in what we do and say we too show others what Gods love looks like We ourselves become a light to help others find their way to the very heart of GodYou can read the full text of the Archbishops Christmas message here on his own website and read more about the event and the whole two day visit in a special edition of the Diocese magazine herenbsp

Blackburn Cathedral - 3 Day Christmas EVent

There is a 3 Day Christmas Event being held at Blackburn CathedralnbspnbspOn Tuesday 23 December at 730pm there is a Ceremony of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelightbeing sung by the Cathedral ChoirnbspnbspThe service on Christmas Eve at 400pm is the Childrens Carols at the Crib nbspTo all children please bring your parents and grandparentsnbspnbspOn Christmas Day the Parish Eucharist of Christmas service is sung by the Young Peoples Choir at 900am nbspAt 1030am the Cathedral Eucharist of Christmas service is with the Bishop of Blackburnand sung by the Cathedral ChoirnbspnbspFor more information go to httpwwwblackburncathedralcomnbspnbsp

Bishops' Christmas Messages for 2014

Bishop Julians Christmas messagenbspAs I look back over the past year it seems that certain news items keep repeating themselves The threat of unpredictable terrorist attacks is ever present nbspExamples of violent power struggles continue to put innocent lives in danger most recently and very tragically in Pakistan but also in the Middle East Ukraine and parts of Africa nbspIt has been tough to contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa At a more individual level theres been a string of cases of sexual abuse by people held in respect in our society nbspIt doesnt make for a very pretty picture of the kind of world we live in and the kind of potential that human nature has for evil and doing terrible things to othersnbspBut this realistic view of how things are emphasises we are in a world far removed from what God originally intended and for which some radical action is necessary That is what we celebrate at Christmas nbspGod the Creator of all things saw the mess and confusion that humankind has made of His good creation by leaving Him out of the picture and trying to live independently of Him nbspHis rescue plan involved His arrival in the form of a human being like us leading to His remarkable but short three year ministry and culminating in His planned and purposeful sacrificial death on a cross nbspIt was there even though He had done no wrong Himself that He bore the consequences of all the wrong in the world so that those who turn to Him might know His forgiveness and allow Him His rightful place in their livesnbspChristianity is a faith about a change of heart As that new beginning with God at the centre takes place so people and communities change the Kingdom and rule of God in human life is more evident and the world begins to return to what God originally meant life on earth to be Christians believe that hope for the world to be a better place does not depend on anything other than a restored relationship with God nbspThe birth of Jesus Christ shows Gods initiative and desire and provision for that to be the case There is no getting away from the fact that the solution to the problems in the world is a spiritual one and I am not ashamed to say sonbspMay I wish you all joyful ChristmasnbspJuliannbspnbspBishop Geoffs Christmas messagenbspHaving faced the pressure to spend at Christmas how do we cope with the added pressure and expectation to be joyful at Christmas nbspBe happy its Christmas people say but it can be difficult for some especially for those with heavy hearts Is there a way to face the demands and expectations when dark thoughts rise up and an unfriendly world doesnt seem to care Where can I find courage to make it through the holiday and all the festivitiesnbspSelfpity may bring temporary relief but there is a better way At the very heart of the Christmas story is a God who knows all our difficulties and problems nbspHe faced scandal and gossip around the birth of the infant Jesus He identified with asylum seekers in his hasty move to Egypt nbspIt appears that his father Joseph died while Jesus was still young Later on at Calvary God in Jesus would take upon himself the heaped up sorrows of the whole human race Here is someone who has risen above selfpity and will not condemn our selfpitynbspGod has measured our frailty and understands how we feel He also offers us the resources to cope His gift of grace may be the best present we know this Christmas nbspIt means swallowing our pride acknowledging our need and asking for his help Draw close to him this Christmas and let him deal with any darkness and heavy heartedness Be open to his loving help nbspCast all your cares on him for he cares for younbspGeoffnbspnbspDecember 2014nbspnbspRonnie Semley19122014nbsp

Review of the Year: The Church of England in Lancashire

The Church of England in Lancashire is a large and diverse organisation nbspKnown as Blackburn Diocese after the town in Lancashire which is home to the regions Cathedral it covers most of the traditional boundaries of the CountynbspTo illustrate the wide variety of work taking place across the Diocese here we look at just a selection of the news and events which took place in 2014 nbspJANUARYnbspThe new Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson was still getting to know the Diocese He had just finished a series of Deanery Days travelling round the Diocese to each of the 14 Deanery areas and was continuing to meet and greet people in parishes and elsewhere nbspOver the first few months of 2015 these visits included trips to many of the football grounds in Lancashire and at Blackpool Football Club he was presented with a Bishop football shirt courtesy of midfielder Neal Bishop and signed by the whole teamnbspAs the month of January drew to a close it was announced that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would visit Lancashire in April to present Maundy Money to pensioners from across the region at a special service at Blackburn CathedralnbspThe Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong welcomed the news saying I am delighted that the Cathedral has been asked to host The Queen for the Maundy Service this year This is a huge privilege as well as a great responsibility on behalf of the Bishop the Diocese and the County of LancashirenbspFEBRUARYnbspYoung people were in focus this month when pupils teachers and parents from across the Diocese came to the Cathedral for a very special service celebrating Education Sunday 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 through the Diocesan Board of EducationnbspThe service was attended by representatives of all the local authorities in Lancashire with whom the Board works as well as representatives from many of the parishes in the Diocese nbspLater in the month more than 100 young people from across Lancashire were at the Cathedral again for an allnight lockin called Sanctuary This years ecumenical event was subtitled Love Never Ends and was certainly a seemingly neverending night for the youngsters and leaders who all participated in a whole host of fun activities alongside opportunities to worship and praise throughout the event as wellnbspKat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer was in charge of the ecumenical team planning the evening She said 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 NeighbournbspMARCHnbspBishop Julian embarked on a new series of Deanery visits which will take place over the space of around 18 months and involve him visiting each area for up to four days each with the aim of meeting every clergyman and woman personally in their own parishesnbspHis first port of call was Chorley Deanery where his visit was facilitated by the Area Dean Rev Tim Wilby from St Georges Church and took 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 ParboldnbspThe Area Dean also held an Ask the Vicar event on the runup to Easter at Chorley Market and the Bishop joined him to answer questions from the public on what was a very wet daynbspThe Diocesan Directory was issued this month and embraced new technology with an online version on the Diocesan website and QR codes in the printed version linking to key online communications including the Diocesan YouTube channelnbspAPRILnbspApril was dominated by the Maundy visit of HM The Queen Her Majesty presented 176 Lancashire people aged 70 or over with Maundy Money at a spectacular service at the regions Cathedral on April 17 nbspThe service itself lasted about an hour and saw each Maundy recipient have a treasured moment with Her Majesty as she travelled slowly up and down the aisles presenting the traditional bags of Maundy Money The money is specially struck each year by the Royal MintnbspAfter the service the Royal couple attended a reception and lunch with civic dignitaries from across the region at Blackburn Rovers Football Club before departing in the early afternoon nbspMeanwhile all the recipients were wined and dined at a special civic lunch at King Georges Hall in BlackburnnbspThe special day has great significance in the Christian calendar having 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 FestivalnbspAlso this month The Church of England in Lancashire became home to six parishes from the old Diocese of Bradford on Easter Sunday April 20nbspThe parishes Hurst Green Mitton Waddington Grindleton Bolton by Bowland and Gisburn moved as part of the changes to create a new superDiocese of West Yorkshire and The DalesnbspThe changes were overseen by the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawley who commented There 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 missionnbspMAY nbspIn May the three Bishops Bishop Julian Bishop Geoff of Lancaster and Bishop John of Burnley joined forces to promote the national WW1 poppy planting initiative which included planting poppies at Bishops House near Ribchester and at the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre at Whalley AbbeynbspThis month also saw Bishop Julian make his Primary Visitations In most years Archdeacons carry out Visitations which is the name given to the service at which churchwardens are admitted to office nbspChurchwardens are both locally elected leaders and officers of the Bishop From 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 held Visitation Services in six locations around the county and the service for the Deaneries of Accrington Blackburn with Darwen and Whalley had an additional special elementnbspIt was the first time that the clergy and wardens of the parishes which joined the Diocese in April had formally gathered together and so they were formally welcomednbspJUNEnbspIn June parishes around Morecambe Bay got together to mark a project entitled Loaves and FishesnbspRev Canon Professor John Rodwell Chair of the Blackburn Diocese Environmental Group said This is an ecumenical project about creation and community celebrating the gifts of God in the natural world which inspire and nourish us and joining with our neighboursnbspThe project reached a climax at noon on Pentecost Monday June 9 with a Blessing on the Beach on Arnside Promenade in Cumbria Bishops and other faith community leaders gathered with local people and visitors to bless newlycaught fish and freshlybaked breadnbspAlso in June churchgoers from across Lancashire were given strong words of encouragement from their Diocesan Bishop at their twoday Summer Festival at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St Annes The event was coordinated by a team of staff and volunteers from across the Diocese led by Archdeacon JohnnbspBishop Julian challenged The Church of England in Lancashire to raise its game in spreading the Word about God and JesusnbspThe event was attended by around 3000 people over the weekend and activities ranged from a giant Messy Church marquee to performances from school choirs from across Lancashire on the main stage nbspThere were also a number of marquees showing the diversity of work carried out in Gods name by the church across the region including one with displays from a variety of organisations such as Together Lancashire and the Parish Mission and Support DepartmentnbspOn the Sunday of the Summer Festival weekend Bishop Geoff Pearson Suffragan Bishop of Lancaster organised a Pilgrim Praise service which was attended by hundreds many of whom walked from two points to the north and south of Lytham along the Fylde CoastnbspIt was also this month that Bishop Julian became the first Diocesan Bishop in Lancashire to personally ordain women priests The annual events for women and men ordinands both Deacons and Priests took place at the end of the monthnbspJULY nbspBishop John of Burnley retired this month Rt Rev John Goddard 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 Bishops nbspBishop John was honoured with a Farewell Service attended by civic dignitaries and people from parishes across the CountynbspBishop John said Lancashire is such a special place we came as strangers and were welcomed and have become part of the Lancashire family We love the straighttalking people of Lancashire they have always made us feel welcomenbspAUGUST nbspIn August parishes across Lancashire commemorated the outbreak of World War OnenbspThe occasion was marked in a variety of ways across the County in towns and villages where the losses between 1914 and 1918 were felt so keenly Many churches conducted vigil services as they reflected on the darkness and suffering of war both a hundred years ago and today and prayed for the peace of the worldnbspDuring a County Service at Blackburn Cathedral the Area Deans from across Lancashire collected candles which were placed in each parish church throughout the Diocese on Monday 4 August where they were lit until 11pm when war was declared The candles will be relit on various occasions of Remembrance until Armistice Day 2018nbspModern day conflicts were also on the agenda this month as Bishop Julian showed solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities in Iraq by displaying an Arabic N at Bishops House the same mark that was being placed on the houses of minority Christians by Islamic State forcesnbspOn lighter matters the Bishop also visited Whalley Abbey to thank The Lavender Ladies for their work to keep the gardens of the Abbey so beautiful The Lavender Ladies all live locally and are members of the Whalley in Bloom Community GroupnbspSEPTEMBERnbspThe Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu visited Ripley St Thomas School in Lancaster this month to help the school celebrate its 150th anniversarynbspAn amazing day saw the Archbishop with Bishop Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster preside at a huge outdoor service in the school grounds in front of 2000 pupils and teachers nbspBishop Geoff 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 This school can be proud of its long history and its service to the people of LancasternbspBishop Julian was in the Hot Seat on BBC Radio Lancashire this month The programme is a monthly feature which forms part of the regular daily morning show presented by Brett Davison and Sally Naden The Bishop addressed a variety of issues from callers including the subject of women bishops and declining church attendancenbspOCTOBERnbspThe Church of England in the North West is a great place to live work and ministernbspThat was the message from three North West Church of England Dioceses in October including The Church of England in Lancashire as they launched a campaign to highlight the region to clergy or potential clergy at the Christian Resources Exhibition CRE in Manchester The campaign website is httpwwwcofenworguk nbspTwo key appointments were also made in relation to the Dioceses work in education this month Stephen Whittaker currently head of the junior school boys division at Bolton School became the new Diocesan Director of Education He has extensive past experience working in Church of England schools mostly in Blackburn DiocesenbspThe other appointment was Liz Agbettoh who became Chief Executive of Cidari Education the multiacademy trust set up in 2013 by the Diocese Liz has wide experience of the education sector in a career spanning 23 yearsnbspArchdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt who is Chairman of the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education said I am looking forward to the continuing growth of Cidari under Lizs leadership while Stephens range of experience passion for the gospel and for childrens learning means he is ideal to lead our excellent Board of EducationnbspNOVEMBERnbspA packed out Mission Event Light in Darkness at Blackpool Tower Ballroom with 2000 people youngsters giving their lives to Jesus at a Vocations Conference in a Church of England High School and a meeting of minds at UCLan MultiFaith CentrenbspThese were just three of the highlights of a packed two day schedule when the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu visited The Church of England in Lancashire in early NovembernbspThere was an amazing response from across Lancashire to Light in Darkness the Archbishop was as big a draw as Strictly Come Dancing the following weeknbspThe 2000 people who packed into the ballroom heard the Archbishop speak about his difficult early life in Uganda and heard testimonies from others who had struggled with their own difficulties before finding JesusnbspThe Archbishop then issued his own call to faith and scores of people came forward in response The Diocese had people ready to offer material to each of them to help them explore their decision further and to pray with themnbspAlso this month the Diocesan Parish Mission Department piloted a new multimedia production called Brothers in Arms Using a combination of music drama film images and readings Brothers in Arms tells the amazing story of twins Noel and Christopher who were Christians and highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in WW1 nbspDavid Banbury Parish Mission Support Department Leader said Both Noel and Christopher were inspirational North West lads serving with great distinction during the war and were highly decorated for their bravery and couragenbspBrothers in Arms will now go on tour in 2015 for more information call 01254 658916nbspThe other big event in a busy November was the announcement of the new Bishop of Burnley The new Bishop will be the Reverend Philip North who is currently Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras a large inner city parish of four churches in the Camden area of North LondonnbspPhilip said It is a daunting privilege to be appointed Bishop of Burnley I am very excited about sharing in the ministry of the church and the life of the community in this region It is really good to be returning to the north of the country where I began my ministry and especially to be coming to Lancashire with its diverse communities stunning countryside and terrific footballnbspDECEMBERnbspThe Diocese celebrated 50 years of links with the Diocese of The Free State in South Africa in 2014 and a special service was held at Blackburn Cathedral to mark the occasionnbspThe Service of Thanksgiving was organised by Canon John Hall chairman of the Blackburn Free State Link Committee who is Vicar of St Peter and St David Church Fleetwood on the Fylde CoastnbspThe Dean of Bloemfontein The Very Rev Lazarus Mohapi was the preacher Music was provided by a choir from St Christophers CE High School Accrington and a group of Alevel students from the same school presented an African dance in which the members dressed as animalsnbspIn December Bishop Julian welcomed the announcement that the Reverend Elizabeth Libby Lane is to be the next Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester and thus the first woman Bishop in the Church of England Libby was ordained in the Diocese of Blackburn as a deacon in 1993 and as a priest 1994 She and her husband George served together as Curates of St James Church in Blackburn from 1993 to 1996nbspThe Rev Canon Fleur Green Bishops Adviser in Womens Ministry and Vicar of St Peters Church in Darwen said It is wonderful that the first woman Bishop has now been appointed I know Libby personally She is a highly gifted priest and I am confident that she will be able to use her gifts in this new sphere of ministrynbspAnd finally in December there was an unexpected legacy from the Maundy Service in April for a Lancashire foodbank nbspPhotographs of the recipients of Maundy Money which had been taken during the service were made available on a passwordprotected website Hundreds of orders came in and once costs were covered there was 730 left over which was donated to Blackburn FoodbanknbspnbspRonnie Semley23122014nbsp

Blackburn Cathedral - 3 Day Christmas Event

There is a 3 Day Christmas Event being held at Blackburn CathedralnbspnbspOn Tuesday 23 December at 730pm there is a Ceremony of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelightbeing sung by the Cathedral ChoirnbspnbspThe service on Christmas Eve at 400pm is the Childrens Carols at the Crib nbspTo all children please bring your parents and grandparentsnbspnbspOn Christmas Day the Parish Eucharist of Christmas service is sung by the Young Peoples Choir at 900am nbspAt 1030am the Cathedral Eucharist of Christmas service is with the Bishop of Blackburnand sung by the Cathedral ChoirnbspnbspFor more information go to httpwwwblackburncathedralcomnbspnbsp

Carols for Fun - Whalley Abbey

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Royal visit leads to unexpected Christmas windfall for local Foodbank

Her Majesty the Queens visit to Lancashires Anglican Cathedral in April this year for Maundy Thursday has resulted in an unexpected Christmas windfall for a local FoodbanknbspThe Royal event is held every year when men and women over 70 total numbers of each matching Her Majestys current age are presented with speciallyminted Maundy Money as recognition of their service to their local communitiesnbspThe ceremony takes place on Maundy Thursday and has ancient roots with the act of giving the money being symbolic of The Last Supper when Jesus washed his disciples feetnbspIn 2014 the venue for the Maundy Service was Lancashires Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn which serves the whole of Blackburn Diocese The Church of England in LancashirenbspDuring the service the photographer who took pictures for the Diocese and Cathedral didnt just document the service as a whole he also took pictures of around 120 of the recipients from all over Lancashire actually being handed their Maundy Money by Her MajestynbspFollowing the big day permission was sought from Buckingham Palace by Ronnie Semley the Diocesan Communications Manager to set up a passwordprotected area on the Diocesan website to allow the display of all the pictures taken in the Cathedral by the photographer Clive Lawrence nbspRecipients and their friends and family could then order their own piece of family historynbspOnce permission was given the site was created in a joint operation between the Diocese and Cathedral and once costs for development of the ordering area and for processing postage and packaging of the ordered photographs were all covered 730 remained nbspThe Cathedral has decided to present the money to Blackburn Foodbank which was set up by local churches and is run under the umbrella of The Trussell TrustnbspSpeaking this week The Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said We were delighted to be able to make this donation to the Foodbank When we embarked on this endeavour I wrote to all the recipients with the details and I was very clear that any money that may be left over once all costs had been covered would not remain with the Cathedral but would be donated to the Foodbank nbspWe set prices for ordering as low as possible and we were unsure how many orders would come in but we neednt have worried The initiative proved to be very popular with hundreds of pictures ordered by recipients and their families costs covered and a muchneeded donation madenbspI would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their help in making this happen and especially Ronnie Semley Clive Lawrence and Clives wife Gill who assisted with the administration of the project for their initiativenbspBlackburn Foodbank Manager Ros Duerden also said The Maundy Service was a lovely event for the town and for the region and its fantastic that we have been able to benefit in this unexpected way The money will go to very good use at this time of yearnbspnbspRonnie Semley22122014nbsp

First Woman Bishop was ordained in Blackburn Diocese

Rt Rev Julian Henderson Lancashires Anglican Bishop has welcomed the announcement that the Reverend Elizabeth Libby Lane is to be the next Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester and thus the first woman Bishop in the Church of England nbspLibby Lane was ordained in the Diocese of Blackburn as a deacon in 1993 and as a priest 1994 She and her husband George served together as Curates of St James Church in Blackburn from 1993 to 1996 nbspBishop Julian said I am delighted that the appointment of the first woman Bishop has now been announced nbspI look forward to sharing in the Reverend Libby Lanes Consecration and to working with her as a fellow Bishop here in the North West of England and nationally in the College of Bishops It is extra special that the first woman Bishop in the Church of England is someone who began her ordained ministry here in the Diocese of Blackburn As a Diocese we send Libby the assurance of our love and prayer as she prepares for the privilege and responsibility of service as a Bishop in the Church of God nbspThe Reverend Canon Fleur Green Bishops Adviser in Womens Ministry and Vicar of St Peters Church in Darwen said It is wonderful that the first woman Bishop has now been appointed I know Libby personally She is a highly gifted priest and I am confident that she will be able to use her gifts in this new sphere of ministry She is currently our North West representative as a senior woman priest attending meetings of the House of Bishops She is held in high regard by all those who know her across the Church of England I wish her well she will have the prayers of us allnbspThe Reverend Canon Arun John who is Vicar of St Stephen and St James Blackburn said Members of St James Church Blackburn rejoice in the appointment of Libby as the first woman Bishop in the Church of England Libby began her ministry as curate together with her husband George at St James in 1993 We remember her sense of humour pastoral sensitivity the quality of her preaching and of course her tap dancing May God bless her ministry as a Bishop in the Church of EnglandnbspnbspRonnie Semley17122014nbsp

Lancashire's Anglican Bishop: Christmas Starts With Christ

Rt Rev Julian Henderson Lancashires Anglican Bishop has backed the annual Christmas Starts with Christ campaign in a new video available on his Dioceses YouTube channelnbspIn the video the Bishop speaks about the importance of remembering the true and real meaning of the festivities He also encourages people across the region to take time out from the festive rush to visit their local church for one of the many carol services taking place or for a Christmas servicenbspChristmas Starts with Christ is an ecumenical campaign which started a few years ago in response to surveys that showed less and less people were aware of the background to the Christmas period including the Christmas story itselfnbspThere is a website httpwwwchristmasstartswithchristcom packed with resources for churches to use and this year the campaign has also produced a fabulous video in response to the glossy supermarket adverts which have become popular in recent yearsnbspThe video which shows a modern young couple looking at their new born baby before the scene gradually reverts to the nativity scene in the stable in Bethlehem has already had tens of thousands of views nbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said There have been a variety of reactions to the supermarket Christmas ads this year However they all have one thing in common Each ad is trying to claim they have the magic of Christmas and that if you shop with them then you will experience it nbspThe Christmas Starts with Christ ad takes the viewer to the moment where Christmas began Go and see it for yourself and if you like it share it with friendsnbspBishop Julian has also recorded a short message of support for the campaign which has been uploaded to The Church of England in Lancashires own YouTube channel which also encourages people to think about taking time out to go to their local churchnbspIn the message available here he says It is such an important campaign because it draws attention to the central figure in our Christmas celebrationsnbspMuch of what people see or read about or watch is to do with reindeers and snowman and Santa The central figure of Jesus Christ can see easily get lost in the midst of it allnbspSo may I encourage you to think of visiting your local church for a carol service or Christmas service and discover for yourself how Christmas Starts with ChristnbspnbspRonnie Semley17122014nbsp

Christmas Spectacular Fantasia on Christmas Carols - Vaughan Williams - Blackburn Cathedral

The Blackburn Cathedrals Annual Christmas Spectacularis to be held on Saturday 13 December 2014 at 700pmnbspThere will be a Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan WilliamsnbspTogether with The Choirs of Blackburn Cathedral local School Choirs andThe Northern Chamber Orchestra the Conductor is Samuel HudsonnbspTickets are 5 and available at httpwwwblackburncathedralcomnbspTickets are also available from King Georges Hall Box Office in person or on 0844 847 1664

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Angel Festival and Christmas Market - Knuzden St Oswald

Angel Festival and Christmas MarketnbspTo be held on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 December 2014nbspFrom 600pm to 800pmnbspFor further information pleasenbsp CLICK HEREnbspnbsp

Borough Firework Display and Lancashire Telegraph Carol Service

Blackburn Cathedral is the backdrop to the annual spectacular Firework DisplaynbspTo be held on Thursday 11 December at 645pmnbspFollowed at 715pm by The Lancashire Telegraph Carol ServicenbspSung by The Cathedral ChoristersnbspFor more information please go to httpwwwblackburncathedralcomnbspnbsp

Dementia Friendly Churches - 2

Helping your church to be Dementia friendly100 pm 500 pmSt Cuthberts Church CentreLytham RoadnbspprestonThe second of four training sessions Relationships

Cursillo Events 2014 - Tarleton Holy Trinity - Advent 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

Christmas Starts with a Silent Night - Preston North End Football Club

Please find attached details of the Silent Night Event at Preston North End on 8 December 2014 nbspThis is a part of a nationwide programme to commemorate the 1914 Truce nbspAlso County wide will be the return of Lancashire Sings Christmas on 18 December 2014 with Radio Lancashire nbspDetails from Nick Moxon nickmoxonbtinternetcom and on Facebook Sing ChristmasnbspPlease see the documents below for further informationnbspSilent Night Carols Church Leaders Invite Letternbsp click herenbspSilent Night Carols Posternbsp click herenbspnbspnbspnbsp

Advent Procession of Choirs - Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedrals Advent Procession of ChoirsnbspIs to be held on Sunday 7 December 2014 at 630pmnbspThe service will be sung by The Cathedral Choir Cathedral Girls Choir andThe Schola CantorumnbspEveryone is welcome and the doors open at 530pmnbspFor more information please go to httpwwwblackburncathedralcomnbspnbspnbsp

Blackburn Music Society - Handel's "Messiah" - Blackburn Cathedral

The Blackburn Music Society is presenting Handels Messiah at Blackburn CathedralnbspTo be held on Saturday 6 December 2014 at 700pmnbspThe Lancashire Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Tom NewallWith Philippa Hyde Joyce Tindsley Lawrence Thackeray and Louis HurstnbspTickets are 12 Concessions 10 and Students are freenbspTickets are available on the door or can be obtained from the Tickets Secretary on 01254 201978King Georges Hall Booking Office on 0844 847 1664 and Blackburns Visitors Centre on 01254 688040nbspFurther information can be found on the website httpwwwblackburnmusicsocietyorguknbspnbspnbsp

Consecration of the Revd Philip North as Bishop of Burnley

The consecration of the Revd Philip North as 11th Bishop of Burnley will take place on Monday 2 February 2015 at 1100am in York MinsternbspIf you wish to attend this service please can you advise Karen Ashcroft in the Diocesan Offices of the number of tickets you require Requestsnbspmust be receivednbspno later than Wednesday 17 December 2014nbspNote to Clergy and Licensed Readers including honorary and retired clergy canons Please can you state whether you intend to robe for this servicenbspRequests should be sent to karenashcroftblackburnanglicanorgnbsptel 01254 503070nbspnbspnbspPosted 26 November 2014Elaine Hargreavesnbsp

Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund

In the Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that the Government will provide 15 million for a new Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund to support the maintenance of roofs of listed churches in 2015 This sum is available for grants of between 10000 and 100000nbspHowever the timescale for applications is very short and applications have to be made by the end of January Details are available at wwwnhmforgukLatestNewsPagesLPOWRoofaspxnbspnbspPosted 5 December 2014Elaine Hargreaves

Dementia Friendly Churches - 1

Helping your church to be Dementia friendly100 pm 500 pmSt Cuthberts Church CentreLytham RoadnbspprestonThe first of four training sessions Stories

Diocese celebrate 50 years of South African links

A Service of Thanksgiving was held at Blackburn Cathedral at the weekend to mark a 50year link between the Blackburn Diocese The Church of England in Lancashire and the Diocese of the Free State in South AfricanbspA large congregation from all parts of Lancashire gathered for the celebration including many people who over many years have visited South Africa and the Bloemfontein region such as the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt who was based at Bloemfontein Cathedral for three years in the mid90s nbspThe link thought to be one of the oldest in the Anglican Communionwas formally created by Bishop Charles Claxton in 1964 following a chance meeting with the Bishop of Bloemfontein at the Lambeth conference Since then there have been visits by four Bishops from Blackburn and five South African Bishops have come to BlackburnnbspThere have also been 190 visits by clergy and laity from each of the Dioceses and links have been established with industrial missions high schools and Mothers Unions nbspThe Service of Thanksgiving was organised by Canon John Hall chairman of the Blackburn Free State Link Committee who is PriestinCharge of St Davids Church and Vicar of St Peters Church both Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast nbspThe Dean of Bloemfontein The Very Rev Lazarus Mohapi was the preachernbspDean Lazarus who was making his third visit to Blackburn in the past 10 years said he was delighted to be representing the South African Diocese and was going to spend a further two weeks in LancashirenbspThe Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev Julian Henderson told the congregation he wanted to thank those who had breathed life into the partnershipnbspHe added I also want to thank those who over many years have continued to foster the link and for all those still engaged this day in promoting the bonds of Christian fellowship between our two DiocesesnbspMusic was provided by a choir from St Christophers CE High School Accrington and a group of Alevel students from the same school presented an African dance in which the members dressed as animalsnbspnbspRonnie Semley02122014nbspnbsp

Next Bishop of Burnley will be Rev. Philip North

The new Bishop of Burnley will be the Reverend Philip North who is currently Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras a large inner city parish of four churches in the Camden area of North LondonnbspThe appointment was made by the Bishop of Blackburn following consultation with a representative group from the Diocese The appointment was made with the support of the Archbishop of York and approved by Her Majesty The Queen He will be consecrated at York Minster on February 2 2015 It was initially announced this morning on thenbspDowning Street websitenbspPhilip North was initially welcomed by Diocesan staff and senior clergy at Blackburn Cathedral this morning He then went to the Burnley Faith Centre where he met local students Click here for pictures from both events on the DiocesannbspFlickr feed The event was also livetweeted and you can see those on our Twitter feed cofelancs herenbspIn introducing himself Philip said It is a great pleasure to be here and a daunting privilege to be appointed Bishop of BurnleynbspI am very excited about sharing in the ministry of the church and the life of the community in this region It is really good to be returning to the north of the country where I began my ministry and especially to be coming to Lancashire with its diverse communities stunning countryside and terrific footballFrankly it is a tremendous relief that the news of this appointment is out at last The person I have been most nervous of telling is my mother who is a proud Yorkshire woman With any luck she will forgive me for being on the wrong side of the Pennines and agree to attend my ConsecrationnbspPhilip continued In recent years the church in this Diocese has been responsible for some extremely imaginative ministry My predecessor Bishop John started some pioneering work with other faiths and the Cathedral has also been instrumental in enabling Lancashires diverse faith communities to understand each other betternbspThis kind of important interfaith work is something I am very familiar with where I am currently based in London I am a governor of a church school with a 68 Muslim population and I have sought to encourage close links between people of all faiths to strengthen the already vibrant local communitynbspOne of my great passions is work with young people and here there is so much to build on not least with the Dioceses fantastic network of church schoolsnbspIn my current ministry in London I am all too aware of the impact of poverty low pay and social inequality in undermining the dignity of human life and the church in this region is addressing this with some bold and imaginative projectsnbspThe Bishopdesignate of Burnley also acknowledged the challenges facing the church today and said he was delighted to be joining a Diocese that is preparing to embark on a new vision with real hopenbspHe said Of course the church here in Lancashire like churches across the nation faces some real challenges and the Bishop of Blackburn has recently announced a vision for the next 12 years focussed around the optimistic statement healthy churches transforming communitiesnbspI have seen again and again how with that kind of faithfulness and optimism churches can grow and it will be good to be part of a Diocese that is looking to the future with real hopeSome of you might be aware that I withdrew from an appointment as Bishop of Whitby The fact that I have been invited and have agreed to serve as a Bishop again is testimony to the very different mood across the Church of England since the understandable disappointment that followed the failure in 2012 of the legislation to enable women to be bishopsnbspThe Church has stated afresh its commitment to enabling all traditions to flourish within its life and structures and I hope that my appointment will be seen as evidence of that pledgenbspFinally I am also looking forward to living in East Lancashire In 2013 Burnley was awarded the title City of Enterprise and I think that award can provide inspiration for us as a Diocese because we want just that spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship as we seek to build healthy churchesnbspHowever as well as being Bishop of Burnley I will be a Bishop working for the whole Diocese and it is with that in mind that I say we need local Christian communities that are imaginative in service bold in ministry and generous in reaching out to all with Gods lovenbspI am really excited about playing a part in achieving this and look forward to working with you all in the years to comenbspWelcoming Philip to the Diocese as the future Bishop of Burnley Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said Bishop Geoff and I are delighted to welcome Philip as a new member of the episcopal team here in the DiocesenbspHe comes to us with a wealth of experience and a passion for spreading the gospel His track record suggests we have a new Bishop who will make a significant contribution to the life of the Church of England in Lancashire and we look forward to his consecration in York on February 2nbspIn the meantime please remember Philip in your prayers as he takes leave of Camden in London and prepares for this important new rolenbspBishop Julian added As a supporter of women clergy but having voted against the proposals for women Bishops in 2012 I was then able to support the current package which through the five guiding principles gives space for those in favour and those against to live together in the Church of EnglandnbspI want to make it clear that I see Philips appointment as a clear sign the Anglican Church in Lancashire is living out these five guiding principlesnbspI wanted to have an episcopal colleague who is from the traditionalist catholic constituency and Philip fulfils that role well He comes to serve the whole Diocese He will also have particular care for those people who cannot accept the ministry of women as Bishops and Priests in the Church and he will have my wholehearted support in carrying out this important worknbspnbspRonnie Semley07112014nbsp

A Link with the Past, Present and Future

This November the Diocese of Blackburn and the Diocese of the Free State Bloemfontein will celebrate 50 years of being linked togethermaking it possibly the oldest link in the Anglican Communion writes Rev Canon John Hall Link Officer for our DiocesenbspThis Anniversary year will be celebrated with a service of Thanksgiving in Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday November 30 at 4pm We hope that as many people as possible will come along and share the celebration and give thanks to God for a wonderful journey togethernbspIt is said that Bishop Charles Claxton Blackburn returned from a Lambeth Conference enthusiastic about the link with another DiocesenbspSomeone mentioned to him a 1948 Mothers Union prayer link between the two Dioceses which predated the formal linking This reminded Bishop Claxton of his chance meeting with Bishop Bill Barnett Bloemfontein Free State at Lambeth The two got on so well that they decided to commit their Dioceses to a formal link in November 1964nbspBishop Barnett visited the UK in June 1965 and Bishop Claxton visited South Africa in 1969 At this stage there were 20 formal parishtoparish links together with a special connection with Hodderport the home of the Kelham Fathers in the Free StatenbspSince November 1964 there have been three link officers in the UK and seven in the Free State Four Blackburn Diocesan Bishops have visited the Free State and five South African Bishops have visited the UK There have been 75 formal visits of clergy or laity from South Africa and 115 of us have formally visited the Diocese of the Free State not including the many other unofficial visitors encouraged by the linknbspDuring the last 50 years has a link we have been engaged in Sunday school projects Mosamaria AIDS Ministry Sunflower House Childrens Hospice there have been industrial mission links high school links Mothers Union links and there have been two youth pilgrimages and one adult pilgrimagenbspWe have enjoyed exchanges from as little as three weeks to as long as three years Archdeacon Michael Everitt and familynbspWe have shared in priestly formation Sunday School leaders training stewardship campaigns clergy schools in Free State and clergy conferences in the UK So together we have had a long and fruitful friendshipnbspAnd next year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary the Link Committee is arranging a pilgrimage to the Free State which will be led by Bishop Julian and will leave on September 24 2015 and arrive back on October 9 If you are interested in going contact the organiser Canon Tom Bill at 26 Thornton Road Morecambe LA4 5PE phone 01524 417117 or email tomthebillscouk for more informationnbspDont forget to come along on November 30 at 4pm to celebrate and give thanks for the 50 years of close friendship between our two Dioceses and to look forward to many more years of friendship togethernbspnbsp

Mega Messy Christingle - The Children's Society

Mega Messy Christinglenbspwill be raising money for The Childrens SocietynbspSaturdaynbsp29th NovembernbspTo be heldnbspat Preston St John The Minster fromnbsp330pm to 530pm with the Christingle Service from 5pm nbspThis will be like the Mega Messy Marquee at the Summer Festival but on a much larger scale nbspTeams from each parish church are invited to bring a craft which is advent or Christmas themed imagine a Jacobs Join but with crafts not foodnbspTherenbspwill be A LOT of tables and each church who comes will set up their craft at one of these tables Families are invited to come along to take part in the crafts and activities there will be a caf at the back then can join us at 5pm for the Christingle servicenbspThis will be an outreach type of event as passersby will be able to come in and take partnbspnbsp

Charity Concert: An Evening of Rutter at Preston Minster

nbspJoin Clark Brydon 17yearold organ scholar conducting a concert of Rutter music performed by his new startup choir Cantabimus in aid of local and international charitiesnbspOn 28th November 2014nbspCharities benefiting include The Salvation Army The Space Centre for young people with physical and learning disabilities The Streetlife Centre in Blackpool and the RNLInbspWhen is the concertnbspFriday 28th November 2014 1930 doors at 1900nbspWhere is the concertnbspPreston Minster Church Street Preston PR1 3BTnbspIs there parking availablenbspThere is limited parking available at the rear of the Minster Spaces will be reserved for choir members and the Deputy Mayor After that spaces will be allocated on a firstcomefirstserve basisnbspWill there be refreshmentsnbspHot drinks and biscuits will be available on the night with profits going towards the benefit of the MinsternbspHow long will the concert lastnbspThe night should be over by no later than 10pm We are looking to be finished at 930pmnbspHow much are ticketsnbspPurchasing tickets in advance are cheaper than buying them on the door on the nightnbspBuying tickets over the phone call 07850 182 877 or online at httpwwwcantabimuscouk costs 5 for an adult nbspOn the door they will cost 8 Under 16s are allowed free admittance at all timesnbspnbspnbsp

Blackburn Cathedral's Dean welcomes National Cathedral Attendance Figures

Figures showing total midweek attendance figures for Cathedrals across the UK have doubled in the past 10 years been welcomed by the Dean of Lancashires Anglican CathedralnbspAccording to The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong Dean of Blackburn the figures mirror experience locallynbspThe number of people attending midweek services at Cathedrals nationally has doubled in the past 10 years new figures published this week from the Church of Englands Research and Statistics department demonstratenbspMidweek attendance at Cathedrals was 7500 in 2003 rising to 15000 in 2013nbspOne of the factors attributed to the increase is the need for a place of peace in increasingly busy livesnbspChurch of England research published earlier this year showed that that the highest motivating factors for Cathedral attendance were peace and contemplation worship and music and friendly atmospherenbspThe Dean of Blackburn commented today The figures announced this week mirror our own experience here at Blackburn Cathedral nbspOur numbers last year rose by 6 over the previous year with the increase coming mainly during the week Our target for the year had been a 5 increase Sunday attendance remains steady with a slight increasenbspGiven the considerable disruption around the Cathedral at the moment as the new Cathedral Quarter building work continues it is particularly gratifying that numbers for this year are resilientThe new statistics from the Church of England also showed that attendance at Christmas Cathedral services had increased rising from 117200 in 2012 to 124300 in 2013 with many Cathedrals putting on new servicesnbspAll Cathedrals Blackburn included have an exceptionally busy period on the runup to ChristmasnbspThis year is no different with a whole host of concerts special services and the usual Christmas services taking place this December nbspMore information about events at the Cathedral is available on its website httpwwwblackburncathedralcom8203nbspnbspRonnie Semley27112014nbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Burnley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp25th26th November 2014nbspThis visit to Burnley 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 Julian welcomes Archbishop's call to Evangelise

Evangelism is not a survival strategy for the church but is instead an activity central to being the people of God the Archbishop of Canterbury said at the weekendnbspAnd today Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has spoken of his delight at the lead being given in this important area of the churchs work by the Archbishop as he continues to consider his final vision strategy for the Diocese in LancashirenbspBishop Julians proposed strategy presented at Diocesan Synod in October emphasises the importance of evangelism to grow the church in Lancashire in the coming yearsnbspArchbishop Justin who has made evangelism a priority for his ministry was speaking at the Church Armys annual general meeting in central London where he addressed evangelists from across the UK and IrelandnbspThe Archbishop said Because we worship a God revealed in Jesus Christ who was sent out to sow to gather and to draw back in as Christians when we evangelise we reflect the nature of GodnbspHe added Worship and evangelism neither are things you wait to be ready to do You do them You get on with them That is the nature of the God we servenbspResponding to the Archbishops words Bishop Julian said today A key part of my proposed vision for the Diocese in Lancashire is the need to recover our confidence in the Gospel to do evangelism in new and innovative waysnbspI want people in our churches across the region to feel empowered in this area of ministry as we move forward in growing Christs Kingdom The words of Archbishop Justin tell their own story we should be evangelising and actively spreading the Word as part of our everyday worknbspThis can be in many forms everything from personal 11 conversations with friends and family who dont know Jesus through to the recent packed out mission event led by the Archbishop of York at Blackpool Tower Ballroom which was organised by the DiocesenbspIn essence evangelism to grow the church should be a cornerstone of our work in The Church of England in LancashirenbspA special Synod will take place in January to discuss Bishop Julians proposed strategy in detailnbspA summary document is available here on the Diocese websitenbspnbspRonnie Semley25112014nbsp

Mission & Pastoral Committee

Mission and Pastoral CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey1100am100pmnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Burnley

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp25th26th November 2014nbspThis visit to Burnley 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 - Pendle

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp23rd24th November 2014nbspThis visit to Pendle 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 - Pendle

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp23rd24th November 2014nbspThis visit to Pendle 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

Brothers in Arms - Unmissable WW1 multi-media event

A special multimedia event Brothers in Arms takes place on Thursday November 20 and Sunday November 23ClicknbspHEREnbspto watch the recent BBC North West Tonight report about the productionnbspIt tells the amazing story of the Chavasse twins Noel and Christopher highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in WW1 Their lives tell an inspiring story of courage service sacrifice and faith lived out under firenbspnbspThe evenings are free just turn up and are on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 730pm St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood Preston Lancashire PR2 3AR and Sunday 23 November 2014 at 730pm Lancaster Methodist Church Scotforth Road Lancaster LA1 4TEnbspnbspTo book the production for future performances contact Miranda Wraithmell Parish Mission Support Department Secretary Emailnbspmirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorgnbspor call 01254 658916nbspBrothers In Arms Poster click herenbspnbsp

BBC coverage for first night of 'Brothers in Arms'

A special multimedia event to mark the Centenary of World War One featured on regional news programme BBC North West Tonight last nightnbspBrothers in Arms is a joint production by The Church of England in Lancashires Parish Mission Support Department and the Lancashire Methodist Church DistrictnbspThe production had its opening night at Prestons St Cuthberts Church on Thursday before it moves on to Lancaster Methodist Church this SundaynbspThe BBC report which can be seen here tells the background story to the Chavasse twins who are the subject of the production as well as speaking to the production crew The BBC also tweeted about their coveragenbspUsing a combination of music drama film images and readings Brothers in Arms tells the amazing story of the twins Noel and Christopher who were highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in WW1 nbspTheir lives tell a moving and inspiring story of courage service sacrifice and faith lived out under fire and help to personalise the vastness and scale of the warnbspDavid Banbury Parish Mission Support Department Leader said Both Noel and Christopher were inspirational North West lads serving with great distinction during the war and were highly decorated for their bravery and courage nbspThey were also deeply committed Christians and their faith as well as their incredible duty and courage strongly shaped their sense of duty and service and is a great witness to us even todaynbspDavid who lives in Leyland added There are strong North West connections with the Chavasse family their father served as Vicar of St Pauls in Preston which is now the Rock FM radio station and went on to be Bishop of LiverpoolnbspChristopher served as a curate in St Helens and played rugby for St Helens and Noel was a doctor serving with the Liverpool Scottish Regiment Noel won the VC twice one of only three people to do so and the only soldier to receive such an honour during WW1 He died in the action that led to his second VC Noel also received the Military Cross nbspChristopher also won the Military Cross and survived the war later becoming the Bishop of Rochester from 19401960nbspJames Gwyn Thomas curate at St Andrews Leyland Martin Bateman a member of St Thomas Lancaster and Paul Critchley a local Methodist Minister are all involved in the drama elements of the production and a team from both Anglican and Methodist Churches including Leyland Methodist Church are running the eventsnbspDavid concluded We are running the two initial evenings as taster events to encourage people from churches of all denominations to come along to watch Then if they are interested in having the production visit their own church to get in touch with usnbspWe had an excellent turnout at St Cuthberts last night and have already taken two bookings for future performances and are expecting more to come following last nights event and after the event to come this weekend in LancasternbspThe taster evenings are free The production taking place this weekend is on Sunday at 730pm at Lancaster Methodist Church Scotforth Road Lancaster LA1 4TE and all are welcomenbspAnyone wanting to book the production of Brothers in Arms for future performances should contact Miranda Wraithmell Parish Mission Support Department Secretary Email her on nbspmirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorgnbsp or call 01254 658916nbsp Paul Critchley is Circuit Minister Pastoral Oversight for Pilling Dolphinholme and Scorton and has General Oversight for Calder Vale Garstang Hollins Lane and TrinitynbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley21112014nbsp

Jonathan Veira - Burnley St Peter

I am the Minister of Rosehilll Baptist Church in BurnleynbspIn collaboration with 3 other churches I am bringing Jonathan Veira to St Peters Church in Burnley to do a Seeker Event on Friday 21st November cost 8nbspJonathan has been travelling the country to great acclaim doing his one man show as singer he has an amazing baritone voice and as a raconteur He is a regular after hours performer at Spring Harvest and has performed on Songs of Praise He shares his testimony in a credible and accessible way nbspIt would be fantastic if this could be a resource to Anglican churches in the area and a way of collaborating across churchesnbspWould you feel able to endorse this to your churches and is there a person on your staff I could work with to help facilitate advertising etcnbspThis is a link to a taste of his seeker eventnbsphttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvJRkCgpKuyrcnbspThis is a link to an interview and performance on Songs of PraisenbsphttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvIh01vy0bR8snbspnbspThank younbspLeroy BowtellMinisterRosehill Baptist ChurchnbspTel 07737 708 795nbspnbspAn Audience with Jonathan Veiranbsp CLICK HEREnbspFor further information please CLICK HEREnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Brothers in Arms - Unmissable WW1 multi-media event

A special multimedia event Brothers in Arms takes place today and on Sunday November 23nbspIt tells the amazing story of the Chavasse twins Noel and Christopher highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in WW1 Their lives tell an inspiring story of courage service sacrifice and faith lived out under firenbspnbspThe evenings are free and are on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 730pm St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood Preston Lancashire PR2 3AR and Sunday 23 November 2014 at 730pm Lancaster Methodist Church Scotforth Road Lancaster LA1 4TEnbspnbspTo book places or for more information please contact Miranda Wraithmell Parish Mission Support Department Secretary Email mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorg or call 01254 658916nbspBrothers In ArmsnbspPoster click herenbspnbsp

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

Diocese link with the past, present and future

This November the Diocese of Blackburn and the Diocese of the Free State Bloemfontein will celebrate 50 years of being linked together making it possibly the oldest link in the Anglican Communion writes Rev Canon John Hall Link Officer for our DiocesenbspThis anniversary year will be celebrated with a service of Thanksgiving in Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday November 30 at 4pm at which Fr Andile Mbutye from Bloemfontein will preach We hope that as many people as possible will come along and share the celebration and give thanks to God for a wonderful journey togethernbspIt is said that then Bishop of Blackburn Charles Claxton returned from a Lambeth Conference enthusiastic about the link with another Diocese Someone mentioned to himnbspa 1948 Mothers Union prayer link between the two Dioceses which predated the formal linking nbspThis reminded Bishop Claxton of his chance meeting with Bishop Bill Burnett Bloemfontein Free State at Lambeth The two got on so well that they decided to commit their Dioceses to a formal link in November 1964nbspBishop Burnett visited the UK in June 1965 and Bishop Claxton visited South Africa in 1969 At this stage there were 20 formal parishtoparish links together with a special connection with Modderport the home of the Kelham Fathers in the Free State8203nbspSince November 1964 there have been three link officers in the UK and seven in the Free State Four Blackburn Diocesan Bishops have visited the Free State and five South African Bishops have visited the UK There have been 75 formal visits of clergy or laity from South Africa and 115 of us have formally visited the Diocese of the Free State not including the many other unofficial visitors encouraged by the linknbspDuring the last 50 years as a link we have been engaged in Sunday school projects Mosamaria AIDS Ministry Sunflower House Childrens Hospice there have been industrial mission links high school links Mothers Union links and there have been two youth pilgrimages and one adult pilgrimage We have also enjoyed exchanges from as little as three weeks to one as long as three years the current Archdeacon of Lancaster Michael Everitt and his familynbspWe have shared in priestly formation Sunday School leaders training stewardship campaigns clergy schools in Free State and clergy conferences in the UK So together we have had a long and fruitful friendshipnbspAnd next year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary the Link Committee is planning a pilgrimage to the Free State from September 24 2015 and arriving back on October 9 If you are interested in going contact the organiser Canon Tom Bill at 26 Thornton Road Morecambe LA4 5PE phone 01524 417117 or email tomthebillscouk for more informationnbspAnd dont forget to come along on November 30 at 4pm to Blackburn Cathedral to celebrate and give thanks for the 50 years of close friendship between our two Dioceses and to look forward to many more years of friendship togethernbspnbspRonnie Semley18112014nbsp

Chance to see moving new WW1 multi-media event

A special multimedia event to mark the Centenary of World War One takes place this weekBrothers in Arms is a joint production by The Church of England in Lancashires Parish Mission Support Department and the Lancashire Methodist Church DistrictClicknbspHEREnbspto watch the recent BBC North West Tonight report about the productionnbspUsing a combination of music drama film images and readings it tells the amazing story of the Chavasse twins Noel and Christopher who were highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in WW1nbspTheir lives tell a moving and inspiring story of courage service sacrifice and faith lived out under fire and help to personalise the vastness and scale of the warnbspDavid Banbury Parish Mission Support Department Leader said Both Noel and Christopher were inspirational North West lads serving with great distinction during the war and were highly decorated for their bravery and couragenbspThey were also deeply committed Christians and their faith as well as their incredible duty and courage strongly shaped their sense of duty and servicenbspDavid who lives in Leyland added There are strong North West connections with the Chavasse family their father served as Vicar of St Pauls in Preston which is now the Rock FM radio station and went on to be Bishop of LiverpoolnbspChristopher served as a curate in St Helens and played rugby for St Helens and Noel was a doctor serving with the Liverpool Scottish Regiment Noel won the VC twice one of only three people to do so and the only soldier to receive such an honour during WW1 He died in the action that led to his second VC Noel also received the Military Cross nbspChristopher also won the Military Cross and survived the war later becoming the Bishop of Rochester from 19401960nbspJames Gwyn Thomas curate at Buckshaw Village Church Martin Bateman a member of St Thomas Church in Lancaster and Paul Critchley a local Methodist Minister are all involved in the drama elements of the production and a team from both Anglican and Methodist Churches including Leyland Methodist Church are running the eventsnbspDavid concluded We are running two initial evenings as taster events and we would encourage people from churches of all denominations to come along to watch Then if they are interested in having the production visit their own church to get in touchnbspThe taster evenings are free but book places on the number below The production will be shown on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 730pm in St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood Preston PR2 3AR and on Sunday 23 November 2014 at 730pm at Lancaster Methodist Church Scotforth Road Lancaster LA1 4TEnbspTo book places andor for more information please contact Miranda Wraithmell Parish Mission Support Department Secretary Email mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorgnbspor call 01254 658916nbspBrothersnbspIn Arms Poster click herenbspnbsp Paul Critchley is a Methodist Circuit Minister Pastoral Oversight for Pilling Dolphinholme and Scorton and has General Oversight for Calder Vale Garstang Hollins Lane and TrinitynbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley18112014nbsp

Follow General Synod via live feeds

The General Synod continues today and a live video stream is up and runningnbspYou can find it via the Synod box on the home page of the the Church of England website or go straight to it by clicking hereIf you are on social media you can follow Synod on a dedicated Twitter feed hereIn addition here are links to the audio from yesterdays Synod proceedings its in two partsnbspPart one has the vote on women bishops legislation and the Archbishops Presidential AddressPart onenbsphttpbitly1qRkB4KPart twonbsphttpbitly1xiNj4yRonnie SemleyNovember 2014

Chance to clown around for Jesus!

A church in Leyland is about to practice some new ministry that is sure to put a smile on the faces of the congregationnbspFor they are about the play host to a visitor from South Africa whose ministry is quite simply just clowning aroundnbspThe Reverend Michael Fourie together with his wife Dr Elaine Fourie are visiting St Ambrose Church in Leyland from the churchs link parish of St John the Baptist in Harrismith which is part of the Lancashire Dioceses link Diocese of Free State South AfricanbspThey will be in the parish between November 5 and 25nbspMichael is known in South Africa for his Clown Ministry and is running a clown workshop free of charge at St Ambrose Church Hall on Moss Lane PR25 4XA near to Junction 28 on the M6 on Sunday November 9 from 26pm for anyone wanting to develop or undertake a Clown Ministry nbspIts a four hour workshop where participants will develop the persona of their clown personalities nbspAnyone taking part is asked to supply their own face paint which can be bought from a number of retail outlets like WH SmithsnbspThere will also be a chance to participate in a Clown Service the following week at St Ambrose November 16 at 1030am for all to try out their newly acquired skills before a supportive congregationnbspnbspnbspMeanwhile Dr Elaine Fourie will also be running an interpretive sign language and communication course on Saturday morning the November 8 between 10am and noon for anyone interested in this ministrynbspThis is free of chargenbspnbspnbspTo register for either of the above or for any other details call the vicar Reverend Duncan Clarke on 01772 623426 nbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley15092014

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Kirkham

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp12th13th November 2014nbspThis visit to Kirkham 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 - Kirkham

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp12th13th November 2014nbspThis visit to Kirkham 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

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Held at Whalley Abbey1600pm1800pmnbsp

Property Committee

Property CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey1400 pm1600 pmnbsp

Archbishop's Video Diary of visit to Lancashire now online

A packed out Mission Event at Blackpool Tower Ballroom with 2000 people youngsters giving their lives to Jesus at a Vocations Conference in a Church of England High School and a meeting of minds at UCLan MultiFaith CentrenbspThese were just three of the highlights of a packed two day schedule when the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu visited The Church of England in Lancashire a week ago todaynbspDuring the two days the Archbishop also recorded a video diary of his experiences and these short videos are now available on the Diocese YouTube channel to view from todayHere is the link to video oneThe link to video twoThe link the video threeAnd the link to video fournbspIn the videos he speaks about various aspects of his visit includingnbspAttending a Vocations Conference for year 11s from across Lancashire at St Michaels Church of England High School in Chorley An invitation to the MultiFaith Centre at the University of Central Lancashire UCLan in Preston A Faith in the Middle East seminar at Blackburn Cathedral where he also saw and comments on the ongoing development work adjoining the Cathedral The work of the Diocesan Environmental Group on a visit to an ecocongregation in Hurst Green Discussions with politicians and business leaders in BlackpoolIn the four video diaries the Archbishop also gives his positive reaction to the recently announced vision proposals for the future of the Diocese by Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson as well as his response to the Mission Event entitled Light in DarknessnbspThere was an amazing response from across Lancashire to Light in Darkness which was widely promoted the Archbishop was as big a draw as Strictly Come Dancing which takes over the famous venue later this weeknbspThe 2000 people in the ballroom heard the Archbishop speak about his difficult early life in Uganda and heard testimonies from others who had struggled with their own difficulties before finding JesusnbspThe Archbishop then issued his own call to faith and scores of people came forward in response The Diocese had people ready to offer material to each of them to help them explore their decision further and to pray with themnbspThe evening was an amazing experience for all who attended with additional entertainment from the famous Ballroom Wurlitzer and a 30 piece band In hiring the ballroom which takes 2000 people the Diocese stepped out in faith On the night the massive venue filled to the rafters with a further 200 people unable to get a seatnbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said It was impossible to predict the exact numbers and a Mission Event cant be ticketed as it would remove the element of spontaneity for those who wanted to invite friends or family at the last minutenbspI have written to all the parishes we know about who couldnt get in and there has been great understanding of the situation nbspOn the night we were delighted to hear spontaneous community singing in the foyer by some people who were unable to get a seat This was a great witness in itself and got a round of applause in the ballroom led by the Archbishop himself who also made time to come out and speak to some of the people who were unable to get innbspAnd of course we are now in the very happy position of searching for an even bigger venue for the next mission eventnbspIn his video diary Archbishop Sentamu speaks with delight about what he saw heard and experienced across an exciting two daysnbspIn the final of the four videos he says Christ should be at the centre of everything this Diocese does and there is a very clear commitment through your vision proposals that He will be at the centre of your thinking planning and goalsetting going forwardnbspReflecting on the visit Bishop Julian added It was a fantastic two days and I have been tremendously encouraged by what the Archbishop has said and by what we saw going on across the Diocese during our tour His support for our vision proposals is also crucial as we move forwardnbspnbspRonnie Semley11112014nbsp

Cursillo Events 2014 - Burnley St Andrew - 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

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Poulton

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp10th11thnbspNovember 2014nbspThis visit to Poulton 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

Level 1 Safeguarding

Level 1 Safeguarding training at Lancaster Priory Cafnbsp To book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnAnglicanorg930 am 12 noon

Bishop's Deanery Visits - Poulton

Bishops Long Deanery Visits nbsp10th11th November 2014nbspThis visit to Poulton 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

Level 2 Safeguarding Training

Levelnbsp2 Safeguarding training for those who have already done Level 1nbspat St Thomas Church Marton Street Lancaster nbsp To book a place please contact Jacqui Mallinson ministryblackburnAnglicanorg700 pm 930 pm

Brothers in Arms - Unmissable WW1 multi-media event

A special multimedia event Brothers in Arms takes place soonnbspIt tells the amazing story of the Chavasse twins Noel and Christopher highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in WW1 Their lives tell an inspiring story of courage service sacrifice and faith lived out under firenbspnbspThe evenings are free and are on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 730pm St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood Preston Lancashire PR2 3AR and Sunday 23 November 2014 at 730pm Lancaster Methodist Church Scotforth Road Lancaster LA1 4TEnbspnbspTo book places or for more information please contact Miranda Wraithmell Parish Mission Support Department Secretary Emailnbspmirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorgnbspor call 01254 658916nbspBrothers In ArmsnbspPoster click herenbspnbsp

Chance to clown around for Jesus!

A church in Leyland is about to practice some new ministry that is sure to put a smile on the faces of the congregationnbspFor they are about the play host to a visitor from South Africa whose ministry is quite simply just clowning aroundnbspThe Reverend Michael Fourie together with his wife Dr Elaine Fourie are visiting St Ambrose Church in Leyland from the churchs link parish of St John the Baptist in Harrismith which is part of the Lancashire Dioceses link Diocese of Free State South AfricanbspThey will be in the parish between November 5 and 25nbspMichael is known in South Africa for his Clown Ministry and is running a clown workshop free of charge at St Ambrose Church Hall on Moss Lane PR25 4XA near to Junction 28 on the M6 on Sunday November 9 from 26pm for anyone wanting to develop or undertake a Clown Ministry nbspIts a four hour workshop where participants will develop the persona of their clown personalities nbspAnyone taking part is asked to supply their own face paint which can be bought from a number of retail outlets like WH SmithsnbspThere will also be a chance to participate in a Clown Service the following week at St Ambrose November 16 at 1030am for all to try out their newly acquired skills before a supportive congregationnbspFor more information please click herenbspnbspnbspnbspMeanwhile Dr Elaine Fourie will also be running an interpretive sign language and communication course on Saturday morning the November 8 between 10am and noon for anyone interested in this ministrynbspThis is free of chargenbspFor further information please click herenbspnbspnbspTo register for either of the above or for any other details call the vicar Reverend Duncan Clarke on 01772 623426 nbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley15092014

Chance to clown around for Jesus!

A church in Leyland is about to practice some new ministry that is sure to put a smile on the faces of the congregationnbspFor they are about the play host to a visitor from South Africa whose ministry is quite simply just clowning aroundnbspThe Reverend Michael Fourie together with his wife Dr Elaine Fourie are visiting St Ambrose Church in Leyland from the churchs link parish of St John the Baptist in Harrismith which is part of the Lancashire Dioceses link Diocese of Free State South AfricanbspThey will be in the parish between November 5 and 25nbspMichael is known in South Africa for his Clown Ministry and is running a clown workshop free of charge at St Ambrose Church Hall on Moss Lane PR25 4XA near to Junction 28 on the M6 on Sunday November 9 from 26pm for anyone wanting to develop or undertake a Clown Ministry nbspIts a four hour workshop where participants will develop the persona of their clown personalities nbspAnyone taking part is asked to supply their own face paint which can be bought from a number of retail outlets like WH SmithsnbspThere will also be a chance to participate in a Clown Service the following week at St Ambrose November 16 at 1030am for all to try out their newly acquired skills before a supportive congregationnbspFor more information please click herenbspnbspnbspMeanwhile Dr Elaine Fourie will also be running an interpretive sign language and communication course on Saturday morning the November 8 between 10am and noon for anyone interested in this ministrynbspThis is free of chargenbspFor further information please click herenbspnbspTo register for either of the above or for any other details call the vicar Reverend Duncan Clarke on nbsp01772 623426 nbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley15092014nbsp

Vocations Fayre

A Vocations Fayre at Sandylands Methodist Church Kendal on Saturday 8th November 1000 am 245 pmnbspnbspnbspFor more information please see nbspposter and booking form

The next Bishop of Burnley to be the Reverend Philip North

The new Bishop of Burnley will be the Reverend Philip North who is currently Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras a large inner city parish of four churches in the Camden area of North London nbspThe appointment was made by the Bishop of Blackburn following consultation with a representative group from the Diocese The appointment was made with the support of the Archbishop of York and approved by Her Majesty The Queen He will be consecrated at York Minster on February 2 2015 It was initially announced this morning on the Downing Street websitenbspPhilip North was initially welcomed by Diocesan staff and senior clergy at Blackburn Cathedral this morning He then went to the Burnley Faith Centre where he met local students Click here for pictures from both events on the Diocesan Flickr feed The event was also livetweeted and you can see those on our Twitter feed cofelancs herenbspIn introducing himself Philip said It is a great pleasure to be here and a daunting privilege to be appointed Bishop of Burnley nbspI am very excited about sharing in the ministry of the church and the life of the community in this region It is really good to be returning to the north of the country where I began my ministry and especially to be coming to Lancashire with its diverse communities stunning countryside and terrific footballFrankly it is a tremendous relief that the news of this appointment is out at last The person I have been most nervous of telling is my mother who is a proud Yorkshire woman With any luck she will forgive me for being on the wrong side of the Pennines and agree to attend my ConsecrationnbspPhilip continued In recent years the church in this Diocese has been responsible for some extremely imaginative ministry My predecessor Bishop John started some pioneering work with other faiths and the Cathedral has also been instrumental in enabling Lancashires diverse faith communities to understand each other betternbspThis kind of important interfaith work is something I am very familiar with where I am currently based in London I am a governor of a church school with a 68 Muslim population and I have sought to encourage close links between people of all faiths to strengthen the already vibrant local communitynbspOne of my great passions is work with young people and here there is so much to build on not least with the Dioceses fantastic network of church schoolsnbspIn my current ministry in London I am all too aware of the impact of poverty low pay and social inequality in undermining the dignity of human life and the church in this region is addressing this with some bold and imaginative projectsnbspThe Bishopdesignate of Burnley also acknowledged the challenges facing the church today and said he was delighted to be joining a Diocese that is preparing to embark on a new vision with real hopenbspHe said Of course the church here in Lancashire like churches across the nation faces some real challenges and the Bishop of Blackburn has recently announced a vision for the next 12 years focussed around the optimistic statement healthy churches transforming communitiesnbspI have seen again and again how with that kind of faithfulness and optimism churches can grow and it will be good to be part of a Diocese that is looking to the future with real hopeSome of you might be aware that I withdrew from an appointment as Bishop of Whitby The fact that I have been invited and have agreed to serve as a Bishop again is testimony to the very different mood across the Church of England since the understandable disappointment that followed the failure in 2012 of the legislation to enable women to be bishopsnbspThe Church has stated afresh its commitment to enabling all traditions to flourish within its life and structures and I hope that my appointment will be seen as evidence of that pledgenbspFinally I am also looking forward to living in East Lancashire In 2013 Burnley was awarded the title City of Enterprise and I think that award can provide inspiration for us as a Diocese because we want just that spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship as we seek to build healthy churchesnbspHowever as well as being Bishop of Burnley I will be a Bishop working for the whole Diocese and it is with that in mind that I say we need local Christian communities that are imaginative in service bold in ministry and generous in reaching out to all with Gods love nbspI am really excited about playing a part in achieving this and look forward to working with you all in the years to comenbspWelcoming Philip to the Diocese as the future Bishop of Burnley Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said Bishop Geoff and I are delighted to welcome Philip as a new member of the episcopal team here in the DiocesenbspHe comes to us with a wealth of experience and a passion for spreading the gospel His track record suggests we have a new Bishop who will make a significant contribution to the life of the Church of England in Lancashire and we look forward to his consecration in York on February 2nbspIn the meantime please remember Philip in your prayers as he takes leave of Camden in London and prepares for this important new rolenbspBishop Julian added As a supporter of women clergy but having voted against the proposals for women Bishops in 2012 I was then able to support the current package which through the five guiding principles gives space for those in favour and those against to live together in the Church of England nbspI want to make it clear that I see Philips appointment as a clear sign the Anglican Church in Lancashire is living out these five guiding principlesnbspI wanted to have an episcopal colleague who is from the traditionalist catholic constituency and Philip fulfils that role well He comes to serve the whole Diocese He will also have particular care for those people who cannot accept the ministry of women as Bishops and Priests in the Church and he will have my wholehearted support in carrying out this important worknbspnbspRonnie Semley07112014nbsp

Chance to clown around for Jesus!

A church in Leyland is about to practice some new ministry that is sure to put a smile on the faces of the congregationnbspFor they are about the play host to a visitor from South Africa whose ministry is quite simply just clowning aroundnbspThe Rev Michael Fourie together with his wife Dr Elaine Fourie are visiting St Ambrose Church in Leyland from the churchs link parish of St John the Baptist in Harrismith which is part of the Lancashire Dioceses link Diocese of Free State South AfricanbspThey will be in the parish between November 5 and 25nbspMichael is known in South Africa for his clown ministry and is running a clown workshop free of charge at St Ambrose Church Hall on Moss Lane PR25 4XA near to Junction 28 on the M6 on Sunday November 9 from 26pm for anyone wanting to develop or undertake a Clown Ministry nbspIts a four hour workshop where participants will develop the persona of their clown personalities nbspAnyone taking part is asked to supply their own face paint which can be bought from a number of retail outlets like WH SmithsnbspThere will also be a chance to participate in a clown service the following week at St Ambrose November 16 at 1030am for all to try out their newly acquired skills before a supportive congregationnbspMeanwhile Dr Elaine Fourie will also be running an interpretive sign language and communication course on Saturday morning the November 8 between 10am and noon for anyone interested in this ministry This is free of chargenbspTo register for either of the above or for any other details call the vicar Rev Duncan Clarke on 01772 623426 nbspnbspnbsp

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

Second day of two-day visit to Lancashire by the Archbishop of York

For full information about the twoday visit go to thenbspspecial areanbspof the Diocese website which has all the details about the eventA video message from the Archbishop about this visit can be seennbsphere

Bishop Julian and Archdeacon John speak to BBC about Archbishop's visit

Archdeacon John talking about the visit of the Archbishop of York to Lancashire which is taking place on November 4 and 5 He was speaking on thenbspBBC Radio LancashirenbspnbspJoe Wilson programme Listen from 1h 50mBishop Julian speaking on the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Lancashire this morning presented by Graham Liver

Faith in the Community - The Platform, Morecambe

A Faith in the Community event will be held at The Platform in Morecambe on Tuesday 4 November from 10am to 330pm We would be delighted to welcome you there for all or just a part of the daynbspThis is one of a series of events coordinated by the Cinammon Network with the funding and backing of the DCLG and there is an expectation that local authorities and other public sector agencies attend and play a significant part as we explore partnership working together nbspIt builds on the Faith in The Community Report httpwwweaukorgcurrentaffairsnewsfaithinthecommunitycfmnbspand the recently published TheosCUF Good Neighbours Report httpwwwcuforgukresearchgoodneighbours nbspSuccessful Faith in the Community events were run in Preston and Blackpool in 2013 leading to follow up meetings this autumn so the model has been demonstrated to work well in other towns of the regionnbspThe event is managed by a partnership of Churches Together in Lancashire Together Lancashire a churchbased organisation tackling poverty in the county the Cinnamon Network a national charity that funds local church community projects Morecambe Churches Forum and local churchbased organisations in Morecambe nbspThe event aims to bring together Christians involved in projects working for the good of the community in Morecambe with partners from secular organisations also committed to tackling poverty and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable thereby strengthening networking and partnership and celebrating the contribution of the churches to this work nbspSee the attached poster fornbspmore informationnbspWe are hoping to have a number of speakers including senior figures from church public and voluntary sectors and to run a number of interactive workshop groups ending the day with a panel question time nbspThe event is free and lunch will be provided although to help us manage the catering we are asking everybody who attends to register online via httpswwweventbritecoukefaithinthecommunitymorecambetickets12429130865 or phone Greg Smith on 07726177044 or email gregsmithtogetherlancashireorguknbspnbspnbspnbsp

Two day visit of the Archbishop of York to Lancashire begins

For full information about the twoday visit go to the special area of the Diocese website which has all the details about the eventA video message from the Archbishop about this visit can be seen here

Peace through Dialogue - Hurst Green St John the Evangelist

A Lay led church service with the theme Peace through Dialogue is being held at St John the Evangelist Hurst Green nbspOn Sunday 2 November at 1100amnbspThe service will include a multi Faith look at Peace with contributions from Anjam Anwar MBE the Dialogue Development Officer for the Diocese of Blackburn and Imam Ismael Daud from the Quwwatul Islam Mosque in PrestonnbspThe service is being promoted through the local community and the local Catholic Priest will benbspjoining the service and advertising the event through their newsletternbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Archbishop to address Lancashire Clergy at Preston Minster

Support for Bishop Julians vision proposals for the future of the DiocesenbspAlso attending Focus on the Middle East event at Blackburn CathedralnbspMore details have been announced about the visit of the Archbishop of York to Lancashire next weeknbspThe Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu is to visit the region on November 4 and 5nbspWhile the Archbishop is in the Diocese he will carry out a number of key engagements across the region including a fantastic FREE mission event Light in Darkness at Blackpool Tower Ballroom More details available herenbspToday The Church of England in Lancashire reveals more about two key engagements at Blackburn Cathedral and Preston MinsternbspThe Archbishop will address Anglican clergy from across Lancashire at Preston Minster at lunchtime on November 5nbspAll clergy from across The Church of England Diocese in Lancashire have been invited and a good turnout is expected to hear the ArchbishopnbspAt this event the Archbishop is expected to speak supportively of the recent proposals by the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson for the future of the Diocese which were outlined at the most recent Diocesan Synod meeting two weeks agonbspFor more on these proposals click here nbspSpeaking today the Archbishop said I have read Bishop Julians proposals with interest and I rejoice that his Diocese is going to be taking positive action in growing the Church in Lancashire in the coming yearsparticularly in relation to investment in youth ministry which is vital for the continued health and growth of the ChurchnbspAnticipating the visit next week Bishop Julian said I know I speak for everyone in the Diocese when I say we arelooking forward to welcoming the Archbishop of York to Lancashire and showing him some of the great work being done by the Church in this regionnbspThe Archbishop will also make two stops at Blackburn Cathedral during his two day visit to the regionnbspOn the afternoon of Tuesday November 4 he will speak at a Focus on the Middle East conference which is hosted by the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral and the Cathedrals wellknown exChange programme The event will include the launch of the northern branch of the Egypt Diocesan AssociationnbspThe Egypt Diocesan Association exists to offer support to the Episcopal Anglican Diocese of Egypt which covers Egypt Libya Algeria Tunis Ethiopia Eritrea Somalia and Djibouti and is led by The Most Rev Mouneer Anis who is the Presiding Bishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East and is also the Bishop of Egypt nbspBishop Julian will also speak at the Focus on the Middle East eventnbspThere will be an exhibition to view from 245pm before the speeches between 315 and 415pm nbspThe following morning November 5 the Archbishop will return to the Cathedral to lead the regular monthly early morning communion service for Diocesan staff and Cathedral staffnbspThe Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said today We are delighted to be welcoming the Archbishop on two occasions as he makes his two day visit to the region We look forward to hearing him speak at our Focus on the Middle East event and then leading communion the following morningnbspThe Archbishop added 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 programmefor the two daysnbspFor the very latest news about the twoday visit the Church of England in Lancashires website and click on the promotional link on the home pagenbspClick here for a special message to Lancashire from the Archbishop in advance of the visitnbspThere will also be updates throughout the two days on the Dioceses social media accounts Twitter cofelancs and YouTube and Flickr search both for Blackburn DiocesenbspHashtag for the visit is abylancsnbspnbspRonnie Semley31102014nbsp

Short stories from the Church of England in Lancashire

Pictures taken at the Maundy Service earlier this year of HM The Queen presenting Maundy Money to recipients from across Lancashire are still available to order on the Diocese website via the home menu The ordering area will remain live until the end of the year Only recipients and their family and friends are able to access this area with password information supplied to recipients in a letter earlier in the yearnbspThe Archbishop of York is visiting Lancashire on November 4 and 5 and will tour the county His visit includes stops at St Michaels School in Chorley the MultiFaith centre at the University of Central Lancashire Preston Minster Blackburn Cathedral and St Johns Church in Accrington where he will lead a service for 500 local schoolchildren More about the whole visit is available on the Diocese website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg nbspWhalley 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 For more information call 01254 828400 or visit the websitehttpwwwwhalleyabbeyorgto see the full menusnbspThe Archbishop of York has taken to YouTube in advance of a visit to Lancashire on November 4 and 5 when he will tour the county In a specially recorded video he looks forward to visiting the region and invites people to hear him speak at a mission event called Light in Darkness at Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the evening of November 4 at 730pmnbspTo celebrate the 50th Anniversary the link between The Church of England in Lancashire and Free State Diocese in South Africa the Diocesan Link Committee is arranging a pilgrimage to the Free State in 2015 It leaves on September 24 2015 and arrives back on October 9 If you are interested in going contact the organiser Canon Tom Bill at 26 Thornton Road Morecambe LA4 5PE phone 01524 417117 or email tomthebillscouknbspfor more informationnbspThe Archbishop of York is heading to the seaside next week to speak at a massive mission event in Blackpool Tower Ballroom called Light in Darkness Doors open at 6pm with entertainment from a 30 piece band and the Wurlitzer from 630pm before the main event begins at 730pm The event is FREE and everyone is welcome Find out more at httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg nbspA Messy Christingle event takes place at The Minster Preston onSaturday November 29 from 35pm For more information please email childrenblackburnanglicanorgnbspThe Archbishop of York will stop off at St Johns Church in Hurst Green next week during a two day whistlestop tour of the County He is visiting the church in the afternoon of November 5 to hear about the extensive ecofriendly work begin done by the congregation there They build green principles into everything they do and have even installed an ecoloo recently which supplies compost for the churchyard More about the Archbishops visit on the Diocese website at httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg nbspSt Silas Church Preston New Road 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 See the church website httpwwwstsilasorganorguknbspor email stsilasorganfundemailcomnbspThe Archbishop of York is visiting St Michaels High School in Chorley next week during a two day visit to the County He will be at the school on the morning of November 4 to participate in a Vocations Conference for year 11 and 12 pupils from across the County who are showing an interest in exploring ministry leadership or are open to discussing how having a Christian faith might affect their decisions in the future The Archbishop will also participate in a Q and A session with the students More about the two visit on the Diocese website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorgnbspSt Leonards Church Penwortham PR1 9HY Christmas Tree Festival on Saturday November 15 from 10am 5pm and Sunday November 16 from 1130pm 4pm Songs of Praise 430pm Refreshments served each daynbspThe Archbishop of York is visiting St Johns Church Accrington next week during a two day visit to the County He will be at the church on the morning of November 5 for a massive act of worship with 500 children from the Church Primary Schools in Accrington Deanery They will celebrate All Saints and think about putting on the armour of God More about the two visit on the Diocese website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorgnbspThis November the Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire and the Diocese of the Free State in South Africa Bloemfontein will celebrate 50 years of being linked together making it possibly the oldest link in the Anglican Communion A service of thanksgiving will be held at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday November 30 at 4pm at which Fr Andile Mbutye from Bloemfontein will preachnbspThe Archbishop of York is visiting the Chaplaincy and Multifaith Centre at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston next week during a two day visit to the County The Centre celebrates its 25th birthday the same week He will meet students from a variety of faiths and members of the university directorate More about the two visit on the Diocese website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorgnbspA special multimedia event Brothers in Arms takes place shortly It tells the amazing story of the Chavasse twins Noel and Christopher highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in WW1 Their lives tell an inspiring story of courage service sacrifice and faith lived out under fire The evenings are free and are on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 730pm St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood Preston Lancashire PR2 3AR and Sunday 23 November 2014 at 730pm Lancaster Methodist Church Scotforth Road Lancaster LA1 4TE To book places or for more information please contact Miranda Wraithmell Parish Mission Support Department Secretary Emailmirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorgor call 01254 658916nbspThe Archbishop of York is Preston Minster next week during a two day visit to the County At the Minster the Archbishop will meet with the clergy from across the Diocese He will share in a Lancashire hotpot dinner before giving an address to the clergy in which he is expected to be supportive of the recent vision proposals for the future of the Diocese in Lancashire put forward by the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson The Archbishop will also answer questions before the event concludes with some prayer and worship More about the two visit on the Diocese website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorgnbspSt John the Evangelist Worsthorne Burnley invite you to their 39thAnnual Christmas Concert and Cantata on Friday 5thand Saturday 6thDecember Tickets are 5 each reserved seating For further information please contact Arlene Sykes on 01282 438319 for reservations or visit our choirs website at httpwwwsjschoircomnbspA Festive Fairtrade Market will be held at The Grand in Clitheroe on Saturday 15th November from 10am 3pm Stalls will include Fairtrade products and local sustainable crafts Refreshments will be available and local primary school choirs will sing Christmas Carols throughout the day Admission is freenbspA Fairtrade Christmas Market with light refreshments will be held on Friday November 14th and Saturday November 15th from 10am 530pm in St Andrews Church Hall Liverpool Road Longton PR4 5AA with a wide variety of food and gifts for sale Christmas cakes puddings and a variety of wines may also be orderednbspThe Blackburn Diocesan World Development Group would like to encourage more churches and schools to use and sell Fairtrade products Traidcraft and Created catalogues and information on doing more for Fairtrade will be available at the above event Alternatively please contact Cath Greenlees 01772613500 cathgreenleeshotmailcouknbspA church in Leyland is about to practice some new ministry that is sure to put a smile on the faces of the congregation For they are about the play host to a visitor from South Africa whose ministry is quite simply just clowning around The Rev Michael Fourie together with his wife Dr Elaine Fourie are visiting St Ambrose Church in Leyland from the churchs link parish of St John the Baptist in Harrismith Michael is known in South Africa for his clown ministry and is running a clown workshop free of charge at St Ambrose Church Hall on Moss Lane PR25 4XA near to Junction 28 on the M6 on Sunday November 9 from 26pm More information from Rev Duncan Clarke on 01772 623426nbspWhile her husband is clowning around see above Dr Elaine Fourie will be running an interpretive sign language and communication course at St Ambrose Church Hall on November 8 between 10am and noon for anyone interested in this ministry More information on number abovenbspSt Peters Church Darwen Master Singers Concert is on Saturday 8th November at 730pm at St Peters Church The cost is 8 per adult and concession 6 Children under 16 free This will be a wonderful evening of music and not to be missed Funds raised are towards the organ repair Tickets available shortly from St Peters church officenbspSt Peters Church Christmas Craft Fayre to be held on Saturday 29th November 2014 10am 3pm A host of stalls and refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies For further details please ring the Parish Office 01254 703929nbspSt Leonards Church Penwortham is holding a Christmas Tree Festival on Saturday November 15 from 10am5pm and Sunday November 16 after the 10am service until 4pm followed by Songs of Praise Admission 2 accompanied under 16s free Refreshments in the large hallnbspNovember lunchtime recitals at St George the Martyr Preston beginning at 1230pm November 7Felix Niel flute and Tyler Hay piano November 21 Qian Wu violin and Russel Lomas piano Admission 6 including light refreshmentsnbspAn autumn fair takes place at St Silass Church parish centre Preston New Road Blackburn Saturday 22 November 2014 11am2pm Admission free Proceeds go to Church funds and Organ Restoration fund Donations welcome For further details contact 01254 262324 or 01254 671293nbspMusic for Remembrance Day with The Elswick Singers on Sunday November 9 2014 at St Pauls Church Marton Blackpool starting at 730pm Tickets 8 children under 16 free For further details please ring 01253 987529 Pauline Wilson or 01253 692047 Church OfficenbspThe Diocesan World Mission Group is planning to hold a Happening at Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre on Thursday November 6 7pm for 730pm The main speaker will be JP Carvalho a young Brazilian man who works with OMF International in Japan and reaches out to young people in particular through Gospel street dance The Group invites parishes across the diocese to attend and hopes especially that youth leaders will feel able to bring their groups to join in an evening of worship and funnbspSt Aidans Church Hall Station Road Bamber BridgeTrash or Treasure Table Top SaleBuy or sell unwanted itemsNovember 15 930am1pm Sellers from 9am Tables 7 To book a table please call Ellis on 01257 267464nbspnbsp

Lanterns show the way to 'Light in Darkness' Event

Procession through Blackpool led by Street Pastors to hear Archbishop of YorknbspParishioners from churches across Blackpool will be shining bright for Jesus on Tuesday evening in a lantern procession through the town to Light in Darkness at the famous Tower Ballroom an event at which the Archbishop of York is to speaknbspThe procession will be led by the Blackpool Street PastorsnbspThe Archbishop The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu is visiting Lancashire for two days on November 4 and 5nbspWhile the Archbishop is in the region he will carry out a number of key engagements including the fantastic FREE mission event Light in Darkness at the Ballroom on the evening of November 4nbspDoors to the Ballroom are open to the public from 6pm with entertainment from a 30 piece band and the Wurlitzer from 630pm before the main event begins at 730pmnbspA procession of churches from across the town will leave St Thomas Blackpool in Caunce Street at 630pm heading to Cedar Square and the front of St Johns Church around 650pm where others will join the groupnbspPrayers led by ecumenical leaders will be said at St Johns before the procession heads for the Tower arriving around 7pmnbspA spokesperson for the local churches organising group said today The procession is the culmination of many churches working together and this includes churches of other denominations not just the Church of England They include ministers from the Methodist United Reformed and Free ChurchesnbspThere has been a great deal of enthusiasm and support for the procession as well as the visit of the Archbishop We are so delighted that he is coming to us at this timenbspThe theme of Light in Darkness is so appropriate not just because the nights are drawing in and winter is round the corner but because we want to see the light of Christ shine in our lives through our lives and throughout Blackpool as a communitynbspAnyone who wants to join the procession can emailofficestthomasblackpoolorg or call 01253 399276 nbspYou dont have to participate in the procession to attend the FREE event however Just make your way directly to the Ballroom if you would prefernbspAnticipating the visit next week Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said I know I speak for everyone in the Diocese when I say we are looking forward to welcoming the Archbishop of YorknbspI am delighted churches in Blackpool as well as the many others sending people from around the region are fully supporting an evening at which the Archbishop has already promised there will be a different kind of fireworksnbspFor the very latest news about the twoday visit of the Archbishop go to these pages of the Church of England in Lancashires website nbspAnd click here for a special message to Lancashire from the Archbishop in advance of his visitnbspThere will be updates throughout the two day visit on the Dioceses social media accounts Twitter cofelancs and YouTube and Flickr search both for Blackburn DiocesenbspThe hashtag for the visit is abylancsnbspnbspRonnie Semley31102014nbsp

Archbishop to address Lancashire clergy at Preston Minster ...

also visiting Blackburn Cathedral for Focus on Middle East eventMoredetails 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Property Committee

Property CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey1000am1200noonnbsp

Mission & Pastoral Committee

Mission and Pastoral CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey100pm300pmnbsp

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Held at Whalley Abbey400pm600pmnbsp

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

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 - 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

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

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

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

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

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

Property Committee

PropertynbspCommitteenbspnbspTuesday 15th September 2015nbsp1000pm 12 noon

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

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

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

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

Budget Committee

Budget CommiteeOn Thursday 22nd May 2014Time 400pm700pmnbsp

Primary Visitations - Burnley St Peter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pilgrimage Study Morning - Shireshead St James

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

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

Imaginative Lenten Fast

Have a great Eastercelebration look back and see how these fasts have made you a more spiritualpractical relaxed and sociable person Finally In short a betterChristian

Imaginative Lenten Fast

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

Imaginative Lenten Fast

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

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

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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

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

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

Chrism Eucharist at the Cathedral

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

Meet the 'Children of the Royal Almonry'

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

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

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

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

Tweet to say what #EasterMeans to you for Maundy!

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

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

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Observe Sunday as theLords Day we need the rest from our normal frenetic activities and the timeto spend with others

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Startnbspto create aliving Easter garden at home or at church

Holy Week - Walk of Witness

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

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteeHeld at Whalley Abbey200pm400pmnbsp

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Bishop Julian welcomes Measures that accommodate ALL views on Women Bishops

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

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Lancashire's Bishop promotes The Real Easter Egg

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

Spirituality Programme - Whalley Abbey

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

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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

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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Cathedral welcomes community initiatives for Queen's visit

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

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Work out your carbonfootprint and set a target for reducing it by next Lent 30 should not betoo difficult

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

Church of England in Lancashire votes for women bishops

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

Diocesan Synod

Blackburn St Bartholomew EwoodMore information to follownbsp

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

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

Spirituality Programme - Whalley Abbey

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

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Visit your localnature reserve to learn about your local environment

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

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

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

Good News Tour 2014 - Blackburn Cathedral

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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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

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

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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 Frida