Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Accrington Saint Mary Magdalen

Christmas services and Food Appeal

8 Nov 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Christmas services

We are sure you appreciate that it is very difficult to make plans at the moment, but the PCC has decided that, if circumstances change, and if it is at all possible, we shall hold a United Benefice Mass on Christmas Day at 10am. Regrettably, this can be the only Christmas service we can offer at the moment (there will be no Carol Service, no Crib Mass and no Midnight Mass)

Despite the recent news of government funding of free meals for children over the Christmas holiday ----

FOR I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU FED ME” Matthew 25 : 35

There is a growing number of children in our school who do not usually qualify for Free School Meals but who are now affected by the furlough scheme and family redundancy. As a result, there are many families struggling to buy food.

During the half-term break, Natalie and Lynda sat in the church porch and distributed free lunches provided by “Lunches4Children”. Our grateful thanks go to them for doing this.

To take this a step further, the PCC enthusiastically agreed to Natalie’s suggestion for us to collect food items for pupils nominated by the school.

The idea is to give every child in our school who needs it 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 teas for the Christmas break. Please will you contribute something and put in the box on the long pew? (during lockdown church is open for private prayer 11-12 on Sundays)

All items should not require fridge/freezer storage as they will be kept in church/school prior to distribution.

If you wish, you can donate money which will be used to buy milk and bread on the day of distribution.

Serving our neighbour/community is part of what God is calling/asking/expecting us to do. Let’s start as soon as possible!! 

Many thanks from Natalie and Lynda, the Churchwardens and PCC.