Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Fleetwood St. Nicholas

Weekly News Sheet

31 Jul 2021, 2:15 p.m.

St Nicholas Parish Church, Fleetwood

Week beginning 1st August 2021

Please continue to take great care in church. Face coverings are still required.

Sunday 1st August

8.30 am Holy Communion in Church

9.30 am Worship via Zoom

10.45 am Holy Communion in Church

Sidespersons – Dorothy W & Jillian: Reader – Margaret

Tuesday 3rd August

2.00 pm Holy Communion in Church

Friday 6th August

12.30 pm Funeral of Claire Parker RIP – Lytham

Saturday 7th August

10.00 am Church cleaning and maintenance

Sunday 8th August

8.30 am Holy Communion in Church

9.30 am Worship via Zoom

10.45 am Holy Communion in Church

Sidespersons – Margaret & Elizabeth: Reader - Joy

12.30 pm Baptism of Florence Cheetham

1.30 pm Baptism of Indi-Rose Jones

Crew needed – to help deep clean church on the first Saturday of every month. Just come this Saturday at 10 am. Crew needed to provide refreshments after 10.45 am service – see Ruth. Crew needed to help keep church open 11.00 am – 12.30 pm once a fortnight – see Karen.

Living in Love and Faith - How do questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ? What does it mean to live in love and faith together as a Church? For the past three years there has been a working group within the Church of England exploring these very questions. This exploration has resulted in many resources being made available, one of which is the Living in Love and Faith book which sets out to inspire us to think more deeply about what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with one another. It tackles the tough questions and the divisions among Christians about what it means to be holy in a society in which understandings and practices of gender, sexuality and marriage continue to change.

The book encourages us to reflect on God’s gifts of life, relationships, marriage and learning and explores how Christians are to understand and respond to these trends in the light of the good news of Jesus Christ. The book is available to purchase via Church House Publishing and is available on the C of E website to read online, along with copious other resources.

Poulton Deanery, of which we at St Nicholas are a part, is intending to run a five session course in Lent 2022 to which we are warmly invited to engage with. Whatever the outcome of this time of prayer and discernment, there will be far reaching consequences for the Church of England as we know it. As members of Christ’s church it is important that we commit this undertaking to our prayers.

100 Club

Winners last week were Paula Meekins (No 26 - £15), Jeanette Norman (No 38 - £10) and Karen Hay (No 10 - £5). The large summer draw produced the following winners – Gerald Mathias (No 61 - £100),

Gillian King (No 45 - £70), Margaret Forshaw (No 34 - £50), June Young (No 25 - £30), Derek Warrington (No 99 - £20) and Paul Meekins (No 23 - £17)

Please continue to pray …… for Elsie and Gerald, Nigel, Jane, Margaret, Elliott, Janet and Elizabeth. Also for the family of Claire Parker who will be laid to rest on Friday.