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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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Whalley Abbey launches festive menu for Christmas 2016

It may be September but Whalley Abbey a popular tourist and visitor destination all the year round is already taking bookings for ChristmasnbspThe Church of England in Lancashires retreat and conference centre isset in beautiful grounds next to the ancient Cistercian ruins of Whalley AbbeynbspIf you are looking for somewhere different to have your Christmas lunch whether as a couple or with a larger group the Abbey in the beautiful Ribble Valley certainly fits the billnbspThe Christmas lunch week at Whalley Abbey runs from December 12 16 noon arrival for 1230pm dining nbspTwo courses are 1695 while three courses will set you back just 1995nbspBookings large and small are welcome for ChristmasnbspAs an extra treat why not combine your Christmas meal with a stay in the Abbeys attractive fourstar bed and breakfast accommodationnbspFor more information and to review the Whalley Abbey Christmas menu click here also visit the Abbey website wwwwhalleyabbeyorgnbsp ornbspcallnbsp 01254 828400nbspnbspRonnie Semley21092016nbsp

Reflection on a fantastic weekend of mission events

More than 450 events attended by an estimated 25000 people involving threequarters of churches and many church schools in Lancashire all led by the Archbishop of York and 25 Bishops from across the northern province Crossroads Mission has been declared a fantastic successIt was the second year of Crossroads a personal initiative of the Archbishops and the first time the event has taken place in the North West of EnglandVisiting Bishops with their supporting teams joined Bishop Julian Bishop Geoff and Bishop Philip in the host diocese to work alongside local teams in parishes and schoolsArchbishop John Sentamu said I hope that all who have been touched by Crossroads are transformed and renewed in faith This has been a fabulous weekend of activities that show when God is with us everything is possibleRev David Banbury leader of the Blackburn Diocese Parish Mission Support Department commented When we step out in faith and do something for God he blesses our efforts and does amazing things and this is just the beginning As part of the legacy of Crossroads Mission we hope to develop a Diocesan evangelism team to help resource more churches at a local levelEvents ranged from smallscale ones such as home prayer meetings pet services and church barbecues to massive gatherings including a worship celebration for 4000 schoolchildren at Ewood Park Stadium in BlackburnAcross the County thousands were challenged to hear the Good News in a variety of different ways relevant to their local contextsCongregations were encouraged to invite friends and family along to experience the Christian message many for the first timeAfter an initial commissioning service in Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday September 8 the bishops dispersed to different parts of the diocese to work with enthusiastic local teams from parishes and staying with local clergy and churchgoersnbspOn the Sunday afternoon the four days of mission events came to a thunderous climax at an open air celebration involving more than 1000 people at the Flag Market in PrestonA vibrant hour included live music and drama and an inspiring address from Archbishop Sentamu The service also saw many coming forward for prayer as they committed or recommitted themselves to following ChristThe final act was to leave Preston with a resounding shout of The Lord Reigns a sentiment the Diocese hopes will continue to echo and reverberate across the County in the months and years to comeIn a joint statement after Crossroads Bishop Julian Bishop Geoff and Bishop Philip said Crossroads Mission has been a fantastic success We want to thank the Archbishop of York all the visiting Bishops and their teams the teams from our local parishes and deaneries as well as our Diocesan staff team for all their hard workClick here for the full statementAn extensive Crossroads enewsletter is being sent round the Diocese and there is full summary of Crossroads media and social media coverage available here on the Diocesan website

A Retreat with a Difference - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeynbspA Retreat with a differencenbspMonday 19 September tonbspWednesday 21 September 2016 atnbspWhalley AbbeynbspCome and explore an aspect of Christian Tradition that helped shape Christianity in the Ribble ValleynbspFull board and transport costs atnbsp126 per person not including entry costs to other sites of interestnbspVisit sites of local interest See relics of another age nbspLearn more of our Christian heritagenbspEat sleep relax share and enjoy some reflective time at the Abbey with Fr Philip Price RC Priest at English Martyrs Whalley and Canon John Hall An Anglican Priest from FleetwoodnbspFor details of cost please contact Whalley Abbey on 01254 828400 or email officewhalleyabbeyorgnbspnbspnbsp

Tricentenary – Grimsargh St Michael's Celebrates 300 Years

2016 marks a very special Anniversary in the history of Grimsargh St Michaels Church nbspThis year marks the 300 Year Anniversary nbspWhile the existing church is not 300 years old there has been a place of worship in Grimsargh for 300 years and that in itself is certainly worth celebrating The current church was rebuilt in 1840 and 1868 facilitated by the generous patronage of William and Ellen Cross of neighbouring Red Scar Mansion nbspTo celebrate this Anniversary a committee of enthusiastic volunteers has organised a wide range of events throughout the year However the main week of celebrations takes place between Saturday 10 September and Sunday 18 SeptemberSaturday 10 September Setting up of community window displays 10am in Church Sunday 11 September Morning Service 10am in Church The speaker will be the Archdeacon In the evening 730pm a short history of the church will be presented in drama and music This event will take place in Church Monday 12 September An organised walk will take place around the village led by David Hindle Please meet at 6pm by the childrens play area on the park Wednesday 14 September Mothers Union are presenting a Lancashire Evening Thursday 15 September A talk will be given in church by Theresa Swan entitled The Oils of the Bible 730pm in Church Friday 16 September Talk by David Hindle Grimsargh The History of a Lancashire Village 730pm in Church Saturday 17 September Ceilidh 730pm Grimsargh Village Hall Sunday 18 September Service 10am to celebrate the Tricentenary led by The Bishop of Blackburn followed by a buffet lunch in s Grimsargh St Michaels SchoolDuring the week of the Tricentenary the church will be opened from 11am until 330pm Everyone is very welcome to come into church look at the window displays and the wonderful brass engravings of the Cross family vault while enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat nbspThe church will be open from Monday 12 September until Saturday the 17 September A very warm welcome is extended to everyone to come into church to find out more about the churchs history and to discover what is going onnbspIn addition later in the year Friday 14 October there will be a Cheese and Wine Evening in the village hall On this occasion several original paintings of the church will be auctioned If you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam on 01772704112 or email jaynewoollamhotmailcouk or join the Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Anniversary Face Book Page nbspCome and join the celebrations a warm welcome awaitsnbspnbsp

Horseman's Sunday - Lytham Hall

The annual Horsemans Sunday event takes place on September 18 from 1pm to 3pmnbspThe venue this year is Lytham Hall nbspBelow organiser Canon Godfrey Hirst writes about the event nbspFor more information please contact him on godfreyhirstbtinternetcom nbspFor the past twenty years we have held Horsemans Sunday at a variety of locations This annual event has grown in strength and has attracted many owners with their horses driven shown ridden and inhand as well as a congregation of horse lovers friends and supporters All have participated in the Service of readings hymns prayers poetry and the sermon on the mount together with the Blessing of each horsenbspEntry is free for all and each horse receives a commemorative rosette Latterly the occasion has included a competition for the best turned out horse the winner receiving the silver Stirrup Cup nbspThe event has received wide coverage in the press BHS publications Lancashire magazines and televisionnbspTo celebrate the twentyfirst Anniversary this year we are broadening the scope of the event under the title Festival of the Horse which will of course include the traditional components of Horsemans Sunday but hopefully will include the groups societies breeds and associations that have not previously been representednbspWe are thrilled that the executive committee of Lytham Hall have given permission to hold the event at this most prestigious venue and we are glad that Lorraine Matta is to be the President of the Festival Mark Menzies MP to be its Patron the Bishop of Burnley to give the address at the service and Freckleton Brass Band to provide the musicnbspnbsp

Tricentenary – Grimsargh St Michael's Celebrates 300 Years

2016 marks a very special Anniversary in the history of Grimsargh St Michaels Church nbspThis year marks the 300 Year Anniversary nbspWhile the existing church is not 300 years old there has been a place of worship in Grimsargh for 300 years and that in itself is certainly worth celebrating The current church was rebuilt in 1840 and 1868 facilitated by the generous patronage of William and Ellen Cross of neighbouring Red Scar Mansion nbspTo celebrate this Anniversary a committee of enthusiastic volunteers has organised a wide range of events throughout the year However the main week of celebrations takes place between Saturday 10 September and Sunday 18 SeptemberSaturday 10 September Setting up of community window displays 10am in Church Sunday 11 September Morning Service 10am in Church The speaker will be the Archdeacon In the evening 730pm a short history of the church will be presented in drama and music This event will take place in Church Monday 12 September An organised walk will take place around the village led by David Hindle Please meet at 6pm by the childrens play area on the park Wednesday 14 September Mothers Union are presenting a Lancashire Evening Thursday 15 September A talk will be given in church by Theresa Swan entitled The Oils of the Bible 730pm in Church Friday 16 September Talk by David Hindle Grimsargh The History of a Lancashire Village 730pm in Church Saturday 17 September Ceilidh 730pm Grimsargh Village Hall Sunday 18 September Service 10am to celebrate the Tricentenary led by The Bishop of Blackburn followed by a buffet lunch in s Grimsargh St Michaels SchoolDuring the week of the Tricentenary the church will be opened from 11am until 330pm Everyone is very welcome to come into church look at the window displays and the wonderful brass engravings of the Cross family vault while enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat nbspThe church will be open from Monday 12 September until Saturday the 17 September A very warm welcome is extended to everyone to come into church to find out more about the churchs history and to discover what is going onnbspIn addition later in the year Friday 14 October there will be a Cheese and Wine Evening in the village hall On this occasion several original paintings of the church will be auctioned If you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam on 01772704112 or email jaynewoollamhotmailcouk or join the Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Anniversary Face Book Page nbspCome and join the celebrations a warm welcome awaitsnbspnbsp

Tricentenary – Grimsargh St Michael's Celebrates 300 Years

2016 marks a very special Anniversary in the history of Grimsargh St Michaels Church nbspThis year marks the 300 Year Anniversary nbspWhile the existing church is not 300 years old there has been a place of worship in Grimsargh for 300 years and that in itself is certainly worth celebrating The current church was rebuilt in 1840 and 1868 facilitated by the generous patronage of William and Ellen Cross of neighbouring Red Scar Mansion nbspTo celebrate this Anniversary a committee of enthusiastic volunteers has organised a wide range of events throughout the year However the main week of celebrations takes place between Saturday 10 September and Sunday 18 SeptemberSaturday 10 September Setting up of community window displays 10am in Church Sunday 11 September Morning Service 10am in Church The speaker will be the Archdeacon In the evening 730pm a short history of the church will be presented in drama and music This event will take place in Church Monday 12 September An organised walk will take place around the village led by David Hindle Please meet at 6pm by the childrens play area on the park Wednesday 14 September Mothers Union are presenting a Lancashire Evening Thursday 15 September A talk will be given in church by Theresa Swan entitled The Oils of the Bible 730pm in Church Friday 16 September Talk by David Hindle Grimsargh The History of a Lancashire Village 730pm in Church Saturday 17 September Ceilidh 730pm Grimsargh Village Hall Sunday 18 September Service 10am to celebrate the Tricentenary led by The Bishop of Blackburn followed by a buffet lunch in s Grimsargh St Michaels SchoolDuring the week of the Tricentenary the church will be opened from 11am until 330pm Everyone is very welcome to come into church look at the window displays and the wonderful brass engravings of the Cross family vault while enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat nbspThe church will be open from Monday 12 September until Saturday the 17 September A very warm welcome is extended to everyone to come into church to find out more about the churchs history and to discover what is going onnbspIn addition later in the year Friday 14 October there will be a Cheese and Wine Evening in the village hall On this occasion several original paintings of the church will be auctioned If you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam on 01772704112 or email jaynewoollamhotmailcouk or join the Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Anniversary Face Book Page nbspCome and join the celebrations a warm welcome awaitsnbspnbsp

Two Lancashire Churches in two weeks broadcast @ChurchLive

For the second week in a row an East Lancashire church will be broadcasting this Sunday on the national CofE ChurchLive feed on Twitter and PeriscopenbspLast Sunday St Catherines Church in Burnley broadcast its Sunday morning service on ChurchLive as part of the Crossroads Mission which took place across Lancashire from September 811 A total of 1077 viewers from around the country and overseas to join the congregation in BurnleynbspThis week a special Songs of Praise service for ChurchLive will be held at St Silas Church Blackburn on Sunday 18 September at 1030am The church is home of a magnificent and recentlyrestored historic Harrison organnbspThe service will be broadcast nationally and internationally through the Periscope app and can be viewed through the Church of England Twitter Feed ChurchLivenbspAll are welcome to take part in the service join the singing and be seen by all your friends and relatives wherever they live Contact the church for more information about the service on 01772 312678nbspOn the runup to the Sunday broadcast St Silas is able to promote the service on the ChurchLive Twitter feed as wellnbspThis latest broadcast from St Silas and last weeks from St Catherines follow another on ChurchLive from Christ Church in Fulwood Preston earlier in the year which resulted in the usual attendance boosted by 1242 extra people nbspThat was the total number of online worshippers who logged on during the course of the service to watch and be a part of thingsnbspChurchLive is a yearlong project currently running in partnership with TwitterUK to broadcast church services across the world using the Periscope app All 43 Church of England Dioceses are getting involvednbspAny other churches in Lancashire wanting to be considered for ChurchLive should contact Diocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley in the first instance on 01254 503416nbspnbspRonnie Semley15092016nbsp

Tricentenary – Grimsargh St Michael's Celebrates 300 Years

2016 marks a very special Anniversary in the history of Grimsargh St Michaels Church nbspThis year marks the 300 Year Anniversary nbspWhile the existing church is not 300 years old there has been a place of worship in Grimsargh for 300 years and that in itself is certainly worth celebrating The current church was rebuilt in 1840 and 1868 facilitated by the generous patronage of William and Ellen Cross of neighbouring Red Scar Mansion nbspTo celebrate this Anniversary a committee of enthusiastic volunteers has organised a wide range of events throughout the year However the main week of celebrations takes place between Saturday 10 September and Sunday 18 SeptemberSaturday 10 September Setting up of community window displays 10am in Church Sunday 11 September Morning Service 10am in Church The speaker will be the Archdeacon In the evening 730pm a short history of the church will be presented in drama and music This event will take place in Church Monday 12 September An organised walk will take place around the village led by David Hindle Please meet at 6pm by the childrens play area on the park Wednesday 14 September Mothers Union are presenting a Lancashire Evening Thursday 15 September A talk will be given in church by Theresa Swan entitled The Oils of the Bible 730pm in Church Friday 16 September Talk by David Hindle Grimsargh The History of a Lancashire Village 730pm in Church Saturday 17 September Ceilidh 730pm Grimsargh Village Hall Sunday 18 September Service 10am to celebrate the Tricentenary led by The Bishop of Blackburn followed by a buffet lunch in s Grimsargh St Michaels SchoolDuring the week of the Tricentenary the church will be opened from 11am until 330pm Everyone is very welcome to come into church look at the window displays and the wonderful brass engravings of the Cross family vault while enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat nbspThe church will be open from Monday 12 September until Saturday the 17 September A very warm welcome is extended to everyone to come into church to find out more about the churchs history and to discover what is going onnbspIn addition later in the year Friday 14 October there will be a Cheese and Wine Evening in the village hall On this occasion several original paintings of the church will be auctioned If you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam on 01772704112 or email jaynewoollamhotmailcouk or join the Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Anniversary Face Book Page nbspCome and join the celebrations a warm welcome awaitsnbspnbsp

Tricentenary – Grimsargh St Michael's Celebrates 300 Years

2016 marks a very special Anniversary in the history of Grimsargh St Michaels Church nbspThis year marks the 300 Year Anniversary nbspWhile the existing church is not 300 years old there has been a place of worship in Grimsargh for 300 years and that in itself is certainly worth celebrating The current church was rebuilt in 1840 and 1868 facilitated by the generous patronage of William and Ellen Cross of neighbouring Red Scar Mansion nbspTo celebrate this Anniversary a committee of enthusiastic volunteers has organised a wide range of events throughout the year However the main week of celebrations takes place between Saturday 10 September and Sunday 18 SeptemberSaturday 10 September Setting up of community window displays 10am in Church Sunday 11 September Morning Service 10am in Church The speaker will be the Archdeacon In the evening 730pm a short history of the church will be presented in drama and music This event will take place in Church Monday 12 September An organised walk will take place around the village led by David Hindle Please meet at 6pm by the childrens play area on the park Wednesday 14 September Mothers Union are presenting a Lancashire Evening Thursday 15 September A talk will be given in church by Theresa Swan entitled The Oils of the Bible 730pm in Church Friday 16 September Talk by David Hindle Grimsargh The History of a Lancashire Village 730pm in Church Saturday 17 September Ceilidh 730pm Grimsargh Village Hall Sunday 18 September Service 10am to celebrate the Tricentenary led by The Bishop of Blackburn followed by a buffet lunch in s Grimsargh St Michaels SchoolDuring the week of the Tricentenary the church will be opened from 11am until 330pm Everyone is very welcome to come into church look at the window displays and the wonderful brass engravings of the Cross family vault while enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat nbspThe church will be open from Monday 12 September until Saturday the 17 September A very warm welcome is extended to everyone to come into church to find out more about the churchs history and to discover what is going onnbspIn addition later in the year Friday 14 October there will be a Cheese and Wine Evening in the village hall On this occasion several original paintings of the church will be auctioned If you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam on 01772704112 or email jaynewoollamhotmailcouk or join the Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Anniversary Face Book Page nbspCome and join the celebrations a warm welcome awaitsnbspnbsp

'The Lord Reigns' echoes across County as Crossroads Mission ends

Four days of mission events organised by The Church of England in Lancashire came to a thunderous climax with an open air celebration at the Flag Market in Preston nbspHundreds packed into the square for a vibrant hour which included live music and drama an inspiring address from Archbishop John Sentamu and the commissioning of Prestons Street PastorsnbspThe celebration marked the end of the fourday Crossroads Mission across the Diocese of Blackburn nbspChristians across the Diocese supported by 25 bishops and their teams from across the Northern Province of the CofE responded to Archbishop John Sentamus challenge to hold mission events nbspThis led to over 450 activities in community centres schools pubs market places and sports fields across the region nbspAt all points of the regions compass from the north in Tunstall to the south in Chorley and from the west in Blackpool to the east in Pendle and all points in between thousands of people were challenged to hear the Good News in a variety of different ways relevant to their contextsnbspThe Preston Flag Market event brought all of these activities to a climax with an open air witness of Gods love shared by more than 1000 peoplenbspIn a stirring address the Archbishop who had personally attended 19 events over the Crossroads Mission weekend recounted the tale of Cardinal JeanMarie Lustiger who as a boy was trying to wind a priest up with a list of made up sins nbspThe priest challenged him to shout three times at an image of Christ crucified I know you died for me but I dont give a damn By the third he could not go on and converted to Christianity nbspThe Archbishop challenged the crowd to look at an icon of Jesus on the cross and decide whether to say Jesus I dont give a damn or Jesus I give you my allnbspEarlier in the event the crowd heard about the work and positive impact of Prestons Street Pastors as the Archbishop commissioned a new team for Preston City CentrenbspThe service also saw several coming forward for prayer as they committed or recommitted themselves to following ChristnbspAnd the final act was to leave Preston with a resounding shout of The Lord Reigns a sentiment that organisers hope will continue to echo and reverberate across the County as churches and schools continue to build on these four successful daysnbspArchbishop John Sentamu said I hope that all who have been touched by Crossroads are transformed and renewed in faith This has been a fabulous weekend of activities that show when God is with us everything is possiblenbspA joint statement was issued as the Celebration Service came to an end by the three host Diocese Bishops Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster and Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley The Bishops said Crossroads Mission has been a great success Travelling across Lancashire to all points we have been amazed at the many ways people have been engaging in their local communities to share the gospel messagenbspThis hasnt just been a weekend of nice social events although many have been VERY social and great fun There are many organisations out there that put on good events however our events for Crossroads have also been about sharing the Good News about Jesus Christ with the people of Lancashire at literally hundreds of events which have taken place across the CountynbspWe want to thank the Archbishop of York all the visiting Bishops and their teams the teams from our local parishes and deaneries as well as our Diocesan staff team for all their hard worknbspWe give thanks to God for those who have heard and responded to the call of Christ to come and follow Him during the Crossroads MissionnbspIn the coming months we pray for an increase in the numbers of people coming to what are called enquirers courses in our parishesnbspAt these courses people can delve further into what it means to become a Christian and we hope they will choose to make a personal step of faith themselvesnbspnbspRonnie Semley12092016nbsp

Tricentenary – Grimsargh St Michael's Celebrates 300 Years

2016 marks a very special Anniversary in the history of Grimsargh St Michaels Church nbspThis year marks the 300 Year Anniversary nbspWhile the existing church is not 300 years old there has been a place of worship in Grimsargh for 300 years and that in itself is certainly worth celebrating The current church was rebuilt in 1840 and 1868 facilitated by the generous patronage of William and Ellen Cross of neighbouring Red Scar Mansion nbspTo celebrate this Anniversary a committee of enthusiastic volunteers has organised a wide range of events throughout the year However the main week of celebrations takes place between Saturday 10 September and Sunday 18 SeptemberSaturday 10 September Setting up of community window displays 10am in Church Sunday 11 September Morning Service 10am in Church The speaker will be the Archdeacon In the evening 730pm a short history of the church will be presented in drama and music This event will take place in Church Monday 12 September An organised walk will take place around the village led by David Hindle Please meet at 6pm by the childrens play area on the park Wednesday 14 September Mothers Union are presenting a Lancashire Evening Thursday 15 September A talk will be given in church by Theresa Swan entitled The Oils of the Bible 730pm in Church Friday 16 September Talk by David Hindle Grimsargh The History of a Lancashire Village 730pm in Church Saturday 17 September Ceilidh 730pm Grimsargh Village Hall Sunday 18 September Service 10am to celebrate the Tricentenary led by The Bishop of Blackburn followed by a buffet lunch in s Grimsargh St Michaels SchoolDuring the week of the Tricentenary the church will be opened from 11am until 330pm Everyone is very welcome to come into church look at the window displays and the wonderful brass engravings of the Cross family vault while enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat nbspThe church will be open from Monday 12 September until Saturday the 17 September A very warm welcome is extended to everyone to come into church to find out more about the churchs history and to discover what is going onnbspIn addition later in the year Friday 14 October there will be a Cheese and Wine Evening in the village hall On this occasion several original paintings of the church will be auctioned If you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam on 01772704112 or email jaynewoollamhotmailcouk or join the Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Anniversary Face Book Page nbspCome and join the celebrations a warm welcome awaitsnbspnbsp

Thousands attend Crossroads Mission events across Lancashire

Thousands of people from across Lancashire have been attending Crossroads Mission events taking place across the CountynbspMore than 450 events large and smallnbsphave been taking place in the Diocese and today at 4pm a Celebration Event is being held at Preston Flat MarketnbspnbspFrom a pet service in Dolphinholme to a Praise on the Prom event on South Pier in Blackpool there have been myriad opportunities for parishes and schools to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and for people to engage and hear that message For full details of all Crossroads Mission event visit the Crossroads pages on this website via the panel on the homepagenbspThe CrossroadsnbspMission is a personal initiative of the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu andnbspruns from September 811nbspIt is an annual event and this year the first time the mission has been in the North West it has been organised by the Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in LancashirenbspA total of 25 Bishops from across the northern province have been in the County with their visiting mission teams to work alongside local areanbspteamsnbspOn Thursday at the Commissioning Service at Blackburn Cathedral the Archbishop said to those gatherednbspBe excited that you can turn the world upside down When the Holy Spirit fills a person they are filled with a love that must come outnbspOther special events taking place at the same time have been a special Crossroads service broadcast live on Periscope and Twitter from St Catherines Church in Burnley on ChurchLive this morning The Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip Northnbsphas also been tweeting about his work and the Crossroads Mission all week on Twitter OurCofE nbspThe event has also featured prominently on local news broadcasts including across the whole four days on BBC Radio Lancashire as well as Thats Lancashire TV Freeview Channel 7 and local and regional newspapers Premier Christian Radio and other local radio stations have also featured Crossroads MissionnbspThere will be followup reports and reaction to Crossroads Mission on many local and regional media outlets next week as well as a special enewsletter to parishes and Diocesan partners plus coverage in the Diocesan magazine The See and followup features in other publications such as Church Times and Lancashire LifenbspYou can also continue to follow Crossroads Mission on social mediaOn social media the hashtag to use is crossroadslancs Twitter Follow cofelancs crossroadsinfo and OurCofEYouTube search online for YouTube and Blackburn Diocese and subscribe to our channel for all the latest Crossroads videosFlickr follow us at FlickrblackburndioceseLike Crossroads Mission on FacebookwwwfacebookcomcofelancsAll Crossroads Mission news and events on the Diocesan website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbsp and also see httpwwwarchbishopofyorkorgnbspfor stories about the Archbishops activities during CrossroadsnbspnbspRonnie Semley11092016nbsp

Tricentenary – Grimsargh St Michael's Celebrates 300 Years

2016 marks a very special Anniversary in the history of Grimsargh St Michaels Church nbspThis year marks the 300 Year Anniversary nbspWhile the existing church is not 300 years old there has been a place of worship in Grimsargh for 300 years and that in itself is certainly worth celebrating The current church was rebuilt in 1840 and 1868 facilitated by the generous patronage of William and Ellen Cross of neighbouring Red Scar Mansion nbspTo celebrate this Anniversary a committee of enthusiastic volunteers has organised a wide range of events throughout the year However the main week of celebrations takes place between Saturday 10 September and Sunday 18 SeptemberSaturday 10 September Setting up of community window displays 10am in Church Sunday 11 September Morning Service 10am in Church The speaker will be the Archdeacon In the evening 730pm a short history of the church will be presented in drama and music This event will take place in Church Monday 12 September An organised walk will take place around the village led by David Hindle Please meet at 6pm by the childrens play area on the park Wednesday 14 September Mothers Union are presenting a Lancashire Evening Thursday 15 September A talk will be given in church by Theresa Swan entitled The Oils of the Bible 730pm in Church Friday 16 September Talk by David Hindle Grimsargh The History of a Lancashire Village 730pm in Church Saturday 17 September Ceilidh 730pm Grimsargh Village Hall Sunday 18 September Service 10am to celebrate the Tricentenary led by The Bishop of Blackburn followed by a buffet lunch in s Grimsargh St Michaels SchoolDuring the week of the Tricentenary the church will be opened from 11am until 330pm Everyone is very welcome to come into church look at the window displays and the wonderful brass engravings of the Cross family vault while enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat nbspThe church will be open from Monday 12 September until Saturday the 17 September A very warm welcome is extended to everyone to come into church to find out more about the churchs history and to discover what is going onnbspIn addition later in the year Friday 14 October there will be a Cheese and Wine Evening in the village hall On this occasion several original paintings of the church will be auctioned If you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam on 01772704112 or email jaynewoollamhotmailcouk or join the Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Anniversary Face Book Page nbspCome and join the celebrations a warm welcome awaitsnbspnbsp

Crossroads - Northern Bishops' Mission - Day 4 Events

The Diocese will welcome the Archbishop of York and 25 Bishops from across the north of England for Crossroads Mission which is a key part of the ongoing work for our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities Today is day four the final day of the Mission eventThe main event today takes place on Preston Flagmarket at 400pm where Archbishop Sentamu will lead the closing CrossroadsnbspCelebration Service to which EVERYONE is welcomenbsp For a poster with more information click hereOn Sunday morning many churches arenbspholding special services or events detailsnbspof whichnbspcan be seen below or you can access a pdf copy to print out by clicking hereFor all the informationnbspyou will need for Crossroadsnbspplus a wealth of resources and background materials including communications advice you can visit the Crossroads section of our website anytime via the panel on the homepagenbspor justnbspclick herenbspand follow the links on the right when you land on the pageDayTime slotDeaneryOrganising ChurchWhatWhereTownVillageTimeSundayMorningAccringtonAccrington Christ ChurchMorning Worship Guest Service followed by lunchnbspTrinity Community Church amp Woodnook CentrenbspAccrington1020am230pmSundayMorningAccringtonAccrington St PaulMorning servicenbspSt Pauls ChurchnbspAccrington915am1030amSundayMorningAccringtonClayton le Moors All SaintsnbspMorning Parade servicenbspAll Saints ChurchClayton le Moors1100am1200noonSundayMorningAccringtonHaslingden St JamesnbspMorning ServicenbspHaslingden St JamesnbspHaslingden1045am1145amSundayMorningAccringtonOswaldtwistle Immanuel and All SaintsnbspBreakfast ChurchnbspAll Saints ChurchOswaldtwistle845am1030amSundayMorningAccringtonOswaldtwistle St PaulnbspMorning service Ice Cream SundaySt Pauls ChurchnbspOswaldtwistle1000am1130amSundayMorningBburn w DwnBlackburn Church of the SaviourMorning worshipChurch of the SaviourBlackburn845amSundayMorningBburn w DwnBlackburn St FrancisEducation Sunday followed by treasure hunt and barbecueSt Francis ChurchBlackburn1000amSundayMorningBburn w DwnBlackburn St GabrielMorning worshipSt Gabriels ChurchBlackburn1100amSundayMorningBburn w DwnBlackburn St GabrielMorning worshipSt Gabriels ChurchBlackburn900amSundayMorningBburn w DwnBlackburn St JamesMorning worshipSt James ChurchBlackburn1100amSundayMorningBburn w DwnDarwen St BarnabasAll Age morning worshipSt Barnabas ChurchDarwen1030amSundayMorningBburn w DwnDarwen St CuthbertMorning worshipSt Cuthberts ChurchDarwen1030amSundayMorningBburn w DwnLower Darwen St JamesMorning worship Education Sunday ServiceSt James ChurchLower Darwen1000amSundayMorningBburn w DwnOver Darwen St JamesMorning worshipSt James ChurchOver Darwen1100amSundayMorningBlackpoolBlackpool South Shore Holy TrinityFamily worship celebrating baptismHoly Trinity Church South ShoreBlackpool1100amSundayMorningBlackpoolBlackpool South Shore St PeterFamily worshipSt Peters Church South ShoreBlackpool930amSundayMorningBlackpoolBlackpool Christ Church with All SaintsMorning Worship ServiceChrist Church with All SaintsBlackpool1045amSundayMorningBlackpoolBlackpool Christ Church with All SaintsCafe Church Morning serviceGrange Park Community Learning CentreBlackpool1045amSundayMorningBlackpoolBlackpool St John the EvangelistMorning Family WorshipSt John the Evangelists ChurchBlackpool1030amSundayMorningBlackpoolBlackpool St Stephen on the CliffsMorning worshipSt Stephen on the Cliffs ChurchBlackpool1030amSundayMorningBlackpoolBlackpool St ThomasMorning Holy CommunionSt Thomas ChurchBlackpool1030amSundayMorningBlackpoolMereside Freedom ChurchWhyndyke Car Boot Sale Worship tentPreston New RoadBlackpool930am1230pmSundayMorningBlackpoolSt Pauls MartonMorning serviceSt Pauls Church MartonBlackpool1000amSundayMorningBurnleyBurnley All Saints with St John BaptistBack to Church serviceAll Saints with St John Baptists ChurchBurnley1030amSundayMorningBurnleyBurnley St CatherineChurch MassSt Catherines ChurchnbspBurnley1030amSundayMorningBurnleyBurnley St MatthewParish Eucharist followed by lunchSt Matthews ChurchBurnley1030amSundayMorningBurnleyBurnley St Stephen amp St PeterMorning serviceSt Stephens ChurchBurnley1030amSundayMorningBurnleyPadiham St LeonardMorning serviceSt Leonards ChurchPadiham930amSundayMorningBurnleyPadiham St MargaretBack to School serviceSt Margarets ChurchHapton1100amSundayMorningChorleyAppley Bridge All SaintsBack to school service picnic and gamesAll Saints C of E Primary SchoolAppley Bridge1045am230pmSundayMorningChorleyBrindle St JamesWorship and Friendship Family Fun games for the children barbecueBrindle Community HallBrindle1030am200pmSundayMorningChorleyChorley St JamesGuest ServiceSt James ChurchChorley1030amSundayMorningChorleyChorley St JamesGuest ServiceSt James ChurchChorley845amSundayMorningChorleyChorley St PeterParade ServiceSt Peters ChurchChorley1000amSundayMorningChorleyEuxton Parish ChurchFamily service and lunchEuxton Parish ChurchEuxton1000am200pmSundayMorningChorleyWhittleleWoods St JohnEducation Sunday service followed by lunchSt Johns ChurchWhittleleWoods1030amSundayMorningGarstangBarton St LawrenceMorning worshipSt Lawrences ChurchBarton1045amSundayMorningGarstangBilsborrow St HildaMorning worshipSt Hildas ChurchBilsborrow1045amSundayMorningGarstangBleasdale St EadmerMorning worshipSt Eadmers ChurchBleasdale915amSundayMorningGarstangGoosnargh St Mary the VirginMorning worshipSt Marys ChurchGoosnargh1100amSundayMorningGarstangGoosnargh St Mary the VirginMorning worshipSt Marys ChurchGoosnargh830amSundayMorningGarstangStalmine St JamesAll Age ServiceSt James ChurchStalmine1030amSundayMorningGarstangWhitechapel St JamesMorning worshipSt James ChurchWhitechapel930amSundayMorningGarstangWoodplumpton St AnneSchool ServiceSt Annes ChurchWoodplumpton1030amSundayMorningKirkhamKirkham DeaneryOpen House Coffee and Cake with Archbishop SentamuHMP KirkhamKirkham1015am1115amSundayMorningKirkhamKirkham DeaneryMorning worship with Archbishop SentamuHMP KirkhamKirkham930am1015amSundayMorningKirkhamTreales Christ ChurchTreales Praise for young people and familiesChrist ChurchTreales1100am1200noonSundayMorningKirkhamWrea Green St NicholasSunday Service followed by barbecueSt Nicholas Church amp Parish CentreWrea Green1000am1100amSundayMorningLanc amp MorEllel St JohnEducation Sunday service amp refreshmentsEllel St Johns SchoolEllel1030am1200SundayMorningLanc amp MorHeysham St JamesMorning WorshipSunday SchoolFamily CelebrationSt James ChurchHeysham915amSundayMorningLanc amp MorLancaster PrioryFestal EucharistLancaster PrioryLancaster1000amSundayMorningLanc amp MorLancaster St ThomasMorning worship Guest ServiceSt Thomas ChurchLancaster1100amSundayMorningLanc amp MorLancaster St ThomasMorning worship Guest ServiceSt Thomas ChurchLancaster900amSundayMorningLanc amp MorMorecambe Parish ChurchAll Age worship Lifting the Lid and taster Junior ChurchMorecambe Parish ChurchMorecambe1000amSundayMorningLanc amp MorMorecambe St BarnabasSung MassSt Barnabas ChurchMorecambe1000amSundayMorningLanc amp MorSkerton St ChadPilgrimage ServiceSt Chads Church SkertonLancaster1000amSundayMorningLeylandBamber Bridge St SaviourMorning worship Guest ServiceSt Saviours ChurchBamber Bridge1030amSundayMorningLeylandBuckshaw Village ChurchMorning worship Guest ServiceBuckshaw Community CentreBuckshaw Village1030amSundayMorningLeylandHigher Walton All SaintsCelebration ServiceAll Saints ChurchHigher Walton1000amSundayMorningLeylandLeyland DeaneryMorning worshipHMP WymottLeyland1015amSundayMorningLeylandLeyland DeaneryMorning worshipHMP WymottLeyland900amSundayMorningLeylandLeyland St AndrewMorning worship Guest ServiceSt Andrews ChurchLeyland1115amSundayMorningLeylandLeyland St AndrewMorning worship Guest ServiceSt Andrews ChurchLeyland830amSundayMorningLeylandLeyland St AndrewMorning worship Guest ServiceSt Andrews ChurchLeyland945amSundayMorningLeylandLeyland St JohnGuest Service with children who went on Nefyn Camp followed by BBQSt Johns ChurchLeyland1030amSundayMorningLeylandPenwortham St LeonardMorning worship Education ServiceMiddleforth SchoolPenwortham1000amSundayMorningPendleBarrowford St ThomasCaf style Holy Communion followed by treasure huntSt Thomas ChurchBarrowford1100am100pmSundayMorningPendleBrierfield St LukeMorning worshipSt Lukes ChurchBrierfield915am1045amSundayMorningPendleColne St Bartholomew with Holy TrinityJoint morning worshipSt Bartholomews ChurchColne1000am1200noonSundayMorningPendleFence St Anne amp Higham St JohnJoint morning worshipSt Annes ChurchFence930amSundayMorningPendleFoulridge St Michael and All AngelsPatronal Service followed by brunchSt Michael and all Angels ChurchFoulridge900am1200noonSundayMorningPendleNelson St John with St PhilipJoint morning worshipSt Johns ChurchnbspNelson1030am1230pmSundayMorningPoultonCarleton St HildaMorning serviceSt Hildas ChurchCarleton1100amSundayMorningPoultonFleetwood St NicholasMorning serviceSt Nicholas ChurchFleetwood1100amSundayMorningPoultonSingleton St AnneMorning service beginning in schoolSt Annes Church and SchoolSingleton930amSundayMorningPrestonAshton St AndrewMorning Worship Guest ServiceSt Micahaels Church AshtonPreston1000amSundayMorningPrestonBroughton ParishAll Age serviceSt Johns Church BroughtonPreston1000amSundayMorningPrestonFulwood St CuthbertAll Age Parade Service followed by bring and share lunchSt Cuthberts Parish CentrePreston1030am130pmSundayMorningPrestonGrimsargh St Michael300th Anniversary ServiceSt Michaels Church GrimsarghnbspGrimsargh1000amSundayMorningPrestonIngol St MargaretMorning Worship Guest ServiceSt Margarets ChurchPreston1015amSundayMorningPrestonLea St Christopher amp EmmanuelJoint All Age Morning worship Guest ServiceSt Christophers ChurchPreston1000am1100amSundayMorningPrestonPreston St Matthew amp Preston St JamesJoint Morning serviceSt Matthews ChurchPreston1100am1230pmSundayMorningPrestonPreston St StephenMorning worshipHMP PrestonPreston1015amSundayMorningPrestonPreston St StephenMorning worship Guest ServiceSt Stephens Parish CentrePreston1030am1200noonSundayMorningPrestonRibchester St WilfridJC on the Rec Junior Church with games chocolate Pokemon amp picnicRibchester Recreation GroundRibchester1030am1230pmSundayMorningTunstallBoltonLeSands Holy TrinityMorning worshipHoly Trinity ChurchBoltonLeSands1030amSundayMorningTunstallOver Kellet St CuthbertMorning worshipSt Cuthberts ChurchOver Kellet1030amSundayMorningTunstallOver Kellet St CuthbertMorning worshipSt Cuthberts ChurchOver Kellet900amSundayMorningTunstallSilverdale St JohnMorning worshipSt Johns ChurchSilverdale1030amSundayMorningTunstallSlyne with Hest St LukeMorning worshipSt Lukes ChurchSlyne with Hest930amSundayMorningTunstallTunstall St John the BaptistMorning worshipSt John the Baptists ChurchTunstall1100amSundayMorningWhalleySalesbury St PeterEducation Sunday ServiceSt Peters ChurchSalesbury1030amSundayAfternoonBburn w DwnKnuzden St OswaldBring your memories of Knuzden Afternoon Tea amp a Trip down Memory LaneSt Oswalds Church KnuzdenKnuzden100pm300pmSundayAfternoonBlackpoolBlackpool St Stephen on the CliffsParish barbecue and ask the ArchdeaconSt Stephen on the Cliffs ChurchBlackpool1215pmSundayAfternoonBurnleyBurnley St CuthbertTea and Big SingSt Cuthberts ChurchBurnley230pmSundayAfternoonKirkhamLund St John the EvangelistChildrens Eucharist followed by lunchSt John the Evangelists ChurchLund1215pm200pmSundayAfternoonLanc amp MorCockerham St Michael amp All AngelsPet service followed by refreshmentsCockerham St Michael amp All AngelsCockerham200pmSundayAfternoonLanc amp MorLancaster amp Morecambe DeaneryBring and Share Picnic foodnbsp fellowship stories prayerLancaster Priory Churchyard Priory if wetLancaster1230pm200pmSundayAfternoonLanc amp MorWinnmarleigh St LukeHarvestFlower FestivalSt Lukes ChurchWinnmarleigh1200noon500pmSundayAfternoonAllDioceseCrossroads CelebrationPreston FlagmarketPreston400pm500pmSundayEveningLanc amp MorLancaster PrioryConcert An Evening with J S BachnbspLancaster PrioryLancaster800pmSundayEveningLeylandLeyland St AndrewEvening worship Guest ServiceSt Andrews ChurchLeyland630pm

Crossroads Celebration Service - Preston Flag Market 4pm on 11th September

Everyonenbspis welcome to come to Preston Flag Market onnbspSunday 11th September at 4pmnbspfor an openair celebration of the four day Crossroads Missionnbsp The Archbishop of York and his team together with around 25 visiting Bishops and their teams will be therenbspThey will join with the parish teams and many other people from Church of England parishes and schools and their guests including family friends and work colleagues We hope YOU will join themnbspANYONE especially YOU is very welcome to attend this FREE event and you will be entertained by music and drama presentations singing and a fantastic message of hope from the Archbishop of York himselfnbspWe hope to see as many as possible there for a celebration of what God has been doing in Lancashire over the four days of the Mission and looking to the future for more blessingsCLICK HERE for a poster you can download and use to publicise the celebration event or print it off smaller and use it as a flyer to hand outnbsp The Diocese will welcome the Archbishop of York and 25 Bishops from across the north of England for Crossroads Mission which is a key part of the ongoing work for our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesFor all the informationnbspyou will need for Crossroads including an events listing available in full from August 25 plus a wealth of resources and background materials including communications advice you can visit the Crossroads section of our website anytime via the panel on the homepagenbspor justnbspclick herenbspand follow the links on the right when you land on the page

Classic Vehicle Show - opposite Charnock Richard Christ Church

Classic Vehicle ShowOpposite Christ Church Charnock RichardnbspA Classic Vehicle Show is being held during the annual Scarecrow Festival at the Show Ground opposite Christ Church in Church Lane Charnock Richard on Saturday and Sunday 1011 September 2016 nbspExhibits will include cars trucks tractors motor bikes steam engines etc nbspThere will be trade stands craft stalls andnbspchildrens entertainment nbspIn the church there will be homemade refreshments and other activitiesnbspOn Saturday 10th September we will be joined by members of the Crossroads Team as we host a Question Time event beginning at 11am nbspWhy not come along and put questions to our panelnbspThere is ample free parking Come and enjoy a good family day outnbsp

Tricentenary - Grimsargh St Michael's Celebrates 300 Years

2016 marks a very special Anniversary in the history of Grimsargh St Michaels Church nbspThis year marks the 300 Year Anniversary nbspWhile the existing church is not 300 years old there has been a place of worship in Grimsargh for 300 years and that in itself is certainly worth celebrating The current church was rebuilt in 1840 and 1868 facilitated by the generous patronage of William and Ellen Cross of neighbouring Red Scar Mansion nbspTo celebrate this Anniversary a committee of enthusiastic volunteers has organised a wide range of events throughout the year However the main week of celebrations takes place between Saturday 10 September and Sunday 18 SeptemberSaturday 10 September Setting up of community window displays 10am in Church Sunday 11 September Morning Service 10am in Church The speaker will be the Archdeacon In the evening 730pm a short history of the church will be presented in drama and music This event will take place in Church Monday 12 September An organised walk will take place around the village led by David Hindle Please meet at 6pm by the childrens play area on the park Wednesday 14 September Mothers Union are presenting a Lancashire Evening Thursday 15 September A talk will be given in church by Theresa Swan entitled The Oils of the Bible 730pm in Church Friday 16 September Talk by David Hindle Grimsargh The History of a Lancashire Village 730pm in Church Saturday 17 September Ceilidh 730pm Grimsargh Village Hall Sunday 18 September Service 10am to celebrate the Tricentenary led by The Bishop of Blackburn followed by a buffet lunch in s Grimsargh St Michaels SchoolDuring the week of the Tricentenary the church will be opened from 11am until 330pm Everyone is very welcome to come into church look at the window displays and the wonderful brass engravings of the Cross family vault while enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat nbspThe church will be open from Monday 12 September until Saturday the 17 September A very warm welcome is extended to everyone to come into church to find out more about the churchs history and to discover what is going onnbspIn addition later in the year Friday 14 October there will be a Cheese and Wine Evening in the village hall On this occasion several original paintings of the church will be auctioned If you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam on 01772704112 or email jaynewoollamhotmailcouk or join the Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Anniversary Face Book Page nbspCome and join the celebrations a warm welcome awaitsnbspnbsp

Crossroads - Northern Bishops' Mission - Day 3 Events

The Diocese will welcome the Archbishop of York and 25 Bishops from across the north of England for Crossroads Mission which is a key part of the ongoing work for our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities Today is day three of the Mission eventFor anbsplist of events taking place todaynbspsee below or use the links to downloadnbspa pdf version that can be printednbspnbspSaturday morning Saturday afternoon Saturday eveningIfnbspyou want to see the whole list for the four days then click here or to see the programme by deanery then clicknbspherenbspFor all the informationnbspyou will need for Crossroads includingnbspa wealth of resources and background materials including communications advice you can visit the Crossroads section of our website anytime via the panel on the homepagenbspor justnbspclick herenbspand follow the links on the right when you land on the pagenbspDayTime slotDeaneryOrganising ChurchWhatWhereTownVillageTimeSaturdaynbspMorningAccringtonAccrington Christ Church amp St PaulnbspMessy ChurchnbspTrinity Community ChurchnbspAccrington1100am1230pmSaturdaynbspMorningAccringtonAccrington St JamesnbspSinging Leafletspraying for peopleAccrington Market HallnbspAccringtonMorningSaturdaynbspMorningAccringtonAccrington St JohnGreater Love Heritage for all including tour of Pals ChapelSt Johns ChurchAccringtontbcSaturdaynbspMorningAccringtonAccrington St Mary MagdalennbspMessy ChurchnbspSt Mary Magdalens ChurchnbspAccrington930am1130amSaturdaynbspMorningAccringtonAccrington St PaulLitter Pick postcards through doors Bacon buttiesnbspSt Pauls ParishAccrington1000am1200noonSaturdaynbspMorningAccringtonHuncoat St AugustineBreakfastSt Augustines Church HuncoatnbspAccrington900am1100amSaturdaynbspMorningAccringtonOswaldtwistle Immanuel and All SaintsnbspChildrens Art exhibitionnbsp Life in 2026nbspImmanuel ChurchOswaldtwistle1100am300pmSaturdayMorningBburn w DwnBlackburn St GabrielSaturday Meeting Place with bacon buttiesSt Gabriels ChurchBlackburn1000am1200noonSaturdayMorningBburn w DwnBlackburn St JamesPrayer breakfastSt James ChurchBlackburn830am1000amSaturdayMorningBburn w DwnDarwen St BarnabasChildrens partySt Barnabas ChurchDarwen1100am1230pmSaturdayMorningBburn w DwnDarwen St PeterHeritage Open Day with refreshmentsSt Peters ChurchDarwen1000am200pmSaturdayMorningBburn w DwnKnuzden St OswaldStanhill Heritage Trail Guided WalkFrom Stanhill Memorial Gardens Stanhill RdKnuzden1030amSaturdayMorningBburn w DwnLower Darwen St JamesHouse Group mission events with refreshmentsSt James ChurchLower Darwen1000am1200noonSaturdayMorningBburn w DwnLower Darwen St JamesCommunity fun planting bulbs and having lunch together in the schoolMeet at Dog InnBelthorn1100am100pmSaturdayMorningBburn w DwnLower Darwen St JamesFamily Fun Day Puppet show Crafts Music and dancing football trainingRoman Road LibraryLower Darwen1100am200pmSaturdayMorningBlackpoolBispham All HallowsMens breakfast with the BishopAll Hallows Church BisphamBlackpool900am 1030amSaturdayMorningBlackpoolBlackpool St John the EvangelistAsk the Bishop Coffee MorningSt John the Evangelists ChurchBlackpool1130am1230pmSaturdayMorningBlackpoolBlackpool St Stephen on the CliffsTour and questionsSt Stephen on the Cliffs ChurchBlackpool1030am1130amSaturdayMorningBlackpoolHoly Trinity South Shore amp St Thomas BlackpoolBacon with the Bishop Mens breakfastHoly Trinity Church South ShoreBlackpool900am1015amSaturdayMorningBlackpoolLayton St Marks with St Lukes StainingAny questionsGrange Park on the greenBlackpool900am1215pmSaturdayMorningBlackpoolSt Pauls North ShoreHeritage Coffee MorningSt Pauls Church North ShoreBlackpool1000am300pmSaturdayMorningBurnleyBurnley St AndrewCoffee Morning Outside LidlOutside LidlBurnleytbcSaturdayMorningBurnleyBurnley St CatherineFootball ground outreach home game against HullOutside Burnley Football GroundBurnley1000am300pmSaturdayMorningBurnleyBurnley St CuthbertKnocking on doors in the ParishStreets in St Cuthberts parishBurnley1030amSaturdayMorningBurnleyPadiham St LeonardCoffee morningSt Leonards ChurchPadiham1030amSaturdayMorningChorleyCharnock Richard Christ ChurchQuestion Time at Scarecrow Festival and Classic Vehicle ShowScarecrow FestivalnbspCharnock Richard1100amSaturdayMorningChorleyEuxton Parish ChurchMens breakfastEuxton Parish ChurchEuxton830am1000amSaturdayMorningChorleyStandish St WilfridMessy Church for all agesSt Wilfrids Parish HallStandish1000am1130amSaturdayMorningChorleyStandish St WilfridCoffee and invitation timeSt Wilfrids Parish HallStandish1000am1200noonSaturdayMorningChorleyWithnell St Paul amp Heapey St BarnabasFamily breakfast ticketed eventSt Pauls ChurchWithnell900amSaturdayMorningGarstangBleasdale St EadmerFamily walking Treasure Hunt 56 mile walk and lunchBleasdaleBleasdale900am1230pmSaturdayMorningGarstangCalder Vale St John the EvangelistParish Nursing SchemeCalder Vale Mission HallCalder Vale900amSaturdayMorningKirkhamLytham St CuthbertsFair trade breakfast before the Harvest of TalentsSt Cuthberts Churchnbsp800am1000amSaturdayMorningKirkhamLytham St CuthbertsHarvest of TalentsSt Cuthberts ChurchLytham1000am400pmSaturdayMorningKirkhamLytham St John St Paul amp St CuthbertThe Big Breakfast for MenThe Taps LythamLytham845amnbspSaturdayMorningKirkhamWrea Green St NicholasMens Community Breakfast with testimonyWrea Green Parish CentreWrea Green900am1000amSaturdayMorningLanc amp MorGlasson Christ ChurchTeddy Bears PicnicThe Green at Glasson DockGlasson Dock1100amSaturdayMorningLanc amp MorHeysham St Peter with St JamesOpen ChurchSt Peters ChurchHeysham1000am300pmSaturdayMorningLanc amp MorLancaster amp Morecambe DeaneryMessy Church and Family Activities StallLancaster Market SquareLancaster945am330pmSaturdayMorningLanc amp MorMorecambe Parish ChurchLifting the Lid on Church Schoolorganisations displays amp refreshmentsMorecambe Parish ChurchMorecambe1000am400pmSaturdayMorningLanc amp MorMorecambe St BarnabasStep inside Church open daystallsfoodSt Barnabas ChurchMorecambe1000am400pmSaturdayMorningLanc amp MorOverton St HelensMens BreakfastGlobe OvertonOverton900amSaturdayMorningLanc amp MorQuernmore St PeterFarmers Country BreakfastSt Peters ChurchQuernmore830am1100amSaturdayMorningLanc amp MorShireshead St JamesMens BreakfastUpper Room Shireshead St JamesShireshead830am1000amSaturdayMorningLanc amp MorWinnmarleigh St LukeHarvestFlower FestivalSt Lukes ChurchWinnmarleigh1100am400pmSaturdayMorningLeylandBamber Bridge St AidanPopup ChurchMorrisons Bamber BridgeBamber Bridge1000am500pmSaturdayMorningLeylandBuckshaw Village ChurchLadies brunchHarvester Buckshaw VillageBuckshaw Village1030amSaturdayMorningLeylandBuckshaw Village ChurchMens BreakfastHarvester Buckshaw VillageBuckshaw Village800am1000amSaturdayMorningLeylandLeyland St AndrewOpen Door Coffee MorningSt Andrews ChurchLeyland1000am1200noonSaturdayMorningLeylandLeyland St JamesCoffee morningSt James ChurchLeyland1000am1200noonSaturdayMorningLeylandLeyland St JohnMens Breakfast amp GolfSt Johns ChurchYarrow Valley Golf ClubLeyland830amSaturdayMorningPendleColne St Bartholomew with Holy TrinityCommunity barbecueSt Bartholomews ChurchColne1100am300pmSaturdayMorningPendleFence St Anne amp Higham St JohnWorship and Workshop DaySt Johns ChurchHigham1000am400pmSaturdayMorningPendleNelson Little Marsden St PaulMeditation Prayer ActivitySt Pauls ChurchNelson1000am1100amSaturdayMorningPendleNelson St John with St PhilipCommunity Fun DaySt Johns ChurchNelson1100am400pmSaturdayMorningPoultonFleetwood St Peter amp Fleetwood St David3 Courses and a Party Mens breakfast and Bible StudynbspSt Davids ChurchFleetwood900amSaturdayMorningPoultonThornton Christ ChurchMens BreakfastGardiners ArmsThornton900amSaturdayMorningPoultonThornton Christ Church24 hours of prayer and hospitality amp fellowshipChrist ChurchThornton900am900amSaturdayMorningPrestonFulwood Christ ChurchFamily FeteArchbishop Temple SchoolPreston1100am100pmSaturdayMorningPrestonLea St ChristopherCoffee morningSt Christophers ChurchPreston1000am1200noonSaturdayMorningPrestonPreston St MatthewFamily Fun DaySt Matthews grounds and school playgroundPreston1100am200pmSaturdayMorningTunstallBoltonLeSands Holy TrinityMens breakfastMiaItaliaBoltonLeSands830amSaturdayMorningTunstallHalton St WilfridHeritage Open DaySt Wilfrids ChurchHalton1000am400pmSaturdayMorningTunstallSilverdale St JohnCommunity Coffee MorningSilverdale Village HallSilverdale1000am1200noonSaturdayMorningTunstallYealand Conyers St JohnnbspGraveyard TidyYealand Conyers GraveyardYealand Conyers1100am300pmSaturdayMorningWhalleyChatburn Christ ChurchBreakfast and Community runCircular run from Christ ChurchChatburn830amSaturdayMorningWhalleyGreat Harwood St Bartholomew and St JohnArts Flower and Photography FestivalSt Bartholomews ChurchGreat Harwood1000am500pmSaturdayMorningWhalleyGreat Harwood St Bartholomew and St JohnFun DayLowerfold Park and St Bartholomews SchoolGreat Harwood1100am400pmSaturdayMorningWhalleySalesbury St PeterBacon Butties for FootballersMemorial HallSalesbury900am1100amSaturdayMorningWhalleyWhalley St Mary amp All SaintsHeritage Open DaySt Mary amp All Saints ChurchWhalley1000am400pmSaturdaynbspAfternoonAccringtonBaxenden St JohnFree Festival EventBaxenden St Johns C of E Primary SchoolnbspBaxenden1200noon400pmSaturdaynbspAfternoonAccringtonOswaldtwistle Immanuel and All SaintsnbspChildrens Art exhibitionnbsp Life in 2026nbspImmanuel ChurchOswaldtwistle1100am300pmSaturdayAfternoonBburn w DwnBlackburn ImmanuelTea at ThreeImmanuel ChurchBlackburn300pm500pmSaturdayAfternoonBburn w DwnBlackburn St LukeSongs of Praise at Sheltered Housing with afternoon teanbspBridgewater CourtBlackburn300pm430pmSaturdayAfternoonBburn w DwnDarwen St PeterHeritage Open Day with refreshmentsSt Peters ChurchDarwen1000am200pmSaturdayAfternoonBburn w DwnDarwen St PeterAfternoon teaSt Peters ChurchDarwen200pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonBburn w DwnKnuzden St OswaldHistory amp Heritage of St Oswalds ParishSt Oswalds Church KnuzdenKnuzden100pm300pmSaturdayAfternoonBburn w DwnLower Darwen St JamesHouse Group mission events with refreshmentsSt James ChurchLower Darwen100pm300pmSaturdayAfternoonBburn w DwnLower Darwen St JamesFamily Fun Day Puppet show Crafts Music and dancing football trainingRoman Road LibraryLower Darwen1100am200pmSaturdayAfternoonBburn w DwnLower Darwen St JamesFeeding 5000 Family Fun with Crafts Games Teddy Bears Picnic FoodLower Darwen Primary SchoolLower Darwen330pm500pmSaturdayAfternoonBlackpoolAnchorsholme All SaintsnbspWomens Afternoon DelightAll Saints Church AnchorsholmeBlackpool100pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonBlackpoolBispham All HallowsMessy ChurchAll Hallows Church BisphamBlackpool300pm500pmSaturdayAfternoonBlackpoolBlackpool Christ Church with All SaintsMessy ChurchChrist Church with All SaintsBlackpool400pm600pmSaturdayAfternoonBlackpoolBlackpool St ThomasWayside Community barbecue dramamusicFacepaintingballoonsSt Thomas ChurchBlackpool300pm530pmSaturdayAfternoonBlackpoolHoly Trinity South Shore St Peter South ShorePraise on the PromnbspSouth PierBlackpool200pm300pmSaturdayAfternoonBlackpoolHoly Trinity South Shore St Peter South ShoreCommunity barbecueHoly Trinity Church South ShoreBlackpool300pm530pmSaturdayAfternoonBlackpoolMereside Freedom ChurchBig Tent Bring a friend barbecue with food games and talkMeresideBlackpool230pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonBlackpoolSt Pauls North ShoreHeritage Coffee MorningSt Pauls Church North ShoreBlackpool230pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonBurnleyBurnley St CatherineFootball ground outreach home game against HullOutside Burnley Football GroundBurnley1000am300pmSaturdayAfternoonBurnleyBurnley St PeterHeritage Day Archery and Stained glass bible storiesSt Peters ChurchBurnley1000am400pmSaturdayAfternoonBurnleyCliviger St John the EvangelistFlog it style valuation TV Guest AuctioneerSt John the Evangelists ChurchCliviger100pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonBurnleyWorsthorne St John the EvangelistStrawberry TeaSt John the Evangelists ChurchWorsthorne200pm onwardsSaturdayAfternoonChorleyChorley St GeorgeAsk the BishopChorley Market PlaceChorley1200noon200pmSaturdayAfternoonChorleyEccleston St Mary the VirginCommunity Food eventSt Marys Parish CentreEccleston200pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonChorleyParbold Christ ChurchMessy ChurchChrist ChurchParbold430pmSaturdayAfternoonChorleyShevington St AnneMessy church and barbecueSt Annes Parish CentreShevington300pm530pmSaturdayAfternoonGarstangBarton St LawrenceDoor to door visiting especially new housesBartonBarton200pm330pmSaturdayAfternoonGarstangGoosnargh St Mary the VirginDoor to door visiting especially new housesGoosnarghGoosnargh200pm330pmSaturdayAfternoonGarstangWoodplumpton St AnneDoor to door visiting especially new housesWoodplumpton ParishWoodplumpton200pm330pmSaturdayAfternoonKirkhamFairhaven St PaulCommunity Garden Party with Barbecue and activities for families St Pauls Church Hall and grounds Fairhaven200pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonKirkhamLytham St CuthbertsHarvest of TalentsSt Cuthberts ChurchLytham800am400pmSaturdayAfternoonKirkhamSt Annes Parish ChurchChildren and parents activity including refreshmentsSt Annes Parish ChurchSt Annes500pm600pmSaturdayAfternoonKirkhamWarton St PaulLunch and discussion groupnbspSt Pauls Church HallFairhaven200pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonKirkhamWrea Green St NicholasCakes and crafts event for familiesSt Nicholas Church amp Parish CentreWrea Green200pm300pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorDolphinholme St MarkDolphinholme Show activities in churchDolphinholme St MarkDolphinholme130pm430pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorHeysham St Peter with St JamesOpen ChurchSt Peters ChurchHeysham1000am300pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorHeysham St Peter with St JamesHealing ServiceSt Peters ChurchHeysham300pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorLancaster amp Morecambe DeanerySentamu on the SofaLancaster Market SquarenbspLancaster200pm 400pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorLancaster amp Morecambe DeaneryMessy Church and Family Activities StallLancaster Market SquareLancaster945am330pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorMorecambe Parish ChurchLifting the Lid on Church Schoolorganisations displays amp refreshmentsMorecambe Parish ChurchMorecambe1000am400pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorMorecambe St BarnabasStep inside Church open daystallsfoodSt Barnabas ChurchMorecambe1000am400pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorOver Wyresdale Christ ChurchPet ServiceChrist ChurchOver Wyresdale400pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorSandylands St JohnArts amp Crafts ExhibitionSt Johns Church SandylandsMorecambe100pm500pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorScotforth St PaulBeer and Banter with a BishopGregson Centre Moor LaneLancaster1200noon200pmSaturdayAfternoonLanc amp MorWinnmarleigh St LukeHarvestFlower FestivalSt Lukes ChurchWinnmarleigh1100am400pmSaturdayAfternoonLeylandBamber Bridge St AidanPopup ChurchMorrisons Bamber BridgeBamber Bridge1000am500pmSaturdayAfternoonLeylandHesketh Bank All SaintsCommunity Festival Worship and Hog RoastAll Saints ChurchHesketh Bank200pm600pmSaturdayAfternoonLeylandLeyland St AndrewFamily Fun DaySt Andrews ChurchLeyland200pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonLeylandLeyland St JamesMessy ChurchSt James ChurchLeyland400pm600pmSaturdayAfternoonLeylandLeyland St JohnLadies Afternoon TeaSt Johns ChurchLeyland300pm500pmSaturdayAfternoonLeylandLostock Hall St JamesBarbecue Quiz amp Grill a BishopSt James ChurchLostock Hall500pmSaturdayAfternoonPendleColne St Bartholomew with Holy TrinityCommunity barbecueSt Bartholomews ChurchColne1100am300pmSaturdayAfternoonPendleFence St Anne amp Higham St JohnWorship and Workshop DaySt Johns ChurchHigham1000am400pmSaturdayAfternoonPendleNelson St John with St PhilipCommunity Fun DaySt Johns ChurchNelson1100am400pmSaturdayAfternoonPendleTrawden St MaryService for FarmersSt Marys ChurchTrawden115pm315pmSaturdayAfternoonPoultonFleetwood St Peter amp Fleetwood St David3 Courses and a Party Messy ChurchnbspSt Peters Church Grounds and beachFleetwood400pmSaturdayAfternoonPoultonPoulton St ChadsChurch in the Churchyard event outsideheritage tours insideSt Chads ChurchPoulton100pm300pmSaturdayAfternoonPoultonThornton Christ Church24 hours of prayer and hospitality amp fellowshipChrist ChurchThornton900am900amSaturdayAfternoonPrestonFulwood Christ ChurchFamily FeteArchbishop Temple SchoolPreston1100am100pmSaturdayAfternoonPrestonIngol St MargaretFamily workshop ending with short act of worshipSt Margarets ChurchPreston200pm600pmSaturdayAfternoonPrestonLongridge St Lawrence with St PaulSports Tournament FootballNetballLongridge C of E Primary SchoolLongridge100pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonPrestonPreston All SaintsFamily Fun AfternoonAll Saints Church GroundsPreston400pm600pmSaturdayAfternoonPrestonPreston St MatthewFamily Fun DaySt Matthews grounds and school playgroundPreston1100am200pmSaturdayAfternoonPrestonPreston St StephenFamily barbecue with childrens craft activitiesSt Stephens Parish CentrePreston400pm700pmSaturdayAfternoonPrestonRibbleton St Mary MagdalenePet and Animal Thanksgiving ServiceSt Mary Magdalenes ChurchPreston200pmSaturdayAfternoonTunstallBoltonLeSands Holy TrinityPrayer WalkCrook OLuneCrook OLune230pmSaturdayAfternoonTunstallHalton St WilfridHeritage Open DaySt Wilfrids ChurchHalton1000am400pmSaturdayAfternoonTunstallYealand Conyers St JohnnbspGraveyard TidyYealand Conyers GraveyardYealand Conyers1100am300pmSaturdayAfternoonWhalleyChipping St BartholomewMessy ChurchLee House ThornleyChipping200pm400pmSaturdayAfternoonWhalleyGreat Harwood St Bartholomew and St JohnArts Flower and Photography FestivalSt Bartholomews ChurchGreat Harwood1000am500pmSaturdayAfternoonWhalleyGreat Harwood St Bartholomew and St JohnFun DayLowerfold Park and St Bartholomews SchoolGreat Harwood1100am400pmSaturdayAfternoonWhalleyWhalley St Mary amp All SaintsHeritage Open DaySt Mary amp All Saints ChurchWhalley1000am400pmSaturdaynbspEveningAccringtonAccrington DeaneryInvitational EventnbspPlatt Social Club Blackburn Road AccringtonnbspAccrington700pm1100pmSaturdaynbspEveningAccringtonAccrington St PeterPints of ViewnbspSpinning Jenny Public House Fern GoreAccrington700pm830pmSaturdayEveningBburn w DwnBburn w Darwen DeaneryBarbecue Live music HoedownSt James GraveyardLower Darwen600pm800pmSaturdayEveningBburn w DwnDarwen St BarnabasAll age Barnies got talent with refreshmentsSt Barnabas ChurchDarwen700pm930pmSaturdayEveningBlackpoolAnchorsholme All SaintsnbspFamily Quiz NightAll Saints Church AnchorsholmeBlackpool700pm930pmSaturdayEveningBlackpoolBlackpool St John amp St ThomasParish Prayer WalkSt Thomas ChurchBlackpool700pm750pmSaturdayEveningBlackpoolBlackpool St ThomasNight Lights on the Prom Outing with Street PastorsBlackpoolBlackpool1030pm1200amSaturdayEveningBlackpoolMereside Freedom ChurchSt Pauls MartonSing for your supper Gospel Karaoke NightSt Pauls Church MartonBlackpool600pm1030pmSaturdayEveningBurnleyBurnley St StephenWho killed the vicar play and mealSt Stephens SchoolBurnley700pmSaturdayEveningChorleyAdlington St PaulCeilidh eveningSt Pauls Church ClubAdlington730pmSaturdayEveningChorleyChorley St JamesLadies pamper and pudding eveningSt James ChurchChorley700pmSaturdayEveningChorleyChorley St PeterBand Concert with Coppull amp Standish Brass BandSt Peters ChurchChorley730pmSaturdayEveningGarstangGarstang St ThomasCelebration Event of new Parish amp Community HallSt Thomas ChurchGarstang700pmSaturdayEveningGarstangScorton St PeterWho do you think you are with Nick BarrattSt Peters ScortonScorton700pmSaturdayEveningGarstangSt Michaels on WyreHope in Hardship event with Archbishop SentamuSt Michaels on Wyre Village HallSt Michaels on Wyre730pm915pmSaturdayEveningGarstangWhitechapel St JamesCeilidh eveningWhitechapel Village HallWhitechapel730pmSaturdayEveningLeylandBuckshaw Village ChurchText a TreatBuckshaw Community CentreBuckshaw Village600pm800pmSaturdayEveningLeylandLeyland St AndrewGus Eyre ConcertSt Andrews ChurchLeyland730pmSaturdayEveningPendleBrierfield St LukeDoor to door visitingStart from St Lukes Church HallBrierfield600pm900pmSaturdayEveningPendleNelson Little Marsden St PaulFilm and Pie amp Peas supperSt Pauls Church CentreNelson700pm930pmSaturdayEveningPendleNelson St John with St PhilipQuiz night with Pie and Pea supper amp Grill a BishopSt Johns Church CentreNelson700pm930pmSaturdayEveningPoultonThornton Christ Church24 hours of prayer and hospitality amp fellowshipChrist ChurchThornton900am900amSaturdayEveningPrestonLea St ChristopherLaunch of new youth clubSt Christophers ChurchPreston700pm830pmSaturdayEveningPrestonPreston St StephenFamily barbecue with childrens craft activitiesSt Stephens Parish CentrePreston400pm700pmSaturdayEveningPrestonRibbleton St Mary MagdaleneSocial evening and bingoSt Mary Magdalenes Church Hall RibbletonPreston630pmSaturdayEveningTunstallBenefice of East LonsdaleAlpha Reunion SupperKirkby LonsdaleKirkby Lonsdale730pmSaturdayEveningWhalleyBalderstone St LeonardSafari SupperVarious homes then Community CentreBalderstone700pmSaturdayEveningWhalleyClitheroe St Mary MagdaleneCommunity eveningSt Mary Magdalenes Church HallClitheroe700pmSaturdayEveningWhalleyHurst Green St John with Mitton All HallowsComedy Illusion amp Inspiration for your personal working and spiritual livesMemorial HallHurst Green700pmnbsp

Classic Vehicle Show - opposite Charnock Richard Christ Church

Classic Vehicle ShowOpposite Christ Church Charnock RichardnbspA Classic Vehicle Show is being held during the annual Scarecrow Festival at the Show Ground opposite Christ Church in Church Lane Charnock Richard on Saturday and Sunday 1011 September 2016 nbspExhibits will include cars trucks tractors motor bikes steam engines etc nbspThere will be trade stands craft stalls andnbspchildrens entertainment nbspIn the church there will be homemade refreshments and other activitiesnbspOn Saturday 10th September we will be joined by members of the Crossroads Team as we host a Question Time event beginning at 11am nbspWhy not come along and put questions to our panelnbspThere is ample free parking Come and enjoy a good family day outnbspnbsp

Joy at two massive Crossroads events for young people

Crossroads Mission continued today with a massive worship celebration at Ewood Park Stadium involving 4000 primary school youngstersAnd last night the Archbishop of York joined 500 teenagers for Light at the Crossroads at Bowley Scout Camp in Whalley DeaneryBlackburn Rovers stadium played host to the worship event which was attended by the Bishop of Burnley and Bishop of Lancaster as well as many local clergyIt was supported by the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education and many staff from the Diocese helped out behind the scenes to ensure things went without a hitchBut it was the Vicar of St James Lower Darwen Rev Tim Horobin who had the vision for the event and who galvanised support across his church and others in the local deanery to make it happenTim was delighted at the turnout in Ewood today saying It has been the most amazing day The children have been so excited to be worshipping together in such an exciting venue It has been fantastic to see the support of so many parents and family members as well who came along to sit in the stands not just to watch but to participate in all the singing and dancing as well This event is part of Crossroads Mission and is giving glory to God and an opportunity for many people to hear the Good News about Jesus ChristThere was music and drama and dancing on the stage as well as puppet shows and even an appearance from Rovers manager Owen Coyle and some of the first team squadMany parents and families were not regular churchgoers but readily joined in with the singing amidst the infectious atmosphere in the stadiumDancing along to the music in the stands were Mary Bottomley and Ruth Edmondson from Blackburn whose children attend St Oswald Knuzden Mary said I had no idea what to expect today but as someone who does have a faith its made me think I might go back to church I would go if it was like this I always thought it was bit more boring if Im honestRuth added I think today has shown me what the church could be for me Its lovely to see all the schools gathered together and to see them so happyThe whole event ended with a rousing rendition of the anthem Youll Never Walk Alone led by football fan Bishop Geoff who is big Liverpool fanBishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North said It was fantastic to see the faces of the children as they arrive Today has been all about sharing the good news with young people eager to take part in such an exciting eventBishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson added When I was six years old I was invited to a mission event and the experience never left me Im sure it will be the same for many of the youngsters here todayRovers Club Director Mike Cheston commented on the Crossroads Mission event saying Its fantastic to see all these young people coming to the stadium today We are proud to be associated with itMeanwhile last night Bowley Scout Camp near Great Harwood played host to the Archbishop of York for Light at the Crossroads an evening event attending by more than 500 young people from across the Whalley Deanery The Archbishop was joined at the event by former Gladiator Warren Ace Furman who shared his faith testimony At Bowley the Archbishop joined Twelve24 drumming with them on a track Higher from their album From the Ground Up and later with DJ This before taking part in a Q and A session with lots of questions from the crowd He encouraged all to follow Jesus ChristThere were spectacular fireworks and a bonfire was lit before a torchlight procession from the field back to the church The Archbishop then invited all inside the Church for a blessing Speaking before the event one of the key organisers Rev Chris Krawiec of St Bartholomews Great Harwood said Light at the Crossroads is about young people having a chance to encounter a real faith which lights up livesThe event was support by East Lancashire Scouts A spokesman said We as East Lancashire Scouts are proud to be supporting the Light at the Crossroads event at our 50 acre site in Great Harwood Scouting is all about providing life changing adventure for young people and this event just proved that good can come when young people come together supported by adultsThe Crossroads Mission is a personal initiative of the Archbishop The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu and runs from September 8 until this Sunday September 11 It is an annual event and this year the first time the mission has been in the North West it has been organised by the Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire The Diocese is currently hosting the Archbishop and around 25 bishops and visiting teams from across the north of England who are participating in Crossroads alongside hardworking local parish teams Full events listing is on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg nbspRonnie Semley09092016nbspnbspnbsp

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DACnbspFriday 9 September 2016nbspHeld at Clayton House Diocesan Offices Blackburnnbspat 2pmnbspnbsp

Crossroads - Northern Bishops' Mission - Day 2 Events

The Diocese will welcome the Archbishop of York and 25 Bishops from across the north of England for Crossroads Mission which is a key part of the ongoing work for our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities Today is day two of the Mission eventFor anbsplist of events taking place todaynbspsee below or use the links to downloadnbspa pdf version that can be printednbspnbspFriday morning Friday afternoon Friday eveningIfnbspyou want to see the whole list for the four days then click here or to see the programme by deanery then click herenbsp For morenbspinformationnbspaboutnbspCrossroads includingnbspa wealth of resources and background materials including communications advice you can visit the Crossroads section of our website anytime via the panel on the homepagenbspor justnbspclick herenbspand follow the links on the right when you land on the page Day Time slot Deanery Organising Church What Where TownVillage Time Saturdaynbsp Morning Accrington Accrington Christ Church amp St Paulnbsp Messy Churchnbsp Trinity Community Churchnbsp Accrington 1100am1230pm Saturdaynbsp Morning Accrington Accrington St Jamesnbsp Singing Leafletspraying for people Accrington Market Hallnbsp Accrington Morning Saturdaynbsp Morning Accrington Accrington St John Greater Love Heritage for all including tour of Pals Chapel St Johns Church Accrington tbc Saturdaynbsp Morning Accrington Accrington St Mary Magdalennbsp Messy Churchnbsp St Mary Magdalens Churchnbsp Accrington 930am1130am Saturdaynbsp Morning Accrington Accrington St Paul Litter Pick postcards through doors Bacon buttiesnbsp St Pauls Parish Accrington 1000am1200noon Saturdaynbsp Morning Accrington Huncoat St Augustine Breakfast St Augustines Church Huncoatnbsp Accrington 900am1100am Saturdaynbsp Morning Accrington Oswaldtwistle Immanuel and All Saintsnbsp Childrens Art exhibitionnbsp Life in 2026nbsp Immanuel Church Oswaldtwistle 1100am300pm Saturday Morning Bburn w Dwn Blackburn St Gabriel Saturday Meeting Place with bacon butties St Gabriels Church Blackburn 1000am1200noon Saturday Morning Bburn w Dwn Blackburn St James Prayer breakfast St James Church Blackburn 830am1000am Saturday Morning Bburn w Dwn Darwen St Barnabas Childrens party St Barnabas Church Darwen 1100am1230pm Saturday Morning Bburn w Dwn Darwen St Peter Heritage Open Day with refreshments St Peters Church Darwen 1000am200pm Saturday Morning Bburn w Dwn Knuzden St Oswald Stanhill Heritage Trail Guided Walk From Stanhill Memorial Gardens Stanhill Rd Knuzden 1030am Saturday Morning Bburn w Dwn Lower Darwen St James Community fun planting bulbs and having lunch together in the school Meet at Dog Inn Belthorn 1100am100pm Saturday Morning Bburn w Dwn Lower Darwen St James Family Fun Day Puppet show Crafts Music and dancing football training Roman Road Library Lower Darwen 1100am200pm Saturday Morning Blackpool Bispham All Hallows Mens breakfast with the Bishop All Hallows Church Bispham Blackpool 900am 1030am Saturday Morning Blackpool Blackpool St John the Evangelist Ask the Bishop Coffee Morning St John the Evangelists Church Blackpool 1130am1230pm Saturday Morning Blackpool Blackpool St Stephen on the Cliffs Tour and questions St Stephen on the Cliffs Church Blackpool 1030am1130am Saturday Morning Blackpool Holy Trinity South Shore amp St Thomas Blackpool Bacon with the Bishop Mens breakfast Holy Trinity Church South Shore Blackpool 900am1015am Saturday Morning Blackpool Layton St Marks with St Lukes Staining Any questions Grange Park on the green Blackpool 900am1215pm Saturday Morning Blackpool St Pauls North Shore Heritage Coffee Morning St Pauls Church North Shore Blackpool 1000am300pm Saturday Morning Burnley Burnley St Andrew Coffee Morning Outside Lidl Outside Lidl Burnley tbc Saturday Morning Burnley Burnley St Catherine Football ground outreach home game against Hull Outside Burnley Football Ground Burnley 1000am300pm Saturday Morning Burnley Burnley St Cuthbert Knocking on doors in the Parish Streets in St Cuthberts parish Burnley 1030am Saturday Morning Burnley Padiham St Leonard Coffee morning St Leonards Church Padiham 1030am Saturday Morning Chorley Charnock Richard Christ Church Question Time at Scarecrow Festival and Classic Vehicle Show Scarecrow Festivalnbsp Charnock Richard 1100am Saturday Morning Chorley Euxton Parish Church Mens breakfast Euxton Parish Church Euxton 830am1000am Saturday Morning Chorley Standish St Wilfrid Messy Church for all ages St Wilfrids Parish Hall Standish 1000am1130am Saturday Morning Chorley Standish St Wilfrid Coffee and invitation time St Wilfrids Parish Hall Standish 1000am1200noon Saturday Morning Chorley Withnell St Paul amp Heapey St Barnabas Family breakfast ticketed event St Pauls Church Withnell 900am Saturday Morning Garstang Bleasdale St Eadmer Family walking Treasure Hunt 56 mile walk and lunch Bleasdale Bleasdale 900am1230pm Saturday Morning Garstang Calder Vale St John the Evangelist Parish Nursing Scheme Calder Vale Mission Hall Calder Vale 900am Saturday Morning Kirkham Lytham St Cuthberts Harvest of Talents St Cuthberts Church Lytham 1000am400pm Saturday Morning Kirkham Lytham St Cuthberts Fair trade breakfast before the Harvest of Talents St Cuthberts Church nbsp 800am1000am Saturday Morning Kirkham Lytham St John St Paul amp St Cuthbert The Big Breakfast for Men The Taps Lytham Lytham 845amnbsp Saturday Morning Kirkham Wrea Green St Nicholas Mens Community Breakfast with testimony Wrea Green Parish Centre Wrea Green 900am1000am Saturday Morning Lanc amp Mor Glasson Christ Church Teddy Bears Picnic The Green at Glasson Dock Glasson Dock 1100am Saturday Morning Lanc amp Mor Heysham St Peter with St James Open Church St Peters Church Heysham 1000am300pm Saturday Morning Lanc amp Mor Lancaster amp Morecambe Deanery Messy Church and Family Activities Stall Lancaster Market Square Lancaster 945am330pm Saturday Morning Lanc amp Mor Morecambe Parish Church Lifting the Lid on Church Schoolorganisations displays amp refreshments Morecambe Parish Church Morecambe 1000am400pm Saturday Morning Lanc amp Mor Morecambe St Barnabas Step inside Church open daystallsfood St Barnabas Church Morecambe 1000am400pm Saturday Morning Lanc amp Mor Overton St Helens Mens Breakfast Globe Overton Overton 900am Saturday Morning Lanc amp Mor Quernmore St Peter Farmers Country Breakfast St Peters Church Quernmore 830am1100am Saturday Morning Lanc amp Mor Shireshead St James Mens Breakfast Upper Room Shireshead St James Shireshead 830am1000am Saturday Morning Lanc amp Mor Winnmarleigh St Luke HarvestFlower Festival St Lukes Church Winnmarleigh 1100am400pm Saturday Morning Leyland Bamber Bridge St Aidan Popup Church Morrisons Bamber Bridge Bamber Bridge 1000am400pm Saturday Morning Leyland Buckshaw Village Church Ladies brunch Harvester Buckshaw Village Buckshaw Village 1030am Saturday Morning Leyland Buckshaw Village Church Mens Breakfast Harvester Buckshaw Village Buckshaw Village 800am1000am Saturday Morning Leyland Leyland St Andrew Open Door Coffee Morning St Andrews Church Leyland 1000am1200noon Saturday Morning Leyland Leyland St James Coffee morning St James Church Leyland 1000am1200noon Saturday Morning Leyland Leyland St John Mens Breakfast amp Golf St Johns ChurchYarrow Valley Golf Club Leyland 830am Saturday Morning Pendle Colne St Bartholomew with Holy Trinity Community barbecue St Bartholomews Church Colne 1100am300pm Saturday Morning Pendle Fence St Anne amp Higham St John Worship and Workshop Day St Johns Church Higham 1000am400pm Saturday Morning Pendle Nelson Little Marsden St Paul Meditation Prayer Activity St Pauls Church Nelson 1000am1100am Saturday Morning Pendle Nelson St John with St Philip Community Fun Day St Johns Church Nelson 1100am400pm Saturday Morning Poulton Fleetwood St Peter amp Fleetwood St David 3 Courses and a Party Mens breakfast and Bible Studynbsp St Davids Church Fleetwood 900am Saturday Morning Poulton Thornton Christ Church Mens Breakfast Gardiners Arms Thornton 900am Saturday Morning Poulton Thornton Christ Church 24 hours of prayer and hospitality amp fellowship Christ Church Thornton 900am900am Saturday Morning Preston Fulwood Christ Church Family Fete Archbishop Temple School Preston 1100am100pm Saturday Morning Preston Lea St Christopher Coffee morning St Christophers Church Preston 1000am1200noon Saturday Morning Preston Preston St Matthew Family Fun Day St Matthews grounds and school playground Preston 1100am200pm Saturday Morning Tunstall BoltonLeSands Holy Trinity Mens breakfast MiaItalia BoltonLeSands 830am Saturday Morning Tunstall Halton St Wilfrid Heritage Open Day St Wilfrids Church Halton 1000am400pm Saturday Morning Tunstall Silverdale St John Community Coffee Morning Silverdale Village Hall Silverdale 1000am1200noon Saturday Morning Tunstall Yealand Conyers St Johnnbsp Graveyard Tidy Yealand Conyers Graveyard Yealand Conyers 1100am300pm Saturday Morning Whalley Chatburn Christ Church Breakfast and Community run Circular run from Christ Church Chatburn 830am Saturday Morning Whalley Great Harwood St Bartholomew and St John Arts Flower and Photography Festival St Bartholomews Church Great Harwood 1000am500pm Saturday Morning Whalley Great Harwood St Bartholomew and St John Fun Day Lowerfold Park and St Bartholomews School Great Harwood 1100am400pm Saturday Morning Whalley Salesbury St Peter Bacon Butties for Footballers Memorial Hall Salesbury 900am1100am Saturday Morning Whalley Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Heritage Open Day St Mary amp All Saints Church Whalley 1000am400pm Saturdaynbsp Afternoon Accrington Baxenden St John Free Festival Event Baxenden St Johns C of E Primary Schoolnbsp Baxenden 1200noon400pm Saturdaynbsp Afternoon Accrington Oswaldtwistle Immanuel and All Saintsnbsp Childrens Art exhibitionnbsp Life in 2026nbsp Immanuel Church Oswaldtwistle 1100am300pm Saturday Afternoon Bburn w Dwn Blackburn Immanuel Tea at Three Immanuel Church Blackburn 300pm500pm Saturday Afternoon Bburn w Dwn Blackburn St Luke Songs of Praise at Sheltered Housing with afternoon teanbsp Bridgewater Court Blackburn 300pm430pm Saturday Afternoon Bburn w Dwn Darwen St Peter Heritage Open Day with refreshments St Peters Church Darwen 1000am200pm Saturday Afternoon Bburn w Dwn Darwen St Peter Afternoon tea St Peters Church Darwen 200pm430pm Saturday Afternoon Bburn w Dwn Knuzden St Oswald History amp Heritage of St Oswalds Parish St Oswalds Church Knuzden Knuzden 100pm300pm Saturday Afternoon Bburn w Dwn Lower Darwen St James Family Fun Day Puppet show Crafts Music and dancing football training Roman Road Library Lower Darwen 1100am200pm Saturday Afternoon Bburn w Dwn Lower Darwen St James Feeding 5000 Family Fun with Crafts Games Teddy Bears Picnic Food Lower Darwen Primary School Lower Darwen 330pm500pm Saturday Afternoon Blackpool Anchorsholme All Saintsnbsp Womens Afternoon Delight All Saints Church Anchorsholme Blackpool 100pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Blackpool Bispham All Hallows Messy Church All Hallows Church Bispham Blackpool 300pm500pm Saturday Afternoon Blackpool Blackpool Christ Church with All Saints Messy Church Christ Church with All Saints Blackpool 400pm600pm Saturday Afternoon Blackpool Blackpool St Thomas Wayside Community barbecue dramamusicFacepaintingballoons St Thomas Church Blackpool 300pm530pm Saturday Afternoon Blackpool Holy Trinity South Shore St Peter South Shore Praise on the Promnbsp South Pier Blackpool 200pm300pm Saturday Afternoon Blackpool Holy Trinity South Shore St Peter South Shore Community barbecue Holy Trinity Church South Shore Blackpool 300pm530pm Saturday Afternoon Blackpool Mereside Freedom Church Big Tent Bring a friend barbecue with food games and talk Mereside Blackpool 230pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Blackpool St Pauls North Shore Heritage Coffee Morning St Pauls Church North Shore Blackpool 230pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Burnley Burnley St Catherine Football ground outreach home game against Hull Outside Burnley Football Ground Burnley 1000am300pm Saturday Afternoon Burnley Burnley St Peter Heritage Day Archery and Stained glass bible stories St Peters Church Burnley 1000am400pm Saturday Afternoon Burnley Cliviger St John the Evangelist Flog it style valuation TV Guest Auctioneer St John the Evangelists Church Cliviger 100pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Burnley Worsthorne St John the Evangelist Strawberry Tea St John the Evangelists Church Worsthorne 200pm onwards Saturday Afternoon Chorley Chorley St George Ask the Bishop Chorley Market Place Chorley 1200noon200pm Saturday Afternoon Chorley Eccleston St Mary the Virgin Community Food event St Marys Parish Centre Eccleston 200pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Chorley Parbold Christ Church Messy Church Christ Church Parbold 430pm Saturday Afternoon Chorley Shevington St Anne Messy church and barbecue St Annes Parish Centre Shevington 300pm530pm Saturday Afternoon Garstang Barton St Lawrence Door to door visiting especially new houses Barton Barton 200pm330pm Saturday Afternoon Garstang Goosnargh St Mary the Virgin Door to door visiting especially new houses Goosnargh Goosnargh 200pm330pm Saturday Afternoon Garstang Woodplumpton St Anne Door to door visiting especially new houses Woodplumpton Parish Woodplumpton 200pm330pm Saturday Afternoon Kirkham Fairhaven St Paul Community Garden Party with Barbecue and activities for families St Pauls Church Hall and grounds Fairhaven 200pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Kirkham Lytham St Cuthberts Harvest of Talents St Cuthberts Church Lytham 1000am400pm Saturday Afternoon Kirkham St Annes Parish Church Children and parents activity including refreshments St Annes Parish Church St Annes 500pm600pm Saturday Afternoon Kirkham Warton St Paul Lunch and discussion groupnbsp St Pauls Church Hall Warton 1200noon100pm Saturday Afternoon Kirkham Wrea Green St Nicholas Cakes and crafts event for families St Nicholas Church amp Parish Centre Wrea Green 200pm300pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Dolphinholme St Mark Dolphinholme Show activities in church Dolphinholme St Mark Dolphinholme 130pm430pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Heysham St Peter with St James Open Church St Peters Church Heysham 1000am300pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Heysham St Peter with St James Healing Service St Peters Church Heysham 300pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Lancaster amp Morecambe Deanery Sentamu on the Sofa Lancaster Market Squarenbsp Lancaster 200pm 400pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Lancaster amp Morecambe Deanery Messy Church and Family Activities Stall Lancaster Market Square Lancaster 945am330pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Morecambe Parish Church Lifting the Lid on Church Schoolorganisations displays amp refreshments Morecambe Parish Church Morecambe 1000am400pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Morecambe St Barnabas Step inside Church open daystallsfood St Barnabas Church Morecambe 1000am400pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Over Wyresdale Christ Church Pet Service Christ Church Over Wyresdale 400pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Sandylands St John Arts amp Crafts Exhibition St Johns Church Sandylands Morecambe 100pm500pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Scotforth St Paul Beer and Banter with a Bishop Gregson Centre Moor Lane Lancaster 1200noon200pm Saturday Afternoon Lanc amp Mor Winnmarleigh St Luke HarvestFlower Festival St Lukes Church Winnmarleigh 1100am400pm Saturday Afternoon Leyland Bamber Bridge St Aidan Popup Church Morrisons Bamber Bridge Bamber Bridge 1000am500pm Saturday Afternoon Leyland Hesketh Bank All Saints Community Festival Worship and Hog Roast All Saints Church Hesketh Bank 200pm600pm Saturday Afternoon Leyland Leyland St Andrew Family Fun Day St Andrews Church Leyland 200pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Leyland Leyland St James Messy Church St James Church Leyland 400pm600pm Saturday Afternoon Leyland Leyland St John Ladies Afternoon Tea St Johns Church Leyland 300pm500pm Saturday Afternoon Leyland Lostock Hall St James Barbecue Quiz amp Grill a Bishop St James Church Lostock Hall 500pm Saturday Afternoon Pendle Colne St Bartholomew with Holy Trinity Community barbecue St Bartholomews Church Colne 1100am300pm Saturday Afternoon Pendle Fence St Anne amp Higham St John Worship and Workshop Day St Johns Church Higham 1000am400pm Saturday Afternoon Pendle Nelson St John with St Philip Community Fun Day St Johns Church Nelson 1100am400pm Saturday Afternoon Pendle Trawden St Mary Service for Farmers St Marys Church Trawden 115pm315pm Saturday Afternoon Poulton Fleetwood St Peter amp Fleetwood St David 3 Courses and a Party Messy Churchnbsp St Peters Church Grounds and beach Fleetwood 400pm Saturday Afternoon Poulton Poulton St Chads Church in the Churchyard event outsideheritage tours inside St Chads Church Poulton 100pm300pm Saturday Afternoon Poulton Thornton Christ Church 24 hours of prayer and hospitality amp fellowship Christ Church Thornton 900am900am Saturday Afternoon Preston Fulwood Christ Church Family Fete Archbishop Temple School Preston 1100am100pm Saturday Afternoon Preston Ingol St Margaret Family workshop ending with short act of worship St Margarets Church Preston 200pm600pm Saturday Afternoon Preston Longridge St Lawrence with St Paul Sports Tournament FootballNetball Longridge C of E Primary School Longridge 100pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Preston Preston All Saints Family Fun Afternoon All Saints Church Grounds Preston 400pm600pm Saturday Afternoon Preston Preston St Matthew Family Fun Day St Matthews grounds and school playground Preston 1100am200pm Saturday Afternoon Preston Preston St Stephen Family barbecue with childrens craft activities St Stephens Parish Centre Preston 400pm700pm Saturday Afternoon Preston Ribbleton St Mary Magdalene Pet and Animal Thanksgiving Service St Mary Magdalenes Church Preston 200pm Saturday Afternoon Tunstall BoltonLeSands Holy Trinity Prayer Walk Crook OLune Crook OLune 230pm Saturday Afternoon Tunstall Halton St Wilfrid Heritage Open Day St Wilfrids Church Halton 1000am400pm Saturday Afternoon Tunstall Yealand Conyers St Johnnbsp Graveyard Tidy Yealand Conyers Graveyard Yealand Conyers 1100am300pm Saturday Afternoon Whalley Chipping St Bartholomew Messy Church Lee House Thornley Chipping 200pm400pm Saturday Afternoon Whalley Great Harwood St Bartholomew and St John Arts Flower and Photography Festival St Bartholomews Church Great Harwood 1000am500pm Saturday Afternoon Whalley Great Harwood St Bartholomew and St John Fun Day Lowerfold Park and St Bartholomews School Great Harwood 1100am400pm Saturday Afternoon Whalley Whalley St Mary amp All Saints Heritage Open Day St Mary amp All Saints Church Whalley 1000am400pm Saturdaynbsp Evening Accrington Accrington Deanery Invitational Eventnbsp Platt Social Club Blackburn Road Accringtonnbsp Accrington 700pm1100pm Saturdaynbsp Evening Accrington Accrington St Peter Pints of Viewnbsp Spinning Jenny Public House Fern Gore Accrington 700pm830pm Saturday Evening Bburn w Dwn Bburn w Darwen Deanery Barbecue Live music Hoedown St James Graveyard Lower Darwen 600pm800pm Saturday Evening Bburn w Dwn Darwen St Barnabas All age Barnies got talent with refreshments St Barnabas Church Darwen 700pm930pm Saturday Evening Blackpool Anchorsholme All Saintsnbsp Family Quiz Night All Saints Church Anchorsholme Blackpool 700pm930pm Saturday Evening Blackpool Blackpool St John amp St Thomas Parish Prayer Walk St Thomas Church Blackpool 700pm750pm Saturday Evening Blackpool Blackpool St Thomas Night Lights on the Prom Outing with Street Pastors Blackpool Blackpool 1030pm1200am Saturday Evening Blackpool Mereside Freedom ChurchSt Pauls Marton Sing for your supper Gospel Karaoke Night St Pauls Church Marton Blackpool 600pm1030pm Saturday Evening Burnley Burnley St Stephen Who killed the vicar play and meal St Stephens School Burnley 700pm Saturday Evening Chorley Adlington St Paul Ceilidh evening St Pauls Church Club Adlington 730pm Saturday Evening Chorley Chorley St James Ladies pamper and pudding evening St James Church Chorley 700pm Saturday Evening Chorley Chorley St Peter Band Concert with Coppull amp Standish Brass Band St Peters Church Chorley 730pm Saturday Evening Garstang Garstang St Thomas Celebration Event of new Parish amp Community Hall St Thomas Church Garstang 700pm Saturday Evening Garstang Scorton St Peter Who do you think you are with Nick Barratt St Peters Scorton Scorton 700pm Saturday Evening Garstang St Michaels on Wyre Hope in Hardship event with Archbishop Sentamu St Michaels on Wyre Village Hall St Michaels on Wyre 730pm915pm Saturday Evening Garstang Whitechapel St James Ceilidh evening Whitechapel Village Hall Whitechapel 730pm Saturday Evening Leyland Buckshaw Village Church Text a Treat Buckshaw Community Centre Buckshaw Village 600pm800pm Saturday Evening Leyland Leyland St Andrew Gus Eyre Concert St Andrews Church Leyland 730pm Saturday Evening Pendle Brierfield St Luke Door to door visiting Start from St Lukes Church Hall Brierfield 600pm900pm Saturday Evening Pendle Nelson Little Marsden St Paul Film and Pie amp Peas supper St Pauls Church Centre Nelson 700pm930pm Saturday Evening Pendle Nelson St John with St Philip Quiz night with Pie and Pea supper amp Grill a Bishop St Johns Church Centre Nelson 700pm930pm Saturday Evening Poulton Thornton Christ Church 24 hours of prayer and hospitality amp fellowship Christ Church Thornton 900am900am Saturday Evening Preston Lea St Christopher Launch of new youth club St Christophers Church Preston 700pm830pm Saturday Evening Preston Preston St Stephen Family barbecue with childrens craft activities St Stephens Parish Centre Preston 400pm700pm Saturday Evening Preston Ribbleton St Mary Magdalene Social evening and bingo St Mary Magdalenes Church Hall Ribbleton Preston 630pm Saturday Evening Tunstall Benefice of East Lonsdale Alpha Reunion Supper Kirkby Lonsdale Kirkby Lonsdale 730pm Saturday Evening Whalley Balderstone St Leonard Safari Supper Various homes then Community Centre Balderstone 700pm Saturday Evening Whalley Clitheroe St Mary Magdalene Community evening St Mary Magdalenes Church Hall Clitheroe 700pm Saturday Evening Whalley Hurst Green St John with Mitton All Hallows Comedy Illusion amp Inspiration for your personal working and spiritual lives Memorial Hall Hurst Green 700pmnbsp

Crossroads Big Celebration for schools at Ewood Park

Schools from Blackburn and Darwen together with parents and family are joining together at Ewood Park on Friday 9th September from 1000am until 1200noonThere will be singing dancing and lots of funnbsp The main stage will includenbspa Puppet theatre St Wilfrids dancers the band from St Wilfrids and a balloon releasenbspas well as a talk by Bishop Philip

Crossroads Commissioning Service - Blackburn Cathedral 2pm

Everyone is welcome to come to Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday 8th September at 200pm for the opening service for the Crossroads MissionnbspnbspThe Archbishop of York and his team together with visiting Bishops and their teams will be there and we hope that as many people as possible will also come along as we are commissioned together for missionnbspnbspApologies to those who will be at work but holding this in the afternoon means Crossroads events have been planned for Thursday evening increasing the potential impact across Lancashirenbsp ANYONE especially YOU is very welcome to attend this FREE event and the service will be led by the Archbishop of York himselfnbspCLICK HERE for a poster you can download and use to publicise the commissioning event or print it off smaller and use it as a flyer to hand outThe order of service used can be found hereThe Diocese will welcome the Archbishop of York and 25 Bishops from across the north of England for Crossroads Mission which is a key part of the ongoing work for our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesFor all the informationnbspyou will need for Crossroads including an events listing available in full from August 25 plus a wealth of resources and background materials including communications advice you can visit the Crossroads section of our website anytime via the panel on the homepagenbspor justnbspclick herenbspand follow the links on the right when you land on the page

Heritage Open Days and Crossroads Mission

Crossroads Mission and Heritage Open DaysThe Crossroads Mission takes place across Lancashire from September 811 The vast majority of our churches are participating in the Crossroads Mission and you can find out more about the Mission and events herenbspThe dates of the Crossroads Mission exactly correspond to this years Heritage Open Days HODs and many of our parishes have events registered on the HODs site available herenbspwhere you can find further details by inputting your postcodeAnd even if you cant find an official HODs event in your immediate area the chances are your local Church of England church in Lancashire will be open anyway at some point over those four days to receive visitors as part of the Crossroads MissionnbspThe Diocese will welcome the Archbishop of York and 25 Bishops from across the north of England for Crossroads Mission which is a key part of the ongoing work for our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities Today is day one of the Mission eventFor all the informationnbspyou will need for Crossroads including an events listing available in full from August 25 plus a wealth of resources and background materials including communications advice you can visit the Crossroads section of our website anytime via the panel on the homepagenbspor justnbspclick herenbspand follow the links on the right when you land on the pagenbsp

Crossroads - Northen Bishops' Mission - Light at the Crossroads at 6.00pm

As part of the Northern Bishops Mission the East Lancashire Deaneries are hosting a lively outdoor event for young people on Thursday 8th September 2016 at 6pm Bowley Scout CampThis event is about young people encountering a real faith that lights up lives and will include fireworks bonfire live music and a talk from Archbishop Sentamunbsp To find out more and to book please visit wwwlightatthe crossroadscouk or click here

Crossroads - Northern Bishops' Mission - Day 1 Events

The Diocese will welcome the Archbishop of York and 25 Bishops from across the north of England for Crossroads Mission which is a key part of the ongoing work for our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities Today is day one of the Mission eventFor anbsplist of events taking place on Thursdaynbspevening see below or click herenbspto download a pdf versionnbspnbspIfnbspyou want to see the whole list for the four days then click here or to see the programme by deanery then click herenbsp For morenbspinformationnbspaboutnbspCrossroadsnbspplus a wealth of resources and background materials including communications advice you can visit the Crossroads section of our website anytime via the panel on the homepagenbspor justnbspclick herenbspand follow the links on the right when you land on the pageDayTime slotDeaneryOrganising ChurchWhatWhereTownVillageTimeThursdayMorningLanc amp MorThe Well CommunityBreakfast and activities7983 Stanley Road HeyshamHeysham1030am1200ThursdayAfternoonAllDioceseCommissioning ServiceBlackburn CathedralBlackburn200pmThursdayEveningBburn w DwnBburn w Darwen DeaneryEvening with Team Manchester fun night with music interviews and buffetSt James ChurchLower Darwen630pmThursdayEveningBburn w DwnBlackburn Christ ChurchSports QuizSoccordome Haslingden Rd Guide BB1 2EEBlackburn700pm for 730ThursdayEveningBurnleyBriercliffe St JamesChildrens EucharistSt James ChurchBriercliffe700pmThursdayEveningChorleyAppley Bridge amp ParboldMens evening Beer Science and Faith Brewery TourWayfarer PubParbold730pmThursdayEveningGarstangBilsborrow St HildaInformal evening with drinks and canapesBrook HouseBilsborrow730pmThursdayEveningGarstangGoosnargh St Mary the VirginDinnerTalk meeting local business peopleFerraris Country House HotelGoosnargh630pmThursdayEveningGarstangPilling St John the BaptistCrown Green Bowling matchPilling Reading RoomPilling700pmThursdayEveningKirkhamFairhaven St PaulFamily Service SpecialSt Pauls Church HallFairhaven615pm715pmThursdayEveningKirkhamKirkham ParishPrayer Walk round Kirkham Parish followed by refreshmentsKirkham ParishBook Bean amp IcecreamKirkham700pm930pmThursdayEveningLanc amp MorDolphinholme St Mark with Quernmore St Peter amp Over Wyresdale Christ ChurchRural parishes Youth Cluster SportsreachAbbeystead Village HallAbbeystead700pm830pmThursdayEveningLanc amp MorLancaster St ThomasAmplify Youth Group ages 1418St Thomas ChurchLancaster730pm900pmThursdayEveningLanc amp MorRipley St Thomas AcademyYouth evening open to allRipley St Thomas AcademyLancaster700pm900pmThursdayEveningLanc amp MorScotforth St PaulYouth GroupSt Pauls Church ScotforthLancaster630pm830pmThursdayEveningLeylandBamber Bridge St AidanMessy Church amp Open the BookSt Aidans Primary SchoolBamber Bridge600pm730pmThursdayEveningPendleBarrowford St ThomasMens Pie and Peas EveningRising Sun Pub BlackonbspBlacko730pm1000pmThursdayEveningPendleBrierfield St LukePrayer walkingStreets in Brierfield starting at St LukesBrierfield600pm700pmThursdayEveningPoultonFleetwood St NicholasMissionSocial eveningSt Nicholas ChurchFleetwood700pmThursdayEveningPoultonPoulton St ChadsChurches Together Question TimePoulton Town HallPoulton730pmThursdayEveningPrestonFulwood Christ ChurchQuiz a Bishop eveningLonsdale Club Fulwood Hall LanePreston700pm1030pmThursdayEveningPrestonPreston St StephenCommissioning of new head teachernbspSt Stephens SchoolPreston630pm730pmThursdayEveningPrestonRibbleton Church of the AscensionGood News Social entertainment food and testimoniesRibble Lodge Pub 199201 Ribbleton LanePreston700pmThursdayEveningPrestonRibbleton St Mary MagdaleneGood News Social entertainment food and testimoniesRibble Lodge Pub 199201 Ribbleton LanePreston700pmThursdayEveningTunstallCarnforth Christ ChurchDeanery Mass followed by Questions amp Answers with Bishop FrankChrist ChurchCarnforth715pmThursdayEveningWhalleyEast Lancs DeaneriesLight at the CrossroadsBowley Scout CampGreat Harwood600pm930pmThursdayEveningWhalleyHurst Green St John with Mitton All HallowsPopup Bible StudySt Peters ClubHurst Green730pm

Crossroads Mission gets underway in Lancashire

More than 450 events and thousands of participantsnbspAll northern Dioceses of The Church of England taking partnbspHundreds of people from parishes in every part of Lancashire today joined the Archbishop of York and 20 Bishops and visiting teams from across the northern half of the Church of England to herald the start of a huge four day Christian mission event across the CountynbspThe Crossroads Mission is a personal initiative of the Archbishop The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu and runs from today September 8 until Sunday September 11 nbspIt is an annual event and this year the first time the mission has been in the North West it has been organised by the Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in LancashirenbspThis afternoon Blackburn Cathedral played host to the Archbishop and the teams from ten other northern Dioceses for a special commissioning service as they prepare for missional activities in 14 Deaneries across Lancashire over the next few daysnbspThe Archbishop told those present Be excited that you can turn the world upside down When the Holy Spirit fills a person they are filled with a love that must come outnbspEarlier the Bishop of Burnley the Rt Rev Philip North who is currently the Acting Dean of the Cathedral told those gathered Its so good to welcome you here today This Commissioning Service starts four days of mission and theres a wonderful buzz of excitement These will not just be social gatherings they are to be times of proclamationnbspThe Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev Julian Henderson said Its an honour and privilege to welcome you all here and a big thank you goes to all those who have made the journey to be with usnbspWe come together to ask for Gods blessing on more than 450 different outreach events which will be taking place across the Diocese over the next few days and which take in a huge percentage of our parishes nbspIts wonderful to see how people have joined together for this Crossroads event Please pray for these four days of mission and let them be the beginning of even more mission and outreach across LancashirenbspCongregation members joined together in song and in prayer and turning to all four compass points of the Diocese during the intercessions to bless the Crossroads Mission events across the whole of LancashirenbspThe Archbishop preached on a passage from Matthew 28 in which Jesus commands his followers to make disciples of all nationsnbspHe said We stand at the Crossroads Encourage people to consider Christ Invite people to encounter God Dont ever leave anyone out because Jesus wants all nations to be His disciples Accept Jesus Christ and receive Him as our saviour and then go and glorify his name togethernbspThe Commissioning Service concluded with the hymn We Have a Gospel to Proclaim and three resounding shouts from the congregation The Lord reignsnbspWith the Crossroads Mission now underway tonight and over the next three days until Sunday September 11 there are more than 450 mission events across LancashirenbspFrom smallscale events to large gatherings there will be many opportunities for the people of Lancashire to hear about the saving grace of Jesus ChristnbspSpeaking on Premier Christian Radio before attending the service today the other host Diocese Bishop Rt Rev Geoff Pearson who is the Bishop of Lancaster summed up what Crossroads Mission will be about saying You look at the papers or you read the news at the moment and theres such a lot of bad news about but thats only one side of the truth and we wanted to make sure we communicated good news and the good news of the GospelnbspWere talking about 450 events in venues of all sizes from football stadiums to peoples homes in schools and of course local churchesnbspMany of the 450 events will be happening down your way find out more by visiting the Diocesan website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and clicking on the Crossroads panel on the homepagenbspThe Mission event featured on BBC Radio Lancashire throughout the day with more planned across the weekend BBC North West Tonight Thats Lancashire TV Freeview Channel 7 Premier Christian Radio and many Lancashire magazines and newspapersnbspThe event is prominent on social media see below This week the Bishop of Burnley a regular Tweeter is also is the choice for the OurCofE Twitter Feed The OurCofE feed changes each week to profile a different member of The Church of EnglandnbspMeanwhile there will be a special Crossroads Missionfocussed live church service broadcast on the national ChurchLive Twitter feed and via the Periscope app nbspYou can follow ChurchLive to watch the service which comes from St Catherines Church in Burnley where Father Roger Park and his congregation will be joined by the visiting Bishop of Beverley Rt Rev Glyn WebsternbspYou can also follow the latest this weekend about Crossroads Mission online and on social mediaThe hashtag to use is crossroadslancsnbspTwitter Tweet on your own accounts and follow cofelancs crossroadsinfo and OurCofE for updates Use the hashtag for retweets YouTube search online for YouTube and Blackburn Diocese and subscribe to our channel for all the latest Crossroads videos Flickr follow us at Flickrblackburndiocese Like Crossroads Mission on Facebookhttpwwwfacebookcomcofelancstblank All Crossroads Mission news is available on the Diocesan website along with a full list of events httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and also see httpwwwarchbishopofyorkorg for stories about the Archbishops activities during Crossroads nbspnbspRonnie Semley08092016nbspnbsp

Follow Crossroads Mission across the coming weekend

There will be much coverage of Crossroads Mission on traditional and on social media this weekendBroadcasts on BBC Radio Lancashire coverage in local and regional newspapers a report on Thats Lancashire TV Freeview Channel 7 just some of the media who are and will be involvedOn social medianbspWe hope to broadcast the commissioningnbspservice this afternoon onnbspFacebook Live Please note this is not certain as it is the first time the Diocese has tried a Facebook Live broadcast butnbspif it works then you and people you knownbspcan watch the service on our Facebook pagenbspnbspwwwfacebookcomcofelancsFollow cofelancs crossroadsinfo and OurCofE on Twitter for updates Bishop Philip North Bishop of Burnley is tweeting on the national OurCofE Twitter feed all this weekWatch a Crossroads Mission service LIVE on the CofEs national ChurchLive Twitter feed this Sunday The service will come from St Catherines Church in BurnleyFlickr follow us at FlickrblackburndioceseLike Crossroads Mission on FacebooknbspwwwfacebookcomcofelancsYouTube search online for YouTube and Blackburn Diocese and subscribe to our channel for all the latest Crossroads videosAll Crossroads Mission news is available on this website along with a full list of events wwwblackburnanglicanorg and also see wwwarchbishopofyorkorg for stories about the Archbishops activities during CrossroadsPostevent stories can also be found in the next issue of the Diocesan magazine The SeenbspAnd watch out for a very special enewsletter rounding up the whole event and coming to parishes and schools and other Dioceses taking part in Crossroads after the Mission is over

Archbishop visits Diocesan offices at start of Crossroads Mission

The Archbishop of York has visited the Diocesan Offices for a reception with Diocesan staff at the start of Crossroads MissionThe Archbishop said I am delighted to be here and to see your new Diocesan Offices we give thanks for this new place of work and may Gods grace rest on the teams who work here in Gods serviceThe Archbishop was welcomed by the Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson and the Diocesan Secretary Graeme Pollard before touring the offices and meeting staff before having lunch with the teamFrom the offices the Archbishop travels on to Blackburn Cathedral for the Commissioning Service which will kick off Crossroads Mission and will be attended by the visiting Bishops and their teams and hundreds of people from across LancashirenbspRonnie SemleySeptember 8 2016

Crossroads Mission is here! September 8 - 11

The Diocese is hosting the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu and 25 Bishops from across the north of England for Crossroads Mission this weekendThe mission forms a key part of our work for the Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspFor a message from the Archbishop and our Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson to the people of Lancashire about Crossroads Mission pleasenbspclick hereFor all other informationnbspyou will need for Crossroads plus a wealth of resources and background materials you can visit the Crossroads section of our website anytime via the panel on the homepagenbspor justnbspclick herenbspand follow the links on the right when you land on the pageMedia coverage will happen across the weekend Just a flavour of that coverage will includeBBC Radio Lancashire news reports in the breakfast show on September 8 plus further reports on Drivetime from 4pm on the 8th including an interview with the ArchbishopnbspThats Lancashire TV will carry a report on the 8th Freeview Channel 7 and onlinenbspPremier Christian Radio will feature a Crossroads preview on their breakfast show including an interview with Bishop Geoff Pearson LancasterLocal newspapers will feature coverageBBC Radio Lancashire will continue to broadcast Crossroads events over the weekend with live inserts on their morning programme from 10am on the 9th from childrens event at Ewood Park Stadium and further reports on the Sunday morning faith programme with Joe Wilson from 6am to 9am on the 11thCrossroads Mission is an annual event that takes place in one northern Diocese each year The first was in Sheffield Diocese last September and the next one will be in Durham Diocese in March 2017Bishop Julian added Put simply Crossroads Mission is about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with people across Lancashire and the Archbishop will be leading from the frontCrossroads begins with a commissioning service at Blackburn Cathedral and ends with a celebration event on Prestons Flag Market at 4pm on Sunday September 11 both of which will be led by the Archbishop himselfThe rest of the four day Crossroads Mission will see the Archbishop and the other bishops fanning out to every part of Lancashire with their own teams to join with local parish teams from September 8 11nbspRev David Banbury Parish Mission Support Department Leader said This is an exciting time for the Diocese Having the Archbishop and Bishops from across the north of England coming to Lancashire in September will help to galvanise four days of mission and evangelismnbspIt will be a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel message with our family friends and neighboursCommunications about Crossroads MissionThe communications work surrounding the Crossroads Mission is entirely focussed on thenbspmissional dimensionnbspof the eventnbspIts important we tell people we are doing mission in as many ways as possible in traditional media and on social media to show how just active the church is in Lancashire and to maximise the number of people who will hear the gospel message over the four days nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp The hashtag to use is crossroadslancs nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp Twitter Tweet on your own accounts and follow cofelancs crossroadsinfo and OurCofE for updates Use the hashtag for retweets nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp YouTube search online for YouTube and Blackburn Diocese and subscribe to our channel for all the latest Crossroads videos nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp Flickr follow us at Flickrblackburndiocese nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp Like Crossroads Mission on Facebook wwwfacebookcomcofelancs nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp Read regular updates on the Diocesan website wwwblackburnanglicanorg and wwwarchbishopofyorkorgOverarching media liaison will be coordinated centrally for the whole event but as there are literally hundreds of events taking place local parishes and schools are also encouraged to liaise with their own local media about whats happening down your wayAn event took place in June called Get Your Church Noticedfor Crossroads and Beyond You can find guidance and advicenbsphere on our websitenbspto help you promote your church not just to the local media but also practical commonsense advice about making an engaging impression in your local communities in other ways tooAndnbspclick herenbspfor a page of Crossroads publicity resources including a template press release you can use for Crossroads MissionPostevent stories can also be found in the October issue of the Diocesan magazine The SeenbspAnd watch out for a very special enewsletter rounding up the event and coming to parishes and schools after Crossroads is overnbsp

Young people are important part of Crossroads Mission event in Lancashire this week

There are 450 events for all ages taking place during the forthcoming Crossroads Mission event and young people will play an important part in the four days with several key events taking place just for themnbspOn the first night of Crossroads up to 1000 youngsters from all over East Lancashire will gather at Bowley Scout Camp between Whalley and Great Harwood on the edge of the Ribble Valley for an evening of fun friendship and faithnbspAnd on day two Friday September 9 around 4000 primary school children are expected at Ewood Park Stadium home of Blackburn Rovers for a largescale worship eventnbspAt Bowley Scout Camp the Archbishop of York will share his story of faith with the young people many of whom may not have had much contact previously with the church as invitations have gone out to nonchurch youth organisations as well as to churches Also on hand will be former TV Gladiators star Ace who will be talking about his faithnbspThe Bowley event has been put together by a large group of parishes from East Lancashire Bookings can still be made at httpwwwlightatthecrossroadscouknbspOne of organisers is Rev Chris Krawiec of St Bartholomews Church in Great Harwood Speaking during a site visit before the event Chris said Its going to be a fantastic night with music from band twelve 24 a bonfire and fireworks and an exciting lantern night parade from the camp back into townnbspLight at the Crossroads is about young people having a chance to encounter a real faith which lights up livesnbspMeanwhile the Ewood Park Stadium event has been organised by St James Parish Church Lower Darwen As well as the primary school age children family and friends of the youngsters are also welcome to join the worship event nbspVicar of St James Rev Tim Horobin added There will be singing dancing puppet theatre and much more Bishop Philip North Burnley and Bishop Geoff Pearson Lancaster will also be therenbspLike others working hard to make Crossroads Mission a success as a Deanery we have been planning this gathering at the home of Blackburn Rovers for many months nownbspWe have an opportunity to reach the young people with the Good News and are grasping that opportunity with both hands It may well be the first time they will have had the chance to participate in such a large Christian gathering and we want to make it a memorable occasion for themnbspnbsp Crossroads Mission is a major Christian event taking place across East Lancashire and the rest of the County from September 811nbspThe Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu working with a team of 25 Bishops from across the north of England will engage in four days of mission and outreach work across the Diocese of BlackburnnbspIts the first time so many Bishops have worked together in mission in the North West of England this way in the long history of the Church of EnglandnbspCrossroads Mission is the title of the event and it is now an annual occasion with the first having taken place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015nbspnbspRonnie Semley6092016nbsp

Archbishop to visit HMP Kirkham during Crossroads Mission

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu is to visit the open mens prison at Kirkham on Sunday 11 SeptembernbspHe will lead a morning service attend a coffee morning to spend time with staff and prisoners and will share his journey of faith as part of the Crossroads Mission accompanied by former Gladiator Warren Ace FurmannbspArchbishop Sentamu together with all of the Bishops of the Northern Province is joining the Crossroads Mission across Lancashire from Thursday 8 September to Sunday 11nbspSeptember The Crossroads Mission is about local churches engaging in local mission inviting individuals to find out more about Jesus and his love for all while working alongside the visiting Bishops and the teams they are bringingnbspGovernor Graham Beck said HMP Kirkham holds Category D prisoners who can be reasonably trusted to serve their sentence in open conditions Our work is focused on connecting with each individual to allow them to grow and develop new skills so that they thrive within the prison and in the wider community as they move onnbspArchbishop Sentamu said I was a Prison Chaplain once and every time I visit a prison I think of Matthew 25 I was in prison and you came to visit menbspWarren Ace Furman is joining me to share about how his life has changed through his faith in Jesus Christ I believe all of us can make a fresh start with God and with one another With God at your side everything is possiblenbspFor more on Crossroads Mission click the Crossroads panel on the homepage of this websitenbspFollow latest news on this site and on social media using crossroadslancs and on Twitter cofelancs crossroadsinfo and OurCofE and view pictures and video by searching online for YouTube and Flickr Blackburn DiocesenbspnbspRonnie Semley05092016nbspnbspnbsp

Life NoW Charity Cycle Ride around Cheshire - Hoole All Saints

Life NoW Charity Cycle RidenbspSunday 4 September 2016nbspAll Saints Church Hoole ChesternbspFor some years as individuals and a church we have been supporting a Christian charity called Life NoW nbspThis charity was started by the Rev George Thomas in the Preston area and has the Bishop of Liverpool as an Appeal Patron nbspThe aim of the charity is to build a Hospice in the North West for young people aged between 18 and 40 who have life limiting conditions nbspLife NoW is a relatively young charity and its aim is to fulfil a growing need As you may be aware there are hospice and respite centres that provide palliative care for adults and other centres that specialise in the care of children but Life NoW aims to establish a hospice and respite centre to cater for the needs of young adults and their families in the North West and North Wales Each year more children with life limiting conditions become teenagers and young adults hence there is a need for appropriate accommodation and carenbspLife NoW is a registered charity no 1140264 nbspMore information can be found on our web site httpwwwlifenoworgukor email John Lewis on johnlewiskeristalfreeservecouknbspWe are organising a fundraising cycling sportive around Cheshire on 4 September 2016 on behalf of Life NoW and would like to publicise this event as widely as possible throughout the North West and North Wales especially amongst the churches of the region The more riders we can get the more Life NoW will benefit nbspPlease CLICK HERE for the official poster and events entry formnbspnbsp

Patronal Weekend - Newchurch-in-Pendle St Mary

The Heritage of the Cathedral in the ForestnbspSaturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 1030am to 430pmnbspDeaneries Evensong traditional nbspSunday 4 September at 6pmnbspWe will have a variety of displays rushbearing flowers in church nbspFlags in the churchyard will locate relevant gravesnbspThe theme is people including artist Noel Leaver RA and music linked to the Heritage Lottery Fund worknbspnbsp

Patronal Weekend - Newchurch-in-Pendle St Mary

The Heritage of the Cathedral in the ForestnbspSaturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 1030am to 430pmnbspDeaneries Evensong traditional nbspSunday 4 September at 6pmnbspWe will have a variety of displays rushbearing flowers in church nbspFlags in the churchyard will locate relevant gravesnbspThe theme is people including artist Noel Leaver RA and music linked to the Heritage Lottery Fund worknbspnbspnbsp

Archbishop's Itinerary for Crossroads Mission is released

Former Gladiator Warren Ace Furman will join the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu for the Crossroads Mission taking place across Lancashire from Thursday 8 September to Sunday 11SeptembernbspThe announcement comes as the full itinerary for the Archbishop over the four days is released by his officenbspArchbishop Sentamu and his team including youth workers ordinands and clergy will be working with around 25 Bishops from across northern England and people from parishes and schools in LancashirenbspThe essence of Crossroads Mission is local churches and schools engaging in local mission inviting individuals to find out more about Jesus and his love for allnbspArchbishop Sentamu said Throughout August I have prayed daily for the Crossroads Mission that we encourage all to come to encounter Jesus Christ that we will be filled and renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit and that we go out to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and Gods love with everyone nbspI look forward to meeting the people of Lancashire on this mission From Blackpool to Burnley may everyone know that Jesus RocksnbspFormer Gladiator Warren Ace Furman joined the Archbishop during his recent Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York to share his new life and trust in Jesus Christ Warren will be sharing his faith journey at the Light at the Crossroadsnbspyouth event at Bowley Scout Camp on the evening of September 8 with Gladiator style gamesnbspOn Sunday he will join Archbishop Sentamu at HMP Kirkham as part of a packed programme over the four daysnbspAs well as the events already mentioned the Archbishop will also conduct an open air mission in Blackpool and Lancaster town centres visit Archbishop Temple School in Preston and participate in a Rhythm of Life Community Event in Buckshaw Village near ChorleynbspHe will also attend morning and evening prayers in a variety of churches across Lancashire across the four days including St James Shireshead near Forton St Bartholomews Church in Great Harwood and Christ Church Fulwood in PrestonnbspThe opening event for Crossroads Mission is on Thursday 8September at 2pm at Blackburn Cathedral a commissioning service that will be attended by teams from parishes and schools across Lancashire and visiting teams from other northern Dioceses It will be led by the ArchbishopnbspThe closing event is on Sunday 11September at 4pm at Preston Flag Market a celebration service featuring music and drama and a fantastic message of hope from the ArchbishopnbspThe open and closing events are also open to all and no ticket is requirednbspIn addition to the Archbishops itinerary there are literally hundreds of other Crossroads Mission events taking place in parishes and schools across Lancashire between September 8 and 11 nbspThe Archbishop cant be at them all of course but visiting Bishops will be attending many of the other events For full details of ALL events during Crossroads Mission which are open to all please click herenbspLancashires Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said Crossroads Mission is about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with people across Lancashire Each local community is putting on all sorts of events You will get a warm welcomenbspnbspRonnie Semley01092016nbsp

Bishop leads service for new Memorial Garden

A special service has taken place to mark the creation of a newnbspmemorial garden in BlackburnnbspThe service on Thursday 1 September saw the Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev Julian Henderson mark the recommittal of bodies to the memorial gardens at the new Freckleton Street Link Road Wainwright WaynbspAround 30 people were in attendance for the service including the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen Councillor Hussain Akhtar and Mrs Shaheen AkhtarnbspThe land was formerly the burial ground at the old St Peters Church on Freckleton Street nbspLast year remains in the graveyard of Blackburn residents from the 1800s were temporarily removed by archaeologists Headland while the new road was finished and have been reinterred and will be remembered in this special ceremonynbspThe Service took place at the Memorial Garden at the former St Peters Street burial ground Wainwright Way Blackburn on the side of Freckleton Street nbspnbspThe new memorial gardens which feature on each side of Wainwright Way within the burial ground are also complete and are open to the public The memorial gardens feature some of the gravestones that were recovered from part of the burial ground which add some historic valuenbspHeadland Archaeology Ltd was commissioned to undertake a programme of archaeological investigations at the St Peters burial ground and the work was commissioned by Capita on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council nbspAn integrated team of up to 35 archaeologists surveyors osteologists and exhumation specialists worked at the sitenbspSt Peters burial ground was opened in 1821 and saw intense use until around 1860 Headlands work included the recording and removal of visible memorial stones sensitive exhumation of around 30 of the burial ground and the full excavation of the foundations of St Peters ChurchnbspCouncillor Phil Riley Blackburn with Darwen Councils Executive Member for Regeneration said This will be a fitting way to mark the end of the delicate work which took place at the memorial garden I am really pleased we are holding this and that the Bishop of Blackburn is leading the service with families of the deceased in attendancenbspBishopnbspJuliannbspsaid I was privileged to preside at the memorial service at St Peters Churchyard in Blackburn town centrenbspWe gathered out of respect for those whose earthly remains have been reinterred in a new resting place and out of respect for their relatives and descendants who hold them in high regardnbspBishop Julian added I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support given to this major project particularly in the light of the sensitivities involved I am grateful for the care taken by contractors and archaeologists in overseeing the work to ensure this will continue to be a site of remembrance for future generationsnbspnbspRonnie Semley31082016 revised 01092016nbsp

Peace Vigil - Pilling St John the Baptist

PEACE VIGILnbspPilling St John the BaptistnbspTo be held onnbspThursday 25 August atnbsp8pmnbspto 12 noon on Friday 26 AugustnbspVarious prayer activities and opportunity for quiet prayer for peace in the world and in our homesnbspCrche available in the Hall from 930am to 1130amnbspon the Friday nbspCome for a minute or for an hour but pleasenbsp JUST COMEnbspnbspnbsp

BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship - Accrington St John

On Sunday 14 August at 810am the BBC Radio 4 programme Sunday Worship will be broadcast LIVE from St John the Evangelist Church Addison Street Accrington BB5 6AGnbspAll are welcome to attend but the congregation must be seated by 730am The theme of the service is After the Somme and will be led by the Rev Gerald HighamnbspRefreshments will be served after the servicenbspMore information from Helen Barrett 01254 659377nbspnbsp

Archbishop and Bishop YouTube message for Crossroads Mission

The Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire is preparing to welcome the Archbishop of York and around 25 Bishops from across the north of England for the Crossroads Mission next monthnbspAnd the Diocese has just released a video message from the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson inviting people across Lancashire to take part alongside a message of greeting to Lancashire and one of encouragement directly to parishes from the Archbishop of YorknbspTaking place from September 811 this year Crossroads will form part of the ongoing work of witness in Lancashire for Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said Put simply Crossroads Mission is about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with people across Lancashire There are hundreds of Crossroads events taking place across the CountynbspThe list of events taking place is huge more than 400 at the last count and is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of every single person in parishes and schools who has got involved in planning the Crossroads MissionnbspSpeaking in the new video Bishop Julian adds We want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible and consequently each local community is putting on all sorts of events You will get a warm welcomenbspThis message from me today is to encourage you to get involved when you hear about something happening locally or when you are invited to an event Please attend participate and take the opportunity to hear what Christian faith is really all aboutnbspThere are many mixed messages about what it means to believe and what it means to be a Christian This is a chance to hear the message for yourself and have a chance to respondnbspThe Archbishop says Greetings to all in Lancashire in the name of the Risen Lord I look forward to being part of Crossroads Mission in SeptembernbspAnd speaking directly to people working hard to prepare for the event in parishes the Archbishop adds The amazing four day Crossroads Mission in the Diocese of Blackburn from September 8 11 is fantastic opportunity for us to be more confident about the Gospel of Jesus Christ nbspPray daily to be renewed in the power of the Holy Spirit for Crossroads because the Holy Spirit is the director of MissionnbspCrossroads begins with a huge commissioning service at Blackburn Cathedral on September 8 at 2pm and ends with a celebration event on Prestons Flag Market at 4pm on Sunday September 11 both of which will be led by the Archbishop himself All are welcome to attend both eventsnbspDuring Crossroads there are events for all ages mens breakfasts quiz nights mums and toddlers gatherings barbeques car washes heritage open days collective worship Bible studies and an awful lot of opportunities to grill a Bishop nbspThere are some events specifically aimed at young people including Light at the Crossroads a youth event at Bowley Scout Camp in Great Harwood on September 8 featuring live music a bonfire and fireworks which will be attended by the Archbishop see httpwwwlightatthecrossroadscouk and a Schools Celebration Event involving thousands of youngsters at Ewood Park in Blackburn on September 9 at 10amnbspMeanwhile behind the scenes preparation of resources for parishes has begun in earnest with more than 55000 pieces of material sorted and bagged up today in Chorley Thursday by an army of volunteers led by Parish Mission Support Department Leader Rev David Banbury who lives in LeylandnbspHe said This is an exciting time for the Diocese Having the Archbishop and Bishops from across the north of England coming to Lancashire in September will help to galvanise four days of mission and evangelism It will be a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel message with our family friends and neighboursnbspFor more about Crossroads Mission go to the homepage of this websitenbspand click on the Crossroads link There you will latest information including from August 25 a full breakdown of all events happening across the Crossroads weekend online resources for parishes communications advice and much morenbspnbspRonnie SemleyAugust 12 2016

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Join up and see 'Home Front, Front Line'; part of Lytham 40s weekend

Home Front Front Line is a brand new play created byThe Church of England in Lancashire Parish Mission Support Department with support from The Methodist ChurchnbspIt will take place on Saturday 13 August 2016 at 4pm and again at 730pm at St Johns Church East Beach Lytham FY8 5HD as part of the towns 1940s Wartime Festival nbspIt is a love story between a Tommy and a land army girl told through letters over the six years of the second world war and is based on historical diaries from the period Home Front Front Line is a story of evolving love between the pair and of faith The play which is free to attend features extensive use of audio visual and uses authentic uniformsnbspThe following morning on Sunday August 14 there will be a special service at St Johns in Lytham at 10am and people are invited to come in WW2 costumeuniform The theme of the sermon will be the importance of prayer in WW2 Rev David Banbury leader of the Parish Mission Support Department will be the guest preacher and will be preaching dressed as a WW2 army chaplainnbspHome Front Front LinenbspPosternbspnbspRonnie Semley12082016nbsp

BBC to broadcast from Lancashire Church

A Lancashire church is getting ready for one of its services to be broadcast to the nationnbspThe BBC Radio 4 programme Sunday Worship will be broadcast live from St John the Evangelist Church Addison Street Accrington BB5 6AG on Sunday 14 Augustnbspat 810amnbspAll are welcome to attend but please note the congregation must be seated by 730amnbspThe theme of the service is After the Somme and it will be led by the Rev Gerald Higham nbspRefreshments will be served after the servicenbspMore information from Helen Barrett 01254 659377nbspnbspRonnie Semley08082016nbsp

ACAT Foundation Training Course - St Thomas Centre, Manchester

ACAT Foundation Training CoursenbspSt Thomas Centre Ardwick Green North Manchesternbsp M12 6FZ nbspOn Saturday 30 July 2016 nbspThe Course will covernbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp The Role of the Treasurer nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Legal amp Financial Overview nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Budgeting nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Principles of Charity Accounting nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Systems Records and IT nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Employment nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Gift Aid and GASDS nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Yearend Routines nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp VAT and LPWGSnbspWhether you are new to the role or have been in post for many years you will find something in the course to benefit you The cost is 45 and includes all course material refreshments and a buffet lunch nbspRegistration will be from 930am onwards for a prompt start at 10am and will finish at 4pmnbspYou do not have to be a member of ACAT to take part in the training nbspBook early places are limited to 40nbspTo book a place visit our website httpacatukcommanchesterfoundhtmlnbspYou can book instantly online or print out a postal booking form Your booking will be acknowledged by email and will include a map with directionsnbsp

South Africa Trip: Live blog; reports; link to live radio report

Follow a live blog written by young people from The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese who are in South Africa for two weeks from Friday July 29 until August 12nbspIn a first for the Diocese the event will be liveblogged throughout with reports on activities being uploaded at the end of every day A different member of the group will write the blog each time You can keep in touch by reading the blog hereAnd see below for blog highlights including picsnbspThe group is made up of 21 young adults aged 1621 and five leaders Ten of the group are from Ripley St Thomas School in Lancaster with the rest from churches across LancashirenbspAs well as the blog the group will be active on other social media including Twitter and will be using the hashtag SALinkTrip16 There will be retweets on cofelancs and BDBofE follow both of those Twitter feedsAlso coming up this Sunday July 31 on BBC Radio Lancashires faith programme presented by Joe Wilson several of the group will be interviewed live from South Africa in two separate slots between 730am and 8am You can listen on BBC Radio Lancashire on 955 or 1039 FM or afterwards on demand via BBC iPlayer via this linknbspFor more about the trip click here for a news story and accompanying articlesSouth Africa blog highlightsnbspTwenty one young people andnbspfive leaders from across Lancashire are currently visiting the Diocese of the Free State in South Africa which has a link to the Diocese of Blackburn going back over fifty years They are involved in a variety of project work and making links with young people in Bloemfontein where they are currently based Below three of the young people have written about their experiencesnbspEllie Consadine a student at Ripley St Thomas C of E Academy Lancaster writes of her experience of the Blackburn Diocesan South Africa Youth Trip to the Diocese of the Free StatenbspToday we assisted a family in extending their house and digging a vegetable patch to add some vital nutrients into their diet We started by digging up weeds and clearing their yard area of rubble broken glass and litter After that area was cleared we prepared patches and planted seeds including beetroot Chinese cabbage and spinach The women from Mosamaria taught us how to plant the seeds so the family could reap the optimum amount of food Jason and I then entertained the children by teaching them songs such as The wheels on the bus If youre happy and you know it and Our God is a great big God to keep them out of the way of the corrugated iron being delivered for the extension We were all really blessed by the joy the children radiated as they copied our language kicked a football around and demanded endless affection However we were of course challenged by the conditions of the home a few pieces of iron sheeting held together precariously by nails and stones a common sight as we drove through the township Despite this we look forward to tomorrow when we hope to complete the interior of the house and bless the family further with gifts of essentials such as baby food toothpaste and eczema cream along with a football and some sunglasses as the children loved stealing ours so muchnbspBen Humfrey from Lancaster writes of his day at Towers of HopenbspWe arrived at Towers of Hope in the centre of Bloemfontein early in the morning and eager to get started We were immediately drafted in to sort through the piles of clothes filling the church gallery making sure that 100 bags were filled with a t shirt shirt and a jacket as well as some bars of soap Having been told that we were working far too quickly we were set the task of preparing eight pumpkins and one enormous cabbage in preparation for the afternoon soup kitchen nbspMeanwhile some of us began cleaning the walls of the church whilst also taking advantage of the surprisingly warm winter African sunshine In the afternoon we ran a soup kitchen for the homeless people living on the streets in the area and collected donations from various houses across Bloemfontein We were really touched to have had the opportunity to work with and pray with such inspirational people and it is a day that we will take back with us when we return to the UKnbspHayley Calder from St Cuthberts Fulwood Preston writes about a visit to the hospital in BloemfonteinnbspThis morning was quite a difficult morning as we went to a psychiatric ward to sing to some of the patients there The majority of us got quite emotional but it was so great to see the amount of love and support we were showing to each other This afternoon to brighten the mood we went to the cinema to see Finding Dory It was a really good film that did its job of helping us to smile after the difficult morning Later we joined with the Cathedral youth group for a BBQ I really enjoyed meeting all the youth and sharing in the games food and fellowship Overall a fairly difficult day but it really brought out the supportive and loving side of the group and really indicated that we are all there for each other united by Gods lovenbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley29072016nbsp

Statement and advice following latest attack in France

The news from France of a priest being murdered by Daesh terrorists whilst celebrating the Mass has horrified us all Our prayers are with his family and all those directly impacted by this act of unspeakable evilnbspAdvice we have received from the police suggests church leaders and their congregations here in the UK should remain alert not alarmed We understand there is no current intelligence to suggest any attack planning on churches in this countrynbspThe Metropolitan Police has issued a letter of reassurance for churches urging vigilance but also calm and containing links to some commonsense advicenbspWe have circulated this letter today to all our clergy and churchwardensnbspThese are troubling times and it makes sense for all church leaders to review their security plans and to encourage their people to be vigilant Meanwhile any suspicious behaviour should of course be reported immediately through 999 or the antiterrorist hotline 0800 789 321Statement from the National Police Chiefs CouncilThe police letter also mentions that commencing today and open for applications until September 20 the Home Office is running a scheme offering funding for protective security measures subject toapplication Detailed information on how to apply can be found here

Young People from Lancashire Diocese to 'live blog' South Africa Trip

Young people from The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese have an exciting time ahead as they prepare to travel to South Africa this Friday July 29 for two weeks nbspAnd in a first for the Diocese the event will be liveblogged throughout by the young people with reports on the events being uploaded at the end of every day A different member of the group will write the blog each time You can keep in touch by reading the blog herenbspThe group is made up of 21 young adults aged 1621 and five leaders Ten of the group are from Ripley St Thomas School in Lancaster with the rest from County churchesnbspAs well as the blog the group will be active on other social media including Twitter and will be using the hashtag SALinkTrip16nbspThey will be based in the Diocese of the Free State our link Diocese on a trip coordinated arranged and managed by the Diocesan Board of Education The link is believed to be the oldest continuous link in the Anglican CommunionnbspA video preview of the trip has been uploaded today to the Diocesan YouTube channel and it is already receiving lots of viewsnbspOne of the young people on the trip is Jason Hillis age 17 from Ripley St Thomas School and a member of Holy Trinity Church BoltonleSandsnbspJason said today I chose to put myself forward for the trip as I saw it as an amazing opportunity to go and experience living out my faith in another culture nbspI am looking forward to going into two high schools where we will be delivering spirituality days to the pupils As well as the spirituality days I am also looking forward to running games and activities after school nbspRead more of Jasons thoughts on the trip by clicking herenbspAlso on the trip as a leader is Natasha Green from Leyland who was a young person on the very first South African youth pilgrimage from this Diocese in 2009nbspNatasha says In 2009 our group went around churches and schools to experience a different culture and learn their way of life I was struck by the vibrant church services with music and instruments being played constantly nbspI formed positive and strong relationships and returned three years later to visit my link parish as well as see some friends I made there get married I am really excited to be visiting again and to experience it as a leader and I am looking forward to seeing how this group of young adults respond during the trip and to see them grownbspDiocesan Youth Adviser Kat Witham from Preston has been instrumental in planning the trip and will also be one of the leaders She said today We hope that the experience of this whole project including activities prior to during and after this trip will be one that all those taking part will never forget nbspIts a brilliant chance to experience and share life and the Christian faith in another part of the Anglican Communion We go seeking to shine for Christ and make a positive difference in the lives of those we meet We know we will learn lots from and be blessed by the wonderful communities that will welcome usnbspRead an article specially written for the trip by Kat by clicking herenbspRt Rev Geoff Pearson the Anglican Bishop of Lancaster will also be on the trip He added I am looking forward to accompanying the young people from across Lancashire to the Diocese of the Free State in South Africa It is an amazing opportunity to serve and to experience living out their faith in another culturenbspBishop Geoff has writtennbspa column for this weeks Lancaster Guardian about the trip You can read the column by clicking herenbspnbspRonnie Semley27072016nbspnbsp

Thanksgiving Service for Lancashire and Cumbria Theological Partnership

Lancashire Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has spoken at a special service of Thanksgiving that was held to mark nearly 40 years of the Lancashire and Cumbria Theological Partnership LCTP as its work comes to a closenbspThe organisation which dates back formatively to 1978 grew from a partnership between the Dioceses of Carlisle and Blackburn and since 2007 in partnership with the University of CumbrianbspIt has existed primarily to prepare men and women for all categories of ordained ministry within the Church of England either paid or unpaid nbspMinisterial training has also been provided for Methodist students and to people from the Baptist Salvation Army and URC traditions prior to being ordainednbspAs well as ordinands the LCTP has also provided training for trainee Readers in the Dioceses of Blackburn and Carlisle and theological education for independent students regardless of their denominational allegiancenbspOn 1 September 2016 the LCTP will formally end with the Diocese of Blackburn sourcing future training through All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry in the North West and the Diocese of Carlisle having launched its Cumbria Christian Learning CCL organisationnbspThis week more than 70 people former students staff and senior leaders from both Dioceses gathered in the Chapel on the University of Cumbrias Lancaster campus to mark the transition and to give thanks for all the work of the LCTP nbspSenior leaders from Blackburn Diocese joining Bishop Julian The Bishop of Blackburn included the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and Rev Canon Sue Penfold Director of MinistrynbspDuring the service Bishop Julian said Were very grateful that as joint Dioceses we have been able to walk together and to work together through the Lancashire and Cumbria Theological PartnershipnbspWere also grateful in Lancashire for the contribution that the LCTP has made to our church life People have been trained through LCTP and then gone out into different parishes around the Diocese and served ChristnbspThe Diocese of Blackburn has appointed a parttime Director of Studies to oversee their training programme through All SaintsnbspIn Cumbria CCL will roll out from the beginning of September and will be intentionally focussed towards supporting the ecumenical God for All vision that by 2020 everyone in Cumbria has had an opportunity to explore the reality of God and Gods purpose in their livesnbspThe Bishop of Penrith the Rt Rev Robert Freeman added I have been so grateful to be alongside those of you who have passed through the LCTP over the five years I have been in CumbrianbspLCTP is not just about preparing people for their ministry it is also been about helping people shift themselves into the manner of Jesus Christ seeking to be formed into his image and likeness so they are ready to serve him and to give their lives for himnbspBoth Dioceses will continue to partner together for PostOrdination trainingnbspnbspRonnie Semley25072016nbsp

Archbishop of York opens new Cathedral Court

A landmark moment in Blackburn Cathedrals history took place at the weekend when the Archbishop of York The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu officially opened the new Cathedral CourtThe development sees the first cloisters to be built at a UK Cathedral for over 500 years and also marks the final portion of the large scale regeneration of the areas around the CathedralnbspThe opening and blessing of the of the new development on July 17 included a celebration Choral Evensong at the Cathedral which was attended by parish and civic representatives from across Lancashire partners in the development and the Bishop of Blackburn The Rt Rev Julian HendersonDuring his visit to the Cathedral Archbishop Sentamu said This fantastic development sees the culmination of not just the last 20 years of work but the realisation of William Temples original vision that the Cathedral should become a centre of influence on all aspects of peoples lives It is a fitting tribute that a key part of the development that links the old to the new has been called the Temple Gallery Creating change to enhance our ministry is a joyous moment to celebratenbspAs well as benefitting those that work and study here visitors and worshippers at Blackburn Cathedral will enjoy the new open spaces public gardens and caf This is a great place to visit to know God is alive and at work in this town and its peoplenbspThe new Cathedral Court atnbspBlackburn Cathedralnbspincludes residences for the Cathedral clergy and staff as well as a hall of residence for organ and choral scholars It also includes new public gardens a library conference facilities offices parking and the new Temple Gallery that links the original Cathedral building to the new cloistersnbspThe building is also home to the newnbspCaf Northcotenbspwhich greatly enhances the hospitality that the Cathedral is able to offer visitors and touristsnbspThe development has also created the opportunity to create new public areas and gardens that now links the Cathedral directly with a new Cathedral Square in the town centre of Blackburn featuring offices restaurants and a hotelThe new cloisters has taken over 20 years in planning and building to come to fruition and represent the first major addition to the Cathedral since the original parish church was expanded and transformed into Lancashires CathedralThe 8m development has been made possible through a partnership with the Cathedral ChapternbspBlackburn with Darwen Borough Council the Homes and Communities Agency and the European Regional Development FundCanon Andrew Hindley Canon Sacrist who masterminded the development said The opening and blessing of Cathedral Court has been a fitting tribute to 20 years of hard work by the team at the Cathedral and the partners that have worked with us to create this transformational development for the Cathedral and the Diocese Partnership working and the generosity of our donors has finally brought this development to fruition and for this we are truly thankfulWe have a commitment to use these new facilities to enhance the mission and ministry of the Cathedral and enhance our work with community cohesion in the North West We are at the heart of regeneration in the town and the wider impact of the new Clergy Court will bring benefits to the whole dioceseRt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley and the Acting Dean of Blackburn added As a relative newcomer to the Cathedral I am astonished by the scale and ambition of this development It is really exciting to see the Cathedral place itself right at the heart of the regeneration of the townSunday was a wonderful evening of celebration and a fitting way to mark the culmination of an incredibly exciting project which places the Cathedral at the heart of the regeneration of Blackburn It was great to welcome so many local people funders clergy and civic guests But even more pleasing was the huge numbers of constructors who came along showing that this was for them so much more than just another projectThe real challenge begins now We want these new facilities to be a resource for the town the county and the Churches of Lancashire Our vision is for the Cathedral to be good news for Lancashire Were going to be working really hard now to make this dream a realityCllr Phil Riley Blackburn with Darwen Councils executive member for regeneration added This historic development is part of the wider transformation of Blackburn town centre and will be enjoyed for generations to come The opening of Cathedral Court marks the completion of this scheme and Im delighted and proud of the role the Council has played alongside partners in delivering itPartner at Purcell and Cathedral Architect of Blackburn Cathedral James Sanderson commented The Cathedral Quarter Development and new Cathedral Court mark a rebirth to this part of the town centre It will boost the local economy enhance leisure and cultural facilities and is already bringing new commercial opportunities to BlackburnAnd Nigel Sharp Operations Director at John Turner Construction said We are extremely proud to have been the main contractor for the prestigious Cathedral Court development at Blackburn Cathedral over the last 26 months Delivering this high quality project brought us the opportunity to combine modern building techniques and materials with more traditional construction methods using natural and reclaimed materialsClick here for an album of pictureson the Diocesan Flickr feed including pictures from Sundays service and blessing as well as general pictures of the new Cathedral Court some taken when completed and some during constructionClick here for a more general albumnbspof pictures of events that have taken place at the Cathedral over the past few yearsClick herenbspto view and to follow the Cathedral Twitter feed for the latest updatesnbspnbspRonnie Semley14072016nbsp

Picnic on the Farm - Preston Road, Grimsargh

Picnic on the FarmnbspOn Sunday 17 July Sally and Anthony Cowell are kindly hosting a Picnic on the Farm at their farm on Preston Road Grimsargh nbspYou are invited to bring your own picnic and enjoy the traditional fun and games that will be on offernbspTickets are 10 for a family ticket and 5 for an adult ticket nbspThe event starts at 3pm and tickets are available from Sally and Anthony CowellnbspIf you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam 01772 704112 or email jaynewoollamhomailcouk or join the Face Book Group Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Year Anniversarynbsp

Wine in the Cellar - A quiet day at Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbey Quiet DaynbspSaturday 16 July 2016From 10am to 330pmnbspWhy not come and join in a Summer Quiet Day in the beautiful surroundings of Whalley AbbeynbspTalks will be given by the Revd Canon Patricia Impey a priest with Permission to Officiate in the Diocese and a member of the Diocesan Spirituality and Spiritual Direction Team Tricia will be speaking on the theme Wine in the Cellar drawing on the work of Meister Eckhart a Dominican theologian philosopher and mystic living in Germany 12601328nbspA soup and sandwich lunch will be included nbspThe cost of the day is 15 and bookings are through the Abbey officewhalleyabbeyorgnbspnbsp or telephone 01254 828400nbspnbsp

Aeolian Wind Concert - Grimsargh St Michael's Church

Aeolian Wind ConcertnbspOn Sunday 10 July at 3pm there will be a concert by the renowned Aeolian Wind Group taking place in Grimsargh St Michaels Church as part of the ongoing Tricentenary celebrationsnbspThe programme will include music from the last 300 years and it promises to be a musical extravaganzanbspThis rich tapestry of musical delights will last for approximately one and hour fifteen minutes and will be followed by a delicious cream teanbspTickets are 9 adults 7 concessions and under 16s are freenbspTickets are available from church or alternatively you can pay on the doornbspIf you require any further information please contact Jayne Woollam 01772 704112 or email jaynewoollamhomailcouk or join the Face Book Group Grimsargh St Michaels 300 Year Anniversarynbsp

Links and information about recent General Synod

The General Synod of The Church of England meets in York from July 8 12 2016 You can watch a live video stream of proceedings as they are underway vianbspthis linknbspFor the names of those elected from our Diocese last summer to the latest Synodnbspclick hereLinks to any relevant news from Synod will be posted to the national Church of England websitenbspnews sectionnbspandnbspfollow this linknbspto all the papers for what is known as the July 2016 Group of Sessions You can also Watchnbspthis video produced for the current Synod and designed to demonstrate the way in which the church is woven into the fabric of British societyFollownbspthis linknbspfor background information on the General Synod and its workFor Twitter usersnbspthis is the Synod Twitter feedFor a whos who in General Synodnbspclick herenbsp

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'Summer Quiet Day' offers chance for some peaceful reflection

Later this month the picturesque Whalley Abbey in the Ribble Valley is the venue for a Summer Quiet Day nbspPeople from across Lancashire are invited to attend the event on Saturday July 16nbspThe Quiet Day has the theme of Wine in the Cellar and will run from 10am till 330pm nbspTalks will be given by the Rev Canon Patricia Impey a member of the Diocesan Spirituality and Spiritual Direction Team nbspPatricia will be speaking on the Wine in the Cellar theme and will draw on the work of Meister Eckhart a Dominican theologian and philosopher who lived in Germany from 12601328 nbspA soup and sandwich lunch will be included in the cost for the day which is 15nbspBookings can be made through the Abbey Office by emailing officeWhalleyAbbeyorg or calling 01254 828400nbspWhalley Abbey is the retreat and conference centre for Blackburn Diocese It is available for conferences and to hire out for all kinds of occasions Four star bed and breakfast accommodation is also available For more information about the Abbey and its facilities contact the Abbey offices via the email or phone number abovenbspRonnie Semley05072016nbsp

Lancashire's new Deacons and Priests begin work in parishes

A primary school teacher a bank manager a doctor a policewoman a retail store manager and a dental hygienist nbspThese are just some of the former jobs of the latest cohort of new Priests and Deacons to be ordained by The Church of England in LancashirenbspA group of 13 new Deacons and Priests for The Church of England in Lancashire were ordained at the weekend during services on Saturday in Blackburn CathedralnbspMeanwhile a further Priest was ordained on Sunday at Padiham St Leonard while another Deacon will have their special service later in the year making a total of 15 in the 2016 cohort eight women and seven mennbspThe weekends events were mirrored in Anglican Dioceses across the country with nearly 1000 ordination candidates taking their vowsnbspFull list of candidates for 2016 can been seen hereFlickr album of pictures from ordination week click hereThe youngest and oldest candidates were both Deacons Eddie Carr of St Pauls Adlington who is 24 and Fiona Haines of St Paul Warton and Holy Trinity Freckleton who is 60nbspThere were six candidates aged under 40 nbspAll the 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 our new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspCandidates were ordained as Deacons a distinctive clergy role which allows the person to be a Curate while continuing their training or Priests which is the second stage of the ordination process and paves the way to becoming a vicarnbspHannah Boyd 35 is originally from Middlesborough and will serve at St Marks Layton and St Lukes Staining Talking about her call to serve she said I didnt want to be ordained at all and fought against it for a long time Eventually I decided to go through the vocations process just so that God would give me a no and I could get on with being a teachernbspIt didnt work out like that and I realised that this was what God wanted me to do and that I needed to be obedient to this calling on my life and to use my gifts to serve him in the ChurchnbspEddie Carr 24 is looking forward to working in his first parish in Adlington and said I hope I can hit the ground running and get stuck into parish life Im looking forward to getting to know the people of Adlington and trying to remember all the names and hope that I can learn how to be a faithful minister of the GospelnbspLesley Hinchcliffe 59 of St Peters Salesbury says the best thing about her training has been the fellowship and the parttime study which has allowed her to work train and maintain family lifenbspLesley added The most important thing Ive learned is a deeper understanding of theology and also much about myself how I react in situations how others perceive me all of which will benefit my ministrynbspSpeaking about the Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities Chris Krawiec 30 of St Bartholomew and St John Great Harwood said For me church should be the place where there is space for everyone to meet with be challenged and encouraged by and worship GodnbspDiscipleship is a key part of the vision and something close to my heart I hope to continue to have the opportunity to encourage personal discipleship within the parish to take the chances to develop it where possible and to model the difference it makes in ones Christian walknbspMeanwhile Lorraine Moffatt 59 originally from Lancaster and serving a church in Morecambe is looking forward to the future saying A few years ago I did not even believe in God I spent a long time believing only in selfreliance and determination I never expected to become a Christian let alone be ordained as PriestnbspI hope to enable people who already come to church to grow deeper in faith and love of God and have confidence to share that faith and love with others nbspI also aim to support and encourage people to use their gifts so they will grow in confidence to become leadersnbspAt the weekend the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson ordained the Priests while the Bishop of Burnley and Acting Dean of Blackburn Rt Rev Philip North ordained the DeaconsnbspThey were joined at the services by Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable Mark Ireland and the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt as well as people from parishes across Lancashire and family and friends of the ordination candidatesnbspFollowing the Cathedral services on Saturday Bishop Philip ordained the final Priest in a service at Padiham St Leonard on Sunday while Bishop Geoff will ordain the final Deacon in a service later this year on December 11 2016 at Lancaster PriorynbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said The church has discerned this was Gods calling for these men and women and it was a huge privilege to be able to ordain themnbspI now 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 realitynbspPrior to their big weekend all candidates Priests and Deacons went on a retreat at Whalley Abbey The retreat was led by Rev Canon Andrew Raynes of Christ Church in BlackburnnbspHe said The retreat was a chance for the ordinands a chance to pray share time together and think about their next step towards a new season of ministrynbspA video filmed during the retreat featuring Bishop Julian Bishop Geoff and Bishop Philip is available to watch now here on our Diocesan YouTube channelnbspA further video featuring four of the ordinands two Priests Alex Frost from St Matthew the Apostle in Burnley and Rie Walker from Broughton St John Baptist and two Deacons Eddie Carr from Adlington St Paul and Hannah Boyd from Layton and Staining alongside retreat leader Rev Canon Andrew Raynes is also available to view now on the Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspOrdinations have taken place across the country and the Church of England was tweeting throughout on its national feed cofe Our local diocese Twitter feed cofelancs was also very active using newrevs nbspnbspRonnie Semley04072016nbsp

Brothers in Arms - Blackburn Cathedral @ 7.30pm

As peoplenbspreflect on the 100th Anniversary of the battle of the Somme this free event at 730pm on Monday 4th July is open to allnbspnbsp

Ordination Service for Deacons - Blackburn Cathedral

The Ordination Service for Deacons takes place this Saturday at Blackburn Cathedralnbspat 1030amnbspFor more information click here

Ordination Service for Priests - Blackburn Cathedral

The Ordination Service for Priests takes place this Saturday at Blackburn Cathedral at 230pmnbspFor more information click here

County-wide Commemorations of the Battle of the Somme

Churches across Lancashire will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of The Battle of the Somme this weekend including an official County Commemoration at Blackburn CathedralnbspThe Cathedral will also be the venue on Monday for a special presentation of the play Brothers in ArmsnbspPals from many Lancashire towns soldiers who joined up together and in many cases died together were caught up in the bloody five month offensivenbspNearly 20000 British soldiers died on the first day of the Somme with 125000 British dead by the end of the Somme campaign in November 1916 and nearly a quarter of a million dead on all sides The war itself would continue for a further two yearsnbspThe County service is also the official Duke of Lancasters Regiment Commemoration and it begins at midday at the Cathedral on Sunday July 3 It will be led by The Acting Dean of Blackburn and Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North nbspLancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson will also attend and will give the blessing They will be joined by Bishop Christoph Meyns who is Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Diocese of Braunschweig Germany which is twinned with the Diocese of Blackburn Also attending will be religious and civic dignitaries from across Lancashire including the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth Serving soldiers and veterans from the Duke of Lancasters Regiment will also attendnbspBishop Julian said today The Battle of the Somme was a human tragedy on an unimaginable scale I will be humbled and honoured to stand this Sunday with Bishop Christoph and civic and religious leaders from across the County to remember the fallen from our countries and the impact of their deaths on their families and communities nbspBishop Philip added The country is in the midst of a long four year series of commemorations of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War which raged from 1914 until 1918 The Battle of the Somme took place at the height of that war and saw human misery and suffering on a scale we find difficult to absorb even nownbspSo as we gather on Sunday to solemnly remember the Somme offensive we will also remember the effect it had on a generationnbspIt will also be a potent reminder of the importance of solidarity and cooperation between the nations of Europe in years to come nbspChurches across Lancashire will also be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Somme offensive One of those churches is St Catherines Church in Burnley where a beautiful poppy sculpture has been created by church flower arranger Wendy Graveston to sit alongside the war memorial inside the buildingnbspFather Roger Parker of St Catherines said today This weekend marks the apex of the First World War and we will be having a requiem mass on Sunday to mark the occasion I am also chaplain of the local branch of the Royal British Legion and Legion representatives will join us on SundaynbspI hope the commemorations locally and nationally serve as a reminder of the horrors of war and send a message about the importance of peace and reconciliation to the modern worldnbspMeanwhile the Lancashire town of Accrington home of the Accrington Pals will also be commemorating the occasion Accrington suffered some of the highest losses on the first day of the Battle You can read the story of the towns pain here nbspSt Johns Church in the town is home to the famous Accrington Pals Memorial Chapel which has received many visitors over the years including The Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu who paid his respects there during a tour of Lancashire in 2014nbspReader at St Johns Christine Ritson said today We held a special service today July 1 and will be holding another service this Sunday alongside other churches from across the town The Battle of the Somme has great significance in Accrington which suffered immense loss of life during the battle The sheer enormity of the sacrifice is difficult to comprehend even nownbspThe commemorations continue on Monday July 4 with a special free presentation of the moving play Brothers in Arms at Blackburn Cathedral at 730pmnbspA joint production by The Church of England in Lancashires Parish Mission Support Department and the Lancashire Methodist Church District the play tells the background story to 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 warnbspThe play has already toured a number of venues across LancashirenbspDavid 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 todaynbspAs we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme we felt it was the right time to present Brothers in Arms to help mark the shocking loss of young lives in a battle that in many ways came to define the whole of the First World War nbspnbspRonnie Semley01072016nbsp

The Church of England in Lancashire's 2016 cohort of Deacons and Priests

A group of 13 new Deacons and Priests for The Church of England in Lancashire will be ordained this weekend at services in Blackburn CathedralnbspMeanwhile a further Priest will be ordained this Sunday at Padiham St Leonard while another Deacon will have their special service later in the year making a total of 15 in the 2016 cohort eight women and seven mennbspThe Deacons and Priests are available herenbspThe youngest and oldest candidates are both Deacons Eddie Carr of St Pauls Adlington who is 24 and Fiona Haines of St Paul Warton and Holy Trinity Freckleton who is 60nbspThere are six candidates aged under 40 nbspThis weekend Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson will ordain most of the Priests in a service beginning at 230pm while the Bishop of Burnley and Acting Dean of Blackburn Rt Rev Philip North will ordain most of the Deacons in a service beginning at 1030am nbspThey will be joined at the services by Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable Mark Ireland and the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt as well as people from parishes across Lancashire and family and friends of the ordination candidatesnbspFollowing the Cathedral services on Saturday Bishop Philip will ordain another Priest in a service at Padiham St Leonard at 530pm on Sunday July 3 while Bishop Geoff will ordain the final Deacon in a service on December 11 2016 at Lancaster PriorynbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said I am looking forward immensely to the ordinations The church has discerned this was Gods calling for these men and women and it is a huge privilege to be able to ordain themnbspThis 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 daynbspCandidates will be ordained as Deacons a distinctive clergy role which allows the person to be a Curate while continuing their training or Priests which is the second stage of the ordination process and paves the way to becoming a vicarnbspMost of the candidates or Ordinands for the Priesthood in 2016 were ordained as Deacons in the Cathedral last year and are now back for this further commissioning nbspPrior to their big weekend ahead all candidates Priests and Deacons attended an informal lunch at Bishop Julians house near Ribchester before going on a retreat at Whalley Abbey The retreat is being led by Rev Canon Andrew Raynes of Christ Church in Blackburn and will give all the Ordinands a chance to pray and to share time together prior to the weekends services nbsp Ordinations are taking place across the country and the Church of England will be tweeting throughout on its national feed cofe and local Diocesan Twitter feeds including the Diocese of Blackburns feed which is cofelancs using newrevs nbspnbspRonnie Semley01072016nbsp

The Church of England in Lancashire's 2016 cohort of Deacons and Priests

A group of 13 new Deacons and Priests for The Church of England in Lancashire will be ordained this weekend at services in Blackburn CathedralnbspMeanwhile a further Priest will be ordained this Sunday at Padiham St Leonard while another Deacon will have their special service later in the year making a total of 15 in the 2016 cohort eight women and seven mennbspThe Deacons and Priests are available herenbspThe youngest and oldest candidates are both Deacons Eddie Carr of St Pauls Adlington who is 24 and Fiona Haines of St Paul Warton and Holy Trinity Freckleton who is 60nbspThere are six candidates aged under 40 nbspThis weekend Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson will ordain most of the Priests in a service beginning at 230pm while the Bishop of Burnley and Acting Dean of Blackburn Rt Rev Philip North will ordain most of the Deacons in a service beginning at 1030am nbspThey will be joined at the services by Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable Mark Ireland and the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt as well as people from parishes across Lancashire and family and friends of the ordination candidatesnbspFollowing the Cathedral services on Saturday Bishop Philip will ordain another Priest in a service at Padiham St Leonard at 530pm on Sunday July 3 while Bishop Geoff will ordain the final Deacon in a service on December 11 2016 at Lancaster PriorynbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said I am looking forward immensely to the ordinations The church has discerned this was Gods calling for these men and women and it is a huge privilege to be able to ordain themnbspThis 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 daynbspCandidates will be ordained as Deacons a more junior clergy role which allows the person to be a Curate while continuing their training or Priests which is the second stage of the ordination process and paves the way to becoming a vicarnbspMost of the candidates or Ordinands for the Priesthood in 2016 were ordained as Deacons in the Cathedral last year and are now back for this further commissioning nbspPrior to their big weekend ahead all candidates Priests and Deacons attended an informal lunch at Bishop Julians house near Ribchester before going on a retreat at Whalley Abbey The retreat is being led by Rev Canon Andrew Raynes of Christ Church in Blackburn and will give all the Ordinands a chance to pray and to share time together prior to the weekends services nbsp Ordinations are taking place across the country and the Church of England will be tweeting throughout on its national feed cofe and local Diocesan Twitter feeds including the Diocese of Blackburns feed which is cofelancs using newrevs nbspnbspRonnie Semley01072016nbsp

Major Lifetime Achievement Award for Lancashire CofE School's Head of Humanities

A dedicated Lancashire teacher has won a major award at the Times Education Supplement TES Annual Schools Awards Ceremony in LondonnbspAt a glitzy awards dinner held at the Grosvenor House hotel on Londons Park Lane Beth Harris Head of Humanities at Archbishop Temple School in Preston and the other winners were praised by comedian and host for the evening Dara OBriainnbspThe 17 different awards recognised the achievements of whole schools and the individual teachers working in them and Beths award is the highest individual prize awarded to any teacher in the UKnbspMrs Harris was nominated for a career spent making her subject which is history relevant to generations of young people nbspShe has provided myriad opportunities for young people to explore history from canvassing for mock elections to participating in exciting visits to historical sites Her priority has been to involve the whole school community in her inclusive cross curricular projectsnbspThe winners were chosen by a panel of judges including Colin Bell the chief executive of the Council of British International Schools Dame Joan McVittie former headteacher of Woodside High School Sir Tim Brighouse former schools commissioner for London and Colin Hegarty maths teacher and founder of Hegarty MathsnbspThe TES judges concluded that Mrs Harris is exactly the sort of teacher every school is delighted to have as part of the team The judges said She makes her subject fun brings it to life and has inspired generations It is fitting that the award should go to one of the unsung foot soldiers of education who make such a difference to young peoplenbspThey also noted history is consistently among the most popular subjects at Archbishop Temple School with colleagues saying that pupils enthusiastically buy into the Mrs Harris brandnbspIn accepting her award Beth Harris dedicated it to her colleagues at Archbishop Temple School adding When you are surrounded by amazing colleagues its easy to do an amazing job My school is fabulous and everyone works so hardnbspYou can watch a short video about the event here on the TES website Beth Harris features at 1m 55snbspDirector of Education for Blackburn Diocese Stephen Whittaker today congratulated Beth saying To be in the running for such a prestigious award was enough in itself To go on to actually win it is a fabulous achievement for Beth and for the school she represents Archbishop TemplenbspIt demonstrates once again the extremely high quality of teaching and teachers in our Church of England schools here in LancashirenbspArchdeacon Michael Everitt the Archdeacon of Lancaster and Chair of the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education added Congratulations to Beth for her outstanding success in the TES Awards It is clear the work she does every day is valued by Archbishop Temple School and most importantly by her pupils nbspWe all cherish the memories of teachers who inspired us and made learning fun and engaging Beth is one of those teachers who inspires and we are proud she is working for one of our amazing schoolsnbspFor more coverage of the awards go to this page of the TES website for picture galleries and citationsnbspnbspRonnie Semley29062016nbsp

Cathedral Flower Festival is a blooming great success

Lancashires Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn has held the largest event in its history nbspnbsp nbspnbspnbspBlackburn Cathedral Flower Festival a spectacular four day event took place from June 23 to June 26 and brought thousands of visitors to the townFor coverage from the event visit the dedicated Flower Festival website News and picture special click here Nadiya Hussain visits Flower Festival Premier Christian News report BBC North West Tonight news report Click here Thats Lancashire TV report Click herePeople travelled from across the UK to see the magnificent space within Blackburn Cathedral transformed into a floral extravaganza with displays and giant structures set to fill the buildingComments from visitors includedThe interpretations were breathtaking so meaningful A truly spiritual experience Magnificent show of colour and movement Designs were spectacular with lots of space around each piece and the lighting was excellent Imaginative modern vibrant and very welcoming Beautiful building Stunning floral art works Warm friendly atmosphere A sense of togetherness depicted through naturenbsp The colours designs arrangements and flair shone like a beacon in the cathedralWith internationally renowned designer Bill Dixon together with Hans Haverkamp and a team of experienced floral artists from across the UK the region hadnt seen anything like itnbspThe event launched with an exclusive ticketed preview event on the evening of Wednesday June 22 which was opened by Nigel Haworth from Michelinstarred restaurant Northcote and hosted by Lady Shuttleworthnbsp nbspAs well as thousands of flowers giant structures and mechanics imaginative lighting and suspended and animated displays the four day festival also featuredAn Exclusive Celebration Preview Event Opened by Celebrity Chef Nigel Howarth of Northcote and hosted by Patron Lady Shuttleworth A Black Tie Dinner hosted in the new Clergy Court development The first Cathedral Cloisters to be built in the UK for 600 years and featuring the catering of New Cathedral partners Cafe Northcotenbsp A Secret Garden Evening Event of Jazz and Cocktails The New Orleans style Jazz of Tipitina brought the Cathedral to life in a whole new way and enabled visitors to enjoy the Flower Festival at a unique event Nadiya Hussain winner of the Great British Bake Off was the celebrity guest on Saturday 25th June She toured the Flower Festival and signed copies of her brand new book on the Cathedral Green in the afternoon I Fagiolini in Concert The group which won the Royal Philharmonic Societys Ensemble Prize brought their unique style to a concert on 25th June which was hosted amongst the splendour of the flower displaysThe main event attracted support from a wide range of businesses and organisations including headline sponsors Barton Grange Garden Centre Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Blackburn Market BMI Healthcare John Turner Construction The Eric Wright Group Westholme School Booths High Level Maintenance Cope Engineering and media partners BBC Radio Lancashire and Square CactusnbspnbspRonnie Semley1406 updated 290616nbspnbsp

Short stories from The Church of England in Lancashire

The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese is a busy place with lots going on all the time nbspFor a series of short stories about the work of the Diocese click here for a Word version and click here for the pdf version nbspParish magazine editors are free to use any of this material and to edit it to length to suit their own purposesnbspnbspnbsp

On-Line Faculty Briefing

For all those who are thinking about submitting a faculty this briefing will explain the new online faculty system OFSnbsp Led by the Archdeacons it will provide full details of thenbspOFS andnbsplead you through the processnbsp There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questionsnbsp The briefing will take place at 730 pm at St Cuthberts Lytham Road Fulwood Preston PR2 3ARnbsp For further details contact Gillianbeeleyblackburnanglicanorgnbsp Booking is through eventbrite httpswwweventbritecoukeonlinefacultysystembriefingtickets24746916694nbsp

Charlie the Cello - Lancaster Millennium Choir - Lancaster Priory

Lancaster PriorynbspSaturday 18 June 2016 at 2pmFriday 24 June 2016 at 630pmSaturday 25 June 2016 at 2pmnbspCHARLIE THE CELLO nbspLancaster Millennium Choir with support from local School ChildrennbspFree admission with retiring donationsnbspnbsp

How to get your Church noticed - for Crossroads and Beyond - Fulwood St Cuthberts

A Communications and Marketing Advice Day takes place on June 25 at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood Preston from 1030am until 3pmIt is entitled How to Get Your Church Noticed for Crossroads and BeyondnbspRonnie Semley our Diocesan Communications Manager will be joined by his colleague Neil Pugmire the Communications Manager for Portsmouth Diocese and author of the book How to Get Your Church Noticed to lead the session and give some practical common sense ideas for promoting your church its mission work and activities in your immediate local areaNeils book also has a helpful companion websitenbsphttpgetyourchurchnoticedcomImmediately ahead the advice you will receive onnbspHow to Get Your Church Noticed for Crossroads and Beyondnbspwill be particularly helpful for your church as it prepares for community outreach and mission events during the Crossroads mission on September 811 this year with the northern Bishops and the Archbishop of YorknbspFor more about Crossroads click hereHow to Get Your Church Noticed for Crossroads and Beyondnbspis a valuable training event that will provide you with advice that will be useful for promoting your church and activities well beyond Crossroads as we continue to collectively engage in our Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesHow to Get Your Church Noticed for Crossroads and Beyondnbspis open to anyone and is completelynbspfree Light refreshments will be servednbspPlease bring your own lunchnbspTo book a place or places visit Eventbrite here and book your place directlynbspAlthough Eventbrite is the preferred method of booking you may want to pass on the details to someone who would prefer to call and book insteadnbspThat being the case they can call Senior Admin Officer Karen Ashcroftnbspon 01254 503070nbspwith the number of places they require their contact details the names of all those requiring a place and their church

Statement on the EU Referendum by Rt Rev Julian Henderson

Commenting on the result of the EU Referendum Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said The vote yesterday by the country has sent a clear message to the Government that our future as a nation is to lie outside the European Union nbspIn many parts of Lancashire the vote to leave was decisive While the overall national vote is much closer there is a definite mandate for a new relationship with our European neighboursnbspThe passionate debate running up to the vote revealed very substantial differences of opinion within organisations and political parties so while the clarity of the decision is welcomed by some as a hardwon victory the defeat is a cause of great sadness to others nbspCurrently there is a nationwide mixture of joy and delight on the one hand and disappointment and despair on the othernbspThere is also the uncertainty provoked by the decision of the Prime Minister to step aside most likely by the autumn to allow the exit from the EU to be managed in his words by fresh leadershipnbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn continued We now find ourselves in a place where we need to unite a divided country and plan for a different future alongside the remainder of the EUnbspIt is still early days and the dust will not settle for some time Only then shall we be able to see more clearly the consequences the opportunities and the challenges of this decision nbspI would counsel caution against hasty reactions that might be regretted in due course Today is not a day for recrimination or to apportion blame but rather one in which we look for ways to unite our society around the common good nbspAs The Church of England in Lancashire we will continue do what we can to promote greater wellbeing and cohesion in our various communities believing in the spirit of our Diocesan Vision 2026 that healthy churches do have a transforming impact for good on wider society and praying the words of the Lords prayer Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done here on earth as it is in heaven nbspCoalitions of nations and leaders may come and go but Gods sovereign purposes will come to pass and in that we take comfort and courage for the journey headnbspnbspRonnie Semley24062016nbsp

Charlie the Cello - Lancaster Millennium Choir - Lancaster Priory

Lancaster PriorynbspSaturday 18 June 2016 at 2pmFriday 24 June 2016 at 630pmSaturday 25 June 2016 at 2pmnbspCHARLIE THE CELLO nbspLancaster Millennium Choir with support from local School ChildrennbspFree admission with retiring donationsnbspnbsp

Crossroads Resourcing Evening - Blackburn

nbspnbspnbspResourcing EveningsnbspPlease come along to a resourcing evening in June 2016 to help with your preparation for CrossroadsEach evening begins with an opportunity to think about organising good outreach events and inviting people to them followed by a choice of workshops Faithsharing for the Fainthearted Fearful and Flummoxed or The Who Why What Where and When guide to Enquirers Coursesnbsp Refreshments will be served from 700pm and the evening will run from 730pm until 915pmnbsp DateLocationBooking linkMonday 6th JuneSt Georges Church St Georges Street Chorley PR7 2AAChorleyTuesday 7th JuneSt Stephens Church Oxford Road Burnley BB11 3HLnbspnbsp BurnleyWednesdaynbsp8th JuneMorecambe War Memorial Hall Church Street Morecambe LA4 5QA Opposite Morecambe Parish ChurchMorecambeMonday 13th JuneSt Cuthberts Church Lytham Road Fulwood Preston PR2 3APPrestonTuesday 14th JuneHoly Trinity Church Dean Street South Shore Blackpool FY4 1BPBlackpoolWednesday 22nd JuneChurch of the Saviour Sunnybank Road Blackburn BB2 3NTBlackburnTo help us with our planning please book by clicking on the relevant booking link above which will take you to the relevantEventbrite booking pages or email mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

New Warden and Deputy Wardens of Readers are commissioned at Lancashire's Anglican Cathedral

The Rector of the parish of St Wilfrid in Standish has been commissioned as the new Warden of Readers for The Church of England in Lancashire at a service in the regions Anglican CathedralnbspRev Canon Andrew Holliday will remain as Rector while carrying out his new duties He is joined in the work by two new deputies both of whom are Readers in their own churches nbspThe Deputy Wardens who were also commissioned on Sunday are Ruth Haldane from St James Church in Clitheroe and Elizabeth Swarbrick from St Thomas Church in GarstangnbspThe Warden and Deputy Wardens of Readers are important Diocesan appointments and they involve working with a team of volunteers to support Reader ministry nbspReaders are not ordained but exercise a vital ministry in the Church nbspThey are licensed to preach teach and lead worship and they also work in a huge variety of other roles including pastoral work nbspFor more information about Readers click here and herenbspThe commissioning service was led by Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson Also present were the Bishop of Burnley and Acting Dean of Blackburn Rt Rev Philip North Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable Mark Ireland Rev Canon Sue Penfold Diocesan Director of Ministry and representatives from parishes across LancashirenbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said It was a wonderful occasion and I am certain that Andrew Ruth and Elizabeth will now bring a great deal of enthusiasm to their rolesnbspThrough our Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities we are encouraging lay ministry to be as effective as possible and Andrew and his team will play a vital part in making this exciting work happennbspAndrew added Warden of Readers is a strategic role enabling Readers in the Diocese and working in a shared and collaborative way to encourage ministry in parishes in partnership with local clergynbspI have a passion for collaborative ministry so I was honoured to be asked to take on this role I am looking forward to working with Ruth and Elizabeth and all the hardworking Readers across the Diocese to grow Gods Kingdom as we move forward with our Diocesan Vision 2026nbspnbspRonnie Semley21062016nbsp

Child Poverty Conference - St Paul's Methodist Church, Blackburn

Its a poor do Child poverty conferencenbspChild poverty is something which happens in other countries surely not in Blackburn with Darwen and across East LancashirenbspYet the statistics are compelling our children are caught in a web of poverty which blights their lives and our communitiesnbspThis conference organised by Together Lancashire Together Lancashire works to bring those of faith mostly but not exclusively Christian together with community organisations to address the effects of the complex web of poverty in their communities isnbspaimed at leaders in the Voluntary Community and Faith groups as a briefing on the current information about child poverty and its effect on health and wellbeing We will also have the opportunity to consider what our response is now and what else can we do about itnbspDominic Harrison Director of Public Health for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will provide the facts Cathy Kay will share her research on the effect of diet and nutrition on child development and health and wellbeing There will be stories from those working in our communities the impact of insufficient income and what is being done to address thisnbspYou are invited to this significant conference we will explore whether our response to improving wellbeing of our communities could be more effectivenbspIt is possible to book for the conference on eventbrite httpswwweventbritecoukeitsapoordoconfrontingchildpovertytickets24597570997nbspTogether Lancashire works to bring those of faith mostly but not exclusively Christian together with community organisations toaddress the effects of the complex web of poverty in their communitiesnbspFAQsnbspWhat are my transportparking options getting to the eventThere is car parking at the rear of the venuenbspWhere can I contact the organiser with any questionsContact Gillian Beeley on 07904 919413 or gillianbeeleytogetherlancashireorguknbspIs my registrationticket transferrableYesnbspCan I update my registration informationYes just contact Gillian details abovenbspDo I have to bring my printed ticket to the eventNonbspThe name on the registrationticket doesnt match the attendee Is that okayYou dont need to print your ticket out but please let Gillian know who is attendingnbspWHENTuesday 21 June 2016 from 0900 to 1230 BSTAdd to CalendarnbspWHERESt Pauls Methodist Church Higher Audley Street Blackburn BB1 1JB View Mapnbspnbspnbsp

New Warden and Deputy Wardens of Readers are commissioned

The Rector of the parish of St Wilfrid in Standish has been commissioned as the new Warden of Readers for The Church of England in Lancashire at a service in the regions Anglican CathedralnbspRev Canon Andrew Holliday will remain as Rector while carrying out his new duties He is joined in the work by two new deputies both of whom are Readers in their own churchesnbspThe Deputy Wardens who were also commissioned on Sunday are Ruth Haldane from St James Church in Clitheroe and Elizabeth Swarbrick from St Thomas Church in GarstangnbspThe Warden and Deputy Wardens of Readers are important Diocesan appointments and they involve working with a team of volunteers to support Reader ministrynbspReaders are not ordained but exercise a vital ministry in the ChurchnbspThey are licensed to preach teach and lead worship and they also work in a huge variety of other roles including pastoral worknbspFor more information about Readersnbspclick herenbspandnbspherenbspThe commissioning service was led by Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson Also present were the Bishop of Burnley and Acting Dean of Blackburn Rt Rev Philip North Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable Mark Ireland Rev Canon Sue Penfold Diocesan Director of Ministry and representatives from parishes across LancashirenbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn said It was a wonderful occasion and I am certain that Andrew Ruth and Elizabeth will now bring a great deal of enthusiasm to their rolesnbspThrough our Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities we are encouraging lay ministry to be as effective as possible and Andrew and his team will play a vital part in making this exciting work happennbspAndrew added Warden of Readers is a strategic role enabling Readers in the Diocese and working in a shared and collaborative way to encourage ministry in parishes in partnership with local clergynbspI have a passion for collaborative ministry so I was honoured to be asked to take on this role I am looking forward to working with Ruth and Elizabeth and all the hardworking Readers across the Diocese to grow Gods Kingdom as we move forward with our Diocesan Vision 2026nbspnbspRonnie Semley21062016nbsp

Ecumenical Convention - Churches Together

Ecumenical Convention 2016nbspCardinal Newman CollegePrestonPR1 4HDnbspChurches Together in Lancashire is holding its Ecumenical Convention from June 20 to 25 nbspFind out more about it and the various events taking place on the CTiL website herenbspnbspnbsp

150th Anniversary Celebration of Reader Ministry - Blackburn Cathedral

150th Anniversary Celebration of Reader MinistrynbspnbspTo be held at Blackburn CathedralnbspOn Sunday 19 June at 4pmnbspnbspThis is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Lay Ministry in the Diocesenbspnbsp

Diocesan Communications event for parishes is great success

September this year will see nearly 30 Bishops coming to Lancashire for the Crossroads Mission event alongside the Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John SentamunbspThey will be based across the region from September 811 and will bring their own teams to work with teams from parishes of The Church of England in Lancashire on scores of mission and evangelism eventsnbspFor more about Crossroads click herenbspBefore then on Saturday June 25 a FREE communications and marketing advice day for parishes took place at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood Preston from 1030am until 3pm entitled How To Get Your Church Noticed for Crossroads and BeyondnbspRonnie Semley the Diocesan Communications Manager was joined by his colleague Neil Pugmire the Communications Manager for Portsmouth Diocese and author of the book 100 Ways To Get Your Church Noticed to lead the session and give some practical common sense ideas for church promotion including mission workClick here and listen at 01h 47m 30s to Ronnie and Neil talking about the event on BBC Radio Lancashire Available until July 24Feedback from the event was uniformly positive with delegates saying on the evaluation forms that they were leaving enthused for the task ahead Those attending on the day ranged from church wardens and treasurers to Diocesan Vision Champions and parish magazine editorsnbspNeils book also has a helpful companion websitenbspand you can also click here for an introductory video about 100 Ways To Get Your Church NoticednbspRonnie said It wasnbspa valuable training event to provide parishes with useful advice for before during and after Crossroads as we continue to collectively engage in our Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities More than that it was a chance to network during the coffee breaks and over lunch to share best practice and to enjoy great fellowship togethernbspSpeaking before the event took place Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley said In todays world the way we communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ and activities in our parishes is vitally important and I dont just mean writing press releases and promoting our events in traditional media and online nbspIts everything we do from the way our church noticeboards are configured to the welcome we give to people as they walk through the doors of our churches nbspNeils excellent book is packed with sensible and practical advice and I am delighted he has agreed to come to Lancashire for this event on June 25He was invited by our own Diocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley and Ronnie will join Neil for what promises to be a fantastic day which will greatly assist our parishes as we prepare for the Crossroads Mission taking place from September 811 this yearnbspDelegates were welcomed to the event by The Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael EverittnbspnbspArchdeacon Michael said in his introduction Our Diocesan Vision 2026 is about Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and this is an excellent opportunity for our parishes to get some top tips on making their presence felt as widely as possible in their local communitiesnbspnbspRonnie Semley09062016nbsp

Charlie The Cello - Lancaster Millennium Choir - Lancaster Priory

Lancaster PriorynbspSaturday 18 June 2016 at 2pmFriday 24 June 2016 at 630pmSaturday 25 June 2016 at 2pmnbspCHARLIE THE CELLO nbspLancaster Millennium Choir with support from local School ChildrennbspFree admission with retiring donationsnbspnbspnbsp

Lancashire church goes online with @churchlive

A Preston church took part recently in a new social media project from The Church of EnglandnbspChurchLive was launched in October last year and is a year long project from the Church of England in partnership with TwitterUK to broadcast church services across the world using the app PeriscopenbspOn Sunday June 19 on ChurchLive Christ Church in Fulwood Preston broadcast its regular 1030am service on churchlive and saw its usual attendance boosted by 1242 extra peoplenbspThat was the total number of online worshippers who logged on during the course of the service to watch and be a part of thingsnbspFollow ChurchLive on Twitter here where you can still watch the whole of the Christ Church service just scroll down to find it And you can join in any service each week by following ChurchLive on Twitter or on the social media app PeriscopenbspChurchLive was created as a way of showcasing a broad range of live church services to global audiences simply and accessibly through use of a smartphone ChurchLive could be the first taste of Church for those unfamiliar with church services and an introduction to the best of worship preaching and prayernbspChurchLive also enables other people to rediscover church in a new way or for those in other countries to learn more about Church of England servicesIf any other Lancashire churches want to participate in the Church Live experiment contact Diocesan Communications ManagernbspnbspRonnie Semley17062016nbsp

Young Leaders report on the fun at Diocesan Youth Camp

Youngsters from churches across Lancashire joined The Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and youth leaders for an exciting annual Diocesan Youth Camp at the weekendnbspThe event organised by the Diocesan Board of Education DBE took place at Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Centre near Longridge from June 1012 and around 50 youngsters attendednbspThis year the camp explored the theme of Pathways using Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan as inspiration for the discussions that took place between the fun activities nbspBishop Geoff who attended the camp with his wife Jean commented The Camp is a great asset in our ongoing work with young people as a Diocese sustaining them in their discipleship This year they found the story of Pilgrims Progress particularly inspiringnbspThere was a great team from the Diocesan Board of Education leading the event and I was pleased we also had a lot more young leaders at this years campnbspKat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer said The camp was a brilliant way for the youngsters to come together worship and find out more about being a disciple of Jesus and grow in faithnbspThe importance of making disciples growing leaders and being witnesses lies at the heart of our Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and our annual Youth Camp addresses all these themes directly in relation to our young peoplenbspSeveral older youth leaders joined the DBE team They included Jason Hillis from BoltonleSands Holy Trinity Church and Emily Rowley from Christ Church with All Saints in Blackpool Below is a report on the youth camp from Jason It is accompanied by several pictures taken by EmilynbspJason Hillis writesnbspOn Friday June 10 to Sunday June 12 the Diocese of Blackburns annual youth camp took place at Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Centre nbspThe youth camp is aimed at everyone between school years 69 where they meet to take part in lots of different activities and explore a theme for the weekendnbspThis years camp was incredibly popular with around 50 young people attending as well as 14 leaders but also for the first time ever there was a young leader team with 10 young adults attending the camp nbspPilgrims Progress by John Bunyan helped us to explore this years youth camp theme of Pathways nbspBunyans book tells the story of a man called Christian his journey to the Celestial City and the many challenges which he faced before reaching the city nbspPilgrims Progress was used as a springboard for discussions which took place in several sessions throughout the weekend The young people at the camp related their own individual journeys in relation to the journey Christian took nbspIn each session there was a testimony from one of four young leaders Jessica Emily Rihannon and Eden They all gave very heartfelt and moving testimonies of their own personal experiences on their own individual journeys nbspAs well as the study sessions there was plenty of fun as young people took part in outdoor activities such as canoeing gorge walking zip wires and a climbing wall They were enjoyed by all especially by those who overcame different fears to complete the activities nbspThere were also team challenges including an After Eight Race and finishing with the camps famous Sunday water slidenbspThe weekend finished with everyone coming together to share in a Eucharist led by Bishop Geoff where he sent the young people away with one final challenge To continue to persevere along their path of faithnbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley14062016nbspnbsp

Crossroads Resourcing Evening - Blackpool

nbspnbspnbspResourcing EveningsnbspPlease come along to a resourcing evening in June 2016 to help with your preparation for CrossroadsEach evening begins with an opportunity to think about organising good outreach events and inviting people to them followed by a choice of workshops Faithsharing for the Fainthearted Fearful and Flummoxed or The Who Why What Where and When guide to Enquirers Coursesnbsp Refreshments will be served from 700pm and the evening will run from 730pm until 915pmnbsp DateLocationBooking linkMonday 6th JuneSt Georges Church St Georges Street Chorley PR7 2AAChorleyTuesday 7th JuneSt Stephens Church Oxford Road Burnley BB11 3HLnbspnbsp BurnleyWednesday 8thnbspJuneMorecambe War Memorial Hall Church Street Morecambe LA4 5QA Opposite Morecambe Parish ChurchMorecambeMonday 13th JuneSt Cuthberts Church Lytham Road Fulwood Preston PR2 3APPrestonTuesday 14th JuneHoly Trinity Church Dean Street South Shore Blackpool FY4 1BPBlackpoolWednesday 22nd JuneChurch of the Saviour Sunnybank Road Blackburn BB2 3NTBlackburnTo help us with our planning please book by clicking on the relevant booking link above which will take you to the relevantEventbrite booking pages or email mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorg

Lancashire's Cathedral welcomes Cafe Northcote to new Cathedral Court

The team behind Northcote the Michelinstarred restaurant and luxury hotel has opened a caf in Blackburn Cathedrals iconic new Cathedral Court building which forms part of the new 30 million Cathedral Quarter development in the centre of BlackburnnbspCelebrity chef Nigel Haworth and business partner Craig Bancroft are behind the venture Caf Northcote that should see thousands of visitors flocking to the new high quality developmentnbspThe caf in the new Cathedral building has just opened and faces into Cathedral Square It will see around 15 local jobs created along with two apprentice posts In addition there will be a partnership with Blackburn College for work placements and training opportunitiesnbspThe eatery will be the jewel in the crown of Cathedral Court where accommodation is now provided for cathedral staff in what is the first new complete set of Cathedral domestic buildings to be built for 600 yearsnbspThe new building which is now occupied by Cathedral staff provides offices conference rooms and a library surrounding a landscaped cloister garth as well as the newly named Walsingham Hall from which Caf Northcote will look out on to the large square built for large events and festivalsnbspIt is intended that the project in partnership with Blackburn Cathedral and backed by both Blackburn with Darwen Council and Lancashire Enterprise Partnership LEP will be a Beacon for the best of Lancashire and focus on local food craftsmanship creativity and artisanshipnbspNorthcote recently won the UKs Best Restaurant outside London in the Food and Travel Reader Awards and also Lancashire Lifes Hotel Restaurant of the YearnbspCathedral Canon Andrew Hindley said today The Cathedral is delighted to welcome Caf Northcote as part of our new Cathedral Court buildings Hospitality has always been at the heart of Cathedral life and ministrynbspBy initiating this new partnership we are also laying down an important marker that demonstrates our ongoing commitment to excellencenbspI also hope the advent of Caf Northcote will make Blackburn Cathedral an even more attractive prospect as a visitor destination as we seek to promote our beautiful building complete with its new extension far and widenbspNigel Haworth said We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lancashires Cathedral on this new and vibrant caf concept championing local produce and Blackburns heritage nbspWe look forward to new exciting times and being part of bringing this incredible Cathedral Quarter development to lifenbspnbspRonnie Semley13062016nbspnbsp

Crossroads Resourcing Evening - Preston

nbspnbspnbspResourcing EveningsnbspPlease come along to a resourcing evening in June 2016 to help with your preparation for CrossroadsEach evening begins with an opportunity to think about organising good outreach events and inviting people to them followed by a choice of workshops Faithsharing for the Fainthearted Fearful and Flummoxed or The Who Why What Where and When guide to Enquirers Coursesnbsp Refreshments will be served from 700pm and the evening will run from 730pm until 915pmnbsp DateLocationBooking linkMonday 6th JuneSt Georges Church St Georges Street Chorley PR7 2AAChorleyTuesday 7th JuneSt Stephens Church Oxford Road Burnley BB11 3HLnbspnbsp BurnleyWednesday 8th JuneMorecambe War Memorial Hall Church Street Morecambe LA4 5QA Opposite Morecambe Parish ChurchMorecambeMonday 13th JuneSt Cuthberts Church Lytham Road Fulwood Preston PR2 3APPrestonTuesday 14th JuneHoly Trinity Church Dean Street South Shore Blackpool FY4 1BPBlackpoolWednesday 22nd JuneChurch of the Saviour Sunnybank Road Blackburn BB2 3NTBlackburnTo help us with our planning please book by clicking on the relevant booking link above which will take you to the relevantEventbrite booking pages or email mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorg

Society Sunday - Premier Radio

Premier Radio last year launched an initiative that many churches participated in It was called Society Sunday nbspIt was an opportunity for churches across the UK to pray for the Queen and her Elected Representatives on the Sunday nearest the Queens Official Birthday which is June 12 nbspThis year Society Sunday will also coincide with the Queens 90th Birthday and will provide an ideal opportunity for churches across the UK to come together to pray for and be a blessing in communities nbspMore information is available on the Society Sunday website httpwwwpremierorgukSocietySundaynbspnbsp

Fun at camp ahead for young people, Bishop and Diocesan team

The Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson is looking forward to an exciting annual Diocesan Youth Camp weekend which is being attended by youngsters from local churches across LancashireThe churches sending young people areBlackpool St Marks LaytonnbspEllel St JohnsnbspShireshead St JamesnbspSt Chads PoultonnbspSt James AlthamnbspSt Cuthberts LythamnbspCaton with Littledale St PaulPoulton St Chads Carleton St Hilda of Whitby and Singleton St AnnesSt Bartholomew and St John Great HarwoodSt Helens ChurchtownSt Margarets HornbySt Matthews PrestonSt Wilfrids HaltonThe event organised by the Diocesan Board of Education takes place at Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Centre near Longridge from today June 10 until Sunday June 12 and around 50 youngsters are expectedThis year the camp will be exploring the theme of Pathways using Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan as inspiration for the discussions that will take place between the fun activitiesnbspThe event will be livetweeted all weekend on the Diocesan Board of Education Twitter feed BDBofE with retweeting on the main Diocesan Twitter feed cofelancsSpeaking in a video available on the Diocesan YouTube channel Bishop Geoff who will be joined by his wife Jean said This year at our Youth Camp or Confirmation Camp the book Pilgrims Progress will help us to think about progressing in our Christian lifeThe Camp is for young people in school years 6 9 and is a great asset in our ongoing work with young people as a Diocese and sustaining them in their discipleshipThere is a great team from the Diocesan Board of Education that leads the event and this year I am particularly impressed that we also have a lot more young leaders attending the camp older young people who have been to the camp in previous years and want to come back and helpWith Her Majesty the Queens 90th birthday celebrations taking place this weekend Bishop Geoff added today While we are joyfully exhausting ourselves at the camp people across the region and the country will be celebrating The Queens Birthday In her first televised message to the nation Her Majesty picked up a book and quoted a passage about Mr ValiantforTruth nbspThat book was the inspiration for our weekend Pilgrims ProgressKat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer said With 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 faithI am also delighted we have older youngsters who have been willing to return and help outThe importance of making disciples growing leaders and being witnesses is at the heart of our Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and our annual Youth Camp addresses all of these themes directly in relation to our young people

Bishop Julian gives thanks for Her Majesty's lifetime of service

Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has given thanks to God for Her Majesty The Queens lifetime of service to the countryHis words come as parishes prepare to mark the happy occasion The Church of England has also issued a prayer which will be said in churches across Lancashire and further afield as the whole country begins a weekend of celebrationsFor more about some of the services and events in churches in Lancashire and elsewhere in the country and an interactive map visit the ChurchCare websiteBishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn said today Im delighted that there will be celebrations of many kinds this weekend as the County and the nation gives thanks to God for Her Majesty the Queen her 90th birthday and her long reignHer faithfulness to the commitment she made at her coronation to serve the people of this country and the Commonwealth is quite extraordinary Whatever the task she manages to smile and show interestnbsp Without a doubt the Queen has contributed substantially to the wellbeing of the nation and though she has reached the great age of 90 there is no thought of retirementnbspInevitably she cannot do what she did in years gone by but compared with others of her age she continues to have a punishing scheduleThe book published to celebrate this achievement The Servant Queen and the King She Serves is a clear reminder of her Christian faith and how central it is in sustaining her for her ongoing workWe give thanks to God for this remarkable life and join with others all around the country and indeed the world in celebrating the Queens 90thnbspbirthdayltif supportListsgtnbspnbspnbspnbspThe book mentioned by Bishop Julian The Servant Queen and the King She Serves is a fascinating look at Her Majestys life and particularly her life of faith It is published in an adults and schools version and is available to order FREE here from The Bible Society website adults and here on the Christian Publishing and Outreach website schoolsltif supportListsgtnbspnbspnbspnbspClick here on the Diocesan YouTube Channel for a video from Premier Radio highlighting Her Majestys faithful service

Bishop Julian reflects on Her Majesty's lifetime of service

Lancashires Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has given thanks to God for Her Majesty The Queens lifetime of service to the countrynbspHis words come as parishes prepare to mark the happy occasion The Church of England has also issued a prayer which will be said in churches across Lancashire and further afield as the whole country begins a weekend of celebrationsnbspBishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn said today Im delighted that there will be celebrations of many kinds this weekend as the County and the nation gives thanks to God for Her Majesty the Queen her 90th birthday and her long reignnbspHer faithfulness to the commitment she made at her Coronation to serve the people of this country and the Commonwealth is quite extraordinary Whatever the task she manages to smile and show interest nbspWithout a doubt the Queen has contributed substantially to the wellbeing of the nation and though she has reached the great age of 90 there is no thought of retirement nbspInevitably she cannot do what she did in years gone by but compared with others of her age she continues to have a punishing schedulenbspThe book published to celebrate this achievement The Servant Queen and the King She Serves is a clear reminder of her Christian faith and how central it is in sustaining her for her ongoing worknbspWe give thanks to God for this remarkable life and join with others all around the country and indeed the world in celebrating the Queens 90th birthdaynbspThe book mentioned by Bishop Julian The Servant Queen and the King She Serves is a fascinating look at Her Majestys life and particularly her life of faith It is published in an adults and schools version and is available to order FREE here from The Bible Society website adults and here on the Christian Publishing and Outreach website schoolsnbspClick here on the Diocesan YouTube Channel for a video from Premier Radio highlighting Her Majestys faithful servicenbspRonnie Semley15062016nbsp

DAC

DACnbspFriday 10 June 2016nbspHeld at Clayton House Diocesan Offices Blackburnnbspat 2pmnbspnbsp

Pathways - Youth Weekend 2016

Hothersall Lodge Outdoor CentrenbspFriday 10 to Sunday 12 June 2016nbspOrganised by the Blackburn Diocesan Board of EducationnbspFor young people in school years 6 to 9nbspFor more detailed information please CLICK HEREnbspBooking forms are available to downloadnbsp HEREnbspnbsp

Bishop Geoff speaks about annual Diocesan Youth Camp

The Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson is looking forward to an exciting annual Diocesan Youth Camp weekend which is being attended by youngsters from local churches across LancashirenbspThe event organised by the Diocesan Board of Education takes place at Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Centre near Longridge from today June 10 until Sunday June 12 and around 50 youngsters are expectednbspThis year the camp will be exploring the theme of Pathways using Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan as inspiration for the discussions that will take place between the fun activities nbspThe event will be livetweeted all weekend on the Diocesan Board of Education Twitter feed BDBofE with retweeting onthe main Diocesan Twitter feed cofelancsnbspSpeaking in a video available on the Diocesan YouTube channel Bishop Geoff who will be joined by his wife Jean said This year at our Youth Camp or Confirmation Camp the book Pilgrims Progress will help us to think about progressing in our Christian lifenbspThe Camp is for young people in school years 6 9 and is a great asset in our ongoing work with young people as a Diocese and sustaining them in their discipleshipnbspThere is a great team from the Diocesan Board of Education that leads the event and this year I am particularly impressed that we also have a lot more young leaders attending the camp older young people who have been to the camp in previous years and want to come back and helpnbspWith Her Majesty the Queens 90th birthday celebrations taking place this weekend Bishop Geoff added today While we are joyfully exhausting ourselves at the camp people across the region and the country will be celebrating The Queens Birthday In her first televised message to the nation Her Majesty picked up a book and quoted a passage about Mr ValiantforTruth That book was the inspiration for our weekend Pilgrims ProgressnbspKat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer said With 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 faithnbspI am also delighted we have older youngsters who have been willing to return and help outnbspThe importance of making disciples growing leaders and being witnesses is at the heart of our Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and our annual Youth Camp addresses all of these themes directly in relation to our young peoplenbspnbspRonnie Semley10062016nbsp

Bishop Libby Lane and Bishop Philip North: Flourishing Together

The first woman Bishop in the Church of England Rt Rev Libby Lane joined Rt Rev Philip North for a special event on June 9 at Manchester CathedralListen to an interview with both Bishops recorded at the event onnbspBBC Radio 4 Sunday listen from 14m 55s until July 10 2016 and also on Premier Radio click hereSoon after the decision was taken at the Church of Englands General Synod in favour of women Bishops Bishop Libby and Bishop Philip were consecrated in two services at York Minster which embodied the essence of the settlementnbspLibby is now the Bishop of Stockport and Philip is now Bishop of Burnley and he was the first traditionalist Bishop to be consecrated under the new arrangementsnbspBoth attended one anothers consecrations and the picture from Bishop Philips consecration showing him embracing Bishop Libby came to symbolise the moment clearly demonstrating the Church of Englands commitment to mutual flourishingnbspAfter a year or so in episcopal ministry Libby and Philip who now meet together regularly for prayer and mutual support were invited to a unique event at Manchester Cathedral at which they were asked to reflect on their personal journeys and hopes for the futurenbspThe event Flourishing Together was organised by The Society formerly Forward in Faith and the Womens Clergy Chapters in Manchester DiocesenbspCommenting on the event Bishop Philip said I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this event alongside my episcopal colleague Bishop LibbynbspOur consecrations offered 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 and flourish togethernbspAs the Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu said at the time our two consecrations show the church living out its pledges in new confidence and with love and respect for allnbspSince then as Bishop of Burnley I have sought to care for love and support all churches in the Diocese of Blackburn regardless of their theological traditionnbspBishop Libby added I was honoured that Philip and other Bishops of the Church of England who could not in conscience consecrate but who wanted to live out their commitment to mutual flourishing chose to be present at my consecrationnbspTo participate a week later with the College to affirm Philips vocation and pray for him as he was consecrated was very significant and moving The support and friendship we have since come to share is valuable to menbspI am encouraged by the welcome I have received from clergy and churches across all traditions in the Diocese of Chester and the commitment to constructive and productive engagement with one another We are working out together what it means to be confident in Christ for the sake of the Gospel from a place of hope rather than fearnbspRonnie Semley31052016nbsp

Children's Work Networking Meetings - Lancaster St Paul's Parish Hall

Childrens Work Networking MeetingsnbspThe Childrens Work team at the Board of Education have been thinking about how they can better resource those involved in Childrens Work in parishes nbspWe are offering a number of networking meetings where anyone involved or wishing to become involved in Childrens Work can come and receive training updates on goodpractices as well as meeting with others who have a similar role In other parishes nbspThe meetings for the summer term will be held onnbspTuesday 24 May 2016 at St Johns Church Leyland Lane Leyland PR25 1XBnbspThursday 9 June 2016 at St Pauls Parish Hall Scotforth Road Lancaster LA1 4STnbspAll meetings will be from 7pm to 830pm nbspPlease contact Sarah on 01254 503405 or email sarahearnshawblackburnanglicanorg with any queriesnbsp

Bishop Libby Lane and Bishop Philip North: Flourishing Together - Manchester Cathedral

The first woman Bishop in the Church of England Rt Rev Libby Lane is set to join Rt Rev Philip North for a special event on June 9 at Manchester CathedralnbspSoon after the decision was taken at the Church of Englands General Synod in favour of women bishops Bishop Libby and Bishop Philip were consecrated in two services at York Minster which embodied the essence of the settlementnbspLibby is now the Bishop of Stockport and Philip is now Bishop of Burnley and he was the first traditionalist bishop to be consecrated under the new arrangements nbspBoth attended one anothers consecrations and the picture from Bishop Philips consecration showing him embracing Bishop Libby came to symbolise the moment clearly demonstrating the Church of Englands commitment to mutual flourishingnbspAfter a year or so in episcopal ministry Libby and Philip who now meet together regularly for prayer and mutual support have been invited to a unique event at Manchester Cathedral at which they will be asked to reflect on their personal journeys and hopes for the futurenbspThe event Flourishing Together has been organised by The Society formerly Forward in Faith and the Womens Clergy Chapters in Manchester Diocese The email address on the Flourishing Together leaflet is incorrect it should read revdmarciawallhotmailcouknbspnbspCommenting on the event Bishop Philip said today I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this event alongside my episcopal colleague Bishop LibbynbspOur consecrations offered 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 and flourish togethernbspAs the Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu said at the time our two consecrations show the church living out its pledges in new confidence and with love and respect for allnbspSince then as Bishop of Burnley I have sought to care for love and support all churches in the Diocese of Blackburn regardless of their theological traditionnbspBishop Libby added I was honoured that Philip and other Bishops of the Church of England who could not in conscience consecrate but who wanted to live out their commitment to mutual flourishing chose to be present at my consecration nbspTo participate a week later with the College to affirm Philips vocation and pray for him as he was consecrated was very significant and moving The support and friendship we have since come to share is valuable to menbspI am encouraged by the welcome I have received from clergy and churches across all traditions in the Diocese of Chester and the commitment to constructive and productive engagement with one another We are working out together what it means to be confident in Christ for the sake of the Gospel from a place of hope rather than fearFlourishing Together takes place on June 9 at Manchester Cathedral from 10am 2pm The event is free but booking is essential Lunch will be free Please email Rev Marcia Wall to book your place indicating any special dietary or access requirements revdmarciawallhotmailcouknbspnbsp

Retreat "Logs & Splinters" - Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbeynbsp6 7 and 8nbspJunenbsp2016nbspLogs and SplintersnbspA two day retreat led by Reverend Graham RousenbspIdeal for all lovers of woodnbspCost is 175 per person for full boardnbspPlease contact Whalley Abbey office for further details on 01254 828400 or email officewhalleyabbeyorgnbspnbspnbsp

Crossroads Resourcing Evening - Morecambe

nbspPlease come along to a resourcing evening in June 2016 to help with your preparation for CrossroadsEach evening begins with an opportunity to think about organising good outreach events and inviting people to them followed by a choice of workshops Faithsharing for the Fainthearted Fearful and Flummoxed or The Who Why What Where and When guide to Enquirers Coursesnbsp Refreshments will be served from 700pm and the evening will run from 730pm until 915pmnbsp nbspDateLocationBooking linkMonday 6th JuneSt Georges Church St Georges Street Chorley PR7 2AAChorleyTuesday 7th JuneSt Stephens Church Oxford Road Burnley BB11 3HLnbspnbsp BurnleyWednesdaynbsp8th JuneMorecambe War Memorial Hall Church Street Morecambe LA4 5QA Opposite Morecambe Parish ChurchMorecambeMonday 13th JuneSt Cuthberts Church Lytham Road Fulwood Preston PR2 3APPrestonTuesday 14th JuneHoly Trinity Church Dean Street South Shore Blackpool FY4 1BPBlackpoolWednesday 22nd JuneChurch of the Saviour Sunnybank Road Blackburn BB2 3NTBlackburnnbspTo help us with our planning please book by clicking on the relevant booking link above which will take you to the relevant Eventbrite booking pages or email mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorg

Retreat "Logs & Splinters" - Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbeynbsp6 7 and 8nbspJunenbsp2016nbspLogs and SplintersnbspA two day retreat led by Reverend Graham RousenbspIdeal for all lovers of woodnbspCost is 175 per person for full boardnbspPlease contact Whalley Abbey office for further details on 01254 828400 or email officewhalleyabbeyorgnbspnbspnbsp

Crossroads Resourcing Evening - Burnley

nbspnbspResourcing EveningsnbspnbspPlease come along to a resourcing evening in June 2016 to help with your preparation for CrossroadsEach evening begins with an opportunity to think about organising good outreach events and inviting people to them followed by a choice of workshops Faithsharing for the Fainthearted Fearful and Flummoxed or The Who Why What Where and When guide to Enquirers Courses Refreshments will be served from 700pm and the evening will run from 730pm until 915pm DateLocationBooking linkMonday 6th JuneSt Georges Church St Georges Street Chorley PR7 2AAChorleyTuesday 7th JuneSt Stephens Church Oxford Road Burnley BB11 3HLnbspnbsp BurnleyWednesday 8th JunenbspMorecambe War Memorial Hall Church Street Morecambe LA4 5QA Opposite Morecambe Parish ChurchMorecambeMonday 13th JuneSt Cuthberts Church Lytham Road Fulwood Preston PR2 3APPrestonTuesday 14th JuneHoly Trinity Church Dean Street South Shore Blackpool FY4 1BPBlackpoolWednesday 22nd JuneChurch of the Saviour Sunnybank Road Blackburn BB2 3NTBlackburnTo help us with our planning please book by clicking on the relevant booking link above which will take you to the relevantEventbrite booking pages or email mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorg

Two Day Retreat "Logs & Splinters" - Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbeynbsp6 7 and 8nbspJunenbsp2016nbspLogs and SplintersnbspA two day retreat led by Reverend Graham RousenbspIdeal for all lovers of woodnbspCost is 175 per person for full boardnbspPlease contact Whalley Abbey office for further details on 01254 828400 or email officewhalleyabbeyorgnbspnbspnbsp

Crossroads Resourcing Evening - St George's Chorley

nbspnbspResourcing EveningsnbspPlease come along to a resourcing evening in June 2016 to help with your preparation for CrossroadsEach evening begins with an opportunity to think about organising good outreach events and inviting people to them followed by a choice of workshops Faithsharing for the Fainthearted Fearful and Flummoxed or The Who Why What Where and When guide to Enquirers Courses Refreshments will be served from 700pm and the evening will run from 730pm until 915pm DateLocationBooking linkMonday 6th JuneSt Georges Church St Georges Street Chorley PR7 2AAChorleyTuesday 7th JuneSt Stephens Church Oxford Road Burnley BB11 3HLnbspnbsp BurnleyWednesday 8thnbspJuneMorecambe War Memorial Hall Church Street Morecambe LA4 5QA Opposite Morecambe Parish ChurchMorecambeMonday 13th JuneSt Cuthberts Church Lytham Road Fulwood Preston PR2 3APPrestonTuesday 14th JuneHoly Trinity Church Dean Street South Shore Blackpool FY4 1BPBlackpoolWednesday 22nd JuneChurch of the Saviour Sunnybank Road Blackburn BB2 3NTBlackburnTo help us with our planning please book by clicking on the relevant booking link above which will take you to the relevantnbspEventbrite booking pages or email mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Fylde Coast Church plays host to Dimbleby and BBC Radio 4

The longrunning Radio show Any Questions will be broadcast live from St Nicholas Church Fleetwood on Friday July 1 nbspJonathan Dimbleby the veteran broadcaster will chair the programme nbspMost of the panelists are not yet known but Graham Brady MP Chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee is to be among them Coming a week after the EU Referendum there is likely to be lively discussion and debatenbspAudience members are invited to hand in one or more questions as they arrive Mr Dimbleby and the producer then choose which to use and those whose questions are chosen are asked to sit at the front to ready to ask them live on air nbspAfter some warmup questions the audience in St Nicholas Church will hear the Radio 4 News at 8pm and then the programme goes live at 802pm nbspIt is repeated on Radio 4 the next day at 110pm followed Any Answers when listeners can phone in with commentsnbspFr Paul Benfield Vicar of St Nicholas said It is an honour to host such a famous programme at St Nicholas and to welcome distinguished guestsnbspWe invited the programme to come to St Nicholas as part of our celebrations in 2012 for the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the present church building However so long is the waiting list that it was four years before the BBC could accept the invitationnbspIn 2012 we were celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen so it is a happy coincidence that this year we are celebrating her 90th birthdaynbspThe audience is asked to arrive from 645pm on 1st July at to be seated by 715pm nbspAdmission to the show is by ticket only Tickets can be obtained free from Fr Paul Benfield at St Nicholas Vicarage on 01253 874402nbspnbspRonnie Semley31052016nbsp

Bishop Libby Lane and Bishop Philip North: Flourishing Together

The first woman Bishop in the Church of England Rt Rev Libby Lane joined Rt Rev Philip North for a special event on June 9 at Manchester CathedralnbspSoon after the decision was taken at the Church of Englands General Synod in favour of women Bishops Bishop Libby and Bishop Philip were consecrated in two services at York Minster which embodied the essence of the settlementnbspLibby is now the Bishop of Stockport and Philip is now Bishop of Burnley and he was the first traditionalist Bishop to be consecrated under the new arrangements nbspBoth attended one anothers consecrations and the picture from Bishop Philips consecration showing him embracing Bishop Libby came to symbolise the moment clearly demonstrating the Church of Englands commitment to mutual flourishingnbspAfter a year or so in episcopal ministry Libby and Philip who now meet together regularly for prayer and mutual support were invited to a unique event at Manchester Cathedral at which they were asked to reflect on their personal journeys and hopes for the futurenbspThe event Flourishing Together was organised by The Society formerly Forward in Faith and the Womens Clergy Chapters in Manchester Diocese nbspCommenting on the event Bishop Philip said I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this event alongside my episcopal colleague Bishop LibbynbspOur consecrations offered 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 and flourish togethernbspAs the Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu said at the time our two consecrations show the church living out its pledges in new confidence and with love and respect for allnbspSince then as Bishop of Burnley I have sought to care for love and support all churches in the Diocese of Blackburn regardless of their theological traditionnbspBishop Libby added I was honoured that Philip and other Bishops of the Church of England who could not in conscience consecrate but who wanted to live out their commitment to mutual flourishing chose to be present at my consecration nbspTo participate a week later with the College to affirm Philips vocation and pray for him as he was consecrated was very significant and moving The support and friendship we have since come to share is valuable to menbspI am encouraged by the welcome I have received from clergy and churches across all traditions in the Diocese of Chester and the commitment to constructive and productive engagement with one another We are working out together what it means to be confident in Christ for the sake of the Gospel from a place of hope rather than fearnbspRonnie Semley31052016nbsp

New Area Dean appointed for Tunstall Deanery

A new Area Dean has been appointed for Tunstall Deanery by Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian HendersonnbspRev Nancy Goodrich pictured right Vicar of the Benefice of BoltonleSands was licensed by Bishop Julian at BoltonleSands Holy Trinity on May 24 She will fulfil the role previously held by Rev Damian Porter Vicar of Warton St Oswald with Yealand Conyers St JohnNancy is pictured at her licensing below with Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt left and Bishop JuliannbspThe 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 an Area Dean who also retains his or her role as a local parish priest in addition to the area dutiesnbspThese duties includeHelping the Bishop in his care of the DeaneryProviding a supportive and collaborative leadership for mission and ministry in the DeaneryConvening the Deanery Chapter the regular gathering of local clergy and cochairing the Deanery Synod meetings and the work of Deanery SynodAttending Area Dean meetings several times a year which are chaired by Bishop Julian and are also attended by members of the Bishops Leadership TeamSometimes deputising for the ArchdeaconArea Deans usually have a significant role during clergy vacancies in their Deaneries along with churchwardens They also have a role in the appointment of a new parish incumbentIn addition to being Vicar of BoltonleSands Rev Nancy Goodrich is also ViceChair of the Blackburn Diocese House of Clergy and a member of Bishops Council nbspNancy is passionate about encouraging new ways of working in the Church of England she has recently been awarded an MA in Practical Theology from the University of Cumbria and is currently teaching on the Diocesan Occasional Preachers CoursenbspNancy is married to Nigel a Lancaster City Councillor and they have two girls at school in Lancaster Nancy was ordained in 2009 prior to this she was a Chartered Accountant and Plant Controller in the Automotive industry nbspCommenting today Nancy said I regularly pray God use me which is one prayer that God always answers but the call to be Area Dean is humbling and I pray that God will help me in it It will be an honour and privilege to serve in this waynbspBishop Julian said I am grateful to Nancy for taking on the role of Area Dean and I am looking forward to working with her in the coming yearsnbspThe Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt added I am delighted to welcome Nancy to her new role of Area Dean and I rejoice that she brings so many skills and insights into the team of 14 area deans across the diocese as together we seek to be healthy churches transforming communitiesnbspnbspRonnie Semley27052016nbsp

HEROES - Searchlight Theatre Co - Lancaster Priory

Lancaster PriorynbspThursday 26 May 2016 at 715pmnbspSearchlight Theatre Company nbspHEROES With Adrian amp Bridget PlassnbspTickets 10 on the door available from Lancaster visitor Information CentrenbspGroup bookings contact concertslancasterprioryorgnbspnbsp

'Crossroads' in Lancashire is next big mission event for Archbishop of York

Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Hendersonhas sent congratulations across the Pennines from the people of Lancashire to The Archbishop of York as he completes his six month Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing around the Diocese of YorknbspThe Archbishop The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu took 1627226 steps amounting to a walk of 1578 miles 23595km during his pilgrimagewhich ended on Sunday at York MinsternbspMeanwhile the Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire is now preparing to welcome the Archbishop for his next big mission date when he and nearly 30 Bishops from across the north of England will come to Lancashire for the Crossroads Mission taking place from September 811 this year Crossroads will be part of the ongoing work for our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspWhile travelling across the Diocese of York on his pilgrimage the Archbishop took time out to record a message to all parishes in Lancashire about Crossroads It was first shown to the 1600 people who attended the Vision 2026 The Guild Hall event on May 10 and is now available to view on the Diocesan YouTube channelnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said Put simply Crossroads Mission is about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with people across Lancashirenbspand the Archbishop will be leading from the frontnbspHis pilgrimage around York Diocese shows his passion for practical outreach and mission in our communities which is at the heart of Vision 2026 and I give thanks to God for the initiative which has been a fantastic successnbspI cant guarantee the Archbishop will walk as far when he comes to Lancashire but he will certainly be seen in a huge number of locations across the region during the four day eventnbspCrossroads begins with a commissioning service at Blackburn Cathedral and ends with a celebration event on Prestons Flag Market at 4pm on Sunday September 11 both of which will be led by the Archbishop himselfnbspCrossroads Mission will involve every parish in Lancashire and takes place from September 8 11 2016 Find out more herenbspThe Archbishop of York has released data detailing the distances covered during his sixmonth long Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and BlessingnbspAccording to the data taken from his iPhone the Archbishop walked 1578 miles 23595km In addition to the distance covered the Archbishop also revealed other facts and figures from the Pilgrimage in the Diocese of York an area of 2661 square miles which began on 1 December in St Marys Church WhitbynbspHe said Ive prayed with 25100 people using prayer beads and saying the Lords Prayer as well as singing a Taiz chant in over 480 churches I also said prayers in most schools and hospitalsnbspI have visited 148 schools including nursery preschools primary secondary and sixth form colleges where the standard of teaching and the level of learning taking place is excellentnbspI have visited 22 hospitals and hospices along the route Throughout the Pilgrimage we have distributed many booklets exploring how one encounters Jesus Christ and can be filled with the Holy Spirit 60000 bookmarks and prayer cards I would like to thank all who have joined me in prayer and the many people who encouraged me on the waynbspTo watch videos of shared testimonies from the Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing please visit httppilgrimagearchbishopofyorkorgintroductionnbspnbspRonnie Semley24052016nbspnbsp

Diocesan Project helps Lancashire Student win 'Volunteer of the Year'

A student volunteer from Preston has been awarded a top prize for her work at the SAFE MAX Project which is managed by Blackburn Diocese The Church of England in LancashirenbspMegan Tierney 21 is a third year Justice and Criminology Student at Edge Hill University Prior to attending Edge Hill she attended Our Ladys Catholic High School and Cardinal Newman College nbspThe Blackburn Diocese SAFE MAX Project works with people in the criminal justice system with complex problemsnbspEdge Hill recently celebrated the excellent contributions of students employers and alumni towards supporting graduate careers at their Employability Awards Evening 2016nbspThe awards event organised by the Universitys careers team recognises the progress and achievements students have made in developing their ability to stand out from the crowd in the competitive graduate jobs marketnbspThe ceremony also acknowledges the vital support the University receives from employers in enhancing employment opportunities and skillsnbspMegan won Student Volunteer of the Year for her volunteering work with the Blackburn Diocese SAFE MAX Project where she has worked for 12 monthsnbspSpeaking today Megan said When I first started with the Blackburn Diocese SAFE Project we worked alongside the Probation service I was a mentor for individuals who were on a probation order helping them with any issues they may have nbspThis included things like housing drugalcohol issues benefits counselling and a wide range of other services About six months ago the Blackburn Diocese SAFE MAX Project starting working alongside Lancashire Constabulary and now my role is still a mentor but for males aged 26 who have been arrested nbspSome may receive a conditional caution and have to come to our mentor centres four times within a 12 week period Or some may come on a voluntary basis I go into local custody suites and speak to people who have been arrested and try to encourage individuals to come on a voluntary basis nbspOnce they are in our mentor centres the work is quite similar to what it was when we worked with the probation service We offer support services they may need with any issues they have Again these include things like employment housing drug and alcohol issuesnbspCommenting on her success in the awards Megan added I was honoured the Diocese nominated me for the award and when I won I was shocked but delightednbspIt felt amazing to be recognised for the work that I do with the Blackburn Diocese SAFE MAX Project and it will also help people to understand more about the Project itselfnbspWorking with the Blackburn Diocese SAFE MAX Project has given me lifelong skills and has also given me the opportunity to work with some inspirational and lovely peoplenbspEd Saville Lead Officer for Social Responsibility in Blackburn Diocese congratulated Megan saying It is good to see hard work and commitment being valued nbspThe Blackburn Diocese SAFE MAX Project works with people in the criminal justice system who have some complex problems The dedication of people like Megan enables us to help them solve their own problems making them much less likely to reoffend nbspMegans skill in this work has developed during her time as a volunteer with our SAFE MAX Project and I am sure that she will make a significant contribution to society in the futurenbspRt Rev Geoff Pearson the Bishop of Lancaster added Megan is one of the many key volunteers who work diligently in service to our communities We cannot put a cost on their contribution but we can acknowledge it with a heartfelt well donenbspIfnbspanyone would like more information about the SAFE MAX Project or would be interested in volunteering please contact Nicola Carroll SAFE Projects Manager Grassroots Diocesan Offices Clayton House Walker Office Park Blackburn BB1 2QE emailnbsp Nicolacarrollblackburnanglicanorg or telephone 01254 503278nbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley24052016nbspnbsp

Company serving six Church of England Dioceses gets Living Wage accreditation

The Living Wage Foundation has announced that Diocesan Board of Education DBE Services Ltd has been accredited as a Living Wage employernbspThe Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at DBE Services regardless of whether they are permanent employees or thirdparty contractors receive a minimum hourly wage of 825 significantly higher than the national minimum wage of 670 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of 720 per hour set to be introduced this AprilnbspDBE Services is a trading company of the Church of England Dioceses of Blackburn Carlisle Chester Liverpool Manchester and York and provides a range of services including maintenance and building work support to all of the schools in the six Dioceses It is based at the Diocesan Offices of the Diocese of Blackburn near junction 5 of the M65nbspThe Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basisnbspPeter Ballard Chief Executive of DBE Services commented This is an important accreditation for our company We value our employees and the people we contract to work for us and being accredited as a Living Wage employer is a clear sign this ethos is valued not just by ourselves but by the Foundation which is in charge of promoting the Living WagenbspLiving Wage Foundation Director Katherine Chapman added We are delighted to welcome DBE Services to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer nbspThe best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living rewarding a hard days work with a fair days paynbspWe have accredited over 2500 leading employers including DBE Services ranging from independent bookshops to breweries to wellknown companies such as Nationwide Aviva and SSEnbspnbspRonnie Semley24052016nbsp

Children's Work Networking Meetings - Leyland St John's Church

Childrens Work Networking MeetingsnbspThe Childrens Work team at the Board of Education have been thinking about how they can better resource those involved in Childrens Work in parishes nbspWe are offering a number of networking meetings where anyone involved or wishing to become involved in Childrens Work can come and receive training updates on goodpractices as well as meeting with others who have a similar role In other parishes nbspThe meetings for the summer term will be held onnbspTuesday 24 May 2016 at St Johns Church Leyland Lane Leyland PR25 1XBnbspThursday 9 June 2016 at St Pauls Parish Hall Scotforth Road Lancaster LA1 4STnbspAll meetings will be from 7pm to 830pm nbspPlease contact Sarah on 01254 503405 or email sarahearnshawblackburnanglicanorg with any queriesnbspnbsp

Vision Champion evenings hosted by Bishops are a big success

As work continues to develop and embed our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities specially organised getting to know you evenings have been held for Vision Champions nominated so far by parishes across LancashirenbspMore than 70 of parishes in the County covering 85 of the population now have Vision Champions Their role is to keep the Vision centrestage in their local settings for three years initiallynbspRecently informal Vision Champion evenings arranged by Dave Champness the Diocesan Vision Coordinator who lives in Leyland took place at the houses of the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North and the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff PearsonnbspChampions got the chance to meet their peers to share in a Bible Study to pray together and to ask questions about their rolenbspThe events took place over a series of six nights at Bishop Philips house in Burnley and Bishop Geoffs house in Shireshead and were attended by a total of nearly 100 of the Vision ChampionsnbspBishop Philip said It was wonderful to be the only priest in the room surrounded by fantastic and very enthusiastic groups of laity The Vision is in good handsnbspBishop Geoff commented It was great to spend quality time with lay leaders who are so engaged with Vision 2026 and who are keen to serve and to make a difference in their parishesnbspDave Champness added We had Vision Champions from every part of Lancashire attending these evenings and they were a great success nbspWe were able to talk about their roles in more detail dispel some myths about what the role is and isnt and encourage the Champions in the early stages of their appointment which are so crucial to the future of Vision 2026nbspAn immediate outcome of the evenings was the decision to set up a closed Facebook group for the Vision Champions to share ideas We also plan to hold followup meetings in the autumnnbspnbspRonnie Semley23052016nbspnbsp

Introduction to being a Churchwarden

A briefing for Churchwardens and Incumbents regarding the role of a Churchwarden it will discuss the demands and delights of this significant area of responsibility within a worshipping communitynbsp There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to network with othersnbsp The evening will be led by Mark Ireland Archdeacon of Blackburn and Michael Everitt Archdeacon of Lancasternbsp Booking is through httpswwweventbritecoukeintroductiontobeingachurchwardentickets24735509575nbspor contact Gillianbeeleyblackburanglicanorgnbspnbsp Venue St Cuthberts Lytham Road Fulwood PR2 3AR starting at 730pm

Greek Night - Cafe in the Crypt Final Event

Please come and help us celebrate our final event at the Cafe in the CryptnbspWe are holding a Greek night on Saturday 21 MaynbspTickets are 1995 which includes a wide variety of Greek starters salad main courses dessert and a glass of wine or beernbspPlease contact cafblackburncathedralcouk nbspshould you require more information and ticketsnbspnbsp

Puppet Ministry Training Day - Fulwood St Cuthbert's Church

Puppet Ministry Training DaynbspSt Cuthberts Church FulwoodnbspSaturday 21 May 2016 10amnbspto 4pmnbspBlackburn Diocesan Board of Education are hosting a Puppet Ministry Training Day at St Cuthberts Church Fulwood nbspThe training will be delivered by One Way UK who are Europes largest puppetry resource centre and are an interdenominational ministry committed to spreading the Gospel nbspThe training day will include demonstrations on how to use various types of puppet basic and advanced puppet manipulation skills how to start a puppet ministry team and resources available for purchase It will be a fun and practical day suitable for adults and older children nbspPlaces are 20 per person Book online at wwwonewayukcomnbspor call 01472 241068nbspnbspnbsp

Lancashire Academy celebrates 'Pupil Premium' success

Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy in Lancaster has won national recognition at the 2016 Pupil Premium AwardsnbspHaving won the North West region award Ripley an Academy in the Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire received the National Runnerup Award at a glittering ceremony in the Drapers Hall in the City of London this weeknbspThe awards recognise the achievements of schools nationally in working with disadvantaged pupils in receipt of the Pupil PremiumnbspRipley was one of several Church of England schools which were successful at the awardsnbspAll finalists have consistently shown high levels of attainment or significant rates of improvement among their disadvantaged pupils and demonstrated innovative and effective use of the Pupil PremiumnbspSchools are charged with narrowing the gap between pupils in receipt of the pupil premium and their peers This year at Ripley there was no gapnbspSpeaking about Ripleys success the Parliamentary UnderSecretary of State for Education Sam Gyimah MP saidThis is an extraordinary achievement The judges tell me that your school excels in educating disadvantaged pupils and improving their outcomes It is clear that you your staff and governors are equipping your disadvantaged pupils with the skills for future successnbspPrincipal Mrs Elizabeth Nichols reacted to the news saying I am absolutely delighted this is a wonderful reward for all the hard work of all our staff and pupilsnbspChair of Governors Professor John Crewdson who attended the ceremony with senior staff added This is a wonderful affirmation of all our staff at Ripley do for our young people regardless of their starting pointsnbspThe Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson sent his best wishes to the school on behalf of the Diocese saying I offer my congratulations to Ripley St Thomas on a very special achievement This success will have lasting value and they should be particularly proud of what they have achievednbspNigel Genders Chief Education Officer for the Church of England added I am thrilled that the creativity energy and dedication that our school leaders teachers and governors give to all their pupils has been recognised nbspBy working with local partners thinking outside the box and making the most of limited resources these schools are transforming young livesnbspnbspRonnie Semley20052016nbsp

'Thy Kingdom Come' for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Come writes Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagernbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSo what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouragingChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15and for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andI commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while inpersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsyour church willhold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspInour DioceseI particularlywant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ourCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsplanning and organisationnbspMost importantly I ask you to praythat the hundreds of events that will take place across thefour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timenbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventnbspOn the national website httpwwwthykingdomcouk you will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingPlanning your prayer space Prayer station ideas Ideas for prayer meetings Inspiration for prayer walking Prayers for young people Prayer outlines Liturgical resources and much morenbspThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingnbspIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutnbspAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this linknbspIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Forthe flyerposter CLICK HEREnbspThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016

'Thy Kingdom Come' for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Come writes Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagernbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSo what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouragingChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15and for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andI commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while inpersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsyour church willhold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspInour DioceseI particularlywant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ourCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsplanning and organisationnbspMost importantly I ask you to praythat the hundreds of events that will take place across thefour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timenbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventnbspOn the national website httpwwwthykingdomcouk you will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingPlanning your prayer space Prayer station ideas Ideas for prayer meetings Inspiration for prayer walking Prayers for young people Prayer outlines Liturgical resources and much morenbspThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingnbspIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutnbspAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this linknbspIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Forthe flyerposter CLICK HEREnbspThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016

Bishop swaps cassock for running shorts to Run for the World

Lancashire fitness fans were able to run alongside a Bishop at the weekend as the Anglican Bishop of Lancaster participated in the annual Run for the World R4TW event on Morecambe PromenadenbspOn Saturday May 14 the tenth annual Run for the World event took place More than 400 runners plus some walkers were expected to compete over the 5km course There was even a 2km for preschoolersnbspAs well as the usual prizes there was a new one for the most competitors from one church Funds from the race are distributed to two charities Ambassadors Football and Christians Against PovertynbspThe Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson who is Patron of the race was competing on the new course which starts near The Battery at the south end of the prom nbspBishop Geoff said This was my 8th race in a row as Patron It is a great run that attracts many church fellowships with a wide agerange We have older members who walk the course and younger ones who start with 2kmnbspThe run has an international link supporting Ambassadors Football There is a great video on their website httpambassadorsfootballorg of Hope Academy Drakenstein Prison in South Africa where inmates are being rehabilitated through football Football faith and future are the key thingsnbspLocally the run also supports Christians Against Poverty httpscapukorg which does some important work especially with those who have debt issuesnbspOn the 10th anniversary R4TW continues to grow as an event and this year there is a new trophy for the church that provides the most competitors Seenbsphttpwwwr4tworguknbspfor more informationnbspnbspRonnie Semley16052016nbsp

DAC

DACnbspFriday 13 May 2016nbspHeld at Clayton House Diocesan Offices Blackburnnbspat 2pmnbspnbsp

'Thy Kingdom Come' for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Come writes Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagernbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSo what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouragingChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15and for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andI commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while inpersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsyour church willhold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspInour DioceseI particularlywant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ourCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsplanning and organisationnbspMost importantly I ask you to praythat the hundreds of events that will take place across thefour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timenbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventnbspOn the national website httpwwwthykingdomcouk you will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingPlanning your prayer space Prayer station ideas Ideas for prayer meetings Inspiration for prayer walking Prayers for young people Prayer outlines Liturgical resources and much morenbspThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingnbspIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutnbspAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this linknbspIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Forthe flyerposter CLICK HEREnbspThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016

Blackburn Cathedral – Inaugural Series on Science and Faith

Inaugural Series on Science and FaithnbspEastertide 2016nbspThursday 12 May 2016 at 730pmnbspIn the North Transept Blackburn CathedralnbspQuestiontime Real science real faithnbspBy Chair Revd Dr Mike Kirby Panel to include nbspGlyn Shentall Head of Radiotherapy Physics Rosemere Cancer CentreHelen Clements Head of Radiotherapy Rosemere Cancer CentreDr Alison Birtle Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer Rosemere Cancer CentreDr Shabbir Susnerwala Consultant Clinical Oncologist Rosemere Cancer Centrenbspnbsp

'Thy Kingdom Come' for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Come writes Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagernbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSo what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouragingChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15and for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andI commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while inpersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsyour church willhold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspInour DioceseI particularlywant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ourCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsplanning and organisationnbspMost importantly I ask you to praythat the hundreds of events that will take place across thefour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timenbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventnbspOn the national website httpwwwthykingdomcouk you will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingPlanning your prayer space Prayer station ideas Ideas for prayer meetings Inspiration for prayer walking Prayers for young people Prayer outlines Liturgical resources and much morenbspThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingnbspIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutnbspAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this linknbspIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Forthe flyerposter CLICK HEREnbspThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016

Massive Christian gathering in Lancashire for Vision 2026 is a huge success

The Bishops of The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese have expressed delight at the success of one of the largest Christian gatherings in Lancashire this yearnbspVision 2026 The Guild Hall was held at Preston Guild Hall recently and around 1600 people from parishes across Lancashire descended on the city for the eventnbspDuring the evening those attending heard a specially recorded video message from The Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu also available here on our YouTube channelThe eventnbsphas featured on Joe Wilsons Sunday morning programmenbspon BBC Radio Lancashirenbspfor the past two Sundays You cannbspclick herenbspto the first of those programmesnbspand listen until June 12 at 01h 42m 10s 02h 11m 05s and 02h 53m 50s Alsonbspclick herenbspuntil June 19 and listen at 01hnbsp11mnbsp45s 01h 53m 00s 02hnbsp24mnbsp20s 02h 43m 35s and 02h 54m 25s For the Lancashire TV report on the event click here For all pictures of the evening on the Diocesan Flickr feed click here For the Lancashire Evening Post report click herenbspThe Diocese organised the evening tonbspCelebrate the work in churches across the Diocese as the new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities gets underway in earnest Admit all the churchwardens of the Diocese in to their roles in one place the first time it has happened in this way Usually churchwardens are admitted into their roles at series of smaller County events known as Archdeacons Visitations Commission parish Vision Champions Each parish across the Diocese has been asked to appoint a Vision Champion to promote Vision 2026 at a local level Around 60 of Lancashire parishes have a Champion already Commission the Deanery Coordinators for the Northern Bishops Crossroads Mission event taking place across Lancashire from September 811In addition and as part of the exciting celebration for Vision 2026 work so far everyone at the Guild Hall event viewed good news stories from parishes across the Diocese on a giant screen videos about Vision 2026 including this one featuring people of all ages from across Lancashire and also worshipped and prayed togethernbspStephen Lowe from BBC Radio Lancashire compered and during a special section of the evening he interviewed the three Bishops of the Diocese about what Vision 2026 means in relation to the key themes of making disciples being witnesses and growing leadersnbspAs the event drew to a close and before the Archbishops video was shown Diocesan Parish Mission Support Department Leader Rev David Banbury focussed attention on the Crossroads Mission this September For more on Crossroads click herenbspHe said Bishops from across the north of England will be coming to Lancashire from September 811 to help galvanise four days of mission and evangelism They will be joined by the Archbishop of York It will be a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel message with our family friends and neighboursnbspIn his video message the Archbishop greeted everyone at The Guild Hall and said I look forward to coming to Lancashire this September for the Crossroads Mission What a fantastic opportunity this is for us nbspWe can be confident together about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I urge you to pray daily that we will be so on fire for God during Crossroads that if we are thrown into water we will sizzlenbspSpeaking after the event Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson commented We have developed a vision that is confident about our future as Gods people in Lancashire and invites us to make disciples be witnesses and grow leaders for Jesus ChristnbspAs well as recognising the important work of our churchwardens tonight as we admitted them into their roles and commissioning the Vision Champions and Crossroads Deanery Coordinators it was a great opportunity to get the family together Given the amount of hard work that has gone into preparing for this event I should not be surprised at the splendid evening it has turned out to be We can give grateful thanks to God for the large portion of church leaders lay and ordained who came to the Guild HallnbspMy hope and prayer is that there will be a fresh groundswell of prayer and proactive activity around the Diocese as we seek Gods blessing for Crossroads Mission and look forward to all that is to come as part of Vision 2026nbspBishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson added It has been a really positive night people have gone out with smiling faces I am enthused as we look forward now to the Crossroads Mission later this yearnbspAnd the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North said There has been a real buzz here tonight and people have left ready to take the message about Vision 2026 back to their parishes I have a real sense that God is moving and working in our Diocese and the spiritfilled atmosphere in the hall tonight has been evidence of thatnbspChurchwarden Tom Wilson from St Johns Church in Leyland who was admitted into his role at the Guild Hall thought the evening was encouraging and uplifting and added Im really glad I went and it was good to be able to stand together with so many other churchwardens nbspIts exciting to see everyone getting on board with Vision 2026 and as a church we are now looking forward to the opportunities Crossroads Mission in September will bringnbspnbspnbspMeanwhile Vision Champion Ruth Fort from St Stephens Church in Burnley is also looking forward to the next decade and what Vision 2026 will bring She said I became a Vision Champion because I want to play an active part in taking the Gospel out into the local community Vision 2026 gives us all a clear focus and with regular prayer which is vital we should see real growthnbspnbspRonnie Semley11052016nbspnbspnbsp

'Thy Kingdom Come' for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Come writes Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagernbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSo what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouragingChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15and for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andI commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while inpersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsyour church willhold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspInour DioceseI particularlywant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ourCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsplanning and organisationnbspMost importantly I ask you to praythat the hundreds of events that will take place across thefour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timenbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventnbspOn the national website httpwwwthykingdomcouk you will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingPlanning your prayer space Prayer station ideas Ideas for prayer meetings Inspiration for prayer walking Prayers for young people Prayer outlines Liturgical resources and much morenbspThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingnbspIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutnbspAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this linknbspIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Forthe flyerposter CLICK HEREnbspThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016

Guild Hall Celebration

In the evening of May 10 2016 and for one year only rather than separate Archdeacons Visitations there will be one single celebration at the Preston Guild Hall nbspClergy churchwardens Vision Champions and others will be invited nbspAs well as swearing in the churchwardens each Parish will be invited to present their response to the Vision nbspMark it in the diary now nbspMore news as it happens will appear on the websitenbspnbsp

'Thy Kingdom Come' for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Come writes Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagernbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSo what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouragingChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15and for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andI commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while inpersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsyour church willhold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspInour DioceseI particularlywant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ourCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsplanning and organisationnbspMost importantly I ask you to praythat the hundreds of events that will take place across thefour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timenbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventnbspOn the national website httpwwwthykingdomcouk you will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingPlanning your prayer space Prayer station ideas Ideas for prayer meetings Inspiration for prayer walking Prayers for young people Prayer outlines Liturgical resources and much morenbspThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingnbspIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutnbspAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this linknbspIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Forthe flyerposter CLICK HEREnbspThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016

Archbishop of York to deliver video message to 2000 Lancastrians at Preston Guild Hall

It has been announced today that the Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu is to deliver a special video message to around 2000 people from across Lancashire at the Guild Hall in Preston tomorrow May 10nbspThe message was filmed recently during the Archbishops ongoing six month Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing around York Diocese which finishes later this month For more about the Archbishops Pilgrimage click herenbspVision 2026 The Guild Hall will be one of the largest Christian gatherings in Lancashire this year The Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire has organised the celebration event on Tuesday May 10 beginning at 730pm doors open from 630pm The Archbishops message will be played towards the end of the eveningnbspVision 2026 The Guild Hall has several key purposesIt will celebrate the work in churches across the Diocese as the new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities gets underway in earnest All the churchwardens of the Diocese will be admitted into their roles Usually this takes place at series of smaller events across Lancashire known as Archdeacons Visitations but for this year only and for the first time ever they will all gather in one place to formally take up their roles Each parish across the Diocese has been asked to appoint a Vision Champion to promote Vision 2026 at a local level All the Vision Champions nominated so far will be commissioned at the event Around 60 of parishes have a Champion already The Deanery Coordinators for the Northern Bishops Crossroads Mission event taking place across Lancashire from September 811 will also be commissioned at Vision 2026 The Guild HallAs part of the exciting evening of celebration everyone at the Guild Hall event will also be able to view good news stories from parishes across the Diocese on a giant screen videos about Vision 2026 featuring people of all ages from across Lancashire and will also offer their worship to God and pray togethernbspThe retiring collection is for the Diocese of Lahore Around 70 people including Christians and people of other faiths were killed there in a suicide bombing on Easter SundaynbspAs the evening draws to a close attention will focus on the Crossroads Mission event from September 811 nbspCrossroads will involve nearly 30 Bishops from across the north of England coming to Lancashire for the four days in September to work with local teams from parishes across the County as they put on literally hundreds of mission events large and smallnbspIn his message to the Guild Hall the Archbishop of York will encourage everyone to participate in Crossroads saying I look forward to coming to Lancashire for the Crossroads Mission What a fantastic opportunity this is for us We can be confident together about sharing the Gospel of Jesus ChristnbspWe saw this happen in the Diocese of Sheffield last year when we held the first Crossroads Mission event That Diocese is now building on what God through his Holy Spirit did therenbspSo from now until September I urge you to pray daily that we will be so on fire for God during Crossroads that if we are thrown into water we will sizzlenbspJust before the Archbishop speaks everyone in the Guild Hall will also be able to watch a video interview with the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson Diocesan Vision Coordinator Dave Champness who lives in Leyland and Jill Smith the Vision Champion for All Saints Church Higher WaltonnbspThe whole video including the Archbishops message and lasting around six minutes will be available on the Diocesan YouTube channel here from Tuesday eveningnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said I am delighted the Archbishop has taken time out of his busy Pilgrimage schedule to record a special message for us all to hear at the Guild Hall on May 10nbspWe have developed a Vision that is confident about our future as Gods people in Lancashire and invites us to make disciples be witnesses and grow leaders for Jesus ChristnbspAt the Guild Hall we want to take some time out to celebrate all the good things going on across the Diocese right now as well as looking forward to the coming months and yearsnbspMy hope and prayer is that there will be a fresh groundswell of prayer and proactive activity around the Diocese as we seek Gods blessing for Crossroads Mission and look forward to all that is to come as part of Vision 2026The May 10 event is free but it is ticketed with eight spaces allocated to each parish Parishes have been contacted directly with details of how to book their placesnbspnbspnbsp

'Thy Kingdom Come' for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Come writes Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagernbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSo what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouragingChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15and for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andI commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while inpersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsyour church willhold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspInour DioceseI particularlywant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ourCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsplanning and organisationnbspMost importantly I ask you to praythat the hundreds of events that will take place across thefour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timenbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventnbspOn the national website httpwwwthykingdomcouk you will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingPlanning your prayer space Prayer station ideas Ideas for prayer meetings Inspiration for prayer walking Prayers for young people Prayer outlines Liturgical resources and much morenbspThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingnbspIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutnbspAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this linknbspIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Forthe flyerposter CLICK HEREnbspThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016

A Night at the Opera - Grimsargh St Michael' Church

A Night at the OperanbspOn Sunday 8 May 2016 at 730pmnbspMusica Opera Lirica led by Mike Hall nbspWill present an evening of operatic arias duets and ensembles at Grimsargh St Michaels Church nbspThe group is based in Blackpool and the concert is in aid of Grimsargh Tricentenary nbspThe evening will consist of items from Carmen Madame Butterfly Tosca and many more operatic favourites nbspThe concert starts at 730pm and tickets can be purchased on the doornbspIf anyone requires further information please contact Jayne Woollam on 01772 704112nbspnbspnbsp

'Thy Kingdom Come' for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Come writes Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagernbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSo what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouragingChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15and for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andI commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while inpersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsyour church willhold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspInour DioceseI particularlywant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ourCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsplanning and organisationnbspMost importantly I ask you to praythat the hundreds of events that will take place across thefour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timenbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventnbspOn the national website httpwwwthykingdomcouk you will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingPlanning your prayer space Prayer station ideas Ideas for prayer meetings Inspiration for prayer walking Prayers for young people Prayer outlines Liturgical resources and much morenbspThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingnbspIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutnbspAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this linknbspIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Forthe flyerposter CLICK HEREnbspThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016

Bishop urges parishes to pray for Archbishops' 'Thy Kingdom Come' national initiative

The parishes of the Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese are being encouraged by Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson to participate in a new national initiative Thy Kingdom ComenbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches across the country to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 May 815 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom ComenbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury which will be played at The Guild Hall and inviting participation is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads Mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspIn addition to prayer in parishes the 2000 people from around the County attending the Vision 2026 The Guild Hall celebration event taking place at The Guild Hall in Preston on Tuesday May 10 see this link for more on that event will pray together for Thy Kingdom Come and will also watch the Archbishop of Canterburys video message on a giant screennbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouraging Churches across England to join together in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15 to pray for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faith I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved and I commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while in personal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhaps your church will hold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspI am also enthused by the opportunity to pray together for Thy Kingdom Come together with 2000 people from our parishes as part of Vision 2026 The Guild Hall on May 10nbspWhen praying for Thy Kingdom Come I particularly want to encourage prayer for Gods blessing on the Crossroads Mission event in September Please pray for the success of the hundreds of events being planned pray that they will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first time and pray for everyone involved in its planning and organisationnbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come week of prayernbspThe website httpwwwthykingdomcouk has inspiration and resources You can also sign up for regular updates on the national event and email the site with information about what your church is doing If you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and the handle cofelancs and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed As well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this link Use this flyerposter to promote any local events There are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across England where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey Church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspnbspRonnie Semley06052016nbsp

Blackburn Cathedral – Inaugural Series on Science and Faith

Inaugural Series on Science and FaithnbspEastertide 2016nbspThursday 5 May 2016 at 730pmnbspIn the North Transept Blackburn CathedralnbspStephen Hawking quantum Physics and the death of materialismnbspBy Prof Keith WardChrist Church Oxford And Professorial Research FellowHeythrop College Londonnbspnbsp

Count Your Blessings - Christian Aid Week - Rossall School

nbspServing Through Community WorkThursday 5 May 2016 at 7pm in Rossall School ChapelnbspWe are delighted to welcomenbspto Rossall School John Plant Head of Church Relations at Christian AidnbspJohn will be discussing the work of Christian Aid including the upcoming Count Your Blessings campaign as part of Christian Aid Week 15 to 21 May 2016If you would like to attend please RSVP to Reverend van Blerk at evanblerkrossallorgukWe look forward to seeing you Everybody is welcomeReverend Etienne van Blerk has revived Rossall Schools Chaplains Challenge for 2016 As well as completing a 31 mile mud race Reverendnbspvan Blerk has encouraged the School Community to take on various challenges to raise money for Christian AidIf you would like to make a contribution please go to our Just Giving Pagehttpswwwjustgivingcomchaplainschallengenbspnbspnbsp

Final Service for Blackburn Cathedral's Dean takes place

Affectionate tributes were paid to The Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong at the weekend during his final service at Lancashires Cathedral in Blackburn a Choral EvensongnbspThe Dean had announced his decision to move on to pastures new in January of this year to be PriestinCharge of Welland Fosse which is a group of five parishes known as a benefice in Peterborough DiocesenbspDean Christopher and his wife Gerry move on as Clergy Court at Blackburn Cathedral the development of which he has overseen throughout his tenure reaches completion as part of a new and revitalised Blackburn town centre known as Cathedral QuarterPICTURE ALBUM View all the pictures from the service on our Flickr feed herenbspDean Christopher 68 said We have been very fortunate in having 15 very happy years in Blackburn It has been a stimulating challenge for both of us but has also yielded significant results for the Cathedral the town the County and the regionnbspIt has certainly been a series of highlights for me including in more recent times hosting Her Majesty the Queen for the Maundy Service in 2014 and of course the development of Clergy Court nbspI always remembered that I was running Lancashires Anglican Cathedral and collectively the people of this region are truly unique and welcoming I am so grateful for so many invitations to get involved in life both in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen and also in the wider County as well as structures within the national ChurchnbspDean Christopher was appointed in 2001 He has overseen a period in Blackburn Cathedrals history where its reputation has grown nationally and internationally as a venue for musical and artistic excellence and particularly for its interfaith work nbspAt the service The Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson said I thank the Dean for his 15 years of service here at Blackburn Cathedral and I am also grateful for the Deans personal support during my first couple of years in the role of Diocesan Bishop He will be missed by me and by the whole DiocesenbspAcknowledging in his sermon that there would be mixed emotions for Christopher and Gerry Bishop Julian quoted an apt sentence from AA Milnes Winnie the Pooh How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hardnbspDean Christopher and Gerry were then presented with a cheque as a gift from the whole Diocese in Lancashire and a bench for their garden in Peterborough DiocesenbspA number of past colleagues were present for the service notably the two previous Bishops of Blackburn Rt Rev Alan Chesters and Rt Rev Nicholas Reade the previous Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev John Goddard and the former Archdeacon of Blackburn The Ven John HawleynbspThe Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire The Lord Shuttleworth led civic representatives including local MPs and Mayors and Mayoresses from many of the Countys councilsnbspThe service was also attended by other local community representatives including pupils and staff from local schools and alsonbspRev Cornelia Gotz Dean of Braunschweig Cathedral Braunschweig being linked with Blackburn DiocesenbspnbspRonnie Semley03052016nbsp

Lancashire parishes set to join together for massive celebration event

One of the largest Christian gatherings in Lancashire this year takes place at Preston Guild Hall a week today when nearly 2000 people will descend on the city for Vision 2026 The Guild HallnbspThe Diocese of Blackburn The Church of England in Lancashire is holding the celebration event on May 10 beginning at 730pm doors open from 630pmnbspVision 2026 The Guild Hall will have several key purposesIt will celebrate the work in churches across the Diocese as the new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities gets underway in earnest All the churchwardens of the Diocese will be sworn in to their roles Usually this takes place at series of smaller events across Lancashire known as Archdeacons Visitations But for this year only and for the first time ever they will all gather in one place to formally take up their roles Each parish across the Diocese has been asked to appoint a Vision Champion to promote Vision 2026 at a local level All the Vision Champions nominated so far will be commissioned at the event Around 60 of Lancashire parishes have a Champion already And the Deanery Coordinators for the Northern Bishops Crossroads Mission event taking place across Lancashire from September 811 will also be commissioned at Vision 2026 The Guild HallAs part of the exciting evening of celebration everyone at the Guild Hall event will also be able to view good news stories from parishes across the Diocese on a giant screen videos about Vision 2026 featuring people of all ages from across Lancashire and will also spend time worshipping and praying togethernbspThe retiring collection is for the Diocese of Lahore Around 70 people including Christians and people of other faiths were killed there in a suicide bombing on Easter SundaynbspSpeaking today Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said At the Guild Hall on May 10 we want to take some time out to celebrate all the good things going on across the Diocese right now as well as looking forward to the coming months and yearsnbspWe have developed a vision that is confident about our future as Gods people in Lancashire and invites us to make disciples be witnesses and grow leaders for Jesus ChristnbspMy hope and prayer is that there will be a fresh groundswell of prayer and proactive activity around the Diocese as we seek Gods blessing for Crossroads Mission and look forward to all that is to come as part of Vision 2026nbspThe May 10 event is free but it is ticketed Parishes are being contacted directly with details of how to book their placesnbspnbspRonnie Semley03052016nbsp

A Marian Festival - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeynbspMonday 2 May 2016 at 12 noonnbspA Marian Festival in the Abbey groundsnbsp12 noon Eucharist followed by a picnic and games in the Abbey groundsnbspGuest Preacher Fr Gareth PowellnbspCelebrant at Holy Communion Bishop Philip Northnbsp4pm Evensong in the parish church of Whalley St MarysnbspPlease contact Whalley Abbey office for further details on 01254 828400 or email officewhalleyabbeyorgnbspnbspnbsp

Bank Holiday family 'Devotion' event at Whalley Abbey

A Silver Band an open choir opportunity for choir members and a preacher from a new Monastic community supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury are just three of the reasons to visit picturesque Whalley Abbey nestling in the beautiful Ribble Valley this bank holiday MondaynbspThe Abbey will be the venue for a unique May Devotion family event in the afternoon of May 2 which is open to everyone across LancashirenbspThere will be music from Burnley Alliance Silver Band games and fun for everyone an open choir event at the nearby parish church walks in the Abbey ruins and much morenbspThe event will take place in the Abbey grounds and is FREE bring your own picnic Families from across Lancashire are invited and a good turnout is already expected nbspRt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley will celebrate at a Sung Eucharist in a marquee at noon with hymns to the accompaniment by the Burnley Alliance Silver Band nbspThe preacher is Fr Gareth Powell of the Lambeth Community nbspThis is a new initiative supported particularly by the Archbishop of Canterbury and based at Lambeth Palace in London home to the Archbishop which aims to bring monasticism into the current age So Fr Powells visit is very appropriate for the ancient site of Whalley AbbeynbspIf your parish would like to bring a group of young people to participate in the Wet and Wild event in the grounds please contact Whalley Abbey and they will register your team nbspLater in the afternoon to conclude the event there is a come and sing evensong in Whalley Parish Church at 4pm nbspIf you are a choir member and would like to come and sing please come with a robe to wear at 2pm to the church The music is Stanford in Bb so if you have copies please bring them if not they will be providednbspSpeaking today Bishop Philip said Whalley Abbey has for centuries been a place where people have gathered to pray and we will share in that long tradition as we meet to celebrate the Eucharist nbspThe Abbey is dedicated to Mary whose example of faithful witness will be an inspiration to us as we join together in worship of her Son There is so much happening in our Diocese at the moment with Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission from September 811 but without prayer all our efforts will come to nothing nbspI hope our Pilgrimage on May 2 will be a really special time of celebration encouragement and prayer as we support one another in mission and ministrynbspPlease contact Whalley Abbey office for further details on 01254 828400 or email officewhalleyabbeyorg nbspnbspRonnie Semley29042016nbsp

Bishops say 'Use your vote on Thursday May 5'

All three Bishops of The Church of England in Lancashire today urge everyone to use their vote in the elections to take place next Thursday May 5nbspThe Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster and the Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley have issued a joint statementnbspThe statement calls on people across the region to make sure they cast their vote and recalls the cost of our democracy and freedom won by generations pastnbspTheir statement follows nbspOn this coming Thursday May 5 across the County there will be various local council elections as well as the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner nbspWe urge every person in Lancashire not just people who attend our churches to use your vote on Thursday and to actively encourage others among your family friends and community to vote toonbspHistorically local elections tend to have a lower turnout than General Elections but we know that across the world there are countries where some people still struggle to secure democracy and where voting is a precious gift when finally won So we pray for a healthy turnout for the local council elections this year as well as for the election of the local Police and Crime CommissionernbspAs national commemorations continue for the 100th Anniversary of the First World War we remember all those who fought for our right to live in freedom and democracynbspWe are blessed to live in a country where democracy is valued and religious freedom is practised which is important not just to Christians in Lancashire but to people of all faiths in our diverse societynbspWe are not asking you to vote for any particular political party But as Christians we believe we must all participate positively in elections The right to vote has been hard won Lets cherish protect and use itnbspSigned nbspJuliannbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbsp Geoffnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbsp nbsp nbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspPhilipBishop of Blackburnnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbspnbsp Bishop of Lancasternbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp nbspnbspnbsp nbspBishop of Burnley

'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Come writes Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagernbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available on our Diocesan YouTube channel herenbspIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone to specifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern Bishops Crossroads Mission which is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11nbspThe second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysnbspFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815 nbspSo what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismnbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian said The Archbishops are encouragingChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15and for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andI commend it to younbspIt may be you do this while inpersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsyour church willhold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weeknbspInour DioceseI particularlywant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ourCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsplanning and organisationnbspMost importantly I ask you to praythat the hundreds of events that will take place across thefour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timenbspThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventnbspOn the national website httpwwwthykingdomcouk you will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingPlanning your prayer space Prayer station ideas Ideas for prayer meetings Inspiration for prayer walking Prayers for young people Prayer outlines Liturgical resources and much morenbspThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingnbspIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutnbspAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessed via this linknbspIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Forthe flyerposter CLICK HEREnbspThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going to the Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016

'Thy Kingdom Come' for Crossroads Mission

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom Comenbspwrites Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications ManagerA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting you to participate is available onnbspour Diocesan YouTube channel hereIn the Diocese of Blackburn as part of our contribution to the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Bishop Julian is asking everyone tonbspspecifically pray for Gods blessing on the northern bishops Crossroads Missionwhich is taking place in Lancashire from September 8 11The second Crossroads mission the first took place in Sheffield Diocese in 2015 will see up to 30 Bishops and their teams staying in Deaneries across the County and working with local parish teams as they hold hundreds of events over the four daysFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to every serving parish priest expressing their longing to see a great wave of prayer across our land throughout the Church of England and many other Churches from May 815So what better opportunity could there be to collectively pray for Crossroads an event entirely focused on mission and evangelismSpeaking today Bishop Julian saidnbspThe Archbishops are encouragingnbspChurches across England to join together with a specific prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost between May 8 and 15nbspand for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing their faithnbspIts an incredible opportunity to join together and pray for transformation I want to encourage the churches of our Diocese to get involved andnbspI commend it to youIt may be you do this while innbsppersonal prayer at existing prayer groups or perhapsnbspyour church willnbsphold a special prayer gathering at some point during the weekInnbspour DiocesenbspI particularlynbspwant to encourage you to pray for Gods blessing on ournbspCrossroads Mission event in September and for everyone involved in itsnbspplanning and organisationMost importantly I ask you to praynbspthat the hundreds of events that will take place across thenbspfour days will lead to many people hearing the Good News about the saving grace of Jesus Christ for the first timeThere is a wide variety of help and support for activities taking place during the Thy Kingdom Come eventOn the national websitenbspwwwthykingdomcouknbspyou will find inspiration and resources to help your church pray together includingnbsp nbspnbspPlanning your prayer spacenbsp nbspnbspPrayer station ideasnbsp nbspnbspIdeas for prayer meetingsnbsp nbspnbspInspiration for prayer walkingnbsp nbspnbspPrayers for young peoplenbsp nbspnbspPrayer outlinesnbsp nbspnbspLiturgical resourcesand much moreThere is also practical advice on praying for five friends to come to know Jesus You can sign up for regular updates on the national event and you can email the site with information about what your church is doingIf you are on social media you can tweet about what you are doing for Thy Kingdom Come using the hashtag JustPray and you may be featured on the national Church of England Twitter feed Dont forget to add our own Dioceses Twitter feed handle to your tweet cofelancs and we will retweet as well We will be tweeting about Thy Kingdom Come on the run up to the start and throughoutAs well as the YouTube video linked to above there is also a dedicated Thy Kingdom Come YouTube channel with other video resources which can be accessednbspvia this linkIf you are holding a prayer event you can a flyerposter which has space to promote your own details Fornbspthe flyderposternbspCLICK HEREThere are also seven major events taking place on Pentecost weekend itself across the country where Christians will gather in numbers to pray together Our nearest event is in York at St Michael le Belfrey church You have to register for tickets and you can do that by going tonbspthe Eventbrite page herenbspRonnie SemleyApril 26 2016nbsp

Blackburn Cathedral's Dean prepares for final service

The Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong will preside over his final service this Sunday at 4pm Choral Evensong at Blackburn CathedralnbspHe announced his decision to move on to pastures new in January of this year His new role will be PriestinCharge of Welland Fosse a group of five parishes known as a benefice in Peterborough DiocesenbspDean Christopher moves on with his wife Gerry as the new Clergy Court at Blackburn Cathedral which he has overseen throughout his tenure reaches completion as part of a new and revitalised Blackburn town centre known as Cathedral Quarter This week staff and clergy at the Cathedral have been moving in to their new accommodationnbspCommenting today Dean Christopher 68 said We have been very fortunate in having 15 very happy years in Blackburn It has been a stimulating challenge for both of us but has yielded significant results for the Cathedral the town the County and the region nbspIt has certainly been a series of highlights for me including in more recent times hosting Her Majesty the Queen for the Maundy Service in 2014 and of course the development of Clergy Court nbspI always remembered that I was running Lancashires Anglican Cathedral and collectively the people of this region are truly unique and welcoming I am so grateful for so many invitations to get involved in life both in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen and also in the wider County as well as structures within the national ChurchnbspDean Christopher was appointed in 2001 He has overseen a period in Blackburn Cathedrals history where its reputation has grown nationally and internationally as a venue for musical and artistic excellence and particularly for its interfaith work nbspThe Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson said today I pay tribute today to Dean Christopher who has given a lifetime of service to the Church including no less than 15 years at the Cathedral in Blackburn nbspA number of past colleagues will be present this Sunday and notably the two previous Bishops of Blackburn and the previous Bishop of Burnley so that in the context of an act of worship of Almighty God we give thanks for Christophers ministry and also for the support his wife Gerry has given to the work At the end of the service there will be an informal time for expressing appreciation to both Christopher and GerrynbspI am also grateful for the Deans personal support during my first couple of years in the role of Diocesan Bishop He will be missed by me and by the whole DiocesenbspAs we put in place the process for the appointment of a new Dean we wish him and Geraldine Gods blessing for their new life in Peterborough DiocesenbspFor the period of the vacancy the Bishop of Blackburn has appointed Philip North the Bishop of Burnley to serve as Acting Dean He will continue with many of his responsibilities in the Diocese Some of his episcopal duties will be picked up by Bishop Julian and Bishop Geoff Pearson Bishop of LancasternbspDean Christopher said I wish Bishop Philip every success I am reassured that the Cathedral will be in good hands in the period immediately following my departurenbspnbspRonnie Semley27042016nbsp

Aegean Cruise - book your place

An Aegean Biblical Cruise is being planned for April 23 May 2 2016 by a Lancashire clergyman working with a colleague from YorkshirenbspThose taking part cannbsptake advantage of a unique opportunity to visit the ports of St Paul and St John aboard the MS Aura specially chartered bynbspMaranathanbspTours UKnbspRevd PeternbspLillicrapnbspof St Marks Church Layton Blackpool and Canon GordonnbspDeynbspwill colead a group of pilgrims who will spend two nights at a hotel in Corinth to explore Athens and Corinth and then seven nights aboard our cruise ship visiting ThessalonicanbspNeapolis Philippi IstanbulnbspPergamonnbspEphesus Miletus and PatmosnbspGreat fellowship teaching and worship Full board except at the hotel and air travel from Manchester For a brochure and booking form contact GordonnbspDeynbspatnbspgordondey1gmailcomnbspornbsp01274 499781nbsp Or visit Gordons webpagenbspwwwmaranathacoukcanongordonhtmlnbsp

Prayers and resources to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen at 90

The Church of England has issued the following prayer on todays occasion of Her Majesty The Queens 90th birthdayHeavenly Fatheras we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queenreceive our heartfelt thanksfor all that you have given her in these ninety yearsand for all that she has given to her peopleContinue we pray your loving purposes in herand as you gather us together in celebrationunite us also in love and service to one anotherthrough Jesus Christ our LordAmenHer Majesty The Queens official birthday celebrations take place over the weekend of the June 1012ChurchCare the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Archbishops Councilnbsphas provided anbspcomprehensive online resource to help parishes plan their events this JuneFollow the link from the homepage of their websitenbspwwwchurchcarecoukThe resources include everything fromnbspliturgical materials for all who wish to plan a bespoke service to general advice on running an outdoor event or street partyThere is also a dedicatednbspcelebration map on their website where you can post details of your parish celebrationsnbspand you can also post updatesnbspon Twitter by using HMQ90nbspThis is an opportunity for parishes to reflect upon the changes both great and small that the last 90 years have brought It is also an occasion to celebrate the role of each church in its community as a tribute to the Queens religious faith and her lifetime of Christian serviceIn addition and asnbspsuggested at the Crossroads MissionVision 2026 Deanery evenings in February this year parishes in the Diocese are encouraged to use the occasion of Her Majestys official 90th birthday celebrations as a dry run for events they may want to put on during the Crossroads Mission event taking place in Lancashire fromnbspSeptember 8 11For more about Crossroads Mission plus resources and information for parishes visitnbspthis page on the Diocesan website and explore the menus on the right hand sideMeanwhile Her Majesty the Queen has also approved the following Collects for use in services celebrating her 90th birthday this yearHeavenly Father who hast brought our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth to the completion of her ninetieth year and dost gather her people in celebration of the same grant that we rejoicing before thee with thankful hearts may ever be united in love and service to one another and her kingdom flourish in prosperity and peace through Jesus Christ our LordHeavenly Fatherreceive our heartfelt thanksnbspas we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queenfor all that you have given her in these ninety yearsand for all that she has given to her peopleContinue we pray your loving purposes in herand as you gather us together in celebrationunite us also in love and service to one anotherthrough Jesus Christ our LordAmenThe Liturgical Commission is also pleased to circulate two graces for use at church and community gatherings such as street parties as well as readings for a celebration in worshipBountiful God giver of all good giftswe give thanks for the many years and long reign of our QueenBless our food our neighbourhoodand our enjoyment of each others companyHelp us to learn from Queen Elizabeths commitment to her peopleso that our community may be strengthenedand all may flourishWe ask this in the name of Jesus the King of loveGracious God give our Queen continued wisdom and strengthto carry out the promises she has madeand bless this food and those who are gathered herethat sustained by service for otherswe may faithfully serve you all the days of our lifeWith words from The Queens First Christmas Broadcast 1952Suggested readings to be used in a celebration of the Queens 90th birthday1 Kings 13240 or Ecclesiastes 12Psalm 2117 or Psalm 72Ephesians 11523 or 1 Peter 21317Mark 121317

Blackburn Cathedral – Inaugural Series on Science and Faith

Inaugural Series on Science and FaithnbspEastertide 2016nbspThursday 21 April 2016 at 730pmnbspIn the North Transept Blackburn CathedralnbspScience Faith and the extraterrestrial life debatenbspBy Prof John BrookeEmeritus Professorial FellowHarris Manchester CollegeUniversity of Oxfordnbspnbsp

Fullness of Life Together? - A Christian Conversation in Leeds

Fullness of Life Together A Conversation in LeedsnbspOn Wednesday 21 April 20161030am to 230pmnbspnbspWe would like to invite you to an event on the topic of Christian community engagementnbspHow can we bring about real sustained change in communitiesShould churches act as service providersHow can I live out my faith as I work to bring change in my communityHow can I work to reduce poverty without undermining the dignity of those in povertyIf youve ever asked yourself one of these questions or something like it then this event may well be for younbspWhat will the event covernbspIn the last few years the UK has witnessed churches leading a renewal of communitybased responses to social need Yet this renewal raises questions about the nature of those responses should churches conform to a service delivery model in their efforts to help those in need or is there another waynbspIn our recent Fullness of Life Together report Livability and Church Urban Fund reflect upon these kinds of questions We explore the limitations of a service delivery approach and look at alternative assetbased models for action including coproduction and assetbased community developmentnbspBut with increasing downward pressure on churches and ever increasing need are such approaches too idealisticnbspThis event aims to explore these questions from a practitioner perspective and to generate conversation about the possibilities for Christian community engagement nbspThe day will include short presentations on the themes of the report followed by two practitioner responses Time will be given to facilitated conversation and responsenbspJoin us to create a space for open discussion about our approach to community engagement and the theological convictions that underpin themnbspWho is it fornbspChurch leaders community workers youth workers volunteers all those local and involved in their communitiesnbspLocationLeeds Church Institute LCI 20 New Market Street Leeds LS1 6DGnbspBook your FREE place here httpsfullnessoflifetogetheraconversationleedseventbritecouknbspFor more information please contact Bernadette OcampoWall Community Engagement Consultant on joininlivabilityorguk or 020 7452 2029nbspWhen you register please let us know of any dietary requirements Thank younbspnbsp

GO Christian Resources event for Lancashire is a great success

More than 500 people from across Lancashire flocked to a major new ecumenical resource event at Runshaw College in Leyland on SaturdayGO Equipping the Local Church for Growth was the first of its kind to be held as a joint enterprise between The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese The Methodist Church Lancashire District and the North Western Synod of the United Reform ChurchClick herenbspfor a whole host of pictures on Flickr of the eventClick here fornbspcoverage on BBC iPlayer of the event on the BBC Radio Lancashire faith programmenbspListen at nbsp001505nbsp011240nbsp021045nbsp025440nbspavailable until May 14 2016Two Bishops and other church leaders attended GO and they were joined by a whole host of other speakers and workshop leadersnbspThe event was designed to help churches think about outreach and church growthnbspMore than 30 exhibitors gathered in a Market Place setting which proved really popular and successful with stall holders and visitors alikeEighteen workshops ran throughout the day alongside three interview slots where Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley and Rev Paul Davies Chair of the Lancashire Methodist Circuit talked about and answered questions on church growth from their own perspectivesThe exhibitors included Churches Together in Lancashire Christians Against Poverty Christians in Sport Fresh Expressions Messy Church St Mellitus College Blackburn Cursillo The Mothers Union and many many more See here for the full listWorkshops on the day included Discipleship led by Mark Ireland Archdeacon of Blackburn The Kidz are Alright led by Leo Roberts URC North Western Synod Managing change led by Dave Champness Blackburn Diocese Vision Coordinator and Being invitational Nick Moxon The Methodist Church See here for the full list of workshopsAll the exhibitors in the Market Place were delighted with the eventJohn Applegate Principal of All Saints Centre of Mission and Ministry commented We recently entered into a new partnership with Blackburn Diocese and are looking forward to setting up a new training centre at the Diocesan Offices in Blackburn So today is a great chance to talk about that and our plans for the futureOn the Churches Together in Lancashire stand Brian Drury Baptist Ecumenical Officer was equally enthusiastic adding So many people have come today and are encouraging each other When you see all these people with a heart for church growth together here today it is a great feeling we all have the same aimIn his interview slot on church growth Rev Paul Davies talked about the importance of worshipping communities connecting with the community around themSpeaking afterwards he said I am delighted with the turnout today The stands in the Market Place are great and it is a great opportunity for us to meet together as Christians and learn new ways of reaching out and serving our local communitiesBishop Philip added There is a fantastic buzz all around the place Its great to see people from churches all across the County thinking about growth and being resourced for growth It all adds to a sense of God really at work in the communities of LancashireOn behalf of the organisers David Banbury Blackburn Dioceses Parish Mission Support Department Leader who lives nearby in Leyland said today nbspGO was one of the largest events of its kind to be organised ecumenically in Lancashire and we were really pleased with the turnout My counterparts in the Methodist Church and United Reform Church join me in thanking all the exhibitors and stall holders who supported GO We also want to thank all the volunteers who helped in so many ways we couldnt have done it without them Finally we want to thank the hundreds of people from across Lancashire who made the trip to Runshaw College for the event Early feedback is telling us that it was a great success

Bishop lays foundation stone of new Lancashire church

The Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North has helped to open a new chapter in the life of Church of the Ascension in Brookfield in the parish of Ribbleton near PrestonnbspThe Bishop recently laid the foundation stone for a new building the previous Church of the Ascension was built in the late 1950s and was no longer fit for purpose The Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt was also present for the ceremonynbspThe parish and Diocese decided to sell the land including the clergy house to a social housing project and to rebuild a more appropriate church which would also be a community centre nbspIntegral to the service with Bishop Philip were children from Brookfield Community Primary School which is next door to the new development and where a congregation has continued to meet during this time children from the worshipping community and some congregation members who were present at the laying of the first foundation stone The new foundation stone is also the original foundation stone nbspThe new churchcommunity centre will be at the heart of the community of Brookfield and will live out the new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities in a contemporary waynbspSpeaking after the recent service local vicar Rev Keith Fenton the Rector of Ribbleton said The parish and especially the Church of the Ascension is so excited now that we and the community can see the new church and community building emergingnbspIt will enable us to effectively reach out to the wider community proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ and God willing become a healthy church transforming the community of Brookfield in line with the wider Diocesan Vision 2026nbspBishop Philip added It was great to lay the Foundation stone of a brand new church building and to be assisted in that task by the youngest and oldest members of the church community of the Ascension nbspWe were joined by many members of the congregation and school children from the local primary school as well as by some of the builders who are constructing the new churchnbspThe sermon reminded people that they were the church and that the building was only useful if it met the needs of its community through worship and servicenbspAt a time when Vision 2026 commits us to 50 new Christian communities the Church of the Ascension is a powerful sign of a Church that is building confidently for the future in LancashirenbspThe new Church should be completed by the autumn and we look forward to its Dedication and to public worship commencing therenbspnbspRonnie Semley18042016nbsp

GO - Equipping the Local Church for Growth - Leyland

This free equipping event on Saturday 16thnbspApril from 930am until 400pm has been planned to help churches across the Diocese in implementing Vision 2026 and preparing for the Crossroads 2016 Bishops Mission week and will include workshops and Exhibition StandsPlease clicknbspherenbsphttpsgolancashire2016eventbritecouknbspto book nownbsp Read the news story about the GO event hereOnce you have booked wenbspwill send you a link so that you can booknbsponto thenbspworkshopsnbspyou wish to attend or clicknbspherenbspfor anbsplink to our workshop bookingsDetailsnbspof the workshops can be found here and thenbspdetailsnbspfornbspthe day and the list of confirmed exhibitors are here nbspA two page leaflet with details of the venue and exhibitors page 1 and timetable for all the workshops page 2nbspcan be found herenbspThe event has been organised by the Diocese of Blackburn The Methodist Church Lancashire District and the United Reformed Church North Western Synod It will take place at Runshaw College Leylandnbsp The college isnbspabout 2 miles fromnbspJunction 28 of the M6 on Langdale Road Leyland PR25 3DQnbspand has ample parking

'Blossom and Yarn' - Knitting and Flower Festival - Charnock Richard Christ Church

On Friday 15 April 2016 Dr Mary Nichols the wife of the incumbent of six tiny parishes in Norfolk is coming to Christ Church Charnock Richard to give an illustrated presentation of a unique knitting and flower festival entitled Blossom and Yarn nbspMary is the daughter of Reverend John Bacon who retired to live in our parish around 30 years ago nbspThe event was held over four days featuring different aspects of the life of the Church in each parish It was covered in the Church Times radio and televisionnbspFor further details please contact Margaret Stewart on 01257 792692 792536 795665nbspnbspnbsp

Bishop Philip hosts tea for Muslim community leaders in Burnley

Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley invited 20 leaders from the Muslim community in Burnley for tea at his house in Burnley and to discuss interfaith working in the local areanbspThe leaders were welcomed by the Bishop recently as a thank you for their hospitality after a recent visit he made to a local mosque Other local clergy joined the Bishop for the eventnbspBishop Philip was able to discuss issues of mutual interest including further development of the successful Building Bridges in Burnley community project which has been running for more than a decadeTo watch a report on the event by Thats Lancashire TV station click hereTo listen to a series of reports on BBC Radio Lancashire click here for the iPlayer recording of Joe Wilsons Sunday morning faith programme and listen atnbsp011005 021025 andnbsp025410 Available until May 7 2016Helpful dialogue took place on other current issues as Muslim leaders also updated Bishop Philip on matters affecting their communitiesnbspBishop Philip said I was delighted to welcome Imams from nine mosques to my home along with other community leaders We enjoyed an honest dialogue and were able to forge new friendships nbspBeing able to forge those friendships is important and we all agreed the way ahead with Building Bridges in Burnley is through encouraging our young people to get more involvednbspI also heard about how proud they all were to be British and to be part of British society where religious freedom is guaranteed something we all valued highlynbspWe hope that with events like this one we are able to continue to model good and healthy relationshipbuilding across our faith communitiesnbspnbspRonnie Semley14042016nbsp

Blackburn Cathedral – Inaugural Series on Science and Faith

Inaugural Series on Science and FaithnbspEastertide 2016nbspThursday 14 April 2016 at 730pmnbspIn the North Transept Blackburn CathedralnbspA conversation on Ethics and the Life SciencesnbspRevd Canon Michael Wedgeworth Honorary Assistant Priest Blackburn Cathedral and Chair for Healthwatch LancashireIn conversation with Mr Patrick Keating Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Royal Preston Hospitaland Wahida Pervaiz Genetic Counsellor in Blackburn with Darwennbspnbsp

On the way with Luke - Blackburn Catheral Bible Study

On the Way with Luke is an interactive Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study which will be held in the Cathedral during Lent and Easter nbspThis willnbspalso be available as an illustrated booklet and in pdf form It concentrates on the texts that are found only in Luke and which occur in the Year C Lectionary nbspIt uses Lukes Gospel in support of developing Christian witness discipleship and leadership and is a resource that can be used in Lent or at any other time in the year It complements other resources produced by the Diocese of Blackburn nbspThe sessions at the Cathedral are on Wednesdays 17 and 24 February 2 9 andnbsp16 March 6 andnbsp13 April 2016 nbspFor further details please contact the Revd Canon Dr Ian Stockton at IanStocktonblackburncathedralcouknbspnbsp

The Beautiful Burial Ground Conference - Croxteth Hall, Liverpool

The Beautiful Burial Ground ConferencenbspA oneday event organised by the charity Caring for Gods Acre CfGA will take place at Croxteth Hall in Liverpool on Wednesday 13nbspApril from 10am to 415pmnbspThe Conference part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund is for anyone involved with or interested in the care and conservation of church and chapel yards cemeteries crematoria and green burial groundsnbspA host of different speakers and organisations will be giving advice and information through keynote speeches and workshopsnbspPress Release Beautiful Burial Ground ConferencenbspConference Booking FormnbspLeafletnbspFor more information andor to book a place at the Conference call 01588 673041 or email infocfgaorguknbspnbspnbsp

New Area Deans for Accrington and Leyland Deaneries

Two new Area Deans have been appointed for Accrington Deanery and Leyland Deanery by Lancashires Bishop Rt Rev Julian HendersonnbspRev Ian Enticott 56 the Vicar of the United Benefice of Accrington St James and St Paul is the new Area Dean for Accrington He will fulfil the role previously held by Rev John Holland Vicar of the Benefice of OswaldtwistlenbspMeanwhile Rev Marc Wolverson 47 Vicar of St James Church Leyland will be the new Leyland Area Dean a role previously held by Rev Alistair McHaffie Vicar of St Johns Church also LeylandnbspThe 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 an Area Dean who also retains his or her role as a local parish priest in addition to the area dutiesnbspThese duties includenbspHelping the Bishop in his care of the Deanery Providing a supportive and collaborative leadership for mission and ministry in the Deanery Convening the Deanery Chapter the regular gathering of local clergy and cochairing the Deanery Synod meetings and the work of Deanery Synod Attending Area Dean meetings several times a year which are chaired by Bishop Julian and also attended by members of the Bishops Leadership Team Sometimes deputising for the Archdeacon in the case of both of these appointments this would be for the Archdeacon of BlackburnnbspArea Deans usually have a significant role during clergy vacancies in their Deaneries along with churchwardens They also have a role in the appointment of a new parish incumbentnbspRev Ian Enticott is married to Fiona a trained Christian childrens worker and Pilates Instructor They have four children and one grandchild His hobbies include running and choral singing He will be licensed by Bishop Julian tonight April 11 at 730pm at Accrington St JamesnbspRev Marc Wolverson is married to Julie and they have two children His hobbies include Persian cooking he is half Iranian and rambling He will be licensed on April 14 at 730pm at Leyland St JamesnbspCommenting today Ian said I am really excited to be taking up this appointment at the outset of Blackburn Dioceses new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities nbspThe very first point on the job description for Area Dean is to offer leadership in mission in the Deanery This is something I have wide experience in both in this country and abroad I encourage church members to get involved in their community so that they can have a positive and transforming impact in their area nbspI believe churches and church schools can pave the way to better relationships and I would like to make this a focus for our Deanery It seems to me that one of the greatest gifts Christians have to offer is to give people hope for a better futurenbspReacting to his appointment Marc added I am looking forward to getting started in my new role as Area Dean It is a role of service and a role that involves helping and encouraging others nbspI am keen to encourage parishes to share their resources both in terms of spirituality and expertise For example a parish may be stronger in one area of expertise than a neighbouring parishnbspAs Anglicans we have a huge breadth of experience to draw from to enable mission and ministry so I am keen to encourage mutual support wherever possiblenbspThis approach should be beneficial as we collectively take forward our new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspBishop Julian said Ian and Marc bring much experience to the role of Area Dean and I am looking forward to working with them in the coming months and yearsnbspThe Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable Mark Ireland added I am delighted to welcome Ian and Marc to their respective roles nbspMarc will be a great asset to the team of Area Deans who all work tirelessly to ensure their deanery areas are managed as effectively as possiblenbspIan has brought fresh eyes and ideas to his Deanery and combines a pastoral heart with a strategic vision for creating healthy churches that will transform their communitiesnbspnbspRonnie Semley11042016nbsp

GO to major Lancashire ecumenical church resource exhibition this weekend!

nbspHundreds of people are expected to attend a major new ecumenical resource event taking place at Runshaw College in Leyland this weekend for churches across LancashirenbspGO Equipping the Local Church for Growth is a joint enterprise between The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese The Methodist Church Lancashire District and the North Western Synod of the United Reform ChurchnbspThe FREE event runs from 930am to 4pm at the College on Langdale Road Leyland PR25 3DQ and it is designed to help churches think about outreach and church growthnbspAs well as more than 30 exhibitors gathered in a market place setting there will also be a programme of 18 or more workshops which will run throughout the day as well as three interview slots where a variety of local church leaders will talk about church growth from their own perspectivesnbspThe interviews are with Rev Paul Davis Chair of the Lancashire Methodist District at 1030am Bishop Philip North Bishop of Burnley at 1130am and Bishop Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn at 1230pmnbspThe exhibitors include Churches Together in Lancashire Christians Against Poverty Christians in Sport Fresh Expressions Messy Church St Mellitus College and many many more See here for the full listnbspWorkshops includeDiscipleship Mark Ireland Archdeacon of Blackburn The Kidz are Alright Leo Roberts URC North Western Synod Culture Connections Linda Rayner Fresh Expressions Faith sharing in the Catholic Tradition Bishop Philip North Managing change Dave Champness Blackburn Diocese Vision Coordinator Being invitational Nick Moxon The Methodist Church Messy Church Rebecca Crowe Blackburn Diocese Plus many more see here for the full list of workshopsSpeaking on behalf of the organisers is David Banbury Blackburn Dioceses Parish Mission Support Department Leader who lives nearby in Leyland and is also presenting a workshop at the event entitled Faith sharing for the fainthearted fearful and flummoxednbspHe said today GO is one the largest events of its kind to be organised ecumenically in Lancashire and we are hoping for a great turnout of people from all our churchesnbspIn Blackburn Diocese we recently launched our new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and later this year we have a major event in September when the Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu and nearly 30 Bishops from across the northern half of the Church of England will come to Lancashire for the Crossroads Mission event from September 811nbspSo GO has arrived at a fantastic time for us as we seek to equip and resource the whole church for growth in the coming yearsnbspI know my counterparts in the Methodist Church and United Reform Church are equally as excited about the event and like me they are looking forward to engaging with the many people we anticipate will attend on Saturday throughout the daynbspYou can come to the event for the whole day call in for one workshop or just visit the market place We look forward to seeing you therenbspFor more information or to book onto a workshop either visit httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and look for GO under the Mission and Growth tab email mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorgnbspor golancashire2016gmailcom or call 01254 503272 and speak to Miranda nbspBooking is not essential but would be helpful for planning Drinks are available but anyone attending should bring their own food as well as money to purchase resourcesnbspnbspRonnie Semley11042016nbsp

Final countdown to Vision 2026 @ The Guild Hall - see you there!

The latest exciting milestone in our Vision 2026 journey is almost upon usVision 2026 The Guild Hall is on May 10 at 730pm and will be a celebration of all that has happened so far regarding the Vision as well as being a moment to reflect before moving forwardListen to an event preview on BBC Lancashire here listen from 02h 10m 35sThe event will have four key aims The first is to formally admit all the churchwardens at one time and in one place instead of the usual round of Visitations by the Archdeacons across the County The second is to commission all of the Vision Champions nominated to date by parishes across LancashireThe Champions role is to keep the Vision centrestage in their local settings over the next decade There is still time for parishes to nominate their Vision Champions email details to Vision Coordinator Dave Champness via davechampnessblackburnanglicanorg or visionblackburnanglicanorgCurrently more than 60 per cent of parishes have nominated someone to the role which is fantasticThe third aim of the Guild Hall event is to Commission the Deanery Coordinators for the Crossroads mission event in September this year and the fourth aim will be for everyone to make a general commitment to working together for our Vision 2026Due to logistics of space the evening is by invitation only and it is expected that nearly 2000 people churchwardens champions coordinators alongside supporting clergy and parish representatives will pack The Guild Hall in Preston for 90 minutes of worship praise and celebrationEight spaces have been allocated to every parish but you need to book in via the Eventbrite website The site asks for names of people who will be attending If you havent yet got a name for your Churchwarden or Vision Champion but still want to book a place for whoever will attend you can still do so by simply repeating the details of the lead person in the party from your churchYou can also go to this page of the Diocesan website for more details including a link to a letter to churchwardens and incumbents about what is required prior to the event link to the churchwardens declaration form and nomination form alongside other links you may wish to explore prior to the event itselfA full report about Vision 2026 The Guild Hall will appear on the Diocesan website and a forthcoming edition of Diocesan magazine The See as well available in churches and online on the Diocesan website via this pageWe expect the event one of the largest Christian gatherings in the County this year will also feature prominently in the local and regional media as well as national church press There will be live tweeting on the night on cofelancs using the hashtags OurVision2026 and GuildVisionThe Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John Sentamu is to deliver a special video message to everyone at the Guild Hall at the end of the evening tomorrow to encourage participation in Crossroads mission in September this yearnbspThe message was filmed recently during the Archbishops ongoing six month Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing around York Diocese which finishes later this month For more about the Archbishops Pilgrimagenbspclick here For more on Crossroads Mission September 811 click herePeople in The Guild Hall will also be encouraged to pray at the event and in their parishes for the new Thy Kingdom Come initiativeFor Thy Kingdom Come the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches across the country to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost 2016 May 815 in an event they are calling Thy Kingdom ComenbspA video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury inviting participation is available onnbspour Diocesan YouTube channel hereDuring April and May the Vision Champions have also been invited to a series of initial getting to know you evenings at the residences of Bishop Geoff and Bishop Philip where they can chat with the Bishops meet our new Vision Coordinator Dave Champness and networkThe Vision Champions who attended the first event are pictured here along with Bishop Philip and Dave ChampnessThey got the chance to meet fellow Champions to share in a Bible Study to pray together and to ask questionsBishop Philip said It was wonderful to be the only priest in the room surrounded by wonderful and very enthusiastic groups of laity The Vision is in good handsnbsp

DAC

DACnbspFridaynbsp8 April 2016nbspHeld at Clayton House Diocesan Offices Blackburnnbspat 2pmnbspnbsp

Small Lancashire church receives major 'Eco-Church' Award

What do St Pauls Cathedral York Minster and St Johns Hurst Green Lancashire have in commonnbspThe answer They are all EcoChurch Bronze Award winnersMembers of the congregation young and old recently came together to celebrate being only the fifth church in the country to be awarded the newlylaunched Eco Award for their environmental worknbspEcoChurch is an A Rocha UK project run in partnership with Christian Aid The Church of England The Methodist Church and TearfundThe small rural church of St Johns in the Ribble Valley has focused on caring for creation for over 10 years achieving three EcoCongregation Awards prior to their latest achievementActivities undertaken have to encompass practical projects worship global and community engagement and lifestyleAt St Johns work has included churchyard management for wildlife regular Eco activities for families an annual Creation Sunday service promotion with the community on Fair Trade and the installation of a composting toilet last yearnbspSpeaking today about the Award Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said I am delighted to hear that St Johns has scooped this top award They are certainly in illustrious companynbspAll across the Diocese in urban and rural areas there is fantastic work going on to ensure our Vision of Healthy Churches Transforming Communities is lived out in many different ways nbspThis church has a real heart for caring for the environment and doesnt just talk about it it takes practical actions that make a real difference in many different waysFor further information on green church initiatives visit wwwarochaorguknbspnbspRonnie Semley07042016nbsp

Blackburn Cathedral – Inaugural Series on Science and Faith

Inaugural Series on Science and FaithnbspEastertide 2016nbspThursday 7 April 2016 at 730pmnbspIn the North Transept Blackburn CathedralnbspIntroduction to Science and Faith the arena of discussionnbspBy Revd Dr Mike KirbyBlackburn Cathedral CurateLecturer in Radiotherapy Physics Liverpool Universitynbsp

On the way with Luke - Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study

On the Way with Luke is an interactive Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study which will be held in the Cathedral during Lent and Easter nbspThis willnbspalso be available as an illustrated booklet and in pdf form It concentrates on the texts that are found only in Luke and which occur in the Year C Lectionary nbspIt uses Lukes Gospel in support of developing Christian witness discipleship and leadership and is a resource that can be used in Lent or at any other time in the year It complements other resources produced by the Diocese of Blackburn nbspThe sessions at the Cathedral are on Wednesdays 17 and 24 February 2 9 andnbsp16 March 6 andnbsp13 April 2016 nbspFor further details please contact the Revd Canon Dr Ian Stockton at IanStocktonblackburncathedralcouknbspnbsp

East Lancashire Church celebrates 10 years of debt support in community

An East Lancashire Debt Help Centre is marking a decade of helping some of the poorest people in the area escape financial meltdownnbspSt Bartholomews Church and Church of The Saviour in Blackburn launched the centre in partnership with charity Christians Against Poverty CAP in 2006 well before the credit crunch that caused such widespread problems a few years laternbspCentre Manager Sheila Fielding and her team of support workers have been giving a free facetoface service in the community backed up by financial experts at CAPs head office ever sincenbspSheila estimates that around 400 families or individuals had been helped in that time with many homes saved from repossession marriages saved from breakdown and lives saved from suicidenbspShe said today We have so much to celebrate In a recent survey more than a third of clients said they were seriously considering suicide before they were helped so knowing we have saved lives during the past ten years is wonderfulnbspFor me its an amazing position to be in and sometimes very challenging too We see people often at the lowest point but then we get to see that burden taken away and so many other issues addressed along the way and that is a great joynbspThe new Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable Mark Ireland said Having recently helped to set up a CAP debt centre in my last parish I know firsthand that CAP has a great track record of setting people free from the chains of debt and helping people find hope in ChristnbspThis can in turn make a real difference in the local community and is at the heart of our new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspArchdeacon Mark added The success stories in Blackburn are heartwarming and I congratulate all of the people at St Bartholomews Church and Church of The Saviour who are involved in their CAP Centre on 10 years of fantastic achievements in and support for their communityIf your church wants to set up a centre you should contact CAP on 0800 328 0006 visit httpwwwcapukorg or ring the office of St Bartholomews Church and Church of The Saviour for informal advice on 01254 695599 nbspnbspRonnie Semley01042016nbsp

Link Diocese charity supported by pilgrim walk initiative

A charity supported by The Church of England in Lancashire which is based in our link diocese of Free State South Africa is set to receive a boost from an unusual sourceWith some friends Fleetwood churchgoer John Eastwood who attends St Peters Church is all set to walk a section of the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela a pilgrim walk in northern Spain For more on the Camino click hereHe will be raising money for the Mosamaria Trust Fund which supports orphans and families affected by HIV You can read more about the Fund in the article hereJohn has written an article about his plans which appears below For more information on how to sponsor him see the closing paragraphA pilgrims progress I am John Eastwood aged 68 years old I first attended at the age of 9 St Davids Church Fleetwood where I became a member of the choir and a server I was confirmed at 11 years of age and at 14 I met my future wife Elizabeth and started attending St Nicholas Church FleetwoodElizabeth and I married in1969 at St Peters Church Fleetwood and due to the start time of the Sunday service started to attend St Peters Church Fleetwood up to the present timeWe have two daughters who were baptised at St Peters My eldest daughter Susan was in St Peters choir and was married at St Peters and now lives in Perth Western Australia and attends an Anglican church there with my two granddaughters who both go to Sunday schoolI have been in the PCC for 30 years along with my wife who was last year given her 40 years in the Mothers Union award I was church warden at St Peters for 12 years and survived a two year interregnum I also run a Mustard Seed group on a Friday morning to teach joinery painting and French polishing skills which I enjoy enormouslyI also enjoy walking and I am vice chairman of the North Fylde Ramblers I also have a small boat on the Lancaster Canal I fish read make walking sticks and paint watercolours I am a retired joiner but do small jobs for people just to keep my hand inI still attend St Peters and enjoy helping to cut the grass and carry out general gardening I also attend St Davids Church Fleetwood now and again I must have nearly 60 years of attending these 3 churches in Fleetwood Many years ago I use to attend a youth club at St Margarets in Fleetwood which is no longer thereI am an organiser of the CELL of St Margaret of Antioch and we have a pilgrimage to Walsingham every yearI first heard about the Camino 11 years ago when I heard Russell Forsyth speak on the subject He has done the Camino twice and the full route is 500 milesSince then I have been determined to do part of it A film called The Way came out some years ago and I watched it with my wife and it made us more determined still We mentioned it to some friends and arranged to go this year 2016Unfortunately my wife passed away last year so we are now five We set off on the 6th May to Santiago de CompostelaWe then catch a bus to our starting point Sarria and all being well we should be arrive back in Santiago on 15th May Pentecost I will walk a 100 mile stretch of the WayIn the Cathedral where the remains of Saint James are there is an enormous thurible which takes eight men to swing This will be an exciting climax to what I am sure will be an emotional roller coaster pilgrimageA friend suggested I try to get sponsorship and the Blackburn Diocese Mosamaria Trust Fund charity was mentioned so that is what I am doing fornbspIf you would like to sponsor me John Eastwood the sponsor forms are available from me on 01253 875994 or from Gloria Birdsall on 07790768845 or gloriabirdsallyahoocouk

Cursillo Weekend N° 63 - Whalley Abbey

Cursillo Weekend N 63nbspWhalley AbbeynbspFor more about Cursillo locally in the Diocese of Blackburn click herenbspand nationally click here

Lancashire date for well known church planting expert, Bishop Ric Thorpe

A nationallyrenowned expert in church planting is coming to Lancashire next week to impart his knowledge as the Diocese of Blackburn continues forward with Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspBishop Ric Thorpe was the Bishop of Londons Adviser for Church Planting from 2012 to 2015 Bishop Ric will be at St Thomas Church in Lancaster for a seminar on March 21 from 1045am to 3pm which is open to people from all parishes in LancashirenbspIn May 2015 Bishop Ric was announced as the new Suffragan Bishop for the appropriately revived See of Islingtona See being the name given to the area of a Bishops jurisdiction and was given the role of the Diocese of Londons Bishop for church plants nbspIn that role however although based in London he has been freed from local responsibilities to work with the whole of the Church of England hence the invitation from Blackburn Diocese to share his knowledge at the special event in MarchnbspThe Church is still growing in London and Bishop Ric is helping to pursue their Capital Vision of 100 new worshipping communitiesnbspMeanwhile the Diocese of Blackburn is now pursuing its own strategy Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspThe Vision will be the focus for everything the Diocese does for the next decade One of its key aims is a pledge to plant 50 new congregations between now and 2026nbspVision 2026 commits The Church of England in Lancashire to making disciples being witnesses and growing leaders helping all church communities in Lancashire to be as healthy as possible so they can work collectively to share the good news of the Christian Faith far and wide You can find out more about Vision 2026 by visiting httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and exploring the Visionrelated content under the Home menu nbspBishop Rics experience in London has taught him that a number of different planting models are needed that cover the range of churchmanship or styles of worship So in his Church Planting seminar on March 21 he will help the Diocese to honour the past navigate change and build for the futurenbspSpeaking today Bishop Ric said I was delighted to receive the invitation to Lancashire to deliver this seminar on a subject close to my heartnbspThe Church of England as a whole is getting to grips with some challenging statistics about current church attendance and will be adjusting its approach in the coming years Church planting is an important part of the work to turn the tide and Blackburn Diocese is at the forefront with its new Vision 2026nbspI am looking forward to coming and will be praying that God will inspire all those who attendnbspThe Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson is responsible for the area of Vision 2026 that will take forward the pledge for 50 new congregations in Lancashire by 2026nbspBishop Geoff invited Bishop Ric to the County and is delighted he was able to accept He said today The coming decade will with Gods help be one of the most exciting periods in the history of the Diocese of Blackburn which will celebrate its centenary in 2026nbspWith Vision 2026 to spur us on we hope our centenary year will be a yearlong opportunity to give thanks to God for the many blessings we are praying for in the coming years including at least 50 new congregationsnbspI am pleased Bishop Ric is able to be here on March 21 to share his wisdom with us As well as people from parishes across the Diocese the entire Bishops Leadership Team will also be attending the seminar to hear firsthand about the ways in which a church planting strategy can be effectively implementednbspThe event is free but everyone attending has to register Contact Judith Henderson Bishop Geoffs secretary at bishoplancastergmailcomto register or telephone 01524 799900nbspnbspRonnie Semley16032016nbsp

Lancashire's Anglican Bishops issue messages for Easter

The three Bishops of The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese have issued Easter messagesnbspThe messages come from Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Bishop of Blackburn and the Suffragan Bishops Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster and Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of BurnleynbspBISHOP JULIANnbspVideo version of his message available on YouTube herenbspIm writing this Easter message the day after the devastating bombings in Brussels a solemn reminder like in Paris and Ankara and other less well known places in the world that nowadays nowhere is safe and evil knows no boundariesnbspLife is very uncertain We could have been at Brussels airport or on the metronbspThe world is not as God originally intended it to be and needs to be made new and redeemed Sin has the power to disrupt and destroy livesnbspOur hearts go out to the bereaved families and those injured with both the assurance of our love and prayers and the Good Friday and Easter assurance that God and good will win the daynbspIt looked on that first Good Friday as if evil had triumphed as Jesus the Son of God God in human form on earth was crucified as a condemned criminal There is no clearer picture of defeatnbspBut in Gods eternal purposes it was a glorious victory as using the familiar words of the Prayer Book Jesus made there a full perfect and sufficient sacrifice oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world and the effectiveness of that sacrifice was confirmed three days later when God raised Him from the dead on that first Easter morning nbspHis resurrection was God saying His death had achieved what had been intendednbspI know that many struggle to believe in so extraordinary a claim but it has been and is a mainstream Christian belief for 2000 years and I argue that by looking at the evidence it is more reasonable to believe than to not believenbspAs Christians we are people of hope even in the darkest of moments and so whatever your circumstances this Easter time I pray that you will be drawn to put your hope and trust in Jesus Christ and find Him to be the Saviour the Friend the Lord He longs to be to all humankind And it is in that sense that I wish you all a very happy EasternbspBISHOP GEOFFnbspVideo version of his message available on YouTube herenbspMainstream cinema audiences have just been introduced to a new film released in time for Easter starring Joseph Fiennes Risen is a Biblical epic which introduces us to Clavius a warhardened Roman tribune who leads an investigation into the disappearance of Jesus body after his burialnbspIt has already attracted its critics wooden acting a Sunday School special and Jesus given a superhero glow being some of the commentsnbspBut there is something to look for beyond the acting Indeed even the reviewers cannot see beyond the obvious pieces of the jigsaw the missing body and some very confused guards Does this key event in the Christian Calendar make any difference nbspWell here is the obvious plot spoiler Meeting the risen figure of Jesus Christ changes not only the disciples and close followers of this messiah figure but also this tough brooding tribune whose life is turned upside downnbspI recently met an expoliceman whose story parallels the tribune When he spoke at a recent mens breakfast the man next to me said Blimey he hasnt been changed he has been transformed Yes Easter can still do that Christianity has a resurrection faith in many different waysnbspBISHOP PHILIPnbspVideo version of his message available on YouTube herenbspSo its happened again Terror on the streets of Brussels Over 30 people killed and many more injured nbspThis Easter our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrible atrocity and with their loved ones We will also be praying for the vast majority of Muslims in this country who equally hate such crimes and who feel under immense pressure in the current climatenbspIncidents such as these raise big issues for people of faith The people who carried out these acts of terror were claiming to act in the name of the One God We know of course that they are deluded that their theology is perverted But what does it say about faith that it can motivate such carnage and slaughter nbspIts a tough question but we need to remember that the sort of thing we have seen in Brussels doesnt undermine faith in Jesus In fact it explains why Jesus needed to comenbspIn St Johns Gospel as he describes the events leading up to Jesus death there is a short but powerful sentence Night had fallen St John is describing the Last Supper on the evening before the cross Judas has chosen to betray Jesus Peter will soon deny him The community is collapsing The shadow of the cross hangs over them Night had fallennbspThat short sentence takes us right to the heart of the events we remember this week Jesus was born in the night and now he goes to his death in the night The reason Jesus has come is to enter into human darkness and despair for it is out of darkness that the light of His love will shine brightestnbspFrom the darkness of betrayal Jesus will reconcile God and humanity and through His blood restore right relationship between the creator and those whom he made From the darkness of the cross Jesus will destroy sin and death because by taking it into Himself it will be absorbed by Gods love and defeated for ever From the darkness of the tomb Jesus will burst forth to bring about a new creation the triumph of love the triumph of lightnbspOf course this saving work will not come to full completion until He returns in glory We still live in a world of darkness a world where terrible things can happen as we have seen recently in Brussels and Paris and Istanbul a world where there is betrayal and denial and faithlessness But because of the triumph of Easter we now can say two things nbspFirst we have a God who accompanies us through the darkness Wherever there is pain and sin and suffering the God of the cross is present Jesus is with the people of Brussels as they live through pain just as he is with all who cry out to him in anguishnbspAnd second we have a God who has won the final victory who has dispelled the night with the eternal light of a new day The tomb is empty Christ has triumphed The reign of darkness and sin cannot endure for Jesus has risen and all in the end will be glory Now we know that only love can winnbspThis Easter we will pray for the people of Brussels But even as we do so we will dare to speak the language of hope For Christ is risen and the power of darkness and sin has been dispelled with the light of a new day nbspHappy Easter to you allnbspnbspRonnie Semley29032016nbsp

'Science and Faith' Lecture Series to launch at Cathedral

An Inaugural Series of Science and Faith lectures and discussions launches at Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday April 7 2016 nbspIt will be a series of five highly accessible talks conversations and panel discussions from a range of speakers each event held in the north transept of Blackburn Cathedral 730pm tonbsp9pmnbspThe series has been coordinated by Rev Dr Mike Kirby who is a Blackburn Cathedral Curate and Lecturer in Radiotherapy Physics at Liverpool UniversitynbspMike said today This series is designed to inform but also promote thought and prayerful discussion on the interface between science and faith from academic discussion to the challenges of faith in everyday scientific contexts nbspAccessibility has been the key aim in designing the series so that there is a wide range of topics all with a desire to engage with and inform about the comparability that can exist between people of science and their faiths nbspScience and faith do not in our view sit on opposite ends of the spectrum forever fighting against each other they can complement each other extremely well helping us all to understand more and more of the universe by answering different questions about itnbspThe series begins on April 7 with a talk by Rev Dr Mike Kirby which will give an accessible overview of the arena of discussion points between science and faith from a perspective of the life of a real 25 year plus medical physicist and priest nbspOn the April 14 the Rev Canon Michael Wedgeworth leads a conversation on Ethics and Life Sciences using his considerable experience of NHS healthcare programmes and initiatives in the North West of England as well as being a priest at the CathedralnbspOn April 21 and May 5 the Cathedral will welcome two worldrenowned speakers on science and religion Professor John Brooke and Professor Keith Ward nbspBoth need little introduction such is their prominence in the academic world suffice to say they each have published hundreds of books papers and articles on the sciencefaith interface and are well known for the ease with which they can bring across their subject matter to their audiences in highly accessible ways Prof Brooke is going to look outward and examine the extraterrestrial debate Prof Ward looking into the world of the very small and quantum physicsnbspThe series completes this year on May 12 with a Question Time style panel discussion moderated by Rev Dr Mike Kirby and bringing together real scientists and real faith both Christians and other faiths With key scientists from the medical and physical sciences principally from Rosemere Cancer Centre everyday issues and challenges of science and faith will be open for discussion and questionnbspEntrance is FREE all are welcome nbspPlease note there is no parking on the Cathedral grounds but there are a number of public car parks nearbynbspnbspnbsp

Brockholes Nature Reserve - Special Service

Grimsargh St Michael Tricentenary CelebrationsSpecial Service at Brockholes NAture ReservenbspOn Saturday 26th March the Revd Chris Halliwell Vicar St Michaels Grimsargh will conduct a special service at Brockholes Nature Reserve which is located in the original parish of Grimsargh with Brockholes The short service will take place at 12 noon and this will be followed by a leisurely guided stroll back to Grimsargh Natural Historian David Hindle will be leading the walk and we should arrive back in Grimsargh in plenty of time for those of you who want to take part in the famous Easter Egg Hunt It may be an idea to park at the Crematorium so that you can pick up your cars on finishing the walk David will be delighting and educating us with his extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the areanbspnbsp

Easter messages from our Bishops for Easter 2016

The threeBishops of The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese have issued their messages for Easter 2016The messagescome from Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Bishop of Blackburnand the Suffragan Bishops Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster and RtRev Philip North Bishop of BurnleyThey are available here on our website click the read more link below and also in video format on our Diocesan YouTube channel either click the links before each mesages to view or go direct to the YouTube channel by searching online for YouTube and Blackburn DioceseBISHOP JULIANVideo version of his message availableon YouTube hereIm writingthis Easter message the day after the devastatingbombings in Brussels a solemn reminder like in Parisand Ankara and other less well known places in the world that nowadays nowhere is safe and evilknows no boundariesLife is very uncertainWe could have been at Brussels airport or on the metroThe world is not as God originally intended it to be andneeds to be made new and redeemedSin has the power to disrupt and destroy livesOur hearts go out to the bereaved families and those injured withboth theassurance of our love and prayers and the Good Friday and Easter assurance thatGod and good will win the dayIt looked on that first Good Friday as if evil hadtriumphed as Jesus the Son of God God in human form on earth was crucifiedas a condemned criminal There is no clearer picture of defeatBut in Gods eternal purposes it was a glorious victory asusing the familiar words of the Prayer Book Jesus made there a full perfectand sufficient sacrifice oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the wholeworld and the effectiveness of that sacrifice was confirmed three days laterwhen God raised Him from the dead on that first Easter morning His resurrection was God saying His death had achieved whathad been intendedI know that many struggle to believe in so extraordinary aclaim but it has been and is a mainstream Christian belief for 2000 years andI argue that by looking at the evidence it is more reasonable to believe thanto not believeAs Christians we are people of hope even in the darkest ofmoments and so whatever your circumstances this Easter time I pray that youwill be drawn to put your hope and trust in Jesus Christ and find Him to be theSaviour the Friend the Lord He longs to be to all humankind And it is inthat sense that I wish you all a very happy EasterBISHOP GEOFFVideo version of his message availableon YouTube hereMainstreamcinema audiences have just been introduced to a new film released in time forEaster starring Joseph Fiennes Risen is a Biblical epic which introduces usto Clavius a warhardened Roman tribune who leads an investigation into thedisappearance of Jesus body after his burialIt has alreadyattracted its critics wooden acting a Sunday School special and Jesusgiven a superhero glow being some of the commentsBut there issomething to look for beyond the acting Indeed even the reviewers cannot seebeyond the obvious pieces of the jigsaw the missing body and some veryconfused guardsnbsp Does this key event inthe Christian Calendar make any difference Well here is theobvious plot spoiler Meeting the risen figure of Jesus Christ changes not onlythe disciples and close followers of this messiah figure but also this toughbrooding tribune whose life is turned upside downI recently metan expoliceman whose story parallels the tribune When he spoke at a recentmens breakfast the man next to me said Blimey he hasnt been changed hehas been transformed Yes Easter can still do that Christianity has aresurrection faith in many different waysBISHOP PHILIPVideo version of his message availableon YouTube hereSo itshappened again Terror on the streets of Brussels Over 30 people killed andmany more injured This Easterour thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrible atrocity and withtheir loved ones We will also be praying for the vast majority of Muslims inthis country who equally hate such crimes and who feel under immense pressurein the current climateIncidents suchas these raise big issues for people of faith The people who carried out theseacts of terror were claiming to act in the name of the One God We know ofcourse that they are deluded that their theology is perverted But what doesit say about faith that it can motivate such carnage and slaughter Its a toughquestion but we need to remember that the sort of thing we have seen inBrussels doesnt undermine faith in Jesus In fact it explains why Jesus neededto comeIn St JohnsGospel as he describes the events leading up to Jesus death there is a shortbut powerful sentence Night had fallen St John is describing the LastSupper on the evening before the cross Judas has chosen to betray Jesus Peterwill soon deny him The community is collapsing The shadow of the cross hangsover them Night had fallenThat shortsentence takes us right to the heart of the events we remember this week Jesuswas born in the night and now he goes to his death in the night The reasonJesus has come is to enter into human darkness and despair for it is out ofdarkness that the light of His love will shine brightestFrom thedarkness of betrayal Jesus will reconcile God and humanity and through Hisblood restore right relationship between the creator and those whom he madeFrom the darkness of the cross Jesus will destroy sin and death because by takingit into Himself it will be absorbed by Gods love and defeated for ever Fromthe darkness of the tomb Jesus will burst forth to bring about a new creationthe triumph of love the triumph of lightOf course thissaving work will not come to full completion until He returns in glory Westill live in a world of darkness a world where terrible things can happen aswe have seen recently in Brussels and Paris and Istanbul a world where there isbetrayal and denial and faithlessness But because of the triumph of Easter wenow can say two things First we havea God who accompanies us through the darkness Wherever there is pain and sinand suffering the God of the cross is present Jesus is with the people ofBrussels as they live through pain just as he is with all who cry out to himin anguishAnd second wehave a God who has won the final victory who has dispelled the night with theeternal light of a new day The tomb is empty Christ has triumphed The reignof darkness and sin cannot endure for Jesus has risen and all in the end willbe glory Now we know that only love can winThis Easter wewill pray for the people of Brussels But even as we do so we will dare tospeak the language of hope For Christ is risen and the power of darkness andsin has been dispelled with the light of a new day Happy Easterto you allRonnie SemleyMarch 24 2016nbspnbsp

Lancashire Royal Maundy Recipients prepare to meet The Queen

Four elderly men and women from Lancashire are preparing for one of the biggest days of their lives as they prepare to meet Her Majesty The Queen today Thursday to be presented with Maundy Money at The Royal Maundy service at St Georges Chapel WindsornbspEvery year on Maundy Thursday Her Majesty distributes the special coins to men and women aged 70 and over to mark their Christian service They are nominated by their local Church of England Dioceses nbspThe 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 Friday The number of nominated recipients is equal to the age of Her Majesty in the year the Maundy Money is being presented This year 90 men and 90 women will receive the honournbspWhen she ascended to the throne in 1952 Her Majesty was the first monarch to break with tradition and take the Maundy Thursday service around the country to the great Cathedrals Previous monarchs had always presented Maundy Money in London or at Windsor nbspIn 2014 The Royal Maundy service came to Blackburn Cathedral All the recipients that year came from the Diocese of Blackburn as is now the tradition when the service takes place in one of the regional cathedralsnbspHowever every few years The Royal Maundy service returns to London or Windsor and each Diocese around the country nominates a small selection of recipients Blackburn Diocese The Church of England in Lancashire has nominated four recipients three Anglican and one ecumenical recipient from The Methodist ChurchnbspThe four recipients will meet The Queen and receive their Maundy Money in St Georges Chapel Windsor which has been the venue for many Royal baptisms and weddingsnbspAll the recipients were taken by surprise when they learned they were to receive the honour All of them are excited and looking forward to a day to remember The four recipients are nbspMiss Pamela Pam Goode of Forton near LancasterCanon George Moore of Lytham St AnnesMiss Margaret Mason of FreckletonRev Canon Paul Warren of Silverdale CarnforthnbspnbspPam Goode 90 has had an eventful life initially working as a youngster on farms in Westmorland She later studied for a degree in Agriculture at Newcastle University and eventually moved to AfricanbspPam helped to develop a small farm at a girls school near Kampala Uganda She spent 20 years in East Africa involved with smallscale subsistence farming training women in agriculture and developing research in the use and value of locally available plants A FarmDiet scheme she developed is still in use today Pam returned to the UK in the early 70s and she then pursued an academic career before retiring in 1993nbspSpeaking this week Pam said I was absolutely amazed to be nominated for this honour Although we are the same age I have never met The Queen before nbspIm sure it will be a lovely day with a special reception for all the recipients at Windsor Castle after the service which I am also looking forward tonbspThe Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson knows Pam well and has written a profile of her lifenbspAt 90 Pam is the same age as Her Majesty Writing in his article Bishop Geoff said Its not easy for The Queen to meet someone who parallels her service to others I humbly suggest that Pam Goode comes nearer than mostnbspGeorge Moore 77 is organist and choirmaster at Lytham St John Church and was the Diocesan Property Manager for many years In retirement he has remained busy and as well as his organist and choirmaster duties he is also the Diocesan Clergy WidowsWidowers OfficernbspAlthough living in retirement on the Fylde Coast George grew up in East Lancashire attending St Stephens Church in Little Harwood He was later the organist and choirmaster of St Silas BlackburnnbspCommenting on his honour George said To get the letter from Buckingham Palace with the news was a big surprise I attended the service at Blackburn Cathedral as a guest when Her Majesty presented Maundy Money there in 2014 but I never imagined I would be receiving the honour myself just two years laternbspI have always been interested in the Royal Family and I love to collect Royal memorabilia nbspAs a choirmaster organist and Royalist I am looking forward to the day immensely as much for the wonderful music as for receiving Maundy Money and meeting The Queen I am always stirred whenever I hear the National AnthemnbspMargaret Mason from Freckleton is the Dioceses ecumenical nomination for The Royal Maundy She attends Freckleton Methodist church where she has worshipped all her life and plays the organ The church was where her parents and grandparents also worshipped nbspMargaret is still very active and has run her wellknown eponymous florists in Friargate Preston for an amazing 55 years She has no plans to retire in fact her business is still expandingnbspGiving her reaction to getting the letter about The Royal Maundy from Buckingham Palace Margaret said I didnt believe it when I first opened the letter from the Palace It took a while to sink innbspI have run my florist business for 55 years now and have recently opened up a new store I get up every day at 5am and have no intention of retiringnbspI have also played the organ all my life and took over as organist at the church where I grew up when I was 14nbspThe final recipient from the Diocese of Blackburn is Rev Canon Paul Warren With 50 years in the role Rev Warren is the longest serving priest in Blackburn Diocese He is currently Priestin Charge of Silverdale St John where he also livesnbspHe began as a Curate at Lancaster Priory in 1967 and was later the Anglican Chaplain of Lancaster University from 1970 1978 and the first Principal of Grizedale College nbspLater Canon Warren moved to be Vicar of Langho in 1978 and then in 1983 he was appointed as Bishops Chaplain to then Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Stewart Cross and was also Chaplain to Whalley Abbey Later appointments were Rector of Standish St Wilfrid from 1988 to 2001nbsphis father was vicar of St Andrews Springfield in Wigan when Paul was born andnbsphis rectorship of Standish for 14 years was a time of great blessingnbsphe laid the foundation stone to the Parish Hall Paul was then PriestinCharge of Silverdale St John from 2001 From 2008 to 2014 he was also Area Dean of Tunstall DeanerynbspCanon Warren said I am amazed and thrilled to be receiving this honour I guess being the longest active and serving priest in the Diocese has helpednbspIt is 50 years since I was ordained and I still love my job I have enjoyed every one of my posts and to be meeting Her Majesty to receive this special honour really is the icing on the cake for menbspSpeaking in advance of The Royal Maundy service today at Windsor Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said I congratulate all the recipients of Maundy Money this year who have been nominated from our Diocese We all have fond memories of the marvellous visit by Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh to our Maundy Service at Blackburn Cathedral in 2014nbspThe recipients that day were all proud and delighted to be meeting The Queen and receiving the unique coins that are struck specially by The Royal Mint for this important annual servicenbspMaundy Thursday is an important part of any Christians preparation for Easter and The Queen has always conducted her Maundy responsibilities with great devotionnbspI am sure that the visit to Windsor for this special occasion will be a deeply personal and moving experience for all the nominees from our Diocese and I hope and pray they have a memorable day

Christian Aid Lent Campaign continues

For Christians around the world Lent is a time of reflection selfexamination and thinking of others In Bangladesh these include people battling the disastrous effects of climate changenbspBangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world with 160 million inhabitants of whom four fifths live on less than 2 a day Eighty per cent of the population live in rural areas depending largely on agriculture to make ends meetnbspThe country is also prone to natural disasters such as floods cyclones and droughts which with poor environmental management as well as corruption and poor governance make life for most very hard indeednbspFor communities whose homes perch precariously on the bank of the Brahmaputra known locally as the whimsical river life is an ongoing battle against frequent flooding Nearly five years ago Joynal along with his wife and three children fled their home due to flooding They set up home on a sandy lowlying plain with next to nothing just their singleroomed bamboo house and a goat Without fertile soil they failed to grow food to eat and survived on just 66pnbspper daynbspWithout a means to earn a living in their rural neighbourhood Joynal was forced to leave his loved ones behind for a year and undertake backbreaking work in Dhaka as a day labourer earning 166 for 16 hours work In one month he saved just 12 Joynal slept on the side of the road often phoning his wife in tears and unable to send muchneeded money home to buy food to feed his childrennbspThroughout Lent we are asking you to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings inspired by daily opportunities to give act and pray for communities like Joynals nbspTo order you copy either ring the NW office on 01925 573 769 or download a copy from httpwwwchristianaidorgukgetinvolvedlentcountyourblessingsindexaspx both an adult and childrens version is available nbspWith the support of Christian Aid and its partner GUK Joynal and his family are now thriving nbspJoynal no longer works away in Dhaka and now works on his own land with his wife They have been taught how to grow new resilient crops providing muchneeded nutritious food for their family Their house and land has been raised to keep them safe from the flood waters They were also given enough money so they could buy a cow and another goat as well as training in how to care for livestock nbspWith new assets homegrown vegetables from their own land and new found respect within the community Joynal can think more positively about the future Thank you for enabling this work to happen through your churches support nbspFor more information visit wwwchristianaidorguklent nbspnbsp

National CofE 'Church Planting' Expert praises Diocese's Vision 2026 work

A nationallyrenowned expert in church planting has praised the Diocese of Blackburn for being at the forefront of national work to grow the Church as it continues forward with Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspBishop Ric Thorpe was speaking after leading a seminar in Lancaster on church plantingWATCH Video of Bishop Ric speaking after seminarVIEW Pictures taken at the event in a Flickr albumVideo and pictures by the Diocesan Communications Manager Ronnie SemleynbspBishop Ric was the Bishop of Londons Adviser for Church Planting from 2012 to 2015 In May 2015 he was announced as the new Suffragan Bishop for the appropriately revived See of Islington a See being the name given to the area of a Bishops jurisdiction and was given the role of the Diocese of Londons Bishop for church plants nbspIn that role however although based in London he has been freed from local responsibilities to work with the whole of the Church of EnglandnbspThe Church is still growing in London and Bishop Ric is helping to pursue their Capital Vision of 100 new worshipping communitiesnbspMeanwhile one of the aims of Vision 2026 is to plant 50 new congregations across the County over the next decade hence the invitation to Bishop Ric to share his expertisenbspHis seminar was hosted by St Thomas Church in Lancaster yesterday Monday It was attended by representatives of churches from across Lancashire alongside members of the Diocese of Blackburn Bishops Leadership TeamThere was a lot of media interest in the event with both national station Premier Christian Radio and BBC Radio Lancashire carrying out interviews This is a link to the story and audio for Premier and the Radio Lancashire material will should be available via iPlayer here from around midday on Sunday March 27 Meanwhile this story about the event featured in the Lancashire Evening Post and The Visitor newspapersnbspBishop Rics experience has taught him that a number of different planting models are needed that cover the range of churchmanship or styles of worshipnbspIn his seminar the Bishop explained that at its core the approach needed was honouring the past navigating change in the present and building for the future nbspDuring the day he outlined various ways to plant new churches and the proven processes used to do it effectively in other parts of the countrynbspBishop Ric said I was delighted to receive the invitation to Lancashire to deliver this seminar on a subject close to my heartnbspThe Church of England as a whole is getting to grips with some challenging statistics about current church attendance and will be adjusting its approach in the coming years Church planting is an important part of the work to turn the tidenbspToday has been great with around 80 people really engaging with the question about how they can start new worshipping communities Its been exciting to see the creativity the momentum and the energy in the room Church leaders here are really up for stepping out and doing something newnbspWhat is going on here is part of something national where more and more Dioceses are starting to think about new ways to grow and reach people in new placesnbspBlackburn Diocese has been at the forefront of that work with your desire to have 50 new worshipping communities by 2026 Its a fantastic goal and if you are intentional about achieving this with Gods help then you willnbspHear Bishop Ric talking about the seminar and the work of our Diocesenbspon our YouTube channel herenbspThe Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson is responsible for the area of Vision 2026 that will take forward the pledge for 50 new congregationsnbspBishop Geoff invited Bishop Ric to the County and is delighted he was able to accept He said The coming decade will be one of the most exciting periods in the history of the Diocese of Blackburn which will celebrate its centenary in 2026nbspI am pleased Bishop Ric was able to be here to share his wisdom with us As well as people from parishes across the Diocese the entire Bishops Leadership Team was also present to hear firsthand about the ways in which a church planting strategy can be effectively implemented The Bishops Leadership Team also met separately with Bishop Ric after the seminar to have a further discussionnbspnbspRonnie Semley23032016nbsp

Chrism Mass - Tarleton Holy Trinity

Chrism MassnbspTarleton Holy TrinitynbspOn Sunday 20 March 2016 at 6pmnbsp

New Deputy Director for Diocesan Board of Education

Sam Johnson from Clitheroe brings a wealth of knowledge and skill from his current post to this role and will have a specific brief for the school buildings in the Diocese as well as a shared strategic overview of the Board of Educations work in all areasnbspHis appointment was welcomed today by the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson and the Director of Education Stephen WhittakernbspFor 12 years Sam has worked at the University of Cumbria or a predecessor institution in Strategic Planning Policy and Performance nbspWorking with Senior Managers and University Board Members he has helped develop implement and monitor the Universitys Vision and Mission and translate that into Corporate Strategies and Strategic Plans nbspIn addition Sam comes to the diocese with knowledge and experience of managing teams as well as strategic projects and programmes nbspSam is currently the Chair of the Association of Managers in Higher Education and has been a primary school governor for the past seven years nbspHe is also part of the Ministry team of St James Clitheroe having been a Licensed Lay Reader for three years He also served on the PCC for seven yearsnbspSam is married to Judi and they have two children Isaac 12 and Reuben 11 He will start work on April 11nbspSpeaking today Sam said I am delighted to have been appointed the Deputy Director of Education for the Diocese nbspThis is an exciting time to become involved in the work of the Board of Education and the Diocese as a whole as we work towards implementing Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspI am really looking forward to starting in April to meeting the team and getting to know everyone and to begin working with our schools and churches nbspI want to try and meet as many people as possible as early as possible to better understand how I and the Board of Education as a whole can best support the great work which already takes place across the DiocesenbspCommenting on the appointment Bishop Julian said Sams range of experience makes him ideal to be the Deputy Director of our excellent Board of Education as it serves the parishes Anglican and Methodist schools in our area I look forward to working with himnbspDirector of Education Stephen Whittaker added Sam brings a wealth of knowledge and skill from his current post to the role of Deputy DirectornbspHe will have a specific brief for the school buildings in the Diocese as well as shared strategic overview of the Board of Educations work in all areas including our work with the range of organisations who seek to shape children and young people in the faith in our DiocesenbspThe whole Board of Education team is excited to be welcoming himnbspnbspRonnie Semley18032016nbsp

Lancashire's Cathedral to welcome Northcote's new venture

The team behind Northcote the Michelin starred restaurant and luxury hotel are to open a caf in Blackburn Cathedrals iconic new Cathedral Court Building which forms part of the new 30 million Cathedral Quarter developmentnbspCelebrity chef Nigel Haworth and business partner Craig Bancroft are behind the venture called Caf Northcote that it is hoped will see thousands of visitors flocking to the new high quality developmentnbspThe 78cover caf in the new Cathedral building facing into Cathedral Square will see around 15 jobs created along with two apprentice posts and where possible it is intended that those recruited will be local peoplenbspIn addition there will be a partnership with Blackburn College for work placements and training opportunitiesnbspThe eatery will be the jewel in the crown of Cathedral Court where accommodation is being provided for Cathedral staff in what is the first new complete set of Cathedral domestic buildings to be built for 600 yearsnbspThe building which is nearing completion will provide offices conference rooms and a library surrounding a landscaped cloister garth as well as the newly named Walsingham Hall from which Caf Northcote will look out on to the large square built for large events and festivalsnbspIt is intended that the project in partnership with Blackburn Cathedral and backed by both Blackburn with Darwen Council and Lancashire Enterprise Partnership LEP will be a Beacon for the best of Lancashire and focus on local food craftsmanship creativity and artisanshipnbspNorthcote recently won the UKs Best Restaurant outside London in the Food and Travel Reader Awards and also Lancashire Lifes Hotel Restaurant of the YearnbspThe Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong Dean of Blackburn said Hospitality has been and continues to be central to the Cathedrals ministrynbspThis new partnership with Northcote shows a commitment to excellence and will make the Cathedral even more attractive as a destination for visitors throughout the region and beyondnbspNigel Haworth Northcote said We are delighted to finally be working in partnership with Lancashires Cathedral to create a new and vibrant caf concept championing local produce and Blackburns heritage nbspWe look forward to new exciting times expanding the Northcote brand into Blackburn and being part of bringing this incredible Cathedral Quarter development to lifenbspBlackburn with Darwen Councils Executive Member for Regeneration Councillor Phil Riley added Were absolutely delighted that Northcote will be opening this fantastic new venture in Blackburn We think it will be a perfect fit for the Cathedral Quarter development where weve always aimed to make sure that it is of the highest quality modern and welcomingnbspnbspRonnie Semley23032016nbsp

Get ready for Vision 2026 @ the Guild Hall!

The latest exciting milestone in the Dioceses Vision 2026 journey isalmost upon usVision 2026 The Guild Hall on May 10 at 730pm will be acelebration of all that has happened so far regarding the Vision as well asbeing a moment to reflect before moving forwardThe event will have four key aims The first is to formallyadmit all the churchwardens at one time and in one place instead of the usualround of Visitations across the County The second is to commission all of theVision Champions nominated to date by parishes across Lancashire The Champions role is to keep the Vision centrestage intheir local settings over the next decade There is still time for parishes to nominate their Vision Champions email details to Vision Coordinator Dave Champness via davechampnessblackburnanglicanorg or visionblackburnanglicanorg Currently more than 50 per cent of parishes have nominated someone to the role which is fantasticThe third aim of the Guild Hall event is to Commission the Deanery Coordinators forthe Crossroads mission event in September this year and the fourth aim will be for everyone to make ageneral commitment to working together for our Vision 2026Due to logistics of space the evening is by invitation onlyand it is expected that nearly 2000 people churchwardens championscoordinators alongside supporting clergy and parish representatives willpack The Guild Hall in Preston for 90 minutes of worship praise andcelebrationEight spaces have been allocated to every parish but you need to book via the Eventbrite website Go to this page of the Diocesan website for more details and the Eventbrite linkA full report about Vision 2026 The Guild Hall will appear on the Diocesan website and aforthcoming edition of Diocesan magazine The See as well We expect the event one of the largestChristian gatherings in the County this year will also feature prominently inthe local and regional media as well as national church pressDuring April and May the Vision Champions have also beeninvited to a series of initial getting to know you evenings at the residencesof Bishop Geoff and Bishop Philip where they can chat with the Bishops meetour new Vision Coordinator Dave Champness and network

Lancashire date for well known church planting expert, Bishop Ric Thorpe

A nationallyrenowned expert in church planting is coming to Lancashire next week to impart his knowledge as the Diocese of Blackburn continues forward with Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspBishop Ric Thorpe was the Bishop of Londons Adviser for Church Planting from 2012 to 2015 Bishop Ric will be at St Thomas Church in Lancaster for a seminar on March 21 from 1045am to 3pm which is open to people from all parishes in LancashirenbspIn May 2015 Bishop Ric was announced as the new Suffragan Bishop for the appropriately revived See of Islingtona See being the name given to the area of a Bishops jurisdiction and was given the role of the Diocese of Londons Bishop for church plants nbspIn that role however although based in London he has been freed from local responsibilities to work with the whole of the Church of England hence the invitation from Blackburn Diocese to share his knowledge at the special event in MarchnbspThe Church is still growing in London and Bishop Ric is helping to pursue their Capital Vision of 100 new worshipping communitiesnbspMeanwhile the Diocese of Blackburn is now pursuing its own strategy Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspThe Vision will be the focus for everything the Diocese does for the next decade One of its key aims is a pledge to plant 50 new congregations between now and 2026nbspVision 2026 commits The Church of England in Lancashire to making disciples being witnesses and growing leaders helping all church communities in Lancashire to be as healthy as possible so they can work collectively to share the good news of the Christian Faith far and wide You can find out more about Vision 2026 by visiting httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and exploring the Visionrelated content under the Home menu nbspBishop Rics experience in London has taught him that a number of different planting models are needed that cover the range of churchmanship or styles of worship So in his Church Planting seminar on March 21 he will help the Diocese to honour the past navigate change and build for the futurenbspSpeaking today Bishop Ric said I was delighted to receive the invitation to Lancashire to deliver this seminar on a subject close to my heartnbspThe Church of England as a whole is getting to grips with some challenging statistics about current church attendance and will be adjusting its approach in the coming years Church planting is an important part of the work to turn the tide and Blackburn Diocese is at the forefront with its new Vision 2026nbspI am looking forward to coming and will be praying that God will inspire all those who attendnbspThe Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson is responsible for the area of Vision 2026 that will take forward the pledge for 50 new congregations in Lancashire by 2026nbspBishop Geoff invited Bishop Ric to the County and is delighted he was able to accept He said today The coming decade will with Gods help be one of the most exciting periods in the history of the Diocese of Blackburn which will celebrate its centenary in 2026nbspWith Vision 2026 to spur us on we hope our centenary year will be a yearlong opportunity to give thanks to God for the many blessings we are praying for in the coming years including at least 50 new congregationsnbspI am pleased Bishop Ric is able to be here on March 21 to share his wisdom with us As well as people from parishes across the Diocese the entire Bishops Leadership Team will also be attending the seminar to hear firsthand about the ways in which a church planting strategy can be effectively implementednbspThe event is free but everyone attending has to register Contact Judith Henderson Bishop Geoffs secretary at bishoplancastergmailcomto register or telephone 01524 799900nbspnbspRonnie Semley16032016nbsp

Bishop's Harvest Appeal total up for second year running

When tallied the figure for the 2015 appeal was 27791 and as Holy Week approaches this money will now be distributed to Christian Aid and Tearfund It is 4701 more than the 2014 totalnbspAppeal organiser Arton Medd from the Diocesan World Development Group said today Im delighted to say this total means that Christian Aid will receive a cheque for around 18000 for its work with malnourished children in Colombia and Tearfund will receive some 9000 for agricultural development in MalawinbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson thanked all the churches and schools taking part in the Appeal as well as the team from the World Development Group working behind the scenes to make it all happennbspBishop Julian added I am very pleased my second Appeal since taking over as Bishop in 2013 has seen a further increase on the amount of money raised in 2014 which was itself an increase from 2013s totalnbspThe final figure of 27791 represents generous giving by many in a good number of our schools and parishes Others too have raised significant amounts for other harvestrelated charitiesnbspA video about the people the Appeal will help is available to view on the Diocesan YouTube channel The video showing the plight of a five year old girl named Marcia was an important tool to promote the Appeal and was seen in many churches around the Diocese nbspMeanwhile plans are already underway for this years Bishops Harvest Appeal nbspArton Medd outlined the beneficiaries saying The chosen major partner from Christian Aid for 2016 is Soluciones Practica an organisation in Bolivia that enables people affected by flooding to begin farming againnbspThe minor partner is Tariro working with orphan children in Zimbabwe Two of their projects include teaching crop growing and chicken farming to young peoplenbspMore details about the 2016 Appeal will be circulated later in the yearnbspnbspRonnie Semley18032016nbspnbsp

Lenten Course - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeynbspEvery Wednesday from 17 February tonbsp16 March 2016 at 730pmnbspLenten Course The Abbey organised by St Marys Parish ChurchnbspAll welcomenbspnbspPlease contact 01254 824679 for further detailsnbspnbspnbsp

1000+ hear about plans for 'Crossroads' and Vision 2026

More than 1000 people have attended special Deanery preparation evenings held across Lancashire in advance of an exciting mission event in September this year involving 27 Bishops from northern Dioceses of The Church of England CofE and the Archbishop of York The Most Rev Dr John SentamunbspThe Crossroads mission will take place from September 811 and all CofE parishes and schools will be involved Crossroads 2016 will be a key element this year of the Dioceses new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspA total of 14 Deanery evenings were held to support parishes as they begin planning their local Crossroads events Organised by the Diocesan Parish Mission Support Department they set out to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission nbspMembers of the Bishops Leadership Team including Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North and Archdeacon Michael Everitt Archdeacon of Lancaster attended and spoke at the eventsnbspEach evening included space for discussions questions and comment as well as advice about effectively maximising the opportunities for mission which Crossroads 2016 presents Everyone who attended received a special booklet to take home also available here on the Diocesan website which is packed with useful ideasnbspLeader of the Diocesan Parish Mission Support Department Rev David Banbury who lives in Leyland said I am excited by the enthusiasm for Crossroads and Vision 2026nbspHearing positive feedback about what is happening already in churches across the Diocese is tremendously encouraging and excitingnbspAlready we have had commitment from 27 Bishops to attend Crossroads 2016 but as was demonstrated by the first Crossroads in Sheffield in 2015 the most important part of the event will be ordinary Christians church members inviting friends and familynbspIndeed some of our practical exercises at the Deanery events revealed many people found God through ordinary fellow church membersnbspPeople are excited about the prospect of being involved in something small scale in one way from a local perspective but part of something much bigger at the same time as we all work together to make Gods Word real to people across LancashirenbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson added The Deanery evenings were an important staging post on our journey towards Crossroads giving parishes a chance to find out more about how they can get involved at the same time as being given practical advice and ideasnbspThe Crossroads mission will also be a key moment for us as part of Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities marking the point when we move decisively from a year of prayer and preparation to direct engagement with the challenges we have set ourselves for the coming decade of making disciples being witnesses and growing leadersnbspI am delighted so many people were able to attend the Deanery evenings and I look forward to four days of courageous and faithfilled mission work across Lancashire from September 8 to 11nbspnbspnbspFor more on Crossroads including resources and advice click herenbspWatch a highlights video of the Deanery evening on our YouTube channel herenbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley16032016nbspnbsp

Christian Aid Lent Campaign continues

For Christians around the world Lent is a time of reflection selfexamination and thinking of others In Bangladesh these include people battling the disastrous effects of climate changenbspBangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world with 160 million inhabitants of whom four fifths live on less than 2 a day Eighty per cent of the population live in rural areas depending largely on agriculture to make ends meetnbspThe country is also prone to natural disasters such as floods cyclones and droughts which with poor environmental management as well as corruption and poor governance make life for most very hard indeednbspFor communities whose homes perch precariously on the bank of the Brahmaputra known locally as the whimsical river life is an ongoing battle against frequent flooding Nearly five years ago Joynal along with his wife and three children fled their home due to flooding They set up home on a sandy lowlying plain with next to nothing just their singleroomed bamboo house and a goat Without fertile soil they failed to grow food to eat and survived on just 66pnbspper daynbspWithout a means to earn a living in their rural neighbourhood Joynal was forced to leave his loved ones behind for a year and undertake backbreaking work in Dhaka as a day labourer earning 166 for 16 hours work In one month he saved just 12 Joynal slept on the side of the road often phoning his wife in tears and unable to send muchneeded money home to buy food to feed his childrennbspThroughout Lent we are asking you to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings inspired by daily opportunities to give act and pray for communities like Joynals nbspTo order you copy either ring the NW office on 01925 573 769 or download a copy from httpwwwchristianaidorgukgetinvolvedlentcountyourblessingsindexaspx both an adult and childrens version is available nbspWith the support of Christian Aid and its partner GUK Joynal and his family are now thriving nbspJoynal no longer works away in Dhaka and now works on his own land with his wife They have been taught how to grow new resilient crops providing muchneeded nutritious food for their family Their house and land has been raised to keep them safe from the flood waters They were also given enough money so they could buy a cow and another goat as well as training in how to care for livestock nbspWith new assets homegrown vegetables from their own land and new found respect within the community Joynal can think more positively about the future Thank you for enabling this work to happen through your churches support nbspFor more information visit wwwchristianaidorguklent nbspnbsp

On the way with Luke - Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study

On the Way with Luke is an interactive Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study which will be held in the Cathedral during Lent and Easter nbspThis willnbspalso be available as an illustrated booklet and in pdf form It concentrates on the texts that are found only in Luke and which occur in the Year C Lectionary nbspIt uses Lukes Gospel in support of developing Christian witness discipleship and leadership and is a resource that can be used in Lent or at any other time in the year It complements other resources produced by the Diocese of Blackburn nbspThe sessions at the Cathedral are on Wednesdays 17 and 24 February 2 9 andnbsp16 March 6 andnbsp13 April 2016 nbspFor further details please contact the Revd Canon Dr Ian Stockton at IanStocktonblackburncathedralcouknbspnbsp

Lancashire Clergyman takes on new Diocesan role

Rev Canon Andrew Holliday Rector of Standish St Wilfrid has been appointed as the new Warden of Readers for The Church of England in LancashirenbspHe will remain as Rector while carrying out his new dutiesnbspThe Warden of Readers is an important Diocesan appointment and involves working with a team of volunteers to support Reader ministry Readers are not ordained but exercise a vital ministry in the Church nbspThey are licensed to preach teach and lead worship and they also work in a huge variety of other roles including pastoral work For more information about Readers click here and herenbspAndrew will take on the Warden role in a voluntary capacity at the same time as modelling greater use of local Readers to support his own parish while he fulfils his new responsibilitiesnbspSpeaking today the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North welcomed the appointment and said Andrew has enormous gifts and enthusiasm to bring to this area of work and will be able to work with some very enthusiastic Readers involved in various aspects including inservice training for ReadersnbspPart of our new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities looks to develop lay ministry to be as effective as possible and Andrew and his team will play a vital role in making this happennbspAt the same time Bishop Philip thanked Mandy Stanton from the Discipleship and Ministry Department at the Diocesan Offices in Blackburn for the work she has done as the previous Warden of ReadersnbspThe change is being made to free up some of Mandys time for other areas of work including work for the new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities related to Discipleship and Growing LeadersnbspAndrew will take over the post shortly as part of a phased handover alongside Mandy nbspHe said Warden of Readers is a strategic role discerning and enabling Readers in the Diocese and working in a shared and collaborative way to encourage ministry in parishes in partnership with clergynbspI have a passion for collaborative ministry so I was honoured to be asked to take on this rolenbspMandy who lives in Fulwood near Preston said today I have enjoyed my 2 years as Warden of Readers in the Diocese and I wish Andrew well as he takes on his new role Meanwhile I am looking forward to exciting challenges supporting the Diocesan Vision 2026nbspnbspRonnie Semley14032016nbsp

Step Forward Event - Bishopthorpe Palace, York

Step ForwardnbspSaturday 12 March 201611am to 4pmnbspBishopthorpe PalaceYorknbspA Day Conference for those aged 1830nbspStep Forward event at Bishopthorpenbspnurtures young vocations via emailwebtwitter to parishes and clergy in the Diocese of BlackburnnbspPlease clicknbspthe electronic flyer for Step Forwardnbspnbspnbspnbsp

DAC

DACnbspFriday 11 March 2016nbspHeld at Clayton House Diocesan Offices Blackburnnbspat 2pmnbspnbspnbsp

On the way with Luke - Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study

On the Way with Luke is an interactive Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study which will be held in the Cathedral during Lent and Easter nbspThis willnbspalso be available as an illustrated booklet and in pdf form It concentrates on the texts that are found only in Luke and which occur in the Year C Lectionary nbspIt uses Lukes Gospel in support of developing Christian witness discipleship and leadership and is a resource that can be used in Lent or at any other time in the year It complements other resources produced by the Diocese of Blackburn nbspThe sessions at the Cathedral are on Wednesdays 17 and 24 February 2 9 andnbsp16 March 6 andnbsp13 April 2016 nbspFor further details please contact the Revd Canon Dr Ian Stockton at IanStocktonblackburncathedralcouknbspnbsp

Christian Aid Lent Campaign continues

For Christians around the world Lent is a time of reflection selfexamination and thinking of others In Bangladesh these include people battling the disastrous effects of climate changenbspBangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world with 160 million inhabitants of whom four fifths live on less than 2 a day Eighty per cent of the population live in rural areas depending largely on agriculture to make ends meetnbspThe country is also prone to natural disasters such as floods cyclones and droughts which with poor environmental management as well as corruption and poor governance make life for most very hard indeednbspFor communities whose homes perch precariously on the bank of the Brahmaputra known locally as the whimsical river life is an ongoing battle against frequent flooding Nearly five years ago Joynal along with his wife and three children fled their home due to flooding They set up home on a sandy lowlying plain with next to nothing just their singleroomed bamboo house and a goat Without fertile soil they failed to grow food to eat and survived on just 66pnbspper daynbspWithout a means to earn a living in their rural neighbourhood Joynal was forced to leave his loved ones behind for a year and undertake backbreaking work in Dhaka as a day labourer earning 166 for 16 hours work In one month he saved just 12 Joynal slept on the side of the road often phoning his wife in tears and unable to send muchneeded money home to buy food to feed his childrennbspThroughout Lent we are asking you to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings inspired by daily opportunities to give act and pray for communities like Joynals nbspTo order you copy either ring the NW office on 01925 573 769 or download a copy from httpwwwchristianaidorgukgetinvolvedlentcountyourblessingsindexaspx both an adult and childrens version is available nbspWith the support of Christian Aid and its partner GUK Joynal and his family are now thriving nbspJoynal no longer works away in Dhaka and now works on his own land with his wife They have been taught how to grow new resilient crops providing muchneeded nutritious food for their family Their house and land has been raised to keep them safe from the flood waters They were also given enough money so they could buy a cow and another goat as well as training in how to care for livestock nbspWith new assets homegrown vegetables from their own land and new found respect within the community Joynal can think more positively about the future Thank you for enabling this work to happen through your churches support nbspFor more information visit wwwchristianaidorguklent nbspnbsp

Lenten Course - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeynbspEvery Wednesday from 17 February tonbsp16 March 2016 at 730pmnbspLenten Course The Abbey organised by St Marys Parish ChurchnbspAll welcomenbspnbspPlease contact 01254 824679 for further detailsnbspnbspnbsp

Retreat Day - Firm Roots Cancer Support

Retreat DaynbspSaturday 5 March 2016nbsp10am to 4pmnbspDon Orione Centre2 Walthew Green off School LaneRoby MillNr Up HollandLancashireWN8 0QTnbspA 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 amp be encouraged nbspFor further information andor to book a place please CLICK HEREnbspnbsp

Retreat Day for people affected by cancer

Firm Roots Cancer Support is a Christian organisation offering prayerspiritual support to people affected by cancer and their familiesnbspAnyone affected by cancer or supporting someone through it is welcome to book onto our ecumenical Retreat DaynbspThe next FIRM ROOTS RETREAT DAY will take place on SATURDAY 5th MARCH 2016 10am4pm at Don Orione Farmhouse Roby Mill Lancashire WN8 0QTThe retreats are a mixture of worshipmusic prayer quiet space to pray and reflect chance to share with others on a similar journey and be encouraged Find out more about Firm Roots and past retreats at wwwfirmrootsorguk

Sanctuary: Hidden Treasure - Blackburn Cathedral

nbspnbspnbspnbspSanctuary is about getting together its about having fun its about meeting new people and trying new things its about sharing Good News its about creative prayer and its about wholehearted worship Sanctuary happens each spring what its about stays the same however the activities timings and theme differ Sanctuary is for all young people aged 11 15nbsp nbspFor 2016 our theme is Sanctuary Hidden Treasure What do you treasure Who treasures you What are you worth Get Saturday March 5th in your diary Blackburn Cathedral from 2pm 10pm Start thinking about which friends youd like to invite Get ready to unearth treasure nbspThe kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field Matthew 1344anbspFor more information please visit nbsphttpsanctuaryeventscouknbspTo watch the PromotionalnbspVideo please click herenbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Marriage and Engaged Encounter - Thornleigh, Grange over Sands

Marriage and Engaged Encounter in the UK is a charitable organisation attached to the Church of England and with Episcopal oversight nbspThey run two kinds of weekends one to help couples preparing for marriage and the other to support couples within their marriages and these are free apart from a small booking fee nbspFrom 46 March they are running a Marriage Encounter weekend in Grange over Sands nbspFor more information visit their websitehttpwwwmarriageencounterorguknbspwhere you will also find information about similar events taking place at other times of the year but in different parts of the countrynbspMarriage and Engaged Encounter Leaflet for ENGAGEDnbspMarriage and Engaged Encounter Leaflet for MARRIAGEnbspnbsp

Church of England prayers for Mothering Sunday, 6 March 2016

nbspThree prayers for Mothering Sunday have been released today by The Church of EnglandnbspLoving GodThank you for mums and childrenand for all the joy of family lifeBe with those who are grieving because they have no motherBe close to those who are struggling because they have no childrenBe near to those who are sad because they are far apart from those they loveLet your love be present in every homeAnd help your church to have eyes to see and ears to hear the needs of all who comeWe ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our LordAmenThank you God for the love of our mothersthank you God for their care and concernthank you God for the joys they have shared with usthank you God for the pains they have borne for usthank you God for all that they give usthrough Jesus Christ our LordAmenJesus like a mother you gather your people to youyou are gentle with us as a mother with her childrenDespair turns to hope through your sweet goodnessthrough your gentleness we find comfort in fearYour warmth gives life to the deadyour touch makes sinners righteousLord Jesus in your mercy heal usin your love and tenderness remake usIn your compassion bring grace and forgivenessfor the beauty of heaven may your love prepare usAnselm 1109 nbspnbspFor the illustrations to each of the Prayers please click on the link belownbspPrayer N 1nbspPrayer N 2nbspPrayer N 3nbspnbspnbspnbsp

Valley Jobs Fair - Christ Church, Bacup

The Bacup Jobs Fair is being hosted by Christ Church Bacup as an opportunity for those who are unemployed or wanting to look for new employment nbspThere will be training session for writing CVs or developing interview techniques nbspThere will be a variety of companies at the event offering live vacancies along with training colleges offering educational opportunities nbspAs a church we get to offer people hope and we are glad to be a place where people can discover hope

On the way with Luke - Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study

On the Way with Luke is an interactive Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study which will be held in the Cathedral during Lent and Easter nbspThis willnbspalso be available as an illustrated booklet and in pdf form It concentrates on the texts that are found only in Luke and which occur in the Year C Lectionary nbspIt uses Lukes Gospel in support of developing Christian witness discipleship and leadership and is a resource that can be used in Lent or at any other time in the year It complements other resources produced by the Diocese of Blackburn nbspThe sessions at the Cathedral are on Wednesdays 17 and 24 February 2 9 andnbsp16 March 6 andnbsp13 April 2016 nbspFor further details please contact the Revd Canon Dr Ian Stockton at IanStocktonblackburncathedralcouknbspnbsp

Bishop speaks at major Evangelism Consultation Day in York

The Archbishop of Yorks Office at Bishopthorpe Palace yesterday welcomed 76 delegates from most of the Dioceses in the Church of England including the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North for an Evangelism Consultation Day focused on urban estate mission across the Church of EnglandnbspBishop Philip delivered a keynote address expanding on a recent speech on estates evangelism he gave at The Church of England General Synod in February nbspThe Rev Dr Malcolm Brown Director of Mission amp Public Affairs said On many urban estates social issues of generational unemployment related poverty lack of educational aspiration all of which are present elsewhere become magnified The greatest thing that the Church can offer is hope However we must rise to the challenge of making that hope visible through our actions our words and the priorities for the church as a wholenbspIn his keynote address Bishop Philip spoke about the crisis that faces the church on the outer estates A Church that abandons the poor has abandoned God In order to address this crisis we need to confront the huge gulf between the culture of the Church of England and that of the estatesnbspWe need to find ways of developing local leadership and create contextually appropriate resources We need to think afresh What is the Good News on the estates and nail the false dichotomy between service and proclamation To withdraw from the estates would be an utter catastropheTo argue that poorer parishes are subsidised by richer ones is to replace the Gospel with consumer economics In fact it is the poor who subsidise the rich for it is the poor who recall the Church to its purpose and to the vocation of Christ himself who came to preach good news to the poor Our primary task today is remind the wider Church of this truth and encourage them to act on itnbspTo read the full text of Bishop Philips address please click herenbspRead the story about Bishop Philips speech to General Synod herenbspPractical examples of effective innercity and estates ministry included debt advice and budgeting courses selfhelp groups as part of parish work messy church services detached youth work community choir groups film nights support with refuse collection and sharing faith with different ethnic groups nbspChurches which engage with their neighbours real needs hopes and fears are more likely to connect and enable people to make Christian faith their own nbspThe Bishop of Hull the Rt Revd Alison White said Whilst acknowledging the challenges faced by our urban estates there was a real sense of possibility during our discussions and everyone left encouraged by stories of transformation that are taking place across the country The solution to so many of these issues already exists in the people living on our estates As a Church we need to learn how to nurture what is already there remembering that with God everything is possiblenbspPresentations made by Revd Kate Wharton Everton Revd Andy Delmege Birmingham Revd Jane Winter Orpington Revd Abi Thompson Rotherham Revd Canon Peter HapgoodStrickland Burnley and Revd Gary Hodgson LeedsnbspA further report of the day will be available on this website wwwarchbishopofyorkorgnbspby end of March 2016nbspThe Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu was not present at the event as he continues his Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York He is journeying through the Beverley Deanery this week and next week will be at Hull Central and North nbspFor opportunities to walk with the Archbishop to pray with him and to follow and share in his journey please visit httppilgrimagearchbishopofyorkorgnbspnbspRonnie Semley02032016nbsp

Open Lecture on forming Missional Congregations

In March All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry are privileged to welcome Rev Prof Patrick Keifert for two guest lectures looking at how we can help congregations make deep and lasting change to become more missional communities that engage with a rapidly changing culture Trainee Readers and Ordinands will be coming to the lecture as part of their training with All Saints but the events are also open to people from churches in the Dioceses we work with and beyondnbspThere are two events Wednesday 2nd March 2016 in Warrington Thursday 3rd March 2016 in NottinghamBoth events run from 730930pm there is no charge but you do need to book see website for booking details httpallsaintscentreorghomepagekeifert nbsp

Lenten Course - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeynbspEvery Wednesday from 17 February tonbsp16 March 2016 at 730pmnbspLenten Course The Abbey organised by St Marys Parish ChurchnbspAll welcomenbspnbspPlease contact 01254 824679 for further detailsnbspnbspnbsp

Christian Aid Lent Campaign continues

For Christians around the world Lent is a time of reflection selfexamination and thinking of others In Bangladesh these include people battling the disastrous effects of climate changenbspBangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world with 160 million inhabitants of whom four fifths live on less than 2 a day Eighty per cent of the population live in rural areas depending largely on agriculture to make ends meetnbspThe country is also prone to natural disasters such as floods cyclones and droughts which with poor environmental management as well as corruption and poor governance make life for most very hard indeednbspFor communities whose homes perch precariously on the bank of the Brahmaputra known locally as the whimsical river life is an ongoing battle against frequent flooding Nearly five years ago Joynal along with his wife and three children fled their home due to flooding They set up home on a sandy lowlying plain with next to nothing just their singleroomed bamboo house and a goat Without fertile soil they failed to grow food to eat and survived on just 66pnbspper daynbspWithout a means to earn a living in their rural neighbourhood Joynal was forced to leave his loved ones behind for a year and undertake backbreaking work in Dhaka as a day labourer earning 166 for 16 hours work In one month he saved just 12 Joynal slept on the side of the road often phoning his wife in tears and unable to send muchneeded money home to buy food to feed his childrennbspThroughout Lent we are asking you to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings inspired by daily opportunities to give act and pray for communities like Joynals nbspTo order you copy either ring the NW office on 01925 573 769 or download a copy from httpwwwchristianaidorgukgetinvolvedlentcountyourblessingsindexaspx both an adult and childrens version is available nbspWith the support of Christian Aid and its partner GUK Joynal and his family are now thriving nbspJoynal no longer works away in Dhaka and now works on his own land with his wife They have been taught how to grow new resilient crops providing muchneeded nutritious food for their family Their house and land has been raised to keep them safe from the flood waters They were also given enough money so they could buy a cow and another goat as well as training in how to care for livestock nbspWith new assets homegrown vegetables from their own land and new found respect within the community Joynal can think more positively about the future Thank you for enabling this work to happen through your churches support nbspFor more information visit wwwchristianaidorguklent nbspnbsp

Men's Conference - Liverpool Cathedral

Mens ConferencenbspSaturday 27 Februarynbsp930am to 4pmnbsphttptinyurlcomqzqk6bunbspA day of worship teaching networking and having a laughnbspA chance to be equipped and inspired nbspThe theme is Rough DiamondsnbspMain Speaker Anthony Delaney Leader of the Ivy network of churchesnbsp Liverpool Cathedral

Quiet Day - Blackburn Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin Blackburn nbspQuiet Day Praying with Martyrs of the Twentieth CenturynbspSaturday 27 February 2016nbspLed by Fr John Michael OFM and Revd Canon Dr Ian StocktonnbspThis Quiet Day postponed from November is offered by Fr John Michael and Canon Ian Stockton nbspThey will explore the life and witness of three twentieth century martyrs Edith Stein 18911942 Dietrich Bonhoeffer 19061945 and Oscar Romero 19171980 These very different voices may provide challenge and inspiration for our prayer and spirituality nbspThis Quiet Day is set within the spaces of a working Cathedral with three addresses given in the Jesus Chapel and a variety of quiet spaces are available for personal reflection and prayernbspThe day begins at 10am and finishes at 3pm but there is opportunity to share in the Cathedrals daily services of morning and evening prayer and the Holy Eucharist nbspTea coffee and water will be provided at lunch time but you will need to bring a packed lunch nbspThe charge for the day is 5 with cheques made payable to Blackburn Cathedral Booking is essentialnbsp1000am Tea and coffee available1030am Welcome and Introduction1040am Session One Edith Stein1110am Silent Reflection1150am Session Two Dietrich Bonhoeffer1220pm Silent Reflection100pm Lunch in the Crypt130pm Session Three Oscar Romero215pm Silent Reflection245pm Reflection and Prayer300pm ConclusionnbspMorning Prayer takes place at 9am in the Jesus Chapel and is followed by Holy Communion at 930am Evening Prayer is offered at 330pmnbspnbsp

Children's Work Conference - 'Why Families Count'

Book NowOur 2016 conference is on February 27 and 28 2016 The theme for childrens workers is Why Families Count It will again be at the Barton Grange Hotel by popular demand situated in the heart of the diocese a short distance from Preston city centrenbspWe will be joined by fantastic guest speakersnbspSome of you will have enjoyed listening to thenbspRt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnleynbspat our Childrens Work Celebration Service in September and found him most inspiring so were very excited that he accepted our invitation to come along and be a part of our 2016 conferencenbspBishop Philip will be reflecting on the Diocesan Vision and how your children young people and their families can be a part of it which will be a great opportunity to be informed and encouragednbspRebecca Parkinsonnbspis an author of childrens books and resource materials for BRF with some of her titles including Fill the Gap and Help Its the all age slot Rebecca will be sharing lots of practical ideas to support you in your ministry with families within the life of your parishnbspYou can come for the day on Saturday at a cost of 35 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day as well as a choice of workshopsnbspAlternatively you cannbspSTAY OVERNIGHTnbspand join us for the conference dinner and entertainment from the amazingnbspPaul Brown Gospel IllusionistnbspThe cost to stay overnight is 105 per person and includes your place on the conference lunch refreshments throughout the day conference dinner on the Saturday evening overnight accommodation and breakfast on the Sunday You will also have access to the hotels leisure facilities and will be astonished by the fabulous Paul Brown as part of our evening programme On the Sunday morning we will worship together at St Lawrence Church Barton which is a short walk from the hotel before it is time to departnbspWe would encourage you to secure your places as soon as possible to avoid disappointment pleasenbspclick herenbspto download the booking form Also do tell others about the conference who you think would benefit from joining us We love to see new people coming along to our events and being inspired

Search for 'Hidden Treasure' at Cathedral

The Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North is sure to be bouncing for joy in early March when he searches for Hidden Treasure at Blackburn CathedralnbspBishop Philip will be participating in all kinds of activities at Sanctuary 2016 Hidden Treasure on March 5nbspOne of those activities will be an inflatable assault course that will take over a whole section of the historic building for the day and the Bishop has promised to give it a go nbspSanctuary 2016 is an eight hour event from 2pm to 10pm at Blackburn Cathedral organised by The Diocesan Board of Education DBE with ecumenical partners and is one of the most exciting annual youth events in Lancashire Click here for a promotional videonbspIt has a different theme each year but always one aim to enable young people to hear and share the Good News of the GospelnbspAs well as the inflatable assault course there will be a surf simulator plus arts craft music and dance activities while the theme of Hidden Treasure will be explored through games worship and short talks Click here for the event websitenbspWorkshops will also provide opportunities to make a film carry out chemical experiments look at video game design or discuss issues around money Fairtrade and vocationnbspThe whole day will feature on social media via Twitter Sanctuary16 nbspThe event is for young people aged 1115 and costs just 12 per person including loads of food Booking is essential and there is still time to grab a place for guaranteed fun just visit httpwwwsanctuaryeventscoukor email Kat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer atyouthblackburnanglicanorgnbspSpeaking today Bishop Philip said Im looking forward immensely to Sanctuary 2016 at our beautiful Cathedral in the company of some fantastic young people and their leaders especially getting to grips with the inflatable assault course which sounds like great funnbspEngaging and involving young people is a key part of our work for Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities over the next decade and Sanctuary 2016 is an important demonstration of this intentionnbspSo as well as enjoying a day of fun together well also be hearing about the saving Grace of Jesus Christ learning about personal worth and value in the context of the theme of Hidden TreasurenbspKat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer said today The vision for Sanctuary is to bring young people together to have fun worship God together and enjoy exploring what the Gospel of Jesus Christ means to themnbspnbspRonnie Semley26022016nbsp

New facilities provided in Penwortham St Mary's church

St Marys Church in Penwortham has announced an exciting project to provide new facilities in the form of a pod of additional rooms in the northwest corner of the church on its current site in Church Avenue PenworthamnbspIt is planned that the project would be financed by the surrender of the lease of the land in Cop Lane where the current church hall stands and would also involve the demolition of that temporary structure and the sale of the land to generate the necessary funds for this exciting new development The church is working closely with groups using the current building who will be affected by its closure to keep them informed of the latest news regarding the developmentnbspReverend Chris Nelson the Vicar of St Marys said We are delighted that we have finally reached a stage where we can make this important announcement We have been wrestling for the last two years with various options open to us and I would like to thank the Blackburn Diocese for their enlightened support in helping us to reach this stagenbspChris commented At this vitally important time for the Church of England in Lancashire and as we begin our ten year journey to Vision 2026 it is heartening to know this project will release funding not only for the church here in Penwortham but also for the ministry of the church in Lancashire as a wholenbspThe closure of the existing church hall will involve the relocation of a number of groups running regular local services to the community of Penwortham from the current Cop Lane site but Chris has a message of reassurance and optimismnbspChris added We are very aware of the difficulties that our tenants will have to work through during the period of closure and redevelopment We have already initiated a dialogue with them and will assist them in any way we can Indeed we met with them on February 27 and updated them on the latest positionnbspWe hope that many will be able to relocate and share with us the exciting new facilities including the potential offered by the additional space in our recently reordered church buildingnbspnbsp26022016nbsp

On the way with Luke - Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study

On the Way with Luke is an interactive Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study which will be held in the Cathedral during Lent and Easter nbspThis willnbspalso be available as an illustrated booklet and in pdf form It concentrates on the texts that are found only in Luke and which occur in the Year C Lectionary nbspIt uses Lukes Gospel in support of developing Christian witness discipleship and leadership and is a resource that can be used in Lent or at any other time in the year It complements other resources produced by the Diocese of Blackburn nbspThe sessions at the Cathedral are on Wednesdays 17 and 24 February 2 9 andnbsp16 March 6 andnbsp13 April 2016 nbspFor further details please contact the Revd Canon Dr Ian Stockton at IanStocktonblackburncathedralcouknbspnbsp

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Christian Aid Lent Campaign continues

For Christians around the world Lent is a time of reflection selfexamination and thinking of others In Bangladesh these include people battling the disastrous effects of climate changenbspBangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world with 160 million inhabitants of whom four fifths live on less than 2 a day Eighty per cent of the population live in rural areas depending largely on agriculture to make ends meetnbspThe country is also prone to natural disasters such as floods cyclones and droughts which with poor environmental management as well as corruption and poor governance make life for most very hard indeednbspFor communities whose homes perch precariously on the bank of the Brahmaputra known locally as the whimsical river life is an ongoing battle against frequent flooding Nearly five years ago Joynal along with his wife and three children fled their home due to flooding They set up home on a sandy lowlying plain with next to nothing just their singleroomed bamboo house and a goat Without fertile soil they failed to grow food to eat and survived on just 66pnbspper daynbspWithout a means to earn a living in their rural neighbourhood Joynal was forced to leave his loved ones behind for a year and undertake backbreaking work in Dhaka as a day labourer earning 166 for 16 hours work In one month he saved just 12 Joynal slept on the side of the road often phoning his wife in tears and unable to send muchneeded money home to buy food to feed his childrennbspThroughout Lent we are asking you to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings inspired by daily opportunities to give act and pray for communities like Joynals nbspTo order you copy either ring the NW office on 01925 573 769 or download a copy from httpwwwchristianaidorgukgetinvolvedlentcountyourblessingsindexaspx both an adult and childrens version is available nbspWith the support of Christian Aid and its partner GUK Joynal and his family are now thriving nbspJoynal no longer works away in Dhaka and now works on his own land with his wife They have been taught how to grow new resilient crops providing muchneeded nutritious food for their family Their house and land has been raised to keep them safe from the flood waters They were also given enough money so they could buy a cow and another goat as well as training in how to care for livestock nbspWith new assets homegrown vegetables from their own land and new found respect within the community Joynal can think more positively about the future Thank you for enabling this work to happen through your churches support nbspFor more information visit wwwchristianaidorguklent nbspnbsp

Lenten Course - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeynbspEvery Wednesday from 17 February tonbsp16 March 2016 at 730pmnbspLenten Course The Abbey organised by St Marys Parish ChurchnbspAll welcomenbspnbspPlease contact 01254 824679 for further detailsnbspnbspnbsp

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Accrington Pals Commemoration Service - Accrington St John's

Accrington Pals Commemoration ServicenbspSt John the Evangelist Church AccringtonnbspTo be held on Sunday 2 February 2016nbspAt 245pm for 3pm startnbspFor further details please contact Helen Barrett on emailnbsphcbarretttalktalknetnbspor telephonenbsp01254 659377nbspnbsp

Women's Conference - Liverpool Cathedral

Womens ConferencenbspFriday 19 and Saturday 20 February 2016nbsphttpwwwfrontlineorgukeventsuniquewomensconference2016nbspThe theme for this years Unique Womens Conference is connected focussing on the passage in John 15nbsp Frontline Centre corner of Lawrence and Wellington Road Wavertree Liverpool L15 3HA

Archbishop Temple School Jazz Band and the Chamber Choir Concert

St Michaels Church Grimsarghnbspcelebrates 300 years since the first church was built in Grimsargh in 1716On Saturday 20th February at 730pm there will be a concert in church by the Archbishop Temple School Jazz Band and Chamber ChoirnbspThis will be a wonderful musical occasion and as well as ensemble pieces there will also be performances by talented soloists nbspAmongst the soloists performing on this occasion will be the very talented Andrew Woolcock who has successfully gained a place in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Percussion Category nbspTickets are 5 for adults and 3 for concessions including refreshmentsnbspThis promises to be a very special concert and it will be a real privilege and pleasure to hear such talented young musiciansnbspPlease contact Jayne onnbsp01772 704112 for further informationnbspnbsp

Bishop Philip speaks more about General Synod speech on estates evangelism

The Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North has spoken further about his hope that the Church of England should rediscover its passion for deprived estates across the countryHis latest comments follow his agendasetting speech to General Synod this week pictured where he challenged the Church to consider that it needs take the battle for the Christian soul of this nation to urban housing estatesDuring a debate on evangelism Bishop Philip said the church must step up its presence among poor communitiesnbspWatch his speech here from 8m 40sListen to Bishop Philip on BBC Radio 4s Sunday programme here from 11m 08sAlso listen to the Bishop on BBC Radio Lancashire here from 1h 48m 36sClosing struggling churches that were not able to pay for themselves most likely to be in poorer inner city areas was a betrayal of the Gospel he said He called on the national Church to put more resources into council estates that had been neglected adding If we abandon the poor we abandon GodBishop Philip is a member of the Archbishops Evangelical Task Group chaired by The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Rev Justin Welby A paper from the Task Group was the catalyst for the Synod debate You can read it by clicking hereThe Task Group has a major oneday conference in York in March with delegates from many of the CofE Dioceses to look at a number of priority areas one of which will be estates evangelismnbspFollowing his speech this week Bishop Philip says There are some great examples across the country of good work going on in difficult inner city areas and we should celebrate and learn from those examples In fact one of the speakers at our conference will be a clergyman from Blackburn Diocese Rev Canon Peter HapgoodStrickland who will tell us about the fantastic work he has been doing in his parish of St Andrews BurnleyDespite the good work we can also identify a lot of parishes across the country struggling to keep going We need to better support them and their clergy because parishes on tough estates can be exhausting to work inAt the same time however we also need to keep in mind and often rediscover that these estates can be amazingly rewarding and exciting places for clergy to work We just need to ensure the Church as a whole has the right help in place and is passionate about spreading the Gospel on our estates in modern ways that are tried and testedFamilies living on tough estates have different needs and are reached in different ways to a middleclass family living in comfortable suburbia So the resources we produce to help us to share Gods love alongside the mechanisms we employ to make the necessary inroads need to be proven and tailored to fit A one size fits all approach just wont cut itThats what our March conference is all about identifying current best practice and saying what can we learn how can we benefit and what do we need to do to change and adaptThe Church of England needs to wake up to the pressing need to reach out afresh with the Good News once again to the poor and needy Its not by design that we have lost our focus in this area there is no blame to be attached to anyone but there is certainly a need to acknowledge the requirement to change directionI am pleased my speech has found resonance with so many people Not everyone will agree with my sentiments but thats fine too We need a healthy debate as part of taking this work forward and I look forward to having oneRonnie SemleyFebruary 18 2016

Women's Conference - Liverpool Cathedral

Womens ConferencenbspFriday 19 and Saturday 20 February 2016nbsphttpwwwfrontlineorgukeventsuniquewomensconference2016nbspThe theme for this years Unique Womens Conference is connected focussing on the passage in John 15nbsp Frontline Centre corner of Lawrence and Wellington Road Wavertree Liverpool L15 3HA

On the way with Luke - Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study

On the Way with Luke is an interactive Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study which will be held in the Cathedral during Lent and Easter nbspThis willnbspalso be available as an illustrated booklet and in pdf form It concentrates on the texts that are found only in Luke and which occur in the Year C Lectionary nbspIt uses Lukes Gospel in support of developing Christian witness discipleship and leadership and is a resource that can be used in Lent or at any other time in the year It complements other resources produced by the Diocese of Blackburn nbspThe sessions at the Cathedral are on Wednesdays 17 and 24 February 2 9 andnbsp16 March 6 andnbsp13 April 2016 nbspFor further details please contact the Revd Canon Dr Ian Stockton at IanStocktonblackburncathedralcouknbspnbspnbsp

Christian Aid Lent Campaign continues

For Christians around the world Lent is a time of reflection selfexamination and thinking of others In Bangladesh these include people battling the disastrous effects of climate changenbspBangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world with 160 million inhabitants of whom four fifths live on less than 2 a day Eighty per cent of the population live in rural areas depending largely on agriculture to make ends meetnbspThe country is also prone to natural disasters such as floods cyclones and droughts which with poor environmental management as well as corruption and poor governance make life for most very hard indeednbspFor communities whose homes perch precariously on the bank of the Brahmaputra known locally as the whimsical river life is an ongoing battle against frequent flooding Nearly five years ago Joynal along with his wife and three children fled their home due to flooding They set up home on a sandy lowlying plain with next to nothing just their singleroomed bamboo house and a goat Without fertile soil they failed to grow food to eat and survived on just 66pnbspper daynbspWithout a means to earn a living in their rural neighbourhood Joynal was forced to leave his loved ones behind for a year and undertake backbreaking work in Dhaka as a day labourer earning 166 for 16 hours work In one month he saved just 12 Joynal slept on the side of the road often phoning his wife in tears and unable to send muchneeded money home to buy food to feed his childrennbspThroughout Lent we are asking you to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings inspired by daily opportunities to give act and pray for communities like Joynals nbspTo order you copy either ring the NW office on 01925 573 769 or download a copy from httpwwwchristianaidorgukgetinvolvedlentcountyourblessingsindexaspx both an adult and childrens version is available nbspWith the support of Christian Aid and its partner GUK Joynal and his family are now thriving nbspJoynal no longer works away in Dhaka and now works on his own land with his wife They have been taught how to grow new resilient crops providing muchneeded nutritious food for their family Their house and land has been raised to keep them safe from the flood waters They were also given enough money so they could buy a cow and another goat as well as training in how to care for livestock nbspWith new assets homegrown vegetables from their own land and new found respect within the community Joynal can think more positively about the future Thank you for enabling this work to happen through your churches support nbspFor more information visit wwwchristianaidorguklent nbspnbsp

Lenten Course - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeynbspEvery Wednesday from 17 February tonbsp16 March 2016 at 730pmnbspLenten Course The Abbey organised by St Marys Parish ChurchnbspAll welcomenbspnbspPlease contact 01254 824679 for further detailsnbspnbspnbsp

Coverage of General Synod: February 15-19

The General Synod of The Church of England meets in London from February 15 19 2016 You can watch a live video stream of proceedings as they are underway vianbspthis linknbspFor the names of those elected from our Diocese last summer to the latest Synodnbspclick hereLinks to any relevant news from Synod will be posted to the national Church of England website news section and follow this linknbspto all the papers for what is known as the February 2016 Group of Sessions You can also Watchnbspthis video produced for the current Synod and designed to demonstrate the way in which the church is woven into the fabric of British societyFollownbspthis linknbspfor background information on the General Synod and its workFor Twitter usersnbspthis is the Synod Twitter feedFor a whos who in General Synodnbspclick herenbsp

New Archdeacon of Blackburn, Mark Ireland, looks forward to new role

The Venerable Mark Ireland the new Archdeacon of Blackburn says he is looking forward tonbspgetting started followingnbspa special welcome service at Blackburn Cathedral at the weekendnbspThe Collation and Installation Service for Archdeacon Mark took place on Sunday February 14 as part of the Choral Evensong at Blackburn CathedralYou can view pictures from the service in an album on our Diocesan Flickr feed click hereView a video of the moment of Archdeacon Marks collation at Blackburn Cathedral on YouTube click herenbspThe Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson conducted the Collation ceremony while the Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong installed Archdeacon Mark as an Archidiaconal Canon of the Cathedral during the same service which was attended by civic and religious dignitaries from across Lancashire and beyondnbspClick herenbspfor a copynbspof the running order for the full servicenbspAlso at the service on Sunday Rev Michael Ainsworth of Bolton was installed as a residentiary Canon of the Cathedral Dave Champness from Leyland was commissioned as the new Vision Coordinator for the Diocese being responsible for overseeing the daytoday work on our new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspSpeaking after the service Archdeacon Mark said I am looking forward immensely to starting work as the next Archdeacon of Blackburn in a region I am very familiar withnbspWith 30 years of personal experience I have an acute understanding of the pressures and daytoday life of ministry in parishes During my first few months in the role I shall be endeavouring to visit as many parishes as possible to get to know clergy and their parishioners and what challenges they face in their own local communitiesnbspEvery parish is different and the role of an Archdeacon is to actively support local ministry I am looking forward to getting startednbspAs Archdeacon of Blackburn he will have special responsibility for the strategic delivery of the work to take forward the new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities working with Dave Champness the Vision CoordinatorArchdeacon Mark continued In a changing culture God is calling us to find new ways to present the unchanging Gospel so that we can make disciples for Jesus Christ who will transform their communities So it is exciting to be joining the Diocese of Blackburn as it embarks on an ambitious decade of teaching the Scriptures praying for renewal and making new disciples under the auspices of Vision 2026nbspHe will be one of two Archdeacons in the Diocese The Venerable Michael Everitt is the current Archdeacon of Lancaster Archdeacon Michael covers the northern part of the Diocese while Archdeacon Mark will look after the southern partnbspArchdeacon Michael said I am delighted to welcome Mark together with his wife Gill back to the Diocese as a fellow Archdeacon He has a pastoral and missionary heart which will be a tremendous asset as we move forward with Vision 2026nbspBishop Julian said This is a great day for our Diocese My colleagues on the Leadership Team and I are looking forward to working with Archdeacon Mark as we move forward with Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspMark comes to us with a wealth of experience and with Gods help he will make a significant impact as he works to support and encourage ministry and mission in parishesnbspI also welcome and congratulate Canon Michael on his appointment as a Residentiary Canon at Blackburn Cathedral and Dave Champness who is now commissioned as our Vision Coordinator a role which is central to the success of our Vision work as we seek to grow Gods Kingdom across LancashirenbspnbspRonnie Semley15022016nbsp

ONE - Liverpool Cathedral

ONEnbspOne Vision One God One ChurchnbspSaturday 13 February 2016 630pm to 9pmnbspOne is a worship event which aims to unite ages and denominations through opportunities to worship in different styles and mediums nbspMeeting at Liverpool Cathedral we want to encourage inspire and minister through worship scripture creativity and contemplation nbspFeel free to come and go throughout the eveningnbsphttpswwwfacebookcomoneworship2016httpwwwoneworshipcouk Liverpool Cathedral

Collation and Installation of new Archdeacon of Blackburn, Mark Ireland

The Collation and Installation of Rev Mark Ireland as the new Archdeacon of Blackburn takes place this Sunday as part of the Choral Evensong service at Blackburn Cathedral beginning at 4pmnbspThe Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson will conduct the Collation ceremony while the Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong will Install the new Archdeacon as an Archidiaconal Canon of the Cathedral at the close of the same service nbspOther civic and religious dignitaries attending include the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North The Venerable Michael Everitt Archdeacon of Lancaster the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen Cllr Faryad Hussain and Mrs Parveen Hussain and the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Colonel Alan Jolley and his wife Mary JolleynbspClick here for a copynbspof the running order for the full servicenbspThe usual 4pm congregation at the Cathedral will also be swelled by clergy and parishioners from across the County attending the special service including many Area Deans as well as visitors and supporters from other parishes where Mark has worked in the pastnbspAt the same service on Sunday Canon Michael Ainsworth from Bolton will be Installed as a Residentiary Canon of the CathedralnbspDave Champness from Leyland will also be Commissioned at the Cathedral service as the new Vision Coordinator for the Diocese being responsible for overseeing the daytoday work on the Dioceses new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspMark Ireland said today I am looking forward immensely to starting work as the next Archdeacon of Blackburn returning to the region where I was ordained and where I served my first curacy at St Gabriels Having been in parishbased ministry for the past 30 years I have an acute understanding of the pressures and daytoday life of ministry in parishes which will help me in carrying out the responsibilities of the rolenbspMark Ireland has been a member of the Archbishops Council which is leading and developing the national Reform and Renewal agenda for The Church of England He is also the coauthor of six books on mission evangelism and spirituality most recently Making New Disciples Exploring the Paradoxes of Evangelism SPCK 2015nbspAs Archdeacon of Blackburn he will have special responsibility for the strategic delivery of the work to take forward the new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities working with Dave Champness the Vision CoordinatornbspMark continued It is exciting to be joining the Diocese of Blackburn as it embarks on an ambitious decade of teaching the Scriptures praying for renewal and making new disciples under the auspices of its new Vision 2026nbspHe will be one of two Archdeacons in the Diocese The Venerable Michael Everitt is the current Archdeacon of Lancaster and is responsible for the northern part of the Diocese while Archdeacondesignate Mark will be responsible for the southern partnbspBishop Julian said Mark comes to us with a wealth of experience and he is certain to make a significant contribution to the life of The Church of England in LancashirenbspnbspRonnie Semley12022016nbsp

The Children's Time-Line - St Michael's School, Grimsargh

The Childrens TimelinenbspThe children of Grimsargh St Michaels School have been busily preparing a timeline which will be presented to church on Friday 12th February nbspThe Revd Chris Halliwell is planning an exciting and informative service that will help the children to understand and appreciate something of the history of the church over the last 300 years nbspGrimsargh St Michaels School is also planning an afternoon tea for the parishioners where it is hoped that the children will meet with some of the parishioners and talk to them about their church lives over a cup of tea and a cakenbspnbsp

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meeting

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Bishop urges support for new Christian Aid Lent Campaign

The Diocesan Bishop for The Church of England in Lancashire is promoting a new campaign launched today Ash Wednesday by Christian Aid to coincide with the start of LentnbspRt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn is encouraging people across the County to join others around the UK in counting their blessings nbspFor Christians around the world Lent is a time of reflection selfexamination and thinking of others In Bangladesh these include people battling the disastrous effects of climate changenbspBangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world with 160 million inhabitants of whom four fifths live on less than 2 a day Eighty per cent of the population live in rural areas depending largely on agriculture to make ends meetnbspThe country is also prone to natural disasters such as floods cyclones and droughts which with poor environmental management as well as corruption and poor governance make life for most very hard indeednbspFor communities whose homes perch precariously on the bank of the Brahmaputra life is an ongoing battle against frequent flooding Nearly five years ago Joynal along with his wife and three children fled their home due to floodingnbspWithout a means to earn a living in their rural neighbourhood Joynal was forced to leave his loved ones behind for a year and undertake backbreaking work in Dhaka as a day labourer earning 166 for 16 hours worknbspThroughout Lent Christian Aid is asking people to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings inspired by daily opportunities to give act and pray for communities like Joynals nbspTo order your copy of a special booklet to help you do this either ring the NW office on 01925 573 769 or download a copy from this page of the Christian Aid website nbspBoth an adult and childrens version is available The booklet contains ways to inspire your giving and a form with which to make your donationWith the support of Christian Aid and its partner GUK Joynal and his family are now thriving nbspJoynal no longer works away in Dhaka and now works on his own land with his wife They have been taught how to grow new resilient crops providing muchneeded nutritious food for their family nbspBishop Julian said today At this time of year Christians reflect on Jesus sacrifice on the cross through prayer and fastingnbspWe also think of others less fortunate than ourselves and I welcomethis new campaign by Christian Aid which will help people to do this in the context of BangladeshnbspThis isa country that has had more than its fair share of natural disasters and is also the focus for Christian Aid Week 2016 which runs from May 15 21nbspThe accompanying Lentbooklet produced by Christian Aid points you to the different ways in which our lives are more comfortable and invites you toconsider making a gift to help meet these considerable needsnbspFor more information visit wwwchristianaidorguklent nbspnbspRonnie Semley10022016nbsp

Christian Aid Lent Campaign begins today

For Christians around the world Lent is a time of reflection selfexamination and thinking of others In Bangladesh these include people battling the disastrous effects of climate changenbspBangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world with 160 million inhabitants of whom four fifths live on less than 2 a day Eighty per cent of the population live in rural areas depending largely on agriculture to make ends meetnbspThe country is also prone to natural disasters such as floods cyclones and droughts which with poor environmental management as well as corruption and poor governance make life for most very hard indeednbspFor communities whose homes perch precariously on the bank of the Brahmaputra known locally as the whimsical river life is an ongoing battle against frequent flooding Nearly five years ago Joynal along with his wife and three children fled their home due to flooding They set up home on a sandy lowlying plain with next to nothing just their singleroomed bamboo house and a goat Without fertile soil they failed to grow food to eat and survived on just 66pnbspper daynbspWithout a means to earn a living in their rural neighbourhood Joynal was forced to leave his loved ones behind for a year and undertake backbreaking work in Dhaka as a day labourer earning 166 for 16 hours work In one month he saved just 12 Joynal slept on the side of the road often phoning his wife in tears and unable to send muchneeded money home to buy food to feed his childrennbspThroughout Lent we are asking you to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings inspired by daily opportunities to give act and pray for communities like Joynals nbspTo order you copy either ring the NW office on 01925 573 769 or download a copy from httpwwwchristianaidorgukgetinvolvedlentcountyourblessingsindexaspx both an adult and childrens version is available nbspWith the support of Christian Aid and its partner GUK Joynal and his family are now thriving nbspJoynal no longer works away in Dhaka and now works on his own land with his wife They have been taught how to grow new resilient crops providing muchneeded nutritious food for their family Their house and land has been raised to keep them safe from the flood waters They were also given enough money so they could buy a cow and another goat as well as training in how to care for livestock nbspWith new assets homegrown vegetables from their own land and new found respect within the community Joynal can think more positively about the future Thank you for enabling this work to happen through your churches support nbspFor more information visit wwwchristianaidorguklent nbspnbsp

Preparation before Lent - Whalley Abbey

Whalley AbbeynbspTuesday 9 February 2016nbsp930am to 330pmnbspPreparation before LentnbspFor the Clergy a day of preparation before Lent led by the Bishop of BeverleynbspThere is a soup and sandwich lunch availablenbspat 15 per personnbspCoffee on arrival at 930am and the day finishing at 330pmnbspPlease contact Whalley Abbey office for further details on 01254 828400 or email officewhalleyabbeyorgnbspnbspnbsp

Messy Forum - Messy Church advice

Come along and share your successes and your concerns about Messy ChurchSaturday 6thnbspFebruarynbspornbspMonday 8thnbspFebruary 2016 from 930 am 1200 noonDiocesan Offices Clayton House Walker Office Park Blackburn BB1 2QEYou may have been running a Messy Church for quite a while now and wonder where it is goingYou may have grown and developed in different ways which may help others if you shareBring your questions and bring your ideas Susan Witts will update you with new materials and will facilitate the sessionThere will be limit of 25 places for each session Please ring 01254 503405 or email for placesnbspchildrenblackburnanglicanorg

On-Line Faculty System Briefing

Today we have the second OnLine Faculty Briefing starting at 7pm at Fulwood St Cuthbert Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood Preston PR2 3AR nbspPlease advise Gillian Beeley if you are coming on gillianbeeleyblackburnanglicanorg

Messy Forum - Messy Church advice

Come along and share your successes and your concerns about Messy ChurchSaturday 6thnbspFebruarynbspornbspMonday 8thnbspFebruary 2016 from 930 am 1200 noonDiocesan Offices Clayton House Walker Office Park Blackburn BB1 2QEYou may have been running a Messy Church for quite a while now and wonder where it is goingYou may have grown and developed in different ways which may help others if you shareBring your questions and bring your ideas Susan Witts will update you with new materials and will facilitate the sessionThere will be limit of 25 places for each session Please ring 01254 503405 or email for placesnbspchildrenblackburnanglicanorg

Following Jesus - A conference with Alison Morgan at Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall near Amblesidenbsp15 February 2016nbspA leading writer and educator is to run a fourday retreat at Rydal Hall near AmblesidenbspAlison Morgan will lead a programme of discussion on the subject Following Jesus what does it mean to be and to make disciples todaynbspA linguist by background Alison has a PhD in medieval Christian literature from Cambridge After teaching in various universities she was ordained in 1996 The author of six books and many course materials booklets and articles Alison is a member of the Archbishops College of Evangelists nbspShe is the interim director of ReSource which works for the renewal of people and churches and also the director of the Rooted in Jesus discipleship programmenbspThe event at Rydal Hall the Diocese of Carlisles retreat and conference centre will be held from Monday 1 February to Friday 5 February 2016 starting at 4pm on the Monday The cost per person is 375 which includes all meals and accommodation nbspManager of Rydal Hall the Rev Jonathon Green said Discipleship is increasingly becoming recognised as the key issue for the Church today What does it mean to be and to make disciples of Jesus What are the resources available to us as individuals and churches as we enter into in this lifetransforming journey of faith These are the issues that Alison will be addressing We are very pleased to have such a significant figure leading this retreatnbspFor further details call 015394 32050nbsp

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Marketing of Grave talk event

A Grave Talk event is taking place at St Matthews Church Burnley BB11 4LZ on 4th February from 730 to 9pm Please see poster hereIt is being hosted by Father Alex Frost and Methodist Minister and Spiritual Care coordinator for Pendleside Hospice Chris Cheeseman and a few experts in the field will be present as wellGrave Talk is CofE led initiative encouraging people to talk about death dying and funerals in a relaxed settingnbsp

Following Jesus - A conference with Alison Morgan at Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall near Amblesidenbsp15 February 2016nbspA leading writer and educator is to run a fourday retreat at Rydal Hall near AmblesidenbspAlison Morgan will lead a programme of discussion on the subject Following Jesus what does it mean to be and to make disciples todaynbspA linguist by background Alison has a PhD in medieval Christian literature from Cambridge After teaching in various universities she was ordained in 1996 The author of six books and many course materials booklets and articles Alison is a member of the Archbishops College of Evangelists nbspShe is the interim director of ReSource which works for the renewal of people and churches and also the director of the Rooted in Jesus discipleship programmenbspThe event at Rydal Hall the Diocese of Carlisles retreat and conference centre will be held from Monday 1 February to Friday 5 February 2016 starting at 4pm on the Monday The cost per person is 375 which includes all meals and accommodation nbspManager of Rydal Hall the Rev Jonathon Green said Discipleship is increasingly becoming recognised as the key issue for the Church today What does it mean to be and to make disciples of Jesus What are the resources available to us as individuals and churches as we enter into in this lifetransforming journey of faith These are the issues that Alison will be addressing We are very pleased to have such a significant figure leading this retreatnbspFor further details call 015394 32050nbsp

Cursillo - Eucharist and AGM - St James, Lostock Hall

Eucharist AGM amp PartynbspSt James Lostock HallnbspFor more about Cursillo locally in the Diocese of Blackburn click herenbspand nationally click here

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Following Jesus - A conference with Alison Morgan at Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall near Amblesidenbsp15 February 2016nbspA leading writer and educator is to run a fourday retreat at Rydal Hall near AmblesidenbspAlison Morgan will lead a programme of discussion on the subject Following Jesus what does it mean to be and to make disciples todaynbspA linguist by background Alison has a PhD in medieval Christian literature from Cambridge After teaching in various universities she was ordained in 1996 The author of six books and many course materials booklets and articles Alison is a member of the Archbishops College of Evangelists nbspShe is the interim director of ReSource which works for the renewal of people and churches and also the director of the Rooted in Jesus discipleship programmenbspThe event at Rydal Hall the Diocese of Carlisles retreat and conference centre will be held from Monday 1 February to Friday 5 February 2016 starting at 4pm on the Monday The cost per person is 375 which includes all meals and accommodation nbspManager of Rydal Hall the Rev Jonathon Green said Discipleship is increasingly becoming recognised as the key issue for the Church today What does it mean to be and to make disciples of Jesus What are the resources available to us as individuals and churches as we enter into in this lifetransforming journey of faith These are the issues that Alison will be addressing We are very pleased to have such a significant figure leading this retreatnbspFor further details call 015394 32050nbsp

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Following Jesus - A conference with Alison Morgan at Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall near Amblesidenbsp15 February 2016nbspA leading writer and educator is to run a fourday retreat at Rydal Hall near AmblesidenbspAlison Morgan will lead a programme of discussion on the subject Following Jesus what does it mean to be and to make disciples todaynbspA linguist by background Alison has a PhD in medieval Christian literature from Cambridge After teaching in various universities she was ordained in 1996 The author of six books and many course materials booklets and articles Alison is a member of the Archbishops College of Evangelists nbspShe is the interim director of ReSource which works for the renewal of people and churches and also the director of the Rooted in Jesus discipleship programmenbspThe event at Rydal Hall the Diocese of Carlisles retreat and conference centre will be held from Monday 1 February to Friday 5 February 2016 starting at 4pm on the Monday The cost per person is 375 which includes all meals and accommodation nbspManager of Rydal Hall the Rev Jonathon Green said Discipleship is increasingly becoming recognised as the key issue for the Church today What does it mean to be and to make disciples of Jesus What are the resources available to us as individuals and churches as we enter into in this lifetransforming journey of faith These are the issues that Alison will be addressing We are very pleased to have such a significant figure leading this retreatnbspFor further details call 015394 32050nbsp

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Following Jesus - A conference with Alison Morgan at Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall near Amblesidenbsp15 February 2016nbspA leading writer and educator is to run a fourday retreat at Rydal Hall near AmblesidenbspAlison Morgan will lead a programme of discussion on the subject Following Jesus what does it mean to be and to make disciples todaynbspA linguist by background Alison has a PhD in medieval Christian literature from Cambridge After teaching in various universities she was ordained in 1996 The author of six books and many course materials booklets and articles Alison is a member of the Archbishops College of Evangelists nbspShe is the interim director of ReSource which works for the renewal of people and churches and also the director of the Rooted in Jesus discipleship programmenbspThe event at Rydal Hall the Diocese of Carlisles retreat and conference centre will be held from Monday 1 February to Friday 5 February 2016 starting at 4pm on the Monday The cost per person is 375 which includes all meals and accommodation nbspManager of Rydal Hall the Rev Jonathon Green said Discipleship is increasingly becoming recognised as the key issue for the Church today What does it mean to be and to make disciples of Jesus What are the resources available to us as individuals and churches as we enter into in this lifetransforming journey of faith These are the issues that Alison will be addressing We are very pleased to have such a significant figure leading this retreatnbspFor further details call 015394 32050nbspnbsp

Colours of the Cross - Resources for primary schools

Holy Week Resources for Primary SchoolsA new pack of resources which can be used throughout Holy WeekIncludes A USB with daily worship ideas stories PowerPoints prayers and music Ideas for Spirituality sessions Messy Church ideasCome and find out more on Mondaynbsp1st February atnbspSt Stephens Church Burnleynbspat 730pmThe session will be led by Susan Witts Childrens Work Adviser for Blackburn Diocese

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Homeless Sunday

nbspnbspHomeless Sunday will be with us soon before you get immersed in Advent dont forget to begin planning for Homeless Sunday nbspHomeless Sunday is an annual opportunity to listen to what God has to say about homelessnessWith the three themes of Connect Challenge and Commit we invite churches across Great Britain to reflect on and address the problems of homelessnessRising rents and house prices acute shortages of affordable homes cuts in benefits and services are seeing thousands of people becoming homelessFree downloadable resourcesnbspare ready now and will help you organise your dedicated service and any additional activities you wish to engage inIn addition you can alsoinvite a speaker to your Homeless Sunday service on 24 January 2016nbspsimply email usfind out what your local authority is doing to combat homelessness simply visit their website and look up the housing sectionencourage your congregation to commit to tackling homelessness simply visit a local projectwrite to local politicians raise fundsGetting started is as easy as visiting the Homeless Sunday websitenbspand leaving a message telling us what you will donbspnbsp

Brindle Brass Band - Blackburn St Silas' Church

St Silas ChurchPreston New RoadBlackburnBB2 6PSnbspOn Saturday 23 January at 730pmnbspBrindle Brass Band will entertain with a mixture of Big Band well known singalong items and some Jazz Not to be missed nbspAll in aid of restoration of our historic Harrison organ nbspTickets from Jean 07935 498060 from Carole 01254 54991 from our website wwwstsilasorganorguk or by email stsilasorganfundemailcom nbspTickets 10 adults under 16s 2 only to include wine fruit juice and canapesnbspnbspnbsp

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

St Aidans Church HallStation RoadBamber BridgenbspSaturday 23 January 2016 at 930am to 1pmnbspAll are welcomenbspfor our next Trash or Treasure Table Top Sale event where you can buy or sell unwanted items both useful and useless nbspIts a chance to clear out your clutter and grab a bargainnbspSellers to arrive from 9am tables cost 7nbspTea coffee and bacon butties will be served from 10am nbspTo book a table please call Ellis on 01257 267464nbspnbsp

Flood-hit Lancaster Charity Shop moves into Priory

A floodhit charity shop which lost thousands of pounds worth of goods donated to help vulnerable children will soon be back afloat by moving into Lancaster PriorynbspThe Childrens Societys shop on Damside Street in Lancaster was among city centre buildings affected by flooding during Storm Desmond over the weekend of 5 and 6 DecembernbspFlood waters entered the shop while it was closed and rose to around two and a half feet high It could be months before the building can reopen to the publicnbspBut shop manager Faye Smyth and her volunteers were determined not to be defeated by the elements And an agreement has now been reached with the Church of England for The Childrens Society to open a popup shop at Lancaster Priory on Priory Close off Castle HillnbspUnder the arrangement with a difference the shop in the far left corner of the stunning historic building will be open to the public from 10am4pm on Mondays Thursdays and Fridays while repairs are made to the flooddamaged city centre unitnbspThe popup shop will be opened by The Venerable Michael Everitt the Archdeacon of Lancaster at noon on Monday 25nbspJanuary All are welcome to attend the openingnbspArchdeacon Michael said Although not hit as badly as the Cumbria area parts of Lancashire including Lancasterhave been badly affected by the recent floodsSo I am delighted Lancaster Priory has been able to support The Childrens Society by finding space to provide a popup storenbspThis good news is a great example of the way in which local churches are continuing to support people in their communities in whatever way they can at this difficult timenbspIt is also good that the shop is supporting the excellent work done nationwide with vulnerable children and young adults through The Childrens SocietynbspThe Childrens Society is now appealing for more donations from kindhearted members of the public as it stocks its unusual new outlet and anyone interested in volunteering at the shop is also urged to get in touchnbspProceeds from their sale will help to fund the national charitys vital work fighting child poverty and neglect including in Lancashire and the Lancaster district where projects include support for children in and leaving care as well as those at risk of child sexual exploitation and of going missing from homenbspFaye Smyth said My heart sank when I saw the scene of devastation at our shop We had volunteers coming in specially to help sweep out the water but we were fighting a losing battlenbspIts fantastic that we can set up shop in this beautiful venue and its a wonderful gesture by The PriorynbspLike The Priory people in the Lancaster district are generous supporters of our work and as always any help they can give us by visiting and donating to our quirky popup shop will be hugely appreciatednbspSome of the challenges faced by the children and young people supported by The Childrens Society really do help put difficult times like this into perspectivenbspVicar of Lancaster The Revd Chris Newlands from The Priory Church said Last months floods had a devastating impact and at times like this its more important than ever for communities to pull together and for people to support one anothernbspThe Childrens Society does vital work and is one of the charities we support so we thought this popup shop would be a brilliant thing to donbspI would urge local people to come and visit the church and shop and help support a really worthwhile causenbspIf you would like to donate goods to the shop please contact Faye Smyth on 01995 606661 or at faye9876gmailcom and she will make arrangements to collect them You can also contact Faye to discuss volunteering opportunitiesnbspThe shop is looking for everything from clothes books and toys to music jewellery and other household goodsnbspThe Childrens Society was founded by a Sunday school teacher in 1881 and although the two are separate organisations the charity works in close partnership with the Church of EnglandnbspnbspRonnie Semley18012016nbsp

Blackburn Cathedral's Dean announces he will move on in May

The Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong has decided to move on from his post in May this year after 15 years in chargeHis decision announced today coincides with the completion of the new Clergy Court at Blackburn Cathedral which he has overseen throughout his tenure and which is now coming to fruition alongside the new and revitalised Blackburn town centre known as Cathedral QuarterDean Christopher pictured right was appointed in 2001 He has overseen a period in Blackburn Cathedrals history where its reputation has grown nationally and internationally as a venue for musical and artistic excellence and particularly for its interfaith work His new role will be Vicar of Welland Fosse a group of five parishes known as a benefice in Peterborough Diocese and his last service at the Cathedral will be a Choral Evensong on May 1 at 4pmSpeaking today Dean Christopher 68 said It is with great sadness but also great hope for the future that I will be leaving this amazing role in May of this year The people of Blackburn are so friendly and my wife Geraldine and I have loved every minute of our time in the town But I always remember that I run Lancashires Anglican Cathedral which happens to be based in Blackburn and collectively the people of this region are truly unique and welcoming It will be a great wrench to leave but until then I am keen to emphasise that it is business as usual until my last dayOrdained in 1975 following three years at Kelham Theological College and Nottingham University Dean Christopher was initially Curate of All Saints in Maidstone before becoming Chaplain of the College of St Hild and St Bede in DurhamHe then moved to York to be Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Domestic Chaplain to a previous Archbishop of York The Most Rev John Hapgood from 1985 to 1991 His next move was to be Vicar of St Martin in Scarborough and it was from that position he came to Blackburn Diocese in 2001 to be Dean of Blackburn Married for 40 years to Geraldine the couple have three childrenDean Christopher continued There will be time for proper and full reflection nearer the time of my departure and it has certainly been a series of highlights for me including in more recent times hosting Her Majesty the Queen for the Maundy Service in 2014 and of course the development of Clergy Court But whatever happens I am sure the Cathedral will continue to thrive under whoever is appointed as my successorThe Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson pictured right greeting HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on Maundy Thursday 2014 alongside The Dean said today Dean Christopher has given a lifetime of service to the Church 15 years of which have been at the Cathedral in Blackburn He will be missed by me and by the whole DioceseThere will be time for full tributes but for now I want to say that as the longest serving current member of the Bishops Leadership Team I am grateful for his support during my first couple of years in the role of Diocesan BishopAs we put in place the process for the appointment of a new Dean we wish him and Geraldine Gods blessing in these last few months in Blackburn and then in his new role in Peterborough DiocesenbspRonnie SemleynbspJanuary 17 2016

'Amazing' response from communities to flooding

Floods beset many parts of the North West on two occasions in December and communities are continuing to recover from the devastation This article gives a small glimpse of what happened from the perspective of the Diocese and some parishes Written by Diocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley it appears in the forthcoming edition of The See the Diocesan magazine for The Church of England in Lancashire distributed to churches across LancashirenbspIn early December the first floods hit and one of the communities affected was St Michaels on Wyre nbspWhile the community battled the rising waters the local church hosted a platoon of soldiers on flood relief duty from The Duke of Lancasters Regiment who slept on the churchs hassocksnbspThe Vicar of St Michaels and Area Dean of Garstang Deanery Rev Andrew Wilkinson said The soldiers were expecting to sleep in the back of the minibus but the church invited them to bed down for the night and use our newlycreated kitchen and our toilet facilities The Commanding Officer was delightednbspOur electrician and Churchwarden also worked all day to restore power to the church central heating boiler which kept them warmer than they might otherwise have been on a cold December nightnbspLater in the month just after Christmas further flooding hit several Lancashire communities including Croston and Whalley nbspThe newlyinstalled Vicar of Croston Rev Michael Woods said the community response to the crisis was amazingnbspThe centre of the village was devastated with many properties under water including several local businesses It is not the first time the village has flooded but it doesnt get any easier of coursenbspThe emergency services and the army were amazing and although the church was initially affected by the rising waters the levels had subsided sufficiently by the Sunday for us to open up the building as a place of refuge for all those working to stem the floodsnbspI was also amazed at the response from people who came to help us from near and far of all faiths as well For example a Sikh man from Coventry drove up specially and cooked Indian meals for the workers while a group of Muslim men from a charity in Manchester also came to help outnbspAll three Bishops issued statements available to read here and here of support and prayer for the communities affected to the media on the occasions of both flooding incidents and these statements were widely reported in the local and regional medianbspThe statements also promoted the main Lancashire flood relief fund and this fund is still open for donations Go to httpsmydonatebtcomeventslancsfloodappealnbspor text LFLD15 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070nbspThe episcopal team also visited affected communities at various points Bishop Philip was in Whalley alongside local vicar Rev Jonathan Carmyllie during the initial flooding and they helped out where they could Bishop Philip also tweeted pictures of the devastation including the one of the Army resting at St Marys Church in Whalley which were picked up by the media and helped to throw a spotlight on those affectednbspBishop Geoff visited Croston in Christmas week a visit that was featured on the local church website to meet affected residents and to thank emergency workers helping to clear the flood waters nbspIn Croston social media played a vital role helping people stay informed throughout the crisis Rev Janet Taylor Assistant Priest who works with Rev Michael Woods said the local Facebook page was vitalnbspI really saw how social media can help in a crisis like this The Croston News Facebook page which existed before the floods in December really came into its own she saidnbspIf someone had a need for something from food to sandbags they would post to the Facebook page and it would be answered within minutes The people running the site were as vital as the rescue workersnbspIn the New Year week Bishop Julian visited Whalley Abbey the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre which was affected by the waters along with the rest of the community and met with staff therenbspMeanwhile as January progressed there was an encouraging story involving Lancaster Priory nbspThe Vicar of Lancaster Rev Chris Newlands offered a temporary home in the Priory to the flood hit charity shop belonging to The Childrens Society The shop in Lancaster town centre was devastated by the flooding therenbspDue to be opened in late January by The Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt the popup shop will be onsite for a while and you can read more about it herenbspArchdeacon Michael said This good news is a great example of the way in which local churches are continuing to support people in their communities in whatever way they can at this difficult timenbspAnd Rev Chris Newlands added Last months floods had a devastating impact and at times like this its more important than ever for communities to pull together and for people to support one another nbspThe Childrens Society does vital work and is one of the charities we support so we thought this popup shop would be a brilliant thing to do I would urge local people to come and visit the church and shop and help support a really worthwhile causenbspThe shop in the far left corner of the stunning historic building postcode LA1 1YZ will be open to the public from 10am4pm on Mondays Thursdays and Fridays while repairs are made to the flooddamaged city centre unit nbspRead more about the plans by clicking here nbspnbspRonnie Semley18012016nbsp

Vision 2026, Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meeting

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

Attendance figures for CofE Dioceses in 2014 released

Thelatest Church of England attendance statistics for 2014 show that just underone million people attend services each weeknbspThesurvey carried out over four weeks in October 2014 found 980000 peopleattending church each week with 830000 adults and 150000 childrenAsa whole the figures represent a continuing trend which has shown a 12 decreasein attendance over the past decade with an average decline of just over 1 ayear This decrease is reflected locally in the figures for Blackburn DioceseThenational statistics with local breakdowns available here show that 24 million attended aChurch of England Church at Christmas in 2014 and 13 million people attended aservice at EasterAdditionally22 million people attended special Advent services for the congregation andlocal community whilst 26 million attended special Advent services for civicorganisations and schoolsSpeakingon behalf of the national Church on the publication of the statistics theBishop of Norwich the Rt Rev Graham James said The 2014 figures are notin any way a surprise Whilst the recent trend of the past decade continues ithas been anticipated and is being acted on radically nbspAs part of a prayerful and consideredresponse to these trends the Church is embarking upon the biggest renewal andreform process in over 150 years focusing our resources on prayer evangelismdiscipleship vocations leadership amp training Wedo not expect that trend to change imminently or immediately over the next fewyears due to demographics We lose approximately 1 of our churchgoers to deatheach year Given the age profile of the CofE the next few years will continueto have downward pressure as people die or become housebound and unable toattend churchMeanwhile aspokesperson for Blackburn Diocese said We note these latest figures for thenational church and the breakdown for our own DioceseIn commonwith all other Dioceses we have seen some decline yearonyear but it isslowing and there are signs of green shoots starting to show both here andelsewhereFor examplenearly 1000 people in Blackburn Diocese made the commitment to be confirmed atone of 75 special services across the county in 2014 Our figure of 965 was thethird highest confirmation total in the countryAlso attendance statistics do not tell the whole storyThere are many things our churches across Lancashire do that are not includedin this data from running homelessness services and hosting foodbanks toeducating thousands of children in our regions schools every dayIn addition the figures do not take into account of otheractivity undertaken by The Church of England locally and nationally such asChaplaincy work in the armed forces at universities prisons hospitals andhospicesNationally too the Church still carries out on average over1000 weddings 2000 baptisms and 3000 funerals every week of the yearIn BlackburnDiocese since 2014 we have also introduced our new Diocesan Vision Vision2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities which is confidentabout our future as Gods people in Lancashire TheVision invites us to make disciples be witnesses and grow leaders for JesusChrist and we will be taking proactive steps this year and future years toachieve our stated aimsWepray Gods blessing on our Vision work and on similar radical initiativesbeing introduced by other Dioceses to respond to overall decline socollectively we see the fruits of this labour beginning to show in steadilyrising attendance statistics over the coming decadenbspRonnie SemleyJanuary 2016nbspnbspnbsp

Vision 2026 Crossroads 2016 Deanery Meetings

In January and February 2016 members of the Bishops Leadership Team will be visiting all our Deaneries to share updates on ourVision 2026 and Crossroads Mission the Northern Bishops Mission in Blackburn Diocese 811 September 2016nbspThe Deanery evenings beginning at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm aim to inspire and encourage local churches to be actively involved in Vision 2026 and the Crossroads Mission and will be a creative mix including discussions and space for questions and commentnbspThese evenings begin at 730pm with refreshments from 7pm and are open to all church members People are welcome to attend the meeting in their own Deanery or any other evening or venue that is convenient nbspThe full list of dates and venues to date with times is here Please spread the word and see you thereFor more on the Vision including the Vision study course see under the Home menu on httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg For a video featuring people from across the Diocese talking about the Vision please click here And search generally on our Diocesan YouTube channel here for more videos related to the Vision and Vision worknbspnbsp

New year messages from all three Bishops

The Diocesan Bishop and Suffragan Bishops of The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese have produced special messages for New Year 2016nbspThe messages follow below and there are also YouTube versions of each message available to play in parishes and to share with families and friends onlineThe messages come from Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Bishop of Blackburn and the two Suffragan Bishops Rt Rev Geoff Pearson the Bishop of Lancaster and Rt Rev Philip North the Bishop of BurnleyThe Bishops have also commented on the recent flooding over Christmas in Lancashire seenbspthis pagenbspof our Diocesan website for more on thatThe Archbishop of Canterbury has also released a New Year message You can watch it and read the text of itnbspherenbspBISHOP JULIANS NEW YEAR MESSAGEnbspYouTube version availablenbspon our YouTube channel herenbspAs we embark on a new year its always daunting not knowing what is going to come our waynbspBut there are certain things from the Church of Englands point of view in Lancashire that we are very aware ofnbspWe have embraced Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities which will be the focus of everything we do for the next decade not just the next yearnbspVision 2026 commits The Church of England in Lancashire to making disciples being witnesses and growing leaders helping all church communities in Lancashire to be as healthy as possible so they can work collectively to share the good news of the Christian faith with as many as possiblenbspIn 2016 we have a number of really important events taking place and one in particular will touch every community in the County large and smallnbspFrom September 811 we have a four day mission event taking place in our DiocesenbspThe Crossroads Mission is a personal initiative of the Archbishop of York The Most Rev Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu and will see many of the Bishops from across the north of England coming to Lancashire for a weekend of mission to help parishes with the vision work This years event is only the second to take place the first being in Sheffield Diocese in 2015nbspChurch of England Deanery areas in Lancashire will be asked to put on a weekend of events and activities for their local communities at the same time as the Bishops are in the DiocesenbspThese events will be for everyone and we hope to see you at one of them there will be literally hundreds of opportunities to get involved in some waynbspThe year 2016 will be significant and important in other ways too for the Church locally particularly as we look forward to welcoming the new Archdeacon of Blackburn Rev Mark Ireland who joins us from FebruarynbspAs Archdeacon Mark will have oversight of and will work closely with churches in the Deanery areas of 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 TeamnbspMark will also have special responsibility for the strategic delivery of the work to take forward Vision 2026 working alongside our new Vision Coordinator Dave Champness who joins us in JanuarynbspSo while we dont know what lies ahead in some ways in other ways the work of the church in your local area and across the County will be focussed on exciting developments for Vision 2026 as the year progressesnbspI hope you will join us at some point to have some fun at the various events taking place and to learn more about the saving grace of Jesus ChristnbspYou will also be most welcome at any time of the year in any of our churches across Lancashire I wish you much joy and happiness as 2016 unfolds8203BISHOP GEOFFS NEW YEAR MESSAGEnbspYouTube version availablenbspon our YouTube channel herenbspAn interesting book about Sir Winston Churchill by his grandson reveals how both Hitler and Churchill came from dysfunctional families The big difference however was a young nanny who was much more than a care givernbspElizabeth Everest Winstons nanny was a spiritual mentor whose simple and resolute faith helped anchor a little boy who could be a troublemaker and a disappointment to his teachers Emotionally abandoned by both parents Mrs Everest loved Churchill dearly and protected him as best she couldnbspShe helped him memorise his first scriptures knelt with him daily as he recited his prayers and explained the world to him in simple but distinctly Christian terms Churchill and Mrs Everest remained friends and confidantes until her death in 1895nbspMy hopes for 2016 are that each child might have someone in their life who is more than a care giver Someone who can influence character in a positive way A person offering spiritual lessons that will lodge in the heart and guide their actionsnbspToo many children are missing out by not experiencing homes where there is an atmosphere of love and acceptancenbspThank God for the many foster homes and those who have adopted childrennbspThank God for teachers and godparents and those special individuals who pray and love and offer more than basic carenbspBISHOP PHILIPS NEW YEAR MESSAGEnbspYouTube version availablenbspon our YouTube channel herenbspFor the United Nations 2016 is the International Year of Pulses In China it will be the year of the MonkeynbspIn Scotland its the Year of Innovation Architecture and Design For the tourist industry its the Year of the English Garden In Abu Dhabi its the Year of Reading And for the geologists amongst you its the Year of WaternbspWe seem to have an obsession with labelling years Everything has to be the year of this or the year of that But what about you What will 2016 be for you Let me make a suggestionnbspPope Francis has declared 2016 to be a year of mercy And I reckon thats a pretty good idea for all of us whether were Christians or notnbspMercy is all about the compassion and forgiveness we show to others especially to those who dont necessarily deserve itnbspIt is undeserved and unexpected and for a Christian it is understood as an expression of the selfgiving love that we see in Jesus as he gives his life on the crossnbspMercy can bring joy where there is only pain It can make and mend relationships It can bridge divides and rekindle love Mercy is one of the few things that has real power to transformnbspSo why dont you make 2016 your Year of MercynbspMaybe there is someone you know who is in need or pain whose life would be changed if you reached out the hand of compassionnbspMaybe there is someone who know who is lonely whose life would be cheered by a phone call or a visitnbspMaybe you could be just that bit more generous with your time or talents or moneynbspMaybe there is someone from whom you need to ask forgiveness or someone who is waiting for you to forgive themnbspShakespeare talks about mercy being twice blest It is blessed in him that gives and in him that takesnbspSo 2016 could be a year when you bring a double blessing to the people in your life Try pouring in some mercy and watch what happens nextnbspnbspRonnie SemleyDecember 2015

New Diocesan Offices are now operational

The new Diocesan Offices are now fully openAll departments as well as Cidari and shortly DBE Services will be based in the one buildingThanks to parishes schools and other Diocesan stakeholders for bearing with us during the move when phones havent always been availablePlease continue to bear with us in the next week or two as we may still encounter some technical problems as a result of movingnbspnbspOur new address is Diocesan Offices Clayton House Walker Office Park Blackburn BB1 2QEnbspThe main phone numbers for the Board of Finance and Board of Education will not changenbspThe main phone numbers for Parish Mission Support and Discipleship and Ministry will change to 01254 503070nbspPlease ensure that all posted mail is sent to the new address Any mail sent to the old address of Church House in Blackburn will still be intercepted and forwarded on for a periodnbspFor more about the background to the move to the new offices please click here

Round-up of news from the Church of England in Lancashire

Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities is the new vision strategy for The Church of England in Lancashire The Vision will be the focusof everything it does for the next decade not just the next yearVision 2026 commits The Church of England in Lancashire to making disciples being witnesses and growing leaders helping all church communities in Lancashire to be as healthy as possible so they can work collectively to share the good news of the Christian faith with as many as possible Find out more about Vision 2026 by visiting httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and exploring the Visionrelated content under the Home menu nbspnbspThe Christmas messages from the Bishops of The Church of England in Lancashire are now available to read AND to watch The text versions are on the Diocesan website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg Each Bishop has also recorded a YouTube version as well You can watch them on the Diocesan YouTube channel search online for YouTube and Blackburn DiocesenbspnbspThe latest edition of The See the magazine produced by Blackburn Diocese of the Church of England for parishes across Lancashire is now available in churches across the region and on the Diocese website at httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg search for The SeenbspThe January 2016 issue is packed with the usual news and features includingnbsp The latest about plans for the new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities including an article about the new Vision branding News about the recent move by all Diocesan staff to new offices on the outskirts of Blackburn near the M65 Coverage of the recent visit to the Diocese by international speaker Bishop John Pritchard An article on the importance of Readers lay leaders in churches across Lancashire Plus the usual round up of other news and developments from across the DiocesenbspnbspAn exciting new era in the work of The Church of England in Lancashire has now begun as the majority of staff who work for the Diocese have now moved to modern offices adjacent to Junction 5 of the M65 The address of the new building is Diocesan Offices Clayton House Walker Office Park Blackburn BB1 2QE The new offices are occupied by staff working for the Diocesan Board of Education DBE which supports all the Church schools the Diocesan Board of Finance which provides administrative and support services to parishes DBE Services maintenance support to Church schools across the north of England and staff from Cidari the Diocesan MultiAcademy TrustnbspnbspA Messy Church is to be held at St John the Evangelist Church Addison Street Accrington BB5 6AG on Monday 28 December at 10am All welcome Refreshments and lots of things to do Contact Gillian Wallace on 01254 386620 for more information nbsp nbspOn Saturday 23 January at 730pmBrindle Brass Band will entertain with a mixture of Big Band well known singalong items and some jazz at St Silas Church Preston New Road Blackburn BB2 6PS Concert in aid of restoration of the historic Harrison organ Tickets from Jean 07935 498060 from Carole 01254 54991 or from the website wwwstsilasorganorguk or by email stsilasorganfundemailcom To keep the Church of England in Lancashires new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities on the agenda locally every Parish has been invited to appoint a Vision Champion who should be a member or coopted onto the church council It will be this persons role to speak up for and promote the Vision in the Parish and ensure it doesnt get forgotten in the routines of Parish life Could that champion be you Vision champions should be agreed by the end of January and names sent to visionblackburnanglicanorgnbspnbspThe Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund is now open to a new round of applications Full information including the revised guidance is available onwwwlpowrooforguk The application period has been extended from the first round to be 12 weeks with a deadline of midday on 26 February 2016 It is anticipated that decisions will be made in June next year Please note that there have been some small changes to the requirements and criteria nbspnbspOn May 10 2016 for one year only in The Church of England in Lancashire rather than separate Archdeacons Visitations where churchwardens are sworn in there will be one single celebration at the Preston Guild Hall As well as swearing in the Wardens each Parish will be invited to present their response to the new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities in the context of an uplifting and joyful act of corporate worship Keep logging on to httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg to find out more news about the event as its announcednbspnbspFrom September 8 to 11 2016 the Archbishop of York and many Bishops from across the north of England will come to Lancashire for the Archbishops Crossroads Mission event Local Deaneries will be asked to put on a weekend of events and activities for their local communities at the same time as the Bishops are in the Diocese Parishes should thinking now about how they might want to support this weekend of opportunity to reach people with the Good NewsnbspnbspMany schools and parishes in Lancashire helped to fundraise for the Melanesian Islands that make up Vanuatu in the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam earlier this year The Church of England in Lancashire joined with many other Dioceses across the country in raising funds for the stricken islands The appeal has now closed and the Anglican Melanesian Mission organisation has announced the final amount raised was 35011 School children wrote prayers of support and all of the messages sent have been passed on to the people of Vanuatu Some donations have been used to buy food medical supplies building materials and school resources The remainder will be used to prepare for future extreme weather conditionsnbspnbspJanuary 2016 sees the start of a series of residential retreats at Whalley Abbey The first talk entitled Logs and Splinters is to take a look at faith through the eyes of a carpenter The retreat will be led by Rev Graham Rouse who has Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Blackburn and also runs a small workshop in Chorley making bespoke furniture and a variety of carved and turned items The retreat will be held from the 25th to 27th January 2016 and will cost 175person full board Book your place by calling the Abbey on 01254 828400 or Graham himself on 07936 663602nbspnbspOn Saturday 23 January at 730pm at St Silas Preston New Rd Blackburn BB2 6PS Brindle Brass Band will entertain with a mixture of Big Band well known singalong items and some Jazz Being held in aid of restoration of the historic Harrison organ Tickets from Jean 07935 498060 from Carole 01254 54991 from our website httpwwwstsilasorganorguk or by email stsilasorganfundemailcom Tickets 10 adults under 16s 2 only to include wine fruit juice and canapesnbspnbspAre you considering training for ordained ministry The All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry which trains people for ordination across seven different dioceses in the North West and East Midlands is holding an Open Day on Saturday January 23 2016 All Saints is the parttime ministrytraining course that was set up in 2006 as a partnership between dioceses in the North West and more recently the East Midlands Venue for the Open Day is Wychwood Park Hotel in Crewe The day runs from 1030am to 330pm To book call or email Leigh Wood leighwoodallsaintscentreorg 01925 534 632 For more information visit wwwallsaintscentreorg and click on the Open Day Jan 2016 linknbspnbspAn Aegean Biblical Cruise is being planned for April 23 May 2 2016 by a Lancashire clergyman working with a colleague from Yorkshire Those taking part can take advantage of a unique opportunity to visit the ports of St Paul and St John aboard the MS Aura specially chartered by Maranatha Tours UK Rev Peter Lillicrap of St Marks Church Layton Blackpool and Canon Gordon Dey will colead a group of pilgrims who will spend two nights at a hotel in Corinth to explore Athens and Corinth and then seven nights aboard a cruise ship visiting Thessalonica Neapolis Philippi Istanbul Pergamon Ephesus Miletus and Patmos Great fellowship teaching and worship are promised Full board except at the hotel and air travel from Manchester For a brochure and booking form contact Gordon Dey at gordondey1gmailcom or 01274 499781 Or visit Gordons webpage wwwmaranathacoukcanongordonhtmlnbspnbspThe Disabled Christian Fellowship DCF group based at Christ Church Anchorsholme just outside of Blackpool has recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary The DCF meet approximately once a month for fellowship or outings and enjoy a variety of speakers throughout the year They would love to hear from new people especially disabled people or carers Phone Pam Varley on 01253 820857 or email raypamvTiscalicouk nbspnbspWith more than two hundred inspiring ideasthe new book A guide to fun ways to fundraise for your community church or charityoffers excellent advice on how to organise fundraising events and activities that are as profitable as they are funIt includes hot tips on how to set objectives choose a venue find sponsors publicise effectively and make sure your event or activity is safe and legalAvailable from Amazon priced 799 Kindle 397 Author Penny Hallett is donating all royalties from the book to a 55m church and community project in GloucestershirenbspnbspSusan Hughes who was the recipient researcher and coordinator for the Royal Maundy Service held on Thursday 17 April 2014 at Blackburn Cathedral is doing Powerpoint presentations to groups across Lancashire about the service The presentation covers the background of the event with all the processes involved leading up to the day itself If any group is interested in hearing more about Royal Maundy please contact Susan on 01282771120 or email hughesksmgooglemailcomnbspnbspThe Clergy Cottage Trust Charity No 225273 has a holiday cottage in a village called Pentewan on the South Coast of Cornwall The cottage is exclusively available to members of the Church of England Clergy their families and dependants at considerably reduced rates because of its nonprofit making status For more details and information please visit the website at wwwclergycottagetrustorg or call 01726 227828nbspnbspSt Michael and All Angels Church in Croston has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a scheme of major repairs to the roof and floors of this historic parish church The project aims to eradicate death watch beetle that has badly affected roof timbers and replace damaged and compromised timber in the roof and floors throughout the church Development funding of 34221 has also been awarded to help Croston Church progress their plans to apply for a full grant of 234100 at a later date The project aims to carry out essential conservation work to protect the structural integrity of the building improve access and enable wider use of the church buildings for schools visitors and community use nbspnbspThroughout England the number of rough sleepers and homeless individuals is on the rise Many lack the life skills support or confidence necessary to break the vicious cycle of homelessness Church Housing Trust provides funding that goes beyond the basics and gives homeless people the means to make positive changes in their own lives Funding can take someone from sleeping rough to getting support finding employment and moving into their own home For more information contact the Church Housing Trust on 020 7269 1630 or visit httpwwwchurchhousingtrustorguknbspnbspThe Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education has merged all its Twitter accounts into one main account that will make it easier to follow the work of the BDBE across all the areas it covers The Twitter handle is BDBofE The account complements the main Diocesan twitter account which is cofelancs So now you just need to follow the two accounts to find out about all the work of the DiocesenbspnbspFor all the latest news from The Church of England in Lancashire log on to the Diocesan website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorgnbspwhere you will also find links to the various departments and can find out about their work These departments include the Diocesan Board of Finance the Diocesan Board of Education Parish Mission Support and Discipleship and Ministry There are also links on the site to the Dioceses various social media channelsThe Church of England in Lancashires YouTube channel is going from strength to strength with more than 36000 views in two years of operation Search on the web for YouTube and then Blackburn Diocese and you will find videos and video resources galore to watch share and downloadnbspnbspDid you know The Church of England in Lancashire has a Flickr feed with more than 2000 photographs taken at events across the region The feed has been live for 18 months and the total number of views on all the pictures already exceeds 1m The pictures are divided into albums and the albums include pictures of events in parishes around Lancashire plus much more Search online for Flickr and Blackburn Diocese or cofelancsnbspnbspThe Church of England has a Church Legacy website httpwwwchurchlegacyorguknbspwith essential information for individuals considering leaving alasting giftto their local church in their Will The website provides further information on leaving a legacy example wording for your Will and information for Solicitors and for PCCs Church Legacy also shares parish stories where a legacy gift has helped transform a churchs futureLegacies of whatever size are a hugely valuable source of income to parish churches contributing 448 million to parish income in 2011 thats almost 3000 per parish church per yearnbspnbspIf your church or school is thinking about achievingFairtradestatus andyou want more information members of The Church of England in Lancashires Diocesan World Development Group are able to give talks in Church services or to visit schools Mothers Union meetings uniformed organizations and other groups For more details contactArtonMeddon 01524 64730 emailartonmeddbtinternetcomor CathGreenleeson 01772 613500 emailcathgreenleeshotmailcomnbspnbspDid you know ALL Church of England parish churchesin Lancashire can bookThe Chapel atWhalleyAbbey as a meeting roomor perhapsa place for quiet reflection once a year completely FREE Bookings must be made at least two months before the planned event If you want to supply your own refreshments a kettle can be provided and if it may also be possible to provide a mealin the nearby dining room should you want one There will be a cost per head for the meal if requiredFor more information call the Abbey reception on 01254828400nbspnbspNational Cherishing Churchyards Week organised by the charity Caring for Gods Acre CGA takes place in the second week of June every year Over the years a wide variety of events have been held ranging from local history tours and archaeology talks to family bug hunts and wildlife walks Now is a great time to start planning 2016s event Contact CGA to register and for more information on 01588 673041 or visit the website httpwwwcaringforgodsacreorguknbspnbspDid you know there is a FREE prayer app from the Church of England The app has been designed to enable people to pray with the aid of their smartphone and tabletsDaily Prayergives 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 languageDaily Prayeris available now on iTunes nbspnbspChurches chapels and meeting houses seeking funding for repairs and modernisation can apply to the National Churches Trust grants programmeThe National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects through its grant programmes From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilets its grants enable places of worship to continue to serve their local communities The National Churches Trust also works with local churches trusts on Partnership Grants which can provide funding for urgent repair projectsFull details and online application forms are available on the grants section of the National Churches Trust websitehttpwwwnationalchurchestrustorgnbspnbspIts been a busy few months for The Church of England in Lancashire Youll find all the latest news always available on the Diocesan website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg Make sure you bookmark it and keep checking back for the latest information And if you have a church website and havent already done so please link your website to the Diocesan website When you click through the news archive on the right of the pages you will also now find links to some useful communications resources for you and your churchnbspnbspBlackburn Cathedral Choir has opportunities for boys and girls from age 7 If your son daughter or grandchild enjoys singing joining one of the Cathedral Choirs can offer musical and educational opportunities second to none Furthermore membership of the choir is free in fact choristers receive choir pay in return for their singing Come to the Cathedral and find out more at one of the open rehearsalsLearn more on the cathedral websitehttpwwwblackburncathedralcomThe Cathedral is also on Twitterbbcathedralis the Twitter handleFor more informationcontact Director of Music Samuel Hudson on 01254 503 091 orsamuelhudsonblackburncathedralcouknbspnbspWould you be able to spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month to help out with the Chaplaincy Department at Royal Blackburn HospitalYou couldhelp 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 monthFor a conversation about volunteering contact Revd Andrew Horsfall the Chaplain on 01254 733632nbspnbspShaun Turnbull Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral is recruiting for their Young Peoples Choir teenagers and young adults The YPC rehearse on aWednesdayevening and sings the Sunday morning 9am Eucharist For more information contact Shaun onshaunturnbullblackburncathedralcouknbspnbspDid you know The Church of England in Lancashire has its own Twitter feed cofelancs which has more than800followers As well as regular tweets there is often livetweeting from key Diocesan events as well In addition there is a Twitter feed for the regions Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn bbcathedral and for the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre atWhalleyAbbey whalleyabbeynbspnbspHave you heard about Acts 435 Its endorsed by The Church of England in Lancashire and is a fantastic way of helping people to help themselves Participation in Acts 435 allows churches and individuals to reach out in a very practical way to those in need in your local community to provide everything from a school uniform to a replacement washing machine genuine needs that cannot be met easily in other ways Watch a video about it on the Diocese YouTube Channel search YouTube for Blackburn Diocese or read more on the Diocese website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg where you will also find an application formYou can also visit the Acts 435 website at wwwacts435couknbspnbspTogether Lancashirean ecumenical partnership of Anglicans Methodists and other Christians supporting church leaders congregations and community activists to tackle the effects of poverty nowhas a blog site where it compiles some of the best writings about Christian social action and urban ministry in Lancashire The blog isattlstoriesandreflectionsblogspotcoukYou can also follow it by email to make sure you receive each new article as it appears just enter your email address in the box at the top of the home page and click the submit buttonnbspnbspChurches in Lancashire are encouraged to always report church crime including metal theft to the police The police have issued a number of handy tips to help churches to reduce metal theftnbsp Report suspicious activity around buildings If a crime is in progress ring the emergency line 999 and other incidents can be reported on the 101 nonemergency number Avoid leaving anything lying around that could be used to help a thief eg ladders Make it difficult for thieves to move stolen goods by storing wheelbarrows and wheelie bins securely Consider antivandal paint and property marking Use alternative materials to lead for any repairs to reduce the risk of becoming a target for thieves Regularly check your roofs so that any theft is found before it rains and further damage is caused Consider installing security lighting particularly at roof level where metal roof coverings are presentnbspnbspAre you passionate about mission and ministry among young people Would you like to find ways to celebrate and raise the profile of work with young people and young adults aged 11 24 in The Church of England in Lancashire Could you help support the work of the Diocesan Youth Officer and other paid and volunteer youth workersIf so maybe you would consider joining the Diocesan Youth Committee in 2016 The Committee is looking for new members people who enjoy working with young people and young adults in parishes schools or colleges Members are encouraged to discuss issues and developments relating to young people and those who work with them They help plan and organise events and training for young people and youth leaders and seek to implement the clear priorities of the diocesan vision making disciples being witnesses and growing leaders for Jesus ChristThe Committee meets 3 or 4 times per year in the evenings Meetings are friendly and informal and wherever possible dates and venues are arranged to suit members Further information from Kat Witham katwithamblackburnanglicanorg nbspnbspThe latest Sanctuary event for young people across Lancashire takes place at Blackburn Cathedral in March 2016Sanctuary 2016 has the theme Treasure and young people will have fund getting together meeting new people trying new things and worshipping God We will be exploring what Hidden Treasure means for usThe date is March 5 From 24pm there will be games inflatables arts crafts sports and much more Then from 410pm well gather for music workshops worship games and food The event is for 1115yr olds and it costs 12 per young person financial assistance may be available and leaders come free Booking is essential you can sign up on our websitehttpwwwsanctuaryeventscoukGet it in your diarynbspnbspAn appeal has been launched for the victims of the floods in Lancashire It is being coordinated by the Community Foundation for Lancashire You can donate online at httpsmydonatebtcomeventslancsfloodappeal or text LFLD15 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070nbspnbspOn the Way with Luke is an interactive Blackburn Cathedral Bible Study which will be held in the Cathedral during Lent and Easter 2016 It will be also be available as an illustrated booklet and in pdf form It uses Lukes Gospel in support of developing Christian witness discipleship and leadership and is a resource that can be used in Lent or at any other time in the year It complements other resources produced by the Diocese of Blackburn as part of Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities The sessions at the Cathedral are all on Wednesdays 17th 24th Feb 2nd 9th 16thMarch and 6th 13thApril For further details please contact the Revd Canon Dr Ian Stockton at IanStocktonblackburncathedralcouknbspnbspAll are welcome to St Aidans Church Hall Station Road Bamber Bridge for their next Trash or Treasure Table Top Sale event where you can buy or sell unwanted items both useful and useless Its a chance to clear out your clutter and grab a bargain on Saturday January 23 2016 from 930am to 1pm Sellers to arrive from 9am tables cost 7 Tea Coffee and Bacon Butties will be served from 10am To book a table please call Ellis on 01257 267464nbspnbspRonnie Semley23122015nbsp

Messy Church - Accrington St John

Messy ChurchnbspTo be held at St John the Evangelist Church Addison Street Accrington BB5 6AG nbspOn Monday 28 December at 10am nbspAll welcome nbspRefreshments and lots of things to do have funnbspContact Gillian Wallace tel 01254 386620nbspnbspnbsp

Bishops' statement on latest flooding incidents

The three Bishops of the Diocese ofBlackburn The Church of England in Lancashire Rt Rev Julian HendersonBishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster and Rt RevPhilip North Bishop of Burnley have made a joint statement following thelatest flooding in Lancashire and other parts of northern EnglandThey said today Communities acrossthe County of Lancashire and in other parts of northern England have once againbeen affected by unprecedented levels of rainfall leading to flooding andevacuations from homes in villages such as Ribchester and WhalleyComing so soon after the lastfloods these incidents occurring during the Christmas period led to untoldhardship for many as they struggled to defend their homes against theunprecedented rising water levelsOur thoughts and prayers arewith all those who have had to leave their homes at a time of year when theyshould be relaxing in those homes with their families and friendsOur thoughts and prayers are alsowith those who are facing disruption in power supplies and with anyone whoselives have been affected in any way by the floodsAs with the previous floods earlierin December the emergency services and the army have worked tirelessly toensure the safety of those affected and we pay tribute to their steadfastnessin this time of trial We hope everyone in the worst affected areas willcooperate fully with their instructions and will draw strength from theirpresenceThere are also numerousvolunteers including volunteers from local faith communities doing what theycan to alleviate the situation We hope people will continue to pull togetherAt this time of year we remember thebirth of Jesus our Emmanuel which means God with us In Psalm 46 v1 itsays God is our refuge and strength an everpresent help in times oftrouble We hope people will draw comfort from these words at this difficulttimeThere is an online and text appealto help local flood victims coordinated by the Community Foundation forLancashire and we would urge people to give what they can at this difficulttime to ease the flooding crisis If you want to donate to the appeal you can do so by clicking httpsmydonatebtcomeventslancsfloodappealnbspornbspyou can text LFLD15 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070Ronnie SemleyDecember 27 2015

Deanery Vision Meetings

Deanery Vision Meetings Crossroads 2016 and Vision 2026nbsp730pm start with refreshments from 7pmnbspnbspDate Deanery VenuenbspMonday 11 January 2016 Poulton Deanery Christ Church Meadows Avenue Thornton Poulton FY5 2TWnbspnbspTuesday 12 January 2016 nbspBurnley Deanery St Stephens Oxford RoadnbspBurnley BB11 3HLnbspnbspTuesday 26 January 2016 nbspBlackburn with Darwen Deanery St James Church St James Road Blackburn BB1 8EPnbspnbspWednesday 27 January 2016nbspnbspBlackpool Deanery Holy Trinity Dean Street South Shore Blackpool FY4 1BPnbspThursday 28 January 2016 Preston Deanery Christ Church Church Hall Victoria Road Fulwood Preston PR2 8NEnbspnbspThursday 28 January 2016 Whalley Deanery St Mary Magdalene Church StreetnbspClitheroe BB7 2DDnbspMonday 1 February 2016 Garstang Deanery Preesall Lecture Theatre St Aidens CofEnbspHigh School Cartgate Preesall Poulton le FyldenbspFY6 0NPnbspMonday 1 February 2016 Chorley Deanery Church Hall St Georges Church St Georges Street Chorley PR7 2AAnbspTuesday 2 February 2016 Lancaster and Morecambe Deanery Ellel St John Chapel Lane Ellel LA2 0PWnbspWednesday 3 February 2016 Pendle Deanery Church Hall St Lukes Church Burnley Road Brierfield BB9 5JLnbspThursday 4 February 2016 Accrington Deanery All Saints Church Street ClaytonleMoors Accrington BB5 5EJnbspThursday 11 February 2016 Leyland Deanery St Marys Church Church Avenue Penwortham PR1 0AHnbspMonday 22 February 2016 nbspTunstall Deanery Holy Trinity Main Road BoltonleSands LA5 8DUnbspWednesday 24 February 2016 Kirkham Deanery Christ Church Garstang Road North Wesham PR4 3APnbspnbsp

An Advent Meditation - Broughton Parish Church

Broughton Parish ChurchChurch LaneBroughtonPrestonPR3 5AGnbspOn Monday 21 December 2015 at 730pm An Advent Meditation La Nativite du Seigneur by Olivier Messiaen nbspNeuf meditations pour orgue Played by Nigel Spooner OrganistnbspFree admissionnbspFor further information wwwbroughtonparishorguk nbspnbsp

An Advent Meditation - Broughton St John

AN ADVENT MEDITATIONnbspLa Nativite du Seigneur by Olivier MessiaennbspNeuf meditations pour orguenbspPlayed by Nigel Spooner OrganistnbspAt Broughton Parish Church Church Lane Broughton Preston PR3 5AGnbspOn Monday 21 December 2015 at 730pmnbspFree admission for further information pleasenbspvisit httpwwwbroughtonparishorguknbspnbspnbsp

Christmas Carol Service - Quernmore St Peter's Church

St Peters ChurchQuernmoreLA2 9ELnbspChristmas Carol Service on Sunday 20 December at 730pmnbspAnd Christmas Crib Service onnbspThursday 24 December at 3pmnbspRefreshments available throughout opening timesnbspnbsp

Christmas messages from the County's Bishops

Lancashires three Anglican Bishops have producedspecial messages for Christmas 2015The messagesfollow below and there are also YouTube versions of each message availableas well to link to to play in parishes and to share with families and friends onlineThe messagescome from Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson the Bishop of Blackburn and the two Suffragan BishopsnbspRt Rev Geoff Pearson the Bishop of Lancaster and Rt Rev Philip North theBishop of BurnleyBISHOP JULIANS CHRISTMAS MESSAGELink to YouTube version hereIt seems more difficult to enter intothat spirit of joy this Christmas because of the circumstances many around ushave to face at this time Just recently the floods in Cumbriaand North Lancashire have had a devastating impact on the occupants of manyhomes And for a number it is not the first time But there are similar situationsaround the world where natural disasters Chennai to name but one recenttragedy have sent a powerful message to the Paris Climate Change Conference But we cannot blame the environmentfor every disaster The extraordinary refugee and migrantcrisis this year with people fleeing their homes because of war and terrorismhighlights the suffering we inflict on others Sometimes however the flight fromour homes is for personal reasons like Maggie Smiths portrayal in AlanBennetts film The Lady in the Vanan amusing and yet serious account of homelessness And it is sad to recordthat the need for the Lancaster Night Shelter seems greater this year thanpreviously All of which emphasises the importance of a home a place where webelong and can feel secure and a place where we can be ourselvesSo in the face of so much sufferingwhat do we celebrate at Christmas Our circumstances may not be encouraging orpositive but then Christmas is not about us When God chose to enter this world asa human being where He should have been at home He was not welcomed havingto flee as a refugee as a baby to another countryEventually in His prime he was arrestedtried and crucified He was in the world but the world did not recognise Him Asit says in John chapter 1 verse 11 He came to His own and His own receivedHim not He was too difficult to have aroundand so the religious authorities got rid of Him Humankinds treatment of itsCreator is a devastating story of scandalous ingratitude and prideWhat is more having been rejected Hewaits to be welcomed today to make His home in our lives We sing of it in that beautifulcarol Oh little town of Bethlehemwith the lines No ear may hear Hiscoming But in this world of sin Where meek souls will receive Him still Thedear Christ enters in O come to us abide with us our Lord Emmanuel And it is because of this knowing weare not forgotten or being ignored by God that we can find peace in theturmoil of todays complex and suffering world When we let Him make His home withus when our hearts become the manger and our lives become a Bethlehem then westart to belong and have the assurance of a home in His presence for alleternitynbspBISHOP GEOFFS CHRISTMAS MESSAGELink to YouTube version hereFollowing therecent Paris attacks Private Eye magazine published a cartoon showing the JohnLewis Old Man on the Moon from their latest Christmas advert sitting on hisbench looking out at planet Earthnbsp Instead oftrying to connect he leans back and says At the moment I think I am in theright placenbsp In otherswords he is saying I want to keep my distance from this violent brokennasty worldnbsp It is too awful to embraceand feel good aboutApparentlythough the original John Lewis advert has encouraged a lot more volunteers tohelp the elderly and get involved according to Age UK The advertfinishes show someone theyre loved this Christmas That sense ofinvolvement has been seen in communities across the county as they come to termswith all the flood damagenbsp It stems froma real sense of being able to contributenbspA sense of givingWe have achoice do we ally ourselves with the Christmas story of a God who loved andembraced this world knowing the reality and cost involved or do we sit backand keep our distance from the problems and the painnbsp The latterchoice makes it very difficult to show someone theyre loved this or anyChristmasBISHOP PHILIPS CHRISTMAS MESSAGELink to YouTube version hereFor some people itsspiders For some its dogs For some its enclosed spaces But for me thething Im most frightened of is the dark I dont like nighttime And in thatIm in fairly good company Most people find the nightto be a time of fear and anxiety My mum used to say theres no good done outof bed after midnight and I think she had a pointAnd yet Jesus was born inthe night The Prince of Peace the promised Saviour the most important eventin human history and yet it happened in complete darkness at the dead ofnight in an obscure stable in near secrecy Why Because by enteringinto the deepest darkness Jesus has dispelled darkness with his glorious lightBy being born in the night he has shown that no darkness can overcome theglorious light of Gods new dayAnd it didnt happen onlyonce Still today Jesus is born in the night This Christmas he will be bornwherever there is human darkness He is being born right now in the midst offamilies who are dependent for a happy Christmas on food banks and paydayloans He is being born wherehuman dignity is undermined by abuse neglect torture greed or belligerenceHe is being born in Syria born in the hearts of those who live in fear ofterror born in the persecuted churches of the middle east and Pakistan andIraq Wherever there is doubtwherever there is pain wherever there is despair wherever the night seems tohave triumphed there a baby is being laid in the straw of a manger For Jesusis born to dispel the darkness with the light of his loveOver a thousand years agosome monks wrote this prayer as they awaited the feast of Christmas O Morning Star8232splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness8232Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness8232and the shadow of death This Christmas we rejoice for the Morning Star has risen the dawn hascome the night is dispelled The child born in the night has scattered thedarkness and the gloom and in him we can be children of light In the babyJesus love has triumphed Thats why we can say Happy ChristmasRonnie SemleyDecember 18 2015

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Wednesday 16th December 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbspnbsp

Grand Christmas Concert - Oswaldtwistle Immanuel

Immanuel ChurchNew LaneOswaldtwistlenbspOn Saturday 12 December at 7pm in the ChurchnbspGrand Christmas Concert featuring Baxenden Concert Band and The Conchord Singers nbspAdmission 5 and includes supper

Vision 2026: 'First of the 50' new congregation meets

A new Church Congregation has met in Lancashire for its inaugural service which also marked a first step for a key pledge of the new Diocesan VisionnbspVision 2026 commits The Church of England in Lancashire to Healthy Churches Transforming Communities by making disciples being witnesses and growing leaders helping all church communities in Lancashire to be as healthy as possible so they can work collectively to win hearts for Jesus ChristnbspOne of the pledges of Vision 2026 is to create or plant 50 new congregations before the 100th Anniversary of the Diocese of Blackburn in 2026nbspAnd on Friday 128 members of the First of the 50 met for the first time at St Nicholas Church of England Primary School St Nicholas Road Dill Hall Lane Accrington BB5 4DN together forming a new Church made up of people of all agesnbspListen herenbspto Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley on Premier Christian Radio talking about the new congregationnbspChair of Governors at St Nicholas School Jason Clemson is delighted the day has arrivednbspJason said We had a fantastic service led by Bishop Philip at which we asked for Gods blessing on the future work of a church community that will hopefully attract many families from the school itselfnbspJason was previously churchwarden of St James Church Kirk in nearby Church The St James Church Kirk building closed a few weeks ago and members of the congregation have taken the opportunity to join one of the three churches in the United Benefice of St Andrews St Mary Magdalens and St Peters AccringtonnbspAt the same time as this was happening St Nicholas School was considering the creation of a new church community in their building as a fresh way of engaging with the local communitynbspAs a result the new congregation met in the school for the first time for a Christmas Carol Concert on Friday and a number of its members came from St James Church KirknbspThe clergy leading the new congregation are Father Lawrence CarsonFeatham and Father Terry MurnanenbspFather Terry continued the story This is a new community congregation and we are very excited to be the First of the 50 A church is the people who meet in the building not the building itself and so this excellent local school is an ideal home for usnbspThe closure of St James Church Kirk was a difficult time for everyone but we are moving forward now with confidence and with Gods guidance beginning a new chapter in the life of the church community here in AccringtonnbspBishop Philip led the first service for the new congregation and is excited for the future He said I led the last service at St James Church Kirk It was an emotional occasion but behind the tears was the hope of this new church and I strongly believe that it will be very popular in the local community We invite everyone to come along including the families of children who attend St Nicholas School itselfnbspThe best and healthiest churches operate like the best families supporting and caring for each other through good times and bad So where better for this new church community to meet than in this outstanding Christian school where families and particularly caring for and nurturing the young are central to everything it doesnbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said We are praying that we will see real growth across the region over the next 10 years with a deep renewal of our life in the existing church and then with new church congregationsnbspSo I want to give thanks and all the glory to God as we welcome the first of the 50 new congregations we have pledged to create in the coming decadenbspOur Vision states clearly that we desire to make the Good News about Jesus Christ more widely known and we have a dedicated team of clergy lay ministers and staff and volunteers who are committed to doing just thatnbspBut this Vision starts and will take root at parish level We know that healthy church communities can have a positive and transformative impact on our societynbspThe Church of England in Lancashire already does a huge amount of good in very many lives and in so many ways and I look forward to the exciting new work this new congregation will be doing as it becomes an important part of community life in Accringtonnbsp The next event for the new congregation is a Candlemass Service on Friday February 5 starting at 345pm again at St Nicholas School Everyone welcomeTop picturenbspBefore the service Bishop Philip at right is pictured with local priest Rev Lawrence CarsonFeatham St Nicholas Primary School Headteacher Vicky Axon and Jasmine Savage age 9Middle picture Bishop Philip at front with members young and old of the new congregationBottom picture Bishop Philip preaches to the 128 people who came to the first servicenbspRonnie Semley11122015nbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 11th Decembernbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Charity Christmas Tree and Art Festival - St Annes-on-Sea St Annes

St Annes Parish ChurchSt AnnesonSeaFY8 3BAnbspA Charity Christmas Tree and Art Festival is being held from Friday 11 December until Saturday 19 DecembernbspThe Church is open from 1pm until 5pm every daynbspThe artwork will be provided by pupils from Heyhouses Junior School and AKS Senior SchoolnbspAdmission is free and refreshments will be availablenbspFull details can be found on the Church website wwwstannesparishchurchorg nbspOn Saturday 19 December at 7pm there will be a Festival Family ConcertnbspTickets are 3 for adults children freenbspRefreshments are included in the pricenbspA warm welcome awaits younbspnbsp

Parish 'joins forces' to play host to Army Platoon battling floods

As communities in Lancashire and Cumbria continue to battle the floods that have beset them for several days one parish church has opened its doors to a group of soldiers who are helping to stem the flownbspSt Michaels on Wyre Church near Garstang is at the centre of a community directly affected by the current flooding nbspThe church is hosting a platoon of soldiers from The Duke of Lancasters Regiment who are sleeping when they can between callouts and are making themselves comfortable as best they can including making good use of the churchs hassocksnbspTheir presence boosted the usual attendance at midweek prayers although some of the soldiers were understandably still sleepingnbspThe Vicar of St Michaels and Area Dean of Garstang Deanery Rev Andrew Wilkinson who is pictured with the soldiers takes up the story nbspHe said The soldiers were expecting to sleep in the back of the minibus but the church invited them to bed down for the night and use our newlycreated kitchen and our toilet facilities The Commanding Officer was delightednbspI visited to give them a few cases of coke and some chocolate and found that villagers had been showing similar acts of kindness before me nbspThe soldiers have been active as required on flood relief duty all day and night working with the Environment Agency They have been making emergency repairs to four breaches in the flood embankments of theRiver Brock that caused the flooding and helping with the evacuation of numerous dwellingsnbspOur electrician and Churchwarden worked all day earlier this week to restore power to the church central heating boiler which kept them warmer than they might otherwise have been on a cold December night nbspThen at our midweek service we had a church full of soldiers Some of them were sleeping on a collection of prayer hassocks for a makeshift bednbspWe are all praying their work will prove successful and the clay banks they have built prove strongnbspSt Michaels Church Facebook page is providing regular updates on the latest news for the local area Some of the latest updates on that Facebook site include coverage of a pastoral visit today Thursday bynbspRt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn and the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael EverittThe community is pulling together with neighbours rallying round to offer accommodation and help evacuated families alongside other offers of support from local businessesnbspAll the Bishops of the Diocese of Blackburn of which St Michaels on Wyre is a part have visited various communities affected by the flooding and have spoken this week about their ongoing concern They also thanked army and emergency services representatives and volunteers many from the faith communities for their ongoing effortsnbspBishop Julian Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster and Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley said These are tough times for numerous communities across the Diocese who are continue to struggle with the effects of flooding following unprecedented weather conditions across North West EnglandnbspOur continued thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been driven from their homes those who face the discomfort of having no power supplies and all whose lives have been affectednbspWe can only continue to admire the army and emergency services for their work during this major incident and it is important that people in the worst affected areas continue to cooperate with themnbspNumerous volunteers many from the faith communities are also doing what they can to alleviate the ongoing situationnbspHowever we continue to remain concerned especially for elderly and vulnerable people and those struggling to find the help they need We hope that people can go on pulling together in this time of crisis and will continue to do all we can to offer supportAn appeal has been launched for the victims of the floods in Lancashire It is being coordinated by the Community Foundation for Lancashire You can donate online herenbsphttpsmydonatebtcomeventslancsfloodappealnbspornbspyou can text LFLD15 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070Ronnie Semley10122015nbsp

Community Christmas Tree Festival - Salesbury St Peter's Church

St Peters Church Salesbury is having its first Community Christmas Tree Festival on 1012 December nbspThere will be an opening service on the Thursday at 730pm and the Festival is then open from 10am til 6pm on Thursday and Friday nbspAdmission is free but gifts and refreshments are available for sale nbspA concert by young musicians takes place on the Friday night at 730 tickets are 6 3 for children and the unwaged nbspAll profits go to local charities nbspFor more information ring Clare Harding on 01254 240127nbspnbsp

Statement on NW Floods from Bishop Julian, Bishop Geoff and Bishop Philip

Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster and Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley have made a joint statement on the flooding in the North WestnbspThey said today These are tough times for numerous communities across the Diocese who are struggling with the effects of flooding following unprecedented weather conditions across North West EnglandnbspOur thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been driven from their homes those who face the discomfort of doing without power supplies and all whose lives have been affectednbspWe can only admire the emergency services for their work during this major incident and it is important that people in the worst affected areas continue to cooperate with themnbspNumerous volunteers many from the faith communities are also doing what they can to alleviate the situationnbspHowever we remain concerned especially for elderly and vulnerable people and those struggling to find the help they need We hope that people can go on pulling together in this time of crisis and will continue to do all we can to offer supportAn appeal has been launched for the victims of the floods in Lancashire It is being coordinated by the Community Foundation for Lancashire You can donate online herenbsphttpsmydonatebtcomeventslancsfloodappealnbspornbspyou can text LFLD15 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070Ronnie Semley07122015nbsp

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 7th Decembernbsp2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbsp

Children's Choir makes Christmas celebration magical

Children from St Barnabas St Luke and St Philips and Baines Endowed Primary Schools all Church of England Academies within the Cidari family Blackburn Dioceses MultiAcademy Trust came together last Tuesday to launch Cidari Educations Christmas Celebrations at the beautiful Whalley AbbeynbspThe children were joined by Headteachers staff governors and parents who were treated to a wonderful evening of music and mince piesnbspEach academy sang a song from their Christmas repertoire and the evening ended with the combined choirs singing Away in a Manger and We Wish You a Merry ChristmasnbspLiz Agbettoh CEO pictured here thanked parents for their support and said that Children learn best when there is a real partnership between parents teachers and childrennbspOne parent said Since my childs school became an academy there is much more going on and I now feel I am part of the schoolnbspOther academies in the Cidari family of schools include Darwen St James St Aidans Mill Hill Great Marsden St Johns Primary Schools and St Georges High School in BlackpoolnbspAlso pictured are Becky ham Deputy Head at St Barnabas and Huw Rose Music Teacher at Baines EndowednbspFor further information please contact Liz Agbettoh CEOEmail lizagbettohcidaricouk Mobile 07969 643 307

Clitheroe Pop Choir & St Christopher's Swing Band - Chatburn Christ Church

Chatburn Christ ChurchnbspFriday 4 December 2015nbspClitheroe Pop Choir and St Christophers Swing Band will be providing some uplifting music and song and will lead the carol singing in the candlelit churchnbspafter the mince pies wine and the largest cracker pull in Lancashire allegedly which originated at this event 6 years ago nbspIt will be a cosy winter evening full of warmth of atmosphere and of temperature with the new church heating systemnbspIf you are planning to gonbspthere are only 8 tickets left and these are at Roy Porter Butchers in Chatburn nbspTickets are 10 and include refreshment All proceeds will go to the church nbspWhen these 8 tickets have been bought the event will be sold outnbspnbsp

Announcement of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund

The second round of the Roof Repair Fund is now open to applications Full information including the revised guidance is available on httpwwwlpowrooforguk The application period has been extended from the first round to be 12 weeks with a deadline of midday on 26 February 2016 It is anticipated that decisions will be made in June next year Please note that there have been some small changes to the requirements and criteria The main matters to note are that works must now be urgent within two years in response to oversubscription in the first round and to manage expectations of applicants and that a letter from the DAC is no longer required though a letter from the archdeacon remains a requirement

Catholic Evangelism and Vision 2026 - Preston Minster

Catholic Evangelism and Vision 2026Are the two compatiblenbspWednesday 2 December 2015nbspPreston MinsternbspAt 730pm to 9pmnbspIs there a distinctive Catholic approach to evangelismIf so how can it find its voice in Vision 2026An evening of input debate exploration and discussion ending with a glass of winenbspBishop Philip will give the main address and Bishop Julian will also be presentnbspClergy and laypeople of all traditions are warmly welcomenbspnbspnbsp

Baptism Matters

Baptism Mattersnbsp Welcoming families through the gateway of Baptismnbsp A Day for all Clergy on Tuesday 1st December at The Samlesbury Hotel 1000 am 430 pmAn evening for anyone involved in Baptism preparation on Tuesday 1st December at St Cuthbert Fulwood 700 pm 900 pmFor further information and details of how to book please see the Whats On page here

Royal Day for Lancashire Vicar as he begins Chaplain role

A Lancashire vicar who is the new Chaplain for The Church of Englands General Synod has spoken at his first Synod meeting on the same day at HM The Queen also gave an addressnbspEarlier this year the Archbishops of Canterbury and York appointed the Rev Michael Gisbourne vicar of Scotforth St Paul and previously a vicar in Freckleton and Garstang as Chaplain to the Church of Englands General Synod for the next five year session known as a Quinquennium nbspMichael has more than 22 years of experience as a parish priest leading people in worship and is involved in liturgical education at a Diocesan level with experience of constructing and leading worship at a variety of Diocesan eventsnbspWorking on a voluntary basis Michael will coordinate a team of volunteers drawn from Synod members and others to assist with the delivery of Synod worshipnbspGiving his short address to Synod this week to introduce himself Rev Michael Gisbourne said It is an honour to be here and I look forward to working with you to help the worshipping and pastoral life of Synod over the new QuinquenniumnbspWorship may not constitute the main business for which Synod meets here yet it is the foundation that undergirds inspires and sources all that we do as Christians The Archbishops are keen to welcome a broad range of worship and musical styles to reflect the range of traditions across the Church of England nbspThey long to see a greater integration between the work of business and the work of prayer so I plan to reflect this in our worship and to ground the Continuous Prayer Presence more deeply in our work and provide it with a greater focus on the business of Synod nbspThey have also asked me build up the pastoral presence and support available to Synod members and visitorsnbspIt is my hope to deliver the Archbishops vision to punctuate the business of Synod with opportunities for worship stillness and a refocusing on the reason that we are here to resource the mission of the Church of Jesus Christ across the nation and beyondnbspSpeaking about his appointment Diocesan 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 future General Synod meetingsnbspThe 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 levelnbspElections for members of General Synod are held every five years and this latest gathering was the first meeting of the new Synod hence the appearance of and address by HM The QueennbspFive clergy and six members of the laity were elected from Blackburn Diocese to this new Synod The representatives who will sit alongside colleagues from all the other Dioceses are as followsnbspClergynbspPaul Benfield Fleetwood St Nicholas Michael Everitt Archdeacon of Lancaster Fleur Green Darwen St Peter Alistair McHaffie Leyland St John Chris Newlands Lancaster PriorynbspLaitynbspStephen Boyall All Saints Preston Vivienne Goddard Holy Trinity Tarleton Carolyn Johnson St Hildas Bilsborrow Rosemary Lyon All Saints Appley Bridge Jacqueline Stamper Christ Church Lancaster Susan Witts St James Lower DarwennbspTo read the full text of Rev Michael Gisbournes speech to Synod please CLICK HEREnbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley26112015nbsp

Online Faculty System Briefing

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOW SOLD OUT WE ARE AT CAPACITY IN THE BUILDINGnbsp A DATE IN EARLY FEBRUARY WILL BE CONFIRMED SHORTLYArchdeacon Michael and the DAC invite you to a briefing regarding the introduction of the Online Faculty System to be held on Thursday 26th November 2015 at 700 pm at St Cuthberts Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwoodnbsp PR2 3ARnbspThe briefing is for incumbents and churchwardens and will give more details and information about the requirements under the new systemnbsp There will be information on the process to be followed clarification of the various lists A B and Minor Works as well as how to apply for advice from the DACnbspThe system will be introduced from 1 January 2016 so is particularly significant for those planning worksnbspTo reserve your place please respond by email or preferably use this link httpswwweventbritecoukeonlinefacultybriefingtickets19164197631nbsp or respond by email to secretaryarchdeaconlancasterblackburnorgnbspnbspnbsp

New Diocesan offices for CofE in Lancashire open for business

An exciting new era in the work of The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese has begunnbspThe majority of staff working for the Diocese have now moved to more modern offices approximately two miles from the previous Church House in BlackburnnbspThe building is on Walker Business Park adjacent to Junction 5 of the M65 nbspThe 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 LancashirenbspThe offices also host staff from Cidari the Diocesan MultiAcademy Trust while DBE Services which provides maintenance support for schools across the northern dioceses will move in to the new building shortlynbspA handful of staff with locationspecific roles such as those who work at Whalley Abbey the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre are not affected by the movenbspAt the end of the first week in the new building a short service of welcome was led by the Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson nbspIt was attended by many of the staff now working in the building alongside the Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt and the Acting Archdeacon of Blackburn Rev Timothy Lipscomb The Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson toured the building and greeted staff the day before the servicenbspGraeme Pollard Diocesan Secretary said The Diocesan Offices at Church House adjacent to the Cathedral in the centre of Blackburn were no longer fit for modern working practicesnbspWe 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 whole So we are delighted with our new homenbspThis move is about providing the best possible asset to the Diocese in terms of office space while at the same time ensuring that our staff have the best possible modern environment to work innbspWe are also pleased to be able to maintain our links with Blackburn as well as being much better placed now close to the motorway to serve parishes and schools across the whole of LancashirenbspCommenting on the move Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn said todayThis move is taking place as the Diocese is looking forward to a new chapter of its lifeIt is Gods timing that we find ourselves opening this new building at the start of our work forVision 2026 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 in the coming decadenbspIn the book of Matthew chapter 7 v2427 we learn the importance of building our house on solid rockThis new building gives us the security of a good foundation on which to build towards 2026 and I have already heard many positive comments from people who are settlingin about working herenbspI am extremely grateful to all those who have worked so hard in bringing the work on this building to fruition andI will be praying for all the staff as they begin work in the new accommodationnbspnbspRonnie Semley24112015nbsp

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th November 2015

Coverage of General Synod, London, November 24 and 25

The General Synod of The Church of England meets in London on November 24 and 25 You can watch a live video stream of proceedings via this linknbspThis meeting of Synod will be the first of a new five year cycle after elections were held over the summerFor the names of those elected from our Diocese click hereLinks to any relevant news from Synod will be posted to these pages and follow this link to all the papers for what is known as the November 2015 Group of Sessions and you can also Watch a new video produced to be shown at this Synod particularly welcoming new membersAnd this video also produced for the current Synod is designed to demonstrate the way in which the church is woven into the fabric of British societyFollow this link for background information on the General Synod and its workFor Twitter users this is the Synod Twitter feedFor a whos who in General Synod click hereThis latest session of General Synod at Church House Westminster will be opened by Her Majesty the QueenMeanwhile a Lancashire clergyman has been appointed as the new Chaplain for General SynodThe Rev Michael Gisbourne Vicar of Scotforth St Paul and previously a vicar in Freckleton and Garstang is the new Synod 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 worshipRead more about Michaels appointment on our website herenbsp

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th November 2015

Bishop 'saddened' by decision to ban National CofE Advert

As the national debate rumbles on the Diocesan Bishop for The Church of England in Lancashire has given his own reaction to the banning of an advert intended for showing in cinemas and created by the Church of EnglandnbspThe advert was developed to mark the launch of a new website justprayuk to promote the renewal of prayer in a digital age It features Christians from all walks of life including the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Rev Justin Welby each praying one line of The Lords PrayernbspThe website creates a place for prayer with advice on what prayer is and how to pray The site also provides a live prayer feed of prayers being prayed across the globe via Twitter Instagram and Vine with the hashtag justpray nbspOn taking office in March 2013 the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby announced three priority areas for his ministry the renewal of prayer was his first If we want to see things changed it starts with prayer It starts with a new spirit of prayer using all the traditions ancient and modernnbspThe Church of England nationally has produced an advert promoting the new website which was to be shown in cinemas from December 18 as part of the ad reel before Star Wars The Force AwakensnbspDespite the film receiving clearance from both the Cinema Advertising Authority and British Board of Film Classification the countrys three largest cinema chains Odeon Cineworld and Vue which control 80 of cinema screens around the country wont be showing the advert because they believe it carries the risk of upsetting or offending audiencesnbspRt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn said today I am saddened cinemas will not be showing this advert which features ordinary people from all walks of life praying a prayer that is said by people all over the world every day While I respect their right to make this decision it seems strange that having had approval by other wider cinema bodies that it has now been bannednbspIts a normal part of our culture that people promote things All advertisements are promoting something and so surely there is a place for people of faith to express their faith in that setting It comes down in the end to freedom of speech and there needs to be a place in our tolerant society for people to be able to express their views and beliefsnbspOur Christian faith applies to all parts of life and The Lords Prayer is a great source of comfort to many people There is a place for finding ways of getting this important and wonderful prayer into the ordinariness of everyday life and that is what this advert is trying to do It is unlikely to offend anyone and I hope the cinemas will change their mindBishop Julian also appeared on BBC Radio Lancashire on Sunday morning and you can listen here for 28 days The interview runs from 2h 09m 20snbspCommenting on justprayuk the new digital prayer space Bishop Julian added I am delighted to see the Church exploring prayer in this way For Christians prayer is central to our being nbspHere in Blackburn Diocese for example we recently held a series of six Call to Prayer events to give all the planning and work for our new growth strategy Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities to God from the outset These prayer evenings were attended by around 900 people nbspPrayer will continue to be vital as we progress our work on the Vision and this new digital initiative from the national church is to be welcomed as a new resource to complement more traditional ways of prayingnbspnbspRonnie Semley23112015nbspnbsp

General Synod

General SynodnbspnbspOn Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th November 2015

Bishop's Council and Directors

Bishops Council and DirectorsnbspOn Saturday 21st November 2015nbsp900am 130pm

Interfaith Week

Lancashire Forum of Faiths Interfaith Week is on today and runs from November 15 21 across Lancashire at a variety of venuesnbspClick here for what is happening today in the regionnbspnbspnbsp

30 year celebration for Inter-Diocesan Counselling Service

Whalley Abbey near Clitheroe in the Lancashire Ribble Valley is playing host to a service to celebrate 30 years of the North WestnbspInterDiocesan Counselling ServiceThe service has been offering a professional counselling service to clergy and their families full time lay workers and ordinands in training in the CofEs North West Dioceses for the past 30 yearsnbspIt is used by the Dioceses of Blackburn Chester Manchester Liverpool and CarlisleTo mark the occasion the organisation is having anbspcelebrationnbspat the Abbey on Saturday November 21 2015The event begins at 1030am for coffee followed by a Eucharist at 1130am celebrated by the Counselling Services Link Bishop Rt Rev Chris Edmondson the Bishop of Bolton Lunch will follow at 1230pmnbspAnyone who has used the service in the past or who would just like to celebrate the occasion can attendThe Counselling Service is a confidential service and therefore a rather silent ministry but on this occasion it is holding this event to reflect and give thanks and support those who have given their time and skill to support those in ministry within the North West diocesesFor more information contact facilitator Sue Jones by emailnbspsuejones12345hotmailcouknbspor call 01270 829141Details are also on the Services website atnbspinterdiocesancounsellingserviceorgukWhalley Abbey is the retreat and conference centre for Blackburn Diocese and is available for conferences and to hire out for all kinds of occasions Four star bed and breakfast accommodation is also available For more information about the Abbey and its facilities contact the Abbey offices on 01254 828400Ronnie SemleyNovember 3 2015

Interfaith Week

Lancashire Forum of Faiths Interfaith Week is on today and runs from November 15 21 across Lancashire at a variety of venuesnbspClick here for what is happening today in the regionnbspnbspnbsp

Interfaith Week

Lancashire Forum of Faiths Interfaith Week is on today and runs from November 15 21 across Lancashire at a variety of venuesnbspClick here for what is happening today in the regionnbspnbspnbsp

Interfaith Week

Lancashire Forum of Faiths Interfaith Week is on today and runs from November 15 21 across Lancashire at a variety of venuesnbspClick here for what is happening today in the regionnbspnbspnbsp

exChange at Blackburn Cathedral - Jesus and Mohammed

Jesus and Mohammed What would they say about religious extremism Blackburn Cathedralnbsp 945 am 1 pmnbsp 17th November 2015With Dr Shuruq Naguib Reverend Dr Anderson Jeremiah Lancaster UniversityMr Arif Fitzsimon Teacher amp Mr Andrew Pratt Advisor to Bishop of BlackburnFree entry please book your seat withnbsp nbspanjumanwarblackburncathedralcoukTelnbsp 01254 50308107903 731106nbsp

Interfaith Week

Lancashire Forum of Faiths Interfaith Week is on today and runs from November 15 21 across Lancashire at a variety of venuesnbspClick here for what is happening today in the regionnbspnbspnbsp

Statement on Paris attacks from Lancashire Anglican/Muslim Forum

Following the attacks on Paris Ali Amla and Rev Canon Ed Saville spokesmen for the Lancashire AnglicanMuslim Forum said on behalf of all Forum members We are shaken by the horrific atrocious and vicious attacks that have taken place in ParisnbspOur thoughts feelings and prayers are with the victimsloved ones We express our solidarity with the families of those affected and with the people of FrancenbspWe pray thatnbspwhatever we say and do in particular in the coming days takes into consideration peoples suffering emotions and sensibilitiesnbspAnd we pray that we avoid words and actions which add fuel to the fire lit by people that wish to divide us

Social Media: The Basics - BB1 For Life

Social Media The BasicsFREE LEARNING SESSIONnbspA beginners guide to using Twitter Flickr YouTube and online fundraising sites for the benefit of your church or community groupnbspMonday November 16 2015 andMonday November 23 2015nbsp7pm to 8pmnbspBB1 For Life72 NorthgateBlackburnOpposite King Georges HallnbspSocial Media sites can be a fantastic way to share information invitations photos good news appeals and much more but if you havent used any before it may all seem a bit dauntingnbspThis session aims to dispel any myths and to demonstrate that many social media platforms are easy to use once you know the basics Come along for an interactive session in the company of Kat Witham Diocesan Youth Officer and Ronnie Semley Diocesan Communications Manager to help you get to grips with the world of social medianbspPlease bring a smartphone tablet or laptop if you have one or can borrow one with you to the session If you cant get hold of a device to bring with you for the session please advise in good time and we will try to ensure you have one to access on the nightnbspTo book a place please visit the Eventbrite booking page herenbspnbspnbsp

Bishop's Appointments Team

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

Lights out at Cathedral for major new Fostering Campaign

Lancashires Anglican Cathedral one of many key NW buildings including Blackpool Tower and the Liver Building set to go darknbspBlackburn Cathedral is supporting the Child Action North West CANW campaign to encourage more foster carersNext Friday as part of the CANW 1200 Lights campaign the Cathedral will join Blackpool Tower The Liver Building and Lancashire County Cricket Clubs historic Pavilion at Emirates Old Trafford amongst others in going dark to highlight the need for 1200 extra foster care families right across the North WestThe switch off timed for 830pm on Friday November 20 will coincide with the end of a fundraising concert at Blackburn Cathedral The Cathedral will fall into darkness as the final note is sungThe Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong said The Cathedral is delighted to be hosting the fundraising concert and to be supporting this important campaign by symbolically turning off our lightsWe hope that by doing so we can help in a small way to bring into a spotlight the importance of foster caring in the North WestnbspFor more information specifically about the campaign please contact CANW Account Manager Sarah Foulkes on 01706 214340 or 07540 634814For a video about the campaign click herehttpbitly1NHCa67nbspnbspRonnie Semley10112015nbsp

Interfaith Week

Lancashire Forum of Faiths Interfaith Week is on today and runs from November 15 21 across Lancashire at a variety of venuesnbspClick here for what is happening today in the regionnbspnbspnbsp

Burnley Faith Centre, Discussion on Extremism

Burnley and Pendle Faith CentrenbspMonday 16 November 2015nbsp930am to 130pmnbspProfessor John Wolffe Open UniversityMohammed Jahangir Chief Executive Communica LtdnbspnbspnbspFor further details please CLICK HEREnbsp

Prisons Week - Blackburn Cathedral

Prisons Week 2015nbspTo benbsplaunched in the Diocese at Choral EvensongnbspOn Sunday 15 November 2015nbspin Blackburn Cathedral at 4pmnbspPreacher Janet Thomas Divisional Lead for Public Protection for the North WestnbspFor further information and details of the event please CLICK HERE nbspnbsp

Interfaith Week

Lancashire Forum of Faiths Interfaith Week is on today and runs from November 15 21 across Lancashire at a variety of venuesnbspClick here for what is happening today in the regionnbspnbspnbsp

Pastoral Assistant Quiet Day

A Quiet Day for Pastoral AssistantsSaturday 14th NovemberTabor Retreat Centre Preston1000 am 400 pm

Faith Sharing for the Fainthearted Morning - Lower Darwen

Speaking to others about our faith is something many Christians find difficultnbsp nbspFocussing on practical downtoearth help and support these mornings are suitable for all members of our congregationsnbsp They will address some of the fears and anxieties look at positive practical steps we can take to help our witness and highlight some of the excellent resources that are availablenbspThere are two opportunities to attend this event which will take placenbspon Saturday 24th October at St Cuthberts Fulwood and Saturday 14th November at St James Lower Darwennbsp Each will start at 1000am and finish by 100pmnbspSo that we know how many people to expect please book a place by clicking on the appropriate linknbspPreston 24 October httpfaithsharingforthefaintheartedprestonoctober24eventbritecoukLower Darwen 14 Novembernbsphttpfaithsharingforthefaintheartedlowerdarwenov14eventbritecouk

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 13th Novembernbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Respected retired Bishop completes two day Lancashire visit

The former Bishop of Oxford Rt Rev John Pritchard has completed a two day visit to Lancashire as Blackburn Diocese continues to move forward with its new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspBishop John is an international speaker and during his visit on November 9 and 10 he helped the Diocese to explore prayerful change particularly in relation to the new Diocesan vision All the events he spoke at were very well attendednbspBishop Johns visit follows the successful Call to Prayer evenings in October which saw nearly 900 people gather over six evenings in churches across the Diocese to begin to prayerfully consider the way forward in response to the new Diocesan visionnbspBishop John Pritchard has been Archdeacon of Canterbury Bishop of Jarrow and of Oxford and he has local connections as his father was Vicar of Holy Trinity BlackpoolnbspHe is known as a pastoral Bishop and a teacher of the Faith with a special emphasis on encouraging prayer in Christs disciples nbspOn Monday November 9 Bishop John led a Quiet Day at Whalley Abbey the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre with the title Learning from Prayerful Learners nbspThen at 730pm on Monday Bishop John delivered a Temple Lecture at the regions Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn entitled Slaying Dragons and which looked at how change is possible in the settled community of the ChurchnbspOn Tuesday Bishop John led a packed Clergy Study Day at St James Church in Lower Darwen on Learning and Teaching Prayer helping ourselves and others to pray more deeply earnestly and persistently nbspSpeaking during the Whalley Abbey event Bishop John said I was delighted to be asked to visit The Church of England in Lancashire to talk more about what I call sustaining the sacred centre through a healthy prayer life and mission and practical work in the community giving our work to Him for the glory of His namenbspEvery day the Church does vital work in our communities from street pastors to foodbanks and from youth work to prison chaplaincy and much morenbspSo my message fits well with the aims of Vision 2026 which is all about Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and is true to the gospel and true to the needs of the church nbspI am excited by Vision 2026 and look forward to hearing about how God works through His people in Lancashire to grow the KingdomnbspI have been made very welcome by everyone I have met over the past two days This is a fantastic County that deserves to hear more about the saving Grace of GodnbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said today I am immensely grateful to Bishop John for taking the time to visit us here in LancashirenbspHe has helped people in the Diocese myself included to take time to reflect on the way ahead and on why prayer is important and central to everything we do through our VisionnbspnbspRonnie Semley11112015nbsp

Area Deans' Meeting

Area Deans MeetingnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Wednesday 11th Novembernbsp2015nbsp900am 100pmnbspEnding with Eucharist and lunchnbsp

Baked Alaska with Riding Lights

Lancaster University Chaplaincy serving Baked AlaskaFrom the four corners of the earth come interconnecting stories of human beings living with the wild unpredictable effects of climate changeScientists farmers oil magnates climate warriors prophets mothers journalists and others just like you and me were all in the mix and hungry for a recipe of hope in the struggle about power Some will sound the warming bell some blow hot and cold while others make a pudding of the planetThrough the richly entertaining world of BAKED ALASKA the realities of climate change are served up with flair and clarity about the temperatures involved Riding Lights are creating annbspinspiring show which is challenging but fun urgent but hopefulBAKED ALASKAnbspis touringnbspnationally during the autumn of 2015nbspserving up a recipe for hope ready for thenbsp2015 United Nations Conferencenbspon Climate Changenbsptaking place in Paris this DecemberIn Blackburn Diocese the performances can be seen atSt Cuthberts FulwoodnbspMonday 9th NovembernbspBook your tickets hereThe Chaplaincy Centre Lancaster UniversitynbspWednesday 11th NovembernbspBook your tickets hereRiding Lights Theatre Company opened the booking office in July 2015nbspand tickets for each performance come on stream upon completion of host venue arrangementsBook your tickets hereThe show is presented by a solidarity of organisationsnbspincludingnbspChristian AidnbspOperation Noahnbspand thenbspDiocese of Lichfieldnbspcommitted to raising a Christian voice in the call to worldwide action

Finance Committee

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

Property Committee

PropertynbspCommitteenbspnbspTuesday 10th November 2015nbsp1000pm 12 noon

Mission and Pastoral Committee

Mission and Pastoral CommitteenbspTo be held on Tuesday 10th November 2015nbsp100pm 300pmnbsp

Clergy Study Day with Bishop John Pritchard

The former Bishop of Oxford Rt Rev John Pritchard will spend two days with us in the Diocese in November as we continue to consider the way forward in response to the new Diocesan visionBishop John is known as a pastoral Bishop and a teacher of the Faithnbspwith a special emphasis on encouraging prayer in Christs disciplesnbspTo promote this visit by Bishop John in your parish or school download a colour poster here or a mono version of the poster hereHe is an international speaker and duringnbsphisnbspautumn visit to LancashirenbspthenbspBishopnbspwill help us explore prayerful change particularly in relation to the new Diocesan vision Bishop Johnnbsphas been Archdeacon of Canterbury Bishop of Jarrow and of Oxford and he has local connections asnbsphis father was Vicar of Holy Trinity BlackpoolThe visit will take place on November 9 and 10 and two events A Quiet Day at Whalley Abbey and the Temple Lecture at Blackburn Cathedral on November 9 will be open to all See separate event calendar entries for more on these two eventsOn November 10 Bishop John will speak at a Clergy Study Day on Learning and Teaching Prayer and will discuss helping ourselves and others to pray more richly Clergy who plan to attend this Study Day should contact Jacqui Mallinson for further details on 01254 658920Bishop Julian said I am immensely grateful to Bishop John for taking the time to visit us here in Lancashire for two days in NovemberIt will take placenbspat a crucial time for us as we seek Gods heart for our new Vision 2026 and for Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesBishop John will help everyone in the Diocese myself included to take time to reflect on the way ahead and on why prayer is important and must be more central to everything we do through our Vision for the glory of His name

Baked Alaska with Riding Lights Theatre Company

St Cuthberts Fulwood serving Baked AlaskaFrom the four corners of the earth come interconnecting stories of human beings living with the wild unpredictable effects of climate changeScientists farmers oil magnates climate warriors prophets mothers journalists and others just like you and me were all in the mix and hungry for a recipe of hope in the struggle about power Some will sound the warming bell some blow hot and cold while others make a pudding of the planetThrough the richly entertaining world of BAKED ALASKA the realities of climate change are served up with flair and clarity about the temperatures involved Riding Lights are creating annbspinspiring show which is challenging but fun urgent but hopefulBAKED ALASKAnbspis touring nationally during the autumn of 2015nbspserving up a recipe for hope ready for thenbsp2015 United Nations Conferencenbspon Climate Changenbsptaking place in Paris this DecemberIn Blackburn Diocese the performances can be seen atSt Cuthberts FulwoodnbspMonday 9th NovembernbspBook your tickets hereThe Chaplaincy Centre Lancaster UniversitynbspWednesday 11th NovembernbspBook your tickets hereRiding Lights Theatre Company opened the booking office in July 2015nbspand tickets for each performance come on stream upon completion of host venue arrangementsBook your tickets hereThe show is presented by a solidarity of organisationsnbspincludingnbspChristian AidnbspOperation Noahnbspand thenbspDiocese of Lichfieldnbspcommitted to raising a Christian voice in the call to worldwide action

'Baked Alaska' - Fulwood St Cuthbert's

The Riding Lights Theatre Company is performing Baked Alaska a humorous play about the effects of climate changeAt St Cuthberts Fulwoodnbsp Monday 9th November 2015nbspAtnbspLancaster University Chaplaincynbsp Wednesday 11th November 2015 nbspIt promises to be a lively interesting fun and also challenging evening of theatre aimed at stimulating reflection amongst church communities and their networks before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year An island in the South Pacific has a problem Its hollownbspAnxiety levels are rising in a North American boardroom Eves garden is bursting with next doors rubbish Even the ducks have relocated theyre in BangladeshFrom the four corners of the earth come colourful interconnecting stories of humanity living with the wild unpredictable effects of climate change Were all in the mix and hungry for a recipe of hope In the struggle over power some sound the warming bell some blow hot and cold while others make a pudding of the planetVivid sharp and deliciously entertaining BAKED ALASKA serves up the realities of climate change with flair and clarity about the temperatures involvednbspnbspRiding Lights Theatre Company is one of the UKs most productive and longestablished independent theatre companiesnbspFor contact and booking information please CLICK HEREnbspnbspnbsp

Whalley Abbey Quiet Day with Bishop John Pritchard

The former Bishop of Oxford Rt Rev John Pritchard will spend two days with us in the Diocese in November as we continue to consider the way forward in response to the new Diocesan visionBishop John is known as a gentle pastoral Bishop and a teacher of the Faithnbspwith a special emphasis on encouraging prayer in Christs disciplesnbspTo promote this visit in your parish or school download a colour poster here or a mono version of the poster hereHe is an international speaker and during thisnbspautumn visit to LancashirenbspthenbspBishopnbspwill help us explore prayerful change particularly in relation to the new Diocesan vision Bishop Johnnbsphas been Archdeacon of Canterbury Bishop of Jarrow and of Oxford and he has local connections asnbsphis father was Vicar of Holy Trinity BlackpoolThe visit will take place on November 9 and 10 and two events on November 9 will be open to all During the day on the 9th there will be a Quiet Day at Whalley Abbey from 10am to 4pm with the title Learning from Prayerful Learners The event will give those who attend the opportunity to consider how the wisdom of the heroes of faith can help us to prayThe cost for this Quiet Day even is 10 including soup and sandwiches for lunch and you can book your place by calling the Abbey on 01254 828400Later in the day Bishop John will deliver the Temple Lecture in Blackburn Cathedral See separate events calendar entry for more on this

Temple Lecture by Bishop John Pritchard

The former Bishop of Oxford Rt Rev John Pritchard is spending two days with us in the Diocese on November 9 and 10 as we continue to consider the way forward in response to the new Diocesan visionBishop John is known as a pastoral Bishop and a teacher of the Faithnbspwith a special emphasis on encouraging prayer in Christs disciplesnbspTo promote this visit in your parish or school download a colour poster here or a mono version of the poster hereHe is an international speaker and duringnbsphisnbspautumn visit to LancashirenbspthenbspBishopnbspwill help us explore prayerful change particularly in relation to the new Diocesan vision Bishop Johnnbsphas been Archdeacon of Canterbury Bishop of Jarrow and of Oxford and he has local connections asnbsphis father was Vicar of Holy Trinity BlackpoolThe visit will take place on November 9 and 10 and two events on November 9 will be open to all During the day on the 9th there is a Quiet Day at Whalley Abbey from 10am to 4pm See separate events entry for moreAt 730pm on the 9th Bishop John will give the annual Temple Lecture at the regions Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn which will be entitled Slaying Dragons and will examine how change is possible in the settled community of the Church This is a FREE event and all are welcome no ticket is requiredOn the 10th Bishop John will lead a Clergy Study Day Details about this event for clergy feature separately on the events calendar

New Archdeacon of Blackburn is announced

Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has appointed Rev Mark Ireland as the new Archdeacon of Blackburn in The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn DiocesenbspMark Ireland 55 is currently Vicar of All Saints Church in Wellington with St Catherines Church in Eyton both in the Diocese of LichfieldnbspHe knows the Diocese of Blackburn well having begun his career in ministry here as a Curate at St Gabriels Church in Blackburn from 19841987nbspThat role was followed by another stint as a Curate at Lancaster Priory and Chaplain at Lancaster Prison from 19871989 before he was appointed Vicar of Baxenden St John Church near Accrington where he remained until moving south in 1997 to Lichfield nbspMark Ireland takes over as Archdeacon from John Hawley who retired in the summer after 13 years in the role He is looking forward to returning to the North West with his wife Gill An introductory video is available to view on the Diocesan YouTube Channelnbspsearch online for YouTube and Blackburn DiocesenbspSpeaking today he said I feel both excited and humbled to have been chosen as the next Archdeacon of Blackburn and to return to the region where I was ordained and where I served my first curacy at St Gabriels nbspFor Gill and I it will also be very special to come back to Lancashire for another reason as we first met when we both lived in Baxenden We have very many happy memories of our time in the countynbspWhen I start in the role I also hope to rekindle my relationship with Blackburn Rovers Football Club I used to have a season ticket when I was last in the DiocesenbspBeing an Archdeacon will be very different from being a vicar Bishop Julian described the role of archdeacon to me as the oil in the engine of the Diocese an often hidden role that helps to keep the whole machine running smoothly nbspHaving been in parishbased ministry for the past 30 years I have an acute understanding of the pressures and daytoday life of ministry in parishes which will help me in carrying out the responsibilities of the rolenbspMark Ireland is a member of the Archbishops Council which is leading and developing the national Reform and Renewal agenda for The Church of EnglandnbspHe is the coauthor of five books on mission evangelism and spirituality with another out in December on the subject of Making New DisciplesnbspAs Archdeacon of Blackburn he will have special responsibility for the strategic delivery of the work to take forward new Diocesan Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspHe continued In a changing culture God is calling us to find new ways to present the unchanging Gospel so that we can make disciples for Jesus Christ who will transform their communitiesnbspSo it is exciting to be joining the Diocese of Blackburnnbspas it embarks on an ambitious decade of teaching the Scriptures praying for renewal and making new disciples under the auspices of its new Vision 2026nbspVision 2026 gives us some clear priorities to work on through making disciples being witnesses and growing leaders for Jesus Christ nbspI look forward to working with colleagues on the Bishops Leadership Team alongside clergy and laity from across the Diocese to make the Vision a realitynbspI would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to my predecessor Archdeacon John Hawley and to give thanks to God for his many years of service to the DiocesenbspPlease pray for me and Gill as we say goodbye to many special friends in Telford and prepare to return to LancashirenbspMark Ireland will be one of two Archdeacons in the Diocese The Venerable Michael Everitt is the Archdeacon of Lancaster which covers the northern half of the DiocesenbspArchdeacon Michael said today I am delighted to welcome Mark back to the Diocese as a fellow Archdeacon I first encountered Marks pastoral care and insights in mission when he visited our Link Diocese of Free State in South Africa when I was living there in 1990s nbspHe has a pastoral and missionary heart which will be a tremendous asset as we move forward with Vision 2026nbspIn welcoming Rev Mark Ireland as the new Archdeacon of Blackburn Bishop Julian said today I am delighted that Mark together with his wife Gill are rejoining us here in the Diocese of Blackburn My colleagues on the Leadership Team and I are looking forward to working with him and to benefiting from his skills as we move forward with our new Vision for Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspMark comes to us with a wealth of experience and he is certain to make a significant contribution to the life of The Church of England in LancashirenbspIn the meantime please remember Mark and Gill in your prayers as he prepares to leave Lichfield for this important new rolenbspnbspRonnie Semley06112015nbspnbsp

Important update on Gift Aid envelopes

After a successful campaign by the Envelopes System HMRC are now relaxing to deadline on using up existing stocks of Gift Aid declaration envelopes They must have been ordered and printed before the new Gift Aid declarations were published on HMRCs website nbspThey do recommend though that charities introduce the new wording by April 2016 to reduce the number of nontaxpayers that currently complete Gift Aid declarations nbspPlease go the Parish Resources website for more information on Gift Aid wwwparishresourcesorgukgiftaidnbspnbspRuth McGaughey09112015nbsp

Respected retired Bishop to visit Lancashire for two days

The former Bishop of Oxford Rt Rev John Pritchard will spend two days Lancashire next week as The Church of England in Lancashire moves forward with its new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspBishop John is an international speaker and during his visit he will help the Diocese to explore prayerful change particularly in relation to the new Diocesan VisionnbspHis visit on November 9 and 10 follows the successful Call to Prayer across the Diocese of Blackburn in October which saw more than 850 people gather over six evenings in churches across the Diocese to begin to prayerfully consider the way forward in response to the new Diocesan VisionnbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said today I am immensely grateful to Bishop John for taking the time to visit us here in LancashirenbspHis visit takes place at a crucial time for us as we seek Gods heart for our new Vision 2026 and for Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspBishop John will help everyone in the Diocese myself included to take time to reflect on the way ahead and on why prayer is important and must be more central to everything we do through our Vision for the glory of His namenbspBishop John Pritchard has been Archdeacon of Canterbury Bishop of Jarrow and of Oxford and he has local connections as his father was Vicar of Holy Trinity BlackpoolnbspHe is known as a pastoral Bishop and a teacher of the Faith with a special emphasis on encouraging prayer in Christs disciplesnbspThere will be two events on November 9 which are open to all During the day on the 9th there will be a Quiet Day at Whalley Abbey from 10am to 4pm with the title Learning from Prayerful Learners nbspThe cost for this Quiet Day even is 10 including soup and sandwiches for lunch and places can be booked by calling the Abbey on 01254 828400nbspThen at 730pm on the 9th Bishop John will deliver a Temple Lecture at the regions Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn entitled Slaying Dragons which will examine how change is possible in the settled community of the Church This is a FREE event and all are welcome no ticket is requirednbspThe following day Bishop John will speak at a Clergy Study Day at St James Church in Lower Darwen on Learning and Teaching Prayer helping ourselves and others to pray more deeply earnestly and persistently Clergy from across Lancashire who havent yet booked but plan to attend this Study Day should contact Jacqui Mallinson in Parish Mission Support on 01254 658920nbspPosters to promote the two day visit available in colour or black and white can be downloaded here and herenbspnbspRonnie Semley05112015nbspnbsp

Lancashire Bishops to lead Remembrance Sunday Services

As churches of all sizes across the County prepare for Remembrance Sunday services this Sunday November 8 Lancashires three Bishops will be present to lead three very different eventsnbspDiocesan Bishop and Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson will attend a Civic Service at Blackburn Cathedral the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson is at an ecumenical service in Forton Village Hall while the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North is attending a local commemoration by churches in Read and SimonstonenbspThe Civic Service at Blackburn Cathedral begins at 930am on Remembrance Sunday and will be sung by the Young Peoples ChoirAlso in attendance alongside Bishop Julian will be the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen Councillor Faryad Hussain and Mrs Parveen Hussain and other civic and regimental representatives The traditional wreath laying ceremony will follow the service when there will be a Civic procession to the Corporation Park Gardens of Remembrance More information is available on the local Council website herenbspBishop Julian encourages everyone across Lancashire to attend a service near them and to pause for two minutes on Sunday to remember the sacrifices made particularly as the nation continues to mark ongoing centenaries in relation to World War OnenbspSpeaking today he said We should not forget the horrors of war and the deep wounds of trauma that can scar for years to come Sadly war always seems to be with us and our armed forces continue to serve in troublespots across the world todaynbspSo as well as reflecting on past losses we should remember in our prayers those serving their country today in the armed forces give thanks for them and pray for their safety and for their familiesnbspBishop Philip will attend the Remembrance Sunday service at St Johns Church in Read at 930am before walking with the congregation to meet others at St Peters Church in Simonstone for a joint wreath laying ceremony at 1120amnbspThe Bishop will then join a community gathering of both congregations after the commemorationsnbspBishop Philip said today I am honoured to be joining with the congregations in Read and Simonstone to remember before God the sacrifice across the years of many brave men and women nbspWe owe so much to those who dedicate their lives to defending our country sometimes paying the ultimate sacrificenbspAt the same time our armed forces continue to protect our freedom today and so we honour them as well asking God to protect them and to watch over their familiesnbspBishop Geoff will attend an ecumenical service at Forton Village Hall on School Lane in Forton opposite the primary school The service begins at 1015am and will be followed by a parade outside for an act of Remembrance at the nearby war memorialnbspHe said today It is a privilege to join the people of Forton for their annual service As I stand in Gods presence I will give thanks for the sacrifices made by men and women from our local communities and beyond nbspThey should never be forgotten we owe our freedom today to sacrifices they made for us in the pastnbspnbspRonnie Semley05112015nbsp

Property Standing Committee

Property Standing CommitteenbspnbspTuesday 3rd November 2015nbsp100pm 300pm

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 2nd November 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbsp nbsp

Jack Straw delivers Temple Lecture at Blackburn Cathedral

The Rt Hon Jack Straw the MP for Blackburn from 1979 to his retirement this year is to reflect on his long career in a major lecture to be delivered next month at Blackburn Cathedral in LancashirenbspMr Straw has been invited by the Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson to deliver one of this years William Temple Lectures in the North Transept of the Cathedral on November 11 at 745pmnbspNamed for Archbishop William Temple the lectures are FREE and open to all no ticket required and are organised by the Cathedral on an annual basis They usually tackle contemporary or ethical issues related to church or societynbspSpeaking today Jack Straw said I am looking forward enormously to this opportunity to speak about my career serving the people of Blackburn in Parliament nbspFor 36 years I had the privilege of representing the town at Westminster serving in a variety of roles in opposition and in Government nbspThis lecture will give me a chance to share some insights and reflections as well as telling some stories that I hope will amuse and entertain those who come to hear me speaknbspTemple Lecture organiser Cathedral Canon Rev Dr Ian Stockton said today The Rt Hon Jack Straw has served his constituency of Blackburn and his country as a British politician of integrity distinction and hard work nbspHis honest and considered approach to politics has for more than half a lifetime helped many of his constituents and enriched our public life nbspThe Bishop of Blackburn and the Cathedral wanted Jack Straw to have the opportunity to reflect on his 36 years as a parliamentarian and local MP nbspThe Cathedral provides a space for Mr Straw to share his reflections with a wide audience We have valued his continuing support for honest dialogue and our community cohesion worknbspBetween 1945 and the General Election this year the town of Blackburn in Lancashire had just two MPs Jack Straw was elected in 1979 and retired in 2015 He followed Barbara Castle who represented the town in Parliament from 1945 to 1979 The current MP who took over from Jack Straw is Kate HollernnbspMr Straw served in the in the Cabinet from 1997 to 2010 and was Home Secretary 1997 to 2001 and Foreign Secretary 2001 to 2006 From 2007 to 2010 he served as Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice After the Labour Party lost power in May 2010 Mr Straw briefly served as Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Justice SecretarynbspBishop Julian said I am delighted Jack Straw has agreed to deliver this years Temple Lecture at Blackburn CathedralnbspWith his extensive experience in Parliament which began when he was elected in the late 1970s Jack Straws reflections are sure to be fascinating and will be of interest not only to the people of Blackburn itself but to many others from far beyond the town I look forward to hearing what he has to saynbspThe Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong added Blackburn Cathedral is looking forward to hosting Jack Straw I and my predecessors have worked closely with Jack over many years for the good of the town of Blackburn and so it is fitting Mr Straw has chosen the Cathedral for this important lecturenbspnbspRonnie Semley29102015nbsp

Faith Sharing for the Fainthearted Morning - Preston

Speaking to others about our faith is something many Christians find difficultnbsp nbspFocussing on practical downtoearth help and support these mornings are suitable for all members of our congregationsnbsp They will address some of the fears and anxieties look at positive practical steps we can take to help our witness and highlight some of the excellent resources that are availablenbspThere are two opportunities to attend this event which will take placenbspon Saturday 24th October at St Cuthberts Fulwood and Saturday 14th November at St James Lower Darwennbsp Each will start at 1000am and finish by 100pmnbspSo that we know how many people to expect please book a place by clicking on the appropriate linknbspPreston 24 October httpfaithsharingforthefaintheartedprestonoctober24eventbritecoukLower Darwen 14 Novembernbsphttpfaithsharingforthefaintheartedlowerdarwenov14eventbritecouk

Bishop calls for courage to take Diocesan Vision forward

Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has delivered a stirring Presidential Address at the Diocesan Synod which met recently in St Cuthberts Church in PrestonnbspSpeaking to more than 100 members of the Synod Bishop Julian said he had been delighted with the turnout at the recent Vision Calls to Prayer across the Diocese with the six evenings being attended by more than 850 people But he said now the hard work was about to begin and great courage in the face of fear to take forward the Vision was requirednbspIn the address available here to watch on the Diocesan YouTube channel or to read herenbspthe Bishop acknowledged some people will have fears the Vision wont work that some will fear opposition to what the Diocese is planning both inside and outside the Church and some may fear that God may not bless the initiative nbspBishop Julian said Each part of Vision 2026 if we persist in seeking to implement it will challenge much of what we are and what we do as church and that will be uncomfortable It will not always find favour and so will require courage to see it throughnbspCiting examples from history of people who have shown great courage in spreading the Gospel of Christ he continued Our trials are not very serious when we remember our history and those who have been martyred for their faith in JesusnbspSuch examples of Christian courage from history and from our own day should inspire us to play our part in standing up for the cause of the Gospel Our vision calls for courage to triumph over fear courage to follow in the footsteps of JesusnbspThe new Vision 2026 for the Diocese has at its core three main strands of work making Disciples of Jesus being witnesses to Jesus and growing leaders for Jesus To succeed it will require the support and engagement of every part of the church community clergy and laity nonclergy alikenbspTalking about the three strands Bishop Julian added The Vision calls for courage to work at making Disciples We need to have courage to be unashamed of Gods Word Courage is required to make time to pray and to persist in prayer believing it to be a key to growth Courage is needed to teach and practice stewardship especially the joy of givingnbspThe vision calls for courage to work at being witnesses We need a fresh Holy Spirit boldness to not be afraid of what others think or may say or do as we intentionally seek to lead others to faith in Jesus Christ hold enquirers courses step out in practical servicenbspMeanwhile considerable courage will also be needed to fulfil our aim of planting or renewing 50 congregations in the next ten yearsnbspFinally the Vision calls for courage to grow leaders in each community and for the next generationnbspPromoting lay leadership will be challenged by those who think leadership has to be ordained rethinking patterns of worship to make them more accessible to an increasingly secular society will create anxiety among our regular and faithful corenbspWe also need to have the courage to make work among children young people and families a priority this is wise long term planningnbspBishop Julian concluded For the sake of the generations to come the least we can do is step up to the plate put our heads above the parapet and take whatever flack comes our way for being unashamed of Jesus and the Gospel of salvationnbspnbspRonnie Semley23102015nbsp

Financial Assistance Group

Financial Assistance GroupnbspnbspThursday 22nd October 2015nbsp300pm 500pm

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Monday 19th October 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbspnbsp

Diocesan Synod

Diocesan SynodnbspTo be held at Fulwood St CuthbertsnbspOn Saturday 17th October 2015nbsp930am 100pm

Hotpot Night - Fulwood Free Methodist Church

Hotpot NightnbspFulwood Free Methodist ChurchnbspTo be held on Saturday 17 October 2015nbspFor more information please click on the link belownbsphttphotpotinfowixcomhotpot nbspnbsp

Huge response to Prayer launch of Diocesan Vision 2026

A total of 884 people have turned out to six prayer evenings across Lancashire to mark the launch of the Diocese of Blackburns new growth strategy Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspChurches in Scotforth Padiham Marton Preston Leyland and Blackburn were packed to hear the Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson speak about the new Vision which commits the Diocese to a decade of growthnbspBishop Julian was joined at the evenings by several other contributors including the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North and the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael EverittnbspThose attending were called to prayer using different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual including a exciting new video featuring people of all backgrounds clergy and laity young and old from across the Diocese talking about the Vision That video is now available to view on the Diocesan YouTube channel nbspPictures from all six prayer evenings can be viewed on the Diocesan Flickr feed herenbspVideo excerpts of the talks given at the prayer evenings which were filmed at St Andrews in Leyland and at Christ Church in Blackburn are available to view on YouTube herenbspThe prayer evenings took place at the following venues on the following datesnbspMonday 5 October St Paul ScotforthTuesday 6 October St Leonard PadihamThursday 8 October St Paul MartonMonday 12 October St Cuthbert PrestonTuesday 13 October St Andrew LeylandThursday 15 October Christ Church BlackburnnbspBishop Julian said It is with deep gratitude and real delight that we have seen so many gather for the Call to Prayer evenings during the past fortnightnbspThis has been an important next phase in rolling out the Vision more widely getting it better known and helping us as a Diocese to pray for its implementationnbspThe Vision Prayer together with the new Vision branding that will underpin everything to do with the Vision have been very well received Both now need to be out there constantly in use reminding us what it is that we have committed ourselves to as well as keeping Vision 2026 ever before our eyesnbspWe have developed a vision that is confident about our future as Gods people in Lancashire and invites us to make disciples be witnesses and grow leaders for Jesus ChristnbspMy hope and prayer is that over the coming months there will be a fresh ground swell of prayer around the Diocese as we earnestly seek Gods blessing for the implementation of Vision 2026nbspWe are praying that we will see real growth in the region over the next 10 years with a deep renewal of our life in the existing church and then with new church congregations he addednbspRev Michael Gisbourne Vicar of St Pauls in Scotforth who was also recently appointed as Chaplain to The Church of England General Synod said We were delighted to be the first hosts for the Vision evenings it was an excellent start to a new season of call to prayer which promises great things for the future of the Church in LancashirenbspHere at St Pauls we are talking through some exciting plans for mission activities locally in the coming year to coincide with the start of Vision 2026nbspDuring the coming prayer and reflection period each parish is being encouraged to appoint a Vision Champion to ensure the Vision remains a top priority locallynbspSt Cuthberts in Preston has already appointed their parish Vision Champion her name is Ann Clayton and she met Bishop Julian when he came to the church for the prayer evening that was held therenbspAnn said I am really excited about the new Vision and was really pleased to be appointed Vision Champion for my churchnbspI am privileged to attend a church where we already have a lot of initiatives to promote the Gospel and while we will continue to develop new ways of telling people about Jesus having the Vision to underpin our work now is fantasticResources will be available to aid prayer and discussion about the Vision including a new Vision Course developed by the Diocesan Parish Mission Support Team The course was available to parishes on DVDCDRom to take away at the prayer events As well as the pack for all parishes all the Vision Course resources including resources for delivering a version of the course in schools and to youth groups can be downloaded online via the Diocesan website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg under the Home menu while the Vision Course short films are all available to view on the Diocesan YouTube channel search online for YouTube and Blackburn Diocese There will also be visits to church councils and Deanery chapters by members of the Bishops Leadership Team as well as other training days and activities still to be developed and agreednbspThe next major event for Vision 2026 takes place on May 10 2016 when there will be a gathering of 2000 church members at The Guild Hall in Preston Parishes from across Lancashire will share their plans for future Vision activities at a local level during the evening nbspThen on 811 September 2016 a major four day mission weekend to support Vision 2026 will take place across Lancashire involving Bishops from across the north of England and led by the Archbishop of York the Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu nbspnbspRonnie Semley16102015nbspnbsp

Diocesan Bishop's visit to twin Diocese in Germany

The Diocesan Bishop for The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese visited Germany recently and participated in commemoration events 25 years on from reunificationnbspRt Rev Julian Henderson and his wife Heather joined dignitaries from Braunschweig which is twinned with Blackburn Diocese for a number of special events including a reunification anniversary service held on the old border between East and West Germany nbspThey were hosted by Dr Christoph Meyns Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Braunschweig Bishop Julian also attended Harvest Festival celebrations at Braunschweig Cathedral where he was invited to address the congregation The same day he was welcomed by the local MayornbspSpeaking on his return Bishop Julian said Heather and I enjoyed two fascinating and full days in Braunschweig with the Evangelical Lutheran ChurchnbspA varied programme took us first to the symbolic and moving Marianborg Border crossing Gate for a 25th Anniversary service celebrating the reunification of East and West GermanynbspWe then visited Blackenburg to see how mission and ministry happens in the old East Germany where many still believe what they were told under the old regime that faith in God is irrelevant wrong and to be avoided at all costsnbspSunday morning was a harvest service in the Cathedral and the afternoon was spent in the old and beautiful town of Goslar And at every stage we were treated to generous hospitalitynbspWe returned on the same day that about 20 clergy from the Braunschweig Deanery came to Blackburn for three days and that was followed by a weekend of theological conversations between the two dioceses at the home of the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff PearsonnbspAll this suggests that the link between our dioceses is alive and well Lets pray that it energises us in our mission and ministry in Christs name and inspires us to make Him more widely knownnbspnbspRonnie Semley15102015

Prayer Evenings - Blackburn Christ Church

A Call to PrayernbspPrayer is vital for Vision 2026 so in October 2015 there will be six events across Lancashire which will both outline the Vision and call the Diocese to prayer of which this event is onenbspCombining teaching different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual the evenings will be engaging and thought provoking for clergy and laity alikenbspFind out more about all the prayer evenings and the vision is general via this linknbspnbspnbsp

Bishop Julian congratulates new members of General Synod

Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson has congratulated people from across the region elected earlier this week as the new representatives for General Synod from The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn DiocesenbspGeneral Synod consists of the House of Bishops and a House of Clergy to which is added a House of Laity It meets in February in London in July in York and occasionally in November in London nbspIt 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 levelnbspFive clergy and six members of the laity were elected from Blackburn Diocese and the results were announced this week The representatives who will sit alongside colleagues from all the other dioceses are confirmed as followsnbspClergynbspPaul Benfield Fleetwood St NicholasMichael Everitt Archdeacon of LancasterFleur Green Darwen St PeterAlistair McHaffie Leyland St JohnChris Newlands Lancaster PriorynbspLaitynbspStephen Boyall All Saints PrestonVivienne Goddard Holy Trinity TarletonCarolyn Johnson St Hildas BilsborrowRosemary Lyon All Saints Appley BridgeJacqueline Stamper Christ Church LancasterSusan Witts St James Lower DarwennbspWith the new General Synod now elected it will meet for the first time this November at a special session at Church House Westminster which will be opened by Her Majesty the QueennbspSpeaking today Bishop Julian welcomed the newly elected members of General Synod from his Diocese saying Elections and voting are always bittersweet as some find themselves elected into a position and are delighted while others are disappointednbspSo my congratulations to those elected to serve for the next five years and my commiserations to those not electednbspI would also like to thank those who have served in the past but did not stand this time one member of the laity for 25 years and also to thank those who have been on General Synod for a while but who did not get reelected on this occasionnbspWe remain extremely grateful for the time and commitment given to the wider church in this waynbspPlease pray for the new Synod as it meets in November and especially those for whom it will be their first group of sessionsnbspnbspRonnie Semley15102015

Prayer Evenings - Leyland St Andrew

A Call to PrayernbspPrayer is vital for Vision 2026 so in October 2015 there will be six events across Lancashire which will both outline the Vision and call the Diocese to prayer of which this event is onenbspCombining teaching different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual the evenings will be engaging and thought provoking for clergy and laity alikenbspFind out more about all the prayer evenings and the vision is general via this linknbspnbspnbsp

Bishop's Leadership Team

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

Prayer Evenings - Preston St Cuthbert

A Call to PrayernbspPrayer is vital for Vision 2026 so in October 2015 there will be six events across Lancashire which will both outline the Vision and call the Diocese to prayer of which this event is onenbspCombining teaching different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual the evenings will be engaging and thought provoking for clergy and laity alikenbspFind out more about all the prayer evenings and the Vision in general via this linknbspnbspnbsp

Counselling Service celebration at Whalley Abbey

WhalleyAbbey near Clitheroe in the Lancashire Ribble Valley is playing host to aservice to celebrate 30 years of the North West InterDiocesanCounselling Service Theservice has been offering a professional counselling service to clergy andtheir families full time lay workers and ordinands in training in the CofEsNorth West Dioceses for the past 30 yearsnbspItis used by the Dioceses of Blackburn Chester Manchester Liverpool andCarlisleTo mark the occasion theorganisation is having anbspcelebrationnbspat the Abbey on SaturdayNovember 21 2015The event begins at1030am for coffee followed by a Eucharist at 1130am celebrated by theCounselling Services Link Bishop Rt Rev Chris Edmondson the Bishop of BoltonLunch will follow at 1230pmnbspAnyone who has used theservice in the past or who would just like to celebrate the occasion canattendThe Counselling Service isa confidential service and therefore a rather silent ministry but on thisoccasion it is holding this event to reflect and give thanks and support thosewho have given their time and skill to support those in ministry within theNorth West diocesesFor more information contactfacilitator Sue Jones by emailnbspsuejones12345hotmailcouknbspor call 01270829141Details are also on theServices website atnbspinterdiocesancounsellingserviceorgukWhalley Abbey is the retreat and conference centre for Blackburn Diocese and is available for conferences and to hire out for all kinds of occasions Four star bed and breakfast accommodation is also available For more information about the Abbey and its facilities contact the Abbey offices on 01254 828400Ronnie SemleyNovember 3 2015

Great turnouts at first prayer evenings for Vision 2026

The first two of six prayer evenings to mark the launch of Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities have been held in Scotforth and Padiham and were a great successnbspTonight Thursday 8 October another evening takes place in Marton followed by three more on Monday Tuesday and Thursday next week in Leyland Preston and Blackburn respectivelynbspThere were great turnouts at the first two evenings with 120 the first night and 170 on the secondnbspThe first prayer event was held at St Pauls in Scotforth the second was at St Leonards in Padiham Rev Michael Gisbourne Vicar of St Pauls who was also recently appointed as Chaplain to The Church of England General Synod said We were delighted to be the first hosts for the Vision evenings it was an excellent start to a new season of call to prayer which promises great things for the future of the Church in LancashirenbspHere at St Pauls we are talking through some exciting plans for mission activities locally in the coming year to coincide with the start of Vision 2026nbspAt the prayer evenings people of all ages from across the Diocese heard the Vision outlined by Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson and several other contributors including the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael EverittnbspThose attending were called to prayer using different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual including a short new video featuring people of all backgrounds clergy and laity young and old from across the Diocese talking about the VisionnbspBishop Julian said We have developed a Vision that is confident about our future as Gods people in Lancashire and invites us to make disciples be witnesses and grow leaders for Jesus ChristnbspPrayer should always be central to our Christian life but these special evenings are important events at which people can engage with the purpose of the Vision pray for its success and share in fellowship togethernbspDuring his talks at the prayer evenings Bishop Julian called on the whole Diocese to have a period of prayer and reflection in the coming months in relation to the Vision and what we are all being called to do in response to itnbspWe are praying that we will see real growth in the region over the next 10 years with a deep renewal of our life in the existing church and then with new church congregations he addednbspDuring this prayer and reflection period each parish is being encouraged to appoint a Vision Champion to ensure the Vision remains a top priority locallynbspResources will be available to aid prayer and discussion about the Vision including a new Vision Course developed by the Diocesan Parish Mission Support Team The course was available to parishes on DVDCDRom to take away at the prayer evenings nbspAs well as a pack for all parishes all the Vision Course resources including resources for delivering a Version of the course in schools and to youth groups can be downloaded online via the Diocesan website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg under the Home menu while the Vision Course short films are all available to view on the Diocesan YouTube channel search online for YouTube and Blackburn DiocesenbspThere will also be visits to church councils and Deanery chapters by members of the Bishops Leadership Team as well as other training days and activities still to be developed and agreed nbspThe next major event for Vision 2026 takes place on May 10 2016 when there will be a gathering of 2000 church members at The Guild Hall in Preston Parishes from across Lancashire will share their plans for future Vision activities at a local level during the evening nbspThen on 811 Septembernbsp2016 a major four day mission weekend to support Vision 2026 will take place across Lancashire involving Bishops from across the north of England and led by the Archbishop of York the Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu nbspnbspRonnie Semley08102015nbsp

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 9th Octobernbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Golden Jubilee for Chorley School

St Michaels High School in Chorley celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Tuesday 6 OctobernbspThe occasion was marked by the opening of anew extension to the school which has been named The Armstrong CentrenbspThe long standing Chair of Governors at the school Mrs Freda Armstrong wasthere to participate in the special events and officially opened The Armstrong Centre with her husband Geoffrey who is also a member of the Governing Body of the schoolnbspThe Armstrong Centre includes a new Chapel for the schoolnbspThe Chapel was consecrated by Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn who also rededicated the whole school during a morning of special eventsnbspFor more details on the order of events please see the Event BookletnbspThe school hosted a variety of special guestson the day including local MP Lindsay Hoyle theArchdeacon of Lancaster the Venerable Michael Everitt who is Chair of the Diocesan Board of Educationand the very first Head Boy of the school Desmond GrantnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley08102015nbsp

Prayer Evenings - Marton St Paul

A Call to PrayernbspPrayer is vital for Vision 2026 so in October 2015 there will be six events across Lancashire which will both outline the Vision and call the Diocese to prayer of which this event is onenbspCombining teaching different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual the evenings will be engaging and thought provoking for clergy and laity alikenbspFind out more about all the prayer evenings and the vision is general via this linknbspnbspnbsp

Great results come in time for birthday celebrations

St Barnabas Cof E School in Darwen has celebrated the anniversary of becoming a Church of England Academy with stunning SATs resultsHeadteacher Helen Thomas held a celebratory worship event to commemorate the first anniversary of the school becoming a Cidari Church of England AcademyChildren and parents have been involved in creating a new school badge that emphasises the importance of learning and growing together to achieve high standards within a loving and caring Christian familySince its last inspection in 2013 the school has made consistent progress This summer the school achieved its best ever results with 100 of Year 6 pupils achieving the expectednbsp level 4 in Maths and Writing and gaining above the national average for Year 6 pupils in Reading Liz Agbettoh CEO for Cidari Education Ltd said These are stunning results which have been achieved due to the hard work and commitment of all the staff at the school They have worked tirelessly to raise standards and the children have responded well to innovations in teaching and learning I would also like to thank the governors and parents for their support St Barnabas is one of seven schools in the Cidari family Others are St Georges High School andnbspBaines Endowed Primary School both in Blackpool St Aidans Primary School Mill Hill St Luke and St Philips and Darwen St James both in Blackburn and Great Marsden St Johns in NelsonSt Barnabas will be hosting two Stay and Play Days 930am 1130am on Wednesday October 14 and 2pm 315pm on Thursday October 15 Prospective parents and children are also invited to Ryman Storytime every Monday 900am 930am For further information about these events please contact Helen Thomas Headteacher on 01254 702 996nbspnbspRonnie Semley08102015

Investment Committee

Investment CommitteenbspnbspTo be heldnbspon Tuesday 6th October 2015

Prayer Evenings - Padiham St Leonard

A Call to PrayernbspPrayer is vital for Vision 2026 so in October 2015 there will be six events across Lancashire which will both outline the Vision and call the Diocese to prayer of which this event is onenbspCombining teaching different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual the evenings will be engaging and thought provoking for clergy and laity alikenbspFind out more about all the prayer evenings and the vision is general via this linknbspnbspnbsp

Prayer Evenings - Scotforth St Paul

A Call to PrayernbspPrayer is vital for Vision 2026 so in October 2015 there will be six events across Lancashire which will both outline the Vision and call the Diocese to prayer of which this event is onenbspCombining teaching different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual the evenings will be engaging and thought provoking for clergy and laity alikenbspFind out more about all the prayer evenings and the vision is general via this linknbspnbspnbsp

Our Vision 2026 gets off to a prayerful start across Diocese

Events to mark the formal beginning of The Church of England in Lancashires new Vision for Growth are fast approachingnbspFrom next week and for two weeks six Prayer Evenings will take place in churches across the region to mark the launch of Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesnbspThey will be attended by people of all ages from across the Diocese parishes and schools and have been promoted widely They will both outline the new Vision and call the Diocese to prayer using different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual including a short new video featuring people of all backgrounds clergy and laity young and old from across the Diocese talking about the Vision nbspMonday 5 October St Paul Scotforth LA1 4STTuesday 6 October St Leonard Padiham BB12 8HGThursday 8 October St Paul Marton FY3 9PFMonday 12 October St Cuthbert Preston PR2 3ARTuesday 13 October St Andrew Leyland PR25 3ELThursday 15 October Christ Church Blackburn BB2 3STnbspEach event begins at 730pm and will end at 9pm prompt Many people will go to their nearest venue but everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the evenings There will be live tweeting at many of the evenings on cofelancs using the hashtag OurVision2026nbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said We have developed a vision that is confident about our future as Gods people in Lancashire and invites us to make disciples be witnesses and grow leaders for Jesus ChristnbspPrayer should always be central to our Christian life but these special evenings are important events at which people can engage with the purpose of the Vision pray for its success and share in fellowship together I encourage everyone to make time to attend at least one of themnbspOnce the prayer evenings are over and until May 2016 there will then be a time for parishes to reflect and pray further about the Vision and ask what God is calling them to contribute in response During this periodnbsp each parish is being encouraged to appoint a Vision Champion to ensure the Vision remains a top priority locally resources will be available including a new Vision Course developed by the Diocesan Parish Mission Support team The course will be available to parishes on DVD to take away at the prayer evenings or by contacting mirandawraithmellblackburnanglicanorg It will also be available soon to watch and download online via the Diocesan website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and the Diocesan YouTube channel search online for YouTube and Blackburn Diocese there will also be visits to church councils and Deanery chapters by members of the Bishops Leadership Team as well as other training days and activities still to be developed and agreedThen on the evening of May 10 2016 the next major event for Vision 2026 takes place when there will be a gathering of 2000 church members at The Guild Hall in Preston Parishes from across Lancashire will share their plans for future Vision activities at a local level during the eveningnbspFrom September 811 2016 a major four day mission weekend to support Vision 2026 will take place across Lancashire involving Bishops from across the north of England and led by the Archbishop of York the Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John SentamunbspBishop Julian the Bishop of Blackburn explained the purpose of Vision 2026 saying Our new vision states clearly that we desire to make the Good News about Jesus Christ more widely known and we have a dedicated team of clergy lay ministers and staff and volunteers who are committed to doing just thatnbspPrayer will be at the heart of everything we do but practical action will also be the key to our growth strategy With Gods help we must take active steps to stem declinenbspWe know that healthy church communities can have a positive and transformative impact on our society and The Church of England in Lancashire already does a huge amount of good in very many lives in so many waysnbspWe are praying that we will see real growth in the region over the next 10 years with a deep renewal of our life in the existing church and then with new church congregationsnbspnbspRonnie Semley30092015nbspnbsp

Youth Workers/Chaplains come full circle with new arrival

Celebration for 10 Years of Ministry in Lancashire SchoolsnbspA celebration event was held recently to mark the launch a decade ago of an innovative and unique development in Christian youth work in The Church of England in Lancashire nbspIn 2005 St Michaels High School in Chorley became the first church school in the Diocese with a full time Youth WorkerChaplain when Susie Mapledoram moved to Lancashire from the south of England to take up the rolenbspSusie quickly became established in the school as someone who both students and staff trusted and valued nbspOther schools began to realise the impact that a full time Youth WorkerChaplain could have and so further appointments were made and now 10 years on chaplaincy based youth work continues to develop and grow in nine Church of England high schools and academies in the DiocesenbspRecently a celebration evening was held to mark a decade of this ministry Previous and current post holders and those whove supported them along the way met up to celebrate the outworking of the vision and to look to the futurenbspAnd the celebration was significant for another reasonnbspBecause the youth ministry work has come full circle as Tabitha Smith who was a pupil at St Michaels when Susie Mapledoram was chaplain has become the latest addition to the Diocesan team of Youth WorkerChaplainsnbspTabitha who lives in Farington Moss took up her new post at St Wilfrids Church of England Academy in Blackburn in September nbspShe acknowledges that being in a school with full time Youth Chaplaincy helped her to grow and develop in her own faith and now she wants to offer the same opportunities to young peoplenbspCommenting on her new appointment Tabitha said In my new role I hope to move from being inspired to being inspiring It is great to be able to be a blessing in young lives in the same way Susie was in mine My own story fits in very well with our new Diocesan Vision which emphasises the importance of growing leaders for Jesus ChristnbspMeanwhile Susie continues to serve the Church of England and is now with the Diocese of Manchester as their Diocesan Youth OfficernbspThe work of the Youth Chaplains was praised today by Stephen Whittaker Director of the Diocesan Board of Education who said Our Youth Chaplains do valuable and important work in our schools providing support and inspiration to young people across Lancashire The success of their work is evident in Tabithas appointment and in the many countless others whose lives have been influenced by chaplains past and present in the past 10 yearsnbspnbspRonnie Semley02102015nbspnbsp

Six prayer evenings to seek guidance for Vision 2026

People young and old from across our Diocese in Lancashire have turned their focus towards the first major events for our new Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming CommunitiesDiocesan prayer evenings for Vision 2026 are taking place at six locations on six evenings around the Diocese in early October These are important events at which people can engage with the purpose of the Vision and pray for its successThe dates for the prayer evenings are as followsMonday 5 October St Paul Scotforth Tuesday 6 October St Leonard Padiham Thursday 8 October St Paul Marton Monday 12 October St Cuthbert Preston Tuesday 13 October St Andrew Leyland Thursday 15 October Christ Church BlackburnAll the prayer evenings begin at 730pm and will end at 9pmAll parishes have been sent two copies of a poster for displaying in their church For an eversion of the poster to promote the prayer evenings in your parish and school pleasenbspclick herenbspfor the colour version andnbspclick herenbspfor a mono version For a website banner to use on your parish or school website pleasenbspclick here For a promotional widget to use on social media such as Facebook or Twitter pleasenbspclick hereRead more about our Vision The Church of England in Lancashire is embarking on an exciting ten year growth project on the run up to the Dioceses Centenary in 2026 with the support of the Archbishop of York and Bishops from across the north of EnglandnbspPrior to a decade of work beginning in earnest the next year or so will see a series of prayer and mission events in Lancashire to get Vision 2026 off to the best possible startnbspDiocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson announced the plans in detail to around 140 enthusiastic Lancashire clergy at a recent Clergy Study Day He has also now written personally to all clergy and parishes with further details and to encourage their involvement and support nbspRt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley and Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster also spoke at the Clergy Study Day an event entitled Changing our culture to a culture of change Pictures from the event can be viewed on the Diocesan Flickr feed herenbspThe plans for 20152016 also feature in the latest edition of the Diocesan magazine The See being distributed to parishes nownbspVision 2026 is underpinned by the strapline Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and it was signed off by a very supportive Diocesan Synod in March this year nbspThe Vision plans commit the Diocese to make disciples be witnesses and grow leaders for Jesus Christ and at a time when there is much talk of church decline it also pledges the Diocese to plant 50 new congregations by 2026nbspBishop Julian said These are exciting times for the Church in Lancashire and I feel very privileged to share in the leadership of the Diocese at this time nbspOur new vision states clearly that we desire to make the Good News about Jesus Christ more widely known and we have a dedicated team of clergy lay ministers and staff and volunteers who are committed to doing just that nbspPrayer will be at the heart of everything we do but practical action will also be the key to our growth strategy With Gods help we must take active steps to stem declinenbspWe know that healthy church communities can have a positive and transformative impact on our society and The Church of England in Lancashire already does a huge amount of good in very many lives in so many waysnbspWe are praying that we will see real growth in the region over the next 10 years with a deep renewal of our life in the existing church and then with new congregations and church plantsnbspThe events to welcome and begin the work on Vision 2026 in the coming year includenbspa call to prayer at six different venues across Lancashire in October 2015 a gathering of 2000 church leaders at The Guild Hall in Preston in May 2016 a four day mission weekend in September 2016 involving parishes across Lancashire Bishops from the north of England and led by the Archbishop of York the Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John SentamunbspCommenting further Bishop Julian said This next year is a structured approach to rolling out Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and will give us chance to prayerfully consider the way aheadnbspIt is important to begin with prayerful consideration of the future and the vision work we are embarking on for the deepening of our life as a Church and the spread of the Gospel to those who do not know it nbspThen I am excited about the prospect of the confident voices of 2000 church leaders worshipping together and looking to the future with confidence in Gods call at the Guild Hall in MaynbspAnd the weekend with the Archbishop and Bishops in September will then be a chance for us to get on the front foot and to model the confident witness that Vision 2026 calls for as we serve the people of LancashirenbspFrom now on and together as a Diocese we press on towards the goals set out for us to achieve in the years until 2026nbspVision DocumentsnbspVision Summary DocumentVision full documentnbspVision 2026 The next stepsnbspA Call to PrayernbspPrayer is vital for Vision 2026 so in October 2015 there will be six events across Lancashire which will both outline the Vision and call the Diocese to prayer nbspCombining teaching different styles of prayer worship and audiovisual the evenings will be engaging and thought provoking for clergy and laity alikenbspPrayer eveningsMonday 5 October St Paul Scotforth Tuesday 6 October St Leonard Padiham Thursday 8 October St Paul Marton Monday 12 October St Cuthbert Preston Tuesday 13 October St Andrew Leyland Thursday 15 October Christ Church BlackburnAll the prayer evenings begin at 730pm and will end at 9pmnbspA Year of Prayer and PreparationnbspFollowing the call to prayer and from October 2015 until May 2016 there will be a time for parishes to reflect and pray further about the Vision and ask what God is calling them to contribute in response nbspTo assist with this there will be plenty of resources available to parishes including a Vision Course visits to church councils and Deanery chapters by members of the Bishops Leadership Team as well as other training days and activities to be developed and agreednbspVision ChampionsnbspTo keep Vision 2026 on the agenda every Parish will be invited to appoint a Vision Champion who should be a member or coopted onto the church council It will be this persons role to speak up for and promote the Vision in the Parish and ensure it doesnt get forgotten in the routines of Parish lifenbspAn Invitation to RespondnbspBy May 2016 every Parish will have been able to reflect on what their contribution to Vision 2026 will be For one year only rather than separate Archdeacons Visitations where Archdeacons visit parishes to swear in churchwardens there will be one single celebration at the Preston Guild Hall nbspClergy Churchwardens Vision Champions and others will be invited As well as swearing in the Wardens each Parish will be invited to present their response to the Vision in the context of an uplifting and joyful act of corporate worship nbspBishops GalorenbspFrom September 8 to 11 2016 the Archbishop of York and many Bishops from across the north of England will come to Lancashire for a weekend of mission nbspThis will be a chance to look outwards and speak the Good News to Lancashire Deaneries will be asked to put on a simple weekend of events and activities for their local communities at the same time as the Bishops are in the DiocesenbspnbspRonnie Semleynbsp

Retirement service for Deputy Director of Education

A service marking the retirement of the Diocesan Deputy Director of Education Fred Kershaw has been held at Blackburn CathedralnbspThere was a large turnout of colleagues and friends from across Lancashire yesterday to wish him well as he begins a new phase in his lifenbspBut retirement wont be quiet for Fred who is Blackburn born and bred and still lives in the town For he is also President of the The Gideons Society in the UK The Gideons being an association that is well known throughout the world for actively distributing copies of the Bible free of chargenbspThe service was attended by The Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson who delivered the sermon the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North the Archdeacon of Lancaster The Venerable Michael Everitt who is also Chair of the Board of Education the Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and Stephen Whittaker Director of Education amongst many others The recently retired Archdeacon of Blackburn John Hawley also made the trip across the Pennines from his new home in Goole Yorkshire to bid farewell to FrednbspDuring the service some of Freds favourite hymns were mixed with a selection of songs and readings by school representativesnbspReadings were given by Jill Wright Headteacher of Trinity Buckshaw Church of England Methodist Primary School and Janice Astley Chair of Governors at Archbishop Temple School in Preston A letter from the children of Cuerden Church School in Bamber Bridge was read to the congregation while youngsters from The Redeemer Primary School in Blackburn gave a lovely rendition of the song Indescribable by Chris TomlinnbspPrayers of intercession were led by Ella Bainbridge and Anne Robinson from St Wilfrids Church of England Academy in BlackburnnbspAfter the service Fred paid warm tribute to his colleagues and reflected on his career at the Diocese saying Im leaving with mixed emotions but with confidence that the Board of Education will continue to strive for excellence under the leadership of Stephen WhittakernbspI have enjoyed the 15 years I have been part of an excellent and enthusiastic team of people who support schools youth and childrens work across the Diocese I am now looking forward to new challenges as President of GideonsnbspArchdeacon Michael Everitt thanked Fred for his service saying Fred has always been a person of huge integrity and knowledge and has served the Board of Education supremely well for 15 yearsnbspHe is a deeply spiritual man and has always made a point of sharing his knowledge and love of the Bible with all helping those he meets to further understand the truths found within Everyone in the Diocese wishes him well and a long and happy retirementnbspnbspRonnie Semley02102015nbsp

Late Summer Harvest Celebration

LateSummer Harvest CelebrationBrockholesNature Reserve PrestonSundaySeptember 27th 2015 3 pmAll verywelcomePleasefeel free to bringnbsp an itemnbspofproduce as a harvest offeringRevd Chris Halliwell Diocesan Rural and Environmental Project Officernbspemail chrishalliwellblackburnanglicanorgnbsp

Bishop's Council and Directors

Bishops Council and DirectorsnbspOn Saturday 26th September 2015nbsp900am 130pm

New Video for Harvest Appeal this Harvest Season

Christian Aid has produced a video for The Church of England in Lancashire to coincide with the Bishops annual Harvest AppealnbspThe Appeal by Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn is supporting people in Columbia and Malawi Last years Appeal raised a total of 23000nbspThe video available on the Diocesan YouTube channel shows the plight of some of those the Appeal is intended to help including a five year old girl named Marcia is an important tool to promote the Appeal and has already been seen in many churches around the DiocesenbspAppeal organiser Arton Medd said This years Appeal is for a Christian Aid partner Corambientein Colombia where malnutrition affects 60 of the childrennbspWe are also supporting Tearfund partner Eaglesin Malawi where unpredictable weather is reducing food production Eaglesis developing conservation agriculture which will help farmers to increase yieldsnbspBishop Julian says The Gospel story of the Good Samaritan teaches us that every person in need is our neighbour As followers of Jesus we are called to care for others wherever they may live or culture they are fromnbspI thank Christian Aid for working with us to produce this video to highlight the plight of people who will benefit from my Harvest Appeal this yearnbspI am asking everyone in our Diocese both in our schools and in our parishes to continue to support my Appeal this Harvest Season and to watch and share the videonbspYou dont even have to be a churchgoer or connected with one of our schools to donate if you want to helpnbspDonations from all sources are gratefully received and will help villagers in Columbia and Malawi cope with the effects of climate change and grow enough good food for their families to thriveWatch the special video here on the Diocesan YouTube channel Visit httpwwwblackburnanglicanorgnbspand search Harvest Appeal to find out how you can get involved Support this years Appeal either through your parish church or school or by sending a contribution to Bishops Harvest Appeal Mila Farnhill Church House Cathedral Close Blackburnnbsp BB1 5AAnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley24092015nbspnbsp

Welcome to newest member of the Cidari family of schools

Great Marsden St Johns Primary School A Church of England Academy is the newest school to join Cidari Multi Academy Trust part of The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn DiocesenbspLiz Agbettoh CEO of Cidari Education welcomed Headteacher Michaela Underwood and children from the school at a recent ceremony to mark the occasionnbspChildren at Great Marsden St Johns enjoyed a celebratory worship focussed on the importance of supporting each other and growing as a familynbspThe school joins six other academies five primary and one secondary in the Cidari family of schoolsnbspAt its recent monitoring and inspection visit Her Majestys Inspector of Schools judged that leadership and management of the school was GoodnbspMrs Underwood said We are looking forward to working with other schools in the Trust and fulfilling Cidaris mission To provide high quality education for all children based on clearly established Christian values and principlesnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Ronnie Semley23092015nbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

HR Committee

HR CommitteenbspnbspTuesday 22nd September 2015

Bishop's Appointments Team

Bishops Appointments TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Bishops HousenbspOn Monday 21st September 2015nbsp800am 12 noonnbsp

General Synod Elections

The names of candidates for General Synod Elections to the Houses of Clergy and Laity have now been added to the website They can be found by following this linkVoting papers and paper copies of the election addresses will be posted before Friday 18 September if you are entitled to vote but do not receiving a voting paper please advise Elaine Hargreaves as soon as possible elainehargreavesblackburnanglicanorg or 01254 503072HustingsHustings will take place on Thursday 24 September at the church of Blackburn St Luke Bank Top Blackburn BB 2PFClergy hustings will begin at 200 pm and Laity hustings will begin at 700 pmClosing date for receipt of voting papersVoting papers must be returned to the Presiding Officer at Church House Cathedral Close Blackburn BB1 5AA no later than 12 noon on Friday 9 OctobernbspThe count of votes will take place on Monday 12 October and the result announced as soon as possible thereafternbspnbspPosted by Elaine Hargreaves15 September 2015

Black Tie Event - The Children's Society

The Childrens Society is hosting a black tie fundraising event at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel Accrington on September 18 nbspThe event is from 7pm to late and you can sponsor a table of 10 or pay 30 a ticket which includes a three course meal and entertainmentnbspRSVP to Zak Khan on 07513 162129 or to zakkhan93gmailcom nbspThe Society is a national organisation with very strong local roots with projects throughout Lancashire offering a wide range of support including work with young runaways victims of sexual exploitation victims of trafficking teenagers at risk of harm and young adults struggling with mental and emotional health issues nbspGo to httpwwwchildrenssocietyorguk for more information nbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Foodbanks need your support!

Across the Diocese there are over 35 food banks which not only give out food parcels but help people through whatever challenges they are facingnbsp Many come to the food bank as a last resort and there find the support they need to move forwardnbsp Last year they gave out over 30000 parcels and this number is growingFood banks do desperately need supplies summer is quite lean in terms of donationsnbsp Harvest donations will fill the shelves again hopefully but in the meantime your local food bank would be glad of your helpnbspnbsp We also need volunteers to get involvedFor the first time ever Blackburn Food Bank is being allowed to collect in a Morrisons store at Great Harwood on THURSDAY 1st OCTOBERnbspnbspThey are hoping this will lead to being able to collect at Morrisons BlackburnnbspRos Duerden said Wenbspneed lots of people to help for 1 or 2 hours at a time All you need is your smile and to be able to say thank younbspPlease call 01254 672756 between 112 on Monday Wednesday or Friday to book a slotnbspnbspnbspnbsp

Audit, Governance & Risk Committee

Audit Governance and Risk CommitteenbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Tuesday 15th September 2015nbspAt 600pm

Finance Committee

Finance CommitteenbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Tuesday 15thnbspSeptember 2015nbspat 400pm to 600pmnbspnbsp

Training for New Area Deans

1516 September 2015For further details please contact Sue Penfold suepenfoldBlackburnAnglicanorg

Mission and Pastoral Committee

Mission and Pastoral CommitteenbspTo be held on Tuesday 15th September 2015nbsp100pm 300pmnbsp

Property Committee

PropertynbspCommitteenbspnbspTuesday 15th September 2015nbsp1000pm 12 noon

Lancashire's Anglican Bishops spread out across Yorkshire for Archbishop's 'Crossroads' mission event

Lancashires three Anglican Bishops are spending their second day in South Yorkshire today as part of a major four day mission event led by the Archbishop of York in Sheffield DioceseThe Crossroads mission is a personal initiative of the Archbishop The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu All the bishops taking part are from the northern province of The Church of England and represent every tradition You can follow the event on Twitter crossroadsinfonbsp The Bishops will join the Archbishop to gather together in one Diocese annually to provide a focus for a whole host of exciting local mission activities This years gathering the first began yesterday and continues until this Sunday Next year the Archbishop and the Bishops will be hosted by The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese when the second Crossroads event takes place at venues across the region from September 8 11 2016Hundreds of events are taking place this weekend in Sheffield Diocese in schools pubs universities colleges shopping centres community centres cafes and churches even the Penistone and Rotherham Shows will feature mission activities The hope is that Crossroads will touch many peoples lives and will help them to find a living faithFollowing an initial service in Sheffield Cathedral yesterday afternoon Lancashires bishops along with their episcopal colleagues from other dioceses have been assigned to different parts of the diocese They are staying with clergy and churchgoers The bishops and the teams from the Diocese they have brought withnbspthem will lead on the visits with events taking place each day They will then join in services in local parishes on Sunday morning before a final service in Rotherham on Sunday afternoon The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said A total of 21 bishops have been commissioned to go out and share the Good News of Jesus Christ across the Diocese of Sheffield attending hundreds of community events in Barnsley Goole Doncaster Rotherham and SheffieldRt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn is based for the four days in the Attercliffe area Today Friday he has visited local schools and also paid a visit to see the work of Gleadless Valley Foodbank pictured left and below a visit which had echoes of his first public appearance to be announced as Bishop in 2013 when he visited Blackburn FoodbankHe said I am enjoying having the opportunity to spend four days focussed on mission work in Sheffield Diocese As we seek to remind people of the relevance of the person of Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers in their lives today this initiative by the Archbishop is welltimedAll the Bishops me included have packed schedules over the four days It is also an excellent opportunity for us to see how this mission operates at close quarters before our own Diocese here in Lancashire has its turn next yearIt is going really well and we have had a wonderful welcome from the people of Sheffield Diocese The teams in local churches are really energised by the Crossroads event and I am sure this energy and encouragement to engage in outwardfacing mission activity will continue long after we have gone back to our own diocesesMeanwhile Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster is based in West Doncaster Today Friday he has been attending local prayer events and a tea and testimony initiative innbspDoncaster pictured belowHe commented The local mission team and I are excited about the opportunities we are getting to share the Gospel during the Crossroads mission eventOver this weekend we are involved in everything from events in schools and pubs to garden parties and market stalls with many of the events being arranged by local churches so it really is grassroots mission workWe then have a final gathering in Rotherham at 4pmnbspon Sunday nbsp a town which has seen some dark headlines in the past year but where we hope the light of Jesus will shine brightlyFinally Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley is based in the Adwick area and today Friday he has visited local schools both primary and secondary pictured below had lunch with local Christians and their nonChristian friends at a special testimony conversation event and will attend an evening of food and entertainment at the local community centre this evening He said The Bible commands us to go and make disciples of all nations and that includes the people of Yorkshirenbsp The Crossroads mission is a joyous occasion and challenging as well especially some of the questions I was asked this morning by the young people of the excellent Campsmount Academynbsp I am enjoying getting my teeth into some meaty opportunities to share the Gospel with people of this lovely part of northern EnglandIm sure the Archbishops Crossroads initiative will fast become a regular fixture in the northern church calendar and I cant wait for the event to come to Lancashire next yearnbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp 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Lancashire Bishops in Yorkshire with Archbishop for weekend mission event

The Crossroads mission is a personal initiative of the Archbishop The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu All the bishops taking part are from the northern province of The Church of England and represent every tradition You can follow the event on Twitter crossroadsinfonbsp The Bishops will join the Archbishop to gather together in one Diocese annually to provide a focus for a whole host of exciting local mission activities This years gathering the first begins tomorrow September 10 and runs until Sunday September 13And next year the Archbishop and the Bishops will be hosted locally by The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn Diocese when the second Crossroads event takes place at venues across Lancashire from September 8 11 2016For this year hundreds of events will take place across Sheffield Diocese in schools pubs universities colleges shopping centres community centres cafes and churches even the Penistone and Rotherham Shows will feature mission activitiesThe hope is that Crossroads will touch many peoples lives and will help them to find a living faithThe vision for this mission came from a retreat of bishops in 2014 on Lindisfarne a Celtic centre from which the gospel spread across the North of England They committed to work together to serve one diocese a year Sheffield being the first dioceseAfter an initial service in Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 10 September the bishops will be assigned to different parts of the diocese They will stay with clergy and churchgoers The bishops and their teams will lead on the visits and events on Thursday Friday and Saturday They will then join in services in local parishes on Sunday morningThe Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said I am really looking forward to the Northern Bishops Mission We start in Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 10 September where 21 bishops will be commissioned to go out and share the Good News of Jesus Christ across the Diocese of Sheffield There will be hundreds of community events across Barnsley Goole Doncaster Rotherham and Sheffield If you want to find out more about Jesus love for you come and join usCommenting on the events to come over the coming days Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn who will be based for the four days in the Attercliffe area said I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend four days focussed on mission work in Sheffield DioceseAs we seek to remind people of the relevance of the person of Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers in their lives today this initiative by the Archbishop is welltimed and Im sure it will be a great successAll the Bishops me included have packed schedules over the four days It will also be an excellent opportunity for us to see how this mission operates at close quarters before our own Diocese here in Lancashire has its turn next yearWith our new Vision 2026 for Healthy Churches Transforming Communities starting to roll out across Lancashire from thisnbspOctober when we have a series of prayer evenings across the Diocese the 2016 Crossroads mission in our region will be a crucial milestone for usMeanwhile Rt Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster who will be based in West Doncaster commented I am really looking forward to going to Sheffield Diocese as a mission team and excited about the opportunities we have to share the Gospel I will be based in Doncaster with a great team and we are involved in everything from events in schools and pubs to garden parties with many of the events being arranged by local churches so it really is grassroots mission workThere will be a big commissioning event in Sheffield tomorrow afternoon to mark the beginning of the mission and a final gathering in Rotherham at 4pm in Sunday nbsp a town which has seen some dark headlines in the past year but where we hope the light of Jesus will shine brightlyRt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley who will be based in the Adwick le Street area added All the Bishops even the Bishops from Lancashire are promised a warm welcome The Bible commands us to go and make disciples of all nations and that includes the people of YorkshireThe Crossroads mission will be a joyous occasion and I am looking forward to getting my teeth into some meaty opportunities to share the Gospel with the people of this wonderful part of northern EnglandI am delighted the Archbishop has taken this initiative and has instigated what Im sure will fast become a regular fixture in the northern church calendar and I cant wait for the event to come to Lancashire next yearnbspnbspnbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbspnbspnbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbspThe Bishop of Burnley nbspnbspThe Rt Rev Julian HendersonBishop Geoff PearsonRonnie Semley10092015

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 11th Septembernbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Bishops congratulate HM The Queen on longest reign

Lancashires three Anglican Bishops haveoffered their congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her becomingthe longest reigning Monarch in British history todayAs of later today Her Majesty surpasses QueenVictorias recordbreaking reign which began in 1837 ending with her death in1901The Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev JulianHenderson Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and Bishop of Burnley RtRev Philip North commended the Queens dedication and service as well as herChristian faithBishop Julian Bishop of Blackburn said As a nation we give thanks to God for the service which Her Majestythe Queen has given so willingly over so many yearsnbsp To have provided suchcontinuity and stability for the people of the United Kingdom is no smallachievement and is a cause for joyful thanksgivingTo enter the recordbook as the longest serving monarch in these islands is worthy recognition of alife welllived and an example of faithfulness and commitmentI wish Her Majesty thecontinued blessing of God on her work as our Sovereign and on her familyBishop Geoff of Lancaster commented Havingrecently see the Queennbspin action during her visit to Lancaster thissummer it was amazing to discover what else she had done innbspthe daysleading up to her visitnbspThe energy and interest she shows on everyoccasion are an inspirationnbsp We are constantly grateful for her devotionto duty and steadfast leadershipHer Christmas broadcasts frequently underline herChristian faithnbspShe draws on that resource and is not slow to commendthat faith to othersAnd using Her Majestys localtitle Bishop Geoff concluded by saying We salute the Duke of Lancaster andPraise God for this milestone in her reignBishop Philip of Burnley added The Queen has beenfor over 60 years a role model of service gentleness and generosity and hasbeen faithful in her witness to Christ We give thanks on this special day forall she has given to our nationMany churches in the Diocese will take theopportunity to mark the special day today or this coming weekend withthanksgiving prayers The special prayers from The Church of England fortodays milestone can be read hereThe regions Anglican Cathedral in Blackburnwill be leading local commemorations by using set prayers for the occasion at 840am Morning Prayer 11am Eucharist at 2pm atthe start of the Cathedral Chapter Meeting and at 515 pm at Choral EvensongThe Dean of Blackburn The VeryRev Christopher Armstrong together with the Bishop of Blackburn welcomed HerMajesty and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to the Cathedral in 2014 for thatyears Maundy ServiceThe Dean commented todayHer Majesty is an international inspiration Such a life of transparentservice in the spirit of Christ is a wonderful witness which has moved so manyThanks be to Godnbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbspnbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbspThe Bishop of BurnleyThe Rt Rev Julian Henderson nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp Bishop GeoffnbspRonnie SemleySeptember 9 2015

Lancashire's Anglican Bishops speak about refugee crisis

Lancashires three Anglican Bishops have commented on the current refugee crisisThe comments come as The Church of England in Lancashire begins to gather detailed information from parishes about what action churches across the region have already taken and will continue to take to help as the crisis continuesThe Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North spoke today about the situation in the wake of recent comments from the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Rev Justin WelbynbspBishop Julian who is Bishop of Blackburn said Many are rightly shocked by the large numbers of people fleeing their homes and countries and not least the dangers they face and sacrifices they make in so doingFor the European Union to know how to respond without encouraging an even greater number of refugees and yet providing a safe haven and places of hope for those in such distress is deeply complex and requires much wisdomWe remember that Jesus was a refugee as a tiny child when he and his family had to flee to Egypt for safety nbspAs His followers today we seek to do what we can to provide refuge when and where it is neededWhile the sight of the young child washed up on a beach in Turkey has rightly touched the hearts of many we need to remember the many children in the world who die each day because of war and malnutrition and poverty and so keep our responses in perspectivenbspI welcome initiatives of welcome to those whose lives have become impossible in their own countries including the announcement made yesterday by the Prime Minister David Cameron to accept 20000 refugees from Syrian camps in the lifetime of the current ParliamentAt the same time I want to support the diplomatic initiatives to bring these conflicts to an end so that people can continue to live in their own countries and cultures in safety and peaceBishop Philip added The Christian response to suffering has always been to pour in love The Hungarian Prime Minister claimed that the Christian identity of Europe will be diluted by the influx of Syrian MuslimsI am not quite sure which Bible he is reading Actually the Christian Gospel is diluted when we fail to respond generously and compassionately to human need whatever the faith of the person who is sufferingMeanwhile the suffering and despair continues It is time for a generous and proportionate response and for the British nation to show it values generosity and is prepared to make sacrifices in the name of justice and peaceSo I welcome the announcement made by the Prime Minister and the change in Government position by accepting many more refugees in the coming years It is a good start but we still need to do moreAnd Bishop Geoff commented The photograph of a 3 yearold boy lying face down on a Turkish beach has to stay in our memoryThat stark image of little Aylan Kurdi in his red shirt has prompted an outpouring of love and offers to help desperate refugeesnbsp The debate about refugees was going nowhere until a childs body a symbol of Syrian suffering was photographed on the beachIn the New Testament we read in Romans 15 v7 Welcome one another therefore just as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of GodnbspnbspMay whatever welcome our country offers in the coming years reflect the acceptance of our God and the best of our humanity Churches and other organisations are ready to play their partnbspRev Canon Ed Saville Lead Officer for Social Responsibility in Blackburn Diocese is coordinating a response from Lancashires Anglican churches He is currently gathering data about what churches are doing in response and wrote yesterday to all the Area Deans across the region asking for information as soon as possibleHe said In order to make sure the response from the Diocese is joinedup we first need to build up as detailed a picture as we can of what is happening locally at present then we can coordinate both existing and future responses to the ongoing refugee crisis particularly in the wake of the Prime Ministers announcement yesterdayMeanwhile local action has already begun Rev Tim Wilby Area Dean of Chorley Deanery and vicar of St Georges Church in the town is suggesting an original approach to raising funds for the migrant crisisHe said Local news has referred to our own suffering here in Lancashire how we have suffered having to boil waterHere at St Georges there is an overwhelming intention to give our United Utilities compensation when it comes to aid those caught up in genuine and undeserved sufferingMr Wilby hopes the action in his church will be replicated across the Diocese in those households that were in the affected areasIt might even be in United Utilities interests to coordinate the collection of those who opt in to a direct payment of their compensation to a relevant charity he added nbspnbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbspnbspnbsp nbsp nbsp nbspThe Rt Reverend Julian Henderson The Bishop of Burnley nbsp nbsp nbspBishop Geoff PearsonnbspRonnie Semley08092015

400 at National Cursillo Gathering In Blackburn Cathedral

Aroundnbsp400 people from almost 30 Church of England dioceses converged on Blackburn Cathedral at the weekend for the annualnbspnational CursillonbspgatheringnbspJoining the gathering were the Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson and the Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson The retired Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev John Goddard was also at the event with his wife Vivienne the Lay Director for the Blackburn Diocese Cursillo groupnbspThe event was entitled Ultreya GB 2015 Ultreya is a Spanish word which reflects Cursillos Spanish origins and means to persevere and encourage each other in Christian pilgrimage It echoes the biblical call in Hebrews 102425nbspThe morning session began with an address fromnbspCursillosnbspNational President Sally HennikerMajor from Durham DiocesenbspSally recorded her thanks for all the work of the British AnglicannbspCursillonbspCouncil committees in coordinating and overseeing the work ofnbspCursillonbspacross the nation andnbspexpressingnbspthe wishnbspthat this years gathering would rejuvenate all the attendeesnbspthrough their fellowship sharing and worship togethernbspThe gathering then split into small groups to provide an opportunity to share experiences and encourage each other in prayer study and apostolic action Groupingnbspin this pattern isnbspthe foundation ofnbspCursillonbspwherever it operatesnbspnbspThe meeting then reconvened to hear a witness talk from Judith Greenwood Blackburn Diocese on her role as a pastoral assistantnbspPastoral assistants are lay men and women authorised by the Diocese to help develop caring and pastoral work on behalf of the church in a voluntary capacity Judith provided learning points regarding the need for laity to use their talents in Gods servicenbspnbspThe Gospel Response to the talk was given by The Reverend Hugh Burgess Cursillos National Spiritual Director from St Asaph DiocesenbspHe said retirement for a Christian is not an option as we strive to reach our potential and become the people God intended us to benbspnbspAfter lunch people reassembled for the Eucharist preceded by a colourful banner procession of all the represented dioceses nbspBishop Julian celebrated the Eucharist and Bishop Geoff delivered the sermon based on the epistle reading from James 1 1727 which provided a picture ofnbspdiscipleship and indeed ofnbspCursillonbspitself a personal response to Jesus Christ formed in community making saints and apostles who can make a differenceAt the end of the Eucharist the banners were processed out of the cathedral into warm sunshine to rapturous applause and cheers Many delegates then enjoyed a delicious Lancashire Hotpot in the Cathedral caf before heading homenbspnbspFor more information onnbspCursillonbspin Blackburn Diocesenbspcontact Vivienne Goddard Lay Director Blackburn Diocese on 01772 812532 emailnbspviviennegoddardgmailcomnbspornbspDavid Riding Communications Officer BlackburnnbspCursillo on 01772 627018 emailnbspdridingbtinternetcomnbspnbspRonnie Semley08092015

Diocesan Bishop Julian inducts his former Chaplain as Vicar!

Former Bishops Chaplain Rev Toby Webber has been inducted into his new church by the Bishop he previously served as ChaplainReverendnbspWebber 40 recently moved on to pastures new to become Vicar of St James Church Altham and All Saints Church in ClaytonleMoors Prior to his appointment as Bishops Chaplain in 2012 he had several appointments elsewhere in the Diocese including Curate of St Laurences Church in Chorley from 2002 to 2006 and Priestincharge of St Aidans in Bamber Bridge from 2006 to 2012nbspReverend Webbers recent induction service which took place at All Saints Church was conducted by the Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of BlackburnAs well as his family including wife Rebecca and daughter Annabel Toby was supported at the induction by colleagues he has worked with at Bishops House and the Diocesan offices in Blackburn Also in attendance were fellow clergy from across Lancashire including many from his new Deanery in Accrington as well as his new parishionersDuring the induction servicenbspReverend Webber was welcomed to his new role by the Acting Archdeacon of Blackburn Rev Canon Roger Smith the local Area Dean Rev John Holland the Deputy Mayor of Hyndburn Council Councillor Tim OKane and representatives from other Christian denominations local schools and the parish councilBishop Julian said Toby has been an excellent support and guide to me during my first two years as Diocesan Bishop While his appointment as Vicar here is a bittersweet moment for me it is a great moment for Toby and the people of these parishesToby added I have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome I have received and I am excited to be beginning ministry here particularly at a time when the Diocese as a whole begins to embark on its new vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communities I would also like to say a massive thankyou to everyone who had a hand in preparing for today and to the parishioners particularly the churchwardens who have kept things going through the vacancy periodRonnie Semley08092015

Property Standing Committee

Property Standing CommitteenbspnbspTuesday 8th September 2015nbsp100pm 300pm

Budget Committee

Budget Committee nbspMonday 7th September 2015nbsp400pm 600pmnbsp

Bishop's Leadership Team

Bishops Leadership TeamnbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Monday 7th September 2015nbspat 800am ending with Eucharist and light lunchnbspnbspnbsp

Cursillo - National Gathering - Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cursillo has been invited to host the National Gathering of Cursillo this year nbspThe event will take place on Saturday 5 September 2015 in Blackburn Cathedral nbspThe format of the day reflects the pattern of the regular Diocesan Programme and is as followsnbsp10am1230pm Meeting incorporating an address by the National President of Cursillo Sally HennikerMajor Durham diocese faith sharing groups a witness talk and gospel response by the National Spiritual Director of Cursillo The Reverend Hugh Burgess St Asaphnbsp1230pm2pm Lunchnbsp230pm Eucharist Preacher The Right Reverend Geoff Pearson Bishop of LancasterCelebrant The Right Reverend Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburnnbsp500 to 600 Cursillistas from 30 Dioceses where Cursillo is active are expected to converge on the Cathedral for this very special daynbspAs with all Cursillo events everyone is welcome whether they have attended a Cursillo weekend or notnbspIf you would like to participate in the day please find link below to the Registration Form on the British Anglican Cursillo websitehttpwwwanglicancursillocoukultreyagb2015nbspnbspnbsp

Latest edition of Diocese Magazine is now out in parishes

The latest edition of The See the magazine produced by Blackburn Diocese of the Church of England for parishes across Lancashire is now available in churches across the region and on the Diocese website at httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg search for The SeenbspThe September 2015 issue is packed with the usual news and features includingnbsp The latest about plans for the new Diocesan Vision Healthy Churches Transforming Communitiesnbsp A column written by Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip Northnbsp Feature on the retirement service and party for the Archdeacon of Blackburn The Venerable John Hawleynbsp Feature on the discovery of a rare and valuable painting at a Lancashire church by the BBCs Fake or Fortune programmenbsp Recent news stories including the topping out ceremony at Blackburn Cathedral and the latest on the Bishops Harvest Appealnbsp Plus the usual round up of other news and developments from across the DiocesenbspnbspRonnie Semley21082015nbsp

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 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

Cathedral prepares to host Cursillo National Conference

The Diocese of Blackburns Cursillo group has been invited to host the National Gathering of Cursillo this year nbspThis major event will take place on Saturday 5 September 2015 in Blackburn CathedralnbspSpeakers include the National President of Cursillo Sally HennikerMajor The Right Rev Geoff Pearson Bishop of Lancaster and The Right Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of BlackburnnbspCursillo is a movement within the church which supports inspires and empowers committed Christians lay and ordained to develop and use the gifts that God has given them in a community of discipleshipnbspMembers meet regularly at parish deanery diocesan and national level to review their commitment to study action and prayer and to support and encourage one another in their Christian lives This ensures that Cursillo members are part of a vibrant Christian communitynbspAround 500600 Cursillistas from 30 Dioceses are expected to converge on the Cathedral for the event nbspEveryone is welcome whether they have attended a Cursillo weekend or not Find out more about Cursillo on the Diocesan website httpwwwblackburnanglicanorg and register online for the conference via this address wwwanglicancursillocoukultreyagb2015 nbspnbspRonnie Semley18082015nbspnbsp

A selection of shorter stories from The Church of England in Lancashire

The Church of England in Lancashire is always busy with lots going on across the region in our churches and schoolsnbsp Here are some short news stories about just some of our forthcoming activitiesnbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley17082015

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Diocesan Advisory CommitteenbspnbspTo be held at Whalley AbbeynbspOn Friday 14th Augustnbsp2015nbsp200pm 400pmnbsp

Lancashire Lad returns home to join Cidari Education

A native of Lancashire has returned to his roots to take up a new position with Cidari Education a Multi Academy Trust and part of The Church of England in Lancashire Blackburn DiocesenbspLiz Agbettoh CEO of Cidari Education recently welcomed Peter Ashworth who has been appointed as Leader of Learning Standards and AchievementnbspPeter originally from Accrington will be supporting headteachers and staff in the seven Cidari schools with all aspects of school improvementnbspPeter has worked in education for 19 years most recently as Senior School Improvement Officer at Haringey Council in London one of the most improved local authorities in the country nbspHe began teaching in the London Borough of Newham and has also worked in advisory roles in Essex Hull and GrimsbynbspPeter said I am delighted to be joining Cidari at a very exciting time and look forward to working with headteachers senior leaders governors and school staff to ensure that all pupils achieve their maximum potentialnbspFor more information about Cidari Education and its schools please visit the website httpwwwcidarieducationcouk nbspnbspnbspRonnie Semley12082015nbsp

Royal Lancashire Show

Royal Lancashire ShowSalesbury Showground near RibchesterAugust 7th 9th 2015After an absence of 8 years the Royal Lancashire Showreturns to the Salesbury Hall farm site near Ribchester from August 7th 9th 2015nbspThis year the following events are plannedlots of horses on show and over 100 classes of light horse competitionsa farming and countryside village includingnbsp duckherding ferret racing and a sheep showcountryside crafts and produce stallsan Army display villageArchery skills and competitionsFull details atnbsphttpwwwroyallancscouknbspThenbspChurches Together in Lancashirenbsptentnbspwill hostactivities for children organised by the Diocesan Board of Educationa Fairtrade stallexhibition displays from various Christian organisations serving the areathenbsp lost and found children facility which is being run by the Mothers Unionspace and opportunity for quiet reflectionprayers at the start and end of each of the three days of the shownbspOn Sunday 9th August an ecumenical worship activity is being organisedwith the Bishop of Blackburn Bishop of Salford and the Methodist District chair all taking partCome along and join in starting with prayers around the showground from 1030 amfollowed by a bring and share lunch in the Churches Together in Lancashire TentnbspFurther informationRevd Chris Halliwell Diocesan Rural and Environmental Project Officernbspchrishalliwellblackburnanglicanorgnbsptel 07891615989RevdnbspAnton Muller Ecumenical Facilitator for Churches Together in Lancashireantonmullerctlancashireorguknbsptelnbsp07919438413

Royal Lancashire Show

Royal Lancashire ShowSalesbury Showground near RibchesterAugust 7th 9th 2015After an absence of 8 years the Royal Lancashire Showreturns to the Salesbury Hall farm site near Ribchester from August 7th 9th 2015nbspThis year the following events are plannedlots of horses on show and over 100 classes of light horse competitionsa farming and countryside village includingnbsp duckherding ferret racing and a sheep showcountryside crafts and produce stallsan Army display villageArchery skills and competitionsFull details atnbsphttpwwwroyallancscouknbspThenbspChurches Together in Lancashirenbsptentnbspwill hostactivities for children organised by the Diocesan Board of Educationa Fairtrade stallexhibition displays from various Christian organisations serving the areathenbsp lost and found children facility which is being run by the Mothers Unionspace and opportunity for quiet reflectionprayers at the start and end of each of the three days of the shownbspOn Sunday 9th August an ecumenical worship activity is being organisedwith the Bishop of Blackburn Bishop of Salford and the Methodist District chair all taking partCome along and join in starting with prayers around the showground from 1030 amfollowed by a bring and share lunch in the Churches Together in Lancashire TentnbspFurther informationRevd Chris Halliwell Diocesan Rural and Environmental Project Officernbspchrishalliwellblackburnanglicanorgnbsptel 07891615989RevdnbspAnton Muller Ecumenical Facilitator for Churches Together in Lancashireantonmullerctlancashireorguknbsptelnbsp07919438413

Royal Lancashire Show

Royal Lancashire ShowSalesbury Showground near RibchesterAugust 7th 9th 2015After an absence of 8years the Royal Lancashire Showreturns to the SalesburyHall farm site near Ribchester from August 7th 9th 2015nbspThis year the followingevents are planned lots of horses on show and over 100 classes of light horse competitions a farming and countryside village includingnbsp duckherding ferret racing and a sheep show countryside crafts and produce stalls an Army display village Archery skills and competitions Full details at httpwwwroyallancscouk nbspThe ChurchesTogether in Lancashire tent will host activities for children organised by the Diocesan Board of Education a Fairtrade stall exhibition displays from various Christian organisations serving the area thenbsp lost and found children facility which is being run by the Mothers Union space and opportunity for quiet reflection prayers at the start and end of each of the three days of the shownbspOn Sunday 9th August anecumenical worship activity is being organisedwith the Bishop ofBlackburn Bishop of Salford and the Methodist District chair all taking part Come along and join in starting with prayers around the showground from 1030 am followed by a bring andshare lunch in the Churches Together in Lancashire TentnbspFurther information Revd Chris HalliwellDiocesan Rural and Environmental Project Officernbspchrishalliwellblackburnanglicanorgtel 07891615989 Revd Anton Muller Ecumenical Facilitator forChurches Together in Lancashireantonmullerctlancashireorguk tel 07919438413nbsp

Church presence at this year's Royal Lancashire Show

The countdown to this weekendsnbspRoyal Lancashire Show has begun in earnest andnbspChurches Together in Lancashirenbspis set to havenbspa major presence at the eventnbspTheir 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 79nbspFor more information with regard to the worship activities please click herenbspOn Sunday August 9 ecumenical worship will take place with the Anglican Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev Philip North the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford Bishop John Arnold and the Methodist District Chair Rev Paul Davis all taking partnbspWorship PlannbspRev 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 Semley24072015 original posting 04082015 updatenbspnbsp

Prayers for when HM The Queen is longest serving Monarch

The Church of England has issued prayers for use when Her Majesty the Queen becomes the longestreigning monarch in British history on September 9 this yearThe prayers have been drafted by the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England and approved by Buckingham PalaceHere is the full text of the prayersA Collect for use after the Collect of the DayAlmighty God who hast set our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth upon the throne of this realm and given her to surpass all others in the years of her reign Receive our heartfelt thanks for her service to her people confirm and encourage her in the continuance of the same and keep her in thy heavenly wisdom through Jesus Christ our Lord who took the form of a servant for our sake and reigneth now in glory with thee and the Holy Spirit one God world without endAmenA modernlanguage prayer drawing on Philippians 2Almighty Godnbspwhose Son Jesus Christ exchanged the glory of a heavenly throne for the form of a servantnbspwe thank you that you have given Elizabeth our Queen a heart to serve her peoplenbspand have kept her devoted in this service beyond all who were before hernbspencourage us by her example to serve one another and to seek the common gooduntil you call us all to reign with Christ in your eternal kingdomAmenENDSRonnie SemleyAugust 4 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Budget Committee

Budget Committee Department LeadersnbspThursday 25th June 2015nbsp400pm 800pmnbsp

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 Tr