Weekly News on Saturday 16 July 2022

Dear Church Community,

Hello everyone,

I am sending you this email before setting off to Bishop Julian’s Farewell Service at Blackburn Cathedral. Today is Bishop Julian’s last day ministering in our Diocese, before heading off to a gathering of Bishop’s from around the world for the Lambeth Conference. Bishop Julian and Heather will be retiring to Sussex, to be near their children and grandchildren. The good people of Lancashire and our Anglican churches have been blessed by Bishop Julian’s ministry, teaching, vision and leadership over the last 9, nearly 10, years. Please do pray for those involved in choosing the person to be the next Bishop of Blackburn. I would ask you to pray the Lord will provide someone totally committed to sharing the life-saving gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, as given to us in the holy scriptures.

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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The services on Sunday 17th July are:

  • 9:00 AM Traditional (Book of Common Prayer) Service of Holy Communion (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 11:00 AM Contemporary Service of Holy Communion LIVE streamed (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 5:00 PM ‘Treehouse’ Informal Family Worship Service (with refreshments on arrival)

‘Clubhouse’ meets in the Hall during Treehouse for primary-school aged children.

If you’re unable to attend due to health and mobility, please be assured we continue to livestream our main 11:00 AM service. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE. You can download and print the order of service and bring it along with you if you wish to. Click HERE if so. Our focus on Sunday is on the Bible reading in Luke 10.38-42 (Church Bible page 869). 

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FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS

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We need a big push this weekend for food donations, especially as the schools break up next week. A team of people will be packing bags on Monday. So if you are able to bring food in tomorrow, you are most welcome to do so. Of course, donations are also welcome throughout the week.

We mainly need semi skimmed long life milk, breakfast cereals, pasta sauces (not pasta) beans, biscuits, tinned meat, veg, fruits, custard etc and perhaps bags of small apples with a good date on them.

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BOOKSHOP VOLUNTEER TRAINING DAY

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On Tuesday 23rd August there will be a volunteer training morning, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the bookshop. This is for anyone interested in helping with the ‘Meadows Books’ Christian book shop and gift shop which will be launching in September. Sheena Burwell, who managed the CLC Bookshop in Blackpool for 16 years, will be sharing her experience and tips with us. 

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THE MEADOWS BOOKS

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I am pleased to announce the launch of The Meadows Books – Christian Book and Gift Shop, on Wednesday 14th September at 7:30 PM. More information to follow later in the summer.

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DAY TRIP TO KESWICK

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On Friday 5th August I’ve booked a coach to provide a ‘taste of the Keswick Convention.’ This will be a full day out to experience the lovely Lake District Cumbrian town of Keswick and to have a taste of the world-renowned Christian gathering of thousands of Christians for worship and teaching. There are still places on the coach. Please do email me if you would like to book your place. Setting off from Christ Church Thornton at 8:30 AM and returning to Church around 11:30 PM. There will be ample time in the afternoon and early evening to explore Keswick, its shops, Lake and other attractions. £20 per person just travel, £30 per person including packed lunch and fish and chips. It’s not too late to book – do speak to me or email me if you’re interested.

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HOLIDAYS AND CHURCH SERVICES

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Please note the 11:30 AM Wednesday morning service of Holy Communion is not taking place for the next three weeks. It will resume on Wednesday 10th August.

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HEATWAVE AND CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE ACTIVITIES

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As I’m sure we will all be aware, there is a heatwave forecast over the coming days, one which has the potential to harm health. To ensure those attending church and community centre activities, and those volunteering and working with them are kept safe, we will be encouraging the following to take place:

  • Ensure all windows are open for maximum airflow (we do not have any fans or air conditioning available – but we have lots and lots of windows in the Hall)
  • Ensure doors which are safe to be open are kept open for maximum airflow
  • Ensure water is freely available – and to have pre-filled jugs of it stored in the fridges – and to encourage people to drink plenty
  • To offer free of charge small tubs of ice creams, to keep people cool
  • Ensure blinds on windows in the Community Centre are closed before and during the sun shining so as to prevent the Hall heating up further
  • Encourage maximum use of the main Church building for activities, which is always much cooler, should people find the Hall too warm
  • Encourage staff and volunteers to stay hydrated, and to not put pressure on themselves to work too fast or for longer than is needed
  • To encourage activity coordinators to change the length or content of an activity, if it is deemed safer to do it in a different way – for example, to finish early or to move to a different room
  • To encourage those working or helping in the kitchen to work at a steady pace and to reduce the number of hot food items
  • To encourage the wearing of hats and sunscreen factor 30+ when outside

The above guidance is based on common-sense and in conjunction with our Health & Safety Officer.

As we feel the warmth of the sun shining on our faces, may you also feel the radiance of the Son of God shining upon you and blessing you in the week ahead.

God bless,

Damian

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