All Saints Appley Bridge is a Church of England (Anglican) Church. We are part of the Diocese of Blackburn.
People say they find our church friendly and welcoming. We are part of a United Benefice with Christ Church Parbold. We share our youth groups and some special services, worship and outreach events with Christ Church Parbold.
Reverend Sue Timmins
Sue, 53, is a Lancashire Lass, born and bred in Prestwich, North Manchester. She was a civil engineer with ICI before hearing the call to be ordained when she was 30, leaving ICI and training for the priesthood at St John’s Nottingham before becoming Curate at Iver in Buckinghamshire. She then returned to the North West, serving, in her own words, “For 15 happy years as Vicar at St John’s, Pendlebury, in the Manchester Diocese.”
Sue left St John’s at the end of July 2015 to follow a call to live and work with a Christian organisation in Nigeria, an experience she describes as “An inspiring and formative time.” She returned to England at the end of 2015 to continue voluntary work with the same organisation in Europe, and ministering to churches in the Manchester Diocese that were between parish priests.
Sue described her excitement at her appointment to Parbold and Appley Bridge: “We have a strong focus in our Diocesan Vision 2026 to make disciples, to witness and to grow leaders for Jesus Christ, and I am looking forward to seeing how God will lead us on together in our own part of that journey.”
Reverend John Mountain
John was ordained priest in summer in 2013. Prior to his ordination, John was a Reader at Christ Church, Parbold and he has been a very active member of the Parbold congregation for many years. He used to work as accountant before he retired.
John takes services at All Saints and Christ Church Parbold including communion, baptisms, weddings, and funerals. He leads our pastoral team, so he regularly visits people who need home communion and he takes communion services in the residential homes for the elderly in Parbold. He also leads some evening courses and many morning prayer sessions at both churches.
John lives in Parbold with his wife, Anthea. He is a keen runner and can often be seen out running in Parbold with Toby, his daughter’s dog. John also likes ballroom dancing in his spare time. He is a retired priest with permission to officiate at our churches.
Sara Ashley – Reader
Sara was first licensed as a Reader twenty one years ago. She has been a member of All Saints Church for nine years . She previously served as a Reader at
St Wilfrid’s in Standish. In October 2014, she was re-licenced to All Saints as a Reader, and she is also a member of our church choir.
Sara works as a GP, and has undertaken work at the local children’s hospice as well as helping out with services at All Saints. Sara sometimes leads worship and preaches at All Saints. She occasionally leads some of our evening courses. Sara is married to Mark Ashley, who also helps out at church.
Diane Green – Reader
Diane is a retired English teacher. She worked at Up Holland High School until 2012 and has been working as a volunteer in our church since then. She was licensed as a Reader in on 31st October 2015.
Diane sometimes leads worship and preaches at All Saints. Diane loves working with children and often leads Family Time. She also takes school assemblies and occasionally leads services held in the school. Diane is a member of PCC. She leads a fortnightly Bible Study group.
Diane and her husband, Philip, live in Parbold. With lots of technical help from Philip, Diane edits this website and runs the Facebook page. Diane and Philip both enjoy singing and they are members of Parbold Chamber Choir and of All Saints Church All Age Choir.
All Saints has two hard working Church Wardens, pictured below. They manage the day to day running of our church, look after the church building, and have many other responsibilities!
Ann Edwards, telephone: 01257 254913. John Henry, telephone 01257 425557.
Jen Tyrer is All Saints Treasurer, responsible for keeping our accounts in good order. Jen is also a member of the choir. She is married to Mike, who is one of our Deputy Churchwardens, a member of the sidespersons team, Mission team and intercessions group.
Linda Scott – Organist
Linda Scott is All Saints most senior musician, playing organ, piano and flute and organising the choir. She is the accomplished musical director of Orrell Musical and Dramatic Society.
Rosemary Lyon represents All Saints and Blackburn Diocese on the Church of England Synod, the Church’s senior representative forum which has Anglican members from all over the world. She is a member of All Saints Parochial Church Council, and also a member of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod, the representative forum of the Church in Lancashire.
Mike is one of our two Deputy Churchwardens, a member of the Parochial Church Council, a member of our Mission team, and also acts as a Sidesperson. He is married to Jen our Treasurer.
Geoff Lyon and Phil Green
Geoff Lyon, pictured right with guitar, leads our monthly Evening Prayer service, and is a senior member of our music team at All Saints, having a real gift in composing contemporary songs of worship sung regularly in church. He is married to Rosemary, who is a member of the Church of England Synod, its most senior management body. Phil Green is another senior member of our music team, acting as deputy organist in Linda’s absence and also playing flute and singing in the choir. He is married to Reader Diane.
Vera is the leader of the Girls Friendly Society group at All Saints, and has many years of service to the organisation. She is the Blackburn Diocesan Secretary of the GFS in addition to her role at All Saints.
Cath is one of our two Deputy Churchwardens. She has been a member of our Church 4 Kids leaders group for many years, and is a member of the Parochial Church Council.
Rachel is a member of our Church 4 Kids leaders group, and is also the Child Protection Officer for the Parish, responsible for maintaining the Safeguarding of children at our Church.
Margaret is responsible for the production of our weekly information sheet, The Link, organises the hugely popular Harvest Supper and Quiz, and is a member of the Parochial Church Council.
Mark Ashley – Vision Champion
Mark is our Vision Champion. He is pictured left, eating a Hot Cross Bun outside Church on Easter Saturday 2017….He seeks to keep us on track with our progress towards Vision 2026 – the Diocese of Blackburn’s vision for moving our Lancashire churches forward in discipleship. A journalist by trade, Mark helps run our Facebook page and church website and also helps with events in church. He has been married to our Reader Sara for 36 years….
Parochial Church Council members
Rev Sue Timmins, Ann Edwards, Cath Rainford, Debbie Leyland, Janet Dunn, Jen Tyrer, John Henry, Julie Alcock, Margaret Baker, Mike Tyrer, Phil Green, Rosemary Lyon, Diane Bell, Sara Ashley, Katy Robertson, Mark Ashley.