Monday 22nd July 7.30 pm Joint prayer evening at Christ Church
Future dates: Mon. 5thAugust 7.30pm
Thursday 25th July 9am – 10am Prayer at Christ Church
A time of prayer for God’s renewing work in All Saints’ and in Christ Church. All welcome. This will be a weekly event – come when you can.
Thursday 25th July 1pm – 3pm. Thursday Craft Group at All Saints’ Church.
Bring ANY kind of handicraft and join the group for an enjoyable, informal, chatty, crafty time. Mutual help will be encouraged but you don’t need to be skilled already. £1 per meeting with 50p for refreshments. The group will meet weekly, but just come when you can.
Starting Thursday 25th July God@Work Group 7.30 – 9.30 pm
A small group to help those who wish to discuss the application and practice of their faith in the workplace environment. The last session will be on Thursday 1st August. It will be led by Rev’d Michelle Plant from Christ Church, Parbold at Coffee etc Cafe in Parbold.
For further details concerning the venues and the course please email: email@example.com
1st August – Bible Study 1pm – 2.15 pm
Reader Diane is leading fortnightly Bible Study sessions on Thursdays 1.00pm – 2.15 pm at All Saints’ Appley Bridge.
We will be studying the book of Genesis and using some material from the church sermon series. This friendly study group has 8 – 10 members Newcomers are very welcome.
Future Dates: Bible Study: 8 Aug ; 22 Aug; 29 Aug 2019; 12thSept; 26 Sep; 3 Oct 2019; 31 Oct; 7 Nov; 14 Nov; 28 Nov; 12 Dec.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 4th August at 10:30 am.
Rev’d Wendy Williams will be celebrating 50 years Ministry in Wigan at Living Faith Church (opposite the CO-OP), in Church Street, Orrell on Sunday 4th August at 10:30 am.
The Mayor, Lord and Lady Leigh and the 3 local councillors will be present. People who know Rev’d Wendy and would like to join her for this special event will be warmly welcomed.
Wednesday 7th August – Family Day at Whalley Abbey
Monday 2nd September 10.45 am Refresh at All Saints’ Appley Bridge
An hour of refreshing musical praise and worship followed by a bring and share lunch.
Future Date: Monday 7th October
Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th September. Back to School Coffee and Chat.
7.30 pm Saturday 7th September at Christ Church Parbold.
Songs and Tales – An Audience with Jonathan Veira.
This will be a most enjoyable and entertaining evening of music and comedy. Jonathan Veira is a great performer who has a very broad appeal.
The show will end at approximately 10.00 pm. Ticket prices will be £10 each or £30 for a family ticket for 2 adults + 2 children aged 10 -16.
Find out more about Jonathan Veira by watching this short video.
21st September Pathways to Prayer
The Diocese are running ‘Pathways to Prayer’ events over the next few months. This is a wonderful opportunity for all people of every tradition to explore fresh perspectives on patterns and styles of prayer, contemplation and meditation through a diverse range of workshops. For further details, and to book, click on the links below.
Day with Bishop Julian 21st September at St Ambrose Leyland
Day with Bishop Jill 19th October at Xavarian Mission Spirituality Centre
Saturday 19th October from 10.30 am at Blackburn Cathedral – A Celebration of Baptism
A day to celebrate and re-imagine baptism as a way to strengthen our church mission for details use the link below.
A message from our Archdeacon, the Venerable Mark Ireland
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Come apart with me and rest awhile.’
Why not respond to Jesus’ invitation by making a retreat or quiet day at Whalley Abbey part of your plans for 2019?
The retreat house is a wonderful place to come apart and pray, set in the beautiful ruins of a Cistercian abbey, on a site made holy by the prayers of generations of monks, and yet with modern en-suite accommodation and good home cooking.
We have a full and varied programme for 2019, as part of a focus on making disciples for Jesus Christ. We hope there’s something for everyone. Do consider bringing a friend or a group from your parish. As well as the advertised programme, the Abbey welcomes individuals to stay and make their own retreat whenever space is available. Bookings from parish groups are warmly encouraged. We hope you can come!
Details are in this leaflet 2019_Spirituality_Programme
Ven Mark Ireland,
Archdeacon of Blackburn
Bishop’s Bible Challenge
OUR BISHOP Julian has introduced his Bishop’s Bible Challenge, to encourage congregations in Lancashire in his words: “To learn key verses of Scripture, to create a kind of ‘internal treasure store’ of the promises and command of God.”
The Bishop, in his introduction to the challenge, says this: “At the heart of Vision 2026 lies the call for Christians to be first and foremost disciples of Jesus Christ.
“That entails, in part, a deeper commitment than attendance at services of public worship, a more generous giving of time, talents and money in promoting the Gospel and growing God’s Kingdom, and a better knowledge of the Scriptures; God’s revelation of who He is, what He has done and what He requires.”
Bishop Julian sees the Challenge as part of our stated aim to have an ongoing ‘focus on discipleship’ … seeking to create ‘whole-life disciples’, living out their faith every day.
The Challenge will be a key part of our current work as a Diocese to develop ‘whole-life disciples’.
At the Primary Visitation of Churchwardens held in Adlington earlier this month, the Bishop’s Bible Challenge was given a further impetus when a new booklet was introduced, suitable for all ages, entitled ‘Knowing The Scriptures Better.’
Written by Ruth Hassall, the Diocese’s Director of Discipleship, ‘Knowing The Scriptures Better’ is a focussed six week study booklet allowing you to consider the Bible more deeply, with memory verses to learn, and space for your notes as you pray and talk to God.
All Saints has obtained 100 copies of the booklet, which will be available to members of the congregation in church from Sunday June 2nd.
There is also a Bishop’s Bible Challenge ‘memory verse’ at the top of the ‘Blackburn Prayers’ prayer diary for each day on the Diocesan website at https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/blackburn-prayers-including-daily-email.
For this year, 12 verses (one a month for a year) have been chosen for each of three Vision 2026 themes of making disciples, being witnesses and growing leaders, hence 36 verses in all.
Sat 21st March 2020 10.00am – 4.00pm Appley Bridge All Saints’ Away Day at Whalley Abbey
We’ve booked Ruth Hassall our new Diocesan Director of Discipleship and Sarah Earnshaw the Diocesan Children’s Work Adviser to lead the day for us.
There’ll be activities for different age groups during the day – adults, children, families – as well as times to be together as a church family.
Ruth will be coming to speak at Family Time and will preach at 10.15 on 12th Jan so that we can get to know her.
Bring your own lunch so the day itself is free and includes free access to the beautiful Whalley Abbey grounds.
Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019
The Archdeacon of Blackburn, Mark Ireland, will be leading a pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan with his wife Gill in autumn 2019. The dates are 26th September – 7th October 2019. This will be a pilgrimage with a difference – suitable for those who have never been to Israel before, but also offering something extra for those who have. If you might be interested in joining the pilgrimage, please see the poster at the back of Church or email email@example.com