We had a super-sunny outdoor harvest service on Sunday 27th September 2020 on All Saints’ School Field 😎
We were blessed with wonderful weather and a great turnout for our outdoor harvest service. Food donations were sent to the The Brick Foodbank and cash is being collected for Christian Aid – we were sharing with others as a way of thanking God for all He has given us.
Big thanks to Mrs Dunn and the governors of All Saints’ School for letting us use the field and to DJ Danny who donated his services to help us.
Pipe Cleaner Challenge
Contributors to our harvest pipe cleaner challenge ranged in age from 5 – 79! As part of Sunday’s outstanding outdoor harvest service, we made things that we wanted to thank God for. A few folk added comments for clarification including Raffy Hall’s mum who told us he’s grateful for family, including dogs and the Mapple Family whose creations included children, flowers, fish, hearts, the world and Christiano Ronaldo!! (The CR7 one) We certainly thank God for all of you!
Christian service in the community during the coronavirus crisis
One of our Readers, Sara Ashley, is also a part- time GP, but she has been working extra hours during the coronavirus crisis.
Kelvin Burgoyne a well-known artist and All Saints’ Church member who painted the lovely portrait below writes: ‘Artists are now painting their heroes and here is mine from All Saints’ Appley Bridge. Doctor Sarah Ashley you’re marvellous’
Big Brekkie 29th February 2020
The display in the photos below was in church to show people how the money raised for Christian Aid will benefit the farmers of Malawi by continuing their pigeon pea project.
Many thanks to all those who came and helped and took part in at the Big Breakfast. A fabulous £520 was raised.
More Christmas Decorations 2019
On Thursday 19th December 2019 the church choir, Phil our flautist, and many members of our church family led the singing of Christmas Carols in The Boathouse Pub Appley Bridge.
It was lovely to share the Christmas message with members of our community in this joyful way.
Christmas Decorations 2019
Christmas Puppet Shows 2019
Pupils from All Saints’ C of E Primary School, Little Acorns Nursery and from Shevington Primary School enjoyed Christmas puppet shows in church on Tuesday 10th December. Thanks to Tracey Fitzsimmons, Joanna Ashcroft and Dot Fairhurst for working with Reader Diane to share the Christmas message in a lighthearted way with so many children in our joint benefice.
Many thanks to everyone who attended our lovely and joyful Christingle service in All Saints’ C of E School on 8th December. This is a special service where we remembered that Jesus is the light of the world.
The collection will be in aid of the Church of England Children’s Society raised £169.20 .
Christmas Fair 30th November 2019
Huge thanks to everyone contributed so much to our very successful Christmas Fair 2019. Special thanks to Mark Ashley for co-ordinating the event, to Fur Clempt for the excellent catering, and to the parents, staff, friends and governors of All Saints’ C of E Primary School for hosting, and for all of their contributions. Everyone’s help was much appreciated.
A terrific £1,679 was raised. This money will help with the ongoing costs of running the church. It will help in enabling the church to continue serving the community and the school.
Our “crafty people” group which was set up in the autumn of 2019 is going from strength to strength – people enjoy meeting together and producing all sorts of unique hand made items. See our coming soon page for details of their meetings.
Lest we forget
There was a community remembrance service at the Appley Bridge War Memorial at the Community Centre on Remembrance Sunday 10th November 2019.
Members of the local community, the Police Force and our children’s uniformed organisations gathered outside the community centre for the service which included prayers, hymns, the laying of wreaths and a silence showing respect to those who gave gave their lives in armed conflict.
Local ministers: Fr Phillip Tuite from St Joseph’s RC Church Wrightington; Rev’d John Hilton from The Vale Methodist Church; Rev’d John Mountain and Reader Diane Green from All Saints’ Appley Bridge led the service.
All Saints’ Day 2019
All Saints’ Day, our patronal festival, was really special this year. Our guest preacher was Rev’d Gillian Watson. Rev’d Gillian used to be one of our parishioners and she was member of our church choir prior to her ordination.
We were also joined and blessed by Rev’d Cath Gabriel, also a former parishioner and chorister at All Saints’ prior to her ordination.
Rev’d Sue Timmins led the the service and reminded us of the importance of listening to God’s call. The service was followed by bring and share lunch and some enjoyable social time.