Doves and Ducks
After church on 20th May, we went straight to the Community Centre for the Appley Bridge Village Festival & Duck Race.Members of our muisc group, including some of our young people led the singing. Father Phil from St Joseph’s RC Church and Rev’d Jim Whelan The Vale Methodist Church joined our own Rev’d Sue Timmins in in leading prayers and then released doves as a sign of hope. Then we headed for the duck race. Big thanks to Elaine Roper, Naomi Teasdale and everyone in the Community Association for organising this event.
Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Day May 2018
Children from All Saints’ School were invited into church a class at a time to use prayer stations and learn about prayer as part of this inter-national prayer initiative. Helpers from church were there to assist.
Easter Decorations 2018
Saturday 31st March
We met outside church for hot cross buns and a drink, followed by prayers around the fire and a special service where we renewed our baptism vows and lit candles affirming the light of Christ in our lives.
Good Friday 30th March
some of the members of both All Saints and Christ Church took the cross to the top of Parbold Hill.
Big Brekkie 2018
Thank you to all the Appley Bridge folk who supported our Big Brekkie for Christian Aid on Saturday morning March 17th at All Saints’ School. Between the Big Brekkie and fundraising undertaken by the school children, the final total raised for Christian Aid was a magnificent £723!
The Bishop of Burnley, the Rt. Rev’d Philip North, confirmed thirteen young people at an inspired Confirmation Service in Christ Church, Parbold, on Wednesday 14th March. Twelve candidates for confirmation came from All Saints’ Church Appley Bridge.
Crafts and Creativity
Creative responses from our teenagers and young people to the story of the call of Peter the Fisherman at our Worship First service on Sunday 4th February. Fabulous fish pond! You could say they were and looking at Jesus though new eyes when they thought about being disciples.
New Year and New Watchword 14th January 2018
We were working on the watchword at Family Time!
Church looking fantastically festive for Christmas 2017. Many thanks to our talented team of flower arrangers who did an amazing job again this year.
On 17th December Christmas Services – Our Church for Kids group performed their nativity play and we had our Carol Service in the evening.
Cracking Christingle service on Sunday 10th December.
Christmas Fair 2017
Thanks so much to everyone who supported our successful Christmas Fair on Saturday 25th November. It was great fun and there was plenty to do and buy. Special thanks to the staff parents and pupils of All Saints’ C of E Primary School and to All Saints. Guides, Brownies, GFS, Scouts and Cubs.
On 29th October 2017 we held a Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service
We remembered those we have loved who have passed away. It was a moving and special occasion.
Sing the the Lord a New Song! Our young musicians (and some who are not so young) played for the first time in church on Sunday 22nd October. It was a big success! Our little band is growing and we are recruiting!
Sara and Diane were relicensed as Readers at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 21st October. Rev’d Sue was there to support them.
On Sunday 7th October Appley Bridge All Saints’ Choir joined forces with the choristers of of St Wilfrid’s Church Standish for the annual Songs of Praise service which formed part of St Wilfrid’s Arts and Music festival. It was a stirring service of praise and worship featuring some fine hymns.
Rev’d Wendy’s Ordination Saturday 30th September
Rev’d Wendy Williams has been an ordained minister in the United Reformed Church for several decades. She has already helped out at our church many times. Rev’d Wendy also helps at St John’s Burscough and in other churches in the Diocese of Liverpool and the Diocese of Blackburn. On Saturday 30th September, she was ordained as a priest in the Church of England at Liverpool Cathedral. It was a joyful and special occasion with many of our parishioners there to celebrate with her. We pray for this new phase in her service to God and His church.
Our church looked fabulous for Harvest Festival 2017. It was followed by a fascinating walk in The Meadows where we joined other community groups in learning about the history of our village and of and plans for restoration. Thanks also to everyone who helped with or attended our splendid Harvest Supper on Monday 25th September where we were raising money for the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal.
We had a brilliant prayer walk on Monday 7th August when we thanked God for our beautiful parishes and prayed for our two churches.