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.
GFS display wins Certificate
Congratulations to our GFS group after winning a Certificate of Achievement at the Diocesan GFS Festival Exhibition competition this month. The display that caught the judges’ eye is currently to be seen at the front of Church.
Emily Lyon and Ruby Fox Climb Ben Nevis
Emily Lyon and Ruby Fox of our All Saints Congregation, and both pupils at All Saints School, climbed Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain at 4,406 feet above sea level, on Saturday July 1st to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. So far they have raised £1200-00!!
The girls tell us: “We are both 10 years old, and wanted to climb Ben Nevis. We both agreed that we would like to walk for Cancer Research.
“A lot of people are affected by cancer and it is very upsetting so we are hoping to raise money to help. Please donate anything you can, even a £1 can help.
Thank you for donating, love Emily and Ruby xxx”
Here’s the link to the girls’ JustGiving page. Please donate if you can – every penny helps in the fight against the scourge that is cancer.
We had a great time at 5:18 on Friday 16th June celebrating the Holy Spirit and hearing an inspiring talk from Rev’d David Banbury.
Family Time 11th June 2017
We had a whale of a time learning about Jonah! All of the children helped with the whale big banner.We pulled grumpy faces to be grumpy like Jonah and had happy faces to be kind like God.
Christian Aid Week Big Breakfast event at All Saints’ School
Thank you to all the Appley Bridge folk who supported our Big Brekkie for Christian Aid on Saturday morning May 20th at All Saints School.
The event exceeded all our hopes and prayers, and thanks to the help of so many members of our congregation and the generosity of those who have attended we have raised £750. This means that All Saints will have provided funds to buy two valuable cows for communities in Ethiopia, a refrigeration system for a refugee camp in North Africa to preserve food and drink at the right temperature, and two stoves to provide cooking facilities for up to 50 refugees in temporary accommodation.
Our Traidcraft shop was also well supported, takings were just short of £200-00 on the morning.
The atmosphere was wonderful, getting off to the right start with an inspired opening by the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Rev Philip North, who reminded us of the Gospel imperative to share the love of God with our neighbours, and thanks to the multitude of activities including games hosted by our Brownie and Guide groups, Colouring competition, face painting, bookstall, Jacobs Well stall, Tradecraft shop, breakfast cafe, and our Prayer Table, the morning really went with a swing!
Thanks to all those who helped to set up, organise and participate in our first ever Big Brekkie, and we look forward to making it into an annual event at All Saints.
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Easter 2017 – Church Decorations
Our Easter Vigil service on Saturday 15th April was a big success, starting round the fire and then moving inside to renew our baptism vows and celebrate the light of Christ.
The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt. Rev’d Julian Henderson, confirmed twenty young people at an inspired Confirmation Service in Christ Church, Parbold, on Wednesday 23rd March. Candidates for Confirmation came from Christ Church, All Saints’ Church Appley Bridge and St Anne’s Church, Shevington. The church was filled with family and friends of the confirmees, and the Bishop was assisted by Christ Church and All Saints’ Parish Priest the Rev Sue Timmins, St Anne’s Shevington Parish Priest the Rev Philip Dennison, and All Saints’ Reader Diane Green.
The service was followed by refreshments, as the confirmees and their families celebrated with church officials.
Happy Birthday All Saints’ Church Building
On Sunday 12th March 2017 it was the 35th Anniversary of the opening of the All Saints’ Church building. It was also the 5th birthday of Family Time. We enjoyed cake at both services! Tom Bimson, our longest serving chorister, who donated the foundation stone 35 years ago is pictured here looking at the photos in our anniversary display.
Y6 Visit to Church
Pupils Y6 from All Saints’ School visited church on Tuesday 7th February 2017 when members of our congregation explained why coming to church and receiving Holy Communion is important to them. This was helpful as several of the young people in Y6 are candidates for confirmation in March.