Christmas Fair 2018
Big thanks to everyone who helped with the Christmas Fair 2018. Great stalls, delicious food and fun for all the family. It was a Cracker!
Remembrance Sunday 2018
On 11th November 2018, members of our church joined the Appley Bridge community and our uniformed organisations to walk from Appley Bridge Village Hall to the War Memorial next to the Community Centre where wreaths were laid and we remembered those who gave their lives in armed conflicts in this centenary year of the ending of the First World War. Rev’d Sue Timmins and Rev’d John Hilton from The Vale Methodist Church led the village service in an Act of Remembrance.
All Saints C of E School and Little Acorns Remembering the Fallen
On Friday 9th November, Rev’d Sue and Diane visited All Saints’ C of E Primary School to see their stunning display of research and creative work related to the First World and to lead short services. Rev’d Sue accompanied KS2 to the village war memorial for their Act of Remembrance. KS1 and Little Acorns took part in an Act of Remembrance in the memorial garden in school at 11am with Reader Diane.
Remembrance Tea Room
On 4th November, Appley Bridge Community Association hosted an interesting afternoon to honour the 15 soldiers from the village who gave their lives in the Great War. Tea, period cakes, WW1 singalong and Appley Bridge Churches Together opened the event from the Chaplaincy Table, with prayer and commemoration.
There But Not There
Transparent seated military figures were in All Saints’ Church in early November. These silhouettes were part of the Appley Bridge Community’s Remembrance 2018 project, marking the centenary of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War. They are part of the There But Not There project and were visited by children from All Saints’ C of E Primary School.
There But Not There aims to place a representative figure for every name on local war memorials around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. One of the transparent figures in our church , rather poignantly, caught the reflected image of Christ from the church’s stained glass window.
Harvest Decorations 2018
Our talented team of flower arrangers have excelled themselves again this year. Their efforts helped our congregation to thank God for the harvest and for all of His goodness.
Children from All Saints C of E Primary School and from Little Acorns Nursery visited church on Monday 1st October to enjoy the harvest decorations and use them to help them to say thank you to God for all that He has given us.
We are grateful to the children from Reception for making Sam the Scarecrow to add to our harvest decorations and to be part of the school’s harvest assembly.
Big thanks also go to the parents of the children at the school for donating fresh and non-perishable items for our harvest events. Fresh items of food were auctioned at our Harvest Supper on 1st October. All proceeds will be sent to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal supporting agricultural projects in Sierra Leone and Brazil www.blackburn.anglican.org/bishop-julian-s-harvest-appeal-2018.
Non-perishable goods will be sent to The Brick charity in Wigan – they work with the homeless, and those in poverty or facing debt www.thebrick.org.uk/.
Thanks be to God for the harvest and the great response to it by our church and school communities.
Wednesday 26th September 2018 – Cafe Evening with Archdeacon Michael Everett
Archdeacon Michael Everett, an old friend of Appley Bridge All Saints’ and a very engaging speaker, was our guest at this Cafe Evening. Having recently visited an orphanage in Peru he talked about the experience. £170 was raised to help this very worthy cause.
Family Time Fun
Senior members of Church for Kids visited Family Time on 9th September to receive their prizes and take part in the 9.15 am Family Time Service. They were in the role of the man who was robbed and beaten up in The Parable of The Good Samaritan. They agreed to be bandaged up by the little ones with amusing results!
Blackpool Sponsored Walk 2018
Thanks to those who braved the rain on Saturday 8th September for our sponsored walk in Blackpool, followed by fish and chips!
Puppets at Little Saints’
Diane and Tracey visited Little Saints’ on Thursday 12th July with some puppet pals who performed two songs, “Christian Believer” and “Glad All Over” The children loved it and had a chance to join in with some bells as percussion. Lots of fun and no strings attached!
Next Steps for Church for Kids
Church for Kids CFK met at Kentucky Fried Chicken KFC on 24thJune and have formed a new senior section for Church for Kids CFK. Can you Guess what it’s called? Kids for Church KFC!
In September this new group will be launched, and we are really excited that our young people are keen to continue learning on their faith journey together with us at All Saints’
Big thanks to Peter Massey for conjuring up some laughs and impressing us with his tricks and talk on Wednesday 20th June at our Café Evening. Great evening, good food and good company. Thanks to Ann Edwards for organising it too. Magic!
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.