The Vicar Writes……..October 2017

  Dear Friends, It’s nearly my first anniversary of being appointed as Team Vicar for the Blackrod, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton and Wingates Team with special responsibility for St Katharine’s and St Thomas Chequerbent!  Doesn’t time fly?  (When you’re having fun!)  The only annual event I’ve yet to experience is the Harvest Festival on the 8th […]

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The Vicar Writes…

Dear Friends, I’ve always enjoyed September.  The weather is usually pretty good and the autumn colours begin to appear.  It marks the passing of summer and the arrival of autumn.  But the reason I like it most of all is because it’s a time of new beginnings and that’s really exciting.  Summer holidays are behind […]

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From the Clergy – July 2017

The Vicar writes….. Dear Friends, In my day and I’m sure in most of your days too, we weren’t allowed to receive Holy Communion until we had been confirmed. I can remember at age 12 wanting to be confirmed so that I could receive communion alongside my parents. I also remember the sense of belonging […]

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From the Clergy – June 2017

The Vicar Writes…… I would like to express my thanks to all of you who work so hard to make this a fabulous church which is worth joining.  President Trump has just completed 100 days in office.  I have almost completed 200 days in office, and I know which office I’d rather be in! I’ve […]

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From the Clergy – April 2017

The Vicar writes…. Dear Friends, Well it may not feel like it but Spring is here!  We’ve had some tantalising days giving a hint of what’s to come or what we’d like to come.  Sunny skies, birds singing, spring flowers and the shrubs and trees coming into leaf.  It’s a fantastic time of the year, […]

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From the Clergy – March 2017

Dear Friends, The signs of Spring are finally making an appearance; snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils even, and the days are getting longer and Lent is almost upon us.  It always seemed odd to me that Lent is the old English word for Spring.  Lent is a penitential season whereas Spring is so full of hope and […]

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From the Clergy – Dec 2016

The Vicar writes…….. Dear Friends We are looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas in our new home.  Being home for Christmas is important for most people and I expect some of you are either returning home to be with your families or getting ready to welcome your families’ home. Jesus was born a long […]

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The Vicar Writes….November 2016

Dear Friends, By the time you read this Peter and I will have moved into the vicarage – hurrah!  We’re very fortunate that it has been possible to commute for a couple of weeks, after all, Blackrod isn’t too far from Charnock Richard, but Westhoughton to Charnock Richard is twice as far! Our move has […]

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