From the Clergy – January 2016

Changing Times: On Whisky and Circumcision We think that everybody’s roughly the same, and especially ‘like us’!  Well, they’re not, just as the New Year is different from the old year.  It’s a reminder that we always live in changing times.  Even New Years are different, for different religions.  The...

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FROM THE CLERGY TEAM…….December 2015

Wow! December already! Where’s it all gone to – 2015 I mean?  Here we are in Advent again, looking forward (perhaps?) to the Second Coming of Christ, looking forward (definitely?) to celebrating the Birth of Christ. It often feels like Christmas has been taken away from the Christian Church, taken...

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FROM THE CLERGY TEAM…….NOV 2015

  The Habit of Advent The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourself and rest a while.”                                                                                                                                          ...

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Sadness and Joy – Thoughts for October 2015

  From Mike Hollick My thoughts for October are one of sadness and joy. Sadness with the loss of some very dear friends including Mary Cooper and Jack Finney. Joy comes in the form of the birth of my granddaughter Charlotte Ann in December. A great Christmas present. Charlotte is...

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Harvest Collection 2015 – Bolton Young Persons Housing scheme

Our chosen charity for the Harvest Collection of 2015 is BYPHS – Bolton Young Persons Housing scheme.  BYPHS currently accommodates 113 young homeless people in Bolton at any one time all aged between 16 and 25 years.  BYPHS do not agree that young people should be sleeping rough or homeless....

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Thought for the Month – September 2015

Return of the Bells Thought for the Month from Mike Kay There can be few times the bells of St. Katharine’s, Blackrod have ceased to ring out during their 230-year history. The bells probably fell silent during the two world wars; we know for certain the bells were silenced in...

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From the Clergy – September 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL September sees a change in the season and the beginning of a new school year which, for many children, will be a time of great change.  Some will be starting school, nursery or play group for the first time, which is an anxious time for them and...

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From the Clergy – August 2015

The Clergy writing……For August Bells are the voice of the church; They have tones that touch and search the hearts of young and old.                             Longfellow…..Bells of San Blas    August sees the return of our bells from the foundry in Loughborough where they have been restored and repaired over the...

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