Thought for the Month – August 2018

A Second Chance by Beth Brindle Here I am again writing for the magazine and wondering just what to say. However, to continue on a theme from last time, I am compelled to continue my everlasting gratitude to our wonderful NHS. 2017-2018 has been a nightmare year for the Brindle/Conchar family. Last July my husband, Eric, […]

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  Open Doors Northern event at St Peter’s Parish Centre, Halliwell In February this year Ruth Sharrock and I had the opportunity to attend this event. Not knowing very much about the venue or the programme, we felt we should really go and find out what other churches sharing our faith and in our area […]

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Thought for the Month – June 2018

Spring is here! Thought for the month from David Gregory Has there ever been a spring season more reluctant to show its face?  Not that I can recall.  We have all had to endure wild fluctuations of wind, temperature and rainfall, all of which gave rise to attention-grabbing media headlines such as “the beast from […]

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Thought for the Month – May 2018

Giving it up for Lent! Thoughts for May from Pat Zukowskyj What did you give up for Lent? Can you remember? Was it chocolate? Alcohol? Crisps. Did it make a difference to your life, once Lent was over? Like many people, I used to give up foodstuffs, only to begin eating them again at Easter. […]

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Self-Improvement   I was very sorry to read of the death of writer and humourist Michael Green, at the not inconsiderable age of 91 years. Born and brought up in Leicester, just a little earlier than our own Michael (Hollick), but only just. He wrote for the local newspapers and also found time to produce […]

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Thoughts for the Month – March 2018

Seeing the Story of Samuel – Thought for the Month by Helen Gambles Quite a few weeks ago in January, I read the Readings at the 11am Eucharist Service. The first one was from the first Book of Samuel and told the story of the boy’s calling by the Lord.  Afterwards, I was thinking about the […]

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What’s not to love about February in Blackrod? For the most part I consider myself to be of a happy disposition, yet the thought of another February fills me with gloom and trepidation. Gale force winds and heavy rain in the month of February over the years has definitely left scars. These include a 10 […]

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Thoughts for January from Jean Douglas

St Katharine and the Women Having been asked to write something for the magazine, the deadline was fast approaching in December and I hadn’t started. It was suggested that I could use the theme of the sermon I preached on St Katharine’s Day in November, so here goes…… ………Sunday 26th November – Well, what a […]

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Thought for the Month- December 2017

A Box for a Hurting Child Thoughts for December from Robin Sharp Here we are once more into the Advent season. The season of joy and goodwill at the coming of the infant Jesus sent by God as saviour to us all and the promise of eternal life. It is, traditionally, a family occasion mainly […]

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Thought for the Month – November 2017

“Not much to see!” Thoughts for November from Barbara Finney In September I was on holiday in Montenegro with a group of friends from Leigh. One day two of us went off on a Monastery Tour – a trip about which our rep had been dismissive as involving a long coach ride and not much […]

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