The Vicar writes……Feb 2018

    Dear Friends, A month into 2018 and whatever other resolutions you may have made, I wonder how many of us have resolved to use less plastic or even try to live a plastic free life? The Blue Planet programme shocked us all with its images of the plastic filled oceans and the heart […]

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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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The Vicar writes……January 2018

I hope that you have all had an enjoyable Christmas and a chance to relax and spend time with family and friends. I also hope that you have not thrown out your Christmas tree yet or taken down your decorations! It seems to me that we see Christmas decorations going up earlier and earlier each […]

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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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From the Clergy – December 2017

The Vicar writes……. A few years ago I went on a curates’ exchange visit to Braunschweig in Germany which is twinned with Blackburn Diocese. The main church in Germany is the Lutheran Church and our hosts were curates or “vikarin”. They were part way through their 7 year training which sounded extremely arduous and demanding, […]

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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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Thoughts for October 2017 from Kay Holt

The Impact of the Pure Positive love of children I recently watched a documentary on channel 4 called “Old Peoples Home for Four Year Olds” where 10 pre-school nursery children aged 4 years visited a care home for the elderly. What a fabulous documentary it was and watching first-hand the very positive impact and measureable […]

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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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