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. But they are, and BYPHS […]

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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 1922 when the installation underwent […]

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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 for their parents who wonder […]

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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 last couple of months.  St […]

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Thought for the Month – August 2015

SAY IT WITH WORDS Thoughts for August from David Gregory Language is a funny thing, especially if it’s English.  There was a lovely story circulating in the early sixties concerning a young Saudi prince who was struggling with some of the finer points of the language.  He arrived in London around the same time as […]

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Thought for the Month – July 2015

I just wonder, is it me, or just my age? Thought for the month  – by Ellis Collier I remember when I first started to learn to drive in 1964, the person who taught me was an ex-policemen and the cost of each lesson was 7s and 6d. The car was bought by my dad […]

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From the Clergy – July 2015

The Clergy write……For July A seven-year-old girl said about her grandmother: “She’s old on the outside but she acts like she’s young on the inside.”  She hit the nail on the head!  Most of us older adults remain active today with some of us still working into our seventies.  Even those of us who retire […]

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Thought for the Month – June 2015

by Valerie Marron The Mail on Sunday, March 29th 2015 published an article in which Archbishop Sentamu and former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey made comments.  It reads as follows:   ”ASDA, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op snub Christian Easter eggs. Supermarkets have been accused of pursuing an ‘anti-Christian agenda’ after refusing to sell Easter eggs […]

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From the Clergy – June 2015

The Revd Heather Sharp writes… This month sees the celebration of Corpus Christi, the Christian festival when we give thanks for the sacrament of Holy Communion; the gift of Christ’s body and blood given for us in his dying and resurrection, that we might live.   The actual feast of Corpus Christi (a phrase that […]

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From the Clergy May 2105

Jean Douglas writes…….. We began Lent on Ash Wednesday after having said goodbye to Roger and Mary at a bittersweet celebration of the Eucharist on 15th February. Then, a few weeks later, we began our Holy Week celebrations, which  culminated on Easter Day with the glorious celebration of the Eucharist, itself made all the more […]

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