From the Clergy – February 2016

From the Clergy …….Lent already! Easter is so early this year (27 March) that Lent comes hard on the heels of Christmas. We seem to have no sooner packed away the tinsel and decorations than we need to start preparing for Easter. Indeed Easter eggs have been available in the supermarkets since the very beginning […]

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Thoughts for the Month – February 2016

Senior Moments – Community Film Club Thoughts for the Month from Valerie Marron Some years ago a sub-division of St Katharine’s PCC was formed under the name “ Fresh Expressions”.  The group consisted of just four people, and the agenda was to create a community event for our village.  Carol McCabe, Mike and Marion Growney […]

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Thought for the Month – January 2016

I am the New Year Thoughts for January 2016 from Sheila Kinrade When I was asked to write the thoughts for January I thought some reflections on the New Year and possibly about the customs and traditions surrounding it would be appropriate. So I did what I always do when needing information I started my […]

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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 Jewish New Year is not […]

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Fun at Work , the muddling up of our language & proverbs, and a very decent Foreman with a Christian Ethos  “If you work hard and succeed, the whole world will be your Lobster”. Well I thought it was Oyster, but who was I, (as a new starter from school) to argue with my section […]

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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 over by commercial enterprises, money- […]

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  Remembrance Sunday is only a few weeks away and I think the commemorations this year will take on an extra poignancy particularly for Blackrod Community Group and its research team. It was back in January 2014 that the Community Group decided to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War by producing a book […]

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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.”                                                                                                                                                                 Mark 6:30-31. “There […]

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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 now 10 months old a […]

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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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