LANCASHIRE DISTRICT INTERIM CHAIR 2022-2024
As you may be aware, Revd Paul Davis retires from active ministry in summer 2022, and from his role as the Chair of District. As all Districts are currently undergoing regional reviews, a process to appoint an Interim Chair has been underway since May 2021. The following statement will be presented to Conference.
The Lancashire District Synod (under SO 423) brings the name of the Revd Philip J Gough for nomination to the Conference as interim Chair of the Lancashire District for two years from September 2022. Mr Gough is Superintendent of the Chorley and Leyland Circuit and currently serves as Deputy Chair; he brings detailed knowledge of the District, its mission plan and its strengths and weaknesses, along with an understanding of the character, needs and potential of the wider North West region which equips him well to play a leading role in the changes that are envisaged over the period of this interim appointment. He is a team builder and a team player with a passion for the Gospel and an ability to instil enthusiasm and confidence in others. The Synod was unanimous in its recommendation.
CIRCUIT PRAYER MEETINGS
These take place via Zoom every Monday at 6 p.m. and only last 15 minutes.
Each week we begin with a Bible reading and a short prayer. Then we have a time of prayer on the themes of the week. There is an opportunity for topical prayer and we conclude with the Lord's Prayer. All are welcome either to join us on zoom, to pray the themes with us without coming onto zoom or simply to use the prayers that week. If you have a specific prayer request, please let Revd Stuart Wild know on 01722 715134 or email email@example.com.
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Church Fellowship has emerged from Ladies Fellowship as we would like to open the meetings to anyone who would like to come. We are meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2.15 p.m. On the 3rd of November we have a visit from a member of the Blue Skies Charity which works in hospitals. November the 17th will be a social afternoon. On the 1st of December we have a pianist to entertain us. The 15th will be a Christmas Service to prepare us for the coming season. We look forward to seeing you, and helping us to create a meeting with a difference. Blessings, Valerie Ball.
TIME OUT CHRISTINGLE CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Christingle is a joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope. This year Time Out ask for your support in sharing this message through the gift of chocolate oranges!
These gifts will be distributed to all those visiting Wesley’s Larder along with a Christingle message from all at Church Road and an invitation to join us at our annual Christingle Service at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. In the hope that we may be blessed with an abundance of chocolate oranges, the remainder will be distributed to our local neighbours from the Christingle service as we pass the light. The chocolate oranges (currently selling for £1 each!) can be brought to the back of the church every Sunday morning during November or any day of the week, to 35 Blackpool Road Ansdell and left in the labelled boxes.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
There will be a special Christmas edition of the Church Record published at the beginning of December. In order to make it as interesting and relevant as possible, we are keen to receive contributions from church organisations, together with other reflections from members of the congregation, to help us provide our readers with an overview of all aspects of our church life now that our activities are resuming following recent restrictions.
If you wish to discuss possible items, contact Chris Jones or Stuart Wrigley. Otherwise, please email any contributions to the Church Office by Friday 19 November at the latest. Written copy can also be sent to the church office.
Once again, we will be including a page of seasonal greetings for those who would like to send their good wishes to church friends, with a donation to church funds instead of sending Christmas cards. If you wish your name to be included, please pass your donation by cheque or cash to Monica Bissett, also by 19 November. If you are not able to get to church, please email the church office to arrange for your donation to be collected.
2021 ADVENT COURSE – Watching and Waiting
The season of Advent is a period of watching and waiting in anticipation of the arrival of Christ. During Advent, we look back and celebrate the incarnation of the Son of God in the world; we also look forward in anticipation of His return at the end of time. This year, as a Circuit, we are offering the opportunity to walk through the season of Advent together, in small groups, engaging with some study material entitled ‘Watching and Waiting’, produced by the London District in 2020, which encourages us to share in stories; your story and other people’s stories, as they become woven into God’s story of Advent.
The Circuit is offering various days and times, in the hope that you will be able to join at some point during the week.
The group at Church Road will meet on Thursday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
Week 1. Thursday 25 November - The watchtower: stay awake.
Week 2. Thursday 2 December – Listening to the voice of God.
Week 3. Thursday 9 December – John the Baptist.
Week 4. Thursday 16 December – Developing a listening heart.
If you would like to join an afternoon group at The Drive on Monday afternoons from 2-3 p.m. they start on 22 November. If you are unable to attend either group, please let me know - Judith Smith (Tel. 07586842846) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would prefer to join a study group on Zoom, please contact Deacon Kim - email@example.com for the Zoom link for sessions taking place on a Monday evening from 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. and Andrew Barratt firstname.lastname@example.org for sessions taking place on a Thursday evening from 7.30 – 8.30 p.m.
We very much look forward to journeying with you and sharing in this special season.
TRAIDCRAFT ADVENT CALENDARS
If anyone would like to order a Fairtrade Advent Calendar which contains a 24-page Christmas Story Book and costs £4.50, please contact Elaine Watts (Tel.722302). Also contact Elaine if you would like to donate a calendar to a local children’s charity.
CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING
On Saturday 4 December from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Come and meet old friends and new. Coffee and Mince-pies. Bring and Buy Stall (No bric-a-brac please).
If anyone would like to donate mince-pies, please leave them in the church kitchen by Sunday 28 November. Sorry, they must be shop bought - homemade cannot be accepted.
FLOWER DEDICATIONS – NOVEMBER
7th The death of Sydney Knight
Loving birthday memories of a very dear brother from Evelyn Grace (9th)
Cherished memories of Marjorie and Peter from Gary, Mandy, Yvonne and the grandchildren
The death of Margaret and Joyce Knight
The death of James Maddocks
14th In loving memory of John and Louise Eadon from Rachel and Helen
(31 Oct and 11 November)
Kay Makepeace in memory of her parents
21st Treasured birthday memories of Paul from Evelyn Grace and Suzanne
Anyone wishing to make a donation for flowers and flower dedications should give the donation and details to Elaine Watts or Anne Mayes.
CALLING ALL FLOWER ARRANGERS
If you feel you could help with the arranging of church flowers, even if it is only occasionally, please get in touch with Elaine Watts (Tel. 722302) who will be happy to give you more details.
DEADLINE for December Notices
Thursday 25 November at 12 noon.
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