Lent.

A time of year when nature wakes up from its winter slumbers as the days lengthen (the origin of the word lent) and the plants begin to grow.  And a time when we as Christians can cast off our slumbers and grow in our faith, discipleship and care for others and the planet.

 

 

It all begins with

ASH WEDNESDAY – 6 March
When we are confronted with our sinfulness and called to turn away from sin and trust in Jesus our Saviour.
All are encouraged to keep this as a day of prayer and abstinence.
And all are invited to Church to begin Lent together. We have Holy Communion at All Saints’ at 10am and Holy Communion with hymns at St James’ Altham at 7:30pm. At both services those who wish are invited to receive the sign of the cross in ashes on their forehead.

 

Through Lent we offer

SMALL GROUPS 

Where you can meet with others and get to know them better as we look together at the bible, discuss our faith, air our questions and our experiences – all to help that process of growth! This year our groups will be looking at what we believe through exploring our creed – I believe in God…in his Son Jesus Christ….in the Holy Spirit. When did you last think about what you say when we recite the creed?

 

 

Groups will be held
Mondays at 44 Lodgeside – begins 4th March at 7:15pm
Wednesdays in Church – begins 13th March at 11:15am
Wednesdays at 445 Whalley Road – begins 13th March at 7:30pm
Thursdays at  61 Tarn Avenue – begins 7th march at 7:30pm
Sign up at the back of church and we’ll make sure there’s a book for you.

LENT LUNCH – a time to share together over a simple meal of soup and bread, Wednesday lunchtimes 12:30. Donations to Christian Aid.

 

EARLY COMMUNION – a chance to get up early to meet with Jesus each Tuesday morning in Lent 7:45 – 8:15am.

Lent is also a time to

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
Both giving something up and giving to others help us become more appreciative of all we have.
Christian Aid’s Count Your Blessings booklets give a reflection for each day, learning from the experiences of those who live at the sharp end of climate change. There are challenges for prayer and action and a space to make a note of what you wish to contribute for that day. At the end of Lent, tot up the sum and send it to Christian Aid.

Charity Savings Jar

Do you ‘belong’ to All Saints’?

If so, you may wish to have your name on the electoral roll, which is the list of those entitled to take part in the annual parochial church meeting and stand for election to the PCC. This year, church rules require us to complete a new roll, so even if you are already on the existing roll, you will need to complete a new form. Forms are available from either church or from our electoral roll officers. The deadline for returning your form is  7th April for All Saints, Clayton.

Anyone can be on the electoral roll provided they are
Aged 16 or over
Are baptised
Live in the parish or worship regularly at the parish church
Declares him/herself a member of the Church of England

The Annual Parochial Church Meetings for each parish will take place during Morning Service on  28th April at All Saints’.

Fairtrade fortnight 25 Feb to 10 March

Did you know that All Saints’ Church is a Fairtrade Church? We use Fairly traded tea, coffee and sugar for our refreshments and we take opportunities to encourage parishioners to consider buying fairly traded goods. For many years we ran a fair trade stall, but with many such products now available in the supermarkets, it was being used less and we decided to close the stall. For a full range of fairly traded goods, why not visit One Planet Fairtrade and ethical shop on Abbey Street, Accrington?

Fairtrade fortnight is a time to celebrate the people who grow our food, some of whom live in the poorest countries in the world, and are often exploited and badly paid. This year the focus is the people (mainly women) who grow the chocolate we love so much. £1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn to achieve a living income. Currently a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p a day – needless to say almost all live in poverty. So please buy Fairtrade – and please join the campaign for all cocoa farmers to earn a living wage.

Why not start by ordering a Real Easter Egg from church now. Quality milk or dark chocolate, fairly traded, and with a 24 page booklet with the Easter story for just £5.50 – sign up at the back of church for yours.

As we approach Valentine’s Day what better time is there to celebrate Marriage and Family life.

Why not join us in a thanksgiving service in Sunday February 17th at 6:30pm in All Saints’ Church?

Are you able to  volunteer to be part of a team of Sunday school helpers, either for Altham St James or at All Saints? It is a rewarding role and one that can inspire children on their Christian journey.

Sunday School runs most Sundays during the 11am Service except for Youth and Church Parade Sunday – the second Sunday of the month. However at All Saints’ the Sunday School helper work on a rota system, so you will not be required every Sunday.

Find out more about Sunday School  or about the role ask Adele  (or Sue for Altham), or have a word with the Vicar.

At Altham St James there will be a meeting for those volunteers who are willing to become Sunday School helpers after the morning service on the 10th February.

Do you have any of the following items which you do not want?

  • pens and pencils
  • rulers or sharpeners
  • tennis sized balls,
  • metal spoons,
  • rucksacks,
  • sandals,
  • t-shirts,
  • clean towels.

OR

can you gift any of the following NEW items

  • toothbrush and tooth paste
  • soap and face cloths.

If so please leave at 71 Sparth Road or in church.

Thank you.

The new style Benefice magazine was been launched this weekend. It has a more modern and hopefully appealing look. It will be available free in church and from various locations in Clayton and also on this website.

Why not take a look at it now.

Jan 19 Page 1 final pdf

Jan 19 Page 2 pdf

Jan 19 Page 3 pdf

 

January can seem a bleak month, devoid of the colour, decorations and jollity of December (and with bank balances often feeling the pinch.) But it continues to be a season of joy and celebration in church. The season of Epiphany reminds us that Jesus came not simply to be king of the Jews, but as Saviour of the World. It begins with Epiphany itself, when we find the wise men from far off lands are drawn by the star, and by their searching of the scriptures, to the Christ child in Bethlehem. It ends with celebrating another biblical scene, that of Mary and Joseph bringing the baby Jesus to the temple to present him to the Lord and make the appropriate sacrifices. It is whilst the Holy Family are in the Temple that two aged saints, Simeon and January can seem a bleak month, devoid of the colour, decorations and jollity of December (and with bank balances often feeling the pinch.) But it continues to be a season of joy and celebration in church. The season of Epiphany reminds us that Jesus came not simply to be king of the Jews, but as Saviour of the World. It begins with Epiphany itself, when we find the wise men from far off lands are drawn by the star, and by their searching of the scriptures, to the Christ child in Bethlehem. It ends with celebrating another biblical scene, that of Mary and Joseph bringing the baby Jesus to the temple to present him to the Lord and make the appropriate sacrifices. It is whilst the Holy Family are in the Temple that two aged saints, Simeon and Anna, are inspired to recognise Jesus as the long-awaited saviour. And Simeon utters the words immortalised in the service of Evensong ‘A light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.’ Jesus came not just for the devoutly holy and watchful, like Simeon and Anna, but for you and for me, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances.
Next time you’re in All Saints’ Church why not look at the window portraying this scene – you’ll find it set in the left hand wall. It portrays the intense focus of the old man on the baby Jesus, as he holds him in his hands. Simeon is now content to die in peace, having not just seen but held the Saviour. As you journey into the rest of 2019, with all its uncertainties, why not do so in the company of Jesus Christ, and find in him light and peace and the hope of glory?
May God bless you and yours throughout this new year,
Toby

Thanks to all those who placed a dove on our tree to remember a loved one. Your contributions helped raise £77.42 for Christian Aid.

A group of parishioners from All Saints’ Church has recently started participating in a programme of regular workshops supported by Julie Livesey, Rewilding Coordinator from the Prospects Foundation.
The aim is to undertake small but innovative gardening projects in All Saints’ churchyard and the Vicarage garden. The workshops are open to everyone who is a Hyndburn resident and are particularly appropriate for those living with dementia and social isolation.  No previous gardening experience is required. Tools are provided so those wishing to get involved need only bring waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear and appropriate gloves.
The first workshop took place during the morning of Tuesday 13th November. Seventeen people attended this highly successful inaugural event. Feeding, weeding and tidying of the flower beds to the front of church was completed in just over an hour. Prospects Foundation funded the feed for the flower beds and provided the gardening tools. All participants were able to enjoy delicious vegetable soup and assorted bread rolls along with hot and cold drinks in church afterwards.
John and Penny Rowbottom led the team in carrying out refurbishment work to the All Saints’ Church Garden of Remembrance in early December. This renovation was carried out in memory of long-standing parishioner and All Saints’ Church Choir Member Keith Lomax who passed away recently. New top soil was laid along with the planting of shrubs and flowers. The cross was thoroughly cleaned.
The next gardening club workshop is booked for Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 11.00am with free lunch at 12.30pm. We shall be planting flowers.
Please contact David Woodcock or John Rowbottom if you would like to attend the May 2019 workshop or if you would just like to register a general interest in this creative new project.

David Woodcock