In the past the ‘SEE magazine’ was inserted into the centre of the church magazine. As we are trialling a new form of ‘newsletter’ there is now no longer room to included it, but  you can  read  the March  SEE magazine here.

There will be some paper copies at the back of church and one on the church noticeboard – also at the back of church.

 

On this day  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.
You are invited to Church on this day to begin Lent together. Holy Communion at All Saints’  is 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.

Why not join one of our small home 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.  LENT LUNCH  follows this session at 12:30 . It is a time to share together over a simple meal of soup and bread. Donations to Christian Aid.
Wednesdays  445 Whalley Road – begins 13th March at 7:30 pm
Thursdays at 61 Tarn Avenue – begins 7th March at 7:30 pm

See calendar

Sign up at the back of church and we’ll make sure there’s a book for you.

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’.

Exciting news

Reverend Lesley Hinchcliffe has been appointed as the next vicar of Fence-in-Pendle and Higham.

Lesley, who worshipped for many years at All Saints’ Church and made such a big contribution to the life of our parishes, was ordained in 2016 and is assistant curate of St Peter’s Salesbury. Once her curacy has been completed she will take up her new role, on a half-time basis.

Sharing the news of her appointment, Lesley said, “This is such a wonderful blessing – there is no ageism with God! I’m 62 and I about to start another amazing adventure with Him!”

Welcoming the news, Revd Toby said, “What great news! Please pray for Lesley as she prepares to become vicar of her own parishes – may God richly bless her and her ministry.”

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.

All Saints’ Church is hosting a ladies’ film and prosecco night on Friday 22nd March

The film will be ‘ Mama Mia ‘Here we go again’. if you are interested come at
7.30pm for Prosecco. the film will begin at  7.45pm.

The cost is  a very reasonable £5.00 per person

 

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?

You can view February’s  ‘Saints & Angels’ here

Feb 19 Page 1 Feb 19 Page 2 Feb 19 Page 3 Feb 19 Page 4

Alternatively, should you wish to have a hard copy, they are now available from Church.