Why not come along and have some fun at Altham St James ‘  Bingo Night on 8th February  at 7:00pm in Altham School.

The price is £5 for Adults and £3 for children. This  includes six games of bingo and a pie and peas supper. You can bring your own alcoholic and soft drinks if you wish but tea coffee and soft drinks will also be available.

The room holds a maximum of 50 people so please book if you wish to come along. Send an email to joanwalmselry@gmail.com.

 

 

Friday 18th January marks the start of a week of prayer for Christian Unity.

The day will begin with morning prayer at 9:00am.

At 11:00am, to mark the start of the week of prayer, there will be a time of prayer and worship at the Baptist Church, Clayton – Le – Moors. Just prior to the service at 10:30am  refreshments will be served. We are all cordially invited to both.

4:30pm at All Saints’ there is Evening Prayer

And  6:30 pm is the usual Friday Praise

The meeting is open to anyone and the topic this week is – ‘America 3′ by Yvonne & Matt.

The meeting will take place in the small hall at All Saints’ School at 7:30pm. Afterwards why not stop and enjoy some light refreshments and a chat?

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

This year the Epiphany falls exactly on a Sunday. During our services on the 6th January we will be launching our new look colour Benefice newsletter – ‘Saints & Angels’ which will replace the current magazine.

The Church relies on volunteers to help keep it clean and tidy. Although  volunteers do cleaning tasks weekly, we are aiming to give the church a good ‘spring’ clean about every six weeks.  There are a variety of tasks to do – from sweeping to mopping; dusting & polishing and of course the more volunteers there are the quicker the jobs get done.

Please you can give an hour of your time to help. The Church is open for cleaning at 10:00am.

Thank you.

 

Benefice Service is at All Saints. No 8:00am service and no 9:30 service at Altham St James.

On 24th December at 4:00 pm in All Saint’s Church. The perfect way to begin Christmas.