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.

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.

One of the most exciting aspects of ministry is marrying people! It is such a privilege to guide a couple through as they make their marriage vows and to pray for God’s blessing on them on behalf of the church. Young couples and not so young, those just setting out and those who have been together for years and already have a family together, big weddings with over a hundred guests, to small gatherings of only 15 or so people. All are special as all include those same promises to ‘have and to hold, to love and to cherish, for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; ‘til death us to part.’
Recently we had our wedding preparation Saturday – something that we hold early in January each year. As well as talking about hymns, music, etc, it gives couples a bit of space to think about their relationship and the meaning of the marriage they are about to enter. If marriage is for life, as we believe it is, then it is worth investing in, at the beginning (to lay good foundations) and all along (to keep building a strong, loving and life-giving partnership).

Perhaps you’re thinking of marriage? Perhaps you might be amongst those at the wedding Saturday in January 2020 – or thinking about a date sooner than that? Why not get in touch about marrying in All Saints’ or St James’ Churches? It doesn’t need to cost the earth. The fees normally come to £599 (including having an organist to play) but in exceptional circumstances fees can be reduced – we wouldn’t want anyone not to marry because they couldn’t afford the fees.

And just after Valentine’s Day – on Sunday 17th February at 6:30pm in All Saints’ Church – we’re having a service of prayer and worship. Whether you’re married, single, widowed, or divorced, you will be very welcome as we give thanks to God for the gifts of love and marriage and pray for his blessing on marriage and family life.

With every blessing
Toby

If you want to join it is £5 per month. £125 prize each month. (£250 in December).

Sign up now! For details or to sign up contact jlesmoore@gmail.com

 

This year we are welcoming the renowned ceilidh band ‘ Frolicking Pete  & the Fumbling fingers’ to play at this event. It will be in All Saints’ School on Saturday 5th October  2019- please save the date in your diary and support this event.

It should be fun!

This invite is open to all men who go to All Saints’ Church – Why not have a night out and join the Men’s Group who  will be meeting up at the Hare & Hounds on the 26th February at 7:30pm. You can either have a meal or join the group later for a chat and a drink.

If you intend eating please sign up at the back of church, see Andrew McMinn or contact us through the website 

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.