We are organising a church weekend away at Scargill House near Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales, arriving Friday 28th September between 4:30 – 6:30pm and leaving after lunch on Sunday.

We will enjoy the excellent hospitality of the Christian community who will cook lovely meals, put on engaging children’s activities; lead those who wish on beautiful walks; offer a range of fun workshops and give us something to think about!

There is no pressure to take part in anything – if you would rather miss the Christian input on Saturday morning, that is ok (though don’t worry it won’t be heavy); just join in with what you want. To find out more please take a leaflet from the back of church.

The weekend promises to be a fantastic fun time together, with friends old and new from across the church families of All Saints’ and St. James Altham. Prices of just £135 (£155 en-suite), children can go for free.

Twin and double rooms have been allocated, but there are plenty of single rooms still available.

Dear friends

Communications take many forms nowadays, many of them electronically based – including this brand new website designd by Roger Edworthy of East Lancs Chamber of Commerce together with a small team led by Elaine Lockwood.  We also have a presence on social media –  I hope that you have already found All Saints on Facebook @allsaintsclayton and on Twitter @churchallsaints.  There is also the more traditional medium of the montly Parish Magazine.

St James’ Altham already has a website – designed by the same team – and if you haven’t found that at www.stjamesaltham.org then I’d encourage you to do so.  We also now have a Facebook page @althamstjames.  Again, if you’ve not yet ‘liked’ that then why not do so?

Communicating factual information is really important, but in some ways it’s the easy bit.  Communicating the faith, helping others understand why we are here and what we believe can be more challenging – but it’s a challenge for every one of us who calls ourselves Christian.

Within my induction service I promised to

be faithful in studying, teaching and proclaiming the truth of Holy Scripture, ordering your life to reflect to others the Gospel of Christ.’

The congregation – representing all those who belong to our two churches likewise promised to

‘be faithful in Bible Study and seek to grow as disciples of Christ.’

A parishioner then charged me to

‘be among us as one who helps us joyfully hear and obey and proclaim the Word of God.’ 

These promises and exchanges remind us that we are all called, each in our own way, to read God’s word and reflect on our own faith, and to take a part in proclaiming it.

As we enter Lent, in the middle of February, I would encourage you all to take to heart the invitation to join one of the home groups meeting around the parish as part of ‘hearing’ and being helped to ‘proclaim’ the word of God.  Meeting in small groups gives an informal and supportive environment where we can explore, learn, discover, share and encourage one another.  Many have appreciated the groups that met in Lent during the last two years.  Some indeed meet through the year – our Wednesday morning group weekly and our Monday group monthly.  By sharing together members have found themselves feeling more confident to share what they believe.

This Lent we are using a resource called ‘Generous God, Generous People.’  It is designed to help us look a bit deeper at who Jesus is and how we can respond to his love by leading generous lives.  Please do sign up for one of the groups as soon as possible and we will order you a copy of the booklet.

I pray that Lent may be a season of growth and renewal for us all in our Christian lives.

With every blessing

Toby

On Ash Wednesday – 14th February we shall have special services at

10am – Holy Communion with ashes in All Saints’ Church

7:30pm – Holy Communion with ashes and hymns in St James’ Church, Altham

You may have noticed that this year it is the same day as St Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

Our Men’s Group has arranged a visit to the Bowland Brewery in Clitheroe on Thursday 15th February, leaving Church at 6:45pm.  You do need to book and the cost is £10 per person.

If you would like to join us, please sign up at the back of church or contact us asap.

You would be most welcome!

Michael Angus has written to thank All Saints’ Church for the gift of £500 for the Barons’ Court Project which serves people who are homeless or living with mental health conditions in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

This gift came from the funds raised by the Christmas tree festival.

He also thanks those who knitted scarves – in total they received over 1,000 for homeless people in London.  Next year they are aiming to get 5,000 knitted for use around the country.