August – September 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends  Since our last Newsletter in July 2020, we have had relaxations in the restrictions to combat the Covid-19 virus; but we are at present looking over our shoulders at parts of Lancashire not too far from Preston, where spikes of the virus have returned and some restrictions have been re-introduced.  The Elders met […]

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July-August 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends Last Saturday, whilst the outside world tried to keep cool in the rising heatwave, thirty -five or so  lay preachers and worship group members, including Margery and myself, from URC churches across the Lancashire Area tried hard learn from the experts in a course entitled  “Worship Basics” The day was arranged by Daleen […]

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January – February 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends We wish all our members and friends a Happy and Prosperous 2018! Last January, I wrote about the carol “Good King Wenceslas” which I had heard on the radio just once in the long build up to Christmas. It seemed quite some time since we last sung it. I suppose it is not […]

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July-August 2016 newsletter

Pastoral Letter, July-August 2016 Dear Friends As I am writing this letter, there is a great deal happening both locally and nationally, but to start with an introduction to the new URC Logo.  For the past six months, the URC’s design team has been working to make the denomination’s visual identity more positive, striking and […]

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July / August 2015 Newsletter

PASTORAL LETTER JULY-AUGUST 2015 Dear Friends In the many Newsletters we receive from other churches, I often admire the quality, variety and content of many of the Pastoral Letters they include and read with interest the messages and challenges they contain. Without having any news about a change in our vacancy situation, and as the […]

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July / August Newsletter

PASTORAL LETTER – JULY-AUGUST 2014      This year, we haven’t has as many birds in our garden as in past years. The other morning I was in our garden and I heard and saw a thrush, and it was probably the same thrush that has entertained us for the last few years. I suspect it has […]

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July / August newsletter

PASTORAL LETTER    JULY – AUGUST 2013 Maybe it’s because of Wimbledon or the holidays or the better weather that the rush of volunteers to write the second Pastoral Letter of our vacancy has been somewhat underwhelming.  So here is my combined Vacancy Update and Pastoral Letter. Our Church Meeting in May accepted unanimously the Elders’ […]

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Musings from the Manse

  Dear Friends, The last few weeks have been a hive of activity for me – and it has had nothing to do with either the football or the tennis!! Three weeks ago I set off to the Holy Land, with 24 other Pilgrims from around the UK. Arriving at our Hotel in Jerusalem, feeling […]

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July / August 2012 newsletter

Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105) Lectionary Readings July & August 2012  July 1st         2 Samuel 1: 1, 17 – 27; Psalm 130 or Lamentations 3: 23 – 33; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8: 7 – 15; St Mark 5: 21 – 43 8th         2 […]

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Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends, I am writing this after spending four days up at the URC’s ‘Home in the Lakes’, the Windermere Centre. Being June, it’s been Minister’s Summer School – which is not, as some have commented, a ‘jolly’, but rather an intensive time of discernment and learning for URC Ministers and CRCW’s (Church Related Community […]

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