May – June Newsletter

Dear Friends In our last edition I began by reviewing all the activities planned in a busy run up to Easter. Regrettably only the World Day of Prayer Service and the recording of Reform Magazine took place. The rest were postponed by the restrictions imposed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. No public worship, no meetings.  […]

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November – December 2019 newsletter

NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2019 Dear Friends Our visit to the NW Synod Meeting in October was something of a bittersweet experience. Synod was held at Carver Uniting Church, Windermere. This was our first visit since attending the Service of Thanksgiving fat the closure the URC Windermere Training Centre, the home of many inspirational training courses […]

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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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November – December 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends At the beginning of October, the first Get-Together of the South Missional Partnership churches was held at Hollinshead Street URC, Chorley, kindly organised by Daleen ten Cate, the Lancashire Mission & Discipleship Mentor. Each church was invited to speak for 5-7 minutes about their current mission projects. Chorley spoke about ‘Hollies’ charity shop […]

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September-October 2018 Newsletter

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2018 Dear Friends Following on from the launch of our Missional Partnerships on Pentecost Sunday, an event has been arranged in each Missional Partnership Area. For our Area this will be held on Saturday 6th October 2018 from 10:00am to 13:00pm at Chorley United Reformed Church. It is hoped that this event […]

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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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September – October 2017 newsletter

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2017  Dear Friends I was pleased, along with Margery, to be able to attend the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Windermere Centre held at Carver URC on 15th July.  The Rev Stephen Thornton, who first conceived the idea of the Centre, the three successive Directors – Rev Graham Cooke,  […]

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March-April 2017 Newsletter

PASTORAL LETTER, MARCH – APRIL 2017 The Rev’d David Coaker has kindly offered us the frontispiece from the Leyland and Penwortham URC Newsletters for our Edition. CERTAIN? The theme humanity has chosen for 2017 seems to be uncertainty. The decision made last June has developed from Leave, to Brexit means Brexit, and now its word […]

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January / February 2017 Newsletter

PASTORAL LETTER JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2017 Dear Friends When driving the car, I am usually tuned in to the Classic FM radio station. Since the beginning of December the music played was almost totally focussed on Christmas – with repeated renditions of The Messiah and other oratorios, well-known and not-so-well-known carols, other Christmas songs.  Listeners […]

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November – December 2016 Newsletter

PASTORAL LETTER, SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2016 Dear Friends I have been wondering what to write in this month’s letter for several days.  Having attended the Joint Pastorate Elders’ meeting and the October NW Synod, it seems unlikely that a solution to the current and impending ministerial shortage has a short term solution, further, the response […]

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