The latest edition of The See – the magazine produced by Blackburn Diocese of the Church of England for parishes across Lancashire – is now available in churches across the region and on the Diocese website at www.blackburn.anglican.org (search for ‘The See’)
The March 2015 issue is packed with the usual news and features.
In the latest edition:
• Coverage of the recent consecration service for the new Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev. Philip North
• Articles related to ongoing discussion about the new Diocesan vision, including a column written by the Archdeacon of Lancaster, The Venerable Michael Everitt
• Information on the New Wine ‘Landmark’ conference taking place in Lancaster over the May Bank Holiday weekend (May 1-4)
• A new initiative to assist churches to develop and grow: ‘Jesus Shaped People’ (JSP)
• Plus the usual round up of other news and developments from across the Diocese
A special multi-media event to mark the centenary of World War One will go ‘on tour’ in 2015.
‘Brothers in Arms’ is a joint production by The Church of England in Lancashire’s Parish Mission Support Department and the Lancashire Methodist Church District.
The production was piloted in several Lancashire churches in November 2014 and there have already been several expressions of interest for it to visit other churches in the coming year.
Using a combination of music, drama, film, images and readings ‘Brothers in Arms’ tells the amazing story of the twins, who were highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in WW1.
Their lives tell a moving and inspiring story of courage, service, sacrifice and faith lived out under fire and help to personalise the vastness and scale of the war.
Anyone wanting to book the production of ‘Brothers in Arms’ for future performances should contact Miranda Wraithmell, Parish Mission Support Department Secretary. Email her on email@example.com or call 01254 658916.
The New Wine ‘Landmark’ conference takes place in Lancaster on the Bank Holiday weekend, 1-4 May 2015, writes Jon Scamman, Vicar, St Thomas’s Church, Lancaster.
This is a conference hosted and organised by 10 churches from five cities in Lancashire and Cumbria, but it really is open to anyone from the North West.
People who would benefit from an immersion experience in great Word and Spirit ministry, should book for this event.
There is a great range of speakers, including John and Anne Coles, Ian Parkinson, Matt Barlow, Lucy Peppiatt, Joanne Seabourne, Luke Smith, Mark Powley and Gareth Robinson, plus a host of seminar speakers.
There will be a full range of youth and children’s venues, as well as two main adult venues, including one aimed at 18-30s. The conference will be held at a beautiful historic school called Ripley St Thomas’s CE Academy, with extensive grounds and great facilities.
The Landmark website has full details, www.lancsandlakes.org.uk, and booking is open through the New Wine website. There is a limit of 1400 places (900 adults and 500 children) and we fully expect the conference to sell out, so book early.
Lancashire’s Anglican Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, has thrown his support behind ‘The Real Easter Egg’ which is the only chocolate egg to promote the Easter story.
Last year, in a national poll, the Real Easter Egg was voted the UK’s favourite Fairtrade egg and more than a million Real Easter Eggs have been sold!
The Real Easter Egg is a Fairtrade egg with a copy of the Easter story in each box. There is also a charitable donation for every 150g egg sold. More than £140,000 has been donated from sales. It also supports farmers and producers in the developing world by using Fairtrade chocolate.
It can be found in Tesco, Waitrose and Morrison’s or by visiting www.realeasteregg.co.uk for orders.
Bishop Julian said: “The Real Easter Egg is a simple way to share the essentials of our faith, while supporting Fairtrade and the charities involved. I encourage people to buy one as a gift.”
Each year the content of the Real Easter Egg changes. This year’s range has a blue egg with a unique 3ft storybook/banner; the Premium Peace Edition contains an olive wood key ring made in Bethlehem and there is a dairy free dark chocolate egg.
A series of talks by senior Diocesan clergy related to the new vision for The Church of England in Lancashire are taking place during Lent.
Several have already taken place with more to come.
Two further talks remain of five taking place at Whalley Abbey. On March 17 the new Bishop of Burnley, Bishop Philip, will discuss ‘Recovering confidence in the Gospel’ while on March 24 Dean of Blackburn, The Very Rev. Christopher Armstrong will talk about ‘Regaining the ministry of intercession’.
Meanwhile Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson is holding a series of Lent addresses at Blackburn Cathedral, again addressing the vision, and having the overarching title of ‘Re-formation’. Two more remain in this series, on March 18 and March 25, both at 7.30pm.
Have you heard about Acts 435? It’s endorsed by The Church of England in Lancashire and is a fantastic way of helping people to help themselves.
Participation in Acts 435 allows churches and individuals to reach out in a very practical way to those in need in your local community, to provide everything from a school uniform to a replacement washing machine – genuine needs that cannot be met easily in other ways.
Watch a video about it on the Diocese YouTube Channel (search YouTube for Blackburn Diocese) or read more on the Diocese website, www.blackburn.anglican.org where you will also find an application form.
You can also visit the Acts 435 website at www.acts435.co.uk
The Church of England in Lancashire (Blackburn Diocese) has set up a Multi Academy Trust known as Cidari.
Cidari is for Church of England or Community Schools in the Diocese which either want or who are obliged by the Department of Education to become Academies. Cidari currently has six Academies, with more to come.
Are you prepared to use your skills and experience for the benefit of the next generation in maybe 6-10 meetings a year depending on your level of involvement?
Would you like to become a Governor of one of Cidari’s schools?
If so, phone for an initial chat with a member of the Cidari team on 01254 695301 and if you’re still interested we’ll send out a full information pack and application form.
Brindle St James Church Music Festival takes place in April and May.
Adults £8 (under 16s free) includes refreshments.
Saturday 25 April 2015 Pemberton Old Brass, St George’s Day celebration concert, singing led by soprano, Helen Latham.
Saturday 2 May 2015 , UCLan music theatre students, an evening of musical theatre.
Saturday 9 May 2015 Chester St Cecilia Singers, programme of sacred and secular music.
Saturday 16 May 2015, Christian Horrocks, guitarist and friends.
Saturday 23 May 2015 Uclan Chamber Choir, choir of staff and students.
Tickets and more information from Richard Evans 01254 852894 or 07831 738399. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or the website www.brindlestjames.co.uk
The Churchwarden's Yearbook – a vital tool for parishes everywhere – is now in its 16th annual edition.
The 2015 edition is now available and includes advice on readings, liturgical colours, church calendar, parochial fees, flag days, and much more; so it is an indispensable tool in getting organized for duties in church and parish.
The foreword to the 2015 edition is written by the recently retired Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard.
The editorial/reference section includes an outline of churchwardens’ duties and responsibilities including faculty applications and managing an interregnum.
The price is £13.50 and it can be ordered from Churchwardens’ Publications on 01985 840189.