Autumn Term

As ever in the Autumn our children and young people face changes. For some it is just new classes, for others it is starting new schools and colleges. We need to support them with prayer throughout their education. We remember the younger children as we see them week by week but the older ones can be easily forgotten. Our congratulations go to all those who passed important exams this summer and those who gained places for further study. Let us especially pray for Sarah Turner in the sixth form at Clitheroe Grammar School and David Rose and Richard Turner as they have begun their studies at Newcastle University. Let us also continue to pray for Oliver Harrisson; Gemma Crompton; Emma and Hannah Charnley in their studies.


On October 21st, Colin and I will be hosting a bring and share lunch after the morning service. Come and help me celebrate my 50th birthday and share in a time of fellowship together. We would love to see you there. God bless, Helen

Great North Run

Once again John Spencer is entering the Great North Run on Sunday September 30th to raise money for the ongoing Sierra Leone project. If you would like to sponsor him please put your name on the list in the foyer.

The September Ramble – Parbold Hill

Windmill To Windmill Parbold Hill dominates the West Lancashire countryside and the top provides spectacular views in all directions. This month’s walk starts at the windmill by the canal in the village of Parbold; and climbs to a second windmill at the top of Harrock Hill. Our journey started with a walk along a pleasant stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool canal. A fishing competition was underway on this stretch and we had to thread our way between many serious and dedicated fishermen. Leaving the canal at the second bridge, we started the long and steady climb, first carefully crossing the railway followed by the main road and up through woodland and fields to High Moor Lane. The path was lined with blackberry bushes and provided us with a constant supply of sweet, juicy fruit. In one field, we were Read more…

From the Manse: Autumn 2007

“Dear Friends, Well, here we are at last! Colin and I, plus Basil, are happily settled in the manse, and I am beginning to find my feet. All sounds very simple doesn’t it, but in reality it has been a lot more challenging than that! There have been names, faces, meetings, Circuit plans, preaching plans, introductions and much more to come to grips with – but what has been so lovely is that you have completely understood, and have accepted this ‘rookie’ Minister in ways which I could not even begin to thank you for. Moving to a new place is often traumatic – even when the area is vaguely familiar – and in many ways, relocating to Lancashire has been a voyage of rediscovery for me. During the last couple of weeks, on holiday, Colin and I have been Read more…

CTL Fun Run

The annual Churches Together in Longridge Fun Run will take place on Sunday September 23rd at 3.00pm over the usual 2.8 mile course. You can run, walk, crawl or even bring the dog! Entry fee £2.50 payable on the day at Berry Lane School. If you can help in any way please see John Spencer as soon as possible.

Visit to Whalley Abbey

Churches Together in Longridge have arranged an evening visit to Whalley Abbey on Wednesday 19th September, 2007. This is open to everyone although places are limited to 50. The evening will commence with a 3 course hot buffet style meal at 6.30pm followed by a time of reflection led by Retreat and Facilities Manager – John Wilson. The cost of the meal will be £13.50 per head – special diets must be notified in advance. (Please put your name on the list in the Foyer if you wish to go.)

Harvest Festival Service: September 16th

(Also includes the sacrament of Baptism) The theme for this year is Fire and Water – reflecting the two banners already up in the church. It would be nice to have the window sills decorated (as in previous years) and so if there are any willing volunteers, here is your chance to display your talents. One side of the church will represent Fire – the other side Water – three window sills for each. How you create your display is entirely your choice – so come on, get your thinking caps on and let your creative juices start flowing! Could let me know which window sill you’d like to do, thank you – Helen.

A Charles Wesley Songs of Praise

A celebration in song of the three-hundredth birthday of probably the world’s greatest hymn writer. Christ Church, Longridge. Sunday September 16th at 6.30pm. Come and celebrate this landmark in the history of the Methodist Church and Christianity as a whole. Charles Wesley was born on December 18th 1707 and died in London on March 29th 1788. Celebrations are going on all this year – nationally, in districts, in circuits and in individual churches. Christ Church, Longridge is to have its own celebration on Sunday September 16th at 6.30 pm. We shall sing many of the favourite Wesley hymns and the service will also feature some of his poetry. If you wish to be involved in choosing the hymns to be sung then you can indicate your choices on the slip available in the church foyer – or you can just Read more…