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Links to this week’s Worship Resources

Worship at Home

All Age Worship at Home

JCs’ Material for this Week
Spiritual Reading for this Week
Please see the weekly email, or contact Fr David or the Wardens for the password

Prayers following the death of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

Daily Prayers for Eastertide

Please note that tickets are also required for both masses this week, 11 April, as this is Fr David’s last Sunday in the parish. To book those, please use the following links:
8.00 am
10.30 am

9.30 am: Sunday Worship on Zoom

(or by phone, dial 020 3901 7895 and enter Meeting ID 408 885 561)


Lent at St Paul’s

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St Paul’s looks forward to marking the season of Lent, which is a time of preparation, and of repentance, drawing us deeper into the mystery of the cross, and leading us to the great celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter.

Ash Wednesday

On 17 February, the Church marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday.  As has been our custom at St Paul’s, we mark this with a day of prayer, celebrating the Daily Office at morning (8.30 am), midday (12.00 noon), evening (5.00 pm) and night (9.00 pm), Prayers before the Blessed Sacrament at 6.00 pm as well as two masses with imposition of ashes (9.30 am and 7.00 pm).  In addition, there will be an opportunity for those who are shielding at home to join us with our live-streamed mass at 9.30 am and through a Zoom Service at 5.30 pm (Click here to join us on Zoom)

Lent Course: Nothing More and Nothing Less

Our Lent nurture course this year will be held on Zoomon Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm, beginning on 18 February.  We are following a course based on the film ‘I, Daniel Blake’, focussing on the question of why so many people in our society are suffering.  If you would like a copy of the book to join in, please contact Fr David, and he will arrange a copy for you.

Stations of the Cross

On Friday evenings at 6.30 pm, beginning on 19 February, we will walk the way of the Cross, meditating on the passion of Christ as we approach Holy Week and Easter.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Fr David will be available to hear confessions on Wednesday and Saturday mornings during Lent from 8.50 am – 9.20 am, in addition to the opportunities at 9.00 am and 4.30 pm on Ash Wednesday.

Lent is a time when we seek to examine our lives and identify those things we need to ask God for forgiveness for, and seek to reconcile our relationship with him.  If those times are not convenient, please do be in touch with Fr David and he will arrange another time to hear your confession.  If you would like further information about what this particular sacrament of the Church involves, please be in touch.

For further information about all of these, click the link below for the Lent flyer


Links to this week’s Worship Resources

Worship at Home

All Age Worship at Home

JCs’ Material for this Week
Spiritual Reading for this Week
Please see the weekly email, or contact Fr David for the password.

Daily Prayers for Epiphany to Lent

 

9.30 am: Sunday Worship on Zoom

(or by phone, dial 020 3901 7895 and enter Meeting ID 408 885 561)


As we are all aware, the nation is once more under lockdown, but for the moment, communal worship is allowed to go ahead. It is important, however, to abide by the government regulations and to ensure that we do not mingle or socialise whilst at Church. The Vicar and Wardens are keeping the situation under constant review, and if we need to make any changes to the plans, we will let you know through this website.

We will continue to provide material for worship at home, together with live-streams of Sunday and Wednesday worship for those unable to be with us due to shielding/isolating, or because you feel safer worshipping from home. If you fall into those categories and will be seeking a place for a child in a church school, please be in touch with Fr David as a matter of urgency.


Update on St Paul’s during the Third Lockdown

On Monday evening, 4 January, the Prime Minister addressed the nation and announced a further lockdown for England, requiring people to stay at home except for legally permitted reasons. The good news for church is that attending worship is this time, a legally permitted reason, and thus, following consultation with the Churchwardens, and the advice from the Diocesan Coronavirus Taskgroup, Fr David has made the decision that at St Paul’s, we will continue with our pattern of Sunday and daily masses.

As previously under Tier 4, social interaction is not permitted either within or outside of Church. Please be careful to abide by these rules, by going straight to your pew on entry, and leaving church promptly after the service, and to ensure proper hand hygiene (using the sanitiser provided both on entry and when receiving Communion) when attending services. Let us all do our best to follow the rules to help ensure that these restrictions can be lifted as soon as is possible.

As under the first lockdown, those in extremely clinically vulnerable groups have been advised to shield, and should receive a letter from the NHS in the coming days. We will continue our pattern of live-streamed mass at 8.00 am on Sundays and 9.30 am on Wednesdays, together with our Zoom Worship at 9.30 am on Sundays.

In addition, we will continue to provide materials for Worship at Home, to be delivered monthly. If you are aware of anyone who would appreciate the January materials but did not receive them just before Christmas, please let me know and we will add them to the list.

The prospect of a number of weeks living under lockdown conditions is a challenge for all of us. Please do be in touch with Fr David if you are struggling with the restrictions, or if you would like some pastoral support on any matter. Know too that you will remain in his prayers in the days and weeks ahead. In addition, could we continue to make efforts to ensure social contact through phone calls/Skype/Zoom or whatever media we can get to grips with. If you would like a Zoom chat with Fr David, just let him know!


Links to this week’s Worship Resources

Worship at Home

All Age Worship at Home

JCs’ Material for this Week
Spiritual Reading for this Week
Please see the weekly email, or contact Fr David for the Password

Daily Prayers for Christmastide

9.30 am: Sunday Worship on Zoom

(or by phone, dial 020 3901 7895 and enter Meeting ID 408 885 561)

 


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Over the past few days, St Paul’s Church has been a hive of activity, as floral decorations have been made ready for our celebration of the Saviour’s birth this Christmas.  All the final touches, and the hanging of the decorations will be done on Christmas Eve morning, ready for our first service of the Christmas season at 3.30 pm.

Bookings have come in quickly, particularly for the two Crib Services, which were booked up very soon after they went live.  Fr David asked worshippers not to turn up to these two services without a ticket, as we will sadly have to turn them away.  There are still a number of places left for both the 7.30 pm Vigil Mass and Christingle, and for the 11.30 pm Midnight Mass.  Christmas Day services are usually attended by relatively small numbers, and thus we have not felt the need to ticket them, so please feel free to join us at either 8.00 am or 10.30 am.

On Christmas Eve, as we are in Tier 3 of the National Covid regulations, please do not mingle with anyone outside of your own household; on Christmas Day, please do not mingle with anyone outside of your Christmas Day Bubble.

We look forward to sharing the joy of the Christ-child; though our celebrations may be different this year, the key message of peace and goodwill remains the same, and we hope and pray that better times might be around the corner.

Please see the attached file for Fr David’s Christmas Greeting.

Service times for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, both in-person and online:

Christmas Eve

9.30 am: Christmas Eve Mass (Advent)

3.30 pm: Crib Service, Christingle and Children’s Mass (Fully Booked) – live-streamed on facebook. Order of Service

5.00 pm: Crib Service via Zoom (link open from 4.45 pm)
Meeting ID: 814 7154 2069; Passcode: 169280
During this service there will be an opportunity to light your Christingle. Ready-made Christingles will be available in Church on Christmas Eve morning, or you can make your own: instructions are available here 

6.00 pm: Crib Service, Christingle and Children’s Mass (Fully Booked)

7.30 pm: Vigil Mass and Christingle (tickets available here)

11.30 pm: The Midnight Mass (tickets available here)

Christmas Day (no booking required)

8.00 am: Christmas Dawn Mass – live-streamed on facebook. Order of Service

9.30 am: Christmas Worship via Zoom
Meeting ID: 859 9044 5276; Passcode: 967320

10.30 am: Christmas Day Mass

 

Worship at Home Resources for Christmas Day

Worship at Home

All Age Worship at Home


Links to this week’s Worship Resources

Worship at Home

All Age Worship at Home

JCs’ Material for this Week
Spiritual Reading for this Week

Please see the weekly email or contact Fr David for the password.

Daily Prayers for Advent
Saints of the Month for December

 

Daily Prayers for Advent
Saints of the Month for December

Christmas Service Leaflet

 

Sunday Evening Services

On Sunday evenings in Advent there will be special services as follows:

20 December: Christmas Carol Service (please book a ticket for this service here

 

9.30 am: Sunday Worship on Zoom

(or by phone, dial 020 3901 7895 and enter Meeting ID 408 885 561)


Fr David to move to Accrington 

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it was announced today, Sunday 6 December, the after Easter 2021, Fr David has been appointed to be the next Vicar of Accrington St Andrew, St Peter and St Mary Magdalen, and Church Kirk, and to be the Area Dean of Accrington.

Bishop Philip approached Fr David last December to suggest this potential move, and after a good deal of prayer and reflection, Fr David has been appointed as Vicar of these parishes in Accrington. In the announcement in Church this morning, Fr David spoke of his sadness at leaving a place where he has been very happy, but also his excitement of taking on the new challenge of a Benefice of three churches and four schools.

None of this will take place until after Easter next year, and Fr David looks forward to continuing to lead the parish here in Adlington, to seek to ensure the love of God continues to be proclaimed to the people of this place.

Please keep Fr David, and the people of the parishes in Accrington in your prayers, and pray for Bishop Philip, together with the Church Wardens and PCC here, as they begin to make plans for the appointment of Fr David’s successor as the new Vicar here.


Links to this week’s Worship Resources

Worship at Home

All Age Worship at Home

JCs’ Material for this Week
Spiritual Reading for this Week
See the weekly email, or contact Fr David for the Password

Daily Prayers for Advent
Saints of the Month for December

Christmas Service Leaflet

Details of how to book tickets for the Christmas Eve Services are contained in this leaflet.

Online Sunday Worship for 6 December – Second Sunday of Advent

8.00 am: Mass in Church, live-streamed on facebook – Order of Service
9.30 am: Sunday Worship on Zoom
10.30 am: Mass in Church
6.00 pm: Advent Carol Service in Church, live-streamed on Facebook – Order of Service

Sunday Evening Services

On Sunday evenings in Advent there will be special services as follows:

6 December: Advent Readings and Carols in Church
13 December: The Great ‘Os’ – A Service of Hope and Expectation
20 December: Christmas Carol Service (please book a ticket for this service here

 

‘Watching and Waiting’ Nurture Course

Join us on Zoom on Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm to help prepare for Christmas. Meeting ID: 813 0856 5960; Passcode: 725120 Watching and Waiting Course Booklet 

 

9.30 am: Sunday Worship on Zoom

(or by phone, dial 020 3901 7895 and enter Meeting ID 408 885 561)


St Paul’s during Autumn Lockdown

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As we enter our second period of lockdown this year, it is with sadness that once more we cannot gather together for public worship to receive the sacraments of God’s love.  However, Church will remain open for private prayer, and resources are available at the back of Church to assist with this, together with a call to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, material for which is available in the link.

St Paul’s will be open as usual from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm each day, and there will be prayer materials available at the back of Church. Please do make use of these, but please also take them away with you, to avoid risk of cross-contamination.

Fr David will continue to say mass each day at the usual times on behalf of the parish, and these masses will be live-streamed to our Facebook page.  Please note that, to allow for the live-streaming of the masses, church will need to be closed for brief periods throughout the week. These closures will be from 9.15 am to 10.15 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and from 11.45 am to 12.45 pm on Thursdays,

On Sundays, there will be a live-streamed mass broadcast at 8.00 am, and in addition, we will continue with our Zoom Sunday Worship at 9.30 am. To join us on Zoom, the link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/408885561. The meeting will open from 9.20 am, and there will be an opportunity to continue with online chat afterwards.

If there are any developments or changes to the guidance, I will be in touch to let you know.


Remembrance Sunday

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This coming Sunday, of course, is Remembrance Sunday, and for this week only, there will be an extra live-streamed mass at 10.30 am, celebrated as a Requiem for all those who have died as a result of war, and including a two minutes’ silence at 11.00 am. This will mean that Church will be closed from 10.15 am to 11.45 am, to allow for this live-stream. In addition, there will be a recorded Civic Service of Remembrance, which will be available both on our Facebook and YouTube sites, premiering at 2.30 pm. This service was recorded prior to the lockdown restrictions being imposed.


 

 

 

Annual Meetings 2020

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The Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) for St Paul’s will be held this year on Sunday 25 October at 11.45 am. These meetings are usually held in April, but this year have been delayed by the Covid Pandemic.

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners is to elect two churchwardens to serve for the coming year, and may be attended by all who are on the Church electoral roll, together with those who live within the parish boundaries and whose names are on the civil electoral roll.

The APCM is to elect three lay members to the Deanery Synod, and six lay members to the Parochial Church Council (PCC), and may be attended by those whose names are on the Church electoral roll.  The Deanery Synod exists to discuss matters of importance to the church both in the Chorley area, but also across our diocese, and nationally.  The PCC works with Fr David in setting our vision for St Paul’s Church, and in the day to day running of our parish.

In preparation for these meetings, we have also given notice that the Church Electoral Roll will be revised.  If you are not entered on the roll, and would like to, please fill in a form (available in Church), and the Electoral Roll Officer (Ian Horsfield) will ensure that you are able to take part.  This needs to be done before 8 October.

Nomination forms for both of these meetings are available at the back of Church: please consider prayerfully whether God is calling you to serve him in taking an active part in the running of your local Church.


 

 

St Paul’s to celebrate Harvest Festival

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This year’s Harvest Festival will feel a little different, as we negotiate the rules and restrictions that the Covid Virus has placed upon us.  But none of that takes anything away from the great things God has given to us, and our need both to thank him for those good things, and to seek to share them with others.

As in previous years, we will hold a collection for the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal, which is collecting funds for Tear Fund’s work with Ethiopian families suffering from the effects of climate change, locusts and coronavirus; and also for Friends of the Holy Land, working in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and in Israel and aims to support Christian communities there which often find themselves living in very difficult circumstances.

Further details, and ways of giving to both of these charities electronically are available here; alternatively, there will be an opportunity at all the services in the week beginning 27 September, to make a donation in Church to this appeal.

Alongside these cash donations, we are also inviting people to make donations of food and other household items for Chorley Help the Homeless, which is a small independent local charity working hard to support those at risk of or affected by being homeless in the Borough of Chorley.

Please do give generously to these charities, as together we give thanks for the privilege of having good things in our lives, while at the same time, seeking to share some of that privilege with those who are not so fortunate.


St Paul’s to Re-open for Public Worship

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It has been a long three months since we first entered lockdown, and St Paul’s Church closed for public worship.  With the announcement last week that places of worship could reopen from 4 July, we have been working hard to formulate a plan to allow us to get back to some form of worship as soon as possible.  We are pleased to announce that as of this coming weekend, and subject to some measures to mitigate the risks of transmission of Covid, we will return to celebrating a daily mass.

The first mass since lockdown will be celebrated at 9.30 am on Saturday 4 July, as a mass of thanksgiving for Fr David’s 16th anniversary of ordination as a priest.  Following that, on Sunday we will return to celebrating masses at 8.00 am and 10.30 am, with Evening Prayer and Benediction at 6.00 pm.

Worship will be slightly different to normal, in that there will be measures in place to ensure social distancing, and thus limiting the numbers in church to 28 households.  Once the limit has been reached, sidespeople will need to ask any further people to come to another service.  If this happens, we will consider implementing a booking system for future weeks.

Seating has been arranged to allow 2m distancing between worshippers, and only every other pew will be in use.  Worshippers will be asked to follow a one-way route through the Church, and to sanitise their hands as they come forward to receive Holy Communion, which will be offered in one kind (the Host) only at this time.

For further information please see Fr David’s Pastoral Letter of 1 July here.

To view the Reopening Plan Document, please click here.

To view the Covid Risk Assessment, please click here.


St Paul’s celebrates the Feast of St Peter and St Paul

Sunday 28 June this year is the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, one of our parish’s patronal festivals, along with 25 January, the Conversion of St Paul.  Though we are still in lockdown, we will be celebrating with an online Mass and Evening Prayer.  There will also be the usual Zoom Service at 10.30 am (details below).  In addition, we also have material for use at home, both for adults and for young people.  Details are below:

Links to this week’s Worship Resources

Worship at Home

All Age Worship at Home

JCs material for this Sunday

Spiritual Reading for this week

 


Messy Church on 21 June

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Join us for an online Messy Church on Sunday 21 June.  For further details, click here.


To read our latest weekly Notice Sheet please visit our Parish News page here and look under the Notices column.

Due to the current COVID pandemic, services are being celebrated privately in church by Fr David and Premiered on our Facebook site.

On Sundays, there is a Zoom Service at 10.30 am.  To join in, click here after 10.20 am.

Church is now open for private prayer, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm each day except Saturday.  Please do make use of the Church building, taking care to follow the directions on the posters, and ensuring that social distancing of 2m is maintained, in line with government guidance.