In a Diocesan first, the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade, Diocesan Bishop of Blackburn, who retires on 31st October 2012, presented Bispham All Hallows with the 100th Child Friendly Church award in Blackburn Diocese during Bishop Nicholas’s Valedictory service at Blackburn Cathedral.
Bishop Nicholas described the stringent requirements which must be met for a church to receive the award, and highlighted that although the awards began in Liverpool Diocese, Blackburn was the first Diocese to have 100 churches meet the standard!
29 Members of All Hallows, including 3 Clergy, 3 Readers (+1 in training), 3 Pastoral Assistants, and most importantly 3 families with their 6 children – who received the award on behalf of the church.
We need to raise approx. £35,000 to restore the bells to full condition. If we can’t raise this, the bells will have to stop ringing. Please help… donations however small gratefully accepted. Buy a bell rope or pay for the bells to be rung to celebrate an anniversary or birthday.
Have a chat with Will Hulme 854213 or Raymond Scott 354661 for more info.
Bell Restoration Fundraisers
- Do YOU have any favourite, traditional or unusual recipes or any helpful hints you would like to pass on that we can include in the Bell Ringers Cookbook. As many contributions as possible will be included. Please put in Box at back of Church, or e-mail to the rectory
- Money raised from the Danone Yogurt Pots (washed) and ONLY Tassimo beverage discs (as they are) goes towards the bell fund. See Yellow bin in the Bell Tower.
- The Social Committee’s Table Top Sale raised £262.20 which has been donated to the Church Bells Appeal.
- A Donation of £25 has been made to the Church Bells Appeal from Andrea’s card sales in Church. Please consider buying more cards from the back of Church.
Details and order forms at back of Church.
Last date for orders in time for Christmas is Sunday 4th November.
Damian Platt was ordained Deacon today at Blackburn Cathedral, and All Hallows is delighted to welcome him, Lauren, Harry and Ruby as he begins his new ministry as Curate at All Hallows. Damian has just completed three years of training at Oak Hill theological college in London, and previously served as a Youth Minister at St Thomas’s in Blackpool for a number of years.
Damian will be preaching his first sermon at All Hallows at the 8am BCP Holy Communion Service.
Please pray for Damian as he begins his new ministry.
With over 160 Christingles issued this year, All Hallows had its largest attendence for the 4pm Christmas Eve Christingle.
Children enjoyed the red-banded orange, together with candle, and four sticks with jelly babies on. This year’s sermon focussed on the meaning of the various components, with a young mum gamely comprising a giant Christingle. With a pillow or two tucked under a volumninous orange hoodie, a red sash across her tummy, two broomsticks with giant jelly babies impaled and a giant cardboard candle fastened to her head like an Indian Brave’s feather, it was indeed a sight to behold.
The Orange represents the world, created and cared for by God. The four sticks represent the four seasons or four corners of the world. The fruit and nuts which would usually be found upon the sticks represent the “Fruit of the Spirit” (jelly babies were used instead as they came in different fruit flavours and posed less of a flammable risk… they also taste better). The red band represents the blood of Christ, given to save the world from its sin. Finally, the candle represents the Light of the World; Jesus, the Light of the World, said to his followers “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” (The Bible, Matthew 5:14) – although we are mere reflections of his light, possessing no light of our own, even reflected light shines brightly in the darkness and cannot be hidden.
Picture: A Christingle (though clearly not one of ours)