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JOURNAL OF BLACKBURN DIOCESE : THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IN LANCASHIRE
The front page of this edition of The See
features a montage of photographs from the
event at St Pauls, Scotforth.
“We are praying that we will see real growth in the
region over the next 10 years, with a deep renewal
of our life in the existing church and then with new
church congregations,” he added.
Diocesan website – www.blackburn.anglican.org –
under the ‘Home’ menu; while the Vision Course
short ﬁlms are all available to view on the Diocesan
YouTube channel (search online for YouTube and
During this prayer and reﬂection period, each
parish is being encouraged to appoint a ‘Vision
Champion’ to ensure the Vision remains a top
The prayer evenings were also the ﬁrst outing for
the new Vision 2026 branding, which can be seen
in the pictures on the front page.
The brand is managed by Diocesan
Communications Manager Ronnie Semley and has
been developed to underpin our long-term work
for the Vision. It will sit alongside the existing
Diocesan logo, and can also be used by parishes
Then on September 8 – 11, 2016 a major four day
mission weekend to support Vision 2026 will take
place across Lancashire involving Bishops from
across the north of England and led by the
Archbishop of York, the Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr
Bishop Julian (front centre) with Bishop Geoﬀ, front
row third right and Rev Michael Gisbourne, front row
second right, and some of the 120 people who
attended the Vision prayer evening at St Paul's
Resources will be available to aid prayer and
discussion about the Vision, including a new Vision
Course developed by the Diocesan Parish Mission
Support team. The course was available to parishes
Development of the brand is still in the very early
on DVD/CD-Rom to take away at the prayer
stages and guidelines for use in diﬀerent contexts,
as well as downloadable branded resources, will
If your parish hasn’t got its DVD/CD-Rom pack yet, be available on the Diocesan website in due
The next major event for Vision 2026 takes place
As well as pack for all parishes, all the Vision
on May 10, 2016 when there will be a gathering
Course resources (including resources for
of 2000 church members at The Guild Hall in
delivering a version of the course in schools and to Preston. Parishes from across Lancashire will
youth groups) can be downloaded online via the
share their plans for future Vision activities at a
local level during the evening.
During his talks at the prayer evenings Bishop
Julian called on the whole Diocese to have a
period of prayer and reﬂection in the coming
months in relation to the Vision and what we are
all being called to do in response to it.
They were called to prayer, using diﬀerent
styles of prayer, worship and audio-visual;
including a short new video featuring people
of all backgrounds, clergy and laity; young
and old, from across the Diocese talking
about the Vision.
At the prayer evenings, people of all ages
from across the Diocese heard the Vision
outlined by Bishop Julian and several other
Rev. Michael Gisbourne, Vicar of St Paul's
said: “We were delighted to be the ﬁrst hosts
for the Vision evenings - it was an excellent
start to a new season of call to prayer which
promises great things for the future of the
Church in Lancashire.”
At the time of going to press, the ﬁrst two
evenings had taken place in Scotforth and
Padiham and they were attended by 120 and
170 people respectively.
Six prayer evenings were held across the
region in Scotforth, Padiham, Marton,
Leyland, Preston and Blackburn to mark the
launch of Vision 2026: Healthy Churches
Events to mark the formal start of our new
Vision for growth took place in early to midOctober.
Vision for our future
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CROSSROADS MISSION 2015
Bishop Geoﬀ and
Next year the Archbishop and the Bishops will be hosted by our Diocese in Lancashire
when the second Crossroads event takes place at venues across the region from
September 8 – 11, 2016. Make sure you get it in your diaries now!
Crossroads Mission is new and is a personal annual initiative of the Archbishop, The Most
Rev. and Rt Hon. Dr John Sentamu to evangelise the north with the help of all the northern
Bishops in the Church of England and volunteers from their Dioceses.
With the event coming here next year, this year’s Crossroads mission, the ﬁrst, was a great
opportunity to get a close up look at how it worked ﬁrst time, to help shape our planning.
We were guests in people’s homes, parishes, schools, etc. We
appreciated the generous hospitality and every opportunity to
share Jesus. Although it is energising to talk to hundreds of
young people in schools, it was also good to appreciate the
small occasion in private conversation or a few people chatting
over cake and coﬀee.
Archbishop Sentamu was on form and led by example.
It was a joy to partner with other
churches in this mission. People
who’d never met before
instantaneously became partners in
the Gospel and even friends! Even in
Yorkshire! God used the well
planned events; the bishop’s
question time and the praise parties.
But He also used the informal, the
spontaneous and the small scale
such as cups of tea with groups of three or a conversation next
to a jumble sale. God was at work in individuals on a diocesan
The lesson learned seemed to simply be: ‘if you don’t know
what to do, just do something and trust God.”
The visiting teams beneﬁtted from fellowship and
encouragement in seeing God at work. The hosts beneﬁtted
from encouragement and the lasting fruit of the mission.
Rev. James Gwyn-Thomas, Buckshaw Village Church
Bishop Julian with volunteers during a
visit to Gleadless Valley Foodbank in
Attercliﬀe on the second day of the
Bishop Julian and team
The invitation by the Archbishop of York for all Northern Province Bishops to spend four days in the Diocese of
Sheﬃeld and engage in outreach and mission events has proved to be a real encouragement and challenge to the
deaneries that were visited.
I took a team of ﬁve from this diocese, three ordinands, one incumbent and one curate, to the Attercliﬀe Deanery,
a number of deprived and needy communities near the centre of Sheﬃeld.
We had a full programme of events in schools, colleges, shopping centres, pubs, an evening with a Christian
illusionist, as well as invitation services in local churches. On Sunday morning I was sawn in half, an illustration of
the trust we are called to put in Jesus Christ!
There was a real openness to have conversations about things that matter and an appreciation that Christians
were out there. On the Saturday evening after a number of good conversations in the pub, I was called over by
three people I hadn’t spoken to and they said: ‘we are so pleased to see you here. Thank you for spending the
evening with us’. It is good to go to where people are rather than expecting them to come to us. Bishop Julian
Yes it was a busy time but the key words that kept cropping up
in the cards I received, were joy and fun. May that be
reciprocated here in Lancashire next September.
ADWICK: Bishop Philip and team
New Bentley is a hard place to be the church, a
former mining community which has never
recovered from the loss of the pit and a place where
people can be hard to reach and resistant to the
I have known the priest there for many years and he
has often felt exhausted by the challenges and
disheartened by a tiny congregation.
Yet during Crossroads this gentle and
undemonstrative man found a new gift. Speaking to a Bishop Philip chats with drama
teacher Jay Martin on a visit to
packed church at an evening event, he moved us all
Campsmount Academy during the
to tears with a brilliant, impromptu and passionate
evangelistic address. On Sunday the attendance at
Mass was nearly four times that of normal.
A mission can work wonders in inspiring congregations and church leaders to reach out
with the Gospel.
Crossroads was fun and it was exhausting. It was inspiring and it was challenging. But
above all it was Spirit-ﬁlled. There was a profound sense of a Diocese ﬁnding its voice and
its conﬁdence and speaking out to a generation in search of meaning.
I am going to pray every day from now on that we can capture something of that spirit
when Crossroads comes to Blackburn Diocese next year.
Our team, working with Bishop Philip, attended several church
fun days. At one of them my husband Pete was talking to a
young man trying to encourage him to come to church the next
Pete said there were going to be doughnuts there. The man
replied, “I’ve got doughnuts at home.” To which Pete said “Well
Jesus is gonna be there too!” It’s one conversation amongst
dozens that weekend supporting mission outreach work in local
It was a special blessing for us to be an encouragement to the clergy too and we’ve
already got lots of ideas for the teams sent to us next year!
Rev. Linda Tomkinson, Curate at St John's Church, Blackpool
It was helpful having Bishop Geoﬀ and his mission team
a musician, a former colleague Rev. Dave Banbury (back row,
actor and an
right) of Blackburn Diocese with some of
evangelist. Yes we
those who attended a ‘tea and
drew on the gifts and testimony’ during the Crossroads
graces that God had
given us but mainly
we were available to be used as the opportunity arose.
On these pages each of our Bishops, together with one colleague from each of their teams,
give their impressions of the Crossroads Mission and look ahead to the exciting
opportunities for us next year here in Blackburn Diocese.
My team spent its
energy talking about
Jesus and responding
to the various
requests that came
from churches in the
West Doncaster area.
Our Bishops and teams of willing people from parishes across our Diocese spent four days
across the Pennines in South Yorkshire in September as part of a major four day mission
event led by the Archbishop of York in Sheﬃeld Diocese.
Crossroads Mission 2015 is a taste of
things to come
Crossroads was a great opportunity to partner with, learn from and encourage the churches
of Sheﬃeld in the work they are doing to make Jesus known in their local communities.
The churches in Attercliﬀe Deanery, an area of deprivation, valued the support we were able to give them, by spending time in schools
answering tough questions from young people, chatting to people on the street, and helping and speaking at larger events.
I feel as a team we learnt lots that will help us as we plan for Crossroads in our diocese next year; to make sure we make the most of this
exciting opportunity and the encouragement and support of our brothers and sisters from other Northern Dioceses.
Rev. Rebecca Crowe, Curate at Penwortham, St Mary’s
PEOPLE AND PLACES
Annes-on-Sea, FY8 3BA is presenting a recital, on
organ and piano, by its highly talented Director of
Music, Alistair MacKenzie, on Sunday 8th
November at 3pm. The recital will be held in Church
and admission is £5 for adults, £2 for teenagers,
and younger children free. Everyone is welcome.
Music for Remembrance with Blackpool Male Voice
Choir on Friday November 13, 2015 at St Paul's
Church (Marton) Blackpool at 7.30pm. Admission
£6 (Children under 16 free if accompanied by an
adult). Tickets available from Church Oﬃce tel:
01253 692047 or 07434 922245 or 01253 987529.
On Friday November 13 at St Mary’s Centre in
Clitheroe, The Western Valley Hotclub perform a
variety of Swing, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz and Rock
and Roll feel-good music that you can dance along
to with some of the best musicians in the area
including two British Country Musicians of the Year.
This event brings the ﬁrst Ribble Valley Music
Festival to a close after several months of raising
funds for various churches and establishments in
the Blackburn Diocese. Tickets are £10 from St
Mary’s Centre, Church Street, Clitheroe or call
01200 422828 or 01254 384893. All proceeds are
donated St Mary Magdalene Church in Clitheroe.
The Red Rose Singers (conductor Peter Jelley) are
performing ‘The Manchester Carols’ by Carol Ann
Duﬀy and Sasha Johnson Manning at St Joseph’s
Church, Belgarth Road, Accrington at 7.30pm on
Sunday December 6. Donations for the Syrian
appeal. Refreshments included at the end of the
Christmas fair, St Aidan’s Church, Station
Road, Bamber Bridge, Saturday 21st November ,
11am – 2pm. Grand raﬄe, tombolas, Father
Christmas and much more. Donations for the stalls
gratefully received please leave at the back of
church or bring on the morning of the fair.
Come to St. Silas Parish Church, Preston New Rd,
BB2 6PS on Saturday, November 21st at 7.30pm,
and meet and hear the best-selling novelist, Milly
Johnson! Tickets £12; under 16s £2; under 3s free
from Jean, on 07935 498060 or Carole; 01254
54991; or by email; [email protected] com.
Event includes wine, canapes and nibbles and is to
Autumn Fair on Saturday 11th November 2015 St
raise funds for restoration of our Harrison pipe
Paul's Church (Marton) Blackpool at 11am.
Refreshments and plenty of stalls and games. To be organ.
opened by His Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool.
St Leonard's Church Marshalls Brow Penwortham is
More info: church Oﬃce Tel: 01253 692047.
having a Christmas Tree Festival on 14th November
Organ and piano recital: St Annes Parish Church, St from 10am - 4pm and 15th November from noon -
Education Fred Kershaw was held recently at
There was a large turnout of colleagues and
friends from across Lancashire to wish him well as
he begins a new phase in his life. (Picture:
Come and enjoy live classical music at our Friday
Recitals in November at St George the Martyr, Lune
Street, Preston. On 6 November we have a special
rendition of 'Handel's Heroes and Heroines' with
three female soloists and Jonathan Ellis on piano;
on 20 November we have Qian Wu, Violin with
Russell Lomas on piano. Recitals start at 12.30pm
with complimentary refreshments served
beforehand. Entrance is £6, and doors are open at
175th Anniversary by holding a Gala Anniversary
Ball at Ribby Hall. The black tie event was
attended by 185 people connected to the church.
The event raised £4200 for the church building
Pictured are the organising committee on the
night from left to right Peter and Brenda Squires,
Rosemary Cartwright, Francis Tomlinson, Fr John
Bannister, Mrs Anne Bannister, Jeﬀ Penman and
Margaret Collinge.(Picture: Roger Eckton)
St Paul’s church, Warton (PR4 1BD) is holding a
three day commemorative WW1 exhibition in
November with a focus on events at home and
abroad 100 years ago in 1915. The exhibition is free
Rev. Kevin Logan, who has been ministering in
and runs from noon – 4pm on Thursday 12
Blackburn diocese for 40 years, has just published a
November and 10am – 4pm on Friday 13 and
new e-book entitled 'What is Love'. It’s based on
Saturday 14 November. Refreshments available.
Hosea’s Love story in the Old Testament and is
The Saturday evening (14 November) at 7.30 pm
oﬀered as a Bible study for church groups. It can be
sees the fabulous Freckleton Brass Band performing
downloaded from Amazon Kindle. Just search
The Great War Concert. Come along and enjoy the
online for the author name and book title.
music of the time. Tickets are on sale now at £10
per adult and £5 per child. Box oﬃce 01772 635546
Book review: The Ultimate Three Minutes by
William Cummings (Sussex Academic Press). Review or tickets from Jaguar Hair amnd Beauty or Warton
by Eddie Burns. In a book whose foreword has been Hardware (above Harbour Properties) in the village.
written by Bishop Nicholas Reade, the former Dean
Cork Jackets and Drill: St Annes Parish Church, St
of Battle has set the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ
Annes-on-Sea, FY8 3BA is hosting a performance of
against a panoramic view of human development
'Cork Jackets and Drill' on Saturday November 21 at
which focuses on the Roman civilization and reveals
7pm. The performance is about the 1886 Mexico
a deep understanding of it. He thereby shows the
lifeboat disaster told in folk-song. The tragedy
relationship between one of the great watersheds
claimed the lives of most of the crews of the St
of human history and the ultimate watershed of the
Annes and Southport lifeboats as they attempted
divine plan of salvation. A fascinating read.
to save the crew of the German ship, 'The Mexico',
in distress oﬀ Southport sands. The performance
With over two hundred inspiring ideas, the new
will be held in Church and admission is £5 for
book ‘A guide to Fun Ways to Fundraise for your
adults, £2 for teenagers, and younger children free.
community, church or charity’ oﬀers excellent
Refreshments will be served. An event not to be
advice on how to organise fundraising events and
activities that are as proﬁtable as they are fun. It
includes hot tips on how to set objectives, choose a
International Piano Recitalist, Jean-Eﬄam Bavouzet
venue, ﬁnd sponsors, publicise eﬀectively and
will be performing in Preston Minster on Friday
make sure your event or activity is safe and
22nd January 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £20,
legal. Available from Amazon priced £7.99 (Kindle
are available by calling 01772 901313 or by
£3.97). Author Penny Hallett is donating all
emailing oﬃ[email protected] minster.org
royalties from the book to a £5.5m church and
If you are stuck for a present then pop along to
community project in Gloucestershire.
Adlington St Paul’s Church’s ever popular Annual
Craft Fair on Saturday November 7, 10am to 4pm,
at the Community Centre, Railway Road, Adlington,
The Mosamaria Trust Fund is in the midst of
PR6 9RF. For further information please email
planning a Mosamaria Christmas Auction Event to
be held at Tiﬀany’s Hotel, Promenade, Blackpool at stpauls.parishmag @btinternet.com.
7pm on 27 November 2015 with a hot pot supper
A Fairtrade Christmas Market, with light
along with a vegetarian option. A number of
refreshments, will be held on Friday November 13th
professional singers are giving their time for free
and Saturday November 14 from 10am -5.30pm in
and there will be a comedy interlude. Contact
St Andrew's Church Hall, Liverpool Rd, Longton, PR4
Gloria Birdsall – Mosamaria Trust Fund Chairman
5AA with a wide variety of food and gifts for
sale. Christmas cakes and puddings and a range of
wines may also be ordered. For further details and
for information on promoting Fairtrade in churches
and schools, please contact Cath Greenlees,
Blackburn Diocesan World Development Group:
[email protected] 01772 613500.
The Parish of
Lund, St John
This coming Advent, the Church Urban Fund (CUF)
is asking churches to give up a night of comfort and
organise their own sponsored sleepouts with
friends, families, churches and community groups.
The Advent Sleepout Challenge is a new annual
fundraising event organised by CUF and the money
raised will help the charity with its work,
empowering some of the poorest and most
marginalised people in England to transform their
lives. A dedicated website www.sleepoutchallenge.
org with resources and online sponsorship details is
now live. Find out more about the work of CUF
Riding Lights Theatre Company comes to St
Cuthbert’s, Fulwood, Preston to serve up a sharp
and deliciously comic slice of Baked Alaska bringing interconnecting stories of the wild and
unpredictable eﬀects of climate change from the
four corners of the earth. The show presents the
reality of climate change like you’ve never heard it
before on November 9, 2015 at 7.30pm. The venue
is St Cuthbert’s Church Centre, Lytham Road,
Preston PR2 3AR. Box Oﬃce: 01904 613000 Tickets:
£12 or £9 (concessions). For groups of 8+ under
18s, tickets are £7.50 per person. The show is
presented in partnership with Christian Aid,
Operation Noah and the Diocese of Litchﬁeld,
hoping to raise a compassionate voice in the run up
to the United Nations Conference on Climate
Change in Paris this December.
An exciting new chapter in the work of the Diocese
begins this month. As outlined in previous editions
of The See, staﬀ working for the Diocese will be
moving to new oﬃces approximately two miles
from the present Church House in Blackburn. They
will be in the new building from November 16. The
oﬃces are located on Walker Business Park,
adjacent to Junction 5 of the M65 and
the address will be: Diocesan Oﬃces, Clayton
House, Walker Oﬃce Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE. Full
details about the move can be found on the
Diocesan website under the Home menu.
by email [email protected] or by calling
07790 768845 to access a ticket for £10.
Mosamaria Trust Fund supports the Mosamaria
AIDS Ministry (www.mosamaria.co.za), which is a
non-proﬁt organisation in the Free State, South
News? Feedback? [email protected]
COMMENT / PEOPLE AND PLACES
A heartfelt thank you from
Thank you for giving me such a
wonderful send oﬀ into
I received well over 150 cards, 25
bottles of single malt whisky, a
wonderful cheque from the
diocese and many other gifts. I
intend to send `thank you` letters once I have got
my study in Goole up and running.
The Revd Andrew Malcom has resigned as Vicar of
Langho St Leonard and SSM Curate of Salesbury St
Peter from 18 October 2015 and has been granted
Permission to Oﬃciate in the Diocese.
I must thank Bishop Julian and Dean Christopher
for allowing me to have the deeply moving
Cathedral Service and the fun bash at Whalley
The Revd Jeﬀ Radcliﬀe, Priest in Charge, West
Preston Team Ministry, will retire on 1 November
St Leonard's Church in Penwortham is blessed with
a growing choir. Along with that blessing comes a
need for more music, speciﬁcally, copies of Mission
Praise (the Music edition). If any church can help,
please let St Leonard's Director of Music know he's David Cookson, [email protected]
In August I completed a sponsored walk of
approximately 70 miles from Winchester Cathedral
to Romsey Abbey, Salisbury Cathedral and back to
Winchester Cathedral, writes Cath Greenlees. Most
of the proceeds will go to Christian Aid and some to
Traidcraft Exchange and a few smaller
development charities run by friends in Malawi,
Uganda, Zambia, India and Peru. I am happy to give
a talk to groups on the Walk and its purpose.
Sponsor money may be donated through the Just
Giving website: www.justgiving.com/CathGreenlees or sent to 16 Franklands, Longton PR4
My prayer is that we shall in the coming
months ﬁnd ourselves waiting upon God
with a new urgency and praying with a
new passion for others to come to faith
in Jesus Christ.
At St. Peters Church, Salesbury The Rotary Club of
Blackburn presents a traditional Christmas
miscellany of words and music with audience
participation featuring The Renaissance Singers at
8pm on Tuesday 15th December 2015. Tickets £10
each including gift aid donation and seasonal
refreshments are available from Keith Sowerbutts
on 01254 247129. All proceeds to charity.
at His pace.
information. Tel. 01772 687644 or email
4pm. Come along and look at the trees followed by
A phrase in one of the Common Worship
prefaces in the prayers at Holy
Communion speaks of ‘learning to be the
The arrival of new leaders in the
diocesan team, the move of the diocesan People of God once again.’ That is not
oﬃces to new premises, the conclusion always comfortable, but it is essential if
we are to pass the baton of the Gospel
of a major and long awaited
development in the centre of Blackburn on to the next generation.
around the Cathedral and the
Vision 2026 is all about that reform and
development of Vision 2026 all combine
renewal of the church for the work of
to create an exciting fresh energy for the
making Jesus Christ more widely known
work God has called us to do.
loved and believed.
I don’t believe this is an accident or
It gives us a focus, so that our energy
down to chance. I do believe that God is
and resources can address some of the
working all things together for good and
weaknesses of our shared life and
we must respond with faith and
prepare us to have much to celebrate on
that 100th anniversary of being a diocese
That is not to decry the faithful ministry in 11 years’ time.
and mission work of previous years but it
The calls to prayer last month (see pages
is a fresh boost to all the excellent work
1 and 2 of this edition) were not a one
being done around the diocese in the
oﬀ, but were intended to fuel an
cause of the Gospel.
extended time of seeking God,
There are always times and seasons in
personally and corporately, so that we
keep in step with the Holy Spirit and go
the life of the church and it seems that
here in Blackburn Diocese we are
entering one of change and new ways of
being a Christian community.
On several occasions recently I have
found myself saying that it is
extraordinary how a number of
signiﬁcant decisions have all coincided
during the last couple of years.
Canon Hindley did me proud along with the Choir
at the Cathedral and Rev Tim Horobin and his gang
did a brilliant job at Whalley despite the rain!
(That`s Lancashire for you!)
I shall continue to pray for you daily and look
forward to hearing about all the good things
happening in the Diocese of Blackburn.
The Church of England must make mission and
Situations vacant or wanted
discipleship as priorities, but must make sure that
The church of St Nicholas, Wrea Green, is seeking
its core strength is in each church family being
an organist for the principal weekly service (Sunday
servants and carers to the parish as a whole- and
Team Vicar in the Ingleborough Team Ministry with
9:30 am), the usual seasonal festivals and
for the clergy to take the lead in this in prayerful
occasional special evening services. The church
and practical ways.
beneﬁts from a two-manual pipe organ, a new
A huge thank you to you all for the privilege of
Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
digital piano and musical talent within the
allowing me to be the Archdeacon of Blackburn,
congregation that will thrive under the right
The Bishop has granted Permission to Oﬃciate in
and your friend.
direction. Remuneration to be agreed. Please
the Diocese to the Revd Peter Endall and the Revd
John Hawley: Archdeacon emeritus.
contact Reverend Wes Marks for further
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The Revd Mark Simpson, Associate Priest, Leyland
St Andrew has been appointed Ordained Pioneer
Minister to lead Leyland Wellﬁeld Church and will
be licensed on 20 December 2015 by Bishop Julian.