Saint Margaret's Hornby
Saint Michael the Archangel Whittington
Saint John the Baptist Arkholme
Saint John the Evangelist Gressingham
in the Lune Valley in north Lancashire
Sunday 27 September
Whittington Patronal Festival
of Saint Michael the Archangel
On the last Sunday in September, the 10.45am service will be broadcast live from both Saint Michael the Archangel, Whittington, and Saint Margaret's, Hornby. The lockdown choir will sing ‘Come let us join our cheerful songs with angels round the throne’. Everybody welcome – pre-recorded in the choir (details later), in person in either church, live online, or catching up online later.
Saturday 3 October
and Sunday 4 October
Harvest Festival Flowers in all four churches
from 2pm Saturday and all day Sunday
A mini Harvest Flower Festival across all four churches. People will be encouraged to visit the churches - perhaps even all four - to pray amongst the Harvest flowers, and to make a donation to the Food Bank. Film of the displays in all four churches will be included in the Sunday morning Harvest Festival service. The lockdown choir will sing Harvest hymns (details later). If you would like to help with the displays, please contact Fiona (Hornby), Audrey (Gressingham), Bridget (Arkholme), or Korin (Whittington). Reply to this email if you need contact details.
Sunday 25 October
Annual church meetings
Each of the meetings will be held in its respective parish church, where there are good sound systems, and the pews are already marked up for socially-distanced seating. The vicar’s annual report will be presented, and the essential annual legal business will be completed. In this unusual year, I can do a standard agenda for all four meetings, and ensure the business of the meeting runs smoothly, so PCC officers do not need to feel obliged either to make the usual preparations or to be present on the day. More details nearer the time.
Sunday 8 November
with the 11am silence
There may be specific church or government guidance for Remembrance Sunday in due course, but it should be possible to have a dignified ceremony outdoors at each church, with social distancing of two metres, or one metre with face coverings. More details nearer the time.
Wednesday 16 December
7.30pm Joint Churches Nine Lessons Hornby
Sunday 20 December
Thursday 24 December
10pm ‘Midnight’ Mass Hornby
Friday 25 December
to be confirmed
If singing is still not permitted, we will have the usual services but with Christmas poetry readings in place of carols. There are some superb Christmas poems, from the humorous to the poignant, and they should make for suitably moving events amongst the Christmas lights.
In other news...
* Figures from YouTube show that 80% of our congregation continues to follow the Sunday service live from home, with 20% in the building, and more catching up later online.
* The latest from Blackburn Diocese is that permission to carry out the much-needed roof work on Saint Margaret’s Hornby may have to be referred up to the Chancery Court of the Archbishop of York (starting Tuesday 1 September) because of the building’s Grade 1 listing.
* If we can organise an adequate mobile-phone internet connection inside Saint John’s, Gressingham, we will run the live broadcast service from there on Sunday 27 December, for the Patronal Festival of Saint John the Evangelist.
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