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What a star!

Carol Ratcliffe, a leading member of our congregation, underwent treatment for bowel cancer last year. Her positive attitude and inspirational personality came to the attention of Cancer Resarch who have used photos of her in their latest publicity. The photos are lovely and capture Carol very well. Carol, we’re pround of you!…

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All Age Worship – Sunday 17th July

We based our Eucharist around the story of Mary and Martha – our symbols were a mobile phone (representing our busyness and distraction) , a washing up bowl and dishmop (representing Martha’s busyness and distraction and a pair of feet (reminding us that, like Mary, we need to sit at Jesus’ feet and be with…

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Prayers for Tragedy at Nice

God of infinite mercy, we pray for the victims of the Nice attack. Remember them according to the favour you bear for your people. Comfort those who mourn and give strength to the injured. Deliver those whose hearts are hardened by hatred. Grant to us all your understanding, and your persevering love, for your mercy’s…

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Our Messy Sermon group made a beautiful poster

At St Oswald’s we have an All-Age Messy Sermon activity (instead of listening to the Sermon or having a Sunday School just for the kids). I love the way adults and children can learn together and produce such lovely things! This poster was begun last week when we were thinking about St Thomas. And who…

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Stanhill Heritage Trail Launched

The Mayor, Cllr Tim O’Kane and MP for Hyndburn, Graham Jones, launched Stanhill’s new heritage trail today. Stanhill Methodist Church was packed with heritage buffs and local people, including Rev’d Michael Ratcliffe, Carol Ratcliffe and the Vicar, Rev’d Anne Morris. Richard Hooper of Stanhill Residents led the proceedings which included a talk about James Hargreaves and…

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Shadsworth Hub Up and Running

The £4million Shadsworth Community Hub and Enterprise Centre, which has five shops on the ground floor with community facilities above, is now open – see this post for details. This is an attractive new facility in the south of the parish and well worth a visit…

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