We shall one again be having a Strawberry Tea on Saturday 23rd July at 2-4pm in St James lounge. Strawberries and Cream and Jam and Cream Scones will be served. Tickets will be available at a cost of £5 for adults and £2-50 for children. Money raised will be donated to the Dry Rot Appeal.
Our new Curate, Joanne Macholc, is to be ordained as Deacon at a service at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 2nd July. We wish her well and look forward to working with her when she takes up her role in the coming weeks.
Ash Wednesday: There will be an Ashing service at St James’ at 11:15am and 7:30pm
Wednesday Services during Lent: A BCP service will be held at 7:30am each Wednesday morning.
Lent Course: There will once again be a series of discussions on Monday afternoon at 1pm in St James Lounge, entitled “Encounters with Jesus”. This course is open to everybody and begins on Monday 15th Feb and runs for six weeks ending on the 21st March.
Lent Prayer Time: There will be a time of contemplative prayer during Lent on a Tuesday evening at 7pm in St James lounge. This will start on Tuesday 16th Feb and end on the 15th March.
Good Friday: There will be a mattins service at 10am and a “Stations of the Cross” service at 2pm at St James Church.
Holy Saturday: There will be an Easter Vigil at St James Church starting at 7:30pm
Easter Day: There will be two communion services at St James Church- 8:45am and 11:00am
Sadly Dry Rot has been discovered in the tower of St James’ Church. We are still in the middle of investigations into the extent of the dry rot and further scaffolding will need to be erected in church to check how far the fungus has travelled along the roof supports. We also have a potential problem on the South side of the apse and possibly in the prayer corner.
Robinsons Timber Preservation Ltd. have completed the floor area in the tower and have injected fungicide into the walls to kill off any remaining fungus in the stonework. Plastering should commence soon in the porch area and then the scaffolding in that area can be removed.
We still do not have a clear cost for the complete project until all areas have been investigated. However, we do know that we will need at least £50,000 to complete the work. Attempts are being made to obtain grant funding, but in most cases the granting bodies want to see local financial responses in cash and kind.
A sub group of the PCC is looking into ways in which we can all help to maintain our church building for use by us, the wider community and as a significant presence on the Blackburn skyline.
Please pray for the church building.
The Monday challenge group will be taking a summer break for the next few weeks and will recommence on Monday 3rd August at 1pm in St James lounge. They will be starting with a series of talks about the book of Joshua.