Mission Statement

In the years that lie before us, we, the people of God in the Parish of St Chad, Poulton-le-Fylde, will seek to:

  • Place worship and prayer at the heart of our life together as an expression of our love of God in Christ Jesus
  • Grow in Christian love one for another
  • Grow in the love and knowledge of Christ as He is revealed in the Gospels
  • Through outreach and pastoral care carry the love and knowledge of the Christ revealed in the Gospels into our wider community.

Additionally we have signed up to:         Vision 2026

                                                 Healthy Churches transforming communities

Message from our Vision Champion

In May last year I was sworn in as the Vision Champion for our Parish. My role is to be a positive and encouraging voice, drawing attention to the resources and opportunities that Vision 2026 offers as well as praying for the blessing of God on the parish, local community and across the Diocese. So, it seemed a good idea to look back at what we have achieved over the last twelve months since the Vision initiative was introduced.

Our new pattern of services, with the Family Worship service replacing Parish Communion on the first Sunday of each month, is proving to be ever more popular and it’s great to see families with young children coming along. Having coffee in Church after the 10am service really encourages us all to spend some time getting to know each other better or talk to a visitor, making them feel welcome which is such a vital part of encouraging new people to become regular members of our congregation.

Last September we had the Crossroads Event when Bishops from the Northern Provinces visited the Diocese over three days. We had the “Grill a Bishop” evening in a local pub, the Ceilidh at St Hilda’s School, Carleton and, of course, our “Church in the Churchyard” event here at St Chad’s when we were blessed with a glorious day that was attended by hundreds of people.

The success of Revd Carolyn’s Bereavement Support Group led to a second one being started, each meeting in The Elk once a month and having a really positive effect on those involved.

Our study courses in Church, three times a year, are being increasingly well attended, with the Ecumenical sessions being a chance to meet and interact with those from other Churches in the Parish. Dorothy Hankey also holds regular Bible studies in her home. If you haven’t come along to a course yet, why not give it a try next time?

The food bank collection is going from strength to strength and Fleetwood Food Bank tell us that they are able to provide an average of fifty food parcels each week with our help. Thank you to everyone who continues to generously donate.

Our fortnightly Social Evenings continue to be very well supported, with fellowship, food and fun always in evidence! In January we also started “Knit & Natter” sessions in Church each Monday afternoon, where we have been getting together to be creative and to enjoy company. It has also proved to be popular with visitors to Church who comment on the friendly greeting that they receive.

Our Facebook page continues to reach thousands of people each week and we now have a new Church website with much more information that is easier to access than before. We are making full use of Social Media to reach out to more people!

As I write this, we are looking forward to the “Thy Kingdom Come” event, an initiative from the Archbishop of Canterbury to join a wave of prayer across the UK and wider world – praying that people we know might come to know Jesus Christ. In the days between Ascension and Pentecost we will be making an extra effort to welcome visitors into Church during the day.

On Gala day, Saturday June 3rd, we will be having a stall as part of our Vision to reach out to the community. People will be able to get information about our services, talk to us about Church and faith or put a prayer in a basket. Looking forward, we are hoping to have a regular presence in the Market with our own stall...watch this space!
On Saturday, July 1st, we will be holding our second “Church in the Churchyard” event. Plans are well underway for another spectacular day! Volunteers will be needed so please keep the date free if you possibly can.

A big thank you to all who help with our various initiatives!

Finally, part of a Vision Champion’s role is to pray for God’s blessing on our parish and I would ask that you join me in our Diocesan Prayer....”Heavenly Father, we embrace Your call for us to make disciples, to be witnesses and to grow leaders. Give us the eyes to see Your vision, ears to hear the prompting of Your Spirit and courage to follow in the footsteps of your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen” God Bless,

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