Open Deanery Synod 5th September 7 30pm
On Wednesday 5th September at 7 30pm in St Chad’s there will be an Open Meeting of Poulton Deanery Synod. We will welcome Archdeacon Mark who will cover two topics. Firstly, he will introduce potential changes to Parish Share which are likely to be introduced from 2020. Parish Share is the system of funding mission and ministry across the Diocese in as fair a way as possible. Church officers and PCC members will know that this can be an issue of great concern for some parishes and it is right that we listen carefully to other local churches, for whom money is a constant worry.

Secondly the Archdeacon will introduce the Church of England report “Setting God’s People Free” whose implementation is being piloted in Blackburn Diocese. The report sets out the aim of ensuring that everyone has the support, encouragement and opportunity to live a full and fulfilled Christian life, in response to the question:
“How can we, ordained and lay together
enable one another to live out
the Good News pf Jesus in all our life
Monday to Saturday, as well as Sunday?”

All are welcome, but a special invitation is offered to PCC members and church officers.

St Martin’s and St Hilda’s 20th Anniversary of the Sharing Agreement
On Tuesday 11th September at 7 30pm in the Shared Church we will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Sharing Agreement, which brought together two congregations in one building.

We will be joined by former curates and parishioners to celebrate not only our shared building, but our shared baptism and we will give thanks for the achievements of the last twenty years and the benefits that the Agreement brought to both congregations.

Parishioners from St Chad’s will be most welcome for the Service and the refreshments that follow.

United Evening Communion Sunday 16th September at Poulton Methodist Church
On the evening of 16th September at 6 30pm we are invited to join our friends from Poulton Methodist Church for their Communion Service. This is part of our quarterly shared evening worship and the continuing commitment to explore ever greater unity between our two churches.

“There but not there”
Over the next couple of months, in the run up to Armistice Day and the 100th Anniversary of WW1, you will see a silhouette displayed in church. The project is called “There but not there” and is intended to help us commemorate those who died, educate this generation abut the sacrifice that was made and help to heal those who still carry the scars of war, through support for a variety of forces charities.

Please take time to ponder the display, take a leaflet and remember the project in your prayers. There are also details of how to support the project by purchasing a desk top silhouette.

Would you Adam and Eve it?” Wednesday 19th September 7 30pm
We are delighted to welcome the Searchlight Theatre Company to St Chad’s on Wednesday 19th September at 7 30pm. They will perform “Would you Adam and Eve it?” a whistle-stop journey through the first 90 chapters of the Bible in 90 minutes! Tickets are £10 and can be booked online at, or by ringing 01253 893118. We have a limited number of free tickets for young people under 18, available through the above number.

By all accounts this is an engaging and professional production, which presents the Bible and its message in an attractive but unthreatening format. Please consider if there is someone you could invite along. After all there is no more attractive an invitation than “I’m going, it’s going to be good, would you like to join me?”

Congratulations to Terry Challis!
On Sunday 23rd September Revd Terry Challis will be celebrating 50 years of Ordained Ministry. Terry will preach at Parish Communion that morning.

I’m sure you would like to join me in passing on our Congratulations to Terry and our heartfelt thanks for all that he and June have contributed to St Chad’s since Terry’s retirement. We wish them both well and hope that Terry will continue to assist in the benefice for many years to come.

Harvest 2018 October 7th and 14th
Further details will appear in next month’s Sentinel, but Harvest at St Chad’s will be on Sunday 7th October and at St Hilda’s and St Anne’s Singleton on Sunday 14th October. Donations for flowers will be invited later this month, along with contributions for the Bishop of Blackburn’s Harvest Appeal, supporting a Christian Aid project in the Brazilian Amazon and a Kids in Kailahun project in Sierra Leone, as well as donations of dried and tinned goods for local projects working with the homeless and needy.

We look forward to this important moment in the Church calendar with its themes of thankfulness to God and care for others.

All Age Worship
Our All Age Worship is at 10am on Sunday 2nd September and on Sunday 7th October when we will keep Harvest Thanksgiving.

October Sentinel
The deadline for copy to be at the Vicarage is Tuesday 18th September and the Sentinel will be available on Friday 28th September It would be helpful if copy could be submitted by email to

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