“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.

Pilgrim Study Course – Our autumn Pilgrim Study Course is an exploration of the place of The Bible at the heart of our Christian faith.

The course will run for six Wednesdays from October 17th to November 21st inclusive. We will meet in St Chad’s Church for a light sandwich supper at 6 45pm with the study session from 7 30pm to 9pm. Please sign up for the course at the back of church and collect your course booklet priced £5.

Octobra, Novembra and Decembra
Again, we are collecting used and unwanted bras to send out to Southern Africa. Please will you leave them in bags at the back of St. Chad's and we will ensure that they are moved on to the next collection point. The underwear goes to young women of all ages who do not have sufficient money to buy their own and who live in areas where the non-wearing of a bra is regarded as an invitation to be molested. Thank you.

Christmas Angels
The Knit and Natter group will soon be moving on to knitted Christmas Angels. If you would like to knit some of these much-loved angels there are some copies of the pattern on the literature table in St. Chad's. Please place the finished angels in the Poppy box and they will be collected from there. Thank you.

Diocesan Conference 26 – 29 November
In November, clergy and laity from across the Diocese of Blackburn will gather at the Swanick Conference Centre in Derbyshire, to explore the theme “The Mystery of Faith.” Along with Carolyn and myself, Churchwarden Lynne Brackpool will represent the Benefice.

Through workshops and key note speakers, we hope to glean advice, ideas and information to feed back to parishes.

Please remember the Conference in your prayers, as it is the first such residential gathering of clergy and lay leaders. Let us hope and pray that, as the organisers hope, it will have a “real and lasting impact on parishes.”

Remembrance Sunday 11th November
Remembrance Sunday will be marked by the usual Ecumenical Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial in the Market Place at 10 50am. This will be followed by the Civic Service in St Chad’s at 11 15am.

The Trustees of VPCC would like to welcome all local residents for refreshments at the Hall after the Remembrance Wreath laying in Market Place and after the Civic Service.

The hall was opened on 11th November 1925 and so along with the commemoration of the end of WW1 and the celebration of the re-opening of the building, we are also marking its 93rd birthday.

Please note that, to accommodate these arrangements, Parish Communion will revert to 9 30am for one Sunday only.

The two minutes silence will be observed at the beginning of the 11am service at St Hilda’s and at St Anne’s, Singleton the silence will incorporated within the Service, which begins at the later time of
10 30am.

United Service on Sunday 18th November 3pm
November sees the Feast Days of both St Martin de Porres and St Hilda of Whitby and to mark our patronal saints and to celebrate the Shared Anglican Roman Catholic Church, which carries their names, we shall hold a United Service on Sunday 18th November, 3pm, in the church. The service will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

Confirmation 2019
The Confirmation Service in 2019 will be on Sunday 28th April at 10am in St Chad’s. There will be an initial meeting for young people and their parents on Monday 12th November at 4pm in church.

Weekly Nurture Groups will begin in the New Year and there will be two Saturday workshops, details of which will be available in due course.

As in the past, our expectation is that from this point onwards, candidates will attend church regularly and begin reading through St Mark’s Gospel.

Advent Sunday 2nd December
The new church year begins on 2nd December Advent Sunday, from which date our Gospel readings will focus on the Gospel of Luke.

That evening at 6 30pm we will hold our Advent Carol Service in St Chad’s with a selection of words and music, to provide an atmospheric beginning to the Advent season of preparation.

At St Hilda’s there will be an All Age Workshop at 3pm, prior to the Service of Light at 4pm.

All Age Worship
On Sunday 2nd December at 10am, All Age Worship will take the form of Christingle, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Society and Christingles available for all.

December Sentinel
The deadline for copy to be at the Vicarage is Tuesday 20th November and the Sentinel will be available on Friday 30th November. It would be helpful if copy could be submitted by email to s.keighley@btconnect.com.

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