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Church news - December 2023

Adapted from our Facebook page...

We remembered many loved ones who are greatly missed at our All Souls service, on Wednesday 1 November, and at St Paul’s on Thursday 2 November. Thank you to the people of both villages who knitted special angels for our services.

It was great to see so many people at our November coffee morning and to meet some lovely new people too. Thanks to all of the team of helpers who worked so hard in so many roles. Such was the high demand, we couldn't make the toasted sandwiches out quickly enough! We were delighted to have some of our friends from our sister church at St Paul's join us too.

Thank you to everyone at Holy Trinity who made up Christmas shoeboxes for the Link to Hope Appeal or donated individual items. They will make a massive difference to those who receive them.

Thank you also for the Secret Santa gifts for the homeless and gifts to make up more packages to send to St Paul’s, who are organising this wonderful initiative.

Rev. Tracy, Anne-Marie and Craig were excited to be at the Leading your church into growth Conference.

Thanks to everyone who helped with our Remembrance Sunday service and the subsequent village service at the War Memorial, including all those who knitted or crocheted poppies and put together our poppy cascades.

Mr Kenyon was honoured to be joined by some of our Year 6 pupils including our Head and Deputy Head Girl and Head Boy at the wreath laying ceremony in the village. It was also lovely to see so many of our current and former pupils representing the uniformed organisations. ‘We shall remember them.’

Church news - November 2023

Adapted from our Facebook page...

At our Freckleton C of E Primary School Eucharist on 21 September, we celebrated the Feast of St Matthew. We looked at how he was a tax collector and cheated people out of their money and then changed his ways for the better after becoming a friend of Jesus. This the last time our fabulous worship group led the service before coming to the end of their term of office. We look forward to seeing who the newly elected worship leaders will be.

At school worship on 5 October, the children thought about our half-term value of forgiveness, and listened to the story of Zaccheus and how he was forgiven. The really heavy backpack full of books symbolised how we feel when we carry the guilt of wanting to be forgiven. The Year 1 helper could hardly lift it, but our Year 6 helpers took the weight for them easily. This symbolised Jesus carrying our guilt himself and taking it away through his death and resurrection.

Thank you to all our fabulous helpers tidying the church yard ready for winter. Some brilliant hedgehog houses made too.

Thanks to all who spent time preparing our church for our Harvest Festival, and thanks to everyone who brought Harvest gifts.

The first of two baptisms on our Harvest Festival Sunday was Georgie August, during our Worship4U. Our second baptism of the day was George William. A pleasure to welcome them into the family of the church. Welcome to God's family.

Our joint church Harvest Supper was wonderful. Well fed by Tasteful Catering and the bakers of the two parishes. Entertained by George and his quiz and the brilliant Driffwood band. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to organise it and during the evening.

Church news - October 2023

Adapted from our Facebook page...

Thanks to all who supported our Yurch beach evening on 22 August.

On 23 August, the four clergy of the village churches joined together to lead an act of remembrance for the 79th anniversary of the Freckleton Air Disaster. Union flags and Stars and Stripes flags with names of loved ones who died were placed into crosses, filled with lavender for devotion and rosemary for remembrance. A minute's silence was held after the name of each loved one who had died was read aloud and flowers were laid. Thank you to all who came to remember, and those who couldn't be with us physically but were with us in both prayer and spirit.

It was a delight for Rev. Tracy to baptise Isla Georgina on 27 August. She received our first prayer bear, knitted by one of our congregation, Ruby.

Thanks to Rev. Tracy’s efforts, both Holy Trinity and St Paul’s had exhibits for this year’s Freckleton and Warton scarecrow festival.

On Saturday 2 September, Rev. Tracy, Lynn Slater, Anne Marie Aspden and Ian Fraser represented Holy Trinity and St Paul’s at the Prayer for renewal and growth day at St Cuthbert’s, Fulwood. Please continue to pray for all parishes that are participating in the Parish Renewal Programme, that we will see growth in our churches and in our mission in Jesus’ name.

Well done to our Sunday Club children for their 'eggcellent' entry at the Freckleton Horticultural Show today. Thank you to all of the organisers on the committee and all of the stewards for a fabulous event.

It was fabulous to have so many staff, governors, children and their families at our special Education Sunday service in school on 10 September.

Also over the last month, the ladies at the library were busy ‘knitting and nattering’; Rev. Tracy visited Year 1’s RE lesson on creation and gave a little gift from church to the new Reception class; the monthly dementia café at Freckleton Library had a really helpful talk from Ruby, a NHS speech and language therapist; Mother's Union had a very interesting talk by Rev Jeff Radcliffe about his ministry; and our care home visitors sang songs and some early carols with the residents at The Old Vicarage.

Meanwhile, among the many things going on at St Paul’s, there were two golden wedding anniversaries. Congratulations to Mike and Linda Willetts and to Colin and Audrey Charnley!

Parish Renewal Programme

You may well recall that I recently wrote about how both Holy Trinity and St Paul’s had been invited to be part of the Parish Renewal Programme. I just wanted to update you a little about that.

On 15 July, Craig from Holy Trinity and Ian from St Paul’s went to a day on ‘Mission Shaped PCCs’, where there were opportunities to think theologically as well as practically around the following themes:

1. The need for a clear purpose

2. The need for a big agenda

3. The need for an effective team

4. The need for an agreed plan

This was led by John Truscott. John is a nationally renowned trainer with an excellent reputation. He has over forty years of experience in equipping churches and clergy to be effective in their structures and organisation, so that they can be focused on mission and growth.

On 17 July, Craig from Holy Trinity, Audrey from St Paul’s and myself attended a launch evening at Whalley Abbey, led by Bishop Philip and Rev. Steve Haskett, which was very informative and inspiring. We heard from two parishes that are at different stages in the programme, who shared their experiences of being part of it and told us how it was working for them in their context and making a difference.

The seven principles fundamental to church growth will be taught at the ‘Leading Your Church into Growth’ conference in November, which are:

1. Creating a prayerful culture of growth

2. Implementing prayer, presence, proclamation and persuasion

3. Practising fruitful evangelism

4. Developing engaging worship

5. Becoming an inviting and welcoming church

6. Making a pathway for seekers to become disciples

7. Beginning a planned journey of growth

The conference will be followed up by training sessions every other month at Whalley Abbey, and in between, those attending the course will disseminate the teaching to the PCC and ultimately the two PCCs will plan a long-term vision plan for their respective churches.

Whilst each church and village has its own unique identity, lots of the training will give ideal opportunities for building on the way they already work together.

Rev. Charlie Hill and Rev. Rie Walker that we heard from on the launch evening both said that a huge part of the success of growth in their parishes was down to focused prayer. They said that there is something about the intention to pray for growth that changes hearts, minds and culture and pervades the life of the church and people’s spirits.

So please pray intentionally and often for growth in both of our churches. To help us to reflect more on this journey, I’ve invited Rev. Steve Haskett, the Parish Renewal Lead, to come and preach at our benefice service at Holy Trinity on 30 July. Please do take the time out to come and hear what he has to say and support the PCCs as they take the lead on this.


Church news - August 2023

Adapted from our Facebook page...

We were delighted it was our turn to host the ecumenical service for Club Day and to welcome the Queens and their congregations from the other churches in the village. Thank you so much for joining us.

It was also our Sunday Club prizegiving, where the children received books. A massive thank you to the Sunday Club team for all they do and Ponky's for providing a venue for the club.

It was Rev. Tracy's 10th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood and 11th as a Deacon. This was also an ember day, where we pray for those who serve the church in its various ministries, both ordained and lay, and we pray for vocations.

A massive congratulations to Tony and Jo-ellen, married at Holy Trinity on 1 July with their four beautiful daughters as bridesmaids. Don't they both look fabulous. Wishing them every blessing in their married life together.

Did you know that you don't have to be a member of the church to get married here? We can conduct your wedding if you live in the parish or you or your parents have done in the past for at least six months, if you were baptised or confirmed here, or if your parents or grandparents were married here. If none of those apply and you live outside the parish, you can create a legal connection by attending monthly for six months.

It was so lovely to see our pupils from Freckleton C of E Primary School in their Sunday best at our July Worship4U service. Year 6, your prayers were beautiful and gave us all a real sense of hope for the future. Mille and Elsie, those biscuits looked amazing!

Thank you to everyone who came to the parish barbecue and those who helped with cooking and bringing the delicious food. It was a lovely event for both churches to socialise together and the weather was kind to us too!

At our school Eucharist on 13 July, we heard about Abraham and Isaac. We thought about how it taught us about trusting in God. One of the children chose a teacher they trusted to give them the directions to find the hidden sweets rather than make the directions secret and keep the sweets for themselves. Luckily they chose well! Worship Group received their certificates during this final service of the year. You have all done an amazing job, thank you for all your hard work in supporting the school’s Christian ethos.

21 June 2023: Nightfall on the longest day

17 June 2023: Freckleton Club Day

4 June 2023: Welcome, Rev. Tracy!

The joint Benefice of Holy Trinity, Freckleton and St Paul's, Warton enjoyed a wonderful service for the Induction and Installation of Rev. Tracy J. Swindells as Vicar. May the peace of God be with us all!

The big help out

Thanks to everybody who kindly supported our ‘Big help out’ day of community service for the King’s Coronation Bank Holiday, on Monday 8 May. We were amazed to see a turnout of about 35 people. Despite the somewhat rainy weather, we made substantial progress at tidying the churchyard and cleaning the church inside. Meanwhile, Brian kept our young helpers entertained by showing them how to build bug hotels. When the rain set in and we had finished our work, we all enjoyed hotdogs, chocolate doughnuts and soft drinks.

Rose Queen social

We held this year’s Rose Queen Social and afternoon tea at the Rawstorne Sports Centre on Sunday 14 May and raised over £1,000. Thanks to Katie, our Rose Queen, and to Diane, Nick and all who supported her, for all their efforts over the year! We wish Ella a good year as she becomes our new Rose Queen.


The month of May saw our Confirmation service with Bishop Jill, where four of our young people from Holy Trinity Church of England School were confirmed. Gwen and myself have got to know them over the last few weeks at their preparation class and we couldn’t be happier for them. Three of them were also baptised, which made it a rather special service. They have received invitations to Yurch’s barbecue, coming up soon, and we hope they will join us for an evening of food and games. Please continue to pray for them as they continue their journey of faith. May God bless them richly in all that they do.

Lynn and Gwen


WhatsApp prayer group

If you have WhatsApp on your phone you are invited to join the above group for daily readings and prayers for the end of the day. Rev. Christine does some lovely prayers and reflections and of course it’s always possible to request prayer for specific people and problems. If you don’t have WhatsApp you can download it free from the App Store on your phone though you will need a smart phone. To join please text one of the administrators below and they will add your number to the growing group.

Lynn Slater        07703-379911

Jennifer Frost   07811-595809

Heather Nuttall. 07905-328160

Lynn Slater

Invitation to join Friends of Holy Trinity Church


History of Freckleton Church of England Primary School

Copies of the History of Freckleton Church of England Primary School, by local historian Peter Shakeshaft, are available in church at the reduced price of £8.

History of Holy Trinity Freckleton

Copies of the History of Holy Trinity Freckleton, by local historian Peter Shakeshaft, are available in church at £4.50.

Freckleton air disaster

Copies of Freckleton air disaster, a compilation of images from the from the original photograph album, are available in church for £9.50.

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Page last updated: 18 Nov. 23.



Worship4U, 11:00

non-Eucharistic all-age service

1st Sunday of every month

Parish Communion, 11:00

2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays

Joint service with St Paul's, Warton on the 5th Sunday - see notices


Holy Communion, every Wednesday at St Paul's, Warton, 09:30

Holy days:

As announced - see Events page

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