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January 2018: Yurch news

December was a very busy month for us. Thank you to everybody who donated money for our Christmas crafts. This will be added to the money we sent to the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) earlier in the year. We will be deciding on a new charity for 2018 when we resume meetings in January.

Five of us contributed to the Advent Sunday Evensong service at St Paul's, with a meditation called Waiting for God. We were very pleased with the compliments we received for our performance.

Our Advent sleepout challenge on 9 December was a great success. Thirteen of us slept in church and also lay for a while on the path outside, on a very cold night. We have collected well over £300 in sponsor money. The money is going to the Church Urban Fund. Thank you to all who helped, either by sponsoring or by joining us (five brave adults slept on the church floor with us). Our notice board in church will give you a flavour of the event.

Six of us spent a lot of meeting time rehearsing our sketch, A very PC Christmas, for the Christmas social. We hope you enjoyed it.

Everyone at Yurch would like to wish you a very happy and peaceful 2018.

January 2018: Sunday School news

Well, what a month December has been. It's certainly flown by for Holy Trinity Sunday School.

The children have been busy rehearsing for their Nativity in church. This year's presentation, Hey ewe, was performed during the 11:00 family service on 17 December and the children were fabulous; they really did themselves and the Sunday School leaders proud. A special mention must go to Ruth Willis and Irene Cardwell for making the costumes and props. We'd be lost without them.

Some of the children even managed to do an encore at the church social in the evening.

It hasn't all been hard work, though, as Sunday School enjoyed their Christmas party and a visit from a very special person who should now be enjoying a well-earned rest after his Christmas deliveries.

And so we now look to the New Year and the exciting next 12 months ahead.

Wishing you all a very happy New Year.

The Sunday School Leaders

24 December 2017: Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from Holy Trinity Church.

24 December 2017: Flower shelves

Thanks to Steven R. Baxendale for supplying and fitting these Cumbrian oak shelves for our flower ladies.

9 December 2017: Coffee and toasties

We thank everyone who helped us on this wintry day with yet another very successful morning gathering, with tea and coffee, toasted sandwiches and cakes, this time including turkey and stuffing toasties, mince pies, 'pigs in blankets' (rushed in from Flapjacks Café) and other seasonal treats. We brought 60 people together, including several new visitors, and raised £186. We'll be back again with more coffee and toasties early next year.

3 December 2017: Please support our Yurch Christmas crafts stall

The young people's church group have made a selection of Christmas gifts, which are on offer for donations at the back of church. Donations will go to Yurch's charity for this year, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). Your support is much appreciated.

December 2017: Serious elf warning!

Instead of holding a toy service this year, Holy Trinity Church and Sunday School are selling Christmas elf toys. The proceeds will go to Derian House Children's Hospice, Chorley.

December 2017: Advertising in the Holy Trinity Church monthly parish magazine


December 2017: A message from Terry

Dear Friends

Here we are again, at the start of Advent - four weeks that should be a time of penitence and spiritual preparation for Christmas. Four weeks which, in practice, are usually a hectic whirl of parties rather than penitence, and a very different sort of preparation - writing cards, buying presents, getting the food organized, planning travel, and so on. As we approach one of the greatest feasts of the Christian year, Christians are caught between the religious festival and the secular celebration, trying to juggle the two - especially through Advent.

Too often all the practical tasks and anxieties (whether for church or at home) can overwhelm us, leaving no room for the spiritual, so that our Christmas worship takes us almost by surprise - organized on the outside, unprepared in the inside. So what do we do?

One solution would be for the Church to accept the changing times, and abandon the old idea of Advent; to fully adopt the secular season of Christmas instead, with December as a month-long celebration as we get into the mood with carol and crib services, tinsel and trees. It would be easy to do - after all, we're already well on the way there. But then, when we came with our hearts and minds full only of fun and feasting, cute children in nativity plays, and maybe getting a bit tired of it all, we would risk losing sight of the reality of Christmas. Just a sentimental response to a chocolate box vision of the baby in a manger.

So should we go for the ascetic, puritan approach? To reject the secular festivities altogether, to opt out of shopping and partying, and to focus only on the coming of Christ. That may be the right way for some - for those called to the dedicated religious life, a monk or nun. But for most of us it would be neither practical, nor what Christ really expects of us. The puritan life is not practical for most of us, because we don't live in isolation - we have families, friends and colleagues, many of whom are not "religious". We can't just cut them off, ignore their needs and wishes. But even more, theologically, separating ourselves from the world would be a strange way to celebrate the incarnation, Christ coming into the world. The Jesus who celebrated the wedding at Cana, who would dine with anyone, would surely not want that.

So, in the best tradition of Anglican compromise, I think that somehow we need to hold together both sides of Advent, the spiritual and the secular, the preparation and the celebration. But to do that successfully, we need to work on a better balance! On the one hand, calming down a bit on all the scurrying and worrying about the shopping, cards, presents, wrapping, cooking, etc. - because even in its secular version, the important thing about Christmas is the sharing with family and friends. And on the other hand, consciously and deliberately, making more time for ourselves and more time for God, in the coming month. Maybe making the effort to get to church on Sunday, however long the list of jobs awaiting us. Maybe making a quiet space each day, as we open the Advent calendar, to remember the needs of the world around us, the world Christ came to share in and to die for. Caring for others, through our prayers, actions or gifts, is a great way to prepare ourselves for our Christmas celebrations and will enhance our enjoyment of Christmastide even more.

However you prepare for it and however you celebrate it, I hope Christmas will be a very happy time for you all and I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Love and blessings

December 2017: Yurch news

Christmas is nearly upon us and we are getting busy with a number of special events.

Firstly, we are working hard making our Christmas crafts, which will be available from Advent Sunday (3 December). Any donations you are able to give will be gratefully received and will be given to our charity for this year, the local branch of the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).

Advent Sunday will be a big day for us, as we are also helping to contribute to a sketch in the Evensong service at St Paul's at 18:00. We hope you will be able to join us at that service.

On 9 December, we are having an Advent sleepover challenge in church. This is a national sponsored event and all proceeds are being donated to the Church Urban Fund, to help people less fortunate than ourselves, in particular homeless people in our towns and cities. The idea is that, by sleeping on the floor in church, we get a small idea about what it is like for so many people who have to sleep rough every day. If you are able to sponsor us, we would be delighted. A sponsor form will be left at the back of church until Christmas.

Finally, as usual, we hope to contribute to the Christmas social after the nine lessons and carols service on 17 December and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Happy Christmas from everyone at Yurch.

December 2017: Sunday School news

With Remembrance Day in our minds, the children have been learning about the Poppy Appeal and the famous poem In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. He wrote the poem in early May 1915, following the death of his friend in Ypres. This now oft-recited poem went on to inspire an American academic, Moina Michael, to make and sell red silk poppies, which were brought to England by Anna Guérin. The Royal British Legion, formed in 1921, ordered nine million of them and sold them on 11 November that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and that first Poppy Appeal raised over £106,000. (Information courtesy of the British Legion website.)

We also talked about the importance of remembering those brave men and women who died while serving their country. The children then went on to make their own remembrance poppy gardens. It was therefore with great pride that we, as leaders, watched a number of the Sunday School children take an active role in the Remembrance Sunday service in Holy Trinity Church and later represent the uniformed organizations in the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial.

The Sunday School Leaders

November 2017: Prize bingo

Thanks to the great generosity of many people, our annual prize bingo raised a splendid £528.18. We are most grateful to all who donated prizes and provided the venue and, of course, to all who supported the event on the night, despite the wintry weather.

November 2017: Freckleton in Bloom video

The Freckleton in Bloom team achieved a gold award from Britain in Bloom North West this year. Their three and a half-minute Facebook video shows some bright and beautiful scenes of the village, including some marvellous views of Holy Trinity Church.

4 November 2017: Coffee and toasties

We thank everyone who helped us with yet another very successful morning gathering with tea and coffee, toasted sandwiches and cakes. We brought 40 people together, including several new visitors, and raised £156.36. We'll be back again with some seasonal treats on Saturday 9 December.

November 2017: Yurch news

The news at the moment often seems very sad and quite negative. We had a discussion about what we would like to happen to make the world a better place and these are some of our ideas.


Stop using war as a threat. Focus on happiness and joy by helping others; exercise, live, play and have fun.


We should all drive electric cars because they will help the environment.


We should care for the community and visit elderly people who are lonely.


To make the world a better place we could become more friendly, so that everyone is happier; we should help each other out in difficult situations.


Equality for all.


Stop war around the world.


Help homeless people. Give them food and take them to a shelter.


I wish that the world would become more friendly' that countries could agree as this would save people's lives. I also wish for better medication and water for the countries and children that don't have it.


Help other people.


SMILE. Smiles make people happy so smile at each other.


We could give more money to local government and with that money they can make the place better.


Equality for all races, gender, etc. This will make the world a better place.


I think we should stop littering and stop using so much energy.

We are sure you will agree that our thoughtful young people give us all hope for the future!

Gwen, Lynn and Andy

November 2017: Sunday School news

This half-term, Sunday School have been looking at The Creation. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and making their own Creation hangers. But they loved getting messy making the Seasons display for our notice board in church; there was a lot of glue and cotton wool used for our winter snowmen.

The church looked lovely for the Harvest Festival, and it was Sunday School's pleasure to take part in the service. Luckily, the children didn't get stage fright while a slight technical hitch with the music was sorted out, and they all sang beautifully.

The Sunday School Leaders

30 October 2017: Nellie Mason

We regret to announce the death of one of our long-serving friends, Mrs Nellie Mason, who would have been 103 years old this coming February.

A picture from February 2006 of Nellie and some of her friends (left to right): Lilly Robinson (deceased), Marion Bell, Nellie Mason (deceased), Rev. Terry Scholz, Hilda Astin, Shirley Wood (deceased) and Maureen Crocker (deceased).

29 October 2017: Memorial service

We thank everyone who attended and supported this year's memorial service. We hold this service each year on the Sunday closest to All Saints Day to remember those whose funeral has taken place in the past year, to give thanks for their lives, and to bring together those who grieve for them. This service is open to everyone who wishes to join us in prayer and reflection over the loss of a loved one, no matter how long ago.

Order of service: HT-Memorial-order_of_service.pdf

20 October 2017: Freckleton Youth Band

Our inaugural concert with the younger ones of Freckleton Band was a tremendous success, and we raised more than £700 for our path repair fund. Thanks to everyone who supported us!

10 October 2017: YURCH sweet challenge

Yurch have been using their creative talents tonight. They were challenged to make three sweets in the shape of a hedgehog, insect and dinosaur in only 15 minutes.

October 2017: YURCH news

We hope everyone has had a great summer, despite the weather. Many of us have been away on holiday and it was good to catch up when we met at the end of August.

We started our meetings with a brilliant visit to St Anne's beach, enjoying a chippy tea and playing our usual silly games on the sand. It was great that Elise was able to join us, probably for the last time for a while. We wish her well as she starts at Edge Hill University and thank her for all she has done for the group over the last seven years. We congratulate both Elise and Morgan on their great examination results.

It was great that we were able to welcome three new members (Alex, Airlie and William) at our barbecue on 12 September. Even though the weather was again not kind to us, we decided to go ahead with a very British inside barbecue!

A good time as had by all, as we introduced our new friends to some of our favourite party games.

Our regular meetings started on 19 September and we will meet most Tuesdays between 18:30 and 20:00, either at Lynn or Gwen's house.

We are pleased that Andy Nowak is also able to continue to help to lead the group (his lemon drizzle cake went down a storm at the barbecue!).

Best wishes from everyone at Yurch.

August/September/October 2017: Sunday School news


Our Rose Queen Lauren and her retinue came first in the Walking Queen's section at St Anne's Carnival. Well done to them all; they are a credit to Sunday School as they smiled throughout.

In July we held our annual prizegiving service in church. All the children received a gift for their hard work this year. They enjoyed singing Our God is a great big God. We would also like to thank their parents for their continued support throughout this year.

We will be in school on 10 September for Education Sunday. Our first Sunday School session is 17 September and anyone is welcome along on this morning. We wish you all a lovely summer holiday.

The Sunday School Leaders.

Thank you and goodbye

We would like to thank the PCC, Sunday School children and parents for their lovely gifts and flowers. We have loved running Sunday School over the years and are very sad to be saying goodbye.

But, due to our increased personal and work commitments, we can no longer dedicate the time needed. We hope Sunday School continues to flourish and we will support Julie and Ruth however we can.

Debbie and Emily


Our prizegiving service turned out to be quite an emotional occasion. The children were presented with a book from our hardworking Rose Queen, Laruen, and the Reverend Terry, in recognition of their commitment and attendance. It also gave us the opportunity to show our thanks and appreciation as we bid a sad farewell after many years to Debbie and Emily.

The Sunday School Leaders have been enjoying a spot of sunshine, while planning for the year to come. We will be back on 10 September in the CE School hall to enjoy the Education Sunday service.

The following week, Sunday 17 September, we are holding an open session from 11:00 to 12:30 for any children who may be thinking about joining Sunday School to come along with their parents/carere and see what we get up to during the year. We hope to see you there.

The Sunday School Leaders


Sunday 17 September was Sunday School's first week back after our summer break and we did things a little differently by holding an open morning. It was an opportunity for anyone to drop in, chat with the Sunday School Leaders and look at what sort of things we get up to. It was lovely to see some familiar faces and great to see a few new ones.
The children have started work on their display for church and are busy practising for singing at the Harvest Festival on Sunday 1 October. We're all looking forward to a busy and exciting time ahead.

The Sunday School Leaders

1 October 2017: Harvest Festival service

Thanks to our flower ladies for colourfully decorating our church, to our Sunday School for singing a cheerful song, and to our choir for singing a splendid anthem,  for today's harvest service.

23 September 2017: Coffee and toasties

Thanks to everyone who supported our coffee and toasties morning. Forty-five people and one dog attended, and we raised £175 for the path fund. We'll be back with more on 4 November!

3 September 2017: Special service at St Paul's for Canon Mike Hartley's retirement

A message from Mike

Dear All

Without a doubt, we as human beings don't do change very well, and I am no exception.

Finally, my health has got the better of me and I have had to take the decision to retire. Believe me, it has been the hardest decision of my life. I love my job (sorry, it's not a job, it's a life commitment) and I honestly don't know how retirement goes. Hopefully, I will get some health back and maybe have a ministry in the future; perhaps after kidney transplant or the onset of dialysis.

As I write this, we are going through the completion process on buying a house in Thornton, where we will live together with my mother. Wow, I never knew it had got so complicated to buy and sell houses.

My time here at Warton and Freckleton has been the best part of my professional ministry and, now the parishes are moving together, I am so sorry that I can't see it through. Marian and I have made many good friends here. I can see real progress, so keep it up!

The process of choosing a new Vicar is important, so help your Wardens get it right, be involved, don't leave it to somebody else. The interregnum will put a lot of stress on wardens and PCC members alike. Don't complain to them; jump in and help them and they will do their best. Fiona will be a constant, but don't forget that she is only part-time and there is only one of her! The ministry team here of Anne-Marie, Terry, Christine, Grace and Fiona are wonderful, so support them in all they do. You may notice Brian's name is not on the list; he has now retired and our thanks to him for his ministry over the years.

I started off by saying endings were difficult, but they are also opportunities for change; embrace this one, and I will try and do the same. Difficult I know, but we have to step out in faith.

Our new address will be 31 Southdown Drive, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 5BL. Mobile and e-mail remain. Once we find the teapot again, you will of course be welcome to come and see us in our new home.

I have worked for Blackburn Diocese for 28 years and, believe me, you collect a lot of household junk in three decades of vicarage living! Getting rid is quite cathartic I think.

Thank you to you all for the love and support both of us have received and I wish both churches well for the future

Canon Mike

29 August 2017: YURCH beach night

A good time was had by all St Anne's beach. The mermaid sand sculpture caused a lot of giggles! Alex worked hard on his sandcastle. Luke trapped in the jaws of a shark! The jumping from the sand dune competition.

Gwen Hughes

28 August 2017: Our Rose Queen's afternoon tea for the path fund

Well done Lauren, our 2017 Rose Queen, for organizing a lovely afternoon tea to raise money for the new church path. The sun certainly shined on the event, and we raised nearly £250.

23 August 2017: Remembrance service for the 73rd anniversary of the Freckleton air disaster

At this year's memorial service, Rev. Terry Scholz emphasized the importance of not letting go of our recognition of tragedies such as this and of acknowledging how this was part of the sacrifice for our freedom.

August 2017: Timmerlah visit by St Paul's, 2017

On 2 August, eight of us, namely Colin and Audrey Charnley, Christine Denham, June Wilkins, Anne-Marie Aspden, Fiona Haines and Craig Eckersley, travelled to Hanover Airport for what was to be a truly memorable visit to our sister church in Timmerlah. On arrival we were met by our host families and were treated to a lovely array of cheese, bread, cakes, etc. (this, as usual, became the theme of our visit) as well as beverages. We then went and spent a relaxing evening with the host families.

On Thursday Audrey and Colin Charnley were up early to go to Timmerlah School to present a card from our school with messages of greeting from our children. They were welcomed into the staff room for photographs.

We then travelled back to Braunschweig to an exhibition all about Martin Luther. This was aided by a device that you programmed in at each station with English translation. Some of the party went back with the hosts and others went for some retail therapy in Braunschweig looking for souvenirs whilst others went to see what was formerly the Scholss (castle). (Sadly now just the façade  is left and retail outlets are behind.) We then had some well-earned coffee and ice cream.

We met in the evening at the house of our friend, Bettina. We were lucky with the weather and had an amazing evening outside, with a beautiful buffet and we all chatted about our adventures so far. We went back to our hosts' homes at about 10 pm after a lovely evening.

On Friday we travelled to the beautiful cathedral in Wolfenbüttel. (We were treated to a guided tour of this beautiful place of worship by an English-speaking guide). Wolfenbüttel is a beautiful place to see. (For those of you who are Internet savvy, please "Google" this place.) We were also delighted to see a wedding that had taken place at the local town hall, which highlighted the local custom of balloons and flowers and a heart drawn on a large piece of paper, which the bride and groom cut round and then climbed through to sign their marriage together, etc. The buildings were beautiful, as was the weather. We then returned to Timmerlah for our discussion on the Reformation, complete with a table of lovely cheese and cold meats, pasta, etc. and, of course, cakes and coffee.

Later that evening we went back to the vicarage and were joined by some of the young people who had volunteered to work in the Streetlife project in Blackpool. We have been pleased to welcome them to St Paul's previously. We concluded the evening by eating a beautiful buffet of soup, chilli and rice and some lovely desserts and drinks. It was a truly lovely evening finishing with us all joining together singing songs, etc.

On Saturday we travelled to Königslutter to the Museum of Musical Instruments. What an absolute delight this was! We were treated to working barrel-organs right through to gramophones. (For some of our party this brought back happy memories - especially for me, as my grandmother used to play in the cinema and my father as a small boy changed the pages.)

We then went to a local restaurant for a lovely lunch. After this we then went to the beautiful cathedral of Königslutter for another informative tour in English. As we stood in the cloisters they were setting up a concert that evening. (Even in modern Germany they are using their place of worship, like us, to raise needed funds.)

Following this we were treated to a lovely ride into the countryside for some beautiful cake and coffee, etc., We were truly spoiled for choice!

On Sunday we all met at Timmerlah Church for a wonderful service in which all the new starters for Timmerlah School were blessed as they started their journey of education (weighted down with large backpacks, ready for books, etc.). It was lovely that Fiona was able to celebrate the Communion with our friend Pastor Harald. Anne-Marie read the lesson and Fiona read the Gospel. I was able to take a letter from Mike explaining, in short, that he was retiring for medical reasons, but would like if possible in time to still be involved with the diocese link. Frank kindly translated it into German. After this we were treated to more food and lovely cake.

We all went off to a beautiful lake in the centre of Braunschweig and some went off for a walk, whilst others like me sat and drank coffee and people watched. All too soon it was time to get into the cars for the travel back to Hanover Airport for our excellent flight back to Manchester.

What an amazing time! What amazing friends and the hospitality given to us was beyond measure. It will be wonderful to welcome our friends here at Warton next Year from 27 April to 1 May, 2018.

Margaret Jacob, St Paul's, Warton

19 July 2017: Our Rose Queen at St Anne's Club Day

St Anne's Club Day: first prize for walking queen. (Thanks to Nicola Lefevre for the photos.)

July 2017: Yurch news

We all enjoyed Club Day, especially as the weather was so kind to us, and we wish our new Rose Queen, Lauren, and her retinue, well as they begin their year representing us.

Unfortunately, we were not able to hold our barbecue in early June, where we had hoped to get to know our newly confirmed friends, as the weather was atrocious. We have rescheduled it for later in August, when we hope everybody is back from holiday.

We finished our Tuesday meetings before our summer break with a film night, which was enjoyed by one and all.

Once again, a big thank-you to everyone who has supported us in collecting £175.30 for our chosen charity this year, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). The money was raised through a number of initiatives: donations for our Easter crafts; our Lent donations, including the money that would have been spent on our pizzas; sponsored walk money; and donations from a church coffee morning, where we helped by being waiters and washing up.

We wish everyone a great summer, and you will hear from us again in the autumn.

Best wishes from everyone at Yurch.

July 2017: Sunday School news

During this year's Club Day procession, we were very lucky with the sunny weather.

A big thank-you to Morgan and her retiring retinue as they complete their year representing our church and Sunday School. Thank you to all the children who walked with us from Freckleton CofE School.

Lauren Lefevre was kindly crowned as this year's Rose Queen by Ms Eve Munro. Lauren and her retinue looked beautiful throughout the weekend, and we wish her every success in the year to come, representing our church community.

A special thank-you has to go to Mrs Ruth Willis, who spent tireless hours with friends creating the displays for this year;s theme, Our God is a great big God. She is very talented and we appreciate all her hard work and effort. The Sunday School Children have spent the last two months helping her to prepare some of the crafts on display.

This year's prize giving will be in church on 16 July. This marks the end of term for Sunday School. We will commence again in September after the summer holidays, when Julie Knowles will take over the leadership from Debbie.

Thank you for your continued support. We hope you enjoy your summer holidays!

The Sunday School leaders

1 July 2017: Fiona's ordination

Congratulations to Fiona Haines on her ordination as Priest at Blackburn Cathedral.

Confirmation 2017

The Confirmation service on 4 June, when six of our young people and one adult were confirmed, was a wonderful occasion, as those of you who attended the service to support our candidates will agree.

We wish them all well and will continue to pray for them, as they become full members of our church. It is great that some of them have already volunteered to become servers and acolytes.

Gwen, Lynn and Andy

17 June 2017: Freckleton Club Day

Thanks to everyone who supported our Club Day coffee and toasties morning, we not only enjoyed welcoming in many visitors but also raised £110.01 for Holy Trinity Church.

Thanks to Susan Wood and Emma Procter for the procession photos.

June 2017: Confirmation 2017

By the time you read this, the Confirmation service will almost be here. We welcome you all to the service, on 4 June at 18:00, when we will be confirming:

  • Airlie McCunnell
  • Harry Jackson
  • Olivia Walker
  • Piper Steele
  • Alex Lefevre
  • William Bryant Funnell
  • Edith Moyo

Please keep them all in your prayers as they take this important step in their faith journey.

The Confirmation preparation classes have again reminded us how intelligent and thought-provoking our young people are. We recommend that you read their Thoughts for the day displayed on our notice board in church.

One of our classes was devoted to prayer and we are sure those of you who were in church on 21 May, when they read their prayers, would have been impressed.

Gwen, Lynn and Andrew

June 2017: Yurch news

Over the last few weeks, Yurch has been doing a lot. We have been raising money for animal charities, something Yurch has never done before. We have been making lots of things to sell at church to help the charities.

Yurch have been having discussions about politics and what Christians should do in their everyday lives. We also went on a walk to Naze Point.

We are going to invite the Confirmation class to a barbecue, to celebrate their being confirmed and to invite them to join Yurch.

Yurch have also been doing some fun challenges: one week, we had to make paper boats that can hold weight in a bathtub.


May is always a busy time for us as the school examination season approaches. We particularly wish Morgan and Elise luck, as they take their GCSE and A-Level examinations.

Last month, we reflected on how lucky we are, thinking especially of all we have that money can't buy. Our list included family, friends, love, kindness, hugs, nature, sunshine, smiles, laughter and music. We are sure you agree with us and probably can add many more.

We also went on a walk to Naze Point on a lovely dry evening. Our leaders sponsored us for walking, so our donation to local animal charities now approaches £100. A big thank-you to everyone who donated for our Easter crafts or came to the coffee morning.

We are looking forward to getting to know our new Confirmation candidates at our summer barbecue on 6 June and hope they may want to join us in September.

Best wishes from everyone at Yurch

June 2017: Sunday School news

Thank you to everyone who supported the Rose Queen social. We raised £140. It was a lovely evening full of entertainment from school and Sunday School children. We gave Morgan a small gift to say thank you for her hard work over the last twelve months as Rose Queen.

We are busy preparing for Club Day on Saturday 17 June. The children have been working hard to decorate and make crafts to depict this year's theme: Our God is a great big God. Let's hope this year we are blessed with fine weather. We wish our Rose Queen elect Lauren Lefevre and her retinue all the best for the coming year.

Those children not in a retinue will be walking with Sunday School in a brightly coloured outfit of their choice. We are looking forward to lots of children from school walking in their colourful outfits with us. Please feel free to ask any of the leaders questions about Club Day.

The Sunday School leaders

5 May 2017: Rose queen social

Thank you to everyone involved in tonight's Rose Queen Social.

Photos by Beth Thompson

May 2017: Confirmation 2017

We began Confirmation classes on 20 April and are looking forward to getting to know our candidates. At present, six children are joining us: three girls and three boys. We are also very pleased that we have an adult who wishes to be confirmed this year.

The Confirmation service will take place on 4 June at 18:00 and you are most welcome to join us for this special occasion. We hope that you keep our candidates in your prayers, as they begin this important step on their faith journey.

Gwen, Lynn and Chris

May 2017: Yurch news

Recently, a number of us have developed our skills as waiters or waitresses at the Spring Fair, Passover meal and coffee morning. We enjoyed helping and hope you appreciated our service.

Most of our meeting time in April was spent making items for our Easter craft sale and we thank you all for your donations. At the beginning of the year, we had a debate and vote to choose the charity we would like to support in 2017.

The winner was local animal charities. We are currently investigating which ones urgently need funds. We again gave up pizzas during Lent and the money saved has been added to our donations.

We spend time each month discussing issues that concern us and use these ideas in the prayers we write. A number of us have now plucked up courage to lead prayers in the 11:00 service.

Hope you all enjoyed a happy and peaceful Easter.

From all at Yurch

May 2017: Sunday School news

It's the Rose Queen social on Friday 5 May in the school hall at 19:00. This gives us the opportunity to thank Morgan and her retinue for all their hard work over the past year. You are all welcome to join us for an evening of entertainment provided by the school's choir and instrumentalists. Thank you to all who kindly donated tombola prizes.

This month, we will be starting our Club Day Craft; this year's theme is Our God is a great big God. Any child interested in walking at Club Day is welcome; please contact Debbie.

It is with sadness that we inform you that Debbie and Emily will no longer be volunteering at Sunday School from September, because of an increase in both their work and personal commitments. Julie Knowles has very kindly agreed to continue running Sunday School with the help of Ruth Willis. We therefore are asking for willing volunteers to go on a rota from September so Sunday School can continue to flourish.

The Sunday School leaders

24 April 2017: Mary's Meals and the farm shop

Mary's meals and farm shop.pdf

21 April 2017: Parish meal at Lorenzo's

A wonderful evening out, along with some of our friends from St Paul's Warton, for our parish meal. We raised £43 in our wine raffle too!

16 April 2017

Happy Easter to all from Holy Trinity Church, Freckleton.

Many thanks to Deacon Christine and our Sunday School for building this beautiful Easter garden!

9 April 2017: Please support our Yurch Palm Sunday and Easter crafts stall

The young church group have made a selection of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter gifts, which are on offer for donations at the back of church. Proceeds will go to local animal charities. Thank you for your support.

8 April 2017: Coffee and toasties

Thanks to everyone who supported our coffee and toasties morning, we raised £82 to share between the charities that our Sunday School and Yurch group support: Derian House and local animal charities.

4 April 2017: Passover celebration

Thanks to everyone from Holy Trinity and St Paul's, Warton, who contributed to our very successful 'Pesach' Christian Passover celebration. We raised £127!

April 2017: Yurch news

Spring fair

This year, a selection of Yurch attendees helped with the Spring Fair, including working on the sweet stall and serving refreshments. We trust that, if you bumped into them, you were sure to say "Hi" for their voluntary work to make your afternoon enjoyable.


Be sure to come to the Passover for the obvious reasons, but also because some members of Yurch will be waiting on you. They are very friendly and will always fetch you something.

Coffee morning

Look out for the Yurch attendees at the coffee morning on 8 April. They will be selling handmade crafts for their charity, the RSPCA.


All the Yurch community are very excited about Easter and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

Evie and Bethan

18 March 2017: Spring fair

Thanks to everyone who supported our spring fair at Freckleton C of E Primary School, we raised £1,114.82!

Photos by Julian Thompson and Freckleton C of E Primary School.

April 2017: Sunday School news

During the Mothering Sunday service, the children enjoyed singing a song for their mums. Each child had made their mum a bookmark in Sunday School to give out in the service.

Preparations are underway for our annual Rose Queen Social. This will be held on Friday 5 May in the school hall at 19:00. This event gives us the opportunity to thank Morgan and her retinue for all their hard work over the past year. You are all welcome to join us for an evening of entertainment provided by the school's choir and instrumentalists. We plan to have a raffle and tombola at this event, and any donations of prizes would be very welcome. These can be brought to Sunday School or dropped off at church.

The Sunday School leaders

March 2017: Fylde Food Bank news

Fylde Food Bank needs tinned fruit, fruit juice, toilet rolls and Easter eggs, as well as the normal goods. Please deposit your kind donations in the container at the back of church. We thank you for your ongoing generosity.

Anne-Marie Aspden

March 2017: Changes to Sunday services

From 30 April 2017, the arrangements for Sunday services on the fifth Sunday of a month will be as follows:

  • 08:30 - Holy Communion at St Paul's only;
  • 09:45 - Parish Communion at St Paul's (no change);
  • 11:00 - Parish Communion at Holy Trinity (no change);
  • 18:00 - as advertised at the time.

Services at Holy Trinity Church-Iss04.pdf

March 2017: Streetlife and Instagram

We have discontinued the use of our Streetlife page. However, we have also set up a new account on Instagram. Please follow us at

Keep up to date with Holy Trinity Church-Iss05.pdf

March 2017: In loving memory of Belle Gregson

We thank Marsie and Bill Gregson for their kind donation in memory of Marsie's sister, Belle Gregson, which has allowed us to purchase two new solid wood cabinets. Rev. Terry Scholz dedicated these gifts during the Parish Communion service on Sunday 26 February.

March 2017: Sunday School news

We are pleased to announce the Rose Queen and retinue for Club Day 2017:

  • The Rose Queen is Lauren Lefevre.
  • Little Child is Max Gibbons.
  • The attendant is Freya Steele.
  • The train bearers are Amy Fare, Olivia Butterworth and Isabella Smith.
  • The bower carriers are Alex Lefevre and Piper Steele.

Club Day is on Saturday 17 June. The theme this year will be Our God is a great big God. Any child is welcome to walk with us as Sunday School in brightly-coloured clothes. Details to follow in next month's magazine.

The children will be singing and presenting a gift to their mums during the Mothering Sunday service on 26 March.

The Sunday School leaders

18 February 2017: Coffee and toasties

We thank everyone who supported our coffee and toasties morning today. Twenty-nine people and one dog attended, and we raised £74 to share among the charities that our Sunday School and Yurch group support: Derian House, Dementia Care and Trinity Hospice & Palliative Care Services.

12 February 2017: Thanks to Archdeacon Michael

Many thanks to Archdeacon Michael Everitt for conducting our Parish Communion service this morning and for giving us all a few things to think about in his sermon on Chapter 5 of Matthew's Gospel. He'll be back with us again in March. Meanwhile, we continue to pray for Canon Mike Hartley's health.

February 2017: Yurch news

We are pleased that the donations from our Christmas crafts totalled £180. Thank you very much for your generosity. The money will be split between Dementia Care and Trinity Hospice.

During our first meeting in the New Year, we thought about the hopes for 2017 in different aspects of life:

The World

That leaders are truthful and fair.
More help is given to refugees.
Ways are found to make terrorist groups change their minds.
To stop global warming.


To help the elderly and to stop anyone being lonely.
To stop littering.
That Mike our vicar's health improves.
More young people come to church.


We learn from our mistakes.
Teachers always follow their own rules.
A cleaner school environment.
More security cameras.
Everyone is treated fairly.


To keep our families safe and well.
To do well in sports.
Try to learn a new language.
To write a book.
To do better at English.
To get a part-time job for pocket money.

Whatever your dreams are for the New Year, we hope they come to pass. We hope that 2017 is a happy and healthy year for everyone.

From all at Yurch.

February 2017: Sunday School news

This month we are continuing to look at the stories Jesus told. We are busy hearing about and completing craft activities relevant to the various parables. Look out for some of our work on the notice board at the back of church.

It is that time of year again when we start to plan for the annual Club Day procession in June. Marks are being counted and we hope to be able to announce our new Rose Queen and retinue next month.

The Sunday School leaders

February 2017: From the churchwardens - Canon Mike Hartley

As many of you will know by now, Canon Mike Hartley, priest-in-charge of Holy Trinity and St Paul's, Warton, has been signed off for three months due to ill health.

The first thing to say is that all our thoughts and prayers are with him and Marian during this very difficult and worrying time and we trust you will join us in wishing Mike a speedy recovery.

This is, of course, yet another challenge for us to rise to here in Freckleton. But we have faced other difficulties in the last few years and the wonderful spirit of the people at Holy Trinity and in the wider Freckleton community have helped us to pull through with little noticeable impact on the regular life of the church.

Naturally, although it may have seemed reasonably serene on the surface, there has been an awful lot of hard work and effort going on behind the scenes to ensure a smooth passage through the difficult times. Much of that, before Mike was appointed our priest-in-charge, was down to the dedication of Terry in covering an astonishing number of services despite his "retirement". He did, of course, enjoy a lot of support and encouragement from many other members of our congregation, but it was his dedication which primarily saw us through.

So now, we face another challenge... and none of us is getting any younger! Understandably, Terry is reluctant to step up his workload, although he would obviously not see us in dire straits if some unexpected problem threatened any particular service. Fortunately, thanks to Deacon Christine Gould being on hand and our close links with St Paul's, we have a number of people who we can call on to ensure that our services follow more or less the established pattern. Introducing a monthly "Service of the Word" on the third Sunday, as we did last summer - which can be taken by Christine, Grace, Fiona or Anne-Marie - has lessened Terry's workload, and the arrangement of holding 8.30 am services alternately here and at Warton, seems to be working very well too.

Archdeacon Michael Everitt has also offered to help out on a couple of Sundays in both February and March. So, hopefully, despite Mike's absence, we should be able to retain our pattern of services without too much disruption.

We are, naturally, hugely grateful to all those who will be working to make this happen over the next couple of months - and we thank you for your continuing support as we strive to keep life at Holy Trinity as normal as possible in the latest testing times.

Once again, please continue to pray for Mike - and for all those who are helping to keep our spiritual life flourishing in his sad absence.

29 January 2017: Notice of annual parochial church meeting, Sunday 2 April

The annual election of the churchwardens will take place after the 11:00 Parish Communion service on Sunday 2 April, at approximately 12:15. The annual parochial church meeting will then follow. This will include the annual elections for the Parochial Church Council and the sidespersons. We also have one vacancy for a Deanery Synod representative and one vacancy for a safeguarding officer. Please note that you need to reapply if you wish to retain any of the above appointments.

You may obtain application forms for enrolment on the electoral roll in church or download the form in Word format. If you wish to return the form by e-mail, please send it to

January 2017: Thanks from Derian House

Thanks again to everyone who helped us raise £240.86 for Derian House Children's Hospice, Chorley, either through buying our Christmas elf toys at Holy Trinity Church, Holy Trinity Sunday School or Freckleton C of E Primary School, or by supporting our coffee and carols morning.

23 January 2017: Living Church

Years One and Two of Freckleton C of E Primary School spent all day Monday at Holy Trinity Church. The Church put on a variety of activities for the children to teach them about what happens in a Church. They even had a wedding ceremony!! Thanks to Rev'd Christine and everyone from Church for organising. They learnt loads while having fun too.

Freckleton C of E Primary School

20 January 2017: Church spring fair


19 January 2017: Thank you for supporting our Yurch Christmas crafts stall

Thanks to everyone who bought handmade Christmas gifts from our young church group's stall, we raised £181 for Dementia Care and Trinity Hospice.

10 January 2017: Elf toys for Derian House

Thanks to everyone who kindly bought our Christmas elf toys at Holy Trinity Church, Holy Trinity Sunday School and Freckleton C of E Primary School, as well as supporting our coffee and carols morning, we raised a total of £240.86 for Derian House Children's Hospice, Chorley.

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.

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Holy Communion, 08:30

1st and 3rd Sunday every month
(2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday at St Paul's, Warton)

Parish Communion, 11:00

(non-Eucharistic Service of the Word every 3rd Sunday)

Evensong, 18:00

2nd and 4th Sunday every month
(1st and 3rd Sunday at St Paul's, Warton; 5th Sunday - see Events)


Holy Communion, 10:00

Holy days:

As announced - see Events page

Please check the Events page for any variations.

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