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Instead of the usual all-weather rambling gear, this year’s walkers were wearing shorts, cut-offs, sunhats and sun cream as they set off from Galgate in glorious sunshine and a temperature of 23 degrees!  Revd Irene spent her day off with us and walkers came together from churches in Garstang, Forton, Lancaster, Scorton and Barnacre as around 40 of us and one heat-proof dog began the four-mile amble along the canal led by Stella, David and John. 

The bluebells put on a lovely show, we spotted a family of tiny ducklings and several canal boats passed whose occupants were savouring the pleasure of spring-time cruising without the usual Bank Holiday weather.  After a break we carried on to Stony Lane Bridge where we left the canal and covered the final stretch on quiet lanes to the Village Hall where Forton URC’s team served a lunch of hotpot and lasagne from The Lunchbox along with very welcome cold and hot drinks.

All the while there was a buzz of conversation as we all got to know each other.  Our hosts, leaders and helpers were thanked for making the day such a success.

Stella Clarke 

Photo by Stella Clarke

Photo by Chris Lowe

Photo by Chris Lowe

Posted: Fri 11th May 2018

While on holiday watching the Tour de Yorkshire, we called in at Otley URC for tea and cake. Suprise to find that the Minister was Jason McCullough from Morecambe.

Posted: Fri 11th May 2018

New Elders

 

 

Three new Elders were inducted on Easter Sunday.

 

They are, from left to right, Muriel Barnes, Jean Wadsworth and Gordon Bell.

 

 

Lent Lunches

 

Lent Lunches 2018

 

Ecumenical Lent lunches raised over £1000 for Christian Aid. Thanks to all who made soup or helped in any way.

 

Posted: Wed 4th Apr 2018

 

GARSTANG UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Croston Road, Garstang, Preston PR3 1FL

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL FRIENDS AND VISITORS

Coffee will be served in the Church Hall after the service – please join us.

 

NOTICES

 

Sunday 24th December, Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

10.45am         Nine Readings and Carols led by Revd Irene

 

Music             June Baker

 

The small change collection for Lancaster Homeless will be taken up during the singing of hymn 273.

 

Monday 25th December, Christmas Day

 

10.15am        Christmas Day Café-Style Worship in the Hall led by Revd Irene. Coffee will be served from 10.00am.

 

 

This Week:

 

Tuesday 26 December                    7.45am, CTiG Prayer Meeting at SS Mary and Michaels

 

Thursday 28  December                  9.00am, Quiet Time.

 

Happy birthday this week to Ben Andrews, Alan Green, Crispin Myerscough and Peter Burkill.

 

 

Sunday 31st December

 

10.45am         Mrs Sally Watson – Tidings of Comfort and Joy

 

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Christmas Eve Service 10.45am

 

Call to Worship

 

Lighting of the Advent wreath and hymn 282, v.4

 

1st Lesson – Genesis 3: 8-19: The fall of man

Hymn 273: O come, O come

Prayers

2nd Lesson – Isaiah 9: 2-7: The future King

Hymn 472: Come thou long-expected

3rd Lesson – Isaiah 11: 1-9: The peaceful kingdom

Hymn 284: Hope is a candle 

4th Lesson – Micah 5: 2-5: A promised ruler from Bethlehem

Offering/prayers

5th Lesson– Luke 1: 26-38: The birth of Jesus is announced

Hymn 316: Love came down  

6th Lesson – Luke 2: 1-7: The birth of Jesus  

Hymn 151: See him lying

7th Lesson – Luke 2: 8-20: The Shepherds and the Angels 

Hymn 296: While humble shepherds

 8th Lesson – Matthew 2: 1-12: Visitors from the East

Hymn 326: As with gladness

9th Lesson – John 1: 1-14: The Word became flesh (Irene)

Hymn 301: Hark! the herald

Blessing  

Song - We wish you a merry Christmas

Posted: Sat 23rd Dec 2017

 

GARSTANG UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Croston Road, Garstang, Preston PR3 1FL

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL FRIENDS AND VISITORS

Coffee will be served in the Church Hall after the service – please join us.

 

Sunday 17th December, Third Sunday of Advent

 

10.45am         Adult Nativity followed by Hot Pot Lunch.

 

Readings       Luke 2: 1-16

 

Music             June Baker

 

The small change collection for Lancaster Homeless will be taken up during the first hymn.

 

This Week:

 

Tuesday 19 December       7.45am, CTiG Prayer Meeting at

                                                SS Mary and Michaels

 

Wednesday 20 December  2pm onwards, Tea and Chat.

 

Thursday 21 December      9.00am, Quiet Time.

 

Happy birthday this week to Robert Wadsworth,

Tom Chapman-Fox, Geoff Birtles and George Slater.

 

Sunday 24th December, Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

10.45am         Nine Readings and Carols led by Revd Irene

 

Monday 25th December, Christmas Day

 

10.15am        Christmas Day Café-Style Worship led by

Revd Irene. Coffee will be served from 10.00am.

 

 

 

 

Café-Worship, 25th December

 

Please note that the Christmas Day service starts at 10.15am,

following coffee at 10.00am.

 

 

 

Women’s Guild Epiphany Feast

 

The members of the Women’s Guild will be going for their Epiphany Feast on Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 12.30 at the Royal Oak. Everyone is welcome. If you want to come please see Lynne Mason before 17th December.

 

 

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Posted: Fri 15th Dec 2017

 

GARSTANG UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Croston Road, Garstang, Preston PR3 1FL

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL FRIENDS AND VISITORS

Coffee will be served in the Church Hall after the service – please join us.

NOTICES

Sunday 10th December, Second Sunday of Advent

 

10.45am         Communion led by Revd Dr Irene John. Communion collection for Lancaster Homeless.

The service opens with the Advent Liturgy (see separate sheet) and Advent Hymn.

 

Readings       Isaiah 40: 1-11 and Mark 1:1-8

 

Music             June Baker

 

The small change collection for Lancaster Homeless will be taken up during the first hymn.

 

This Week:

 

Tuesday 12 December       7.45am, CTiG Prayer Meeting at

                                                SS Mary and Michaels

2.00pm, Women’s Guild Christmas Service with Revd Irene. 

 

Wednesday 13 December  6 pm for 6.30pm, Men’s Fellowship,

                                                Christmas Meal at the Bell Flower.

 

Thursday 14 December      9.00am, Quiet Time.

 

Happy birthday this week to Ray Hesketh (today), Andrew

Burkill, Kate Parker, Christine Butcher and Barbara Hill.

 

Sunday 17th December, Third Sunday of Advent

 

10.45am         Adult Nativity followed by Hot Pot Lunch.

 

Baboushka

 

Next Sunday we will be having our annual adult Nativity play This year we shall be telling the story of Baboushka. Come along and join in the singing of well loved carols, see the wise men, and follow Baboushka’s search for the Christ child.

 

Would anyone taking part in the play please stay for a rehearsal after church today.

 

Christmas Hot Pot Lunch

 

After the story of Baboushka everybody is invited to stay for a Christmas Hot Pot Lunch in the Hall. There is no charge for this so please do come along and join us.

Please sign up on the notice in the Hall to make sure that you do not miss out.  Last chance to sign up today!!!

 

Café-Worship, 25th December

 

Please note that the Christmas Day service starts at 10.15am,

following coffee at 10.00am.

 

Fairtrade Stall

 

The takings for the Fairtrade Stall on 26th November were £36.90. Thank you for your support. The next Fairtrade Stall will be on 28th January 2018.

 

Women’s Guild Epiphany Feast

 

The members of the Women’s Guild will be going for their Epiphany Feast on Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 12.30 at the Royal Oak. Everyone is welcome. If you want to come please see Lynne Mason before 17th December.

 

Olive wood carvings on sale today, in the hall during coffee.

 

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Posted: Fri 8th Dec 2017

 

GARSTANG UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Croston Road, Garstang, Preston PR3 1FL

 

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL FRIENDS AND VISITORS

 

Coffee will be served in the Church Hall after the service – please join us.

 

NOTICES

 

Sunday 12th November

 

10.45am         Rembrance Sunday – service led by

Revd Dr Irene John

 

Readings       Psalm 46 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

           

Music             June Baker

 

This Week:

 

Tuesday 14 November        7.45am, CTiG Prayer Meeting at URC Church

                                                2.00pm, Women’s Guild, talk by Stella Clarke.

 

Wednesday 15 November  2.00pm, Tea and Chat

                                                7.30pm, Men’s Fellowship, Grey Games

                                               

Thursday 16 November      9.00am, Quiet Time.

 

Sunday 19th November

 

10.45am         John Costello          

 

 

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Special Church Meeting 26th November

 

A special Church Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday, 26th November, to discuss the implications of the proposed implementation of Missional Partnerships. Please read the leaflet provided by Synod and come to the meeting to give your reactions and comments. Dr Michael Pickles, Area Pastoral Committee Secretary, will be coming to the meeting to answer any questions.

Please try to attend so that you can take part in this important consultation process.

 

 

Prayer Handbooks 2018

 

Mary Atkinson is collecting orders for next year’s URC Prayer Handbook and next year’s URC Diary. Please let her know if you wish to order one, or both, of these publications.

 

 

Christmas Greetings in the December Newsletter.

 

If you wish to send greetings examples are given on page 6 of the November Newsletter. You do not need to provide a picture as they are already provided. Your message should have a maximum of 20 words so it fits easily in the boxes. There is a box in the porch into which you can put an anonymous donation in lieu of buying cards. Brenda has extended the deadline for messages until next Sunday, 19th November. You can e-mail (bm.fox@btinternet.com) or phone your greeting (01995 604523) to her, or put it on paper and post it through her door, 12 Derby Road, Garstang, or failing that you can give it to her in person next Sunday.

 

Posted: Sat 11th Nov 2017

 

GARSTANG UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Croston Road, Garstang, Preston PR3 1FL

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL FRIENDS AND VISITORS

Coffee will be served in the Church Hall after the service – please join us.

NOTICES

Sunday 29th October

 

10.45am         Dr Brenda Fox

           

 

Music             June Baker

 

There will be a Fairtrade Stall in the hall during coffee.

 

6.30pm           Reflection and Wholeness Service with Communion.

 

This Week:

 

Tuesday 31 October            7.45am, CTiG Prayer Meeting at

                                                St Thomas’s Church

                                               

Wednesday 1 November    7.30pm Elders Meeting

 

Thursday 2 November        9.00am, Quiet Time.

                                                10am – 12 noon, Charity Coffee in aid of Forton Toilet Fund

                                               

Happy Birthday this week to Alene Balmain and Mike Hart.

 

Sunday 5th November

 

10.45 am       Communion led by Mike Hart. Communion collection for Lancaster and District Homeless.    

 

 

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Christmas Coffee Morning

 

On the 25th November we will be holding our Christmas Coffee Morning which will include a Fair Trade Raffle. (Full details of the Coffee Morning in November's Newsletter)

This Sunday will be the last Fair Trade Stall when you will have an opportunity to buy goods for the raffle.

There will be a box at the end of the table in which your donations can be placed.  Thank you for your support.

Bev and Hilary

 

Operation Christmas Child

 

Thank you to all those who supported the Operation Christmas Child Fund Raiser last week. We raised £130 by sponsoring our shoe boxes.

Thank you again,

Pauline.

 

Jim’s Advent Retreat.

 

Sadly the St Annes and Elswick Advent retreat at Bassenthwaite has had to be cancelled Instead Jim is organising Advent Retreat – version 2!

 

Staycations are all the range now so take time out to relax and reflect on the meaning of Christmas with friends and sleep in your own bed at night.

For full details see the flyer in the porch or notice in the Hall.

 

Help Needed!

 

We need a Door Steward for November 19th and/or 26th. If you could cover one or both of those dates please see Marion.

Thanks.

Posted: Sun 29th Oct 2017

 GARSTANG UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Croston Road, Garstang, Preston PR3 1FL

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL FRIENDS AND VISITORS

Coffee will be served in the Church Hall after the service – please join us.

NOTICES

 

Sunday 8th October

 

10.45am         Communion led by Revd Irene.

Communion collection for Commitment For Life.

 

Readings       Psalm 98 (responsive reading) and

Matthew 21:23-32

 

Music             June Baker

 

This Week:

 

Monday 9 October               7.00pm, Women’s Guild, meet at St Thomas’s. See overleaf for details.

 

Tuesday 10 October            7.45am, CTiG Prayer Meeting at

                                                St Thomas’s Church

 

Wednesday 11 October      10am – 12 noon, Elders Coffee Morning in the Hall. All welcome.                                        

Thursday 12 October          9.00am, Quiet Time.

                                               

 

Happy Birthday this week to Margaret Hesketh and Beth Slater

 

Sunday 15th October

 

10.30am        FLAG Joint Pastorate Service, High Street. Lancaster. NB There will be no service here.

 

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Women’s Guild

The next Women's Guild meeting will be held tomorrow, Monday 9th October, at St Thomas's Church at 7pm. It is the Annual Women's Ecumenical meeting and ladies from all the churches in Garstang have been invited. Mrs Ann Greenland will talk about a Nurse Training School in Kenya. All ladies are invited. Please make an effort to attend.

 

 

FLAG Joint Pastorate Service

Sunday, 15th October

Lancaster High Street, 10.30am

 

Please see David Ralphs if you need a lift to Lancaster next

 week.

 

If you usually give your collection in a Free Will Offering

 envelope please use your envelope as usual next week.

All envelopes will be returned to our church. Any loose

collection will be given to High Street.

At the end of the service there will be a voluntary collection for

the Forton Toilet Fund.

 

 

Reformation 500 service, Blackburn Cathedral

Thursday 19 October, 2.00pm

 

If anyone is interested in attending the Reformation 500 service at Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday 19 October at 2 pm, Stella Clarke is driving there and can take 3 passengers.

For tickets, www.eventbrite.com/e/reformation-500-tickets-36683227521o
or email the Ecumenical Officer for Churches Together in Lancashire, antonmuller@ctlancashire.org.uk Telephone - 07919 438 413

Posted: Fri 6th Oct 2017

 GARSTANG UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Croston Road, Garstang, Preston PR3 1FL

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL FRIENDS AND VISITORS

Coffee will be served in the Church Hall after the service – please join us.

NOTICES

Sunday 1st October

 

10.45am         Commitment For Life Service led by Crispin and Marion Myerscough

 

Readings       Ruth 1:6-18, James 2:14-18 and

Matthew 28:16-20

 

Music             June Baker

 

This Week:

 

Tuesday 3 October              7.45am, CTiG Prayer Meeting at

                                                St Thomas’s Church

Wednesday 4 October        7.30pm, Elders Meeting                                         

Thursday 5 October            9.00am, Quiet Time.

                                                10-12, Charity Coffee Morning in aid of Dementia Research

 

Saturday 7 October              10-12, Elders Coffee Morning in the Hall

 

Happy Birthday this week to Sarah Lamey

 

Sunday 8th October

 

10.45am         Communion led by Revd Irene.

Communion collection for Commitment For Life.

 

 

 

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Words of Commitment

 

In answer to the call of Christ,
          we give a life’s commitment.

 

          In response to those who are in poverty
          we will go on giving.

 

          In light of the world’s need
          we will speak and act for justice.

 

          In faith and love
          we offer commitment for life.

 

FLAG Joint Pastorate Service

Sunday, 15th October

Lancaster High Street, 10.30am

 

If you require transport or can offer lifts please sign up on the list on the notice board in the Hall or contact David Ralphs,  on

01995 603056.

Please note that there will be no service here at Garstang on that day.

 

Reformation 500 service, Blackburn Cathedral

Thursday 19 October, 2.00pm

 

If anyone is interested in attending the Reformation 500 service at Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday 19 October at 2 pm, Stella Clarke is driving there and can take 3 passengers.

For tickets, www.eventbrite.com/e/reformation-500-tickets-36683227521o
or email the Ecumenical Officer for Churches Together in Lancashire, antonmuller@ctlancashire.org.uk Telephone - 07919 438 413

Posted: Sat 30th Sep 2017

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