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News: 2019

Christmas services

22nd December Sunday, Nine Lessons and Carols at 10:45am, followed by a hot pot lunch.

24th December 3pm, (Tuesday Christmas Eve) Carols in Hall with June Baker. 

25th December (Wednesday) Café Christmas at 10:00am

CTiG will be singing carols in Booth’s Café in Garstang, between 7 & 8 pm on Thursday evening joining voices with the whole of Lancashire! 

Two Bands of the Salvation Army, The People’s Choir, The Bishop of Burnley Live from the Radio Lancashire Studio Blackburn.




Posted: Wed 18th Dec 2019

 Below are some photos of the Christmas Fair. Thanks to David Ralphs.


Posted: Fri 13th Dec 2019

 Thanks to everyone for their generous donations to Commitment for Life this year.

Posted: Fri 22nd Nov 2019

 A quick reminder of a couple of things this Wednesday.

On Wednesday afternoon there will be Tea & Chat in the Church Hall from 2.00pm.

On Wednesday evening the Third Wednesday Group will be showing an old classic, "Rear View" by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart.

Note this is a change tp the previously advertised film "A Boy in Stripped Pyjamas".


Posted: Sun 17th Nov 2019

 Rotary Shoe Boxes

The photos show the second batch of shoe boxes being filled this week. Garstang URC have filled 88 boxes which will be distributed by Rotary International this Christmas.






Posted: Fri 25th Oct 2019

  Commitment for Life


Following the recent Commitment for Life Service and the Communion collections, Garstang URC were able to send £400 to Commitment for Life to support the work of Christian Aid and its partners. Many thanks to all who contributed.


Posted: Fri 25th Oct 2019

In October, three URC members, Hilary and David Ralphs and Stella Clarke, joined the team of Millenium Green volunteers to plant 6000 wild daffodil bulbs on the Green. Escaping heavy showers, they planted 500 bulbs in a designated area. Now we wait for the results. 


(Photos from Stella Clarke)





Posted: Fri 11th Oct 2019

 More pictures of the Scarecrow Festival can be seen under Community, Screacrow Festival or by clicking this link

Posted: Tue 9th Jul 2019

In June 2019, eight members of the Men's Fellowship set forth on this year's 'Great Adventure' using public transport to visit the Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich. This historic piece of engineering is restored to full working order and, in its setting with visitor centre and canal walks, made for a most enjoyable afternoon.


Posted: Thu 27th Jun 2019

Tonight, Sunday, 23rd June, there will be a service of Reflection and Wholeness led by the Revd. Dr. Irene John in the Church hall at 6.30pm.

On Wednesday, 26th June, there will be Bible Study with Revd. Dr. Irene John at 1.45pm followed by a visit to Weswards Care Home.

More photos of the Big Bash can be found under Misional Partnership on the website.

More photos from June's Charity Coffee Morning can be found under Charity Coffee Mornings on the Website.


Posted: Sun 23rd Jun 2019




Commitment for Life's partner Global Justice Now has taken direct action today during the visit of Donald Trump's visit to Britain.

They unfurled a banner on Tower Bridge demaning the Government dumps the US Trade deal.

Posted: Mon 3rd Jun 2019
On Sunday we held a joint service with our friends in the Methodist Church to celebrate the start of Christian Aid Week.

Below are Rev. Keith Borwick and Rev. Irene John before the service.
May's Charity Coffee Morning was in aid of Parkinson's UK.
May's Tea & Chat was again enjoyed by all who came.
Rotary Shoebox Scheme
This month we are collecting things for Teenagers. Sportswear, scarves, jewellery and games would all be very much appreciated.
Thank you for all your donations, Pauline Greenwood.



Posted: Thu 16th May 2019

Sunday's service will be held at the Methodist church, Garstang.

Note the earlier time of 10.30am.

On Wednesday 15th May there will be the monthly Tea & Chat in the Church Hall.

In the evening, you are invited to join the Men's Society in the Church Hall at 7.30pm to watch the film Casablanca.


Next Sunday, 19th May, our service will be led by Lis Mullen at the usual time of 10.45am.

Below is a message from Lis.

Posted: Fri 10th May 2019


Posted: Tue 30th Apr 2019

Happy Easter 


Easter Poster from Garstang Community Primary School children.


Some of the window flower arrangements.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service on Nicky Nook.

(Photos by Stella Clarke)


Posted: Sun 28th Apr 2019

The last of the Lent Lunches.


The Women's Guild Coffee Morning.


Posted: Sun 28th Apr 2019

Next Sunday, 17th March

Our service will be led by Sally Watson.

Wednesday, 20th March, LENT LUNCHES 12 noon to 1.00pm

Come early to get a seat at the very popular Lent Lunch. Last week was crowded out as can be seen by the picture below.

Lent Lunches 2019

Also in the evening will be the Men's Society's slide show and talk "In William Tell Country" by Denis Jones. 7.30pm start. Church Hall.

NOTE: There will be no Tea & Chat this month due to Lent Lunches but back to normal in April.

ADVANCED NOTICE    Rotary Shoe Box Scheme

April and May areTeenage Months. We will be collecting:
Sportswear, scarves, gloves, socks , hats, toothbrushes, toothpaste, stick deodorants, brushes, combs, mirrors, jewelry, make–up, games, playing cards and tennis balls.


Posted: Thu 14th Mar 2019

 Last week's Coffee Morning in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation was the subject of double page photo spread in the Blackpool Gazette.

Posted: Wed 20th Feb 2019

Leprosy Sunday 2019

Many thanks for the generous donations towards the work of The Leprosy Mission which this year focuses on the Anandaban Hospital in Nepal. To date the donations from the collection boxes and envelopes amount to £333. The Communion collections for February and March will be added to this amount and the total will be matched pound for pound by the UK Government. The new flat pack collection boxes are in the Church porch.

Thank you all.  Mary.


Posted: Wed 20th Feb 2019

 Last Sunday, 10th February, we welcomed Peter and Janet Venables into membership of the Church here in Garstang.

Peter and Janet with the Elders.

Peter is welcomed by his Elder, David Ralphs.

On Thursday, 14th February, Kevin Snyman, the national Programme Officer for Commitment for Life led a discussion group on Commitment for Life with members of Missional Partnership North.

Kevin Synman in front of the Commitment for Life poster in the Church Hall.

The group discussion.

And finally, Spring has arrived in the Church's graveyard.

Posted: Fri 15th Feb 2019


We decided we would like to support the Rotary Shoe Box scheme for a change from Operation Christmas Child, especially as it is run by local people who are able to supervise distribution. Garstang Rotary are willing to buy the boxes for us and to take them to the collection point near Southport.

Pauline has put one of the boxes on the window ledge in the church hall, so you can see their size. So no more collection of shoe boxes and no more Christmas gift wrap!
The Managers have kindly offered us the use of an upstairs rooms for storage and offered to buy storage boxes for us if necessary.
 You can fill your own box if you wish, or contribute to the requested items each month as a shared church project, as we did with Christmas Child. We would aim to pack the boxes in October in time for Christmas.
In February we will be collecting: cars, trucks, small balls, action figures, yoyos, fluffy toys and dolls.
Posted: Fri 1st Feb 2019

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