Author Archives: Amanda Marshall

Jubilee June

I am so grateful that May is now over! There was lots to give thanks for in May, however, like my daughter’s wedding celebration in Gloucestershire – the sun shone, the lambs bleated, the venue was stunning and we all had a week end of family, friends and fun! On the church front, we had our SPCM (Special Parochial Church Meeting) at St Paul’s ably led by the inimitable Dr Patricia and we now have our first joint PCC of the new Parish of Baxenden St John and Accrington St Paul!  I am so grateful for the hard work of…
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Thy Kingdom Come

Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ from Thursday May 26th –  Sunday 5th June 2022. For Children We will launch Thy Kingdom Come first to our two church schools on Thursday 26th May:  Benjamin Hargreaves in Accrington and St John’s in Baxenden.  We will be distributing the little booklet produced by TKC called ‘Queen CJ and the Bouncy Castle’ to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee to every Key Stage 1 child.  Our Vicar, Amanda, has been using the…
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Do join us on Sunday 15th May at 5pm as we re-start Cafe Church at St Paul’s, Accrington. There will be fresh coffee, cakes and chat around the theme ‘I am the bread of life’. This informal service meets on the  third Sunday of each month (August excluded).

May Musings


May Musings We have just returned from a glorious week with our extended family and friends in the Lakes after Holy Week and the Easter Services. My first Easter in Accrington was an opportunity to incorporate new and old traditions across our two churches, which will very soon be one parish.  Highlights for me have been the Lenten journey and seeing the way different people responded to a more imaginative way of approaching the Bible.  I was touched to see how God spoke through each one of us. On Maundy Thursday a group from St John’s joined the regulars for…
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Spring has sprung

As I look out over Vicarage Lane at a bank of cheerful daffodils and crocuses that some other family have planted for me to enjoy, I feel that spring is in the air! We have just returned from a week’s holiday feeling refreshed and encouraged to join the second week of the Lent course at St John’s.  We have been using some material called ‘Transformed by Jesus’ and we had a good turn out last week in the evening and a smallish, but thoughtful, group in the morning.   Do join us, each session is stand alone and we would love…
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Richard and I have been so warmly welcomed by all at St John’s and St Paul’s over the last month, or so, since we arrived.  The house is now well set up and we love it that our dining room looks out over the hills.  I am constantly reminded of Psalm 121. Psalm 121.1 I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. There is so much to be thankful for in this place and as many of you know, praise, prayer…
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