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See I am doing a new thing!

Happy New Year for 2024 I have just returned from a week in our future retirement home that my husband, Richard, has been project managing over the last two years (a new build in Ravenstonedale in the North Yorkshire moors).  It is nearly finished, but we were able to host our New Year gathering for our old gang from University days in Nottingham. We had pretty atrocious weather, but it allowed me to spend some time praying, reviewing the previous year and seeking God’s direction for the year ahead.  Many of you know that a number of us use the…
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Christmas is coming!


Dear JohnPaul Church Family Advent Greetings! I am writing to you on one of those awesome Winter days, when the light streaming in the window and a stillness in the air, makes everything beautiful!  Many of you know I use the app Lectio365, from the 24/7 prayer movement, as part of my daily devotions.   Click here to find out more https://www.24-7prayer.com/resource/lectio-365/ Today’s reading seemed to match the day as I read about God gave the ten commandments to Moses. His face literally shone, as he returned down the mountain, after spending time with God.  Paul goes one step further in the…
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Remember, Remember

Remember, Remember… Dear Friends On Remembrance Sunday we will repeat these immortal words: When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today. We remember those who died in war, acutely aware of the on-going war in the Ukraine and now in the Middle East.  We pray for the families of many innocent people who have lost their lives on both sides.   This should not be! Closer to home the Foodbank in Accrington is struggling to provide enough food for those unable to feed their families this winter.  This should not be! As…
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September Update

Dear JohnPaul Church Family You are often in my thoughts and prayers. Summer comes as a big change for our families: juggling work and school-age children at home, but generally being less frantic without so many clubs and hobbies. For others of us – without children at home – we have managed to get away for some sun and have hopefully avoided the fires in Europe where they have experienced soaring temperatures. I know for those of us who have holidayed in the UK we have been dodging rain and trying to make the best of our beautiful green isle. …
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Welcome June

Dear JohnPaul Church Family As we move towards our ‘Coming Home Mission’ on 9,10,11th June, I wanted to thank you all for your support and your encouragement over the past few weeks. It has been a difficult time for us, with two notable families leaving from St John’s.  We are grateful for their service and are sad to see them go. Looking forward, we are building a church for the future where all are welcome and all can play a part, however small that part might be.  We need to build a new type of church that has strong foundations…
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Marvellous May

Dear Friends As we move towards our June Mission with Bishop Jill, I can’t help but think about the hope of new life that we see all around us! We have recently returned from a week in the Lakes post-Easter and were surprised to see how much bigger the little lambs had become.  New life means new growth too and there is so much to be praying for as we move towards the mission. Baptism Workshop Janet, Kath and I spent this Saturday with 5 young couples preparing them for Baptism in our second Baptism workshop – two families brought…
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