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Welcome to the website of St Thomas, Musbury

Helmshore Road, Helmshore, Rossendale, Lancashire. BB4 4JR

A STATEMENT ABOUT OUR CHURCH CLOSURE

We have come to the very difficult decision to close our church buildings for public worship with immediate effect.

I hope that you can appreciate that this decision has not been taken easily but after consultation with the Churchwardens and PCCs, with the support of the Diocese of Blackburn and following the recommendation of the Lancashire health authority. We will keep the situation under review and, as soon as we feel, or are advised, that it is safe for us to open the church building again, we will make a further announcement.

Our Sunday services will, once more, be on-line only with the Eucharist live-streamed each Sunday at 10am. This will be available on our Facebook pages. This will be followed by 'coffee' via Zoom for those would like to come along for half an hour of chat and catching up. The invitation for this will be sent out in our weekly email before each Sunday.

We are also working out how to best keep in touch with those people who don't use the internet. Our daily services of Morning and Evening Prayer continue as usual. Our Wednesday lunches will also continue.

Funerals can still take place in church when requested. Weddings are only permitted to take place in extreme circumstances. Baptisms are able to take place although, in an effort to keep everyone safe, we hope to defer baptisms until later in the year.

We must all play our part, in these unprecedented times, in keeping ourselves and everyone else as safe as we can, in protecting the NHS and all who work within in, which includes so many people whom we all know, and bringing an end to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We must commit our anxieties and fears to God in our prayers and come together, however we are able, in worship and for the sustenance that we receive through it.

With my prayers and best wishes.


Fr David

To follow the Facebook broadcasts for Sunday 17th January 2021, and to view the service sheets, click on the following links : EUCHARIST & READINGS

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 The January Musbury Bulletin can be downloaded or viewed here     ... Bulletin

     

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Lockdown Wednesday Lunches ....

We are continuing to provide lunches through the next few weeks ....

Please order by 12 noon on Saturday by calling Fr Andrew on 07460 899451/ 01706 231214 or by text or Email andrewinhaslingden@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support!
Fr David & Fr Andrew

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We are always incredibly grateful for the financial gifts people make for the work of the Church in Helmshore. We rely entirely on donations from the public. During the current pandemic our income, like so many others, has been hard hit. We have now set up an on-line donations facility using PayPal. If you would like to make a gift please click on this link :

http:/www.paypal.me/StThomasMusbury

Thank You

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A prayer :

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in

Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

 

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I hope that you find something useful here but if you can't find what you're looking for, please get in touch. 

 

St Thomas' is a beautiful village church with a thriving congregation in the heart of the village of Helmshore. 

 

Our Church is open to everyone and we try to always offer a warm welcome. We are part of the Church of England's Diocese of Blackburn.

We have a Church Hall for hire - a great space for parties, celebrations and events. The Hall has recently been renovated and offers a clean bright environment for you to enjoy.

 

We are a Christian community centred on worshipping and serving God. You would be very welcome to join us for any of our services but equally to call in for coffee and cake or lunch in our Refectory. Our worship at St Thomas' is firmly Church of England and we welcome people from all backgrounds and all ages.

 

If there is something special you would like to talk about, questions you would like to ask, a space for some quiet time, or someone to pray with of for you, then please do not hesitate to speak to one of us - there is always someone available. If you are exploring your faith in Jesus Christ - or even struggling with - then please be in touch.

 

Our Church family is here to serve our parish and we would be delighted to get to know you.

 

Fr. David Stephenson

Vicar

Telephone : 07539 264279               

email : frdavidstephenson@gmail.com

Churchwardens :

Jack Aston

Telephone : 01706 210284

email : jack.aston@sky.com

Maggi Harris

Telephone : 07724 895070

email : maggi.harris@btinternet.com

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