posted 19 Mar 2016, 10:39 by Richard Jones



10.30 am Parish Communion

All Age Worship

Rev’d Roland Nicholson


6.30 pm Passiontide Reflections


Tuesday 22 March

9.30 am Holy Communion

7.00 pm Stations of the Cross

Samlesbury - Pam Daunton

Thursday 24 March Maundy Thursday

7.00 pm Balderstone – Rev’d Gary Hunt


Friday 25 March Good Friday

10.30 am Balderstone – Rev’d Dr John Darch

2.00 pm Mellor – Rev’d Gill Dyer

Sunday 27 March

Easter Day


6.00 am Dawn Service


10.30 am Parish Communion

Rev’d Dr John Darch


6.30 pm Holy Communion

Rev’d Roland Nicholson







Giles Tipton, Eileen Ridley, Peter Ledger, Joyce Bill, Malcolm Jones, Janet Hartley, Angela Addison, Bernie Lowe,

Margaret Hargreaves, Keith Oddie.



Tuesday 22 March

Coffee Morning 10.00 – 11.30 am.

Little Angels 2.15 pm


Wednesday 23 March

Choir Practice 7.00 – 8.00 pm.


Easter Lilies

If anyone wishes to donate a lily in memory of a loved one at Easter, please let Joan Moss have your donation before Easter. Also there are two weeks this year without any donator for altar flowers: they are 1 July and 14 August.  If anyone wishes to have these weeks please contact Joan.

Annual Churchyard Spring Clean

Monday 4 April starting at 6.00 pm.  Once again it’s time for the annual churchyard spring clean to remove the dead leaves, broken branches and the general litter that has accumulated over the winter months.  If you are able to spare an hour or two that evening it would be really appreciated as the more helpers there are, the easier is the task.  Please bring garden rakes and wheelbarrows if you have them.

Vestry and Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The meetings for the election of churchwardens, PCC members and sidespersons will take place in church after morning service


on Sunday 17 April.  Everyone is welcome to attend and all those on the Electoral Roll are eligible to vote.  Nomination forms and the agenda are in the narthex.  Could all the people who produce annual reports kindly put them on the notice board when ready or pass them to Jim for display.  Thank you.


Please support FOSMS Easter fundraising and purchase tickets for the Easter raffle.  There are amazing prizes to be won, including a BMX bike, a chocolate hamper etc.  The draw will be made in school on Thursday 24 March.  Another fundraising activity is Bags 2 School; Stewart Woodward has placed the large plastic bags at the back of the church along with a clipboard.  If you could fill a bag with any unwanted clothes or shoes, that would be most helpful.  Please indicate via the clipboard your name and address so that Stewart can arrange collection.  All the bags are then collated and weighed; the higher the weight the more money we raise.


Friday 13 – Sunday 15 May

Art Exhibition will be held in Church on Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May.  Mrs Henderson has kindly agreed to open the event for us at the Wine & Nibbles evening on Friday (tickets


available).  The Church will be opened for viewing Friday 1 pm - 4 pm and 7 pm - 9.30 pm;  Saturday 10 am - 4 pm;  Sunday 1 - 4 pm.  There will be a Songs of Praise service on Sunday at 4.30 pm.  Entry forms for your works of art are now available at the back of Church, or from any Committee member.

If you wish to contribute anything to the notices please send an email to Chris Davis at by Thursday evening.