The new Covid-19 restrictions in Lancashire

New measures are to be introduced in Lancashire to help fight COVID-19.  Following a significant rise in the number of cases, and initial signs that hospital admissions are starting to increase, more stringent measures are being introduced on Tuesday September 22.   These are designed to protect people from the spread of COVID-19, especially more vulnerable…

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Forgiving others is a key aspect of being a disciple

Matthew 18.21-35 We often hear it said, or perhaps have said it ourselves, I could never forgive someone for that! Yet the Gospel reading for Sunday 13th September, the parable of Jesus about the unmerciful servant, who received forgiveness himself but refused to give it to others, makes it clear that forgiving others is a…

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Sunday Worship, Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity – Education Sunday

Celebrate Education Sunday with the Blackburn Diocese Board of Education Team. Our Sunday Morning Service starts at 9am, 13th September 2020 and will be available from then on. The Board of Education supports 190 Church of England Schools and Academies across Lancashire and works with churches and parishes to assist children and young people. The…

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Diocesan October Online Conference

Home Grown Diocesan Conference Blackburn Diocese is planning a free Home-Grown Online Conference. Starting 7pm on Tuesday 13 October and continuing on Wednesday 14 October until 9pm. All are welcome, lay or ordained. The Conference will be a combination of worship, key-note speakers, discussion and webinars. It will be a chance to ‘meet’ people from across…

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Love your neighbour as yourself

Romans 13:8-14 Love your neighbour as yourself – or love other people as you love yourself. This is the  lifelong task of those who are Christians. It is rarely an easy task, and it is a task that  requires imagination because it means that we have to be able to imagine what it is like …

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Sunday Worship, Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity – Celebration of Hope – Multi-Lingual Service

We are happy again to have Rev’d Sarah Gill taking our Sunday morning online service with Rt Rev Philip North, Bishop of Burnley. Rev’d Sarah is Vicar of St Stephen’s and St James’ Church Blackburn and these services are multilingual reflecting the languages spoken in the Blackburn area.  As usual, the Sunday service will go live…

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Warning: Is that email really from someone you know?

The Diocese wants to make people aware of the recent rise in a particular type of ‘scam’ email being sent to parishes across The Church of England, including in this Diocese.  Recipients may think the email is genuine because the scammers usually pose as people you will be familiar with, such as Bishops, Archdeacons, other clergy,…

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