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What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 17th December

Here’s what’s on for the week ahead at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen. #threechurchesChristmas family events in blackburn and darwen

The Christmas Tree Festival is underway with the Christmas Events Lists for each church at the end of each notice sheet. (view or download – opens in new window). There’s lots happening so try to get along to as much as you can. Above all – a Happy Christmas to All who are reading this!

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 17th December
10.00am Holy Communion
2.00pm Cafe Church Belthorn
6.00pm Carol Service at Roman Road Library

Monday 18th
9.00 am School Assembly in church – parents welcome – bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards
10.00am Children’s Schools Spirituality Morning
1.30pm Afternoon Tea in church
6.00pm Messy Church children’s event in church

Tuesday 19th
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 20th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
3.30pm After School Drop In
6.00pm Alternative Carol Service in church by St James’ School

Christmas Eve
10.00am All Age Service
3.00pm Barn Service at Belthorn
6.00pm Christingle Service
11.30pm Midnight Service at St Paul’s Hoddlesden

Today is the carol service at Roman Road Library so there’s no evening service at Lower Darwen. Here are the Christmas events for the rest of the week at St James Lower Darwen


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 17th December
4.00pm Christingle Service

Tuesday 19th
10.15am Funeral of Amy Pickering in church
12.15pm Funeral of Kenneth Lowe in church
2.00pm Christmas Afternoon Tea
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 20th
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Friday 22nd
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church
2.00pm All Things Christmassy

Christmas Eve
4.00pm Family Special Service
11.30pm Midnight Service at St Paul’s Hoddlesden

Here are the Christmas Events for St James Over Darwen


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 17th December
10.00am All Age Service with children from schoolChristmas Midnight Service

Saturday 23rd
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Christmas Eve
10.00am Holy Communion
4.00pm Christingle Service for families
11.30pm Midnight Service for all three churches

Here are the Christmas events for St Pauls Hoddlesden

Our Weekly Message

Mark 1:1-18
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Jesus Announces the Good News
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,”
Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

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