Blessed is the man that endureth temptation for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life.

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 20th May

Here’s what’s on for the week ahead at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen.  #threechurches 

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 20th May
10.00am Holy Communion
12.00 Baptism of Ruby Clayton
6.00pm Evening Prayer
7.00 pm Youth church

Monday 21st
9.00am School Assembly in church
1.30pm St James’ Stay and Play in church
5.30pm and 6.30pm Rainbows and Brownies in school
6.30pm Exercise class in church

Tuesday 22nd
3.15pm St James’ School club in church
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church
7.00pm PCC meeting in Upper Room

Wednesday 23rd
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
3.30pm After School Drop In
5.30pm Youth group in the upper room run by Higher Croft local conversations
6.30pm Midweek Communion

Thursday 24th
9.30am NQT Programme in church
1.00pm St James’ School Maths Course for parents
7.00pm Wedding Rehearsal for Stuart Taylor and Kelly Arbuckle

Friday 25th
3.00pm Wedding of Stuart Taylor and Kelly Arbuckle
6.00pm Friday Night Special in church

Sunday 27th
10.00am All Age Worship
6.00pm Evening Prayer
7.00 pm Youth church


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 20th May
11.15am Holy Communion

Tuesday 22nd
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in church

Wednesday 23rd
11.30am Midweek Communion

Sunday 27th
11.15am All Age Worship


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 20th May
10.00am All Age Worship

Saturday 26th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 27th
10.00am Holy Communion

Our Weekly Message

John 15 1-8
The Vine and the Branches

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Just as the branches cannot live and produce fruit without the vine, we cannot live a fulfilled life without God. True – we can have  material things but these are transient and any joy they bring will ultimately not be lasting. The bearing of fruit that Jesus refers to is about our becoming closer to God and more like Him and this is what will bring us true happiness and ultimately the everlasting life that He promises. This does not happen instantly but is an ongoing process throughout our spiritual lives, while the “pruning” referred to is our leaving behind ungodly things such as bad habits, love of material things or the ill treatment of others.

A society without God becomes uncaring and selfish as people turn to other things; immorality, the pursuit of wealth, and other ruinous pleasures such as alcohol and drugs. If however we follow the path towards God and remain attached to the vine that is Jesus, we can begin building a caring society where fear, inequality and selfishness are things of the past… Let us then be seeds of the beginning of the Kingdom of God.

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