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 18th February

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 18th February
10.00am Holy Communion
2.30pm Cafe church Belthorn
6.00pm Celtic Servic

Monday 19th
9.00am School Assembly in church
1.30pm Toddle About in church
3.30pm School Drama Club in church
5.30pm and 6.30pm Rainbows and Brownies in school
7.00pm Fit Camp exercise class in church

Tuesday 20th
9.00am Headteachers’ and deputy headteachers’ induction programme in church
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 21st
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
2.00pm Time Aside Bible study at Mary Horobin’s House
3.30pm After School Drop In
6.30pm Midweek Communion Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday 22nd
6.30pm Discipleship and Ministry course in the Upper Room

Friday 23rd
6.00pm Friday Night Special in church

Sunday 25th
10.00am Holy Communion
2.30pm Cafe church Belthorn
6.00pm Celtic Service
7.00pm >>New<<Youth Church

The PCC meeting will now be held next Wednesday (28th Feb) at 7.00pm and not on Monday as originally planned. Also a new Youth Church will start on 25th and will be on every Sunday at 7.00pm for school years 6-11. Drinks, snacks, games, a time to chat, and a chance to ask your questions about God…

At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 18th February
4.00pm Family Special Service

Tuesday 20th
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 21st
11.30am Midweek Communion

Friday 23rd
9.30pm Toddle Tots playgroup in church
3.30pm >>New<< Friday Special until 5.30pm

Sunday 25th
4.00pm Family Special Service

Beginning on Friday 23rd Feb will be Friday Special which is similar to Friday Night Special at Lower Darwen just at an earlier time. It will initially run every 2 weeks on Fridays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 18th February
10.00am All Age Worship
12.00pm Baptism of Isla Cordingley

Saturday 17th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 18th
10.00am Holy Communion

Our Weekly Message

Mark 9:2-9
The Transfiguration
2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The disciples knew Jesus well as a man but here they had a glimpse of his true nature – that of the Son of God which is how he will return. The most important message here is in verse 7 where the Father, Yahweh tells the disciples not only who Jesus is but also that they must listen to Him. Listening to Jesus through his Word in the Gospels is still central to true Christianity today and it is important we are not distracted from that by anyone.

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