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What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 10th December

December 10, 2017
10 Dec 2017

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

The Christmas Tree Festival starts this week and the updated Christmas Events Lists can now be seen for each church by following the link at the end of each notice sheet. (view or download – opens in new window). Also please see our Diary Page.

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 10th December
10.00am All Age Worship
6.00pm Celtic Holy Communion

Monday 11th
9.00 am School Assembly in church – parents welcome – bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards

1.00pm St James’ School Nativity in church
7.00pm Exercise class in church

Tuesday 12th
1.00pm St James’ School Nativity in church
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church
6.00pm St James’ School Nativity in church

Wednesday 13th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
3.30pm After School Drop In
7.00pm Worship band practice

Thursday 14th
9.00am – 9.00pm Setting up of Christmas trees

Friday 15th
9.00am – 4.00pm Setting up of Christmas trees
6.00pm Christmas Unwrapped – Friday Night Special

Saturday 16th
6.00pm Sing Out Christmas

Sunday 17th
10.00am Holy Communion
2.00pm Cafe Church Belthorn
6.00pm Carol Service at Roman Road Library

From Thursday we’ll be setting up the Christmas trees in church and the events begin with Friday Night Special’s Christmas party – tickets are free from the church office. Next Sunday is the carol service at Roman Road Library which will be a great night – there’s no evening service at Lower Darwen that night. Here are the Christmas events for St James Lower Darwen


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 10th December
4.00pm Family Special Service

Tuesday 12th
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 13th
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Friday 15th
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 17th
4.00pm Christingle Service

Next Sunday there will be a Christingle service at 4.00pm. Here are the Christmas Events for St James Over Darwen


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 10th December
10.00am All Age Carol Service with Holy Communion followed by a light lunch

Tuesday 12th
8.00pm Carols in the Ranken with light supper

Saturday 16th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 17th
10.00am All Age Worship

There will also be a Carols in the  Ranken service with supper provided on Tuesday evening. Here are the Christmas events for St Pauls Hoddlesden

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 3rd December

December 3, 2017
03 Dec 2017

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

On Thursday the Ewood Winter Wonderland takes place from 6-8pm, though the market is open from 4.00pm. Tickets are available free of charge from the church office. The updated Christmas Events Lists can now be seen for each church by following the link at the end of each notice sheet. (view or download – opens in new window).

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 3rd December
10.00am Holy Communion
6.00pm Evening Prayer

Monday 4th
9.00 am School Assembly in church – parents welcome – bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards
1.30pm Toddle About in church (the last one until after Christmas)
7.00pm Exercise class in church

Tuesday 5th
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 6th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
1.00pm Puppet workshop in church
3.30pm After School Drop In
7.00pm Worship band meeting and practice
7.00pm Christmas Tree Festival planning meeting in church lounge

Thursday 7th
6.00pm – 8.00pm Ewood Winter Wonderland

Friday 8th
6.00pm Friday Night Special

Sunday 10th
10.00am All Age Worship
6.00pm Celtic Holy Communion

Monday is the last Toddle About before Christmas as there are many other events on which begin with the Ewood Winter Wonderland on Thursday. Today is also the last day for donations of children’s toys for our “secret Santa” event – next week we are putting together food packages. Many thanks for your help so far… And here are the Christmas events for St James Lower Darwen


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 3rd December
4.00pm Family Special Service

Tuesday 5th
9.30am Informal prayer meeting
10.00am Bible Study
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 6th
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Thursday 7th
6.00pm Winter Wonderland at Ewood Park

Friday 8th
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 10th
4.00pm Family Special Service

Here are the Christmas Events for St James Over Darwen


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 3rd December
10.00am All Age Worship
6.00pm Carols at the Cenotaph with brass band

Tuesday 5th
6.00pm Mothers’ Union Christmas get together at the Ranken

Thursday 7th
6.00pm Winter Wonderland at Ewood Park

Saturday 9th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 10th
10.00am All Age Carol Service with Holy Communion followed by a light lunch

Our members have suggested a creche for babies and toddlers when we have Communion – if you can volunteer for a rota please see our churchwardens. There will also be a Carols in the  Ranken service with supper provided on Tuesday December 12th at 8pm. Here are the Christmas events for St Pauls Hoddlesden

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 26th November

November 26, 2017
26 Nov 2017

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

Thanks to everyone who came along to and helped with the Christmas Fair on Saturday – we raised £1600 which can now be used for our local children and community. The updated Christmas Events Lists can now be seen for each church by following the link at the end of each notice sheet. (view or download – opens in new window).

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 26th November
10.00am All Age Worship with welcome to St James’ School Reception Class
6.00pm Holy Communion

Monday 27th
9.00 am School Assembly in church – parents welcome – bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards
1.30pm Toddle About in church
7.00pm Exercise class in church

Tuesday 28th
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 29th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
3.30pm After School Drop In
6.30pm Midweek Communion
7.30pm An Evening With… Advent. In church lounge

Thursday 30th
9.00am Headteachers’ and Deputy Headteachers’ induction programme in church

Friday 1st December
6.00pm Friday Night Special

Sunday 3rd
10.00am Holy Communion
6.00pm Evening Prayer

The Hoddlesden Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 2nd December from 11am until 2pm in St Paul’s School so please come along and add to the success achieved at Lower Darwen. On Wednesday, An Evening With… explores Advent. Come and prepare yourself for the Christmas journey. Here are the Christmas events for St James Lower Darwen


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 26th November
4.00pm Family Special Service

Tuesday 28th
9.30am Informal prayer meeting
10.00am Bible Study
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 29th
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Friday 1st December
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 3rd
4.00pm Family Special Service

Here are the Christmas Events for St James Over Darwen


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 26th November
10.00am Holy Communion with Sunday Club

Thursday 28th
7.00pm Bible Study

Saturday 2nd December
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre
11.00am Christmas Fair in school

Sunday 3rd
10.00am All Age Worship

Here are the Christmas events for St Pauls Hoddlesden

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 19th November

November 19, 2017
19 Nov 2017

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

The updated Christmas Events Lists can now be seen by following the links for St James Lower Darwen and for St Pauls Hoddlesden (view or download – opens in new window). The events for St James Over Darwen will be here soon.

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 19th November
10.00am Holy Communion
12.00 Baptism of Jacob Marsh
1.00pm Burial of ashes in Remembrance Garden
2.30pm Cafe Church Belthorn
6.00pm Evening Prayer

Monday 20th
9.00 am School Assembly in church – parents welcome – bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards
1.30pm Toddle About in church
7.00pm Exercise class in church

Tuesday 21st
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 22nd
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
2.00pm Time Aside Bible Study
3.30pm After School Drop In
6.30pm Midweek Communion
7.30pm House Groups meet

Thursday 23rd
9.00am NQT meeting in church
6.00pm St James’ School PTFA meeting in church lounge

Friday 24th
6.00pm Board of Education pupil conference in church
6.00pm Friday Night Special

Saturday 25th
10.00am Christmas Fair in church

Sunday 26th
10.00am All Age Worship with welcome of St James’ School Reception Class
2.30pm Cafe Church Belthorn
6.00pm Holy Communion

Our Christmas Fair will be on 25th November from 10am until 2pm so please put that in your diary – if you can help please see Suzanne or the church wardens. Please check back here after Monday as I hope to have the full info here. For more about our regular activities please see our services and activities page.


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 19th November
4.00pm Family Special Service

Tuesday 21st
9.30am Informal prayer meeting
10.00am Bible Study
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 22nd
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Friday 24th
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 26th
4.00pm Family Special Service


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 19th November
10.00am Holy Communion with Sunday Club

Thursday 23rd
7.00pm Bible Study

Saturday 25th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 26th
10.00am Morning Service

Please also see the St Paul’s Facebook page for more information.

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 12th November

November 13, 2017
13 Nov 2017

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

All three churches are supporting a local couple who plan to deliver 200 “Santa sacks” of presents to 8 children’s centres locally – please can people help with toys, books, teenager toiletries etc. Please leave gifts unwrapped and bring to church on or by Sunday 3rd December – Thanks! Also if you can help with the Christmas Fair on 25th November please see Suzanne or the church wardens. Our Christmas Events List  will be back here just as soon as I get the updated information. (view or download – opens in new window)

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 12th November
10.00am Remembrance Sunday Service
6.00pm Holy Communion

Monday 13th
9.00 am School Assembly in church – parents welcome – bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards
1.30pm Toddle About in church
7.00pm Exercise class in church

Tuesday 14th
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 15th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
2.00pm Time Aside Bible Study
3.30pm After School Drop In
6.30pm Midweek Communion
7.00pm Youth Committee meeting in the Upper Room
7.30pm An Evening With… In church lounge

Thursday 16th
9.00am Healthy Living Group in church

Friday 17th
6.00pm Friday Night Special
8.00pm Weekend Women in church lounge

Sunday 19th
10.00am Holy Communion
12.00 Baptism of Jacob Marsh
1.00pm Burial of ashes in Remembrance Garden
2.30pm Cafe Church Belthorn
6.00pm Evening Prayer

Weekend Women will meet on Friday after FNS for a meal. Meanwhile An Evening With… on Wednesday broaches the subject of death and dying. It’s something that we perhaps avoid talking about but it does affect all of us so if it’s a worry or concern or if you have been affected then please come along. For more about our regular activities please see our services and activities page.


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 12th November
4.00pm Family Special Service

Tuesday 14th
9.30am Informal prayer meeting
10.00am Bible Study
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 15th
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch
12.30pm Funeral of John Fillingham

Friday 17th
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 19th
4.00pm Family Special Service


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 12th November
10.00am Holy Communion with Sunday Club
12.00 Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph

Wednesday 15th
12.30pm Funeral of John Fillingham at St James’ Over Darwen church

Thursday 16th
7.00pm PCC meeting in school

Saturday 18th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 19th
10.00am All Age Service led by Diane and Mike

The PCC meeting for St Paul’s will be held on Thursday at 7.00pm. Also there are some new books and CD’s in the lending box – please take whatever you want and sign the list. Please also see the St Paul’s Facebook page for more information.

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 5th November

November 5, 2017
05 Nov 2017

Here’s what’s on for the week ahead at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen. #threechurches You can now see our Christmas Events List  here. (view or download – opens in new window)

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 5th November
10.00am Holy Communion
12.00 Baptism of Holly Shepherd
6.00pm Evening Prayer

Monday 6th
1.30pm Toddle About in church
7.00pm Exercise class in church
7.00pm Leaders’ meeting in church lounge

Tuesday 7th
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 8th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
2.00pm Time Aside Bible Study
3.30pm After School Drop In
6.30pm Midweek Communion
7.30pm House Groups meet

Thursday 9th
12.00 Young at Heart lunch in church lounge
7.00pm Meeting to plan Christmas Tree Festival Children’s event in church lounge

Friday 10th
6.00pm Friday Night Special

Sunday 12th
10.00am Remembrance Sunday Service
6.00pm Holy Communion

School are back on Tuesday so there is no assembly on Monday but Toddle About will be on. Also Monday evening there is a leaders’ meeting with a meal in the church lounge. Finally Young at Heart will meet for lunch on Thursday while in the evening is a planning meeting for the Christmas Tree Festival. For more about our regular activities please see our services and activities page.


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 5th November
4.00pm Family Special Service

Tuesday 7th
9.30am Informal prayer meeting
10.00am Bible Study
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 8th
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Friday 10th
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 12th
4.00pm Family Special Service

St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen Mothers’ Union will meet in St Paul’s School on Tuesday at 7.30pm.


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 5th November
10.00am All Age Service

Tuesday 7th
7.30pm Over Darwen and Hoddlesden Mothers’ Union meeting in St Paul’s School

Thursday 9th
7.00pm Bible Study in school

Saturday 11th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 12th
10.00am Holy Communion with Sunday Club
12.00 Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph

St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen Mothers’ Union will meet in St Paul’s School on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Please also see the St Paul’s Facebook page for more information.

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 29th October

October 27, 2017
27 Oct 2017

Here’s what’s on for the week ahead at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen. #threechurches Thanks to everyone who donated to the foodbank for Harvest - we collected the equivalent of 292 meals! If you are helping with the Shoebox Appeal then we need the boxes back in church for 5th November – thanks. You can now see our Christmas Events List  here. (view or download – opens in new window)

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 29th October
10.00am All Age Worship (family service)
12.00 Baptism of Isaac Stanton
6.00pm Holy Communion

Tuesday 31st
11.00am Funeral of Maureen Stewart in church
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 1st November
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
2.00pm Time Aside Bible Study
6.30pm Midweek Communion

Sunday 5th
10.00am Holy Communion
12.00 Baptism of Holly Shepherd
6.00pm Evening Prayer

It’s the half term holiday this week so all school related activities along with Friday Night Special, Toddle About and Over Darwen’s Toddle Tots, will return the following week. For more about our regular activities please see our services and activities page.


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 29th October
4.00pm Sunday Family Special

Tuesday 31st
9.30am Informal prayer meeting
10.00am Bible Study

Wednesday 1st November
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Sunday 5th
4.00pm Sunday Family Special


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 29th October
10.00am Morning Service with Sunday Club

Thursday 2nd November
7.00pm Mission/Ministry Team meeting

Saturday 4th 
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 5th
10.00am All Age Service

On Sunday 29th October there will be cream teas at the Carus Centre with money raised going to the graveyard fund – just £3.50.

Please also see the St Paul’s Facebook page for more information.

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 22nd October

October 22, 2017
22 Oct 2017

Here’s what’s on for the week ahead at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen. #threechurches You can now see our Christmas Events List  here. (view or download – opens in new window)

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 22nd October
10.00am All Age Worship (Family Service)
6.00pm Holy Communion

Monday 23rd
9.00am School Assembly in church – parents welcome (bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards)
1.30pm Toddle About in church – theme – threading bobbins…
5.00pm Half night of prayer in the Upper Room
5.30pm & 6.30pm Rainbows and Brownies in school
7.00pm Exercise class in church
7.00pm Christmas Fair planning meeting in church lounge

Tuesday 24th
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 25th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
2.00pm Time Aside Bible Study
3.30pm After School Drop In
6.30pm Midweek Communion
7.30pm House Groups meet

Friday 27th
6.00pm Friday Night Special
8.00pm Weekend Women

Sunday 29th
10.00am All Age Worship (family service)
12.00 Baptism of Isaac Stanton
6.00pm Evening Prayer

On Monday there is a night of prayer in the upper room between 5.00pm and 11.00pm before it opens as a youth room. Also Monday evening is a planning meeting for the Christmas Fair (7.00pm) so why not come to both? Finally Weekend Women will meet at 8.00pm – please sign the list or see Christine or Alison for details. For more about our regular activities please see our services and activities page.


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 22nd October
12.00 Baptism of Xander Lee Sharples
4.00pm Family Harvest Service

Tuesday 24th
9.30am Informal prayer meeting
10.00am Bible Study
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 25th
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Friday 27th
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 29th
4.00pm Sunday Family Special


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 22nd October
10.00am Holy Communion

Saturday 28th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 29th
10.00am Family Service

Please also see the St Paul’s Facebook page for more information.

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 15th October

October 15, 2017
15 Oct 2017

Here’s what’s on for the week ahead at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen. #threechurches You can now see whats happening this Christmas  here. (view or download – opens in new window)

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 15th October
10.00am Harvest Service
12.00 Baptism of Ebony Nelson
1.00pm Baptism of Lily Marsden
2.30pm Cafe Church Belthorn Harvest Service
6.00pm Evening Prayer

Monday 16th
9.00am School Assembly in church – parents welcome (bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards)
1.30pm Toddle About in church – theme – threading bobbins…
5.30pm & 6.30pm Rainbows and Brownies in school
7.00pm Exercise class in church
7.00pm Christmas Tree planning meeting in vicarage

Tuesday 17th
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 18th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
2.00pm Time Aside Bible Study
3.30pm After School Drop In
6.30pm Midweek Communion
7.30pm An Evening With… the church wardens

Thursday 19th
1.30pm Funeral of Margaret Harwood in church

Friday 20th
6.00pm Friday Night Special

Sunday 22nd
10.00am All Age Worship (Family Service)
6.00pm Holy Communion

This Monday there is a planning meeting for the Christmas Tree Festival while the following Monday is a planning meeting for the Christmas Fair to be held 25th November. An Evening With… is back on Wednesday and will this week feature Lorraine and Nicola – our Church Wardens.  For more about our regular activities please see our services and activities page.


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 15th October
4.00pm Family Harvest Service

Tuesday 17th
9.30am Informal prayer meeting
10.00am Bible Study
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 18th
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Friday 20th
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 22nd
12.00 Baptism of Xander Lee Sharples
4.00pm Sunday Family Special


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 15th October
10.00am Harvest Service

Saturday 21st
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 22nd
10.00am Holy Communion

Please also see the St Paul’s Facebook page for more information.

What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 8th October

October 8, 2017
08 Oct 2017

Here’s what’s on for the week ahead at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen. #threechurches You can now also see whats happening this Christmas  here.

One more thing this week – we are gathering signatures for a petition to be sent to the UK government and to the UN asking them to do more to help Christians and other minorities in the Middle East facing persecution at the hands of extremism.  Let us join with those already standing up for what we believe and sign the petition to get a million voices speaking together…

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 8th October
10.00am All Age Worship (family service)
6.00pm Holy Communion

Monday 9th
9.00am School Assembly in church – parents welcome (bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards)
1.30pm Toddle About in church – theme – row row row your boat…
5.30pm & 6.30pm Rainbows and Brownies in school
7.00pm Exercise class in church

Tuesday 10th
9.00am Headteachers’ and deputy headteachers’ induction programme in church
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church

Wednesday 11th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
2.00pm Time Aside Bible Study
3.30pm After School Drop In
6.30pm Midweek Communion
7.30pm House groups meet

Thursday 12th
12.00 Young at Heart lunch in church lounge

Friday 13th
6.00pm Friday Night Special

Sunday 15th
10.00am Harvest Service
12.00 Baptism of Ebony Nelson
6.00pm Evening Prayer

Young at Heart will meet for lunch on Thursday at St James’ Lower Darwen and our Harvest Service will be the following Sunday 15th October. Please bring any non perishable foods – tins etc – to our food bank collection point. Finally the following week, An Evening With… will feature Lorraine and Nicola – our Church Wardens. For more about our regular activities please see our services and activities page.


At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 8th October
4.00pm Sunday Family Special

Tuesday 10th
9.30am Informal prayer meeting
10.00am Bible Study
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 11th
9.00pm School Harvest Service in church
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Friday 13th
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 15th
4.00pm Family Harvest Service


And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 8th October
10.00am Holy Communion

Thursday 12th
7.00pm Bible Study

Saturday 14th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 15th
10.00am Harvest Service

Please also see the St Paul’s Facebook page for more information.

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