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

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

During the period of Lent we are likely to face temptation in some way. If we have given something up, then the temptation is there to have that chocolate bar or that beer; and if we have decided to do something extra such as helping someone or reading a chapter of the Bible every day, then the temptation is always there not to bother and do something else instead.

The journey towards knowing God better – which is why we would do any of these things at Lent – will always involve at least a small degree of sacrifice and the devil will always put temptation in our way to try and distract us from that path and so prevent us from getting closer to God. The devil can be devious in the way he tempts us but if we are true to God we will not be tempted beyond what we can resist as He will reduce the power of that temptation over us.

Here is a short video about the Temptation of Christ that we showed in the service and the school assembly…

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