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Everyone is welcome at our services across the Benefice. Please do take a look at the individual service times below to find a location, time and tradition which suits you.

BIG QUESTIONS #002 – Are you being Called?
Read Matthew 22.1-14 to get started …

Discovering a vocation in Christ can be very exciting. It can be a joyful affair, one in which God reveals his will for us, which can feel like an amazing life affirming moment, but it can also feel very scary.
Discerning, a path or a way forward in and amongst all those feelings can seem a little bit like eating a trifle with a fork. In one sense you know it is a delicious thing to eat but despite lots of enthusiasm nothing happens quickly and the potential for making a mess is considerable.
God calls us all to serve in a vocation. Discerning how and when God is calling you is a consequence of your own relationship with God, which is continually changing.
Having a faithful and disciplined prayer life is essential if we are to listen to God’s will for us and, critically, make space to hear God calling. This is where the process starts and ends.

Is God calling you?
The answer is YES, but to what? Perhaps through prayer and with God’s grace we can make time to discover this together.
At this time, as we reflect in the space of ordinary season, there couldn’t be a better time to consider our relationship with God and our own individual ‘calling’.
When I think of vocation my thoughts immediately turn to the parable of the Wedding Banquet. In this reading the main players are at the Wedding Banquet or they are not. We either accept the invitation or we do not. It’s not that God chooses only the best of us, in fact the decision is yours to step up or not, to listen or to ignore.
Listening then, is the key, to growing a relationship with God and to discovering and making the best of the talents he has blessed us with. Yet there is more, because we all live in one community, one body in Christ, we are called to do this together as a faithful and loving people. We can’t have a banquet on our own, it needs others.
And so I urge you to pray. Pray for yourselves and pray for your neighbours. Pray for your own calling and that of your brothers and sisters. Pray for the faithful and the faithless. Pray we travel together, in all we do, and that our souls grow ears for God.
Pray that we listen and that Gods will is done.
Revd. Stephen

Further Reading
Matthew 28.16-20 / Matthew 4.19-20 / 2 Timothy 2.2 / Acts 9.36 / Ephesians 5.1-2

St Michaels, Bamford

Service times are as follows:

Wednesday 10am – Holy Communion
Thursday 7pm – Family Service
Sunday 8am – Holy Communion
Sunday 11am – Holy Communion every week except last week of the month which is an All Age Word Service.

St James, Ashworth

Service times are as follows:

Sunday – 3pm – Evensong (BCP), on the first Sunday of the month we have a Holy Communion (BCP) service.

St Pauls, Norden

Service times are as follows:

Sunday – 9:30am – Holy Communion, on the last Sunday we have an All Age Word Service
Once a month on the first Sunday at 18:30 we have an amazing Choral Evensong (BCP) – Come and Join us!

What events are on within the Benefice

In this section you will find any upcoming events that are in taking place within the three Churches.

13 August

MESSY CHURCH @ St Michaels, Bamford

MESSY CHURCH – St Michaels, Bamford
The Ultimate Church Service for young children!
Come along for Worship and Prayer using Arts and Crafts
and a whole lot of Glitter!
Lots of FUN, Lots of FOOD, Everyone Welcome.

(Always the 2nd Monday of the Month at 11am)

14 September



Friday 14th September, leaving at 9am from Bamford Precinct
For tickets speak to Margaret Taylor 01706 352972


09 August

St Michaels Mother's Union are having a trip to Llandudno

St Michaels Mother’s Union are having a trip to Llandudno on
Thursday 9th August, leaving at 9am returning at 4pm. We are hoping to keep the price below £20 but this does depend on numbers.
Please contact Christine Sutton 642740 or any MU member if you are interested.

19 July

Walking Group

Walking Group
There will be a day walk on Thursday 19 July led by Geoff and Carol Whitehead. Please meet at the Parish Hall Car Park at 10.00am. We will drive to Foulridge where there will be a very easy walk along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal followed by refreshments at the canal-side cafe.

14 October


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Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.

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For all enquiries including Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals please contact the Vicar, Reverend Stephen direct on 01706 560309 /
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