14th Sunday after Trinity – 13th September 2020

Highlights: Newsletter, Pop-up Plant event, Volunteer Opportunity, Church Attendance Register

May I know your ways are right
And find patience in your timing, Creator God


Dear friends,

There are lots of exciting things to look forward to in the future of our Parish …and you can read about them in the attached Newsletter. I’m delighted that we have had lots of contributors to this week’s news, including our ‘day school’, the wonderful Walmsley CE School. Also a feature about our Wombles …and an update on the Parish Comunity Hall.

And, really exciting… we are going to be welcoming a new curate into the Team. Hooray!!

We hope you enjoy the resources being provided from across the Turton Moorland Team Ministry and that it is helping you to ‘feel connected’ in these socially distanced times. Please share your thoughts and feedback with us.

Please know that you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Stay safe and keep well.
Love and blessings,
Reverend Carol Hayden,
Jane Dent – Church Warden,  and
Dawn Hitchen – Church Warden + Authorised Lay Minister for Pastoral Care

POP UP PLANT EVENT ON FRIDAY 25 SEP from 10am to 4pm


This event will be held in Jo & Stephen Woods’ garden, opposite the entrance to Dunscar Wood. (Doe Hey, Dunscar Fold, Egerton, Bolton BL7 9EH)

With no Macmillan Coffee Morning this year, Jo Woods will forward donations instead. If you wish to send a cheque payable to ‘Macmillan Cancer Care’ via Jo or online at Macmillan.org.uk/coff or phone 03301027890 and use credit or debit card. Thank you.



78th Christ Church Walmsley scout group is a popular and well established group. We currently have 16 children old enough to be in beavers (a full beaver colony is suggested to be 18 children) but we cannot currently offer these children a space.

During the summer one of our beaver leaders unfortunately made the decision to leave 78th. At the moment, as we are meeting virtually this does not create a problem, however when this ends we will not have enough leaders to restart face to face beaver meetings. If we do not get more volunteer beaver leaders identified we will have to consider closing the beaver colony.

We are seeking as a minimum one person to join with the current beaver leader. We need a minimum of three leaders to take all the children off the waiting list and create a second beaver colony. Ideally, we will get more volunteers than this so that we are able to “job share” meaning less for each person to do. This is a good opportunity for anyone interested in being a leader at the group, but depending on preferences, this can either be with an experienced leader, or the chance to join up with friends to run a second colony. In any event, full training and support would be provided and 78th beavers would then go from surviving to thriving.

I appreciate stepping forward to help can be daunting, and that you might have some questions. Please feel free to approach me or any leader with any thoughts or concerns you might have and we will be able to help. To answer a common query before it is asked, children of leaders who are waiting for a space are likely to be considered favourably when a beavers place becomes available. Of course, we would need a definite commitment from you as a leader in order for this to be a possibility.

Many thanks,
Andrew Jamieson – Group scout leader
78th Christ Church Walmsley – Bolton Moorland
Please contact Andrew Jamieson on gsl78thwalmsley@gmail.com


Please see the detailed letter issued by Walmsley CE Chair of Governors, Mr. Anthony Slack. Attendance will not be recorded until churches are fully open to all.


Virtual Service
You can enjoy each Sunday’s ‘virtual service’ led by our Team Rector, Canon Peter Reiss, HERE.  As in past weeks, accessing this link will enable you to watch a wonderful, recorded service. You can watch the live service via our Facebook page from 9am.

Viritual Evening Prayer
From our own Parish, we share with you another Virtual Evening Prayer, recorded in church and led this week by Adrian Golland, Dawn Hitchen (ALM for Pastoral Care) reads from the Old Testament and John Evans (Authorised Lay Minister for Worship reads from the New Testament. Those of you who usually attend Evensong at Christ Church Walmsley may wish to wait until 6.30pm for an element of ‘normality’. Watch Virtual Evening Prayer.

Mothers’ Union
Mothers’ Union Lockdown Poetry series, Episode 2. Thank you to all who have contributed to this special project. More to come next week!

Fuelcast Pod
Jamie Mackenzie sent a link to an excellent short talk on the FUELCAST POD entitled: ‘BREATHE’. In our busy lifestyles, do we take a moment to pause – to breathe? Revd Michael Shaw of @dcbcplymouth asks how sustainable our way of life is.

Limping to Jerusalem
For many of us, Psalm 139 written by King David is a particular comfort, being assured that God already knows us and loves us unconditionally. This post featured on the Facebook Page: Limping to Jerusalem.  It is a beautiful song by Kelly Willard: ‘Psalm 139:7-14’ with some wonderful images to accompany the music and lyrics. If you don’t have Facebook, you can also access it on Youtube.

Worship at Home
There are also wonderful ‘Worship at Home’ resources for adults and children, created by Revd Jan Ainsworth, Jan Bennett (ALM for worship) & Jo Haslam (ALM for Youth Ministry + Children Changing Places Project member)on the Team Website.


  1.  Parish Newsletter
  2. Pew Sheet readings for the whole of September 2020
  3. Standing Order Mandate for Christ Church & St Andrew’s