15th Sunday after Trinity – 20 September 2020

Highlights: Newsletter, Pop-up Plant event, Volunteer Opportunity, Church Attendance Register, Canon Slade Admission Form, Rev Carol returns

Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6

Dear friends,

Thank you to those who have responded and commented on all the exciting things going on in our Parish, which were shared in last week’s Newsletter. It’s always wonderful to have contributions from others and this week, we have yet more different news and views.

Thank you to Kath Grieve for suggesting the comforting verse from Paul’s letter to the Philippians to open this edition of our ‘Walmsley Parish News’.

We are all really excited at the news shared last week that we will be welcoming a new curate into the Turton Moorland Team. And I am absolutely thrilled to share with you that our own Reverend Carol Hayden will be returning, her first services back here with us being on Sunday 27 September.

Further to last week’s updates about the wonderful Community resource in the heart of our village of Egerton, Ken Holt asked for me to include something in this week’s letter.

A big thank you is due to Louise and her team for the great effort she has put in to improve the facilities at the Parish Hall. It will make a great difference aesthetically as well as financially so well done to all concerned.

[Please note: If you wish to enquire about making a booking in the Hall, please contact Louise on parish-hall@walmsleyparish.org ]

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.


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.


Canon Slade signing of forms – Christ Church Walmsley

Due to Covid 19, the signing of Church forms will need to be done differently this year. FIND OUT MORE


An URGENT request for volunteers to help run a Beaver pack. FIND OUT MORE


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 John Evans (Authorised Lay Minister for Worship).  John reflects on these words from Proverbs 3:5-6 [King James Version]

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding. 

In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.”

He asks us to remember that the Lord is with us at all times: in our hearts and in our lives and we must never, ever forsake Him.

Jane Dent (Church Warden) reads from the Book of Proverbs and the NT reading from St. Matthew’s Gospel is given by Adrian Golland. Those of you who usually attend Evensong at Christ Church Walmsley may wish to wait until 6.30pm for an element of ‘normality’, but this link is available to watch now: Watch Virtual Evening Prayer.

Mothers’ Union
Mothers’ Union Lockdown Poetry series, Episode 3. Thank you to all who have contributed to this special project. More to come next week!

Fuelcast Pod
Jamie’s comment: “Loving this video. It shows the power of sharing our stories, the importance of invitation… and reminds us just how amazing God can be in the everyday stuff of life.” Have you ever told your story, of how you came to know God through Jesus? In this video from @CIS_UK, footballer Linvoy Primus tells us his.

Manchester Diocese
“Never has our diocesan vision of ‘Church for a different world’ been so relevant than it is right now. As we venture cautiously out of lockdown and begin the slow process of safely returning to gather and worship in our church buildings, we will reach an unforeseen crossroads. Many churches have seen significant growth during this period of doing church solely online, with more people engaging online each week than attend on an average Sunday. We now have a huge responsibility to ensure that both our existing and newly arrived worshippers are nurtured and served. Here are some ideas for getting the balance right.”

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. Newsletter
  2. Pew Sheet readings for the whole of September 2020
  3. Letter from Walmsley CE Head of Governors – Register of Attendance at Church for Admission to Schools
  4. Electoral Roll Application for Enrolment Form
  5. Standing Order Mandate for Christ Church & St Andrew’s
  6. Gift Aid Declaration