Message from Janet.

 It might not feel like it but spring is coming! If you look closely up here on the hill there are snowdrops pushing their brave little heads up out of the soil and preparing to start the lovely parade of colour that is our churchyard in spring. I always find the first spring flowers such a hopeful sign, warmer weather will come and the birds will nest in the laurel and the trees around about. Spring is a time to realise that we are not forgotten, God has organised such a beautiful place for us to live that we cannot help but be glad, even in such uncertain times.


 It isn’t just the flowers that are giving signs for hope is it? The vaccination programme gives us cause to believe that sooner or later we will be out and about and able to meet again in person. Here in the Rochdale deanery we have learned a lot about technology which we can use in the future. We have also had to work together more closely which, given the financial situation most churches find ourselves in, is going to be very important as we think about the new world that comes after Covid. It is good to remember that we are not just one lovely building on a hill but a huge body of people, an international communion of Christians and whatever the future looks like, it will be blessed by God. We will find ways of being church, being God’s people and blessing God’s creation as surely as we are blessed.

 We pray for those we have lost to this terrible disease and we remember those who are struggling to cope, then we turn to a brighter day. Be kind to those around you, and to yourself, and never forget that the one who created you is faithful, loves you past anything you can imagine and will be with you in all things.

 God bless


 We invite you to pray for our nation

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written an open letter to the nation as we reach the dreadful milestone of losing 100,000 people to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Archbishops invite everyone to pause as we reflect on the enormity of this pandemic. They said, "100,000 isn’t just an abstract figure. Each number is a person: someone we loved and someone who loved us. We also believe that each of these people was known to God and cherished by God.

"We therefore encourage everyone who is feeling scared, or lost or isolated to cast their fears on God."

Starting on 1 February we invite you to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day. More than ever, this is a time when we need to love each other. Prayer is an expression of love.

How can you get involved? Click the link below for the Church of England’s free resources and pray for our nation every day at 6pm