Stephen’s Letter, BBC Services & Readings week commencing 17th May

Dear All

I’m sure we were all disappointed that the Prime Minister’s statement last Sunday has not given us any real indication when we can expect to be able to go into church and we are clear social distancing is here to stay.

Well so is our weekly update and this week not only a reminder of the opportunity to see and hear familiar faces and voices where you are by joining with us in the study of Ruth but to be part of a much larger setting which some of you will remember as the Cliff College Anniversary Weekend, now Festival at Home as the Festival can come to you as you can’t go it.

Meet Ruth over coffee. We are looking to set up weekly house groups at different times of the day using Zoom to study the Book of Ruth over 4 weeks in June. If you are interested please get in touch with Judith or I by the 18th May so we can advise you about how to use Zoom, make sure you have the study materials and enrol you in a group. Contact details at the foot of the page or email Judith

Festival at Home You are invited to a free-to-access online festival from 7.15pm on Friday 22nd May – 10pm on Monday 25th May 2020.  Visit  and follow the instructions. Free bible studies, worship, workshops, seminars, preaching and music straight to you where you are. There is also All age worship and activities each day.


Please check the programme schedules on the day. If you are struggling to find what you are looking for there is more information, including online worship, on the church website or please contact Stephen see below.

BBC Radio Lancashire – Sunday 17th May – 8.00 a.m. Morning Service

BBC Radio 4 – Sunday 17th May – 8.10 a.m. Sunday Worship “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit”

BBC 1 – Sunday 17th May – 10.45 a.m.  Sunday Worship from St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire

Daily – BBC Radio 2 – 5.45 a.m. and 9.20 a.m. – Pause for thought and BBC Radio 4 – at 7.45 a.m. – Daily

Readings for the week commencing 17th May – The Church in action

Sunday  John 14:15-21Psalm 66*STF 372Come down, O Love divine  
Monday  Acts 13:1-12Psalm 40: 1-10*STF 397The Spirit lives to set us free
TuesdayActs 13:13-41Psalm 45  *STF 463   Deep in the shadows of the past
WednesdayActs 14:8-20Psalm 46*STF 727God in his love for us lent us this planet
Thursday  Luke 24:44-53 Ascension DayPsalm 47*STF 300Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!
FridayActs 16:1-15Psalm 44: 1-8         *STF 660Called by Christ to be disciples
SaturdayActs 16:16-34Psalm 4*STF 94To God be the glory, great things he has done!

*Not everyone will have a STF hymn book so we have put the first line of the hymn alongside so that you can look it up in another hymn book or google it or play it on You Tube. If you would like some background on the readings and points to ponder please go to 

Remember you are never alone. We are never more than a phone call or email away.

Please keep in touch and keep safe.


Stephen Heath, Minister 01772 683884 Mobile:- 07711 917955 Judith Smith, Lay Worker 01253 720986 mobile 07586 720986