The January edition of the Church magazine is now available.
Everyone has questions
We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view; wherever they are in the world.
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. There are ten in total and a day away. Each session covers a different question that people might have about faith. The sessions are designed to create conversation – there’s no pressure or charge; it’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.
Our next Alpha course begins on January 20th at 7.30pm on Zoom. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the meeting details.
After a long wait, the refurbishment of our church building, in accordance with our Fit for the Future programme, has begun.
The slowly rotting and decaying wooden floors will be replaced with an entirely new concrete floor which will incorporate a new under floor heating system. This will replace the very elderly boilers and radiators which are well past their best and ensure we provide a much warmer, energy efficient building. The work to the floor is necessary and brings with it the necessity to remove the pews and choir stalls. The proposals also include the replacement of the sound system with an up to date audio-visual system incorporating all the very latest technology. The work is scheduled to be completed in May 2021, during which time we will be meeting for our services in the church hall.
We apologise to you all in advance for any inconvenience which may be caused whilst the work is being undertaken. However when this has been completed we will be handing down to our successors a building of which we can be as proud as our Victorian predecessors were proud of the new church consecrated in 1893 and which is loved by us all. We have an obligation not only to ourselves but also to those Christians who follow Jesus in our footsteps.
Your giving matters more than ever.
The present Coronavirus pandemic is having a serious effect on the financial position and vision at St Thomas’s and St Luke’s. Our church is dependent on the your generosity never more so than now. We are doing everything we can to offer help to those who need it through our through our support of the asylum seekers and the ACT Foodbank and at the same time continuing to provide all of the functions of an active parish church.
As a part of the Deanery of Church Wigan, we have a commitment to meet our portion of the parish share as well as meeting the regular expenses of a large parish. In addition to one off donations we do need to take the opportunity to renew our giving. Each of us can ask the Lord how we can give financially as part of St Thomas’s and St Luke’s. This may be the opportunity to begin a regular pattern of giving, or to review and increase the amount we can contribute to the life and work of our church. We need your support so that we can continue with our work here in the community of Ashton in Makerfield.
Everything we do at St Thomas and St Luke is made possible by your giving, Thank You.
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