Our friends in Recklinghausen send their condolences on the recent death of Jean Reid, who took part in the visits to and from Germany over the years. They send their love and prayers to be passed on to her family and friends.
Now, like us, they are on the journey through Lent to Easter and we wish them every blessing as they celebrate this great Christian festival.

On a recent visit to India, Les and Susan Carter just happened to bump into a past Fulwood Minister and his wife: Michael & Elizabeth Wearing! They send their greetings and best wishes to all who remember them.

It’s been good to see mention of happenings in our area in recent issues of the Methodist Recorder. These have included the opening of Burscough Methodist School’s new outdoor learning and play area and the Bamber Bridge Methodist/CE school’s outdoor Christmas Story re-enactment.

At Penwortham Academy’s prize giving: "In the special awards, former deputy head girl Bethany Ferris was named Sportsperson of the Year." (Lancashire Evening Post of Tuesday, 13th December, 2016)

In the Lancashire Post (‘Evening’ was recently dropped from the title) of Saturday, 4th February, appeared another of Barry Crossley’s short stories: his 6th so far, he tells me. Very well done!

Kim Robinson – Weight Watchers coach - featured in the same issue: "a Preston super slimmer" who, for the 3rd time, has received the prestigious Diamond status in recognition of her work in helping people on their weight loss journey. A success deserving our sincerest congratulations.

It was announced in December that, after almost thirteen years service at neighbouring Christ Church, Canon Brian McConkey would be moving on. His new appointment is as Rector of Ribchester and also as Priest in Charge of Hurst Green and Mitton. We wish him well in his new appointment(s) in a very rural part of the Ribble valley.

Perhaps some of you noticed that the Emmanuel Church building on Brook Street had been put up for sale (with development opportunities!).

For those with an interest in this year’s annual Keswick Convention, Week 1 runs from 15 – 21 July; Week 2: 22 – 28 July; Week 3: 29 July – 4 August. Further details from the website www.keswickministries.org

Other folks’ magazines and weekly news sheets have come from Bamber Bridge & Trinity (Gregson Lane) Methodist Churches; Christ Church, Fulwood; Christ Church, Southport; Fulwood URC; Ingol Methodist Church; Isles of Scilly Methodist Circuit; Kingston Methodist Church (Surrey); St Leonard’s, Penwortham; Oakworth Methodist Church (Worth Valley); St Paul’s, Warton.