If you have been bereaved, either recently, or some time ago, then you might like to come to our service of quiet reflection at 6pm on 30th October. It only lasts about half an hour, but it is a chance to sit quietly and remember, together with others who are going through, or have come through, the same feelings.
Two pieces of music have infiltrated themselves into my head and heart this month. The first was written to commemorate the Aberfan disaster, and was sung on "Songs of Praise" by the Treorchy Male Voice Choir (This is the link to the Songs of Praise site - you will need Flash Player enabled the hymn is 28 minutes into the broadcast).
While I was listening to it on television a friend texted me to say that Peter Skellern had just been ordained priest by the Bishop of Truro. Those of us of a certain age may remember him as the man who wrote and sang "You're a Lady...", but he has written many pieces of music. At this time of year, as our thoughts are closer to those who have died, I commend his song "Rest in Peace (and Rise in Glory)". There is a commercial recording by Libera on their "Eternal, The Best of Libera" CD but this You Tube clip is of Peter singing it.
St. Michael and All Angels, Altcar is the parish church that serves the communities of Great Altcar, LIttle Atlcar, Altcar Range and Gore Houses. If you want to know if you live in our parish, then go to www.achurchnearyou.com, and type in your postcode.
Many of our regular congregation live elsewhere, and newcomers are always welcome. If you think that transport might be a problem for you, then contact David (email@example.com) and we can see if we can help.
Our main Sunday service is a parish communion at 9:30 am, you can be sure of a warm welcome, and a friendly congregation, and small children are always welcome.
If you are thinking of finding out more about us you can email David Taylor (the assistant priest) on firstname.lastname@example.org . We also publish details of our services here, on the Parish noticeboard in Little Altcar, and on the noticeboard in Church.
A quiet place - you might like to read Win's poem (see the sidebar)
Some people will be able to find the time to come to St. Michael's for a place and time to think and maybe pray. We can't all manage that, for many different reasons. Prayer works everywhere, and at the most unpromising times. If you feel that you want to pray, but can't quite find the words, then you may find some help on this link.
BibleGateway.com provides us with a bible verse for today: If you click on the link it will give you access to a range of on-line bibles.