'Lights Out' commemeration at Euxton Methodist Church
During recent weeks the market town of Chorley displayed many beautiful willow statues of soldiers to compliment the dedication of its new memorial to the “Chorley Pals” lost in WW1. This inspired a local art group in Euxton to prepare artwork themed on this important point in history, and to develop plans to commemorate the sacrifices made during The Great War, one hundred years ago, by linking with the RBL national LIGHTS OUT event. Stuart Clewlow, a local historian and researcher, was campaigning to build a memorial in our village, and together with Euxton War Memorial Group, he organised a display at the village Gala Day. This caught the imagination of our joint churches group and a commemorative event and service was organised at Euxton Methodist Church at the time of the national event on Monday August 4th.
A display with photos and local memorabilia was arranged in the church hall, and following refreshments we moved quietly into church, and prepared to light our candles at 10pm. Rev Andrew Mashiter led a short but moving time of readings, music and reflection, which included the reading of the Euxton Roll of Honour, 29 local men and women who gave their lives between 1914-18. The Church was packed with people from the other churches Euxton, and their families, representatives of the council and the Legion and our wider community, as we shared prayers of thanksgiving for sacrifices made, and for peace in our troubled world. As we sang our closing hymn, The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended, we extinguished the candles, perhaps to relight them on 11th November.
Thank you to everyone who helped prepare, take part and attend this special, and moving occasion, and for generously donating over £100 to the Euxton War Memorial fund.
Sierra Leone Mission Update
Chair of District Rev'd Paul Davis has circulated news of the area where members of our circuit and district have served in past years on the district mission. He outlines plans for continued support in the area.
One Life, Christianity Explored
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Deacon Ellen's recent sabbatical took her to the beautiful island of Iona
“Alleluia! Christ is Risen!” “He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!” That is my greeting to you in grateful thanks for the gift of our Saviour’s Resurrection and with heartfelt thankfulness to be back among you after my Sabbatical! As you may know, I looked at prayer and discipleship during my Sabbatical and one of my most rewarding trips was to spend time in prayer and contemplation with the Iona Community on the Isle of Iona, off Scotland’s west coast.