29th March 2020


29th March 2020

“Our vision is to follow Jesus by learning His ways and sharing His love”

We seek to enjoy fellowship together as we worship God, grow in discipleship, develop in ministry and reach our community with the gospel.

We value welcome, worship and witness.


  There will be no services of public worship until further notice. 

•   The fact that the church buildings are now closed until further notice does not mean that the real church, the body of Christ, of which we are all members, has also closed. Quite the opposite, in fact !!! As Christians, we are called to love our neighbours. We can do this in many ways, despite the enforced isolation in which we find ourselves.

Give someone a call to check that they’re coping with the situation.

Pray over the phone with a friend.

Pray alone or with the other members of your household for safe deliverance from this epidemic for your families, those whose work puts them in danger of infection and those who lead our country through this crisis.

   It looks as though it may be some time – certainly a matter of months, rather than weeks – before we are able to hold services again in church. Nevertheless, the church does have ongoing costs, which we have to pay whether we are holding services or not. To those of you, who pay by standing order, I would say a big thank you, and ask that, insofar as you are able to do so, please do not stop the standing orders. If you currently contribute to the church through the planned-giving envelopes, please consider switching to donating through standing order. If you wish to do so, here are the bank details :

Account Name : St Mary & All Saints with St John

Sort Code : 09-01-53

Account Number : 75875484

Due to guidance from the Bishops none of our regular events will take place until further notice

 Other ways to worship during the crisis

  • Many people will probably want to pray more than they usually do during these worrying and uncertain times. The Church of England has launched an app, which is available on both Apple Store and Google Play Store. It is called Time to Pray and is Free of Charge. The app contains prayers and short readings for each day, for both daytime and night-time prayer. 

  • On Sunday, the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu will be broadcasting a “virtual” service at 9:00am on Facebook and on the internet. https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

  • Here are a couple of other links (internet, Facebook or YouTube) which you may find useful.


    Hymns and Books

  • Since Chris Casey left us last month, there is currently only one full-time vicar in Rossendale, Rod Bevan at St Anne’s Edgeside. At the moment, Rod is posting thoughts on the FaceBook page of St Anne’s. Why not take a peek?

Pastoral Care Matters : We are facing worrying times at the moment. 

  • Because of coronavirus, home visits by the Pastoral Team will have to be placed on hold for the moment as will home communion visits.

    This is being done to protect the members of our church family who fall into the “vulnerable” category of our population. Nevertheless, our Pastoral Team is still working and are more than willing to provide a listening ear or to pray with you over the phone.If you are forced to self-isolate and need someone to do your shopping, this can be arranged (but may not extend to loo roll).If you feel the need for support, please email us on stmarygoodshaw@yahoo.com, or call Elaine, who will act as coordinator for the Pastoral Team. In addition - Prayers for others – If you know someone who needs praying for, or if you need praying for yourself, don’t be shy.

If you've already paid Jane for Bible Study notes then thank you so much. If it has got overlooked (especially with her being away) please can you let her have any outstanding monies. Thank you. 

Quiet Days – Julie Barratt will be leading two quiet days again this year. These are a time for study and reflection. The dates this year are Saturday, 16th May and Saturday, 3rd October. Please put these dates in you diaries. Subect to guidance regarding Coronavirus

• If you have any Notices to be shared, please email them to stmarygoodshaw@yahoo.com by Thursday evening, so that they can be included on the Sunday Notices circular. If you wish to receive the notices electronically each week, please speak to Mike.

This year’s APCM which was to be held on Sunday, 19th April, immediately after the morning service has been postponed 

The Diocese has informed us that we are able to postpone the APCM until the month of October.

As such, all current office holders (churchwardens, PCC members, deanery synod representatives and sides-people) will remain in office until such time as we are able to hold the APCM. 

Why not use the time you now find you have on your hands to write your annual report for the APCM, and send it to Mike Black or Rachel Tracey ?

Dates for PCC Meetings in 2020

May 12th,   July 7th,   September 8th,   November 3rd Subect to guidance regarding Coronavirus


Events Advance notice of events at St Mary & All Saints Church, Goodshaw :

  • Spring Afternoon Tea on 4th April - It is a little different from the recent family coffee mornings. It will start with a served afternoon tea at 3pm followed by entertainment. There will be simple games afterwards with small prizes. We are also having a bring-&-buy stall. As usual we will be looking for help at this event, there is a list up on the notice board for contributions of food or help. We do already have some food items. Any help gratefully received. Please come along with family or friends and support this event. Ticket entry only £5 available from Laura or Elaine.  Cancelled -To be rearranged.
  • Mexican Night on 26th June Subect to guidance regarding Coronavirus.

 Events at our Sister Churches

  • The next social event at St Mary’s, Rawtenstall, will be a VE Day Party on Saturday 2nd May. Further details to follow. - Subect to guidance regarding Coronavirus.

  • The Summer Fair at St Paul’s, Constable Lee will be on June 20th Subect to guidance regarding Coronavirus.