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A pastoral letter from Fr Andrew

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Along with this letter you will find a copy of my homily for 26 July, which I do ask you to read carefully and hopefully respond to. I write also to bring you up to date with ‘where we are’ as a Christian family at this point in the pandemic. It is a great joy that we are once again able to gather for worship, albeit with some pretty strict limitations. As I write we still cannot sing and our liturgy is quite restricted – though we do our best, having re-introduced some of our familiar ceremonial. Our numbers in church at any one time are limited to 30 to maintain proper social distancing. This is the same number as permitted for funerals (wherever they take

Thought for the week - 26 July 2020

Yesterday, 25 July was the 95th Anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of this present St. Stephen’s on the Cliffs Church 17 May two years later, 1927, the new church was consecrated. Fr Freshwater, ‘Freshie’ who had begun the parish in 1910, was the driving force. The new building was to cost just over £20,000 in 1925, (Just over £1.2 million in today’s money. It was huge undertaking – even more so when you consider that when the foundation stone was laid, they had just over £4,000! An appeal during the previous five years had not gone well. By February 1925 only £1,000 had been raised. Nevertheless, the foundation stone was laid. Was that foolish? Probably. History showed

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St Stephen on the Cliffs, Holmfield Road, Blackpool, FY2 9RB

An Anglican church in the Diocese of Blackburn

 

St Stephen on the Cliffs PCC Reg Charity No 1131959

Friends of St Stephens Reg Charity No 1120454

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