Hest Bank United Reformed Church


Hest Bank

The Church and Church Hall are shared with the St Luke' Anglican Church. This enables a combined Christian witness to the village of Slyne-with-Hest.

Shady Lane, Slyne-with-Hest, Lancaster. LA2 6JD

Songs of Praise

Do you enjoy singing? Is your favourite hymn not sung often enouth? Well. come and join us on September 10th when the worship group will be holding a "Songs of Praise" service. Nearer the date forms will be disrtibuted for you to fill in your favourite hymn, and why, so please get your thinking caps on now and be ready for a "Good Sing".

Our Food Collection.

We continue to collect food for our food bank each Thursday morning, but we no longer take it to the Balmoral children's centre. Sadly the centre closed in March due to council cutbacks. The services were transferred to the Westgate children's centre where we now take our full collection. This is a bigger centre and appears very busy, serving the needs of a wider area. The food is distributed by those who work at the centre and is given to families with real need, so please continue to support this. If you are not able to come down to church on Thursday morning, but would like to contribute, please just leave the items in the vestry on Sunday morning, or whenever you happen to be there. Many Thanks Val Gill

Asylum Seeker's visit

On 15th July, asylum seekers from Levenshulme In Manchester will arrive at Silverdale, at theSilver Sapling field. Once morel we shall provide them with lunch, friendship, support, games and hopefully, a pleasant day outfor them. Everyone is welcome, helpers are always needed, or you could just sit and chat to this group of friendly, needy people.

When we went to Levenshulme on May 7th, We were very moved by the WA ST choir (Women's Asylum Seekers Together), and a couple of the members who had been on the trip last year said how much they look forward to coming again. They are living difficult lives, with very little money, and so many restrictions on how they live, If you have any time to spare and would like to help on the 15th July, please contact one of the UIC elders.

Thank You

Ann and fammily would like to thank everyone for their love, prayers and support; visits and kind messages, during the illness and sad bereavement of Ged.

You helped so much in getting us through the heart-breaking time, and one again we sincerely thank you. Ann Hearsey

Coach Outing to Lowther Castle

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Lowther Castle has something for all ages:

• Fantastic adventure playground abd Wild Woods
• NEW Gallery andExhibition Centre
• Lovely Gardens to explore
• Café and Shop
• Visit Lowther Family Church (15 minute walk from the Castle)

A 2 mile walk, outside the Castle grounds will be organised.

COST Adults £17 Children £6

These figures include the coach and admission to the Castle

If interested contact Chris Fox on 822779 before Wednesday 2nd August.

URC Children's Sunday

On the 9th of July we tried to make the day special for the children and families. Our morning service at 11.15 was led by our Sunday school, and ,as always, our children were amazing. We choes "consequences" as a theme and looked at how one small action can spread ripples of change, both for bad and for good. We had a domino trail to know down, a canoe in the aisle, and a video clip of the children throwing pebbles in the sea. Well done Frances, Alex, Amber, Libby, Callum and Dylan.

On the afternoon there was a treasure hunt around the village. Out thanks go to Anthony and Julie for organising the hunt which was very imaginatively presente. Pictures of items in the village taken from unusual angles had to be identified as clues to the hidden puppets. A great time was had by all the families who took part.

Asylum Seekers visit

On the 15th July, we hosted a day out in the countryside for 40 asylum seekers currently living in Manchester. They arrived by coach on a very wet Saturday morning to the guide campsite of "Silver Sapling" by Eaves Wood in Silverdale. Fortunately, there was rom in the marquee for everyone to sit and enjoy food, whilst Brenda and Sue stood out in the rain all day cooking sausages and burgers. A walk through the woods to the Methodist chappel hall gave welcome respite from the rain in the afternoon, before everyone climbed back in the coach to go to Bolton-le-Sands for afternoon tea. Many thanks to all those who worked hard to make the day a success, especially the chefs.

On a Practical Note....

During the inter-regnum the Rev. David Greenwood will be our pastoral link person. If anyone needs to contact a minister, talk to the church secretary or one of the elders, who can put you in touch.

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