Author Archives: Amanda Marshall

Joyful June

Dear JohnPaul Parish family Joyful June It was so glorious to have those few weeks of sun!  I dived into my wardrobe and found my summer outfits, I even put some self-tanning lotion on my legs!  And then the rain started to fall again!  Hey ho!  I enjoyed it while it lasted. My big focus in May was preparing for our bid to the Community Ownership fund – part of the government’s levelling up funds.  Sadly, this has now all gone on hold as we move towards a general election in July.  As I reflect on the election and our…
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Marvellous May

Dear JohnPaul Parish Family Aslan is on the move! My youngest arrived for a week at Easter and stayed for a month!  He was writing his final year dissertation, but he was also doing what he does best; talking about current affairs, cooking amazing food, sleeping long hours, introducing us to some amazing Netflix and Amazon prime TV series and reading the Chronicles of Narnia with me.  Not quite like when he was 10, since we were often on different books, but we shared some awesome moments; ‘Further up and further in’. I have a sense that ‘Aslan is on…
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Has Spring Sprung?

Dear JohnPaul Parish We hold our APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) on Sunday 12th May this year (12-1pm). I would love to see some of our newer faces there this year.  We have already got three new members of the PCC – all from amongst our new families, which is just fab!  However, I want to invite more of you to join us as we review the last year and look to the future. Findings from our Vision Day in February For those of you who like the details, see below for the full notes from our Vision Day at…
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Easter Preparation

Dear JohnPaul Parish As we move towards Easter, our most holy festival of the church year, I wanted to share with you two important outcomes from the Vision day that was held recently at Whalley Abbey. First, we have decided to hold two services of renewal and healing in both our churches on Saturday 16th (St Paul’s) and Sunday 17th March (St John’s) at 4pm. The services are called ‘Line in the Sand’ and we will communicate the following to our local communities. ‘Every church has a story; whether good, bad, or mixed. It may be unconscious, but it can…
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See I am doing a new thing!

Happy New Year for 2024 I have just returned from a week in our future retirement home that my husband, Richard, has been project managing over the last two years (a new build in Ravenstonedale in the North Yorkshire moors).  It is nearly finished, but we were able to host our New Year gathering for our old gang from University days in Nottingham. We had pretty atrocious weather, but it allowed me to spend some time praying, reviewing the previous year and seeking God’s direction for the year ahead.  Many of you know that a number of us use the…
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Christmas is coming!


Dear JohnPaul Church Family Advent Greetings! I am writing to you on one of those awesome Winter days, when the light streaming in the window and a stillness in the air, makes everything beautiful!  Many of you know I use the app Lectio365, from the 24/7 prayer movement, as part of my daily devotions.   Click here to find out more https://www.24-7prayer.com/resource/lectio-365/ Today’s reading seemed to match the day as I read about God gave the ten commandments to Moses. His face literally shone, as he returned down the mountain, after spending time with God.  Paul goes one step further in the…
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