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Chorale Amici June Concert

Chorale Amici presents 'Summer Rendezvous' on Sunday 30th June at 3.00 pm in Church.

There is something for everyone in the programme, from gentle lullabies to a humorous three minute version of Handel's Messiah! The choir will be in the safe hands of Alistair MacKenzie, the fine mezzo soprano soloist is again Vicky Little, and at the piano will be the familiar face of Kevin Morgan.

Tickets costing £5 will be available on the door and the concert will be followed, as usual, by coffee and cakes.

Lidun Singers Concert 2019

Everyone is welcome to a concert by the Lidun Singers on Wednesday 19th June at 7.00pm in Church. There is a wide variety of music in the programme; the choir will be performing a medley from Les Miserables and vocal music from Vivaldi to Cole Porter. The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, Mr Alistair MacKenzie, and accompanied by Dr Kevin Morgan.

Tickets costing £7 can be obtained from the Parish Office and will be available on the door; there is no charge for accompanied children. Refreshments will be available after the concert. (Note that there is no interval).


Sponsored Pilgrimage 2019

Sponsored pilgrimage: On 4th June 2019 Bill Hembrow will be setting out from St Jean Pied de Port in France on the 780km (nearly 500 miles) Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage walk. This will take five to six weeks to complete. Bill is raising money to provide floodlighting for St Anne's Parish Church and for the Freemasons' Grand Charity, which raises millions of pounds every year for national charities.

We are delighted that our own Bill is undertaking such a venture and would encourage you, if possible, to support him. Sponsorship forms are available at the back of Church.

Ascension Day 2019

Come and join us at our service on Ascension Day.


Three Choirs Festival 2019

Come and enjoy a varied programme of vocal music by performers of all ages. Everyone is most welcome. Tickets are available from the Parish Office, members of the Social Committee, or on the door.



Holy Week Services 2019

Services for Holy Week are listed below. Please join us for worship as often as you can.

Confirmation 2019

The Bishop of Burnley, the Rt. Rev. Philip North, confirmed sixteen of our young people and seven adults at a Confirmation Service in Church on Sunday 7th April 2019. In addition eight of the candidates were also baptised along with the baby boy of one of the candidates. One adult was also received into the Church of England.

The Church was filled with family and friends of those who were confirmed, and the Bishop was assisted by our Vicar, Fr. David Lyon and Assistant Curate, Fr. Aiden Edwards.

The service was followed by refreshments as the candidates and their families celebrated with the congregation.

Speaking after the service Bishop Philip said, "I was privileged to be able to pray for and confirm sixteen young people and seven adults, and it was exciting to witness so many taking this important step of faith together."

Fr. David Lyon said, "This was a wonderful occasion for all present, and a magnificent blend of thanksgiving, prayer and joyfulness. It will be brilliant to continue to walk with them on their Christian journey."


Lent Lunches 2019

Lent lunches take place on most Tuesdays in Lent in Room 1 in the Parish Rooms. They are simple: soup, bread roll, cheese, fruit and tea or coffee. They act as a reminder of the simplicity with which our Lord fasted in the wilderness for forty days and nights. Money raised this year goes to Christian Aid.


The remaining two lunches are on March 26th and April 9th.

There is no lunch during Holy Week (April 16th)

Mothering Sunday 2019

Join us for a family service to celebrate Mothering Sunday. Everyone will be made most welcome.


A Lily for a Loved One 2019

Brenda Lyon is collecting names and money for A Lily for a Loved One. These lilies are part of the Easter floral decorations in Church. They come from Holland and, with the uncertainty of Brexit, Brenda would like to place the order by April 1st. The lilies cost £4.00 per stem. 
Please see Brenda to place your order. 

New Electoral Roll 2019

This year, in common with all other parishes in the Church of England, a new Electoral Roll has to be compiled. All regular, baptised worshippers, aged at least 16, (including anyone prevented from coming to Church by illness or infirmity) are encouraged to enrol. Forms are available in Church and should be returned as soon as possible (and no later than 1st April) to the box in Church or to the Parish Office. 

What is the electoral roll?
It is a list of all baptised adults (over 16) committed to being part of the life of a local Church of England congregation. Only those on the roll may vote at the annual meetings.

Who can be on the roll?
Anybody who lives in the parish, or who has worshipped regularly at St. Annes for at least 6 months.

What commitment is expected?
· Regular worship on Sundays
· Praying for the mission & ministry of the Church
· Giving financially to support the work of the Church
· Giving of your time and energy
· Deepening your fellowship with other members of the Church

Ash Wednesday 2019

A short video from Father David, explaining the significance of Ash Wednesday, can be found here.

Ash Wednesday Services 2019

To mark the beginning of Lent please come and join us at one of the Ash Wednesday services in Church.

Ash Wednesday 2019

Chorale Amici February Concert

Chorale Amici's February concert is on Sunday 24th February at 3.00 pm in Church. There is something for everyone in their latest concert selection. It includes a variety of modern versions of mainly well-known texts; the choir will be performing pieces by Karl Jenkins, Howard Goodall, Bob Chilcott and Ola Gjeilo.

The choir will be led by their Musical Director, Alistair MacKenzie and the Mezzo Soprano for the afternoon is Victoria Little.

Tickets costing £5 will be available on the door; there is no charge for students and under 18's. Proceeds will be donated to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and St Annes Parish Church.

Annual Charity Christmas Tree Festival


Our Annual Charity Christmas Tree Festival will take place from Satur
day 8th - Saturday 15th December 2018

Full details here.

The Osiligi Warriors - 18 Sep 2018

On Tuesday 18th September at 7.00 pm  an evening of Maasai Tribal Song and Dance with The Osiligi Warriors will be held in Church. 

Tickets cost £10.00 for adults, £3.00 for children, and include refreshments. 

Tickets are available from the Parish Office, 01253 722736 (Mon - Fri 10.00am - noon). 

An evening not to be missed! 

Influence Advertising

Do you have a business or know of one that would benefit from advertising in our church magazine?

If so please contact the Parish Office for details A quarter page advert only costs £60 for the year! 

Pilgrims Coffee Stop

Every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays), from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm we will be serving delicious coffee, tea and biscuits in the Parish Rooms in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Come along and join us for a weekly social get-together and chat. 

Everyone is welcome!!

Remember WW1 awards

 On 2.11.16 in London bellringers Fiona & Gerald Wilson accepted on behalf of the St Annes Parish Bellringers an award as finalists in the Acts of Remembrance category of the Remember WW1 awards, sponsored by the Daily Telegraph. Received from judging panel chair, Dame Julia Cleverdon, the award was one of 25 recognising the many efforts around the country to remember the sacrifice of World War One. In total there were 160 entries with four finalists in each category of community awards. In 2014 the bellringers of St Annes Parish Church rang a Quarter Peal in memory of Isaac Street, the first man from St Annes to die in WW1, on the exact centenary of his death on 26 August 1914. 

A Quarter Peal comprises approximately 45 minutes of continuous ringing and over 1200 changes of bell sequence and requires a team of at least six expert bellringers. Since then with the assistance of local members of the Lancashire Association of Change Ringers, a further 18 Quarter Peals have been rung in memory of a further 55 men from St Annes, who died in the service of their country in the First World War. In the next 4 years there will be further Quarter Peals to complete the commemoration of over 180 men connected with the town of St Annes, whose names appear in the Memorial Chapel of St Annes Parish Church, on a memorial in the churchyard or on the town memorial in Ashton Gardens. The last Quarter Peal is due to be rung on 2nd January 2021. 

Tower Captain Stuart Newton said, “It was a huge surprise to hear that we had reached the final, but a great tribute to the support we have received from the many local bellringers from Lytham St Annes & the Fylde, who have rallied round to help us with this very worth while initiative to remember these men from our town. Of course, none of it would have been possible without the research from Fiona Wilson, which she started on the original suggestion of Brenda Lyon.”


Pilgrims Coffee Stop 

In need of company? 
Want to make new friends? 
 Drop in for tea, coffee and a chat. 
 Be assured of a warm welcome. 
 Monday Mornings 10.00 to 12.00 
 St Annes Church Parish Rooms 

Ship of Fools Review

Thank you to "Chris Teean" for a lovely review of our Church. You can read all about it here on the Ship of Fools website.

Opening the new Lift in the Parish Rooms

The anticipated day had finally arrived when we would celebrate the Opening of the Lift in the Parish Rooms. Various dignitaries and guests had been invited; The Mayor Angela Jacques, our Patron Mr James Hilton and Mr David Randerson from West Lancashire Masons.

The proceedings commenced with a welcome and thank you speech from Caroline Bird, then a few words from James Hilton followed by Angela Jacques. Father David blessed the lift and then Mr Tom Westall BEM and Amelia  cut the ribbon to officially open the lift.

A wonderful buffet lunch was enjoyed by all in the hall upstairs followed by the magnificent celebration cake made and decorated by Alan Swindlehurst.  It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate a great achievement and one we, as a Church family, can all be proud of. The Fundraising Committee, are very grateful for the support and generosity from the church congregation and in particular Caroline Bird's commitment to the project. Her ability to raise money and donations from different sources is awesome!

Rev Derek Welch

It is with sadness that we have to let you know that the Rev Derek Welch has passed away after declining health over the past year. Fr Derek was a much loved and valued member of the St Anne's Parish Church family. He came as vicar in 1973 taking over in the centenary year of the church after the untimely death of Canon Clarke and served until his retirement in 1991. Over the past ten years or so he returned as a regular member of the congregation and as an assistant priest, giving marvellous and unconditional support to both Fr Damian and Fr David as incumbents. We shall all miss him especially his unfailing good humour.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Fr Derek's funeral will be at St Annes Parish Church on Thursday April 19th at 2pm.

Sgt Nigel Coupe

It is with great sadness that the people of Saint Annes   on Sea mourn the death of Sgt Nigel Coupe who was killed in action in Afghanistan on 7th March 2012.  As we pray for the repose of his soul, and that his family and friends may be comforted, we offer this opportunity for members of the public to leave their own messages of condolence using the "comment" facility at the bottom of this post.

Fr. David Lyon
Vicar of St. Anne's 

A Prayer for the Fallen
Almighty and eternal God,
from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
either by death or life;
hear our prayers and thanksgiving for Nigel Coupe;
fulfil in him the purpose of your love;
and bring us all with them to thine eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer for those who mourn
Gracious God,
surround the family of Nigel Coupe and all who mourn this day
with your continuing compassion.
Do not let grief overwhelm your children,
or turn them against you.
When grief seems never-ending,
take them one step at a time
along your road of death and resurrection
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Regimental Collect - The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
O Lord Jesus Christ,
in whose service is our perfect freedom,
grant that we, thy servants of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
may so loyally serve our Sovereign and our native land,
that being faithful unto death,
we may share in the life to come,
for thy truth's sake,
who art one with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
world without end.

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