St John's is the Roman Catholic parish in the picturesque market town of Poulton-le-Fylde. The parish has served the local Catholic population since 1813, and the present church was built in 1912.
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Women’s World Day of Prayer
It was the turn of St John The Evangelist RC church in Poulton le Fylde to host this annual Interdenominational Service on behalf of all the Churches in the Poulton & District area.
The aim of the service was to pray to support women who live in underdeveloped areas of the world. The focus of the 2015 event was Women of the Bahamas.
The service of readings and a variety of hymns was prepared and written by women of The Bahamas. The service was held in the main church of St John’s - where the Interdenominational team of ladies tried to create a Bahamian atmosphere. Cuban music was played and the congregation were encouraged to wear brightly coloured clothes and pashmina shawls in pink, yellow, turquoise & green. A slide show of the Bahamas at the side of the alter set the scene. The alter had a beautiful central flower display of flowers from the region.
The service followed a set programme. Women from each church in Poulton participated
in a variety of dramatised readings including ‘washing of the feet by Jesus’. Cardboard cut outs of footsteps were provided for each member of the congregation to record how we might go forward from the service to help our sisters in need, both locally and internationally. These were then displayed on a notice board for all to see.
After the service refreshments were provided in the Church Hall. Ladies of St John’s parish provided excellent cup cakes decorated in Bahamian brightly coloured icing. Carrot cake and fruit cake following Bahamian recipes were delicious. Chocolate cake and fruit bread delights were all soon eaten.
Overall a very enjoyable occasion well supported by the ladies from the Interdenominational group of churches in Poulton.
The event raised £256 which was forwarded to the national organisation for Women’s World Day of Prayer. The funds will be distributed to causes specifically related to women in need.
For more information visit www.wwdp.org.uk
Lenten Fast Day
The count has now been done, and we are pleased to say that the Parish raised a total of £320.85 for CAFOD in the Lenten envelopes. A big thank you to all who contributed however much you could afford.
This year, from Ash Wednesday, 18 February to Sunday, 17 May, the Government has agreed to match £1.00 for every £1.00 donated to CAFOD up to the value of £3.5 million, so, every £1.00 you give will be worth £2.00 in total.
For further info see http://www.cafod.org.uk/Give/Give-for-free.
Sounds Of Christmas
Our very popular Christmas Concert, "Sounds of Christmas", took place on Wednesday, 3 December at 7.00pm in the Church. Performing were the Poulton Peoples Choir, St John's School Choir and Staining Bell Ringers. A great night was had by all. Many thanks the the performers and all who supported the event.
The Latest Parish Social: A Tea Dance
This took the form of a Tea Dance and happen on Sunday, 31 August 2014 in the Church Hall. It featured live music and dancing with afternoon tea. And what a splendid occasion it was. Many thanks to the Social Committee and the organisers not to mention the many parishioners who came and supported the event. A tidy sum was raised which will go towards the refurbishment of the Church Hall.
We'll Meet Again - Social Night
Friday 25th April saw the first parish social of the year, taking a wartime theme. Many of the organisers and guests came dressed up in costumes from the era and we were treated to a wide range of entertainment with a wartime theme.
With the parish hall decorated with flags, posters and standard lamps,the parish choir performed and led us all in singing favourite songs from the time; Fylde Ukulele network entertained us with a wide variety of music from the 1930s and 1940s; and we were treated to short play depicting the recruitment of Local Defence Volunteers.
Rationing wasn't on the cards though, and we were well fed with hot-pot and cakes!
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to a great evening.