Abram Parish Church

St John's serves the community of Abram in Wigan and is part of The Chapelfields Parish. During the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we are unable to open for normal services.

Operating as usual

[09/24/20]   Mighty God, with the dawn of your love you reveal your victory over all that would
destroy or harm, and you brighten the lives of all who need you.
Especially we pray for
families suffering separation . . .
people different from ourselves . . .
those isolated by sickness or sorrow . . .
the victims of violence or warfare . . .
the church in the Pacific region. . .

From our prayer dairy we pray for St John’s School parents and carers and all who live in St John’s School parents and carers and all who lvie in St Johns Court, St Johns Street, Tenement Street

St Johns Court, St Johns Street, Tenement Street

[09/23/20]   Send your holy angels
to watch over us, O God,
that on our lips will be found your truth
and in our hearts your love;
so we may ever taste your goodness
in the land of the living;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Sheaves Close, Shelly Drive, Simpkin Street

[09/22/20]   O Lord God,
you led your people through the wilderness
and brought them to the promised land.
So guide us,
that, following our Savior,
we may walk through the wilderness of this world
toward the glory of the world to come;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen. BCW

From our prayer diary we pray for St Johns School staff and all who live in Rydal Place, School Street

[09/21/20]   Gracious Lord,
grant to us that loving your holy word,
we may adorn it with obedient and Christlike lives;
to the glory of your name. Amen.

From our prayer diary we pray for the Village Shops, and all who live in Powell Street, Robson Place

Chapelfields Hub Parish - Church Wigan

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First song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhW-a_BY6WM

Second song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlNoxoOocZs

This morning we welcomed Revd Rachel Sheehan as our video interviewee in the hot seat (pre-recorded). Rachel heads the work with food ministry in Church Wigan, as well as being Associate Hub Leader in North West Hub. Rachel shared some challenging thoughts, and gave us a lot to think about.

Next week we will be thinking about the gift of ministry, and Revd Steve Clarke will be in the hot seat, fresh from his ordination as a priest on Friday this week.

Once again, thank you to all the people who have made this possible - they are a fantastic team. Michelle, who has been helping lead the team is taking a well-earned break, so any offers of help over the next two weeks would be doubly appreciated!

[09/20/20]   The link to children's church video is now on our Church Mice page.
If you have children who might be interested why not join the Church Mice group?

[09/20/20]   We pray For the church: that we may humbly accept God’s gift of salvation and recognize that every day is God’s gift to us

For all who are seeking God: that the Spirit of God will lead them into an encounter with God and open them to God’s presence and action in their lives

For the grace to prefer nothing to Christ: that we may live each day striving to be faithful disciples through trusting in God’s providence and showing love and compassion to all who enter our lives

For freedom from envy: that we may appreciate the gifts and blessings that others receive and rejoice in their success.

From our prayer diary we pray for For the church: that we may humbly accept God’s gift of salvation and recognize that every day is God’s gift to us

For all who are seeking God: that the Spirit of God will lead them into an encounter with God and open them to God’s presence and action in their lives

For the grace to prefer nothing to Christ: that we may live each day striving to be faithful disciples through trusting in God’s providence and showing love and compassion to all who enter our lives

For freedom from envy: that we may appreciate the gifts and blessings that others receive and rejoice in their success

[09/19/20]   God of glory, we praise you for your presence in our lives, and for all goodness
that you shower upon your children in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you for
promises kept and hope for tomorrow . . .
the enjoyment of friends . . .
the wonders of your creation . . .
the love from our parents, our sisters and brothers, our spouses and children . . .
the pleasures of living. . . .

From our prayer diary we pray for the Bucks head, and all who live in Park Lane, Park View

[09/18/20]   Almighty God, you know all needs before we speak our prayers, yet you welcome
our concerns for others in Jesus Christ. Especially we pray for
those who keep watch over the sick and dying . . .
those who weep with the grieving . . .
those who are without faith and cannot accept your love . . .
the aged who are lonely, distressed or weak . . .
Reformed, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches. . . .

From our prayer diary we pray for Parkfields, Pinewood close

[09/17/20]   We give you our cares and concerns, O God, because we know you are kind and
care for your children in every circumstance. Especially we pray for
those who struggle with doubt and despair . . .
people afflicted with disease . . .
those called to special ministries . . .
people neglected or abused . . .
Baptist, , and other free churches. . . .

From our prayer diary we pray for the Post office and all who live in Minstrel Close, Oak Avenue

[09/16/20]   Almighty God,
you despise nothing you have made
and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent.
Create in us new and contrite hearts,
that truly repenting of our sins,
and acknowledging our brokenness,
we may obtain from you, the God of all mercy,
full pardon and forgiveness;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen. BCW

From our prayer dairy we pray for all who live in Maypole Crescent, McLellen Road

[09/15/20]   Gracious God, we know you are close to all in need, and by our prayers for others
we come closer to you. We are bold to claim for others your promises of new
life in Jesus Christ, as we claim them for ourselves. Especially we pray for
those in dangerous occupations . . .
physicians and nurses . . .
those who are ill or confined to nursing homes . . .

From our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Maple Drive, May Avenue
those who mourn . . .
the Roman Catholic Church. . . .

[09/14/20]   Healer of the nations,
your beloved Son was lifted on the wood of the cross
and exalted as Lord of all creation.
Grant that all who believe in him
may have the gift of eternal life and share in the glory
of your promised reign of justice and peace. Amen. RCLP, alt.

From our praeyr dairy we pray for all who live in Langdale Crescent, Lime Close

Chapelfields Hub Parish - Church Wigan

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This morning we continued our series of services marking the international Season of Creation, but also marked Education Sunday and prayed particularly for our schools, colleges and universities. It was lovely to have families with us in church and on Zoom, we learned a new song, and a new way to say Amen!

We welcomed Laura Butcher, Principal of St John's CofE Primary School in Abram as our interviewee in the hot seat (pre-recorded). Huge thanks to Laura for some inspiring, thoughtful and deeply honest input!

Next week we will be thinking about the gift of service, and we hope to have a guest interviewee who has been very much involved in helping keep struggling families fed during lockdown.

Once again, thank you to all the people who have made this possible - they are a fantastic team. Michelle, who has been helping lead the team is taking a well-earned break, so any offers of help over the next two weeks would be doubly appreciated!

[09/13/20]   We hold up before you human needs, God of compassion, for you have come to
us in Jesus Christ and shared our life so we may share his resurrection.
Especially we pray for
the healing of those who are sick . . .
the comfort of the dying . . .

From our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Keats Way, Kingsdown Road

[09/11/20]   God of grace, let our concern for others reflect Christ’s self-giving love, not only
in our prayers, but also in our practice.
Especially we pray for
those subjected to tyranny and oppression . . .
wounded and injured people . . .
those who face death . . .
those who may be our enemies . . .
the church in Latin America. . . .

from our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Greenoak Close, Grimshaw Park

[09/10/20]   Jesus, our companion,
when we are driven to despair,
help us, through the friends and strangers
we encounter on our path,
to know you as our refuge,
our way, our truth and our life.

From our praeyr diary we pray for all who live in Grasmere Terrace, Greenbank

Chapelfields Hub Parish - Church Wigan

The new government announcements reducing social gatherings to six people have raised all sorts of questions about services in church. They have said that details will follow, but the Church of England has made this interim statement:

"Following indications that the number of people permitted to take part in a social gathering is to be reduced from 30 to six in England, we understand the new regulations will not apply to public worship or individual prayer in church buildings."

As things stand, we expect to go ahead with our Chapelfields Worship Together on Sunday, as before, and we will be continuing to plan for baptisms and weddings with the families that have approached us.

We will, however, need to be more conscious than ever that we may not feel at risk ourselves, but mustn't put others at risk. When we meet for worship there is a sense of being together, but we need to be careful not to stray into a 'disguised' social gathering!

God bless you all in these confusing times!

[09/09/20]   God of mercy, swift to help us,
as our lips pour forth your praise,
fill our hearts with the peace you give
to those who wait for your salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

From our praeyr diary we pray for all who live in Elm Road

[09/08/20]   Please pray for a young man who is serioulsy ill. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

[09/08/20]   O God,
as we come before your presence
satisfy the hearts of all who wait in hope for your coming;
fill our soul with streams of living water
as we place all our hope in you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Dickens Drive, Dixon Place, Lee Lane

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

You are invited to Eat, Talk, Pray on Thursday 10th September 6.30pm - 8.00pm online on zoom.

Eat, Talk, Pray is all about what it says on the tin. We eat, we talk, we pray, just as Jesus taught his disciples to do as they shared the good news, and just as the early church did as they became 'church' and deepened their faith.

It isn't a eucharist as such, but it's all about thanksgiving, which is the spirit of the eucharist, and we eat and drink together as we remember God's goodness.

We had hoped to return to meeting in church, but this month we feel it is safest to continue to hold Eat, Talk, Pray online on Zoom.

Direct message us on Facebook, or email [email protected] for a chat.

The Zoom link is here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82441157387?pwd=VTVDd1FiQ290WDVyUVBQcktvdkpXZz09

If you are asked for the Meeting ID and password, they are 824 4115 7387 and 233986.

Get the prayer booklet here: https://transformingwigan.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/200512-eat-talk-pray-booklet.pdf.

We generally eat and drink together at the start of the zoom meeting, so put the kettle on around that time!

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Chapelfields Hub Parish - Church Wigan

This morning we kicked off a series of services marking the international ecumenical Season of Creation, and welcomed Liz Atherton from Faiths4Change as our interviewee in the hot seat. It was brilliant to have her with us, and we conquered the technology to hold our first Zoom interview linked to church.

Liz shared with us the work Faiths4Change does in encouraging churches across Liverpool Diocese towards becoming Bronze, Silver, or even Gold-award Eco Churches (see https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/ for more information). As a challenge, she invited us to think about a small first step each of could make on a journey to make a bigger difference.

Once again, thank you to all the people who have made this possible - they are a fantastic team. Next week we will mark Education Sunday, and we hope to have a guest from one of our local schools. Families welcome - we'll be marking the beginning of a unique school year.

[09/07/20]   Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation,
that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others
and to your honor and glory.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

From our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Erskine Place, Fisher Avenue

[09/06/20]   God of all creation,
open our hearts
that Christ, the King of glory, may enter and rule our lives.
Give us clean hands and pure hearts,
that we may stand in your presence and receive your blessing
through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCW
From our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Culcheth Avenue, Davy Road, Dootson Street

[09/05/20]   Merciful God, we praise you that you give strength for every weakness, forgiveness
for our failures, and new beginnings in Jesus Christ.
Especially we thank you for
the guidance of your spirit through this day . . .
signs of new life and hope . . .
people who have helped us . . .
those who struggle for justice . . .
expressions of love unexpected or undeserved. . . .

From our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Chaucer Place, Coniston Drive

[09/04/20]   You alone, O God, are holy and righteous,
and we praise you for protecting us in times of trial.
Keep us safe from all evil
and lead us in paths of justice
that we may know the joy of trusting Jesus Christ
our shield and defender. Amen. BCW

From our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Byron Close, Camm Street. Charnock Street

[09/03/20]   We give you our praise and thanks, O God, for all gifts of love we have received
from you, and for your persistent mercy in Jesus Christ.
Especially we thank you for
work we have accomplished pleasing to you . . .
the faithful witness of Christian people . . .
the example of righteousness we see in parents and teachers . . .
the innocence and openness we see in children . . .
all works of Christian compassion. . . .

From our prayer diary we pray for all who live in Birch Road, Burns Road

[09/02/20]   We have been made aware that Miss Pam Banks, former Deputy Head and then Headteacher of St John’s School during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s has died last weekend after a long illness. We have no further details at the moment.

[09/02/20]   "God of wisdom and might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body, and spirit. Be with our children as they begin a new school year. Bless them and their teachers and staff. Give them the strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

[09/02/20]   Give us your peace, O God, that we may rejoice in your goodness to us and to all
your children, and be thankful for your love revealed in Jesus Christ. Especially
we thank you for
people who reveal your truth and righteousness . . .
courage to be bold disciples . . .
those who show hospitality . . .
surprises that have blessed us . . .
the unity of the church of Jesus Christ. . . .

From our praeyr diary we pray for Beech Grove, Bickershaw Lane

[09/01/20]   Bless those who minister healing,
that they may bring wholeness to other, yet know your healing in themselves:
Jesus, Lord of your Church:

From our prayer diary we pray for Ansford Avenue, Ashwood Avenue, Atkinson Street
in your mercy hear us.

[08/31/20]   Loving God,
who made your servant Aidan
a wanderer among the English
that he might bring them home to your kingdom,
grant us, after his example, to walk so faithfully
along the pathways of this life,
that in all our converse with others
we may commend the saving gospel
of your Son Jesus Christ;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen. FAS

From our prayer diary we pray for Boys Brigade and Girls Association, Beavers Cubs and Scouts,

[08/30/20]   Morning all
We are now in St Nathaniel’s Church preparing for our morning service
If you want to Join in
Zoom code

82581079758

Password
075891

Do join your church wardens Lindsey, Steve and Carol as we lead this service

History

The original church in Abram was built in 1838, located in the centre of the village, along the main road and at the highest point. The first stone was laid on the 9th March 1836 by Sir Henry Gunning and on Saturday 9th June 1838 the building was consecrated by the then Lord Bishop of Chester and dedicated to St John the Evangelist.

The school was built in 1883 and located just down the road from the church. It was paid for by the Chadwick family and named after St John. As the industrialisation of the area grew so did the housing in order to accommodate the families of those working at the Maypole Colliery.

The original church building was also not able to accommodate the increase in population and was felt to be too small. On 19th July 1907 a meeting was held with the Bishop of Liverpool, Mr J H A Whitley, JP; Mr H E Johnson JP and Mr John Smith JP to consider the possibility of building a new Parish Church to replace the original which was in a bad state of repair.

In December 1907 the bell which was placed on the church roof over the front porch fell down and Mr John Smith JP of Crankwood Road, Abram is quoted as saying that something would have to be done as “The church was falling down round our heads!”

Shortly before the outbreak of the First World War enough money had been raised to commence building the church, but the war intervened and by its end inflation had doubled the cost of building. The money to build the present church was finally raised in 1935 and the first sod was cut on the same site adjacent to the original building on the 10th July by the Rev T F Brownbill Twemlow. On the pillar at the entrance to the Lady Chapel (to the side of the pulpit) is the Foundation Stone, laid 7th December 1935, by Orlando, 5th Earl of Bradford in the presence of Albert Augustus Chavasse, Lord Bishop of Liverpool. A receptacle was placed beneath the stone containing a copy of the Service, the parish magazine, plans and specifications with the names of the architects and contractor and all church officials. The church was dedicated on January 30th 1937 by the Bishop of Warrington Dr Gresford Jones.

The church was aligned north to south not the usual east to west probably because of the geological structure of the land. In excavating the foundations it was found that there was such a quantity of sand that it was necessary to sink columns down to bedrock. The architects were Austin and Paley of Lancaster and the builders were Messrs Thomas. The total cost was £13, 616.12.0; this figure included all furniture, fittings, hassocks, cassocks, hymn books and carpets.

The clock on the church tower was bought by public subscription to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of George V in 1935. It was felt that the church was the most appropriate place in the village for the clock to be installed. The cost was £150; there is a stone on the tower wall commemorating the gift.

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Videos (show all)

Chapelfields video message – Sunday 29th March 2020 (5th Sunday in Lent)
Chapelfields Parish Covid-19 update - Saturday 21st March 2020

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Warrington Road
Abram
WN2 5RQ

General information

We are a growing, welcoming and inclusive Anglican Church and the hub of our local community. We welcome ANYONE – Christians from any denomination or group, people thinking about faith, people who are just curious and want to see what church is like….ALL are welcome. You do not need to be a member or become a member, or let anyone know you are coming: just turn up. If you have extra needs, you may find that you are already catered for: We have baby change facilities and a children’s corner with books and soft toys. Partially sighted – larger print service sheets and notice sheets are available on request. Limited mobility – we are fully wheelchair accessible and have a disabled toilet. We have many members with limited mobility so this is catered for, and you can have communion in your seat. Nonverbal communication – We sometimes have BSL interpretation during services as a couple of our members know sign language. Although they are not always present, we are willing to have a go at communicating regardless. Parking – there are places along the road nearby to park your car and a small car park opposite the church. You do not need to bring anything with you, especially if this is your first visit! We do have a collection, this is where someone will pass around a plate or small bag for people to put money in to help the church do its work in the community, but some people give by direct debit and do not put anything in and some cannot afford to give money but give in other ways. If you are new to the church or just visiting us because you are curious you do not need to give unless you wish to. If you feel anxious about coming for the first time, please get in touch via the details given under the ‘contact us’ page on this website to tell us what your needs are and we can arrange for someone to look out for you and greet you. This can also be a good idea if you suffer from anxiety. You might perhaps like to see one of us beforehand or have a look at the church while it is empty first. We collect donations of non-perishable food and donate these items to local foodbanks to help provide emergency food to feed people in crisis. We are a Fairtrade Church. This means we use Fairtrade Tea and coffee and other products where we can and we actively promote and encourage Fairtrade. Where you see products marked with the Fairtrade symbol this guarantees that the people who actually grew the crops are paid a fair, living wage for them. You can financially support the work of this church via www.justgiving.com/abramchurch and also by registering with easyfundraising and supporting Abram Church at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/abrampc/?u=2S0COF Every time you shop the church will get a percentage of what you spend. Follow us on Twitter at @Abram_Church
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