Minister and Contact Details
A minister is available for emergencies. For pastoral support during this time please contact Janet Poole.
President Janet Poole – 01204 845916
Chair of Council Alec Bowman – 07494349369 email: alec.bowmanATme.com
Treasurer Valerie Ramsden
Correspondence Secretary Don Gerrard
Calendar Editor Nicola Daley email: nicola.daley2AThotmail.co.uk
Webmaster Bill Kelly email : billk6648AThotmail.com
Pulpit Secretary Veronica Walker e-mail: vandgwalkerATgmail.com
Women’s League President Janet Poole e-mail: janet-pooleAThotmail.co.uk
Non-Chapel Groups who meet in our Hall are listed below. If you would like to make contact with any of these groups, speak to the Minister or a Council member.
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Weight Watchers
- The Bank Street Writers
- Gamblers Anonymous
- The Theosophical Society
- Lizzie Jones’s History Group
- The University of the Third Age Choir.
The Chapel Annual General Meeting will be held after service on Sunday 14th April.
Please do your best to attend. If you have been a chapel member for more than a year and would like to be considered to be a member of chapel council, or nominate someone, (with their permission) please put your/their name on the poster on the notice board in the hall.
Jean Longworth and Janet Poole will be attending the General Assembly meetings, as chapel delegates, in Birmingham from April 16 to 18th. The motions due to be discussed at the meetings are displayed on the notice board. Please read them and speak to either Jean or Janet if you have any opinions that you wish them to take into consideration when voting on these issues. Sheila Fitzpatrick will also attend as a visitor.
We were sad to hear that Sheila Coates died on 13th March, she was aged 94 years. Sheila was a lifelong member of Bank Street chapel. Unfortunately, due to failing health, both Sheila and her husband, Neville, had been unable to attend for some time. Her funeral was held in chapel on Friday 29th March conducted by Rev Brenda Catherall.
We send our sympathy and love to Neville and his family.
If you are able to fill any gaps…??? please speak to June Grice.
7th April…Adrienne and Brian
14th April…June and Sue
21st April Easter Sunday…???
7th April…Don and Gaye
14th April…Barbara and Janet
21st April…June and???
7th April…Evelyn Hardman
14th April…FREE DATE
21st April…Ian Trotman
28th April…Sharon Hardman Wedding Anniversary
7th April…Vincent Mcully
14th April…Eleanor Hill
21st April…Easter Sunday Janet Poole
28th April…Graham Greenall
5th May…David Meacham
I assume that you are all back at school after the Christmas holidays. As I write this I am looking through the window at the snow. I love it, the trees look beautiful. I hope it lasts long enough for you to build a snowman, or go sledging but, do be careful!
The next thing to look forward to is pancake Tuesday, sweet or savoury they are delicious. Followed by half term, we may have some snow then and you can enjoy it for longer.
What do you call a cat that has eaten a whole duck?
A duck filled fatty puss!
What kind of illness did Bruce Lee get?
Patient Doctor, doctor, my son has swallowed my pen. What should I do?
Doctor Use a pencil.
Respect is a powerful thing. You respect people because they do something like caring. I show respect because my Dad looks after me. I show respect for my family because they do nice things for me, my friends because when I’m hurt they help me and the rescue services for saving people’s lives. But I don’t respect people who hurt others.
Alex Greenhalgh year 5
Perhaps when you are in Sunday School next time you could write down your thoughts about respect and we could put it in the Church magazine. Enjoy your pancakes!
Submitted by Alwynne Cartmell
I bless the night that nourished my heart
To set the ghosts of longing free
Into the flow and figure of dream
That went to harvest from the dark
Bread for the hunger no one sees.
All that is eternal in me
Welcomes the wonder of this day,
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.
I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Waves of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.
May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.
May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.
By John O’Donohue
May we raise children who love the unloved things
May we raise children
who love the unloved
things – the dandelion, the
worms and spiderlings.
Children who sense
the rose needs the thorn
& run into rainswept days
the same way they
turn towards sun…
And when they’re grown &
someone has to speak for those
who have no voice
may they draw upon that
wilder bond, those days of
tending tender things
and be the ones.
Jan Richardson, From The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief
“Let us agree
that we will not say
makes us stronger…
Perhaps for now
it can be enough
to simply marvel
at the mystery
of how a heart
can go on beating,
as if it were made
for precisely this…
as if it trusts
that its own
is the rhythm
of a blessing
begin to fathom
but will save us
The American poet Mary Oliver died on 17th January this year. She was a Unitarian Universalist and was a Pulitzer Prize Winner for her poetry.
This is one of my favourite poems by her.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
through the desert,repenting.
You have only to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair,yours,and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese,high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are,no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese,harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Do you remember Sundays,
When we were all well dressed?
With clean and shiny Sunday shoes
And suits all neatly pressed.
The girls in snow white ankle socks
With ribbons in their hair,
The boys were neat and newly scrubbed
And told they must take care.
Do you remember Sunday School
And sitting in a row,
Then rushing out to laugh and play-
Where did all the time go?
The years have quickly slipped away
And swift each year departs,
But we remember those we knew
And keep them in our hearts.
Iris Hesselden/ Submitted By Jean Longworth
My Grandma is missing
This is a tribute to all the grandmas and Grandpas who have been fearless enough to master that modern instrument of torture – the dreaded COMPUTER!!
The computer swallowed Grandma, yes honestly it’s true,
She pressed Control and Enter, and disappeared from view,
It devoured her completely, the thought just makes me squirm,
I’ve looked through the recycle bin, and files of every kind,
I’ve even tried the internet, but nothing could I find,
In desperation I asked Jeeves my searches to refine,
The reply from him was negative, not a thing was found on line.
So if inside your inbox, my Grandma you should see, Please copy, scan and paste her, and send her back to me.
So please don’t ever press a key, just to see what it might do,
Take heed of my dilemma, next time it might be YOU!
Author unknown. Submitted by Jean Longworth.
The Wayside Pulpit
Exercise daily – Walk with God
In order to unite with one another,
We must love one another.
In order to love one another,
We must know one another.
In order to know one another,
We must meet one another.
Let us think on these words as we at Bank Street Chapel enter a challenging period in our history, Let us unite, love, know and meet one another on our journey into the future.
Raise a Smile
Two gentlemen of unsteady gait waited impatiently at the bus terminal late at night, long after the buses had ceased to run.
A couple of hours later they realised, in their drunken stupor, that the last bus had gone. Seeing several buses parked at the depot, they decided to borrow one and drive themselves home.
To their disappointment, they couldn’t find the bus they wanted. “Can you believe it?” said one. “A hundred buses, and not a single number 36 in the whole lot!” “Never mind!” said the other. Let’s take a 22 up to its last stop and walk the rest of the two miles home.” J.L.
Fire escape and Wheelchair access
Repairs almost complete… see how repairs to the gantry have been progressing.
There will be an Agape, bring and share lunch, after service on Sunday 17th. Please stay, bring a little food to share, join in the conversation round the table, and enjoy the company.
Our Brunch Café reopens on Thursday 7th February from 10.30 to 1.30.
Tasty snacks are available at affordable prices. Cheerful conversation and friendly staff come free of charge!! Please join us.
- New Thursday Brunch Menu! On the basis that you can put spuds in a bucket…and I’ve carried a lot of buckets of spuds in my time…Bank Street’s pushing the the envelope with…
Frites en Bouquet avec Crudités
No that’s nothing dodgy, it’s French for Chips in the Bucket with Salad; delicious just like me mam used ter make, and all the better for being put on a butty. Congratulations to our volunteer ladies in the kitchen!
We send our love to friends who have recently been unwell, particularly to Don Gerrard, Keith Bateson and Adrienne Tonge who have each had a short spell in hospital. We are happy to hear that they are all back home and recovering well. Our thoughts also to Gordon and Veronica Walker, and Edith Raynor, who have also been unwell, we hope they will all get well soon.
Women’s League News
Bank Street W.L. hosted the N&E Lancs District A.G.M. on Saturday 9th March when we welcomed the ladies from Padiham and Kendal.
The afternoon began with an inspirational service in chapel lead by Anne Gemmell, National W.L. President. Anne’s theme was, ‘What would you put in YOUR life’s box?’ Her own box, she told us, would contain Love, Kindness, Tolerance and Friendship. Anne also said that you only get out of your life’s box what you put into it!
The business of the A.G.M. followed, chaired by Celia Cartwright, District President. There were 19 ladies present, and two guests, Anne and her daughter, Jane.
Celia had completed her 3 years in office as District President and during the meeting handed over the presidential medallion to Veronica Walker, who will preside for the next 3 years. Congratulations Veronica!
Celia was thanked for her work during her term of office. The meeting wished Celia ‘good luck’ and congratulated her in advance, as she will be installed as President of the General Assembly at the annual meetings in April.
After the meeting a very tasty cottage pie, with pineapple pavlova for dessert, was served for tea, when there was opportunity to buy raffle tickets, spend at the Bring and Buy table, and chat with W.L. friends, ending a very pleasant afternoon.
Bank Street W.L. members, and several friends from the congregation, recently spent a lovely evening at the home of Alec, where we were taken on a photographic journey to Australia and New Zealand. We saw some fantastic photos and videos of Alec and Joanne’s ‘trip of a lifetime’!
We were delighted to share their experience and could well understand their excitement visiting these amazing countries. Alec and Joanne kindly provided a pasty and cake supper. Sadly our ‘journey down under’ came to an end, but we look forward to seeing photographs of their next trip!
Thank you to both Alec and Joanne for a super evening.
Next W.L. Meeting.
Tuesday 9th April is our next W.L. meeting. We are going out for afternoon tea.
Please add your name to the poster on the notice board if you would like to come. The venue will be confirmed.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Women’s League Project, UK Sepsis Trust. With a generous donation of £300 from the congregation’s charity collection, and wonderful fundraising by league members, we were able to send a cheque totalling £1,550 to the project! A magnificent effort!
The chapel collection was shared with Guide Dogs for the Blind, who will also receive a cheque for £300. Toni Forrest, a representative from the local Guide Dog centre, will visit chapel, with her guide dog, on Sunday 12th May to receive the cheque.
The W.L. met for its first meeting of the year at the home of Janet Poole, where we discussed a programme for the coming year. There are many events to look forward to, and we hope that members will do their best to attend. Again, this year there will be opportunities for members of the congregation to join us. Please keep an eye on the notice board for future meetings and events.
Churches together in Bolton Town Centre
The annual service of the congregations of CTIBTC took place at the Citadel church of the Salvation Army on Sunday 20th January. Bank Street was very well represented and of course the wonderful band of the Salvation army gave us a wonderful accompaniment to the hymns. The service was well received with some of our young people taking part. The choirs of the Salvation army also provided some lovely music and singing.
Established in 1672
The Vestry Postal Address: Crown Street, Bolton BL1 2RU
Vestry Telephone: 01204 528633
Sunday Service 10:45 am.
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Our purpose is to inspire spiritual journeys, engaging with the world with open hearts and open minds.
Unitarians are people who recognise that there is a spiritual dimension to life. We know this spiritual dimension by many names such as Truth, Liberation, the Universe, the Real, the Holy, or God.
Every Human can walk an individual spiritual journey and must come to their own understanding of their spiritual path.
There are many guides to this path, but ultimately, no one should tell you what to believe. You must think for yourself in your spiritual life.
Unitarians are rooted in a liberal spiritual path that comes from Jesus, with his teaching of love, justice and care for the least in society. We believe in the sacred worth of every person.
Weddings, Civil Partnerships, Naming Ceremonies and Funerals are all conducted at this Chapel. Please get in touch for more details.
Since 1672 Bank Street Unitarian Chapel in Bolton has stood for a faith based on love, tolerance,open minded spirituality, and a deep engagement with the world.
Child Blessing and Naming Ceremonies.
The birth of a baby is naturally a time for celebration. Many families want a celebration for the birth of a child, a ceremony that celebrates the child and confirms their name. In some Christian churches this takes the forms of a Baptism or Christening. However you may feel uncomfortable with the language and beliefs of such a ceremony.
Unitarians do not see children as needing to be “cleansed” in any way; we believe children are born into an Original Blessing. We also believe that a child must grow up and choose their own religious or spiritual path. Therefore our blessing ceremonies are simple acts of the celebration of the child, the blessing of their life, and the commitment of parents and godparents to the physical and spiritual welfare of the child.
Our child blessing ceremonies take place as part of our Sunday morning service. They usually involve promises from parents and godparents, and a simple ceremony of blessing, usually involving water and a rose. In the choice of words as well as the ceremony itself our minister will work with the family to create a ceremony that is meaningful to you. We will not ask you to say anything that you don’t believe.
You do not need to be a member of our church or a Unitarian to hold a child blessing ceremony with us. We welcome all.
Unitarians view marriage as the holy joining of two people in an act of commitment, love and celebration.
Bank Street Unitarian Chapel is happy to marry couples seeking a spiritual, individual, unique, alternative or traditional ceremony.
We believe in marriage equality and offer marriages to both same sex and different sex couples. We are one of the very few churches in Bolton who will marry same sex couples. If you are a same-sex couple and want a church wedding, then we are happy to provide this. Unitarians have long supported gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights and we are more than happy to provide ceremonies for all couples.
If you want a wedding that reflects your values and beliefs, then we may be the right place for you. Unitarian weddings reflect the ethos of Unitarianism but there are no set patterns and our minister will work with each individual couple to create a ceremony that is right for you. Couples are actively encouraged to decide the form of language and the elements to be included in the ceremony.
There are no tests of faith you have to pass to be married with us. If you are divorced, this is no problem for us. If you are a mixed-religion couple, or one or both of you are atheist or humanist, this is no problem for us. Our wedding ceremonies are spiritual but we understand spirituality in a broad and inclusive way. We can include material from different religions, or from secular sources too.
You do not need to be a Unitarian to marry in our Chapel. However we do ask that you attend some of our services and activities, as it’s important you get to know the religious community in which you’re going to get married.
Unitarian services involve many of the elements normally associated with church weddings. They may entail the exchange of vows and rings. They might also include prayers, hymns and music. But they begin with the commitment to create something that is right for each couple.
Unitarians mark death with a service that celebrates someone’s life as well as mourns their death. As with other ceremonies, Unitarians want to create something that is personal and reflects the deceased person’s life and beliefs.
Funeral services can take place at the Chapel or at a crematorium or cemetery. Our Minister will visit the family and create a service that is meaningful for the family and the deceased person. Readings and music can come from religious or secular sources. We are happy to provide meaningful services for atheists and humanists, and our minister will use language that is appropriate for that person and their beliefs.