To Love Christ
Saints' Church Bolton dates from the 12th century and is Grade I listed.
In 2008 the first phase of a restoration project, supported by English
Heritage, was completed and we are now in the process of applying for
a grant for phase two. Fund raising for this project within the community
was supported with great generosity and enthusiasm in many different ways
and is an indicator of the strength of feeling in the village that the
church building is important.
There are many people in the community who are active in supporting the
church in various ways - financially, cleaning, doing flowers, organising
fund-raising events, applying for grants etc.
church is small, warm and welcoming. We have recently removed some pews
from the rear of the nave to make an area that is more suitable for children
and for gathering for refreshments.
We are only 4 to 5 miles from the vicarage in Morland.
One of our aims has been to involve more of the younger people in the village. Links with Nursery and Primary Schools are well established and the Priest-in-Charge visits on a regular basis and leads the assembly. The school children are involved in special services in the church, such as Harvest, which brings more families into church and older pupils join in an annual Service of Remebrance led by church members and also held in the church. We now have a 'Jesus and Me' service once a month which 2 members of the PCC help to run. Approximately twelve children attend. One church member accompanies the children in their hymn practices in School.
We have contacts with a boarding school/orphanage in India through the connection of one of our parishioners.
Our service programme includes a monthly united service with the Methodist Chapel, held in each building on alternate months. We also have Lay-led services once a month which are well supported (numbers stay the same). Five members are lay chalice assistants.
There is a small Prayer Group in the village and two church members are bereavement visitors. The Mothers' Union group meets regularly and goes into the school each year to help the children prepare posies for Mothering Sunday.