Friday Late Afternoon Prayers

The church is open each Friday at 4 pm to meet to say Evening Prayer together. We would love to see you there if you can come. I strongly believe that prayer changes things and this time together will bring enormous benefits to us and to others.


Social Committee News

The social committee would like to welcome you all to the following forthcoming events at St John’s.

Want to get creative but don't attend a regular Church service? Take a look at our Messy Church page to find out more with dates for our next events!

Parish Report

Please click HERE to download the Annual Parish Report for 2017 


A Photograph from the Bolton News

13th July 2018

St John’s Annual Sports Days were held on 21st and 22nd June 2018

 Sack races and running with a spoon balanced on an egg could only mean it was St John’s CE , Kearsley, annual sports day.

This year the sun shone as children took part in a variety of sports.

Teachers and parents not to miss out on the fun of the traditional day also joined in with their own races.

Allison McNab from the school said: “ The sun was shining on this glorious day and all the children really enjoyed taking part— as well as the parents who enjoyed their annual ‘parents race’ and the teachers who enjoyed the ‘teachers race’.”


Tree Pruning at St. Johns


On Tuesday 19th June 2018, our teachers took the infant children into the school yard to watch the big ash trees, in St John’s church yard, being cut back.  They had grown very tall and the branches were over hanging the road outside our school.  The chain saws and shredder were very noisy.  The thing I liked most was watching the men climb the trees.  I also really enjoyed seeing how the tree men cut the branches and am glad the teacher took us to watch.

Year 2 Pupil

St John’s School


A MEMORIAL to the 43 boys and men who died in Kearsley's worst mining disaster will be unveiled near to the site of the colliery next month.

A replica coal tub will be placed on land off Manchester Road in tribute to those who lost their lives in the Unity Brook Colliery tragedy on March 12, 1878.

A planning application to site the memorial has been submitted and it is hoped it will be approved in time for an unveiling ceremony on June 17 at 1pm.

Poignantly the coal tub will bear the image of a pocket watch clock face showing the time as 1.07pm — the time the explosion ripped through the pit.

Earlier this year, a special service of remembrance was held at St Stephen's Church in Kearsley remembering those who died on the 140th anniversary of the disaster.

A replica coal tub made by Astley Green Colliery Museum will be placed on the site along with a plaque highlighting its significance.

Stephen Tonge, community officer for Churches on the Mount, who helped to organise the church service and now the memorial, said: "Every town or village has some interesting history especially industrial history. So it’s important to bring the story of Kearsley to the fore. It represents recognition that the place we live made valuable contributions to the workplace and it was a very important part of the industrial revolution. It means the people in our community can be proud that Kearsley was held in high regard locally and nationally."

Details of the ceremony are being finalised but it will start at 1pm and it hoped to unveil the tribute at 1.07pm.

It is also hoped that local folk singer Chris Ward with his group Travelling Strings will perform the song he has produced to the words of the poem "Terrible loss of life in a Coal Mine".

Bernie Lomax, a descendant of victim John Tickle Lomax, will also be there. A short service will be led by Rev Kim Lafferty, Vicar of St Stephens and a local piper, Darren Green, will play a lament.

Proceeds from Mr Ward's song will go to funding and the upkeep of the memorial.

Mr Tonge said: "Many local people have offered their skills in laying foundations and preparing the land at the proposed site.

"One of our volunteers is local historian Simon Colley and he is putting the finishing touches together to a book on the history of Kearsley."

Mr Colley spoke about the tragedy at the special church service in March.

He said: "I hope when we see the memorial it reminds us of the men and boys who never returned from workthat day, and of the lives of all the Kearsley miners who lived without the luxuries we take for granted.

"And, just to make enough money to survive and keep food on the table, they had to go down dangerous deep dark holes in the ground, and that we might be just little bit thankful that we don't have to."

Bolton News Article 19 May 2018


A Prayer from the children at St Peter’s

Written by Grace 

Dear Lord

Please forgive us for all the bad things we have done.  Help us to

understand that forgiveness doesn’t change the past but it does

enhance the future. 

Help us to remember to be kind to one another. 

Also help us to forgive each other as you have forgiven us.


Children from six schools record their own CD with Zac's Youth Bar

Click HERE to read the full BEN article


St John’s Welcomes Brian and Sheila Hartley

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