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Just in time for February...Andy Ankers' Nature Notes for the month published!

With just a few days to spare, here are Andy Ankers' regular reflections on nature and the wonderful natural environment we live in across our villages. There's still just about time to see the Snowdrops at Ince churchyard too before the display is replaced by daffodils!

26th Feb 2019

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Away Day 2019

Looking towards an exciting year ahead! Church 'Away Day' takes place.

Our whole Church leadership team got together in Hoole, Chester on Saturday 16th February 2019 for an intensive 'away day'. Read on for further details.

16th Feb 2019

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Neville and Judy Ford and Ruth Ackroyd

Exciting Methodist local preachers welcomed to our church community!

Neville and Judy Ford join our congregation as Methodist local preachers and are welcomed formally at our worship on Sunday 3rd February 2019.

3rd Feb 2019

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Andy Ankers' Nature Notes for January 2019

Andy Ankers starts the year off with his regular article from our parish magazine. From Twite to Redwings to Magpies and Robins, there's plenty of interest in it for bird lovers.

22nd Jan 2019

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West Cheshire Foodbank letter

Harvest Festival food donations for the West Cheshire Foodbank

We have received the news and a letter of thanks from the West Cheshire Foodbank that a total of 91.5kgs of food was donated from our Parish this year.

27th Nov 2018

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Christmas card 2018

Christmas Card 2018 competition - winners now in print!

Drawings by pupils in year 6 and year 1 have been chosen for our Christmas card design this year. Details of all our Christmas services are contained on the card and you'll also receive a copy of our Parish Magazine for December.

24th Nov 2018

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Wreaths Ince

Remembrance Sunday 2018: Centenary of the Armistice marked in our villages

Acts of Remembrance have taken place in each of the villages in our Parish of Thornton-le-Moors with Ince and Elton on this most significant Remembrance Sunday, the centenary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918.

11th Nov 2018

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Remembrance display Ince

Armistice Centenary: the tribute of the Parish of Thornton-le-Moors with Ince and Elton

On the eve of the centenary marking the signing of the Armistice that brought to a close the hostilities in the First World War, a special display has been unveiled in St. James' Church, Ince.

10th Nov 2018

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Elton war memorial

Armistice centenary marked as World War I memorial is dedicated in Elton

Our Vicar, Revd Ruth Ackroyd, was pleased to lead a short service to dedicate a new memorial in the village of Elton to all those who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914 to 1918.

8th Nov 2018

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SPAR Elton Church Hall

Superb and productive SPAR community project action day at the Church Hall, Elton!

The car park at the Church Hall, Elton was given a major 'spruce up' today thanks to a team of local SPAR shop managers and members of our congregation!

3rd Nov 2018

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Ruth and certificate

Church Hall grant success: funding boost from Allchurches Trust received!

Our project to renew and revitalise the Church Hall, Elton has received a very welcome funding boost with £2200 from Allchurches Trust. Click to read more!

23rd Oct 2018

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Andy Ankers' Nature Notes for September/October 2018!

Ravens, spiders, Swallows, Sparrows and Tawny Owls feature in Andy Ankers' regular 'Nature Notes' column for September/October 2018. Click below to read more.

28th Sep 2018

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Messy Church

Messy Church kicks off the new term with an action packed day!

Our Messy Church morning for September kicked off the new Autumn term where we left off - with fun, food, fellowship and some thoughtful times too!

13th Sep 2018

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Tesco Bags of Help

HELP! Tesco Bags of Help appeal launched in Helsby...

Do you shop in Helsby at the local Tesco store? Could you for a couple of months if you don't? Read on for more details about helping our appeal for the Church Hall, Elton new build and renovation project by clicking the link!

5th Sep 2018

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Wheat field

Andy Ankers' Nature Notes for August and early September 2018

Have a read of the latest instalment of Andy Ankers' 'Nature Notes' column from our Parish magazine. The article talks about Barley but the photograph here is Wheat - just pointing it out for the eagle-eyed amongst you!

29th Aug 2018

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Holiday Club 2018

Another fantastic Holiday Club comes to an end for 2018!

It was fantastic to see local young people join us for our annual Holiday Club 2018 which this year was themed as 'The Adventure Cruise'!

19th Aug 2018

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John Phillips

John Phillips commissioned as an 'Anna Chaplain' in our Parish

Our congregation were pleased to pray for a member of our church, John Phillips, as he was commissioned to take on a key pastoral role within our villages.

30th Jul 2018

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Gill Reeve and Bishop of Liverpool

Gill Reeve and Tina Dixon ordained deacon in the Church of England

Our good friends, Gill Reeve and Tina Dixon, who spent some time with us as part of their training, have both been ordained deacon in the Church of England this summer.

24th Jul 2018

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Strawberry tea group

Strawberry Tea and Garden Party at the Vicarage raises over £300 for our Church Hall project!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Strawberry Tea and Garden Party event at the Vicarage in Elton on Saturday 21st July 2018. The rain kept away and everyone looked to have a really happy time!

23rd Jul 2018

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Andy Ankers' Nature Notes for July 2018 are here!

After a break last month, we are very pleased to see the return of Andy Ankers' Nature Notes for July 2018. Click on the article below to read more about our wonderful local natural environment!

4th Jul 2018

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Summer concert Elton

Summer is off to a musical start in our parish with a fantastic concert in Elton!

On Sunday 17th June we were fortunate to host a wonderful concert of summer music performed by the Chester Deo Gratias Choir, conducted by Vicki Bulgin.

20th Jun 2018

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Bishop of Chester in Ince

Bishop of Chester joins our morning service at St. James', Ince

We were delighted that Bishop Peter of Chester was able to join us for our service of Holy Communion on Sunday 10th June. Why don't you do the same one day?

10th Jun 2018

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Gill Reeve Ruth Ackroyd Tina Dixon

Saying farewell to Gill and Tina on Sunday 27th May 2018

On Trinity Sunday, 27th May, we joined together to say farewell and every good wish to Gill Reeve and Tina Dixon as they prepare for their ordinations.

29th May 2018

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Parish embarks upon full week of events for #ThyKingdomCome

Join us as we pray between Ascension Day (10th May) and Pentecost Sunday (20th May) for family and friends to come to know the love of Jesus.

14th May 2018

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Andy Ankers' Nature Notes for May 2018

Andy Ankers, in his regular feature for us, reflects on a number of different bird sightings, the first 'heatwave' of the year which brought many different varieties of butterfly into the garden and the lovely mixed sounds of the daily spring birdsong chorus.

2nd May 2018

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Twinned toilet

'Toilet Twinning' project - success!

Thank you to those who supported our recent 'Toilet Twinning' project which links our new toilets at the Church Hall, Elton with new ones in Malawi, Africa. Click on the links to find out more.

23rd Apr 2018

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Celebrating St. George's Day at St. James', Ince with our local uniformed groups

In readiness for St. George's Day on Monday 23rd April, we were pleased to welcome our local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to St. James', Ince for a very special celebration service on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

22nd Apr 2018

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Nature Notes from Andy Ankers, March 2018

Once again Andy Ankers gives us his 'Nature Notes' for March 2018. We are reminded of these words from Psalm 96.11-12: "Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy."

15th Mar 2018

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Messy Church Easter Garden

Another bumper attendance at Messy Church for our March 2018 session!

We were delighted to welcome nearly fifty young people and their parents/carers to our most recent meeting of 'Messy Church'. Another really fantastic time was had by all who were able to come along. What don't you next time?

10th Mar 2018

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Ince snowdrops

Andy Ankers' Nature Notes for February 2018 are here...

With the first signs of Spring appearing, there's plenty to read about in the latest instalment of 'Nature Notes' for February from Andy Ankers. Please click on the article link below to read more.

19th Feb 2018

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ECC Away Day

Planning for the year ahead in our church and the villages it serves

Our church leadership team met on Saturday 17th February 2018 for its annual 'Away Day' to review the goals we set for our parish last year and look to the future! Find out more by clicking on the link below.

17th Feb 2018

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Christian Aid

On Ash Wednesday the season of Lent begins. Join us for a 'Lent Lunch' every Wednesday from 14th February!

Every Lent we enjoy a weekly 'Lent lunch' at the Church Hall, Elton between 12noon and 1.30pm. This will take place on a Wednesday each week and all proceeds will be donated to support the work of Christian Aid.

14th Feb 2018

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Stepping Stones February 2018

Church with a difference! A report from 'Stepping Stones', February 2018!

Our new style monthly 'service' at the Church Hall, Elton was really enjoyable this month with plenty of hands on activities but time to reflect and enjoy the company of other regular and new members of our church community too!

4th Feb 2018

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New discussion group to meet from Wednesday 7th February 2018 - please join us!

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new discussion group called: Start! which will meet every Wednesday evening for the next seven weeks from early February. Please read on for further details.

28th Jan 2018

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Nature Notes - January 2018

We know many of you look forward each month to the 'Nature Notes' column from our Parish magazine, compiled by Andy Ankers. Here is the January 2018 edition which we hope you will find of interest once again.

11th Jan 2018

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St James Ince

We wish everyone who worships, lives, works and visits our parish a happy and blessed 2018!

At the start of 2018 we would like to wish everyone who has any connection with our parish a happy and blessed new year! Click on the article link below to see a few more images taken within our church over this first weekend of 2018.

7th Jan 2018

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Stepping Stones

**NEW** - 'Stepping Stones' - 1st Sunday of the month 'service' with a difference!

Are you looking for a meaningful and 'different' resolution to start 2018 off with? If so, read on for details of our new 'Stepping Stones' informal church gathering at the Church Hall, Elton which might just be what you are looking for!

1st Jan 2018

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Crib service

Standing room only for another memorable Nativity and Blessing of the Crib service on Christmas Eve 2017!

It was really fantastic to see over 150 people of all ages join us for our annual Christmas Eve Nativity and Blessing of the Crib service - it was literally standing room only!

24th Dec 2017

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Nativity Elton Primary School

Ruth our Vicar helps lead a 'pop-up' Nativity play at Elton Primary School!

We were delighted to join pupils at Elton Primary School on Tuesday 19th December for a fantastic 'pop-up' Nativity play! A really wonderful and memorable occasion.

20th Dec 2017

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Carol service nativity scene

Christmas carol services by candlelight enjoyed across our villages once again this year!

Thank you to everyone who has joined our two Christmas carol services, both by candlelight, at St. Mary's, Thornton-le-Moors and St. James', Ince this year. It has been wonderful to see so many new faces in our congregations!

17th Dec 2017

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City of Chester brass band

Another night to remember at our Christmas concert with the City of Chester Brass Band!

Once again a packed out St. James', Ince hosted a wonderful concert of Christmas music with the City of Chester Brass Band. This annual concert is a must see event for many and 2017 was no exception!

15th Dec 2017

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Christmas card 2017

Our 2017 Christmas card is now being delivered!

Look out for your copy of our 2017 Christmas card which will be landing on your doormat very soon. We are thrilled with the front cover picture of the nativity which was designed by a pupil from Elton Primary School. Click on the article to find out more!

1st Dec 2017

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Have your say

Can you help us transform the Church Hall, Elton?

We've just launched a 'Community Survey' to help us breathe new life into the Church Hall, Elton. Click on the link below to see how you can contribute to the debate and share your views on this exciting project!

28th Nov 2017

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Parish comes together for Remembrance Sunday 2017

Services were held at St. James, Ince and at the war memorial in the churchyard of St. Mary's, Thornton-le-Moors as our villages came together to remember the fallen on Remembrance Sunday.

12th Nov 2017

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Red Admiral

A tale of two frogs! Nature Notes - November 2017

In this month's edition of 'Nature Notes' read all about the adventures of two frogs in the boiler room at St. James', Ince and Andy Ankers' reflections as we move through the season of Autumn.

5th Nov 2017

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Grey Wagtail

Andy Ankers' Nature Notes - October 2017

As the season of Autumn is well and truly upon us, here is Andy Ankers' latest instalment of 'Nature Notes' which was published in our bumper edition of the 'Links' magazine at the start of the month.

8th Oct 2017

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Mosaic making

Messy Church starts the new term with a fun-filled and action packed morning!

Our growing Messy Church group have started the Autumn 2017 term learning about the faith of a Roman centurion in a morning filled with stories, craft, singing and a generally wonderful time!

12th Sep 2017

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Super tots

Teddy Bears' Picnic is a great success with more 'Supertots' in attendance than ever before!

Our regular 'Supertots' group started the new term with a fabulous 'Teddy Bears' Picnic' which saw more attending than ever before, including a guest appearance from a super sized bear!

5th Sep 2017

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Private George Ellis restored memorial

Memorial to Private George Ellis re-dedicated at St. James', Ince

Members of our congregation, the local community and further afield joined together to re-dedicate memorial to former villager who died at the 'Battle of Passchendaele' 100 years ago this August.

20th Aug 2017

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Basketball skills

Pyramid Rock Holiday Club 2017

Our annual 'Holiday Club' took place over the last week with the theme 'Pyramid Rock.' Have a look at our gallery of photographs to see what a wonderful time everyone had. See you next year!

19th Aug 2017

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Confirmation Bishop Libby Lane Ince

Confirmation service with Bishop of Stockport, Rt Revd Libby Lane

Wonderful service of confirmation held at St. James', Ince in an historic first for our parish with the Church of England's first ever female bishop celebrating and preaching.

13th Aug 2017

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George Ellis Menin Cemetery group photo

Passchendaele memorial restoration project gathers pace with help from local groups and supporters!

The Western Front Association Merseyside Branch visited Ypres last week as part of the commemorations to mark the start of the Battle of Passchendaele. Read about their visit to the cemetery where Private George Ellis is buried in this article.

7th Aug 2017

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Main new disabled toilet

Church Hall, Elton re-opens after major refurbishment project to toilet facilities

We are pleased to announce that the Church Hall, Elton has now re-opened following the completion of a major refurbishment and upgrading project to the toilet area facilities

3rd Aug 2017

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Sea aster

Andy Ankers' Nature Notes - July 2017

Andy's latest instalment of 'Nature Notes' is published here. This month he comments on a vast array of birds in the garden and sightings of many wild flowers both during his regular walk on the Mersey Estuary and in his garden at Wood Farm, Ince.

19th Jul 2017

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Church Hall Elton

Church Hall, Elton to remain closed until Monday 7th August 2017

Completion of Church Hall renovation works delayed until Monday 7th August.

14th Jul 2017

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Jess Piper

Jessica Piper ordained deacon at Chester Cathedral!

We offer our prayers and congratulations to Jess Piper who was ordained deacon at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 2nd July 2017

5th Jul 2017

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Andy and Barbara open house

A sunny day for an 'Open House' at Wood Farm, Ince is enjoyed by all!

Many members of our congregation and good friends enjoyed a lovely morning and afternoon in the home and gardens of Andy and Barbara Ankers in Ince.

2nd Jul 2017

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Andy Ankers' Nature Notes - June 2017

Andy's latest instalment of 'Nature Notes' sees him reflect on all the birds currently in full song around his Wood Farm home, an update from his regular 'duck count' on the banks of the River Mersey and the relationship between rabbits and buzzards in the local area.

5th Jun 2017

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Messy Church Elijah

Telling the story of Elijah at Messy Church!

Messy Church had a fantastic time on Saturday 13th May 2017 learning all about Elijah. Check out our photographs to see all the wonderful activities the children (and adults!) attending got up to!

15th May 2017

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Reflections on a visit to Auschwitz/Birkenau, January 2017

A member of our congregation, Simon Eardley, visited the city of Krakow in Poland in January and took a trip to the site of Auschwitz/Birkenau. Read his reflections from the latest parish magazine here.

14th Mar 2017

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Would you like to do something a little more than 'give up' something for Lent? Why not take the '40acts' challenge this year?

Take the 40acts challenge! Join 100,000+ people on a 40-day mission to impact their local community.

6th Mar 2017

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Nature Notes Article - March 2017

This month Andy describes rainfall amounts, his visit to Burton Mere Wetland Reserve and the birds that herald the arrival of Spring.

2nd Mar 2017

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Team outside All Saints' Hoole

Planning for outreach and to grow our church here in Thornton-le-Moors, Ince and Elton!

Church leadership team meet up in Chester for their annual 'away day' and to plan their goals for the coming twelve months.

25th Feb 2017

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Nature Notes article - February 2017

Here's Andy Ankers' latest 'Nature Notes' article for February 2017 which includes comments on local rainfall, ladybirds, the interesting relationship between the Robin and the Nuthatch and much more!

6th Feb 2017

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Christmas robin

Nature Notes article for December 2016/January 2017

Every month, Andy Ankers who lives in Ince and is a long-standing member of our congregation, writes a short 'Nature Notes' article for our Parish magazine. Here's his latest!

16th Jan 2017

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Elton Youth Club

Elton Youth Club starts the New Year on a new day!

We are pleased to let everyone know that Elton Youth Club will start 2017 once again on Wednesday 11th January - a new day of the week but the usual activities on offer!

11th Jan 2017

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Nativity scene

Full house Crib Service heralds the 'start' of Christmas at St. James'!

Local people from right across our three villages enjoyed a live and action packed retelling of the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve at our annual Crib Service and Nativity Play.

24th Dec 2016

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City of Chester Brass Band

Brass band gets concert goers into festive mood!

Back by popular demand, the City of Chester Brass Band entertain concert-goers at St. James, Ince to a mix of musical favourites from films, popular Christmas tunes and well known carols!

16th Dec 2016

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YBible logo in blue, where the Y looks like a candle with light shining from it

A thought for each week of the year!

At our special Advent Sunday service on Sunday 27th November, members of the congregation were given the opportunity to take away a small book of favourite Bible verses or '52 thoughts', one for each week of the year.

28th Nov 2016

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Poppy wreaths

Parish comes together for Remembrance Sunday

Uniformed organisations and civic dignitaries join local congregation to observe Remembrance Sunday.

14th Nov 2016

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Photograph of Elton Methodist Chapel, a single-story brick building

History of Elton Methodist Church online

Anglicans and Methodists formed a formal partnership in our area in 2010. Read a short history of Methodism and Elton Methodist Church online now.

19th Oct 2016

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Baptism first for St. James', Ince!

One of our busiest services ever in St. James', Ince with a combined baptism, confirmation and end of Holiday Club celebration with the Bishop of Birkenhead too!

13th Sep 2016

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New Website graphic, with a megaphone

Entering the digital age - new website launched!

Parish of Thornton-le-Moors with Ince and Elton enters the digital age: new website launched!

28th Aug 2016

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