​Our Vision: We want to get closer to God through prayer, to serve people

in our community in new ways and to grow more in faith and membership.

St. John's Read & St. Peter's Simonstone

Parish Communion services  - see 'Services' for all weekly services

​​St. John's Church building is open for Private prayer 

Daily from 09:00-15:00 on Weekdays and 09:00 to 16:00 at Weekends (subject to volunteer availability).

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Support your local church

This year, we need to meet an enormous challenge to raise funds to make repairs to the church roof and tower to restore the building and prevent water ingress. There will be many fund raising events being added to the Church Events Calendar in 2024.

We need about £125,000   and urgent repair work is needed now. Thankfully, Blackburn Diocese have generously offered to make a loan to us, to allow a start to the work and then pay back this loan from the fund raising activities. 

If you are able to support us in any way, either to help run events or make donations, please contact us using the website link.
Thank you.   Peter and John,  
Church Warden's

Weekly Events

Our Mission: We exist to offer faithful worship to God, to share the good

news of the Kingdom and to care for those we know to be in need.

Welcome to our new Curate!

We are delighted to announce that Revd. Claire McEnery, following Ordination as a Deacon at the service at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 29th June has now joined our Parish as our new Curate.

Revd. Claire, who lives in Read, gave an enthralling Sermon at her first service today (30th June).

Claire is our Parish Curate for the next three years and will support Revd. Sue as we grow the congregation in our villages of Read and Simonstone.

As a church, we rely on the willing donations of many to provide the finances that both maintain our buildings and provide care and support to all those in the local community.

Although some use standing orders or other methods of online giving, many donors use cash, either in the plate or in weekly planned giving envelopes.  As good stewards, although at present we are unable to meet together in our church buildings, we are still the church and together we share the privilege and responsibility of ensuring that the ministry can go on and we can continue to be a symbol of God’s presence in our local communities.

Even though the doors of the buildings are presently closed, there are many ways of giving to support our local church.  There are some suggestions below on how you can help: -  

For church members:
For those who use online banking, the easiest way is to set up a standing order.  In order for you to do this our bank sort code is 40-15-17 and account number is 41437399. 
Email our treasurer and ask for a standing order form.  My email address is
petercollinge64@sky.com . You can print this out and post it to your bank (the address will be on your cheque book).
As an individual you could set up an account with a giving agent like Stewardship or Charites Aid Foundation. 
If you are unable to use one of these methods, please continue to prepare your Giving Envelopes and bring them all when the church buildings reopen

Please remember that you can also support the Parish by using easy fundraising using this address, and it cost you absolutely nothing.

Light Lunches click here for details

Promoting a Safer Church

 As a parish we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the
Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.

 Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the 
Safeguarding Policy Statement  Promoting a Safer Church.

Details of our parish safeguarding officer can be found in the box above on this page.

We have also displayed the
Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our parish

All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.

Welcome everybody

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One of the things we are asking all the congregation to think about is the amount of their giving to church but also the way that that giving is made. 
In the past we have only had 4 ways for the congregation to make their donations to the parish: -

  • Loose Plate, giving your valuable cash donations
  • Through the White Envelope’s in Church which enables you to make donations with the option of using the governments gift aid scheme.
  • Through the Blue Envelope scheme where you make a regular commitment to your giving, and donate through a weekly envelope, which also allows you to use the gift aid scheme.
  • Through a regular weekly/Monthly Standing order, again this option allows you to use the government’s gift aid scheme.

All these options are very much appreciated and make a very valuable contribution to the finances of the parish. These options have now been added too with the

Parish Giving Scheme.

Along with other churches in our diocese and throughout the Church of England, we have now joined the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), a simple way to give regularly to support our ministry.  This option means that a lot of the administration is completed centrally, including claiming the gift aid for us.
This really improves the cash flow for the parish, so please can you think about switching to this system. Please ask Peter Collinge or John Aizlewood about this and we can provide a leaflet for you to help you understand the benefits. Or you can scan the QR code below.