St Mary & All Saints, Goodshaw, is an Anglican Church located in a semi-rural environment at the northernmost edge of the Diocese of Manchester. Typical commuting times from the area to major employment centres are : Manchester - 35 minutes Preston - 45 minutes Blackburn - 30 minutes Burnley - 10 minutes There has been a church on our site since 1542, although the current building dates from 1826. Our church family of around 40 people is a mixture of locally-born-and-bred people and people, who have moved into the area to escape the city. People looking for a new church in the area, and who visit us, tend to stay with us because of the warmth of the welcome they receive. We have been without an incumbent for just over three years, but our active "leadership team', consisting of a retired minister, two lay readers and a churchwarden, have worked hard to provide for the spiritual needs of the church family. (During the Covid pandemic, we started holding services on Zoom. We now hold Sunday worship in church again, stream it out live on Zoom and also record it into mp4 format, so that anyone who misses it can receive it by email. The church does not have a telephone landline.) Beyond our Sunday worship, we also have more social activities, such as a weekly café, a very active weekly parent / grandparent and Toddler Group for pre-school children, a monthly community lunch and Bible study courses at various times of the year. Our "pastoral team" ensures that those on the fringes, those known to be in difficulty and those living alone are contacted on a weekly basis by phone or home visits. Although we do not have anyone in the church family who speaks Chinese, we have a church family, who are full of love for their fellow Christians. Many have already expressed their support and eagerness for our church to become a Hong Kong Welcoming Church. Linguistically and culturally, our churchwarden (who is fluent in 6 European languages) does have a very limited vocabulary in Chinese and would be willing to learn to become more fluent. He has had a very international career, including having lived for 14 years in Belgium, and has had a good deal of business experience in mainland China, where he held Directorships at three manufacturing joint-venture companies. His understanding of Asian cultures goes beyond China. He has held Directorships of two companies in Indonesia. In retirement, he is supporting an agroforestry start-up business in the Christian area of North Sulawesi.

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