What Is?

Churches use terms that may not be that familiar this page is where you can find the answers to some of the questions that you may have.
A Christian?
A Christian is........ Someone who knows they are not perfect. Someone who knows they need to make things right with God. Someone who accepts Jesus died for their sins. Someone who has asked Jesus in to their life.
A Synod?
General Synod is like the parliament of the church. Members are elected by Diocesan Synod (our local area - Blackburn Diocese) and Diocesan Synod members are elected from Deanery Synod (our Leyland area). Deanery Synod members are elected at each church's annual church meeting and once elected they are also on the Parochial Church Council.
A Christingle is made of a lighted candle (symbolising Jesus, the Light of the World), mounted on an orange (representing the world), and a red ribbon around the middle of the orange (indicating the blood/ love of Christ). Four cocktail sticks bearing dried fruit and sweets are also stuck into the orange to signify the four seasons and the fruits of the earth. Our Christingle service is on Christmas Eve. Money is collected for the work of the Children's Society, please see the link on the links page. This year is the 50th anniversary of Christingle services in the UK.
Gift Aiding?
If you are a UK tax payer and you gift aid any money that you give for the work of the church then the church can claim back any tax you paid on that money. That makes a £1 gift into £1.25! Thousands of pounds of the church's income is due to members gift aiding. Please consider gift aiding - you cannot lose and the church can only gain.
Planned Giving?
Planned Giving is the way that many members of the church like to organise the using of their Time Talents and Money in helping the church. All the money needed to run the church, including salaries, comes from the members of the St. Ambrose community.
Taizé, in the south of Burgundy, France, is the home of an international, ecumenical community, founded there in 1940 by Brother Roger. The brothers are committed for their whole life to material and spiritual sharing, to celibacy, and to a great simplicity of life. At the heart of daily life in Taizé are three times of prayer together. Our Taize Music and Meditation Services are based on the Community's chants which reflect its simplicity. If you want to discover more please go our links page and go to Taize's website.
The Sacristan?
No it's not part of the Church building. It is a person... at present we do not have a Sacristan. It his or her job to look after the Bread and Wine that we have at Communion. A Sacristan is an officer of the church responsible for the eucharistic elements.