Our Festival services at the Parish Church lost none of their brightness; indeed our sense of gratitude for the blessings of the harvest is heightened in a year when other peace-loving and industrious countries have not reaped where they had sown.
At the Saturday evensong the Vicar of Farnworth was the preacher and on Sunday night Mr. Haslett preached to as many as the church could hold. The Choir music included Sir Charles Stanford's Jubilate, Mendelsohn's "If with all your hearts" (sung by Mr. Ernest Hargreaves), and Dr. Greene's dignified and pur choral writing, "Thou visitest the earth," the solo being sung by Mr. Rose. A special offertory, on Saturday, for the Belgian Relief Fund amounted to £12 0s. 10d. We are glad to state that the usual objects of the Harvest offertories, namely Home and Foreign Missions, were none the worse next day, amounting to over £21. At the children's service £1 12s. 9d. was collected for the Waif's and Stray's Society, which needs special assistance this year.
We are grateful to all those who gave corn, flowers, fruit and vegetables, and to the many willing and competent hands that decorated our church so succesfully.
St. John's Mission Church will hold its Thanksgiving services on Saturday evening, Oct. 17, at 7.30, and on the following Sunday when there will be Holy Communion at 8.30. Children's Thanksgiving service at 2.15, and afternoon service at 3.30. It is proposed to devote the Saturday evening offertory to the Belgian Relief Fund, but we hope that, as the Parish Church, the usual object of the Harvest offertories will be none the worse. The Diocesan Societies, for which collections will be made at the Harvest Sunday services, need steady support.
The preacher on Saturday evening will be the Rev. F. Jackson, of Chorley Parish Church, on on Sunday afternoon the Rev. L. A. Bellhouse, Vicar of Whittle.
By the wish of the congregation the usual Harvest Home will not be held.
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At a time when the countries of Europe are more than usually dependent on the harvest, our thanksgiving services should have special meaning. Also, when it is important to waste no food supplies, we will this year go without our usual festoons of corn. Flowers and offers of help in decorating will be as welcome as ever.
What is at stake? our honour, our industries, our liberties. If we were to fail, because we took victory for granted, and left the fighting to those who had a taste for it, we should deserve to fail. Failure would mean that Europe would be dominated by the war lords, with their unscrupulous disregard of the smaller nationalities, and their creed of “might is right.” Let no one imagine that, in such a case, our political freedom and industries will continue as before. Our colonies realize how much is at stake; do we yet sufficiently? The grave needs of our country must come before any other consideration, public or private.
It is clear, for instance, that our Bazaar must be postponed indefinitely to happier times. The roof cannot, however, wait indefinitely; and those who can should continue to subscribe, even if it is for a smaller amount. So too with the Church Levy; its needs will be as great as ever, and we should not wish to economise first on our charities, but on our luxuries.
We may have a hard winter to face, and therefore we ought all of us to avoid waste and extravagance of every kind. But we also need to keep our spirits up, and not to let the war get on our nerves. All wholesome distractions are therefore to be welcomed – football and other games, music and dancing, provided we keep within a reasonable expenditure. Whatever keeps us in good health and spirits is justified; whatever goes beyond is extravagance. “I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.”
REMEMBER BEFORE GOD
All who are serving in the King’s Forces, and especially Leyland men.
ROYAL NAVY, ROYAL MARINES & NAVAL RESERVES
Fred Beesley, R. M.
Alfred Bennett, H. M. S. Assurance.
Hugh Carlton, H. M. S. Suffolk.
Thurston Croft, H. M. S. London.
William Finch, H. M. S. Cumberland.
Alfred Key, R. M. A., H. M. S. Otranto.
Fred Mackeral, H. M. S. New Zealand.
Tom Norris, R. M.
Jack Wilson, H. M. S. Scorpion.
ARMY & ARMY RESERVES
Henry Hayes, Sergeant, Scots Guards.
William Gregson, Scots Guards.
Arthur Webster (R), Scots Guards.
Richard Marston, Royal Field Artillery.
John Whitney, Army Service Corps.
Fred Blundell, Lancs. Fusiliers.
George Blundell (R), Scots Greys.
George Towers, E. Lancs.
Duncan Stewart Cameron (R), Loyal N. Lancs.
Robert Cameron (R), Loyal N. Lancs.
James Ashton, Loyal N. Lancs.
Henry Bennett, Loyal N. Lancs.
Richard Bennett, Loyal N. Lancs.
William Bennett, Loyal N. Lancs.
William Bibby, Loyal N. Lancs.
James Edmonson, Loyal N. Lancs.
Thomas Finch, Loyal N. Lancs.
John Holding, Loyal N. Lancs.
Peter Holding, Loyal N. Lancs.
Richard Johnson, Loyal N. Lancs.
Richard Sharples, Loyal N. Lancs.
Arthur Sibbering, Loyal N. Lancs.
Thomas Ditchfield (R)
James Perkins (R)
Harry Wood (R)
G. Armstrong, Transport Service.
George Baybutt, Transport Service.
J. T. Burke, Transport Service.
Samuel Benson, Transport Service.
Thomas Gabbott, Transport Service.
Fred Hamer, Transport Service.
Elias Sumner, Transport Service.
C. Whalley, Transport Service.
Reginald Tindall, Motor Despatch Rider
J. A. Fallows, Colonel Lancs. Fusiliers
Claud Middleton, 2nd Lieut. Lancs. Fusiliers
Archibald Middleton, 2nd Lieut. East Lancs. Brigade, R. F. A.
Fred Knowles, Yeomanry.
F. Sumner, Yeomanry.
Gilbert Whatley, Wiltshire Regiment.
4th Territorial Battalion, Loyal N. Lancs.
(who have volunteered for active service).
Sergeants Harry Smith, and Charles McHugh; Corporal Edward Cross; Lance Corporal John Beardwood; Signallers Geo. Irving, John Irving, Ed. Tyrer, John Hill, Ed. Hill, W. Tattersall, Wm. Hodson; Privates Rt. Bertram Butcher, Frank Ainsworth, Edwin Bretherton, Thomas Glover, Albert Hayes, Harry Marshall, Richard Beesley, James Bibby, George Ball, John King, Charles Gillet, Thos. Rigby, Tom Spiby, Chas. Sanderson, Robt. Wallbank, Wm. Wiggans; Bandsman Wm. Cowburn.
POSTSCRIPT. – We are rejoiced to hear that Leyland is making a good response to the Country’s call. We shall lose valued Members of our Choir, Sunday School Teachers and C. L. B. Officers, but we are proud of them. We cannot give a complete list, as men are enlisting as we go to press. Sergeant Cameron kindly sends the following names: C. Marston, Stableford, T. Ashcroft, P. Ryding, T. Mawdesley, J. Hendry, T. Ashton, J. King, R. Moss, J. Whittle, W. Dunderdale, J. Fairclough. (all Loyal N. Lancs.); J. Pickford (King’s Royal Lancaster); D. Towers (E. Lancs.); H. Wilkins, Frank Hargreaves, J. Irving, R. Holmes, R, Walton, J. Collinge, B. Cocker, E. Cocker, D. Peters, R. Peters, D. Robinson, (Scots Guards). From other sources we hear of the following names: Owen Banister, Walter Swarbrick, Tom Bannister, Sidney Bretherton, Harry Gregson, Tom Robinson, Wm. Holding, Tom Simmons.
The Vicar will be grateful if any corrections or additions to this list may be sent to him. The corrected list will be posted up on the Church notice board.
Intercessions are offered at all our Sunday and daily services. Some prayers for private use have been issued with the Archbishops’ authority; copies may be had on application to the Vicar.