Welcome + Worship + Witness

News and Announcements (Page 18)

Our new Verger

Joe Pickersgill, formerly Postmaster for Bolton Abbey, and our Verger for many years, has now stood down from that position. At the 1030 Eucharist on Sunday 28 September, the Rector expressed to Joe his thanks, and those of the entire congregation, and handed over a gift to mark the occasion.         Tony Cantlow has […]

October 2014 Magazine

The October 2014 edition of the magazine is now online. Including articles on the creative process behind our new sculpture of the Virgin Mary, and the worldwide origins of our visitors, it can be found here.

Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

The Priory community was saddened to learn today of the death of Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, at the age of 94. Her son, the Duke of Devonshire, and Patron of Bolton Priory, announced the death in a statement from Chatsworth House. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and to […]

A blessing from the Bishop!

Bolton Priory welcomed the Bishop for the Ripon Episcopal Area, the Rt Revd James Bell, last  Sunday 7th September. The Bishop was there to dedicate the new statue of the Virgin Mary holding the Christ child, created by York-based sculptor Tim Foster (see post of 18 August). “The statue is a wonderful tribute to Tim […]

New Mission Statement

The PCC has adopted a new Mission statement for the Priory: “A community seeking to live well with God, gathered around Jesus Christ in prayer and fellowship, and committed to welcome, worship and witness.” Please pray for us as we seek to fulfil our mission.

Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Some two years ago the Priory commissioned Tim Foster of York to carve a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of our patron saints, with the infant Jesus. We are pleased to say that the statue is now in place, awaiting a formal dedication by Bishop James, our Area Bishop, at the 10.30 Sung […]

A letter to Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon

12 August 2014 Dear Mr Smith I write, both as a constituent and a priest in the Church of England, to draw your attention to the horrifying plight of the Christians of Iraq. In a recent statement Patriarch Louis Sako, the  Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic church, has described how tens of thousands of Christians have […]

The First Casualty

As we remember the events of 100 years ago, it is appropriate to republish an article that first appeared in the Priory magazine two years ago. It recounts the story of Bolton Abbey’s first fatality in the 1914-18 war. The article can be seen here.

A Historic Event

On Sunday 3rd August 2014, we witnessed a historic event at Bolton Priory. As the Church of England gives thanks to God for twenty years of the ministry of women priests, Canon Wendy Wilby, formerly Canon Precentor of Bristol Cathedral, became the first woman to preside at our Sung Eucharist.  ‘In the twenty years of women’s ministry in […]