Passion Bolton 2030 Church Leaders’ Meetings

The dates have now been set for the first 3 of this year’s Church Leaders’ Meetings hosted by the Passion Bolton 2030 steering team, Bolton’s town-wide church unity group:

I) Wed 24th March, 11am via zoom:

You don’t need to register for the meeting – just use the following link from 10-45am on the day:

Join Zoom Meeting – Passion Bolton 2030 Church Leaders’ Meeting – Wed 24th March, 2021, 11am:
Meeting ID: 852 6460 1234
Passcode: Bolton2030

ii) Thurs 24th June (Time and venue TBC)

iii) Tues 14th September (Time and venue TBC)

Further details of the meetings, and information about upcoming church leaders’ workshops, will be sent out to church leaders, church leadership team members and leaders of Christian organisations nearer the event dates.


Supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees Conference – Wed 19th May, 7-30pm via zoom

The Passion Bolton 2030 town-wide church unity team will be organising a conference on Wed 19th May at 7-30pm for church leaders, leaders of Christian organisations and others with a heart for supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Bolton.

The aim of the conference is to develop the support of Asylum seekers and refugees in Bolton by churches and other Christian organisations by:

suggesting ways in which they could: 

  1. a) support existing organisations who support asylum seekers; 
  2. b) develop support/activities for asylum seekers in their own churches;
  3. c) signpost people to support available in Bolton;
  4. d) access information/support/training available from other organisations;

You don’t need to register for the conference – just use the following link from 7-15pm on the day:

Join Zoom Meeting – Supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Bolton Conference, Wed 19th May,7-30pm:
Meeting ID: 812 3147 2829

Passcode: Bolton2030


BWFC ‘Family, Faith, Football’ Event

The latest BWFC Family, Faith, Football YouTube Live event led by BWFC club chaplain, Phil Mason, with the theme ‘Grass Roots’ can now be viewed by searching BWFCFFF on YouTube or by clicking here.

            It’s packed with all the usual features, such as messages from Phil Mason, Mark Cowling and Dave ‘Statto’ Wyke; Ian ‘On the Pitch’ Hepburn, Ben’s Locker Room as well as an interview with Bolton Manager, Ian Evatt and a ‘Teams beginning with ‘B’ quiz’!

            It lasts about half an hour so make yourself a brew, grab a few biscuits, sit back and enjoy the show!


‘Believe in Bolton’ event with Canon J John – Sept 2021

Canon J John will be heading up ‘Believe in Bolton’ 2021 this September. J John has an international reputation as an evangelist and has wide experience of leading missions to towns. You can find out more about him and the Philo Trust at his website

Two evenings with Canon J John will be taking place at Victoria Hall in Bolton on Fri 17th and Sat 18th September at 7-30pm. The events will be free to attend and more information about how to book tickets will be announced soon.


Thy Kingdom Come Global – 13th to 23rd May

The launch event for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ was held on 9th March – if you missed it you can view it here – please let us know how you are planning to join with the Global Wave of Prayer this year so we can include any ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ events in this bulletin – email Janet at .


GM Movement for Recovery

You may remember Roger Sutton’s keynote address at the Greater Manchester Churches Together (GMCT) Annual Assembly back in October last year – if not you are able to view it again here. He spoke of the need for a Movement for Recovery in light of all of the challenges that are facing our communities as a result of the pandemic. Plans to establish this Movement for Recovery are taking shape, and GMCT is a partner with this work.

Churches, across all denominations, and charities, are coming together, in partnership with Greater Manchester Churches Together to operate as Greater Manchester Movement for Recovery.

Greater Manchester Movement for Recovery is a way of responding quickly to the crisis facing GM, by working together, better. It’s not about doing more – it’s about continuing to do what we’re doing but working together in a more coordinated and strategic way. GM Movement for Recovery is about working together with all of the churches and Christian organisations across GM to help to deliver social, spiritual, economic and cultural recovery, over the next 5 years.

To kick us off we need to be able to understand and then articulate in our engagement with the Greater Manchester Mayor’s office, Borough Councils and key public sector, private sector and VCSE partners, some of the brilliant work that GM churches and Christian organisations are currently delivering and plan to deliver into the recovery.

Could you please spend just 5 minutes to complete this simple questionnaire? The data will be collected centrally, analysed and then disseminated back to each of the GM boroughs:


Journey Into the Wild – Men’s Retreat, 9-11th July

The 7th Annual Journey Into The Wild Gathering is taking place at The Westwood Centre, Golcar nr Huddersfield on the 9th-11th July at an fantastic value for money price of £125. A chance to go deeper into yourself, life & God.

An immersive retreat for men wanting to rest, reflect and delve deeper .

Drawing on the inspiration of recent men’s movements and more ancient traditions of rites of passage Journey Into The Wild is a national led retreat with a difference. Now in its 7th year, the northern event takes place again in the stunning setting of The Westwood Christian Centre nestled in the Pennine hills with awe-inspiring landscapes & walks. See

There will be times of physical activity as well as reflection with the purpose of enabling men to discover their purpose, life direction and energy to live fully.

As well as venturing out into the winter landscape, there will be thought-provoking indoor sessions exploring archetypes and rites of passage and time for men to share in small groups.

Some things to expect are walking, feasting, praying, thinking, storytelling, meditating, campfires, watching, waiting….

The key facilitators of the gathering will be:

Tony Vino, a comedian and writer for Sorted Men’s Magazine and serial podcaster on men’s issues.  

Rev’d Mark Cowling, a vicar in Bolton and founder of Third Space a charity aiming to inspire, unite and support young people. He is also the author and pioneer of Fit for Life, a course on mental & physical wellness.

Starting 11am on Friday 9th July 2021, the retreat will officially go through until 4pm on Sunday 11th July 2021.

Full cost is £125 full board which covers all meals, accommodation, resources & teaching. Click here to book tickets or for more information please contact Mark Cowling on: .


Night of Prayer for Bolton – Mon 29th March, 7pm

Everybody is welcome to join the Night of Prayer for Bolton on Mon 29th March at 7pm via zoom.

To join the meeting from 6-55pm on the night please use the following link:

Topic: Bolton Night of Prayer’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 29, 2021 06:55 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 879 6364 6743
Passcode: 972221


The ‘Prayers for Bolton’ Service on 96.5 Bolton FM

Ian Smart and Sue Snowden present this inspirational service each Sunday at 11am which includes an act of worship for those currently unable to attend church services. The speaker this Sunday, 28th March, will be Gill Smart, Chaplain at the University of Bolton.

Bolton FM is available on 96.5FM and online at   – it is also available on your smartspeaker and digitally via TuneIn.



The ‘Thy Kingdom Come Bolton’ Fortnightly Prayer Meeting

The Thy Kingdom Come Bolton Prayer Team hold a prayer meeting praying for our town every other Thursday at 11am for an hour via zoom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 1st April at 11am. To join the meeting please use this zoom link:
Time: Feb 18, 2020 11:00 AM London
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 639 696 9008
Passcode: Deane


Other ‘Bolton Community’ Info

Bolton Team Bolton magazine being delivered.

The Team Bolton, the magazine from partners working to tackle the pandemic, is being delivered to people’s homes.

The magazine features articles from the council, NHS Bolton CCG and the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton CVS, Bolton at Home, Greater Manchester Police, the University of Bolton, and Bolton Hospice.

The edition features information about getting a business grant, support from the Money Skills Service, help from the support hub if you have no one else to turn to, looking after your mental wellbeing, how vaccinations are being rolled out, help if you are recovering from COVID, and updates about the regeneration of our towns and villages.

Issue No: 5 of ‘Supporting the Bolton Family’ – an e-magazine created in partnership with Bolton Council.

Thanks to the contributors, this issue is full of information and opportunities. Over 64 pages, you’ll find important information from the NHS in Bolton about the COVID-19 vaccination; links to Bolton College’s Young  People’s Virtual Open Event; support with employment; and links to organisations from Team Bolton, who are always on hand to offer their help and support. 

You’ll also find important contacts for key organisations, who continue to do an amazing job supporting the people and communities of Bolton.


Bolton Quakers’ ‘Talks and Thoughts’

Tuesdays 7.30pm – 8.30pm via Zoom

Talks and Thoughts is all about friendly discussion, in-depth conversation, or just listening. Subjects range from current affairs and social issues to religion, philosophy and literature.  These reflect the diversity of interests within the group. We explore together our views of the world and welcome everyone.

Talks and Thoughts on Tuesdays, 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm via Zoom

Programme for January-March 2021

Date Topic
16th March Malcolm Pittock

Is “New Grub Street” by George Gissing still relevant today?

23rd March Peter Street

Joseph the carpenter

30th Mar Easter- the season of new life. What could this mean in 2021?
Zoom link for all meetings

Meeting ID: 515 333 136  password- Woolman

For more info please contact Bernie at


Bolton Churches’ Services Throughout the Current Lockdown

Throughout the current lockdown churches across the Bolton area will be doing their services in a variety of ways. Some will be live streaming their services via YouTube, Facebook or on their websites, some church buildings will just be open for private prayer and others are still open for worship but may require you to book in advance if you’d like to attend.

Below are the ones who have contacted us – please click on the church name to go to their website to find out more details or, in some cases, directly to their online services via You Tube or Facebook. To find out about churches which aren’t listed please visit the churches’ own websites.


(Click on name for Website to find info about streamed services, online meetings etc)

Links to streamed services on You Tube and Facebook Pages
Bolton Methodist Mission, Victoria Hall You Tube Channel
Bolton Parish Church and St Philip’s Facebook  Prayer Locker
Bolton Quakers Wed and Sun via Zoom.  Contact
Bridge Church Bolton & Horwich You Tube Channel  Facebook

Youth You Tube Channel

Men’s Ministry You Tube Channel

Chew Moor Methodist Church Facebook
Christ’s Church Harwood Facebook
Christ Church Heaton Facebook             YouTube
Deane & Lostock Anglican Team:

Lostock Church (St Thomas’ and St John’s C of E)

Deane Parish Church

You Tube Channel




Ephrata Church, Victoria Hall You Tube Channel Facebook
Farnworth Baptist Church You Tube Channel  Facebook
Farnworth, Kearsley & Stoneclough Anglican Team:

St John the Evangelist, Farnworth;

St Stephen’s Kearsley Moor;

Parish of Stoneclough (St Saviour; Ringley with Holy Trinity; Prestolee)

You Tube Channel   





Grace Church You Tube Channel  Facebook

Watch and Chat

Harwood Methodist Church Go to website
Horwich & Rivington Anglican Team:

Holy Trinity (Horwich Parish Church);

Rivington Parish Church;

St Catherine’s;

St Elizabeth’s;

Youth Ministry;

You Tube Channel  Facebook




You Tube Channel  Facebook


King’s Church, Bolton For current services please see the website for zoom details

You Tube Channel  Facebook

King’s Church, Little Lever You Tube Channel  Facebook
New Chapel URC, Horwich Zoom meetings ID: 453 335 0767

Passcode: 25WCbc

New Covenant Church You Tube Channel  Facebook
Oldham’s Church You Tube Channel  Facebook
‘Prayers for Bolton’ Service on  96.5 Bolton FM, Sundays 11am Join Facebook Group
Redeemed Christian Church of God Breakthrough Church, Bolton You Tube Channel  Facebook
Rivington Unitarian Chapel Facebook
Roman Catholic Parish of St Cuthbert

Church of St Joseph, Halliwell;

St Thomas Of Canterbury, Heaton;

You Tube Channel  Facebook
Seven Saints Anglican Team:

St Catherine’s, New Bury;

St Georges with St James, New Bury; and St Michael with St Bartholomew, Great Lever;

Our St Simon and St Jude’s, Great Lever

You Tube Channel  Facebook
St Augustine with St Aidan, Tonge Moor You Tube Channel Facebook

Facebook (St Aidan’s)

St John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, Kearsley Go to website
St John’s Methodist Church, Horwich Facebook
St Bede’s, Morris green and St Andrew’s, Over Hulton Anglican Team You Tube Channel  Facebook
St Margaret’s, Halliwell Facebook                       YouTube
St Matthew’s C of E, Little lever Facebook
St Paul’s C of E, Astley Bridge Facebook
Parish of St Peter’s:

St Peter’s Parish Church, Halliwell;

Barrow Bridge Mission;

Smithill’s Mission;

St Andrew’s, Johnson Fold;

You Tube Channel  Facebook
The Salvation Army, Bolton Go to Website Facebook
Triangle Community Methodist Church Go to Website Facebook
Turton Moorland Anglican Team:

Christ’s Church, Walmsley;

St Andrew’s Church, Bromley Cross;

St Annes with St James’ C of E, Turton

St James’ Church, Edgworth;

St Maxentius Church, Bradshaw;

St Peter’s Church, Belmont;

You Tube Channel  Facebook







West Bolton Anglican Team:

St George the Martyr, Deane

St Luke’s, Halliwell

St Paul’s, Halliwell

St Paul with Emmanuel, Deane

St Thomas’, Halliwell

You Tube Channel  Facebook





Westhoughton Anglican Team:

·         St Bartholomew’s, Westhoughton;

St Thomas’, Westhoughton;

St George’s, Westhoughton;

St John’s, Wingates; 

St James, Daisy Hill;

St Katharine’s, Blackrod

You Tube Channel  Facebook







Westhoughton Methodist Church Facebook



Bolton’s Humanitarian Response

Emergency Contact Number

Bolton Council’s COVID 19 community response line offers vital help to people who need food or essential items – Telephone 01204 337221

Funding available from ‘Bolton’s Fund’ via Bolton CVS for ‘Emergency Food and Essential Supplies’

Please see the Bolton CVS Website for the latest information on funding available from the ‘Bolton’s Fund’ including for groups providing emergency food and essential supplies:


Bolton’s Humanitarian Food Hub

Bolton’s Humanitarian Food Hub led by Bolton Council and supported by many organisations including Urban Outreach, Bolton at Home, Seddon’s and Bolton CVS  are still feeding many families each week so they are continually in need of many food items. Please would you be able to support by providing food donations of these items:

Items needed

Also, tinned meat, veg, chopped tomatoes, fruit, 500g boxes of breakfast cereal, Cordial, Long life milk, Custard powder, 1kg bags of rice, Pasta (500g), Baked beans, Tinned soup, Jars of pasta sauce, Tinned pulses, Tinned vegetables (sweetcorn, peas, carrots and potatoes), Biscuits, Cereal bars, Tinned fish, Tea, jars of baby food (different ages), Incontinence pads, Male toiletries, Nappies, Wipes, Toilet rolls.

If you are able to purchase any of these items please take it to Unit 4, Trinity Retail Park, Bradford Street, Springfield, Haulgh, Bolton, BL2 1HY (in the old ‘Staples’ unit at the bottom on the far right opposite where Toys R Us used to be) on weekdays between 10am and 4pm.

Please click here if you’d like to give a monetary donation.

For further information please contact Sam Bagley at

Horwich Food Drop

Horwich Community Centre is now again a drop off/collection point on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am -1.00pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 12.30pm. Please leave donations in the entrance lobby and the caretaker will put it in the grub tub.

The Anglican Churches in Horwich hold their donation days every other Monday between 11am and 1pm at St Elizabeth’s Church, Cedar Avenue, Horwich, BL6 6HT – next drop: Monday 29th March.

Blackrod, Over Hulton, Harwood and Tonge Fold Food Drops

Food can also be dropped off at:

St Katherine’s Vicarage, Blackrod anytime during the week and is taken to the food hub each Monday afternoon.

St Andrew’s Over Hulton Church car park, every Tuesday between 10-30am and 12 noon.

At Harwood Methodist Church the Urban Outreach grub Tub is  permanently situated outside the church and is emptied each evening by their volunteers.

At Trinity Methodist Church, Tonge Fold, their Grub Tub is outside church every Friday for an hour 11am – 12 noon.


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