Christians awake! Salute the happy morn

John Byrom was an English poet, the inventor of a revolutionary system of shorthand and later a significant landowner. He is most remembered as the writer of the lyrics of the hymn Christians awake!

Salute the happy morn John Byrom was born on the 29th February 1692 and was descended from an old wealthy genteel Lancashire family. Byrom was born at what is now The Old Wellington Inn (part of the Old Shambles) in Manchester (The property was then used as an office for market tolls, with accommodation on the upper floors.)

The Wellington Inn, now a major tourist attraction, has a plaque in the bar area which commemorates his birth His privileged background enabled him to obtain an excellent education, including The King's School, Chester, and Merchant Taylors School, London. He studied at Trinity College Cambridge, becoming a fellow there in 1714. He subsequently travelled abroad and studied medicine at Montpellier in France

Byrom and his wife Elizabeth had several children, but his favourite was his daughter Dorothy, known as Dolly. In December 1745, after a romp with Dolly, he promised to write her something for Christmas; it was to be written especially for her and no one else. The delighted Dolly reminded her father of his promise each day as Christmas grew nearer. On Christmas morning, when she ran down to breakfast, she found several presents awaiting her. Among them was an envelope addressed to her in her father's handwriting. It was the first thing she opened and, to her great delight, it proved to be a Christmas carol entitled "Christians awake! Salute the happy morn". The original manuscript, headed with "Christmas Day for Dolly", was first published in 1746.

Byrom died in 1763 and is buried in his family's private which is now known as Jesus Chapel in Manchester Cathedral.

Neville's December/January Quiz

1What's the name of the period leading up to Christmas?

2 What was the name of John the Baptist's mother?

3 How many presents were given in total in the song 12 days of Christmas?

4What is the first book of the New Testament?

5How many of each animal did Moses allow on the ark?

6Who was it that asked for Jesus's body after the Crucifixion?

7 Who were the first people to visit baby Jesus?

8 Who brings presents to children in Holland on the 5th /6th

9After leaving Bethlehem to which country did Joseph, Mary and Jesus travel?

10 Which Christmas hymns second verse begins with "Born a King on Bethlehem's plain"?

The New Pastor

A new pastor moved into a town, and he went out one Saturday to visit his parishioners. All went well until he came to one house. It was obvious that someone was home, but no one came to the door even after he had knocked several times Finally he took out his card, wrote "Revelation 3:20" on the back, and stuck it in the door. The next day, as he was counting the offering, he found his card in the collection plate. Below his message was written "Genesis 3:10." Make sure you look up the Bible quotes!! It gave me a bit of a chuckle!!

Perky Turkey soup

a winter warmer


|1 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, halved and sliced into thin strips

1 red pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips

2 tsp ground coriander

1/4 - 1/2 tsp chilli flakes

3 tbsp basmati rice or long grain rice

1.5 litres hot turkey or chicken stock

250g 9oz turkey meat, cut into thin strips - (leg meat will have the most flavour)

410g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed A handful of fresh coriander or flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped (optional)

Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes or so, stirring every now and then until it starts to soften. Add the red pepper, ground coriander, chilli and rice and stir round the pan for about a minute.

Pour in the hot stock, stir in the turkey and chickpeas and season well. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables and rice are tender. Stir in the coriander or parsley and it's ready.

Note: Never made it, but hope it tastes as good as it sounds!!

The Tate Family

- Do you know how many members of the Tate family belong to your family or church?

There is old man Dictate who wants to run everything, while Uncle Ro-Tate tries to change everything.

There's sister Agi-Tate who stirs up plenty of trouble, with help from her husband, Irri-Tate

Whenever new projects are suggested, Hesi-Tate and his wife Vege-Tate, want to wait until next year.

Then there is Aunt Imi-Tate, who wants our church to be like all the others

DevasTtate provides the voice of doom, while Poten-Tate wants to be a big shot.

But not all members of the family are bad.

Brother Facili-Tate is quite helpful in church matters.

And a delightful, happy member of the family is Miss Felici-Tate.

Cousins Cogni-Tate and Medi-Tate always think things over lend helpful, steady hands.

And of course there is the black sheep of the family, Ampu-Tate, who has completely cut himself off from the church

How about it do you know anyone in the "Tate" family?


The Ladies group recently held a Coffee Evening to help raise for the Building Fund. There were handmade crafts, a bring and buy stall and, of course, coffee and cake. The evening proved to be quite successful and, at the end, we had made £132. A big thanks to all who supported us

. On Saturday 24th November we had a stall at the Rawtenstall Clog Market. The event itself was a great success with a lovely sunny, but chilly, day helping along the proceedings. Rawtenstall was absolutely packed and it was a great atmosphere throughout the day. Anyone who didn't come down missed a treat - Rossendale Drum Majorettes, Britannia Coconutters and the Rossendale Community Choir, were just a few of those who took part. Food of every description was being sold and, in order to keep warm, Viv, Chris and Heather had to sample the hot mulled wine!!

The Christmas tree and lights were then officially switched on and the market finally closed at 6.30pm. We sold various sorts of crafts that had been made by some of our more artistic members of the congregation and at the end of the day found we had made £248 for the Building Fund. A great big thank you to everyone involved.

Thank You!

Roger & Rona would like to say a Big Thank You for all your pray ers, regarding Roger's recent hip replacement operation.

A special thanks goes out to Heather who not only organised the transport rota but went above and beyond the call of duty in supporting us both. We are very grateful to Heather, Nigel, Calum, Jill, Chris tine, Glenn and Walter & Sylvia for providing transport services.

Some of you will know that I am an active member of CPR ( Civic Pride Rossendale) and enjoy my "Lone Ranger" litter picks and also the Thursday morning joint gardening group. It was somewhat of a shock when I returned from theatre back up to ward 15 and found a litter picker on my bed! The staff on the ward were very good but surely they didn't expect me to do a litter pick round the wards so soon after my op! Roger