Special service for those people affected by cancer

St Michael and St John's RC Church, Clitheroe.
St Michael and St John's RC Church, Clitheroe.

Christians in the churches around Clitheroe have planned a special service for people affected in any way by cancer.

The service, entitled “Pause for Hope”, will take place at 3pm on Sunday April 30th at St Michael and St John’s RC Church in Lowergate, Clitheroe.

It is intended for people of faith and people of no faith. It has the unifying purpose of enabling local people to bring their hopes and fears, their memories and their joys during a period of reflection, song and prayers.

Participants will include patients, professional practitioners and fund raisers as well as local clergy.

The Ribble Valley Choir will sing and there will be an address by Prof. Ray Donnelly, a retired thoracic surgeon who is president of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and, as a committed Christian, initiated “Pause for Hope” services in 1999.

Mrs Carol Riley is leading the team which has organised “Pause for Hope” in Clitheroe.

Carol said: “I was struck by the impact of cancer on our church family when three dearly loved stalwarts died in a three month period.

“A little later I was privileged to enjoy the moving ‘Pause for Hope’ service in Liverpool Cathedral and I thought that we should arrange a similar service for those affected by cancer in Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley.”

There will be an opportunity to light a candle for loved ones, to obtain a special prayer card and to treasure memories of an afternoon devoted to those we love.