Sermons

The Chapel makes a number of past sermons available to download so that you can listen again and reflect on them in the peace and quiet of your own home.

The most recent sermons are by our Minister Rev J Corrigall but there are also a number of older sermons available.  

These can be played on any suitable MP3 player

 

Sermons

A number of sermons are available to download to listen to.  These are:

*''Blowin' in the wind' by Rev Jim Corrigall
A Pentecost service by the Padiham minister on 15 May 2016.

*'Easter' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham minister explores how the Resurrection story can be understood. (26th March.)

*''The Spirit of creativity' by Rev Gillian Peel
Padiham Chapel member and retired minister considers creativity, on 28th February.

*Habits of Imperfection by Rev Jim Corrigall.

The Padiham minister considers the corrosive effects of shame, drawing 
on the wisdom of Brene Brown.   A sermon on 21st February

* 'Renewing the inner self' by Rev Jim Corrigall
At a service on 10th January 2016

*'What Islam can teach us' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Peace is at the heart of the Muslim faith, says the Padiham minister,
in the wake of attacks in Paris and Beirut.   (15 Nov 2015).

*Service of Remembrance by Rev Jim Corrigall
At the official service for Padiham Town, hosted by our Chapel (8 Nov).

*''Does praying help anyone?'' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham minister considers the effects of prayer (1 Nov)

*'The spirit within is powerful' by Rev Tony McNeile
A sermon on 25 Oct.

*'Return to the Source' by Rev Jim Corrigall
On a special congregational visit to Ancient Chapel, Toxteth,
Liverpool, the Padiham minister explores the history of this 'Mother
Church' for Unitarians   (18 Oct).

* 'The Buddha and the myth of I' by Rev Lewis Connolly
A recent convert to Unitarianism considers how the self is shaped by
wider society.  (11 Oct).

* 'Belonging' by Rev Jim Corrigall 
Where do we belong? A reflection by the Padiham minister at a time 
when immigration is in the headlines (4th October 2015). 

* 'Harvest Service' by Rev John Clifford
The President of the Unitarian General Assembly looks at sharing the
fruits (27 Sept 2015)

* 'Glimpses of the Holy Land' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham minister, just back from his first visit to 'the land called holy',
reflects on a pilgrimage (20th September 2015).

* Coming home to oneself by Rev Jim Corrigall
The second half of life can be a time of deep fulfillment.   A sermon
from the Padiham Minister on 16th Aug, partly inspired by Richard
Rohr's book 'Falling Upward'.

* Joy and Grief by Rev Jim Corrigall
These two emotions are part of our lives, whether we like it or not.
What can we learn from them?   (9th Aug).

* Happiness by Rev Jim Corrigall
Where do we find happiness? ... in ourselves, in others, or in the
world?   (2nd Aug).

* Living life to the full by Rev Jim Corrigall
Imagine if you could give yourself fully to each moment.   A sermon on
21st June 2015.

* Going beyond the ordinary by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham minister explores possibilities for transcending the
everyday, in this sermon on 7th June 2015.

* Fire of the Spirit (for Pentecost) by Rev Jim Corrigall
Does the Bible story of the Holy Spirit entering the early Christians
after Jesus' death, hold any meaning for us today?  
A sermon on 24th May 2015.

* Is Equality desirable? by Rev Jim Corrigall
 Equality is a widely-proclaimed ideal -- but why then is our world so
unequal?   The minister in Padiham goes in search of answers at the
International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, for this sermon on 17th May
2015.

* Justice and Mercy by Rev Jim Corrigall
Should justice always be tempered by mercy?   If so, why?   In this
sermon (3rd May 2015), the Padiham minister looks at the implications
for the UK criminal justice system.

* Anniversary by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham Minister, the Rev Jim Corrigall, goes in search of the
'gold' of Chapel life, in this Anniversary Service sermon (19th April
2015).

* Easter by Rev Jim Corrigall
Can the message of Easter still speak to us today? 
A sermon (5th April 2015) from the Padiham Minister, the Rev Jim Corrigall.

* Brokenness by Rev Jim Corrigall
Are we humans all 'broken'? -- and if so, is there any hope for us?
The Minister at Padiham explores these questions (1st March 2015).

* Radical Hospitality by Rev Jim Corrigall
To welcome the stranger, the one who is very different from ourselves,
may require a radical inner transformation.  
The Padiham Minister considers the implications ... (15th Feb. 2015).

Sources of Hospitality by Rev Jim Corrigall
Our chapel aims to give a warm welcome to all who come through its doors.
But what are the well-springs of hospitality?
A sermon (1st Feb 2015) by the Minister at Padiham.

* 'Faith' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Faith today can mean having to agree to a series of doubtful
intellectual propositions.   But words like 'belief' and 'creed'
originally had very different meanings.  
In a sermon (18th Jan 2015) the Padiham Minister explores what this might mean for us.

* 'Doubt' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Is doubt valuable for one's faith journey?   A sermon (11th Jan. 2015)
by the Minister at Padiham Unitarian Chapel, Rev Jim Corrigall.

* 'The World made New' by Rev Jim Corrigall
In a New Year sermon (4th Jan. 2015), the Minister at Padiham, Rev Jim
Corrigall, examines the human urge to remake the world -- and
ourselves.

* 'Waiting for Hope?' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Minister, Rev Jim Corrigall, questions whether hope is illusory or
realistic, in this Advent sermon (7th Dec. 2014).

* 'What can we learn from Hinduism?' by Rev Jim Corrigall
In this sermon for Inter-Faith Week (16th Nov. 2014), the Minister at
Padiham Unitarian Chapel, Rev Jim Corrigall, explores the oldest of
the living world religions.   What lessons can be drawn from its
wisdom?

GETTING TO PADIHAM UNITARIAN CHAPEL.

 

Address: (Nazareth) Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Church Street, Padiham, Lancashire BB12 8JH.  (The Chapel stands on a hill on the west side of the town, next to the entrance to Memorial Park at the junction of the A671 and the A678).

The town of Padiham lies 25 miles north of Manchester, 3 miles west of Burnley and 7 miles east of Blackburn.

 

BY ROAD: 

Padiham is on the north side of the M65 (which runs east - west) and is easily accessed from the motorway network, which links to the M61and M6 in the west.   If travelling directly north from Manchester, the M66 / A56 leads to Padiham.   There is car parking behind the Chapel, and in nearby streets. The Chapel is about 40-50 minutes (26 miles) from the centre of Manchester and 35 minutes (25 miles) from the centre of Preston.

 

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:  

This tends to be more difficult if you are coming from far.  Some suggestions:

TRAIN AND BUS:  

There are fast train links to Manchester Piccadilly and to Preston.  

From Manchester Piccadilly Rail station, walk to the EZ stop in nearby Chorlton Street and board the X43 bus to Burnley Bus Station (this journey takes about 1 hour 20 minutes).   Several buses go from Burnley Bus Station to Padiham (ask for  Memorial Park stop), including the 20, 26, 46 and 152 (which runs to Preston).

 

From Preston Rail Station catch a train to Burnley Manchester Road station (33  minute journey), from here walk down to the main Burnley Bus Station and catch a bus to Padiham (as above).    Alternately from Preston Rail Station, walk to its main bus station and catch a 152 bus to Padiham (ask for Memorial Park stop) -- this bus  journey lasts about 1 hour 20 minutes.   

 


Welcome to the Website of the Nazareth Chapel in Padiham, Lancashire.

Chaple

We are pleased to be able to resume "in person" worship in our chapel.  The services will begin at 10:30 and will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome to our inclusive services and we hope they will be inspiring and increase your faith.*

Our services will also be available through a zoom link enabling the opportunity for more creative services and a wider congregation.

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We are an open and friendly community meeting for worship each Sunday (at 10.30 a.m.), and holding events through the year.   We welcome people of all faiths and none.   We offer Opportunities for spiritual growth and support for those in need.

While grounded in the Christian tradition, we are open to wisdom from other sources, and our services reflect this breadth: with Readings from the Bible, other world religions, poetry and the arts.   Children are most welcome at our services.  For further information,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Chapel Secretary (mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  

As a congregation, we unite in the spirit of Jesus for the worship of God and the service of humankind.   We uphold the virtues of freedom, reason and tolerance.  Our members are not required to subscribe to creeds or set beliefs.   

Padiham Unitarian Chapel is affiliated to the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, whose stated Object is:  “To promote a free and inquiring religion through the worship of God and the celebration of life; the service of humanity and respect for all creation; and the upholding of the liberal Christian tradition.”

The congregation is a member of the North and East Lancashire Unitarian Mission.  In addition, Padiham Unitarians are linked with Rawtenstall and Chorley Unitarian congregations in a new initiative, the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry, which aims to renew the Unitarian cause in east Lancashire. 


*The following are guidelines for those who wish to return for these and future services, and will be subject to regular review. Where possible, please:

  • Maintain social distancing of 2M between persons
  • One in One out when using the toilets 
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Face masks and singing are encouraged (but optional!)
  • Remain seated after worship and refreshments will be brought to you

There will be a retiring collection at the back of Chapel after worship and we are supporting the NHS track and trace system, and you should notify us if you subsequently develop coronavirus symptoms.

Sermons

The Chapel makes a number of past sermons available to download so that you can listen again and reflect on them in the peace and quiet of your own home.

These can be played on any suitable MP3 player

Since the global COVID19 pandemic we have had to temporarily close the chapel down and now conduct our services on Zoom.

Recordings of these services can be found on our Youtube Channel the links of which are below.

A number of sermons are available to download to listen to and more recently watch. These are: 

Sermons

*' ' Rites of Passage' led by Robert Dennis Foreman 

A service exploring what 'Rites of Passage' are and how important they are to our community and world. 1st of August 2021 

*' 'Creativity is next to Godliness' led by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

A service on the creative process that flows through all things. 25th of July 2021

*' 'Vision, Visons and Visioning' led by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

A service on Vision and Leadership as we lead ourselves out of our current global situation. 11th of July 2021

*' 'There is harmony even in disharmony' led by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

A service on appreciating others point of view and that there is more that unites us than divides us. 27th of June 2021

*' 'Write your own Gospel' led by Pamela McCarthy 

A service on making your own way in the world and creating your own relationship with the divine. 20th of June 2021 

*' 'Finding Grace in the Margins' led by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A service on finding Grace within the margins of society. 13th of June 2021 

*' 'Locating the Soul' by Tony Cann CBE

A service on how the DNA and soul of ancestors that have gone before give us a blueprint for our soul and access to the Divine spirit. 6th of June 2021

*' 'There's no point in crying over spilled pain and other regrets' led by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

A service on regrets and how to not let them ruin your day or faith. 30th of May 2021 

*' 'Enjoy the ‘Doingnothingmuchness’ of it all' led by Paul Hubbard 

A service on spending time contemplating the ebb and flow of life. 23rd of May 2021 

 *' 'Messing About in Boats" by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A service based on the journey of intergenerational communities and how they work together. 16th of May 2021

*' 'Walk a Mile in My Shoes' by Robert Dennis Foreman

A service on finding empathy and sympathy with the support of the Divine. 9th of May 2021

*' 'Hold on its gonna be a bumpy ride' by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A service on pushing yourself and sticking with the tough times as good times often follow - 2nd of May 

*' 'Colour Vision' by Pamela McCarthy 

A service on seeing each others similarities and each others differences whilst realising there is more that unite us than divides us 25th of April 2021 

*' 'Interfaith Action Leads to Harmony' by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A service on the contributions of various interfaith activities and questions to contemplate for the future 18th of April 2021

*' 'Gods Lessons in the Pandemic' by Tony Cann

A service about lessons we have learnt from the Divine during Pandemics and Plagues - 11th of April 2021

*' 'A Celebration and Renewal of all Faith' by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

A service on Easter and renewal from the perspective of different denominations and faiths - 4th of April 2021 

*' Speaking your Mind by Paul Hubbard 

A service on speaking your mind and our responsibility to others - 28th of March 2021  

*' Is There Life on Mars? by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

A service exploring the possibility of life  on the red planet and elsewhere  - 21st of March 2021 

*' Slaying Dragons by Pamela McCarthy 

A service on the symbology of Dragons and our need to battle with them 14th of March 2021

*' An Ethical Community by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A service exploring the ethics of the Jewish Community 7th of March 2021

*' The Great Reset: Living Through Our Values by Robert Dennis Foreman 

A service exploring how the Covid19 Virus has given us pause for thought for our values - 28th of February 2021

*' From silence to stillness by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A service exploring the healing nature of silence and stillness - 14th of February 2021

'*'Imperfection: On Learning How to be a “Bad” Example to Others' by Paul Hubbard

A service exploring learning from the mistakes of others  7th of February 2021

'*Avoiding Atrocities by Tony Cann CBE

A service exploring the horrors of the Holocaust and atrocities and how we can end them. 31st of January 2021  

 '*Mercy and Atonement by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

A service exploring the power of Mercy and Atonement - 24th January 2021

'*Circling Years by G.A Vice President Anne Mills

A service exploring how the years move on but there are synergies between what has gone before - 17th of January 2021 

'*An Epiphany leads to a new beginning - by Robert Dennis Foreman

A service exploring Epiphany and how Epiphanies can help us discover a new beginning - 10th of January 2021  

'*Time for a little Luxury - by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A service on evaluating what we class as a luxury - 3rd of January 2021

'*A Nativity on the Margins - by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

The Nativity service to challenge how we experience the world and those celebrating on the margins 20th of December 2020 

'*A special Carol Service - by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A special Carol service with contributions from Adaptive Brass and Grace O'Malley - 19th of December 2020  

 *'Nativity - by Pamela McCarthy

A service on the Nativity 13th of December

*'Advent brings comfort - by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A service on the comfort brought by the Advent season 6th of December 2020 

*'Invisibility - By Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

A service on being invisible and living your truth in a world of lies. 22nd of November 2020 

'*Changing of the Seasons - By Paul Hubbard

A service highlighting the importance of change in our world. 15th of November 2020 

'*Special Armistice Service - By Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A special service for Armistice Day on the 11th of November 2020

'*Planting Tulips - By Pamela MCCarthy 

A service on planting tulips and the seasons - 1st of November 2020 

*'Rediscovering Spirituality - By Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter 

A service on rediscovering spirituality by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter. 25th of October 2020

*'Joint Service with the Sufi's from the Free Spiritual Centre - By Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A special joint service with the Sufi's from the Free Spiritual Centre. 18th of October 2020

*'Guest Service - Home by Keith Troughton (with contributions from Dennis Aylmer and Josh Johnston)

A special guest service. We were kindly invited to the Dublin Unitarian Church via Zoom and our congregation were able to listen to this service on the subject of Home 27th of September 2020

*'Finding Wholeness - By Rev'd Jim Corrigal 

A service on seeking wholeness through the Divine 20th of September 2020

*'On Prejudice - By Tony Cann 

A service exploring our prejudice and judgement of others 13th of September 2020 

*'Acceptance - By Paul Hubbard

A service on finding acceptance 6th of September 2020

*'Living Well - By Pamela McCarthy

A service on the importance of living well 23rd of August 2020

*'Who is my neighbour? - by Rev'd Dr. Shannon Ledbetter

A service on learning who our neighbour's are and being kind to them. 16th of August 2020

*'Change - by Vice President of the G.A Anne Mills

A service on accepting change. 9th of August 2020

*'I saved a hedgehog and other good deed - By Rev'd Dr Shannon Ledbetter

A service on doing good deeds. 2nd of August 2020

*'Thankfulness - By Rev'd Dr Shannon Ledbetter

A service about Thankfulness ( Please note the first couple of minutes are the organ prelude and the video has black screen) 19th of July 2020

*'The Lord is my Shepherd - Finding Divine Leadership by Robert Dennis Foreman

A service about finding leadership in the Divine 12th of July 2020

*'Hope Without Borders by Rev'd Dr Shannon Ledbetter

A service about Hope in the current world. 5th July 2020

*'Sit Still by Pamela McCarthy

A service exploring how you access the 'Divine/Great Spirit' 28th of June 2020

*'Change in Kairos Time by Rev'd Dr Shannon Ledbetter

A service on 'Kairos' moments and how they shape our lives June 21st June 2020 

*'Fruits of the Spirit by Paul Hubbard

A service on spiritual awakening June 14th 2020 

*'A Service of Contributions by Rev'd Dr Shannon Ledbetter

A service with contributions from the congregation 31st of May 2020

*'Redemption by Rev Jim Corrigall
Do we all need this? asks the Padiham minister. (9th October 2016).

*'Is life beautiful? by Rev Jim Corrigall
Is your glass half-full or half-empty.  (2nd October 2016).

*'Epiphanies and Gratuitous Ducks by Rev Jim Corrigall
Appreciating life's gifts. (25th September 2016).

*'Bridges of Love and Care by Rev Jim Corrigall
Reaching out to others ...(18th September 2016).

*'Meditation by Rev Gillian Peel
What we can learn from this practice? (11th September 2016).

*'Caring is Messy by Canon Shannon Ledbetter
An Anglican Canon was our guest preacher on 28th August 2016

*'New ways to worship by Rev Jim Corrigall
Doing things differently? (17th July 2016).

*'Discovering our Ancestors -- the English Unitarians.' by Rev Jim Corrigall.
Where do British Unitarians come from? A sermon on 19th June 2016.

*'What is our Unitarian faith?' by Rev Jim Corrigall
A sermon by the Padiham Minister on (5th June 2016).

 *'Blowin' in the wind' by Rev Jim Corrigall
A Pentecost service by the Padiham minister on 15 May 2016.

*'Easter' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham minister explores how the Resurrection story can be understood. (26th March.)

*'The Spirit of creativity' by Rev Gillian Peel
Padiham Chapel member and retired minister considers creativity, on 28th February.

*'Renewing the inner self' by Rev Jim Corrigall
At a service on 10th January 2016

*'What Islam can teach us' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Peace is at the heart of the Muslim faith, says the Padiham minister,
in the wake of attacks in Paris and Beirut.   (15 Nov 2015).

*Service of Remembrance by Rev Jim Corrigall
At the official service for Padiham Town, hosted by our Chapel (8 Nov).

*'Does praying help anyone?' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham minister considers the effects of prayer (1 Nov)

*'The spirit within is powerful' by Rev Tony McNeile
A sermon on 25 Oct.

*'Return to the Source' by Rev Jim Corrigall
On a special congregational visit to Ancient Chapel, Toxteth,
Liverpool, the Padiham minister explores the history of this 'Mother
Church' for Unitarians   (18 Oct).

*'The Buddha and the myth of I' by Rev Lewis Connolly
A recent convert to Unitarianism considers how the self is shaped by
wider society.  (11 Oct).

*'Belonging' by Rev Jim Corrigall 
Where do we belong? A reflection by the Padiham minister at a time 
when immigration is in the headlines (4th October 2015). 

*'Harvest Service' by Rev John Clifford
The President of the Unitarian General Assembly looks at sharing the
fruits (27 Sept 2015)

*'Glimpses of the Holy Land' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham minister, just back from his first visit to 'the land called holy',
reflects on a pilgrimage (20th September 2015).

*'Coming home to oneself' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The second half of life can be a time of deep fulfillment.   A sermon
from the Padiham Minister on 16th Aug, partly inspired by Richard
Rohr's book 'Falling Upward'.

*'Joy and Grief' by Rev Jim Corrigall
These two emotions are part of our lives, whether we like it or not.
What can we learn from them?   (9th Aug).

*'Happiness' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Where do we find happiness? ... in ourselves, in others, or in the
world?   (2nd Aug).

*'Living life to the full' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Imagine if you could give yourself fully to each moment.   A sermon on
21st June 2015.

*'Going beyond the Ordinary' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham minister explores possibilities for transcending the
everyday, in this sermon on 7th June 2015.

*'Fire of the Spirit (for Pentecost)' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Does the Bible story of the Holy Spirit entering the early Christians
after Jesus' death, hold any meaning for us today?  
A sermon on 24th May 2015.

*'Is Equality desirable?' by Rev Jim Corrigall
 Equality is a widely-proclaimed ideal -- but why then is our world so
unequal?   The minister in Padiham goes in search of answers at the
International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, for this sermon on 17th May
2015.

*'Justice and Mercy' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Should justice always be tempered by mercy?   If so, why?   In this
sermon (3rd May 2015), the Padiham minister looks at the implications
for the UK criminal justice system. 

*'Anniversary' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Padiham Minister, the Rev Jim Corrigall, goes in search of the
'gold' of Chapel life, in this Anniversary Service sermon (19th April
2015).

*'Easter' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Can the message of Easter still speak to us today? 
A sermon (5th April 2015) from the Padiham Minister, the Rev Jim Corrigall.

*'Brokenness' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Are we humans all 'broken'? -- and if so, is there any hope for us?
The Minister at Padiham explores these questions (1st March 2015).

*'Radical Hospitality' by Rev Jim Corrigall
To welcome the stranger, the one who is very different from ourselves,
may require a radical inner transformation.  
The Padiham Minister considers the implications ... (15th Feb. 2015).

* 'Sources of Hospitality' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Our chapel aims to give a warm welcome to all who come through its doors.
But what are the well-springs of hospitality?
A sermon (1st Feb 2015) by the Minister at Padiham.

*'Faith' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Faith today can mean having to agree to a series of doubtful
intellectual propositions.   But words like 'belief' and 'creed'
originally had very different meanings.  
In a sermon (18th Jan 2015) the Padiham Minister explores what this might mean for us.

*'Doubt' by Rev Jim Corrigall
Is doubt valuable for one's faith journey?   A sermon (11th Jan. 2015)
by the Minister at Padiham Unitarian Chapel, Rev Jim Corrigall.

*'The World made New' by Rev Jim Corrigall
In a New Year sermon (4th Jan. 2015), the Minister at Padiham, Rev Jim
Corrigall, examines the human urge to remake the world -- and
ourselves.

'Waiting for Hope?' by Rev Jim Corrigall
The Minister, Rev Jim Corrigall, questions whether hope is illusory or
realistic, in this Advent sermon (7th Dec. 2014).

'What can we learn from Hinduism?' by Rev Jim Corrigall
In this sermon for Inter-Faith Week (16th Nov. 2014), the Minister at
Padiham Unitarian Chapel, Rev Jim Corrigall, explores the oldest of
the living world religions. What lessons can be drawn from its
wisdom?