Senior Pastor at Calvary Christian Fellowship

Graham joined CCF in 1978. His main role was as a worship leader before joining the full-time staff in 1993 and becoming senior leader in 1997. Previously he was Deputy Headteacher of a Penwortham primary school.

He oversees the Teaching and Worship of the church, Discipleship Pathways (Pastoral) and International Mission.

He and his wife, Ruth, have recently launched Mercy People, a community choir for justice.They have two children, Sarah and Lydia, and three grandsons.

Graham's first book, "Sacred Breath", is AVAILABLE HERE on Amazon, Kindle, The first chapter can be read free and it can be downloaded to any tablet, smartphone, computer or laptop.


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From May to July we're taking a break from John to hear from James, the brother of Jesus, who made it plain that belief and faith is evidenced in how we live our lives. Good deeds matter. How we speak and act is really important. That's what this is all about. Living faith.

JESUS in big lettersThe Gospels give us a brilliant picture of a compassionate and fearless teacher who was loved by many but made enough enemies to suffer an early death at their hands. Later, the apostle Paul wrote about him like this:

Colossians 1:15,17
He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation... and in him all things hold together.

These words give us a starting point for our new series, exploring JESUS in big letters, searching the Scriptures for as complete a picture of Him as we can find. But a picture only hangs on a wall and looks nice. The real JESUS is actually calling His followers to be like Him, not to be two-dimensional images looking nice, but 3D human beings, living like He did! That’s some challenge – but it is what we are being transformed into!

Romans 8:29
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. NLT 

2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. NIV

During 2014 we began to look at stories from the Gospel of John. This good news about Jesus, as told by John, is quite different in style and content from the other three Gospels. It includes phrases that have become part of our language and heritage: "You must be born again..." "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life..." "I am the Light of the World..." and "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us..." 
 
John wrote his account of Jesus' life so that, as he put it in John 20.31, "you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name".
 
Who is Jesus? Why did He come? John answers these questions in a way that is as relevant today as it was in the 1st century. For those of us who are already familiar with these stories, they are well worth a fresh study as we seek to interpret them intelligently into our 21st century world.
 
We looked at some of the key stories and the I AM sayings of Jesus between February and Easter 2014, culminating in a full reading of the Gospel on Easter Saturday. It's a matter of life...and death. In the summer we'll be looking at some of the other stories from John that we missed out in the first pass. 
 
Below are the talks in the series to date with links to the notes.
All talks are available on CD from CCF. Future talks will be available for download, one sample of this series is available below.
 
9th February     Baptism in the Spirit - John 1:19-34 (George Thomas)  Notes
16th February   It's all about Jesus - John 1:1-18; 35-42  (Graham Hooke)  Notes
23rd February   Born Again - John 3  (Paul Jackson)  Notes
2nd March        All you need is love - John 4 (Derrick Bannister)  Notes
9th March         I am the Bread of Life - John 6 (Graham Hooke)  Notes
16th March       I am the Light of the World - John 8 (LJ Warren)
23rd March       I am the Good Shepherd - John 10 (Paul Jackson)  Notes
30th March       I am the True Vine - John 15 (Graham Hooke)  Notes
6th April           I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life - John 14 (Graham Hooke)  Notes
13th April        The King! - John 12:12-19 (Paul & Miriam Grave)  Notes
20th April        I AM the Resurrection and the Life - John 11/20 (Graham Hooke)  

Friends of Calvary Christian Fellowship

Anyone can be a friend of Calvary Christian Fellowship. You don't have to agree with all our beliefs and our statement of faith to be part of the community of our church, to come along to meetings and to play an active part in the life of CCF. To hear more about us and about being a friend of CCF you will find a short talk about it in our Partners & Friends Series.

Follow this link to find an application form for becoming a friend of CCF. We will email you our weekly Friday Feed, which includes information and links about our activities and events along with a few words of encouragement and inspiration. We won't give/sell your details to anyone else and if you decide to stop being a friend, we won't chase you and we'll take your details off our church records.

Partners of Calvary Christian Fellowship

Our church no longer has members as if people were joining a club, Instead we invite those who want to be more committed to our vision and who have chosen to make us their local church, to become partners with us. This does involve more than being friends, with an expectation that you will make three commitments to our church, as followers of Jesus Christ. These commitments are explained in three talks, which you can watch via the links below, in conjunction with a course we run about partnership.

Use the links below to access the videos and notes of these three talks..

Sunday January 12th    A Place to Belong   Notes

 The video of this talk can be viewed here.

Sunday January 19th    A God to Worship and Serve

The video of this talk can be viewed here.

Sunday January 26th   Reconciliation Sunday   Notes

Sunday February 2nd   A Love to Share

The video of this talk can be viewed here.

Information about our PARTNERS AND FRIENDS COURSE can be found here.

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Our Bible teaching series through to Easter is "Pray!"

If asked the question "Why pray?" the best answer is probably, "Because Jesus did!" If he needed to pray then those who claim to be His followers can hardly expect not to! Yet it is true that many Christians find prayer difficult or feel guilty about their lack of prayer.

This series is not intended to make anyone feel guilty. We'd much rather see people motivated by encouragement than guilt! So we hope that this series will open up the possibilities of prayer in all kinds of ways that deepen our relationship with our loving God and see lives changed. That's exciting isn't it?

When Jesus' disciples saw the power of prayer in their Master's life they wanted to know the secret. He taught them. He gave them a radically different way of connecting with God by talking about Him as Father and giving them the Lord's Prayer. That's where this series begins.

Radical Kingdom jpegWhen Jesus began His ministry He started to talk about a Kingdom – the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven.  This “rule of God” in people’s lives was His great theme and He illustrated what it meant in a whole variety of ways. It was totally radical and thoroughly transformative for those who accepted it and committed themselves to it as His followers.

This Radical Kingdom changed the world.

The question is, what does it mean for us today? Are those of us who call ourselves Christians, the Church, actually providing a great example of God’s Kingdom to a world that needs to discover it? If not, what do we need to change?

In this series we’ll look at some of the things Jesus said and did and find out how we too can be part of His “Radical Kingdom” and true to His teaching.

The teaching themes for February to May in 2015 will take us on a journey following the disciples as they lead up to and then watch Jesus’ death and resurrection and then on into the Spirit powered launch of the church. Our overarching theme through that time is described by these three words:

Reflection : Resurrection : Revolution

We're inviting you into a journey of following Jesus that involves reflection, resurrection and revolution in our lives.

We’ll observe, mark and experience the key festivals of Lent, Easter and Pentecost.

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When did you last climb a mountain? Not just Beacon Fell – a real mountain! It’s a challenge for many of us that becomes beyond our physical limitations as we grow older. We are content with low level walks beside rivers and streams.

God often met, and still meets, with people on mountains. Moses, Elijah, Peter, James and John and many more are just a few examples. The good news is that we don’t have to climb a mountain to meet with God! But if you can it might be worth the effort! Many people in Bible times also had encounters with God beside – or even in (!) - rivers, Naaman, Jesus, Lydia amongst them.

There is actually nowhere we can go in life that is beyond God’s reach! That is good news for anyone who wants a relationship with Him, not so good if you’re running scared! But, in this summer 2016 Bible series, we’ll be exploring life-changing encounters with God in our series, “River Deep Mountain High”.

To access the talks as they happen, click here, select a title and then scroll down for an audio link / visuals.

When politicians, bankers, police, clergy and even your best friends betray your trust, who can you really trust? When God does not anwer your prayers, can you even trust Him?

We explore what it means to have a ruthless and relentless trust in God that wins through and gives us a sure foundation for life, starting with stories from Hebrews 11. We take inspiration from people of faith from Bible times, from history and from today.

Brennan Manning, author of the book "Ruthless Trust" and lifelong battler with alcoholism, wrote this:

Ruthless trust is an unerring sense, way deep down, that beneath the surface agitation, boredom and insecurity of life, it's goona be alright. Ill winds may blow, more character defects may surface, sickness may visit, and friends will surely die, but a stubborn, irrefutable certainty persists that God is with us and loves us in our struggle to be faithful. A nonrational, absolutely true intuition perdures that there is something unfathomably big in the universe (kabod), something that points to Someone who is filled with peace and power, love and undreamed of creativity - Someone who inevitably will reconcile all things in Himself.

Over the summer period our Sunday morning services will be a little shorter and simpler.

We'll be looking at a couple of stories from John's gospel. First we'll think about Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding and we'll get three different perspectives on this. Then we'll look at Lazarus dying and being brought back to life. So it's a bit like 3 weddings and a funeral.