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Thursday, 14 March 2019

stewardship



Stewardship Campaign

Last Sunday we launched a parish-wide campaign to get lots of people more involved in the work of the church in Leesfield Parish.

Firstly we want to thank everyone for all the time, energy, skills and financial support which you already give. There is so much happening in our parish, and you can find out more by browsing the pages of this website. 

The PCC has held open meetings with the Diocesan Stewardship Officer, looking at where we are now and what we want to do in the future. Lots of good ideas have been suggested at these meetings for growing our churches and reaching out to others in the parish, and from these ideas we've come up with our vision.


This is quite challenging, and we will need your help to make it happen. Many of the people we rely upon to keep our churches thriving are getting older, and although they may have the time, some of them don't have quite as much energy as they used to. Also, in this changing world, some new skills and talents are required to help us to move forward.

We've made a list of things which we need help with - some of them have been happening in our churches for years, and some are newer initiatives to help us to engage with the wider community. Please do have a look at the list and consider how you might like to be involved - you may even have some ideas of your own that we haven't thought of.


There are so many demands on your time these days, and we appreciate that everybody's really busy balancing work and family life, so we've included some activities which you may be able to do from home. What would be a huge task for one person could be broken down into smaller components, and if more people are involved each of them would not need to commit a great amount of time.

Children and young people are also encouraged to play their part in parish life. Several of the activities listed above are suitable for (and could be of interest to) young people and families, such as "Eco-Church", gardening, music, reading the lessons and bellringing. Our young people probably have their own ideas as well - and we would love to hear them!

And finally, we have to think about how we finance the work we want to do. A summary of the main items of income and expenditure for 2018 is pictured to the left, showing that we spent £1,000 more than we received last year.

That's just to do what we're already doing, and it's clear from the open meetings that you all think we should be doing more to engage with the wider community.

Our spending on repairs and maintenance to both of our church buildings last year was only a fraction of what is needed to preserve and improve them, and to ensure that they are in good shape to welcome future generations. Making our church buildings accessible to everyone is high on our list of priorities, and because of the layout of our historic buildings this is likely to be quite costly.

We rely on the giving of members of our congregations to provide everything we need for our services and outreach in this parish. Everyone is invited to pray and reflect upon how we respond to what God has generously given to us. 

Information packs have been handed out in our churches last Sunday, and will be available throughout Lent. Please do pick up your pack, read it, and complete and return the response forms as soon as possible, but by Easter Sunday, 21st April at the latest. If there's anything more you need to know you can email us at leesfieldparish@gmail.com

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Newsletter 3rd March

Newsletter – 3rd March 2019


We've had a lovely thank-you from the Booth Centre for the money we collected from our Carol Singing before Christmas, and all your kind donations of warm clothes and toiletries. Well done everybody!

The next round of parish meetings starts tomorrow afternoon at 1.30 pm with Standing Committee. Next week St Thomas’ DCC meets at 7 pm on Monday the 11th, and St Agnes’ Open Forum at 8 pm on Wednesday the 13th. The DCC and Open Forum meetings are open to everyone, so please do come along and join the conversation.

Following the Shrove Tuesday 10 am service, the ladies will be making pancakes, so if you haven’t been to a Tuesday morning service before, this may be a good week to start!

Ash Wednesday is on the 6th March, and our service is 7.30 pm at St Thomas’ Church. Light refreshments will be served by the Ladies of Leesfield in the Community Room afterwards.


The Churches Together Lent lunchtime meetings start at 12 noon on Tuesday 12th March at Zion Methodist Church, and continue there weekly throughout Lent, except for the final one on the 9th April which will be at Springhead Congregational Church. This year’s theme is Art in its Widest Sense, and for anyone who hasn’t been before these are really interesting meetings. After the meetings we gather for a simple lunch of soup and bread, giving us the opportunity to socialise with our fellow Christians from around the area. 

The deadline for the next edition of “Voice” magazine is Sunday 17th March. Please send your articles to Paul at paulmdent@gmail.com or hand them in at church.

Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!


Friday, 15 February 2019

Newsletter 17th February

Newsletter – 17th February 2019 

This week is half-term, so there won’t be a newsletter next weekend – enjoy the holidays! 


Friday the 1st March is the World Day of Prayer. The World Day of Prayer worship service has a special annual theme which is developed by women from a different country each year.

The Churches Together in Lees and District service will be at 1 pm at St John’s Church, Hey.

Everyone is invited to come along and join with fellow Christians from our locality in Prayer.


The Ladies of Leesfield Coffee Morning on Saturday 2nd March will be in St Thomas’ Community Room from 10.30 am to 12 noon. All are welcome to come and have coffee and a chat with the ladies – they would love to meet you! 

Ash Wednesday is on the 6th March, and our service is 7.30 pm at St Thomas’ Church. Light refreshments will be available in the Community Room after the service, provided by the Ladies of Leesfield. 

If you haven’t yet got your tickets for the Annual White Hart Dinner Dance on Friday 8th March, please contact Jacqueline or any of the retinue mums at St Agnes’. Tickets cost £35 each for a fantastic evening with a 5 course meal, entertainment by Smudge, and dancing until late.


Our parish-wide campaign “Play Your Part”, will be launched on Sunday the 10th March. Everybody who attends our churches and Sunday Schools will receive an information pack about how we can all help to grow and sustain our churches. 

Please do watch out for your pack, and complete and return the response forms.

Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!