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Monday, 13 May 2019

Newsletter 12th May

Newsletter 12th May 2019 

Today is the final day for returning your “Play your Part” response forms, so if you still have them please do bring them back. It’s really important that we hear from you with all your ideas of how you can help to secure the future of our churches.

Christian Aid Week begins on Sunday 12th May, and we will again be collecting from house to house in Lees, as well as having envelopes available in both churches for your donations to support the valuable work of this global charity.

On Thursday 16th May there will be a Big Brekkie at St Thomas’ for Christian Aid from 9 to 11 am. Please come along and join us for bacon butties or beans on toast to help us with our fundraising, and to learn more about the work of Christian Aid.

If you are able to help with either the collecting or Big Brekkie please see Paul or Liz Dent.

Please could any adults, or children from year 6 upwards, who feel this is the time to take the next step in their Christian journey of Confirmation please see Edith by the end of May at the latest. The Confirmation service with Bishop Mark will be on Sunday 7th July, 11 am at St Thomas’ Church.

Everyone is most welcome to join the Ladies of Leesfield next Saturday morning, the 18th May, for Tea & Toast in St Thomas’ Community Room from 10.30 am until noon. Tickets are £3 each, and include a raffle. 

The crowning of our new Rose Queen, Freya Mills, will be at St Agnes’ Church on Saturday 18th May at 2 pm.

Freya and her retinue would love to see you there to support them for the coming year, and to thank the retiring Rose Queen Ella and her retinue for all their efforts during the past year.

There will be stalls, activities and refreshments in the school hall and outside, including a barbeque if the weather permits. Family tickets are priced at just £2.50, and include entry into a raffle with lots of brilliant prizes which have been generously donated by individuals and local businesses.

The deadline for the next edition of “Voice” magazine is today. 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, 26 April 2019

Newsletter 28th April

Newsletter 28th April 2019

Immediately after today’s 10 am Parish service at St Thomas’, the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place. At this meeting we review the activities and finances of the previous year, elect our Churchwardens and PCC members, and agree the list of sidespersons for the coming year. If you are willing to join the PCC or become a sidesperson/welcomer, please ensure that we have your nomination forms or you have added your name to the sidespersons list before the start of the meeting.  


Many thanks to all of you who have completed and returned your “Play your Part” response forms. To date we have had 26 “Time and Talents” forms returned, and 19 financial responses, and we’ll be contacting people very soon with further information. Don’t worry if you’ve still got your forms, we would still love to hear from you with all your ideas of how you can help to grow our churches and place them at the heart of the community, where they belong. It will help with planning if you could return your forms by Sunday the 12th May.

The Ladies of Leesfield’s next coffee morning is on Saturday 4th May, 10.30 am until 12 noon at Jean's home, and the next Tea & Toast is in St Thomas’ Community Room from 10.30 am until noon on Saturday 18th May. 

Christian Aid Week begins on Sunday 12th May, and our churches continue to support the work of this charity. The main focus this year is on helping mums in Sierra Leone to give birth safely; not just providing money, but education and practical help too. Christian Aid also plays a huge part in campaigning globally for social justice and equality, and action on climate change. We’ll be collecting house to house in Lees, and hosting a Big Brekkie on the morning of Thursday the 16th. If you are able to help with either of these please see Paul or Liz Dent.

This year’s Confirmation service will be at St Thomas’ on Sunday July 7th at 11am, led by Bishop Mark. We now admit children to communion before confirmation and encourage most to delay confirmation until they are really ready. There is no upper age limit for confirmation! There are quite a few adults who regularly attend our churches but have not been confirmed. If this includes you please do think about taking this step. Let me know if you are considering this, and we can talk about it. Any children from year 6 upwards who feel this is the time to make this commitment should also let me know and we can discuss it. 
Edith

This year’s Rose Queen, Freya Mills, will be crowned at St Agnes’ on the afternoon of Saturday the 18th May. More details will be available shortly but please do put the date in your diary and come along to support Freya and her retinue.

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

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter Services in Leesfield Parish


On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 pm, Revd Edith will be saying Compline at St Thomas' Church. If you can't get out at that late hour but still want to join in, you could use some of these prayers in your own home at the same time as the service.