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Thursday, 22 January 2015

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Mon Jan 19th      7pm PCC St Thomas
Wed Jan 21st     School Eucharist at St Agnes for St Agnes day 9.30am
                             Sunshine corner   St Thomas    2pm
Sat   Jan 24th      Parish Social event  St Edwards Hall 7.30pm start
Sun Jan 25th       Churches Together  service for week of prayer for Christian
                            Unity  St Agnes 3pm Preacher Bishop Mark
Sat 7th Feb        Coffee Morning at home of Mrs M Smith
Wed Feb 18th    Ash Wednesday     Eucharist in church 7.30pm.
                             This will be followed by Ladies of Leesfield AGM
Tues  Feb 24th    First session Churches Together Lent course  12 noon at
                             Zion. (Will include soup lunch)
Mon Mar 16th    St Thomas DCC 7pm
Wed Mar 18th    St Agnes DCC  8pm
Mon Mar 23rd   PCC St Thomas 7pm
Sun Mar  29th  Palm Sunday –start of Holy Week



Please let Edith know if there is anything else to go on this list!

Leesfield Parish January 18th 2015


PCC meeting is next Monday (19th) at 7pm in St Thomas Church

Sunshine Corner  Wednesday 21st  2pm St Thomas (preschool fun!)

Next Saturday  24th January, 2015. New Year Parish Social . Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £3 per person or £8 per family ticket.    Tickets can be obtained from Jenny Daubney at St. Thomas' and Neil Crook at St. Agnes.  There will be children’s games, a fancy dress competition and a raffle. Mid-Life Crisis will also be performing throughout the evening. Please can you help with a bring and share supper- lists at the back of church.

Next Sunday, January 25th  The Churches Together service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will take place at St Agnes 3pm. The preacher will be Bishop Mark. Please come and support!

We are very short of people to do readings and prayers at St Agnes. If you think you would like to give it a go, please speak to clergy or wardens. There will be a training session for those who might be interested in doing the prayers.


Are there any children in our congregations who would like to be admitted to communion? We plan to prepare them for admission at Easter (as last year!) Names to Edith as soon as possible please.

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please
Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.


Saturday, 3 January 2015

Vicar’s Letter


Happy New Year!

As we begin a new year it is traditional and natural to look backwards as well as forwards – to take stock as it were. We do this of course in our personal lives, and it is helpful too to do this in church terms.

It has been a busy year in the parish, and I feel there are signs of continuing growth. There have been challenges, perhaps particularly in maintaining our buildings, and hard work by some people in particular has helped us to meet those challenges. In November we had the Archdeacon’s Visitation, when we had to discuss many aspects of the life of our parish with the area dean and lay chair (who represent the archdeacon in this). We said we felt our churches are growing and had to justify this assessment. It is true that growth in numbers is slow, but there are other, more significant, signs of growth.  Gradually we are involving people more in both social events and fundraising. Instead of ‘delegating’ responsibility for fundraising to a few people this is being shared more.

I would like to encourage more people to be involved, especially on a “one off” basis. If you have an idea please do raise it with others and talk to clergy or    wardens. We must not think that because someone has always done something no one else can be involved. If we are to go on growing and developing as a Christian community we need a regular input of new people, new ideas and so on!

More important though is taking stock of where each one of us is spiritually. As we begin a new year I would like to encourage everyone to think about where he or she is with God. We are a Christian community, and the strength of our witness to the Good News comes from each individual being as close to God as possible. Do we all make space in our lives to listen to Him and his plans for us?

Here in Leesfield there are people whom God is calling to be more active in his church, people who have a calling, a vocation, to lay or ordained ministry.    Without these people coming forward, and being trained, the future of the church looks uncertain! If you think this might be you, please discuss it with one of the clergy. We can listen and provide some information and guidance.

So, this month, recognise and celebrate the good things in the parish, think about your role here and in the wider church, and remember it is still Christmas and continue to celebrate the coming of the Christ child.  
Edith