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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Back to the Future - Spring Clean


Firstly a big THANK YOU to everyone who came along on Saturday 18th April to help clear out the back of church, I particular the area under the church tower.

Not only was this long overdue but it is also the first essential step where    volunteers will come together to help with the preparation work for our LAST project.

The LAST project is our ongoing challenge to create a much needed toilet and Community area in St. Thomas. Further background is available in the  Annual Parish Report.

In the space of a few hours we managed to fill a skip with stuff that went back across decades - a very dirty trip back down memory lane.  In fact it was    pleasantly surprising just how much  was achieved in such a short space of time. There’s truth in the old adage “many light hands ……..”

There were numerous rusty gardening tools (not least 6 sets of hedge shears). Newspapers and sunflower seeds dating back to the 1990’s, abandoned sacks of cement and half a dozen flower stands. Old fundraising games from garden fetes of yesteryear as well as hoards of  junk and broken furniture were amongst the long ago abandoned goods.

What’s next?  When we are clear exactly what needs doing, our able gang of            volunteers have agreed to help with some decorating and tiling. If you are    interested and can spare a few hours over the summer then please watch this space and keep an eye out for the pew sheets. We would welcome as much support as possible.


The Life of Our Lord


The book, ‘The Life of our Lord’ was the last published work of Charles Dickens. It has an individual interest and purpose that separates it completely from everything else that Dickens wrote.

Quite apart form its Divine subject, the manuscript is particularly personal to the novelist and is not so much a revelation of his mind as a tribute to his heart and  humanity, and of course his deep devotion to our Lord. It was written in 1849    twenty one years before his death, expressly for his children.

Charles Dickens frequently told his children the Gospel story and made mention of the divine example in his letters to them.  The life of our Lord was written without thought of publication  in order that his family might have a permanent record of their father’s thoughts. After his death the manuscript remained in the possession of his sister in law, Miss Georgina Hoggarth. On her death in 1917 it came into the possession of Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, Charles’ son. Sir Henry’s will provided that if the majority of the family were in favour of it’s publication, The Life of our Lord should be given to the world. It was first published in serial form in March 1934. (taken form the forward of the book by Mary Dickens).

The book was bought in 1935 by great grandmother as a present for my mother who showed it to me as a child. I loved the book and so it was promised to me. This beautiful book came to me when my mother died and remains one of my cherished possessions.

Written beautifully for children with illustrations that include, ‘The Last Supper’, ’The Transfiguration’, ‘The Crucifixion’ and others; the book begins:  “My dear     children, I am anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about him. No-one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle and so sorry for all people who did wrong.

It ends:  “Remember! - it is Christianity To Do Good Always - even to those who do evil to us.  It is Christianity to love our neighbour as ourselves and to do to all men as we would have them do to us. It is Christianity to be gentle, merciful and         forgiving and to keep these qualities quiet in our own hearts. If we do this and    remember the life and lessons of our Lord Jesus Christ and try to act upon to them, we may confidently hope that God will forgive us our sins and mistakes and enable us to live and die in peace.”

I shall pass it on one day to the children in my family. But for now it remains with me, preciously coveted.
 God Bless,
Susan Harrop


Vicar’s Letter


May will as always be a busy month!

As the temperature rises and we see new growth around us then we should be encouraging growth in our church, our parish and our community.

We have had our Annual Parish Meeting, and those appointed or elected are empowered and encouraged at the Archdeacon’s Visitation Service,  which is taking place this year on Thursday May 7th at 7.30pm.

May 7th  is important for another reason. It is the date of the General     Election. On that date we have the opportunity to express our views about who should represent us in both national and local government. It is        important that we all take our part in these elections. We are the body of Christ in this place, and we must be engaged in politics in its widest sense – taking an interest in all that affects the lives of those in our communities. Christianity is a religion of incarnation. Believing that God sent his own son to live on earth with us, because he loves us, means we must care for those we live among and that has to include being involved in whatever way we can in decisions that affect the lives of our fellow human beings.

This month also sees Christian Aid Week. Christian Aid is an organization which gives vital help and support to so many in this troubled world. We need collectors as well as people to give to the cause. Please think whether you can help with the door to door collection, and give what you can to this charity.

At Easter we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, and we have heard again the stories of his appearances to his followers. Now this month we           remember the next chapters of the story.

Thursday May 14th is Ascension Day, when we commemorate the point at which the risen Christ ascended to join the Father. Please attend the service at 7.30pm at St Thomas’s if you can.

In the church’s calendar there are then an odd ten days reflecting the time when the disciples thought they’d lost Jesus again – having seen him die  on Good Friday, having witnessed his risen body among them after that first Easter day, now he’s gone again.

And then came Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit in such a dramatic way. Jesus had promised he would ask the Father to send “another       comforter” …. And  there were the flames, the rushing wind, the breaking down of language barriers. This, then, was the birth of the church. Here of course we celebrate with the walking, the bands and the service in St Thomas’s church. Pentecost, Whitsunday, is May 24th this year.

As a community, we flourish in the company of others. We can’t be       Christians on our own – we are all part of the body of Christ. Each of us has a part to play, and our absence from an event diminishes others. I ask you to try to take part in something which you haven’t before – to do          something extra to encourage us all –and in so doing you will enrich your own spiritual life!

Please remember too that it is important for us to be involved in the wider sphere and vote on May 7th and help in whatever way you can in Christian Aid Week.
Edith


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Family Fun Night - Saturday 2nd May


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Fri May 1st           Spring Fair 3:30pm – 5pm @ St. Thomas’ Leesfield School

Sat May 2nd            Coffee morning at Audrey Atkinsons 10.30 till noon
                                    Parish Social at St Edwards

Wed May 6th          Textile collection at St. Thomas’ School 9am
Children’s confirmation class after school in St Thomas Church
                                    Adult confirmation class 7pm in St Agnes church

Thurs May 7th         Archdeacon’s Visitation 7.30pm St Mark’s Glodwick

Thurs May 14th      Ascension Day service 7.30pm St Thomas
                                    Followed by coffee eve at Audrey Atkinson’s

Sat 16th May           Tea and Toast in church  10.30 till noon

Sun 24th May          Whit Sunday 9.30am service in church followed by the walk and
                                    service in St Thomas at noon





Leesfield Parish April 26th 2015


Thank you to all who contributed to last week’s APCM. Especially thank you to those who have agreed to serve as wardens, deputy wardens, PCC members and/or sidespeople for the coming year.  Please note Archdeacon’s Visitation is Thursday May 7th at St Mark’s Glodwick 7.30pm

Next Saturday  May 2nd  Parish Social  - 7pm at St. Eddie's Function Room, Spring Lane, Lees. This is a 'Bring & Share' event and notices are being displayed at St. Thomas and St. Agnes.  Please enter your contact details and also what you wish to bring along.  We are also asking for donations of 'Spot Prizes'(for children) and Raffle Prizes. Please contact Audrey, Emma,Jenny or Liz Bentley if you are able to donate and also to purchase tickets which cost £3.50 per Adult and £1.50 per child.

Christian Aid week is May 10th to 17th. More collectors are needed from both churches –please see Liz Dent or the wardens if you can help.


Adult Confirmation sessions will begin May 6th in St Agnes Church at 7.00pm. If you are interested come along- no commitment!
Children’s confirmation classes will also start May 6th –after school in St Thomas Church. If you are in year 6 or 7, have attended church regularly for the last 12 months, and wish to be confirmed please ask Edith for a form and information sheet.


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


Monday, 20 April 2015

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sat April 18th     Tea and Toast in St Thomas 10.30 till noon
Sun April 19th    Parish service followed by APCM
Thurs 23rd          Ladies of Leesfield Meeting St Thomas 7.30pm
Sat May 2nd       Coffee morning at Audrey Atkinsons 10.30 till noon
                            Parish Social at St Edwards
Wed May 6th     Children’s confirmation class after school in St Thomas Church
                            Adult confirmation class 7pm in St Agnes church
Thurs May 7th   Archdeacon’s Visitation 7.30pm St Mark’s Glodwick
Thurs May 14th Ascension Day  service 7.30pm St Thomas
                           Followed by coffee eve at Audrey Atkinson’s
Sat 16th May   Tea and Toast in church  10.30 till noon
Sun 24th May   Whit Sunday 9.30am service in church followed by the walk and
                           service in St Thomas at noon

Leesfield Parish April 19th 2015


Today’s Parish service is followed by the Annual Parish Meeting

Thursday 23rd  Ladies of Leesfield meet in St Thomas Church at 7.30pm. Speaker is Mr Mike Russell of the Lyceum theatre Group. Everyone is welcome

The Easter stall raised £150 and the Easter raffle raised over £90. Well done and thank you to all involved!

Christian Aid week is May 10th to 17th. More collectors are needed from both churches –please see Liz Dent or the wardens if you can help.

A 'Parish Social' has been arranged for Saturday, 2nd May, 2015 - 7pm at St. Eddie's Function Room, Spring Lane, Lees. This is a 'Bring & Share' event and notices are being displayed at St. Thomas and St. Agnes from today.  Please enter your contact details and also what you wish to bring along.  We are also asking for donations of 'Spot Prizes'(for children) and Raffle Prizes. Please contact Audrey, Emma,Jenny or Liz Bentley if you are able to donate and also to purchase tickets which cost £3.50 per Adult and £1.50 per child, they are on sale from today

Adult Confirmation sessions will begin May 6th in St Agnes Church at 7.00pm. If you are interested come along- no commitment!
Children’s confirmation classes will also start May 6th –after school in St Thomas Church. If you are in year 6 or 7, have attended church regularly for the last 12 months, and wish to be confirmed please ask Edith for a form and information sheet.


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

Saturday, 11 April 2015

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sun April 12th  Short PCC meeting after the service at St Thomas to approve
                           the accounts
Sat 18th April  Serious clearing out at St Thomas… Many hands make light work!

Wed April 15th  Sunshine Corner  St Thomas 2pm
Sat April 18th   Tea and Toast in St Thomas 10.30 till noon
Sun April 19th  Parish service followed by APCM
Thurs 23rd    Ladies of Leesfield Meeting St Thomas 7.30pm
Sat May 2nd   Parish Social at St Edwards

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


A 'Parish Social' has been arranged for Saturday, 2nd May, 2015 - 7pm at St. Eddie's Function Room, Spring Lane, Lees. This is a 'Bring & Share' event and notices are being displayed at St. Thomas and St. Agnes from today.  Please enter your contact details and also what you wish to bring along.  We are also asking for donations of 'Spot Prizes'(for children) and Raffle Prizes. Please contact Audrey, Emma,Jenny or Liz Bentley if you are able to donate and also to purchase tickets which cost £3.50 per Adult and £1.50 per child, they are on sale from today.






Leesfield Parish April 12th 2015


After today’s service at St Thomas, there will be a meeting of the PCC to approve the accounts. Please would as many members as possible attend this meeting.

Next Saturday, 18th April, Tea and Toast in St Thomas 10.30till noon. Come along, bring a friend, for a drink, toast and a natter. £2 plus £1 for raffle.
Also today we are clearing out under the tower at St Thomas, prior to the development work. We need people who know what needs to be saved and what we can throw………..

Next Sunday, 19th April, there will be a Parish Service at St Thomas 11am. This will be followed by the Annual Parish Meeting. At this, wardens and PCC reps will be elected and we hear reports on the last year in the parish. Please stay for this meeting.
There are forms at the back of church for you to nominate wardens and PCC members for the next year.

Christian Aid week is May 10th to 17th. More collectors are needed from both churches –please see Liz Dent or the wardens if you can help.

Leave space in your diary for the Parish Social -to be held on Saturday, 2nd May at St. Edward's function room. 

Adult Confirmation sessions will begin May 6th. Please think hard whether this is right for you this year. Discuss with Edith or Ruth. We will be asking for names of both adult and child candidates after Easter.


Children’s confirmation classes will start soon- if you are between 11 and 13, have attended church regularly for the last 12 months, and wish to be confirmed please ask Edith for a form and information sheet.

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