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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tuesday Mornings


Where are you usually on Tuesday morning between 10 and 10.30am?

There is a communion service in St Thomas Church at this time every Tuesday morning. It is short, with no hymns, and we follow the Book of Common Prayer order of service. A small (and getting smaller) number attend this service, which is a real pity. The death of one ‘regular’ earlier this year has reduced numbers.

If the service is to continue we do need more to attend. The service is quiet and informal. Those who do attend are friendly.

I think it is important that we have a weekday service, both for those who want something different to the Sunday morning worship and as an      opportunity for anyone who can’t attend on a particular Sunday to have communion that week. It is important too that we continue to use the Book of Common Prayer, the traditional language may not be practical for our main parish services, but it is beautiful. So, if you are sometimes free on a Tuesday morning we’d love to see you there!
Edith


Confirmation Service


The Parish Confirmation Service takes place on Sunday July 12th at 11am. Bishop Mark will preside, and will confirm our candidates.

This year we are presenting 8 children and 2 adults for confirmation. The number of children is smaller than in recent years. This is because we are only preparing and presenting children who are regular attenders – and can expect to continue attending!

We would have liked to have more adults, but although several more did express interest they haven’t actually committed – perhaps next year?

The confirmation service is a joyful parish occasion, and it would be good to see as many as possible in church to join our celebration and support these Christians on the next step of their journey in faith.

Children          Matthew Curley
                         Declan Whitmore
                        Brogan Mitchell
                         Lucas Ogden
                         James Hampshire
                         Michael Obi
                         William Sharp
                        Sam Brierley

Adults            Heather Harrington
                         Lee Harrington

Please pray for these members of our congregations, both as they prepare for this step and after they are confirmed.


The Great Leesfield Sponsored Parish Boundary Walk


Saturday 12th September 2015 10.00 am
On Saturday 12th September we are planning to walk the Parish Boundary again. The aim is to have as many people as possible representing all aspects of Parish life walking at least some part of the boundary on the same day. This will be a sponsored event, and each person walking is asked to raise sponsorship from friends, relatives and work colleagues. The proceeds are to be split between the Development fund for St. Thomas’ and much-needed general Parish finances.

This is not just about fundraising, but also for us to be seen out as a united body walking the boundary of the vast community which we serve.
In order to make the walk accessible to as many people as possible the route has been split into 5 stages of varying distances and difficulty. We anticipate that most people, from toddlers to the young at heart, will be able to complete some part of the walk.

This year we also have an alternative route known as “Margaret’s Route”, which roughly follows the Parish Boundary but uses minor roads to avoid steps, fields, brambles, sheep and cattle. We expect that this will be quite popular!

The whole walk is just under 10 miles, and should take around 5 hours to         complete including breaks. There will be checkpoints at the end of each stage where walkers may join or leave the walk, many of which are close to main roads and public transport links.

Sponsor forms are available from both Churches and all 3 schools. If you are not able to take part in the walk please sponsor someone who is walking.

We need:-
Checkpoint Marshals – 6, with mobile phone & transport.
Walking Marshals – 8, including some trained first-aiders if possible. 4 of these walking marshals will be responsible for walkers using “Margaret’s Route”.
Walkers – 200, all ages and abilities welcome. Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Sponsors - millions!
For further information including route map, detailed stage-by-stage walking guide and how to register for the walk -
please e-mail lizzy.dent@googlemail.com, or telephone 0161 627 4515.

Please join us in this exciting event!         
Liz Dent


Vicar’s Letter - July 2015


Each year, following our Annual Parish Meetings, those elected to be       wardens, deputy wardens, sides-people and PCC members are encouraged to attend the Archdeacon’s visitation service. In the past the main thrust of an archdeacon’s sermon at these events was to do with the fabric of the church  - “gutters and downspouts” is a term that was often used to        describe these talks.

However, in recent times I have found these occasions to be much more encouraging and worthwhile. Those of us who attended this year heard Archdeacon Cherry’s sermon, based on her reflections following her        sabbatical earlier this year. I found what she had to say inspiring, and   someone else said that he wished more of us had heard what she had to say. This has encouraged me to pass on some of what Archdeacon Cherry had to say in this magazine letter.

The focus of her sabbatical was to look at the themes of diversity,          difference and inclusion – and specifically in relation to the church, what it means to be the body of Christ.

She began by reporting on her experience of visiting three churches where she was not known. None of these were particularly positive as she was  either ignored completely by the people at the door as well as the rest of the assembled congregation or just briefly acknowledged without any real interest being shown as people got on with their chat with those they knew.

As Archdeacon Cherry said, she could have been someone in distress,  someone who had just moved into the area looking for a church, or     someone seeking God, faith and answers to questions. These were all churches outside of our diocese but it might not have been much different in many other churches.

I think the people in the churches of our parish are friendly and welcoming, but sometimes we need to take a fresh look at ourselves. If we are to grow then we have to be the good news that we proclaim, and part of that is to ensure that everyone who comes to our churches - be they regulars or   newcomers - everyone feels welcome; that it is good to be here and good to be with us.

Archdeacon Cherry’s conversations with a large number of people suggest that the church, like most organisations, struggles to genuinely welcome people who are new, especially if they are different. It’s as though we don’t want people who will bring new insights, ideas and perspectives that will challenge our comfortable and settled ways of going on.

She spent a significant amount of time with people who had some          disability, talking about why they didn’t feel welcome. It some cases the problem was the way they were patronised. Church members were very keen to look after those with disabilities, but didn’t seem to be able to get beyond the disability to see a mature and competent human being who just happened to have lost their sight, or the use of their legs or the ability to speak.

I think most of us struggle particularly with relating to those who have learning difficulties.  There are many of these people in our communities but how many do we see in our churches?

Another growing issue for all of is that of dementia. As our population gets older we see an increasing number of people who have memory problems. We need to find ways of helping them to remain in church, and not lose that much needed link with others and their faith. Dementia can make people lose so much, and to lose hold of what may have been a life-long faith and tradition of church-going is a terrible blow.

As I said earlier, I do believe our congregations are open and friendly, but the archdeacon’s talk made me think, and it does us good to look at     ourselves afresh!
Edith


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sat 4th July            Coffee morning  18 Walkers Lane

Wed July 8th            Confirmation rehearsal at St Thomas   7pm

Sun July 12th     Confirmation service at St Thomas 11am  No service at St Agnes

Sat July 18th          Parish Trip to York

Sun July 19th      Village Fair   12noon till 4pm

Sun August 16th   Parish service at St Thomas

Sat Sept 12th      Parish Boundary Walk

Sat Sept 18th      Rose Queen event  Bingo night at Springhead Football Club

Sat  Sept 26th      Harvest Queen Crowning

Sun Oct  4th         Harvest Festival

Sat Oct 10th       Rose Queen “At Home”  at St Agnes


Leesfield Parish June 28th 2015


Thank you to all those involved in making yesterday’s Tea Party such an enjoyable event! A great deal of planning and hard work was involved.

Saturday July 4th Coffee morning at the home of Mrs Susan Wood, 18 Walkers Lane. !0.30 till noon.

Parish Trip to York Saturday 18th July.   9am from the junction of
Spring Lane / West Street, Lees.   4.30p.m. Return from York.
Cost £13.  Names please to Audrey or Roy Atkinson.

Bonus Ball  There are six numbers free for this. You pay £1 a week, and if your number is drawn as the lottery bonus ball you win £25. This raises a small but steady income for church, and works best if all numbers are taken. Peter Brooks (at St Thomas) runs this. Please ask if you would like to take on one of the numbers.

The Development Group are delighted to announce that a grant of £10000 has been given by the National Churches Trust. This is very encouraging and brings us closer to achieving our goal!

The parish Confirmation service will take place on Sunday July 12th at 11am. There will be no service at St Agnes that day. Rehearsal is on Wednesday July 8th at 7pm. It is very important that all involved attend the rehearsal. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the 8 children and 2 adults who will be confirmed on that day.

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


Thurs June 18th       Fashion Show at St. Edward’s Function Room
                                    Leesfield School  FUNdraiser

Sat June 20th           Tea, toast and chat - St Thomas’ Church  10.30 to noon

Mon June 22nd        PCC at St Thomas 7pm

Sat June 27th         Vintage Afternoon Tea Library  2pm till 5pm

Sat 4th July            Coffee morning  18 Walkers Lane

Wed July 8th            Confirmation rehearsal at St Thomas   7pm

Sun July 12th     Confirmation service at St Thomas 11am  No service at St Agnes

Sat July 18th          Parish Trip to York

Sun July 19th      Village Fair   12noon till 4pm

Sun August 16th   Parish service at St Thomas

Sat Sept 12th      Parish Boundary Walk

Sat  Sept 26th      Harvest Queen Crowning

Sun Oct  4th         Harvest Festival


Friday, 5 June 2015

Leesfield Parish June 7th 2015


DCC meetings this week  These are open meetings, please do come along and have your say in the running of your church!
St Thomas  Monday 7pm    At Agnes  Wednesday 8pm
(PCC meets Monday June 22nd)


Thurs June 11th      Quiz night St Thomas 7.30pm (Ladies of Leesfield)


Parish Trip to York Saturday 18th July.   9am from the junction of
Spring Lane / West Street, Lees.   4.30p.m. Return from York.
Cost £13.  Names please to Audrey or Roy Atkinson.

Tickets are now on sale for our 'Vintage Afternoon Tea' which is due to be held at Lees Library on Saturday, 27th June, 2015 from 2pm - 5pm.  Music through the Decades, a Raffle and £1 stall will be on offer for everyone to enjoy, along with a delicious Traditional Afternoon Tea.  Please come along and help support this event which is raising funds towards Church and the Development Project.  Tickets priced at £5 per adult and £1.50 per child are on sale from Audrey Atkinson, Jenny Daubney, Susan Harrop, Liz Bentley and also from 'Little Cake Corner'.  Donations for the £1 stall would be greatly appreciated, please leave any donations at the back of Church.





Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Dates for your diary

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


Mon June 8th           DCC St Thomas 7pm

Wed June 10th        DCC St Agnes 8pm

Thurs June 11th      Quiz night St Thomas 7.30pm (Ladies of Leesfield)

Thurs June 18th       Fashion Show at St. Edward’s Function Room
                                    Leesfield School  FUNdraiser

Sat June 20th           Tea, toast and chat - St Thomas’ Church  10.30 to noon

Mon June 22nd        PCC at St Thomas 7pm

Sat June 27th         Vintage Afternoon Tea Library  2pm till 5pm

Wed July 8th            Confirmation rehearsal at St Thomas   7pm

Sun July 12th     Confirmation service at St Thomas 11am  No service at St Agnes

Sat July 18th          Parish Trip to York

Sun July 19th      Village Fair   12noon till 4pm

Sun August 16th   Parish service at St Thomas

Sat Sept 12th      Parish Boundary Walk

Sat  Sept 26th      Harvest Queen Crowning

Sun Oct  4th         Harvest Festival


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