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Friday, 25 September 2015

Dates for your diary


Mon Sept 28th      PCC 7pm in St Thomas Church

Thurs Oct 1st         Exploring Prayer   7.30pm St Agnes 
    
Sat  Oct 3rd           Coffee morning  2 Hopkin View 10.30 till noon

Sun Oct  4th         Harvest Festival  Parish service St Thomas 11am

Thurs Oct 8th       Exploring Prayer   7.30pm St Agnes 

Sat Oct 10th       Rose Queen “At Home”  at St Agnes         2pm

Sun Oct 11th       Harvest Queen Car wash at Lees Library

Sat Oct 15th       Final Exploring prayer session St Agnes 7.30pm

Fri Oct 16th          Harvest Queen Family Disco at St Edwards Hall    7pm

Sat Oct 17th        Tea and Toast at St Thomas   10.30 to noon.  All welcome

Sat 24th Oct        Rose Queen Fancy dress Disco  at Springhead F.C

Sun 25th Oct     Edith’s Licensing as Incumbent.  Evening service at 6.30pm St Thomas

Nov 1st               Service for All Souls at St Thomas 3.30pm

Nov 8th              Remembrance Sunday  9.15 service at St Thomas followed by
                            Service at Lees cemetery
Nov 14th             Harvest Queen  table top sale   1pm-  St Thomas School

Nov 15th           Parish Service at St Hugh’s 11am.


Nov 22nd          Joint PCC meeting with St John Hey. St John’s hall 3pm

Leesfield Parish September 27th 2015


PCC meet tomorrow, Monday  7pm in St Thomas Church. Would members please do their best to attend this meeting.

The next Exploring Prayer session is on October 1st 7.30pm at St Agnes. This will be the third of 5 weekly sessions. These are stand alone sessions.

Saturday  3rd October Coffee morning 2 Hopkin View  10.30 till noon. All welcome

Next Sunday October 4th Parish service for Harvest 11am St Thomas, No service at St Agnes that morning.

Harvest Lunch will take place on in Lees Library on October 4th after the service at St Thomas. Tickets £5 adults, £2.50 children. You MUST have a ticket before this date if you want to attend.

School Supplementary forms should be given to Edith by October 11th. The wardens and Sunday School leaders will meet with Edith and sign the forms at the right level of attendance. The forms will be returned on Sunday 18th.

Rose queen has arranged for the now traditional evening at the White Hart to take place Fri March18th 2016. £35 per ticket. Laura is taking deposits of £10 now, and you can pay by installments if you wish.

Please would anyone who has ‘stuff’ in the cupboards (or even not in the cupboards!) at the back of St Thomas Church please have a good sort through and clear out as soon as possible – and definitely by the end of October half term. We need to have the space cleared to enable the preparatory work for the development project to go ahead.
We need more people to read and/or do the prayers at our Sunday services. Please think seriously about helping with this and talk to the wardens or clergy.  Help is available if you are unsure.

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

All Saints’ Tide


The last day of October is widely observed as Halloween.

This secular celebration can be just rather childish fun, or it can come   rather dangerously close to the occult. What it is, of course, is the eve of all Hallows, the eve of All Saints’Day.

On November 1st we celebrate the feast of All Saints, which falls on a   Sunday this year. This is a celebration of the good purposes of God, the communion of saints and the promise of eternal life. We commemorate all those saints (without a capital letter!) so not the well-known ones with their own feast day but the vast number of holy ones of God.

November 2nd is All Souls’ Day, also known as the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. On this day we come together to remember our loved ones departed. We don’t pray for them –they are with God and don’t need our prayers - but we need to remember them.
This year we will hold our service for All Souls on the afternoon of          November 1st, at 3.30pm. This is an opportunity to come to a quiet and peaceful service and remember those who were dear to us whom we see no more – no matter how long it is since they died.
I will invite the families of those for whom I have conducted a funeral   service in the past year, and anyone else who would like to come is very welcome. Before the service there will be list at the back of church on which you can add the names of those you would like to remember, and those names will be read out during the   service.                                            
Edith


Vicar’s Letter & Licensing


Magazine articles, including those for our church magazine, are,         necessarily, written a little time before the publication date. I am writing this at the beginning of September, as I reach the third anniversary of my licensing here.  Perhaps confusingly, on October 25th I will be        licensed again, as incumbent rather than as priest-in-charge. Three years feels like a significant period of time, and I have been reflecting on my time here, and thinking about what this next stage means.           Practically it will be no different for me or for you, but it does feel like a “well done” all round!

Many of you have been in this parish for much longer than I have, and you will have seen many changes - for good and bad I guess.

As I look back over my short time here I can see there have been many changes, and mostly for good. A recent conversation I had with Bishop Mark encourages me in this belief.  Archdeacon Cherry came to a    morning service at St Agnes one Sunday in July, and she also              commented on how much she enjoyed her visit.

 It is easy to go from day to day, week to week, and see only the        difficulties and frustrations. Taking a longer view is much more           encouraging. As I write this, we have almost reached our target for phase 1 of the development work at St Thomas' – to install a toilet and 'brewstop' - It has been a long slog, and thanks must go to the group who have toiled away at this, and to all those who have helped fund it. It might seem a small thing, to have a toilet in church, but it will make the building so much more people-friendly. We won't stop at this though – we do want to work on the back room…..

The lead theft from St Tomas church was devastating, so much water to deal with - and thanks to all who helped with the mopping up -especially Roy and Audrey. Our damaged organ was very sad, but     Warren helped our music by bringing along his own organ to play, and now we have a splendid new digital one.


These practical improvements are encouraging, but they are not what made Bishop Mark and Archdeacon Cherry comment in such a positive way on the parish of Leesfield. So what is it about?

I think it has a lot to do with people trusting each other, and feeling   comfortable with each other. Many people work hard to help run the parish, parish officers and many others. Finances are well managed thanks to our treasurer and  financial coordinator, buildings are cared for thanks to our wardens,  deputy wardens and sides-people.

The Sunday schools thrive thanks to the leaders and teachers. Our       pastoral care group, under Ruth's leadership continues its ministry in the care homes and with the housebound of the parish. The ladies group  continues (under its new name) to encourage members and others both socially and spiritually.  I could go on….

Even more important, though, is the way all members of the parish are welcoming and encouraging, friendly and supportive. Of course it isn't perfect, we are all human beings with flaws and there are difficulties from time to time, but I think we are doing well at our task of being the Body of Christ in this place.

Not that we can rest on our laurels though, there is more we can do. I'd like to see a deepening of spirituality. I would like to see more people in church for special services as well as Sundays. And I'd like to see people recognising their vocations, recognising that God is  calling them to      particular roles within His church.

Edith


What – another licensing?

Many of you were present when I was licensed as Priest in Charge of the parish of Leesfield – on September 5th 2012. I remember it as a very     joyous event.

Earlier this year it was agreed that the suspension of the benefice should be lifted, and your parish priest should become Incumbent (vicar). This will make no difference in practice to me or to the parish, apart from   giving me more security. It does, however, feel rather like an affirmation of what we have achieved together over these three years.
 So I will be licensed again, on October 25th. This will take place during a service of evening prayer which begins at 6.30pm, and it will be a much simpler procedure than the last one. It was hoped that Bishop Mark would preside but unfortunately he will be recovering from an operation and the presiding bishop will be Bishop Graham Dow (one of our assistant bishops) and the preacher will be Archdeacon Cherry. There will be refreshments afterwards.

The date is not ideal, as the first Sunday of half term week, but we didn’t want to delay it into the winter. I do hope most of you will be able to attend. At the first licensing most of you were strangers to me – and many of the congregation were people from my previous churches. This time it will be much more of a parish event and I look forward to sharing this  milestone with you all!

Edith



Saturday, 19 September 2015

Leesfield Parish September 20th 2015


Fundraising Group Meeting is taking place at Lees Library, next Tuesday at 7.30pm  Admission is by the side door - please tap on the Community Room window. If you are involved/interested in fundraising for the parish please come along!

The next Exploring Prayer session is on Thursday 24th  7.30pm  St Agnes. This will be the second of 5 weekly sessions.These are stand alone sessions.

Ladies of Leesfield meet on Thursday 24th in St Thomas’ Church at 7.30pm
Macmillan/Dr. Kershaw's Afternoon Tea - Lees Library on Friday 25th September, 2015 from 2pm until 4.30pm.  Everyone welcome.  If anyone is able to donate a cake, please see Jenny Daubney.

Harvest Queen crowning is September 26th at 2.30pm in church followed by   in School. Do come along and support our new Harvest Queen (and retinue) in her first public event – Donations please!

PCC meet Monday next week (28th) 7pm in St Thomas Church. Would members please do their best to attend this meeting
October 4th Parish service for Harvest 11am St Thomas, No service at St Agnes that morning.

Harvest Lunch will take place on in Lees Library on October 4th after the service at St Thomas. Tickets £5 adults, £2.50 children. You MUST have a ticket before this date if you want to attend.Please would anyone who has ‘stuff’ in the cupboards (or even not in the cupboards!) at the back of St Thomas Church please have a good sort through and clear out as soon as possible – and definitely by the end of October half term. We need to have the space cleared to enable the preparatory work for the development project to go ahead.
We need more people to read and/or do the prayers at our Sunday services. Please think seriously about helping with this. Help is available if you are unsure.


Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Exploring Prayer


Most of us have a very narrow perception of what prayer is. We talk about ‘saying our prayers’ –yet prayer is so much more. It certainly should include a lot more listening than speaking……but how do we do that?

If you are interested, why not come along to the Exploring Prayer sessions?
These will not be ‘heavy’ – this is about sharing and exploring together. You can say as much or as little as you like! I have led similar sessions in other places, and people say they are enjoyable and stimulating.

There will be 5 sessions weekly, on Thursday evenings, at St Agnes Church 7.30pm, lasting for around an hour. The first is on September 17th. The sessions will be ‘stand alone’ but it would be helpful if you can commit to coming to most of them! If you need a lift to St Agnes, please ask and we’ll  try to help.

Hope to see you there.
Edith


The LAST (Loo At St. Thomas’s) Project


In our last article written in April this year for the 2015 APCM Report we concluded with the positive promise below:


THIS PROJECT WILL HAPPEN!


Though some may have had their doubts we have now even more confidence that this will be the case. Heartened by the tremendous support within the parish for the project ,  with lots of great funding ideas, events, pledges and more, members of the development group  have continued to plug away – looking again at the  figures and the plans, engaging with the architects and the diocese, and seeking out further possible funding sources.


Slimming down the project whilst keeping its essential elements – a barrier free toilet and a separate community room with kitchen facilities – meant that in April we were able to show we were around half way there and this, together with the clear evidence of our own parish’s efforts, brought a much more positive response from potential funders. 


Although we have faced disappointment along the way at what appeared to be a slow rate of progress,  our perseverance has recently paid off handsomely. In April we were reporting that the project  had raised just over £30,000;  by August with some major donations from the National Churches Trust, the All Churches Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation that sum had gone up to an amazing £50,055.  We know there is more to do to reach the finish line, we are still pursuing outside funding and we are looking to the Parish Walk and other events to continue the important in-house fund-raising, but  we are now, at last, able to invite Tenders for the building works. This process we hope  will be completed over the next couple of months – giving us a possible start date before or maybe just after Christmas.


Living through it, the three years from the December 2012 launch of the LAST   project may seem a long time -  looking back I guess we will see it as but a short, if  important, time in the history of the church.

Mel Farrar  
Secretary to the Development Group


The Second Leesfield Sponsored Parish Boundary Walk


Well done everybody who took part in the walk on the 12th September, and many thanks to all who helped to make it such a success by acting as marshals and encouraging others to join in.
46 people took part in total, 33 adults & 13 children, ranging from Annie who is only just 5 years old to Margaret at 83.

Despite the weather, everybody who had said they were definitely coming turned up to walk. There was a really good mix of people from around the Parish and it was lovely to see some new faces on the walk this year.

22 people including Margaret and 2 children, Jack and Matthew, completed the whole walk. Little Annie did about 6 miles, after a dance class, Amy did about 3 after Drama, and then both of them went to a birthday party afterwards! Some of the other children had to leave the walk early because of other commitments like football. Who says today’s kids aren’t active?

Another very active participant was Chrissie, who completed the whole walk just over 4 months after having had a double coronary bypass. Well done to Chrissie and also to our NHS for doing such a good job of fixing her.

One of the walkers was using a step counter, and she recorded 21191 steps for the whole route. Just think of all the calories burned, everybody deserves extra chocolate!

The views weren’t quite as good this year because of the weather, but we saw a kestrel, a heron, quite a few horses and of course cows. Blackberries were picked and eaten along the way, and we made good use of the facilities at Park Bridge.

We will be compiling a photo album of the walk, which will be available electronically.

Thanks again everybody, I’ll let you know the total amount raised as soon as I have it.

Liz Dent

End of Stage 1

The ford at Holts Lane
Huddled up at Park Bridge

At the Pike


The end - First lot!

The end - Last lot!







Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Dates for your diary


Sat  Sept 19th     Tea and Toast  St Thomas  10.30 to noon. All welcome.

Sun Sept 20th     Sunday school prizegiving (all age service) at St Thomas

Sat  Sept 26th      Harvest Queen Crowning  2.30pm

Mon Sept 28th      PCC 7pm in St Thomas Church      

Sun Oct  4th         Harvest Festival  Parish service St Thomas 11am

Sat Oct 10th       Rose Queen “At Home”  at St Agnes              2pm?

Fri Oct 16th          Harvest Queen Disco at St Edwards Hall    7pm?

Sat Oct 17th        Tea and Toast at St Thomas   10.30 to noon  All welcome

Sun Oct 25th     Edith’s Licensing as Incumbent in Evening service at 6.30pm

Nov 1st               Service for All Souls  St Thomas 3.30pm

Nov 8th              Remembrance Sunday

Nov 15th           Parish Service at St Hugh’s 11am


Nov 22nd          Joint PCC meeting with St John Hey. St John’s hall 3pm

Leesfield Parish September 13th 2015


Thank you to all who made yesterday’s Parish boundary walk such a successful event- those who walked, those who marshalled, those who sponsored and of course the organisers!

DCC Meetings this week.
St Thomas  Monday 14th 7pm in church
St Agnes      Wednesday 16th 8pm in school hall
PCC members should attend, and EVERYONE else is welcome – come and talk about YOUR church!

Exploring Prayer sessions begin on Thursday 17th  7.30pm  St Agnes. This is the first of 5 sessions lasting around an hour. This is not ‘heavy’ but should be interesting and enjoyable. More details in the magazine or from Edith. Come along and try it!
Rose Queen event  Bingo night at Springhead Football Club  Friday 18th 7.30pm.
Tea and Toast    Saturday 19th   10.30 till noon. All welcome, come along and enjoy refreshments and a chat! There is a raffle too.
Next Sunday the service at St Thomas will be all age and will include Sunday School prizegiving.  Two children will also be baptized during the service.
Harvest Lunch will take place on in Lees Library on October 4th after the service at St Thomas. Tickets £5 adults, £2.50 children. You MUST have a ticket before this date if you want to attend.
Harvest Queen crowning is September 26th – Donations please!
Please would anyone who has ‘stuff’ in the cupboards (or even not in the cupboards!) at the back of St Thomas Church please have a good sort through and clear out as soon as possible – and definitely by the end of October half term. We need to have the space cleared to enable the preparatory work for the development project to go ahead.


Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Dates for your diary

Sat Sept 12th      Parish Boundary Walk

Mon Sept 14th    St Thomas DCC 7pm in church

Wed Sept 16th   St Agnes DCC  8pm School hall

Thurs Sept 17th   First of 5 weekly sessions Exploring Prayer 7.30pm St Agnes

Fri  Sept 18th      Rose Queen event  Bingo night at Springhead Football Club 7.30pm

Sat  Sept 19th     Tea and Toast  St Thomas  10.30 to noon. All welcome.

Sun Sept 20th     Sunday school prizegiving (all age service) at St Thomas

Sat  Sept 26th      Harvest Queen Crowning  2.30pm

Mon Sept 28th      PCC 7pm in St Thomas Church      

Sun Oct  4th         Harvest Festival  Parish service St Thomas 11am

Sat Oct 10th       Rose Queen “At Home”  at St Agnes              2pm?

Fri Oct 16th          Harvest Queen Disco at St Edwards Hall    7pm?

Sat Oct 17th        Tea and Toast at St Thomas   10.30 to noon  All welcome

Sun Oct 25th     Edith’s Licensing as Incumbent in Evening service at 6.30pm

Nov 1st               Service for All Souls  St Thomas 3.30pm

Nov 8th              Remembrance Sunday

Nov 15th           Parish Service at St Hugh’s 11am


Nov 22nd          Joint PCC meeting with St John Hey. St John’s hall 3pm

Leesfield Parish September 6th 2015



September magazine is available at the back of church
The Great Leesfield Sponsored Parish Boundary Walk Saturday 12th September 2015 10.00 am   Don’t forget! We will be doing the Sponsored Parish Boundary Walk again this year on the 12th September. This is not just about fundraising, but also an opportunity for us all to get together and have fun. The whole walk is just under 10 miles, and should take around 5 hours to complete including breaks, but can be split into stages with alternative routes available. For further information including route map, detailed stage-by-stage walking guide and how to register for the walk please pick up a sponsor form in Church,  e-mail lizzy.dent@googlemail.com, telephone 0161 627 4515 or see Paul and Liz in Church.If you are walking and have not yet registered please let me know so I can add you to the list. It helps the checkpoint marshals to make sure we haven’t lost anybody!  If you are not able to walk you could help by manning a checkpoint or just sponsor someone who is walking. Please join us in this exciting event!   Liz Dent
Exploring Prayer sessions begin on Thursday next week (17th) 7.30pm  St Agnes. This is not ‘heavy’ but should be interesting and enjoyable. More details in the magazine or from Edith. Come along and try it!
Harvest Queen crowning is September 26th


Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

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