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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Leesfield Parish December 25th 2016


Thank you to everyone who made the Carol service so enjoyable – the choir, the readers, Paul and Warren. Thank you too to those who organized and served the refreshments afterwards. It was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion.
Thank you to those who organized the raffle – which raised around £250
Our carol singing on Monday was also very successful. We all enjoyed it. The children did an excellent job of collecting for the Booth Centre and of singing very tunefully and with great confidence. The adults sang well too of course, accompanied by Paul on his trumpet. The children collected over £95, which will be increased when we add the collection from the nativity.

Saturday 24th December Crib service/nativity 5pm St Thomas
                                      And First Communion of Christmas 11.30pm
Sunday 25th December  Communion service at St Agnes  9.15am
Tuesday December 27th No 10am service at St Thomas
Sunday 1st January      Parish service at St Thomas 11am   No service at St Agnes

We have decided to make changes to the magazine. It has had the same format for many years and we feel it is rather outdated. The plan is that, from February, the magazine will be produced once every 2 months, and will be professionally printed in colour, with photographs. We hope this will make the magazine more attractive. It would be good if this can also be seen as an opportunity for more people to contribute to the magazine.
For example, short accounts (and photos) of Advent/Christmas at Leesfield would make interesting reading and perhaps encourage others to join in the various events next year.

We will be collecting items of warm clothing such as hats, scarves, gloves and socks to take down to the Booth Centre for the homeless in Manchester over the Christmas period. If you have any of these to spare or get some as Christmas presents you can't use these would be most welcome.
Also Cold Nights - Local charity which goes into Manchester to take food to people sleeping on the streets. They would like donations of pot noodles, porridge pots, crisps and chocolate. Their local drop off point is Limekiln Cafe by the Brownhill Visitor Centre in Uppermill so we could take donations up there. Chocolate bars are a particular treat, so if anyone has any such thing as an unwanted chocolate bar that would be greatly appreciated.

If any of our children or young people play a musical instrument, would they like to join a small group to play occasionally in church services? Please let Paul or Edith know if you might be interested.



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sat Dec 24th          Crib service/nativity  St Thomas 5.00pm   
                                 11.30pm First Communion of Christmas   St Thomas
Sun Dec 25th           Christmas morning Eucharist at St Agnes   9.15am
Tues Dec 27th           No Tuesday morning service
Sun Jan 1st             Parish Service at St Thomas  11am      No service at St Agnes
Tues Jan 3rd            10am Holy Communion at St Thomas’
Wed Jan 4th           DMPC    St Thomas Moorside  7.30pm
Sat Jan 7th               Coffee morning at the home of Mrs V Green 10.30 till noon
Thurs Jan 12th         Standing Committee Vicarage 7pm
Mon Jan 16th           DCC St Thomas 7pm
Wed Jan 18th          DCC St Agnes    8pm
Mon Jan 23rd           PCC St Thomas  7pm
Sun Jan 29th            Churches Together service  Salem Moravian church 3pm.
                                  Preacher Archdeacon Cherry

Don’t forget to check out the parish blogspot too!


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Leesfield Parish December 18th 2016


We have our festival of Nine lessons and Carols this evening at 6.30pm. If you have been before you will know this is a very enjoyable evening. If you haven’t been before, come along and see. There will be refreshments afterwards, and the parish raffle will be drawn.
Raffle tickets are still available  £1 each.

Tomorrow we gather at St Thomas’ at 6pm to go carol singing round the parish. Do come and join us – it’s much better if we have a big group, and a perfect singing voice is not necessary. We collect for the Booth Centre in Manchester.

Donations are needed, please, towards Christmas flowers for St Thomas – to Audrey please.

Saturday 24th December Crib service/nativity 5pm St Thomas
                                      And First Communion of Christmas 11.30pm
Sunday 25th December  Communion service at St Agnes  9.15am
Sunday 1st January      Parish service at St Thomas 11am   No service at St Agnes

We have decided to make changes to the magazine. It has had the same format for many years and we feel it is rather outdated. The plan is that, from February, the magazine will be produced once every 2 months, and will be professionally printed in colour, with photographs. We hope this will make the magazine more attractive. It would be good if this can also be seen as an opportunity for more people to contribute to the magazine. When did you last put something in the magazine? If people wrote about events they have been to, for example, this would make the magazine more representative of life in our parish.

We will be collecting items of warm clothing such as hats, scarves, gloves and socks to take down to the Booth Centre for the homeless in Manchester over the Christmas period. If you have any of these to spare or get some as Christmas presents you can't use these would be most welcome".

 Also Cold Nights - Local charity which goes into Manchester to take food to people sleeping on the streets. They would like donations of pot noodles, porridge pots, crisps and chocolate. Their local drop off point is Limekiln Cafe by the Brownhill Visitor Centre in Uppermill so we could take donations up there. Chocolate bars are a particular treat, so if anyone has any such thing as an unwanted chocolate bar that would be greatly appreciated.

Don’t forget to check out the parish blogspot too!

Sun Dec 18th          Nine Lessons and Carols  St Thomas 6.30pm 
Mon Dec 19th         Carol singing round the parish. Meet 6pm St Thomas’
Sat Dec 24th          Crib service/nativity  St Thomas 5.00pm   
                                 11.30pm First Communion of Christmas   St Thomas
Sun Dec 25th           Christmas morning Eucharist at St Agnes   9.15am
Tues Dec 27th           No Tuesday morning service
Sun Jan 1st             Parish Service at St Thomas  11am      No service at St Agnes
Tues Jan 3rd            10am Holy Communion at St Thomas’
Wed Jan 4th           DMPC    St Thomas Moorside  7.30pm
Sat Jan 7th               Coffee morning at the home of Mrs V Green 10.30 till noon
Thurs Jan 12th         Standing Committee Vicarage 7pm
Mon Jan 16th           DCC St Thomas 7pm
Wed Jan 18th          DCC St Agnes    8pm
Mon Jan 23rd           PCC St Thomas  7pm
Sun Jan 29th            Churches Together service  Salem Moravian church 3pm.
                                  Preacher Archdeacon Cherry




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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Leesfield Parish December 11th 2016


Ladies of Leesfield meet at the Atkinson’s 52 Spring Lane on Thursday 15th at 7.30pm for carols, prayers and mince pies.

Our parish Christmas raffle will be drawn after the carol service on the 18th December. Tickets available now £1 each

We have decided to make changes to the magazine. It has had the same format for many years and we feel it is rather outdated. The plan is that, from February, the magazine will be produced once every 2 months, and will be professionally printed in colour, with photographs. We hope this will make the magazine more attractive. It would be good if this can also be seen as an opportunity for more people to contribute to the magazine. When did you last put something in the magazine? If people wrote about events they have been to, for example, this would make the magazine more representative of life in our parish.

We will be collecting items of warm clothing such as hats, scarves, gloves and socks to take down to the Booth Centre for the homeless in Manchester over the Christmas period. If you have any of these to spare or get some as Christmas presents you can't use these would be most welcome".
 Also Cold Nights - Local charity which goes into Manchester to take food to people sleeping on the streets. They would like donations of pot noodles, porridge pots, crisps and chocolate. Their local drop off point is Limekiln Cafe by the Brownhill Visitor Centre in Uppermill so we could take donations up there. Chocolate bars are a particular treat, so if anyone has any such thing as an unwanted chocolate bar that would be greatly appreciated.
Services as usual next Sunday morning. Then at 6.30pm we have our carol service. People who usually come know that this is a very enjoyable event. If you haven’t been before do come along and hear again the readings and join in the carol singing. This will be followed by refreshments and the drawing of the raffle.


Don’t forget to check out the parish blogspot too!
Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
 Sun Dec 11th     Toy service at both churches. Normal services but donations of good
                              quality unwanted toys or games will be gratefully received.
Thurs Dec 15th      Evening at Audrey’s, carols, prayers and mince pies  7.30pm
Sun Dec 18th          Nine Lessons and Carols  St Thomas 6.30pm 
Mon Dec 19th         Carol singing round the parish. Meet 6pm St Thomas’
Sat Dec 24th          Crib service/nativity  St Thomas 5.00pm   
                                 11.30pm First Communion of Christmas   St Thomas
Sun Dec 25th           Christmas morning Eucharist at St Agnes   9.15am
Tues Dec 27th           No Tuesday morning service
Sun Jan 1st             Parish Service at St Thomas  11am  No service at St Agnes
Tues Jan 3rd            10am Holy Communion at St Thomas’ 
                                    
And please note Confirmation July 9th 2017

Advent and Christmas at Leesfield 2016



Our parish Christmas raffle will be drawn after the carol service on the 18th December. Tickets available now £1 each

Next Sunday, 11th December, we would be grateful for donations of good quality unwanted toys and games. These will be taken as usual to less fortunate children.

We have decided to make changes to the magazine. It has had the same format for many years and we feel it is rather outdated. The plan is that, from February, the magazine will be produced once every 2 months, and will be professionally printed in colour, with photographs. We hope this will make the magazine more attractive. It would be good if this can also be seen as an opportunity for more people to contribute to the magazine. When did you last put something in the magazine? If people wrote about events they have been to, for example, this would make the magazine more representative of life in our parish.

Mon Dec 5th            Afternoon tea at St Thomas (with Hey with Zion) 2.30pm
Sun Dec 11th           Toy service at both churches
Thurs Dec 15th      Evening at Audrey’s, carols, prayers and mince pies  7.30pm
Sun Dec 18th          Nine Lessons and Carols  St Thomas 6.30pm 
Mon Dec 19th         Carol singing round the parish. Meet 6pm St Thomas’
Sat Dec 24th          Crib service/nativity  St Thomas 5.00pm   
                                 11.30pm First Communion of Christmas   St Thomas
Sun Dec 25th           Christmas morning Eucharist at St Agnes   9.15am
Tues Dec 27th           No Tuesday morning service
Sun Jan 1st             Parish Service at St Thomas  11am
Tues Jan 3rd            10am Holy Communion at St Thomas’
Don’t forget to check out the parish blogspot too!
Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com
Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Sunday November 27th    Advent 1
Morning services at usual times
3pm  Christingle at St Thomas    Bring an orange! Collection for The Children’s Society
Saturday 3rd December     Afternoon with seasonal refreshments beginning at 1.30pm. The sponsored Christmas trees will be set up, and we will be at the lights switch (on with the band and a special visitor) at 4.30pm

Sunday December 4th     Advent 2
Morning services at usual times
Monday December 5th  Afternoon tea and carols with guests from Hey with Zion 2.30pm start

Sunday December 11th   Advent 3
Morning services at usual times. We would be grateful for donations of good quality toys which will be given to less fortunate children.

Sunday December 18th Advent 4
Morning services at usual times
6.30pm Nine Lesson and Carols

Monday December 19th Carol singing round the parish. Meet at St Thomas 6pm
Saturday December 24th  Crib service/Nativity at St Thomas’ 5pm by Sunday School

The First Communion of Christmas 11.30pm at St Thomas’

Sunday December 25th   9.15  Christmas morning Communion at St Agnes 

Tuesday December 27th   No 10am service


Sunday January 1st     Christmas 2            11am   Parish service at St Thomas’

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Leesfield Parish November 27th 2016


Today is Advent Sunday. Christingle service at St Thomas’ at 3pm. Bring an orange and we’ll make Christingles (and sing!) Collection in aid of the Children’s Society. If you can’t come please would you leave a donation in the plate at the back of church in the morning?

Four years from the beginning of the LAST project at St Thomas we have got the last piece of the jigsaw. A generous donation allowed us to bid for tables from a church that is closing. They are of good quality and are of 2 different sizes which will give flexibility. Many thanks to that anonymous donor, to Lesley for her organization and those involved in moving them here on a day when the weather made things extra difficult!

Our parish Christmas raffle will be drawn after the carol service on the 18th December. First prize will be a hamper, but we need a few other prizes. Tickets available now £1 each

Monday 28th PCC meet at St Thomas 7pm  Please will all members read the circulated papers beforehand and do their best to attend.

Numbers at our Tuesday 10am service continue to grow. From this week and during the colder weather the service will be held in the community room (for warmth, comfort and easier access)

Saturday 3rd December church will be open from 1.30pm. Sponsored Christmas trees will be set up during the afternoon (have you booked yours yet?) There will be seasonal refreshments and a good social atmosphere. Do come along and join us whether you are having a tree or not. We will go round to the Lees lights switch on at 4.30, where there will be a band playing and a special red-coated visitor.



Don’t forget to check out the parish blogspot too!

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Sun Nov 27th           Advent Sunday   Christingle at St Thomas   3pm Bring an orange!
Mon Nov 28th         PCC 7pm St Thomas
Sat Dec 3rd             1.30pm - setting up sponsored Christmas Trees  with coffee, mulled
                                 wine and mince pies followed by lights switch on in Lees.
Mon Dec 5th            Afternoon tea at St Thomas (with Hey with Zion) 2.30pm
Sun Dec 11th     Toy service at both churches
Thurs Dec 15th      Evening at Audrey’s, carols, prayers and mince pies  7.30pm
Sun Dec 18th          Nine Lessons and Carols  St Thomas 6.30pm 
Mon Dec 19th         Carol singing round the parish. Meet 6pm St Thomas’
Sat Dec 24th          Crib service/nativity  St Thomas 5.00pm   
                                 11.30pm First Communion of Christmas   St Thomas
Sun Dec 25th           Christmas morning Eucharist at St Agnes   9.15am
Tues Dec 27th           No Tuesday morning service
Sun Jan 1st             Parish Service at St Thomas  11am
Tues Jan 3rd            10am Holy Communion at St Thomas’

                                    
And please note Confirmation July 9th 2017

Leesfield Parish November 20th 2016


Today, 20th November we have our parish Service at St Hugh’s  at 11am–celebrating the feast of Christ the King and the 60th anniversary of the church of St Hugh. Again, no service at St Agnes. Please do come along and join us in this important event so we can make this a real parish celebration to round of the Church’s year before we start Advent the following Sunday.
If you need a lift to St Hugh’s please do ask.

Thursday 24th ladies of Leesfield are holding a fun night at St Thomas’ at 7.30pm

Next Saturday, 26th, come along to Tea and Toast at St Thomas’ 10.30 till noon.
Everyone is welcome – bring a friend, have a chat and take the opportunity of a final purchase from the Christmas stall (which will close next Sunday).

Next Sunday is Advent Sunday. Christingle service at St Thomas’ at 3pm. Bring an orange and we’ll make Christingles (and sing!) Collection in aid of the Children’s Society. If you can’t come please would you leave a donation in the plate at the back of church in the morning?

Our parish Christmas raffle will be drawn after the carol service on the 18th December. First prize will be a hamper, but we need a few other prizes. Tickets available soon £1

Don’t forget to check out the parish blogspot too!

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Sun Nov 20th           Parish service at St Hugh’s 11am Please do your best to attend!
Thurs Nov 24th       Ladies of L    Fun night  7.30pm at St Thomas’
Sat Nov 26th            Tea and Toast  10.30am  St Thomas’
Sun Nov 27th           Advent Sunday   Christingle at St Thomas   3pm Bring an orange!
Mon Nov 28th         PCC 7pm St Thomas
Sat Dec 3rd             Afternoon - setting up sponsored Christmas Trees  with coffee, mulled
                                 wine and mince pies followed by lights switch on in Lees.
Mon Dec 5th            Afternoon tea at St Thomas (with Hey with Zion) 2.30pm
Thurs Dec 15th      Evening at Audrey’s, carols, prayers and mince pies  7.30pm
Sun Dec 18th          Nine Lessons and Carols  St Thomas 6.30pm 
Mon Dec 19th         Carol singing round the parish. Meet 6pm St Thomas’
Sat Dec 24th          Crib service/nativity  St Thomas 5.00pm   
                                 11.30pm First Communion of Christmas   St Thomas
Sun Dec 25th           Christmas morning Eucharist at St Agnes   9.15am
Tues Dec 27th           No Tuesday morning service
Sun Jan 1st             Parish Service at St Thomas  11am

                                    
And please note Confirmation July 9th 2017

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Leesfield Parish November 13th 2016


Today is Remembrance Sunday. Service at St Thomas at 9.15am. Then we walk with the band down to the cemetery for the outdoor service. We set off from outside St Thomas about 10.25am

We have our DCC meetings this week. These are informal meetings which are open to everyone. Issues affecting the church are discussed – and we need more people to be involved. Come along and listen and share your ideas or concerns!
St Thomas Monday November 14th at 7pm
St Agnes     Wednesday November 16th  8pm

St Thomas’ school children will be in school on Thursday 9.15 am  for this term’s eucharist.

Then on 20th November we have our parish Service at St Hugh’s  at 11am–celebrating the feast of Christ the King and the 60th anniversary of the church of St Hugh. Again, no service at St Agnes. Please do come along and join us in this important event so we can make this a real parish celebration to round of the Church’s year before we start Advent the following Sunday.
If you need a lift to St Hugh’s please do ask.

Please do read the dates for your diary.


Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Sun Nov 13th           Remembrance Day  9.15 St Thomas followed by outdoor service
Mon Nov 14th          St Thomas DCC  7pm
Wed Nov 16th           St Agnes DCC  8pm
Sat Nov 19th           York trip
Sun Nov 20th           Parish service at St Hugh’s 11am
Sat Nov 26th          Tea and Toast 10.30 till noon.  All welcome
Thurs Nov 24th       Ladies of L    Fun night  7.30pm at St Thomas’
Sat Nov 26th            Tea and Toast  10.30am  St Thomas’
Sun Nov 27th           Advent Sunday   Christingle at St Thomas   3pm Bring an orange!
Mon Nov 28th         PCC 7pm St Thomas
Sat Dec 3rd             Afternoon - setting up sponsored Christmas Trees  with coffee, mulled
                                 Wine and mince pies followed by lights switch on in Lees. Details follow
Thurs Dec 15th      Evening at Audrey’s, carols, prayers and mince pies  7.30pm
Sun Dec 18th          Nine Lessons and Carols  St Thomas 6.30pm 
Sat Dec 24th          Crib service/nativity  St Thomas 5.00pm   
                                 11.30pm First Communion of Christmas   St Thomas
Sun Dec 25th           Christmas morning eucharist at St Agnes   9.15am
Tues Dec 27th           No Tuesday morning service
Sun Jan 1st             Parish Service at St Thomas  11am

                                    
And please note Confirmation July 9th 2017

Leesfield Parish November 6th 2016


This afternoon, 6th November, there is a Churches together service at Springhead Congregational  Church  at 3pm.  Title is For all the Saints. We will sing hymns, listen to some short talks and pray about 3 of the well-known saints. See poster in church for details.
Do come along and support if you can.

Standing committee meets in the vicarage at 7pm on Monday (7th)

Next Sunday, 13th November is Remembrance Sunday. There will be service at St Thomas’ at 9.15am. Then we walk with the band down to the cemetery for our outdoor Churches Together service. No service at St Agnes.

Then on 20th November we have our parish Service at St Hugh’s –celebrating the feast of Christ the King and the 60th anniversary of the church of St Hugh. Again, no service at St Agnes. Please do come along and join us in this important event.

Parish trip to York Christmas market will be on Saturday 19th November. Leave at 9am, returning 4.30pm. The cost is £15. Please Let Audrey, Roy or Vera Howarth know if you want to go.


Confirmation 2017       Just announced - date will be July 9th  in the 11 am service at St Thomas’ .

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Sat  Nov 5th              School of Prayer   Cathedral 9.30am-1.30pm  All Welcome
                                  Also Coffee morning 3 Netherlees
Sun Nov 6th             For All the Saints   Springhead Congregational Church 3pm  
Mon Nov 7th             Standing Committee in the Vicarage
Tues Nov 8th             Deanery Synod    High Crompton  7.30pm
Sun Nov 13th           Remembrance Day  9.15 St Thomas followed by outdoor service
Mon Nov 14th          St Thomas DCC  7pm
Wed Nov 16th           St Agnes DCC  8pm
Sat Nov 19th           York trip
Sun Nov 20th           Parish service at St Hugh’s 11am
Sat Nov 26th          Tea and Toast 10.30 till noon.  All welcome
Thurs Nov 24th       Ladies of L    Fun night  7.30pm at St Thomas’
Sat Nov 26th            Tea and Toast  10.30am  St Thomas’
Sun Nov 27th           Advent Sunday   Christingle at St Thomas   3pm
Mon Nov 28th         PCC 7pm St Thomas
Sat Dec 5th              Afternoon - setting up sponsored Christmas Trees  with coffee, mulled
                                 Wine and mince pies followed by lights switch on in Lees. Details follow

Full list of date for December will be added soon!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Leesfield Parish October 30th 2016



This afternoon we have a service for All Souls at St Thomas’ at 3.30pm. This is a short reflective service where we come together to remember our loved ones departed – no matter how long ago they died. There will be readings and hymns and an opportunity to light a candle for a loved one. The names of everyone for whom the clergy have conducted a funeral in the last 12 months will be read out, and if you attend, you are invited to add the names of your loved ones departed to the list. Everyone is of course welcome.

On the 5th of November we are invited to attend the School of Prayer in the Cathedral. This will be an interesting and inspiring event. A group of us are going to meet at Derker Tram stop just before 9am to travel together. You are welcome to join us –let me know if you need a lift to Derker! The event finishes late lunchtime.

On 6th November there is a Churches together service at Springhead Congregational  Church  at 3pm.  Title is For all the Saints. We will sing hymns, listen to some short talks and pray about 3 of the well-known saints. See poster in church for details.


Parish trip to York Christmas market will be on Saturday 19th November. Leave at 9am, returning 4.30pm. The cost is £15. Please Let Audrey, Roy or Vera Howarth know if you want to go.

Please would PCC members return their questionnaires to Edith as soon as possible – very few have been returned and we hope to discuss them at Standing committee on November 7th.

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Sun Oct 30th             Service for All Souls   St Thomas  3.30pm
Sat  Nov 5th              School of Prayer   Cathedral 9.30am-1.30pm  All Welcome
                                  Also Coffee morning 3 Netherlees
Sun Nov 6th             For All the Saints   Springhead Congregational Church 3pm  
Mon Nov 7th             Standing Committee in the Vicarage
Tues Nov 8th             Deanery Synod    High Crompton  7.30pm
Sun Nov 13th           Remembrance Day  9.15 St Thomas followed by outdoor service
Mon Nov 14th          St Thomas DCC  7pm
Wed Nov 16th           St Agnes DCC  8pm
Sat Nov 19th           York trip
Sun Nov 20th           Parish service at St Hugh’s 11am
Sat Nov 26th          Tea and Toast 10.30 till noon.  All welcome
Thurs Nov 24th       Ladies of L    Fun night  7.30pm at St Thomas’
Sat Nov 26th            Tea and Toast  10.30am  St Thomas’
Sun Nov 27th           Advent Sunday   Christingle at St Thomas   3pm
Mon Nov 28th         PCC 7pm St Thomas
Sat Dec 5th              Afternoon - setting up sponsored Christmas Trees  with coffee, mulled
                                 Wine and mince pies followed by lights switch on in Lees. Details follow

Full list of date for December will be added soon!

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