Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. This is the most important week of the year for Christians, as we remember Jesus’ journey towards the cross and resurrection. Please try to attend as many of the extra services as you can this week. Details of all services are on the back of the news sheet, in the magazine and on the parish blogspot - leesfieldparish.blogspot.co.uk
Fundraising group meet on Tuesday in the library at 7pm…all interested welcome
Exploring Prayer sessions will begin again on Wednesday March 30th 7.30pm in the vicarage. This is more or less a ‘repeat’ of the sessions held last October, but people who attended then are most welcome again! There will be 5 or 6 sessions lasting around an hour. We will explore a variety of different ways of approaching prayer. They are stand alone sessions but lease do attend as many as you can.
Please could everyone try to be in church at least a few minutes before the service starts, to encourage a prayerful atmosphere as we prepare for worship. Children will only be marked present if they are here before the service starts at St Thomas, or by 9.10am at St Agnes.
We are setting up a Buildings Committee –to care for both of our churches. If you have skills (not just practical – we need paperwork people too!), contacts and/or interest please let Lesley or Philip know.
The parish Electoral Roll needs to be updated in preparation for our Annual Church Meeting in April. Please check you are on it, and if not fill in a form.
Preparing for the work at St Thomas, we need to know who has keys to the church. A redistribution may be called for –and David still doesn’t have a key! Could you please let Lesley or Edith know if you have a key, and if you don’t need it now could you return it?
If you are interested in being Confirmed in July please give your name to Edith or Ruth. There are many adults in our congregations who are regular attenders……is this going to be the year you take this step?
Tickets are now on sale for the Big Band Gala Night on the 2nd July. £10 adults, £5 children (although probably only suitable for older children}, includes buffet supper.From the 20th April any tickets remaining will be made available through "Churches Together", and later to the general public, so to avoid disappointment it's best to buy your tickets early. There will only be 120 tickets in total because of the seating capacity at St. Edward's Hall, so if you are unable to come because of other commitments please don't buy a ticket as we would love to have a "full house" on the night. However, if you wish to support the event in another way, donations of cash or raffle prizes will be gratefully received.
Magazine articles to firstname.lastname@example.org) please
Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Thurs Mar 24th Maundy Thursday 7.30pm St Thomas
Fri Mar 25th Good Friday 10.30am St Thomas then in village at 12.30
Sat Mar 26th Easter Vigil St Agnes 7.30pm
Sun Mar 27th Easter Day Usual service times at both churches
Wed Mar 30th Exploring Prayer 7.30pm Vicarage 1st session
Sat April 2nd Coffee at 52 Spring Lane 10.30 to noon
Wed 6th April Exploring Prayer 2nd session 7.30pm Vicarage
Thurs April 7th Ladies Group Celebration of Lady Day 7.30pm Library
Sun April 10th PCC meet straight after service at St Thomas to approve accounts
Wed April 13th Exploring Prayer 3rd session
Sat April 16th Parish Social St John’s hall in evening. Free! Details to follow
Wed April 20th Exploring Prayer
Sun April 24th Annual Parish Meeting following Parish Service at St Thomas