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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Leesfield Parish March 26th 2017


Final (for now) Exploring Prayer tomorrow, Monday, St Thomas’ at 7pm. All welcome
Tuesday 28th  Lent Lunchtime session , Zion Methodist Church. 12 noon start. All welcome.

New Magazine available today 80p. There is a separate pile for those who have paid for the year. Please tick off your name when you take yours. New subscribers can pay £4 to secure their copy for the year. Paying annually is a great help as we can’t afford to order more than we are sure of selling!

Avalon Park (Dove St) are having coffee mornings on the last Tuesday of the month 10am till noon. The first will be this Tuesday. All Welcome

Liz Dent’s latest publication –a Guide to St Thomas’ Church is now available(£2.50).  This is a very interesting guide to what is in the church. We plan an open morning in May when you can come along and explore our church with the book as a guide.

We hope to have St Thomas church open regularly on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, so people can drop in, look around, pray or just sit. For this to happen, we need volunteers to sit in church (Could be in the back room !) Can you help with this? Can you spare an hour now and again? See Edith or sign the list please.

Confirmation. Now is a good time for adults who have not been confirmed and children in Year 6 or above to think about Confirmation. Classes will begin soon after Easter in preparation for the Confirmation service on Sunday July 9th. More details later, but if you are interested please give your name to Edith.

Annual Church Meeting is onApril 23rd, following a parish service at St Thomas. At this meeting we elect Wardens and PCC members. Could you please begin to think about your role in the life of our church with this in mind. If you live in our parish (or attend regularly) and are 16 or over you should be on the Electoral roll. If you aren’t please complete a simple form.

Donations towards the flowers for Easter at St Thomas would be gratefully received by Audrey or Lesley. At St Agnes please volunteer to provide flowers by adding their names to the list


Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Sun Mar 26th      Mothering Sunday services at both Churches. Normal time but remember
                             clocks go forward this weekend!
Mon Mar 27th    Final Exploring Prayer session (for now!)
Tues Mar 28th    Lent Lunch meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Fri  Mar 31st        Choral speaking event in St Thomas in the morning
Sat April 1st        Coffee Morning at Audrey’s (52 Spring Lane) 10.30 till noon
Tues April 4th       Final Lent lunchtime session at Zion Methodist Church  12noon

Sun April 9th           Today begins Holy Week    Please attend as many of these as you can!
                                  Services today at St Agnes 9.15am St Thomas 11am
Thurs April 13th      Maundy Thursday                St Thomas 7.30pm
                                   We then keep watch till 9pm when we finish with Compline.
Fri April 14th           Good Friday    Service at St Thomas 10.30am
                                   Then we gather with our fellow Christians for an outdoor
                                    service at 12.30  (opposite Legends)
Sat  April 15th           Easter Vigil  St Agnes 7.30pm
Sun April 16th         Easter Day  St Agnes 9.15am      St Thomas 11am

Sun April 23rd          Annual Parish Meeting follows the Parish Service at St Thomas 10am
                                  No service at St Agnes today
Thurs 27th                Ladies of L  7.30pm in St Thomas  Steve Whitehead on the history and
                                 renovation of Uppermill Museum.  All Welcome


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Leesfield Parish March 19th 2017


Exploring Prayer tomorrow, Monday, St Thomas’ at 7pm. All welcome
Tuesday 21st  Lent Lunchtime session , 12 noon start at Springhead Congregational Church.
All welcome.
Thurs 23rd Devotional evening with Revd Barbara Christopher. St Thomas 7.30pm All Welcome

Saturday 25th  Tea and Toast at St Thomas’ 10.30am. Come along, bring a friend and have a chat.

Liz Dent’s latest publication –a Guide to St Thomas’ Church is now available(£2.50).  This is a very interesting guide to what is in the church. We plan an open morning in May when you can come along and explore our church with the book as a guide.

We hope to have St Thomas church open regularly on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, so people can drop in, look around, pray or just sit. For this to happen, we need volunteers to sit in church (Could be in the back room !) Can you help with this? Can you spare an hour now and again? See Edith or sign the list please.

Confirmation. Now is a good time for adults who have not been confirmed and children in Year 6 or above to think about Confirmation. Classes will begin soon after Easter in preparation for the Confirmation service on Sunday July 9th. More details later, but if you are interested please give your name to Edith.

Our Annual Church Meeting is onApril 23rd, following a parish service at St Thomas. At this meeting we elect Wardens and PCC members. Could you please begin to think about your role in the life of our church with this in mind. If you live in our parish (or attend regularly) and are 16 or over you should be on the Electoral roll. If you aren’t please complete a simple form so you can be added.

Now we are in Lent there are no flowers in church. Looking forward donations towards the flowers for Easter at St Thomas would be gratefully received by Audrey or Lesley. At St Agnes would people please volunteer to provide flowers by adding their names to the list.

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com  

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Mon Mar 20th     Exploring Prayer  7pm St Thomas
Tues Mar 21st     Lent lunch meeting Springhead Congregational 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Thurs Mar 23rd   Deanery Synod  7.30pm St Barnabas Clarksfield
                               Ladies of L’d evening with Rev Barbara Christopher 7.30pm
Sat Mar 25th        Tea and Toast at St Thomas   10.30 till noon    ALL WELCOME
Sun Mar 26th      Mothering Sunday services at both Churches. Normal time but remember
                             clocks go forward this weekend!
Mon Mar 27th    Final Exploring Prayer session (for now!)
Tues Mar 28th    Lent Lunch meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Fri  Mar 31st        Choral speaking event in St Thomas in the morning
Sat April 1st        Coffee Morning at Audrey’s (52 Spring Lane) 10.30 till noon
Tues April 4th       Final Lent lunchtime session at Zion Methodist Church  12noon
Sun April 9th        Today begins Holy Week    Please attend as many of these as you can!
                               Services today at St Agnes 9.15am St Thomas 11am
Thurs April 13th      Maundy Thursday                St Thomas 7.30pm
Fri April 14th           Good Friday    Service at St Thomas 10.30am
                                   Then we gather with our fellow Christians for an outdoor
                                    service at 12.30  (opposite Legends)
Sat  April 15th           Easter Vigil  St Agnes 7.30pm
Sun April 16th         Easter Day  St Agnes 9.15am  St Thomas 11am

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Leesfield Parish March 12th 2017


Today we welcome back to St Thomas Audrey and Ronald Vickers, who were married here   50 years ago. They are visiting today, with their family, from Blackpool where they now live.

PCC meets Monday (13th) at St Thomas at 7pm. Please will all members do their best to attend – and read the paperwork beforehand so the meeting can be effective. There will be an opportunity to buy a copy of the new guide to St Thomas’s church ahead of next Saturday’s official launch!

Tuesday 14th  Lent Lunchtime session , 12 noon start at Zion Methodist Church.
The art/discussion is followed by a simple soup and roll lunch. All are welcome! Poster and invitations at the back of church Next week’s session will be at Springhead Congregational

Wednesday 15th Open meeting of Churches Together at 7.30 in St Thomas’. Do come along and help make this a real get together of Christians in this area.

Saturday 18th Tea and Toast at St Thomas’ 10.30am. This will also be the first opportunity to buy a copy of Liz Dent’s latest publication –a Guide to St Thomas’ Church (£2.50) This is a very interesting guide to what is in the church. Come along, have a cuppa, buy the booklet and use it to explore our beautiful and historic church.

Confirmation. Now is a good time for adults who have not been confirmed and children in Year 6 or above to think about Confirmation. Classes will begin soon after Easter in preparation for the Confirmation service on Sunday July 9th. More details later, but if you are interested please give your name to Edith.

Now we are in Lent there are no flowers in church. Looking forward donations towards the flowers for Easter at St Thomas would be gratefully received by Audrey or Lesley. At St Agnes would people please volunteer to provide flowers by adding their names to the list.

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com  Please consider paying annually for the magazine (£5) which is helpful in assessing how many we have printed.
Check out our blogspot too – and view photos on the linked facebook pages!

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Mon Mar 13th    PCC St Thomas 7pm
Tues Mar 14th    Lent lunchtime meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Wed Mar 15th    Churches Together open meeting St Thomas’ 7.30pm
Mon Mar 20th     Exploring Prayer  7pm St Thomas
Tues Mar 21st     Lent lunch meeting Springhead Congregational 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Thurs Mar 23rd   Deanery Synod  7.30pm St Barnabas Clarksfield
                               Ladies of L’d evening with Rev Barbara Christopher 7.30pm
Sat Mar 25th       Tea and Toast  St Thomas 10.30 till noon 
Sun Mar 26th      Mothering Sunday services at both Churches. Normal time but remember   clocks go forward this weekend!
Mon Mar 27th    Final Exploring Prayer session (for now!)
Tues Mar 28th    Lent Lunch meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Fri  Mar 31st        Choral speaking event in St Thomas in the morning
Tues April 4th       Final Lent lunchtime session at Zion Methodist Church  12noon
Sun April 9th      Palm Sunday    -Holy week begins. Details in magazine, and on this
                             sheet next week.


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Leesfield Parish March 5th 2017



DCC meetings will be held this week. These are open meetings, all adults in the congregation are invited to attend and join in the discussions about their church. Do come along, listen and have your say.
St Thomas DCC Monday (6th) at 7pm
St Agnes DCC Wednesday (8th) at 8pm               Note PCC meets Monday next week.

Churches Together are holding our now traditional Lent lunchtime sessions again this year. The theme is the Passion in Art. Tuesdays in Lent, 12 noon start at Zion Methodist Church.
March 7th will be the first session. The art/discussion is followed by a simple soup and roll lunch. All are welcome! Poster and invitations at the back of church.

Confirmation. Now is a good time for adults who have not been confirmed and children in Year 6 or above to think about Confirmation. Classes will begin soon after Easter in preparation for the Confirmation service on Sunday July 9th. More details later, but if you are interested please give your name to Edith.

Is there anyone willing to take over putting together the newsletters? It isn’t a big job, just using information given to update the newsletter and dates each week and e mail them round. Karen prints a few copies once a month for each church. If you might be interested please talk to Edith.

Please keep sending Paul material for the next magazine. The first of the new look issues is virtually sold out. The quality of the content is down to lots of people contributing to it. Many people now pay annually for the magazine (£5) which is helpful in assessing how many we have printed.

Check out our blogspot too – and view photos on the linked facebook pages!
Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Mon Mar 6th      DCC St Thomas  7pm
Tues Mar 7th      Lent lunchtime meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Wed Mar 8th     DCC St Agnes  8pm
Fri Mar 10th        Rose Queen Dinner Dance    White Hart (Tickets £35)
Mon Mar 13th    PCC St Thomas 7pm
Tues Mar 14th    Lent lunchtime meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Wed Mar 15th    Churches Together open meeting St Thomas’ 7.30pm
Sat Mar 18th       Tea and Toast  St Thomas 10.30 till noon - includes launch of
                             Liz’s Guide to St Thomas’ Church
Mon Mar 20th     Exploring Prayer  7pm St Thomas
Tues Mar 21st     Lent lunch meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Thurs Mar 23rd   Deanery Synod  7.30pm St Barnabas Clarksfield
                               Ladies of L’d evening with Rev Barbara Christopher 7.30pm
Mon Mar 27th    Final Exploring Prayer session (for now!)
Tues Mar 28th    Lent Lunch meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Fri  Mar 31st        Choral speaking event in St Thomas in the morning

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Leesfield Parish February 26th 2017


A huge thank you to those who have done so much to help put St Thomas’ straight again following our latest break in (Roy, Lesley and Russ in particular) We are working on omproving security, and are pleased that this time forensic evidence was collected!

Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday. Service at St Thomas 7.30pm. Come along and get Lent off to a good start. Ladies of Leesfield AGM follows the service .

If you are thnking of doing something extra for Lent (so much more positive than giving something up!) remember we do have a weekday service  -10am on Tuesdays at St Thomas’. This is followed by a cuppa and a chat in the warm community room.

Exploring Prayer session tomorrow, Monday (27th  ) at 7pm in St Thomas Community room.
It is very good to have many different people doing the intercessions in our churches, including our year 6 young people. To help and encourage I plan to lead a session on this at St Agnes Church on Tuesday (28th)  at 7pm. This will last no more than an hour. Attending does not commit you to leading the intercessions! Those who already lead intercessions are very welcome too… come and share your experience/expertise.

Churches Together are holding our now traditional Lent lunchtime sessions again this year. The theme is the Passion in Art. Tuesdays in Lent, 12 noon start at Zion Methodist Church.
March 7th will be the first session. The art/discussion is followed by a simple soup and roll lunch. All are welcome! Poster and invitations at the back of church.

Is there anyone willing to take over putting together the newsletters? It isn’t a big job, just using information given to update the newsletter and dates each week and e mail them round. Karen prints a few copies once a month for each church. If you might be interested please talk to Edith.

Please keep sending Paul material for the next magazine. The first of the new look issues is virtually sold out. The quality of the content is down to lots of people contributing to it. Many people now pay annually for the magazine (£5) which is helpful in assessing how many we have printed.

Check out our blogspot too – and view photos on the linked facebook pages!

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com


Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

Mon Feb 27th          Exploring Prayer 7pm St Thomas
Tues Feb 28th       Leading intercessions session St Agnes 7pm
Wed Mar 1st         Ash Wednesday  Service 7.30pm St Thomas’
                                Followed by ladies of L  AGM
Thurs Mar 2nd     Standing committee 7pm Vicarage
Sat Mar 4th         Coffee morning     40 Thomas St 10.30 till noon
Mon Mar 6th      DCC St Thomas  7pm
Tues Mar 7th      Lent lunchtime meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Wed Mar 8th     DCC St Agnes  8pm
Fri Mar 10th        Rose Queen Dinner Dance    White Hart (Tickets £35)
Mon Mar 13th    PCC St Thomas 7pm
Tues Mar 14th    Lent lunchtime meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Wed Mar 15th    Churches Together open meeting St Thomas’ 7.30pm
Sat Mar 18th       Tea and Toast  St Thomas 10.30 till noon - includes launch of
                             Liz’s Guide to St Thomas’ Church
Mon Mar 20th     Exploring Prayer  7pm St Thomas
Tues Mar 21st     Lent lunch meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Thurs Mar 23rd   Deanery Synod  7.30pm St Barnabas Clarksfield
                               Ladies of L’d evening with Rev Barbara Christopher 7.30pm
Mon Mar 27th    Final Exploring Prayer session (for now!)
Tues Mar 28th    Lent Lunch meeting Zion Methodist 12 noon (art and lunch!)
Fri  Mar 31st        Choral speaking event in St Thomas in the morning