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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Leesfield Parish   May 28th    2017


No Confirmation classes or Bible Study this week.

On Tuesday Bishop Mark is in this deanery as part of the Thy Kingdom Come initiative. He will be outside Lees Library at 2pm and then going to see the project/café on Holts. The idea is that he will pray for this area. If anyone would like to join us they would be very welcome.

Deanery Prayer Walk with Bishop Mark

Tuesday 30th May
On Tuesday afternoon the Bishop of Middleton will be visiting our Deanery of Oldham East during his prayer pilgrimage.
All are welcome to join him at any point in the itinerary, which is shown below.
14.00 St John, Hey and walk to Lees
14.15 Lees Library
14.30 – 15.30 Holts Estate. Walking the Estate with various stops and visits
15.45 Tram from Oldham Mumps to Shaw
16.00 Arrive Shaw and walk in to the town centre Visiting the Library and community centre and the Lifelong Learning Centre
17.00 Leave for Oldham
17.15 Tesco’s Huddersfield Road, visit to the store and tea in café
18.00 walk into Oldham
19.00 the day finishes with a service at Oldham Parish Church.
For updates on the day see @DioManchester 

On Thursday, and next Thursday, Oldham Play Action group will be leading a session for local children in the Community Room and on the school playground. The session will last from 2pm  to 4pm. This is a trial to see if it would work during the longer summer holidays. Volunteer helpers are needed, just to generally be around and assist where needed. Can you help on either or both of these days?


On Monday 29th May spring bank holiday tea party 2-4 pm includes free buffet food , entertainer, visit from the mayor to be held at Avalon Park care home Dove street Salem .
On Tuesday 30th May coffee morning 10am - 12 pm at Avalon Park


Our Harvest Queen’s At Home is on Saturday July 8th. Please put the date in your diary and listen out for more information/requests for donations etc. It would be good to make this a really fun afternoon and raise lots of money!


St Thomas church is 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. .

Items for the newsletter to Lydia (pastorlydia7@yahoo.co.uk) by Wednesday eve please.



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Next Sunday, 4th June, is Pentecost

Our 9.15 service is at St Thomas’ – No service at St Agnes. 

Then St Agnes people meet with the band at Ashbourne House at 10.30, and will walk down to  St Thomas’.

St Thomas'  people assemble around 10.45, and when St Agnes' join us at 11 am we walk round the area finishing at St Thomas' Church.

There will then be a short service at 12 noon with our other local Christian congregations (Churches Together).

This is a joyous celebration of Pentecost,and there will be singing by the children of our Sunday Schools.

As Bishop David is with St John’s that day we will be pleased to welcome him to our service.




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Wed May 31st                        Wedding rehearsal 7pm St Thomas
Sat June 3rd                           Coffee morning 2 Leesway 10.30 till noon.
Sun June 4th                         Whit Sunday  Service St Thomas 9.15  Then we walk…..
                                                      Joint service (Churches Together) 12noon in St Thomas
Mon June 5th                        Standing Committee 7pm Vicarage
Fri June 9th                           Whit Friday   Church open for refreshments  4.30 to 6.30 pm
Mon June 12th                       St Thomas DCC 7pm

Wed June 14th                      St Agnes DCC  8pm
Wed June 14th                      Adult Confirmation group meet 7pm St Thomas
Thurs June 15th                   Ladies of L.  Quiz night 7.30pm St Thomas
Mon  June 19th                     Wedding St Thomas   1pm
                                                       PCC  St Thomas 7pm
Wed June 21st                       Children’s confirmation after school St Thomas
                                                      Adult Confirmation class   St Agnes 7pm
                                                      Deanery Synod      7.30pm St Thomas
Wed June 28th                      Adult Confirmation class 7pm St Thomas
Thur June 29th                     Wedding rehearsal St Agnes 6pm
Sat July 1st                              Wedding St Agnes 3pm
Tues July 4th                          Confirmation rehearsal 7pm St Thomas
Wed July 5th                          Wedding rehearsal St Thomas 4pm
Friday July 7th                      Wedding St Thomas 4pm
                                                       Cheese and wine evening    St Thomas (details to follow)

Some future events  -details later but put in your diary!
Harvest Queen At Home  July 8th
Trip to Liverpool July 15th
Confirmation service July 9th
Boundary walk  August 12th

Heritage Weekend September 9th

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Leesfield Parish   May 21st    2017


Many thanks to all who helped or supported the Big Brekkie on Thursday. It was a very enjoyable event and a very worthwhile total of £200 was raised for Christian Aid! There are Christian Aid envelopes in church for you to use if you haven’t had a chance to donate yet.

Archdeacon’s Visitation is on Monday -7.30pm Christ Church Friezland Wardens must attend, sidespeople are expected to attend, and PCC members are encouraged to attend. It would be good to have our parish well represented at this deanery event. Archdeacon Cherry will give her address.

Thursday is Ascension Day, the day we remember Jesus’ ascension to the Father. Service at St Thomas’ 7.30pm  - followed by  Ladies of Leesfield Coffee evening .

Confirmation classes this week -  for children Tuesday after school at St Thomas Church.
For adults Wednesday 7pm at St Thomas’.

Bible study group Monday at 1.30pm in St Thomas Community room. All welcome –if you are around do come and support this new venture. While they are linked, each session is stand alone so come whenever you can. It will end with a cuppa and a chat and in time for school pick-up! Bring a Bible if you have one handy!

Next Saturday (27th) Explore St Thomas’ Church.   10.30 till noon. A social morning with refreshments and an opportunity to explore the church with the aid of the new guidebook (and its author)  There is much more to this building than you might imagine!



“Fizz” fashion show for Leesfield School FUNdraisers in school 7.30 pm Wednesday. Tickets available from Karen Jakeman, £5 including a glass of wine or juice.

St Thomas church is 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. 

Items for the newsletter to Lydia (pastorlydia7@yahoo.co.uk) by Wednesday eve please.





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St Thomas' Church will be open on Saturday 27th May to allow people to explore the rich heritage and symbolism of our wonderful church building, using the recently published Guide book.

The event is open to all, members of the local community who may have wondered what the inside of the church is like, visitors from further afield, and of course our own congregation members who may have been attending church for many years without ever having the opportunity to really look at all the historic detail.

We welcome visitors with limited mobility. There are a few shallow steps to access the building, but we have movable ramps and will provide assistance as required. Once inside the building most of it is accessible with help, with the exception of the tower, ringing room and gallery, but lots of photos of these areas are available. There is also an accessible WC.

Light refreshments will be available, and there will be knowledgeable people on hand to guide you around the church and answer any questions which you may have.

The guide book is on sale at £2.50 per copy, but don't worry if you are unable to or prefer not to purchase one, someone will gladly show you around.



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Mon  May 22nd           Bible Study 1.30pm St Thomas   
                                    Archdeacon’s Visitation   Christ Church Friezland 7.30pm
Tues May 23rd          Children’s Confirmation class after school St Thomas Church
Wed May 24th          Adult Confirmation group meets 7pm St Thomas’
                                   “Fizz” Fashion Show in St Thomas’ school 7.30 pm
Thurs  May 25th          Ascension Day Service 7.30 St Thomas  Coffee Eve follows
Sat May 27th            St Thomas open to allow people to Explore church with the new Guide book  - refreshments available. 10.30am
Wed May 31st         Wedding rehearsal 7pm St Thomas
Sat June 3rd               Coffee morning 2 Leesway 10.30 till noon.

Sun June 4th           Whit Sunday  Service St Thomas 9.15  Then we walk…..
                                  Joint service (Churches Together) 12noon in St Thomas
Mon June 5th         Standing Committee 7pm Vicarage
Fri June 9th              Whit Friday   Church open for refreshments  (times?)
Mon June 12th           St Thomas DCC 7pm
Wed June 14th           St Agnes DCC  8pm
Wed June 14th        Adult Confirmation group meet 7pm St Thomas
Thurs June 15th     Ladies of L.  Quiz night 7.30pm St Thomas
Mon  June 19th         Wedding St Thomas   1pm
                                    PCC  St Thomas 7pm
Wed June 21st        Children’s confirmation after school St Thomas
                                 Adult Confirmation class   St Agnes 7pm
                                  Deanery Synod      7.30pm St Thomas
Fri June 23rd         Leesfield School FUNdraisers Comedy Night at Royal George
Wed June 28th       Adult Confirmation class 7pm St Thomas
Thurs June 29th       Wedding rehearsal St Agnes 6pm
Some future events  -details later but put in your diary!
Cheese & Wine Evening at St Thomas’ July 7th
Harvest Queen At Home  July 8th
Trip to Liverpool July 15th
Confirmation service July 9th
Boundary walk  August 12th
Heritage Weekend September 9th



Saturday, 13 May 2017

Leesfield Parish   May 14th   2017

This week is Christian Aid Week. As usual we will be collecting house-to-house on selected streets around Lees. If you are able to help with collections please contact Liz Dent by email at lizzy.dent@googlemail.com or see Liz after church on Sunday 14th

Big Brekkie in support of Christian Aid on Thursday 18th May at 9am – 11am. Tickets available now  Adults £5 children £2.50. Volunteer helpers needed to help make this a fun morning and raise money for this excellent cause. Please let Edith know if you can help in any way. It would help if you bought a ticket so we have an idea of how many people will want food!

Confirmation classes this week -  for children Wednesday after school at St Thomas Church.
For adults Wednesday 7pm at St Thomas’.

Bible study group begins Monday May 15th  at 1.30pm in St Thomas Community room. All welcome –if you are around do come and support this new venture. It will end with a cuppa and a chat and in time for school pick-up! Bring a Bible if you have one handy!

Next Saturday (20th) Tea and Toast at St Thomas   10.30 till noon. Come along for a brew and a chat. All welcome.

Also on Saturday is Rose Queen crowning at St Agnes Service 2pm followed by refreshments and stalls in the hall. Do come along and support our new Rose Queen Emilia

There are still a few copies of our magazine available. Do get one if you haven’t had your copy yet. It is good value at only 80p! Have you written anything for the next issue yet? Doesn’t have to be long, or very literate, just share your ideas thoughts, experiences etc. Items for next magazine to paulmdent@gmail.com Deadline today (14th)

St Thomas church is 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.


Items for the newsletter to Lydia (pastorlydia7@yahoo.co.uk) by Wednesday eve please




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Big Brekkie in the Community Room at St. Thomas' Church from 9 to 11 am on Thursday 18th May



We will be having bacon butties, beans on toast, toast & jam, tea, coffee and juice.

Tickets are priced at £5 each, £2 children and are on sale now. All proceeds to Christian Aid.

Please do join us for a lovely meal and a chat, and raise money as well!





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Crowning of Rose Queen Emilia Grace


Saturday 20th May 2 pm at St Agnes'








St Agnes Rose Queen Elect, Emilia Grace would like to invite people to her Crowning on Saturday 20th May at 2pm.
Tickets are available from the retinue mums Sue GittinsCaroline RebeccaNicola Holcroft and Cassie Mills and myself Colette Harris-Jones.

Tickets are £2.50 with entry into a grand prize for £50 in cash. We also have some other fantastic raffle prizes available on the day including Afternoon tea for two at Slattery's.













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Sun May  14th           Christian Aid Week begins
                                        All Age service at St Agnes as it’s Anniversary Sunday
Mon May 15th         Bible Study 1.30pm St Thomas   
                                       Building Committee St Agnes 7.30pm                                                                 
Wed May 17th      Children’s Confirmation class after school St Thomas Church
                                        Adult Confirmation group meets 7pm St Thomas’
Thurs May 18th     Big Brekkie in aid of Christian Aid  Details follow but 9am start
Sat May 20th            Tea and Toast St Thomas’ 10.30 till noon         
                                            Rose Queen crowning   St Agnes  2pm
Mon May 22nd        Bible Study 1.30pm St Thomas   
                                       Archdeacon’s Visitation   Christ Church Friezland 7.30pm
Tues May 23rd   Children’s Confirmation class after school St Thomas Church

Wed May 24th          Adult Confirmation group meets 7pm St Thomas’
Thurs May 25th     Ascension Day Service 7.30 St Thomas  Coffee Eve follows
Sat May 27th          St Thomas open to allow people to Explore church with the new Guide book  - refreshments available. 10.30am
Sat June 3rd           Coffee morning 2 Leesway 10.30 till noon.
Sun June 4th         Whit Sunday  Service St Thomas 9.15  Then we walk…..
                                      Joint service (Churches Together) 12noon in St Thomas

Mon June 5th         Standing Committee 7pm Vicarage

Mon June 12th           St Thomas DCC 7pm
Wed June 14th           St Agnes DCC  8pm
Wed June 14th        Adult Confirmation group meet 7pm St Thomas
Thurs June 15th     Ladies of L.  Quiz night 7.30pm St Thomas


Some future events  -details later but put in your diary!
Harvest Queen At Home  July 8th
Trip to Liverpool July 15th
Confirmation service July 9th
Boundary walk  August 12th
Heritage Weekend September 9th

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Leesfield Parish   May 7th   2017


Christian Aid Week this year is from the 14th to 20th May. As usual we will be collecting house-to-house on selected streets around Lees. If you are able to help with collections please contact Liz Dent by email at lizzy.dent@googlemail.com or see Liz after church on Sunday 14th.

We plan to have a Big Brekkie in support of Christian Aid on Thursday 18th May at 9am – 11am. Tickets available now  Adults £5 children £2.50. Volunteer helpers needed to help make this a fun morning and raise money for this excellent cause. Please let Edith know if you can help in any way.

Confirmation classes this week -  for children Tuesday after school at St Thomas Church.
For adults Wednesday 7pm at St Thomas’.

Bible study group begins Monday May 8th at 1.30pm in St Thomas Community room. All welcome –if you are around do come and support this new venture. It will end with a cuppa and a chat and in time for school pick-up! Bring a Bible if you have one handy!

There are still a few copies of our magazine available. Do get one if you haven’t had your copy yet. It is good value at only 80p! It relies for its quality on YOUR contributions. Have you written anything for it yet? Doesn’t have to be long, or very literate, just share your ideas thoughts, experiences etc. Has anyone written about any of our Easter services/events yet?
Items for next magazine to paulmdent@gmail.com Deadline  is next Sunday (14th)



St Thomas church is 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.

There are many many ways of keeping in touch with what is going on in our churches –get to check out our blogspot and the facebook links. Churches Together has a web site and a new facebook page too…… If you are on e mail make sure we have your address so we can send the weeklty newsletters and dates. If you don’t use e mail you can find lists of dates at the back of both churches.


Items for the newsletter to Lydia (pastorlydia7@yahoo.co.uk) by Wednesday eve please.

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Big Brekkie in the Community Room at St. Thomas' Church from 9 to 11 am on Thursday 18th May


We will be having bacon butties, beans on toast, toast & jam, tea, coffee and juice.

Tickets are priced at £5 each, £2 children and are on sale now. All proceeds to Christian Aid.

Please do join us for a lovely meal and a chat, and raise money as well!





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Mon May 8th           Bible Study group St Thomas community room 1.30pm. All Welcome
Tues May 9th           Children’s Confirmation class after school St Thomas Church
Wed May 10th          Adult Confirmation group meets 7pm St Thomas’
Sat May 13th             Wedding at St Agnes   3.30pm
Sun May  14th           Christian Aid Week begins
                                        All Age service at St Agnes as it’s Anniversary Sunday
Mon May 15th         Bible Study 1.30pm St Thomas   
                                       Building Committee St Agnes 7.30pm                                                                 
Wed May 17th      Children’s Confirmation class after school St Thomas Church
                                        Adult Confirmation group meets 7pm St Thomas’
Thurs May 18th     Big Brekkie in aid of Christian Aid  Details follow but 9am start

Sat May 20th            Tea and Toast St Thomas’ 10.30 till noon         
                                            Rose Queen crowning   St Agnes  2pm
Mon May 22nd        Bible Study 1.30pm St Thomas   
                                       Archdeacon’s Visitation   Christ Church Friezland 7.30pm
Tues May 23rd   Children’s Confirmation class after school St Thomas Church
Wed May 24th          Adult Confirmation group meets 7pm St Thomas’
Thurs May 25th     Ascension Day Service 7.30 St Thomas  Coffee Eve follows
Sat May 27th          St Thomas open to allow people to Explore church with the new Guide book  - refreshments available. 10.30am
Sat June 3rd           Coffee morning 2 Leesway 10.30 till noon.
Sun June 4th         Whit Sunday  Service St Thomas 9.15  Then we walk…..
                                      Joint service (Churches Together) 12noon in St Thomas
Some future events  -details later but put in your diary!
Harvest Queen At Home  July 8th
Trip to Liverpool July 15th
Confirmation service July 9th
Boundary walk  August 12th
Heritage Weekend September 9th

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