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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Newsletter 14th October

Leesfield Parish – 14th October 2018

Today, regular members of our congregations are asked to complete the Annual Income Surveys. This is how the Diocese works out how much we in Leesfield Parish can afford to contribute through our Parish Share towards the cost of clergy, training and housing, and they do this by taking into account worshippers’ income. If you are aged 16 years or over, and have attended this church at least 12 times in the past year, please complete the confidential and anonymous form which is available at the back of church, fold it and place it in the sealed box. Only your own personal income, rather than household income, should be used to fill in the form. It is really important that everyone who is eligible completes the form, even (indeed especially) if you have little, or no, personal income.

The Monday Emmaus Group meets tomorrow at 1.30 pm in St Thomas’ Community Room.

The Deanery event “We are all Disciples” on Saturday 20th October at St John’s Church, Hey has now been shortened, and will finish at around 1.10 pm. There will no longer be a need to bring a packed lunch, but refreshments will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunity to chat to people from other churches during group sessions and breaks.

Bishop Mark will lead a session on “Understanding St Luke’s Gospel Better”, and Jamie Mackenzie will speak about “Being more comfortable as Disciples”. The organisers of the event need to know numbers as soon as possible, so if you are able to come along please let us know.

St Thomas’ DCC is tomorrow, Monday the 15th, 7 pm at St Thomas’ and St Agnes’ Open Forum is on Wednesday the 17th, 8 pm at St Agnes’. Both the DCC and Open Forum meetings are open to all members of our congregations, so please do come along and join the conversations.


Churches Together in Lees and District is a group of Christian Churches of all denominations in our locality, who join together in several services and events throughout the year. The next Open Meeting is this Tuesday, 7.30 pm at Zion Methodist, and everyone is welcome to come and meet our fellow Christians.

The Ladies of Leesfield are hosting a Quiz Night in St Thomas’ Community Room at 7.30 pm on Thursday 18th October. Please do join us, and bring a friend. Refreshments and raffle £3.

If anyone is submitting handwritten articles for the next issue of “Voice” magazine please could they be handed in at church by Sunday, 28th October. Items sent via email will be ok to submit by the 11th November.

Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!


Saturday, 6 October 2018

Newsletter 7th October


Leesfield Parish – 7th October 2018

Today is our Parish Harvest Service. Many thanks for all your gifts, which this year are going to Impact Community Church, Oldham Street Angels and the Booth Centre, Manchester. After the service you are all invited to join the Ladies of Leesfield for a Harvest Brunch, with bacon or sausage barms or beans on toast, and tea or coffee. There will also be a Home Bake stall and a raffle. Tickets are £5 each and you don’t need to have bought one in advance. 

Audrey and Roy are organising a coach trip to visit Llandudno for the Christmas Markets on Saturday 17th November. All are welcome to come along, and there is a list in the community room for you to add your name. 

The next round of Parish Meetings starts with Standing Committee tomorrow at 7 pm. St Thomas’ DCC is next Monday the 15th, 7 pm at St Thomas’ and St Agnes’ Open Forum is on Wednesday the 17th, 8 pm at St Agnes’. Both the DCC and Open Forum meetings are open to all members of our congregations, so please do come along and join the conversations. 

The Deanery Day “We are all Disciples”, is on Saturday 20th October at St John’s Church, Hey. This promises to be a really interesting and inspirational day, with Bishop Mark as one of the guest speakers, so please do come along. Refreshments will be provided, but you will need to bring a packed lunch. To help the organisers plan the event please put your name on the lists in both churches.

The Leesfield Parish Boundary Walk will start from the car park near the children’s play area at the end of Station Road, Grotton, at 10 am next Saturday 13th October. This is a great day out for all the family, with lots of brilliant views and wildlife to be seen, and picnic stops where you can chat with others from the parish whom you may not have got to know yet. It’s quite a long walk at just under 9 miles over varied terrain and takes over 4 hours, but is split into stages with the easiest sections at the beginning, so you don’t have to do it all. We will be walking whatever the weather, but we may take some shortcuts if it’s really wet. The great news is that the Park Bridge cafĂ© and visitor centre (with toilets) has recently re-opened. Sponsor forms are available, but by no means essential, and if you’re not able to join the walk please sponsor someone who is. For more information please see Liz or Kingsley. 

Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Newsletter 30th September


Leesfield Parish – 30th September 2018
The Parish Harvest Service is at 10 am on Sunday 7th October at St Thomas’ Church. Your harvest gifts this year are going to Impact Community Church, Oldham Street Angels and the Booth Centre, Manchester, so please be as generous as you can. Items needed are tea, coffee, sugar, soft drinks, packets of crisps, biscuits and cakes, tinned goods, pasta, rice and noodles, cook-in sauces and condiments.

After the service you are all invited to join the Ladies of Leesfield for a Harvest Brunch, with bacon or sausage barms or beans on toast, and tea or coffee. There will also be a Home Bake stall and a raffle. Tickets are £5 each and are on sale now, or you can pay on the day.

The Ladies of Leesfield Coffee Morning will be from 10.30 am to 12 noon on Saturday 6th October at 2 Hopkin View, Lees.

Audrey and Roy are organising a coach trip to visit Llandudno for the Christmas Markets on Saturday 17th November. All are welcome to come along, and there is a list in the community room for you to add your name.

The proposed programme for the Deanery Day “We are all Disciples”, on Saturday 20th October at St John’s Church, Hey, is shown below. There will be several breaks and opportunities to chat to people from other churches in between the structured sessions. Refreshments will be provided, but you will need to bring a packed lunch. To make planning the event easier please put your name on the lists in both churches.

10 am
Coffee
10.30 am
Introduction & Worship
11 am
Bishop Mark “Understanding St Luke’s Gospel better”
12 noon
Jamie Mackenzie “Be More Comfortable as Disciples”
12.45 pm
Lunch
1.30 pm
Group and Plenary Sessions
2.45 pm
Closing Worship


The Leesfield Parish Boundary Walk will start from the car park at the end of Station Road, Grotton at 10 am on Saturday 13th October. The whole walk is just under 9 miles over varied terrain and takes over 4 hours, but is split into stages with the easiest sections at the beginning, so people of all ages and walking abilities can join us and leave before the tough parts. Whatever the weather, we will be walking, but the exact route may be varied accordingly. Sponsor forms are available, but by no means essential, as the main aim is to see all of our parish in the company of friends. For more information or to register for the walk please see Liz or Kingsley.

Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Newsletter 23rd September

Leesfield Parish – 23rd September 2018
It’s not too late to join the Emmaus Group meetings in St Thomas’ Community Room. There are flyers available in both churches giving more details, so please do come along. The second meetings in the series will take place on Wednesday 26th September at 7 pm, and Monday 1st October at 1.30 pm.
Next Friday, 28th September, there will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Community Room from 9 am to 12 noon. Come and join us for coffee and cake, and raise money for this really worthwhile cause. If you are able to help by baking something for this event please see Karen.
The Parish Harvest Service is at 10 am on Sunday 7th October at St Thomas’ Church. After the service you are all invited to join the Ladies of Leesfield for a Harvest Brunch, with bacon or sausage barms or beans on toast, and tea or coffee. There will also be a Home Bake stall and a raffle. Tickets are £5 each and are on sale now, or you can pay on the day.
On Saturday 13th October we will again be walking the Parish Boundary. For anyone who hasn’t been before, this is a great day of walking and companionship, where you can see the whole of our parish from viewpoints you may not have been to before. More information next week.

We are all Disciples - The Vocations Group of Oldham East Deanery Mission & Pastoral Committee has been considering how we can help people to understand their role as Christians and how they can be resourced and set free to act out their faith every day. We are making a start with a Deanery Day on Saturday, 20th October at St John’s Church entitled “We are all Disciples”.
The day starts with coffee at 10 am, followed by a programme of worship and talks that will finish at 3 pm, with a break for lunch. More information can be found on the poster and flyers in both churches. If you are able to come along, there is a list in each church for you to add your name.
Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!

Friday, 14 September 2018

Newsletter 16th September

Leesfield Parish – 16th September 2018


The Emmaus Group meetings start this week in St Thomas’ Community Room. There are flyers available in both churches giving more details, so please do come along. It would be helpful – but not necessary – for anyone coming to the first session on either Monday at 1.30 pm or Wednesday at 7 pm this week to bring along a favourite prayer.


Everyone is invited to come along to an important special open meeting of the PCC on Monday 17th September at 7 pm. 

The meeting will last no more than 1 hour, and there will be a guest speaker, and tea, coffee and cake. 

If you have children please feel free to bring them with you – we can arrange to keep them occupied whilst we meet.


On Thursday 20th September at 7.30 pm, the Ladies of Leesfield have a special guest speaker, Carol Talbot, who will present a slideshow and talk about our local suffragette, Annie Kenney

Annie lived in Springhead, and worked at Leesbrook Mill, where the plaque shown here is displayed. Alongside Christabel Pankhurst, Annie was the first to be imprisoned for direct action in the fight for votes for women. 

This promises to be a really interesting evening, with refreshments and a raffle, so do come and join the ladies.



The crowning of St Thomas’ new Harvest Queen, Evie Randall, will take place in St Thomas’ Church on Saturday 22nd September at 2 pm.

Please come along to support our new Harvest Queen and thank Ella and her retinue for all their work during the past year.

Next Friday, 28th September, there will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Community Room from 9 am to 12 noon. Come and join us for coffee and cake, and raise money for this really worthwhile cause.

Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Newsletter 2nd September 2018

Leesfield Parish – 2nd September 2018


Welcome back after the holidays. There’s been plenty going on so why not share your stories and photos with us all by writing something for the next issue of “Voice” magazine. Please send your articles to Paul at paulmdent@gmail.com by Sunday 16th September.


Oliver and Charlie from St Agnes’ are taking part in the Mini Tough Mudder Challenge on Saturday 8th September as part of the Rose Queen fundraising. 

You can sponsor them on line by visiting their page https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/olivercharlie , or do it the old-fashioned way by filling in the sponsorship forms available at each church.






Please take a look at the brochures in church for the events taking place in Oldham over the next month. 

St Thomas’ Church will be open as part of this on Saturday 15th September, and the Ladies of Leesfield have their Tea and Toast that morning.



Other dates to watch out for can be found by clicking on the calendar, including the special PCC Open Meeting to which everyone is invited. 

Please also note the change of date to the 22nd September for St Thomas’ Harvest Queen Crowning.

Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Newsletter 29th July

Leesfield Parish – 29th July 2018

As we’re now in the school summer holiday period there aren’t many family events happening, but there will be plenty going on for those of us who have already had our holidays or are going later to avoid the summer rush (and prices!) This newsletter will take us right through to early September, and there won’t be another one until just before the schools go back. 

Church services will continue to be at the usual times at both churches, but there will be no Sunday School at St Thomas’ during the holidays. Children are most welcome to join us in church.

The Bible Study group will meet on Mondays 30th July, 13th & 27th August and 3rd September at 1.30 pm in St Thomas’ Community Room. Frank and lively discussions about Scripture and our walk with God. Each Study stands alone...so it doesn't matter if you have missed a few weeks. Please do be encouraged to come along.

Ladies of Leesfield events – 



The ladies are having a Bingo Night in St Thomas’ Community Room at 7.30 pm on Thursday 16th August, and the monthly Tea and Toast is from 10.30 am to 12 noon on Saturday 18th August. Everyone is most welcome at these events, so bring a friend and come to join the fun. 



And on Saturday 25th August from 2.30 until 4 pm the ladies are hosting a Strawberry Cream Tea in St Thomas’ Community Room. 

There will be strawberries, scones, cake, prosecco, tea or coffee and a raffle. Tickets cost £5 per adult, £2 per child, and are available now.

The rearranged Cheese & Wine evening is at 7.30 pm on Friday 17th August. Tickets are now on sale at both churches at a price of £10 each. 

Please come along and join us at St Thomas’ as we sample cheeses and wines from around the world. 

Everyone who came last year had a great time, so please get your tickets now to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited. 

Donations of wine and other items are most welcome, there is a list of items required at each church so if you are able to donate anything please add your name to the list.

Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Newsletter 8th July

Leesfield Parish – 8th July 2018

There will be no newsletter for the next couple of weeks, so this one includes events and services going into early August so you can put them in your diaries.




Straight after church on Sunday Harvest Queen Ella & her retinue invite you to come along to their Garden Party on the vicarage lawn. 

It is their final event and more a thank you and get together than a fundraiser. There will be a small buffet, tea & coffee and juice for kids as well as wine to buy - bring pennies as there will be a few games going on.







The Parish Confirmation Service is at 11 am next Sunday 15th July at St Thomas’. There will be no service at St Agnes’ on that morning so that everyone can come along to support those being confirmed. 

The rehearsal for the Confirmation is on Wednesday, 11th July at 7 pm. 



Ladies of Leesfield events:- The coach leaves the corner of Spring Lane/Burton Street at 9 am on Saturday 14th July for the Parish Trip to Southport. 


Tea and Toast is on Saturday 21st July at St Thomas’ from 10.30 am to 12 noon. Please bring a friend to enjoy the company.   
On Thursday 26th July the ladies are having a Social Evening with wine & treats at Jenny's house, and the monthly coffee morning will be at 10.30 am on Saturday 4th August at Val’s house.

The Bible Study group will meet on Mondays 16th & 30th July at 1.30 pm. Frank and lively discussions about Scripture and our walk with God. Each Study stands alone...so it doesn't matter if you have missed a few weeks. Please do be encouraged to come along.


We have now rearranged the date for the Cheese & Wine evening. The new date is Friday 17th August, and tickets will be on sale soon.

Please could all articles for the next issue of “Voice” magazine be handed in at church or emailed to Paul (paulmdent@gmail.com) by Sunday 8th July. There have been lots of brilliant events recently so please send your photos and stories to us so that people who weren’t able to attend can read all about it.


Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!

For all the forthcoming dates please click on the following link  calendar

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Newsletter 1st July


Leesfield Parish – 1st July 2018
The Bible Study group will meet tomorrow, Monday 2nd July at 1.30 pm. Frank and lively discussions about Scripture and our walk with God. Each Study stands alone...so it doesn't matter if you have missed a few weeks. Please do be encouraged to come along.

Also tomorrow, the PCC will meet in St Thomas’ Community Room at 7 pm.


Sorry, this Friday’s Cheese & Wine evening is cancelled. There are lots of people away on holiday, getting away before the schools break up and the prices rise! We’ll try to rearrange for later in the year, but in the meantime any donations and ticket money will be refunded.

Next Saturday, 7th July, the Ladies of Leesfield are having their monthly Coffee Morning at Beryl's house from 10.30 am to 12 noon.

After next Sunday’s service at St Thomas’ Harvest Queen Ella is holding a Garden Party on the church lawn to celebrate the end of her reign. The weather forecast looks good, so please come along and enjoy the fun.



The Parish Confirmation Service is at 11 am on Sunday 15th July at St Thomas’. There will be no service at St Agnes’ on that morning so that everyone can come along to support those being confirmed. The rehearsal for the Confirmation is on Wednesday, 11th July at 7 pm.

The parish day trip to Southport will be on Saturday 14th July. The coach will leave from the corner of Spring Lane/Burton Street at around 9 am, returning from Southport about 4.30 pm. Payment for the trip is now due, please see Audrey or Roy.

There are leaflets at the back of church about ALM. If you’ve ever thought about how you could use your talents to serve God in this parish then please pick one up and have a look at it. There are many different roles you could play, not only leading worship, so if you’re unsure as to how you can help please feel free to have a chat with Edith. The closing date for enrolment is not until the end of October so there is plenty of time to reflect on this.

Please could all articles for the next issue of “Voice” magazine be handed in at church or emailed to Paul (paulmdent@gmail.com) by Sunday 8th July. There have been lots of brilliant events recently so please send your photos and stories to us so that people who weren’t able to attend can read all about it.

Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (lizzy.dent@googlemail.com) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please!

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Sat
30-Jun
St T Harvest Queen "at home", 2.30 pm
Mon
02-Jul
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Mon
02-Jul
PCC meeting at St Thomas' 7pm
Sat
07-Jul
Ladies Coffee Morning 10.30 am at Beryl's house
Sun
08-Jul
Garden Party after service at St Thomas'
Mon
09-Jul
Pastoral Team visit to Avalon Park
Wed
11-Jul
Confirmation rehearsal 7 pm at St Thomas'
Sat
14-Jul
Parish Trip to Southport leaves Spring Lane 9 am
Sun
15-Jul
Parish Confirmation Service 11 am at St Thomas'
Mon
16-Jul
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Sat
21-Jul
Tea & Toast
Sat
21-Jul
Wedding Vows renewal 12.30 pm at St Agnes'
Mon
23-Jul
Pastoral Team visit to Ashbourne House
Thur
26-Jul
LoL Social evening 7.30 pm at Jenny's house
Mon
30-Jul
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Sat
04-Aug
Ladies Coffee Morning 10.30 am at Val's house
Sat
04-Aug
Wedding St Thomas' 4 pm
Mon
06-Aug
Pastoral Team visit to Avalon Park
Mon
13-Aug
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Thur
16-Aug
LoL Bingo night 7.30 pm at St Thomas'
Sat
18-Aug
Tea & Toast
Mon
20-Aug
Pastoral Team visit to Ashbourne House
Sat
25-Aug
LoL Strawberry Cream Tea 2.30 to 4 pm
Sat
25-Aug
Wedding St Agnes' 3 pm
Mon
27-Aug
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Sat
01-Sep
Ladies Coffee Morning 10.30 am at Liz B's house


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