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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Leesfield Parish – 25th February 2018
The Bible Study group will meet on Monday 26th February 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.

The Ladies of Leesfield Easter Stall opens today until 18th March. Donations of good-quality items are welcome. The monthly Coffee morning is on Saturday 3rd March, 10.30 until 12 at 40 Thomas Street, Lees.





Churches Together in Lees and District Lent Meetings continue on Tuesdays, 12 noon at Zion Methodist Church, with a simple lunch of soup and bread served afterwards. This year we will focus on the film ‘The Theory of Everything’ using the Lent course book ‘The Mystery of Everything’. 



This year St Thomas’ Church is hosting the Churches Together in Lees and District service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer at 1 pm on Friday 2nd March. All are warmly invited to join us, and light refreshments will be available after the service.





The Parish Confirmation Service is on July 15th at St Thomas. If you haven’t been confirmed please think seriously about it. Minimum age is Year 6 and there is no upper age limit! I am particularly keen to encourage adults who are regular attenders at church and who have not been confirmed to consider taking this step this year. Preparation sessions will take place after Easter, but if you let me know as soon as possible if you are interested I will try to arrange the times of the sessions to suit everyone. Expressions of interest are not a commitment!  Edith

Final payment is now due for the Rose Queen and Harvest Queen Dinner Dance at the White Hart on Friday 16th March. Payment in cash please to Colette or Karen.

The 2018 Lees Schools’ Choral Speaking Event will be at St Thomas’ Church, 10 am on Wednesday 7th March. Please feel free to come along and support the children from our local primary schools.




Many thanks to staff and customers at Lees and Grotton Co-ops. A Valentine’s Day Raffle was held at both stores, raising a total of £130 for St Thomas’ Church.
  


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. Can you spare an hour now and again? See Edith or sign the list please.  




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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Sun
25-Feb
Ladies Easter stall - until 18th March
Mon
26-Feb
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Mon
26-Feb
Standing Committee 7pm
Tues
27-Feb
Lent meeting at Zion Methodist 12 noon - film discussion & lunch
Fri
02-Mar
Women's World Day of Prayer at St Thomas' - 1 pm
Sat
03-Mar
Ladies Coffee Morning 10.30 - 12, 40 Thomas Street
Mon
05-Mar
Pastoral Team visit to Avalon Park
Mon
05-Mar
St Thomas' DCC 7 pm
Tues
06-Mar
Lent meeting at Zion Methodist 12 noon - film discussion & lunch
Wed
07-Mar
Schools Choral Speaking event at St Thomas' Church
Wed
07-Mar
St Agnes' Open Forum 8pm
Sat
10-Mar
St Agnes' Mothers Day afternoon tea (provisional)
Sun
11-Mar
Mothering Sunday
Mon
12-Mar
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Mon
12-Mar
PCC meeting at St Thomas' 7pm
Tues
13-Mar
Lent meeting at Zion Methodist 12 noon - film discussion & lunch
Wed
14-Mar
DMPC 7.30 pm at St Thomas'
Thur
15-Mar
Ladies of Leesfield - funny stories & poems, 7.30 pm St Thomas'
Fri
16-Mar
Rose Queen & Harvest Queen joint Dinner Dance
Sat
17-Mar
Ladies of Leesfield Tea & Toast 10.30 - 12 at St Thomas'





Friday, 9 February 2018

Leesfield Parish – 11th February 2018


This Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, and to celebrate this the ladies are making pancakes. If you haven’t been to a 10 am service on Tuesday before, this could be a great time to join them!

Ash Wednesday Communion is at 7.30 pm on the 14th February, followed by the Ladies of Leesfield AGM.  
    
The Bible Study group will meet on Mondays 12th & 26th February 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.



Lent - don’t give up just give! The boxes at the back of St Thomas’ church are now empty, not because we’ve finished collecting stuff, but to make room for more of your donations. The items collected already were taken to the Booth Centre on Wednesday – the centre was full of homeless people needing food, showers and advice, and your donations were gratefully received. Please be as generous as you can, but if you are unable to donate items you could give a little bit of your time by attending extra services, helping at community events or just sharing a few kind words with a stranger.

The Harvest Queen bookstall is open at the back of St Thomas’ church after the service. Also the Ladies of Leesfield Easter Stall will open on the 25th February until 18th March. Donations of good-quality items are welcome.  




Churches Together in Lees and District Lent Meetings start on Tuesday 20th February, 12 noon at Zion Methodist Church, with a simple lunch of soup and bread served afterwards. 
This year we will focus on the film ‘The Theory of Everything’ using the Lent course book ‘The Mystery of Everything’. It may be helpful if you have watched the film beforehand, or if you want to read the book Beryl has a copy which she will be happy to lend you.

There are still a few tickets available for the Rose Queen and Harvest Queen Dinner Dance at the White Hart on Friday 16th March. The cost is £35 per ticket for this excellent event, and final payments are now due. Please see Colette or Karen for further details or to purchase your tickets.



Oldham Play Action Group are holding a craft session for children in St Thomas’ Community Room from 1 until 3 pm on Thursday 15th February. There will be home made soup and sandwiches available. The cost is 50p, and children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.



Also during half-term there are some activities run by the Holts & Lees Community Team – please see posters for details.







The February/March edition of “Voice” magazine is now available. Annual subscriptions are now due, so to be sure of getting your regular copy please pay £5 and add your name to the list. Because we have kept the price of the magazine in line with the cost of professional printing we can’t afford to have many “spare” copies, so it’s helpful to know how many we need before ordering.

There are now vacancies for foundation governors at all three of our church schools, if you would like more information please see Edith or Rebecca.  

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. Can you spare an hour now and again? See Edith or sign the list please.  

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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12-Feb
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
14-Feb
Ash Wednesday Communion 7.30 pm St Thomas'
followed by Ladies of Leesfield AGM
15-Feb
OPAG at St Thomas' 1-3 pm
19-Feb
Pastoral Team visit to Ashbourne House
20-Feb
Lent meeting at Zion Methodist 12 noon - film discussion & lunch
25-Feb
Ladies Easter stall - until 18th March
26-Feb
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
26-Feb
Standing Committee 7pm
27-Feb
Lent meeting at Zion Methodist 12 noon - film discussion & lunch
02-Mar
Women's World Day of Prayer at St Thomas' - 1 pm
03-Mar
Ladies Coffee Morning 10.30 - 12, 40 Thomas Street
05-Mar
Pastoral Team visit to Avalon Park
05-Mar
St Thomas' DCC 7 pm
06-Mar
Lent meeting at Zion Methodist 12 noon - film discussion & lunch
07-Mar
Schools Choral Speaking event at St Thomas' Church