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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Newsletter 1st April


Leesfield Parish – 1st April 2018


Happy Easter to everyone! Today a group of children will be admitted to Communion at each church. Please support them and pray for them.
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, so please let me know if you are interested. Expressions of interest are not a commitment!  Edith

Youth church starts next Sunday, 8th April at St Thomas’ in the Community room, at the same time as Sunday School. It is for those children over Sunday School age (years 7 to 9), and will generally take place fortnightly. Rebecca Ashton will be leading the group, which will cover material based on the Gospel for the day in a way that is accessible for this age group, with plenty of scope for discussion. Anyone in this age group is welcome. More information is available from Edith or Rebecca.

Ladies of Leesfield – The Ladies are having a coffee morning on Saturday 7th April at 52 Spring Lane, Lees, and on Thursday 12th April there will be a Celebration of Lady Day at 7.30 pm in St Thomas’ Community Room.

Harvest Queen – Harvest Queen Ella and her Retinue invite you to their Harry Potter Family Fun Evening in St Thomas’ school hall from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday 21st April – please see poster for full details.

Rose Queen – The new Rose Queen Ella Spence will be crowned at St Agnes’ on Saturday 12th May, and on the following Saturday the 19th Ella and her retinue are hosting a Royal Wedding Tea Party. Tickets are now available from the Rose Queen and retinue mums.

Important Parish Meetings – Next Sunday, the 8th April, there will be a full PCC meeting to approve the parish financial accounts for 2017. All PCC members from both churches should attend this meeting, which will take place at 12.15 pm after the service at St Thomas’.

The APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) will be on Sunday 22nd April, after a 10 am Parish Service at St Thomas’. This meeting is open to the public, but to vote in elections of Churchwardens and members of the PCC, or to be nominated as a candidate , you will need to be on the Electoral Roll of Leesfield Parish.

Anyone who lives in the parish or regularly attends either church is eligible for inclusion on the Electoral Roll. If you’re unsure whether you are already on the roll there is a list displayed at each church, and forms are available so that you can be included.

Nominations are invited for Churchwardens and PCC members, and nomination forms are available at both churches. It is essential that we have the forms correctly completed as they contain important declarations that the applicant consents to serve and is not disqualified under Church Representation Rules.  

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
01-Apr
Easter Sunday - services at usual times both churches
Sat
07-Apr
Ladies Coffee Morning 10.30 - 12, 52 Spring Lane
Sun
08-Apr
PCC meeting to approve accounts - after service at St Thomas'
Mon
09-Apr
Pastoral Team visit to Avalon Park
Thur
12-Apr
Celebration of Lady Day - 7.30 pm at St Thomas'
Mon
16-Apr
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Wed
18-Apr
Churches Together Open Meeting 7.30 pm at St Thomas'
Sat
21-Apr
Ladies of Leesfield Tea & Toast 10.30 - 12 at St Thomas'
Sat
21-Apr
Wedding St T 3.30 pm (bells)
Sat
21-Apr
Harvest Queen Harry Potter evening
Sun
22-Apr
APCM at St Thomas' after Parish Service 10 am
Mon
23-Apr
Pastoral Team visit to Ashbourne House
Mon
30-Apr
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Wed
02-May
St Thomas' School Spring Fair 3-30pm
Sat
05-May
Ladies Coffee Morning 10.30 - 12, 31, Ivy Green Drive
Tues
08-May
Pastoral Team visit to Avalon Park
Thur
10-May
Ascension Day Communion, 7.30 pm at St Thomas,
followed by Ladies coffee
Sat
12-May
St A Rose Queen Crowning
Sun
13-May
Christian Aid Week starts
Mon
14-May
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Leesfield Parish 18th March 2018


Leesfield Parish – 18th March 2018
The Ladies of Leesfield Easter Stall closes today so please choose your gifts after the service.

Donations for Easter flowers to Audrey or Lesley please. After Lent has ended it’s lovely to see a beautiful display of fresh flowers in church on Easter Sunday.

The final Churches Together in Lees and District Lent Meeting for this year is on Tuesday, 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’.


Harvest Queen events – The judging of the children’s Easter Bake Off will take place after next Sunday’s service at St Thomas’, and cake will be on sale afterwards at £1 per slice. 

There is also still time to Name the Duck, 50p per guess and the winner gets to keep the duck!

Advance notice – on Saturday 21st April everyone is invited to a Harry Potter evening in St Thomas’ school hall – please see poster for full details.

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, with services at the usual times in both churches. Please join us as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. All of the Holy Week and Easter services are on the list of dates, so please do try to attend at least one extra service on this, the most important week in the church calendar.

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

Youth church - After Easter a new group will start for those children over Sunday School age (years 7 to 9). This will take place at the same time as Sunday School at St Thomas’, in the Community room and will be led by Rebecca Ashton. It will generally take place fortnightly. The material that will be covered will be based on the Gospel for the day – but will be covered in a way that is more accessible for this age group, with plenty of scope for discussion. The first session will be on April 8th. Anyone in this age group is welcome. More information from Edith or from 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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Mon
19-Mar
Pastoral Team visit to Ashbourne House
Tues
20-Mar
Lent meeting at Zion Methodist 12 noon - film discussion & lunch
Wed
21-Mar
Deanery Synod 7.30 pm - Holy Trinity, Shaw
Sun
25-Mar
Palm Sunday, Harvest Queen childrens Easter Bake-off judging
Mon
26-Mar
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Thur
29-Mar
Maundy Thursday Service 7.30 pm at St Thomas'
Fri
30-Mar
Good Friday Service 10.30 am at St Thomas
Churches Together Service 12.30 pm opp Legends
Sat
31-Mar
Easter Eve Service 7.30 pm at St Agnes'
Sun
01-Apr
Easter Sunday - services at usual times both churches
Sat
07-Apr
Ladies Coffee Morning 10.30 - 12, 52 Spring Lane
Sun
08-Apr
PCC meeting to approve accounts - after service at St Thomas'
Mon
09-Apr
Pastoral Team visit to Avalon Park
Thur
12-Apr
Celebration of Lady Day - 7.30 pm at St Thomas'
Fri
13-Apr
St Agnes' Whisky & Gin night (quiz) (provisional)
Mon
16-Apr
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Wed
18-Apr
Churches Together Open Meeting 7.30 pm at St Thomas'
Sat
21-Apr
Ladies of Leesfield Tea & Toast 10.30 - 12 at St Thomas'
Sat
21-Apr
Wedding St T 3.30 pm (bells)
Sat
21-Apr
Harvest Queen Harry Potter evening


Friday, 9 March 2018


Leesfield Parish – 11th March 2018

The Bible Study group will meet on Monday 12th March 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 on Monday, the PCC meets at 7 pm at St Thomas’.
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’.

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

The Ladies of Leesfield Easter Stall will be open until 18th March. Donations of good-quality items are welcome. On Thursday 15th March the ladies are holding an evening of funny stories and poems, 7.30 pm at St Thomas’.

Tea and Toast is back! The first one of the season is on Saturday 17th March, 10.30 am to 12 noon, and Lees Co-op have very kindly offered to sponsor this event. It’s a great social morning, so please bring all your friends and neighbours along to share in our company.

Youth church - After Easter a new group will start for those children over Sunday School age (years 7 to 9). This will take place at the same time as Sunday School at St Thomas’, in the Community room and will be led by Rebecca Ashton. It will generally take place fortnightly. The material that will be covered will be based on the Gospel for the day – but will be covered in a way that is more accessible for this age group, with plenty of scope for discussion. The first session will be on April 8th. Anyone in this age group is welcome. More information from Edith or from 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.

Harvest Queen Easter events - 



Harvest Queen Ella and her retinue invite everyone to have a go at naming this very special Easter Duck. Entries are 50p per guess, and the winner gets to keep the duck!

Also for Easter there will be a Children's Easter Bake-off. All children from both churches are welcome to bake an Easter-themed cake. Entries will be judged by appearance only, after the service at St Thomas' on Palm Sunday, 25th March. The cakes will be on sale after judging at £1 per slice to raise money for church.

Articles for the next edition of the Parish Magazine today please to Paul (paulmdent@gmail.com). All are welcome to send in stories, poems or articles about forthcoming events, and pictures to accompany the items really help to make the magazine more appealing.

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
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 Dinner Dance at White Hart
Sat
17-Mar
Ladies of Leesfield Tea & Toast 10.30 - 12 at St Thomas'
Mon
19-Mar
Pastoral Team visit to Ashbourne House
Tues
20-Mar
Lent meeting at Zion Methodist 12 noon - film discussion & lunch
Wed
21-Mar
Deanery Synod 7.30 pm - Holy Trinity, Shaw
Sun
25-Mar
Palm Sunday, Harvest Queen children’s Easter Bake-off judging
Mon
26-Mar
Bible Study Group St Thomas' 1.30pm
Thur
29-Mar
Maundy Thursday Service 7.30 pm at St Thomas'
Fri
30-Mar
Good Friday Service 10.30 am at St Thomas
Churches Together Service 12.30 pm opp Legends
Sat
31-Mar
Easter Eve Service 7.30 pm at St Agnes'
Sun
01-Apr
Easter Sunday - services at usual times both churches
Sat
07-Apr
Ladies Coffee Morning 10.30 - 12, 52 Spring Lane
Sun
08-Apr
PCC meeting to approve accounts - after service at St Thomas'