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April Diary



Sunday 1 April Easter Day

6:30am Dawn Service

8:30am Said Eucharist of the Resurrection

10am Sung Eucharist of the Resurrection

6pm Easter Praise

Wednesday 4 April

10am Eucharist

Saturday 7 April

10am-12noon Messy Church

7:30pm One Voice Community Choir Concert

(Admission by non-perishable food celebrating 5th anniversary of

the Penwortham Churches Together Food Bank)

Sunday 8 April - 2nd Sunday after Easter

8:30am Eucharist

10am Morning Worship

Monday 9 April

7:30pm Churches Together Meeting URC Liverpool Rd.

Wednesday 11 April

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Penwortham Hall Gardens








People to Remember

We pray for comfort and peace for all those who are sick or suffering at home or in hospital :

Lee, Ken, Joan, Susan Atkinson, Fred and




We remember those who have died in the past few weeks :

Irene Driver, Frank Duckworth, Robert Howard, Iris Dugdale, and

Freda Robinson


and for all the departed, for their families,

 and for their loved ones






Sunday 15 April 3rd Sunday after Easter

8:30am Eucharist


10am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 18 April

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Tuson House

Sunday 22 April 4th Sunday after Easter / St George’s Day

8:30am Eucharist

10am Parade Eucharist

11:30am Annual Church Meeting

Wednesday 25 April

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Penwortham Lodge & Grange

Sunday 29 April 5th Sunday after Easter

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharis



Baptisms –

We welcome those who have been baptised at St Leonard's in recent weeks :

Neveah Parkinson, Kia Parkinson,
and Scarlett Wilkinson


 Please pray for
Lauren as she prepares for confirmation
 & also for the candidates from
 St. Michael’s.


Defend, O Lord, your servants with your heavenly grace,

That they may continue yours for ever,

And daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more,

Until they come to your everlasting kingdom. Amen





In  Memory:


Kenneth Peter John King


God of hope,

Grant that we, with all who have believed in you,

May be united in the full knowledge of your love

And the unclouded vision of your glory Amen.

Remember, O Lord, this your servant,

Who has gone before us with the sign of faith,

And now rests in the sleep of peace.

According to your promises,

Grant to him and to all who rest in Christ,

Refreshment, light and peace,

Through the same Christ our Lord Amen






Changes to website

The details and information  relating to Baptisms, Confirmations, Weddings and Funerals
HAVE NOW changing to the web page heading  "Services" 

All items relating to spiritual guidance and help HAVE also move to this page.

Item relating to Groups  ie Choir, Mothers Union etc  will  NOW move from the Whats on page to the Groups Page.




Confirmation - It's not just for children!

Confirmation is a very important step in our lives.
 It's when we really take on for ourselves the promises that were made for us at our Baptism.
It literally 'confirms' us publicly in our belief in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
 We will soon be starting the next set of Confirmation Classes for children,
 but if there are any adults who would be interested in exploring confirmation,
then please speak to Fr. Nick or me about it.

We will happily arrange for some sessions to explore this next step in your faith journey with you.

Rev'd. Sharon





Views from the Vicarage

Wishing you the joy and blessings of Easter!

Holy Week is always “busy”, but the more you are able to join in

the greater the joy of Easter Day!

Please support the Penwortham Players “Easter Reflections” at

7pm on Monday 26 March. This is a new venture and it would be

good to have it well supported. Lifts can be arranged – contact

Nick if you need or can offer help.

It was recognized a little while ago that we don’t know each other

well. There have been several attempts to redress the balance.

Now we are offering BREAKFAST! Stay after the 8:30am Service1

or come early to for the 10am on Sunday 15 April and share

together. You might be surprised to see who’s there!

On Sunday 22 April we are celebrating St George’s Day with a

Parade Eucharist. As the Scout District has decided not to hold a

Service, our Scouting Group has asked us to host one. Come

and join the celebration!

Following the Service at 11:30am we will hold our Annual Church

Meeting. This is an important opportunity for us all to reflect on

the past year – its ups and downs, and look forward to what is

being planned for the current year. This is YOUR Church and this

is a chance to gather as a family and discuss things.

At this meeting we elect Church Wardens and members of the

Parochial Church Council (PCC) as well as appointing

sidespeople. Following on from our Mind the Gap Stewardship

Campaign please think and pray whether you might be being

called to serve. Sidespeople are the first people seen as anyone

comes into Church. It is imperative that we give people a warm

welcome and offer whatever assistance they need. The PCC

effectively “runs” the Church. It makes decisions about the

everyday, and long term. We meet 9 times a year (usually on a

Tuesday evening) We try to have some non-business meetings

discussing a topic or have someone to share with us.

It would be good to have additional sidespeople and fill all the

vacancies on the PCC, the more people that are involved the

lighter the burden and the more we can do and be to continue to

grow as disciples and as a beacon of God’s love in the

community we’re called to serve.







Thy Kingdom Come

We will be setting up the prayer stations in church again for the

10 days between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday service

on Sunday 20 May. The theme of the prayer stations will be

different from last year – they will be based around the theme of

God’s Light. It would be great if we could get together a small

team to prepare the stations & be there to welcome visitors to

church. We would need to set up a timetable when church would

be open for visitors. If you would like to be involved in any way

please come to a meeting on Thursday 5 May at 10am in the

Vicarage, or have a word with Fr. Nick or me.

May His Kingdom Come!


Rev'd. Sharon




Good News

As you know by now, the Churches Together in Penwortham

Foodbank is five years old.

The initiative has been a success in many ways.

First and foremost the foodbank has fulfilled a real need in

Penwortham that was perhaps not fully appreciated. The users

of the foodbank have come to us for a variety of reasons. As well

as providing much-needed food, we have been able to help

people in other ways by giving moral and spiritual support and

suggesting other agencies that might (and often do) help them.

Very often a chat and a nice cup of tea goes a long way.

It has also been a focus for our churches to work together and for

many others in the community to help with in different ways.

The foodbank has been able to function and continue only

because of the continued involvement and commitment of the

people of Penwortham:

the Town Council by supporting from the outset and continuing to

support, not least by freely allowing use of the Community

Centre; the churches for providing the majority of the volunteers

and continuing to donate food; and the schools of Penwortham

and nearby communities again for continuing to promote the

foodbank and donate food.

We have also been helped by local businesses and

organisations: Booths, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Spar (Margaret

Road), the Co-op shop, Co-op Funeral care, the WI, Scouts,

RSPCA, the Muslim community and many individuals. Also

grants and donations from South Ribble Borough Council and

individual Town and Borough councillors.


We have made contacts and relationships with other agencies

and foodbanks such as The Salvation Army, the foodbank at St

Mary's Leyland, Blackpool Food Bank, the foodbank at

Brownedge, St Mary’s, Community Solutions North West (now

Spacious Place), Luv Preston, Calvary Christian Fellowship...

If you want to know more about the Churches Together in

Penwortham Foodbank, need our help or want to donate or offer

to help in any way, please follow/like/share us on Facebook

PenworthamFoodBank or email

So now is a good time to say a big thank you to everyone too

numerous to mention for their continuing work for the foodbank



The One Voice Choir

Penwortham Churches Together Food Bank Concert

St. Leonard's Church, Penwortham

Saturday 7 April at 7:30pm

It's our 5th year!

Admission - bring a tin for the food bank!

Refreshments included, & a "Cakes For Sale" stall

- all funds for the Food Bank.





The One Voice Community Choir,

under their acclaimed

Director Tyndale Thomas MBE, offer a unique blend of

gospel and inspirational classics, with contemporary and

original compositions. In the 18 years of One Voice’s

existence they have been finalists in the BBC Songs of

Praise Gospel Choir of the year, recorded the BBC

Children In Need song for Lancashire, and even performed

for Her Majesty the Queen and other dignitaries at the

Commonwealth Observance Service at Westminster

Abbey in 2009.

If you need any further encouragement to come to the One

Voice Choir concert at St Leonard’s on Saturday 7 April,

please read on. This is what an internationally renowned

Songs of Praise judge said in 2013:

"Spirit Filled, Believable, How Excellent !" - Reverend Bazil


Hope to see you at St Leonard’s at 7:30pm on Saturday 7

April. Please don’t forget to bring a food donation for

Penwortham Churches Together Food Bank


Churches Together in Penwortham Food Bank

5th Anniversary Concert

I'm sure you've read about the One Voice Community Gospel

Choir concert on Saturday 7 April to mark the 5th Anniversary of

the Food Bank. We are having a cake stall at the event and it

would be wonderful if you would be willing to donate a cake or

small cakes to sell or for the refreshments. If anyone would like to

help out with the refreshments during the concert interval, please

let me know.

We hope to have a wonderful evening to raise the profile of the

Food Bank and to just enjoy being together.

Thank you all for your continued support of the Food Bank.

Rev'd. Sharon



Notes from the PCC Meeting held on 20 February 2018

After prayers and apologies for absence, the minutes from the

previous meeting on 23 January were approved. All matters

arising occurred elsewhere on the agenda.

Correspondence - An email about the Diocesan Conference in

November at Swanwick had been received asking each parish for

a donation of £150 towards costs. This was approved.

Finance - The Parish Share monthly payments are up to date for

this year.

Fabric - The car park has needed constant attention to fill in

holes and really needs resurfacing. The last quote was two years

ago, and a more up to date quote is being sought. The sanctuary


carpet is also in need of renewal. A quotation for its replacement

is due; this can then be given further consideration.

Social and Fundraising - The Spring Fair is on 12 May. Jeanette

Smith is organising this and further information will appear over

the next few weeks.

Vision 2026 -Victoria's term on the PCC ends this year and as

she is not seeking re-election, a new vision champion will be

needed to represent St Leonard's.

Safeguarding - The online training for sidespersons is ongoing. It

was agreed that a church 'Who's Who' photo gallery would be

created after the APCM.

Ecumenical - The Women's World Day of Prayer service is to be

held at Kingsfold Methodist Church on 2 March at 2pm. The

Good Friday Walk of Witness is to be a circular walk from and to

the URC Church on the Liverpool Road, starting at 10am. The

One Voice Choir will perform a concert at St Leonard's on 7 April

at 7:30pm in support of the Foodbank.

Communications - Mothering Sunday and Easter invitations

have been produced. These are to be handed out in church,

Messy Church and sent out to the families of those baptised in

the last year.

Stewardship Campaign - This concluded on Sunday 11

February with a Thanksgiving service. Financial Pledges for an

extra £175 a month, the majority of which will be gift-aided, and

one-off gifts totalling £165 had been received. There were also

new offers of help with gardening, co-ordinating events, reading,

serving, flower arranging, poster design and visiting. Small cards

are now available for those members of the congregation who

give by standing order to place on the collection plate if they wish

to do so.

Any Other Business - On 7 March, the film 'The Shack' is to be

shown at 7pm with a follow up discussion on 14 March.

Mothering Sunday is 11 March and is to be a Parade Service.

Penwortham Players will perform an 'Easter Reflection' on

Monday 26 March in church - music, poetry and readings with a

retiring collection for a charity. The Scouts have requested a St

George's Day service at St Leonard's on Sunday 22 April 2018 at

10am, so the morning service will be a Parade Eucharist. On 15

April there will a breakfast between the 8.30 and 10am services.

The Company of Voyces have offered to perform a Christmas

concert in church. This was welcomed and will be held on the

evening of 15 December. The Vicar had received a short

summary of the General Synod meeting. This will be circulated to

PCC members.

The meeting conclude with the Grace. The next meeting is on

Tuesday 20 March.

Susan Range






Weekly Diary of Church Groups using the church and halls

Tuesdays : 2:30pm Mothers' Union (2nd Sunday of the month)

6pm-7:30pm Rainbows & Brownies (large hall - term time)

Wednesdays : 10am-10:45am Eucharist (church)

1:15pm-2:45pm Toddler Group (large hall - term time).  Contact is Lucy Bunce (01772 749007 -

Thursdays : Choir

Junior Choir 5:45pm-6:45pm, Adult Choir 6:15pm-8pm

Contact is David Cookson (Director of Music, 07721 677831 &

Fridays : St Leonard's Gilbert & Sullivan Group: 7:30pm-9:30pm.

Contacts are : David Hughes (Secretary, 01772 728817 &; & Margot Wright (Musical Director, 01772 744225 &

Saturdays : 10am-12-noon Messy Church (1st Saturday of the month, church + both halls)







Weekly Diary of non-Church Groups who hire the halls

Monday-Friday 9:15am-12:15pm Middleforth Playgroup (both halls - term time)

Monday-Friday 3:30pm-6pm Kidzco (both halls)

Mondays 6:15pm-9:30pm Yoga (large hall)

Thursdays 1:15pm-2:45pm Mini Movers Dance (small hall)

Thursdays 5pm-7:30pm NHS Quit Squad (small hall)

Thursdays 6:45pm-9:30pm The Daolin Centre, for Tai Chi and Kung Fu (large hall)




Where in St Leonard's Church ...? (One of a series of 'Treasure-Hunt'-style questions)


Last month, we asked "Where in St Leonard's Church would you find a reference to Nellie Weatherby?  And what might have been her favourite hymn?"

She's mentioned on the left-hand side of the altar rail, as you look at the altar.  Her favourite hymn was very possibly "Peace, perfect peace"

This month's question : Where in St Leonard's Church would you find a mention of Arthur Spencer?  And where did he live?

Answer next month.





St. Leonard’s Gilbert and Sullivan Group

are looking for backstage helpers

for their next production in May 2018

“The Yeomen of the Guard”

Stage hands, seamstresses or refreshment helpers.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like

to be in such a warm and friendly group,

why not come along to a rehearsal on a Friday evening,

7:30pm in the St Leonard's Church Hall?

Or contact our secretary David on 01772 728817.

Our rehearsals are every Friday evening, 7:30pm-9:30pm



Churches Together in Penwortham

Some of our Friday morning volunteers have had to stop helping at our much-needed Food Bank.
  We thank them for the help they have given us.

Usually, volunteers help at the Food Bank on a rota basis, once every five weeks (9:30am to 12-noon).
  If you think you could help us out like that, then please have a word with me, Sharon, on 01772 641521, by emailing

If you prefer, you may come and see what happens at the Food Bank before you commit yourself. 
 At present, we support between 15 and 20 families each week.





From Dave Haworth AGSL

9th Penwortham Cub Camp, 2018

On the weekend of 19-21 January, 17 cubs enjoyed a joint pack

holiday in Long Panther Lodge at Littledale Activity Centre. Here

are a couple of reports from George (a seasoned camper) and

Lucy (a first-timer).

From George Rimmer:

My name is George Rimmer, and I have spent the weekend at

cub camp.

I enjoyed my time there because we did lots of fun activities such

as making rafts out of natural materials, and making stick men for

the rafts. Alkso, we played lots of games, such as 'clap catch',

'land, sea, and sky', and 'head catch'.

We made cardboard statues working in a group. My group was

called Superman, and the statue of our Superman looked great!

We went on a treasure hunt, finding different-coloured countries,

and you had to collect as many as possible. It was good fun,

even in the wet.

My favourite activity was the rifle shooting, and I scored the most

hits with 14 out of 15.

I really enjoyed my time at cub camp.


From Lucy Fray (aged 8):

This was my first cub camp. We arrived at the hut in the dark. I

liked the hut because it was warm and snug. The barn was a

nice building - it was right outside the hut. We were able to stay

dry while we made a cardboard cutout of a superhero, my group

made Supergirl.

The bedrooms were a bit cramped but the beds were comfy.

My favourite activities were bouldering and making the

Superheroes. We also did target practice with air rifles, made a

raft to float on the river, and played the wide game.

It rained most of the time, and we also had a bit of snow.

Lindsey's cooking was great. We had pizza for supper on the

Friday, sausage and bacon butties for breakfast, and pasta for


The views of the forest and the river were lovely, and I felt like I

was in the middle of nature.




Baptisms & Cradle Roll

Following discussions at the last P.C.C. meeting it was agreed that a small group would review the information given to families bringing their children to be baptised. We also needed to consider how long we send out a card to remind the families of their child’s baptism. We have looked at the information currently given out and are in the process of changing the booklets and the baptism form we use. We are planning to give the families a prepared pack including information leaflets from the Church of England Baptism Project. We will also ask if we may use e-mail addresses to enable us to send invitations and information out about St. Leonard’s services and events.

It was agreed that cradle roll cards would still be sent out for the first two years and then we would send an e-mail greeting until the child was 5 years old. At the P.C.C. meeting Susan Range offered to temporarily take on the role of sending out Cradle Roll cards, but we do need someone to take this on for the longer term remembering that the system will be changing to using e-mails as well as cards. And that we will be using the e-mail addresses to send out other information to those who give their permission.

Could you be that person? Please consider this important ministry that helps us to keep in contact with young families. If you would like to help or need more information please speak to either Fr. Nick or me.

Every blessing,

Rev’d. Sharon





Come Pray with Us

Evening Prayer is said in church on Monday evenings at 7pm, with the exception of bank holidays
 and it takes just half an hour. If for any reason it has to be cancelled we will announce it through the Weekly News Sheet.
 It’s an opportunity for us to pray for our parish and particularly we would like to focus on our
diocesan and parish mission. It’s so easy to lose our focus on the vision for God’s work in and through
 our church and diocese; it’s also good to have that space for prayer and reflection. So come  and pray with us.



Children’s Corner in Church

Children and young families are an important part of our church, and we do have a number of families
 with young children who attend on Sunday mornings
 but they are somewhat distanced from what is happening in the service.
Following some recent comments Fr. Nick & I thought that it might be worth moving the children’s area closer
to the front of church for a trial period.
Families are still able to come and go easily in the service, but would mean that it is easier
for both the children and adults to engage more easily with what’s going on. Let us know if you think it works.

Rev’d. Sharon



MONEY…don’t stop reading just because I said the “M” word.

I know it’s never an easy or popular subject to broach, but it’s something we have to face.

Last year we didn’t make ends meet, partly because of maintenance, but that’s always ongoing.
 and already this year we’ve had to replace a boiler.

As we all know things don’t get any cheaper and there has been an increase in our Parish Share. This is the money we’re asked to pay to the Diocese, the majority of which goes to paying clergy, covering housing costs, training etc. The Diocese has cut it’s costs as far as is possible.
 As a Church we have been unable to identify any additional savings we could make.

Simply put we are predicted to have shortfall again this year. We have very limited reserves which will soon be exhausted if we don’t
address the situation.

I appreciate that many are on fixed incomes, and that you give very generously in so many ways alongside financially.

However, it has been worked out that if everyone who gives by envelope or Standing order were increase their giving by only £1 per week this would more than cover the increase in the Parish Share.

Please, please this Lent think and pray about what God’s ministry through this Church is worth, and consider what you can give to support it.



Vision 2026 : As we begin a new calendar year, keep focused on:

Making Disciples    Growing Leaders    Being Witnesses


The Vision for the Diocese in 2026 is gradually taking shape.
 It is important to remember that this is not a top down affair, where we’re being told what to do,
 but an encouragement to every Parish to engage. Alongside that resources are being produced to help.

Please don’t think that this for someone else to go to, not you.
The more representation we can get, the more people who understand what’s going on the better
equipped we’ll be as a Church community to respond to the opportunities and grow.



Baptism anniversary cards.

We are very grateful to Jenny and Sheila who have looked after this important ministry,

sending cards to those baptised on the anniversary of their Baptism.

A reminder that we are continuing to remember and pray for them.

They would like to stand down, would you be willing to help? Please see Nick or Sharon



St Leonard’s magazine surscriptions for 2017

are now due and remain at £5 for 11 issues,

Can distributors please collect this by the end

of January and give it to Lucy.

Thank You


Penwortham Churches Together Food Bank

 Penwortham Community Centre. Opening hours
 – Friday 9.30am - 12noon. You can now follow us on Twitter @ Penwortham food. Some tinned goods we would be particularly grateful for at the moment: carrots, peas, potatoes, fruit,
rice pudding and custard. As always, thank you for your support.

Have you any views on our services? We are always interested.

If you are hard of hearing, can you hear? Is the print on our service sheets large enough for you?
If not please speak to the Vicar or Churchwardens.


The June issue of St. Leonard’s Magazine "Inspire" is now on sale price 50p.
It really is a good read and excellent value.


Church Groups

Messy Church 1st Saturday morning of month Rev. Sharon Baines (01772 641521)

Toddler Group Wednesdays 1.15pm-2.45pm (Term time) Mrs Lucy Bunce (01772 749007)

Mothers’ Union 1st Tuesday 2.30pm, Mrs Sheila Gillibrand (01772 744525)

Church Choir Choir Practice –Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.45pm Mr David Cookson (07721 677831)

Gilbert and Sullivan Group Fridays 7.30pm to 9.30pm Mr David Hughes (01772 728817)

Penwortham Youth Music Festival 16 – 21 March 2015 Mr Philip Walsh (01772 745409)

Prayer Group 2nd Wednesday at 11.30am at the Vicarage Vicar

Bible Study Group As announced.


Other Hall Users

Middleforth Playgroup is a charitable, committee led group, registered with Ofsted,
which has been in existence for over 30 years.

 Our last inspection was in June 2014 when we received a rating of Good.

Our aim is to provide a warm, friendly and stimulating environment in which each child can learn through play
 and know their opinion and beliefs are important.

The group is staffed by four qualified and extremely experienced ladies, all of whom have families
 of their own and whose children attended the

We hire St. Leonard’s Church hall, which is a large room, offering the children freedom to move from one activity
 to another when they choose.

We also have a large secure outdoor area with raised beds for the children to dig and plant in.
We welcome visitors at any time, please just ring the doorbell at the main Church entrance and someone will welcome you in.

Contact email

Phone 07980 954996

Session hours 9.15-12.15 term time only.


Yoga with Linda Mondays (6.15pm – 9.30pm) Mrs Linda Johnrose (07963111239)

Cats Protection Jumble Sales Usually 2nd Saturday 10.00am Mrs Phyl Pearson (01772 612202)

Qigong, Tai Chi & Kung Fu Thursdays (6.45pm – 8.45pm) Mr Phil Robinson (01772 745508)

Uniformed Organisations

In the Church hall

Rainbows Tuesdays – 6.15pm – 7.15pm Miss Rachael Newton (07514425387)

Brownies Tuesdays – 6.15pm – 7.30pm Mrs Amanda Grant (01772 517652)

At the Scout Hut,

Middleforth School Group Scout Leader Mrs Lindsey Wilson (07840959545)

Beavers Tuesdays 6.00pm-7.15pm Mrs Liz Royle (01772 745038)

Cubs (Hurricanes) Wednesdays 6.00pm-7.45pm Mr Sam Rennie (07756251717)

Cubs (Spitfires) Mondays 6.15pm-8.00pm Mr James Wilson (07517 912242)

Scouts Thursdays 7.00pm–9.00pm Mr Les Clegg (01772 746018)

Explorer Scouts Fridays 7.30pm-9.30pm Mr Dave Rennie (01772 742495)

If you are interested in any of the groups above, why not give the leader a call.



Church Directory

 Nick Mansfield -

Church Wardens:

Peter Milner -

Brian Bamber - 07884 360237

Pastoral Assistants:

Jenny Stanton – 01772 748701

Gina Rigby – 01772 879791

Director of Music:

David Cookson – 07721 677831 or

Mothers' Union:

Sheila Gillibrand – 01772 744525

Toddler Group :

Lucy Bunce  01772 749007

Uniformed Organisations :

Beavers, Cubs & Scouts – Lindsey Wilson

Rainbows, Brownies & Guides - Amanda Grant

Church Hall Bookings

Philip Walsh  01772 745409 or email

Twitter   @stlenpen


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Our St Leonard's News Editor is

David Cookson :


Please send David whatever you would like to be included in the November edition of the 'St Leonard's News',
 by 15 October 2017.  You may send it by email, of course, but you may also give it to them in person, either typed or in longhand.





St Leonards Magazine

Our St Leonard's News Editors are

Diane Raynor :


David Cookson :

Please send Diane and David whatever you would like to be included in the March edition of the 'St Leonard's News',
by 15 February 2017.  You can send it by email, of course, but you can also give it to them in person, either typed or in longhand.




For More details go to Groups