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May Diary




Sunday 29 April 5th Sunday after Easter

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharis


 Wednesday 2 May

10am Eucharist

Saturday 5 May

10-12 noon Messy Church

Sunday 6 May - 6th Sunday after Easter

8:30am Eucharist



6pm Choral Evensong

Wednesday 9 May

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Penwortham Hall Gardens

Thursday 10 May

7pm Ascension Day Eucharist


Saturday 12 May

Spring Fair

Sunday 13 May - 7th Sunday after Easter

8:30am Eucharist

10am Parade Service

Monday 14 May

7:30pm Churches Together Meeting at St Leonard’s










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, Tom Eaglen, Maurice Johnson,

Melvyn Stanton, Cilla Clayton, Fred, and Kath



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

Dorothy Wignall, Mildred Mason, and John Banks


and for all the departed, for their families,

 and for their loved ones







Wednesday 16 May

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Tuson House

Sunday 20 May - Pentecost

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist - Sharon’s final Service

Monday 21 May

7:30pm Archdeacon’s Visitation, St Saviour’s Bamber Bridge

Wednesday 23 May

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Penwortham Lodge & Grange

Sunday 27 May - Trinity Sunday

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 30 May

10am Eucharist




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

Put bluntly- there are two ways of looking at it:

The glass is half empty The glass is half full

Same glass, same amount of liquid, just different perspectives

seeing it. Part of that may be personality, part may be down to

which side of the bed we got out of this morning!

Looking back, 2017 has been a good year, with its ups and

downs, but we should celebrate God’s blessings. Too easily we

get into the mindset that the glass is half empty – numbers

attending Services weekly aren’t brilliant, our age profile is too

great, the majority of doing falls on too few shoulders, and whilst

finances are just about ok, only so long as nothing major occurs.

Those are painful facts of which we have to remain mindful. But,

concentrating only on that, we can lose sight of what is good: our

Mind the Gap Stewardship Campaign has improved our financial

situation, there are “new” folk coming, including young people,

people have volunteered to get involved, we continue to try

innovative things both in Worship and socially. I hope and pray

we continue to develop and grow in our relationship with Jesus.

If we present a picture, intentionally or otherwise, that we are

struggling, the glass is half empty, we do ourselves no favours, it

is attractive to very few. If we present a positive impression, it

encourages, not only ourselves, but others.

We can keep our eyes downcast on threadbare carpets and pot

holes in the car park, or we can look up, as the Psalmist put it, to

the hills from where our help comes!

You should know by now that I don’t thank people by name, but

thanks to all who have and continue to work for the building of

God’s Kingdom in this place in what ever ways. However, rules

are made to be broken…..We’ll talk of retirement on another

occasion, but today my thanks to Sharon for her care, support,

prayer, work and enthusiasm.








Thy Kingdom Come

This year the Thy Kingdom Come stations will be around the

theme of God's Light. They will be in church from Ascension Day

(Thursday 10 May) until Pentecost (Sunday 20 May), but to

enable us to have the displays we need to have a team of people

to set the stations up and to be around if we leave church open

for visitors. If you are interested in helping in any way with setting

this up or 'church sitting' please contact either Fr. Nick or me.

Rev'd. Sharon.


How Time Flies!

I can't believe that it's nine years since I was asked to write a

small piece about myself for the magazine before I was ordained

a Deacon. But time does fly and now the piece is about saying

goodbye. So what can I say but thank you for the privilege of

serving amongst you and with you in God's work. Thank you for

being so supportive of my ministry. You have all been such a

blessing to me, and be assured of my continuing prayers for you


Not goodbye but au revoir!

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine

upon you,

and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon

you, and give you peace.

Your sister in Christ,






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




A note from our Director of Music

On 4 May, The Fair Collette and I will take our annual fortnight's

holiday, in Malta (no surprise there then). Whilst I'm away, my

place will be filled as follows:

Sunday 6 May, 10am Eucharist - Malcolm Maclean

Sunday 6 May, 6pm Choral Evensong - Lizzie Cavanagh

Thursday 10 May, 7pm Ascension Day Eucharist - Colin Hicks

Sunday 13 May, 10am Eucharist & Parade Service - Malcolm


I know you'll give them a wonderful welcome here at St Leonard's

in my absence.

Have no worries … I'll be back!






Notes from the PCC Meeting held on 20 March 2018

The meeting began with prayers and apologies. The minutes

from the meeting held on 20 February were approved.

Correspondence - A letter of thanks had been received from the

Children's Society thanking us for our donation of £511 from the

Christingle service.

Finance - The APCM report and accounts for 2017 were formally

accepted by PCC, as were the Playgroup and G&S Group

accounts. The parish share payments for 2018 are up to date.

Fabric - The organ repairers had resolved a problem with the

organ, although further work may be required. Some new quotes

for resurfacing the car park are being sought. Assuming that the

quotes are affordable, it was agreed to proceed with this work this

year. A quotation for the replacement of the sanctuary and aisle

carpets has been received.

Social and fundraising - Spring fair - Jeanette Smith is

continuing to plan this; regular updates will appear on the weekly

notice sheet. The G&S Group has offered to perform a concert in

the Autumn. It was agreed to suggest 30 September.

Vision 2026 - Thanks were extended to Victoria for her work as

St Leonard's vision champion.

Safeguarding - The Safeguarding Officer is continuing to ensure

that all Sidespersons and adult choir members complete the C0

safeguarding training.

Ecumenical - The Good Friday Walk of Witness will start and

end at the United Reformed Church. It has not yet been decided

who will lead the Gala service. The One Voice Choir are holding a

concert at St Leonard's on 7 April in support of the Foodbank.

Volunteers are being sought to help with refreshments and

possibly make a cake.

Communications - The PCC Secretary reminded us that we will

need to be aware of new Data Protection rules which come into

effect in May.

Weekend of Invitation - The weekend of 15-17 June, which

also includes Fathers' Day, will be the National Weekend of

Invitation. This is an initiative of the 'Unlocking the Growth Trust'

which builds on the experience of Back to Church Sunday. It was

agreed that we should participate in this and that Standing

Committee should look at possible activities.

Deanery Synod - Dorothy gave a report on the last meeting, held

on 21 February 2018.

Resourcing the Mission of God in Lancashire - Phil Range

had attended a meeting in Accrington on 17 March, along with

200 others.

Next meetings - The APCM Meeting is on 22 April at 11:30am.

The next PCC meeting is on 22 May 2018.

The meeting finished with the Grace.

Susan Range






During the course of last year, a very generous member of our

congregation arranged for all the Church vestments to be cleaned

and they look wonderful. In order to keep them on this condition

Sheila G and Susan W are arranging a small team who would be

able to meet maybe twice a year, (unless we find there is a lot to

do,) to mend, repair etc. The first get-together is to be held on

Tuesday 8 May at 10am in the vestry. All sewing materials will

be found. If you would like to assist in this very small task please

come along on 8 May. Tea and coffee and biscuits will be in

evidence. All welcome.

Susan Walsh


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, Front-Of-House helpers, or refreshment


If you have ever wondered what it would be like

to be in such a warm and friendly group,

why not contact our secretary David on 01772 728817.



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