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September Diary




Sunday 26 August - 13th Sunday after Trinity

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist


Wednesday 29 August

10am Eucharist


September Diary

Sunday 2 September - 14th Sunday after Trinity

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

6pm Choral Evensong


Wednesday 5 September

10am Eucharist


Sunday 9 September - 15th Sunday after Trinity

8:30am Eucharist

10am Family Service & Baptism Welcomes


Wednesday 12 September

10am Eucharist











People to Remember

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

Lee, Joan Haslam, Maurice Johnson, Melvyn Stanton, Harry Mann, Olga Mayor, Maria, and Kath



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

Baby Alfie Curry, Geof Mason, Jeanette Jones, Reg Yeowart, and John Roberts


and for all the departed, for their families,

 and for their loved ones






Sunday 16 September - 16th Sunday
after Trinity

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist


Wednesday 19 September

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Penwortham
Lodge & Grange


Sunday 23 September 17th Sunday
after Trinity

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist


Tuesday 25 September

7:45pm PCC Meeting


Wednesday 26 September

10am Eucharist


Sunday 30 September - St Michael & All Angels

8:30am Eucharist

10am Praise Service






Baptisms –

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

Damian Ashbee-Campbell,


Amy-Leigh Ashbee-Campbell


 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. Nick





Views from the Vicarage


Do you think of nuns as other-worldly?

 Do you slavery was abolished by William Wilberforce?

 What’s the link between those questions? And, no, it’s not the heat affecting me!!

 Modern slavery is a tragic reality, hidden in plain sight on our streets.

 The National Crime Agency thinks there are tens of thousands of people being exploited in the UK, forced to work long hours for little or no pay and under the threat of violence.


The connection to nuns is the Clewer Sisters, an Anglican Order founded in 1852, with the aim of helping marginalized, mainly young women, who found themselves homeless and drawn into the sex trade.

The Order is now funding The Clewer Initiative, to help Dioceses, including our own, to engage with the issue of modern slavery.


Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan, who was the least-expected person to offer assistance. It was told to challenge his listeners, then and now. The Clewer Initiative offers an easy, and non-threatening way for us to begin to engage. The Safe Car Wash app is available to download, when you use a car wash you are asked to complete a survey about the working conditions at the wash, and pass the information on for them to process. It’s as simple as that, and you might be discovering slavery hidden in plain sight!








Flower donations and arranging


In August, flower donations were received in memory of Ken Butterworth.


Future donations may be made to any of our 'Flower Ladies' - Margaret Dixon, Elizabeth Baines, Olive Smith, and Carol Davies. 

You may either make a donation for a reason - in memory of a loved one,
 or to celebrate a Birthday, or a Wedding Anniversary (for example); or simply to allow our Flower Ladies to delight our senses with their beautiful flower arrangements.  They will take account of your colour preferences, and of any other preferences you may have.



Notes from the PCC Meeting held on 17 July 2018


After welcome, prayers and apologies for absence, the meeting began with the approval of minutes from the previous meeting held on 19 June. These were approved without amendment.

 There were no matters arising that were not on the agenda.

 Correspondence - A request had been received from the owners of a new dental practice opposite church (the former vets' practice) to rent some car parking spaces. 'One Voice Choir' have requested to use church for a concert on 8 December. Both were agreed.

 Finance - £25,000 of the £52,000 Parish share has been paid.

Fabric - The resurfacing of the car park is expected to take place in August.  Church carpet - a donation has been received that will cover the cost of the carpet.  The PCC looked at samples, made a decision on colour and can now proceed once approval from the diocese has been received. The PCC expressed its thanks to the parishioner who had made the donation.

 Social and fundraising  - The Harvest Supper and Race Night is on 13 October. The Christmas Tree Festival is on 24/25 November.

 Vision 2026 - Vision Champion is still being sought. Please speak to Nick if you are interested in this.

 Safeguarding - This is ongoing, but the majority of people have now done the necessary training.

 Ecumenical - The food bank is experiencing a high turnover and donations for the summer are needed. Tuna is in particular short supply. Father Philip is moving from St Mary Magdalene's in August to take up a post in the Diocese of Liverpool and Rev Katherine Bland is leaving Kingsfold Methodist Church in August to be minister of Hoole and New Longton Methodist Churches.

 Harvest Appeal - It was agreed that we will continue to support the Foodbank with our Harvest gifts.

 Communications - Welcome pack - a meeting was held on 10 July to begin planning a pack to be sent to new housing. It was agreed that we should produce a welcome card from St Leonard's and a set of A5 fliers giving information about our church and others in the vicinity. Samples would be available in church as soon as possible for comments before they are sent out.

Any Other Business - The service held at Middleforth School was discussed. It was enjoyed by all of those who were able to attend (unfortunately some of us were on holiday).

 The next meeting is on Tuesday 25 September.

 The meeting ended with the Grace.

 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)





At St Leonard's,

we were very proud that a young member of our congregation, Lauren Cartwright, was chosen as Penwortham Gala Queen for 2018-19.  Lauren attends Penwortham Girls' High School, and the following photograph appeared in the Friday 22 June 2018 edition of the school's weekly newsletter.

Lauren had this to say in a short article in the school newsletter:


"This year I was nominated to be Penwortham Gala Queen for 2018 by a former Mayor and person of the congregation at my church.  I am proud to be representing Penwortham for 2018 and would like to thank the kind woman who nominated me.  I enjoyed attending the Gala at Hurst Grange Park, I loved all the stalls I went to, and I received a lot of kindness from the community.  I feel honoured to have been given this rôle, and would love to attend other events throughout the year."





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)






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.

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.






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,






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.




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



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