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Wednesday 1 August

10am Eucharist


Sunday 5 August - The Transfiguration of our Lord

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

6pm Choral Evensong


Wednesday 8 August - Dominic, Priest, Founder of the Order of Preachers (1221)

10am Eucharist

and then a Mothers' Union Coffee Morning in the small hall

10:45am Communion at Penwortham Hall Gardens

Sunday 12 August - 11th Sunday after Trinity

8:30am Eucharist

10am Family Service & Baptism Welcomes


Wednesday 15 August

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Tuson House












People to Remember

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

Lee, Maurice Johnson, Melvyn Stanton, Harry Mann, Olga Mayor, Malcolm Watson, Maria, and Kath


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

Drew Clarke, Joan Stone, Alfie Curry,

Geoff Mason, and Jeanette Jones

and for all the departed, for their families,

 and for their loved ones







Sunday 19 August - 12th Sunday after Trinity

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist


Wednesday 22 August

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Penwortham Lodge & Grange


Sunday 26 August - 13th Sunday after Trinity

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist


Wednesday 29 August

10am Eucharist



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


Vision 2026


Vision 2026 includes the key areas of Making Disciples and Being Witnesses, knowing the Scriptures, understanding what we believe and thinking about how we live this out in our daily lives as part of our journey of discipleship and being witnesses to Jesus.


To help us grow in these areas the Diocese if offering the 'Routes of Faith' programme. There are a total of six modules each lasting five weeks. Each is self-contained, so you can do as many or as few as you wish.


The two being offered this year are:
Remembering the People of God and the Old Testament at Clayton Brook Community Church, on Thursdays, 20 September – 18 October; and

Responding in the power of the Holy Spirit: Spirituality, prayer and worship at St Margaret's, Ingol, on Tuesdays, 30 October – 20 November, and 4 December.


This is the second time the courses have been run, and they were well-received last time. Places are limited, so see Nick if you’re interested.


Each Church has been asked to appoint a Vision Champion, and we have a vacancy! The rôle is to be the link person to the Diocese and to encourage the Church to keep Vision 2026 on the agenda. Again, see Nick for more details.









Notes from the PCC Meeting held on 19 June 2018

After welcome, prayers and apologies, the minutes from the previous meeting, held on 22 May, were approved as a correct record without amendment.

Correspondence - Ecclesiastical Insurance were continuing their scheme of donating £130 to church when a church member takes out insurance with them. John Dell is retiring as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance and PCCs have been asked to donate towards a retirement gift  -  a donation of £25 was agreed.

Finance - the Parish Share payments are up to date. As a result of the Steward Campaign, giving by standing order and through the envelope scheme has increased, and consequently the plate collection had decreased.

Parish Share meeting - The meeting with the Diocese had taken place on 11 June.  The general state of our finances was discussed and the importance of the church hall to our finances was recognised.  We were thanked for paying our Parish Share in 2017 and were given a grant of £2,435 for 2018 which reduces the Parish Share to £52,000.

Fabric - Car park: we are awaiting a date for work to begin. Church carpet: we are currently waiting for a further quotation.

Social and Fundraising - The date for the Parish lunch is Sunday 24 June.

Vision 2026 - Vision Champion is still needed. It does not have to be a member of PCC.

Safeguarding - Basic Awareness training is ongoing for new PCC members and sidespersons.

Ecumenical - The Gala service was generally enjoyed, and the involvement of children was good.

Communications - Welcome Pack - There will be a meeting on Tuesday 10 July at 7:30pm in the vicarage for anyone interested. GDPR is now up and running. The PCC agreed that we should now build up a new contacts list in line with GPDR.


Deanery Synod was held on 12 June 2018.  Simon Cox, the rector of Bispham and Area Dean, talked about the Blackpool Deanery and the ways that the churches with different styles of worship work together and support one another.  Within Penwortham, the Foodbank was a good example of working together, and the PCC made some other suggestions for future consideration.

Services - The date for the 10am Parade Service at Middleforth School was set as 8 July. On Sunday 29 July there will be breakfast between the 8:30am and 10am services. Middleforth School are having a Spirituality Day on 17 July, focussing on 'Let your light shine'. On the first Tuesday of the new term in September there will be Communion and blessing in school.

Any Other Business - Jenny Stanton is retiring as Chair of Middleforth School Governors, but is continuing as a governor.  The new chair is Nina Tomlinson and the Deputy Chair is Laraine Southwell.  Lyndsey Wilson is standing down as Group Scout Leader with immediate effect. Dave Howarth will become interim Group Scout Leader. It was agreed to invite Christine Adams (Headteacher at Middleforth School) to the PCC meeting in October.

The date for the next meeting was set for 17 July 2018.

The meeting finished 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