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March Diary




Friday 2 March

2pm Women's World Day of Prayer Service at Kingsfold

Methodist Church

Saturday 3 March

10am-12 noon Messy Church

Sunday 4 March - 3rd Sunday of Lent

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

6pm Choral Evensong

Wednesday 7 March

10am Eucharist

Saturday 10 March

11am-12:30pm Blackburn Cathedral - Lent Course - Praying

Through Conflict

Sunday 11 March - 4th Sunday of Lent - Mothering Sunday

8:30am Eucharist

10am Parade Service


Wednesday 14 March

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Penwortham Hall Gardens

7pm Film : "The Shack"

Saturday 17 March

11am-12:30pm Blackburn Cathedral - Lent Course - Praying

Through Conflict

7pm Stainer’s 'Crucifixion'

Sunday 18 March - 5th Sunday of Lent

8:30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 21 March

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Tuson House

7pm Discussion on "The Shack"












People to Remember

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

Norah Cairns, Ivy Carole, Ann Derbyshire, Christopher Woods,

Margaret, Tom Eaglen, Diane Clover, Lee and Kath




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

David Cook, Kathleen Hitchen, Audrey Pickstone, David Wilson

and Irene Driver.


and for all the departed, for their families,

 and for their loved ones






Thursday 22 March

9:30am Middleforth School, Easter worship in Church

Sunday 25 March - Palm Sunday

8:30am Eucharist

10am Blessing of palms at St Leonard's, followed by

10:30am Communion at Kingsfold Methodist Church

6pm Service of prayer for healing

Monday 26 March

7pm Penwortham Players “Easter Reflections”

Tuesday 27 March

7pm Eucharist

Wednesday 28 March

10am Eucharist

10:45am Communion at Penwortham Lodge & Grange

7pm Dramatic reading of St John’s Gospel

Thursday 29 March - Maundy Thursday

11am Chrism Eucharist at Blackburn Cathedral

7pm Passover Eucharist, followed by Watch

10pm Compline

Friday 30 March - Good Friday

10am Walk of Witness from the United Reformed Church on

Liverpool Road

11am Churches Together service at the United Reformed Church

2pm An hour at the foot of the Cross

Sunday 1 April - Easter Sunday

6:30am Dawn Service

8:30am Eucharist

10am Festival Eucharist

6pm Easter Songs of Praise


February Diary

Sun 25th. Lent 2

8.30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

 Weds 28th.

10am Eucharist

10.45am Communion at Penwortham Lodge & Grange




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

'The Shack' by Mn Paul Young was published in 2007, the film

went on limited release in cinema’s last year, and is now available

as a DVD.

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into

depression causing him to question life’s purpose and inner most

beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter

urging him to an abandoned shack. Despite his doubts, Mack

journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio led by a

woman named Papa.

Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will

transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life


We will be showing the film on Wednesday 7 March at 7pm, and

holding a discussion on Wednesday 14 March, again at 7pm.

Come and explore with us!







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!

Lent, holy week & Easter Services

Wednesday 7 March 7pm – we will be showing the film 'The

Shack' (a category 12 film). If you like your imagination to be

stretched a little …. come and join us. It’s a thought-provoking


Wednesday 14 March 7pm – having had a bit of time to reflect

on the film 'The Shack', we thought it might be good to chat about

the reflections & ideas it might have raised. Or just what really

intrigued you about the film.


Sunday 25 March - Palm Sunday morning, don’t forget that we

will be joining with our Methodist friends. We will be meeting at

St. Leonard’s at 10am for the blessing of the palms and then

processing to Kingsfold Methodists for the service to start at


In the evening at 6pm we will be having a Healing Service which

will not be Eucharist. It seems a good moment just before Holy

week to come to God to ask for his healing love.

Please join us for the services and events in Holy Week for that

last period of reflection before Easter.

Monday 26 March 7pm – The Penwortham Players will be

performing ‘Easter Reflections’ for us.

Tuesday 27 March 7pm – There will be a Holy Communion

without music.

Wednesday 28 March 7pm – a reading of St. John’s Gospel. If

you’ve never experienced a full reading of the Gospel, it’s well

worth the effort. It will take about 2 hours with a short break.

Thursday 29 March 7pm – A Passover Meal with Holy

Communion. This will be followed by a time of quiet in church,

finishing at 10pm with Night Prayer.

Good Friday 10am – Churches Together in Penwortham Walk Of

Witness. A circular walk starting from the United Reformed

Church, ending with a short service at 11am.

Easter Day 6:30am – we gather at church to go to Middleforth

Green to welcome the sunrise of Easter Day with prayer.

Returning to church for bacon butties & drinks. Go on, be bold &

join us!

8:30am - Celebration of Holy Communion (no music)

10am – Sung Celebration of Holy Communion

The Easter Candle is lit to signify the light of the Risen Christ in

our lives at both of these services.

Rev'd. Sharon



Future Events

Come and sing John Stainer's

'The Crucifixion'

On Saturday 17 March 2018, the Preston Orpheus Choir invite you to

“come and sing” Stainer's 'Crucifixion' at St Leonard's Church. The

Musical Director is Elspeth Slorach, the Organist is David Cookson, and

the Soloists are David Bell (Tenor) and Philip Walsh (Bass).

1. If you would like to participate as a singer, there is a workshop on the

Saturday afternoon (2:30pm-5:30pm - arrive by 2pm, please, for

registration), and the performance begins at 7pm. You will need to

register in advance - registration forms are available from Shirley

Grimshaw (01772 735197), or online at


A fee of £10 is payable upon registration. The closing date for registration

as a singer is two weeks before the performance - that is, by 3 March


2. If you would like to attend as an audience member, please note that

tickets are not available in advance of the performance. They are

available 'on the door', for £5. As an audience member, you still get to

sing! - there are five congregation hymns, integrated into the oratorio.

The performance lasts about 1 hour 15 minutes.



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.





Notes from the PCC Meeting held on 23 January 2018


The meeting began with prayers and apologies for absence. The

minutes from the last meeting, held on 28 November 2017, were

approved. All matters arising all were on the agenda. George

Cartwright has offered to take on the role of Parish Data Officer.

Finance - The end-of-year accounts show us to be in credit, with

the parish share for 2017 year paid in full. (The 2016 deficit of

£10,000 remains.) The final audited accounts will be presented to

PCC at its March meeting for approval prior to the APCM on 22

April. This year's parish share is £54,435. The budget for 2018

was looked at. Hall charges had been considered by Standing

Committee and the proposed increases (the first since 2016)

were presented to PCC. These were agreed and will come into

effect on 1 March.

Fabric - The emergency lights have been repaired. It was agreed

that repairs to the car park should proceed this year and

replacement of the sanctuary carpet may have to be our next


Social and Fundraising - The draft events programme for 2018

had been circulated prior to the meeting. Jeanette Smith has

offered to co-ordinate a Spring Fair, which will take place on

Saturday 12 May. The Christmas tree festival will be on 24-25

November, so there will not be a Christmas fair this year.

Vision 2026 - The Diocese are holding a Residential Conference

at Swanwick, Derbyshire on the 26-29 November. All clergy have

to attend and parishes are also invited to send a layperson to the


Safeguarding - Dorothy is trying to ensure that all sidespersons

complete the C0 online training.


Ecumenical - The Palm Sunday service will start at St Leonard's

for the blessing of palms, then process to Kingsfold Methodist

church for a 10:30am joint service.

Schools update - Middleforth have arranged to have an Easter

service in church on Thursday 22 March at 9:30. Concern had

been expressed by members of the congregation that Middleforth

School had not been in church at all at Christmas. The vicar

explained that this was an unfortunate result of

miscommunication, and that Mrs Adams is very keen to continue

and develop links with church.

Communications - In future, the 'See' will be printed as an

integral part of the magazine. A request had been received about

an advert to be placed in the magazine. It was decided to

continue the policy of not having any external adverts in the

magazine, however local events could be publicised on the

weekly news sheet.

Stewardship campaign - The 'Mind the Gap' launch lunch was

felt to have been good, with those attending having a better

understanding of the issues facing us. The campaign will

continue until the Thanksgiving service on 11 February. It was

suggested that those who give via standing order should have

something to put on the collection plate. This was agreed and will

be addressed.

Any Other Business - A list of the names on the chair plaques

has been compiled. Thanks were expressed to Laraine, Zoe and

Ann for doing this.

The meeting concluded with the Grace.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

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.






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