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January Diary





Wednesday 2 January - Feast of St Basil

10am Eucharist


Sunday 6 January - Feast of The Epiphany

8.30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist


Wednesday 9 January

10am Eucharist


Sunday 13 January - The Baptism of Christ

8.30am Eucharist

10am Family Service & Baptism Welcomes

6pm Quiet Space – a time of reflection


Wednesday 16 January

10am Eucharist

10.45am Communion at Tuson House

Friday 18 January - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins






People to Remember

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

Andrew, Leigh, Maria, Ann Darbyshire, Joan Haslam, Harry Mann, Steve Peaurt, and Kadie Leigh Brown




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

Betty Sephton RIP, John Patrick Vincent RIP,

Peter Warburton RIP, Barbara Robinson RIP, Olga Mayor RIP,

Veda Williams RIP, Marie Darlington RIP, Ann Hook RIP


and for all the departed, for their families,

 and for their loved ones






Sunday 20 January - 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

8.30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

3pm Ecumenical Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service, at St Leonard's.


Wednesday 23 January

10am Eucharist

10.45am Communion at Penwortham Lodge & Grange


Sunday 27 January - 4th Sunday after Epiphany

8.30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist


Wednesday 30 January

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:


Richard Clark & Sidney Bartlett

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

It often feels that the visit of the wise men, magi, or Kings has been subsumed into the Nativity story of Christmas.  However, we celebrate their arrival at the crib on January 6th!

They came bearing expensive and symbolic gifts, fit for the new-born King.  Their dependence upon their own wisdom led them astray.  Despite having seen and recognised the significance of the star, and having followed it thus far, they decided that royal births happened in royal palaces. So, they visited King Herod, with disastrous results for the new-born male population of his Kingdom.

Back on track, they worshipped Jesus, and then bypassed Herod on their way home.


As we begin our journey through this new year, pray that we keep our eyes fixed on the light that is Christ, and not be distracted in our following of him, by our so-called wisdom.


Blessings for this new year







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Flower donations and arranging


In December, donations were received in memory of Mark Bamber on his anniversary.

Future donations may be made to any of our 'Flower Ladies' - Margaret Dixon, 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.





St Leonard's 2019 Events Calendar


Help Needed!


The PCC are planning a calendar of social/fundraising activities for 2019, and have identified a number of events.  These are shown on a poster in the church porch.


It sometimes feels to the PCC as if the organisation of these events falls on the same small number of willing volunteers.  In order to ‘spread the load’ (in terms of organising and participating in the events) we want to encourage more people to get involved.


Please have a look at the poster, and add your name against any that you are able to plan/organise/participate in. It doesn’t mean that you will have to do it on your own.  You may perhaps combine with one or two others to get a team together.


The Vicar and Church Wardens will be happy to provide  more information, and all the support that may be needed.


You may also indicate on the list if you are able to assist in some other way (eg helping ‘on the day’).


Many thanks.


The St Leonard's PCC




Notes from the PCC Meeting held on 20 November 2018


The meeting began with welcome and prayers.  There were no apologies for absence as everyone was present.


Christine Adams, the Head of Middleforth Primary School, was welcomed by Nick. She briefly outlined the path that she had taken from working in commerce to taking up the post as headteacher at Middleforth. She then spoke about how the school was reviewing their ‘Let your light shine’ mission statement. The school has recently been awarded the Bishop’s Award for Worship which reflected the way that the children were directly involved in worship. Christine was delighted to be able to announce that, following the SIAMS inspection ( Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) on 1 November, the school had been awarded Excellent. This was the first inspection in the country under the new inspection scheme. The PCC expressed their congratulations to everyone who had been involved.


The minutes from the  meeting held on 23 October were approved without amendment.


Matters arising - everything was on the agenda.


Correspondence - A letter had been received from Bishop Julian outlining plans for the Whalley Abbey site to develop a Centre for Christian Discipleship.


Finance - The Parish Share will be paid in full by the end of the year. Gift Day donations are currently approximately £1,300, which will be saved to be used eventually for kitchen renovations.


Fabric - PAT electrical testing has been completed. The fire sensors and emergency lights have also been checked.


Social and Fundraising - The Patronal lunch had been very successful. The Christmas Tree Festival expects to have 31 trees and some Nativity sets.

Future Events Programme - this was agreed and a poster will be produced in order to seek a co-ordinator and helpers for each event.


Vision 2026 - The Vision focus for 2019 will be ‘Growing Disciples’.


Safeguarding - The training is almost complete.


Ecumenical - The Churches Together (CTiP) Advent service will be at St. Mary’s Church on 2 December.  CTiP members will be singing at the Kingsfold Christmas market at 7pm. Radio Lancashire Sings Christmas will be on 20 December at 7pm at the Golf Club.


Communications - The  Welcome Pack is still at consultation phase.


Any Other Business - The Deanery Synod had been held on 19 November - Dorothy gave brief outline of the meeting. The speaker was Bishop Gill Duffy of Lancaster. She spoke about the benefits of parishes of different traditions working together.  Clergy changes - The Vicar at St. Andrew’s Leyland is leaving.  New clergy will be instituted at St John’s Leyland and St Michael’s Hoole in December.


Date of the next meeting - 22 January 2019


The meeting finished with the Grace


Susan Range




St. Leonard’s Gilbert and Sullivan Group, are looking for new recruits for their next production in May 2019

Princess Ida

 Stage hands, seamstresses or refreshment helpers.  We also have vacancies for a few chorus singers.


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.







Weekly Diary of Church Groups using the church and halls

NB If you have details of any other Church Groups which use the church or halls on a regular basis, then please let the 'St Leonard's News' editor (David Cookson) know.

Tuesdays : 2:30pm Mothers' Union (2nd Tuesday 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)






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