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Sun 1st. Michaelmass

8.30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

6pm Choral Evensong


Mon 2nd.

7.30pm Churches Together meeting Kingsfold Methodist Church


Weds 4th.

10am Eucharist


Sat 7th.

10am-12 noon Messy Church

7.30pm Race Night


Sun 8th. Harvest

8.30am Eucharist

10am Parade Eucharist & Baptism welcomes


Tues 10th.

9.30am Middleforth School Harvest Service in Church

7.30pm Deanery Synod All Saints Hesketh Bank


Weds 11th.

10am Eucharist

10.45am Communion at Penwortham Hall Gardens




People to Remember

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

Margaret Bowker, Norah Cairns, Ivy Carole, Paul, Christopher Woods, Margaret, Tom Eaglen, Vivienne, Diane Clover, John Mason, Jennifer Rigby

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

Bill Prickett, and for all the departed, for their families,

 and for their loved ones






Sun 15th.  Trinity 18

8.30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist


Tues 17th.

7.30pm Stewardship meeting


Weds 18th. Luke

10am Eucharist

10.45am Communion at Tuson House


Sun 22nd. Trinity 19

8.30am Eucharist

10am Sung Eucharist

Tues 24th.

7.45pm PCC Meeting


Weds 25th.

10am Eucharist

10.45am Communion at Penwortham Grange and Lodge


Sun 29th. Bible Sunday

8.30am Eucharist

10am Joint celebration with Kingsfold Methodist Church HERE

Please note that we will be hosting the joint Bible Sunday Service with Kingsfold Methodist. As it is 5th. Sunday it will not be a 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:



Peter Dewhurst, Keith Sutcliffe,
 and Derek Kavanagh

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.




Sunday 17th September - Back to Church Sunday

We would love to welcome you to St. Leonard's! It may be for the first time or for a return visit, it doesn't matter.
Come and worship with us and enjoy the fellowship we share.



Confirmation Classes.

 Confirmation isn’t for children only. 
 If anyone is interested in being confirmed (either as an adult or as a child) please contact Nick or Sharon.
 You would also be very welcome to attend the classes if you are already confirmed
but would like to refresh your mind about our faith.




Views from the Vicarage


How was it for you?


Alongside many other Churches we celebrated “Back to Church Sunday” on 17 September.  A number of invitations were sent out to people who’d a connection with Church through Baptism or Funeral Services, and everyone was encouraged to invite someone to come to Church with them.


Thank you to those who did. To help us build a “culture of invitation”, as that is proven to be the best way to encourage people to come to Church, we need your feedback:

*  How easy was it to invite someone?


*  What was their response – no way, otherwise engaged, would like to….but, yes please?


*  Is there a particular reason you didn’t feel able to ask someone?


*  Are there ways we can help – eg invitations to give people, any encouragement?


Alongside that, one invitation isn’t enough! So ... can you invite the same person, or someone to the Race Night on Saturday 7 October, or Harvest Festival the following morning?  (We will be collecting non-perishables for the Churches Together in Penwortham Food Bank).  Another special celebration will be Bible Sunday (29 October) when we will be joined by Kingsfold Methodist Church for the 10am Service here at St Leonard's.









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 mention of Arthur Spencer?  And where did he live?"

He's mentioned on the plaque on the front of the pulpit / lectern.  He lived at Penwortham Hall

This month's question : Which part of the old 'tin' church survives at St Leonard's, with a plaque to mark the fact?

Answer next month.





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

Margaret Bowker, Norah Cairns, Ivy Carole, Paul, Christopher Woods, Margaret, Tom Eaglen, Vivienne, Diane Clover, John Mason, Jennifer Rigby

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

Bill Prickett, and for all the departed, for their families, and for their loved ones

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Future Events

Race Night  - Saturday 7th October – 7pm

Adults - £6, children £4, families (2+2) £16

Buy your tickets early! They’re available from Fr. Nick or Rev’d. Sharon.

Nick - 01772 742367, or Rev’d. Sharon – 01772  641521.

We will have great fun with the races and there is a hotpot supper included.

There will also be a bar available

 There will also be a bar available & the Grand Raffle will be drawn.

Tickets for the raffle are available at St. Leonard’s - £50 1st. prize!

If you could take a couple of books of raffle tickets to buy & sell that would be great.
They are at the back of church –   please sign the sheet to indicate how many books you have taken, and return the ticket stubs & any unsold tickets to Rev’d. Sharon by the end of September.

Let’s have a great night !


Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 18 November 10am - 4pm

Sunday 19 November   11:30am - 4pm

Followed by Songs Of Praise, starting at approximately 4:15pm

Refreshments, and a Christmas Craft Stall, are available on both days.

We would be very grateful If anyone could help by making items for the craft stall.

Laraine Southwell



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.





The very plaice to get lost on a Fryday - Cod willing

Lost whilst out on the moors on a rainy Friday night, a bishop (no less) stumbled into an
 abbey and asked for shelter there.

Fortunately, he was just in time for dinner and was treated to the best fish and chips
 he'd ever had. 

After dinner, he went to the kitchens, to thank the chefs. He was met by two brothers.

"Hello, I'm Brother Michael, and this is Brother Francis."

"I'm very pleased to meet you. I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful dinner.
 The fish and chips were the best I've ever tasted. Out of curiosity, who cooked what?"

Brother Michael replied, "Well, I'm the fish friar."

The bishop turned to the other brother and said, "Then you must be...."

"Yes, I'm afraid I'm the chip monk …"





Foundation Governors at Middleforth School :

There are currently three Foundation Governors (Governors appointed by the church) at
Middleforth School - Jenny Stanton (Chair of Governors), Laraine Southwell, and Susan Range,
 each serving for a term of 4 years.  After being a Governor for 12 years, Susan's term as a Governor
comes to an end at the end of June 2017, and she has decided not to seek re-election.
Therefore a new Foundation Governor will be needed from July 2017
 (or as soon after then as possible).  Jenny's term ends in August and she is happy to continue.
This was agreed by the PCC.

Communications : Gina wishes to step down from doing the Weekly News Sheet (WNS)
 with immediate effect. Nick has agreed to do the next two editions, then Philip Walsh is to take over,
 as a temporary measure. A new volunteer needs to be found.

Worship : Holy Week services include a Passover Eucharist on Maundy Thursday,
and a Good Friday Meditative service.

At the APCM, there will be the Election of Church Wardens, 4 PCC members and 3 Deanery Synod members.

Any Other Business : The Mothers' Union Organisation has a caravan in Morecambe
which can be used for families in need of a holiday. Further details are available from Sheila Gillibrand, Dorothy Gray, or Sylvia Johnson.

The large hall lights are starting to fail and need replacing. Ormiston's are prepared to do this
, and to split the cost over three months. It was agreed to proceed with this work.

he next PCC meeting is on 23 May 2017.  The meeting ended with the Grace.

Susan Range




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.








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


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


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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