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On 11th March we will be celebrating Mothering Sunday at St Andrew’s. Over the years Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day as it has become known, has changed in its meaning and become more of a commercial event. Today for many people Mothering Sunday is a celebration of our Mothers, a way to thank them for all they do with flowers and other gifts. For others, however, it is a painful time bringing back memories of broken relationships and lost loved ones or even the pain of not being able to have children Yet Mothering Sunday was never really about celebrating our Mothers. Originally once a year people were encouraged to go back to their ‘Mother church’ or ‘home church’ to worship God. It was seen as important to let children (yes children!) who worked away from home, women and young girls working as servants, to go back to their Mother Church to be with their families.

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In those days church and faith was still at the heart of family and community life. Our Creator God was very much taken seriously and teachings from the Bible were still upheld. As the Parish Church wouldn’t it be great this Mothering Sunday if you felt you could come back to your ‘Mother Church’? Why not come to church on Mothering Sunday. Yes there will be flowers but not just for mums, for all ladies in church and the focus won’t just be on being a good mum but about the God of love and hope who calls us into his perfect, eternal family through his Son the Lord Jesus. It would be great to see you there!

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Hello! Welcome to the 2nd issue of ‘REACH’. This magazine is packed full of articles that we hope will be of interest to any and all in St Andrew’s Parish. Life can be tough, but it can also be hugely enjoyable and I trust that as you read you’ll be encouraged, helped, and even smile! C

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“It’s great to be part of a great big family where every life matters and everyone DAVID GIBB VICAR OF ST ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCH, LEYLAND

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For many people debt is a huge problem and one they struggle to see any way out from. As recommended by Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert) the charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is committed to working with those who need help, advice and practical support - putting a plan together to help them tackle debt. CAP is well respected for it's work. It has national partnerships with the Department for Work and Pensions, Remploy, Trussell Trust Food banks and Mind to name a few. Helen Neville recently started as a debt coach for CAP in Leyland and answered a few questions for us about what she is doing and how CAP can help those in debt. Helen, please tell us a little bit more about CAP, who are they, what do they do? Christians against poverty was founded in 1996 by a man called John Kirkby in Bradford. He'd struggled with debt himself and knew how it was something that impacts the whole of someone's life, making them feel they're on their own and that there's no way out of their situation. He also believed God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor. John started helping people – not by paying off their debts for them, but by providing them with manageable solutions to getting themselves out of debt. Now the organisation has grown enormously so that people across the country can get the help they

need. CAP is also expanding it's services to help people with issues which can be related to debt, but can also be independent of it. For more information on what CAP are doing, visit www.capuk.org As you might have guessed from the name, CAP is a Christian charity. It was founded by and is now run by Christians. This doesn't limit people's access – CAP are pleased to help people whatever their age, gender, faith or background. Each debt centre is linked with a local church. Here in Leyland, six churches have partnered together to support CAP. St Andrew's is one of these churches. The reason Christians want to help is because we believe we have received great kindness from God through Jesus, and having been shown such kindness, we want to help others. In the Bible, Jesus said this about himself “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke 4v18-19)

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What is the criteria to get advice from CAP - who do they help? CAP are willing to help anyone struggling with debt – it might be £300 or it might be £300,000 – we're keen to help individuals find the solution that works for them. The only thing CAP's service isn't suitable for is helping with business debts, but even then we are happy to point people in the right direction so they can get the help appropriate to them. Does it cost anything? CAP's service is completely FREE to everyone. It is a charity, and is entirely funded by people and churches who believe in the work CAP do and want to support it. What are you doing for CAP? C

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I've just taken on the role of 'debt coach' in Leyland. One of the unique things about the service CAP provides is that a representative from CAP meets clients in their own homes. This is really helpful for many people as it can break down some of the barriers to getting help. For instance, people who are suffering with anxiety feel more able to welcome somebody into their own home than they would feel able to visit an unknown environment such as an office. When a person from Leyland rings CAP's freephone number – 0800 328 0006 - asking for help with their debts, the person they speak with at head office will book an appointment for me to go out and visit them. I make a total of three visits to each client – one to explain the service CAP provides, a second one to gather all of that client's financial information; the third

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visit is to deliver the individually tailored advice and budget which has been drawn up for the client by head office. This shows how they can choose to move forward and start on the road towards becoming debt free. After I've finished those visits, it's not the end of our contact – CAP are keen to support clients through the process – both with local relationships between myself, CAP volunteers and other clients, and with an ongoing working relationship with the caseworkers at head office in Bradford. If any of our readers feel they need help with debts, what should they do? It's so easy. Just ring the free phone number: 0800 328 0006. At the other end of the line will be somebody who is trained to deal with exactly your situation. It's sad to hear that many clients have waited years before asking for help, whilst watching finances continue to spiral out of control. Don't wait. CAP also now runs money courses, life skills courses, job clubs, and release groups (for those struggling with any form of addiction). If those services sound suitable for you, then visit www.capuk.org and click the link 'I want help'.

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At various stages of life we will all suffer the death of a loved one. How we react will be different for all of us and our experience of grief is never the same from one person to another. GriefShare is a support group we have at St Andrew’s for such times. Our group is led not by experts in counselling, but by people who care and having experienced grief for themselves, have managed to rebuild their lives. The groups follow a 13 week cycle which you can join at any point as each session is

self-contained, so you needn't follow them in sequence, you can always catch up any you've missed on the next 13 week cycle. Please contact our Church Office if you would like to join this group to find out when they are meeting next.

"GRIEFSHARE WAS A SAFETY NET WHEN MY WORLD WAS FALLING APART" find out more!

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Since the beginning of the year there’s been a new face in the church office, Janet Sutherland, who has joined the staff team as Church Administrator. Janet isn’t exactly new to St Andrew’s, though, she’s been a member of the church since she was a child and has been actively involved in youth and children’s work for a long time. So Janet knows a lot of people in the church, which is really helpful settling in to her new role in a busy church office.

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Janet was born into a Christian family (Frank and Margaret Turner) but as a youngster didn’t really consider herself a Christian. Her interest in church was the social activity –youth club and Sunday night fellowship. Janet came to faith in Christ at a Campaigner’s camp in Matlock, when she was 15. Following on from that, she got involved in children’s work, teaching Sunday school and leading Campaigners. However, for Janet the biggest turning point in her Christian life was going away to university in Chester to train as a teacher. None of Janet’s friends had gone to Chester, so she felt she was on her own, trying to live out her Christian faith. The experience led her to a greater reliance on God and a deepening of her faith. It was also

a time of developing close Christian friendships. The four girls that she shared a house with remain close friends today. Following on from university, Janet returned to Leyland and began her career as a primary school teacher, along the way marrying Andy and having two children of her own, Matthew and Rebekah. However, the changing nature of teaching challenged Janet to consider something new, so she prayed and asked God to show her the way. That’s when the office job at St Andrew’s came up. Now it’s a case of getting to grips with a very different role, in which every day is different. Although busy, Janet is still very much involved with the children’s work at St Andrew’s.

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LEGENDARY If you’re new to our church we would love to get to know you better and introduce you to other members of our church family. Why not come to one our legendary welcome lunch events! Our next Lunch will be on the 15th April. Please call us on 01772 622964 for details.

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If you are new or want to know more about what makes us tick then please come along to Discover - four informal evenings where we can get to know each other better. Please come along if you're new to St. Andrew’s, curious about church and what we, do, or faith in general. There's no pressure and you're not committing yourself to anything.

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Our Good Companions group started a few years ago, bringing together older members of St Andrew’s Church who perhaps are living alone and want to socialise with others of a similar age. The group meet regularly for lunch on the last Wednesday of each month at the Eagle and Child pub on Church Road, in Leyland from 12.30pm onwards. They also organise a variety of outings and meet-ups. Previous activities have included – a trip to the Antiques Roadshow at Brindle Village Hall, watching The Mousetrap at the Charter Theatre, a walk around Yarrow Valley Park and Birkacre Garden Centre, listening to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in concert in Preston. A few from the group have also been meeting for Scrabble evenings and there are special Christmas meals and activities every year.

WE ALWAYS LOVE TO SEE SOME NEW FACES! If you think this sounds like something you would like to know more about, or would like to come along (you do not have to be a regular attendee at any of our services to join our Good Companions group) then please contact our Church Office for more details, or pop along to a lunch meet-up at the Eagle and Child. find out more!

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The next Good Companions meetings are as follows, please contact our Church office for more details:

WEDNESDAY 28TH MARCH WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL WEDNESDAY 30TH MAY.

ALL WELCOME!


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We have lots going on here at St Andrew’s for children and young people. Starting with ‘Toddlers’, our baby and toddler group, right through to ‘StAY’ for our 14-18 year olds. We run two midweek clubs for Primary School age children - JAFFA our after school club, for children in Reception to Year 2 (infant school age) is on a Thursday from 3.30pm – 5pm in the Church hall. We have lots of fun playing games, doing craft and sharing Bible stories as well as loads of other terrifically exciting things!! You can download a registration form on our website, please email the completed forms to jaffa@standrewsleyland.org.uk if you would like your child to attend. Alternatively pick a form up from

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10-11.30am Toddlers / Church Hall Toddlers runs on a Monday morning and is for pre-school age. Babies, toddlers and parents/guardians are all welcome!

3.30pm - 5pm JAFFA / Church Hall Our after school club, for children in Reception to Year 2 (infant school age).

TUESDAY JAM Club/ St. Andrew’s Infant School Meet in school, during a Tuesday lunchtime for games, Bible stories and craft activities.

WEDNESDAY JAM Club / Woodlea Junior School Meet in school, during a Wednesday lunchtime, for games, Bible stories and craft activities.

6.30pm - 7.45pm 180 Club / Church Hall: For children in school years 3 to 6 (aged 7-11 years). 7.30pm - 9.30pm StAY (St Andrew’s Youth Club) / Church Hall StAY, upstairs in the Church hall, is for young people in school years 10-13 (aged 14-18 years). Come along for a chance to chill out, chat and see what the Bible has to teach us.

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Look out for new family events starting soon!”

FRIDAY 7pm – 8.30pm Axis / Church Hall Axis runs on a Friday evening for young people in school years 7 to 9 (aged 11-14 years). All are welcome to come along for the chance to play a game or two, chill out, chat and see what the Bible has to teach us.


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The story is told of the novelist Earnest Hemmingway having lunch with some friends, and betting the table that he couldn’t write an entire tragic story in just six words. Having accepted the bet, Hemingway took a napkin, and simply wrote the following six words: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” It’s quite an incredible short story, isn’t it? And it set me wondering if we could sum up the Easter story in just six words too. Here’s my attempt at Easter: “Jesus crucified; wrongdoing forgiven; death defeated.”

him and hurting others. But at Easter, the death of Jesus was the means by which God would forgive all this wrongdoing, as Jesus took the punishment that such wrongdoing deserved. That is why we call the day that Jesus died ‘Good Friday’. It was good for us that he should die.

DEATH, THE ONE LEVELLER OF US ALL, WAS OVERCOME. AND JESUS PROMISED THAT HE COULD ENABLE THE REST OF US TO OVERCOME DEATH TOO.

I certainly wouldn’t claim that my six-word short story can hold a candle to the one above, but it’s my attempt to sum up what Christians celebrate at Easter. On Good Friday, Jesus, whom Christians believe to be God in human form, was nailed to a cross by sinful people like me and like you. The one human being who never did anything wrong; who loved people unconditionally, even people who society cast out, was executed by the religious authorities of the day.

But the story doesn’t end there. For on Easter Sunday we remember that Jesus did not stay in the grave, but was raised from the dead. Death, the one leveller of us all, was overcome. And Jesus promised that he could enable the rest of us to overcome death too.

But Christians believe that this wasn’t simply a grave miscarriage of justice. It was part of God’s plan to forgive the wrongdoing that people like me and like you have done. We’ve lived lives that rejected the God of the universe, and put ourselves in charge; ignoring

Why not come and join us this Easter and dig a little deeper, than six words can allow, into the “Jesus crucified; wrongdoing forgiven; death defeated” story? If you can come up with a different six-word Easter summary, I’d love to hear it!


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How powerful & good is God?

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Praying your disappointments

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Plotting enemies

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When God plants

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But it doesn’t look that way!

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Is God still committed to the King?

Seeing what others don't

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Getting what you want

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The love that will not fail

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God’s ways

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If you would like to grow in your friendship with God, how about beginning each day reading a bit of his word (the Bible) and praying to him? As an aid, please pick up the leaflet at the welcome desk entitled ‘How to have a daily prayer time: 7 minutes with God’. Or get in touch with our church office - office@standrewsleyland.org.uk (01772 622964) and we can send it to you. During March to May each day we will be reading through the book of Psalms in the Old Testament. These are songs (many of them written by King David, often called ‘God’s Son’) which God’s people, Israel, sang together when they met to worship God in the temple. They speak of all sorts of situations, but often of opposition to the King, and personal failure or suffering. After God’s people came back into their own land, from being exiled in Babylon for 70 years, the Psalms were arranged in the way we now have them, in 5 Books. They gave God’s dejected people hope as they looked forward to a new King coming: not David, but a greater one, Jesus!

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TECHNOLOGY IS ADVANCING AT AN INCREDIBLE PACE. SMARTPHONES THAT WE CARRY AROUND TODAY ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE COMPUTERS THAT WERE USED TO LAND MAN ON THE MOON IN 1969. IT’S EXCITING TOO! WE CAN BE CONNECTED WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY SCATTERED ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE CAN WATCH AND INTERACT LIVE WITH PEOPLE AND EVENTS AS THEY HAPPEN SOMEWHERE WE’VE NEVER BEEN. The learning, playing and sharing opportunities are endless! This is the world our children are born into. With technology surrounding them from birth, their brains are responding and adapting all the time. Technology feels natural to them and life ‘online’ is just as real as ‘offline.’ However, parents at times feel like this brings a whole new set of challenges to the minefield that parenting already is. The messages out in the media are often confusing and it can be hard to make sense of it all. However there are plenty of good websites that will guide you step-by-step on how to set parental controls or explain what each app does. We’ve added a few here that can help. But there’s a lot more to parenting online behaviour than just setting parental controls. As a parent and as someone who worked for years supporting children and families when problems struck,

I’ve learnt that there are two key principles to hold on to. 1. Your child is the same online and offline - Whether they’re kicking a ball out on the streets or playing FIFA on their console; whether they’re hanging at their friend’s house or on social media, they’re still the same person and therefore, the same rules, values and behaviours should still apply. Whatever you’ve taught your child about how to behave in the ’real’ world (not to lie, cheat or bully…), it also applies online – the people on the other side are real too and so are the consequences. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, WhatsApp… they all have age restrictions. These are there for a reason. Would you be ok with your child faking their age to try to buy something illegal or to get into a pub or club? If not, is that because it’s illegal or because of the possible harm they can be exposed to?

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2. Take time to talk – Not at them, but with them. It’s a two way thing and yes, it can be hard work. Yes, it may feel like you’re the only one trying. You’re the parent, you’ve got to keep trying. They may only understand why it’s so important much later on but in the meantime, while they seem to ignore you, they’ll appreciate that you keep caring. I can’t stress enough how important this is. You may prefer the ‘good old days’ when people talked to each other. Fine, you’re quite right about how important that is but think, what’s the goal here? To prove you’re right or to maintain regular and open communication with your child at all sorts of levels? The more opportunities you create, the better. Don’t shut yourself out of their world by deciding that you will only speak to your child face-to-face. If a significant proportion of their time and

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR CHILD IS PLAYING WITH OR TALKING TO ONLINE? interactions is happening online, get in on the action! Text them, message them, send them funny GIFs or clips you find, play them online. Share things that make you laugh together. Whatever happens, keep those channels of communication open and varied. Then you can continue your online conversations when you are offline. Make offline time fun and meaningful too so that they learn the balance they need. Ask them to show you how the app or game works, explain why you are concerned or what you don’t like. Show them if you have read something about that game or app. Don’t just shout or punish when something goes wrong. Agree the rules together and start from a trusting position. If the trust is broken, it’s then easier to work things out or to make rules tighter. Remember, they’re still learning! Despite their apparent over-confidence with all things digital, they’re still learning to navigate this scary world – and who better to guide and support them then you?

Parents seeking face-to-face advice about how to best protect their children online can make an appointment with the NSPCC’s O2 gurus in their nearest store or can call the O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline. 0808 800 5002

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SOCIAL MEDIA...DO YOU KNOW WHAT ARE THE AGE LIMITS?

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WINSTON CHURCHILL FAMOUSLY REMARKED THAT ‘EVERYTHING LOOKS BETTER AFTER LUNCH’ AND IF YOU ARE IN THE AUTUMN OF YOUR LIFE WITH FEW OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET AND SOCIALISE WHILST ENJOYING A GREAT MEAL - IT CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE!

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Between forty and fifty are invited to meet on the first Wednesday of each month for a two course fresh and healthy meal, prepared by volunteers. The meal is followed by tea and coffee and a short service – which usually consists of a couple of hymns, prayer, a bible reading and talk explaining the passage. The Luncheon Club is for those, normally over 80 years old and living on their own, who would find it difficult to get out and about. Drivers freely give their time to collect members, bringing them to the church hall and then taking them home afterwards. For many members Luncheon Club is the highlight of the month – a time to enjoy home cooked food and friendship. Earlier this year the Luncheon Club celebrated a special birthday for a regular member, Norah Finch turned 100! A family party was held on Norah’s special day, 2nd January, and the following day celebrations continued at Luncheon Club. Norah originally lived in Chorley, where she attended

All Saints School and then St George’s. She left school at 14 and her family moved to Leyland. Norah worked as a weaver at Brook Mill and made gas masks during the Second World War. She married Arnold Finch in 1948, aged 30 and settled in Denford Avenue, Leyland. They had two sons, Glenn, who now lives in Australia, and Jeremy (Jez) who still lives in Leyland. Jez Finch said: “My Dad passed away in 2006 with Alzheimer’s – Mum in her late eighties had cared for him for several years. She is amazing, still lives on her own, is healthy and is pretty much self-sufficient. Her life has always been focussed on her family and still is to this day.” Norah added: “It is a special birthday and I am really enjoying sharing it with everyone. For me, family is the most important thing and to have them here all together makes it even more special.” Anyone interested in our Luncheon Club should contact our Church Office find out more!

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GOOD TIMES!

THE GOOD NEWS GROUP IS AN ACCESSIBLE SERVICE FOR ADULTS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AND THEIR CARERS AND IS PART OF ST ANDREW’S CHURCH. At the Good News Group we love learning about the Bible and how it all teaches us about Jesus. Some weeks we learn from the Old Testament and we have enjoyed learning about Creation, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, David, Ruth and Jonah. We look at how all things point to Jesus and learn about how gospel saves us. From the New Testament we have learned about Jesus’ birth and ministry. We have learned from his parables, his teachings and healings and about those final days when he was crucified and rose again…and that’s our good news! We have looked at Paul and how the good

news was spread around the world. We have learned that our hope is in being with Jesus in heaven forever. No wonder we are called the Good News Group!!!! All our meetings are aimed at communicating this good news in accessible ways. We are mindful that those who come to our meetings can find lots of jargon and long talks very difficult to follow. We use clear language supported by visual pictures, symbols, drama and puppets. We give everyone the chance to listen and respond in a way they do best. Our singing is joyful and


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and we use Makaton signage in stories, songs and prayers. We will make sensory adaptations and there is a quiet space for those who wish to use it. We learn to pray and to share our faith with others. We are disciples of Jesus, on a journey together. For further information please get in touch via our church office. If you would like a copy of our welcome booklet before you come, please just ask. We are affiliated to the Additional Needs Alliance, a national network of people who suppport churches to make them accessible for those with disabilities.

www.standrewsleyland.org Church Office 01772 622964

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THERE IS LOTS GOING ON AT ST ANDREW’S EVERY WEEK. OPPOSITE LISTS A FEW OF OUR REGULAR ACTIVITIES AND OUR SERVICES. PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME ACTIVITIES ONLY RUN DURING SCHOOL TERM TIME - SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT OUR CHURCH OFFICE. KEEP AN EYE ON OUR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS FOR UPDATES.

10am - 11.30am (Church Hall) Toddler Group, for all pre-schoolers (i.e. 0-4 years of age) and their parents or carers. 2pm - 4pm (Church Hall) Sports Life, badminton, table tennis and indoor bowls for the over 55’s.

TUESDAY’S 7am -7.30am (Church Building) Morning Prayers 7.45pm – 9.30pm (Church Hall) (Fortnightly) Ladies Tuesday Fellowship Group, a social group who meet to learn about a wide range of topics. The next Ladies Tuesday Fellowship meetings are as follows, please contact our Church office for

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Wednesday 14th March – News from Wellfield Church, Mark Simpson Wednesday 11th April – “When Leyland Carried the World – The Story of Leyland Motors” Part 1, Colin Pass Wednesday 25th April (Note change of time: 10am – 12noon) – CPAS Coffee Morning at 3 Colt House Close, Elizabeth Siddall.

Tuesday 1st May - “The Latest Challenge”, Pat Ashcroft

Wednesday 9th May – News from Buckshaw Village Church, James Gywn-Thomas

Tuesday 15th May - Kitchen Cupboard Cures, Keith & Ruth Bradshaw

Wednesday 13th June – “When Leyland Carried the World – The Story of Leyland Motors” Part 2, Colin Pass

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5.15pm - 7pm (Church Building) Good News Group, open to all adults with learning (or other) disabilities. A time for craft activities, a light tea and the opportunity to learn about the good news of the Bible. . (See pages 20 & 21 for more details.)

9.30am - 11.15am (Church Building) Women on Wednesday, a time of Bible study and prayer for women of any age, with a crèche for pre-school aged children. 1.45pm - 3.15pm (Church Hall) (2nd Wednesday of each month) Women’s Fellowship Group, , a lunchtime worship, prayer and fellowship group for ladies. The next Women’s Fellowship Group meetings are as follows, please contact our Church office for more details:

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years). (See page 14 more details.) 6.30pm - 7.45pm (Church Hall) 180 Club, term time only group for 7-11 age range. Fun, games, Bible stories, crafts and snacks. (See page 15 for more details.) 7.30pm - 9pm (Upstairs in Church Hall) StAY - St Andrew's Youth group for 14 - 18 year olds, Bible study, games and snacks. (See page 15 more details.)

FRIDAY’S 11am - 11.30 (iChurch Building) Litany Service, for fellowship and reflection and to pray for the world and for healing following the Litany service format.

SATURDAY’S 10am - 12noon (Church Building) Open Door Coffee Mornings, all are very welcome to pop in to St Andrew's Church on Saturday mornings, to join us for tea, coffee, delicious homemade cakes and friendly conversations. Drop in anytime between 10am and 12noon. Feel free to have a wander round the church building if you would like to. .

check out our website!

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Name: Contact Number: School/church Attended:

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Easter Egg Decorating Competition! SOME EGG-CITING PRIZES TO BE

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How to enter... 1. Carefully cut out the opposite page from the magazine. 2. Decorate the egg using crayons, felt-tip pens, colouring pencils, glitter, paint or collage. 3. Write your full name, age and school/church on your entry

4. Hand your decorated egg entry into the school office (if at St Andrew’s Infants or Woodlea Juniors) or to St Andrew’s Church Office. St Andrew’s Church; The Parish Hall, Worden Lane, Leyland PR25 3EL by Friday 16th March.

5. Winners will be notified during the week commencing Monday 18th March and prizes will be awarded during the Easter Sunday Service on 1st April at 10.30am 6. Let the decorating commence! We can’t wait to see your egg-cellent entries!


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GOT A QUESTION? or call 01772 622964

What times are your services on a Sunday? We have an 8.30am service, which we call our BCP Service (BCP just stands for Book of Common Prayer) This is a quieter and more traditional Anglican service, using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Twice a month we remember Jesus’ death with a Holy Communion service. At 9.45am we have a contemporary family-orientated service with a

crèche (for those aged 2 and under), activity groups for children aged 3-14 - followed by coffee, biscuits and chatting! It is relaxed, informal and there is no standing on ceremony. Once a month we share the Lord’s Supper together. At 11.15am we have another family-orientated service. There is a blend of older hymns and newer songs, reflecting the style of the service as a whole. There is a crèche

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(for those aged 2 and under) and activity groups for children aged 3-14 and tea and coffee served afterwards. Once a month we share the Lord’s Supper together. At 6.30pm on a Sunday we have a more informal, relaxed service with contemporary music and a growing number in their 20s-30s, though people of all ages enjoy this service. We enjoy time together over tea and coffee afterwards.

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Please note, sometimes our service times do change (usually during Christmas and summer holidays) – it is always best to check our website for service times if you are joining us for the first time.

What if I can’t make it to a service on a Sunday? Why not come along on Friday at 11am, a favourite for some of our older members. We meet for just half an hour in the church building for fellowship, reflection and an opportunity to pray for the world and for healing. This service follows the Litany service format and we take this opportunity to catch up with friends over a cup of tea or coffee afterwards.

What do I do when I arrive? A member of our Welcome team will greet you as you arrive, answer any queries you may have and direct you to where you need to go. You can spot our welcomers each week as they will be wearing a blue lanyard.

What happens at the end of the service? After our 8.30am service we go over to the church hall for tea and coffee. After our 9.45am service (at around 11am) we all head over to our church hall for tea and coffee – this is so we can chat and get to know one another better – it also means that our next service at 11.15am can get started. After our 11.15am and 6.30pm service we serve tea and coffee in church. Occasionally we also have a meal together after our 6.30pm service that is open to anyone.

Is there a dress code? No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.

Will I have to join in? Not at all. You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.

I won't know what to do There is no 'standing on ceremony' at St. Andrew’s. You do not need to know 'what to do' as the leader of each service will guide you through things step by step and when you need to join in the words are shown on big screens around the church.

Do you have a toilet in church? Yes. We have a toilet at the back of church (just next to the kitchen) and several more in the neighbouring church hall.

, you won t need your hot water bottle!

Is the church cold? No, we do not think so. Our church building is fully heated and carpeted with, what we hope, are comfortable chairs – it is as close to home from home as we can make it.

Do you make provision for people with disabilities? We welcome people with disabilities at all our services, groups and church family activities. Wheelchair users are welcome and should feel free to sit where they wish - do ask one of the welcomers who will be happy to help. We have an accessible toilet both within the church building and the church hall. There is a loop facility for people with hearing impairment. Large print service sheets and Bibles are available at the main services and our weekly sermons and Bible passages are recorded and available for download from our website. We also have a weekly group for people with learning disabilities during term time - our Good News Group, who meet on a Wednesday evening.


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