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YOUR COMMUNITY MAGAZINE FROM ST ANDREW’S CHURCH LEYLAND

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LANCASHIRE FA 3G PITCHES

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Join us for our 3rd annual 7-a-side football tournament on Saturday 23rd June at the Lancashire FA 3G pitches on Thurston Road, Leyland. For further details, to register your team or to play in a team please contact: us via email at office@standrewsleyland.org.uk or call us on 01772 622964 A REACH EVENT

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To find out more about what’s on, call us on 01772 622964


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Hello!

Welcome to the Summer issue of‘REACH!

What a messed up world we live in. Back in March this year you may remember how ISIS attacked a French supermarket in Trebes, shooting two people dead and taking others hostage. The police managed to negotiate the release of all the hostages bar one, a young mum called Julie. One of the policemen, an officer called Arnaud Beltrame, came forward and swapped places to enable Julie to be set free. But after a three hour stand off the terrorist stabbed and shot Beltrame, after which the police stormed the supermarket and the terrorist was killed in the crossfire. It was a tragic and C

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he radiated it. To believe is not only to adhere to doctrine… it is to love God and our neighbour.” That’s the sort of Christianity I believe in. It’s the sort of Christianity which this REACH Magazine is full of. A Christianity that says God is not far off or remote. He’s at work using very ordinary people to do some of the most loving, selfless and heroic things. May you know that God is at work in your life too. Take care and God bless

DAVID GIBB VICAR OF ST ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCH, LEYLAND

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God is not far off or remote. He’s at work using very ordinary people to do some of the most loving, selfless and heroic things.

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Fifteen years ago the now thriving community of Luwero was nothing more than 30 acres of jungle, about 60 miles north of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. An area that had seen its fair share of the atrocities committed under the regime of Idi Amin. It was the vision of one man, blessed by the grace and goodness of God, that has made it what it is today.

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That man was a young Ugandan called Gabriel Kijjambu, who had come to the UK at the invitation of people from St Andrew’s to study the Bible, first at Capernwray, then at the International Christian College in Glasgow. At the end of his time in Glasgow, Gabriel felt called to go back to his people in Uganda and to make a difference there, to touch people with the love of God as he himself had been touched. This was not just a general sense of calling, Gabriel had the vision of a community, centred around a Christian church, that would meet their deepest spiritual and physical needs. A community called ‘Luwero’, which means ‘refreshing’ in his mother tongue. When Ernie Bayton (chairman of the trustees of the Luwero Project in the UK) heard about Gabriel’s vision, he thought Gabriel must be mad, or just maybe had really heard something from God. As he walked around the jungle plot in Uganda listening to Gabriel saying, ‘This is where the church will be, and the school will be here and the clinic over there’, Ernie was convinced that the vision was indeed God given.

On the strength of that vision, Ernie and others worked with Gabriel to set up a UK trust and raise the funds to purchase the first 22 acres and start the work. The work has not been easy, there was great local opposition from witch doctors in the area, and not just words either. There were no JCBs or power tools to do the work, the land was cleared, foundations dug and bricks made all by hand. Nor has there been a great pot of money to fund the project, everything has progressed bit by bit, through prayer, the generous giving of supporters in the UK and elsewhere and sheer hard work by Gabriel and his people in Uganda.

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The community now has primary and secondary schools, catering for over 700 pupils, with accommodation for orphans and boarders. There’s a farm growing crops and raising livestock to feed the children (over 1,000 every day with the pre-schoolers) a clinic, with a full-time nurse, and the recently completed church that will seat 700.

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Sing good THE MUSICAL JOIN US ON SUNDAY 15TH JULY AT ST ANDREW’S LEYLAND FOR A SPECIAL MUSICAL THAT TELLS THE STORY OF THE BIBLE IN 24 UNIQUE SONGS

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Well, in Alex Wood we have yet another sporty addition to the team at St Andrew’s, which is probably a good thing, seeing as he will be our Youth Ministry Trainee. From his photo Alex obviously enjoys the outdoor life, but sport has played a significant part in his life.

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Alex was born in Camberley, but moved to Bradford when he was two and it was in Bradford that he was brought up and educated. As a youngster Alex did attend a local church but in his teenage years as he put it, “I fell out of love with religion and was not keen on church.” Church and Christian faith obviously wasn’t ‘cool’ for a teenage boy. So, what brought him back to faith? It was, in fact, sport. Alex clearly remembers when he was 16 playing in a 5 a side football match with friends he knew from church. He remembers feeling so at home with them and so relaxed and that led to him going back to church and coming into “a loving relationship with God.” “Strange,” he reflects, “something so simple as a football match” could draw him back to God. Sport continues to be a significant part of Alex’s life outside of church. He comments, “My interests outside of

church include lots of sport such as rugby union and football. I enjoy keeping fit, and attend the gym when possible. I've also recently competed in a charity boxing match for Cancer Research, which was extremely enjoyable.” He clearly knows how to look after himself, then. Music is another area of keen interest for Alex. Not only does he enjoy listening to all types of music, he also plays acoustic guitar and sings. Indeed, at Bradford Family Church, Alex lead worship and played in the band. He was also actively involved in work with young people, including Sunday school and combined youth activities with other churches in the area. Alex is looking forward to getting stuck in at St Andrew’s, learning the ‘local culture’, developing his skills working with young people and maybe contributing some fresh ideas of his own.

If you need any help or more information please call the Church Office on 01772 622964

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CAP – ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH DEBT?

For many people, debt is a huge problem and one they struggle to see any way out of. 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 tackle debt. 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. If you are struggling, then ring the CAP 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.

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GOOD COMPANIONS Our Good Companions group brings together older members of St Andrew’s Church who perhaps live 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.

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WINTER GARDENS BLACKPOOL 21-23 SEPTEMBER 2018

01253 922560 www.lancashirefestivalofhope.co.uk

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SING GOOD NEWS – THE MUSICAL GRIEFSHARE "A safety net when my world was falling apart" "I felt safe and loved" At various stages of life we will all suffer the death of a loved one. GriefShare is a support group we have at St Andrew’s for such times. Our groups are led, not by experts in counselling, but by people who care and have experienced grief for themselves. If you think a GriefShare group could help you, please get in touch.

GOOD NEWS GROUP Open to all adults with learning (or other) disabilities and their carers - a time for craft activities, a light tea and the opportunity to learn about the good news of the Bible. Wednesdays 5.15pm - 7pm in Church

Sunday 15th July in the Church Building, 6.30pm Free Admission ‘Sing Good News’ tells something of the wonderful Bible Story and its message of good news to all people. There are 24 songs, each written by a different composer, which will be sung during the evening by a choir of over 50, along with soloists. There is also an accompanying band. The songs will be linked together by narrations which aim to encourage and challenge the listeners. All are welcome, so do come and join us if you can!


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The King’s Lord

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A glorious God and a transformed people

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Psalm 107:1-9 Lives ebbed away

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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 June to August 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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What does Psalm this tell me about God? Why do I need to hear this?

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DUNCAN IS AN ASSOCIATE VICAR AT ST. ANDREW’S & ALSO HEADS UP OUR GROWTH GROUPS


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Chinese whispers?

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As I write this article, in our household we’re preparing for one of my children’s birthday parties. And one of those party games that we love to play is Chinese Whispers. You know the game: someone starts with a message, and it’s passed around the circle by each child whispering it into the next child’s ear. In the process, the message gets distorted, usually resulting in giggles all round. All good fun.

There is a whole scholarly field devoted to studying the reliability of ancient documents, and there are two key numbers to consider. The first is the ‘time gap’ between the original manuscript and any copies we might have. The second is the number of different manuscripts. For us to be confident that the copies we have are accurate, we want to have a short time gap, and lots of manuscripts.

But some people think something similar has happened with the Bible. Before the stories about Jesus were written down, they were passed on by word of mouth. Does this mean that they’ve been corrupted, and we can’t really believe that the stories about Jesus are true?

For example, about the same time the Bible was being written, Pliny the Elder wrote a book called Natural History. The book was considered a scientific authority in the middle ages. The time gap to the earliest fragment is 400 years, and there are approximately 200 different early fragments and manuscripts to compare and contrast.

Oral culture I’m convinced that this isn’t the case. The purpose of Chinese Whispers is to corrupt the message! And that wasn’t true for how the early stories were passed on. These were handed down in a culture that highly valued oral transmission. That is the way that history was recorded and passed on 2000 years ago. People were highly trained in this – most education was by rote memorisation in a way that doesn’t happen these days. Furthermore, very early on, people started writing down these stories. Most scholars would agree that Mark’s account of Jesus’ life is based on Peter’s eyewitness recollections, and John’s gospel claims to have been written by the disciple of Jesus himself.

Early copying But we don’t have access to the original copies of these accounts of Jesus’ life. They were copied by hand over and over again, since it was hundreds and hundreds of years before the invention of the printing press. Does this mean that we can’t trust that the gospels as we have them are the same as the original documents?

The Bible, on the other hand, blows all other ancient works out of the water. The time gap to the earliest fragment is just 40 years, thanks to the fragment of John’s gospel which can be found on display in Manchester University. The number of early fragments and manuscripts to compare and contrast numbers almost 6000. In addition to all this, there are early translations of the New Testament into other languages which help give us confidence that what we read in the Bible today is as it was written. We can have great confidence that the Bible we have today is an accurate record of what people claimed Jesus did and said. The only remaining question is this: what do you make of what Jesus did and said?

Want to find out more? We regularly run Christianity Explored courses examining Mark’s gospel – one of the accounts of Jesus’ life. Come along on a Sunday or contact the office to find out more and sign up.


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With holiday time approaching our midweek clubs and activities take a break during the Summer too. However, we still have other fun events going on for our children and young people which we would love you to come along to instead. Check out the information on previous pages for our Summer Soccer School and ‘Spy Squad’ Holiday Club.

10 To an to al Don’t forget our 9.45am and 11.15am Sunday services from Sunday 22nd July to (and including) Sunday 26th August will be meeting together at 10.30am; where we have something going on for our 0-14 year olds every week. We look forward to you coming along and joining in the fun! For any more details of our children's work why not take a look at our website, speak to a member of our team or call our church office on 01772 622964 Spy.

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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.

We make special provision for children at both the 9.45am and 11.15am services. We run a range of fun Bible-based activities for all children aged between 3 and 13 and also a managed crèche for the under 3's if parents want it. All our groups are run by fully DBS and child protection-trained members of the church family who love children/young people and love to teach them about Jesus from the Bible in an age-appropriate way.

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Ah! The Summer Holidays are here. No more school, time off work, more time with the kids, chilling… For many of us the last two (more time with the kids and ‘chilling’) don’t really go together. So it’s tempting to use their screen time as our break from them or ‘me time’. Nothing wrong with creating some ‘me time’, as long as we then don’t complain at them for spending so much time online. You know, the old ‘when I was your age we used to play out…’ But why not use the summer to improve your own knowledge of what your kids and their friends are up to online and enjoy spending more time together on and offline? Here are some suggestions for things you can do this Summer on your own and with the kids: • Research – Your turn to do some homework. Spend time finding out about the latest apps or games; what they do, why they are popular, what are the risks, how to enjoy them safely… If you don’t know where to start, just google ‘parenting online’ and you will get a list of

really useful, easy to use sites. The NetAware Apps Guide, for example, reviews apps or games and explains the views from both parents and children as well as giving advice on how to make them safe. Learn about all the different privacy settings, ways to block and report so that you may feel more confident when talking to your child about it.

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• Refresh – In the holidays we try to get the kids to tidy-up bedrooms, check the clothes that no longer fit, pass on books or toys they no longer need… All that so they can be ready for the new school year. Well, this is a good time to do the same with electronic devices. Sit together and check through all the apps on phones, tablets, games on consoles, social media accounts… Do we still want to use them all? Can we delete any? Any ‘friends/followers’ we can delete? Do we need to subscribe to all these channels or vloggers? Read together some of the posts or check your photos – cringe time? Maybe a good time to delete. Refresh privacy settings and accounts and feel ready to enjoy your ‘digital life’. • Relate – Create a positive relationship between on and offline activity. Get your children to research and plan days out, the routes on maps and activities to do. Find apps or sites that will help you do something together you both enjoy – making glitter slime, apps on cooking, running, exercise programmes, dancing routines, making films, hair/beauty games. Challenge

each other or plan to achieve something over the summer. There are lots of apps with Bible stories and colouring/puzzles for you to explore together as well. • Review – Find out how much your children actually know about risks and how to stay safe and healthy online. They have so many assemblies and lessons on these issues but sometimes they switch off. Get them to teach you what they know. It’s your chance to turn the tables and keep asking: Why? You’ll soon see how much they do or don’t know - and you may learn quite a bit too. This will give you a chance to review together your own rules on screen time, review ages of games and content, online behaviour, restrict in-app purchases, turn off chat features… • Reaffirm – Remind them how much they mean to you and that you care. Whether you are a digital wiz yourself or you have no clue what to do with a smart phone, tell them you care about their online life because you care about them. They need to hear it no matter the age. Build them up and build up your own relationship with them. Increasingly research shows that a heavy use of social media is associated with poorer mental health. This has an impact on sleep patterns and how children and teens see themselves. They chase ‘likes’ to raise their self-worth and compare their seemingly boring lives to those of others. It’s essential to remind them that what they see is an edited photo-shop version of the life someone wants you to think they have. Remind your children whose views really matter over the approval of an online world that doesn’t know them.

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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Join us on Saturday 23rd June for the first of 4 special children's football sessions led by the Ambassadors Football team. All children aged 7-11 years are welcome regardless of football skills/ability. The cost is £5 per session or £15 if you book for all 4 sessions. The other three dates are 30th June, 7th July and 14th July. A sign-up form is available to download from our website or collect one from the church office. Forms must be returned to the office by Friday 15th June. A special award ceremony & lunch will take place after the last session on the 14th July. Please note there are limited spaces per session, so priority will be given to those who book for all 4 sessions.

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BOOKS WE RECOMMEND FOR CHILDREN

Where? St. Andrew’s Parish Hall Worden Lane, Leyland PR25 3EL

When? Saturday 23rd June From 9.30-12pm

The Jesus Storybook Bible A Bible overview, where every story whispers His name. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the centre of God’s great story of salvation – and at the centre of their Story too. Beautifully written by New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd Jones and illustrated by awarding winning artist Jago.


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Holiday Club for ages 4-11

God & Me Daily devotions for (young) children – a lovely book to share together and disciple children in their daily walk with Jesus.

Where? St. Andrew’s Parish Hall Worden Lane, Leyland PR25 3EL The Storm that Stopped A lovely story based on the account of Jesus calming the storm, found in Mark chapter 4. This is simple but very effective in explaining who Jesus is…God!

When? Monday 6th - Thursday 9th August

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE? For any more details of our children's work why not take a look at our website, speak to a member of our team or contact the church office on 01772 622964.


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JESUS NOT ONLY LIVED A LIFE OF FAITH BEFORE HIS DISCIPLES, HE CALLED THEM TO LIVE A LIFE OF FAITH AS WELL.

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First and foremost, he called them to follow him and put their trust (have faith) in him as Messiah and Son of God. But he didn’t stop there. He called them to an active, living faith in their heavenly Father in the affairs of everyday life. They were to live by faith and to grow in faith. Each challenge they encountered was an opportunity for growth. They were slow to learn the lessons of faith, and most of us probably identify with them and give them a pass. But Jesus never did. Often when Jesus’ disciples got it wrong, made unwise

decisions, it was because of their lack of faith and Jesus made that clear to them. Often in our world today following Jesus or faith in him is seen as a crutch for weak people who need something or someone to help them through their life. That’s not what the Bible teaches about following Jesus. At St Andrew’s we run many courses, one of which is called ‘Following Jesus.’ It’s a short course looking at different truths from the Bible about what it really means to have faith and live by faith

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The reason we seek to help people understand what it means to follow Jesus by faith is because such faith does not suddenly appear in our lives. It is something that grows over time as we read, mark, and inwardly digest God’s Word with the help of the Holy Spirit and prayerfully act on it in the obedience of faith. We all need help with this. But when we do this, God uses the needs, opportunities, and circumstances of our lives as a training ground to help us grow in faith, fulfil his purposes, and bring him glory. At the heart of following Jesus, then, is walking by faith in God, just as he did, and not living by reliance on our own limited wit, wisdom, and resources.

Following Jesus is a day-by-day journey, which includes relying on Him to lead the way. We run a friendly and relaxed study group called “Following Jesus” which will help you to discover guidance from God's Word and practical instruction for following Jesus every day of your life. All are welcome, for more information please call the church office on 01772 622964

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THERE ARE A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS GOING ON AT ST ANDREW’S EVERY WEEK, SEE OPPOSITE FOR 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. ALSO KEEP AN EYE ON OUR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS FOR UPDATES.

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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

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are as follows, please contact our Church office for more details: Wednesday 13th June “When Leyland Carried the World – The Story of Leyland Motors” Part 2, Colin Pass Tuesday 3rd July Concluding service with Ladies Tuesday Fellowship Group Wednesday 11th July Summer Lunch (venue to be confirmed) 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.)

THURSDAY’S 10am – 11.30am (Church Hall) Sports Life, walking football for the over 55’s. 3.30pm - 5pm (Church Hall) JAFFA, after school club, for infant school aged children (aged 4-7 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

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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 (Church Building) Litany Service, for fellowship and reflection and to pray for the world and for healing following the Litany service in the BCP.

SATURDAY’S 10am - 12noon (Church Building) Open Door Coffee Morning, 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.

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DURING JUNE AND JULY, THE MAJORITY OF THE NATION WILL BE GRIPPED BY THE 2018 FOOTBALL WORLD CUP TAKING PLACE IN RUSSIA. AT ST ANDREW’S WE WILL BE PUTTING ON A SELECTION OF FOOTBALL THEMED ACTIVITIES OVER A FUN FILLED WEEKEND IN JUNE. ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME ALONG, DETAILS ARE BELOW, BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT OUR CHURCH OFFICE ON 01772 622964.

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We asked a couple of our friends at St Andrew’s a few questions about the sports they are involved in and how being a Christian influences how they compete.

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What is your favourite sport to play and/or to watch?

What if your team is playing games/matches on a Sunday?

I grew up playing racket sports and golf. Now I play social netball once a week and rounders in the summer, but my passion is playing hockey. I train midweek, then play for Leyland and Chorley at the weekend.

I am happy to play hockey on a Sunday, and I have been encouraged by my church leaders to continue to play, even when this has meant missing church. I want to be committed to God and to my church, but for my team mates to see that I live for Jesus, I also need to be committed to them. I think it’s hard to get the balance right. But I can’t be a witness on the hockey pitch, if I’m not on the hockey pitch. And I can’t be a witness at all if I am not growing in my love and knowledge of Jesus, through attending church.

How does being a Christian affect how you take part in sport?

PENNY: Penny is a PE teacher at a school in Blackburn and has been coming to St Andrew’s for 6 years. She helps lead the 14-18 youth group StAY, and is on our REACH task team, promoting outreach activities and events at St Andrew's.

As I have grown in my faith and my knowledge of the Bible, I have come to realise that the hockey pitch is my mission field. As I play hockey I need to honour God at the same time. I need to be a witness to my team mates in the way I act and speak. Hopefully this shows in the way I play, and because I train and play hard, show commitment and love to my team mates, as well as being open about my faith in Jesus, my team mates respect me.

How do you cope with losing? Obviously I play to win! But again it comes down to being a good witness. I pray at the beginning, and throughout a match, that the way I am playing will glorify God. But I

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Will you be watching the World Cup and who do you think will win? I will be watching some of the World Cup. It’s one of the most social sporting events going. Most of this will be at parties mind, as football is not the most exciting game to watch!

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CALVIN: Calvin has been coming to St Andrew’s for 10 years with his family. He is involved with our annual seven-a-side football tournament and is part of our sports ministry team. What is your favourite sport to play and/or to watch? I love playing and watching football. I grew up with 3 brothers so Match of the Day was an event in our house every Saturday night! Caroline (my wife), myself and the kids are season ticket holders at Preston North End, which keeps us busy at the weekends. I also enjoy watching my son play football for his local team.

What sports are you involved in? I organise Football on Fridays (7pm at Lancashire FA) It's open to all regardless of age or ability. Some guys from St Andrew’s play but it's mostly lads from the local community, who we have got to know over the years. I also enjoy running, and playing golf. How & why did you get involved? Growing up I played a range of different individual and team sports (anything competitive). These experiences formed my decision to train as a PE teacher. When beginning to attend St Andrew’s I was given the opportunity to be involved in the sports ministry outreach. It has been a privilege to play a part in presenting the good news of Jesus through the various sporting events organised for adults and children over the years. How does being a Christian affect how you take part in sports? I am conscious of being a role model and realise that others will be watching and forming opinions of me as a Christian by the way I act on and off the pitch. How do others react to you being a Christian? The lads have been great at Friday Football. Over the years I have built up trust. They know I am honest and fair. I won't make dodgy decisions and call for fouls to gain an unfair advantage. Some of the lads have come to other church events such as; the sports quiz, Dan Walker evening and the Jamie Jones Buchanan evening. Who will win the World Cup? Because Northern Ireland have not qualified I would have to say Germany.

COME & JOIN IN THE FUN!

Sat 23rd June 9.30am - 12noon Church Hall This will be the first of four Saturday morning children's football sessions led by Ambassadors Football team. For all children aged 7-11 years regardless of football skills / ability. The cost is £5 per session or £15 if you book for all 4 sessions. The other three dates are 30th June, 7th July and 14th July. A sign up form is available to download from our website or collect from the church office and must be returned by Friday 15th June. Award ceremony and lunch provided on the last session - 14th July. Please note there are limited spaces per session, so priority will be given to those who book for all 4 sessions. Sat 23rd June 1pm - 4pm at the Lancashire FA, Thurston Road, Leyland (3G Pitch Area) 3rd Annual Leyland Leader Cup, our annual seven-a-side knock out football tournament. For further information please contact organisers Calvin Wallace, Matt Ferguson or Adam McAllister via our Church Office. Sunday 24th June 9.45am & 11.15am at St Andrew’s Church We have two all age morning services, led by our Ministry of Sports Team with talks by Martin Bateman from Ambassadors Football. 1pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall Club Room Watch the England v Panama World Cup match live on a big screen with short talk by Ambassadors Football and snacks.


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Graveyard

> Inscription on pictured gravestone “Here lieth the bodie of William Walker, Batchelor of Musick, Clarke of the parish of Leyland for the space of 25 years, and dyed 20th April 1588” This is one of 3 Grade II listed graves in the graveyard

One of the most frequent enquiries that come through to our church office relates to our graveyard. Families trying to trace a relative, often with only sketchy ideas of the date they were buried (within a timespan of four or five years sometimes.) With a graveyard the size of ours, with well over 4,000 people buried there, you can imagine it’s quite a task. This is further complicated by the way the plots are laid out. The current church goes back 800 years, and

when they started burying people no one thought of setting out a grid system that would cater for the numbers now buried. Added to that, the written listing only names the first person buried in the grave. It can be a nightmare trying to find a particular individual, so please do bear with us if we can’t give you an immediate answer! There is a graveyard mapping project in hand, which should help eventually, but we’ll tell you more about that in a future edition of REACH.


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The bells at St Andrew’s are reckoned to be one of the best sets in Lancashire and people come from all over to ring them. There were originally 4 bells listed in the inventory of 1552, by 1863 there were 6 with a further 2 added in 1897 to celebrate the reign of Queen Victoria. It was in 1929, when the Reverend Ensor was vicar, that these 8 bells were recast and 2 treble bells added to bring it to the current total of 10. Each bell bears an inscription, which in order are: Prayer, Obedience, Unity, Hope, Truth, Loyalty, Love, Peace, Joy and Faith. There’s even a piece of kit which allows ringers to play hymn tunes. The current Tower Captain, John Procter, would be delighted to train anyone interested in ringing, just get in touch through the church office..

Church Hall The St Andrew’s Church Hall was originally the vicarage for the parish, built way back sometime between 1675 and 1725. This vicarage remained in use right up to 1916, when a new one was built, which is now the community centre for Chestnut Court. The Church Halll has seen various extensions over the years, including a catering kitchen which provides cooking facilities for church events, which includes the monthly Luncheon Club for the over 80s. The biggest extension though, was the building of the Badminton Hall in 1926, with the encouragement of the

then vicar, Rev George Ensor, who was himself a badminton player of some ability. Badminton has been played on the 3 courts ever since, and the St Andrew’s Badminton Club, which has produced some fine players over the years, celebrated its 80th anniversary with a Boxing Day match in December.

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St Andrew’s Church: The Parish Hall, Worden Lane, Leyland PR25 3EL Email: office@standrewsleyland.org.uk Tel. 01772 622964. Website: standrewsleyland.org.uk Registered Charity No. 1130863

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