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The Padiham - Hapton Directory is produced by St. Margaret's, Hapton and St. Leonard's, Padiham. It is intended to be helpful although it's not comprehensive.  Oct. 2014

Padiham Hapton Directory

Call to Prayer
Sunday 4th October

8am Holy Communion (BCP) at St. Leonard's.
(On the 1st and 3rd Sundays.)

9.30am Holy Communion with Cornerstone Club at St. Leonard's.

11.00am Holy Communion with Junior Church at St. Margaret's.

5.30pm Evening Service with Cornerstone Club at St. Leonard's.

Wednesday 7th October

10.00am Holy Communion at St. Leonard's.

Bible Readings
for Sunday 4th October
Learn more about these passages at church.

First Reading – Romans 1:18-32 on page 1228 of the pew Bibles (Page 1708 in the large print Bibles)

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is for ever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worth while to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practise them.

Gospel Reading – Mark 7:14-23 on page 1010 of the pew Bible (Page 1534 in the large print Bibles)

14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, ‘Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.’

17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 ‘Are you so dull?’ he asked. ‘Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.’ (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

20 He went on: ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come – sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.’

Parish Primary Schools

St Leonard’s Church of England Aided School
Headteacher Mrs. Beverley Holmes
Moor Lane, Padiham, Burnley, Lancs. BB12 8HT
Tel 01282 771470
St. Leonard's School Website

Padiham Green Church of England School
Headteacher, Mr. Mark Dixon
St Anne’s St, Padiham, Burnley, Lancs. BB12 7AX
Tel 01282 776855
Padiham Green School Website

Hapton Church of England/Methodist School
Headteacher, Miss. Jacquie Clarke
Manchester Road, Hapton, Burnley, Lancs. BB11 5RF
Tel 01282 771657
Hapton School Website

 Ladies' Lounge
Women's Reading-based Christian Discussion Group.
Next event: Tuesday 20th October at St. Leonard's at 7.30pm
Men's PubMeet
Molly Rigby's, Mill St., Padiham, BB12 8EX
This month's topic will be 'A Red Angel amongst Red Devils'. Ex-Red Devil employee Keith McIntosh will be talking about his time at Manchester United and his Christian faith. Please come along and enjoy a pint and a chip butty at 7.45pm on 12th October at Molly Rigby's.

A monthly Saturday evening family activity held in the Methodist Church for children and their parents. Tea is served at 5pm before games and crafts themed on a short children’s Christian talk by one of our local ministers. We have a brew before the evening finishes at 7pm. Donations are gratefully received.

Run jointly by St Margaret's and
Hapton Methodist Churches.

Padiham Parish News
Padiham Parish News is the monthly magazine for reports and events in the Parish. It has a regular subscriber base, it is delivered locally in Padiham and Hapton and mailed further afield. Single copy sales are available from St. Leonard's and St. Margaret's Churches and a reference copy is always available at Padiham Library.

Advertising space, when available, is for a full A5 page, a half or a quarter page, covering 12 months from February to January or pro-rata for part of a year.

To enquire about advertising in Padiham Parish News or to submit articles and information to be considered for publication please contact the Editor.
Raise funds for St. Leonard's Church just by shopping online (at no extra cost to you). Thousands of popular retailers will donate a percentage of your online sales to St. Leonard's Church through Give as You Live.

How does it work in practice? There is an option to install the Give as You Live software on your computer to make shopping slightly quicker, but even that is not necessary. The simpler (slightly longer) method is to login to Give as You Live, find your chosen online supplier and click to start shopping. It's a simple way of obtaining free funds for the church - it's just a question of getting into the habit.

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Sainsbury's in-store Everyday Shopping Card

In the Media

Child Friendly Church Award Plaque
A Child Friendly Church Award was presented to St Leonard's by the Archbishop of Canterbury during his visit to Blackburn Cathedral. Saturday 7th November 2009. Read more..
Mrs Sue Witts from the Diocesan Board of Education presented St. Margaret's with their Child Friendly Church Award on 27th October 2013 during the Sunday morning service.
Previous Padiham Parish Pages

Sunday Morning Service following the Holiday Bible Club at St. Leonard's August 2015

Holiday Bible Club at St. Leonard's, July 27th to 31st 2015

Ordination of Mike Print at Blackburn Cathedral 2015

New Choristers and Cornerstone Club Prize-giving 2015

Padiham and Hapton Churches Walking Day 2015

Crowning St. Leonard's Rose Queen 2015

Parish Confirmation Service 2015

Christmas Day at St. Leonard's 2014

St. Leonard's Carol Service 2014

St. Leonard's Nativity Service 2014

Keswick in East Lancs. Songs of Praise with Cream Tea 2014

Alun Burt and Likhona July 2014

St. Margaret's Summer Fair July 2014

Walking Day 2014

Men's Breakfast June 2014

Holiday Bible Club 2014

Easter Sunday 2014

Good Friday 2014

St. Leonard's Church Nativity 2013

St. Leonard's Church Christmas Fair 2013

Remembrance Sunday in Padiham 2013

Planting bulbs in Blackburn Road Cemetery 2013

Coronation Songs of Praise and Cream Tea 2013

Spy Academy - Holiday Bible Club 2013

Induction of David as Vicar of Christ Church

David and Karen's Farewell

Carol Service and Nativity 2012

Carol Singing Christmas 2012

Remembrance Sunday in Padiham, 2012

Christmas Fair 2012 (with Dorothy)

Songs of Praise and Cream Tea, Sept. 2012

Holiday Bible Club 2012 Souvenir

Padiham & Hapton Churches Walking Day 2012

Parish Jubilee Beacon Party 2012

Remembrance Sunday in Padiham 2011

Peter Jackson's Visit 2012

Photographs from Christmas 2011

Mark's Anniversary as Vicar 2011

Holiday Bible Club 2011 - Camel Campout

Padiham & Hapton Churches Walking Day 2011

St. Margaret's Royal Wedding Celebration Tea

Bethany Children at St. Leonard's 2009

Time Travellers' Holiday Club 2009

Ordination Montage

From David Russell's Ordination

David & Karen's Wedding Celebration Tea

Wedding Fair exhibitors 2008

Development Project completed in 2007

Visual Memories of Padiham Green
   Photographs by Geoff Sagar

Step Back in Time (1)

Vincent Bottomley Sculpture

Dedication of Church Rooms

Modern meeting rooms with excellent facilities are available for hire at both St. Margaret's, Hapton and St. Leonard's, Padiham. They provide quiet, comfortable, secure locations with good accessibility. We will be happy to show you around.
Please make initial enquiries to Rev'd. Mark Jones or the
Booking Secretary.
St. Leonard's Meeting Rooms.
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The Green Room The Waddilove Room Small Seminar Room Kitchen Entrance

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What we believe:
St. Leonard's and St. Margaret's are Church of England Churches, and we are part of the Diocese of Blackburn.

Fundamental to our Christian faith is the belief that the Bible is our ultimate authority, for this reason, clear Bible-based preaching is central to our Sunday and midweek services.

The key to understanding the Bible is the person of Jesus Christ - who He is, what He has done, what He will do and how we should respond to Him.

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Text for 2015
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners  
1 Timothy 1:15
 Latest Information
Christianity Explored
This 7 week course takes you through the Gospel of Mark and explains the key truths of the Christian faith. It will be held every Wednesday at St Leonard’s from 7.30 to 9.00pm beginning on 30th September. The course makes use of some excellent dvds featuring Rev Rico Tice of All Souls Langham Place in London. Everyone is welcome. No charge.

Vision 2026 – Healthy Churches Transforming Communities
Bishop Julian is calling the Diocese to prayer as we seek to implement the new Vision Statement above. Early in October six meetings have been organised around the Diocese and one of these is to be hosted by St Leonard’s on Tuesday 6th October beginning at 7.30pm and finishing at 9pm. Please make this event a priority.

Keswick in East Lancashire Autumn Convention
Speaker: George Crowder ‘Justified’
Friday 16th October 6.45pm at Pleckgate School, Blackburn,
Saturday 17th October 10.30am-1.30pm (2 sessions) at St Leonard’s Padiham

Rock Solid church group for ages 9 to 13
Rock Solid
6.30pm Sunday at St. Leonard's (following the 5.30pm service.)

For school years 6, 7 and 8. This term we will be looking at the book of Philippians in the Bible and considering the question: Following Christ - what is it all about? After games, food and fun activities we finish at 8pm. Any children of the right age are welcome to join us - you do not have to be a church member. We ask for £1 to cover costs.
  • 11th October
  • 25th October
Breezeblocks church group for ages 13 to 18
6.45pm Sunday at St. Leonard's (following the 5.30pm service). Chat, snacks, games and Bible study.

Breezeblocks is for school years 9 and above. We will be looking at Discipleship Explored which helps to think through questions like: How can I be sure I'm a Christian? What is life really all about? How can I enjoy being a Christian more?
  • 4th October
  • 18th October
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Photographs by the Bank Holiday Collective
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Bank Holiday at Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey, Bank Holiday Monday, August 2015
Colleen Beers
Commissioning of Colleen Beers
Sunday 27th September 2015, 5.30pm Service.
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Appointment of Outreach Worker.
A new member of staff has joined the Parish - Colleen Beers who comes to us from Northern Ireland. This is a joint appointment with Burnley Methodist Circuit. For 25% of her hours she'll be doing outreach work for the Methodist Church by running life-skill groups in Padiham. Then the remainder of her time will be given to evangelism and outreach amongst families in our Parish. In particular she'll be involved with Little Lennies, Busy Bees, SPLASH, Breezeblocks and Rock Solid.
Parish Calendar
Sunday Recordings (mp3)
Bible readings and sermons from Sunday services.

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Being Gods Special People. 1 Peter 2 9-17.

God remains Faithful. Will you? Romans 1 1-17.

Come...Rest. Matthew 11 20-30.
Kyle's last Sunday message before leaving.

How shall we live. 1 Peter 4 7-11.

Psalms of Ascents. Psalm 127.

The Rich Man and Lazarus. Luke 16 19-31.

The Two Sons. Matthew 21 28-32.

Workers in the Vineyard. Matthew 20 1-16.

Pharisee and Tax Collector. Luke 18 9-14.

Refusing to join in. Luke 7 29-35.

Epic Explorers - final. Mark 8 27-35.

The Ten Minas. Luke 19 11-27.

Forgiven Forgivers. Matthew 18 15-35.

The Great Banquet. Luke 14 15-24.

The Lost Sons. Luke 15 11-31.

Why do we have a talk in Church?


Most of the following recordings are no longer available for immediate download but may be specially requested.
Please use our contact form and copy / paste the details of your chosen recording into the message box. You will need to provide an email address and a link will be sent to you when your download is ready. The link you receive will be active for approximately one week.

Armour of God (3). Isaiah 59 15-20.

Armour of God (2). Isaiah 52 7-10.

Armour of God (1). Ephesians 6 10-20.

The Trinity. Ephesians 1 1-10.

31-5-2015pm-KM     Handout
Unfailing Love. Psalm 107 23-32.

Walking Day service - Jonah - ch 2.

The Spirit and The Word. Luke 4 14-21.

Not taking grace for granted. Romans 6 1-14.

Chosen. John 17 6-19.

Ethiopian Eunuch. Acts 8 26-40.

Follow Me. John 21.

The Lord is MY Shepherd. Psalm 23.

Being Annoying (in the right way) Christians. Acts 4 1-12.

Hold True to what we have Attained. Ephesians 3 4b-16.

Take Christ into your Situation. 1 Peter 3 18-22.

12-4-2015-MJ     Transcript
Last Meal in Luke. Luke 24 36-49.

My Redeemed Lives. Job 19 23-29.

5-4-2015am-MJ     Transcript
The Meal in Emmaus. Luke 24 13-32.

Good Friday. Luke 23 26-43.

The Death of Moses. Deuteronomy 34.

Closing The Deal. Deuteronomy 30 11-20.

Mothering Sunday. Exodus 2 1-10.

Interpreting the Law. 1 Corinthians 9 1-12.

Nuts and bolts of Obedience. Deuteronomy 22 1-12.

Prayer. Mark 1 9-15.

Obedience of Faith. Deuteronomy 8 1-9.

Loving God. Deuteronomy 6 1-12.

The Christian Life. Deuteronomy 5 1-7.

The Search For Relevance Deuteronomy 4 32-40.

Who Do We Listen To? Deuteronomy 1 1-8.

To Save. 1 Timothy 1 12-17.

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Family History / Ancestry
If you are researching a family tree or delving into local history you may find the Local Links section to be of interest. You can find it at the bottom of the left hand column. It includes links to online parish records and the latest services offered by Lancashire Libraries where information can be requested remotely or in person at local libraries.

Plan of Blackburn Road Graveyard
Random Gallery Photo
Colin and May's Leaving Do, June 2010
Photo by Eddie Bobrowski