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Sunday 29th November. Advent Sunday

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

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

5.30pm Advent Carol Service at St. Leonard's.

Wednesday 2nd December

10.00am Holy Communion at St. Leonard's.

Bible Readings
for Sunday 29th November
Learn more about these passages at church.

First Reading – Isaiah 64:1-9 on page 752 of the Church Bibles (Page 1127 in the large print Bibles)

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains would tremble before you!
2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
    and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
    and cause the nations to quake before you!
3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
    you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
4 Since ancient times no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
    who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
    you were angry.
    How then can we be saved?
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
7 No one calls on your name
    or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
    and have given us over to our sins.

8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
    do not remember our sins for ever.
Oh, look upon us we pray,
    for we are all your people.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 24:36-44 on page 994 of the Church Bibles (Page 1511 in the large print Bibles)

36 ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 ‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

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: 7.30pm Tuesday 26th January at the home of Mike and Natalie Print.
We will begin the New Year by reading 'Worry: pursuing a better path to peace'. The author, David Powlison, recognises that we have good reason to worry about things, but he assures us that we have much better reasons not to worry if God is our Father. The books will be available at the back of both churches in January.
Men's PubMeet
Molly Rigby's, Mill St., Padiham, BB12 8EX
January Pubmeet in Molly Rigby’s on Monday 25th at 7.45pm
The speaker will be Rev Richard Oakley - "Can I earn my way to Heaven?"

SPLASH 'Christmas is Here', Saturday 19th December 5pm.

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.

See more Give as You Live marketing.

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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.
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

Download St. Leonard's Room Hire Brochure.
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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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Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners  
1 Timothy 1:15
 Latest Information
Night Prayer by candlelight in Advent
There will be a service of Compline on Wednesday 9th and 23rd December at 7.45pm in St. Leonard's. On Wednesday 16th the service will be at St. Margaret's.

Carol Singing
We are to join the residents and staff at the Hilton Rest Home and Fairweather Court, Quarry Street, on Tuesday, 8th December, commencing at 6.30pm to sing Christmas Carols. The Brownies, Rainbows and Guides are hoping to be with us also.

Carol Singing at the Tesco Store Padiham
We are to meet at Tesco on Tuesday , 22nd December at 6.30pm to sing carols. Margaret will be accompanying us with her piano accordion.

Photographs by Eddie Bobrowski
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Remembrance Sunday in Padiham 2015
Remembrance Sunday in Padiham 2015

Christmas Fair 2015
St. Leonard's Church Christmas Fair, November 2015

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.
  • 6th December
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?
  • 29th November
  • 13th December
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Sunday Recordings (mp3)
Bible readings and sermons from Sunday services.

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The Time to be Silent. Romans 3 9-20.

The advantages and disadvantages of a Christian upbringing. Romans 3 1-8.

Loving our Enemies. Matthew 5 43-48.
"I have no fear nor shrinking. I have seen death so often that it is not strange or fearful to me. This I would say, standing as I do in view of God and eternity I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone." Edith Cavell, 1915.

The Centurion's Amazing Faith. Luke 7 1-10.

Home for good. Romans 8 14-25.
Today has been All Saints Day, but we have also been celebrating Adoption Sunday. This recording includes the sound track from two short video clips courtesy of 'Home For Good', a Christian adoption agency. (See the St. Leonard's Facebook page)

Do you teach yourself? Romans 2 17-29.

Religious people need the Gospel too. Romans 2 1-16.

Harvest. Deuteronomy 24 17-22.

God's right anger at our sin. Romans 1 18-32.

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.


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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?

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
Good Friday Workshops 2012
Photo by Eddie Bobrowski
Previous Padiham Parish Pages

Songs of Praise and Cream Tea, September 2015

Bolton Abbey, Bank Holiday Monday, August 2015

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