Padiham Parish
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For a summary of the Christian Gospel visit:
Two Ways to Live

For links to the Courses we run visit:
Christianity Explored
Discipleship Explored

For organisations we have links to visit:
The North West Partnership
The Proclamation Trust
A Passion for Life (National site)
Blackburn Diocese Site

For useful sermons to download visit:
St. Helen's, Bishopsgate
Desiring God Website

For useful Bible
material visit:
Bible Gateway
The Good Book Co.

For information concerning the Church of England (including weddings) visit:
Church of England

To view our mission partners visit:
Arise Cape Town
The Bethany Family

Christian Aid

Gideons International in the British Isles

The Royal School of Church Music

Make Trade Fair

Barnabas Fund

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Sunday, 29th May

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.


10.00am Holy Communion at St. Leonard's.

5.00pm Evening Prayer (BCP) at St. Leonard's.

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

Photographs by Eddie Bobrowski
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Walking Day, May 2016

Walking Day 2016

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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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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Previous Padiham Parish Pages

Good Friday Walk 2016

Palm Sunday 2016

The Great Padiham Bake Off

The Great Curry and Quiz

Mothering Sunday 2016

The Season of Advent 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Padiham 2015

St. Leonard's Church Christmas Fair, November 2015

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

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 2016
"This is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love."  
2 John 6
 Ladies' Lounge

Women's Reading-based Christian Discussion Group, meeting monthly. Hot drinks and home-made snacks.

Men's Pubmeet

This men's group meets monthly at Molly Rigby's on Mill Street in Padiham and welcomes new visitors. It's an opportunity to hear a talk on aspects of Christianity and join in a discussion. Entry is free and you can buy a drink, and buy a chip butty for £1.
 Latest Information
Identity…..Who is God? Who are we?
"Nothing is assumed. Everything is explained. Anything can be asked." Colleen will be running a new Identity course on Monday evenings at 19:30 in the Green Room at St Leonard’s. Speak to Colleen for more information, looking forward to seeing you there!

Half Term Holiday Bible Club.
Tuesday 31st May - Friday 3rd June at St. Leonard's Church. 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. This well known book (and film) is a wonderful allegory of the gospel. So this year's Holiday Bible Club is going to be based on the story as we explain the amazing news of who Jesus is and how he forgives us.

Celebration Event
11th June 4pm. Celebration Event for HM Queen's 90th Birthday at St. Leonard's.

With Bishop Philip North. 10.30am on 19th June at St. Leonard's.

Home Front
25th June at 4pm. Presentation at St. Leonard's as part of Padiham on Parade weekend.

St Leonard's Summer Fair
2nd July at 1pm. St. Leonard's Summer Fair.

Ordination of Michael Print
3rd July at 5.30pm. Ordination of Michael Print to the Presbyterate at St. Leonard's.

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.
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?
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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.
Sunday Recordings (mp3)
Bible readings and sermons from Sunday services.

Right-click the link then click 'Save Link As...' or 'Save Target As...' to download to your computer.

22-5-2016pm Lee Gatiss
Trinity. Ephesians 1 1-14.

Transcript for the open air sermon on Walking Day. Mark 8: 27-33.

Pentecost. Acts 2 1-21.

Luke 10 38-42.

Ascension Day service. Acts 1 1-11.

Sermon Notes for Sunday 1st May. Luke 10 25-37.

Joy of Knowing Jesus. Luke 10 17-24.

Disciples are to tell others. Luke 10 1-16.

Following Jesus is Costly. Luke 9 51-62.

Disciples in the In Between. John 20 19-29.

Firstfruit of Resurrection. 1 Cor 15 12-24.

What the Cross means. Mark 15 33-47.

Healthy or Ill. Mark 2 13-17.
Message by Pete Bentley-Taylor, one of the team from Oakhill Theological College who were with us for the Great Hope weekend.

Two Directions. Luke 23 32-43.
The recording from the service this morning was part of our Great Hope weekend of events with a team of students from Oakhill Theological College in London.

Anglican Distinctives (v) Holy Communion.

Disciples. Luke 14 25-35.

Anglican Distinctives (iv) Baptism. Gen 17 1-14.

Anglican Distinctives (iii) Liturgy. Rev 5 6-14.

Anglican Distinctives (ii) Titus 1 1-9.

Anglican Distinctives. Scripture and the Creeds. (i) 2 Timothy 3 10-17.


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.

Accessing Grace. Romans 5 1-11.

Abraham's Faith. Romans 4 13-25.

Can I Trust God? Romans 4 1-17.

God's Fairness. Romans 3 21-31.

Motto text for 2016. 2 John 1-13.

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Parish Calendars

St. Leonard's Calendar

St. Margaret's Calendar

A Church Near You

St. Leonard's 'A Church Near You' ID: 11470
Built: 1866
Archdeaconry: BLACKBURN (531)
Deanery: BURNLEY (53103)
Church Postcode: BB12 8HG
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St. Margaret's 'A Church Near You' ID: 11468
Archdeaconry: BLACKBURN (531)
Deanery: BURNLEY (53103)
Church Postcode: BB11 5RF
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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