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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

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St. Helen's, Bishopsgate
Desiring God Website

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Bible Gateway
The Good Book Co.

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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, 25th September

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

 Ladies' Lounge
Women's Reading-based Christian Discussion Group.
Ladies' Lounge will take place on Wednesday 21st September at 7.30pm at Mike and Natalie's. Our book for September is 'Living in a Dangerous World: Moving from Fear to Faith' by William P. Smith, who recognises that we are all afraid of something. The book explores how we can 'exchange fear for faith by learning to find security in our relationship with an all-sufficient, unchanging God'. Books are available at the back of both churches for £1 each. All ladies are welcome - it would be good to see you!
Men's PubMeet
Molly Rigby's, Mill St., Padiham, BB12 8EX
September’s Men’s Pubmeet is on Monday 26th September at 7.45pm in Molly Rigby’s when Canon David Banbury will be speaking about his time serving as a Chaplain with the British Army in Afghanistan.
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.

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

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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 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
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Padiham Parish Walking Group
Padiham Parish Walking Group will be starting on Thursday 6th October meeting at St Leonard's Primary School for a 30-60 minute lead walk then finishing at St Leonard's church for refreshments after. A donation towards refreshments is welcome. Please speak to Colleen for more information.

Bible Study Notes.
The next edition of the Explore Bible reading notes (for Oct-Dec) are now available from James at £4. If you have never tried using notes and would like to see what they are like, we have received a number of extra copies this time. Please ask for one. There is a short reading and brief and helpful explanation each day, this time going through Ephesians and Exodus, then some readings about Christmas.

Fruitfulness of the Frontline Course.
We all have a frontline, the place where we spend most of out time and see people regularly. But can we see how God has been working in and through us? Can we imagine what work God might do in and through us on our daily frontline? At St M.’s we will be working through a great new DVD course beginning Tuesday 13th Sept. at 7.30pm at the back of church. If you’ve never been to a bible study before, this would be a great time to give it go. Speak to Mike for more information.

Bible Study Groups
These restart over the next couple of weeks after the summer break. If you’re not already a member why not come along this term – you’ll get a friendly welcome and grow as a Christian. The dates are as follows for the next couple of months:
Monday Evening at Mike and Natalie's -.12th Sept, 3rd Oct, 24th Oct.
Tuesday Evening at St Margaret’s – 13th Sept, 11th Oct, 18th Oct.
Tuesday Evening at the Vicarage – 13th Sept, 27th Sept, 11th Oct, 25th Oct.
Wednesday Afternoon at Ian and Gwen's at 2pm – 14th Sept, 28th Sept
Friday Morning in the Green Room – Weekly at 10am.
There are also plans to run the seven week Identity enquirers’ course on Wednesday evenings beginning on 28th September.

Identity starts on Wednesday 28th September at 7:30pm in the Green Room in St Leonard's church. Identity is a 7 week course that works through John's gospel using DVD talks and group discussion. You don't need to know anything about the bible and are welcome to come just to listen. Please speak to Colleen Beers or Ron Smyth for more information.

Tea @ Two
Thursday 29 September, 2 – 3.30pm at St Leonard’s Church
Meet friends, have a natter, enjoy a cuppa.

Macmillan Cancer Charity
Renee Smyth is raising funds for the Macmillan Cancer Charity on Friday 30th September from 8.30am to 9.30am and then 10.30am to 11.00am in the Green Room. (This is before and after the St Leonard’s School Harvest Service.) All welcome.

Parish Harvest Supper
The Parish Harvest Supper is on Friday 30th September at St Leonard’s Church. If you would like to go to the Harvest Supper this year, please can you put your name on the list in the Green Room or at the back of church at St Margaret’s as soon as possible. I have to give final numbers to the caterers on 19th September. Thank you Margaret Morton.

Harvest Thanksgiving
Harvest Thanksgiving Services will take place at both churches on Sunday 2nd October.

Harvest Appeal.
This year we’re supporting Wateraid a charity that seeks to provide clean water for people in the poorest parts of the world. Every church family is asked to take a collecting box today. Harvest Sunday is on Sunday 2nd October, when most of the gifts of food brought to church will be donated to the Burnley Food Bank.

Fill the Font with Five p’. As part of our Harvest Appeal for Water Aid we would like all the children to collect and bring as many 5p coins as they can on Harvest Sunday (2nd October). We would like to fill the small font with them instead of with water. (St Leonard’s only.)

Northern Women's Convention.
This is taking place this year on Saturday 12th November in Bradford. The title is Heart Matters and the main speaker is Lizzie Smallwood, a very lively and entertaining speaker who is well worth hearing. If you have not been to one of these days before we do recommend it. There is a good time of singing, teaching and fellowship with lots of other Christian women from the North, but you don't have to talk to them if you would rather stick with the people you know! The cost is £20 or £12 concessions. If you are interested please speak to Isabel or Natalie so we can book tickets and sort out cars to share.

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

For school years 6 and above. 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 older teens
Breezeblocks for older teens will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Waddilove Room at St. Leonard's beginning on 13th September.
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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.

Romans 6 1-14. Free from Sin and Alive in Him.

Romans 5 12-21. Adam or Jesus.

11-9-2016pm-MJ.doc Sermon Transcript
1 Samuel 22vs1-5. Cave of Adullam.

Genesis 1 26-31. A Fresh Start. Back to School Sunday service.

1 Samuel 20 1-17. Love for Jesus.

1 Samuel 18 1-16. Do You Love Me?

1 Samuel 17 32-51. Trusting God's Man.

1 Samuel 17 17-32. Seeing through things.

1 Samuel 16 14-23. Seeing things God's way

1 Samuel 16 1-13. Looking for a Leader 1

Colossians 2 6-15. Sticking with Jesus

Luke 12 35-48. Being Ready

Luke 12 22-34. Worry.

Acts 6 1-6. Priorities in Ministry.
The evening service which was the Ordination Service for Michael Print.

Luke 12 13-21. The Rich Fool.
The Cornerstone Prize-giving service.

Luke 12 1-12.

Come and See. John 1 35-51.

Belonging to Christ. Galatians 3 23-29.
The message by Bishop Julian Henderson at the Confirmation service this morning

Deciding on Europe. Romans 15 14-22.

God who Speaks. Hebrews 1 1-4.

The finale to the Holiday Bible Club. Psalm 23.

Lord's Prayer. Luke 11 1-13.

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.


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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.

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
Previous Padiham Parish Pages

Ordination Buffet for Michael Print July 2016

Ordination of Michael Print July 2016

St. Leonard's Church Summer Fair 2016

Parish Confirmation Service June 2016

Queen's Birthday Celebrations 2016

Holiday Bible Club Finale, Sunday 5-6-16

St. Leonard's Holiday Bible Club 2016

Walking Day 2016

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