Line drawing of St.Mary's church, North Leigh       Nor Lye News logo       Line drawing of North Leigh windmill

The news website serving North Leigh, New Yatt, East End and Wilcote


St.Mary's Church

Vicar Rev’d Margaret Dixon: 01993 880095

Turner Hall Enquiries - Diana Craig: 01993 881084


From St Mary’s Church please see our website for more details:

As I sit in my study looking out of the window on this cold and frosty morning with the crocus and snowdrops adorning my lawn and the daffodil leaves just emerging I am reminded that spring is not far away.

In the church calendar we are in Lent – a time of preparation and reflection before we mark Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday and then his Glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The period of Lent is the time when we read the account of Jesus spending time fasting in the wilderness. It was during these forty days that Jesus was exploring the direction of his life and future ministry. He was tempted by Satan, who challenged Jesus to turn stones into bread, throw himself off the pinnacle of the Temple, or turn away from God and follow the way of Satan.

He could have turned the stones into bread but that would help people only until they were hungry again. God wanted Jesus to help people in a way that would last forever.

He could have jumped off the pinnacle and landed safely like a superhero but people soon forget such stunts. God wanted Jesus to help people in a way that would last forever.

He could have used evil ways to force the world to change but war and fighting never really solve anything for long. God wanted Jesus to help people in a way that would last forever.

As Jesus, grappled with his future ministry, he took time away from the busyness of life so that he could hear God’s voice. During Lent this year we are providing a quiet space for reflection in the church on Monday mornings from 10-11am. Many of us are extremely busy and, whether we have a faith or not, we all need time to stop and reflect. This quiet period is open to all for as long as you want – whether that is 10 minutes or an hour, and is available to all. If you can’t get to church then perhaps you can set aside some time between 10 and 11am to just be still and allow yourselves space to just be. Those who have used the time have found it extremely helpful.

Easter falls on 1st April and is the time when the community gathers to remember that first Easter morning, when some of Jesus’ followers went to visit the tomb where Jesus had been laid after he had been crucified. When they got there, they discovered that he had risen; that our sins had been forgiven in Jesus’ willingness to die on the cross but that through the resurrection we have a new hope for our future. In that, as his death was not the end of him it is also not the end for us. I hope you will be able to come along to our glorious Easter Celebration and children’s activities on 1st April. 

God Bless,



Coming services/events

If you require more information about any of our services or events please contact Margaret.

Sunday 11th March
10.00am Holy Communion (CW)
6.00pm Lenten Reflective Service 

Monday 12th March
10.00 - 11.00am Quiet time in church

Sunday 18th March
10.00am Family Communion (CW) followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting*
6.00pm Lenten Reflective Service

Monday 19th March
10.00 - 11.00am Quiet time in church

Wednesday 21st March
12.00 - 4.00pm Seniors’ Lunch and Tea Club in Turner Hall

Sunday 25th March - Palm Sunday
10.00am Holy Communion (CW)
6.00pm Lenten Reflective Service

Monday 26th March
10.00 - 11.00am Quiet time in church

Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th March
6.30pm Reflective Evening service

Thursday 29th March - Maundy Thursday
6.30pm Soup Supper in the Turner Hall
7.30pm Service of Holy Communion and foot-washing

Friday 30th March - Good Friday
2.00pm A Good Friday Meditative Service

Sunday 1st April
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) (note return to 8.00am for Summer)
10.00am Easter Family Communion with children’s activities
6.00pm Holy Communion

*our APCM after the 10.00am Family Communion Service is a chance to review the year and to look forward to our vision for 2018 and beyond. Lunch (in aid of Christian Aid) will be served.


Updated : March 2018

Windmill Gospel Hall

His quest throughout his life was to tell others about a God that cares and the love of Jesus and he could tell his audience once “God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are”. On another occasion he said “God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, I love you” and to quote he said “The cross shows us the seriousness of our sin—but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God.

As Billy Graham looked out on this world with all its issues, problems and conflict he could comment "The only hope for enduring peace is Jesus Christ”. With such confidence in his God he said “I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right”.

It is only alright however for those that have trusted in Jesus and Billy Graham said “I have never known anyone to accept Christ’s redemption and later regret it.” “Christ not only died for all: he died for each” and this was his message to the masses he preached to but it was a personal message for each one of us.

I finish with another quote of his and I hope you to have the same hope that Billy Graham had and has now realised -

The cross tells us that God understands our sin and our suffering, for He took them upon Himself in the Person of Jesus Christ. From the cross God declares, 'I love you. I know the heartaches and the sorrows and the pain that you feel. But I love you.

The story does not end with the cross, for Easter points us beyond the tragedy of the cross to the empty tomb. It tells us that there is hope for eternal life, for Christ has conquered evil and death and hell. Yes, there is hope.

Why not come and join with us for our family Service every Sunday at 4.00pm where you would be made most welcome. If you would like to come but need transport, please let us know by calling our free phone number 0800 026 3000. 


Weekly Services for March

Every Sunday 11.30am Sunday School (School term only)
Sunday 11th 4.00pm Family Service
Sunday 18th 4.00pm Friends and Family Tea
Sunday 25th 4.00pm Family Service

Updated : March 2018