St Andrew’s Church Parish Church is celebrating 800 years of a church, situated on the same Church Road site we see today, being part of our community in Leyland. 2020 is a very special year for St Andrew’s and the folks there want to celebrate and reach out to the community.
During 2020 there will be the opportunity to view the church where a guide will be able to show all the history.
We are told dynamite was once used to blow out the sides of the church in order to make the church building bigger. Is this fact or fiction? Come on one of the heritage tours on in March or September to find out.
Popular Australian Christian entertainer Colin Buchanan will be live in concert in church on April 15.
On May 8 the whole country celebrates 75 years since VE day and to mark this occasion St Andrew’s has organised a VE Day – Songs of Praise evening accompanied by the award-winning Leyland Band.
On July 2 at 7:30pm there is an evening with Jeremy Marshall, a former Chief Executive of one of the large private banks in the city of London, who is suffering from Cancer. He has written a book ‘Beyond the Big C.’ If you have been touched by issues with cancer or know someone who has, then this is the event for you.
A heritage bike ride is planned for September 5 starting from St Andrew’s and visiting all the churches in the area St Andrew’s has planted. The Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Rev Philip North, has agreed to take part. If you want to know if a Bishop cycles with his cassock on, come along to the heritage bike ride.
Professional wrestling with a mission returns to St Andrew’s on October 3. Grappler Gareth Thompson, is about to mount a successful return to the St Andrew’s church arena to take on members of the Lancashire Wrestling Federation.
All these events lead up to a week of outreach starting Monday October 12. St Andrew’s is organising a full week of events for all ages and daily mid-week seminars focusing on life issues.
On Saturday evening October 17, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, formerly of Leeds Rhinos Rugby League club, is returning to St Andrew’s church for what is guaranteed to be an entertaining evening.
On Sunday 18 th October the outreach week will culminate with all services being guest services. The 6:30pm evening service will provide the final focus for the week. Plans are already underway for a final ‘800 Years celebration’ in November. This will be a Gala event to ‘round off the year in style’.
For more details visit www.standrewsleyland.org.uk/800years or ring St Andrews’s church office on 01772 622964 during weekdays.
Submitted by St Andrews Parish Church