Welcome to St Leonard’s! We’d love you to come and visit our church; you’d be very welcome – the website shows you what goes on – and here are some of the things you might want to know.
At Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. It marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline and is a time of great joy.
The Easter season starts on Easter Day and lasts for 50 days. We believe that because Jesus died for us and rose again, he ‘wiped the slate clean’ of our sins and gave us eternal life.
The week before Easter is very special; it is called Holy Week and there is something happening on every day of Holy Week at St Leonard’s. The Easter Triduum (three days of prayer just before Easter Day: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) is most important part of the week.
We will be celebrating Mothering Sunday at St Leonard’s this Sunday (15th).
There is an All Age (informal) Eucharist, with our young people helping in the service. Posies of flowers will be given out during the service as we remember and give thanks for our own mothers.
This year it begins on the 18th February at St Leonard’s with two services for Ash Wednesday (10.00am and 7.30pm). Ashing will take place at both services – and this is a poignant reminder of both our mortality and our sinfulness, when we hear the words ‘Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return; turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ’ as an ash cross is traced on our foreheads.