Visiting St Leonard’s for Individual Private Prayer

Our church building is usually open for two periods of individual private prayer each week.  Our Nave (the main seated area of the church) will usually be open from 11am–2pm on Wednesdays and Sundays. (Please note that on Wednesday 4th November the Church will be open from 11am until 3pm.) During these periods the church will be available for individual private prayer, but not for worship, communal prayer, conversations or socialising, nor for gatherings of any sort.  Face masks (visors are not sufficient) covering the nose and mouth must be worn by all entering the building. If you can, please use the NHS app and check-in using the QR code.

Please note that the extension, including the toilets, remains closed, as does the Chancel, Lady Chapel, and balcony.

If you are feeling unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19 or if anyone in your household has symptoms or is isolating, please follow the latest guidance and stay at home.  Those in vulnerable groups should adhere to the latest NHS advice.

Here is a video produced at the end of the first lockdown to give an idea of what to expect, please note that face coverings are now required.


The safety of everyone is our primary concern. Following government and Church of England guidance and regulations we have completed a risk assessment and introduced the following measures: 

There is a hand sanitiser station inside the door of the church. Please ensure that you use this as you enter and leave the building.

Entry to and exit from and from the church is through the North West door.  Please follow the floor markings within the church.

Visitors are asked to observe the markers once inside. At all times please respect other people and maintain a 2m distance.  We ask that the porch, church and entrance are kept completely clear of all obstructions.

If you wish to sit and pray, a number of pews are available. These are clearly marked with the places that you may sit (all are 2m distant from the next nearest seat).   Please do not enter the cordoned-off pews.  Kneelers and cushions are not available for use at this time.

If you wish to light a candle, you will be able to take a clean one from the table near the candle stand at the east end of the Nave.  Please do so carefully and with particular attention to the flammable alcohol hand rub that you will have used when entering the building.

You can find our risk assessment here.