Visiting St Leonard’s for Individual Private Prayer

Our church building is usually open for one period of individual private prayer each week.  The back portion of our Nave (the main seated area of the church) will usually be open from 1–3pm on Sundays only. During this period 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. Please use the NHS app and check-in using the QR code, and carefully follow the signage.

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.  We strongly discourage those from vulnerable groups from attending.

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, and that the candle lighting station is now at the back of the nave.


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 minimum 2m distance.  The porch, aisles and entrance should be kept clear of 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 back 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. 

St Leonard’s is here NOW, working to love and serve our community

Though our building is temporarily closed for worship, Church continues and we are still here for our community in Lexden and beyond. We are sharing live-streamed services, prayers and activities for children and young people through – you are warmly invited to join us there. Hundreds of people from Lexden and well beyond are joining us to worship each week. You’ll also find details of our Zoom-based CAP Life Skills course for those who are finding it difficult to manage their money, among other excitements.

We pray regularly for each street in the parish by name, but if you would like personal prayer, please email us

Though we are in different places physically, we are still praying at the same times (9.00am and 5.00pm) each day, keeping in touch with the vulnerable in our community, and producing material for our local schools and other organisations. The Eucharist is being celebrated online at 9.00am on Wednesdays, and 9.45am on Sundays. Lexden’s parish church is still serving the parish it loves.

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