Christmas Services 2017

We hope to see you at some of our Christmas Services and wish you a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Sunday 17th December

6.30pm: Nine Lessons and Carols – a service of traditional carols and readings.

Sunday 24th December – Christmas Eve

9.00am: Parish Eucharist (Common Worship)
2.30pm: Crib Service. Especially for small children who are invited to come dressed as shepherds or angels)
4.30pm*: The Service of Light – a candlelight carol service for all ages. The 4.30pm service is sometimes very busy with standing room only. However, we are hoping to have additional seating available this year.
6.30pm*: The Service of Light – a candlelight carol service for all ages.
*These two services are identical.
11.15pm: The Blessing of the Crib and Midnight Mass (the first Communion of Christmas).

Monday 25th December – Christmas Day

8.00am: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
9.45am: Christmas Eucharist
6.30pm: No Evening Service

Tuesday 26th December – Thursday 28th December

There are no midweek services.

Sunday 31st December 2017

8.00am: No Service
9.45am: Parish Eucharist (Common Worship).
6.30pm: No Service

Printable summary of our 2017 Christmas Card with details of all Services

A summary of our Christmas card 2017 (pdf format) can be downloaded here.

Map, Church location, Parking, Bus Routes and Accessibility

Map and Church Location
Find us on the map. Our postal address is St Leonard’s Church, Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 4BL. This is a map of where the church is located.
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There is no specific car park at the church but parking is allowed in certain parts of Church lane and Lexden Road. Please be aware that these roads can be busy at times and spaces might be limited.

Lexden Rd view

Lexden Rd view

Church Lane view

Church Lane view

Bus routes
There is a bus stop in Lexden Road outside the church and on the opposite side. All buses going along Lexden Road into and from town will stop there.


Bus Stops on both sides

There are a small number of steps with a handrail at the Church Lane entrance. The front of the church in Lexden Road has a wide pathway with no steps.


Entrance from Lexden Rd


Entrance from Church Lane

Christmas Services at other churches

A Church near you gives details of Christmas Services at other churches which can be searched using your postcode.

The birth of Christ – the reason for the season?

‘Tis the season to be jolly! But why? On the 25th December, here and in all other Christian Churches we will remember the real reason for Christmas as we celebrate the Incarnation; the birth of Jesus. The birth of Jesus is more than a wonderful event. It is the supreme act of giving that reminds us of our own humanity, our own vulnerability, of the child that is within us all, full of hope, generosity and anticipation.

But why did he come? Jesus came to bring the message of God’s peace and love to our troubled world; he came to make our world a better place – and that is what we, as Christians, are still trying to do.

Church at St Leonard’s is not about being preoccupied with rules and regulations – it’s about being part of a group of ordinary, loving, generous, decent people who have committed their lives to God and try to share his love with those around us. Being part of St Leonard’s is like becoming part of a large family.

When you come here you’ll find we try to be inclusive and relaxed; we have a variety of different sorts of services from 1662 Prayer Book to Messy Church, but our main Sunday service is a traditional sung Eucharist with a robed choir. We have a good Junior Church and we think, and hope we provide well for our families with young children as well as for those who are slightly more mature in years.

At St Leonard’s nobody is ever expected to fit into a religious straightjacket: we come in all shapes and sizes, personalities, traditions and backgrounds…and everyone is welcome.

Our special Christmas services are shown above and we would love you to join us. Make Christmas special this year.

Here you will find…Ordinary People, but an Extraordinary God

Regular Services

Our regular Sunday services are at 8.00am9.45am (with Junior Church) and 6.30pm. On the first Sunday of each month our main morning service is usually Informal worship, which is shorter and more child friendly and children are encouraged to help in the service. We also have Messy Church – interactive church for all ages.

We also have prayer ministry after all our 9.45 services, where you can have someone pray with you or for you or for someone you are concerned about.

Can we help?

We have many enquiries about christenings, weddings, funerals, wedding blessings and so on. Often people ask the same question, ‘Can we have the service, even though we are not members of the church?’ To which the answer is usually ‘Yes.’ Because of the way the parish system works, if you are resident in our parish (and if you have had our Christmas card delivered to your door— you are) you are entitled to be baptised, married (for the first time) or have your funeral in church. Even if you don’t live in the parish (and about a third of our congregation doesn’t) we would be very pleased to help you if we can.

Church, and the help we provide, is not a members-only club. It is open to and available to everyone who needs it. Jesus didn’t ask if people were in his gang before he broke bread with them or healed them, taught them or ministered to them…and neither do we. The parish system means we have a duty of care for, and serve everyone.

If there is anything you would like, please ask. See our Who’s who page for further details or use the form on our Contact & Directions page.