Weekday Services

Important update during the COVID pandemic

For the latest information on worship at St Leonard’s please see our ‘Home & News‘ page.   Live-streamed and recorded services can be found here: www.facebook.com/stleonardslexden.

Below can be found details of our pattern of worship and opening prior to the pandemic.

  • Churches used to be open during the day, didn’t they…”
  • “When can I get in to do the flowers for Sunday?…”
  • “I’ve never been inside; it would be nice to look round…
  • “I need to pick up my parish magazines…”
  • “I would like to light a candle and say a prayer…”

Well… Come in! St Leonard’s is often open during the day. Our church is here for everyone.

Church isn’t just for Sundays. There’s a lot going on during the week to help us grow in our faith and support our community. We want to be a place of sanctuary (somewhere peaceful, somewhere safe where people can be themselves).

St Leonard’s is open for visitors on weekdays (Monday – Friday) during daylight hours. This generally means approximately 9.30am to early/mid afternoon. Our church is here for everyone. Sometimes there will be a service taking place, and you are welcome to join in, or just to spend time in the church quietly. 

Check the calendar page for special services and events at St Leonard’s. St Leonard’s is a living church and we are blessed with a beautiful building. Come and sit for a while in the peace of God’s presence.

There are groups that meet in people’s homes, sessions for babies & toddlers. There’s an 8.00am Eucharist on Thursdays, one at 10.00am on Wednesdays followed by open church. Older children meet through our affiliated uniformed groups.

We support the Soup Run, the Food Bank, Colchester CAP Debt Centre and the Night Shelter.

So we’re quite busy, really… want to be involved?

Weekday services

Morning Prayer: This is held at 9.00am on Monday and Tuesday.

Evening Prayer: This is held at 5.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

We use Common Worship Daily Prayer; there are readings and prayers and it lasts about 20 minutes. You are  welcome to join us.

Wednesday Eucharist. This is at 10am and lasts for about 40 minutes. It is a said service using Common Worship. Afterwards refreshments are provided in the Nicholls Room.

Thursday Eucharist. This is at 8.00am in the Lady Chapel and lasts about 30 minutes. A completely said service using Common Worship. A quiet, prayerful start to the day.