Important update: 21/03/2020
All public worship in the Church of England has been suspended for the time being, but you can watch our live streamed and recorded services here: www.facebook.com/stleonardslexden. Please find details of our usual pattern of worship below.
Services for the current week can be found on our Newsletter. Our Parish Eucharist at 9:45am has a full choir, hymns, and parts of the service are sung together.
At the 8am Eucharist we use the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) – beautiful language from 1662, making this a quiet and contemplative service with no music.
Evensong, which is at 6.30pm, also uses the BCP, combining prayers for the evening with hymns and canticles led by the choir.
We usually have an Informal Worship on the first Sunday of the month which is shorter, more informal and child-friendly – but do check the church calendar or diary page to see what’s on – sometimes we have special all age services, like Christingle and Harvest Festival then. Then there’s Holy Commotion, which takes place during school holidays, which isn’t like ‘church’ at all…
Check the calendar for special services and events at St Leonard’s.
- “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 open during the day, every day. Our church is here for everyone. Church isn’t just for Sundays. Christianity is for all the hours in the week, not just for Sunday mornings. 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 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.