Because of the pandemic all activities in the church are suspended. But if you would like further information about any of these activities please telephone Daniel on 07539 268773 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mustard Seeds has been running for over eight years with fortnightly sessions where our parents and their little ones join in to chat, sing, play games, colour, paint or cook - and to hear stories and learn a little about faith and Jesus - in a light and comfortable and sometimes slightly chaotic environment. We meet in the church every 1st and 3rd Wednesday morning of the month.
Mustard Seeds is a friendly, informal get-together with babies and toddlers and their mums, dads, grandparents or carers. During school holidays, we open the sessions up for older siblings to attend, and for the past two years have held holiday clubs during the Easter and Summer holidays. We usually finish with bring-and-share picnic lunches, either inside the Church or, weather permitting, in the grounds.
For the past few years we have been actively encouraging the older generation to come along and join us with the crafts, cooking and help with the story times. We like to feel there is no upper age limit on a Mustard Seeds session.
We have an annual summer trip out all together and last year also managed a trip to see the lambing at a local farm.
There's no need to book, no fees to pay, just come along when you can; you’re assured of a warm welcome. Big people can enjoy a hot drink and there's juice and snacks for the little ones. Even if you have no children with you, do pop in - we'd love to see you and have a cup of something and a chat. Mustard Seeds is run and funded entirely by its small team of volunteers. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.
We find our Mustard Seed parents are the ones who most benefit from our monthly All Age Service and as the children are already used to being in the church settle down very well in learning how Sundays work differently from Mustard Seeds
To find out when our next Mustard Seeds session is, just check the "Events" section on this website or go to the St. Leonards Facebook page.
We also care for grown-ups as well, and try to involve as many people as possible in our various activities!
All Age Worship
Last year we started a monthly All Age worship service, including communion, done in a slightly more informal style involving children in the preparation of the communion table, and readings and prayers. We finish with a church lunch for all who would like to stay; we're finding this is a wonderful way to bring all ages together in sharing worship and a meal.
We are lucky to have a fine set of bells and an experienced tower captain who supervises training and ringing both for regular Sunday services and for special occasions. We're always looking for new ringers, even if you have no experience at all - we'll be happy to train you. .
Our choir leads the music in our weekly worship and on special services. Like the bell-ringers, the choir too is always happy to welcome new members, especially tenors and basses. Don't worry if you can't read music (Pavarotti couldn't either): if you can hear and repeat a sound that's enough to start with - we can teach you to read later. The main thing is to enjoy the fun of working with others and having the satisfaction of making music.
Come and join our team of people who create the beautiful arrangements for our regular and special services. Or take part in our annual flower festival each summer, when individuals and local community groups fill the church with their own interpretations of that year's theme.
Christmas Tree Festival
The Friends of St Leonard's organise what has now become an annual tradition, filling the church over the Christmas season with trees decorated by local schools and community groups as well as individuals. The festival is always opened by Father Christmas, so bring along the children.
If you think you'd like to join us in any of these activities, use the email facility in the "Contact Us" section to give us your details and we'll be in touch.