Mustard Seeds is a friendly, informal get-together of babies and toddlers with their mums, dads, grandparents or carers. During school holidays, older siblings (mustard shoots?) are welcome.
For nearly five years now, our parents and their little ones have joined 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 environment. We meet in the church every 1st and 3rd Monday morning of the month.
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.
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!
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.
Together with the Methodist church and other Anglican churches in the benefice we produce a monthly parish magazine that's hand-delivered to all homes in the area and mailed to anyone further afield who requests it. Why not contribute your writing or photographic skills?
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 indiviuals. 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.