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This is a quiet, said service with plenty of space for silence and lasts around 35- 40 minutes.
On the first Sunday of each month, there is a BCP Mass which suits those who like to worship God in the traditional 1662 Prayer Book language. A permanent feature of the Church of England’s worship and a key source for its doctrine is the Book of Common Prayer which is loved for the beauty of its language.
This is a 15-minute service which brings the beginning of the day before God in prayerful quietness using the modern language of Common Worship. It is a careful devotional preparation before the Main Parish Mass
This sung parish Eucharist in modern language with hymns and a sermon is the service most frequented by children and families. At this service, Holy Communion is celebrated by the whole people of God gathered for worship. The ministry of the members of the congregation is expressed through their active participation together in the words and actions of the service, but also by some of them reading the Scripture passages, leading the prayers of intercession, and, if authorised, assisting with the distribution of communion. The service lasts about an hour and 15 minutes and is usually followed by refreshments in the parish hall.
During term-time children and young people, 4-16 years of age attend morning service in the church at 10.00am for the first ten minutes and then leave for their own activities in our hall. Sunday programmes for children and young people are led by a dedicated group of Junior and Youth church leaders who help the children learn in different age groups with various activities. The age groups include:
Little Lambs (0-3 years)
Aimed at babies and toddlers (0-3) accompanied by a parent or carer.
Junior Church (4-10 years)
Aimed at children aged 4 – 10 with fun activities relating to the themes of the Church year and the readings for the day. At St Leonard’s we value the children of our congregation as full members of the church community.
Junior Church helps the children to understand how much God loves them, to teach them the Christian story through a variety of interesting and enjoyable activities, to nurture them in the Christian Faith, and to show them that they are full and valued members of the Church. The children return to Church at Communion, and they tell the congregation what they have learned and display their work just before the notices.
Youth Church (11+)
For young people aged 11-17. We provide a friendly and secure environment where young adults can meet and develop a lasting Christian spirituality. We teach the love of our Lord Jesus Christ through fun and thought-provoking, structured discussions. Through their worship, young adults learn about the Bible and Christian life, participating in stories, art, play, music and prayer. The activities and themes reflect the church calendar and prepare them for full participation in church worship. Once a term Youth Church lead our main Parish Mass when we have Youth Sunday.
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On certain special weekdays (like Ash Wednesday or Ascension) there are sung Eucharists, usually at 7.30pm. These are advertised in advance in the weekly, ‘Pew News.’
Morning Prayer is usually said by the clergy at 9 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Members of the congregation are welcome to join them. We use the modern language of Common Worship to embrace the three key elements of praise, intercession and engagement with Scripture which form the heart of the daily praying tradition of the Church. Attention to the place of prayer is important for those who are praying with others as much as for those who are praying by themselves. Therefore, we meet in the Baptistry, sitting in a semi-circle facing the font as a constant visual reminder of our baptismal vows.
BCP Mass using the 1662 Prayer Book. This is a said mass suitable for those who find ancient liturgy helpful and who prefer to have space and quietness as part of their worship. It lasts around 30 minutes.
Resuming on 5th March 2018
On during term-times – This is a fun service aimed at pre-school children and their carers and those who are ‘young at heart’. It is a joyful service with Bible storytelling, singing, percussion instruments, Communion and lasts about 25-30 minutes. It is followed by refreshments with staying and playing in the parish hall for half an hour.