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Welcome to our website!

Christ Church & St Mary Magdalen and St Peter and St Paul, St Leonards on Sea is your Parish, serving the community of central St Leonards.


We exist to worship God, to enable people of all ages to respond to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to work in love and fellowship for God's kingdom on earth. This website will give you a glimpse of our life and ministry, but nothing substitutes for an actual visit.

So, do join us. A warm welcome awaits!



Also live streamed to Facebook


By arrangement with Parish Clergy


WEEKDAYS Anytime 8:30am - 6:30pm

Daily Mass


Mass 8am, 9:30am (Family Mass) & 10:30am (Sung Mass)


Mass 10:30am & 6pm

WEDNESDAY- St Peter & St Paul

Mass 10:30am



Mass 10:30am



8:30am - 6:30pm


10am - 11:30am


7:45am - 11:45am

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Christ Church Weekly Newsletter 

If you would like to join our mailing list for this newsletter, email christchurchmailing@gmail.com 

                                                                                                                                                                           No. 30 - Saturday 25th June
My brothers and sisters,                                                                                                                             The Immaculate Heart of Mary

I write to you en route back from our Parish Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, where our group has spent a wonderful week of prayer and worship - all with glorious weather! Spending time away from the business of our daily lives, and making a special journey to pray and worship more frequently together, is invaluable and I can't recommend it highly enough. We'll be book our dates for next year's Parish Pilgrimage soon, so do look out for them and the request for expressions of interest. We were a mix of first time pilgrims and those who have been going for decades: everyone is welcome, and everyone is able to take things at their own pace. 

We will be bringing something of the Shrine and its joys back with us, not just with the prayers and intentions that we have taken and offered from you all, but also in reestablishing the Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham at Christ Church. This will be a group who meet regularly for prayer and fellowship, to pray for the Shrine and also to pray for Christ Church and its future. There will be opportunities for Day Pilgrimages and Quiet Days nearer to Christ Church, as well as social events to raise money for the Walsingham Fund. We hope to launch on Assumption Sunday (August 14th); do speak to me or to Julie Gidlow if you'd like to join.

We have a busy week of saints memorials ahead, with St Peter and St Paul celebrated on Wednesday 29th; Sung Mass is 7pm, and this is especially important to us a Christ Church not just because of the centrality of these two saints to the Church, but also in light of our own patronage passed on to us from St Peter & St Paul. Do read about the various memorial this week below, where you can also find the usual pew sheets, At Home liturgies and notices. 

I'm away this weekend, but look forward to seeing many of you during the week and especially on Wednesday at 7pm.


With my love and prayers
Fr Thomas

Tomorrow's Scripture

for Sunday 26th June 2022

I Kings 19: 16, 19–21
Psalm 15 (16)

Galatians 5: 1, 13–18
Luke 9: 51–62

To read some of the Scriptural texts for Mass tomorrow, as well as prayers to help you engage with them more deeply

 click here for the 'Prego'.

To read the background notes for some of tomorrow's Scripture and understand more about their context,

 click here for the 'Prego Plus' 

You can read and download the Sunday pew sheet, with all the readings, here.


Feasts and memorials this week


St Cyril of Alexandria - Monday 27th June
St Irenaeus - Tuesday 28th June
St Peter & St Paul - Wednesday 29th June
The First Martyrs of Rome - Thursday 30th June

To read more about the lives of the Saints we commemorate this week, click here

News & Notices

Please submit all notices to christchurchstleonards@hotmail.co.uk by Wednesday PM

Wednesday is the Solemnity of St Peter & St Paul  Sung Mass 7 pm
As we give thanks for these foundational martyrs of the Church, we remember too the benefactors and the legacy of St Peter’s Church which we have inherited.
Next Saturday Table Sale

Extra helpers needed and donations for prizes for the raffle.  Please see Valerie Wilson.
Stewardship Campaign

We have decided to postpone the launch of our Stewardship Campaign until the Autumn; many thanks to those who have already responded – further details will follow in due course.

Christ Church Awarded A Grant by the Culture Recovery Fund

Christ Church, St Leonard’s will receive funds awarded by Historic England from the second round of the Heritage Stimulus Fund, bolstering local economies and supporting jobs across the country.

Bishop Peter Wheatley, Priest-in-Charge, Christ Church, St Leonards comments:

'This new grant feels like manna from heaven.Last year we began in faith a £600,000 programme to restore Christ Church in time for our 150th anniversary in 2025. We are going to make a bid to NLHF soon for more work to the Church fabric with an engagement and education programme.We want the Church to stand for the benefit of the community for another 150 years.”


Money from the government’s £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund is intended to open up heritage and the benefits it brings to everyone, helping to level up and improve life and opportunities for people in places that need it most.

Many of the organisations and sites receiving funding enhance wellbeing and community connection, offering education, development opportunities and jobs in some of the most deprived communities hit hard by the impact of the pandemic.


Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, said:

“Funding from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund is hugely welcome at a time when the people and organisations who look after our vast and varied array of heritage urgently need support to carry out essential repairs. Heritage is a fragile eco-system, with an amazing cast of characters who keep our historic places alive, with specialist skills that take time to learn and experience to perfect. These grants will protect their livelihoods, as they use their expertise to help our heritage survive.”

Money from the Heritage Stimulus Fund will also keep our nationally and internationally significant heritage assets in good condition and sustain the skilled craft workforce that looks after them.


The latest £35 million funding awards builds on £52 million already allocated from the first round of the Heritage Stimulus Fund, which has supported works at 800 of the country’s treasured heritage assets. This includes Blackpool’s iconic Tower Ballroom, the stunning Georgian landscape at Gibside in Gateshead and the tranquil Thornton-le-Beans Chapel in North Yorkshire.


None of these historic places would have been able to carry out crucial repair work during the pandemic without this support.


Topping Out Ceremony - finalising the masonry works on the south face of the church - Friday 29th April 2022

Church People
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Priest In Charge
Bishop Peter Wheatley 

Assistant Curate
Fr Thomas Crowley


Self Supporting Priest 
Fr Richard Ralph

Honorary Assistant (Retired) Priests


 Fr Richard Rushforth


 Fr David Sherwood

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Mrs Sue Shaw (Photo)
& Mrs Maureen Harman

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Director of Music
& Church Organist

David Smith

Safeguarding Officer

Jane Hart

Assistant Safeguarding Officers

Jessica Campbell & Anne Hanney


Church Premises for Hire

The church and our parish centre are available for hire.

The crypt was re-developed in 1996 and offers two good sized rooms, (ideal for meetings, parties, group use) kitchen, toilets and baby change facilities. 
The parish centre was completed in 2002 and offers:
●    a large hall with a stage and room behind the stage
●    a small hall with a piano.
●    a kitchen
●    toilets with baby change facilities. 

Both the halls are ideal for meetings. The large hall being more suitable for fetes, sales, children’s birthday parties, as well as community activities and productions which utilise a stage.

Both the crypt and parish centre provide disabled access. They are run as a charitable endeavour. Both are entered via Christ Church courtyard which is to the south of the church. The crypt entrance is the second door on the right. The parish centre entrance is the second door on the left in the far left hand corner of the courtyard.

For enquiries about hiring our facilities please contact the parish office which is open weekly on 

Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings from 9am-12noon.

Telephone 01424 44 77 84

(an answering machine, checked regularly, is active outside office hours)

Email: christchurchstleonards@hotmail.co.uk


Our Parish Hall During A Church  Summer Fayre

Our Crypt During A Church  Summer Fayre