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WEEKDAYS Anytime 8:30am - 6:30pm

Daily Mass

SUNDAY - Mass Times

8am9.30am 10.30am (Family Mass), & 11.30 am

11:30am Mass Also Live Streamed to Facebook

MONDAY - FRIDAY   Mass at 10:30am & 6pm 

SATURDAY  Mass 10:30am


SUNDAY 8am - 12:15pm

WEEKDAYS  8:30am - 6:30pm

SATURDAY 10am - 11:30am

Fr Thomas Crowley

We welcome Fr Thomas

Congratulations and prayers for Fr Thomas Crowley, licensed by +Will, the Bishop of Lewes, as Assistant Curate at Christ Church on Tuesday 14th September 2021, on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We look forward to Fr Thomas’ ministry amongst us.


Fr Thomas writes:

‘Born and raised in rural County Durham, God’s call has brought me about as far south as is possible! After reading Oriental Studies at Oxford, during which I spent a year living in Cairo, I moved to London to work for a think tank. I was confirmed whilst at Oxford, but it wasn’t until reading for my MSc in London that I realised that God was calling me to a different path – the priesthood. Starting down this path, I spent two years working as a Pastoral Assistant in North London before training at St Stephen’s House. I come to Christ Church having spent two years of - rather COVID restricted! – curacy at St Saviour’s, Eastbourne; Will and I are now looking forward enormously to getting to know you all here as we begin our ministry in St Leonard’s.’

Church & Community Events




9:30am -11:30am

Book Room in the Parish Centre

Wide Variety of Books for Sale




10:30am - 12:30pm

Church Courtyard

Wide Range of Items including Books, Bric-a-brac,

CD's and DVD's, Puzzles and Games,

Needlework, Clothes, & More! 






11am -12:30pm

Church Crypt

Chat with one-another over Free Tea Coffee and Biscuits

Holy Communion & Anointing

Holy Communion (from the Reserved Sacrament) the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confessions) and the Anointing of the Sick are administered at the advertised times, and on request in time of need.


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.


Our Parish Hall During A Church  Summer Fayre

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 Crypt During A Church  Summer Fayre


Getting Married?

Marrying in church is personal, meaningful and spiritual just as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in - the prayers, promises and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond.​

If you are look­ing to get mar­ried – con­grat­u­la­tions!


The inform­a­tion below answers many of the com­mon ques­tions people have about where they can be mar­ried, but if you have any other ques­tions or would like to discuss the ceremony please con­tact one of our clergy. 

Can I be mar­ried at Christ Church?

Wed­dings are gov­erned by the law of the land and Church law. You need to check that neither you nor the per­son you hope to marry are sub­ject to immig­ra­tion con­trols and/or have over­stayed your visa; and one of you is ‘con­nec­ted’ to the par­ish accord­ing to the rules of the Church of England

If one of these cri­teria seems to be a prob­lem in your case, don’t panic. Read the inform­a­tion below and feel free to con­tact us if you need to know more. We will require doc­u­ment­ary proof of these things and may have to refer you to other agen­cies or author­it­ies (such as the Regis­trar or the Home Office) in case of doubt, par­tic­u­larly with regard to immig­ra­tion status.

How can I be con­nec­ted with Christ Church?

You can marry in a Church of Eng­land Church such as Christ Church if you can show that one of you has at any time lived in the par­ish for a period of at least six months or was Bap­tized in the par­ish con­cerned or was pre­pared for Con­firm­a­tion in the par­ish or  has at any time gone to nor­mal Church ser­vices in the par­ish Church at least once a month for a period of at least six months or that one of your par­ents, at any time after you were born has lived in the par­ish for a period of at least six months or has reg­u­larly gone to nor­mal Church ser­vices in the par­ish Church for a period of at least six months or that one of your par­ents or grand­par­ents was mar­ried in the parish 

Are there any excep­tions to these con­di­tions?

Yes. In cer­tain cir­cum­stances a Spe­cial Licence may be gran­ted for couples who can­not attend the Church on a reg­u­lar basis

Is there any­thing spe­cific which will pre­vent me from get­ting mar­ried at Christ Church?

Yes. If either of you has a divorced part­ner still liv­ing, then you will not be able to be mar­ried at Christ Church.

What is a ‘par­ish’?

Each Church of Eng­land Church serves an area called a par­ish. It has fixed bound­ar­ies and you can check which par­ish you live in by vis­it­ing http://www.achurchnearyou.com/ and search­ing with your post­code.


Because of the vari­ety in size and shape of par­ishes, the Church of Eng­land Church you are nearest may not be your par­ish Church, espe­cially in large cities.

How much does it cost?

Please see the Church of England table of fees

Church of England Parish Fees Page


Banns of Mar­riage

Banns of mar­riage must be read if you are mar­ried in church. They are an oppor­tun­ity for someone to raise legal objec­tions to a mar­riage, e.g., one of the couple is too young. If you wish to marry at Christ Church or you live in the par­ish but are get­ting mar­ried else­where in most cases you will be required have your Banns ‘read’ at Christ Church. Please con­tact us to arrange an appoint­ment to do the neces­sary paperwork.

Please see a member of the clergy of our parish for further inform­a­tion on Banns of Mar­riage and for the Banns of Mar­riage applic­a­tion form, or you may like to download it via this link Banns Application Form


 I (or my part­ner) are sub­ject to immig­ra­tion con­trols or have over­stayed a visa

The Church of Eng­land is obliged to uphold the law as to who can marry in the UK, which includes the visa status of non-E.U. cit­izens and the Immig­ra­tion Act 2004 as amended. People who enter the UK on a visa and wish to marry an E.U. cit­izen must have per­mis­sion to do so as part of their visa, and their visa must be cur­rent. Mar­ry­ing in the Church of Eng­land is not a way of evad­ing the require­ments of the law or the con­sequences of hav­ing over­stayed a visa, because the legal require­ments must be sat­is­fied before the mar­riage can take place. We advise any­one who wishes to seek to get mar­ried at Christ Church, or any other Church of Eng­land par­ish church to resolve any immig­ra­tion and other visa issues before approach­ing us. You may have to be referred to the Super­in­tend­ent Regis­trar or the Home Office to obtain the cor­rect paper­work and permissions.


What pre­par­a­tion is required?

Mar­riage is a won­der­ful and import­ant part of your life. If you want to be mar­ried at Christ Church you will be asked to make a com­mit­ment to reg­u­lar wor­ship as part of your pre­par­a­tion for Chris­tian Mar­riage. You will be shown how the ser­vice works and how to pre­pare a ser­vice book­let. There will also be a full rehearsal in the week before your wedding.


Confirmation   This Text is Copied from the Church of England About Confirmation Page


Congratulations on wanting to explore confirmation with the Church of England. Confirmation can be an important part of a lifetime journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ​

What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is a special church service in which a person confirms the promises that were made when they were baptized. If you were baptized at a christening when you were a child, your parents and godparents made these promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may be ready to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to following Jesus Christ. At a confirmation service, you make these promises for yourself. Your friends and family as well as the local Christian community will be there to promise to support and pray for you. 

The local bishop will lay their hands on your head and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment to live God’s way for the rest of your life

What Happens During the Service?

Confirmation usually takes place in a special service in your own church, at the cathedral or in another parish church, although it may take place during the main Sunday service at your own church.  There will be hymns, readings and sometimes those being confirmed talk about their faith.  After the Bishop has laid hands on each person’s head there will be special prayers – then there will be often some celebratory refreshments to follow!

There may be a rehearsal before the confirmation service so that you understand everything that happens in the service

Will I Need Godparents?

At a christening, godparents stand alongside the parents to make promises on behalf of the child being baptized. At confirmation, there are no godparents because you make the promises for yourself, but you may be asked if you would like a sponsor to stand with you as a supporting friend in your journey of faith. Usually this is someone who has previously been confirmed. It may be one of the people who has prepared you for confirmation, or it may be a youth worker, a good friend, a relative, or a godparent.

Will I Take Holy Communion When Confirmed?

Sometimes a service of Holy Communion will follow a confirmation, either on the same day or on the next Sunday. For some people this will be the first time they share in bread and wine. Some may have received Holy Communion before; it depends on the approach of their usual church.

What Is The Right Age For Confirmation?

There is no right age for a person to be confirmed. Anyone may be confirmed who has been baptized and if they are old enough to answer responsibly for themselves. In some areas of the country, the local bishop sets a minimum age for confirmation. If this is the case, your vicar will be able to tell you what the minimum age is. As a general rule, anyone who is over 10 years old and can answer for themselves could be ready for confirmation, but the right time for you might be at any age – you could be in your teens or in your nineties!

What If  I Wasn't Baptised As A Child?

You will need to be baptized before you are confirmed.  If you were not baptized as a child and want to make a commitment of faith, you can be baptized and confirmed in the same service, or baptized at a separate service shortly before your confirmation. You should discuss this with your vicar.

How Much Does It Cost? 

A confirmation service is free, though there may be a small charge for a certificate. Ask your vicar for details.



Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of an amazing journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too old to take this step, and being baptized as an adult is a wonderful experience.

You may have been baptized at a christening when you were a child or in a different Christian tradition, and there are always special ways to renew the promises that were made then in a fresh way as you discover more about what it means to live them out in your life.

You may be asked to go along to a few sessions to explore more about what it means to be a Christian, usually joining others who are exploring faith as well. Then there will be a special service where you will be baptized. In the Church of England this may involve water being poured on your head at the font, or the church may have a special pool and you will be fully immersed in the water. However it happens, it’s a great occasion, full of joy

The Parish of Christ Church St Leonard’s on Sea welcomes you, and your family. 

We are here to offer help and to pray for the future happiness and peace of your family in the years ahead.

What is Baptism?

Holy Baptism makes us Christians, which is why it is sometimes called “Christening.” It is the first of seven sacraments and absolutely essential—we cannot become Christians without it. When someone is baptised they become members of Christ’s body, which is the Church.


Baptism marks a new beginning of a persons life as a Christian.


People become members of the Church (God’s Family), by being baptised. We prepare people for baptism as children and as adults.


Those who want to become more committed are confirmed. In this Parish there is an annual Confirmation Group. If you are baptised and are now interested in being prepared for Confirmation, please contact one of our clergy.

Why bother being baptised?

Those who care for us want us to have the very best start in life. From the moment we are born we are dependant upon others to feed us, clothe us, care for us and love us. Without this care we would quickly perish. We also need our spiritual well being looked after until we are able to look after ourselves, which is why baptism is so important. When you smile at your baby it brings them to life. God’s smile comes in baptism. It is a sign that we are precious and valued.

What is your role?

Very often the child to be baptised is too young to understand what is happening at their baptism, so as your child grows he or she needs your support. This is done through:

  • Your prayers— asking God to help you and your child.

  • Your example— showing your child how to live in love and compassion.

  • Your teaching— telling your child about Jesus and the Christian way of life.

Don’t worry! The Church is here to help. If you have any questions about faith and prayer, or simply want advice on choosing Christian books, or would like to know more about activities for the young children, just ask.

What about Godparents?

You will need support in bringing up your child as a Christian. The Church asks for three Godparents to help with this responsibility—so choose them carefully. They must be baptised and it is a good idea to have people who go to church regularly. Choose people who are willing to accept the same responsibilities as you in bringing up your child as a Christian.


How do Godparents help?

Godparents share responsibility in a number of ways: for example, remembering your child on the anniversary of their birthday, at Christmas, Easter and on the anniversary of their baptism with appropriate gifts such as Bible story books etc.. They also encourage by their own example of going to Church regularly, praying with your child and perhaps even teaching your child prayers, such as the ‘Our Father’.

How much does it cost?Nothing. There is no charge for baptism. If you wish to make an offering that is at the total discretion of the family—but this is a purely voluntary contribution


The Font

The big day

The day of Baptism is a great day for your child and the family, and for the Church as it welcome as new member. Because baptism makes us members of the Church, the rest of God’s family will want to get to know you and welcome you, so please come to Church regularly before and after the baptism so that you can begin to learn what it means to be a member of the Christian family

An explanation of various elements & meanings associated with baptism

The Cross
A sign on something shows its origins or ownership. The sign of the cross is the mark for Christians of Jesus Christ who died on the cross. The sign of the cross is traced on the child’s forehead to show that the baby belongs to Christ, who now offers his help and grace to face and overcome the trials of life.


This is for washing and refreshing, a sign that our sins are washed away. Water is also necessary for life and so is a sign, too, that the life of the risen Christ is ours. It is through the waters of baptism that we are born again.’


Oil of Baptism is olive oil blessed by the Bishop. Just as athletes used to rub oil into themselves to strengthen and prepare them for the race ahead so it is used in baptism to prepare us for the Christian race.

The oil of Chrism is also used. It is a mixture of olive oil and sweet smelling balsam. It is rubbed onto the crown of the head just as it is used when the monarch is crowned. It is a sealing of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and a sign that we belong to Jesus’ royal family.

White garment

This garment (usually a shawl) is a relic of the clothes worn by Christians after baptism in the first centuries. It is a sign of innocence and putting on a new life of resurrection.

The lit candle

Any light burns away darkness. The candle given to the child at baptism represents the light of Christ burning away the darkness in our lives, to bring us new light and life, assuring us that Jesus is always with us. The baptismal candle is lit from the great Easter Candle which is a sign of the risen Christ. We pray that your child’s life will illuminate others with the spirit Jesus. Your efforts will not only help your baby to grow up in the love of God: they will also help you grow. As you teach your child to pray, you yourself will also deepen in prayer; as you teach your child to appreciate the Mass, your own faith will be enriched. Your baby’s baptism is the beginning of a new life in which you will grow close to one another and to God.


Funeral Services

If someone you know and love has died, or dies within the next few days, of whatever cause, a small funeral, led by a Church of England minister can still be held in church, in a churchyard, by a graveside, or at a crematorium.

A bereave­ment is one of the toughest things we have to face.

If you have suffered a bereave­ment and want the clergy of Christ Church to con­duct the funer­al you should con­tact one of our clergy or parish office imme­di­ately. You should also con­tact a local funeral dir­ector as soon as pos­sible. They will advise you about all the arrange­ments that need to be made for a funeral to take place in a church or at a crematorium. It is essen­tial that arrange­ments are made in con­sulta­tion with the clergy to ensure they are free to take the service.

Funer­als in Church 

Chris­tian funer­als are occa­sions of sad­ness but also hope, because the Chris­tian faith prom­ises that all those who die believ­ing in Jesus Christ will rise again from the dead at the end of time. If you would like a funeral to take place at Christ Church, you should con­tact one of our clergy or parish office and a local funeral director.


Funer­als at Crematoria

The clergy of Christ Church also con­duct funer­als at crem­at­oria. If you would like a funeral at a crem­at­orium to be taken by one of the clergy of Christ Church, you should con­tact one of our clergy or parish office and a local funeral director