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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.
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Anytime 8:30am - 6:30pm
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By arrangement with Parish Clergy
Mass 8am, 9:30am (Family Mass) & 10:30am (Sung Mass)
MONDAY - WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
Mass 10:30am & 6pm
THURSDAY - NO 10:30AM MASS
Mass at 6pm only
MONDAY - FRIDAY
8:30am - 6:30pm
10am - 11:30am
7:45am - 11:45am
Christ Church Weekly Newsletter
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My brothers and sisters, No. 34 - Saturday 6th August
Tomorrow is a busy day at Christ Church! We are keeping the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, and will celebrate this important event at our Masses over the morning. Given that in the Transfiguration we are given a glimpse of heaven, and are drawn to think more deeply about lives transformed, its most apt that we will also be celebrating two baptisms - the greatest act of transformation that a person can undergo! Monkia and Charlotte will be baptised at 1030, and we pray for them as we look forward to welcoming their friends and families tomorrow, and celebrating with them after the Mass.
Then, a little later in the day - at 5.30pm rather than 5.00pm as advertised previously - we welcome the choir of St John's, Catford who will be singing Evensong for us. I hope that lots of you will join us for this wonderful service and to welcome our visitors; refreshments will follow the Evensong.
As you'll see below, there is a Saint's feast or memorial each day next week (do read about their inspirational lives), and our restarted Monthly Healing Masses begin on Wednesday 10th. This is also the day when we will receive Christopher's coffin into the church, in advance of his requiem mass and funeral on Thursday at 1pm. Do please remember his friends and family in your prayers, and pray too for him.
As we keep the Transfiguration (moved from today), there are no Prego sheets, but the Sunday pew sheet contains all the readings to help your preparations. Please also keep the ideas for the MAP & our future coming, its wonderful to be getting such a variety of suggestions and bodes well for the future that people are so engaged in this process.
I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow,
With my love and prayers
Psalm 96 (97)
II Peter 1:16-19
Feasts and Memorials this Week
St Dominic - Monday 8th August
Feast of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross - Tuesday 9th August
Feast of St Laurence the Deacon - Wednesday 10th August
St Clare - Thursday 11th August
St Jane Frances de Chantal - Friday 12th August
St Pontian & St Hippolytus - Saturday 13th August
Sunday 7th August – 10.30am Baptism of Monika & Charlotte
Sunday 7th August – 5.30pm Choral Evensong
Sunday 14th August – 10.30am Mass Launch of the Cell of Our
Lady of Walsingham
Sunday 14th August – 4pm CBS Vespers & Benediction
Friday 19th August – 10.30am & 6pm Monthly Requiem Mass
Saturday 20th August – 10.00am First Meeting of the Cell of Our
Lady of Walsingham
News & Notices
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Many thanks to everyone who helped with the table sale on Saturday, and indeed to all those who supported it as well.
Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham
We are re-starting the Cell of OLW at Christ Church during the 10.30 Mass on the Feast of the Assumption next week (14th August) when all current members can renew their membership, and new ones can join. Our first meeting will then be on the 20th August at 10.00am, followed by Mass and then refreshments. Forms and further information are available from Julie Gidlow, or at the back of church. The Cell is a group who will meet monthly to pray for Christ Church and our growth under the patronage of Our Lady of Walsingham; support the Shrine at Walsingham and offer support for our annual parish pilgrimage. We also intend to organise social and fundraising events throughout the year.
Christopher Goodman RIP
Christopher will be received into church on Wednesday 10th 4.30 pm and his Funeral Mass will be on Thursday 11th 1.00 pm followed by burial in Hastings Cemetery.
Wednesday Coffee & Cake
We have now restarted our Wednesday Coffee & Cake after the 1030 Mass. All are welcome to join us every Wednesday at the back of church – volunteers & cakes very welcome too!
These will re-start on the second Wednesday of the month, beginning this week on the 10th August. There will be the opportunity to receive the Laying on of Hands, and Anointing during the Mass.
Mission Action Plan (MAP)
Please continue to submit ideas for our MAP (in writing or via email email@example.com). A number of people have already made suggestions on similar topics, which is surely a sign of the Holy Spirit at work among us. These will all be drawn together for an open meeting in the Autumn, before the final proposal is then submitted to the PCC. Please keep this process in your prayers, asking that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us as we plan our new vision for the future together.
Appointment of a new Rector
Fr Thomas has been appointed our new Rector at Christ Church. The details of the service of Induction and Institution by the Bishop of Chichester will be announced shortly.
(G&) T with Fr T
‘Over the Summer, I’d like to spend time getting to know you all a little better – especially those I’ve not been able to spend much time with yet: if you’d like to arrange for me to visit, or to come to the Rectory for tea (or something a little stronger!) I’ll be keeping Tuesday afternoons and evenings free. I look forward to seeing those who’ve already been in touch – if you haven’t, please do drop me a line so that we can get something in the diary.’ Fr Thomas
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
Priest In Charge
Bishop Peter Wheatley
Fr Thomas Crowley
Self Supporting Priest
Fr Richard Ralph
Honorary Assistant (Retired) Priests
Fr Richard Rushforth
Fr David Sherwood
Mrs Sue Shaw (Photo)
& Mrs Maureen Harman
Director of Music
& Church Organist
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)
Our Parish Hall During A Church Summer Fayre
Our Crypt During A Church Summer Fayre