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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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MONDAY - FRIDAY
MORNING PRAYER 8:30am
EVENING PRAYER 5:30pm
WEEKDAYS Anytime 8:30am - 6:30pm
Mass 8am, 9:30am (Family Mass) & 10:30am (Sung Mass)
MONDAY - WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
Mass 10:30am & 6pm
THURSDAY - ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Mass 10:30am & 7pm SUNG MASS
MONDAY - FRIDAY
8:30am - 6:30pm
10am - 11:30am
7:45am - 11:45am
Christ Church St Leonards on Sea Weekly Newsletter
No. 25- Saturday 21st May
My brothers and sisters,
First things first: Evensong! As was announced last week, our choir is being joined by that of St Mary’s Church, St Neots, Cambridgeshire to sing Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer Sunday 22nd 5:15pm. There is a special link with St Mary's as our Founder, Charles Lyndhust-Vaughan, was Rector there before he started his ministry here at Christ Church. Do please come along to support the service and these choirs.
There are also a number of other big events coming up in our church life, both sacred and secular: this Thursday, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord with a Sung Mass at 7pm (as well as the usual Said Mass at 1030am). Please make every effort to attend, for this important feast in the church calendar.
Pentecost, which marks the end of Easter and the descent of the Holy Spirit, will then soon be upon us on Sunday 5th June: this year, it coincides with the Jubilee weekend, and there will be a Tea Party at 3.30pm in the courtyard.
Finally, all are invited to our Stewardship Supper on Sunday 19th June at 6pm which will mark the launch of our Stewardship Campaign. We have a great opportunity to put our church and its mission on a solid foundation, and enable us to shift our focus out into proclaiming the Good News in our town and community, and finding new ways in which we can serve God's people in this place. We hope that lots of people will attend this launch (invites have gone out - see below for details) but please all pray too for this campaign, that it will be a successful step in allowing our church here to grow in faith, love and number.
There are also the usual links to the Mass booklets, scripture readings and background from the 'Prego' sheets as well as the Lives of the Saints commemorated this week: both are 'English' Saints - The Venerable Bede and St Augustine of Canterbury, who founded our Church in England. Do take a moment to look at them as you prepare for tomorrow and the week ahead.
I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow,
With my love and prayers
Engaging with God's Word
Acts 15: 1–2, 22–29
Psalm 66 (67)
Revelation 21: 10–14, 22–23
John 14: 23–29
To read 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'
Feasts and memorials this week
St Bede the Venerable - Wednesday 25th May
The Ascension of the Lord -Thursday 26th May
St Augustine of Canterbury - Friday 27th May
Read more about the lives of the Saints who we commemorate this week by clicking HERE
News & Notices
Please submit all notices to email@example.com by Wednesday PM
Lesley Manser RIP Funeral Service Tuesday 24th May 12 noon in Church followed by 1.15pm at the Crematorium
Stewardship Campaign: Mind the Gap Part 2
By now, everyone should have received their invitation to the stewardship supper on Sunday 19th June 6 pm. Our campaign will run from then until Sunday 24th July. At the supper the challenge about our finances will be presented. Our annual deficit is £27,000 but we believe that if everyone is able to respond we shall be able to close the gap. If you’ve not received your invite, there are further copies at the back of church today.
Coffee Mornings & Community Café
Thank you to those who have already volunteered their time to help with restarting this: please contact Fr Thomas or the parish office if you’d be willing to offer some help with – whether its making tea and coffee, serving the drinks, baking cakes or helping set-up, all offers of help are very welcome.
Thursday 26th May - Sung Mass at 7pm for the Ascension
‘Proms for All’ Jubilee Concert - Sunday 29th May 6pm
HPO are playing a Jubilee Concert next Sunday at the White Rock Theatre. The programme is displayed on the porch noticeboards, and includes a number of very popular tunes. Free community tickets are available – please complete a form in church, or speak to John Read on 01424 433048.
Sunday 5th June - The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
We are having a Tea Party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This will be held in the courtyard at 3.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale at £6; a raffle will be held in aid of the organ restoration. We hope you will join in this celebration. Please see Fiona or Celia.
Sunday 19th June - Stewardship Supper at 6pm
Invitations to this have gone out to everyone on the Electoral Roll; if you've not received your invite, please be in touch. You can also collect one from the back of church.
Christ Church Has Been 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