Also Live Streamed to Facebook



& by arrangement with Parish Clergy


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


Mass 10:30am & 6pm 

SATURDAY  Mass 10:30am


SUNDAY 8am - 12:15pm

WEEKDAYS  8:30am - 6:30pm

SATURDAY 10am - 11:30am

The COVID-19 Pandemic

At Christ Church, as with all other public buildings and spaces, we follow Government guidelines for the control and containment of the virus. This means that we sanitise the chairs and surfaces after every Mass, there is hand sanitiser available as you enter our buildings, there is also a signing in book as you enter the church and parish centre. There are also fewer chairs, which are spaced according to the guidelines, limiting the number of people in church at any one time.

NHS Track and Trace App - Mobile Phones

QR code posters are displayed in church and the parish centre for use with the App. After downloading the App to your mobile just scan the QR code which then records who has visited our site for the purposes of the NHS Track and Trace system.

This App once downloaded will then be able to record which spaces and buildings you have been in whenever you scan the QR code posters wherever you are across the region and country, making the track and trace process easier. 

Follow this link on your Android  phone for the  free download NHS Track and Trace App

 For the Apple iPhone Link please see the Apple iPhone App Store for the free COVID-19 NHS Track and Trace app download.

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.’

Christ Church Awarded Grant by The Culture Recovery Fund


Christ Church is among 142 historic sites across England receiving grants worth £35 million thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund

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.

This article has been modified from the main article on the Diocese of Chichester website  


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.


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

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.