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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, 10:30am (Family Mass) & 11:30am


Mass 10:30am & 6pm


Mass 10:30am



 8:30am - 6:30pm


10am - 11am


8am - 12:15pm

News & Notices

Changes to the times of Mass from Sunday 6th February

When in the summer of 2020 the lockdown was sufficiently lifted for us to begin public worship again, we arranged for four Masses to be celebrated on a Sunday morning so that we could be easily socially distanced and in small numbers in church at any one time. I am grateful to everyone and especially my priest colleagues for facilitating this and then to David Smith, our organist, for playing at three of the Masses instead of the original one, once when we were permitted to have music. We were unable to use the more cramped conditions of the crypt for work with children and so at the same time we introduced a Mass at 10.30 which is meant to be more accessible to young people and to those unfamiliar with church worship. From the survey we undertook last year and from comments received, I was pleased to see how supportive people were for what we are doing at the 10.30 Mass.

Those of you who worship at 9.30 and 11.30 have, in the majority, expressed the wish to worship together again with a full Sung Mass. The compromise on timing would be to celebrate a Solemn Mass at 10.30. It means asking those who have been worshipping at 10.30 to consider moving to 9.30. I propose that we experiment with these timings from the beginning of February: 8.00, 9.30 & 10.30. It may be that those of you who have appreciated the timing of Mass at 9.30 will continue to worship then, which would also help to strengthen that celebration. For those at home we shall live-stream the Mass at 10.30 from Sunday 6th February.

We look forward to the time when we can socialise with refreshments after Mass. Perhaps that will come in the summer when we can review the experiment. In the meantime - and especially as Lent approaches - do remember that Mass is celebrated twice daily at 10.30 and 6.00 pm. It is important that 'the voice of prayer is never silent' and attendance then is not just for oneself but for the benefit of others too.



Vaccination Centre in Church

The NHS has put on hold Clarity Pharmacy’s request for this, noting the lessening of requests for vaccination locally, but thanking us for our support at this time.


Your Epiphany Gift

By the crib you will find some envelopes. Each one is a potential gift for you to return when we celebrate Candlemass. You will find an assortment of envelopes, each giving the cost of sanctuary items: the idea is that you might select one or more of these envelopes, enclose the appropriate sum of money, returning them to the collection or to a Churchwarden before Candlemass as a gift to the new born King, recalling the gifts presented by the Magi. Your gift will help and support our daily worship. Every gift offered will be another way of supporting the church . If you can gift aid your donation we would be very grateful. Cheques may be made payable to: Christ Church PCC. Please give money or cheques to a Churchwarden or put in the collection.

Walsingham Pilgrimage 2022

Our parish pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has been booked for Monday 20th - Friday 24th June 2022. There are still some places available – the deadline for names and a £40 is the 27th Feb; the remaining places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to find out more about Walsingham, there is a meeting after the 11.30 Mass on Sunday 30 January or contact  Julie Gidlow or Fr Thomas.

Sales will resume on the first of the month Saturday 5th February.

Parish Meal The Epiphany meal that was postponed will now take place on Sunday 27th February. To book please contact Sue Shaw.

Dates for the diary

  • Candlemas Wednesday 2 February

  • Ash Wednesday 2 March

  • Annunciation Friday 25 March

  • Palm Sunday 10 April which begins HOLY WEEK until EASTER DAY 17 April.

This Week

  • Monday Standing Committee of the PCC meets at 10 in the Parish Office.

  • Tuesday Safeguarding Committee of the PCC by Zoom at 7 pm

  • Wednesday - Funeral of Anne Buchan RIP  Anne’s funeral will be in Hastings Crematorium at 11.15 followed by a reception here in Church. We continue to remember her in our prayers and her husband, Stewart, daughter, Penny and granddaughter, Katy. The Mass at 6.00 pm will be a Requiem Mass for her soul.


Feast and memorials this Week


St Anthony - Monday 17th January
St Wulstan - Wednesday 19th January
St Fabian - Thursday 20th January
St Agnes - Friday 21st January

Read more about the lives of the Saints who we commemorate this week by clicking HERE

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.

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