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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!

Rector: Fr Luke

WEEKDAYS

Worship During The Coming Week

For the Week Starting

Sunday 14th January 2018


Second Week of the Year

Psalter Week 2

NEXT SUNDAY

21st January 2018

The Third Sunday of the Year

Mass 8am

PARISH MASS 10:15am


2018 – The Year of Prayer










Following on from the Year of Mercy (2016) and the Year of the Bible (2017), Bishop Martin invites the Diocese to share 2018 as the Year of Prayer. As part of this we will be hosting a series of seminars throughout 2018. All are welcome - please put the dates in your diary now!


Year of Prayer Seminar - Saturday 17th February 2018

“Sacred Space and the Liturgy” Canon Dr Simon Jones, Merton College, Oxford.


Year of Prayer Seminar - Saturday 28th April 2018

“Music and Liturgy” Fr Peter Allan CR, Mirfield


Year of Prayer Seminar - Saturday 9th June 2018

“Daily Prayer and the Christian Year” Canon Christopher Irvine, Ewhust Green


Year of Prayer Seminar - Saturday 15th September 2018

“Building a prayerful community” Fr Paul Thomas, St James, Paddington


Year of Prayer Seminar - Saturday 20th October 2018

“Praying the Scriptures” Fr Peter Anthony, Kentish Town


Year of Prayer Seminar - Saturday 17th November 2018

“Prayer and social action” Fr James Lawson, St Stephen’s House


Each day will begin with Mass at 10:30am in Christ Church, followed by coffee

and part 1 (lecture). 12:30pm Lunch. 1:15pm/1:30pm Part 2 (facilitated

discussion/reflection/feedback). 3pm Evening Prayer. Tea/home.


In addition, Bishop Peter will be leading a Parish Quiet day for Lent on

Saturday 17th March in church.

Advent Sunday marked the beginning of the ‘Year of Prayer’, which is a Diocesan initiative to help us to develop and deepen the life of prayer and spirituality within the Diocese with a particular emphasis on building bridges between our personal and corporate prayer, thus enabling us better to pray our worship. The Year will be launched with Prayer Cards with a prayer for the morning and for the evening. As we all pray these prayers every day over the course of this year, it will deepen and strengthen the connection between our time of personal, individual prayer and our corporate prayer with others.

There will be many opportunities to grow in prayerfulness and to develop our spirituality.

The Lent Course ‘Inspiring Vision’ will give us an opportunity to use art as a way of seeing salvation and opening windows onto God. Each week well known public figures, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, will reflect upon a piece of art that has inspired them and helped them in their journey of faith and prayer. The reflections will be available on podcasts and the works of art chosen will also be available.

Written material will accompany the reflections for individual and group use to explore in greater depth the themes touched upon and how they engage and resonate with our own experience. There will also be available a Diocesan Prayer Course called ‘Finding God in All Things’. This five week course will introduce us to Ignatian Spirituality, as developed by St Ignatius of Loyola, and provides a wonderful way of living out the Gospel in the world and prayerfully recognising God’s presence in all things, especially in the most surprising people and places. For each of us to have a Way of Living is important if our life of prayer is going to be ordered and disciplined and if our life of prayer is change the way we live our lives and engage with others and the wider world.

There will be practical material on the Diocesan website about how to make a Rule of Life which could make this Year of Prayer life changing and life enhancing for us. The material, written by Bishop Martin is called IHS: A Way of Living.

As part of the Year of Prayer it is very much hoped that there can be a deanery conference on a Saturday morning in 2018 across deaneries to resource and inspire people about the practice of prayer. It is hoped that rural deans will be able to organize these or identify someone with enthusiasm who can take responsibility to do this. Of course smaller deaneries can join together for their conference. The suggested title is ‘Pathways in Prayer: resourcing the journey’.

In addition, some parishes are arranging a week of guided prayer (retreat in daily life), Spiritual directors/ prayer guides are available for this. As the year unfold, further information will be available about this. The Diocesan Spirituality Adviser Andrew Mayes is available for advice. (andrew.mayes@gmail.com) Pilgrimages have always been an important part of the path of prayer, with the experience of journey, arrival at a holy place, worshipping together and then returning home again refreshed and renewed. During the course of the Year of Prayer there will be four Archdeaconry Pilgrimages to the Cathedral. As the Mother Church of the Diocese, the Cathedral has for centuries been a place of pilgrimage and will offer a generous welcome to archdeaconry pilgrims.

There will be three Clergy Study Days in the Year of Prayer, which will focus on how we might raise realistically the quality of our liturgy and worship in our churches, given our resources. The days will have the same format with input in the morning followed by a series of workshops in the afternoon.

A Morning Prayer

Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally by your mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

An Evening Prayer

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Church Is Open Each Week Day


Weekdays

Morning Prayer 7:00am

Evening Prayer 6:30pm