Swithland Church

Part of the East Akeley South Mission Partnership, Diocese of Leicester


Welcome to St. Leonard's, the parish church of the village of Swithland situated in the Charnwood Forest of north Leicestershire. Please come and join us whenever you can. We are here as part of, and to serve, our community. We would be pleased to share your happy times, such as weddings, baptisms or special anniversaries. We are also here for times of difficulty, perhaps when we are thinking of absent loved ones or the burdens of life’s problems or conflicts.

The Church provides a place of peace to reflect on what matters and is important to you, with an unconditional greeting to all. There may be times when you are unable to join us due to particular circumstances in your life, however, please don’t feel estranged from us as you will always be made welcome. For details of our services please click on the ‘
Swithland Diary 2014’ on the right hand side of this home page. We very much look forward to meeting you and, if you have family members or friends that wish to come along too, just come as you are ….  

Rector Reverend Lisa

St Leonard's Church

Saint Leonards Crest

As the parish church of Swithland, St Leonard’s seeks to be a Christian presence in the local area, offering worship and prayer each week, and encouraging all its members to witness to their Christian faith and to serve the local community.

The Church

St. Leonard's is the parish church of the village of Swithland in Charnwood Forest. The first building was believed to be a rectangular cell with three unglazed round windows near the roof on either side. Oil or candles would have provided the only light inside the Church and there was definitely no heating!! St Leonard’s has witnessed Christian worship since the 13th century. Built of mellow local stone and dominated by a glorious east window which radiates golden light throughout the nave, the atmosphere is one of warmth and welcome.  Worship takes place every Sunday. The style ranges from the quiet, traditional said Communion (BCP), through Parish Choral Communion to the simpler expression of the Family Service, appealing to the younger members of the Church Family. The quarterly “Sunday Extra” service offers information and increases understanding of different aspects of Christianity in the community. Once a month there is a meeting of the thriving Kidz Club where current religious themes are introduced and discussed in the context of crafts and stories. All of the services at St. Leonard's Church can be viewed here.

The People

The age range of the St Leonard’s family spans almost ten decades. There is always a very warm welcome extended to all who come to the church, either to visit or to join the local community. The mid- morning service is followed by coffee and biscuits giving an opportunity to build and strengthen friendships old and new.

A Christmas message from The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester
Christmas means different things to us at different times in our life. Bishop Tim talks about the way he has spent every Christmas morning since he arrived in Leicester in Leicester Prison.

Bishop of Leicester's Christmas Message

A seasonal prayer

Lord Jesus in this holy season of prayer,
hope, joy and song, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us:
for the shining star and the angel's hymn of God's glory.
We praise you for the Word made flesh in the Christ- Child.
We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance. 

Be with us as we are reminded of the true meaning of Christmas
and the helpless Babe who came to save us .
And so we kneel before you just as we are like the shepherds,
innkeepers and the wise men of that first Christmas and may our hearts be open to receive the Christ - Child,
Glory to God in the Highest.


Do you know someone who needs a Prayer?

I am not just talking about people who are ill or for those who have recently lost a close one.

We probably all at some time pray for some who we know, who needs our prayer.

Why not give your prayer more power by letting us all in the congregation pray with you.

We have introduced a prayer request post box in the Swithland Church porch, it has some cards with it to make the request, we do not need to know the reason for the person requiring a prayer, if you think they need a prayer, then that is good enough for us. Just add the person’s name to the card and we would ask that you add your name so that so we know where the request has come from, post the card in the box and your request will be included in the intersessions prayer.

For those giving the intersessions prayer, will you please check the box just before the service and include the person’s name(s) in the prayer.

St. Leonard's Church,
Main Street,
LE12 8TQ