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.
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 age range of the St Leonard’s family spans almost ten decades. There is always a 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.
We are pleased to announce that following the interview of prospective candidates on Friday 11th July, we can confirm that one of the candidates was appointed and has now accepted the job of Rector to our benefice.
The appointment is subject to the position being confirmed by our patron the Lord Chancellor in London, who sent his representative to the interviews. Unfortunately this part of the procedure will mean that the name of the new Rector cannot be disclosed until mid-September so we will all have to be patient.
We would tell you that the nine of us who were present at the interviews were unanimous in their decision to appoint the person chosen.
Sally and Graham
Churchwardens, St Leonard's Church
‘Saints – often stand and stare’
Norman Cutler 1933-2014
It is right to pay tribute to a former editor of Swithland’s parish magazine who died in July. Norman Cutler and his wife Pam moved to Swithland Lane thirty years ago, and were committed members of St Leonard’s from that year to this. In March 1990 Norman was persuaded by Rector Ray Walters to pick up the editorship of ‘The Link’. Norman, with Pam’s help, produced the magazine until October 1998, when they passed the editorial baton to Mrs Jean Curd. In 1995, the Church Council agreed to make three issues of ‘The Link’ each year ‘community issues’ which would be freely distributed to every household in the parish. Characteristic features of 'The Link' under Norman Cutler’s editorship included hagiological articles, informative material on Christian worship and spirituality, and delightful cartoons. There were several of these latter in a ‘saints’ series, not least the one in the last magazine edited by Norman, October 1998. Against a picture of trees and sun and flowers was set the caption: ‘saints... often stand and stare’.
All Christians are ‘saints’ and Norman was a very special one. Coming from a slightly higher church background than Swithland has yet risen to, Norman was a proficient thurifer, enjoying (according to his sons) swinging the censer exuberantly, creating clouds of holy smoke. Albeit not being able to continue this particular ministry in Swithland, Norman did continue his ministry as altar server, in time becoming Senior Server and Sacristan. I particularly appreciated his support in the sanctuary, as well as his chairmanship of the Worship Committee, membership of the Parochial Church Council and of the Church Men’s Club. Norman was a wise, humble and prayerful man of deep spirituality, always beginning and ending Worship Committee meetings with carefully chosen and inspirational prayers. St Leonard’s School also benefitted from Norman’s friendship and financial expertise in his role as a Governor and member of their Finance Committee.
Norman was loved and appreciated by many in Swithland’s church and community. He will be much missed. Our love and prayers go out to Pam, and to his sons Philip and Stephen.
Not, how did he die, but how did he live?
Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away?
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.
A prayer for use during time of interregnum
Who in thy redeeming love has drawn us together
as members of your church in this parish,
during this interregnum
especially deepen our love for you,
we pray to you to strengthen
our fellowship with one another;
and grant that by the witness of our corporate life
others within this place
may be brought to the knowledge of you
and your blessed kingdom may be enlarged;
for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord
St. Leonard's Church,