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 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|
St. Leonard's Church,