St Leonard’s School Celebrates Harvest

It was a delight to welcome the children and staff of St Leonard’s CE primary school into Church this afternoon for their Harvest Celebration along with Church members and parents.

The children led the service which included the challenge to consider the food miles involved in getting food onto our plates. We were also encouraged to give generously to the work of the local food bank which provides food for people facing a time of financial hardship. A collecting box is permanently available in the porch of St Leonard’s Church to receive your donations.

Our Acting Rector, Revd Colin Resch shared the parable of the sower and encouraged us to consider seriously the seed that God has sown in our own hearts and to see it grow and bear fruit in our own lives and in the lives of those around us.

Thank you to everyone who came and joined in the service with us, despite the rainfall that greeted us on our way in and out again.

Church Open

Following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I can confirm that our church building will be open for prayer from 9am Friday morning 9th September our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very difficult time 

Long live the king!

Thoughts and Prayers for Her Majesty the Queen

I was concerned to hear of doctors’ worries for the health of our Queen. Please join me in praying for her and her family at this difficult time.

Here is a prayer that you may find useful at this time:
O God, who providest for thy people by thy power,
and rulest over them in love: Vouchsafe so to bless thy
Servant our Queen, that under her this nation may be wisely governed, and thy Church may serve thee in all godly quietness;
and grant that she being devoted to thee with her whole heart,
and persevering in good works unto the end,
may, by thy guidance, come to thine everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Journey In Faith

If you want to know more about yourself and your Christian faith, then sign up for the Journey In Faith Course beginning with an introductory session on Saturday 24th September.

St Leonard’s Annual Meeting

St Leonard’s Church will be holding its annual meeting on Wednesday 4th May at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the Church. At this meeting, parishioners will elect two Churchwardens and three members to serve on the St Leonard’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) for three years. We will also receive the annual report and answer any questions you may have about the life of our Church here in Swithland.

Nomination forms for Churchwarden and PCC membership are available in the Church, by request or on the following links: churchwarden nomination form / pcc nomination form. Completed forms should be returned to Revd Colin Resch before the start of the meeting. If you would like an informal chat about the role of Churchwarden or PCC member, please contact Revd Colin Resch on 0116 429 9946.

View Agenda

View Annual Report

View Minutes of 2021 Meeting of Parishioners

View Minutes of 2021 Annual Parochial Church Meeting

NOTICE OF REVISION OF CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL

Parish of St Leonard’s. Swithland

Notice is given that the Church Electoral Roll of the above parish will be revised by the Parochial Church Council, beginning on the 6th day of April 2022 and ending on the 19th day of April 2022.

After the revision, a copy of the Roll will be published by the Parochial Church Council and placed on the main door of St Leonard’s Church for at least 14 days and a copy of the Roll will be available for inspection on a reasonable request being made to the Council.

Under the Church Representation Rules, a lay person is entitled to have his or her name entered on the roll if the person –
(a) Is baptised,
(b) Is aged 16 or over, and
(c) Has made one of the following three declarations and duly applied for enrolment.

The first declaration is that the person is a member of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with it and is resident in the parish.

The second declaration is that the person is a member of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with it, is not resident in the parish, but has habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months.

The third declaration is that the person is a member in good standing of a Church which is not in communion with the Church of England but subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and is also a member of the Church of England and has habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months.

Application Forms for enrolment can be obtained from this link or from the Church Electoral Roll Officer. In order for a person to be entitled to attend the annual parochial church meeting and to take part in its proceedings, an Application Form for enrolment must be returned by the date shown above for the ending of the revision of the Church Electoral Roll by the Parochial Church Council.

Any error discovered in the Roll should at once be reported to the Church Electoral Roll Officer.

Dated this 6th day of April 2022
A.Wright. Church Electoral Roll Officer

Shaped By God Together – an update

Following the feedback given by our parish and those across the Diocese of Leicester, the Diocesan Synod will be meeting on Saturday 9 October to vote on the way forward. You can find out more about the proposals to be put to synod in this short vido presented by Bishop Martyn. I would ask you to pray for our synod members as they meet.

Christians in the forest bible study group

Who Are We?

An assortment of Christians from the Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire. We are from a number of different church types (“Denominations”) though some have no particular Church affiliation. Some have been Christians for many years while others have just started to explore the teachings of Christ. Our meetings, which are informal, include prayer and study of the Bible with discussions about our faith and how it informs our daily lives.

We have no written constitution and no explicit geographical limits!

We meet at the Baptist Church, Woodhouse Eaves, the Methodist Church, Woodhouse Eaves and St Leonard’s Church, Swithland,

The Autumn Course runs from September 28th each Tuesday night the course will be Acts 13-28 “To the ends of the Earth!” By Christine Platt.

We welcome old and new members, so if you would like to join us please contact Gary Lee by email on garyhlee87@gmail.com for further information.

Church is changing…

 It is clear that the Church in our Diocese will be facing massive changes in the not too distant future. The proposed models of ministry will, depending on your personality type, either fill you with trepidation and anxiety or excitement and adventure. Either way, as you discover more about the proposals, like me you will probably have many questions. Find out more about the Shaped by God Together local conversations on our SBGT page: stleonardsswithland.org/sbgt

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