The LINK for July/August

The latest edition of our Church magazine, THE LINK covering our services and activities over the next two summer months has now been printed and is available to pick up, free of charge, in the Church porch at St Leonard’s. It is also available to download here.

It contains lots of interesting articles as well as information about events and services taking place at St Leonard’s. In particular, we are looking forward to the Thurcaston Handbell Ringers’ visit to our Open Afternoon on 13th July following the success of our Strawberries and Cream tea in June.   Do support this event if you can – all donations are for LOROS.

After a long wait, summer is now here.   All of us at St Leonard’s send our good wishes for your enjoyment of all that it has to offer.

The Bluebell Service

The weather looks good for tomorrow (Sunday 5th May) so put on your walking shoes and join us at 3pm in Swithland Woods for    St Leonard’s Annual Bluebell Service.

It takes place by the Great Pit – follow the signs – (What3words – and donations will be given to the Exaireo Trust which is a Christian charity based in Loughborough for the homeless.

Tea and cakes will be available back at the Church following the service.

We look forward to seeing you.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Following our Holy Communion Service at 9.30am on this coming Sunday 7th April, we shall holding our
starting at (or shortly after) 10.30am

At the meeting parishioners will appoint churchwardens and elect three members of the church to serve on St Leonard’s Parochial Church Council (PCC). We will receive the Annual Report and answer any questions you may have about the life of our church here in Swithland.

Vocations Day

Being called by God doesn’t always lead to ordained ministry. There are so many ways to live out your faith in the life and mission of the church and wider community. If you feel God’s calling you to be or do something, then you might find an answer at the Diocese of Leicester’s forthcoming Vocations Day.

Exploring Calling For Everyone is the chance to think about how God calls us to live out our faith, to recognise our gifts, and to meet others from across the diocese serving their church and communities in a variety of ways.
Seminars throughout the day include caring for our buildings, leading worship, working with children and young people, helping others to deepen their faith, pastoral care, sharing faith, social action and caring for creation.

Revd Liz Rawlings, diocesan Discipleship and Vocations Enabler, says: “We are each called to be ‘salt and light’ in the world, to be bearers of the grace of God in the places and among the people we find ourselves.
“This day gives us the space to reflect on the opportunities and gifts we have to do this, a place where we can be inspired by others who are living their faith in a myriad of different ways and the opportunity to explore how God may be guiding us in our own unique calling.”

Exploring Calling For Everyone takes place on Saturday 10 February, 10am to 3pm, at St Martins House, Leicester.
Click here for more information

Thank You Jeff

Jeff Harrison recently made the difficult decision to step down from his role as Server at St Leonard’s Church. Jeff has served at the altar for fifty-one years and has been instrumental in preserving the tradition of our 8am Book of Common Prayer service throughout this time. He first felt the call to this ministry after experiencing the touch of God at Holy Communion and he has always sought to bring a reverence and holiness to these services. He will certainly be a difficult act to follow.

The PCC wanted to thank him for his dedication and, in recognition of this, Colin Resch recently presented him with a special Long Service Award.

Jazz Carols

Our Jazz Choir and a 5 piece Jazz band assembled themselves at St Leonard’s Church, Swithland on 13th December to lead a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols embracing a variety of musical genres including Jazz, Rhumba, Reggae, and Rock. The church was full and it was a delight to see faces old and new! After the Service there was much chat, mingled in between sips of mulled wine and mouthfuls of traditional mince pies. A lot of fun was had  and total of £225 was raised for the benefit of The Children’s Society.
Very well done Choir, Band and all the people in the ‘back office’ supporting and laying on hospitality!

New Year’s Day at St Leonard’s Church

On New Year’s Day, Sunday 1st January we shall be celebrating the Festive Season with our service ‘Sing a song of Christmas’.

Led by Mr Gary Lee, we shall be singing and learning all about our favourite carols, listening to Christmas readings and poetry, and then enoying sparkling wine and Christmas cake.

We can promise you a joyful start tot he New Year. Do come along and join us.

Bluebell Service 2022

After a two year absence, it was a real joy to gather in Swithland Woods for our annual Bluebell Service.

The service was led by our Acting-Rector, Revd Colin Resch and the Bible Reading given by the Deputy Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jenni Tillotson. It was a beautifully warm and sunny afternoon and members of the Syston Band (pictured above) and a few of our choir members led the singing of our hymns. There was a fabulous turnout and people generously donated £190 to the work of The Children’s Society for which we are truly grateful.

The first Bluebell Service was held in Swithland woods on 20th May 1928 and has continued annually ever since.

First wedding of 2022

It was a delight hearing the wedding bells ring out as we welcomed our first wedding couple of 2022 to the wonderful setting of St Leonard’s Church and we offer our congratulations to Mark & Faye as they embark on the rest of their lives together as man and wife.

The service was conducted by our Acting Rector, Revd Colin Resch. The organist was Mr Paul Wilcox.

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