Welcome to St Leonard's Church, Sandridge.
St Leonard's church is open for private prayer on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons between 2:00pm and 4:00pm and for Eucharist on Wednesdays at 9.30am.
We are doing everything we can to minimise risk and to keep everyone safe. In return, please can you play your part by keeping to the strict social distancing arrangements in place and to take all sensible precautions. Thank you. You can find a link to our risk assessment here:
Worship and Prayer
- On Wednesdays at 9.30am Eucharist service, Common Worship, Order One in Traditional Language. We are now able to meet back in church, please attend if you're feeling well and not been contacted by the government Track and Trace team. Please wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser as you come in. Seating is arranged so you can sit a comfortable distance from one another. A service sheet will be provided but you might like to bring your own bible. Further information as to minor changes to the service will be given on the day.
This Sunday ALL AGE CRAFT CHURCH – 10am meeting at St Leonards South door.
All are welcome, especially children and their parents and carers, to our 1st Sunday of the month interactive service. This week we are exploring what it means to have courage and we will be hearing how Peter stepped out of the boat and walk on water to follow Jesus. For babes to octogenarians, all ages are welcome to join in the mess as we make parachute people, play ‘Swim or sink?’ and pray for courage to empower us all. Bring a mask, a rug or picnic chair, a snack and drink and get ready to have fun! We are hoping All Age Craft Church will also be available live on Zoom for those unable to make it to church. Parents, we will ask for your permission for your children to be involved in a drama which will be seen by those on Zoom live but this won’t be recorded or posted on line at all. Our priority is to keep our children having fun and staying safe.
- For those unable to join church services at the moment Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England on a telephone line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.
Church Family News
- We owe a huge thank you to Duncan Brown who for many years has served the life of St Leonards through his role as Treasurer. We are so grateful for all his time and many gifts given. Thank you Duncan.
FEED Food Bank - St Albans
If you are in difficulty or needing help with accessing food for yourself or family please contact us (see number below) or FEED programme here.
We can't give donations with our FEED box in church yet, but please donate directly through Bankuet, the Feed programme's preferred way of receiving donations. BANKUET will not only deliver those items they’re in need of, they’ll also deliver them when the food bank need them as BANKUET can guarantee delivery on all the items needed. DONATE THROUGH BANKUET or you can drop off food at FEED Donation Points at St Albans stores of Sainsbury, Morrisons and Waitrose.
Many of us want to pray at a time like this. But we don't know how. No one is 'good' at praying. Its more like the cries of a toddler's first words, than an exam. Here are ways to be still and know that God is is listening and closer than we can imagine:
- Ten minute meditations with music, bible passage and prayer: pray-as-you-go.org and for lockdown specific prayers click here - pray as you stay.
- Morning and evening daily prayers are said by many, click here to join in : create a prayer space at home and perhaps light a candle if safe to do so or light a virtual one.
- We pray this week particularly for the black and minority groups who are being worse effected by the virus and for scientists and NHS staff seeking a vaccinne, for the couples who have had to cancel their weddings and the families who have to wait to celebrate their child's baptism.
Black Lives Matter
Bishop Alan Smith and the Diocesan team are committed to this diocese becoming a family of churches, schools and chaplaincies within which all can flourish. Please click here to read the Ethnic Minorities Charter for the Diocese of St Albans.
Children and Covid
How do you explain lockdown to children? Axel Scheffler has illustrated a wonderful digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it - Coronavirus A book for Children. There is also an audio version. For details click here.
We would love to hear from you via email or phone call, especially if you are feeling lonely, fearful or sad, which I’m sure we all will at times. I will keep you updated as we go, but for now, sending this with my prayers and love,
Rev Kate Daymond, Assistant Curate,
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