What a year that was!

Widening the circle - review of the year for our annual meeting on Sunday April 22nd

“St Leonard’s is a church that seeks to be at the heart of our community” – that’s the declaration we make on the front page of our church website.

To that end, we seek to welcome more people to come through our doors, to invite them to share in the life of the church, and ultimately help them grow in the Christian faith.

Our Mission Action Plan for the year set out priorities on reviewing our welcome; developing our contact with all ages; relaunching the parish magazine and taking forward our use of social media; looking into the creation of a pastoral team; and supporting the Friends of St Leonard’s in their early stages.

Highlights of the year included packed Christmas services, a busy Flower Festival, well-attended Easter, Harvest and Remembrance services, and a successful Summer Fete and Christmas market. Our open church Sundays in August attracted a steady flow of visitors.

We have welcomed pupils from Sandridge School for services and other events – including a special Experience Pentecost day – and children and their families for our monthly Craft Church activity. We have taken regular services to the residents at Lyndon and Tara’s Retreat older people’s homes.

In addition, we have welcomed people of all ages for weddings, baptisms and funeral services, each involving close liaison with the families to ensure their wishes are met.

The parish magazine has been relaunched in colour and extensive use made of Facebook, Twitter and our website – together these reach many hundreds of people in the parish and further afield.

Pastoral activities have continued, with communion taken to people in their homes and other help being given. The monthly Fellowship meetings have been special gatherings for many. Going forward, an initial meeting has been held on developing our pastoral work.

It’s been good to see the Friends of St Leonard’s organise popular fund-raising events, and so be able to donate funds to the church building’s upkeep. We look forward to continuing our support for the Friends in the year ahead.

The year also saw us celebrate Roland King’s 60 years of churchwarden’s duties, and mourn the death of Sheila Wall, who taught Sunday school for more than 45 years.

Our aim remains to be a church at the heart of our community, and so to bring the good news of Christ’s love to all.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the events and activities outlined above – and to many others not mentioned but also much valued!


Rev Em Coley
Rev Peter Crumpler