For over 900 years people have been worshipping and learning about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in our historic church and they still are today. There was probably a wooden Saxon church on the site before that.
We hope this website will give you a flavour of the things we do and what we are about.
But nothing written or read can ever do justice to what can be experienced through visiting us at one of our many services.
We look forward to seeing you.
UPDATE 27 July 2021
St Leonard's Church re-opened for public worship from Sunday 14 March (10.30am) and for private prayer on Wednesday mornings (10.00am - 12 noon) from Wednesday 10 March. Following the lifting of certain restrictions by the Government on 19 July, the Church of England provided this updated information on permitted activities in church under the Government's Step Programme.The Rector, Church Wardens and PCC announced on 27 July that, following a review, they had taken the decision to ask those attending public worship and/or private prayer to continue to wear masks, to use the sanitisers available, and to continue to observe social distancing.
Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid19 should continue to consider very carefully whether to attend services in church at this time. Please note that it is no longer necessary to book attendance at the Sunday service in advance.
Please be assured that any of the ministry team will be happy to pray with anyone over the telephone if you wish to contact them.
We are continuing to offer worship each Sunday on Zoom; starting from Sunday 18 July, this is taking place at 6.30pm (and not 10.30am as had been the case for several months) and the service will be recorded and available on Facebook and our website. Please do join us if you can.
Further information and guidance is available from the Diocese website
The Benefice of Middleton & Thornham (of which St Leonard is a part) continues to hold services by Zoom. Recordings of these services are available to view and participate here. If you wish to participate during the live Zoom service, please contact the church office or one of the benefice clergy.
A TIME TO REMEMBER: an opportunity to remember those who have died and to give thanks for their lives: see here for details of this service on Sunday 7 November 2021. If you would like to let us know the name(s) of your loved one(s) whom you wish to be remembered on that day, please either e-mail Moira in the Parish Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or write to her (Moira Brennan, St Leonard's Church, New Lane, Middleton M24 6DJ)
Heritage Lottery Fund
St Leonard's Parish Church has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund* (HLF). Of £249,000. This includes development funding of £37,753, towards urgent repair work and a programme of activities to engage with the local community. More details can be found here.
Find out more about the Manchester Diocese initiative and see how joining in could benefit you. https://www.manchester.anglican.org/more-than-Sunday/