Last Updated: Saturday, 10 March 2018

What do we believe?

We believe that Jesus, now risen and ascended, is in charge of the whole world and everyone in it. We can only find real life, the life God wants for us, when we live in relationship with him. The four gospels in the New Testament of the Bible tell us that Jesus came to do all that was necessary for any of us to enjoy the real, eternal life he offers.

At St Leonard's we are a community of people, of all ages and backgrounds, who have found this to be true in our own experience. Our aim (though we are far from perfect!) is to help one another live effectively in the way Christ wants us to. It is also our aim to pass the message about Christ to others, as best we can.

What happens in Sunday Services?

We sing God’s praise, using a mixture of contemporary and traditional songs.
We listen to God’s Word, as passages from the Bible are read out and then explained in a twenty minute sermon.
We pray to God together, with a church member leading us from the front.
We spend time together as God’s people. After each service tea and coffee are served and there is a chance to get to know each other and to encourage each other.


Do I have to be a Christian to come to St Leonard’s?

Absolutely not. We welcome everyone to our services, from those who are fully committed to those who are simply curious to find out more about the Christian faith.


Can I bring my baby to church?

Of course — everybody is welcome. There is a crèche during both morning services, but we know that some parents may prefer to keep their babies with them in church. If babies become restless in a way that may disturb other people, you can always take them out into the foyer for a few minutes. Our services are relayed to a TV in the foyer. We also have a baby room at the back of church.The service is relayed to a TV in here too.
There are baby changing facilities in the Church Centre.


What about children and young people?

There are groups for children of all ages during both morning services. Children stay in church for the first part of the service, and then go out to their own groups.
On the last Sunday of the month both of the morning services are all age services, and so children and adults stay together for the whole of the service.
Our group for teenagers, Contact, meets after the evening service.  For more information about children and young people at St Leonard’s, contact our youth worker, Ed Surrey — edward.surrey@stleonards.church


When can I receive Holy Communion?

Our main communion services are at 6.30 on the second Sunday of the month and 9.15 and 11 on the third Sunday of the month. All those who are committed followers of the Lord Jesus are welcome to receive bread and wine in remembrance of his sacrificial death on the cross.

We also have a monthly midweek communion service (Book of Common Prayer) at 2.30 in our Church Centre on the first Thursday of each month. If you are housebound and would like to receive communion, please contact the Rector — simon.austen@stleonards.church


What should I do if I’d like someone to pray with me?

Go to the prayer room at the back of church after the service has ended, and members of our prayer team will be available to talk and pray with you.


What provision is there for people with disabilities?

Our church building and the lower floor of our Church Centre are easily accessible for wheel chair users. As we have chairs rather than pews, we can easily make space for wheel chairs in church. we have a wheelchair available for use between the church and carpark. There is a toilet for disabled people just to the left of the main entrance.

Large Print song words and bibles are available — just ask the welcomers who are handing out service sheets in the foyer as you come in to the service.
We have a loop system for those who use hearing aids.
If you would like to discuss your particular needs, please contact our Church Office — office@stleonards.church


Who should I speak to if I’d like to get married, or have my baby baptised (christened) at St Leonard's?

Please contact our Associate Rector, Chris Keane — chris.keane@stleonards.church


Where can I park my car?

There is limited parking at the church, so we like to keep this for disabled and elderly people. Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, which is next door to us on Topsham Road, kindly allow us to use their car-park on Sundays, but we must park only in the marked spaces. There is also some on-street parking in the roads around the church - see our map.
Parking can be a bit of a problem, so if you can get to church without using your car, we would encourage you to do so. There is plenty of space for bicycles, and buses K, R, S and T stop right outside the church.


How can I get more involved at St Leonard’s?

Our mid-week homegroups are a great way to get more involved and to get to know people better. They meet every other week in people’s homes, to study the bible and pray together. If you would like to join one of our home groups contact Simon Austen — simon.austen@stleonards.church

We have midweek groups during the day for retired people, for women, and for parents and toddlers. We also have regular men’s and women’s breakfasts.


How is St Leonard’s funded?

The vast majority of our income is given by church members. If you’d like to know more about giving to St Leonard’s, contact our treasurer – treasurer@stleonards.church


Do you hold personal data about people who come to church?

Yes we do.  You will find more information about this here.


Do you have a map of the Parish boundary?

Yes — here it is.