Welcome to St Leonard’s Church, Banbury

St. Leonard’s is one of a group of five Church of England parishes within Banbury, situated in the Grimsbury area of the town. Our style of worship is traditional, drawing on the richness of ritual and enhanced by the use of choral music and congregational singing. We are a very friendly congregation with a wide range of ages who are able to work together and support each other, both in Worship and during our regular weekly activities.

The church is open on Saturday mornings between 10.30 and 12.30 for private prayer. All are welcome. Social distancing measures are in place. We’d prefer you to wear a face covering but this is optional.

Morning prayer takes place in church at 10am on Saturdays. We hope to be holding Sunday services in church in the next few weeks – watch this space!

We are currently holding Sunday services via Zoom. If you would like to join us, please Contact Us

Also, please Contact Us if you would like prayer, or practical support, for you or someone else.

You can find this Sunday’s readings and Thought for the Week here

Some prayer resources can be found on the Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

This week’s Top Tips for health and well-being can be found here

This week’s readings, Thought for the Week, and Top Tips are on our weekly newsletter, which can be downloaded here

Further information

Inclusive Church

St Leonard’s is registered with the organisation Inclusive Church. Inclusive Church is a group of Christians uniting together around its statement of belief:

“We believe in inclusive Church – church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”

Find out more about Inclusive Church here.

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St Leonard’s received the Diocesan
‘Family Friendly’ award in February 2016. Click here for the story featured in the Banbury Guardian.

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Families can expect a warm welcome at services at St Leonard’s with busy bags and toys for babies and younger children and craft activities suitable for older children.

We also run a coffee morning on a Saturday, and an after school club at St Leonard’s school.

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New choristers wanted

We are currently recruiting new choristers – in particular girls and boys between the ages of 7 and 14. More information about St Leonard’s choir and junior choir can be found here. Information about other music activities at St Leonard’s can be found here