We are currently a dispersed church community while the parish church is only partly open. Use the menu link to "Worship and Music" to find out about our church services, or read on to find out how to keep in touch and be part of our church community.
If you're new here, and just want to connect with St Leonard's, then it's best to pick up the phone. Click here to find contact details for our clergy. We use the phone a lot to keep in touch with one another. If you or someone you know would like to be included in our church community, just give us a call.
If you'd like to read our latest parish magazine, click here.
We meet every day online for Morning and Evening Prayer.
You're welcome to join us, we'd love to see you online, or to meet you if you're joining us for the first time. We use a simple online video-conference called Zoom. Click here to join us at 9 a.m. every day except Sunday, and at 5 p.m every day. If you're not familiar with Zoom, click here for a simple guide to joining a meeting.
We follow the Church of England's daily prayers, which include Psalms and other readings from the Bible, and we pray together. Each service lasts about 25 minutes, including our hellos and goodbyes. If you'd like to follow the prayers and readings each day, and join in the responses, click here to open a new window on your computer with the prayer text laid out for you.
If you have a smartphone or tablet to use as well as the device with which you're connected to Zoom, we recommend the Church of England app Daily Prayer which gives you the full text of Morning and Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer, in contemporary and traditional-language versions. It is really easy to use, and excellent value at only £2.99 for a year's subscription.
Read on for more detail about how to be kept in touch with our latest news, plus some thoughts about what it means to be a dispersed church, and further links to other spiritual resources.
Holding together as a local churchThese are challenging times for all of us. Trying to maintain a balance and structure to life in lockdown can be difficult, especially for those of us who like to have a life of rhythm and a timetable or a plan. But out of challenge comes opportunity, and our Archbishops have reminded us that if we can't get to church, we can ensure that our faith is alive in our homes and houses. They said that "In this regard we have much to learn again from our Jewish brothers and sisters. Let us make our homes alive with our prayers and our hopes."
In Hythe, the worshipping community of St Leonard's have made sure that everyone we know who is connected with our church is on a list for someone to make regular phone contact. We haven't made the assumption that everyone is (or wants to be, or enjoys being) online with a computer, tablet or smartphone. But for those of us who are online, we're keeping in touch with a regular e-mail bulletin. If you don't yet receive that, and would like to, click here and simply send us an email with "Subscribe" in the subject line of your email.
To keep in touch with the wider church in our diocese of Canterbury, click here. You'll find information and guidance, including messages from Bishop Rose, and news from the other churches of our diocese.
For your personal prayer, you might find the following helpful:
The Church of England has a range of apps for your phone/tablet, and as of March 2020 the simple Time To Pray app is completely free to use.
The fully-featured app Daily Prayer gives you the full text of Morning and Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer, in contemporary and traditional-language versions. It is really easy to use, and excellent value at only £2.99 for a year's subscription.
Many of you will already have books to follow a pattern of daily Bible readings, but if you are going to follow Daily Prayer, then we really recommend the app version of Reflections for Daily Prayer. At £12.99 for a year, it's more expensive, but it's an excellent resource.
Sometimes it's good to let someone else lead us in prayer, and there is an excellent website called Pray As You Go which does just that. It began years ago as a podcast for people to hear as they commuted or went about their daily lives, but it works anywhere. It is based on the principle of lectio divina, in which you are led through a meditative reading and prayer around a Bible passage.
You can practise lectio divina, the prayerful reading of the Bible, yourself at home. Click here for a brief introduction and some suggestions, and if you'd like to know more, to discuss the practice in more detail, or indeed to discuss any aspect of your spirituality or prayer life, please just get in touch with one of our clergy. We'd love to hear from you.
The Parish of St Leonard, Hythe