Priest in Charge: Rev’d Tim Parker, The Rectory, 3 Bateman Road, East Leake. To contact the Vicar call his mobile: 07963 550964 Associate Priests: Rev’d Pat Edwards and Rev’d Mary Essex. Curate: Rev’d Michael Allen Churchwardens: Mr Conrad Oatey and Mrs Voirrey Paesler Enquiries contact the Benefice Office : 01509 852228
The Vicar works with a team of ministers to provide pastoral care to the five parishes. East Leake is by far the largest village, and St. Mary’s Church has around ninety people attending its main morning service, as well as many people taking part in other activities for all ages including children, young people and older folk.
The other five churches have small yet loyal congregations. Services are usually held each Sunday in East Leake, and on three Sundays every month in each of the other parish churches. On those occasions when there is not a service in their own church, parishioners are encouraged to worship at one of the other benefice churches where they will be assured of a warm welcome. On fifth Sundays of the month and on other special occasions a special service is held when people can come together from the whole benefice. On these occasions the singing is usually led by a combined benefice choir.
Special services and events in the smaller parishes include a Nativity Play at Stanford in December, a Parade and Service with a donkey on Palm Sunday in one of the parishes, and a service of Passiontide music on Palm Sunday evening. There are harvest festivals and harvest suppers, Christmas carol services and concerts, fundraising and social events. All our churches are available for weddings, baptisms and funerals by arrangement with the Vicar.
St. Mary’s, East Leake is usually open from about 9am until about 4pm for those who wish to look around, or to pray or just sit quietly. Stanford Church is usually open from 12 noon until 2pm on the first Saturday of the month. We would love to keep all the churches open for visitors, but sadly this is not possible. However, arrangements may be made for anyone who wishes to visit.
Looking after our church buildings and churchyards and getting everything ready for Sunday worship and other services depends on the hard work and commitment of a group of dedicated volunteers. We are always very pleased to hear from anyone who would like to help, and from those who wish to make a financial contribution to ensure that our parish churches may continue to be a focus for the Christian faith in our communities. Most of all we love to welcome new people to our services, meetings and events.
The Benefice of St Mary’s, East Leake is in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and includes the parishes of Costock, Rempstone, Stanford on Soar and West Leake. The East Leake Benefice is part of the Cluster of South Nottinghamshire parishes, including the Gotham group of churches, and the parishes of Sutton Bonington and Normanton on Soar. You can also keep up to date with what’s going on at St Mary’s on Facebook.
Ensuring that children and young people are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding you can download our policy from here.
Safeguarding contact details are:
Parish Safeguarding Coordinator: Pam Peacock (01509 853397) Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Donna Bernard- Carlin 01636 817200
Out of Hours for Children & Adults: Nottinghamshire: 0300 456 4546
Confirmation and admitting Children to Communion
Confirmation classes are available for both teenagers and adults. We also offer children the opportunity to share in communion before they are old enough to be confirmed by attending a short and fun course to help children learn and understand about communion. If this is something you would like to explore for your children, please speak to Rev’d Tim: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07963 550964