Welcome from Father Matthew Buchan
Ss Peter & Paul has served the people of Leybourne for around one thousand years.
This is a lively church and we seek to offer a friendly welcome to all who choose to meet with us.
Our church community is made up of many individuals - from all age groups and at different stages of the Christian journey - but all seeking to love and serve God.
We hope you will feel welcomed and relaxed here at Leybourne Church. Fellowship and Community are important elements to church life, and we hope that through the many activities that are on offer in this church, you will grow in your relationship with God, and also build lasting relationships with fellow church members.
‘Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find our rest in you…..’
Words from the Anglican prayer book. These words reveal the reality of our humanity, which is that we are all restless, searching for something or someone that will give meaning to our lives.
Christians believe that God calls each one of us into a loving relationship with him, through Jesus Christ, and it is through responding to the love of God, that we as individuals find meaning in our lives.
In the Bible, Jesus spoke of the life he offered people; “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10, 10)
If you would like to know more about the Christian faith, or would like to discuss further how you could be involved in any of the courses or a Home Group which encourage and nurture people in their Christian faith please contact me.
The 8am Eucharist is said using the Church of England's Common Worship liturgy and includes Bible readings, prayers, and a short sermon, as well as the sharing of bread and wine in Holy Communion. It usually lasts about half an hour.
The Parish Eucharist at 10am on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays is a traditional service, using the Church of England's Common Worship liturgy. Music is led by the organ and/or music group and choir.
Clergy are robed and the gospel and candles are processed. A sermon is given and prayers of intercession offered to God. Occasionally incense may be used. The service usually lasts just over an hour.
On the 2nd Sunday of the month there is a more informal All Age Service at 10am when the children and young people share in leading worship through drama, song and dance. The service may include Holy Communion or it may be a Service of the Word and lasts about an hour.
When we celebrate The Eucharist, it is open to all to receive communion for whom it is their normal practice. Others (including children) are invited to receive a blessing.
As a church we endeavor to be available to people in times of need. For matters of prayer, baptism, marriage or any pastoral concern please contact the Parish Priest, Fr Matthew Buchan.
For all other queries please contact the Parish Administrator.
Baptism at Ss Peter & Paul
We are always delighted to baptise people (both young and older) at Ss Peter & Paul.
For an adult or teenager baptism can mark a major step forward in faith and a growing feeling of belonging within the church. For the adult, baptism is often accompanied by confirmation and a group of candidates meet with the parish priest for preparation and discussion.
For the baby or child it is also an important stage at which parent(s) and Godparents make promises on the childs behalf and the family moves forward in faith together. In this case the parish priest will visit the family to explain these promises and will write to the Godparents.
From the order of service: "Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God's love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future.
If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, please do ask the parish priest for an application form after the 10:00 service one Sunday - we will be delighted to help!!
Leybourne School Admissions
Leybourne St Peter and Paul Church of England Primary School is a voluntary aided primary school. A school prospectus can be obtained from the School Office tel no 01732 842008 or via the school web site www.leybourne.kent.sch.uk
The school has an excellent reputation in the area and is classified as "Outstanding" by Ofsted. Because of the "outstanding" Ofsted category and the Christian ethos, the school is often very oversubscribed when it comes to applications for entry. As a result there are strict criteria for admissions. Please check the admissions criteria on the school web site for more details.