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St Denys Church

Evington, Leicester

Advent and Christmas Services at St. Denys

All welcome to join with us as we prepare for the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ

Sunday 3rd December, Advent Sunday Holy Communion, 10am

Sunday 10th December, Advent 2, Christingle Service for all the family, 3pm

Sunday 17th December, Advent 3, traditional annual Carol Service with organ, choir and congregational carols and readings, 6pm

Sunday 24th December, Advent 4 (Christmas Eve), Crib service, 4pm

Sunday 24th December, Advent 4 (Christmas Eve), ‘Midnight’ Holy Communion taking us into Christmas Day, beginning at 11.15pm

Monday 25th December, Christmas morning Holy Communion, 10am

Sunday 31st December, (New Year’s Eve), Holy Communion, 10am

Please note, Holy Communion services take place every Sunday at 10am

Diabetes Awareness Coffee Morning

On Saturday 18th November 2023, 10am – 12noon in the parish centre attached to St. Denys Church, our Vicar, Reverend Anthony Lees-Smith will be hosting a coffee morning for all those wanting to share experiences or simply be with others who have, or know someone who has diabetes.

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 12th November 2023

On Sunday 12th November, we will mark Remembrance Sunday. At 10.45am, at the War Memorial in Evington village, we will remember those who died in World Wars 1 and 2 and remember the dead of more recent conflicts too. Our act of remembrance will include 2 minutes silence. Following this, there will be a parade including the uniformed organisations, to St. Denys Church where the service will conclude.

Please note that, for those unable to join folk at the war memorial for whatever reason, an act of remembrance will also take place in St. Denys Church at 10.45am, where the names of local Evington soldiers who perished in the two world wars will be read out.

All are welcome to stay for refreshments in the parish centre attached to the church, at the conclusion of the service.

At 3pm, an All Age Holy Communion service will take place in the church/parish centre.

All Souls Service 2023

Remembering our dearly departed loved ones

On Sunday 5th November at 4pm, we hold our annual All Souls service in St. Denys Church. This is a quiet, reflective service with appropriate music and hymns where the names of our departed loved ones are read out. The opportunity to light candles in their memory will be available. At the conclusion of the service, refreshments will be available in the adjoining parish centre. All are welcome.

A ‘New’ Priest Amongst Us

Reverend Mark’s Ordination!

On Saturday 1st July 2023 in St. Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray at 3pm, our Curate Reverend Mark will be ordained priest alongside several other deacons. This is a very special service marking the next chapter in his ministry amongst us. We at St. Denys offer our warmest congratulations and send our love to him. Several members of the congregation will be attending the service. Mark writes “… this has been a huge change in my life that has also had an impact on those around me and I am forever grateful for the kindness, patience, love and support that so many of you who know me have given, not least my family and especially Sarah, my wife. I am currently on pre ordination retreat at Launde Abbey, with many of those I have shared this part of the journey with. I would very much appreciate your thoughts and prayers for the ordination on Saturday and for my celebrating Holy Communion for the first time at St. Denys, Evington on Sunday at 11am. There is an open invitation to all who can make it. A bring and share lunch will be held after the service on Sunday!”

Lent and Easter 2023

Following the conclusion of Christmas with the feast of Candlemas last Sunday, we move to remember Christ’s earthly ministry, leading to the last Supper with his disciples on Maundy Thursday, and his death on Good Friday on the cross, before his glorious resurrection on Easter Day. Mark with us, this moving and deeply meaningful season. Each service takes place in church, unless otherwise stated:

Wednesday 22nd February (Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent), 6pm Holy Communion with ‘ashing’

Sunday 19th March (Mothering Sunday) 10am, Holy Communion and 3pm, Cafe Church. Join the church family in saying thank you to all mothers, living and departed, and receive a gift of flowers or a plant to take home as a sign of your gratitude..

Sunday 2nd April (the beginning of Holy Week and Palm Sunday), 11am, Informal Holy Communion with the reading of the Passion story.

Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April, 6pm, quiet and reflective service of traditional Compline.

Wednesday 5th April, 6.30pm, A special service of Music and Readings for Holy Week and Easter with full choir and organ, to include movements from Handel’s Messiah.

Thursday 6th April, 6pm, The Last Supper (a bring and share meal with Holy Communion) plus foot washing in the parish centre attached to the church, followed by stripping of the church.

Friday 7th April (Good Friday), 10-12 Children’s Activity Morning, then at 2pm, The Last Hour – a special time to reflect, be still and pray within your hearts in front of the high altar stripped bare, marking Christ’s death on the cross.

Sunday 9th April (Easter Day), at dawn (6.15am), a short service celebrating Christ’s resurrection from the dead, outside beside a warm fire-pit with songs, readings and prayer.

Sunday 9th April (Easter Day), 10am, Holy Communion and 3pm, Cafe Church. Christ is Risen, Alleluia!