St Leonard and St Catherine, Drayton St Leonard

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Welcome to our Church.

The small village church in Drayton St Leonard has been worshipped in for over 800 years. Much of the Nave is Norman, with two fine doorways, although the Chancel was added later. Its most striking feature is the free-standing tower, built of massive oak and chestnut beams standing within the main building and rising through the roof to a height of 43 feet. Internally the Victorian restoration aimed to return the church to the style in which it was originally built, and we have inherited a building of simple charm. A rota of volunteers keep it open during the day for anyone to visit, read, reflect, pray or just sit.

The Bells
The ringers are very pleased with our new bells. All the work on the bells is complete and the clock has been reinstalled - it is now electrically wound. The latest news can be seen on the bell appeal pages on facebook and  the village website . To learn more, come to a bellringing practise, most Wednesdays at 7.30pm for an hour.

Our usual pattern of services is:
On the first Sunday of each month we have an evening service at 6pm. Usually on odd months (e.g. Jan) this is Communion and on even months (e.g. Feb) it is Evensong. Please check for details as these vary from time to time.
On other Sundays we have a morning communion at 09.30am, except for months with a fifth Sunday, when a service is held in a member church of the Dorchester Team.
Listen out for ... the bells which are usually rung before each service and special occasions, and ... the organ, which our band of organists play almost eveery service..
Click above on the 'Services and Events' tab and then on the sub tab 'Regular Services' for full details. Other services and events are listed under sub tabs 'Special Events' and 'Other Events'.

Let us know if you'd like to join the flower arrangers rota. The church is usually beautifully decorated and sometimes stunning flower displays are on show. (Traditionally there are no flowers in church in Advent and Lent, the times of preparation for Christmas and Easter).

We are a member of the Dorchester Team of parishes, details on the Team Webpage . Within the Team, we are a member of the Cluster, comprising the parishes of Berinsfield, Marsh and Toot Baldon and ourselves. (There is currently no Cluster website, just refer to the parish websites in the ACNY pages.)
Details of services and activities in Drayton St Leonard can also be found in the monthly Church Newssheet distributed to all houses in the parish.
Our Vicar, The Revd. Paul Cawthorne and his family live in Berinsfield.
Do send us a message or phone us to or learn about getting married, or arrange a baptism or funeral, click the 'contact us' tab above.

Pastoral care is an important part of our work. This means looking after our community's needs, caring and advising, spiritually, mentally and physically. If you'd like to talk, over a cup of coffee perhaps, or want to know more about Christianity, please click the 'contact us' tab above.
There is a prayer request book on the table in the church; at Communion services we include intercessions (prayers for the community and the world) so please use it.
We support the Wallingford Foodbank, a basket for donations is provided just inside the door on the pew seat on the left. Donations are offered at the alter during Sunday service before going to the foodbank. Contact the Vicar if you need help from the food bank. More Foodbank information can be found on the Drayton St Leonard website.

Our main annual fundraiser, is the Church Fête, organised by a committee from the whole village.
The whole village, not just churchgoers, support the church in many other ways too, including bellringing, flower arranging, choir singing at the Carol service and grounds maintenance.
Another regular fund raiser is the Safari Supper. Look out for the next one in the usual media: our parish newssheet; the DSL News & Views paper; the village website and these pages.

The church porch is used as a distribution point for newspapers, volunteers bring the papers from the newsagents in Berinsfield so people only have to walk to the church to get their copy. Open an account with Berinsfield's Savaforce (Costcutter) store to join in.

We like to be involved - please get in touch with any suggestions for community activities.

We'd like to meet you too, please come to any of our services and introduce yourself, or call the church office for information.

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Revd. Paul Cawthorne
The Vicarage (Parish Office), Cherwell Road, BERINSFIELD, OX10 7PB.
(The church itself does not have a letterbox, for GPS the nearest postcodes are OX10 7AU (Church Lane) or OX10 7AS (Ford Lane - better parking).
(01865) 340460 (Parish office)

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Holy Communion (2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays)
Our usual Sunday morning service with hymns and sermon. Everyone is welcome.
Every second third and fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Common Worship
Evening Service (1st Sunday)
On the first Sunday of each month we have an evening service. This usually alternates between Holy Communion and Evensong (see the monthly Newssheet for additional details). The pattern for 2016 starts with Holy Communion on 3 Jan, then Evensong on 7 Feb and so on.
Normal schedule: Odd months Holy Communion, even months Evensong. (Always check the monthly Newssheet delivered to all houses in the village for specific details, or contact us).
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship


Bellringing Practice
Our bellringers are always ready to welcome new recruits. Please contact Hilarie Rogers if you are interested - our ringers range from young people to pensioners, but the bells don't suit the very young. Practices are sometimes followed by social activity such as dinner and a drink in the Catherine Wheel.
Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM for 1 hour


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

Contact the church office or follow links in News. for the latest information. (click on the contact us tab).
Church Open Usually daily from around 09:30 to 20:30, or to dusk in winter. The ramps to place over the entrance step for disabled access are located inside the church immediately on the left on coming in, under the pew. Contact information for access when locked can be found on the noticeboard in the porch.

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Hall for Hire Contact the Parish Office if youd like to use the church for an event. (The hall next to the church is the old school and is owned by the village, not the Church: Contact David Herlihy (01865) 400864 for hire of the hall or its tables, chairs or crockery. Contact the Parish Clerk to hire the village tents stored in the hall.)
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Canon Susan Elizabeth BOOYS
Team Vicar: The Revd Paul Howarth CAWTHORNE
Team Vicar: The Revd Caroline Naomi KING
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 95
Built: 1146
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: ASTON & CUDDESDON (27402)
Benefice: Dorchester (27/153BJ)
Parish Legal Name: Drayton St. Leonard (270109 )
CofE Church Info: (627109 27/109)
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The current editor is: Stephen Cox

This page was last updated on Sunday 12th March 2017
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