We are the ancient parish church for Horringer-cum-Ickworth, offering regular, faithful worship in the central tradition of the Church of England. St Leonard's has been a sacred place for a thousand years, as demonstrated by its listing in the Domesday Book of 1086. Today, we are part of the Horringer Benefice, which also encompasses the churches of St Andrew's Brockley, St Mary's Westley and St Petronilla's Whepstead.
As a village church, we aim to cater for all in our worship, which is a mix of the traditional and modern, quiet and all-age. We believe that our faith is best lived out in practice through our commitment to baptism and eucharist, to prayer and contemplation, to caring for others and for the natural world, and seeking to transform unjust structures.
Whether you wish to worship with us, or simply come into the church building for some peace and quiet or to look around, we welcome you.
The heart of our church life is our Sunday worship. We aim to cater for all tastes as follows:
1st Sunday of the month - 11am - Morning Prayer using the 1662 prayer book
2nd Sunday of the month - 11am - Eucharist using the modern Common Worship service book
3rd Sunday of the month - 11am - All-Age Service - a relaxed, informal service
4th Sunday of the month - 11am - Eucharist using the modern Common Worship service book
5th Sunday of the month - 10am benefice Eucharist hosted by a different benefice church each month - check here for details of venue
Refreshments are served after all services.
Morning Prayer is said every Thursday at 9.30am, using the modern Common Worship service book
Every Monday following a 1st or 3rd Sunday, an informal time of prayer takes place in the chancel
We offer a discussion group on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 2pm at the rectory, sharing coffee, cake and gentle discussion
Every fourth Thursday we welcome visitors, neighbours and anyone who is passing for afternoon tea & cake, 2-3pm
Visiting St Leonard's
Our church building is usually open seven days a week to visitors during daylight hours. If making a special trip, please contact the Rector as there is currently some work taking place within the church which may affect access.
Weddings, baptisms (Christenings) and funerals
Please click on the links on the right-hand-side of the page for further information about baptisms, weddings and funerals.
Mission and Outreach
We run Godly Play and Open the Book outreach to the local primary school. Our pastoral team has a ministry of visiting the sick and housebound. We are also involved in Churches Together, are keen supporters of Christian Aid internationally and Christians Against Poverty in the UK.
The bells of St Leonard's
Our new set of eight bells were dedicated by The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, on Sunday 19th March 2017 at a special service of choral evensong. If you would like to learn more about the bells or to become a bell-ringer, please contact the tower captain, Sally Crouch: 01284 735338