Facilities and features
These are located within the parish centre which is attached to the church, on the left hand side. There is a disabled toilet with baby changing facilities and two unisex toilets.
Located in the church centre which is attached to the church (see above).
St. Denys has a large car park opposite the church. It's entrance is on a slight bend opposite the footpath which leads to the main front door of the building. Park either directly ahead upon entry, or through the open chains to your left or right. Please take care when exiting by foot to cross the road as it can be busy with traffic and there isn't a pavement immediately available.
Two toilets and a disabled toilet with baby changing facilities are available for use within the parish centre, attached to the church.
Wheelchair access is easiest through the glass door leading into the parish centre on the south side of the building. The pathway is flat at this entrance.
Switch your hearing aid to position 'T' to hear clearly. All services are conducted with the hearing loop switched on.
Large print copies of the weekly bulletin are available in church every Sunday. If attending services, large print copies of the service booklets can also be made available.
We welcome people in to the church who have Assistance Dogs.
Every Thursday morning, 9.30am - 12 noon, the church is 'Open' to the public for private prayer, free wifi use, refreshments and chat. At 9am, Morning Prayer is said and at 10am, (Book of Common Prayer) Holy Communion (said) takes place. All welcome.
Grade 2 listed. In 2019 we celebrated our 800th anniversary.
We are working towards achieving Eco church status currently.
Music and Worship
The bells are rung for special services and some special events. More bell ringers are needed!
In 2022, we launched a brand new Music Festival featuring different types of music on Saturdays throughout September and October. We are doing so again in 2023 and hope this will continue regularly.
The organ is a two manual digital Makin Thirlmere with stop tabs and full concave pedal board. The console is situated facing south towards the pulpit to the left of the chancel steps as you face east. The sound comes through two large speakers situated high in the west end above the bell tower, either side of the pipes retained from the former pipe organ. It is played during most Sunday services and for weddings and funerals.
Currently, a freelance organist who has been playing regularly at St. Denys for over a decade, is our main organist. On occasions when he isn't able to play, we ask two other members of the congregation or employ other local organists who are available.
We use the Book of Common Prayer for Thursday morning Holy Communion services at 10am (said). Our Matins services held on the first Sunday in every month, at 10am, are also based on the Book of Common Prayer.
We have just re-started a small choir who at the moment, lead the singing of the hymns during the morning service including a hymn or two during the distribution of Communion.
Groups, Courses and Activities
Youth Club: This is run by our Youth Worker Sarah every alternate Friday during term time in the parish centre attached to the church, 7pm - 8.30pm. Play pool, refine your skills on a range of games with the Wii and engage with other fun activities.
Youth Music Evenings: Led by Sarah in the church, on the alternate Friday in term time when it isn't Youth Club, 7pm - 8.30pm, come and enjoy a range of different music and instruments - bring your own too!
Bible Studies are held through occasional Home Groups. Look out for more details on our website, through our weekly bulletin or 'A Church Near You.'
A brand new Coffee, Cake and Chat Fellowship started on Tuesday 17th May 2022 and continues to go from strength to strength! It runs every third Tuesday in the month, 10am - 12 noon in the Parish Centre attached to the church. Formed from the former St. Denys Mother's Union and friends, all are welcome to come along, whoever you are and whatever your background, male or female. Friendship has never been more important, even now in these largely 'post Covid' times.
Every Tuesday evening, 7.30 - 9.30, the Cruse Bereavement service use the church and parish centre to offer counselling for the bereaved or those struggling in other ways, in a private and quiet environment. It is run by local resident and Cruse Volunteer Ann who is assisted by trained counsellors who are all volunteers.
Our Youth Worker Sarah, leads a 'Musical Toddlers' group for pre school aged children and parents, which is proving a great success. It is run every Friday morning during term time, 10am - 11am in the parish centre attached to the church. For more details, e-mail the Parish Administrator at: [email protected]
St. Denys employs a Youth Worker, Sarah, who works with the church, local schools and community groups in Evington. To find out more about Youth Work here, e-mail the Administrator in the first instance at: [email protected]
Help for Visitors
This is available during our 'Open Church' sessions every Thursday morning, 9am - 12 noon.
The church is open for Morning Prayer, 9 - 9.30am Mondays -Wednesdays. On Thursday mornings, 9am - 12 noon we offer 'Open Church' where you may come and go as you wish! Why not attend Morning Prayer and/or said Holy Communion at 10am, use our free wifi service, partake of refreshments and chat to those around. All are welcome.
Our Parish Centre, attached to the church by a glass corridor, was built in 2013 - 2015 and opened in 2015 by the then Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Tim Stephens. It has a meeting room which houses 50 - 60 people, kitchen facilities, the church office and three toilets - one of which serves the disabled and those requiring baby changing facilities. It is available for hire by the public Monday - Saturdays.
To hire the centre, please contact the Parish Centre Secretary/Church Administrator by e-mailing: [email protected] or telephoning 07803 828454 (answerphone available). Thank you.