The congregation at St Anne's is friendly and welcoming. Currently we are interregnum, but our new priest in charge, Rev Liz Wilson, will be joining us in November 2019. She will be installed on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at 7.30pm and everyone from the surrounding community and beyond is invited to join us as we welcome Liz among us. We are looking forward to getting to know Liz and sharing ministry with her.
St Anne's is part of the 'West Leicester Mission Partnership', working together with five other congregations to share the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in West Leicester.
Our main service is at 9.30am on Sundays. This usually takes the form of a Eucharist Service with children's activities taking place in the Hall. Once a month (2nd Sunday), we have a more informal all-age service, led by the Music Group; on those Sundays, Eucharist is held in the evening at 6pm.
Alongside our 9.30am services we have regular, more reflective 8am Eucharist services and 6pm Evensong. This is usually a traditional Evensong but occasionally is a Taize service.
A Bible study group meets on alternate Monday afternoon; social groups and Mothers Union meet on different Tuesdays throughout the month; a social group for over 60s is held on the first Wednesday of the month and Pram Club for pre-schoolers and their carers on Thursday afternoons (during school term times). Our choir rehearse each Friday evening and they are always looking to welcome new singers. <span style="font-size: 1rem;">St Anne's has a long held tradition for Choral Music and in October 1948 became affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music.</span>
Alongside the church-led activities, many community groups use the Church Hall for yoga, weight watchers, Scouts, Pilates, pop-up events, concerts, annual Beer festival, family parties and much more. Bookings are taken by our administrator on 07405924330 or by emailing [email protected]
The church has an interesting history, and is a beautiful building to visit. The original Church Building, having been transported from its previous home in Evington, was in use from 1914 and the first Priest-in-charge was the Rev'd Frederick Tolhurst. The building was of a corrugated structure affectionately known as 'Tin Annie'. The original building formed the middle section of the current Church Hall until the Hall was rebuilt in 2016, giving a beautiful, modern venue with underfloor heating, modern kitchen and accessible toilet.
In the early 1930s work began on building the current Church Building. The first portion of the church was consecrated by Rt Rev Cyril Bowman Bardsley, Bishop of Leicester, on 9th June 1934. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances at the time the building was never completed to the original plans - which explains why the west end of the church including the west porch are not in keeping with the rest of the church.
In 1994 extensive work was carried out on the Organ by JM Spink of Leeds including work to convert the 'action' from pneumatic to electro-pneumatic and the addition of some new stops.
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