St Anne's Church sits at the heart of the community in Western Park. An inclusive church, the team at St Anne's aim to provide a welcoming environment for all. Rev Liz Wilson, who joined the Church in November 2019, provides leadership at St Anne's and our sister church next door at St Paul's.
St Anne's is part of the 'West Leicester Mission Partnership', working together with five other congregations to share ministry 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.
As well as activities for children alongside the main Sunday morning service, we run a range of other events for different age groups. Pram Club meets regularly on Wednesday morning in the Church Hall, with Children's Church currently meeting every 2nd Saturday afternoon. Messy Church will hopefully return again in the future.
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 Wednesday mornings (during school term times). Our choir rehearse each Friday evening and they are always looking to welcome new singers. St Anne's has a long held tradition for Choral Music and in October 1948 became affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music.
Alongside the church-led activities, many community groups use the Church Hall for activities as diverse as yoga, Scouts, Weight Watchers, Pilates, Taekwondo, pop-up events, concerts, beer festivals, 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. 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. However, an enhanced porch facility is currently being explored as the latest phase of development on the site.
The Church has been accredited as an Eco Church by A Rocha since 2020 and works are ongoing to make the buildings, garden spaces and wider activities of the Church more environmentally friendly.
Rev Liz can be contacted on 07591697380 or [email protected]
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