Church of England Diocese of Leicester Barlestone

About Us

St Giles is the small, friendly parish church of the village of Barlestone. You are very welcome to all our services. You can make enquiries about Weddings and Bapstims through this website.

We try to be a church which reflects and celebrates the community it belongs to.


We gather at 10.30 each Sunday morning and provide a range of biblical, accessible and contemporary worship.

Each month begins with a themed informal time of worship.

Communion is celebrated on the second Sunday if each month  sometimes gathering around a table in the nave.

Third and Fourth  Sundays are developing a participatory lay led style and if the month has a fifth Sunday we have "desert Island Hymns where someone is asked in advance to choose their favourite hymns and songs, sharing how they have been part of their faith journey.

We believe that individuals matter so we try to personalise baptisms, weddings and funerals to serve the needs of those who come.

If have a safeguarding concern, then please contact our local Safeguarding Co-ordinator Prue Crowley on 01455 824148 or the parish priest Revd Sue Ives-Smith on 01455 821122. If you wish to speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team or to someone outside the church, their contact details are available here

Church Together in Barlestone brings together those who worship at St Giles, the Baptist and Elohim Christian Church.We actively believe in one church that allows for diversity in worship.

The Parish is served by two ordained ministers and Teo readers. Revd Sue Ives-Smith is Rector and Revd. John Downs who  particularly looks after St Giles has lived in the village for over 30  years , now as a retired biology lecturer and for many years a non stipendiary minister, Alyn de Casembroot and Roger Dunster play key roles as Readers.