Welcome to our Church.
The small village church in Drayton St Leonard has been worshipped in for over 800 years. Much of the Nave is Norman, with two fine doorways, although the Chancel was added later. Its most striking feature is the free-standing tower, built of massive oak and chestnut beams standing within the main building and rising through the roof to a height of 43 feet. Internally the Victorian restoration aimed to return the church to the style in which it was originally built, and we have inherited a building of simple charm. A rota of volunteers keep it open during the day for anyone to visit, read, reflect, pray or just sit.
The ringers are very pleased with our new bells. All the work on the bells is complete and the clock has been reinstalled - it is now electrically wound. The latest news can be seen the village website . To learn more, come to a bellringing practise, most Wednesdays at 7.30pm for an hour.
Our usual pattern of services is:
On the first Sunday of each month we have an evening service at 6pm. Usually on odd months (e.g. Jan) this is Communion and on even months (e.g. Feb) it is Evensong. Please check for details as these vary from time to time.
On other Sundays we have a morning communion at 09.30am, except for months with a fifth Sunday, when a service is held in a member church of the Dorchester Team.
Listen out for ... the bells which are usually rung before each service and special occasions, and ... the organ, which our band of organists play almost every service..
Click above on the 'Services and Events' tab and then on the sub tab 'Regular Services' for full details. Other services and events are listed under sub tabs 'Special Events' and 'Other Events'.
Check the Calendar for exact dates as the usual pattern of services varies from time to time.
Let us know if you'd like to join the flower arrangers rota. The church is usually beautifully decorated and sometimes stunning flower displays are on show. (Traditionally there are no flowers in church in Advent and Lent, the times of preparation for Christmas and Easter).
We are a member of the Dorchester Team of parishes, details on the Team Webpage . Within the Team, we are a member of the Cluster, comprising the parishes of Berinsfield, Marsh and Toot Baldon and ourselves. (There is currently no Cluster website, just refer to the individual parish websites in the ACNY pages.)
Details of services and activities in Drayton St Leonard can also be found in the monthly Church Newssheet distributed to all houses in the parish.
The vicar for the Cluster lives in the vicarage in Berinsfield. We are currently recruiting a new vicar for the Cluster, vicars from the Dorchester Team are presently looking after us.
Do send us a message or phone us to or learn about getting married, or arrange a baptism or funeral, click the 'contact us' tab above.
Pastoral care is an important part of our work. This means looking after our community's needs, caring and advising, spiritually, mentally and physically. If you'd like to talk, over a cup of coffee perhaps, or want to know more about Christianity, please click the 'contact us' tab above. Safeguarding the vulnerable is everyone's responsibility, more information at the foot of this page and in the News and Notices link, left.
There is a prayer request book on the table in the church; at Communion services we include intercessions (prayers for the community and the world) so please use it.
We support the Wallingford Foodbank, particularly its local outpost in Berinsfield run by BIVC. A basket for donations is provided just inside the door on the pew seat on the left. Donations are offered at the alter during Sunday service before going to the foodbank. Contact the Vicar if you need help from the food bank.
The Church Fête, our main annual fundraiser, is organised by a committee from the whole village. It is usually held in June or July, see the Drayton St Leonard website or click on events above for more information.
The whole village, not just churchgoers, support the church in many other ways too, including bellringing, flower arranging, choir singing at the Carol service and grounds maintenance.
Another regular fund raiser is the Safari Supper. Look out for the next one in the usual media: our parish newssheet; the DSL News & Views paper; the village website and these pages.
The church porch is used as a distribution point for newspapers, volunteers bring the papers from the newsagents in Berinsfield so people only have to walk to the church to get their copy. Open an account with Berinsfield's Savaforce (Costcutter) store to join in.
We like to be involved - please get in touch with any suggestions for community activities.
We'd like to meet you too, please come to any of our services and introduce yourself, or call the church office for information.