St Leonard’s Church

If you would like to contact the Parochial Church Council or find out more about the church, please send a message via this page.

Priest in Charge vacancy
The vacancy for the White Peak group of parishes, combined with that for the Youlgreave Benefice, has now been advertised on the Derby Diocese website and in the Church Times. St Leonard’s has produced a Parish Profile which you can view or download here. You can find the advert on this page of the Diocese’s website. The deadline for applications is noon, 4th October 2021.

From the north

Photograph by Shirley Johnston

St Leonard’s is a surprisingly large church for such a small village and has an equally surprising history. It contains many unusual and intriguing features including a sedilia and piscina which were installed around 1199. The church, built out of local limestone, dates back to before 1200 when it comprised a chancel and nave. By the end of the 14th century, the church had grown to its present size with north and south aisles and transepts and a three-stage tower capped by an octagonal spire. The church is a grade II* listed building of national importance.

Church opening times and services
St Leonard’s reopened on 1st June. From Monday 20th September, the church will be open every day from 10:00 to 15:00. There will be two services/month on Sundays throughout the summer and into autumn.
10:00 6th June, Holy Communion
10:00 27th June, Morning Worship
10:00 4th July, Holy Communion, Revd Canon Allan Lacey – retired priest from Chesterfield
18:30 18th July, Holy Communion, Revd Dwayne Engh – member of Ministry & Mission team Derby diocese
10:00 1st August, Holy Communion, Revd Canon Allan Lacey
10:00 22nd August, Holy Communion, Holy Communion – Revd. Lynn Bowden –  from Taxal, Whaley Bridge
10:00 5th September, Holy Communion
18:00 19th September, Harvest Festival – full details including where and when to leave donations for the food bank are in the flyer which you can view or download here
10:00 26th September, Holy Communion
Please remember to keep yourself and others safe. Wear a mask, keep your distance and if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has it in the last 14 days, please go home.

Church and climate change
The Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher, the Church of England’s lead bishop for the environment, said: “The message of today’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report is loud and clear: ‘Wake up world!’” You can see his full statement in the Church of England’s press release here. The Church of England also has a set of web pages dedicated to Environment and climate change, starting here.

Majority of mourners during pandemic unable to say goodbye properly
The Church of England has published research from a sample of over 2000 adults which showed that more than 70% of people wanted to attend a funeral but were unable to do so. The findings have been released as Church of England cathedrals and parishes prepare to help mark the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March marking the first anniversary of lockdown. The day is being led by the Marie Curie charity and supported by a number of organisations. More information at this page on the Church of England’s website.

Giving thanks for our vaccines in Derbyshire
The Diocese of Derby is supporting an initiative by Christian Aid to give both thanks and a donation once they have received the vaccine. More information on this page on the Diocese’s website.

Churchwarden Vacancy
St. Leonard’s now has a vacancy for a churchwarden and the PCC (Parochial Church Council) are looking for someone from within the village to fill this position, as described in the flyer which you can download here. If you’re interested in the position or would just like more information, send a message via our Contact Us page here.

Restoration Project

A major restoration project was completed in 2006. It involved major work to the tower, the repair of crumbling stone work around some of the medieval windows, an improved heating system and improvements to the interior, including new lighting, lime washing of the rendered wall surfaces, the relocation of the organ, restoration of the woodwork, new carpets and kneelers.
(Click here for a full report of the 1996-2006 restoration and information about more recent maintenance work and future plans.)

Seeing the Chancel in a New Light

Photographs by Robert Johnston

The Redecorated Church
Organ relocated, new carpets and kneelers