• Small picture of church towerFor over 900 years people have been worshipping and learning about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in our historic church and they still are today. There was probably a wooden Saxon church on the site before that.

    We hope this website will give you a flavour of the things we do and what we are about.

    But nothing written or read can ever do justice to what can be experienced through visiting us at one of our many services.

    We look forward to seeing you.


    Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    UPDATE 7 January 2021

    The Rector, Church Wardens and PCC have reluctantly decided to close the Church building for public worship on the Sundays of 10th and 17th January in order to protect and preserve everyone’s safety during the Covid-19 lockdown. This decision will be reviewed by the PCC in two weeks' time. This closure will not affect requests for funerals or burials of ashes which will still be able to go ahead under Government guidelines and restrictions.

    We are particularly concerned by the greatly increased transmissibility of the new strain of Covid-19, the current high and rising rate of transmission in Rochdale borough, and the vulnerability of our congregation. For absolute clarity, this decision means no Sunday morning services or Wednesday morning private prayer. Whilst we are sad to have to make this difficult decision, we believe that it is the safest, wisest and most loving decision to make in the circumstances for our Church family and community. The PCC has an absolute duty of care for everyone who enters the Church building. Please be assured that any of the ministry team will be happy to pray with anyone over the telephone if you wish to contact them.

    We will continue to offer worship each Sunday on Zoom at 10.30am and the service will be recorded and available on Facebook and our website.

    Further information and guidance is available from the Diocese website


    The Benefice of Middleton & Thornham (of which St Leonard is a part) continues to hold services by Zoom. Recordings of these services are available to view and participate here. If you wish to participate during the live Zoom service, please contact the church office or one of the benefice clergy.




    Heritage Lottery Fund

    St Leonard's Parish Church has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund* (HLF). Of £249,000. This includes development funding of £37,753, towards urgent repair work and a programme of activities to engage with the local community. More details can be found here.



    Find out more about the Manchester Diocese initiative and see how joining in could benefit you. https://www.manchester.anglican.org/more-than-Sunday/




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