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St Alban’s

Parish Church of West Leigh, St. Alban

Our parish is within the Diocese of Portsmouth. It is situated North of the town of Havant in Bartons Road, West Leigh which is off the Petersfield Road.

 

St. Alban's can trace its origins to an ex Royal Navy galley building and this was dedicated as the first church on 7 April 1957 within the parish of St. Faith's. On the 2 November 1962 St. Alban's was declared a Conventional District.

A new church building to Scandinavian design was dedicated on 16 July 1966 but it was not until 1 June 1982 that the new parish of St. Alban, West Leigh was established.

Originally constructed as a timber framed building, cedar clad, it became necessary to completely refurbish the church, Lady chapel and adjoining hall. This took place in two phases between the autumn of 1993 and the summer of 1994. The timber cladding was replaced with a composite resin material and the interior re-insulated and lined. The excellent pipe organ was dismantled and renovated by solid state circuitry during the same period. The result is that the building has retained a spiritual ambience whilst being light, airy and practical with excellent acoustics. The hall continues to offer facilities to the church and the wider community.

Common Worship is used at all liturgical services.

Incense is used on special occasions e.g. Easter and Christmas but not every Sunday.

 Population: 11000


Priest in Charge

Karina moved to St Alban’s in July 2012.

Canon Karina Green

St. Alban’s Church, West Leigh

Information for New Visitors


You can download our vision statement here.

We have a hall for hire. Information here.

Hymns for the next few weeks can be downloaded here.

Important. Information on Safeguarding is found here.

A link to the Church of England’s site on Prayer Resources can be found here.

Children’s activities for lockdown can be found here.

Thy Kingdom Come 2020


Thy Kingdom Come is a world wide initiative, in which Christians of all denominations are called to pray for the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost.

22 - 30 May


We are asked to pray for God’s Spirit to move within the church, equipping us to share God’s love with others and to pay attention to how God is speaking to us


Suggested pattern for daily prayer


Preparing

We decide where we will pray

Have a small cross, a candle, matches and half a dozen small stones ready



Gathering

We light the candle, hold a stone and become still – breathing in God’s love  for us and presence within us

We remember Jesus’ promise to us:

 Jesus said: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;  and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth.”

We lay the stone down before the cross, asking the Holy Spirit to help us pray

We say or sing the Taize chant:

O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer

When I call, answer me

O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer

Come and listen to me



Praying for our families & friends

We hold a stone

We think of our family and friends; especially those who particularly need God’s love and help in their lives at the moment

We lay the stone down before the cross

We pray in silence for them

We say or sing the Taize chant

O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer

When I call, answer me

O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer

Come and listen to me