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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.
Karina moved to St Alban’s in July 2012.
Canon Karina Green
St. Alban’s Church, West Leigh
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To all at St Alban’s
Having spoken with both of our Church wardens, Sharon Hardie and David Vincent, along with colleagues Max Millett and Chris Hoskins, we have decided to close the church building from today, 27th December, until such time as we feel it is safe to do again. This has not been an easy decision but we feel we need to protect each and every one of us at this time from the threat of the virus, and we believe it is the right thing to do. How long this will be for, we have no idea at this time.
Services will be live streamed onto our face book page each Sunday, as we did throughout November. I am very grateful to colleagues (Max and Chris) and musicians (Paul, Alison and Philip) who are happy to come and assist in leading worship. We shall continue to follow all the rules about social distancing and wearing masks in church whilst preparing and leading the worship.
We will also continue to offer Wednesday zoom gatherings, Little Candles by Zoom and sending out mailings via email and the post. We are on the end of a telephone if you need anyone of us, details are on the weekly notice sheet.
May I wish you all a healthy and blessed New Year
The Revd Canon Karina Green
Priest In Charge, St Alban’s West Leigh