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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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St Alban’s West Leigh
Sunday Services during the COVID 19 Pandemic
We are delighted to be able to re-open St Alban’s Church for worship, at 10am on Sunday mornings, though it is going to be very different. Following guidance from both the government and the national church, this is how it will work:
Please try and keep 2 metres apart from other people as you arrive at church
You will need to wear a mask. This can be removed only to receive communion
Please sanitise your hands as you come into church – there’s a sanitiser station at the entrance
You will be given a track and trace form to complete the first time you come back to church (a national requirement for possible contact tracing). Please bring a pen with you to complete the form. Once you have done it the first time, we will not need to ask you to repeat it each time you attend.
Note: We will keep a weekly record of all who attend for track and trace purposes only
You will be met by the Churchwardens, who will take you to your seat. We will aim to maintain the 2 metres apart as much as possible
There will be no collection during the service but there is a basket at the back of church for donations. Alternatively you can make a donation straight into the church bank account -
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A service booklet will be on your seat
If you need to sit on a cushion, please bring a cushion with you, and take it home again
There are no toys, tables or chairs for children in the family area. If children come they must stay with you, and you can bring toys/activities for them. Sadly they will only be able to play with their own toys, as they cannot be shared with children from a different household. Really sorry about this!
There will be no communal singing and no physical sharing of the peace
When it comes to the distribution of communion, you will be invited to come up, one at a time by a churchwarden or steward
Come to the front where the priest will be standing behind a perspex screen, wearing a face shield. Hand sanitiser will be available for you to use. The wafer will be carefully dropped into your hands. If there is any unintentional contact, then both the priest and the communicant will need to wash their hands before doing anything else
At the end of the service, please remain in your seat till you are invited to leave by the churchwarden; exiting through the church’s fire exit doors. There is hand sanitiser by the door for your use
Sadly there will be no refreshments after the service
The ladies and gents toilets will be closed. If you need the toilet, please use the disabled toilet and clean it before you leave, with wipes that will be there for that purpose.
I hope these notes will aid your return to our church building. If you have any queries, please contact me on 023 9307 6871 or email@example.com
Karina Green, Vicar