Please click here for the parish pew sheet for Pentecost and here for this week's readings. At Pentecost we ask the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts, and kindle in us the fire of God's Love.
Dunkirk Memorial 2020
Please click here for the service booklet for this year's Dunkirk Memorial Service. This marks 80 years since that miraculous moment in history, the saving of so many servicemen from the beaches of northern France, made possible by the bravery of the crews of the ‘little ships’. The sad loss of four Leigh fishermen on board the Renown is testament to this.
This year the service will be held in private, live-streamed, please click here for the link. All are welcome to join us in prayer and reflection on this important anniversary.
Prayer at Home
The Church building is reopening for the clergy to offer Mass and Morning and Evening Office, but remains closed to other worshippers and visitors. Prayer however remains as important ever! Click here to download a friendly guide to using your home as a place to pray.
Praying for our Town, Key Workers, especially NHS staff and our local shopkeepers
Please click here for our prayer calendar, and pray for the parish, that God’s will be done, and that He would bring the people of this parish into a relationship of love with Him.
Help Identify the Next Bishop of Chelmsford
On 12 April 2020 Bishop Stephen Cottrell left his role of Bishop of Chelmsford after nearly a decade in post. Later this year he will become the Archbishop of York. All of us at thank him for his huge contribution to our diocese and we will be praying for him and his wife Rebecca as they embark on a new chapter in their ministry.
The process to discern who God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chelmsford is now underway. A diocesan consultation opened on 11 May and submissions are welcome from individuals as well as parishes and church groups. We’ll be organising a discussion to inform a submission from our parish soon. In the meantime, you can find out more about the process and the consultation here. The web page also includes a prayer for discernment, which we encourage you to say as we embark on this important period for our diocese.
Saint Clement's is Live Streaming
For safety reasons the church building is now closed and there is no public worship. Daily Mass from home continues to be streamed via: https://www.facebook.com/saintclementleigh/videos/ Copies of the recordings are on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl7hEPJVGCJRqfzlE_7myXw/
We pray for our nation, our town and for all affected by the Coronavirus especially remembering all who are sick and for all key workers at this time with grateful thanks for NHS staff and for our local shopkeepers for the work they are doing.
Saint Clement's has stood through many trials and tribulations over the centuries and we know that in Jesus Christ we find hope and love.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold,
my God, in whom I put my trust.’
For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He shall cover you with his wings
and you shall be safe under his feathers;
his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.
Other online worship
There are other ways you can worship and pray from home.
- Morning and Evening Prayer is available from the Church of England website at: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
- You can join with the brethren of the Community of the Resurrection for their round of monastic worship at: https://www.facebook.com/CoRMirfield/
- Follow the prayer support series from the Jesuits at Pray as you Stay: https://pray-as-you-go.org/retreat/pray-as-you-stay
The parish newsletter for Saint Clement's is produced each Sunday. Please click here for this week's, Pentecost, 31st May, and here for last week's, 24th May.
A message from Fr Neil: I'm pleased to be able to announce that, subject to the necessary DBS checks, I have been appointed as Team Vicar in the Southend Team Ministry (Vicar Designate of Saint Alban's Westcliff-on-Sea with Saint Mark's Southend-on-Sea). At this stage we don't know when I will be able to be licenced for the new role but any public Induction service will probably take place afterwards and may not be until the autumn. S. Alban’s and S. Mark’s are currently part of the Southend Team Ministry but are transitioning over the next year into their own separate Parish. Mthr Cherry will continue to lead the "seeding" project at S. Mark's that has been sponsored by S. Clement's and it will be good to continue to work with her.
Robert and I are very sad to leave S. Clement's. We've both had a wonderful four years here and I couldn't have wanted a better start to my life as a priest in the Church. Many thanks are owed to Fr Clive for his training and thanks to you all for your support and encouragement along the way.
Best wishes, Fr Neil
Fr Clive writes: Whilst I am sad that Fr Neil will be moving on from this parish, having been very much a part of our lives and integral to so much of our life together, I am delighted for him and Robert and grateful that they are not moving far. I look forward to continuing to work with Fr Neil as we seek to establish an MMU between St Clement's and the parishes that form Southend Team. I pray that the good working relationships already established will bear fruit. Fr Clive.
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Thank you to everyone who supports our fundraising events, and especially for your understanding at this uncertain time. Please see the note, above, about the May Fair 2020.
The monthly magazine produced by SaintClement's editorial team is filled with interesting articles, insights into parish life and many useful facts. This month's magazine has many photos of Fr Neil's time at Saint Clement's alongside heartfelt tributes from our parishioners. Please click here to download the magazine for June 2020, and click here to download the magazine for May 2020.
Church Opening Times
Mass is now being celebrated in church, and live-streamed via Facebook. For safety reasons though the church building remains closed for public worship. If you have any questions about this please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 'phone: 07884 148148. Thank you.
We are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults. The PCC of Saint Clement's Church Leigh-on-Sea has approved safeguarding policies, copies are attached here. Click here for our Child Safeguarding Procedure and click here for our Policy for the Safeguardfing of Adults in the Church.
The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Jill Healey, who may be contacted here (link).
Further information can be found on our Safeguarding page.
Your privacy is important to us, and we want to communicate with church members in a way which has their consent, and is in line with UK law on data protection. As a result of a change in UK law, we now need your consent to how we contact you. A contact details form can be downloaded here, for you to complete and return to us so that we may contact you in the way you choose and in line with the new law (GDPR).
You can read how we use your data from our "Privacy Notice" which you can download here.
Face2Face Arts Chaplaincy
Saint Clement’s Face2Face Arts Chaplaincy are always pleased to host exhibitions of work of Access to Art and Design Students from South Essex College. Thank you to all who have supported our exhibitions. Watch this space for new exhibitions when they can restart.
For more information about Face2Face arts at Saint Clement's, have a look at our Arts@ page.
We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been in church since little Jack’s christening.We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like ‘organised religion.’ We’ve been there too!
If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost on the London Road and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts ... and you!