At St. Clement's we believe that creativity is a gift from God to be celebrated and enjoyed. In the creative act human beings enter with God into his work of beauty.
St. Clement’s supports the work of local artists.
Royal Opera House Challenge, 2017
On 28th February we were thrilled to hear that two of our local students have been announced as Winner and Highly Commended in the 2017 Royal Opera House Challenge, in the Marketing Strategy and Design category. Both students are from South Essex College, Southend Campus; Lee Lawrence is the Winner in this category. Lee's poster design can be seen on the screen in the photo to the right, during the Private View held recently at St. Clement's Church in Leigh-on-Sea, while Velda Pond is Highly Commended in this category. Congratulations to Lee, Velda and to all of our students who have worked so hard on the Challenge this year.
The Church was a venue on the 2016 Leigh Art Trail, showing the work of local artist, John Adams.
In January 2016 we hosted a private view of work by South Essex College students, showing stunning posters they had produced to advertise La Traviata, an Opera by Guiseppe Verdi, inspired by the annual Royal Opera House design challenge.
This competition is not the only link the college has with the ROH. Since September 2015 South Essex College has formed a partnership with the Royal Opera House and the University of the Arts London (UAL) to deliver a unique BA (Hons) degree in Costume Construction, specifically to address the current shortage of people with high quality costume making skills.
We have a choir who sing at our Parish Mass every Sunday, and for special religious events. New members are always welcome, rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings. Contact: Mr.Roger Folley, 01702 471799.
Thank You to everyone who supported our Summertime Music Series at St. Clement’s Church
Training musicians of all ages can perform in the church on Saturdays during coffee mornings. This helps up and coming musicians to build performance confidence, and is particularly helpful for students preparing for exams or festivals.
Looking forward, in June 2017 St. Clement’s will be a venue again for the LEIGH FOLK FESTIVAL, with Story Telling, the famous Open Mic Competition and evening concerts. Further information early in 2017.
The stunning windows at St. Clement's date from across the centuries, and include the beautiful east window, depicting the Crucifixion, which is of hand-painted enamel, rather than, as is often supposed, stained glass. It dates from c.1850, and is probably German. Other windows include those depicting St. Clement and the saints of our daughter parishes, Ss. Thomas, James and Margaret.
In September 2016 the east window was taken away for expert restoration. We are looking forward to the window being reinstated in time for Easter 2017.
Like many churches, a part of the liturgical ornamentation of the Church is a set of Stations of the Cross. Following the Stations of the Cross around the Church, from the North East corner of the North Aisle all the way around to the North East corner of the Sanctuary, is a spiritual exercise designed to help the Christian pilgrim to meditate upon the final journey of Jesus Christ from judgement by Pilate to his burial. There are fourteen traditional stations (stopping places) each marked by a numbered plaque around the church. The devotion of Stations of the Cross developed from early Christians walking the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, the actual place of Christ's final journey. The devotion of walking the "Way of the Cross" is still a natural part of Christian life, and is done publicly in Lent.
The Church brasses are ancient works of art, and as such are of historical interest. Copies of the brasses can be used for the purpose of brass rubbing. These have been enjoyed by both experts and local school children.