Welcome

St Leonard's - photo by Carlo Irek

Welcome to our website. Its purpose is to provide information on services, concerts and other events to parishioners, local residents and visitors and to tell the wider world a little about our beautiful and historic church.

For those who have never heard of the place, Streatham is in Greater London, about six miles south of the City and four miles north of Croydon. Once a quiet Surrey village, it is now a lively, densely populated and cosmopolitan suburb.

A wedding at St Leonard's - photo by Carlo Irek

St Leonard’s, the oldest building in Streatham, has been ministering to the spiritual needs of the inhabitants for many centuries [See History], although it now shares that responsibility with eight ‘daughter’ churches as well as Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Pentecostal churches, the Synagogue and the Mosque.

Following a disastrous fire in 1975, the Victorian interior was replaced with a much brighter and more open design, giving the church greater flexibility to serve the community not only as a place of worship but as a venue for the arts and a public meeting place. [See What’s On]

We are a broad and inclusive church with a strong liturgical and musical tradition and welcome Christians of all denominations to join us at the Lord’s table. Our worship, like the building itself, combines the best aspects of the ancient and the contemporary.

The main Sunday service is the Parish Eucharist (with Children’s Church and crčche) at 10.00 am. In the evening there is Sung Evensong, Choral Evensong (cathedral style, first Sunday or major festivals) or the Taizé office (second Sunday of the month). Morning prayer is said in the Chapel of Unity every weekday. [See Services]