St Leonard’s in the Fields – at the heart of Perth
Coming through the South Inch of Perth, a place of beauty, colour and fragrance, an oasis between the Tay and the city, the skyline is dominated by the Jewel in the Crown, that of St Leonard’s in the Fields Church, a Church which since 1883 has served its community, its parish, its people, with love – echoing the love of God at the heart of worship and of service and of life.
St Leonard’s in the Fields Church welcomes you today to come in from the South Inch or wherever you live and be part of a fellowship of faith, hope and love, a Congregation of God’s people committed to display acts of kindness and examples of friendship, conveying the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
Those who worship in St Leonard’s in the Fields extend a sincere welcome for you and any to come within its walls and be part of a witnessing community whose aim is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and his salvation in ways which connect the greatest story on earth about sacrifice, self-denial and service, with life in the 21st-century.
Let no one be a stranger within these walls.
Come inside and you will see not merely a beautiful sanctuary with seating for hundreds, with music to inspire and with words and actions relevant for today, but you will discover great friendship, Christian fellowship, a sense of belonging to a Congregation whose sole aim is to be a channel of God’s peace.
Come and join us in our worship and in our activities.
My colleague, the Reverend Alex Stewart and I, together with all members, would love to see you enter this Jewel in the Crown within the oasis of Perth’s South Inch.
Morning worship is at 11:15 on Sunday mornings.
I look forward to seeing you so much and would be very happy to speak to you by telephone or by email or in person most of all, to tell you more about what St Leonard’s can do for you and what you can do for St Leonard’s.
With every good wish John
The Revd John Murdoch01738 628378
The Manse of St John’s and St Leonard’s in the Fields
Letter for May
I thought that Spring must last forevermore;
for I was young and loved, and it was May.
Dear friends of St John’s and St Leonard’s in the Fields,
together with all who join us online from across the world:
May greetings and very best wishes!
I’m writing this on a beautifully sunny Spring day, a very special day, Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th Birthday, the 21st of April, as I look forward to May and all that ever-merry month brings.
Birthdays are special and make us feel extra-special, even if for a day! They give us a chance to look back and remember. HM The Queen this year inevitably will be looking back not so much to her own life but her own life with Prince Philip and all the wonderful moments they shared and treasured in a marriage of over 73 years. We have much for which to thank God as we reflect on their example of love, duty and service, especially as we think of the 99 years of Prince Philip, as we did in both congregations in Morning Worship on Sunday, the 11th of April.
I believe Her Majesty, however, would want us as a nation, while possibly glancing over our shoulders at the past, to make sure we look forward to what tomorrow brings and to hope for what lies ahead: much done, much yet to do: echoing Saint Paul’s words in the Third Chapter of his Letter to the Philippians:
What I do say is this: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what lies ahead, I press towards the finishing line, to win the heavenly prize to which God has called me in Christ Jesus.
With the easing of government restrictions concerning Church attendance as of Sunday, the 2nd of May, I am delighted to indicate that we will be able to welcome back many more people to Services of Worship. If, for whatever reason you may have been reticent to come to Church, please do feel most welcome to come back: St John’s at 9:30 am where at least 120 can be seated safely with distancing and St Leonard’s in the Fields at 11:15 am where at least 100 can be seated with those same health and safety measures in place. Live streaming and our telephone link will of course continue to operate, but I very much hope to welcome as many as might wish to attend an ‘in-person Service’. May I assure you of the highest safety measures.
I send my best wishes to you and your families and, as always, I’m available to speak by telephone or to communicate by email/letter about any matter large or small.
I look forward to in-person conversations when allowed to visit once more, even in a garden as I am now permitted so to do.
May God continue to hold you in the hollow of His hand.
To May by William Wordsworth
Though many suns have risen and setSince thou, blithe May, wert born,And Bards, who hailed thee, may forgetThy gift, thy beauty scorn;There are who to a birthday strainConfine not harp and voice,But evermore throughout thy reignAre grateful and rejoice!
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