St. Leonard’s Church

Hythe Kent

Parish of St. Leonard with Holy Cross and

St. Michael’s Methodist-Anglican Church Centre

A warm welcome to St Leonard's Church, Hythe!


St Leonard’s is a beautiful church in a beautiful place. It stands high and proud above the town of Hythe, looking towards the coast of France, which can be easily seen on a clear day. Thousands of visitors pass through its doors every year, and enjoy the magnificent architecture and extraordinary crypt.


 For over nine hundred years it has been a place of pilgrimage and worship, a place where people have experienced something of the divine nature, a place where they have been taken out of themselves. Today, in a more secular age, it continues to help all who, whatever their religious beliefs (or lack of them), want to explore what it is to be most fully human.


As a genuinely Inclusive Church we extend a warm welcome to everyone, and celebrate their wonderful diversity. We look forward to meeting you!

St. Leonard’s

Sunday Services

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

9.30am Parish Communion

6.30pm Sung Evensong (BCP)


Weekday Services

8.00am Morning Prayer - Mondays and Tuesdays

9.15am Holy Communion - Thursdays


St. Michael’s

Sunday Services

7.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

11.00am Morning Worship


Every Tuesday

11.00am Holy Communion


Holy Cross

Sunday Services

11.00am Family Communion

Service Times

Open and Inclusive

We are an Open and Inclusive Church, which means that -


You are welcome whatever your beliefs, even if you find organised religion irrelevant;

You are welcome whatever your lifestyle or sexuality;

You are welcome wherever you may be on your faith journey: believer or agnostic, conventional Christian or questioning sceptic;

You are welcome as an equal partner, and we look forward to the ideas and experiences that you can bring;

We welcome the variety of ways in which human beings have explored the sacred, and have no wish to promote just one approach to Christianity;

We think that the way we treat one another is far more important than the beliefs we hold;

We think that it is vital to take seriously the intellectual problems which many people have with Christianity, and encourage ways of understanding religion which feed the mind as well as the soul;

We think that religion must be concerned with injustice and suffering, and see ourselves as a community helping to build a better world, bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers;

We recognise that our ignorance is always going to exceed our understanding, and find more grace in the search for meaning than in the claim to certainty;

We recognise that our faith entails costly discipleship and conscientious resistance of evil, as has always been the tradition of the Church.

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