Services & Prayers

A warm welcome awaits you at this wonderful medieval church. Our aim is to involve the whole people of God and so the congregation plays a full part in the presentation of worship. Newcomers are made welcome, but given space to appreciate the Service in their own way.
Rector: Rev’d Rowena Bass
0116 291 0021
standrewsaylestone@gmail.com

Regular Church Services. All are welcome

Sunday

8:00am Holy Communion. A quiet service lasting about 30 minutes
10:15am Parish Eucharist. A service by clergy and lay people with hymns and a short sermon.
On the first service of each month there is a family service, which is less formal.
The children’s Sunday club for ages 4-10 meets at the 10:15 service.
Refreshments are served after the 10:15 service in the Cornerstone.
First Sunday of the Month 6:30pm Evening service or Special Event.

Thursdays

9:30am Holy Communion. A said service for mid-week reflection.
Refreshments are served after the 9:30 service in the Cornerstone.

Monday

6:30pm – Soul Space
A 30 minute quiet time for reflection and meditation

See our What’s on page for all of the latest services and upcoming events

Christmas

For details of our Christmas services and activities, please see our What’s On page.

Daily Prayers

Church Of England Topical Prayers

Sacred Space Daily Prayer

Safeguarding

You can read our Safeguarding policy here Safeguarding

Church Wardens

Anna Cooper: 0116 283 7050 annanigel@btinternet.com

Thomas O’Rourke 0116 3676260 trou8909@standrewsaylestone

Safe Spaces – A service for victims and survivors of church-related abuse

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans.

Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)
Email: safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk
LiveChat – via the Safe Spaces website

About St Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew’s main construction periods dates from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. The church has been described as “a harmonious blend of Early English and Decorated work”. The oldest parts of the buildings are the tower and the north arcade, dating from the early 13th century. The chancel was built in the 14th century. In the 15th century the nave roof was raised and more light let into the church by the addition of clerestory windows. A new tower arch was built and the south arcade added. The south porch was rebuilt in 1926 but still has a floor of 17th century herringbone brick.
Records of the Archdeacons’ Visitations indicate that in 1799 the church building was “in very bad repair”. However by 1842 it was in a better state. Extensive alterations and restoration work began in 1894. The chancel roof was repaired, wood blocks replaced the old red brick floor and the nave was reseated in pitch pine. The organ was moved from the tower arch to the chancel and the choir gallery was removed altogether.

At the end of the twentieth century, in line with modern liturgical developments, a central worship area was created. In 1999 the Bishop of Leicester dedicated new furnishings and a modern theatrical lighting system. To mark the millennium the medieval carvings in the nave roof were gilded and painted.

The church of St. Andrew’s, Aylestone, has stood on its present site for nearly 800 years, but there may well have been an earlier structure. The name of the village can be found in the Doomsday Book, the Survey of 1086, stating that “the Countess Alveva held five carucates of land in Ailestone”. Though the name is said to have come from “Aegels Tun”, the word ‘Tun’ probably indicating a Saxon settlement. The first recorded Merchant Guild Roll of Leicester (1199) lists many people bearing the name of “de Ayleston”. Aylestone was largely an agricultural settlement until the end of the 19th century.

By the beginning of the 16th century Aylestone was part of the estates of the Vernon family, of Haddon Hall in Derbyshire. Dorothy Vernon married John Manners, second son of the first Earl of Rutland, in Aylestone Church and their eldest son, George, lived for some time at Aylestone Manor Hall. The Parish Registers record the baptisms of John and Dorothy’s grandchildren at St. Andrew’s. In 1703 the ninth Earl was created the first Duke of Rutland, and Aylestone Manor remained in the possession of the Dukes of Rutland until June 1869.

King Charles I made his headquarters in Aylestone, staying at Aylestone Hall during the siege of Leicester in 1645.r

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