Dear Parish Friends
This Sunday our 7am service of Holy Communion is as usual. At 9am, this being the fifth Sunday of the month, we will have a different format service with music, prayer and interactive activities for all ages. There will not be Communion at this service, but it will be streamed on Zoom as usual. This service will also mark the launch of our Children's Church activities for 2023, and we will commission the leaders of this ministry within the service. The w
Dear Parish Friends This week is the third Sunday after the Epiphany, and so our readings lead us to think about the revealing of Jesus at the start of his ministry. The account of Jesus calling his first disciples, the fishermen Simon, Andrew, James and John, is particularly revealing. Rabbis usually waited for someone to come and request to study with them, but here Jesus takes the initiative and seeks out his disciples. Their calling was not to merely sit at Jesus' feet (b
Dear Parish Friends This week is the second Sunday after the Epiphany, and in the gospel passage we continue to get glimpses of who Jesus is. We revisit Jesus Baptism, here through the lens of John's gospel, who makes much of Jesus being 'the Son of God', and 'the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world'. For John, this is of prime importance - Jesus is God incarnate: "The word became flesh, and lived among us" (John 1:14). Then we read of the call of Jesus' first di
As a prelude to Lent, we will be running a FAITH360 workshop over two Saturday mornings 9.30am to 1pm in February (11th and 18th). This workshop was developed by the team at St Francis College (Jonathan Sargent, Fiona Hammond and Dr Peter Kline) and aims to introduce participants to the world of theology and theological thinking. Most of us do theology already without realising! In this workshop, participants will: Define the word itself: Theology! That can’t be too hard, can
Dear Parish Friends
I am looking forward to being able to lead worship again this Sunday as we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of Christ. Services return to our normal pattern of Holy Communion at 7am, and Family service with Communion (and Zoom stream) at 9am. The week's notice paper and 9am service sheet are linked below.
Whilst the baptism of Jesus opens up for us questions about our own baptism, and what that means for our commissioning as disciples, in its context