A new 9am service at St Mary’s Church

From Sunday 17th October we will be offering a new weekly 9am service at St Mary’s Church:

  • A quiet, reflective and shorter service (about 45-50 minutes)
  • Holy Communion will be included every week
  • No need to sign up
  • Please continue to wear a mask during the service.

NB: Our weekly 10.30am service will continue unchanged. To manage numbers we are still asking you to sign up in advance. Go to our events page or click here…

Pray for Nigeria

Please pray for our Christian brothers in Nigeria, who are facing significant persecution. It is estimated that this year more than 3,000 have been killed already.

Find out more by clicking here…

Almighty God,
We pray for an end to hatred and persecution.
We ask that those who persecute and attack others are brought to justice
And are healed through coming to know Your Love.
And we ask that those who are bereaved find comfort and peace.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

 

210725 Sunday Service: How do you exercise power?

Today is our last service from the Rectory – at least for now! From next Sunday we will launch a ‘hybrid service’ at the same time – more in today’s service. In the talk we will reflect on how we exercise power in a way that honours God. Join Edda and Christoph live from the Rectory at 10.30am. Find all the links below.
Church Coffee on Zoom from 11.15am today:
Meeting ID: 836 9097 1697
Passcode: Coffee

The Beatitudes for Social Media

Bishop Steven writes on his blog:

Fifteen years ago, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube didn’t exist. Today, 67% of people in the UK are active users of at least one of them, and we now spend almost two hours each day on social media. Yet society is increasingly fearful of the risks of fake news and harmful content and distrustful of the very platforms that consume so much of our time.
Our lives are irreversibly online, lived with ever decreasing levels of privacy and hyperstimulated to a relentless pace. Few of us have stopped to properly consider what it means to live well in this age, but as Christians, we have an essential part to play in the shape of online society.
As a Diocese, we’ve been spending time exploring what it means to be a more Christ-like Church for the sake of God’s world. It’s a journey that started three years ago as we studied the Beatitudes together. Recently I’ve begun to ponder what those eight beautiful qualities might mean for social media and our online lives.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I will remember that my identity comes from being made and loved by God, not from my online profile.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted This world is full of grief and suffering.
I will tread softly and post with gentleness and compassion.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
I will not boast or brag online, nor will I pull others down.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
There are many wrongs to be righted. I will not be afraid to name them and look for justice in the world.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
I will not judge others but be generous online. I will be conscious of my own failings.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
I will be truthful and honest, and I will not pretend to be what I am not.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God
I will seek to reconcile those of different views with imagination and good humour.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I will not add to the store of hate in the world, but I will try to be courageous in standing up for what is right and true.

Prayer Friday 28th May 2021

We thank God  our father the creator of the world for His grace and mercy towards us.
We thank Jesus Christ his son who redeemed us and reconciles us to God through the blood of his cross .
We thank the Holy Spirit who regenerated us and revives us in the life of the church.
To the holy , blessed and glorious trinity, three persons and one God be all glory and praise, dominion and power now and forever more Amen.
Pray  that God will continue to reveal himself to us in His grace as Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Pray that the God of our salvation will help us firmly to believe in him boldly to confess his name and joyfully to worship him as One, Holy,  gracious and undivided Trinity for ever and ever. Amen