Parish updates - Saturday 21st March 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers

It has been a confusing and difficult week for all of us and I do hope that we all manage to adjust to this new way of living as quickly as possible.

As a parish, we have put in a number of contingency plans and are doing our best to communicate with as many people as we can - using as many different types of media as we can think of.

If you are not already a Facebook user, can I encourage you to sign up so you can access the church Facebook page here:

You will be able to watch us live every weekday morning at 9 am for Morning Prayer and on a Sunday at 9.30 am for a service of Holy Communion with a sermon.

I am also pleased to attach a sermon, for tomorrow, written by our own Chris Thomas who was due to preach in church but for obvious reasons, won't be able to. You will find this below, as the last part of this blog post.

Please do get in touch if you would like some resources to use at home to help you pray and worship. or 01277 514896

Speaking of liturgy, here is a link for the service book I'll be using at Holy Communion tomorrow and a link to the pew sheet. You can download them and join in at home by watching the Facebook page.

Holy Communion in Lent booklet

Pew Sheet for Mothering Sunday

With every blessing,

Andy +


EXODUS 2:1-10

JOHN 19:25-7

“Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you;

You are gentle with us as a mother with her children”.

These words come from what is called ‘A Song of Anselm’. Anselm, a Benedictine monk and known as the Father of Scholasticism, was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 11th-12th century and he composed this song as a reflection on the words of Jesus as he looked over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, when he likened God to a ‘mother hen sheltering her chicks beneath his wings. I love this song and I often use it when I an interring the ashes of someone who has been a mother.