Worship

We gather for worship every Sunday.

8.00 Holy Communion Service

9.45 Holy Communion service (except 2nd Sunday when there is an All Age informal "Praise God Together" service)

9.45 Footsteps & Step Up for children (except 2nd Sunday as above)

6.30 Evening Worship

Worship is varied in style and normally led by one of our Ministerial Team.

Prayers are held in the Church Monday - Friday mornings at 8.30.

 

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Letter from The Rector

 

 


           

         Letter from the Rector

 

             

               The nature of love

 

 

The Wedding season is now under way and here at St. Faith’s Church we delight in welcoming a great many couples as they come to our church for their special celebrations to make their commitment to one another in love, before their friends and families and before God.

 

 

Meeting with the couples as they prepare for their weddings is always a lovely thing to do. Choosing the right hymns and readings and working out what the different family members are going to do on the day. Who will give away the bride? How many bridesmaids will there be?  Sometimes, how many best men will there be?  Preparing for a wedding is an individual thing for the bride and groom but also a great delight for the family and friends who gather around them. Starting out on married life is not something that affects the couple alone, it changes things for the wider family as well, it enriches society and strengthens community.  It is a blessing, a gift of God in creation.

 

 

This year, on May 9th, Matthew and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary and so this year, meeting up with the wedding couples feels even more special. When I mention how the wedding ring on my finger has been there since the day Matthew placed it there 25 years ago it feels that we are sharing in the story of something very special. To make such a commitment and to enter into it with joy whilst knowing that there will also be challenges along the way is a leap of faith. You have to have faith in one another and a faith in what love can do.

 

 

The same goes for all our relationships and particularly so within the church life that we share together.  Jesus said, “love one another as I have loved you.”  That in itself is challenging. The love that Jesus has for us is a self-giving love that only looks for the good of the other. How many of us can claim that we have achieved that in our lives? But if it is our aim then we stand a chance of being so greatly blessed. In marriage when each party loves with a love that gives away the self, then even though it is not their purpose, they both stand the chance of receiving love that will hold them fast for all the days of their union and they will find, over the years, that they grow together in strength.  It is then that they discover what love is.

 

 

This self-giving love is a model for our church life together as well as for the relationships in our personal lives. In weddings, people often choose words of poetry that help them to express how they feel. One of my favourites is an excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis Bernieres because, despite it’s rather surprising title, it says something about how love grows and matures when two people are able to give themselves to one another in mutual love and trust.  It is called, “Love is a temporary madness.” it erupts like a volcano and then subsides.  And when it subsides you have to make a decision.  You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.  Because this is what love is.

 

 

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do.  

 

 

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

 

Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and, when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

 

With every blessing to you all Julie Boyd