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 Family Service)

9.45 Footsteps 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 8.30am.  Evening prayer is held on Friday evening at 6pm.                                       

 

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A Message From The Minister

 


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 Dear Friends,

I am writing this just a few days after returning to work following a three months sabbatical. The sabbatical was a wonderful opportunity for stepping back a little. Over the months prior to its start in August there was a sense of anticipation and there was a lot of preparation to be done to try to make sure that everything was in place, both in terms of covering my work in the churches and also in terms of my personal preparations to try to make sure that the sabbatical would be a worthwhile experience. At the beginning of 2017 there were days when the sabbatical seemed quite a long time in the anticipation. Once it began the first few weeks felt as though they were going by at a steady pace, but then, after the first half had gone by, time seemed to pass very swiftly for the final six weeks. The beginning of November was upon us in next to no time and now I have returned to my responsibilities in the churches.

As I write this with Advent just a couple of weeks ahead, and then Christmas - themes related to “time” and its passing are quite relevant. In Advent there is an emphasis on times of patient waiting and expectation. Not only are we patiently awaiting the coming of Christmas 2017, but we are reminded of how, for many generations, there was a sense that God had promised a coming Saviour. So, in our churches, we will probably sing the hymn which begins “Long ago, prophets knew, Christ would come, born a Jew”. That time of waiting and expectation came to its fulfilment when the baby Jesus was born and laid in the manger of Bethlehem.

But the time of waiting and expectation had not come to a final end. In Advent we also look towards the final coming of God’s Kingdom when the hopes glimpsed in Jesus of a coming Kingdom of Peace and Joy will finally be fulfilled. Another of our beautiful Advent hymns speaks of how “Weary was our heart with waiting, and the night-watch seemed so long”. There are certainly days when it feels like that, and we are tempted to join with the psalmist in asking “How long, O Lord, how long?”.

The Advent hope is that, just as God’s promises were fulfilled in the coming of Jesus, so too God will be faithful in his promise for the final coming of His Kingdom.

In the beautiful final vision of God’s Kingdom contained in the Book of Revelation we read: ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’

How long will that be in the coming? We cannot know, but the Christian hope is that one day we will be able to look back and wonder how we could ever have doubted that the days of waiting would pass and God’s promise would be fulfilled.

With good wishes for Advent and Christmas,

Andrew