A message from the Vicar:
If you’re visiting this website for the first time, welcome! For everyone else, welcome back!
The pace at which we’ve had to react to changing circumstances in recent days has been unparalleled in living memory. If you’ve found this unsettling (I certainly have) one of the main reasons may be because the rhythm of our lives, daily or weekly, has been turned upside down by forces beyond our control. Normal routine is no longer normal.
This matters because human beings thrive on having a rhythm in life. When that rhythm is removed, for whatever reason, we can struggle. Recognising that Covid-19 and its constraints will be with us for a while, I want to encourage us all consciously to put in place a rhythm in life to sustain us through the coming weeks, and beyond.
The Rule of St Benedict, written in the early 6th century, is a good place to start, precisely because it was written, not just for monks or nuns, but “for hard-working, busy people whose family lives and bills and civic duties and hard work consume them in the world today” (Joan Chittister OSB). Its principles are as relevant today as when he wrote them.
So, for example, the Rule provides for “some activity which will involve the body and for some activity which will involve the mind and, finally, for opportunities in which the spirit which is in us can expand” (Ambrose Tinsley OSB). Physical exercise, mental exercise, and spiritual exercise: doing some form of each of these every day, which we can do even at home, will benefit us all and punctuate our days with helpful changes of pace and focus.
Another thing we can do to help bring rhythm to life would be to set aside time daily to phone a friend. It may be a friend you normally meet regularly, or perhaps someone you’ve not seen for a while. Just think of the network of blessing that would ensue if we all phoned a friend (or two) every day.
God bless us all, and those we love and care for, and may He guide us to a rhythm of life that will help us to flourish, now and always.
Canon Charles Stewart
Services - in line with national guidance, all public worship is suspended and the churches are closed.
The clergy will be saying morning and evening prayer daily. You can join us online for morning prayer (see opposite on this page).
The Eucharist: we are no longer permitted to celebrate the Eucharist in our church buildings, but we do have permission for the priests to celebrate at home and make a recording of it. We intend to do this each week in time to be able to share the recording here and on social media on Sunday mornings.
This invites us to consider how we can share in communion when we are not physically present together and when we are not physically receiving the consecrated elements of bread and wine. We can do this by making what is known as 'spiritual communion'. The Vicar has prepared an explanation of this, drawing on an article written by Rev'd. Canon Grant Bayliss, of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Please read it here: Spiritual communion
The Eucharist for Sunday 29 March will be shown on our YouTube channel at 9.30am.
Use this link to view on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2pp8IP9bVA
You can download the order of service here: Eucharist Sunday 29 March 2020
The recording of the service will be uploaded here shortly afterwards.
Previous services and sermons are available in the archive using the buttons above.
These are traumatic times for many people. Read here a wise and valuable short piece written by the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral about trauma and tragedy and how they affect us: David Ison