Views from the Vicarage - July/August 2019
- Published on Monday, 01 July 2019 00:00
This month the magazine is a joint one for July and August. My final article will be in the September magazine and my last Service at S. Mary's will be our Patronal Festival (the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary) at 10.15am Parish Eucharist on the 8th September. I would love to see as many of you as possible at my final Service and there will be glass of wine (or sherry) afterwards. I understand that there will also be a farewell do on Friday the 13th September, this is exactly twenty-seven years since I was made Vicar here. It is going to be quite a wrench for me to leave such a wonderful church and town in which I have served most of my working life.
Views from the Vicarage - June 2019
- Published on Saturday, 01 June 2019 00:00
S. Mary's is almost unique in having a great variety of services. On a Sunday there is an 8am Holy Communion service. A simple said prayerful service which lasts for half an hour, good for those who want to get up and go for the day. The first Sunday of the month it is also a Prayer Book service, for those who like the Book of Common Prayer. Then at 10.15am is our Parish Eucharist which is meant for everyone. A straight forward modern service sung to a variety of settings and hymns which lasts about an hour. On the third Sunday of the month it is a Family Eucharist in which children and young people play a significant part.
Views from the Vicarage - May 2019
- Published on Wednesday, 01 May 2019 00:00
We have enjoyed a good Holy Week & Easter here at S. Mary's. On Easter Monday nine of us from S. Mary's went to Walsingham in Norfolk to the Shrine of Our Lady. We had great time and moving experiences. Hear more next month!
Views from the Vicarage - April 2019
- Published on Monday, 01 April 2019 00:00
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when the Church remembers how Jesus arrived at the gates of Jerusalem just a few days before the Passover was due to be it held.
Views from the Vicarage - March 2019
- Published on Friday, 01 March 2019 00:00
The spring is upon us. The snowdrops are out, so are the crocuses and the daffodils are nearly here. I think the dafs are out for S. David's day 1st March. The Diocesan slogan is 'following Christ in the footsteps of S. Chad'. We are each called to follow Christ and in this diocese of Lichfield we have the example of the first bishop of this diocese to follow. S. Chad became bishop of the kingdom of Mercia, a vast diocese taking in most of central England and Welsh borders. His day is the 2nd of March.