News from the Vicarage - December 2015
- Published on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00
We prepare this December to joyfully celebrate Christmas. The four weeks before Christmas we call Advent, which is a solemn time to get ready for Christmas. When the colour in church is purple, there are no flowers, we don't sing the 'gloria' and we sing more solemn hymns. For the four Sundays of Advent we light a candle in the Advent Crown, one for each Sunday and the middle one at Christmas. Many will have Advent calendars marking down our days to Christmas. We don't over indulge. So we can build up a sense of excited anticipation, looking forward to celebrating the great feast of Christmas. In Church we explore the readings which show us why God sent His only Son into the world to be born in a stable in Bethlehem, to show his love for us.
News from the Vicarage - November 2015
- Published on Sunday, 01 November 2015 00:00
November starts with All Saints' Day when we celebrate the saints of the church, especially those who do not have a special saints' day. And in the evening we commemorate All Soul's, those the faithful departed and we read out names of those who have died recently.
News from the Vicarage - October 2015
- Published on Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00
At the end of August three of us from S. Mary's went to Taize, the Ecumenical Religious Community founded seventy-five years ago by Br. Roger to promote unity and solidarity and peace.
News from the Vicarage - September 2015
- Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
I hope that you have had a good summer, though the weather has not been that brilliant. And I also hope that those who have had their GCSE & A Level exam results have got what they hoped for.
I am now preparing to go off to the Ecumenical Community of Taize in France, which I am very much looking forward to. Ann Harris and Rebecca Gilman are accompanying me and I hope it will be an amazing experience for all us all. Expect more Taize style prayer and music when I get back!
News from the Vicarage - July/August 2015
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00
This issue of our Parish Magazine covers the months of July and August, the holiday season. And of course the origin of holiday is holy day, a time to put aside our daily work and spend time in prayer and worship, a sort of extended Sunday or Sabbath.