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The Epiphany of the Lord

Our Christmas celebrations continue with the Epiphany of the Lord


10:00am on Sunday 8th January 2017

Parish Mass with the blessing of chalks to mark our homes and ask God’s blessing on us and our families for the year ahead.




“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love. We hope that you will make time to join us during this festive season to celebrate the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th December

Christmas Tree Festival.  Full details here.

Sunday 11th December

4:00pm:  Children’s Christmas party followed by Christingle service.  Please phone Fr Victor (01908 372825) or Iola Samuels  (0785 5757005) to let us know you are coming to the party.

Sunday 18th December

6:00pm:   A Feast of Carols.  A seasonal offering of well-loved Christmas carols, poems and readings.   Following the service some festive refreshments will be

Saturday 24th December

11:00pm:  Midnight Mass, including blessing of the crib.

Sunday 25th December

10:00am:  Mass of the Holy Nativity with carols.
(Note:  No 8:00am Low Mass on Christmas morning.)


All Saints and All Souls

The Solemnity of All Saints

Sunday 30th October

Low Mass at 8:00am

Solemn Mass at 10:00am

The Feast of All Souls

Wednesday 2nd November

Sung Mass of Requiem at  7:30pm

The list for names of those you would like to be included in our prayers can be found on the table at the back of church.


Christmas Tree Festival

Friday 8th December to Sunday 10th December

– £2 for adults
– £1 for12-18 year olds
– Free for under 12s

Glittering trees imaginatively decorated by local families, schools and organisations.

There will be an opportunity to vote for your favourite trees, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with cake or biscuits and get into the Christmas spirit.

Friday:  Noon  – 7:00pm  (Sung Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception follows at 7:30pm.)
Saturday:  Noon – 8:00pm
Sunday:  11:30am – 4:00pm
Finale , prize-giving and sing-along : 4:00pm on Sunday.


To make a booking to enter your Christmas tree in the Festival, please download the documents below and return the completed booking form to St Martin’s Church.  All bookings must be confirmed by Friday 24th November.

Christmas Tree Festival 2017 Booking form

Guidelines to Exhibitors



A concert at St Martin’s church with




Featuring the music of Gluck, Mozart, Leoncavallo, Doppler, Puccini, Verdi Bernstein and more!

Saturday 17th September

Doors open 7:00pm

Refreshments will be served during the interval

Tickets:  Adults £10 / Concessions £8

Call:  01908 372825 or 01908 460059



Wednesday 29th June

Low Mass:  10:00am

Sung Mass 7:30pm



Peter, who waSt Peters named Simon,  a fisherman of Galilee, was introduced to the Lord Jesus by his brother Andrew, also a fisherman.  Jesus gave him the name Cephas (Petrus in Latin), which means ‘Rock,’ because he was to become the rock upon which Christ would build His Church.

Peter was a bold follower of the Lord. He was the first to recognize that Jesus was “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and eagerly pledged his fidelity until death.  In his boldness, he also made many mistakes, such as denying the Lord on the night of His passion.  Yet despite his human weaknesses, Peter was chosen to shepherd God’s flock. The Acts of the Apostles illustrates his role as head of the Church after the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ.

St PaulBefore receiving the name Paul, he was Saul, a Jewish pharisee who zealously persecuted Christians in Jerusalem.   Saul’s conversion took place as he was on his way to Damascus.  As he was traveling along the road, he was suddenly surrounded by a great light from heaven. He was blinded, fell off his horse and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He answered: “Who are you, Lord?” Christ said: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

Saul continued to Damascus, where he was baptized and his sight was restored. He took the name Paul and spent the remainder of his life preaching the Gospel tirelessly to the Gentiles of the Mediterranean world.


Deep Church Rising – Rediscovering the Roots of Christian Orthodoxy


For this year’s Lent CDeep Church Risingourse we will be reading and discussing the book ‘Deep Church Rising – Rediscovering the Roots of Christian Orthodoxy’ by Andrew G. Walker and Robin Parry.  It is a book which challenges us to rediscover our roots.

The course will run every Thursday through Lent beginning on 11th February at 7:30pm in the vicarage.

You will need to purchase a copy of the book in advance.  It is available through Amazon, or Waterstones, or see Fr Victor for help.


Confirmation classes will begin towards the end of February.  Please contact Fr Victor if you are interested in preparing for this important Sacrament in which the Holy Spirirt is given to strengthen us in our adult Christian discipleship.

Speak to to Fr Victor after any church service, or phone the parish office on 01908 372825.