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.
Christmas Tree Festival. Full details here.
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.
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
11:00pm: Midnight Mass, including blessing of the crib.
10:00am: Mass of the Holy Nativity with carols.
(Note: No 8:00am Low Mass on Christmas morning.)
Low Mass at 8:00am
Solemn Mass at 10:00am
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.
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.
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
Peter, who was 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.
Before 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.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event so memorable.
To see some photos taken during the evening, visit our Facebook page.
For this year’s Lent Course 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.