Category Archives: ARCHIVE

The Baptism of Our Lord

This Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Come join us as we remember this marvelous moment in the life of Our Lord in our Parish Mass at 9.30am followed by refreshments in the church hall (next door).

 

When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee. – Troparion for the Baptism of Christ (Theophany).

The season of Epiphany

Now that we have entered the new year, let us, as those wise men of the east, lay our gifts before the Lord our God.

Driven by the sign of a star, those three persons, gentiles to Israel, came to pay homage to one worthy of praise.
As people of God, each unique in our selves, let us bring into this new year an affirmation of our talents and gifts whatever they may be, from sewing to state economics. May we offer our gifts in joyful thanks to the Lord who does create and embraces us in His loving kindness.

What can I give him
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man
I would do my part;
Yet what I can give him –
Give my heart.
– Christina Rosetti (1830-94) ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’

Christmas Services

Celebrate Christmas at Saint Martins!

 

23rd December

9.30am – Parish Mass with Childrens’ Crib service.

6.00pm – Nine Lessons and Carols followed by refreshments.

 

 

24th December

11:30pm – Poems and carols preceding Mass.

Midnight Mass at Midnight with the blessing of the crib.

 

 

25th December, Christmas Day

10:00am – Mass of the Holy Nativity with carols

 

Advent Events

8th Dec. – Childrens’ Party 2pm.

  • Father Christmas will be there to  hear  Christmas wishes.
  • Lantern making workshop.
  • Food and drink.

15th Dec.  – Carols by Lantern light 4pm.

  • Join us for our annual carols event .
  • With accompaniment provided by the Secklow Brass Band.
  • Refreshments available.

Big Questions Evenings

Join us at the Vicarage* for our regular ‘Big Questions Evenings’ where we consider those aspects of Christianity and our faith and expereince which we would like to share and learn more about.

 

Each evening will focus upon a particular theme with time for discussion and closing with Night Prayer (Compline).

 

04/12/12 – Advent as a time of preparation.

18/12/12 – The Second Coming and the End Times

22/01/12 – To be decided

22/02/12 – To be decided

 

*The Vicarage, Manor Road,
Fenny Stratford,
Bletchley,
MK2 2HW

Lest we Forget (Nov. 11)

Join us as we remember those who gave their lives in faithful service.  

 

Requiem Mass at 9.30 am

followed by

Remembrance Service at the memorial in the church.

 
 
 

They shall grow not old

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
From Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914

Our Patronal Feast Weekend (Nov. 10-11)

“Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse the work. Your will be done.” – Saint Martin of Tours

Join us as we celebrate the feast of our patron Saint Martin.
A great example to Christians and an inspiration to our church community.

On Saturday 10th November:

  •  Firing of the Fenny Poppers in Leon Recreation Ground at noon, 2pm and 4pm.
  • 7pm Solemn Mass and Veneration of the Relic of Saint Martin. with Guest preacher: Fr Grant Naylor. Anthem by ‘Due Romantici’.
  • Mass will be followed with a buffet.

On Sunday 11th November:

  • 8am Low Mass of the Feast of Saint Martin.
  • 9am Lauds of the Feast.
  • 9.30am Mass of Requiem for Remembrance Sunday.
  • 4.30pm Solemn Vespers of the Feast
  • 5.30pm Browne Willis Dinner (Tickets only).
    Speaker at the dinner: Mr William Griffiths, curator at the Milton Keynes Museum.

October devotion – Oct. 14

Join us for our October devotion in Saint Martin’s Church  on Sunday the 14th of October at 5pm.

 

“For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. ‘For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and Holy is His name'” – Luke 1:48-49

In thanksgiving for the example of Mary who made herself to be absolutely one with the will of God so that she may glorify Him, we shall be praying the glorious mysteries of the rosary and will join ourselves with the source of all glory in the benediction of Our Lord.

Feel free to stay afterwards for high tea in the church vestry hall afterwards.