All posts by David Webb

Welcome from the Archbishop of Canterbury

Christmas is, for many, a busy time of year filled with the joys of carol singing, presents and celebrations with family and friends. For others, Christmas can be a lonely time shaped by sadness and memories.

Christmas can also be a time to pause and reflect. In fact, that’s one of the ways we can unwrap the true gifts of Christmas – a moment of peace in the busyness, a breakthrough of hope in our sadness or a rediscovery of love in a relationship that has become stressed.

#GodWithUs: Your Christmas Journey seeks to help you explore what the Christmas story might mean in your life. The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you – you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence.

My prayer is that these reflections help you unwrap in your own life God’s gifts of peace, hope and love. May your Christmas journey lead you closer not just to the heart of Christmas, but to the person of Jesus whose birth we celebrate in this wonderful season.

Archbishop Justin Welby

#GodWithUs

Advent Week One – Listening
Advent Week Two – Watching
Advent Week Three – Waiting

CHRISTMAS AT SAINT MARTIN’S CHURCH

“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 find the time to join us during this festive season to celebrate the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December

The return of our very popular Christmas Tree Festival.
Full details here.

Sunday 17th December

3:30pm:  Children’s Christmas party followed by Christingle service.  Please phone Fr Victor (01908 372825) or Iola Samuels  (0785 5757005) to let us know your children are coming to the party.
6:00pm:   Carol Service.  A seasonal offering of well-loved Christmas carols, poems and readings.   Following the service some festive refreshments will be served.

Sunday 24th December

10:00am:  Parish Mass, including  crib service for the children.
11:00pm:  Midnight Mass, including blessing of the crib.

Monday 25th December

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

 

LUNA ROSSA IN CONCERT

SATURDAY 19th MAY 2018

We are very pleased to welcome Luna Rossa, who will be performing their beautiful,
bewitching music
in the intimate and historic setting of St Martin’s church.

LUNA ROSSA are Anne-Marie Helder and Jonathan Edwards,
award-winning songwriters who are best known for their work with the rock band PANIC ROOM, and before that KARNATAKA.   Luna Rossa began life as a ‘little sister’ acoustic project to Panic Room, where Anne-Marie & Jonathan could create the perfect outlet for their more folky / rootsy material.  Since the first Luna Rossa album was released in 2013, the project has taken on a
shimmering identity of its own and has won critical acclaim
internationally. 
Luna Rossa’s very special guest at this concert will be  the lovely singer-songwriter Sarah Dean, aka The Incredible String Blonde.   Sarah is much in demand for her
stunning, versatile vocals, which take her from folk to blues to rock and everywhere in between!
However, it is the Celtic Harp that allows Sarah to create the rich textures and atmospheres that take audiences to another place with its magical & mesmeric soundscapes.

Tickets are just £17 (£20 at the door) and include a buffet meal. 

Please note that St Martin’s church does not run a
licensed bar.  However, you are positively encouraged to bring your own beer and wine to this event!
(Soft drinks will be available.)

Tickets available from:  Luna Rossa Tickets

Alternatively send a cheque payable to St Martin’s Church PCC to:

David Webb
St Martin’s Church
Aylesbury Street
Fenny Stratford
Milton Keynes
MK2 2BU

No booking fee, but please enslose an SAE for return of your tickets.

Tickets can also be purchased direct from St Martin’s Church after any service.

There is ample free parking in the car park off George Street, almost opposite the church.  There is also limited on street parking along Aylesbury Street.

 

 

October Devotions

In Honour Of Our Lady, The Blessed Virgin Mary

BVM Rosary

Service of Light, Rosary and Vespers

Sunday 8th October at 5:00pm

After the service high tea will be served in the vestry

Also, every Saturday at 10:30am throughout October

Rosary and Intercessions at our Walsingham shrine in church

Advanced Nurture Course

Fr Victor will be running a new advanced nurture course aimed at those that want to go deeper and develop a real appreciation of their Christian Faith. The course will be particularly suited to those that wish to exercise leadership roles within the parish.

This will be a seven week course beginning on Tuesday 3rd October at 7:15pm at the Vicarage. Each session will last an hour and a half and will involve active participation by those taking part.

Participants will look at core aspects of Christian belief, examine some of the moral questions arising from the practice of the Christian tradition, and learn how to Catechise and pass on the precious gift of faith to others.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival 2

Our Harvest Festival takes place on Sunday 1st October.

Please join us at our 10:00am Parish Mass when we give thanks to God for His great goodness in providing the bountiful harvest of crops and  fruit upon which we all still depend.

Gifts of dried and tinned foodstuffs donated at this service will be used to help vulnerable and temporarily disadvantaged families in the local community.

 

OUR PATRONAL FESTIVAL

Join us as we celebrate the feast of our patron Saint Martin.

A great example to all Christians and an inspiration to our church community.

St martin

Friday 10th November:

 7:00pm Festal Mass, including  Confirmation of our five candidates. 

Celebrant & Preacher:  Bishop Jonathon

After the service refreshments will be served in the vestry.

 Saturday 11th November:

Firing of the Fenny Poppers in Leon Recreation Ground at noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Festal Vespers & Procession of the Relic of Saint Martin  at 6:00pm, followed by the St Martin’s Day dinner. 
Our Guest speaker at the dinner will be Fr Ian Thomas

Tickets for the dinner are £15, or £17.50  with wine.  Booking forms are now available on the table at back of church and should be returned with your payment to Neil Grice by Sunday 5th November.

 

 

GARDEN PARTY

Saint Martin’s Church
and
The Commandery of Aragon,

The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem

cordially invite you to a GARDEN PARTY

To be held at the vicarage on Saturday 19th August, commencing at 12:30pm.

Tickets:  £15 and will include a three course lunch.

There will be a raffle and other events during the afternoon.

Booking forms are available at the back of church and should be returned to our churchwarden, Iola Samuels when completed.

EBBSFLEET LAY CONGRESS

WE ARE ALL MISSIONARY DISCIPLES

You are invited to join Bishop Jonathan at the  Ebbsfleet Lay Congress at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 2nd September from 10:30am to 4:00pm.

Last year’s Congress was a great success. Coventry Cathedral full of people from across the Ebbsfleet area. The Congress is a key event for all churchwardens and PCC members – new and old; and for all active lay people — young and old; and of course the clergy: to help all our parishes think and pray together about our future.

Last year – with Bishop Rowan Williams and Archdeacon Morris Rodham – we thought about what makes a parish healthy and how Catholic communities grow. This year the theme looks outward. Any parish that has the Eucharist at its heart – as all Ebbsfleet parishes do – should overflow in mission. The clue is in the word: the Mass – ‘Go in peace, glorifying God’. Our title is a word of encouragement from Pope Francis in The Joy of the Gospel:

WE ARE ALL MISSIONARY DISCIPLES!

This year’s main speakers will be Bishop Philip North & Fr Damian Feeney.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other like-minded parishes.  All are welcome and transport can be provided.  Please speak to Fr Victor if you would like to attend.

A LETTER FROM BISHOP JONATHAN

 

Prayer for The Society
during Lent and Passiontide 2017

Dear brothers and sisters, dear priests: this Sunday (Lent 3) we read the Lenten Gospel of Jesus’ famous conversation with the Samaritan woman. Weary himself, nonetheless he sought her out. In that encounter, Christ’s ‘thirst’ stands out. St Augustine says, Christ ‘thirsted for the faith of that woman’ (In Ioh. Ev. 15.11), as he thirsts for the faith of us all. He wants us to encounter him in expectant faith. ‘In his thirst to receive her faith, he awakened in her heart the fire of your love’, says that day’s eucharistic preface. Christ gives us the gift of faith to turn to him in our need for new life.

We need that gift of faith to be renewed in our lives at all times, but especially in present circumstances. Many people in the Church of England have been profoundly unsettled by the painful events surrounding the process of appointing a new Bishop of Sheffield, especially in parishes affiliated to The Society. Trust in ‘the Church of England’s wider commitment to sustaining diversity’ (Declaration 14) needs to be re-established. The commitment to making it possible for ‘those of differing conviction … to flourish’ (14) needs to be restated. Our ability ‘to rejoice in each other’s partnership in the Gospel and cooperate to the maximum possible extent in mission and ministry’ (9) needs to be renewed.

But that is not just an agenda for leadership, but for all of us, if the Church of England is not to be more seriously divided now and in the future. Therefore, I want to ask you to pray together each day with me—at the Angelus—until Easter. If you do not already say the Angelus daily, I ask you to join me in doing so. It is easily prayer to be slipped into any convenient moment of your day, even for those who who work.

Jesus is waiting for us, especially in this Season of Lent, as he waited for the Samaritan woman, to speak to our hearts. May Christ support us as we turn to him.

The Angelus

Let us each find a quiet moment, in our room, in a church or a separate place. Let us listen for Christ’s voice which says, ‘If only you knew the gift that God is offering you …’ (Jn 4.10)

The Angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary.
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

And the Word was made flesh.
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

POUR FORTH we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts: that as we have known the incarnation of your Son, Jesus Christ, by the message of an angel, so by his + cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly union and concord. So that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, and one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, we may all by the work of your grace and mercy become one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

HEAVENLY FATHER, bless the bishops, clergy and people of The Society. Bind us together in love and faith; renew us in service and witness; and, by your Holy Spirit, guide our future and make plain your purposes; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Wilfrid and St Hilda, faithful guides of Christ’s people, pray for us.