Category Archives: ARCHIVE


Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without presents nor the moment of excitement as gifts are unwrapped or stockings emptied.  It takes a bit of time, but we can’t enjoy the gift until we’ve done it.

Prayer is a kind of unwrapping.  As we pray we begin to receive a gift from God, gradually and gently, and it is every bit as exciting as opening the very best of Christmas presents.

Prayer is so much more than telling God what I need or what I would like him to do. Rather, it is allowing God to show me what he is longing to give me and what his love is already doing in the world. Prayer is discovery and welcome, and that’s what makes it wonderful.

Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s unborn baby jumps for joy, and Mary sings a song of wonder for all that God is doing in the world.  Mary begins to see what the gift she is carrying, the baby who will be born and called Jesus, will bring.

Mary welcomes the gift of God’s love that will turn the world upside down.

How might you, in this week, discover and welcome more of God’s gift to you?  As you pray this week, pray with open hands, to receive what God gives.

And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.’
Read 1 Luke 1.46-55


Welcome from the Arhchbishop of Canterbury
Advent Week One – Listening
Advent Week Two – Watching
Advent Week Three – Waiting


For a child, waiting for Christmas is part of the excitement. Many still enjoy the Advent calendar countdown, whether or not accompanied by chocolate!

Prayer is not an instant fix with immediate answers to your personal requests. It is much more like a kind of waiting, perhaps even a longing.

As we listen, watch and learn to wait, we become aware of our own deeper needs and, just as importantly, the longings and cries of others.

Prayer is not giving God a shopping list. It is putting into God’s hands things that worry us or issues with which we struggle; it is waiting for God’s answer and help. When we pray we share the cries of those near us, and far from us, who wait for healing, or love or justice.

Hannah is broken-hearted because she has no child, and is made fun of by others. She comes to the temple and prays, her grieving lips moving silently.  She waits and God hears her.

Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk.… Hannah answered, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.’

In what ways this week are you being asked to wait? As you pray this week, pray with an open heart, to wait for God’s love. 
Read 1 Samuel 1.9-17


Welcome from the Arhchbishop of Canterbury
Advent Week One – Listening
Advent Week Two – Watching

Advent Week Two – Watching

The lights of Christmas – in shops, on streets and in our homes – are bold, beautiful, colourful and often dazzling. Occasionally one small light catches our eye – perhaps a candle’s flickering flame – and we see something new.

Prayer is taking time to look. It’s pausing long enough to see the goodness, wonder and beauty around you.

Prayer is refusing to rush out the door in the morning before stopping to see the good things that shape and fill your life.

It’s making time to see, what might otherwise remain unnoticed, the signs of God’s presence in the world and in the people you encounter today, and in your own life. The signs are there and you will see them if you open your eyes.

Jacob, running away from home, stops to sleep in the desert and dreams a colourful dream. He sees a ladder stretched from earth to heaven, with angels going up and coming down. He wakes and knows that God is in this place.

Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

Where this week can you recognise the presence of God? As you pray this week, pray with open eyes, to see God’s presence around you. 
Read Genesis 28.10-17


Welcome From The Archbishop of Canterbury
Advent Week One – Listening
Advent Week Three – Waiting

Advent Week One – Listening

The weeks before Christmas can be busy and noisy.  There are moments and places where silence is a gift, like the quiet of a city street or country lane after a fall of snow.

Prayer does not begin, or end, with words.  It starts in stillness and finds its fullest expression in silence.

As we are silent, we learn to listen.  We discover how to pay attention to what is going on within us and to what is happening around us.  Listening to your heart and to the world begins to enable you to listen to God. You might only hear him faintly, but as you do so you can catch his whisper of love.

Elijah, the prophet, was fed up and angry.  He walked 400 miles complaining to God that everyone else had given up and abandoned him.  God waited until Elijah had finished and was quiet and then God spoke; not in a violent wind, or an earthquake or a raging fire, but in a breath of silence.

Now there was a great wind, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.

Where this week can you find a moment of silence?  As you pray this week, pray with open ears, to listen to God’s whisper.
Read 1 Kings 19.1-12

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


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


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
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

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.



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:


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.



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.