It may not come as a surprise to some, but I do like to listen out for new songs of worship. Sometimes they are a barometer to what God might be doing in the church at any one time. Of course God also brings older songs or hymns to the front, but of late there have been a number of songs of growing importance to the church today. [Read more…] about Singing in a Strange Land
In a first for St Martin’s in these extraordinary times we are launching an online Alpha Course via Zoom starting Monday 18th May at 7.30. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, it’s a place to ask question or simply to listen in. If you don’t have Zoom software (basic version FREE) we can offer easy step by step instructions to get you online. If you want to be part of this exciting new opportunity email below to book your place.
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‘In the C10th a ruler in Cairo issued a decree to close all churches of the Coptic Christian community in the land and to forbid the church bells to ring. The churches were closed, the gates grew rusty and the pigeons took residence in the sanctuaries. Some of the faithful Copts travelled across the desert seeking monasteries in the wilderness so that they could meet for prayer and worship. However the majority of the Copts could not afford the time or money to travel on foot across the desert, so they were forced to stay in their homes on Sundays. After nine years, the ruler decided to see for himself how the Coptic Christians were faring. In disguise, he set out on a Sunday and walked in the streets of their quarters in Old Cairo. As he walked in the narrow streets, he heard the sound of their prayers, Bible readings and worship from every house that he passed. His reaction was another decree: “Open their churches and let them pray as they please. I thought I had closed the church in every street, only to find out that I opened a church in every house.”‘
We have all been caught up in the whirlwind that has been the last week. It began with being encouraged by the government guidelines to wash hands and keep ourselves safe, to much stricter measures curtailing our freedoms in a way not seen since the second world war.
But for Sandra and I, it’s all become quite personal. [Read more…] about It’s all got personal … for everyone
If you want to sing along with our songs of worship here is our songsheet for the service in pdf format. The words are also posted on the LiveFeed.
Church is changing for a while but church is not closed!
Dear Friends, These are anxious times, as the UK responds to the threat of the Covid-19 virus. You will know by now that all public worship is suspended until the risk of spreading infection has lessened. However, we are still church, even if we can’t meet in traditional ways at the moment. We should keep praying and worshipping! [Read more…] about St Martin’s Initial Statement
As I write, the worries surrounding the coronavirus fill our media, lifting our levels of anxiety to fever pitch by regular updates sent straight to our smartphones. Though I am a fan of my iphone (other brands are available) it can dominate my thinking if I’m not careful. [Read more…] about May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace …
List below is our full list of services and events
Saturday November 30th
10.30am—3pm Christmas Fair
Sunday December 1st
4pm Christingle Parade Service
Sunday December 8th
2pm–5.30pm ‘Countdown to Christmas’
Sunday December 15th
11am Nativity Service
4pm Traditional Carol Service
Sunday December 22nd
4pm A Quiet Christmas
5pm All Age Celebration
‘THE THREE TREES’
11.30pm Holy Communion
10.30am All Age Celebration
Sunday December 29th
10.30am All Age Worship
Download pdf booking from here: Landlubbers Booking
Avast me hearties! Pirates (friendly ones, who are all just a little bit daft) are coming to St Martin’s, Finham from Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd August, 9.30am – 12 noon. They don’t ‘wanna be bad no morrrre’, so come and find out why, and join in with all sorts of pirate crafts and fun, games galore, watch amazing drama and sing toe-tapping sea shanties. Learn a bit about Paul from the Bible too! For primary-school aged children (having attended school since September 2018). Book a place for your child(ren) ASAP – don’t miss out on all the fun!
email email@example.com for more info or call Sandra on 02476 410346
Look out for booking forms via your child’s school, ask for a pdf to be emailed to you, or call in for one at St Martin’s Church or Vicarage on Green Lane, Finham.