Tickets for Handel's Messiah, Parts II & III are available HERE.
We began the season of Lent with two services on Wednesday; a choral Eucharist at lunch time and a Said Eucharist in the evening with the imposition of ashes during each service. We also went outside and offered ashes to those who walked by the Church. Some took us up on the offer and many walked by, but I think it’s a worthwhile opportunity to illustrate that the Church is involved with what is happening beyond its four walls and services. Our Church is on a busy and very diverse high street and the opportunity to be of service there is worthwhile, even though some may have been a little confused about 2 men in cassocks smearing ash on some foreheads! If you’ll excuse me this following reference, Lent is a bit like a football match, it’s in two halves. The first is when we focus on ourselves, our habits and attitudes but, like the second half of a match when we turn around and face the other way, in Lent we turn to Christ who is the centre and the norm of our Christian life together.
This Sunday we are looking forward to welcoming and commissioning our confirmation candidates. There will be an opportunity for us to introduce them and to pray alongside them as they go on the next step of their faith journey. This offers us all a time to reflect on our own commitment of faith in God and to join as a community in encouraging others who are making this step. In the evening there will be a Taizé Eucharist to which all are welcome.
Tickets are now available for Part 2 and 3 of Handel’s Messiah which will be performed on March 24th at 5.30 pm. The money raised for this performance goes towards the work of the church and our excellent music provision. If you attended the first part at Christmas, I think you’ll agree that this will be a great event at Church, ending Christ's story with the Passion, crucifixion and resurrection. Tickets are £15 (or £10 for under 16s) and include a programme and glass of wine and can be brought HERE.
I am looking forward to taking part in the Glass Door fundraising walk. Glass Door works with those who have no shelter and it provides many services to help solve the issue of homelessness in the city. The church has long term links with the charity, and we have a few signed up to take part in the 10k walk. If you like to support this good cause, or join the team, please look at our Glass Door website page HERE.
Lastly, we have begun our Lent Reflections. Father Evan has written our first one and we will have one each week of Lent. We hope these can help us reflect together as we journey as a community this Lent season. You can find these on the service / Lent Easter page website HERE.
God Bless you,
15th February 2024
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