Sunday Worship

Sunday 19 January
10.30 am All Age Worship Mrs Keg Glossop
 6.00 pm Discussion “God in love unites us”
– see November pastoral letter
Sunday 26 January
10.30 am Morning Worship Mr Peter Whalley
 6.00 pm Holy Communion Revd Catherine Bowstead
Sunday 2 February
10.30 am Holy Communion Revd Catherine Bowstead
 6.00 pm Bible Study Revd Sharon Gardner
Sunday 9 February
10.30 am Morning Worship Mrs Doreen Murgatroyd
 4.00 pm Craft @ 4 Mrs Claire Knight &
Revd Catherine Bowstead
Sunday 16 February
10.30 am All Age Worship Revd Catherine Bowstead
 6.00 pm Discussion “God in love unites us”
– see November pastoral letter
Sunday 23 February
10.30 am Morning Worship Dr Rosi MorganBarry
 6.00 pm Holy Communion Revd Catherine Bowstead

Service Recordings

Sunday 19th January - All Age Worship- Mrs Keg Glossop
Sunday 12th January - Morning Worship- Revd Catherine Bowstead
Sunday 5th January - Covenant Service with Holy Communion- Revd Catherine Bowstead
Sunday 29th December - Morning Worship- Mr Mike Bowstead
Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day - Revd Catherine Bowstead
Tuesday 24th December - Christingle Service
Sunday 22nd December - Christmas Carol Service
Sunday 22nd December -Morning Worship- Dr Rosi MorganBarry
Sunday 15th December -Nativity Service and All Age Worship- Revd Catherine Bowstead
Sunday 8th December - Morning Worship - Revd Catherine Bowstead
Sunday 1st December - Morning Worship - Revd Catherine Bowstead
Sunday 24th November - Morning Worship - Mr Mike Bowstead
Sunday 17th November - All Age Worship - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Other Recordings

Forest Singers Concert - 7th December 2019 part 2
Forest Singers Concert - 7th December 2019 part 1
 

Reflection for the Week 19th January 2020

During January, we take a leap from the Christmas stories of the birth and childhood of Jesus to the beginning of his ministry. (One small London boy, listening to this story in Sunday School asked: 'Was this the same Jesus as was a baby at Christmas?' and getting the reply, 'Yes, that's right', commented: 'Cor! Growed up quick innit?')

The fact is, there were probably about 30 years between the end of Matthew chapter 2 and the beginning of last week's reading. We know nothing about Jesus' early life and 'hidden years' – and speculation has been abundant: they were spent learning a carpenter's trade and skills; looking after the family following the death of his foster-father Joseph; taking on the responsibilities of eldest son; learning to be a Rabbi, even – according to some scholars – spending time among the Essenes in the desert with his cousin John ... the fact is we simply do not know. But whatever those years were, whatever they contained, they must have been as much of a training ground for the ministry which begins now, as any university education. They must have been the years of learning the joys and difficulties of working folk, and sharing them. He did not come from the privileged background of wealth, education and status which would have sheltered him from ordinary people; he was one of them.

And, as such, he is one of us: Emmanuel, God with us.

'So when the dove descended on him the Son of man,
the hidden years had ended, the age of grace began.' (STF 233, v2)

Rosi MorganBarry