Services at St Mary's

Tuesday - Friday
9.00 - 9.30am
Morning Prayer in the Lady Chapel

Thursday
11.00 Said Service of Holy Communion

Sunday Morning
8.30am - 9.30am ‘Kid’s Klub’ (For children and families - Breakfast and a short service)
10.00am - Holy Communion (with a crèche for under 4’s)(Last Sunday of the month Family Service, Baptism Service)

Sunday Evening
Last Sunday of each month - 6.00pm Healing Holy Communion

Happy New Year!

 

Well, we are a couple of weeks into the New Year now and Christmas is almost a distant memory for some of us. I wonder how many of us have stuck with the New Year resolutions we made a week or two ago? I gave up making those sorts of resolutions a few years ago because I nearly always break them and then that leads to a sense of failure, which is not a good way to start a New Year, and it can compound the 'blues' that many of us can feel at this time of year. So I resolve instead to choose just one word for the year ahead, and that becomes my focus. You might want to choose a word too. It could be anything that helps you, for example 'calm', or 'connections'. I put my word on my screensaver or on my mobile 'phone, and then every time I see it I am reminded that this year I am going to try and remain 'calm', even when it's all going wrong, or that I am going to try and make more 'connections' with people so that I don't feel lonely. Whatever word you choose it needs to be something that is meaningful to you. I won't share mine now but I'll let you know next year how it went, and if I happen to lose a few pounds or increase my exercise in the meantime well that's all well and good, but I won't beat myself up about it if I don't.

The thing is God loves us just as we are, and so we really don't need to strive to make ourselves more lovely or attractive than we already are to God. Perhaps you don't feel good enough to be loved by God or anyone else for that matter, well Good News - God came to earth at Christmastime for people just like you and me. So this January I pray that each of us might know how loved and valued we are by God. If you would like to talk more about this or anything else that's on your mind at the start of 2017 do get in touch. 

Go well and in peace into 2017

Rev Helen Johnson