Update on repair and redecoration work 4.2.14

February 4th, 2014

A short sermon for Candlemas 2014

February 2nd, 2014

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Today is 2nd February; it is 40 days since Christmas Day and today we celebrate Candlemas – the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. When Jesus was 40 days old, Mary and Joseph took him to the temple to present him to the Lord as a rite of purification.

There watching and waiting and guided by the Holy Spirit were two prophets Anna and Simeon.  When they saw the 40 day old baby Jesus they praised God. Simeon said, “Now, master, you let your servant go in peace, my own eyes have the seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of all people. A light to bring light to the nations and glory for your people Israel.”  And Anna told everyone who was looking for God’s redemption that it was here and now.

Simeon and Anna see God’s salvation and redemption for the world in this 40 day old baby.  Jesus had not done anything yet – just be born, feed, cry and everything else that babies do. He had not yet taught about the kingdom, healed anyone or performed any miracles, he had not been baptized or transfigured, he has not been betrayed, suffered or died on the cross, he had not yet been resurrected. These actions and events are where we would usually say that we see God’s saving love revealed, but Simeon sees God’s salvation in this tiny baby. God is present in Jesus, in his being, in who he is simply as a human person.  In his person and being he is God present with us.

We catch our own glimpses of salvation in our lives. We don’t have a baby in front of us, but we do know the rest of the story. We have the words of the gospels, the grace of the sacraments and the fellowship of God’s people. How much more do we need?  There is a line in a prayer I love:  “Jesus, with you by my side enough has been given.”  This Candlemas, let us give thanks for God’s light with us and within us as a light for the world. And may we know that in that little light enough has already been given. Amen.

Progress report on repair and redecoration work 31-01-2014

January 31st, 2014

Progress Report on Repair and Redecoration Work

January 25th, 2014

Repair & Redecoration Work Starts at St Francis Church

January 16th, 2014

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I am delighted to say that long planned and eagerly awaited repair and redecoration work has started at St Francis Church this week.

The work includes repairing the crack above and below the rose window at the West end, repair of of the sanctuary floor at the East end, repair to the damaged render on the walls and redecoration throughout.

The whole work will last between six to eight weeks and should be completed well in time for Easter.


 

This Is Church

October 29th, 2013

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During November and December we are very fortunate to be able to host a photographic installation called “This Is Church”, which has been on display at St Martin’s in the Bull Ring over the summer this year. These thought-provoking images have proved very popular with visitors there and we hope that you will also want to encourage friends and family to make a special trip to see them, to reflect more deeply on what it means to be Church both here and abroad. Cheryl Homer (Arts Coordinator at St Martin’s Church) writes:

“‘Church’ is the word to describe people gathering around Jesus, yet, today, we tend to use the word to describe buildings.

The early church had no buildings. The churches existed wherever the Christians’ chose to meet.

Many people and congregations again, today, are meeting in different places and situations, some out abundant choice and preferences, others out of lack of choice and physical or political restrictions.

People don’t go to church, they are the church.  People worship through music, dance, creativity, silence, meditation, laughter, tears; they meet   inside, outside, in cities, in fields, in slums, prisons, palaces, in public and in private … God meets people where they are.

Through this series of photographs, collected from the UK and overseas, we want to explore the many ways ‘church’ happens; the ways in which people ‘gather around Jesus’”.

The photo shown is by Kieran Dodd / Tearfund and is used in the exhibition representing Uganda.

Youth Round-up: November 2013

October 29th, 2013

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New Monday Youth Club – Can I make you aware of our new Monday Youth Club for school years 9-11 from 7.30 – 9.00pm. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested, please let me know – I am looking for young people who would like to develop the group and create what it will look like in future! We restart on Monday 11th November. Read the rest of this entry »

Youth Round-up: October 2013

October 2nd, 2013

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And we’re back… for now!

Sorry about the delay in posting here, for some reason I’ve not been able to load the website to write posts, but it seems to be working today so I’ll risk it. (Can’t promise it won’t go down again!) Read the rest of this entry »

Flower Festival Gallery

July 6th, 2013

A gallery showing the wonderful array of flowers on display at St Francis Church for this weekend’s flower festival on the theme of ‘Time’ (based on Ecclesiastes 3.1-8)

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Flower Festival: 5th-8th July: “a time for every matter under heaven”

July 5th, 2013

TimeWe are celebrating the centenary of our Church Hall with a flower festival on the theme of ‘Time’.

The wonderful range of displays and flower arrangements draw on the passage from Ecclesiastes 3.1-8:  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”.

Come and visit!  The flower festival is in the church and is open from 1.00 -5.30 pm on Friday; from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Saturday; from 1.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. on Sunday; and from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on Monday.

The church will also be open for al the usual Sunday services.

We look forward to welcoming you.