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  • Emily Bainbridge

Pastoral 'Note' - 7 January 2022

Dear Friends,

I do hope that 2022 is already proving to be a good year for you all. We all need the reassurance of a sense of recovery at the moment and I cannot be the only one who is looking forward to the Spring and to all the hope and new life which that will bring.

I hope too that we can continue to grow together as a Church community; that we can build on contacts and friendships either formed over lockdown or delayed by Covid; that we can find opportunities to listen to one another’s stories about how we have found the last two years; that, as a result of what we may have recently experienced or realised about the importance of reaching out to others, we may volunteer to help a local charity or become more involved in the activities of the Church and that we can also search the scriptures together to find those things which resource our lives and refresh our faith.

We all learned to pray for one another over the last 22 months in a more conscious way, I know I certainly did, and to value the community of which we are part. This coming Sunday the Church celebrates the Baptism of Christ, what better time for us all to renew our own Baptismal promises and know God renewing His committment to each one of us: to accompany and empower us, that we may go forward into this New Year, with the winds of the Holy Spirit filling our sails.......

With blessings and best wishes



WELCOME to our worship at St Mary's at this the celebration of the Baptism of Christ, as we worship in church and on Zoom. At today’s Eucharist in church and at the Zoom service online, we shall be reflecting on the Gospel passage, which this week is Luke Chapter 3 v 15-17 and 21-22. The Hymns at the 9.30am service will be: 71, 13, 277.

The Collect,

Eternal Father, Who at the Baptism of Jesus Revealed Him to be your Son, Anointing Him with the Holy Spirit: Grant to us, who are born again of water and the Spirit That we may be faithful to our calling As your adopted children, Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who lives and reign with you and the Holy Spirit One God now and for ever. AMEN.

You can find the names of those we shall be remembering in our prayers by following this link to our website "Services" page and clicking on the button for 'Our Current Intercessions List'. No booking is necessary for the service. Please do not come to the church if you are displaying any Covid symptoms or you are required to self-isolate and please seriously consider whether it is wise to attend if you have cold or ‘flu symptoms, in fairness to others. We would ask that unless you are officially exempted from doing so, everyone wears a face mask, in keeping with Government instructions. Please also consider and follow the other guidance on our website about Covid precautions as we all seek to keep ourselves and others healthy. Communion will be offered in the form of the consecrated host, which you may receive in your hands and which we would ask you to consume immediately.



We very much hope that those of you who are not able to join us in church for our service, join us online instead . This will take the same form which we have used from last April. Please have a candle, matches, bread and wine to hand.

Click Here to download the Order of Service (

There are three main ways to join the service: on this link:

2. Go to (or use the Zoom app) and enter the following Webinar ID:

856 8533 9742

3. If you want to join by telephone dial any of these numbers:

0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240 or 0131 460 1196 or 0203 051 2874

and then type in this Webinar ID when prompted: 856 8533 9742

These details are the same every week!


The Church will be open for private prayer between 10 am and 11 am on Wednesday.

If you would like to know more about the ongoing life of St Mary's and its activities , please see our website:


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