The world in which the church now exists is radically different from that in which it was founded. Pope Francis went on to say, “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently” – he clearly believes that the Church must speak to the hearts of individuals, as Jesus did, not to condemn, but to support and show all the way of salvation … More Ecclesiology
Saul’s conversion must surely be the most radical change of direction in history. He was a murderer, perhaps of the worst kind, because he was not himself violent. He did not act from passion and lack of self-control, swept away in the moment, but was fuelled by a cold and fanatical religious hatred … More The Conversion of Paul
Fundamentally, there are five basic elements to singing songs (which include hymns) successfully:
Pitch – how high or low the notes are
Rhythm – the pattern of the notes
Pulse – the beat upon which rhythm sits – usually 2, 3 or 4 time
Tempo – the speed of the pulse
Words – for communicating meaning … More The Summons (John L. Bell & Graham Maule)
Good morning and welcome to our service of holy communion for Sunday 22 January, streamed from our church hall. This is because the boiler is faulty, and there was no heat in church this morning.
Hopefully back to normal next week. Rev Sue presides and Matt will preach … More Sunday Service 22 January 2023
School enjoyed a lovely Christmas Carol Service at St Margaret’s church on Monday 12th December, the first since the pandemic. It was good to so see some of you joining us on the day to celebrate alongside us. Children sang with enthusiasm and happiness and did really well learning the songs, through the expertise of Carol Porter, who continues to support us superbly with our singing development at school … More January letter from our Primary School
Cast your mind back. December 2020 was a bleak time. Only a few people were allowed in our churches, and major festivals and services were pre-recorded. Great efforts were made to increase our digital output, with carols broadcast daily as part of our first Digital Advent Calendar. Identifying, learning, recording, editing and publishing 24 different – and suitable – carols is a bit of a challenge, and we were struggling to make up numbers. And then Tom messaged me one evening with some ideas. He had been browsing “100 Carols for Choirs”, and suggested this one along with some others. It was perfect … More Myn Lyking
Good morning and welcome to our service of holy communion for Sunday 8 January, on which we celebrate Epiphany – the arrival of the Magi and presentation of their gifts.
We also welcome Fr Shaun who is presiding at our services today. Our ALM Carol will deliver the sermon and intercessions.
We begin with the hymn “We Three Kings of Orient Are” … More The Feast of Epiphany
We hope you are enjoying the Christmas season! Today we bring you drummers drumming. Looking ahead to Epiphany, we also bring you “Song of the Wise Men”, sung by Maggie’s Music Makers … More The Twelfth Day of Christmas
We hope you are enjoying the Christmas season! Today we bring you pipers piping. Looking ahead to Epiphany, we also bring you “Wise Men, They Came”, sung by Carol and Tom … More The Eleventh Day of Christmas
What’s in a name? Some people like the names they have been given, some don’t. Sometimes names are given to babies to remind us of people that we love, or because we like the meaning. Grace, for example, can evoke either graceful movement, or the grace of God in all its generosity. Faith speaks for itself … More What’s in a name?