WHAT'S HAPPENING IN HOLMBURY

Sunday 29 May

10.30 am Leith Hill Benefice Service

at Christchurch, Coldharbour

Sunday 5 June

10.00 am A special Service celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 

St Mary's Church is open to visitors every day

A message from Revd David Grundy,

Associate Minister

Dear Friends,

A very warm welcome to this website, and we hope you will not only find out what we’re aiming to be as a church community, but also that you’ll find something that inspires or helps you on your own journey of faith. 

Our aim is to be a church for the village in practical ways, through the recycling facilities in the church and through friendship and support wherever it is needed. But above all, we’re a community of faith, wanting to explore and deepen our own faith, both through Sunday worship and also through midweek groups. 

If you would value prayer for anything or anyone, do drop me a line or ring (contact details below), and in a confidential way, I would be really pleased to pray for any concerns you have at this moment. 

In the meantime, enjoy the website, God bless, and I hope you’ll visit us again,

With very best wishes,

David 

tel. 01306 731142 davidgrundy19@gmail.com

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Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Sunday 5 June 

10.00 am

A special service to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years of service and commitment 

 

7.52 - 8.22 pm - aka

19:52 to 20:22 (!!)

St Mary’s bell-ringing team will join with churches across the land to ring the church bells, to commemorate the years of Her Majesty’s reign to date.

REFLECTION

by Martha

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Matthew 28:5-6 

 

There’s a wonderful parable about unborn twin baby boys snuggled together in their mother’s womb.  As they lay side by side, they wondered what it might be like on the other side of their warm, comfortable home.  The first twin believed there was a world beyond the womb “where people walk upright, where there are mountains and oceans, a sky filled with stars”.  The other twin thought this was absurd.  He was sure there was nothing outside the womb, only death.  Suddenly, the first twin was forced through the birth canal, leaving behind the only life he had ever known.  He was met by his parents who delighted in the arrival of their new son.   However, the remaining twin was deeply sad, convinced that a terrible tragedy had befallen his brother.  What this twin didn’t realise was that he had witnessed not death, but birth, and that what had happened to his brother was not a tragedy, but a miracle (from Teaching your children about God, by Rabbi David Wolpe).

The good news is that you and I have an older brother who has travelled beyond the tomb, through the birth canal of eternity into a world that we can only try to imagine; and that he has returned to assure us that there is another realm for us beyond the womb of this life.  This is the promise of Easter: that no matter what this life may throw at us, God has not finished with us yet.  The tomb is empty; death does not have the last word. 

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

Almighty God, who through your Son overcame death and opened the door to everlasting life, we pray that whatever the future brings, you may remove the presence of fear and anxiety from our hearts and grant us strength to face whatever difficulties or pain cannot be avoided.  May we live well the lives you have given us until the day comes when we rise to new life and meet you face to face.  Amen

“God is light; In him there is no darkness...”  

[1 John 1:5]

 St Mary's, the parish church of Holmbury St Mary, is a beautiful place to seek & know God.

 

Holmbury church is not, though, just a building; it is a community of worshippers who are here to serve each other, the Holmbury parish and the world beyond in witness to the Christian faith.

 

St Mary's offers friendship, fellowship and support throughout the village and further afield, not just for those who come to services but for everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation and belief.

 

If you would like to find out more or speak to someone in confidence, please contact

Revd. David Grundy on 01306 731142 or at davidgrundy19@gmail.com  

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.” 

[Matthew 7:7]