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ST MARY'S CHURCH IS OPEN
The church is open for services at 10am on Sundays
for private prayer until 6pm on Sundays
Preserve me, O God, for in you I have taken refuge; I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord, all my good depends on you. Psalm 16: 1
Just recently we have celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the amazing courage of ‘The Few’ whose heroic and self-sacrificing exploits of airmanship ensured that the skies were freed of the threat of German bombers intent on mass destruction of our towns and cities. But of course, that was not by any means the end of the war and another five weary years of struggle lay ahead involving much hardship, anxiety and fear.
And it seems to me that this pandemic in a way mirrors that time. We ‘fought’ our way through that first lock-down cheering on the NHS and key workers every Thursday evening just as people cheered those pilots as they dived and wheeled in pursuit of the enemy in the skies above Kent. But now we have become all too aware that lock down was only a preliminary battle and we are in this for the long haul; the war against Covid 19 has not been won and there is a lot more to endure yet before any sort of ‘normal’ can be restored.
I know people are anxious, I know they are fearful, I know there is much hardship just as there was in WW2 but what we must never forget is that God’s promise that we are His people and He is always with us and His love is a gift given to each and every one of us His adopted children. On dark days we need to learn to look for those glimmers of light, those slight rays of hope that reassure us and bring confidence that we are not alone. God is with us and if He is with us we know we can always trust in His loving purposes for us no matter what the temporal world may throw at us.
Your love is love because you know precisely who I am, and what I do, yet love me still. Your love encompasses the pain and heartbreak of a world in conflict with itself. Lord of the great, it’s difficult to understand quite how, but all the world’s concerns that scare me so, are somehow in your hand. And taking that to heart, I find my courage a little greater than it was before. Eddie Askew
A message from Revd David Grundy, Associate Minister
Welcome to the church website at St. Mary’s, Holmbury. The website seems as important as ever whilst the ‘goalposts’ surrounding CV19 seem to be continually shifting and this obviously affects what we are able to do as a church. We'll keep the website updated with what's happening - so please keep in touch.
The team Rector, Tony Berry, has just had a knee operation, so is out of action until the end of September. And is is still not possible to meet for Funday, which is really sad, but obviously right at the moment.
However, we are now holding services in the church, and it is lovely to be together again. We are trying to be as creative as we can with the music (whilst not allowed to sing together).
From the beginning September, we have a service in our church every Sunday, starting at 10.00am. And for the foreseeable future, we will continue to have a full Sunday service available online, for those people who have been valuing that.
Do join us. But more importantly, I hope that while uncertainty in our daily lives continues, God’s presence will be real to you.
“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