ST MARY'S CHURCH IS OPEN 

At St Mary's this week

Sunday 16 May

10.00am Service of Morning Prayer (with music)

8.30pm Christian Mindfulness on Zoom 

The church is open every day for private prayer and reflection.

Please read the CV19 Risk Assessment and Mitigations for St Mary's Church HERE

A message from Revd David Grundy,

Associate Minister

Dear Friends,

A warm welcome to this website, whether you’re here for the first time or visit regularly. We’re delighted that you’ve found us.

Many churches are closed for worship at the moment, and whilst we are open every day for private prayer and on Sundays at 10am for worship, many people still prefer to access the online service which we post each week, which is a complete service with hymns, a sermon, readings, a blessing, an introduction and prayers. The website is also designed to give you an idea of other aspects of the church’s life such as Eco Church, Prayer and Meditation (Christian Mindfulness sessions), Spiritual Refreshment, and there is also a Community Noticeboard, with online access to the Parish News magazine.

Above all, we hope that in these pages you find something of Jesus himself, the centre of our faith, and the one who longs for us to be in relationship with him, and who welcomes us with open arms.  Please get in touch, if you’d like, whether it is to find out more, to ask for prayer or simply to introduce yourself.

And in the meantime, we hope you stay safe and well, and enjoy the website.

With very best wishes,

David 

tel. 01306 731142

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 HOLMBURY EASTER STONES

PROJECT - NEXT PHASE

After celebrating the project in the Family Service on 2 May, the stones are being relocated around the village, so look out for them when you're out and about! There are a few stones available in the church awaiting redistribution - feel free to take them, if you'd like to join in.

REFLECTION 

by Mad Berry

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some would understand slowness.    2 Peter 3 v9

 

This verse is a good reminder to us of how easy it is to make the mistake that  God sees things the way we do. Peter has already reminded his readers that the Psalmist had a better understanding when he wrote that “a thousand years are but a day in his sight”.

 

Taking the long view often feels like a waste of time, “live in the moment” is a popular mantra, and while that definitely has its place, it can lead to knee jerk reactions which lack perspective.

 

Isaiah also reminded the people of God  that their ways were not God’s ways, and their thoughts were not God’s thoughts. But he also reminded them that God accomplishes what He desires.

 

So if you feel that God is distant, or that He is slow in responding remember that maybe your understanding of slowness may need readjusting.

 

Lord, help us to see that your way of doing things may not always be our way, and give us grace to surrender to your sovereignty in all things. Amen

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“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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