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,
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,
tel. 01306 731142 email@example.com
Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Sunday 5 June
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org