Advent Sunday 28 November

6.30 pm Advent Carol Service

St Mary's Church is open to visitors every day

Advent Carol Service

28 November at 6.30pm


Start your own Advent journey at this beautiful, reflective service of music and readings.

No need to book

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. 

We are delighted to be allowed to sing again as part of our worship, but we also want to retain something of the much-appreciated online services: so, each week, the gospel and sermon at least will be recorded and added to the website. 

We’re also restarting young people’s activities, both in terms of Funday (first Sundays) and the All-Age services (third Sundays). We plan to build this up, so if you’d like to be part of that building process, you are welcome!

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 davidgrundy19@gmail.com

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by Hilary

What is Truth?

In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Daniel 7:13-14

On Sunday 21 November we celebrated the Feast of Christ the King, a relatively new Christian celebration instituted by Pope Pius 11th in 1925 to combat secularism and nationalism. These verses from the Book of Daniel, in the Old Testament, prophesy the coming King, the longed-for Messiah.

Sunday 28 November is Advent Sunday – the Church’s official start of the countdown to Christmas.

Jesus, the Servant King, shows us a new way to live, teaches us to love one another, to put others first – his willingness to become the most humble on earth, has shown us how to live on earth and has provided the way for us to join his kingdom in heaven.

Before handing Jesus over to be crucified, Pilate famously asked him, ‘What is truth?’ Perhaps we all need to ask ourselves that question as we start to think about celebrating the humble birth of a baby born over 2,000 years ago in a small middle eastern town in a Roman outpost?

What is the truth of his birth, his life, his death and resurrection? Is he the King that he claimed to be and more importantly, do we acknowledge him as our King, do we listen to his voice and follow his commands?

What is truth for you today?

Lord, help us to know the truth of who Jesus is, to claim him as King of our lives and strive to live as he did: putting others first, speaking words of kindness and healing to all those we meet and loving You and our neighbours as ourselves. 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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