Sunday 21st February - First Sunday in Lent

Notices for Sunday February 21st  2021
First Sunday in Lent

Services online
We continue for the time being with our Sunday services at 10am on the internet only.
Please remember, and perhaps be in contact with, those who can’t access them.
You can watch the videos for all the churches when they “premier”,
or later for your convenience by clicking on this link:
From this link you can also find Paul Mellar’s / St Andrew’s service,
Joel and his family’s “Church at Home” and Ian Webb’s Covid Island Discs.
Prayers on-line are available each day.

Coffee after the Sunday services – 11am by Zoom:
We invite you to “virtual” after (or before??) service refreshments.

Church open for private prayer
The church will be open for private prayer Wednesdays 9.30am - 4pm and Sundays 11.30 - 4pm

Readings and Collect
Genesis 9. 8-17
1 Peter 3. 18-22
Mark 1. 9-15

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted 40 days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Please remember in your prayers: Olga who is now home from hospital following a heart attack, and Marion Giles, still in hospital at present

Funeral: Nancy Smith, February 25th 12noon in church. Family and invited guests only because of limited numbers. It will be live streamed on the youtube channel:
Her son, Richard has also created a justgiving page for donations in Nancy’s memory, with the money to go to MIND:

News: As we can’t meet together as we used to do, do you have any news to share? Please send items to the office by 9am on Thursdays


From Peter:

From my own garden this week, I love our witch hazels, giving us glorious colour before any of the other shrubs, for almost no work.

“Big Read” – Singing in Babylon

For Lent this year we joining in with "The Big Church Read" looking at "Singing in Babylon" - a book that looks at stories of Daniel and how we can respond and thrive when we don't get what we want - Daniel was in exile, we are in lockdown... We will have "zoom" groups so we can share what we think, or you can just read it by yourself. Copies can be obtained at £10 from

Please see emailed notices for Zoom group logins

Sundays 6.30pm - hosted by Ian Webb
Mondays 6.45pm - hosted by Paul Mellars
Wednesdays 2pm - hosted by Tony Bethell
Wednesdays 7.30pm - hosted by Joel Bird

Please just join any group you want to by clicking on the link at the appropriate time. 

Also for Lent, a weekly Zoom Prayer meeting, led by Paul Mellars:

Starting at 7.30pm on Monday 22nd February.

Everyone welcome.

Live Lent

Many have enjoyed “Love Life Live Lent” resources in past years – we recommend them again – available by Email, or audio versions via an app or smart speaker!:
#LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story - our Lent reflections | The Church of England