• Keeping Lent in 2018

    On Ash Wednesday some of us have ash placed on our foreheads with the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.”. Yet Lent is not a bleak, forbidding time, but a very positive and optimistic remembering

  • Sermon for Candlemas

    Candlemas 2018 – Rev Mary Bowden Malachi: Luke 2: May have been wondering about the crib….. we’ve kept it until today because today is the very end of Christmas….. Real purists…. visited new AD last week – Christmas tree still up. So…. Any lingering cards or baubles lurking on the

  • Sermon for Epiphany – Mary Bowden

    Epiphany 2013 Matthew, Ephesians I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ Familiar words, enshrined in our national consciousness after George VI used them in his Christmas broadcast in 1939…and regularly quoted since.

  • Christmas Day Address 2017

    Rev Mary Bowden, 25 December 2017, 9.30 St Bartholomew’s and 11.00 St Christopher’s Once upon a time – a very particular time – and in a very particular place – there was a small, thin, hungry cat. She was mainly white, with tabby patches on her back, her front legs

  • Address at Christmas Eve Midnight Communion

    Midnight 2017 Immanuel, God with us. This promise has been the church of England’s theme for Advent this year – and now, at this midnight hour, the first hour of Christmas, we are celebrating its fulfilment, its truth. God with us – a simple picture of a baby. But every

  • Remembrance Sunday address – Rev Mary Bowden

    Remembrance 2017 Wisdom 6 12-16 John 15 9-17 Last night at the Royal albert Hall, amongst the uniforms and brass and moving magnificence of the Festival of Remembrance, there were six young people in somewhat incongruous bright yellow polo shirts. They were part of a centenary intern scheme at the

  • Christmas Fair Ice Cream Competition

    The countdown to our annual Parish Christmas Fair is very much on!  The fair will be held at St Bartholomew’s Church and The Link on Saturday 25th November, 10.30am to 1pm. Our focus this year is to continue to appeal to the broader community and with this in mind we

  • Autumn Services

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  • CD or not CD? – Excelsis to record Clive Osgood’s music

    CD or not CD?! That is the question! Surrey based Excelsis Chamber Choir and Clive Osgood are joining forces to make a CD of Osgood’s choral music. Excelsis Chamber Choir, under the Directorship of Robert Lewis, was honoured to be made Choir-in-Residence of award winning Grayshott Concerts in 2015 and

  • PCC News – August 2017

    As many of you will be aware, the Parish is currently facing a challenging time on a number of fronts, and the PCC would like to start a regular communication to ensure that our whole congregation is kept informed.  We welcome your feedback on how it might be improved, and