Pentecost Sunday: Breaking down the barriers

A great thing about the royal wedding yesterday was in part it was a celebration of different cultures and backgrounds. A wedding is a time to come together and enjoy the sense of community that is generated. Anything that can break down barriers has to be a good thing and it is the same for the church. Pentecost Sunday is sometimes called the beginning of the church or the churches birthday, but it is a Jewish Festival. It was a festival commemorating the giving of the Law, its occurrence 50 days after Passover corresponds with the tradition that Moses received the Ten Commandments fifty days after the Exodus. The story of the Exodus describes how God heard the cry of the Hebrews in slavery

Sunday after Ascension: Who’s in charge?

At the end of St Luke’s Gospel and in the first chapter of Acts there is a description of the Ascension but maybe it is best expressed by St Paul in his letter to the Philippians. Paul describes how although Jesus “was in being the very nature of God,” in his humanity he came to us as a servant. He then describes that by his death and resurrection, “God has exalted him to the highest place,” and that Jesus is Lord, “to the glory of God the Father.” What is important for St Paul is that this is not something he hopes will happen at some point in the future. This is an event that has taken place. It is a dangerous statement. In his world the Roman Emperor or the local bigwig saw themselves as

St Mary's Sunday football - join us this Sunday 13th May at 7pm!

Are you are interested in joining a skilled team of professionals for a high intensity and competitive Sunday match? If so, I'm afraid you’re out of luck! If on the other hand you would like to join a friendly game for any ability, please do pop along and join us for a kick about! We will be playing on St Mary’s Northchurch School playing field at 7pm this Sunday 13 May. If you would like to join in please just pop by or email Coach, Rev Jonathan Gordon!

And the winners are...

Congratulations to our quiz prize winners from our St George's Day Sausage Sizzler on Saturday 21st April! The evening was great success, with everyone enjoying the quiz and the wonderful food. We are pleased to confirm that the evening raised just over £500 towards the St Mary's roof fund. A huge well done and thank you to everyone who was involved!

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