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          This Sunday is Candlemas, we will reflect on Christ’s light as we recall His presentation in the Temple at 930am.Note the time!

          Choral Evensong at 630pm is a further opportunity to reflect on that light, as darkness falls, in word and music.

          We will celebrate Christ’s light and the light the Children’s Society brings at our service of Christingle at 1115am. All welcome!

           I have always found Malcolm Guite’s sonnet helpful when contemplating Candlemas:

They came, as called, according to the Law.

Though they were poor and had to keep things simple,

They moved in grace, in quietness, in awe,

For God was coming with them to His temple.

Amidst the outer court’s commercial bustle

They’d waited hours, enduring shouts and shoves,

Buyers and sellers, sensing one more hustle,

Had made a killing on the two young doves.

They come at last with us to Candlemas

And keep the day the prophecies came true

We glimpse with them, amidst our busyness,

The peace that Simeon and Anna knew.

For Candlemas still keeps His kindled light,

Against the dark our Saviour’s face is bright.

All good wishes,

The Rev’d Chris Bunce, Vicar, St Mary’s



8:00 a.m. – Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. – Family Sung Communion (with Seekers Sunday School during term time)
11:15 a.m. –
1st Sunday Storyteller
3rd Third Sunday Family Service
6:30 p.m. – Sung Evensong (2nd Sunday Choral)


The Church is open daily; 9am-4 pm


10:00 a.m. – Holy Communion


12:15 p.m. – Holy Communion




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