Easter 2018

You are very warmly invited to join us at any (or all!) of our Easter Services this year:

Maundy Thursday

7pm at St. Andrew’s

Good Friday

10am St. Martin’s Family Service
10.30am St. Andrew’s Way of the Cross
2pm Hour at the Cross @ St. Martin’s

Easter Eve

8pm Easter Vigil @ St. Chad’s

Easter Day

9.30am Celtic Communion @ St. Martin’s
11am Eucharists @ St. Andrew’s & St. Chad’s

Christmas 2017

Christmas Services in our churches

Come and join us for the most magical time of the year in our three beautiful church buildings.

Saturday, 16th December
6pm: Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Band Concert @ St. Chad’s

Sunday, 17th December
6pm: St. Andrew’s Carol Service
6.30pm: St. Chad’s Carols by Candlelight
6.30pm: St. Martin’s Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve, Sunday, 24th December
9.30am: Eucharist @ St. Martin’s
11am: Eucharists @ St. Chad’s & St. Andrew’s
4pm: Crib Services @ St. Chad’s & St. Andrew’s
4.30pm: Christingle & Crib Service @ St. Martin’s
11pm: 1st Communion of Christmas @ St. Andrew’s
11.30pm: 1st Communion of Christmas @ St. Chad’s & St. Martin’s

Christmas Day
10am: Christmas Communion @ St. Chad’s & St. Martin’s
10.30am: Christmas Communion @ St. Andrew’s

Christmas in Kirkby

You are very warmly invited to any of our Christmas Services, happening in all four of our churches.

Sunday, 18th December

9.30am: St. Mark’s Christmas Service, @ The Scout Hut, Old Rough Lane

6.30pm: Carols by Candlelight in St. Chad’s, St. Andrew’s and St. Martin’s. Traditional and beautiful services of carols and readings. A magical Christmas experience.

Tuesday, 20th December

TANGO and Church in the Centre Christmas Service. 12pm in the Shop on Kennelwood Avenue.

Christmas Eve

4pm: Crib Services in St. Andrew’s and St. Chad’s: Children’s services to build the excitement for Christmas.

4pm: Christingle Service in St. Martin’s: Children’s service, building a Christingle with an orange, candle, sweets and ribbon to tell the Christmas story.

11.30pm: Midnight Communion in St. Martin’s, St. Chad’s and St. Andrew’s. Welcome Christmas in the traditional way!

Christmas Day

10am Christmas Services in all four churches!

The Light

A reflection for Holy Week

Light flickering,
batteries exhausted
candle guttering
bulb dying.

Light, limiting our horizons,
reducing our world
creating the terror of the dark,
closing in around us.

Light, missing, losing the path, hiding the way.
Light falling away quickly
Watching the lights disappear,
leaving behind an emptiness
a hole where they once were
and the darkness encroaching
drawing closer and stronger.

Lights, burnt into our retina, leaving the impossible shadows
that continue to appear in our vision, long after they’ve gone.
Longed for light, that can resolve the phantoms of the darkness
into reality.

Darkness that came with the extinguishing of the light.
Blackening the world, and leaving only the memory of the light
and hope.

Hope that the light will return
hope that the dawn will transform the landscape
lighting the path, banishing darkness
and resolving the shapes that terrify.
Hope – but for now, darkness.
The light is going, has gone.
But still, we hope.

The Voice

A reflection for Holy Week

Thunder, distant in the air, warning of storms.
Thunder, drawing closer, counting the gap after the flash.
Thunder, cracking overhead in time with the lightning.
A voice, calling out in the air,
with distant rumble that carries power and menace
and speaks of untold and unknown strengths
that terrify and frighten.

Glad that the distant thunder is not immediate.
Sound that we hear but never fully comprehend.
The voice of God, speaking to the world that he created,
speaking of power, strength, unknown and untold in its majesty.
A voice, thundering, speaking truth,
drowning out the clamour and squabble of
differing opinions and voices here,
shouting to have their opinions heard,
their moment in the feeble glow of our attention.

God’s voice thunders, flashes across the world
speaking of his power, his calling of Jesus.
‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’
The voice that speaks of our place in this world,
of our own insignificance
and the futile attempt to match our power with God’s.
Thunder, calling to us across the world
speaking of the power of creation
and of the Creator.