3rd May 2020 service

The Sunday service will shortly be online to watch.

A couple of comments. First, it is just one service this week, and I wasn’t able to get too much child-friendly material for the topic that I could use (for copyright reasons). So I have also posted a link to a child-friendly version of the Gospel story if you want it.

Secondly, at the end of the service, there is a brief pause, and then another 8 minutes or so of sermon. Please feel free to stop before this if you wish, it is just some extra material that felt too long for the service, but which some might want to watch as well.

Blessings

Matt

26th April services online

The services for this Sunday are now online to watch online in the “Online Services” section. If you want to download them to watch offline (or because your internet is slow), then right click (or press and hold your finger down for a couple of seconds if you have a tablet like an iPad) on the links below and choose to download the files. You can also left click on the links below, but the videos might be a little small.

Normal communion service.

More modern/informal service.

18th April 2020

Dear all

First, a big thank you for all the kind comments about the services. I’m afraid I couldn’t write back to all of them this week because there were so many and I was on holiday. But I did read them and am very grateful.

Linda has provided this week’s service – another first for us. It’s available as usual in the Online Services section as a Morning Worship service. Or you can download it as usual here.

I look forward to being back with you next week.

Matt

Good Friday meditation

I’m sorry that I won’t be able to sort out a service for tonight to remember the Last Supper. There are plenty of services around which I hope you feel able to make use of.

However, Linda has put together a meditation (download here) which you could use tomorrow either on a walk or in your home, to help us think about the love of God which took Jesus to the cross. It would be great if you could join us in this.

The cross will be up on Cherhill Down between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Please use it to help you reflect, but it is not intended as a gathering point. If it is on or near a walk you would normally make, please do pause and think, but only briefly and by yourselves. Please do not make a special trip to visit it – it does not count as an essential trip. I hope that many of you can see it from near where you are, and that it helps you to know it is there.

With love

Matt (and Linda)

Palm Sunday service

A reminder that services are now available via the “Online Services” page. However, if you prefer to download the video to watch offline, please use the links on this page.

This week there is just one service, but there is a pause partway through, so if you don’t want to stay for communion, please feel free to stop there.

If you would like the full service of Holy Communion, please click here. There is also an order of service to download and print available here, but everything you need is also on the screen.

If you struggle to hear my sermon, you can find a similar text here.

I hope you find something you can use.

With love, Matt

Palm Sunday – make a cross

This Sunday coming – 5th April – is Palm Sunday.

Usually on Palm Sunday as you enter the church you would be given a palm cross to wave. That’s not really possible this year, so instead, I’m going to ask you to be creative. If you want to join in, please follow the instructions on this page. You will need a suitably-coloured sheet of paper or card. I’ll also go through the instructions for you on Sunday in case anyone cannot work out what to do.

Then be ready to wave it joyfully on Sunday.

Looking forward to “seeing” you then.

Matt

29th March services

Services are now available via the “Online Services” page. However, if you prefer to download the video to watch offline, please use the links on this page.

This week I have two service options for you.

If you would like the full service of Holy Communion, please click here. There is also an order of service to download and print available here, but everything you need is also on the screen.

If you would like a shorter service with more modern songs, please click here.

If you struggle to hear my sermon, you can find a similar text here.

I hope you find something you can use.

With love, Matt

Online services

My intention is to upload a service for you to watch each week. There will always be a service of Holy Communion, but I hope to add some less formal or shorter services as well. Do come back to this site each week to download the latest service(s).

Because most of the services have copyrighted music and words in them, I have had to buy licences which permit the use of this material on a website. The copyright holders have been very generous, but their intention is to enable people who would or might otherwise attend our churches in person to do so online. Please respect these limits. If you wish to share the videos more widely, please use the version without the songs which are not subject to copyright.

Message from Matt

Dear Friends

As you are aware, we have now had to close our church buildings completely for the foreseeable future. These are sad times for all of us, not just those who attend church regularly.

But there are things we can do. So let me draw your attention to three of them:

1 Please stay at home as much as possible. This saves lives. It is the single most useful thing each of us can do.

2 Be proactive in offering or asking for help. There are some who will slip through the official system. If that is you, please ask for help. And if we keep in touch with our neighbours, they shouldn’t slip through the net either.

3 Join us in prayer and worship. We can no longer gather physically, but we are hoping to make a number of services available for you to read, listen to or watch. Keep coming back to this site for more information.

I am praying for you every day, as are many others around you. If there is anything specific for which we can pray, do please let me know.

With every blessing

Matt