17th October 2021 – 29th Ordinary Sunday

It has been great to see that the video of last week’s organ recital has continued to attract interest. I think it’s now St Judes’ biggest hit on YouTube! If you haven’t seen it yet, you can find it here In-person church re-starts on Sunday 7th November at 9 am and 4 pm. As permitted by […]

10th October 2021 – 28th Ordinary Sunday

As announced last week, weekly in-person gatherings resume on Sunday 7th November at 9 am and 4pm. Assuming that everything goes well, we will return to two morning services (8 am and 10 am) from the beginning of December. Watch this space for announcements about when other activities such as choir practice, Kids’ Club, craft […]

3rd October 2021- 27th Ordinary Sunday

Hello everyone. Daylight saving begins this Sunday with clocks turning forward an hour at 2 am. This means we lose an hour of sleep. Our 9 am online service will seem earlier than we all expect! I’m looking forward to seeing you bright and early. The other big date this week is our online Organ […]

26th September 2021- 26th Ordinary Sunday

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of joining some of you in viewing the diocese wide prayer and praise evening online. It was so encouraging to see people from many churches taking part, and there were well over 1,000 people logged in watching it. I was watching with Erin and our girls, singing along to […]

19th September 2021- 24th Ordinary Sunday

Parish life under COVID has continued to be busy, albeit in a different way from the way it is without lockdowns. It has been wonderful to receive so many messages of appreciation for the ministry activities we have tried to during lockdown. While we are still not quite sure of the timing of a return […]

12th September 2021- 24th Ordinary Sunday

This is a special day in our church life as we celebrate the ministry of Kat Cowell among us over the last nearly three years. She is heading off on maternity leave from this coming week. (Although, when I say, “heading off”, she is not going far! She and Nigel will still be at their […]

5th September 2021- 23rd Ordinary Sunday

This Sunday would have been our confirmation service – the first in around five years – with Bp. Michael Stead. Unfortunately, we had to make the decision back in July to postpone the service. I am looking forward to being able to gather a group of confirmees for 2022. This is also Fathers’ Day. While […]

29th August 2021- 22nd Ordinary Sunday

Following Friday’s announcement about the program for school children returning (mainly in November), it seems almost certain that the current lockdown will be extended beyond 30 September, and that the St Jude’s Fair (traditionally the second Saturday in November) will not be happening.  The COVID situation is creating more needs than any one of us […]

22nd August 2021 – 21st Ordinary Sunday

I’ve called this week’s sermon, “Fig Leaves and Festal Robes: the Theology of Shame”. It is number six in our Christian emotions series, The Christian Life Inside-out. I hope it catches your interest. It has been really good to see more people each week joining both morning and afternoon services online. As well giving us […]

Sunday 15th August – 20th Ordinary Sunday

This week, we have the fifth in our Christian Life Inside-Out series, on the theme of Desire.  I think I bit off more than I could chew with this sermon!  Even so, I’m sure everyone will be helped by the examples from Scripture of people (Jesus himself included) who desired God above all things. Morning […]