September 2020

This coming Sunday we are holding our annual Tumaini Family Service. Tumaini is a charity which supports children (often orphaned) in Kagera, Tanzania. Many of these children have very little, often not even clothes or a blanket to keep them warm at night. Throughout the year a team of knitters make jumpers, blankets, hats and toys and we decorate the church with all these items before they are blessed and then packed up to be sent out to Tanzania.


Last year’s Tumaini service.

Mrs Sarahjane Allen, our guest speaker, will talk about the work of the Tumaini Fund and everyone is welcome to come along and support the work of this amazing charity for which there will be a retiring collection.

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Summer Staycations

“I’m going to Rumania.” That used to be a witty reply to the question “Where are you going on holiday?” if you were not going away. Now ‘staycation’ is the new Rumania! If you aren’t able to travel to the other islands perhaps you are planning a ‘staycation’ on Guernsey by booking into a local hotel or campsite for a night or two.

It is important to take time off and, if we are someone who finds it hard to stop working, then maybe a staycation will prevent us answering that work phonecall or email, or doing those chores around the house or garden.

Even if we end up staying only a short distance from home (or even at home) becoming a tourist can give us a completely different point of view of our island. It is good to spend time enjoying and visiting the beauty spots, museums and other attractions because it is too easy to miss out on all that historical and cultural heritage.

Although I was born in Guernsey and have lived here most of my life, I know that there are certain places I have only visited when I have had family or friends to stay. I remember putting a stitch into the St. Andrew’s panel of the Guernsey Tapestry in the late 1990s and I haven’t been back to see it since soon after it was installed! Another visit is long overdue, especially as admission is free to Bailiwick residents during August!

The fourth of the Ten Commandments says, ‘You and your family are to remember the Sabbath Day; set it apart, and keep it holy. You have six days to do all your work, but the seventh day is to be different; …’

Our Sabbath does not necessarily have to be a Sunday, but whether we are employed, unemployed, a homemaker or retired, it is vital for our physical, emotional and spiritual health to put aside time to delight in those things which nourish our soul.

You are welcome to come and worship God at Forest Parish Church!

Our main service is at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The 1st Sunday of the month is a more informal all-age service. September 6th is our annual Tumaini service. The church will be decorated with all the knitted items that will then be sent to Kagera in Tanzania. It always looks stunning, do come and see!

If you have young children you might like to come to our monthly Puppets & Praise at 9 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday of the month (next one will be on September 20th). We start with breakfast together and then have fun with puppets and musical instruments as we hear a Bible story and sing songs.

More traditional services take place at 9 a.m. on the 4th Sunday of the month and 6.30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

July 2020

We are so grateful that we are able to meet together again to worship God in our lovely church! In July our pattern of services will be:

Sunday 5th July 11 a.m. Family Communion – all-age worship

Sunday 12th July 11 a.m. Parish Communion

Sunday 19th July 9 a.m. Puppets & Praise – an informal breakfast service with songs, instruments, puppets, for families with young children Sunday 19th July 11 a.m. Parish Communion

Sunday 26th July 9 a.m. Holy Communion from Book of Common Prayer Sunday 26th July 11 a.m. Patronal Festival Celebration with Holy Communion

Evensong services will resume again in August on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

We celebrate Sainte Marguerite, our patron saint, on Sunday 26th July with a special service in the morning and a cream tea in the garden of Le Bourg de Haut (opposite the church) from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. The cost is £5 per adult, no charge for children. All are welcome!

Happy Easter! Alleluia. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

This Holy Week and Easter 2020 when Christians would normally gather together to walk with Jesus along his journey to the cross, it is very hard to be unable to physically get together.

If you are asking yourself, ‘If we can’t gather together, how can we celebrate?’ Well, let me tell you – we can! It won’t be the same but what we are celebrating will be! The truth of the death and resurrection of Jesus never changes. The angel’s message to Mary and her friends all those years ago is the same message to us today. “Fear not. He is risen …” So let’s make sure we celebrate!’

Churches are managing to still feel connected and worship together in different ways.

Forest Parish Church services and puppet plays are accessible on the Forest Parish Church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Forest-Parish-Church-1831283450525212/

and on the Forest Parish Church Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjXgCgEcW-mwTfOaKsSTqPg

And if it is not possible to access them, then just sing the words of your favourite Easter hymn, whatever it is, ‘Jesus Christ is risen today’ or ‘This joyful Eastertide’ or my favourite ‘Thine be the Glory’ (see below).

Thine be the Glory

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.
Refrain: Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, thou o’er death hast won.


Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
Refrain: Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, thou o’er death hast won.


No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.
Refrain: Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, thou o’er death hast won.

I pray that it won’t be too long before we are able to gather together again in our lovely church but, until then, I pray that God will bless you and keep you safe.

Remember we are still the Church!