Sunday 14th March is the 4th Sunday of Lent and Mothering Sunday.
“As a mother comforts a child so will I comfort you,” says the Lord. These are words that we can find in the book of the prophet Isaiah and on Mothering Sunday, as we give thanks for mothers, we think about mothering and the responsibility that we all have to mother or nurture others and also how God wants to comfort us as a mother comforts her child.
You can find a service of Bible readings, reflection and prayers and a puppet play for Mothering Sunday by clicking on the following link:
We are still in lockdown (although there are some signs of it ending within the next few weeks) soI have recorded aservice of Bible readings, reflection and prayers for Sunday 14th February. The focus is the transfiguration of Jesus – the revealing of the glory of Jesus Christ – on the mountaintop. You can watch the service by going to Forest Parish Church Facebook page or clicking on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Forest-Parish-Church-1831283450525212
I have also recorded a puppet play for St. Valentine’s Day (thank you to my able assistant puppeteer, Chris, my husband!) Puppets, Sam and Sarah, discuss the importance (or not) of receiving Valentine’s cards. You can find the puppet play in the same place – see above for the link.
Our lockdown continues and, sadly, churches have to be closed for the time-being. Clicking on the link below will take you to a short service for Sunday 31st January. The service celebrates Candlemas, when we recall Mary and Joseph presenting baby Jesus in the Temple and the elderly Simeon recognising in the baby a ‘light to lighten the Gentiles.’ So you might like to have a candle handy to light when you watch the service.
Sadly, it is necessary to have another period of lockdown. Let’s hope and pray that it will not last very long but, for the time-being (and there will be a review in two weeks time), we will not be able to gather for worship in church.
I have recorded two Bible readings, my sermon and some prayers to form a short service which I have uploaded to Forest Parish Church Facebook page. Even if you don’t use Facebook you should be able to watch the service (if you would like to!) by clicking on this link:
I do hope you are all well and not too devastated by the new lockdown. Although I cannot make any visits, I am very happy to have a chat on the phone (tel. 01481 238815) or respond to emails if you would like to get in touch. If there is any person or situation that you would like prayer for, please let me know.
Do come and join us for one of our Christmas services.
There is a Crib Service at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve especially for families. It will be short and very informal, with a puppet play, songs and instruments and creating the nativity scene under the altar.
At 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve we will have a traditional service of Holy Communion, otherwise known as Midnight Mass (because it will be midnight in Bethlehem!) or the First Communion of Christmas.
At 11 a.m. on Christmas Day we will have a Family Communion Service as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
You are very welcome to any or all of our Christmas services!
You are invited to join our Advent Group which will meet on four Tuesday evenings in the church from 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. on: Tuesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd December
‘Little Town, Big Story’ is an Advent Bible Study based upon the hymn ‘O little town of Bethlehem.’ All welcome, even if you can’t make all 4 sessions. It would be great to have a crowd!
Sunday 6th December Christingle & Opening of Christmas Tree Festival
Join us at 11 a.m. for a family service. The church will look stunning, as we declare the Christmas Tree Festival open; we will make Christingles together and have a puppet play.
Christmas Tree Festival
Our annual Christmas Tree Festival starts on Sunday 6th December and continues through to 3rd January. The theme of the Festival is ‘Christmas around the World’ and each tree will be decorated in the style of a different country. The church will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. every day. There will also be a craft and gift stall with lots of home-made items for sale.