Sponsored Bible reading

2021 is the 60th anniversary of the publishing of The New English Bible New Testament. This translation was the first to render the scriptures into contemporary English and to depart from the traditional linguistic style of the Authorized Version . Over the years the translation has come to be regarded as a classic text and it became a best-seller in many countries around the world.

On Saturday 19th June we are holding a Bible Reading Event in church to celebrate this amazing book and raise money for church funds. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. a rota of people will read through the New Testament. Do come along to listen. Refreshments will be available

Mothering Sunday

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:


Do watch them! Mothering Sunday is not just for mothers and women and puppet plays are not just for children. They are for everybody!

Sunday 14th February – Transfiguration Sunday and St. Valentine’s Day!

We are still in lockdown (although there are some signs of it ending within the next few weeks) so I have recorded a service 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.

A service for Candlemas Sunday 31st January

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.


Service for Sunday 24th January

Dear friends,

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.

With every blessing,

Claire Claxton