On Remembrance, from Bishop Mark

Remembrance, Special Services

My grandfather fought at The Somme but died when I was a little boy. My late mother was only thirteen when the Second World War ended. I have no memory whatever of those wars that our annual Remembrance Sunday first commemorated. There is, however, no sign of these commemorations disappearing with the generations who lived through the great wars of the twentieth century. What, though, do we mean today, by ‘remember’?

Literature, photography and film-making preserve our awareness of the sacrifices made during the world wars. Subsequent conflicts continue to take the lives of those serving in the armed forces. We remember what we have learned about the horrors of past wars and we remember those who, today, put their lives on the line, often in the cause of peace in distant countries. We remember and honour servicemen and women who lay aside their personal safety for the sake of others.

Images of the Christian Soldier are less popular than once they were, but it is worth remembering that a soldier fights for king and kingdom, never for self but always for the rights and wellbeing of those who cannot fight for themselves. Ought we not all to be soldiers of Christ and of his advancing Kingdom?

+Mark Horsham

Advent and Christmas 2017

Advent, Christmas, Special Services

Our 2017 Advent and Christmas services are as follows:

Sunday 3 December

  • Holy Communion (BCP), 8.00-8.45 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)
  • Sung Eucharist, 10.00-11.00 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)
  • Eucharist 10.00-11.00 (St Barnabas’ Church, RH10 7DY)
  • Christingle! 11.30-12.15 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)
  • A Candlelight Advent Service 18.30-19.30 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)

Sunday 17 December

  • Holy Communion (BCP), 8.00-8.45 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)
  • Eucharist, 10.00-11.00 (St Barnabas’ Church, RH10 7DY)
  • Sung Eucharist, 10.00-11.00 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)
  • Carols for All followed by mulled wine and mince pies, 16.00-17.00 (St Barnabas’ Church, RH10 7DY)
  • Lessons and Carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies, 18.30-19.45, (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)

Sunday 24 December

  • Holy Communion (BCP), 8.00-8.45 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)
  • Family Communion with Crib Service, 10.00-11.00 (St Barnabas’ Church, RH10 7DY)
  • Sung Eucharist, 10.00-11.00 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)
  • Children’s Crib Service, 16.00-17.00 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)
  • Midnight Mass, 23.30-00.50 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)

Monday 25 December

  • Christmas Day Eucharist 10.00-11.00 (St Nicholas’ Church, RH10 7RT)
  • Christmas Day Family Eucharist 10.00-11.00 (St Barnabas’ Church, RH10 7DY)

A Thank You Video

Special Services

On September 4th, we came together in a parish-wide service at St Nicholas’ to celebrate the work that Anthony and Steve have done for us. At the service, members of the parish promised to help with various aspects of parish life, in line with our Parish Plan and vision. Many of the couples who have been married in the last two years returned to join us for this uplifting sung service, which was followed by a drinks and a barbecue afterwards on the Rectory lawns.

This video is just a little thank you for the work of Anthony and Steve and their families.