We gather to celebrate the presence of God in worship and prayer.
We aim to be a community in which God’s love is shared,
and to serve Christ among friends and strangers.
Regular Services : Sunday, 10.30, Sung Eucharist
Wednesday, 10.15, Eucharist
We have just celebrated our 121st birthday!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in us the fire of your love.
to whose glory we celebrate the dedication
of this house of prayer:
we praise you for the many blessings
you have given to those who worship you here;
and we pray that all who seek you in this place may find you,
and, being filled with the Holy Spirit,
may become a living temple acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
(The Collect for a Dedication Festival)
To quote Rowan Williams:-
The gift of the Holy Spirit is the foundation of the two great facts of Christian life: adoration and compassion. Because we are connected with Jesus’ prayer to the Father; we are caught up in his loving, joyful, everlasting adoration of God. That’s why, of course, one of the things Christians most want to do when their faith is really coming alive, is simply to gaze into the mystery of God – to let themselves be swept over that waterfall into the depths of God’s everlasting love. And the other thing that they want to do, if their Christian faith is really coming alive, is to be there alongside all human beings in all the variety of their experience – to be alongside human beings who are rejoicing, who are succeeding, who are making something of their lives. To be alongside human beings who are grieving, who are lost, who are despairing. Adoration and compassion: two kinds of connection, because the Holy Spirit is the spirit that makes connections. ‘He will take what belongs to me and declare it to you.’ The Spirit will make those connections real in our lives.
The San Damiano crucifix is a remarkable work of art, probably Syrian in origin and certainly displaying signs of the influence of the Eastern tradition of iconography. The figure of Christ is both wounded and strong, upright and resolute; his face looks out at us, the eyes wide open. For illustrations, and further information, click