31st May 2020

( Sunday after Ascension Day)


Dedication Festival - celebrating the Dedication of St. Paul's on 16th May 1854


Trusting in God in Uncertain Times


Video Link to service

Video link from our lector   First reading link...

Second reading link...

 Video link from our intercessor 

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 26th April 2020 Video link - Liturgy for Third Sunday of Easter

LINK for Intercessory Prayers


A recording of the service and sermon for the second Sunday of Easter may be found at
The Intercessions may be found at      


EASTER DAY 12th April
A recording of the service and sermon for Easter Day may be found at

The Nail
A Good Friday Meditation on the characters in the passion narratives who drove nails into the Lord with the Liturgy for the Proclamation and Veneration of the Cross

Liturgy for Maundy Thursday

PALM SUNDAY  5th April 2020
A recording of the service and sermon for Palm Sunday may be found at

For a recording of the Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Lent, 29th March, please visit

Homily for Mothering Sunday -22nd March 2020

 The origins of Mothering Sunday, as far as we know, lie in the 16th century. On this day, the fourth Sunday of Lent, boys and girls who were working away from home (for almost a year) returned to their homes and in particular to their mothers. By tradition they would pick wild flowers on the way to present their Mums with a posy of flowers.

 This day also became a celebration of the Mother Church of the area; this was a name typically given to a large church which was the centre of a group of smaller village churches. In a way affirming that the role of the church in the community was seen as one of mothering that is nurturing and caring for its children. Surely we all can bear testimony of how in many ways the church, this parish in terms of her motherly nurturing, of each one of us, deserves to be celebrated and honoured today as our Mother.  

 Mothering’ is part of the verb ‘to mother’ and the reason the servants were allowed home all those years ago, was so that each family group could attend their local mother church or perhaps even the cathedral, to pray for it and to celebrate its role in nurturing and caring for the faithful.

 The role of the church, after its primary function of worshipping God, is the cure and care of souls of all those within its boundaries. 

 And in doing this, the church, hopefully, does its best to reflect the love of God, the Father, in sending Christ his Son for the redemption of the world.

 We are told ‘God so loved the world that he gave us his Son.’  That is the depth of the love we celebrate today, a love that mothers, that nurtures, that cares, that sacrifices, that willingly carries the burdens of her children.

 So what should Mothering Sunday mean to us today, especially as we gather in a time, as alien and as unprecedented this. 

In this most uncertain and unprecedented times it is challenging to find a balance between being anxious and calm. Every new day finds us having to cope and respond to the measures that our government adopts to battle the spread of COVID19. For sure this has effected the way we live and the way we relate to each other.

With this becoming the new normal , phrases  and words like social-distancing, self-isolation, quarantine and flattening the curve have become part of our everyday vocabulary. Fear of what tomorrow holds has gripped societies across nations and cultures.

 Effective from tomorrow, our church will suspend all acts of public worship, lending further to a deeper sense of isolation and fear. 

 It could be weeks, maybe months when we will be able to meet face to face with each other again. Can we imagine not being in church, not being with our mother, the one who has cared for, nurtured and loved us all these years this Good Friday and Easter?

Yes there is fear! Yes there is isolation! Yes there is panic buying! Yes there is sickness! Yes there is even death!

 But they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise, you can hear the birds again. They say that after few weeks of quiet, the sky is no longer sick with fumes but blue and grey and clear.

 They say that in the streets of Assisi people are singing to each other, across the empty squares, keeping their windows open, so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them.

 They say that a hotel in the west of Ireland is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

 Today across the world, churches, synagogues, mosques and temples while preparing to close public gatherings, are opening themselves up to creative ways of nurturing and caring for the community.

 All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting. All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way. All over the world people are waking up to a new reality. To how big we really are.  To how little control we really have. To what really matters. To love. .

So we pray that and we acknowledge- yes, there is fear, but there does not have to be hate.

Yes! There is isolation but there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying, but there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness, but there does not have to be disease of the soul.

Yes there is even death, but there is a resurrection, that enables us to rise with the risen Lord, to a love that nurtures, cares and looks out for one another. Dies for one another. A love that mothers.

  Let us wake to the choices we make as to how to live now. Today breathe! Listen!  Behind the factory noises of our panic, the birds are singing again. The sky is clearing. The mother in all of us, is rising like the mother hen to look after, look out for, love, nurture and care for all.

We the believers are the church. This building is not the church. Churches are not being closed. Rather the church, our mother, is releasing us to remain open. To not be limited to a building. To remain open to love, to nurture, to care and to mother all those in need

 As a disciples of Jesus who believe in a God who loves, who mothers, we are both people of the cross and of the resurrection. Even though we live in a Good Friday world of disease and death, we are an Easter people who believe that the risen Lord is with us and he is journeying along with us at this time.

 Let us be assured that even though the storm of the Coronavirus is raging, Jesus is with us in the boat and he will calm the storm and lead us to the shores of safety and wholeness.

 In these difficult times the view of the Bishops is to encourage churches to be open for services as long as possible, of course within laws or restrictions brought down by the government.  It is not expected this will be over anytime soon.