On behalf of the whole parish of Finedon may I invite you most warmly to step over our virtual threshold. You will find within our contact details and details also of forthcoming services and events here at St Mary’s. We are, of course, the parish church not only for the those who worship here but for everyone in Finedon, and the social calendar is almost as busy as the ecclesiastical calendar. Whatever you seek – friendship, community, something to challenge and stretch you, something to give you comfort and peace, the love of Jesus Christ, or simply the satisfaction of curiosity – you are most welcome to step over our real threshold too and see what we have to offer.
Yours in Christ, Fr Richard.
The church of ST. MARY-THE VIRGIN consists of chancel, north and south transeptal chapels, clearstoried nave of four bays, north and south aisles, south porch, and west tower. The tower is surmounted by a lofty spire and the porch has an upper story. There is a modern vestry on the north side of the chancel.
Of the original 12th-century building nothing remains except the font, the church having been entirely rebuilt at the beginning of the 14th century. With the exception of the tower and spire it is all of one date, and is one of the finest examples in the county of a church of this period. The tower and spire were erected about fifty years later. The whole building is therefore substantially of one style and it preserves a unity in design which gives it particular distinction.
Come and join us at St Mary’s, Finedon on Saturday 21st December, 2.30pm rehearsal followed by a 4.30pm performance of Handel’s Messiah (part one) along with three traditional Christmas carols. We have excellent professional soloists coming: soprano – Lauren Hollis, alto – Joanna Arnold, tenor – James Hutchings, and bass – Benjamin Ellis, accompanied again this year by a string ensemble led by Michael Needle, with Ivan Linford on continuo. Jonathan Harris will be conducting.
There is no cost involved; donations at the door welcome. We expect to finish at 5.40pm.
If you would like to sing just let me know that you’ll be coming and remind me which voice part you sing! We are using the Prout edition of Messiah; if you have your own copy, please bring it along but, if not, we will have plenty of copies at church that you can borrow.
Dress code this year is a relaxed ‘fairly smart’. The heating will be on!
I hope you can join us.
the ramblings of Hubert James
Christmas presents may be a little lacking in inspiration this year, not that I am renowned for the thoughtfulness and originality of my gift-giving. One year, that will live long in infamy, David got a leaf bag which I bought an offer at Bosworth’s and forgot to take off the sticker advertising the heavily discounted price. This year it will be hampers, made up not of delicious delicacies from Fortnum and Mason’s, but tins of soup, jars of Marmite, and packets of prunes. The reason for this largesse is that we went into a frenzy of stockpiling when Brexit was scheduled for 31st October. These non-perishables are sitting unused on a shelf in the garage, and we are entering December and we haven’t gone anywhere.
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