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.
The position of Organ Scholar at St Mary’s, Finedon is currently vacant. If you are interested please contact the Director of Music, Jonathan Harris (email email@example.com) or come along to a service and introduce yourself. The position is fairly flexible and can include free organ lessons, regular or occasional playing in services, and training in choral conducting. Prospective applicants should, as a minimum, be aspiring to play occasionally for parts of our services (Sunday morning 9.30am services and our monthly choral evensong which is 6pm on the first Sunday of the month). Some keyboard ability is required but as important is enthusiasm for the organ.
The choir are singing Choral Evensong as the Visiting Choir at Ely Cathedral at 5.30pm
Good Friday Service 2019 at 2.00pm
A Service of Readings, Music & Contemplation
There will be around one minute of silence after each reading for contemplation
Opening Music: Miserere mei, Deus – Allegri
Reading One – Shadow of Betrayal
Music: Crux Fidelis – Chris Hutchings
Reading Two – Shadow of Denial
Matthew 26:31, 33-35
Music: Kyrie Eleison from Mass in G – Franz Schubert
Reading Three – Shadow of Aloneness
Music: Ubi caritas – Maurice Duruflé
Reading Four – Shadow of Accusation
Mark 14:53,55-64, Mark 15:1-15
the ramblings of Hubert James
Another year out, another year in; a turbulent one has passed, and while I hope a calmer one has arrived, it may be more turbulent still. At the time of writing I cannot even be sure who the Prime Minister will be, or even which party, or parties, will be in power, or even if Brexit is happening, delayed, or avoided. What I can do, however, is state with certainty that I don’t remember a time when more people felt more uncertain than now. There are all sorts of reasons or this, not least Brexit, which whatever the outcome means profound change; but it reflects too, I believe, deep divisions already there before the Referendum. The result, which surprised so many at the time, does not seem so surprising now we understand better how many were left behind by the growing prosperity of the past twenty years or so, but so unevenly divided between those in the south east and those in, say, the post industrial north east, or the Cinderella counties of the midlands, and the south west. The price of that scandalous neglect is now being paid. When will our sad divisions, to paraphrase the hymn, cease?
For More From Fr. Richard see the Parish Magazine
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To: Mrs Janet Millington,