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.
3rd March 2021
the ramblings of Hubert James
Morning Service and Newsletter
Sunday, 28th February, 2021
I write this while Finedon in blanketed in snow, which is sparkling in sunshine. I don’t think gingerbread stone could look possibly look lovelier than it looks in snow. How lucky we are, I thought this morning, as I took the dogs out, Maybe not so lucky for them, being low slung creatures not really designed for running though drifts, although they didn’t look in the least put out by it.
A reminder from nature that whatever’s happening in politics, or pandemics, or Peterborough Diocese, we can still be stopped in our tracks by beauty.
I always get this with the first appearance of snowdrops. The simplest of flowers, but how they lift the spirits, first arrivals as winter begins to turn, harbingers of spring. Traditionally they are known as Candlemas Bells for they come when Candlemas comes, February 2nd, in the Middle Ages much more celebrated than it is today. Interestingly, it is still in the calendar, even if the traditions around it have faded away. It was traditionally the day when the last of the Christmas decorations came down, the greenery, and traditionally the day when candles for use in church in the year ahead were blessed.
Two things to keep in mind in this month of Candlemas then: it is time to put away the things of bleak midwinter and look for the spring; and it is time to remember that we are to be lights in darkness, as Christ is our light in darkness,
It has been a tough twelve months, dark for many, and we are not out of the darkness just yet. But we will be.
Let there be light! And let us be bearers of that light!
Yours in Christ,
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To: Gill Barlow
Tel: 07952 195816
The 9:30 church service will be online via Zoom.
Fr. Richard invites you to Morning Prayer on ZOOM on Sundays at 9.30am
and also Compline on Wednesdays at 7pm during Lent
Detailed information in the Sunday Sheet each Sunday morning
There are no meetings in the church until further notice.
8am Holy Eucharist Cancelled until further notice.
This service will be via Zoom, Details soon
Cancelled until further notice