We are open for public worship on Sunday and Wednesday mornings
Join us in church for Parish Eucharist Sundays at 09:30am and Wednesdays at 11:00am
Strict covid safety measures are in place – please wear a mask, observe social distancing, sanitise hands on arrival
and sit on a green tick – thank you
Evening prayer on zoom at 6pm
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.
11th April 2021
the ramblings of Hubert James
April is the cruellest month, said TS Eliot, a puzzling claim, even with poetic licence allowed, and you wonder if he’d wintered on the Cote d’Azure, for January and February are notoriously grim, even more so this year, with a third lockdown to confine us to quarters.
I hope by the time you read this most of you will have had your jab, as I did, administered expertly by Dr Spencer, volunteering his weekends, at the surgery in Mawsley. I believe it’s our best defence against Coronavirus, and our surest way out of the year that never was (I’m writing this on the anniversary of the first lockdown).
And it is Eastertide, that season of the Church’s year when we emerge from the darkness to the light, and a world in bloom. I love it when spring fires up with the energy of its first burst. I was walking the dogs along the grove the other day and stopped under a blackthorn frothing with blossom which hummed like a dynamo from the attention of hundreds of bees already out and active and lying in stores of pollen.
As I get older I find the rhythms of nature ever more powerful, and its reawakening in spring preaches its own Easter sermon, for with it we too look forward to renewal and rebirth, and new life; but it is not merely a repeating cycle, it is something entirely new, new life like no life lived before, won for us by Christ on the cross.
The green blade riseth, love is come again.
Yours in Easter faith,
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To: Gill Barlow
Tel: 07952 195816
Fr. Richard invites you to Parish Eucharist in church on Sundays at 9.30am and Wednesdays at 11:00am
and also Evening Prayer on Sunday evenings at 6pm on Zoom
Detailed information in the Sunday Sheet each Sunday morning
(the plan is for this group to meet on the first Wednesday ofevery month) All welcome. Approx. 40 minute session in church.