Something a little different …

September 24, 2018

One of our readings yesterday was Psalm 23, familiar to so many of us. Praying with the Bible is a great way to help us memorise God’s word, and to help us shape our prayers in accordance with God’s will. So Revd Tim decided to use Psalm 23 as the basis of our confession during the service.

The response this morning is:

Lord, we are sorry

We ask for your forgiveness

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Lord when we are not thankful for all the good things you give us …

Lord, we are sorry

We ask for your forgiveness

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul.

Lord, when we go our own way and think we can manage without you …

Lord, we are sorry

We ask for your forgiveness

3 He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Lord, when we do not obey you and choose to do what’s wrong …

Lord, we are sorry

We ask for your forgiveness

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Lord, when we listen to fears instead of trusting you …

Lord, we are sorry

We ask for your forgiveness

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Lord, when we think that following you is a burden and a chore …

Lord, we are sorry

We ask for your forgiveness

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Lord, when we doubt you and do not believe your promises …

Lord, we are sorry

We ask for your forgiveness

Why not take a familiar or favourite reading from the Bible and see how you might use it to shape your prayers? 🙂


Parable of the Sower … week 1

July 9, 2018

During our All Age Worship on June 24th, Rev Tim planted some seeds …

‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.’ (Luke 8)

Can you tell which soil is which? 🙂

Confirmation Preparation

June 27, 2018


Tonight at St Michael’s we are starting our confirmation preparation at 6.30pm. Please pray for those who are intending to make this step of faith.

The confirmation service itself will be held on September 30th as Bishop Robert comes to our Sunday service at 10.30am. This will be part of our 175th anniversary celebrations which will include a bring and share lunch afterwards.

If you would like to make a step of faith or renew your commitment at that service, please speak to Revd Tim soon. And we invite the whole family of St Michael’s and St Barnabas to join together on that day for what promises to be a very special occasion.

Join us!

May 19, 2018

When the day of Pentecost came,
they were all together in one place (Acts 2:1)


Tomorrow – May 20th –  is Pentecost, a day for the church to gather as one and to be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit.

Will you join us at St Michael’s and St Barnabas at 10.30am? Whether you are used to church or not, our service will be a great opportunity to make a fresh commitment to the Lord, as we have an adult baptism.

Afterwards join us for lunch in Devonport Park as we take our prayer tent and history exhibition to the first event of the summer run by the friends of Devonport Park.

We look forward very much to seeing you!

Easter garden – and Easter cake!

April 1, 2018

Can you spot the difference in the Easter garden photos below?

Susie brought a cake to church this morning … again, can you spot the difference?!



Ash Wednesday

February 12, 2018


Our Ash Wednesday service on February 14th is another one of our prayer parties with food and prayer activities, followed by a time of Holy Communion. Meet at St Michael’s at 6pm  for food in the hall area. We will then move into the church to the prayer stations, then remain there for a simple service of penitence. Please do join us, newcomers are always welcome.

For your diary, our next prayer parties are on the following dates, each with their own theme.

Maundy Thursday – 29th March –  as we remember Jesus’ Last Supper with His friends.

Hot Potato Evening – Friday, 13th April – as we invite those outside the church to ask whatever questions you want about the Christian faith!

Ascension Day –  Thursday, 10th May – as we celebrate Jesus’ ascent into heaven, and also launch Thy Kingdom Come 2018.


All Age Worship report – February

February 5, 2018

Our AAW this month followed on from last month’s topic of youth, by focusing on some of the older members of our church family.

We reminded ourselves of last month’s memory verse (which is also our verse for the year) …

Some of our younger members interviewed Daisy, Joan and Jeanette – asking questions about what church was like when they were younger, how it has changed, and how their faith has grown over the years.

Two of our interviewees with their interviewers!

Then, using the Lumo DVD of Luke (see below), we heard our reading from Luke’s gospel (Luke 2:25-38 full text here), and Lynda talked about learning to wait on God by looking at the example of those who have been faithful for many years.

We sang songs chosen by our interviewees, some, more upbeat, recent songs … as well as reminding ourselves of the actions to a few so-called children’s songs. Some remember last singing some of the songs over 50 years ago! 😀

For our prayer time, we used calendars to remind ourselves of what we are waiting for, to use as prayer fuel, and we said the Lord’s Prayer, using the actions we have learned over the past few months. We will get quicker with practice!

Our topic next month, on Mothering Sunday, will be about the church as family … on, Sunday March 11th

Lumo have produced DVDs of each of the four gospels … see a sample of Luke here … talk to Rev Tim to find out more.