Message from the Rector

Good Morning,

You will find below a link to our parish YouTube channel. I hope you will find the sound better this week as I am properly mic’d.  As you will see we have added several recordings of sacred music this week performed by members of our parish. The plan is to regularly post these music videos, some teaching and devotion videos as well as other clips of interest. As we don’t want to flood your emails each day, let me suggest two ways to be notified when the videos are posted.

  • The first is to subscribe to our YouTube channel and click on the small bell indicating that you would like to receive an email each time a new video is posted. Similarly you can simply bookmark the page and check it when you are online doing other things.
  • Second, if you are on Facebook, you can join our Facebook page where the links will be posted each time there is a new video.

If you have trouble with these please let me know and I can help you with this, and I am sure we can sort something out.

In today’s video we use the Prayer for the Nation booklet that was sent out last week. You may wish to have that at hand and so you will find it attached to this email as well. Additionally, I have printed copies of it and have left it in each of the churches. If you are unable to get out, please give me a call and I would be happy to drop one off.

God Bless,

PftN Booklet spreads

Colours in Church


As an interior designer I have often been told that I am obsessed with colour.  Although I would not consider myself a ‘fashionista’ I make no apology for liking colour.  In fact, I believe we should be brave and creative with colour, not just when decorating our homes or buying new clothes, but in our churches and especially in our worship.

100 years ago the interior of S. Mary’s was saturated with colour, and the murals bursting with pattern.  Statues of the saints, elaborate friezes of vines and pomegranates from floor to ceiling, all emblazoned in bright colours.  It would certainly have had the WOW factor, although even I would be tempted to say, ‘a little OTT’!  The recently revealed mural on the east wall, only provides a hint of what the original must have looked like.     

One afternoon during lockdown I carried out the daily security check at S. Mary’s and was amazed at the kaleidoscope of colours dancing across the walls of the Nave, created by the late afternoon sun shining through the west window and picking out the various colours from the stained glass – I wish you could have seen this spectacular sight.

Colour is not a new phenomenon within the Church.  The Church seasons are represented by altar frontals and priest’s vestments in different colours: Purple (changing to Rose Pink for one Sunday in Lent and Advent), White/Gold, Red, and Green.  Black can be introduced for funerals.  There are also many references in the bible, far too many to mention here.  Probably the most well known being the rainbow of seven colours (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet), sent as a sign by God to Noah, that He would never again destroy the earth (Genesis 9:13).  Then there’s Joseph’s coat of many colours, yes – that ‘amazing techni-coloured dreamcoat’! (Genesis 37:3)  Other references I have found (and I am sure you can find more), some with conflicting symbolism are: Red – for blood and wine.  Green – for new life/growth (also frailty and disease).  Blue – for heaven and all that is holy (I’m reminded that blue is my favourite colour), it also represents vanity, whores and idolatry!!!  Purple – for royalty and riches.  White – for purity and righteousness.  Yellow – for the colour of gold (also for leprosy).  Grey – for the beauty of old age (also for weakness).  Etc., etc., and to think that the Church is sometimes referred to as being bland and colourless.

The rainbow is the Christian symbol for hope and has been adopted as a symbol of support for the NHS during this period of the Coronavirus.  With this symbol and the colours represented, we hope and pray that we will soon be lifted from this Grey cloud that hangs over the world.  Colours make people smile and smiling is infectious.  I look forward to seeing you all in your brightest colours as we approach the season of Advent.                

Now the bright Red maple leaf has descended upon the rectory, we welcome Fr. Peter and his family to the parish.  I am sure they will brighten our churches and worship with their own splash of colour – or should it be color?

Colin Woolgrove.

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