Readings – Romans 8.6-11, Psalm 130, John 11.1-45  Rev Kate McFarlane Wasn’t today’s psalm beautiful and apt: ‘My soul waits for the Lord…..in his word is my hope.’ We are, all of us, in this uncomfortable and difficult time of waiting, waiting to see what new developments each day will bring, waiting to feel that … Read more

Generous mothering

Readings – Exodus 2:1-10, Luke 2:33-35 Rev Gill Webb I have preached many sermons for Mothering Sunday but never one in such strange circumstances. Today there will be no hymns, no congregation and no pulpit to deliver my thoughts. Our church services are cancelled and mothers today who are a certain age will be separated … Read more

Update from Tuesday 17th March 2020

Please see our update below after today’s announcement from the Bishops about gathering in church. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list to receive similar updates in future, please email curate@stmarysmarston.org   Dear  <<First Name>> Following today’s guidance from the Bishops of the Church of England, all public worship has been suspended until further … Read more


Readings – Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 Rev Kate McFarlane What a very anxious week we have had and what a host of new phrases are suddenly on everyone’s lips: ‘self-isolation’, ‘household isolation’, ‘withdrawal’, ‘lockdown’. Suddenly we are fearful of shaking someone’s hand, of hugging a friend. We must, we are told, constantly keep apart, keep … Read more