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This is not Part 3 of 'The Beauty of Holiness' but an interim report as so much is happening at the moment - which may surprise you, as the church unfortunately still has to remain closed. Small changes add up to big differences and as quite a few people got in touch expressing that they … Continue reading Small things are adding up!
It is deeply frustrating that the church needs to remain closed for public worship at the moment and that it is not possible to mark the journey of Lent together. There is a huge selection of online and print resources available for all sorts of tastes and interests, and as an example for several I … Continue reading Lent is here
The South Transept – the Lady Chapel St Andrew's has changed considerably over the past 160 years and all old buildings suffer from contradictory temptations of their users: to throw things out which are special because fashion changes, and to fill spaces with not very desirable items (well, clutter). I keep discovering interesting things (and … Continue reading The Beauty of Holiness – Part 2
As the church has to be temporarily closed to the public following a request by the City Mayor, the Director of Public Health and an encouragement by our Bishop to do so, you will not be able to see what has happened in the last few days. Following the removal of the somewhat darkened carpet … Continue reading Nave Floor partly refurbished
Both the City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and the Director of Public Health Prof. Ivan Browne have written to religion & belief communities in Leicester and Leicestershire and asked them to voluntary pause all public worship and other face to face activities (see text below). This is not a legal requirement as in previous lockdowns … Continue reading Temporary Church Closure from Wednesday 20th January
It is traditional to recall the coming of the Magi by the 'chalking' of houses, asking for God's blessing for the coming year. Before the announcement of the 3rd National Lockdown I was planning to visit those who were happy for me to do so, but under present circumstances this is not possible to justify. … Continue reading Prayer for the Blessing of Houses
You may have heard the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday evening, Monday 4th January 2021, during which Her Majesty’s Government has instructed us, once again, to ‘stay at home’ unless we have a reasonable excuse to leave our homes. However, it seems from information published on the Government’s website after the Ministerial Broadcast that places of … Continue reading 3rd National Lockdown
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.Indeed, the Lord is near. (Phil 4: 4-5) Today's service offered a reminder that even in this weird year there is reason to rejoice in the coming of Our Lord, and that one of the blessings in 2020 has been an increased awareness of the small joys … Continue reading GAUDETE!
Christmas 2020 will obviously be different than in previous years, but it looks like that we will be able to worship in a meaningful way together, albeit without the usual carol singing, mince pies and jolly drinks in church after services. Within the likely framework of restrictions we are going to have the following services … Continue reading Christmas at St Andrew’s 2020