Throughout this summer we’re looking at:
Why are we here? What is St Swithin’s all about? We’re looking at the St Swithin’s vision and values. When we started to look at the vision, last year at Sidholme, it was clear from all the feedback that somehow we weren’t communicating clearly enough that the church is here because of God. God is the central character, it’s not about us. We’re not the story.
St Swithin’s exists to display God’s splendour, that’s how Isaiah captures it beautifully in Isaiah 61.3 displaying God’s splendour. Jesus quotes these verses right at the beginning of His earthly ministry. The Westminster catechism states “ What is the chief end of humankind? To glorify God and enjoy God forever” – During the great Reformation the great phrase was “soli deo Gloria,” for the glory of God alone, We’re here to display God’s wonder, His majesty, His glory and His splendour. Our vision cannot be small and narrow, with the impression of shrinking, and being squeezed into a tight space but must reflect the vast expanse and great abundance of the fullness of God’s life.
To join us in our summer series visit our talks page...
Easter At St Swithin's
Easter 2020 is going to be different for all of us this year as we celebrate Easter in our homes.
The Easter story has dramatic highs and lows, with a compelling narrative and an unexpected but glorious outcome.
At the centre of the Easter story is the Death and Resurrection of one person, Jesus Christ. Why do Christians believe that an empty cross and an empty tomb show God’s extraordinary love for all people?
Join us this Easter time as we enter into that story of 2000 years ago and discover that it still offers us tangible hope amongst the darkness and confusion of our world.
You are invited to join us to be ‘As One at 10’ on Sunday morning... to continue to keep that time set aside for God in prayer, worship and by opening His word - with the whole church family - but to do so at home on your own, with your household, or wherever you happen to be. We want to stay and grow in our connection with one another during this time.
We have created a resource for ‘As One at 10’, which includes a recording of the reading and a short talk, as well as a few questions, some music and creative ways to respond and pray. You can find all the resources at www.stswithinswalcot.org.uk/talks .
Hopefully you will find it simple to follow, yet rich in substance. We encourage everyone to use this time to engage with God and find his strength, to hear His voice and to follow where He is leading.
You may want to wrestle with what comes up a bit more and we highly recommend talking to someone about it during the week, perhaps by picking up the phone and calling someone else from church, or by organising a communal electronic meeting with your Life Group. If you have any stories of encouragement or thoughts about what God might be saying to us in this season, please would you let us know by emailing email@example.com with the subject heading ‘God Is Here’.
Easter is a time of the year where Christians celebrate. At the centre of the story of Easter is the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. An empty cross has become one of the great symbols for Christianity, this may seem curious to others but continues to change lives today. Come and join us to discover the wonder of Easter.
6th March 2019, 7:30pm.
Do join us this time next week as we start our Lenten journey together... a season of facing reality with God, whether that's tending to the needs of our world, navigating challenges of life, letting something go, or taking something up.
There will be no 12noon communion service on that day.
Our 10am Service on the 10th February is an opportunity to ask God how we can generously sow and serve in this season. You can download an information pack by clicking the button below.
This Sunday evening we're doing things differently.
We're having a Taize service. Taize started out in a community in France. It includes simple, repetitive songs with beautiful harmonies, readings, reflections and periods of silence.
Do join us, our Space team and our wonderful friends from Songways as we explore the theme 'The Light Has Dawned' from Isaiah 9.
Refreshments will be served in the café from 6pm and we'll start at 6:30pm.
Join us on Christmas Day for an All Age celebration with communion at 10am.
"It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending
near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth,
goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing."
Join us tonight at 11pm and enter into Christmas day remembering that Christ came to bring peace.