In these incredibly challenging times, when people are looking for a firm foundation, Christians put their trust in a God who is trustworthy and true. When God speaks a word over us, it's often because He wants to grow us in it. Every single one of us has an opportunity to grow in our trust of God, our trust of others and our trust of ourselves to take hold of the life God has called each one of us to. Our prayer is that we would grow in trust over this year.
"How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!" - Psalm 133
We have worked hard to ensure that anyone who would like to gather to worship can join us this Sunday. We are committed to contend to be a whole church family, united and diverse, As One at 10.
To join us in person, you will need to reserve seats in advance by clicking the link below. With different services and age-specific groups, there is lots going on. So please ensure you book the right ticket(s) and read all the information.
It is deeply saddening that we may not all be able to gather on Sundays, either because of current capacity restrictions or because of the wellbeing of individuals. If you are unable to come for whatever reason, please make use of our service online.
Dear St Swithin's friends,
Good Morning and greetings in the life-giving name of Jesus Christ
Stand firm, and you will win life. - Luke 21.19
Alongside ‘As 10 At 10’ online, we will also now be gathering some Sunday evenings for a socially-distanced, limited-capacity simple communion service.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.