Remember your leaders, who preached the word of God to you, and as you reflect on the outcome of their lives imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same today as he was yesterday and as he will be for ever. (From Morning Prayer for St Martin)
Sunday 15th November 10.00: You can join our Eucharist from St Martin Sherford online through our website stokenham.co.uk / www.stmartins-sherford.co.uk or YouTube.
Sundays 8th - 29th November
We received the very disappointing news that Public Worship in Church is to cease from 5th November - 2nd December 2020. There will therefore be no public worship inside our Churches on Sundays during this time but St Michael's and St Martin's will both be open for private prayer and reflection.
We will be doing this between 10.00am - 12.00noon at St Michael's from 15th November and from 8th November 10.00am – 4.00pm St Martins. You are very welcome to come in for any period of time, however short. Bring your prayers, for others, for our world and for yourself, perhaps your Bible, and most importantly, an intention to simply be in God's presence.
Sunday 22nd November: 10.00am Eucharist for Christ the King from St Michael's online worship through our website.
Wednesdays in Lockdown:
The Archbishops have asked us to make the month a month of prayer. They have recalled us to some of the fundamental disciplines of the Christian disciple – prayer, fasting and reading the Scriptures.
If you are able to access Zoom, I would like to invite you to pray Morning Prayer and/or Compline (Night Prayer) with me on Wednesdays:
Wednesday 10.00 am Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday 5.30pm Evening Prayer
You will need to have the Zoom software or App and to have registered with Zoom
(https://zoom.us/) prior to the service, to participate. You will not need any service booklet because I will share this with you online. The service consists of psalms, readings and prayers with which we can all join in and lasts about 15 minutes. We can then grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a short Bible Study followed by a chat, finishing in no more than 40minutes. The meeting ID is 560-019-2609. and the password is 1HBHiQ.
Daily Prayer was inherited by the first Christians from their Jewish brothers and sisters.
From earliest times it has been made by coming together for worship at the 'markers' of daytime and the natural light – at daybreak, midday and nightfall. The services are not meant to replace the Eucharist but to supplement it. We pray through the psalms and the Old and New Testament scriptures quietly and in an ordered way. We let them speak to us and our concerns: we make our prayers for the world and for others.
The services have been given many names over time: The Office, Morning Prayer, Matins, Evening Prayer, Evensong, Vespers, Compline.
We will be using Common Worship's daily prayer services which are found at
We can all benefit from the daily structure of the rhythm of worship in our lives to help us throughout the remainder of this time of pandemic. Do come and join us!
Reading the scriptures:
If you would like to use some notes to help you make a daily short reading of the Bible and reflect on it then you might try Bible Alive (a Roman Catholic publication but follows our daily and Sunday cycle of readings) at
or Bible Reading Fellowship https://www.brf.org.uk/
Fr Michael writes:
Our public worship is absolutely at the heart of our Parish life. It is where we gather together around Our Lord as his family. It is the beating heart of the body of Christ, God's people. We cannot be properly sustained in our lives, in our acts of loving service, or in our very being without it. It is particularly through the sacramental life, that is, through the offering of the Eucharist as Jesus commanded us to do, and through our receiving of the Bread of Life in Holy Communion that we do the work we are called to do in this world; the work of loving our planet rather than harming it; of forgiving all the sinfulness that we encounter and helping to replace it with new life; and of trying to imitate our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives as we let him change us into more of his likeness. The Sacraments, and particularly those of Holy Communion, Baptism and Absolution, are not optional extras, they are the source and summit of what we as Christians are all about.
In the meantime, we must be patient as we pray and yearn for the time when we can come together again and know that our hunger for the bread that only can satisfy, is a recognition of our dependence upon God.
Morning and Evening Prayer: Said daily at 9.00am & 6.00pm by Fr Michael with prayers for Parish and People. Please join him at these times in your homes. You might like to use the Form of Morning and Evening Prayer for Ordinary Time which is available on the website, or your own Book of Common Prayer.
'Daily Hope' is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Now that we have begun public worship again and have the streamed service online, the weekly reflection has come to a natural end. But those unable to join us in either way can access this free telephone line to hear hymns, daily prayers and reflections: 0800 804 804