The Parish of Saint Saviour's Raynes Park, London
We are a parish in Raynes Park South London under the Diocese of Southwark. We are grateful for your interest and invite you to learn more about our parish family.
Our main service is at 9.30am on Sundays and evening prayer at 4pm also on Sundays. Please have a look at Services Page for more details.
The Parish is now part of a United Benefice with All Saints' Church, South Wimbledon, (about two miles distance), with whom it shares its Parish Priest. All Saints' Church is another Forward in Faith Parish under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Fulham.
17th May 2015
We believe we are an Apostolic church - which means we are a sent church (from the word apostolo meaning - to send). Jesus prays in his 'high priestly prayer' for us when he says, in John Chapter 17, 'I have sent them into the world.' But he points out to his Father in the prayer 'they are not any more of the world than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect then from the evil one.' The world Jesus is speaking about is human society and the way it works politically and economically. He is thinking about the materialism of humanity and its capacity to fly apart rather than come together. Jesus is saying to us as we hear or read this prayer - 'you will not fit.' Indeed in the prayer he says 'the world hated them because I gave them your word.' He not only prays that we are protected, he also prays that we will e 'sanctified in your truth.' There is much talk now about the Christian faith being 'counter cultural' going against the ways of the world. This is our vocation, we are sent to witness to the truth by which we are sanctified protected by prayers of the on who sent us.
Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes Hosanna cry;
O Saviour meek, pursue Thy road
With palms and scattered garments strowed.
Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die!
O Christ! Thy triumph now begin
Over captive death and conquered sin.
The word of the Lord
The words of the prophet Isaiah from today's first reading must have served as a challenge to the people of the faith at the time of their utterance. There were many expectations surrounding the arrival of the Messiah. Some envisioned a glorious king with all the trappings of earthly authority. Others hoped that the Messiah would come as a warrior to spill the blood of their historic foes on their behalf. Yet the figure prophesied by Isaiah would not fulfil either of those images. Instead, we hear of someone who would be insulted and injured, saying nothing.
S. Rita of Cascia (22nd May)
Rita of Cascia was a wife, mother, widow and member of a religious community. Her holiness was reflected in each phase of her life.
Born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to become a nun but was pressured at a young age into marrying a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year marriage, she bore and raised two sons. After her husband was killed in a brawl and her sons had died, Rita joined the Augustinian nuns in Cascia in Perugia.
Over the years, her austerity, her prayerfulness and charity became legendary. When she developed wounds on her forehead, people quickly associated them with the wounds from Christ's crown of thorns. She meditated frequently on Christ's passion. Her care for the sick nuns was especially loving. She also counseled lay people who came to her monastery.
Beautified in 1626, Rita was not canonized until 1900. At her canonization, Rita was bestowed the title of Patroness of Impossible Causes. Her body, which has remained incorrupt over the centuries, is venerated today in the shrine at Cascia.
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St Saviour’s Church Hall
Grand Drive, Raynes Park SW20 9DG
Function room suitable for Play Groups, Social Occasions, Meetings. Children’s Parties
Available for Hire
A Parish hall with seating and tables for 70 people
Use of Kitchen. One off Bookings £20 per hour,
Upper Room with seating for 45
£15 per hour
May Fair 2014 Sponsors
St Saviour’s Church is grateful to the following companies and individuals who kindly sponsored the May Fair by providing goods or vouchers:
Arumi, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Barkers Chemist, 16 Lambton Road, Raynes Park
Elegance Dry Cleaners, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Elys of Wimbledon
Esquire – The Barber Shop – Station Approach, Raynes Park
Just Keys & Cobblers, Station Approach, Raynes Park
Lime & Thyme, 56 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park
N&K Threshers Wines, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Station Flowers, Raynes Park Station Concourse
The Edward Rayne, Coombe Lane, Raynes Park
The Olive Garden, Coombe Lane, Raynes Park
The Whistle Stop, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Tudor Williams Limited, New Malden
Webster & Derby Estate Agents, Kingston Road, Raynes Park
Please give them your support.
First Holy Communion May 2014, for more pictures of the night click here
Burns Supper 2012, for more pictures of the night click here