ChurchsideWe 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

 

 

 


 

23rd March 2014

Lent 3

Prayer

Lent is a time for paying special attention to our 'Prayer life'. This is the aspect of our daily living and being which centres on our personal and private relationship with God. Our prayer life enables us to share our life with God and open the love of God into our life. This is something that no one else can do for us. We have to take responsibility for our own prayer. Perhaps you have not thought about it. Lent is one of the best times to do this as as the whole life of the Parish is 'geared up' to help us renew and deepen our spiritual life.

A good place to start is to look at Jesus' teaching about prayer. This is found in Matthew 6 verses 5-15 and Luke 11 1-13 it is here that he gives the Our Father as the summary of our relationship with God. Jesus makes it quite clear that for this relationship to flourish we must 'go into our own room and close the door', for it is here that we can be comepletely open and honest with God and not be influenced in any way by people around us (as we might be in church or even with friends). Jesus teaches us to be honest and open with God to tell him our needs and the needs of others. He also emphasises the importance of 'sticking at it'. Prayer is often hard work, there are many obstacles to overcome, but no one even begins to pray unless the Holy Spirit is already at work.

 


 

 

I cry out to you

You manifested humility, O Christ,
as the way of genuine nobility
by emptying Yourself
and taking the form of a slave
You did not hear the
self-praising prayers of the Pharisee,
but you received the broken sighs
of the publican as a blameless sacrifice
Therefore I cry out to you:
"Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
and save me, O Saviour."


Thomas Hopko
 

 


 

The word of the Lord

John 4. 5-42

There is much which is surprising in today's gospel. Jesus does a number of things which would have been thought of as very odd indeed, possibly dangerous or scandalous by the standards of his time. The first thing we see him do which would have been though of as shocking is meeting and speaking with a woman. But on top of that, the woman in question is a Samaritan. It becomes evident the Samaritans were expecting a Christ, but had many differences of opinion with the Jews who lived in the rest of Palestine on various religious matters and questions to do with worship. So when Jesus speaks about the importance of drawing living water that wells up, and of himself as the Christ, it is important to place that message in the shocking context of a conversation that breaks all the boundaries and established norms of Judean life.The extraordinary claims which Jesus makes for himself are echoed in the extraordinary character of this boundary-breaking conversation.

 

 

 


 

Saint of the Week

Saint Rebecca Ar-Rayes

24 March


Rebecca (or Rafqa) began life as a domestic servant in Damascus, following the untimely death of her mother. When brought home by her father to prepare for marriage she fled the family home, and took refuge in a new convent where she began her religious life. Rebecca felt, despite the fulfilments of her religious life, that God had not been with her fully as she had never experienced illness.

After praying to be made ill she immediately experienced violent pain in her head and eyes. The seventeen years of ensuing illness brough great suffering and paralysis, meaing she could do little but knit and pray the rosary. She never complained, believing her agonies brought her closer to the suffering of her Lord in a way that, she must not have forgotten, she had always prayed for.

She died aged 82, in 1914, and was beatified and canonized by Pope John Paul II.

 
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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 2013 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
Costa Coffee @ Tesco, New Malden
Elegance Dry Cleaners, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Esquire – The Barber Shop – Station Approach, Raynes Park
Hobbledown Ltd, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT
Just Keys & Cobblers, Station Approach, Raynes Park
Park Café, 56 Coombe Lane, 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.

 

 


 

Formal admission of new choristers, for more pictures click here


 

Burns Supper 2012, for more pictures of the night click here

 


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