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.
With Father Michael's retirement, Saint Saviour's Church is now in inter-regnum. All enquires regarding church services, notice of banns and other church matters that Father Michael has dealt with during his tenure as Parish Priest must now be directed to church wardens whose contact details can be obtained here
Pictures from the Farewell party for Father Michael following the Evensong service on Sunday the 10th of January 2016
The church of St Saviour's Raynes Park thanked Father Michael for the twelve and a half years of wonderful service as Parish Priest after the Evensong service. Attendees of the service were ushered to the Church Hall for refreshments and drinks. Father Michael gave a moving speech about some of his experiences as Parish Priest. He also thanked everyone for the gifts that he and his family received as well as the support from many members of the church over the years.
3rd in Ordinary Time
24th January 2016
'Gaudette in Domino Semper' - Rejoice in the Lord always! Words from the entrance antiphon for today's Mass, rejoice for the Lord is near. John the Baptist knew this and lived his life according to that promise. In today's Gospel he proclaims the one coming after him who will baptise with fire and the Holy Spirit - the one whose sandal-straps John is not worthy to undo. In the words of the prophet Zephaniah: 'The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst' - John proclaimed this and to make this possible God invited Mary to be Mother of His Son. She who is full of grace has the Lord with her always, and by giving birth to the Saviour she has made the Lord close to each of us as well for eternity, as He Himself promised. That is true the message of Advent: Rejoice, the Lord is close, both then and now!
"Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and
reformation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is
a fitting sign to help us celebrate Advent.. If Christ is to come
more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really
incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our
prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind
of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Our is a
great responsibility not to waste this Advent time."
Edward Hays, A pilgrim's Almanac, p. 187
The word of the Lord
In today's reading from Hebrews, we hear of a priesthood which was markedly different from the notions of priesthood as it was practised in the temple before the coming of Jesus. The priesthood was very restricted in its membership, being bound by heredity, physical perfection and, importantly human mortality. For even in the exalted position of high priest were mere human beings, bearing the reality of sin and death. As a result, the reality of sacrifice and atonement was one of ongoing pursuit of and inability to achieve perfection. With the coming of Jesus, we encounter a priesthood which is not limited by the fall of creation; we encounter a priesthood which is pure, ongoing and eternal. In the shadowy figure of Melchizedek, we see not only types of the mask in the element of bread and wine, but also a type of a different order of priesthood - on which is everlasting.
Ritual Reason Why
As Christmas approaches, feast days - though they are still there - disappear from the Calendar of the church, as this advanced period of anticipation begins. At the Alleluia at Mass, and the Magnificat antiphon at Evening Prayer, we encounter seven distinctive acclamations known as the 'Great O' antiphons. Each of them (O wisdom, O Lord, O root of Jesse, O Key of David, O Dayspring, O King of the Nations and O Emmanuel) speaks to a title of Christ, whose coming is revealed in the Nativity of Jesus. They make clear the vulnerabilities of the human condition and order, and illustrate Christ's loving healing and reconciliation and the self-sacrificing intention of the Father in sending us the Son. In a period marked with frenetic shopping, cleaning and premature celebration, we are asked, again (for most of us have done this many times in our life), to wait patiently for the day of the Lord to dawn in splendid humility. O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God. (Antiphon from 23 December)
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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 60 people
Use of Kitchen. One off Bookings £20 per hour
Long term bookings £17.50
Upper Room with seating for 30
One off Bookings £15 per hour
£12 for long term bookings
Call 0208 540 2493 for more information
May Fair 2015 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
Elegance Dry Cleaners, Approach Road, Raynes Park
Esquire – The Barber Shop – Station Approach, Raynes Park
Hobbledown Ltd, Horton Road, Epsom
Just Keys & Cobblers, Station Approach, Raynes Park
Lime & Thyme, 56 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park
Station Flowers, Raynes Park Station Concourse
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.
Christingle Service on the 29th of November 2015, click here for pictures.
Games Night 2015, click here
First Holy Communion May 2014, for more pictures of the night click here
Burns Supper 2012, for more pictures of the night click here