Welcome to St. Bertoline's, Barthomley, Cheshire

Why we're here today -

That the community may know that St Bertoline's is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it

in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say

"We would see Jesus".

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St Bertoline’s –Why we’re here.

That the community we serve may know that St Bertoline’s is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say, “We would see Jesus”.

The Rectory January 20th 2018 Barthomley

My dear Friends,

A happy New Year to you all from Angela and me.

First of all some words of thanks to all who took a part in our Christmas celebrations, especially to those whose efforts made them so successful once again. It was splendid to see so many at the Carol Service and at the Christingle & Nativity on Christmas Eve. At the latter, we lost count of the congregation at 179 !

Undoubtedly, there has been a seismic shift in the way in which Christmas is being celebrated right across the country. There’s much more time and energy spent travelling, or at least trying to do so – airport check- ins packed with frustrated travellers, motorways blocked on Boxing Day, great numbers having a holiday break from Christmas till after New Year.

Gone are the days of great numbers at Midnight Eucharist or Christmas morning services. Instead Christmas is being celebrated during Advent at Carol Services and Christingles. Much of the present shopping now being done in November! Christmas itself is now focussed on the home, with family and friends.

A not dissimilar sea change happened among the Jews not long after the time of Jesus. The first shattering blow was the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple had been the focal point of their faith in God. Its destruction, together with their banishment from Judaea and the diaspora across the world, drove them to reliance on the family and the local community – home and synagogue. The Passover and the Sabbath are now the centre of their religious life, celebrated in the home and family.

Are there parallels with our own times and circumstances? For many, the scattering of family members far and wide, not only throughout the country but across the World, has placed great store on the rare occasions when we can come together. Christmas is one such time.

The Church may deplore these signs of change, or it may seize upon them as new opportunities to witness to our faith in fresh ways and with understanding of what it is that makes society of our time to tick. We cannot be true to our Lord or ourselves by insisting on a mission to a world that is no longer there. ‘Behold, I make all things new’.

Best wishes,

Darrel Speedy

Latest updates

Parish News/ Darrel /Calendar : 6th February 2018
2016 Accounts & Music Director's report 27 March 2017
Annual Vestry Meeting 2017, Annual PCC Meeting 2017 23rd June 20177