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”.

This is, with Easter so late, one of those years when winter may seem very prolonged. Then, when the Easter season is over at Whitsun, suddenly half the year has vanished behind you.

It does, though, have the compensation that in a year like this, March is very clearly Lent, and April, equally plainly, is Passiontide and Easter.

From Ash Wednesday on, the Lenten theme has been all concerned with repentance for human weaknesses. None excused from the trials of temptation, not even Jesus himself. It has been about sorrow and repentance, new resolve and the assurance of forgiveness.

Passiontide and Easter are different. Now we move into the story of God’s irresistible action to bring to an end man’s alienation from his created place in God’s order. It is a period of place and time, of happenings on the ground in daily and hourly sequence and record. The move is from Galilee towards and in Jerusalem. “I must be on my way”, says Jesus to the Pharisees, “because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from from Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing”.

God had sent the prophets before to seek the restoration of his people. Some they ridiculed, some they stoned and some put to death.

So God sent his Son – the victory will be assured, the cost will be total, but the outcome will be triumph!

This is the story of Passiontide and Easter. It is the story of Jesus, the Christ. It is the story of us all. It is the story of each of us!


We are in the midst of our Lent House Group sessions at the Rectory. A dozen of us have been following (more or less) the second series of the Pilgrim Course which has the Lord’s Prayer as its subject. It has been a worthwhile experience for each of us, with many amazing contributions from each. A good preparation for our Easter celebrations.

With best wishes for Easter to you all.

Darrel Speedy

Website updated: Darrel's introduction & Calendar MJE 12 Apr 2019