5th Sunday of Lent – 9.30am

3 April

Lent 5 | Young and Diverse (Part 6 of a 7 Part Series)

First Reading:

Gospel Reading:

John 12.1–8

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

8 (SMC)

Leader: Shirene
Preacher: Canon Anne

9 (COE)


9.30 (SMC)


10.30 (HTC)


11 (SPC)



Gavin and Helen are away at Gemma's graduation.
Rick is doing slides.

Series: What kind of church is God calling us to be?

Notes from the Anglican Church:

God is calling us to be a younger and more diverse church: a church which fully represents the communities we serve in age and diversity.

We believe that God is calling us to be a younger and more diverse church, a church that serves children and young people and involves them in its leadership and ministry; a church where black lives matter; an enabling church for disabled people; and a church that reflects the great biblical vision where every tribe and tongue and people and nation are gathered together and our ministry looks like the communities it serves. Diversity of age and colour and ethnicity is never for us simply a matter of inclusion: it is a biblical imperative, and it is the means whereby we will be best able to evangelise our nation and find the very best ways forward for all voices to be heard.

Much work is happening in these areas already, particularly through our schools and chaplaincies and in other initiatives. Though with the recent formation of the Archbishops Task Force on race we shamefully recognise our failure to root out racism in the church, recognise our bias or face the issues of prevalent whiteness. This can change. By clearly making it a priority we believe that in this next decade we can become a more diverse church and better serve this nation. We know there are areas of diversity within our broad church on human sexuality and identity and with the publication of Living in Love and Faith we now enter into a period of reflective learning as we are challenged afresh to honour each other and see Christ in each other.