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Baptism of Christ

Welcome all and we hope you have had a lovely week and maybe even enjoyed the snow.

We warmly welcome you to our zoom services and look forward to seeing you and worshipping with you on Sunday.

There is an Order of Service for our zoom services sent out to you with the Zoom link (also available on our website To join via computer or telephone. You can access zoom via a browser ( – you will need to allow microphone access and dial in using internet audio – video is optional – though we’d love to see you) or by downloading the app on your phone/tablet/computer.

As we moved into lockdown restrictions we firstly hope everyone is safe and well. While churches are permitted to open for worship, we have made the decision to move back to our own zoom services while we are in lockdown. Lockdown advises us to stay at home and to act with extreme caution. As such, we didn’t feel it was right to encourage gathering in our church for everyone’s wellbeing.

Sunday School

Sunday school will follow this service, on this zoom at 10:30 for any one wanting to join us. Resources have been either dropped off if you have been in contact or are available to download on our website blog page for this Sunday school


Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing hum with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


1st Reading Acts 19:1-7 Paul in Ephesus

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

Gospel: Mark 1:4-11

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”


Lord, as we are all united in baptism, we ask you to help us break down the barriers

that keep us apart. As all things are made new in your son, renew your Church

through these difficult times, that we may gather new strength for the mission of your

church through all challenges sent to us, knowing you have charged us with of

spreading the good news.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, as your Holy Spirit moved upon the face of the waters, you brought light into

the world. We pray that you will take care of the world at this time and lighten the

darkness of ignorance and error, around the world, through war, terrorism, and

hatred, and lack of respect through others around COVID19.

Breathe something of your wisdom and compassion into the souls of those who have

authority over others, that they may exercise it wisely.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord we pray that you may pour your love upon this land and its people as we try to

follow you daily. Renew in us the desire to serve you and our neighbour and help us

to overcome all pettiness in our dealings with each other.

We pray for our local families during this lockdown, for those who cannot see each

other, for those parents trying to home teach and finding this a struggle, and those

who find these days difficult and lonely.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we ask you to look after our friends and family who are sick at this time, for

those in our local hospitals and care homes, for those alone, praying especially for

Angela and John that she may know that we all are thinking of her, and they may all

feel your loving arms supporting them.

Lord be with us all all this week as lockdown continues help us all to feel the reality of your wonderful promise, that you will be a

constant presence to each of us in our daily lives.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We commend to your love those who, washed in the water of baptism, were close to you in this life and are now one with you in the life eternal. May they rest in your love and eternal kingdom, also remembering those who anniversary falls at this time.

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.

We are our Church – it is through us, our prayers, our actions, and our love we can keep worshipping, and sharing. If you are able to offer to read or pray during our services (these can be pre-recorded and emailed to me, Leanne, to include) it would help us out a great deal – please do get in touch. We are also looking for support to put together some offerings for our young people and families – again if you can be of any help (live or pre-recorded) please do get in touch.

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