The week at St Edward’s

On Saturday (2nd March) at St Edward’s, there will be an event to mark Women’s World Day of Prayer. It will start from 10.00 am, and include lunch. The theme will be ‘I Was a Stranger’.

Next Sunday will begin with the usual 8.00 am service of Holy Communion.

The 11.00 am service will be a Eucharist, and the third of three Lenten services focusing on the traditional spiritual vows. Fraser will look this week at the vow of obedience.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist, John Summers will preach on the theme of longing and loneliness.

There will be a Taizé service, as usual, at 9.00 pm on Monday. Contact Patrick McKearney.

On Tuesday at 5.30 pm Malcolm will give the first of three talks on Poetry and the Arts, focusing this week on prayer and poetry. (This will be Malcolm’s first appearance at St Edward’s since he broke his leg.)

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be On The Edge, at which Iain McColl will talk about Unknowing God.

On Thursday at 12.30 pm there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Matt Russell

On Friday, as usual, there will be Holy Communion at 10.30 am with Alan Cole; and meditation at 5.30 with Fraser.

Fraser Watts

podcast updates

New podcasts!

This is the first of three sermons in the Poverty, Chastity and Obedience series, this one on Poverty (17 Feb 2013).

As part of Fraser’s Lent series, here is a sermon on Temptations and Discernments (17 Feb 2013).

This is the second of three sermons in the Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, this one on Chastity (24 Feb 2013).

The first of Fraser’s talks in the series on Prayer, this one on the topic of Talking with God (19 Feb 2013)

Ann’s On The Edge sermon on ‘Being Bad’  (20 Feb 2013).

Fraser’s sermon on Paradoxes in the spiritual life (24 Feb) is also available.

Lent Talks on Prayer

Malcolm is making slower progress than was hoped, and has now been told by his doctor not to do anything for a fortnight. So we have divided the Lent talks on prayer (Tuesdays at 5.30 pm) into two groups.

Fraser Watts

Tuesdays at 5.30 pm

1. Psychology and  Prayer  –  Fraser Watts
(Practical implications of recent work on the psychology of prayer)
Feb 19      Talking With God
Feb 26      Deeper levels of Prayer

2. The Arts and Prayer  –  Malcolm Guite
March 5     Prayer and poetry, 
March 12   Praying with images and icons
March 19   Using music and song in prayer

recent podcasts

10 February – Fr Brendan Callaghan, a Jesuit and Master of Campion Hall in Oxford talks about Ignatian spirituality, one of the most practical and specific approaches to spiritual practice in the Christian tradition.

10 February – Fraser begins his series of sermons taking a psychologist’s view of Lent, talking this week about Priorities and Commitments.


podcast update

These new podcasts bring us up to date.

Fraser’s Sunday sermon for the Healing service on the 20th of January.


2 new podcasts

Here are two new podcasts: Fraser’s 13 January Sermon and Fraser’s first of four talks on Help and Healing for Personal Problems, focusing on promoting self-understanding.

Fraser’s 13 January Sermon


PRI/BBC broadcast about St. Edwards

Dear All,

you might like to know that yesterday the American Independent/public service Broadcaster PRI (Who are funded by the Gates foundation and work in collaboration with the BBC) aired an 8 minute piece about St. Edwards across America. It gives a good view of St. Edwards as a church with a particular welcome for those on the margins. They have sent as a link to a sound cloud recording which you can listen to here:

You can link to the PRI page for the programe here

Advent Promise (I)

Fraser’s Sermon from the Sunday evening service is now available to listen to by podcast.  Fraser preached the first of two sermons on the Advent Promise, this one focusing on healing and renewal for the individual.

Advent Promise (Part 1 of 2) 

The week commencing 25 November

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Next Sunday at St Edward’s will begin as usual with a Prayer Book communion service at 8.00 am. 
At the 11.00 am service four of our Westcott or Ridley ordinands will each talk briefly about an aspect of ministry they care deeply about. It should be an interesting and uplifting service, and worth making a special effort to come to. It will include

  • James Crockford on A Voyage of Discovery;
  • Catherine Duce on Church-based Work with the Homeless;
  • Iain McColl on Bristol Nights: Transforming Hospitality;
  • David Pickersgill on  The Inclusive Community.

At 3.00 pm there is a special open meeting of the Women’s network at which Laura Bardwell will be talking about Basha, a social enterprise working with street women in Bangladesh. All welcome.

At the 5.00 pm Eucharist Matt Russell will continue his series of sermons on Old Testament themes, talking about hope and trust, as reflected in Isaiah.

On Monday at 8.30 the choir of Girton College are performing Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.

On Wednesday at 8.00 pm there will be On The Edge, at which Iain McColl will talk about Listening with the Heart

On Thursday at 12.30 pm, there will be prayers for reconciliation and healing, led by Matt Russell, with laying on of hands for those who wish to receive it.

On Friday there will be a Prayer Book Communion service at 10.30 am, led by Alan Cole. The meditation group will meet at 5.30 pm, led by Fraser.

Fraser Watts