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St Martins Magazine

St Martin’s with St Hilary’s has been producing a parish magazine at least since 1961, and probably before that. Its current name is the Focus Magazine, it is published monthly, and we produce 10 issues each year – the months of July & August and December & January are normally combined.

The content is varied ranging from news and articles submitted by our own clergy and church community to material drawn from the wider Anglican church, mixed with prayers, poems, children’s pages, crossword and occasional humorous pieces.

To help fund the cost of producing the magazine it also carries advertising by local businesses. Should anyone reading this be interested in advertising in the magazine please contact the editor.

If you would like to subscribe and receive regular copies please contact the editor. There is a small team of volunteer distributors who deliver within the parish. Failing that there are always some spare copies at the back of the church, which people can purchase. Most of the income from the magazine goes towards the costs of producing it but any profit that is generated is put into church funds.

The editor is David Yeo who can be contacted by emailing: editor AT

PDF links to recent copies of our magazines are below, with the newest one at the top:
June 2021 Parish Magazine (2.1MB) 16/08/2021, The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning…
May 2021 Parish Magazine (1.9MB) 16/08/2021, Learning to be a servant
April 2021 Parish Magazine (1.8MB) 16/08/2021, God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.
March 2021 Parish Magazine (1.7MB) 16/08/2021, When we have come to a crossroads and we don’t know where to turn.
February 2021 Parish Magazine (1.9MB) 16/08/2021, Create in me a clean heart O God and put a new spirit in me
July 2021 Parish Magazine (2.1MB) 14/09/2021, Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts
September 2021 Parish Magazine (2.2MB) 14/09/2021, For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life
October 2021 Parish Magazine (2.0MB) 28/09/2021, God looked over everything he had made, it was so good, so very good.
November 2021 Parish Magazine (2.0MB) 28/10/2021, To remember is to work for peace
December 2021 Parish Magazine (2.1MB) 06/12/2021, Rejoice, daughter of Zion! I am coming; I shall make my dwelling among you, says the Lord.
January 2022 Parish Magazine (1.9MB) 02/02/2022, The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
June 2022 Parish Magazine (2.0MB) 24/05/2022, ‘Pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve Him and you, all the days of my life’.
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our friendly Welcome Team.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the service. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main building.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our singing group. We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday except for the second Sunday of the month when we have a Service of the Word. The gospel is read by the reader by processing to the middle of our congregation, everyone turns to face the reader and hear the Word of God. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. This is followed by prayers which are read by volunteers and a response by the congregation. After this the Creed is said and the church team organises the Communion, once ready the Communion is shared. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church and our community. We finish with a final worship song. This might seem strange the first time you experience it but it’s all part of our connecting with God!

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What about my children?

We really value worshipping God all together as a family. Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome and opening prayer. Then on the second, third and fourth Sundays, the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy for the first time.

On the first and fifth Sundays, the young people co-lead worship. The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is always a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games, and free play. The children come back and join the main service during Communion and remain for the end of the service with their families in the main congregation.


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Small Groups
  • Bible Study
  • Book Club
  • Midweek Garden and Chat Club
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Fabric Group
  • Knitting Group
Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Foodbank - Grab & Go (Run during holidays)
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.


Joyce Addison   Andrew Edwards
Rev Joyce Addison, Priest-in-Charge           Rev Andrew Edwards, Curate        
Hi, my name is Joyce and I have been serving at St. Martin's since 2011, first as Curate, and then from 2015, as Priest-in-Charge.  It's a privilege to be here and I have come to know many wonderful people in the course of my work.  I have a passion for caring for God's world and it is through the church's environmental work, that we make Jesus known to others. In my spare time I love to swim, jog and go for long walks.     I arrived at St Martin’s in 2018 to help launch Ignite, the wonderful mixture of food, fun and serious bits that meets at the church on a Monday evening. During this time I was also training at College to become a ‘Rev’ and I am very happy to have recently returned to St Martin’s for my practical training as Curate. I like music, especially singing, and it is through music that I find that I can most easily express what is on my heart to God.
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Best Wishes,

Rev Joyce Addison & Rev Andrew Edwards