St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s is the Parish Church of Hickling Parish.  The PCC is responsible for all aspects of the building, finance and life of the church in the community.

It is part of the benefice which includes 3 churches, Hickling, Kinoulton, and Upper Broughton.  Together we share our Associate Priest, Maggie Woodward, who lives in the rectory in Kinoulton.  She is part- time and works on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for service times

December 2016/January 2017

Ramblings from The Rectory

Pope Julius 1 authorised December 25th to be celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ in AD 353, because no one really knew exactly when He had been born. It makes a lot of sense to choose December 25th as it is 9 months after the Annunciation, which is the time that the Angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her the good news. It also corresponds with the Jewish festival of Hannuka and, as Jesus was a Jew, that would also make a lot of sense.

Professor Charles Follen lit candles on a fir tree in America in 1832 and Prince Albert brought a fir tree into Buckingham Palace in 1841

It is a long time since Queen Victoria enjoyed her Christmas tree and Charles lit his candles. Many centuries have passed since Pope Julius “fixed” the date of Christmas Day and over two millennia since a special star hovered over a stable.

As we approach Christmas once again 2016 years since Jesus was born, it gives us all an opportunity to pause amid all the excitement, the elaborate decorations and all the commercialism that Christmas is today, to consider again the event that Christmas really celebrates; that person born in stable, transported several miles away from his home because the Roman invaders wanted to know how many people they had conquered, and then being persecuted by a jealous king. Surviving all that as a baby, growing up in a very quiet way with his mother and father until, at the age of 33, once again being persecuted and put to death by the Roman invaders.

That however is not the end of the story, that ending we celebrate at another time in the Christian calendar… Easter, a time of new birth!

Let us remember this Christmas the simplicity of Christ’s arrival on earth and ask ourselves are we making Christmas too complicated? Are we spending too much time in preparation of food, presents and decorations?

Christians spend Advent, which is the time leading up to Christmas, in prayer, fasting and simple acts of faith, so that we can focus on the true meaning of Christmas which starts for us at our Christmas Eve service this year at Hickling Church.

Noel and I wish you all a Joyful Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Rev Maggie

Date Kinoulton Hickling Upper Broughton
April 2 9.15am Holy Communion 6.30pm Evensong BCP 11.00am Family

Holy Communion

April 9

Palm Sunday

9.45am Village Hall to walk to Church for service at 10.00am (no service) (no service)
April 16

Easter Day

11.00am All Age Worship

Family Service

11.00am All Age Worship

Family Service

9.15am Holy Communion
April 23

St George

11.00am All Age Worship

Family Service

6.30pm Holy Communion 9.15am Matins
April 30

5th Sunday

10.00am Holy Communion

Mission Partnership Service

(no service) (no service)
May 7 9.15am Holy Communion 6.30pm Evensong BCP 11.00am Family

Holy Communion

May 14 11.00am Morning Prayer 9.15am Holy Communion  10.45am Sunday Crew

3.00pm Informal Service

May 21 9.15am Holy Communion 11.00am All Age Worship

Family Service

11.00am Morning Prayer
Thurs May 25

Ascension Day

(no service) (no service) 7.00pm Holy Communion
May 28 11.00am All Age Worship

Family Service

6.30pm Holy Communion 9.15am Holy Communion

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