Welcome to St. Bartholomew’s, Burwash

United Benefice of Burwash,  Burwash Weald & Etchingham  

Churches opened for private prayer for the week beginning Monday 6 July 2020                                                                                                                                                                                  



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9am - 4pm


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Advice has now been received from the Diocese as to the measures we need to take in order to resume public worship in our churches. We are working hard to implement these and are planning to hold a service of Holy Communion in St Bartholomew's at 10am every Sunday for the foreseeable future..


                               4th Sunday after Trinity -  5 July 2020



O God, the protector of all who trust in you,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy;

increase and multiply upon us your mercy;

that with you as our ruler and guide

we may so pass through things temporal

that we lose not our hold on things eternal,

grant this heavenly Father

for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Readings: Zechariah 9:9-12, Psalm 45:10-end, Romans 7:15-25a


Matthew 11:16-19, 25-end

The people who Jesus was addressing in today’s Gospel reading lived under the burden of a strict set of religious rules. The Pharisees had taken the original Ten Commandments and added many other laws, the majority of which were restrictive of their own devising.

Although we are not similarly encumbered by such strict religious formalities we live in a culture which can bring its own challenges to following a Christian life.  And we face other challenges to our personal lives also. How often, because of the pressures of work or the expectations of others, do we find ourselves saying “there are not enough hours in the day, or I am so tired or stressed”?

Perhaps because of the unusual situation in which we are currently living through the past months have brought about their own type of exhaustion or stress. Emotional and mental rather than physical, but nonetheless just as much a load to carry..

Sometimes life’s burdens can overwhelm us and we live with uncertainty and the fear that we will be swallowed up in despair and loss of hope. Magazines and internet bloggers give us advice as to how to cope. Mindfulness, exercise, gardening, immersing ourselves in craft activities. All helpful aids but in today’s Gospel we are offered a lifeline as Jesus issues an invitation “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest”.

Jesus himself would have known times when he felt weary and over- burdened. Where ever he went, people crowding around him all wanting his time, his healing, his words but he also knew the importance of rest.   There are examples throughout the Gospels of Jesus taking himself away to a quiet place to pray.

Jesus promises to give us rest when we find our rest in him. He is our burden-bearer. When we turn the circumstances of our lives over to him, he lifts us up and infuses our hearts with fresh hope and wisdom. Some situations feel just too difficult for us to handle, but nothing is too great for God.

But this rest that Jesus offers is more than rest from physical tiredness. Those of you who are familiar with the Book of Common Prayer service of Holy Communion will know that these words follow the Confession and Absolution. They are words which offer forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation and hope. Being restful means living in the present moment, not burdening ourselves with past regrets or fears for the future.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me …” A yoke is traditionally a harness placed over the shoulders of an ox as it pulls its burdens. Similarly the yoke Jesus tells us to take upon ourselves is a useful structure. It’s really a gift. Rather than being restrictive it guides us along the path towards the new life which he offers.

As a child knowing that he or she is loved just as they are, experiencing love, being held by love, instinctively reaches out when he or she needs help so we have to reach out to God, our loving father  . Although this isn’t easy to do, especially because as we move from childhood into adulthood we are often shaped by our experiences along the way, we have to come to him in simple child- like trust. Reaching out with curiosity and faith

I am reminded of the contemporary poem about the footprints in the sand.

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.

"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
you would walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed you the most, you would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you.
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."

When we are wearied and the burdens of our lives become too heavy for us to bear God lifts us up and carries us – an ever present help     



                                   Parish Safegaurding notice12.1905/12/19

If you are unfamiliar with any of our services we hope these notes will be of  use to you and that we will be able to welcome you into our Parish family:


Our normal* service pattern is as follows :

  • Every Sunday at 8am – Holy Communion - a traditional said celebration of the Eucharist taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) 
  • 1st Sunday of each month at 10.00- Family Service- a short service aimed at families to come along to worship and have fun. Children and young people are encouraged to actively participate.. Coffee is served afterwards.  
  • 1st Sunday of each month at 6pm- Evensong – a traditional evening service as set out in the Book of Common prayer. The service includes readings, psalms and hymns 
  • 2nd Sunday of each month at 10am - Matins - a traditional morning  service as set out in the Book of Common prayer. The service includes readings, psalms and hymns. 
  • 3rd Sunday (& 5th if applicable) of each month at 10am - Family Communion – using a version of Common Worship liturgy which reflects the richness and variety of worship which is available for use Sunday by Sunday. Coffee is served afterwards. 
  • 4th Sunday of each month at 10am - Parish Communion - a celebration of the Eucharist using Common Worship which uses more modern language together with additional readings and hymns

  • Also on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month our Sunday Club meets during the main 10am service at the Rectory from 9.45am. The Sunday Club then normally join the Church Family in the Church at 10.45am. Please contact Celia Merchant or one of the Sunday Club Leaders for more details.

At all our services there are facilities for pre school children.Toys & books are always available in our Childrens Corner.

*Please check for changes to service patterns in the Burwash Village Magazine each month or on our website.


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