Welcome to St. Bertoline's, Barthomley, Cheshire

Why we're here today -

That the community may know that St Bertoline's is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it

in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say

"We would see Jesus".

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St Bertoline’s –Why we’re here.

St Bertoline’s –Why we’re here.

That the community we serve may know that St Bertoline’s is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say, “We would see Jesus”.

October 20th 2018 The Rectory Barthomley

My dear Friends,

The Church’s year falls into two fairly equal parts, with a rather strange month in between – that is November, give or take a little. We have had that long spell right through from late Spring to early Autumn when our church colour has been green. We can quite happily think that green is a symbolic colour to mark the months of growth through to harvest. In fact in church terms, green means ‘ordinary’. Some of us may remember when flannelboards were a popular teaching aid – a green baize board onto which all sorts of felt figures were attached in the telling of stories.

So green is the underlying colour onto which the other of the church’s colours are placed – white, red or purple according to the season or special occasion. So we have purple as the colour for preparation and penitence leading to the great events of Christmas and Easter. Red is the colour for the fire of the Holy Spirit and to signify the blood of the martyrs.

Greatest of the colours is white or gold which proclaim the glory of God’s action in his Son Jesus Christ, at his coming to dwell among us, and in his work of our salvation in his Resurrection.

Then there is November. We have red as our colour, for that seems fitting for the month that contains such great commemorations as All Saints Day and Remembrance Sunday on the first two Sundays. The exception is the feast of Christ the King which marks the completion of the Church year, celebrating the completion of Christ’s work and his reign at the Father’s right hand.

As we know, this year Remembrance Sunday is very special indeed as the centenary of the end of the Great War as it was then known. Over the last weeks we have been hearing short biographies of those whom we name at the service, and our commemoration this year will be specially marked.

Friday November 2nd is All Souls’ Day and there is a Requiem Communion at 10.30am at which the departed are recalled at the Altar. Those who have died in and from the parish will be included, but if you have others, family or friend, who you wish to add to our usual list, please let me know before the service – in writing, please.

Best wishes to you all,

Darrel Speedy


2 Friday Commemoration of All Souls

10.30am Requiem Communion


10.30am Sung Eucharist (CW)

10 Saturday Diocesan Synod at St John’s Knutsford 9.15am


10.30am Remembrance Eucharist


10.30am Sung Eucharist (BCP)

24 Saturday CHRISTMAS FAIR in the Village Hall 9.30am


Sung Communion and Toy Offering

28 Wednesday Parochial Church Council 7.30pm Village Hall

Latest updates

Parish News/ Darrel /Calendar : 12th November 2018
2016 Accounts & Music Director's report 27 March 2017
Annual Vestry Meeting 2017, Annual PCC Meeting 2017 23rd June 20177