Sunday 14th March

Whitewater Benefice


Welcome to our online worship on Sunday 14th March, this Sunday we celebrate Mothering Sunday our theme is "to be known and to be loved", a celebration of all the special women in our lives with flowers and joy. We shall celebrate the special women in our lives, especially during this challenging time, and especially with those who have lost mothers, grandmas, aunties, godmothers.  Posies of flowers will be left outside St John's and Rotherwick churches, these can be picked up after the Zoom and can be to remember the women in your life or for you to give to one of the women in your life.  Perhaps pick up one to give one to a neighbour who lives alone?

There will be a live worship service using zoom at 10am, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom Meeting - click here for activity sheets for this week.

10am Worship via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 212121
Junior Church
11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and
11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month).

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074 & Passcode:760169

If you are unable to join the Zoom Meeting using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874  and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode


Welcome To Worship

Welcome to our online worship - as we now have most of the congregation joining our Zoom, we are going to provide a slightly different experience for those who follow our online services. 

You may like to light a candle as a reminder that the love of God is like a light in our darkness


Music: “The Father's Song" by Matt Redman; played by Caroline Bushman

The Father's Song

A welcome prayer

Welcome in the name of Christ,
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you.
And also with you.



How great thou art
Link to How great thou art(from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Today’s Collect

God of love, passionate and strong, tender and careful:
watch over us and hold us all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Colossians 3:12-17

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

John 19:25b-27

25Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing near by, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’27and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

Anthem, Loving God from St John's Choir


Loving God

Loving God, loving God,
as a mother feeds her children at the breast
you feed us in this sacrament
with the food and drink of eternal life:
help us who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace,
to grow in grace within the household of faith;
through Jesus Christ,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen, Amen.

Peter Hewlett-Smith speaking about Mother Julian of Norwich

Mother Julian of Norwich

The first English writer who can be identified with certainty as a woman.

Quotes from Julian of Norwich

A kind, loving mother who understands and knows the needs of her child will look after it tenderly, just because it is the nature of a mother to do so. As the child grows older she changes her methods, but not her love. Older still, she allows the child to experience punishment so that its faults are corrected and its virtues and graces developed. This way of doing things, with much else that is right and good, is our Lord at work in those who are doing them. (Revelations of Divine Love. Chapter 60)

So it was that I learned that love was our Lord’s meaning. And I saw for certain… that before ever he made us, God loved us; and that his love has never slackened nor ever shall. In this love all his works have been done, and in this love he has made everything serve us; in in this love our life is everlasting. Our beginning was when we were made, but the love in which he made us never had beginning. In it we have our beginning. All this we shall see in God for ever. (Long text. Chapter 86)

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray,

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Peace

Since we are justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has given us access to his grace.
The peace of the Lord be always with you. Amen.


Please let us consider our calling to be the ‘light on the hill’ in our various communities during this season of ongoing challenge and isolation for so many. If you are able to donate online as one off, or regularly, your gifts will be gratefully received. Please do ask if you would like further information about how your giving is being spent by the churches.

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Final Prayer & Blessing

As we prepare to go into God’s world this week, we pray for one another:
To a troubled world, peace from Christ.
To a searching world, love from Christ.
To a waiting world, hope from Christ.

May God, who gave birth to all creation, bless us:
May God, who became incarnate by and earthly mother, bless us:
May God, who broods as a mother over her children, bless us.

And the blessing of God almighty
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Mothering Sunday

Copyright details

Liturgy and prayers from Common Worship. Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Times and Seasons © 2006. The Archbishops’ Council. Church House Publishing.
Readings taken from Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Images: from which is a free, Creative Commons image library. From A Church Near You, Church of England
Music: The Father’s Song by Matt Redman, Played by Caroline Bushman, CCLI Song 2988177, © 2000 Thankyou Music (Admin by Integrity Music)
Loving God by Peter Aston, Sung by the Choir of St John's Church,  CCLI 7080245, Published RSCM
Hymn: from YouTube under under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

Children's Activities for Sunday 14th March
Children's Activities for Sunday 14th March - Mothering Sunday
Open Children's Activities for Sunday 14th March