St Martin's, Brasted

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Join us on Good Friday, 30th March, as we sing The Crucifixion by John Stainer. Come to sing the choruses, or just come to listen and join in with the hymns, as you wish.

A rehearsal will be held at 5pm for those who will to participate in the singing of the choruses. For this please bring a score if you have one, or if you do not please contact the St. Martin’s Director of Music, Gloria Toplis ( 07751 173800).

The performance will take place at 6pm.

Stainer’s work was written in 1887 for the choir of Marylebone Church, and is a setting of words by a Revd. Sparrow-Simpson. It lasts about one hour. The title page describes it as ‘a meditation on the sacred passion of the Holy Redeemer for two solo voices (tenor and bass) and chorus and interspersed with hymns to be sung by the congregation. After its first performance it became very popular with amateur choral societies and church choirs throughout the UK, though in the first half of the twentieth century its style was criticised by some as being over-sentimental. Despite this it continues to be sung during Lent and Easter, and its singable tunes are remembered by many of us who have sung or heard it from our youth.


Do join us for a cuppa in the St Martin's Room on the third Thursday morning in the month, from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

Please come through the side (South) door of the church. Everyone is welcome. The church is open during Coffee Break for anyone who wishes to look around or to find a quiet space to have a moment of peace and quiet.


Upcoming dates are:

  • 19 April
  • 17 May
  • 21 June
  • 19 July
  • 16 August
  • 20 September
  • 18 October
  • 15 November
  • 20 December


Messy Church is usually on Sunday afternoons at 3pm. It is for all ages, for adults and children to enjoy together, and comprises a mixture of crafts, art and celebration with stories, song and prayer followed by everyone sharing tea together.

For all the family (children to be accompanied by an adult please). For further details telephone 01959 565829.

Helpers are always welcome. If you could help with serving food or with creative activities please let us know.

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Upcoming date

  • Palm Sunday, 25 March