Welcome to the Church of the Holy Spirit

We are a Church of England parish church in the Diocese of Southwark, in Clapham, South London. Celebrating the Eucharist is central to our worship, which is in a liberal catholic tradition. We are an Inclusive Church and believe that the Bible offers a vision of God’s gracious invitation to all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, education or sexuality. We have a lot of children in our parish and children are welcome at all our services. Holy Spirit is a member of Churches Together in Clapham.

Entering Holy Week

For details of our Holy Week events, see here

On Monday, we shared a Passover meal at the Contact Centre, 60 Hambalt Road. 

On Thursday, we commemorate the Last Supper at 8pm - see here

On Good Friday there's an All-Age Easter workshop - for further details of other Good Friday services and events see here. Easter Sunday starts with a Dawn Vigil at 6am. 

Also on Good Friday, find out more here about a full performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion at 7pm, including how to buy tickets.

Blessing the Dust 
A Blessing for Ash Wednesday 

All those days you felt like dust,
like dirt,
as if all you had to do was turn your face toward the wind
and be scattered to the four corners
or swept away by the smallest breath as insubstantial
— Did you not know what the Holy One can do with dust?

This is the day we freely say we are scorched.
This is the hour we are marked
by what has made it through the burning.
This is the moment we ask
for the blessing that lives within the ancient ashes,
that makes its home inside the soil of this sacred earth.

So let us be marked not for sorrow.
And let us be marked not for shame.
Let us be marked not for false humility
or for thinking we are less than we are
but for claiming what God can do within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff of which the world is made,
and the stars that blaze in our bones,
and the galaxies that spiral inside the smudge we bear.

Jan Richardson

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