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Sally is a priest, preacher, pastor and passionate worshipper

Jesus teaching on forgiveness talk by Rev Sally Baily

You can listen here to Rev Sally Baily’s moving talk on Jesus teaching on forgiveness which was given as part of a series on the Lord’s prayer at St Margaret’s Edgware on Sunday 2nd October. The scripture reading for the talk was Luke 15: 11-31 Parable of the two sons.

Luke 15: 11-31  (NIV)

11 Jesus continued: ‘There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, “Father, give me my share of the estate.” So he divided his property between them.

13 ‘Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 ‘When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.” 20 So he got up and went to his father.

‘But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms round him and kissed him.

21 ‘The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”

22 ‘But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.

25 ‘Meanwhile, the elder son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 “Your brother has come,” he replied, “and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.”

28 ‘The elder brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, “Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!”

31 ‘“My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

Hammad in Pakistan – Shantinagar Centenary Celebrations 13/14 October

A big thank you to everyone who supported our Voice for Jesus concert at St Margaret’s Edgware on 1st October. We had a wonderful evening of worship and thanks to the generosity of supporters covered the cost of Hammad’s flight to attend the Centenary Celebrations in Shantingar this week.  Here’s what one supporter said:

Hi Sally,
Last night was brilliant … thanks so much for letting us know it was on. It was fascinating to hear, in more detail, about all of yours and Hammad’s work in Pakistan. Apart from the wonderful message of faith and hope that you are spreading, you are also both exceptionally brave to stand up in an environment that can show such cruel hostility towards Christians. Amazing and humbling work. Looking at those pictures, Hammad seems like a cross between Billy Graham and Elvis Presley in Pakistan … he certainly is a magnet to the crowds…we will keep praying for him… Bless you Di

Please do pray for Hammad as he travels to Shantinagar – his ancestral village – and leads worship at the two day celebrations of 100 years since the village was established by the Salvation Army.shantinagar-youth-poster

Please pray for safety for everyone attending these events and particularly for the speakers and worship leaders that God will speak through them to reach many people bringing the gospel alive.

We pray that the word of God will reach many in this rural area and lives will be transformed.

V4J Concert Saturday 1st October St Margaret’s Edgware

Voice for Jesus Concert at St Margaret’s,
1 Station Road, Edgware, HA8 7JE
on Saturday 1st October 2016

Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Refreshments provided, Entry Free, donations for our ministry in Pakistan very much appreciated.

Come and enjoy an evening of multicultural worship with singing in English, Urdu and Polish. We will be giving an update on the situation for Christians in Pakistan and Hammad’s ministry plans for this season.

Getting there:

St Margaret’s is 5 minutes from Edgware Underground Station at the end of the Northern Line. Canon Park underground (Jubilee line) is also fairly close just a short bus ride away.  If you are driving Edgware is well served with trunk road and motorways from the north sitting between the A5 Watling Street and A41 Watford bypass, close to Jn 4 on M1.  There is plenty of parking in the shoppers car park on Station Road just by Iceland & Sainsbury’s. The first 1.5 hours is free then very reasonable charges up to 4 hours.

Week 2 in Edgware and God is calling people into Church

It’s week 2 in Edgware and God is doing amazing things already. On Monday this poster went up outside the church. On Wednesday we doubled the number attending the coffee morning albeit mostly with regular coffee morning attendees or church members. meet-the-new-vicar

Then on Friday as we spent the morning moving all the chairs back into place which had been moved for floor polishing, a young lady comes in asking to meet the new vicar.  She is of Hindu background and feels called to Jesus. She lives in the area and saw the poster outside.  We had a chat and have arranged to meet 1-1 next Wednesday to explore Christianity and what it means to follow Jesus. Praise God.

I left the church for an hour to visit the local funeral directors as I’m doing a funeral on Monday at Hendon Crematorium and needed to sort out the music for the service. When I got back to church I’m told I’ve just missed another lady who walked in to meet the new vicar as she felt called to give her life to Jesus. She was given our new weekly bulletin with my contact details and invited to come back on Sunday. She has already text me and we have arranged to meet up next Friday to talk about baptism preparation. She is hoping to come to church on Sunday as well. Praise God.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for our ministry at St Margaret’s in Edgware, God is answering your prayers. Please do continue so that more and more people come to know Jesus and join the church family. Blessings, Sally

p.s. Our dog Xena enjoyed the morning running round the new church, checking the churchyard for squirrels as I litter-picked, and prayer walking to and from the Funeral Directors, as we explored our new parish.

Your kingdom come your will be done – talk by Rev Sally Baily

At Rev Sally Baily’s first Sunday in St Margaret’s Edgware she gave a talk on The Lord’s Prayer – Your kingdom come your will be done on earth as in heaven. This talk includes some of her testimony on responding to God’s call to leave her job in the City.

The scripture reading for this talk is shown below.

Psalm 99

The Lord reigns,
let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord in Zion;
he is exalted over all the nations.
Let them praise your great and awesome name—
he is holy.

The King is mighty, he loves justice—
you have established equity;
in Jacob you have done
what is just and right.
Exalt the Lord our God
and worship at his footstool;
he is holy.

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel was among those who called on his name;
they called on the Lord
and he answered them.
He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;
they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

Lord our God,
you answered them;
you were to Israel a forgiving God,
though you punished their misdeeds.
Exalt the Lord our God
and worship at his holy mountain,
for the Lord our God is holy.

Press release – St Margaret’s Edgware welcomes new vicar

Press Release –New lady vicar appointed in Edgware

On Monday 5th September Rev’d Sally Baily was licensed as Vicar of St Margaret’s in the Edgware Parish by Bishop Rob Wickham – the Bishop of Edmonton.  Rev’d Baily, the first female Anglican Church leader in the Borough, was welcomed by the Mayor of Barnet mayor-of-barnet-welcoming-rev-sally-baily-1– Councillor David Longstaff and the Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet Martin Russell.

The church was full to capacity as Rev’d Baily’s supporters from her former post in Chesham, as well as local church and community members joined together in joyful service of praise.

Bishop Rob commended the Mayor of Barnet for all the great work that he and his fellow councillors do for the local community and urged them to continue working closely with the churches in Edgware.  bishop-rob-presents-rev-sally-baily

The Deputy Lieutenant drew attention to Rev’d Baily’s long career in the City of London and commercial experience which stood her in good stead to minister to those who commute from this area into the City or Docklands.  In response Rev’d Baily said ‘I’m delighted to have moved to Edgware and am very excited at the prospect of working together with church members to share God’s love with the local community.”

See the London Diocesan website for the official press release

Sarah de Nordwall the acclaimed poet and story teller performed a poem commissioned for the event which is reproduced her with permission:

For Sally with love  
A poem to celebrate your generous and pastoral heart;
with a reference from a beautiful medieval Persian poet, Hafiz, who first spoke so tenderly of the Jewelled Dance Floor of the Lord.  When I thought about writing Sally’s poem, I just knew that this light from the East had somehow to be woven in.

 She brings worlds together

 She brings worlds together

Not just to pray

but to dance

For there is prayer in dancing

 Delight in the heart that hears the Father rejoicing

As he sings

Over his beloved daughter.

 There is no one in this world who is not upon

His Jewelled Dance floor.

 And she will lay gems at your feet

 To remind you


 How precious you are!

 And your dance will go far..

 Though you may need a business plan

Or a bass guitar.

She has many ways of helping you

To follow His star.

 She brings worlds together

Not just to pray

But to build.

There is prayer in building

 Delight in the hearts that hear the Father rejoicing

As he sings

Over his beloved people.

 A communion where the edges are now at the centre

The hope-less are hope-filled

The left out can enter.

 There is no one who is not upon

His jewelled dance floor.

 She brings worlds together

Not just to pray but to thrive

There is prayer in thriving. 

We come to the Spring

Where our hearts cease from striving

 For He calls to east and west

That all are welcome to enter His rest.

 She brings worlds together

through an open door. 

There is no one who is not upon

His Jewelled Dance Floor.

 Sarah de Nordwall 5th September 2015

 For commissions and performances, workshops and creative retreat days for churches and colleges,  businesses and special events  just contact or visit 07849 641 899


Mission trip to Sweden

Sally, Hammad, Lovisa and Sylvester from Chesham UK on mission in Sweden…

Performances at Free church in Vretstorp (ice cream Café) on Wednesday 3rd August – pictured above. Local residences including Swedish people, refugees from Syria and migrants from Afghanistan all enjoyed the music and sang along to Voice for Jesus songs.

Saturday 6th August playing at lakeside venue Talludden nr. Asbro. Worshiping in English, Swedish and Urdu, sharing stories of how Christian’s live in Pakistan and the Voice for Jesus ministry.

Sunday 7th August leading worship at Fylstakyrkan, Kulma morning service with Sally preaching and Lovisa translating into Swedish. In the evening performing at Ransbergs Kyrka near Tibro.

Please do pray for safety as we travel and for God to work in the hearts of all who attend these events that they will understand the gospel more and the challenges facing persecuted Christians in Pakistan.

Community Praise in the Park Sunday 17 July 2.30pm

You are warmly invited to Lowdnes Park in Chesham on Sunday 17th July from 2.30-4.30pm for Community Praise in the Park.
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Hammad and Sally will be leading a band drawn from Churches across Chesham singing Christian and secular songs in English & Urdu. There will be a guest appearance from Lara Deen leading a Bollywood dance for everyone to join in.  This is a Churches Together for Chesham sponsored event.

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The Messy Church team will be putting on activities for children and the Elgiva Café will be serving refreshments.  Please bring a chair or rug to sit on, invite your friends and come along to enjoy fun for all the family.

Lowndes Park is in the centre of Chesham a short walk from Chesham Underground Station and there is plenty of parking in the Town Centre shopping area.

New Team Vicar for St Margaret’s Edgware

We are delighted to announce that, having completed her curacy, Sally will be starting as Team Vicar of St Margaret’s Edgware in the London Diocese from the beginning of September.  Her last Sunday at St Mary’s Chesham will be Sunday 21st August.


St Margaret’s is an evangelical, charismatic church in the multicultural parish of Edgware. This historic church sits on the High Street in the centre of the business/retail area, a stone’s throw from Edgware Underground station (end of the Northern Line) and bus station. It is a very exciting time for Sally to be joining the Edgware parish which consists of three churches including St Margaret’s.  The team is led by Rev Paul Berry, who was the team vicar of St Andrew’s on the Broadfield Estate and has just become both the Rector for the team and Area Dean. The third church St Peter’s has just opened a purpose-built church and community centre on the regenerated Stonegrove Estate.  The Bishop of Edmonton Rob Wickham announced Sally’s appointment to the Edgware parish at the opening of that new church on 3rd July 2016.

Reflecting on her time in Chesham Sally commented

‘Being part of a large team has provided me with great training opportunities and also helped me realise how much I value being part of a team. The role of team vicar at St Margaret’s will give me the challenge I’m looking for in leading a church into growth with the benefit of colleagues in the wider parish who have years’ experience of working in the Edgware. Hammad and I are both delighted that God has called us to a multicultural parish where all our gifts can be used to build the church and reach out to the community.  We will both miss Chesham very much and particularly St Mary’s where we have found good friends, support and encouragement for our ministry and mission. A big thank you to Simon and the rest of the team from whom I have learnt a lot, and to everyone for their prayers and support during my search for the next big adventure with God.’

Lipstick is a spiritual experience

On Saturday 25th June we organised a Ladies engaging creative evening with Sarah de Nordwall – stand-up poet and story telling.  Sarah performed many of her amusing thought-provoking poems, including Lipstick is a spiritual experience, weaved together with funny stories and anecdotes. Hammad provided musical accompaniment and backing vocal for Rest in Me – Sarah’s original composition which she hopes to record in Hammad’s studio this week.

The participants, from St Mary’s Church, Chesham were then encouraged to write to one of Sarah’s poems in response.  This creative writing exercise produced some unexpected results with some reluctant ladies discovering an unknown talent.  This was one of the responses:

Mosaic of Life by Sally Baily– inspired by Kintsukuroi

It’s amazing Lord, how you take our broken pieces and mend them with your light.
All those things we think are mistakes that you weave into our story to make us stronger.
Broken hearts
Broken limbs
Broken reputations
Broken dreams
Exams failed
Goals missed
all these become beautiful pieces of the mosaic of my life –
not scars but patterns of life that make up the whole,
that shape my personality,
that give me stories to tell, that inspire others;
hurts that have healed
mistakes that have been redeemed,
new God-focussed goals to replace those self-focussed goals;
reputation, built not on my achievements, but on your grace and mercy;
new dreams, not limited by my capacity to achieve, but based on your limitless capacity for fun and adventure.
I probably couldn’t have got to this place in my life without those broken things that you have mended, without those trials to overcome with your help Lord – Thank you.
‘Dare to dream’ you said to me years ago and look where we are now!

Feedback from the evening was very positive with comments such as:

  • I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Saturday evening with Sarah – I came home feeling exhilarated! 
  • Just a note to thank you and Hannah very much indeed for all the hard work you both put into making last night’s Ladies Event so successful and enjoyable.   Special thanks to Hammad too for all he contributed and his sensitive accompaniment to Sarah’s song. Sarah’s positive approach and enthusiasm was contagious and on our table (the naughty one!) everyone really enjoyed the time, and surprised themselves with what they were able to create.   Thanks too for the delicious desserts and drinks.

To find out more about Sarah and her amazing work around the world visit her website