June 6th News and Worship
Welcome to this week's newsletter.
What do the names Thwaites and Pine Island bring to mind for you? The former could be a rather fine cask ale and the latter an equally lovely loch-side Scottish holiday cottage. They are in fact both Antarctic Glaciers that are both worryingly unstable and contain enough ice to raise sea levels by between 1 & 2 meters.
If anyone reading this is looking for a script for a Hollywood disaster movie there is much potential here. The heroes would be the members of a scientific expedition camped on the glacier when it breaks up (full 3D special effects) and flows into the sea. Dramatically rescued by helicopter, they think themselves safe and that for them the adventure is over, whilst below, surging walls of water and giant pieces of ice overwhelm unexpected tourist cruises and fishing boats across the Antarctic ocean.
A couple of days later as the team are coming into land at Schiphol airport, the North Sea erupts into a bubbling cauldron and a series of giant waves crash across Amsterdam wiping out the city and the airport. The scientists realise the impact of the collapse of the two glaciers has been to push water northwards, moving hot tropical water into Northern waters causing the explosive break down of Methane Clathrates under the ocean floor and a series of Tsunami around the European and American coasts. These events set the scene for adventure, romance, rescues, and all the rest of the movie.
Such scenarios make great movies but the impact of climate change is much more mundane: it's about not enough water to grow crops or too much rain at the wrong time; it's about lakes drying, harvests failing, climate-refugees fleeing and resource induced border skirmishes turning into wars. For the 10,000 inhabitants of the island of Tuvalu in the South Pacific climate change and rising sea levels is literally washing their home out from under their feet.
There are two questions we need to ask: firstly what as Christians should we be doing in response? and secondly did many who heard the graphic warnings of disaster given by the Old Testament prophets think they were just as fantastical as our movie outline?
This Week's Worship
This Sunday is Climate Sunday.
This Week's Diary
The Church Office is open from 9.00am to 12noon, Monday to Friday.
9.00am Morning Prayer Zoom Code 503 346 024 Password 793684
10.30am Holy Communion, St Peter's
9.00am Morning Prayer, Zoom Code 859 930 994
10.30am Holy Dusters, St Peter's
10.000am -12noon Private Prayer, St Peter's
Sunday 13th June Wild Church 10.30am, St Peter's
Sunday 27th June St Peter's 800th Anniversary Celebration Sunday
Sunday 4th July Archbishop of Canterbury's Thanksgiving Sunday
Worship Services for Sunday 6th June
Social Justice & Environment Hub
Social Justice & Environment Hub
St Peters Rooms
Sunday Bible Readings
For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.
O Lord our God, how majestic is your name
Our God is a great big God
Let all creation sing
Brother sister let me serve you
Beauty for brokenness
O lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
O worship the King
Father Lord of all creation
God the Father of Creation
Sing to God new songs of Worship
Glorious God, The whole of creation proclaims your marvellous work: Increase in us a capacity to wonder and delight in it, That heaven’s praise may echo in our hearts And our lives be spent as good stewards of the earth, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer focus this week
The focus this week is on the world that God created and our vocation to be stewards of his creation. In the beautiful sunshine reflect on the goodness and beauty of all that God has made, the wonder and variety of fauna, flora and geography. Ask God to highlight where individually and collectively we are failing to steward God's world and what action we can take to steward it better.
Those who have asked for prayer
Paul Nadin Salter
Prayers from yesterday, for today
You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,
Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
You are humility. You are endurance.
You are rest. You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and You suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage. You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, Merciful Saviour.
St Francis of Assisi
Church Family News
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All good things come to an end…
Sometimes it is important to recognise that for one reason or another a group which has been very significant for some people has run its course. This is the case with P&J Social, the group which supports those with memory loss and their partner or carer.
P&J Social’s first meeting was in March 2016 when we had just opened St Peter’s Rooms. The spaces were perfect for the particular needs of this group. It was a collaboration between St Peter’s Pastoral Hub and Pam & Jim Wallwork. Pam had a great desire to offer support to families coping with dementia after she had attended a training course at the East Cheshire Hospice, and Jim was suffering from dementia. Several of Pam and Jim’s friends were the first volunteers.
The group ran for four full years before closing in March 2020 at the start of lockdown.
All of us involved with the running of P&J are extremely proud that in its lifetime the group has given enjoyment, friendship and support to 33 families coping with dementia. More than 100 different individuals have come through the doors and helped form the very special atmosphere and the important safe space for which the group has become well known.
The support provided by the group goes way beyond the individual family members. Everyone who has ever helped or attended will have their own special memories of the different people they have built relationships with and helped to feel loved and secure. We always used to say that “everyone goes home with a smile on their face” and even if sometimes that was all we could do, it was enough.
P&J could not have run without the patience, commitment and dedication its volunteers have shown over the lifetime of the group. A big thank you to you all!
It's National Volunteers week!
Across the nation many people have been thanked and appreciated. I wonder how many volunteer roles at Church you could name? we thought of just a few...
S - Skilled Service facilitators, sweeper-uppers, stuff movers
T - Tireless tidiers, troublesome track and trace, takers
P - Pound managers, pew polishers and peony arrangers.
E - Every tea maker, toilet fixer, ewww (what's that?!) wiper
T - Those trying their best, remembering names or tweaking the boiler
E - End of Service cleaners, encouragers, bin emptiers
R - Readers, ringers, really good singers
S - Seat allocaters, sound system switch-ers, all servers of others.
V - Virtual hosters, vestry vermin chasers
O - Organisers of others and fancy organ players
L - Lofty lightbulb changers, lavatory scrubbers, sacred linen washers
U - Unseen building maintainers, and never complainers
N - Nifty website developers and newsletter writers
T - the Time givers, trouble takers and thoughtful pray-ers.
E - Enthusiastic cleaners, arrangers, holy-order keepers
E - Early arrivers, emergency helpers, Easter fire builders
R - Regulation reinforcers, timely reminder-ers
S - all Splendid and Special, volunteers are vital!
Thank you to all our varied and wonderful volunteers, you're awesome.
The list of essentials at church that need to be done to keep St Peter's even just ticking over always outstrips those willing to volunteer, and there are often suggestions of great things we could be doing, but not so many offers of help to do them. If you haven't volunteered before because you think you aren't good enough, there isn't a job for you, or you're not needed....? Think again! You are needed, there is a place for you and you will get out of being a volunteer at St Peter's far more than you put in.