St Peter's News
August 8th & 15th News and Worship

WelcomeNC aug 2021

During August there will be two double issue newsletters, with information and resources for worship at home and resources for prayer.
There is a lot of news spread over the two issues: this week we focus on developments at the St John's Coffee Shop, the Norman Chapel being open for Private Prayer and the first details of the programme of activities for the autumn.
The next edition will have full details of the new pattern of Worship Services and opportunities where you can be involved.
To kick this first edition of the double newsletter off - there is a double length Vicar's thoughts...

Vicar's Thoughts

The most common command in the Bible is, 'Fear Not'. It occurs over 100 times in Scripture, maybe God has to repeat it so often because we don't or can't hear it! Or perhaps it is because, if we do hear it we don't apply it into our lives. One of the consequences of the pandemic and the government and society's response to the pandemic, is that levels of fear and anxiety are massively increased.  We are born with a 'fight or flight' response and that response has been continually triggered  during the pandemic and far from not being fearful, many people are anxious all or much of the time.

Imagine you are watching the news back in the winter of 2015 ... the news reader starts with: Today saw cancer deaths over 700 for the third day in a row, heart disease deaths remained virtually unchanged at 247. There is better news with seasonal flu: daily deaths have dropped from yesterday's peak of 420 to 380, but total daily deaths have remained above 2500 for the sixth successive day.
More detailed coverage follows, with reporters on the ground in a couple of places where these deaths have been concentrated. We then cut to experts who explain how the diseases work, mixed with some human interest interviews with grieving families, focusing particularly on the young mum with 2 children or the dad who worked for the local charity both of whom died in their thirties...

When watching you don't switch off or over because this is how the news always begins, with the latest death figures, the rise and fall in each category and special reports from places where there are clusters. Input from experts encouraging us to make lifestyle changes: get rid of our diesel cars, eat more vegetables and fruit, take more exercise, avoid processed meats, move to the countryside etc.

Over half a million people die every year in the UK - that's on average about 1,500 every day but numbers vary through the seasons and from day to day. Far fewer people are dying of Covid now than of cancer or heart disease and most of those few have not been double-vaccinated so why are those who have been double-vaccinated still fearful? There seem to be a wide variety of reasons:

Personal anxiety: 'the numbers may be very few but I don't want to be one of the few and I can alter and reduce the risk by changing my behaviour'.
Future anxiety: Numbers have dropped before and then gone up so it will happen again.
Embedded anxiety: The anxiety reflex has been triggered so often over the last eighteen months it has become the default norm in life.
Evolutionary anxiety: The concern that the virus will evolve to be vaccine resistant or develop other nasty variants in the future.
Media-generated anxiety: Papers sell and TV programmes are watched on shock, horror and bad news and anxiety is generated by such approaches.
Government-generated anxiety: Which encourages behaviour to prevent the NHS being overrun and puts responsibility and anxiety on members of society. The alternative is for government to take such responsibility on itself and make the necessary increases in capacity within the NHS to prevent it being overrun.

As Church we can't do much about the government or media. Similarly, reminding people that all will be well in eternity is true, but may only increase, rather than reduce, anxiety.

In one of the most beautiful of Bible passages, God says:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;  and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
Isaiah 43

God addresses fear and anxiety by accompanying, being with us, and speaking words of assurance and hope into the situation. He leads people through into a new place, a new situation and a new reality. Our response to anxiety should mirror God's response: affirming people where they are and then prayerfully assuring and leading them out from captivity to fear into a new situation. It took a long time for the prophecy in Isaiah to be fulfilled and so it might take a long time for some to fear not. God was not impatient and as his people neither should we be.

Church Family NewsNC aug 2021 2


Norman Chapel open on Sundays in August

Throughout August the Norman Chapel will be open every Sunday from around 10.00am, being locked again at approximately 5.00pm.
This beautiful, prayerful and contemplative space is available for everyone to visit, but we would ask that respect is paid to those who wish to be quiet or to pray.
Visitors will also be able to view the Saxon Cross which is to the right of the door as you enter.
The main St Peter’s building will not be open for private prayer on Fridays during August.

When will Mothers' Union start up again?

Mothers’ Union meetings have always been a place for Christian people to meet, worship, listen to speakers, engage with projects, think and talk seriously about the influence of God in our lives and in the lives of others. St Peter’s happy group is a place where Anglicans, Methodists, Roman Catholics and everyone on either side and in between has enjoyed each other’s company.
Our MU group is inclusive of everyone, we always say; “you don’t have to be a mother, or even a woman to join us” and anyone of any faith, marital status or gender can just turn up and receive a warm welcome. And, yes, some men do join us!
We look forward to starting our meetings again and as long as the Covid situation seems settled the first one will be on:

Monday 11th October at 2.00pm in St Peter’s Rooms
Getting groups like Mothers’ Union up and running again after the long lockdown break will take some work.
Are you the sort of person who could…

  • Help with planning a programme for our meetings?

  • Accompany us on the piano?

  • Make tea as part of a team?

  • Help set up our room and clear up afterwards?

  • Have some good ideas about speakers and activities?

If you would like to talk about this some more do get in touch with me.
Anne Stirling
Pastoral Worker
07999 862 035 

St John's Coffee ShopSt Johns AUg 11

If you were driving past St John's Adlington last week you may have seen a small excavator climbing over the hedge and wondered what was happening.
It was the next stage in the exciting development of The St John's Coffee Shop. If you haven't yet called in on the weekend to sample the excellent cakes and first-class coffee, you're missing out!

St Johns Aug 12The team of volunteers have been hard at work not just baking and serving coffees but clearing away the undergrowth from  the church grounds, digging the borders, pruning the trees and planting new shrubs. The pictures through the newsletter show the wonderful job that's been done.
Why was the digger climbing over the hedge? To clear the top layer of overgrown grass and stones at the front of church so a layer of new chippings and planting could be installed.

You may notice in the pictures the new lavender plants that have been put in and Arthur writes below St Johns Aug 3about why they chose lavender:
"You will all no doubt be aware of the Biblical connection to lavender, however just to refresh your memories, Mentions of lavender in the Bible include:

“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, (another name for lavender) very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” (Gospel of John, 12:3)

Another tradition has that the lavender plant was taken from the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve, however, it was not until the Virgin Mary laid the infant Jesus’ clothes onto a lavender bush to dry that the scent was bestowed upon the plant.
Lavender is possibly also referred to in the following:
St Johns Aug 4“While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.” (Gospel of Mark, 14:3)
Lavender (spikenard) is also mentioned twice in the biblical love poem, the Song of Solomon:
“While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof” (1.12)
“Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,
Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices” (4.13)
Arthur Bell

As folks are enjoying their coffees there in front of them, in the flowerbed is the whole story of salvation from the Garden of Eden to the Birth of Christ: his saving death for us on the Cross and his rising on Easter Day. The fragrance of love in the song of Solomon is often seen as an allegory of Christ's love for the Church.

Choir Practice Returns

Choir practice will resume on Friday 3rd September at 7.30pm. It may be that singing along at home with YouTube or praising God aloud on your socially-distanced walks has awoken a deeper love of singing or perhaps not singing has made you realise how good it is to sing God's praise?
It may be that September may be the time for you to put that hidden (or new) talent into action and come along to a choir practice. Singing is not only good for the soul but good for the body and mind and it's good socially too!
For more info contact Andrew Burr 07764 254977 

This Week's WorshipSt Johns Aug 8

Sunday 10.00am Holy Communion at CoRe                
Sunday 10.30am Wild Baptism at St Peter's
Sunday 11.00am Holy Baptism at St John's
Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion at  St Peter's

This Fortnight's Diary

The Church Office is closed from Monday 9th to Friday 13th August and re-opens on Monday 16th.


9.00am Morning Prayer Zoom Code 503 346 024, Password 793684  Tuesday 10th is the last zoom Morning Prayer until September 7th.


10.30am Holy Communion, St Peter's.


9.00am   Morning Prayer, Closed till September.
10.30am Holy Dusters, St Peter's.

Worship Resources


Tenth Sunday After Trinity

Worship Services for Sunday 8th August







  Holy Communion Service 






Wild Baptism
St Peter's





Holy Baptism
St John's




Sunday 8th August Bible Readings

For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.
1 Kings 19:4-8
Ephesians 4: 25-5:2
Psalm 134

Collects for The Tenth Sunday after Trinity St Johns aug 7

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,
be open to the prayers of your humble servants;
and that they may obtain their petitions
make them to ask such things as shall please you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Lord of heaven and earth,
as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer,
give us patience and courage never to lose hope,
but always to bring our prayers before you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Eleventh Sunday After Trinity

 Worship Services for Sunday 15th August 







  Morning Service 





Morning Worship

St Peter's






Sunday 15th August Bible Readings

For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.
Isaiah 61:10-end
Luke 1:46-55
Psalm 45:10-end

Collects for The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity 

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


God of glory,
the end of our searching,
help us to lay aside
all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,
and to give all that we have
to gain the pearl beyond all price,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.



Prayer focus this week

The focus this week is on those who are getting married at St Peter's, those whose weddings have been postponed (some couples many times over due to the pandemic), those whose weddings are now booked to take place over the coming months. We pray for Joshua and Charlotte and Gemma and David whose weddings are on Saturday and Tuesday respectively. Both couples have been part of our on-line and in-person worshipping congregations and we pray that God will bless their futures and nurture and strengthen their faith.

Those who have asked for prayer

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Ian Northcott
Frank and Sheila Griffiths
Margaret Brown
Tony Mackenzie
Alan Hayward

Those who have died

Roger Waring
Paul Nadin Salter
Jean Pashley