St Peter's News
October 3rd News and Worship 


It's an exciting Sunday ahead with our first in person Young Church since before the pandemic and we look forward to seeing many of you in church. If you are unable to be with us both the 10.30am and 4.30pm services are streamed.

Vicar's Thoughts

"Save the Parish" has been the subject of, headline in a number of newspapers, heated letters in the Church Times and on the manifestos of some General Synod candidates in the recent elections.
Why do some feel the Parish needs saving? In part its because the Church of England is looking at how it can effectively minister the Gospel in the changed world of 21st Century England and is spending historic money on these new mission strategies.
We live in a culture where for many people network connections are more important than geographical connections. Where only 9% of Anglicans attend worship every week compared with 23% for Roman Catholics and 40% for those of non Christian faiths. Where older folks are more likely to worship than younger, wealthier than poorer, and where Sunday working makes worship impossible for growing numbers. These cultural differences impact in very practical ways the church life and potential attendance of differing Parishes.
The cost of Ministry and Building (heating, lighting, repairs and ongoing maintenance) divided by the number of congregation members has increasingly become too expensive for traditional ministry to be viable in many places. Reluctant to close buildings, the two solutions to this have been either subsidising from rich churches and diocesan resources, or joining parishes into groups or teams. The first is no longer financially possible and the second has proven to only speed numerical decline. These subsidies have unfortunately given congregations a false impression of their situation and enabled some clergy to do good works but not the hard work of growing their congregations.
These problems are most acute in urban areas and new strategies are desperately needed in such areas. However many churches, in more rural areas, continue to attract a far higher proportion of their parishoners to regular and festival worship services. Such churches have historic buildings embedded in  the heart and memories of their community. Many have strong links to their schools, community organisations and businesses. Their pastoral care embraces local families; the church is there for them (both the building and ministry) at key life stages (baptisms, weddings, funerals) and in times of challenge and difficulty.
One way Christian faith grows is through these life event and festival contacts. Through its pastoral care and the Church's constancy of presence the foundations of faith laid in school are built on and mixing metaphors, faith blossoms over time and produces in the long run a harvest of spiritual fruit. Such parishes do not need a campaign to save them, they just need the freedom to fulfil their calling.

Church Family News


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Harvest Festival is next week, on 10th October. This year we plan to support the Pantry at CoRe in Upton Priory, as it is our local church project and the Pantry is not receiving as much from previous sources. All donations should be dried goods as these keep better. They are short of tinned goods, especially meals such as meatballs or chicken in sauce, but all regularly used goods would be appreciated: tea bags, coffee, cereals, soups, etc.. As well as the Pantry we hope to take some goods to Silklife Food Bank and to our friends at St Paul's Church, Salford. Thank you in advance for your support!

Community News

Choral Society Concert

Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of St Peter’s Church, Prestbury Screenshot 2020-05-26 Layout 1
with ‘live’ music from Prestbury Choral Society
Prestbury Choral Society, who Zoomed their way through the lockdowns every week to sing a huge range of music, are now concert ready. Having a Musical Director (Gary Hulme) who can sing all four parts at pitch, play one part while singing another, lead each part in, and yet still manage to turn his own pages, made the pieces much easier to learn, even though we couldn’t hear one another.
choral societyNow, after several weeks of ‘live’ rehearsals, it is our hope that our programme, designed to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of St Peter’s Church, will provide a broad and entertaining tapestry of choral music, both sacred and secular. As we progress from the 13th century to the present day, we will encounter some of the most beautiful, momentous and musically innovative repertoire ever composed.
The music will include pieces from Handel’s Coronation Anthems, Anthems and Madrigals of the Golden Age, Mozart’s Exulte Jubilate for solo Soprano, Ave Verum Chorus, Cantique de Jean Racine....and snippets of Gilbert and Sullivan, among others. Do come and join us for this wonderful celebration.
Music through the Ages Concert, 7.30pm, Saturday 6th November 2021, at St Peter’s Church, Prestbury.
Tickets: £12 including refreshments, available in advance by telephone on 01625 584337 or pay at the door.

This Week's Worship

Sunday 8.30am     Holy Communion, St Peter's
Sunday 10.00am   Family Service, CoRe        
Sunday 10.30am   Holy Communion with Young Church , St Peter's
Sunday 4.30pm     Choral Evensong, St Peter's
Sunday 7.00pm
    Sanctuary, St Peter's Rooms

Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion, St Peter's

This Week's Diary

The Church Office is open from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12noon


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
9.00am   School Community Worship with parents and grandparents
10.30am Holy Dusters, St Peter's
3.00pm   Voice children's choir St Peter's Rooms


7.30pm    Choir practice

Looking Ahead

Next Week Oct 10th we celebrate Harvest with special services at St Peter's, St John's and Church of the Resurrection.

Worship Resources

Creation Sunday

Worship Services for Sunday 3rd October








Holy Communion
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  Family Service 






Holy Communion
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Choral Evensong
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St Peter's Rooms





Sunday 3rd October Bible Readings

For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.

Isaiah 40:21-31
Luke 7:1-10

Psalm 24

Collects for Creation Sunday

Glorious God,
the whole 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. 

Almighty God,
whose will it is that the earth and the sea
should bear their fruit in due season:
bless the labours of those who work on land and sea,
grant us a good harvest
and the grace always to rejoice in your fatherly care;
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.


Prayer focus this week

On this Creation Sunday, why not take your prayers outdoors! Every aspect of creation is a potential prayer of praise and thanksgiving. In the silence of your heart (or aloud if you're brave and no one is listening) thank God for sunshine, clouds, leaves, colours, birds and animals - things tiny and things small. Walk with eyes and ears searching for reasons to praise. Then be bold and declare those praises in your prayer.

Those who have asked for prayer

prayer b3Ian Northcott
Sheila Griffiths
Margaret Brown
Tony Mackenzie
Alan Hayward
Graham Lewis
Diane Pappadopalous

Those who have died

Frank Griffiths
Sarah Harding