St Peter's News
October 17th News and Worship


To this week's newsletter. As the leaves begin to fall and the nights draw in, we thought it would be good to include some extra reasons to give thanks and praise for God's goodness, all from the last couple of weeks.

Vicar's Thoughts

In a few days Trick or Treat season will be upon us: gangs of children, dressed in evermore elaborate and grotesque costumes, will come knocking on our doors. The choice for us as Christians is: do we play the game and have a supply of shop bought or home-made treats and biscuits, or do we ignore any callers, turn the lights off and pretend to be out? Faithful Christians in years gone by might have opened the door and given a lecture on the dangers of messing with the occult, being out at night or the moral inappropriateness of demanding chocolate with menace. Such a response today would be like talking to the youngsters in an unknown foreign language. The ever increasing popularity and commercialisation of Halloween puts ever more pressure on children and Christian parents to accept this American custom. It's tough enough being a Christian without appearing to be weird or miserable kill-joys too!
What should we do? One response is to celebrate the light as we do in our Light Party with the Methodists, with fun crafts, games, snacks and worship. We could also make more of All Saints' tide in celebrating the heroes of the Christian Faith. Organisations including the Children's Society and the Association of Christian teachers have produced material to support these initiatives. It is great to be able to offer positive Christian alternatives that celebrate all that is good and also to ask if there are things lost rather too hastily from our society and church life, which need revisiting. Our own Wild Church which took place outside, with a fire and new rituals, proved to be very popular and perhaps connected with things that had been lost.

However, there is something much more sinister than children dressing up in hope of sweets, in the celebration of Halloween. It is trick or treat playing by adults. This takes the form of the attitude, “do what I or we want or I will disrupt this/take legal action”... etc. As we look at the news we can see growing numbers of examples of such behaviour. The danger of trick or treat is that it doesn't affect just children - it infects all the community and people begin to become like the one it celebrates.

As the church we are called to 'walk in the light', so let us do that!

Church Family News

Mothers' Union

Our Mothers’ Union meeting last Monday was a great chance for people to get together again and it was lovely to hear once more the buzz of chatter and laughter in St Peter’s Rooms. Patrick led us in worship, remembering those who had moved away, those now too frail to join us and those who had died during the time since we were last able to meet. Candles were lit to represent each of those groups, as well as signs of the Trinity of love that surrounds, upholds and supports us.
Our next meeting is on Monday 8th November when Methodist Minister Rev’d Helen Byrne will lead us.

Something new!
Holy Communion and Soup Lunch

Wednesday 20th October 10.30am

On the third Wednesday of each month our usual service of Holy Communion will be followed by a simple soup lunch. This will be an opportunity to spend some time with each other, renew old friendships and make new ones. Everyone is very welcome, and the service will start at 10.30am.
For those struggling with mobility or transport we can offer a lift home if you are able to make your way to the service.
Please let Anne know if you will need a lift home 07999 862 035. 

Hooray - Coffee is Back!!!

- biscuits and other drinks are also available…
Coffee is being served in St Peter’s Rooms after both the Wednesday Holy Communion and the Sunday 10.30am services. This is after a lapse of 20 months, so of course is most welcome. Coffee is already going well on Wednesdays – it felt a little quiet on Sunday but with plenty of ventilation it also felt very safe, and it was so lovely to catch up with people over a hot drink again.
Of course this means we need volunteers to make and serve drinks every Sunday so do look out for the rota on a red clipboard at the back of church and sign up. 

Families' Light, Craft & ProcessionLight Parade Banner 2021 V1

October 31st is our annual children and families Service of Light with the Methodists. We start at 2pm with crafts and activities at St Peter's and then there is a light procession to the Methodist Church for worship and refreshments.
More details in the weeks ahead. Helpers welcome.

Reasons to give Thanks and Praise to God

Young Church was back for the first time since lockdown

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Harvest service at St John's with a real tractor

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Harvest service at St Peter's with bubbly Methodists

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Mothers' Union had their first meeting

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Pram service back with many new babies

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This Week's Diary


Sunday 17th

 8.30am     Holy Communion, St Peter's
    Breakfast Church, St Peter's Rooms
 10.00am   Morning Worship, CoRe        
 10.30am   Holy Communion, St Peter's
 4.30pm     Sung Evensong, St Peter's

The 10.30am Service and the 4.30pm Service will be streamed on St Peter's YouTube channel.

Monday 18th

The Church Office is open from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12noon
9.00am  Morning Prayer St Peter's Rooms
11.45am Funeral St Peter's

Tuesday 19th

9.00am Morning Prayer Zoom Code 503 346 024, Password 793684 

Wednesday 20th

10.30am Holy Communion, St Peter's followed by soup lunch
10.45am Funeral Crematorium

Thursday 21st

9.00am   Morning Prayer, Zoom Code 859 930 994
10.15am  Pram Service, St Peter's
11.30am  Holy Dusters, St Peter's (please note the new time)
3.00pm   Voice children's choir St Peter's Rooms

Friday 22nd

11.00am    Funeral St Peter's
1.45pm     Funeral Church of the Resurrection
7.45pm     Choir practice

Looking Ahead

Sunday 31st October 4.30pm Service for those who mourn

Worship Resources

Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

Worship Services for Sunday 17th October








Holy Communion
St Peter's

Avril Avril   Avril

Breakfast Church
St Peter's Rooms

Patrick Everyone    

  Morning Worship  


Sue Sue    

Holy Communion
St Peter's

Avril Avril Jim

Sung Evensong
St Peter's

Simon Patrick Geoff


Sunday 17th October Bible Readings

For use with Worship at Home booklet and reflection.

Hebrews 5:1-10
Isaiah 53:4-9

Mark 10:35-45
Psalm 91:9-16


God, the giver of life,
whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:
by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ
and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share with the whole creation
the joys of eternal life;
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, our light and our salvation:
illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and looking on your beauty
may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Prayer focus this week

Is on praise and thanksgiving, finding opportunities to praise God from our everyday lives and the world around.

Those who have asked for prayer

prayer b3Ian Northcott
Margaret Brown
Tony Mackenzie
Graham Lewis

Those who have died

Audrey Bradshaw
Alan Hayward
Diane Papadopoulos 
Sheila Griffiths
Wendy Guest
Trevor Beer
Peggy Bentham