St Peter's News
All Saints to Remembrance

News and Worship


To this week's newsletter: it's a special 'triple edition', covering the season of remembering from All Souls to Remembrance Sunday.

Vicar's Thoughts

The next three weeks see a number of special services which you may want to put in the diary.

Bishop's Visit: 7th November
We are very excited that Bishop Sam Corley, the new Bishop of Stockport, is coming to preach and celebrate Communion at the 10.30am service on 7th November. Visits from Bishops other than for confirmations are few and far between and I would encourage everyone to come and meet the new Bishop and share in a wonderful and uplifting service. There is Young Church for the children and refreshments for everyone after the service.

Remembrance Sunday: 14th November
With the British Legion no longer processing from the Shirleys, we have taken the opportunity to move the service start time forward by 15 minutes to 10.30am this year. We have also combined the usual two Remembrance services into one. The service of Remembrance will contain all the familiar elements: the reading of the names, hearing the last post played and keeping the two minutes silence at 11.00am and there will also be contributions by the young people from our church school and Voice Choir. We will, as has become the pattern in recent years, be also joined by our Methodist Church neighbours. The service will be live-streamed (on St Peter's YouTube channel) and our hope is that those at home or in residential care will also be able to share in the service.

Service for those who Mourn: 31st October
This Sunday 31st October at 4.30pm we hold our annual service for those who mourn - this quiet and reflective service gives an opportunity to remember those we have loved and lost, to light a candle in memory and to place them before God in prayer. It's a service where we not only are reminded of the love of God that surrounds and upholds us, but can experience that love too as God meets with us through words, music and our actions.

In all our services we try to cater for the variety of personal responses to the changing Covid situation. Mask wearing is always acceptable as is sitting in the North or South aisle away from the bulk of the congregation. We can now monitor CO2 levels and will open additional doors when services are busy to enhance ventilation. For those who are most vulnerable wanting to worship in person we would encourage worship on Sunday 8.30am or Wednesday 10.30am as there is plenty of space and no singing. For those who want to sing and enjoy refreshments and social time afterwards come at 10.30am on Sundays.


Church News

Young Church

Now Young Church has started back with new leaders, we are looking for Young Church helpers to provide that extra pair of hands, that listening ear and assist the children as they play, learn, sing and enjoy their time on Sunday mornings. If this could be you why not give Kathryn a call on 07859 049586 for more details.

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Saturday 6th November is the day to put on the wellingtons, gather up the gardening gloves, gardening tools and wheelbarrows and head down to St Peter's for the Autumn churchyard working party.  These are always good occasions: there will be a mixture of outside work to suit every age, the opportunity to get to know people from all the different services or none, to enjoy refreshments, bacon sandwiches and laughter together. Contact Steve Hill (07768 757593) for more information and to register your attendance.

Calling all volunteers!

As many services and activities return to St Peter's and our church life looks more familiar, we are beginning to realise that the jobs are many and the hands available are few. There lots of opportunities to be involved even whilst we are still being covid careful. We need readers and intercessors, coffee makers, welcomers, technical trainees and many more. You may feel you have many talents or none (don't worry we will find them!)  - in God's family all have a role to play... and you are NEEDED. Chat to Patrick, Avril, Steve, Anne or Bev for more details.

Clocks Change

This Sunday 31st the clocks go back so possibly an extra hour's sleep, or a long wait sat in church wondering where everyone else is!

Light Party

This Sunday (31st October) starting in St Peter's Rooms at 2pm. This event is a light, bright and fun alternative to Halloween suitable for children of all ages (parents and carers to stay please). The fun begins in St Peter's Rooms followed by a parade of light through the village to the Methodists for a short light celebration service together.

Pram Service

There will be a Pram Service on Thursday 9th November at St Peter's, on the pink carpet, at 10.15am in Church. Pram Service is a short, fun and highly interactive service for small children, babies and their grown ups. We share together in lighting a candle, ringing a bell, singing and sharing together in telling God's very special story. No one is too wriggly, too loud or too small to join in. There will be toys to play with, refreshments to enjoy and people to put the world to rights with in St Peter's rooms afterwards. We will finish around 11.30am in time for those who need to get to nursery.
For further information contact Beverley on: 07779 516048 or


The late Sunday evening worship slot has been a sanctuary both in name and  worship style and content. With the pandemic still impacting potential attendance we have decided to postpone the restarting of Sanctuary till the new year.

The Service for Those Who Mourn

Sunday 31st October 4.30pm

Many of us continue to grieve for members of our family and friends whom we have lost, both recently and over the years gone by, and this service is open to everyone who would like to come.
All those families who have had a funeral at St Peter’s in the last two years have received a written invitation to come and remember those who have died.
This comforting service offers space and hope to all who mourn. We remember people we have lost by writing down their names and offering them to God in prayer, and by lighting candles for them.
Refreshments will be served in St Peter’s Rooms for anyone who would like to stay and talk after the service.

If you are unable to attend and would like a card written for someone who has died, please let Anne Stirling know (07999 862 035). The service will be live-streamed on St Peter’s YouTube Channel: St Peters Prestbury - YouTube.

Mothers’ Union

Monday 8th November 2.00pm

Our November meeting will be led by Revd Helen Byrne from Prestbury Methodist Church.
Our Mothers’ Union meetings are OPEN meetings – we welcome all-comers, women and men. If you’ve never tried MU before why not give it a go.
You don’t need to join as a member, we will ask for a £2 donation each time you come.

It will feel a bit different until things settle…

  • We will meet in the larger room
  • We will sit around tables
  • We will need to have all the windows open (wear a warm woolly!)
  • Some people may feel they wish to wear a mask
 But it will feel the same…
  • We will worship God together in song and prayer
  • We will meet our old friends and make new ones
  • We will be able to talk freely about what bothers us, what cheers us up and how we can help each other and the wider world
  • We will build a community of love and care
  • We will drink tea and eat biscuits
  • We will laugh together and enjoy each other’s company
If you are not sure about coming or have any questions do please ask me.
Anne Stirling 07999 862 035
NB. The Shirley's Car park will be closed all day on 8th November so you will need to make alternative arrangements for parking.

Prestbury Mothers' Union are collecting items for women's refuges in Macclesfield and Wythenshawe

Bedding – sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases – freshly laundered and in good condition please. If you could mark the size (e.g. single/double) that would be really helpful.
  • Knitting needles – sizes 3.5, 4 and 5
  • Leftover wool
Bring to our Mothers’ Union meeting on Monday 8th or leave in church on Wednesday or Sunday mornings.


Holy Communion and Soup Lunch

soupWednesday 17th November 10.30am

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Once a month there will be a delicious soup lunch after Wednesday Holy Communion.
This is a lovely chance to stay and have a longer chat with old friends or make new ones.
Everyone is very welcome.


Daytime Church Opening

From Monday 8th November the church West Porch will be open for visitors and for private prayer each day from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Do take the opportunity to drop in and pray, light a votive candle or just be still in Holy Space.

Mike Cheetham Retirement

After over 60 years of service to St Peter's and Church music Mike is retiring from St Peter's. Mike has been on 102 full choir holidays (53 with men/boys/adults and 40 with the girls). As well as playing for or conducting approximately 5000 services at St Peter's
There will be a special farewell service of Evensong on 28th November at 4.30pm followed by refreshments and a presentation in St Peter's Rooms afterwards. All are welcome.

Choral Society Concert

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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.

The Church Diary

The Church Office is closed for two weeks from Friday 29th October, reopening on Monday 15th November.


9.00am Morning Prayer St Peter's Rooms all welcome


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


10.30am Holy Communion, St Peter's followed by refreshments


9.00am Morning Prayer, Zoom Code 859 930 994
11.30am Holy Dusters, St Peter's (please note the new time)


7.45pm Choir practice 

Worship Resources

Worship Services for the Season of Remembering




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Who Mourn


Bishop Sam




October 31st All Saints' Day

Readings and Collects

Bible Readings
Isaiah 25:6-9
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44


Almighty God,
you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
that you have prepared for those who truly love 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.


God of holiness,
your glory is proclaimed in every age:
as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,
inspire us to follow their example
with boldness and joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

November 7th Third Sunday Before Advent

Readings and Collects

Bible Readings
Jonah 3:1-5,10
Hebrews 9:24-end
Mark 1:14-20
Psalm 62:5-12


Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


God, our refuge and strength,
bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end,
that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

November 14th Second Sunday Before Advent

Readings and Collects

Bible Readings
Daniel 12:1-3
Hebrews 10:11-25
Mark 13:1-8
Psalm 16


Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Heavenly Lord,
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Prayer focus this week

Is on COP26: As Christians we are stewards of God's creation, we are concerned for those who are most vulnerable who will be the victims of global climate change and we are called to live out Jesus' love for the world. Pray for conversations to be honest, for self-interest to give way to world needs, for the voice of those most vulnerable to be heard and for long-term thinking to triumph over short-term thinking - for the vested interests and powerful lobbies to be silenced in the discussions.

Prayer Focus for next week

We pray for the Royal British Legion, its local members and committee, for the poppy collection here in Prestbury. We give thanks for the work they do caring for and helping the rehabilitation of those who are injured while serving in our armed forces. 

Those who have asked for prayer

prayer b3Ian Northcott
Margaret Brown
Tony Mackenzie
Graham Lewis
Keith Ravenscroft
Geraldine Collins
Mike Thompson

Those who have died

Audrey Bradshaw
Alan Hayward
Diane Papadopoulos 
Sheila Griffiths
Wendy Guest
Trevor Beer
Peggy Bentham
Rosalind Distefano
Audrey Styles
Donald Goulsbra