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Recent Events: January - March 2015

  Holy week  

A busy Holy week starting with the Palm Sunday service with the distribution of Palm Crosses followed by the Stations of the Cross being celebrated on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Maundy Thursday service marked the Institution of the Eucharist, and included the ceremony of Washing of the Feet, the ceremonial stripping of the altar and ending with the watch until midnight in the Garden of Gethsemnane.

Good Friday started with children's service with activities and was followed by the Ministry of the Word and Veneration of the Cross for the adults in the afternoon and ending with a contemplative service of Compline at 9.00pm..

Holy Week ended with working parties spring cleaning the Church on Saturday followed by a wonderful evening celebration of the Easter Vigil and blessing of the Pascal Candle.

Thank you to all who enabled the joy of Easter to be truly celebrated. It was a very busy week for Clergy, Servers, Choir, cleaners and last but not least, the flower arranging team.

   

Rev Mark

15th March

Daffodils
At the 10.00 Mass we welcomed Revd Mark Bodeker from All Saints as our preacher, in which he described his ministry in the GWP (Great Western Park). The service concluded with members of the Sunday School distributing flowers to members of the congregation to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

1st March
Clem accompanied our monthly choral evensong which included the Ferial Responses and Walford Davies's D minor chant for the Psalm. The anthem was 'As I called Out' by the Flemish composer Clemens non Papa.The text is a metrical version of the opening verses of Psalm 4 in Dutch (sung in English) and was composed round a Dutch folk song.

22nd February

Prayer group

The inaugural meeting of the St Peter’s Prayer Group was held after the 10.00am service. Revd Hannah explained that prayer is the engine of the Church – that it drives everything we do; without it, we stay where we are and stagnate. Others who are willing to pray for the parish of St Peter’s every day are welcome to find out more. We will each be praying daily and then meet once a month as a team to share and pray.


8th February

In a special midday service, Evie-Violet-Mae was baptised. The church welcomed her family and friends to St Peter's on this very special day for her - but none more so than her Great Great Aunt Shiela.

1st February

A very proud Great Grandmother and Great Aunt (Mavis and Rosemary) from St Peter's watched as Amber and Joshua Gilroy were welcomed into the Lord's family.

Christingle making and service  
Thanks to all those who came along to our Candlemass Christingle service when we remembered Jesus as the Light of the World and prayed for those children who face tough challenges in their lives. At the end of our service fun was had by all as we ate our Christingles.
    

The day ended with a full choral evensong featuring the Introit "Lord I Trust Thee" by Handel; Ayleward's Preces & Responses; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis by Stanford in Bb; and the Anthem "Ecce Sacerdos Magnus" by Edward Elgar.
 
     

17th January

At the Quiz 'n' Chips evening the Choir made history by being the first team ever to achieve four consecutive wins. After the final round the Saints and Sinners were level with 111 points so a tie-breaker was used to determine the winner. (See results since 2007). The Youth Group won the wooden spoon with a commendable 82 points. The charity raffle raised £177 for PAWS - a local charity who train dogs to work with autistic children.


11th January

Today, the feast of the Baptism of Christ, saw St Peter's welcoming two new members into the fellowship of Christ, Millie Jackson-Ralston and Amelia Kruszynska.


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