So, what’s it like coming to Church? Isn’t it really boring? Won’t everyone expect me to know what I’m doing? Will it be confusing?
At St Peter’s we offer two services each Sunday, each has a different style, so that we can try and cater for different needs.
9.30 is our Parish Eucharist service. It’s a traditional service where we sing mostly hymns. The service doesn’t change much week to week, so it’s easy to feel comfortable after a few weeks. The service is all from books, but if you’re new, someone will probably offer to sit next to you and help you feel confident finding your way around. The congregation is small, but welcoming. If you’d like to stay and chat afterwards tea and coffee is available after the service in the Community Hall.
11am is St Peter’s together. This service is really informal. There are bean bags and toys for young children. The songs tend to be more modern and the words are displayed on a screen. If the idea of signing doesn’t fill you with joy, you are really welcome to just listen to the words. There are activities for older children and everyone leaves having learnt something! This service ususally lasts 50 minutes. The congregation varies in size from week to week, but you will be noticed and looked after. You are invited to share the coffee and donuts before the service (anytime between 10.30 and 11), and can even bring a coffee (with a lid) into the service with you.
If you’ve not given Church a try for a while, we’d love so meet you and you’ll always be welcome at St Peter’s!
I don’t know about you, but I like things to look forward to. This term is usually quite quiet at Church, our usual services will keep going (9.30am and 11am every Sunday), but there isn’t Christmas coming or Summer or anything.
We think we’ve found a perfect antidote, we’re going to have a Winter Picnic in Bentley Park on the 21 February. If you’ve never done a Winter Picnic before, here’s what you need to know…
You do need to wrap up warm! It will be cold and if you’re sitting down eating, you will need to be wearing super snuggly clothes.
Bring hot food! Pies straight from the oven before you come out, Jacket Potato in a flask (which is what my Mum used to send me to school with), whatever, but something you eat needs to be warm.
Bring hot drinks! A cold can of whatever is your pleasure is great in summer, but for a Winter Picnic, you need something warm. Tea, Coffee, Mulled Cider…
Decide in advance that this is a crazy adventure to be enjoyed!
Get it in the diary now, something to look forward to!
As well as all the usuals, coffee in the carpark and simple lunch tomorrow, traditional and family services on Sunday we have two extra awesome events this week.
On Friday we’re turning the Community Hall into a cinema again and showing a movie straight after school at 3.45pm. Licensing restrictions mean we can’t say online what it is, but if you text MJQ8R to 60777 (standard network rates apply), you’ll get a text back telling you what it is!
On Sunday we’re doing Christingle at 4pm. There will be a collection for the Children’s Society too. An orange, a red ribbon, a candle and some sweets. Together they tell a story, come and find out what! We’d love to see you!
This Sunday is Advent Sunday, the Church’s new year. Inevitably we start looking to Christmas. This is one of my favourite Advent hymns (with a bit of a modern twist). I love it – let me know what you think!
Yesterday was Stir Up Sunday and we in the Vicarage made our Christmas Pudding and Cake. We’re trying a new cake recipe this year which doesn’t need a long maturing, so hopefully we didn’t leave it too late!
The name stir up Sunday comes from the old collect (special prayer) which says “Stir up, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people, that they plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded”. So because it has ‘stir’ and ‘fruit’ in it, it became make the Christmas Pudding Sunday.
It also means that Advent starts next Sunday which means Christmas is coming! (Argh!).
So, what’s coming soon…
Coffee in the Carpark tomorrow, 8.40-9.15
Simple Lunch tomorrow at 12 followed by Communion at 12.45.
Morning Prayer on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9am.
Friday Flicks is a week on Friday (4th November) at 3.45pm in the Church Hall (text MJQ8R to 60777 to find out which film it is).
Christingle is a week on Sunday (6th November) at 4pm.
There’s loads happening over the coming weeks at St Peter’s.
All the usual services take place this Sunday (25 Oct), Parish Eucharist at 9.30, st peter’s together at 11 with coffee and donuts from 10.30 in the Community Hall.
There is a service of Holy Communion on Tuesday 27th at 7pm.
Next Sunday (1 Nov), there are the usual services in the morning and a special service of remembrance and thanksgiving for those who have died in the afternoon at 3pm.
Tuesday 3rd November we’ll be giving out free coffee and tea in the carpark between 8.30 and 9.15 – pop along and say hello on your way back from the School Run (takeaway available).
Friday 6th November is our first Friday Flicks. A film on a big screen in the Church Hall from 3.45pm. We aren’t allowed to advertise the name of the film (which is a bit frustrating), but it’s a good one! Entry is FREE, drinks and snacks available at a small charge.
Sunday 8th November is Remembrance Sunday. We have a service with the Royal British Legion at 9.30 and our 11am service will start a little early so we’re ready for two minutes silence at 11!