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Lent

As spring approaches, the days lengthen and daffodils begin to bloom, March 1st brought Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, a time of fasting, prayer and contemplation to help us to draw closer to God in the lead up to Holy Week.

As well as the Lent home groups, beginning on the week of March 6th, which have become such a successful and integral part of the St Peter’s calendar and a wonderful opportunity to gather together in each other’s homes to discuss and pray together, there are a number of other events during the season.

Lent Lunches

These will be held at 12:30pm on Thursday 9, 16, 23, 30 March and then on 6 April in our Church Hall. We enjoy a simple meal of bread and cheese and donate what we would otherwise have spent to charity.  The good causes we will be supporting this year are Burwood Pre-School and the Leprosy Mission.

Ash Wednesday 1st March.

Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes will be held at 10am and at 8pm.

Sunday 5th March.

Continuing our new first Sunday format, we will all meet together at 10am for Morning Worship and Communion. This new service replaces the 11:15 Special.

 

Morning Worship is a short (up to 45 minutes), informal service for all ages, based on the first part of the familiar Communion Service. After sharing the Peace we will break for refreshments which will be followed by Communion for those who wish to stay (concluding by 11:30).

 

Sunday 19th March.

Family Time at Four continues on the third Sunday of the month at 4pm. Share tea together, enjoy a bible story, craft and games and take home a Christian message. Bring cakes or biscuits to share if you wish. Activities are planned for 4-8 year olds but children of all ages are welcome!

 

 

Mothering Sunday 26th March.

 

At  our 10am service, we will be saying thank you for and to all those who care for us. As has become traditional, flowers will be distributed.

 

Then, to complete the weekend and prepare for the rigours of the week ahead, at 7pm on the last Sunday of the month, bring a pillow/cushion for your back and slippers for your feet and join us for an hour or so of soothing sounds and classical music to ease the stresses and strains of the week. Music to Calm the Soul is an escape for anyone who wants to take time out in a place of peace, quiet and tranquillity, where our own clamour is silenced and the presence of God can be savoured.

Please join us from 6:40pm for refreshments.

 

Young People’s Activities

The full programme of activities for young people at St Peter’s continues.

Gems
10am-12pm in the church hall. Fun and play for babies and younger toddlers at Mini Gems on Monday and Little Gems for the under 5’s on Tuesday.

Young Vines
Our under 5’s and their people meet every Friday at 10:00am for songs, stories, prayers, craft, refreshments and (of course) a chat.

Sunday Club and Sunday Challenge

Our Sunday Club activities for children  aged 4-8 and Sunday Challenge for those 9 and over meet for Godly Play in the Church Hall at 10am on the 2nd Sunday of every month.  This is a time to explore and wonder over a Bible story and be creative.

 

For the 3rd and 4th Sunday mornings, there are separate activities for each group. Please see the website for these details

Parents are welcome to come along to help new children settle and get to know our team of leaders.

TAG (Teens And God)

Our Club for the older children and young adults meets twice a month Everyone in secondary school and sixth form college welcome.

On every 2nd Sunday, we start in Church at 6pm for discussion and worship (bring instruments if you wish (e.g. guitars) then we will move to the Church Hall for activities and food. 8pm pick up for those 15 years and under. 16+ years continue to Barley Mow pub for chat and/or board game, pick up by 10pm.

 

 

Psalm 51:1-10

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy

blot out my transgressions.

 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin!

 For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is ever before me.

 Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight,

so that you may be justified in your words

and blameless in your judgment.

 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,

and in sin did my mother conceive me.

 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,

and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

 Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones that you have broken rejoice.

 Hide your face from my sins,

and blot out all my iniquities.

 Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.