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St Peter's Church "E News" Friday 18th December

Dear Members of St Peter’s Church, This is the last “E NEWS” of 2020 , I will write next on the 8th of January , so there is a lot of content in this edition! “Live” Services have resumed at St Peter’s Church. This Sunday the church choir are singing carols at the 9.30am Parish Communion . Social Distancing of “one metre plus mitigation” will be in action in St Peter’s. Please wear a face covering and use the hand sanitiser on entering the church and follow the one-way system to exit . The link to a recording of a Carol Service from St Peter’s will be sent to you today, next week a recording of a Christmas Communion Service will be made available, also Ben has kindly recorded two Advent organ pieces for this Fourth Sunday in Advent, the links are below: Sunday 20 December: Advent IV CAROL God rest you merry gentlemen Wilbur Held (1914-2015) Ben Driver (organ)
CAROL Good King Wenceslas Interludes on Christmas Carols no. 4 William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982) Ben Driver (organ) Christmas Services at St Peter’s Church Petersham Sunday 20th December 9.30am Holy Communion with Carols Reduced seating but booking not required
Christmas Eve 3pm Crib Service This Service is designed for children under 10 years and their families. Fully Booked Christmas Eve 5pm Candle Service This Service is designed for people over 10 years of age Fully Booked
Christmas Eve 11pm Midnight Mass Reduced seating but booking in advance not required
Christmas Day 8am Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) Booking in advance not required Christmas Day Communion 9.30am With talk for children Reduced seating but booking in advance not required Please see attached an essay “Offering ” by a local writer. The Readings and Homilies for December are attached also. You might have to scroll down through the files to get to the readings/homily for the right date. The fourth of the Bishops' Advent sermons, produced by the Bishop of Southwark is available here: The Zoom Social on Thursday morning will return in January .If you would like to join us for a chat, please contact the Parish Office to receive the link. “ Laughter ,the best medicine” . My parents were given a subscription to the “Reader’s Digest” when I was a child, I can remember that “ Laughter ,the best medicine” was the section of the magazine that I used to read first every month , the title is good advice for all ages. Writing as a former teacher on the final school day of the year I would like to pay tribute to the wonderful work of all the staff of the schools in Petersham and Ham in 2020 .Our young people at St Peter’s Church also have been very well served by our dedicated Youth Leaders and Sunday Club volunteers. In these difficult times we do not have to look far for tears (tiers?) of sadness , let us try and laugh more in this season of joy. You can always turn on the News….. I will pray for you all in the week ahead. Tim Canon Tim Marwood (Vicar of Petersham) ST. RICHARD’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL , HAM , NATIVITY FILM Here is the link to this lovely play, filmed in St Richard’s Church, which includes some of the children who attend St Peter’s . PETERSHAM ADVENT CALENDAR VILLAGE TRAIL A big “Thank you “ to Emily Powell- Blyth, Sarah Perret and all the team that have organised the Advent Calendar windows in Petersham, it has brought a lovely touch of brightness at a time when we really need it. 23 households in Petersham are forming an Advent Calendar Trail for not-for-profit organisations or local charities. Each evening a new household will join the trail, displaying their advent calendar number, the ‘what3words’coordinates for the next house on the trail and lights either inside or outside. Once their number on the calendar has passed, the homeowner will continue to light their window between 5pm and 10pm until (and including) Christmas Eve. You can choose to follow the trail from start to finish once it is all lit, or out each night to see the new window, using the ‘what3words’ app or website:
Those following the trail are politely reminded to keep their social distancing throughout. Thank you for giving to the collection or by standing order, please consider signing a Gift Aid form. Please consider giving by standing order if you do not already .For details please email: The Zoom Prayer Group on Tuesday nights at 8 pm will return in January. New members are welcome email Safeguarding arrangements at St Peter’s The Parish Safeguarding Office for St. Peter’s is Fiona Sandford who can be contacted through St Peter’s Church is open only on Sunday mornings. For the moment only keyholders who are part of the security monitoring arrangements may enter the church at any other time.
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