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St Peter's Church "E News", Friday 19th February

Dear Member of St Peter's

As Lent begins I know that some of you are “taking up” rather than “giving up” for Lent. What you are taking up is the practice of finding a moment during your day (short or long) to pray or read a Biblical reading. Some of you are using the #LiveLent leaflets and some are using the app of the same title that is available free from the Church of England Website. However you practise spending time with God in this way during Lent please feel encouraged to continue, even if you miss a day or two. A little salt can season a whole dish and so it is with prayer in our daily lives, a little can go a long way.

I will pray for you all in the week ahead.

Tim

Canon Tim Marwood (Vicar of Petersham)

Annual Vestry Meeting – 10.15 am 7th March on Zoom and at St. Peter’s

The Vestry meeting will take place on Zoom at 10.15 am on Sunday 7th March. You can also attend in person at St. Peter’s Parish Room where there will be limited space available. Please email st.peters.petersham@googlemail.com for the Zoom link.

If you would like to be nominated to serve for three years as a Petersham Common Conservator please email for a nomination form. Nominations close on Friday 5th March. To serve as a Conservator or vote in the election you have to be a Council Tax payer resident in the Parish of Petersham.

If you would like to be nominated for the position of Churchwarden please email your name and the names of your proposer and seconder by 10 am on Sunday 7th March. A paper nomination list is available at St Peter’s on Sundays also. To vote in the election of the Churchwardens you have to be on the Electoral Roll of St. Peter’s Church.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting – 10.30 am 7th March on Zoom and at St. Peter’s Church Parish Room

The APCM will take place immediately after the Vestry Meeting. Please email st.peters.petersham@googlemail.com to request the Zoom link.

You can also attend in person at St. Peter’s Parish Room where there will be limited space available. If you wish to be nominated to serve as a member of the PCC for the next three years (there are three spaces available) or Deputy Churchwarden please email your name and the names of your proposer and seconder by 10 am on Sunday 7th March. A paper nomination list is available at St Peter’s on Sundays also. To vote in the election of PCC members you must be on the Electoral Roll of St. Peter’s Church.

Electoral Roll of St. Peter’s Church

If you are not on the current roll and would like to have your name placed on the roll in time to vote at the APCM on 7th March please complete a form and return it by 21st February to “The Electoral Roll Officer c/o The Vicarage, Bute Avenue, Petersham, Surrey, TW10 7AX” or return by email to st.peters.petersham@googlemail.com

Forms are available from St. Peter’s on Sunday mornings at the services or by request on email.

World Day of Prayer Service – 5th March

The service will be on Zoom, please contact the Parish Office for the link.

Fortnightly recordings of services

We are sending out a Communion Service from St Peter's for the beginning of Lent today.

“Live” Services have resumed at St Peter’s Church.

Social Distancing of “one metre plus mitigation” is 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 .

Lent Essays

This week please see attached an essay “Agency” by a local writer.

Invitation to join St. Richard’s, Ham, Prayer Course for Lent

Sarah Atkins will be leading a prayer course for Lent on Thursday evenings, 8-8.45 pm on Zoom, beginning 25th February.

How do you Pray?

There are as many ways to pray as there are people! But over the centuries some ways of praying stand out as opening us to God’s presence. Join us for 5 short introductions to different types of prayer and a chance to have a go in the privacy of your own home. Contact Sarah with any questions or the zoom meeting details: strichardscurate@yahoo.com.

All Family Spring Quiz - Sunday Feb 21st 6pm

Dear All, The Quiz is back on zoom - pencils and paper ready, pull up a chair, get yourself with whatever you need to get those brain cells working...cup of tea, glass of wine...big piece of cake! Join us for the Spring Quiz. Children very welcome as there will be some questions for them. If you haven’t been on one of these before with St Peters please do join even if quizzes aren’t your thing...you’ll be put in a team and there is plenty of time during the quiz to have a catch up with familiar faces. We would love to have you join us. It’s a fun way to pass a dark wet Sunday night.

Please email the church for zoom login details if you are interested in joining. Also don’t worry if you have never used zoom before, contact the church if you would like to join, we would be delighted to help you get connected. - Anne-Marie Lewis

Sunday Club and Youth Group will continue on Zoom on Sunday Mornings in February and March, invitations will be sent to families by email.

The Zoom Social at 10.30 – 11.15 on Thursday mornings - if you would like to join us for a chat, please contact the Parish Office to receive the link.

The Zoom Prayer Group is continuing on Tuesday nights at 8 pm. New members are welcome email st.peters.petersham@googlemail.com

Confirmation preparation for adults and young (and new date)

We are hoping to hold a Confirmation service with the Bishop of Kingston on Sunday, 2nd May (new date). Preparation will be individually organised using Zoom. If you would like to be Confirmed pleased contact Tim on the Parish Email.

The Bishop of Southwark will be livestreaming a Eucharist with sermon from his chapel at Bishop's House on Sundays at 9.30am,

This will be available via Bishop Christopher's twitter account (twitter.com/bishopsouthwark), and on the Diocesan Facebook page (facebook.com/southwarkcofe) and YouTube channel (youtube.com/southwarkdiocese).

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: st.peters.petersham@googlemail.com

Safeguarding arrangements at St Peter’s

The Parish Safeguarding Office for St. Peter’s is Fiona Sandford who can be contacted through pso.stpeterspetersham@gmail.com

If you would like to speak to a priest please telephone the Parish mobile (07786 958 514) or email the Parish Office.

· 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.

Church Copyright Licence Number 1910899

+ Streaming Licence Number 1220912

Music Reproduction Licence Number 1910909

PRS


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