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St Peter's Church "E News" , Friday 26th February

Dear Member of St Peter's Following the announcement of the “Four Stages” we will be considering our response during the coming week. For the moment “Live” Services continue at St Peter’s Church. As well as the lovely organ music we are enjoying the singing of a small group on the Lent Sundays. My thanks to Ben and the singers for their contribution to enhancing our worship. (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 directions of the wardens to exit.) 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. World Day of Prayer Service – Friday, 5th March, at 11 am The service will be on Zoom, for those who would like to join us the link for the WDP service is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85185440156 Spem in Alium in Lockdown Here's a choral classic beginning with the Latin word for hope, a single seed planted on a silent canvas which lives and grows through the piece. It's a remarkable motet for 40 voices by Thomas Tallis, a testament to both the composer's creativity and the musical ambition (and one-upmanship, frankly) of the Renaissance period. His setting of the final lines (“Lord God, creator of Heaven and Earth, regard our humility”) is especially marvellous. I hope you enjoy listening to, and watching, this wonderful work (several friends of St Peter's are singing - see who you can spot!). - Ben Driver https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7IGPcHvq24&t=0s Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet sung under lockdown by a group of friends, including members of the Petersham Consort and the Elysian Singers. Produced by Harry Trevelyan

Spem in alium nunquam habui Praeter in te, Deus Israel Qui irasceris et propitius eris et omnia peccata hominum in tribulatione dimittis Domine Deus Creator caeli et terrae respice humilitatem nostram I have never put my hope in any other but in Thee, God of Israel who canst show both wrath and graciousness, and who absolves all the sins of man in suffering Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth Regard our humility.


Fortnightly recordings of services

We will send out a Communion Service from St Peter's next week.

Lent Essays

This week please see attached an essay “Service or Surrender” 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.

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.

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