St Peter's News
March Newsletter

 

Welcome!

In this month's newsletterServices for March, Dates for the Diary, News and Updates, Community News, Prayer Resources, closing thought on the best way to help.

Services for March

 
Date

St Peter's
8.30am

St Peter's
Rooms
9.30am

Church of
Resurrection
10.00am

St Peter's
10.30am

(Live-streamed)

St John's
11.00am

St Peter's
4.30pm

March
6th

Holy
Communion

 

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

(with Young Church)
 

Sung
Evensong

March
13th

Holy
Communion

 

Holy

Communion

Family
Service

Morning
Worship

Choral
evensong

March
20th

Holy
Communion

Breakfast
Church

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

 

Sung
Evensong

March
27th

Holy
Communion

 

Holy
Communion

Mothering Sunday
Service

Morning
Worship

Choral
evensong

April
3rd

Holy
Communion

 

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

 

Sung
Evensong


Church News 

St Peter's Lent Course: Living in Love and Faith

Our Lent Course will take place on Tuesday evenings throughout Lent, at 7.30pm in St Peter's Rooms.
Living in Love and Faith: The Course aims to help Christians think more deeply about what it means to be human. It provides a structured and accessible way for local groups to engage in, and reflect on, Living in Love and Faith, a major exploration of Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

The five sessions of the course each address a key question:love and faith graphic

* What does it mean to learn together as followers of Jesus Christ?
* How does our identity in Christ relate to sex and gender?
* What kinds of relationships does God call us to?
* Where do our bodies and sex fit in to all of this?
* How do diversity and difference affect our life together as a church?

Each session includes an opening reflection about learning together, followed by teaching, time for discussion and Bible study. The sessions end with an invitation to reflect on our learning, bringing it to God in prayer.
There are sign up sheets at the back of Church and in the rooms. We will be buying a course booklet for each participant and hence details of numbers taking part would be most helpful.
For more information talk to Patrick 01625 829288.

Library BooksMarch library

Covid is receding and so the books in the Library upstairs in St Peter’s Rooms can now be accessed and read. Prestbury people have donated an astonishing number and variety of books: there are serious and thought-provoking tomes, different Bibles, commentaries, stories of courage and adventure, tales of living, coping, meeting life’s challenges. Surprises. Joys. Fun. There are books offering help with prayer, study, loss, illness, big questions and inspiring life stories and also light reading for unwinding, children’s books and favourite authors such as CS Lewis and Tom Wright.
You can find old favourites, a good story, or something for Lent.

Please browse, take a few. If you can’t manage stairs ask and someone will bring a selection down. It is your Library, please use it!

Mothers’ Union

Monday 14th March 2.00pm

Money, money, money!!

Val Goss will talk with us about our financial wellbeing.
Everyone is very welcome to our Mothers’ Union meetings.
Do come along and join us!

Ukraine

The horrific events in Ukraine have shocked us all in the last week. If you want to do something please look at Christian Aid’s website on the page below. They are working with partners to help refugees, and you can donate (or via the Lent lunches). There is also a petition to sign to urge our government to adopt a more generous approach to the refugee crisis, and there are some prayers we can use as well. Kate
https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/ukraine-crisis-appeal

For more on how we respond to events in the Ukraine please see closing thoughts at the end of the newsletter.

Coffee Rota – more volunteers needed please.

Coffee after the service on Sunday is almost as busy as before lockdown... We invite everyone to come through to St Peter’s Rooms after the 10.30am service for coffee/tea/biscuits and chat. We do need some more names on our coffee rota though! Just add your name to the clipboard on the kitchen ledge, or ask if you have any queries. Help is always available for first timers.
 


News from the archivesMarch old books

Ever wondered what Sunday service patterns were like in1891? The Parish magazine for January that year shows us what Services took place and, interestingly, where in the days before St John's was built.

Prestbury Church: Holy Communion on first and third Sundays at 11.30am, on other Sundays at 8.00am; Morning prayer at 10.30am, Evening Prayer 6.30pm.
Lower Withington School: Morning Prayer 10.30am, Evening Prayer 2.30pm.
Whiteley Green School: on last in month at 3.00pm.
Wood Lanes School: On Second Sunday in month at 3.00pm and on last Sunday in month 6.30pm.
Adlington Hall Chapel: Morning Service every Sunday and Afternoon Service on alternate Sundays.

The Vicar of the time, writing about the parish magazine says, "It's appearance at the beginning of each month will, at all events , remind those who live at a distance that they do possess a parish church, though it is to be feared that a good many of them don't very often see the inside of it"... some things don't change!

Why has the news letter been changed to monthly?

  •  Two years ago as the first lockdown started the newsletter was moved online and it was a weekly source of news and information. Sharing photos, stories, news and activities from our dispersed Church life, it was a way of keeping connected.
  • Things now have changed, people can engage in person rather than on line, there is less time available with familiar activities up and running.
  • In 2020 the newsletter views were often over 500 and peaked at 757, last year many were over 400 and peaked at 572. Over these last couple of weeks there been under 200 views of the newsletter.
  • The number of articles, pictures and information sent in has reduced and the ministry team are increasingly being asked questions - the answer to which have been clearly stated in the newsletter.
  • As we move forward the primary place where news and information as the Church community is shared is when we gather for worship.
  • Now that Covid restrictions are lifted our expectation is that everyone will want to gather for worship either in person or, when unable to, by following the live-stream.
 
Shrove Tuesday

March PancakeMarch pancakes aidan
 






 

Diary for March

 

Mondays:             12noon Lent Lunch St Peter's Rooms

Monday 14th:      Mothers Union 2.00pm

Tuesdays:              Morning Prayer at 9.00am. Zoom Code 503 346 024 and Passcode 793684
                                 Living in Love and Faith 7.30pm - Lent Course St Peters Rooms 

Wednesdays:        Holy Communion 10.30am
Wednesday April 6th: Bible Study at 8.00pm St Peter's Rooms
 

Thursdays:              Morning Prayer at 9.00am. Zoom Code 859 930 994
Thursday  
              Pram Service, 10th & 24th,10.15am St Peter's 

Fridays:                  7.45pm Choir Practice

Prayer Resources
prayer b3

A Prayer for Peace

Almighty God,
from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:
kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations of the earth
that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward,
till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen 


Open for Prayer

Church is open for prayer from 9.00am to 3.15pm each day during the week, for those who would like a space to pray or to light a votive candle.


Prayer focus:

Many of us will be praying for Ukraine, for those who those who are wounded or killed, for grieving families and communities for refugees, for the peace of the world and so our prayer will have an outward focus. Prayer for the world is a vital and important part of our prayer life, but intercession is only one type of prayer. Lent is also a time for an inward Journey of reflective prayer but with all that is happening in the world, it is easy for this journey to be overlooked or overwhelmed. Reflecting on the love of God takes us both on that inward journey of transformation and outwards in intercession: the love of God finds its expression in love of neighbour.

Those who have asked for prayer

Tony Mackenzie
Jennifer Round
Roger Bolton

Those who have died

Jim Wallwork

Closing Thought

What can we do to help in Ukraine? Giving money to the Red Cross, Christian Aid or other NGO's doesn't feel as satisfying as collecting stuff loading a lorry and heading off to Poland and Romania. However as one of the world's largest charities working with refugees helpfully reminds us:

Send cash, not stuff, to help the world’s refugees

As we recognize the enormity of the need, let’s focus on channelling our generosity for good.

There is a best way to help: giving cash.

Giving cash to relief and charitable organisations working with people in need is the smartest and most compassionate way to give. Yes, refugees need material goods like shelter, clothes, and safe drinking water – but many refugees are on the move with rapidly evolving needs.

In the morning, a family of four’s biggest needs may be food and water. By the evening, perhaps they need shelter and medication. By the next day, this family could have any number of other needs – milk, clothes, first aid, blankets. Given that many refugees are making this journey on foot, maybe they need shoes.

A generous donor might feel that sending all of these things could solve the problem. Unfortunately, the chances of refugees actually receiving the shipment are slim. Shipping goods can create a nightmarish logistical situation that can easily cost more to untangle than the value of what's donated. Donations have been known to show up in the wrong places, at the wrong time, and even be bulldozed out of the way to make room for more urgently needed supplies.

It’s a sad truth: material donations can create a disaster, rather than alleviate one.

We are encouraged to love God with all our mind as well as all our heart and strength, we need to do the same with our love for neighbours.
The BBC have a list of charities you can donate to:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60562260