St Peter's News
April Newsletter


In this month's newsletter
    Services for April
    Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday services
    Dates for the Diary
    Church News and Updates
    Community News
    Prayer Resources
    Closing thought

Services for April


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For Palm Sunday, Holy Week & Easter Sunday, see below


April 10th

Maundy Thursday

April 15th

April 17th

St Peter's

Early services
Holy Communion
Service of Light &
Holy Communion
followed by Breakfast

St Peter's

Family focused
Palm Procession & Donkey
(meet at Prestbury
C of E Primary)
Good Friday Family Service
Easter Family Service & Easter Egg Hunt

St Peter's



Sung Evensong
Service of Holy Communion
Stripping of the sanctuary
& watch
12 Noon
Service of
Meditation on the Cross
Easter Communion

St John's

Morning Worship

Good Friday Service

Holy Communion



Good Friday Service
Holy Communion

Church News 

Mothers' Union, Monday 11th April 2.00pm

Join us in a traditional Easter activity – we are going to make an Easter Garden together. No previous experience of any kind is required, and everyone can help or just watch if they would prefer. We will have some worship and finish up with refreshments and chat as usual. Everyone is very welcome.

Lent Lunch

Monday 4th April at 12noon will be the last of our Christian Aid Lent Lunches. If you haven't managed to attend one yet this will be the last opportunity of the year.  Patrick and Beverley are chefs for the day and are looking forward to seeing everyone in St Peter's Rooms. All ages, from the youngest to the eldest, are welcome. 

Coffee Rota – more volunteers needed please

Coffee after the service on Sunday is now 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.

Church Electoral Roll

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Sunday 1 May and the Church Electoral has to be revised prior to this date.  A copy can be seen at the back of Church and all parishioners are asked to check their details and notify a Church Warden or the Parish Office of any error.  Adding your name to the roll gives you authority to vote on church affairs but  does not place any obligation on you.  However it is also an important demonstration of your commitment and support for the Church’s principles, particularly during these challenging times.   Application forms can be obtained from the Welcomers or the Church Wardens.  It is a requirement of everyone holding a church office to be on the electoral roll.

Père Jean Icher

It was with great sadness that we learned that our dear friend Jean Icher had died on 4th March, aged 91, at l’Escapat, his home in the French countryside near the cathedral city of  Albi.  Jean will be remembered by many in the village as the French priest who, together with the then vicar of Prestbury, Bill Rogers, instigated the wonderful ‘Albi Exchange’ which ran successfully for many years and involved children from our own local schools and children from the École Sainte Marie in Albi. Great friendships were forged within the two communities, many enduring to this day.
Jean had led a full and interesting life. (For instance, as a young man he had seen service in Algeria with ‘Les Paras’). He was always active. In fact, when we last spoke on his ninetieth birthday, he was still celebrating Mass once a month at his local church as Lasgraisses.  A remarkable man who will be fondly remembered.  May he rest in peace.
David and Thea Jenkins

The Albi exchange was groundbreaking for its time. In the days before school exchanges,  Set up and run by the Church it gave the opportunity for young people from the Church choirs, the Church youth club at Ford House and the village young people to travel to France, stay with French families to experience a different language and culture. It was also cross denominational, the experience of High Roman Catholic worship with incense, vestments and ritual was very different from their Prestbury experience.
Many of our young parents have fond memories of their time as teenagers in Albi: enjoying the experience of independence away from home, the challenge of language, food and hosts; the good (very friendly, loads of presents, exciting activities and trips) the bad (never letting them out) and the ugly (dropping back for the return coach three hours before it left). As well as the excitement of travelling by coach, staying with host families, fun activities , church services and the local French lads with their scooters, were memorable too.

Introducing a new member of the Ministry Team
Reverend Lynne BowdenLynne

Originally from Southampton, I was baptised, confirmed and married there.
I went to Bristol University where I studied German with English and completed professional teacher training. During these studies I met my husband, Paul.
After university we moved to Weybridge in Surrey where I took up the challenge of starting a German department at a comprehensive school. I had been there for nearly seven years when Paul was asked to go to Singapore. It was there that our son, William, was born and our Christian commitment really took off.
A Peranakan Chinese client of Paul’s, George Tay and his wife Eunice, invited us to their meetings. George was ordained into the Anglican Church and he and Eunice are now missionaries in Sabah. Such God-filled, inspirational people!
On our return to Weybridge I continued teaching at my old school. William was baptised at St. Mary Oatlands and I led the Sunday Juniors.
I then trained as a Pastoral Assistant for the parish and set up a group for the bereaved and lonely called Meeting Point which continued on Zoom during the lockdown and has now continued in person with over 80 participants.
In 2003 I was accepted for ordination training through the Guildford Diocesan Ministry Course, annexed to Bangor University. I was ordained at Guildford Cathedral.
I completed a BTh during my curacy at St. Mary Oatlands and subsequently attended Heythrop College, then part of London University, to do an MA in Pastoral Theology. I am non-stipendiary.
After 38 years in Weybridge the move to Derbyshire for Paul’s work has been both exciting and challenging but we both feel so blessed to have made wonderful Christian friends here.

I hold Permission to Officiate for both Chester and Derby Dioceses and have, until now, had a peripatetic ministry here, assisting parishes in vacancy and difficulty.
I am now very much enjoying becoming part of a ministry team once again and getting to know you all.
I look forward to serving you at St Peter’s and the Church of the Resurrection at Upton Priory.

Adlington Coffee ShopAdlington coffee 1

Is God calling you? The Coffee shop is looking for a new Manager for this exciting opportunity.

The post involves:
Liaison with an enthusiastic team of volunteers who are at the heart of the coffee shop success. The volunteers are involved in every aspect of the shop from baking to publicity from serving coffee to garden management and listening to what they say is crucial as many good ideas flow from the shop floor! The post will also involve addressing any problems and making decisions where necessary.

Key tasks include:
    Chairing coffee shop meetings
    Visiting  the shop at weekends to check all is going to plan. (It doesn’t have to be each weekend)
    Supporting and encouraging new volunteers.
    Being proactive in enabling the Coffee Shop to develop and move forward.
    Having a working understanding of the financial situation and ensuring that purchases are within budget.
    If necessary dealing with any complaints related to the shop.
    Ensure the establish routines operate effectively and safely, monitor and adapt/change if needed.
    Always being aware of safety issues and ensuring correct procedures are followed in the event of an accident to staff or customers.
    The manager is the eyes and ears of the shop - working closely with the training officer to ensure best practice in H & S, food and hygiene regulations, environmental health and fire safety as it relates to the shop.

Support and accountability
There is a large team of enthusiastic volunteers and helpers, you will not be working alone.
You will also be supported by both the Church Committee Chair Arthur and Church Minister Steve.
The Coffee Shop aim is to provide sustainable funds for St John’s and encourage people to become part of the worshipping Christian Community at St John's. As a Church providing a service for the community, our actions in all we do must always reflect God's love for everyone who comes and visits us.

Interested or want to know about other ways to be involved in this exciting venture? Speak to
Arthur Bell or Steve Murphy.


Financial Support

April is the start of the new tax year, and a good time to think about our financial support of Church and, if able, make an annual uplift to our giving. Most of our Church income comes from the congregation, through planned giving. Planned giving helps the church budget, helps manage finances and can be done in tax-efficient ways. If you would like to know more about supporting the Church financially, do talk to Pauline Rhoades (Stewardship recorder) or Clive Hammond (Treasurer) both of whom will keep in confidence anything you share with them.

Community News 

Prestbury Village Supporting Ukrainian Refugees

Many of us really want to do something to help the people fleeing the terror of this war. Here is something you can do...
There is a community initiative to bring a Ukrainian family (or more) to this area and support them, financially and emotionally, for 12 months. The group's aim is to raise money from monthly pledges or one-off donations, from local people, to allow us to rent (and possibly furnish) a property in Macclesfield. Macclesfield has been chosen due to its transport links and variety of schools.
We have already established links with charities who would match us with a Ukrainian family and provide help with employment opportunities, health services etc. There is a community group in Bollington with a similar scheme who are providing advice, and the hope is to link the families for emotional support. There are also families in the village hoping to host a Ukrainian family in their own homes and we will also exchange information and share support initiatives with them. There is so much good will and expertise in the village that can be used to help these refugees at such a desperate time.
If you would like to keep up to date with developments there is a Facebook page - 'Prestbury Village Supporting Ukrainian Refugees'. Here you will find links to the government community scheme and to the various charities we are hoping to use. 
If you wish to help and would like a ‘Pledge Form’  (we will not be asking for money until we are matched with a family) or if you do not use social media, or email, please talk with Steve or myself.
Many thanks
Lynda Saunders

Diary for April


Monday 4th:       12noon last Lent Lunch St Peter's Rooms

Monday 11th:      Mothers Union 2.00pm

Tuesdays:              Morning Prayer at 9.00am. Zoom Code 503 346 024 and Passcode 793684                 

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

Thursdays:              Morning Prayer at 9.00am. Zoom Code 859 930 994
Thursday 28th
       Pram Service,10.15am St Peter's 

Fridays:                  7.45pm Choir Practice


Prayer Resources

What’s in the news? How to pray when it all seems so much

Just at the moment the news can seem overwhelming – headlines shout at us about Ukraine, climate change, covid, and fuel costs. We are continually bombarded by news on our phones and on the television and radio, and it can be difficult to know how to manage all the competing priorities for ourselves, and how to respond in prayer.
Tearfund offers some helpful suggestions of how we can help ourselves. They say:
 There is no ‘one size fits all’. There will be different ways for each of us that help us connect better with God when we’re feeling overwhelmed. And this can change, depending on our circumstances or the season we are in.'

Tips to manage the never-ending news cycle

Take a break
Find a way to engage with the news cycle that doesn’t seem burdensome. This could be removing news alerts from your phone. Or not checking or scrolling through social media first thing in the morning and last thing at night. You could also set time limits on news websites or social media sites to help with this.

Seek rest and Sabbath
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28). Rest – and Sabbath – is important to God. We were not created to be switched on at all times. Think about how you can intentionally reset and refocus on God. This could be by taking walks or finding some time to be quiet wherever works for you.

Find fellowship
Praying for each other and building each other up is important. We weren’t created to do life alone. Find people you can pray with for global issues together, so that you can share the load.”
How to pray when feeling overwhelmed - Tearfund
If this is something that is bothering you, try one of Tearfund’s ideas, read their website article for more ideas, or come and join in with us at St Peter’s. We will always do everything we can to help.
Anne Stirling

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A Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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:

As we approach Easter, let us pray for the many who do not know what happened on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Praying for all our services to reach out to fringe and occasional attenders, praying for those we know who need to hear and receive the Easter message of God's love, of forgiveness of new life and eternal life in Christ.

Those who have asked for prayer

Tony Mackenzie
Jennifer Round
Roger Bolton

Those who have died

Derek Price

Closing Thought

A few years back when tidying old files, I decided the Albi file was no longer needed, but I had a quick read before shredding it. Some of the names were familiar from Weddings and Baptisms, some are now parents on the school run and active in village life, and some names were familiar because their parents are faithful members of Church.
The Albi exchange coincided with a time of Ecumenical optimism, the Second Vatican Council would open the door to deepening of relationships between Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism, and International Liturgical conversations in Europe would do the same for relationships between the different protestant denominations. A new wind of the Spirit of God would move through all the denominations with the charismatic movement leading people into worship that was more intimate and personal, connecting to God with the heart rather than just the head.
This new love for God and for fellow Christians blessed the Church in many ways and new organisations reflecting God's love for the world and Christian desire to worship and learn together were born. The same could be said about wider society too.
Looking around today, things are very different: nationalism, fundamentalism and individualism are dominant and growing forces across the world. When and why did this change happen? Just as the charismatic movement was an expression of a deeper love for God, so nationalism, fundamentalism and individualism are expressions of a deeper love of self (whether of person, nation or religion).
Sin always has 'I' in the middle. How do we respond to selfishness in all its disguises? We will not win this battle on Twitter, Facebook, in the newspapers, or through the world's ways. Easter reminds us that there is only one way to defeat evil that is with sacrificial self-giving love.
Church is the community of God's love and the place of encounter and transformation. The youngsters who visited Albi experienced different food, different language, different culture and new freedoms. For many people today coming into Church is an equally foreign experience: strange language, cultures, behaviours, and unfamiliar freedom (it's the one place everyone should know they are safe and loved).  When we have guests to church, what sort of hosts will they say we are? Like the French families will we be good, bad or ugly or, more worryingly, not there to welcome at all?