St Peter's News
July & August News and Worship


Welcome!

To the Summer edition of the Newsletter packed with exciting news and information. In this edition:

Church News

 

Visiting Preacher from Boaz Trust

On 17 July at 10.30am we have a guest preacher at St Peter's, Ros Holland. Ros is the Chief Executive of Boaz Trust, a charity to which the PCC donated on our behalf last Christmas. Boaz Trust was founded in 2004 to address the needs of destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester. Its mission is Christ-centred and servant-hearted, and it takes its name from the Book of Ruth, where Boaz welcomes Ruth, a foreigner in his land, and shows her kindness. Please come along to learn more about their work. The church has already financially supported their work  but there will be a bucket at the back at the end of the Service if individuals would like to respond financially to what they hear.

Adult baptism - A response to God's loveJuly ad bap 2

It’s a source of great joy for me that recently a number of people have come forward from our congregations for adult baptism.
In fact, a couple of weeks ago after a series of Baptism Preparation sessions where we explored the Christian faith together, we baptised Erika Szakal at St John’s Adlington (see pictures).
In September at St Peter’s we are looking forward to a service of adult baptism by full immersion - where a person is completely submerged under the water, as a sign of their new life in Christ.
July Ad bap 1Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of an amazing journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too old to take this step, and being baptized as an adult is a wonderful experience.
You may have been baptized at a christening when you were a child or in a different Christian tradition, and there are always special ways to renew the promises that were made then in a fresh way as you discover more about what it means to live them out in your life.
If you or someone you know is interested in adult baptism and/or confirmation then please let us know.
Revd Steve Murphy
Tel: 07976 728 721

Baptism, Confirmation and growing in Faith

Are you interested in Baptism or Confirmation? not sure what it's all about or would like a refresher course? On Monday 12 September at 7.30pm, we start this year's course for those seeking Baptism and/or Confirmation. Why not come along and see what all the excitement is about? It may be a life-changer! If you are interested please ring or email the Church Office with your contact details, and we will send you more information. All Welcome.

Parishoffice@stpetersprestbury.org.uk     Tel 01625 827625

How are your beans doing?July wild church beans

At the Christian Aid focused Wild Church in May, one of the activities was planting a bean and encouraging it to grow. Jeanette and Aidan's are doing particularly well - how are yours doing?
(PS If you left your planted bean at Church after the Wild Church Service - it was rescued and is doing well - so far- at the Vicarage!)

“Guilty or Not Guilty? A day in the life of a Magistrate.”
Mothers’ Union
Monday 11 July 2.00pm

We will be welcoming Joyce Lord to Mothers' Union on 11 July, to give us some behind the scenes insights into how the courts operate, and what a day as a Magistrate looks like.
All are very welcome to our Mothers’ Union meetings – you don’t need to be a member, a mother, or even a woman – men are very welcome too. We just ask for a donation of £2 per person per meeting to cover the cost of refreshments etc.
MU doesn’t meet in August. If you would like to help plan the programme for the next year starting in September let Anne know (07999 862 035)
Thanks,
Anne Stirling

Mobile Belfry at the Royal Cheshire County ShowJuly belfry 3

The Royal Cheshire County Show has been the premier summertime agricultural event in the North West of England for 184 years.  In June of each year the show is staged at Tabley near Knutsford and families get to discover many interesting and fascinating aspects of farming and rural life.  The show is incredibly diverse including a wonderful range of farm animals, agricultural machinery, outdoor performances, local produce and other household goods making it a ‘must see’ for many of us who live in Cheshire.
July belry 1The Diocese of Chester have a strong presence at each show. A centrally located marquee is erected, under the guidance of the Rev Anne Lawson (Chaplain to the Cheshire Agricultural Society), to act as a temporary ‘church’ in which numerous daily services are held.  To compliment this ‘church’ the CDGCBR (Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers) hire and erect a nearby mobile belfry that holds 6 small bells that are rung in the same way as normal tower bells.  The mobile belfry acts as a very visual and audible declaration of the church’s presence at the show.
At this year’s show, three regular bell ringers from St. Peter’s Church, Prestbury volunteered with manning the mobile belfry over the three days of the show.  We joined a team including other Cheshire bell ringers to help with the three hour erection and dismantling of the mobile belfry, ring the bells for each scheduled church service, demonstrate ringing to the show visitors and to supervise people who wished to have a go at ringing a bell.
Many show attendees were fascinated by the mobile belfry and many school children successfully enjoyed having a go at ringing during the event.  We even had people express an interest in learning to ring at their local tower bells having experienced a short introduction to bell ringing; we hope they follow through with this interest.  It is fascinating that many previous ringers who claim not to have rung bells in maybe 30 to 40 years regularly demonstrate that they are still able to ring after so many years; it appears that ‘ringing a bell’ is like ‘riding a bike’ in that once you learn the skill it stays with you.
july belry 2We also welcomed visits from Bishop Mark Tanner (Bishop of Chester) and Bishop Sam Corley (Bishop of Stockport).  Bishop Sam is himself an accomplished bell ringer, having been a regular ringer at Leeds Minster before he moved to Cheshire and so we were very pleased when he agreed to join us to actually ring the bells.
We thoroughly enjoyed attending the show and it was a great experience which we hope to repeat next year.  The mobile belfry is a wonderful facility which allows us to openly demonstrate our art to the general public; since we are usually hidden away in church towers with limited access to the public, the accessibility of the mobile belfry is a revelation to many of us bell ringers.  There are plans for more mobile belfries to be built to help with recruitment of new ringers from schools etc.

If this article inspires you to learn more about bell ringing we are always looking for more ringers at St. Peter’s Church and so please contact the bell ringers via the Parish office if you wish to come and have a go at bell ringing.  There are no requirements to learn to ring only that you are at least 12 years old and physically fit.
Graham Jenkins
(Tower Captain – St Peter’s Church Prestbury, Bell Ringers)

Christian Aid Week 2022july c aid 1

People walked, ran, cycled, delivered envelopes, asked friends and relations to donate via Justgiving, gave money themselves, and of course prayed, and all your efforts combined to raise a really excellent £1497.93, so pretty much £1500. £950 of that came through envelopes and church collection, and £550 came through the Justgiving page in support of our walk of 1600 miles, the length of the Zambezi River.
july christian aid 3We raised a lot of money and we also had fun. The Whatsapp group of people walking the Zambezi was full of people sharing their walks and runs, including photos, and sending encouraging messages. We shared daily readings and prayers to remind us what our efforts were all about. Then on Saturday morning a group of people from church enjoyed a lovely walk from St Peter’s to St John’s Church, Adlington. We walked a beautiful, mostly traffic-free route on a sunny May morning, we chatted and got to know one another better, and at the end we enjoyed delicious cakes and coffee at the St John’s café.
 



July c aid 4
Thank you so much to everyone who helped in any way; please do join us next year! And in the meantime we can give thanks for people’s generous gifts which will go towards supporting women like Jessica and Janet in Zimbabwe who live with the challenges of farming in a country already deeply affected by climate change. And let’s keep praying for them and for the work Christian Aid does in Zimbabwe and many other countries around the world.”
Thank you,
Kate Collins

St Peter's Church Projects Update

Over the last couple of years there have been a number of new church projects: work happened on the Church tower, church has been re-carpeted, a new stained glass window was installed and blessed in St Peters' Rooms and  the new sound and AV streaming system in Church has enabled many to be included in worship from home, locally and across the world. Wonderful projects such as these have been dependent on generous gifts and legacies. In similar way, we hope the establishment of the Monastic Garden at St Peter's and the reordering work at St John's will happen over the next year.

Two outstanding projects that we are exploring ways of funding are the Church Clock repair and
renovation of the Hearse House roof. If you know of grant bodies that fund such work, or would like to run a fund-raiser towards the costs, have a chat with the Treasurer or get in touch via the Parish Office about 'Projects'. Thank you!

Festival Manchester July news Kingdom Choir

Along with thousands of others it was a privilege to attend Festival Manchester over the weekend 1-3 July 2022.
Festival Manchester was one of largest Christian missions our region has seen for a while. What an amazing experience and all done for the love of God and Neighbour.
Three days of high-energy Christian music, a huge family and kid’s zone, fun fair, extreme sports, a computer gaming area and family fun area and much more. All of it offered free of charge to anyone who wished to take part.
 July news Matt RedmanFollowing the Festival the organisers have been encouraged saying that God moved in a powerful way and that 3,632 people responded to the Gospel. They have asked all of us to please continue to pray for the lasting impact of this festival and for lives transformed. Here are the things they would like us to pray for:
?With so many people making a decision to follow Jesus, they would love for us to pray that those who made a decision will be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit in every area of their lives. 

  • • Pray that every person who made a decision will get involved in their local church.

• Please pray that this isn’t a once only decision, but that each person becomes a life-long disciple who goes out and proclaims the good news of Jesus to their friends and family. 
• We also want to pray that people can’t stop talking about the weekend and what God did, so that even people who didn’t come along, will hear the gospel.
 



• Plus, they want us to pray for churches, that they see an increase in the number of people attending church, and that they are filled with God’s wisdom on how to disciple new believers in the coming weeks, months and years.
Revd Steve Murphy

Casting The Net Wide – Chester Diocesan Vision Consultation

Casting The Net Wide develops the theme from this year’s Diocesan Clergy Conference, ‘Casting the Net’. It is a series of 18 deanery conversations taking place between September 22 and March 23 as part of developing our vision.
Over three days in each area there will be focus groups, surveys, presentations, creative workshops and facilitated meetings which will take place at grass roots level in a variety of place settings over a 6-month period. This roadshow tour is an opportunity for the Diocese to actively listen and learn from the wider communities as well as church members, lay workers and clergy to contribute to what will become a unified narrative. We are throwing out a wide invitation for people to come and talk to us where they live so that we can actively listen and capture a wide spectrum of ideas for a future-facing story for the whole Diocese.
These conversations will inspire hope at a time when we’re experiencing huge shifts on a local, national and global scale. This new narrative will be something which we can all feel part of, understand and share. It is an exciting opportunity for us to get out and about, talking to people we might not usually meet with and to capture what people are concerned about in inspiring, creative and fun ways. We also want people to feel they can ask serious and difficult questions and an opportunity for our clergy, lay people and congregations to be honest and upfront. It’s time to look at our role as disciples in the light of the challenges of a post pandemic world, economic hardship and global conflict.
As we seek to review and refresh our ministries locally, we embark on this journey prayerfully and sensitively, remembering that God has gone before us. We need to be prepared to abandon assumptions, allow for the unexpected and have faith for connections to be revealed. This grass roots up exercise is also an opportunity for us to showcase success stories, share ideas and to learn from some of the great ways that our churches are changing and growing.
We are seeing some interesting ideas and fresh expressions being developed of what it means for our churches to be the body of Christ across the whole week across the whole Diocese and we’re keen to find out how we can work together. We hope that lots of people will come forward with their own ideas of how, as a Diocese, we can respond to the needs of people in the diverse places we find ourselves as the Church of England across the Cheshire region and beyond, serving in this great part of the UK. This is a year-long project that links in with the Church of England’s national vision and strategy to be a simpler, humbler, bolder church. The responses will be collated and watch this space for further information. 
 


Services for July and August

 
Date

St Peter's
8.30am

Church of the
Resurrection
10.00am

St Peter's
10.30am

(Live-stream)

St John's
11.00am

St Peter's
4.30pm


July
    10th   

Holy
Communion

All Age
Worship

Family 
Service
 

Morning
Worship

 


July
17th

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

(No live-stream)

 

Choral
Evensong


July

24th

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

Holy
Baptism

 
Morning
Worship

Sung
Evensong


July
31st

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

 

Holy
Communion


August
7th

No Service

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

 

Songs of
Praise


August
14th

No Service

Songs of
Praise

Wild

Church

Morning

Worship

Songs of
Praise


August
21st

 No Service

Holy
Communion

Holy
Communion

 

Songs of
Praise

August
28th

No Service

Holy
Communion

Holy
Baptism (tbc)

Morning

Worship

Holy
Communion

 

Community News

 

Himalayan Balsam Bash

On Saturday a group from the village spent time along the Bollin Way with the aim of reducing the Himalayan Balsam which is growing there. Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant species introduced by the Victorians, but which is now overrunning the natural environment, especially along river banks. All along the Bollin, the Rivers' Trust has been getting volunteers to reduce the balsam in their area with the aptly named 'Balsam Bash'.
Volunteers pull the plants gently out of the ground with roots attached, fold the plant back on itself and squash it, drop it onto the ground and then destroy the roots by 'bashing' them with the heel of a strong shoe. By inhibiting future growth, more plants native to the UK have a chance to re-establish themselves.
If you are out and about by the river, keep your eyes open for this plant. It needs to be bashed before the flowers establish themselves if possible. As it was thirsty work, the refreshments in St Peter's Church Rooms after we had finished were very welcome.
Carol Waters
 


 

Northern Chamber Orchestra announce thrilling new season at brand new venues in Macclesfield

The Northern Chamber Orchestra, the North West’s longest-standing chamber orchestra, has announced its 2022-23 season following its move to the brand new, purpose built, auditorium at The Kings’ School in Macclesfield, and the beautiful, intimate St Michael’s Church. The season, entitled “Orchestrating the Future”, is the first since the departure of Artistic Director and Leader Nicholas Ward, and sees a host of exciting conductors, directors and soloists, including cellist Guy Johnston, violinist Jorge Jimenez, and conductor Jamie Philips taking to the stage. The season opens on Saturday 15 October, when the Hallé’s assistant conductor Delyana Lazrova joins the youngest ever BBC Young Musician winner, violinist Jennifer Pike, for a concert of Beethoven works. The season continues in November and December with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, ‘Jupiter’, conducted by Jamie Philips (November 5), and Haydn’s D major cello concerto, featuring soloist Guy Johnston and directed by his brother Magnus Johnston (December 17). 

The NCO returns to Tatton Park on Friday 9 December for its annual Christmas Concert. 2023 opens with the NCO in a reflective mood as it gives a concert at Macclesfield’s St Michael’s Church in remembrance of Holocaust Memorial Day. The concert features Rudolf Karel’s Nonet, written in Theresienstadt prison during WWII. Following this are a baroque and tango special, with violinist Sophie Rosa (February 18); a musical setting of the Stabat Mater sequence directed by Chistopher Jones and sung by soprano Caroline Taylor and countertenor Ralph Thomas Williams (March 11, St Michael’s Church); and a concert devoted to the NCO’s outstanding wind section and directed by principal oboe of the RPO, John Roberts (April 1). 

Closing the series on Saturday 6 May, Spanish violinist Jorge Jimenez directs the orchestra in three of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos alongside two 20th century works, Arvo Pärt‘s Fratres and Alfred Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style.  

General Manager Charlie Rowley said “A new and exciting chapter opens in the NCO’s long history in Macclesfield at two new venues: the beautiful and intimate St Michael’s Church and the impressively grand and brand-new King’s School welcome us for the first time, and we hope for many years hence. New places and faces, but we will continue to surprise and delight in bringing world-class music and exciting new talent to Macclesfield”

Reflecting this new beginning for the NCO, discounted tickets for under 30s are available for the first time, alongside free tickets for under 18s and students. Tickets are on sale on Monday 20 June from www.ncorch.co.uk, with season tickets and group discount available. 

Summer Fayre

Sunday 10 July sees the return of the Summer Fayre or Street Party a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and for local businesses to showcase their wares. There are a number of implications  for Church:

The Church is open!

St Peter's is open through the afternoon from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, come on in and enjoy the peaceful and prayerful space.

There will be no Service of Evensong on that Sunday

With the road closed, the likely noise in the near vicinity and the challenge of  car parks likely to be overflowing, we have decided to cancel Evensong on July 10th.

Road Closure 12noon to 7.00pm

The Parish Council have notified us that the main road through the village will be closed from 12noon to 7.00pm. Bridge Green car park will also be closed for the day.
'We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 10th on what we hope will be a fantastic day'.
Best regards Danny, Prestbury Parish Council

Diary for July & August

Wednesdays:                    Holy Communion 10.30am
Fridays:                              7.45pm Choir Practice 

Prayer Resources

prayer b3

 

Open for Prayer

Over July and August Church is open for prayer from 9.00am to 12 noon every week day, and in addition to 5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
All are welcome to come in and pray or to light a votive candle.


Prayer focus:

With the holidays ahead here are some new and some familiar ways to connect with God everyday, through Apps and websites:
Lectio 365; https://www.24-7prayer.com/resource/lectio-365/
An app which leads simply in about ten minutes through a time of bible reading and prayer.

Pray as you go; https://pray-as-you-go.org/home/
Similar to the above in a slightly longer (12 mins) more contemplative style of prayer, with music.

Sacred Space; https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/sacred-space-daily-prayer/id1050192048
10 to 15 minutes of Prayer and Scripture.

Time to pray:https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/time-to-pray/id1063226898
Texts, Psalms, and short readings  and all you need for prayer for the day.

Bible App for kids https://bibleappforkids.com/#download
Helps children to read their Bible every day.

Word Alive  https://content.scriptureunion.org.uk/wordlive/praying-promises
A guided journey through a section of the Bible for each day.

As we are in the Summer season there are about six weeks of School Holiday- why not try one of the above a week, for the six weeks (including the bible app for kids)! Share with someone what was good, what you found most helpful and what you felt God was saying to you. Maybe let us know here at Newsletter Central which you would recommend - maybe to our Baptism and Confirmation Candidates?
 


Those who have asked for prayer

Pat Sym
Jack Galway

Those who have died

James Fraser
Ken Gatenby
Gloria Halliley

Closing Thoughts

It finally looks as if the weather is on the turn and the sunshine approaches as we head towards the end of term and school holidays are near. Some from Church will be heading away and some will enjoy the sunshine at home. The word Holiday has its origins in Holy Day, days set aside to mark a religious festival or saint's life. Although it was a break from everyday life and work the focus of Holiday was about doing something for God and as part of the people of God.
Over time what was specifically Christian gradually became secularised and the focus changed, to today's understanding of Holidays as being about rest and recuperation or activity, experience and enjoyment.
What happens to our Christian faith over the holiday? If our Christian faith is simply about the things that we do like work and school then taking a break from Christian things over the holiday might seem to make sense. But if our Christian faith is about who we are (a beloved child of God, brought into the fold by the Good Shepherd Jesus)  then leaving our faith behind when we are on holiday not only makes no sense it is practically impossible.
This holiday why not de-secularise your holiday, reconnect with the ancient Holiday pattern of escaping from the everyday, but knowing you are a child of God doing something special to nurture your relationship with God. 
Whether you are half way round the world or sat  half way down the garden at home this summer all of us can enjoy Holy Days.