This year churches across the country are joining forces for an extended period of remembrance as the Nation marks the centenary of the end of the First World war. Their actions will echo an event which took place in that final year of the War, when King George V called for a national day of prayer. One hundred days later the nation’s prayers were answered when the fighting finally ceased but only after 700,000 British troops, along with millions of people worldwide, had been killed.

Remembrance Sunday is always a significant event at St. Peter’s. The Church is packed by villagers and large numbers of children from local uniformed organisations attend the service. Later they gather around the War Memorial on the Village Green where members of the four churches share hymns, prayers and readings and a period of silence as the flag is lowered.

The new campaign encourages churches to use special prayers, Bible readings and reflections in the 100 days leading up to armistice day. The Archbishop of Canterbury has written the 6 R’s of reconciliation as part of the initiative. Justin Welby says, “Our God is the one who brings peace to hearts and calls us not only to stop violence, but to seek reconciliation. His reconciliation asks that we disempower memories of destruction and their hold over individuals and societies. Through this we can learn to approach difference with curiosity and compassion, rather than fear – and begin to flourish together in previously unthinkable ways”

Anyone wanting to find out more or use the free online resources can do so at: www.remembrance100.co.uk/ 

 

 

This year the St. Peter’s Lent Smartie Tube Appeal will be raising money for the Mission Aviation fellowship (MAF). Flying onto desert and jungle airstrips, lakes and rivers, tracks and roads, MAF’s light aircraft and their mission pilots go the extra miles to provide a lifeline. Working in partnership with hundreds of other Christian and relief organisations MAF enables practical help, physical healing, and spiritual hope to be delivered to many of the most remote and inaccessible communities on the planet. The young people of St. Peter’s will be collecting coins in Smartie tubes and adding them to the appeal each Sunday morning during Lent.

 

Here is a short video to give you a taste of some the good work that MAF are involved with:

 

 

Holiday Clubs are held every Christmas, Easter and Summer school holidays for 2-3 days. We are open to all primary school children from reception up to year 6. We always have lots of fun with craft activities, baking, games and stories and have become a very popular event at St.Peter’s.

Further details will be posted here and on the church Facebook page nearer to the time.

Throughout the vacancy, on Wednesdays, we will hold a Parish Office between 7:30-8:30pm each week for people to raise concerns or book baptisms or weddings etc.

Pat Pearson will be in the Church office most Thursdays from 9:30am-12:30pm and there will be answerphones on both the Vicarage (0113 253 3339) and Office (0113 218 9686) lines, which will be checked regularly.

If you’d like to get in touch with us, just fill out the contact form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

St Peter’s Church Hall provides the ideal venue to play indoor bowls. The group – which meets each Tuesday from 7:00 to 21:00 – has all the equipment necessary including the long green carpet mat. Meetings are a real social occasion – and although members would be the first to admit their seniority – the Group is open to all. There’s always plenty of tea, coffee, chat and laughter.