Harvesting Our Gifts

Harvesting Our Gifts

A huge thank you for your wonderful support for St. Peter's Church's celebration weekend 'Harvesting our Gifts' on 30th September and 1st October.
The Church looked stunning with floral and fruit displays and displays about how St. Peter's serves God and serves our community and beyond. The weekend culminated in a lovely Harvest Festival service of praise and thanksgiving.
A total of £1966 was raised, including Gift Aid, for which we are especially grateful. It will all be put towards the continuing work and upkeep of this very special place in our community.


Heartfelt thanks once again. May God richly bless you.

 

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Lynn

Vicar's letter October / November 2017

Whilst compiling service rotas for the next two months I was reminded of how much remembering we do at this time of year. At the very beginning of November the Church remembers all those who have died as we keep the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. I hope that some of you will come to our special Commemoration Services, when we give thanks for the lives of those who have died, particularly this year, but at any time, and remember the place they hold in our hearts.

Following on, we keep our national tradition of Bonfire Night; remembering the 5th November 1605 and the threat made by Guy Fawkes to the stability of our government. This may have its own poignancy this year as we remember the terrorist attacks which have rocked our country and many others. And then on 12th November we remember those who have given their lives for our country in two world wars and, subsequently in other conflicts. We have the opportunity to pause and consider the damage that war and conflict can do and to pledge ourselves once more to the pursuit of peace.

There will be a lot of remembering going on and it will be very important for us to keep in the forefront of our minds the reason for remembering. When we remember we bring the past into the present. We cherish and give thanks for all that has been good and nurturing and we seek to learn from that which has been painful and difficult. Our remembering is not a nostalgia trip to regain what has gone, but a grateful searching for what can make the future better.

The Christian faith too is rooted and grounded in remembering: in remembering God’s love for all people through time and across continents. Sometimes it reminds us to look outside our own lives and to share what we have with the world and sometimes it reminds us to look inside ourselves and accept our share of that love. It is for all.

 

May God bless your remembering,

Lynn

 

 

 

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April in St Peter's Patch

April in St Peter's Patch

Bells and bells

 

In the 14th century bluebells were first recorded and described by a Friar Henry Daniel as “lilies of the wood…. like daffodils but blue”. Reflecting of Victorian imagery, their depiction in our Lady Chapel window in the 1930’s, would have been to symbolise sorrow; their bell heads hung in sadness at Christ’s crucifixion.

 

In contrast, the Woodland Trust this spring ran a campaign to record all British bluebell sightings in the UK to celebrate their glory….. My family and I went on two bluebell “pilgrimages” to Foxley Wood near Fakenham and then Sisland Carr next to nearby Loddon. But, in our own St Peter’s Patch we have only one patch behind the front railings, but I am pleased to say that these are English bluebells, not the Spanish import.

 

For St Peter’s April was bells month. The bells project in the tower: the installation of the new frame, the redecoration of the ringing chamber and the re-hanging of the bells was speeding to its conclusion throughout April. So in honour of our splendid St Peter’s bells I am writing about bluebells. In Brooke there were more in flower around the Meres than in the churchyard. Perhaps this is apt as the church bells ring out for us all to hear throughout the village.

 

There is another quality that makes the bluebell magical: it is in a hurry… The flowers have to beat the closing over of the tree canopy and their rush to become themselves is what makes them taut and glossy”… “ It doesn't last; as soon as they are perfect, they are over. Within a couple of weeks, the entire population will be drowned as if a flood has run through the wood. Now is the moment: it's when spring turns into summer.” So wrote the writer and historian Adam Nicolson in the Guardian in the spring of 2010.

 

This was such an apt quote for our April in St Peter’s: “in a hurry”. Everything had to be ready for the visit of Bishop Graham Norvic to rededicate the bells in a special service. You can’t slow down the progress of spring to summer and as a church we could not delay for the great moment of the special church service on May 7th.

 

 

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