Confirmation 4 November

On 4 November we’re all of to Salisbury Cathedral to support seven members of our congregation who are to be Confirmed (and in some cases Baptised too). It’s really special to be able to be Confirmed in the Cathedral by the Bishops and for those who are being Baptised,  to have that happen in the wonderful Salisbury Cathedral font is amazing.

Do come along, the service begins at 6.30pm and then on the following day, Sunday 5 Nov at the 10am family service we’ll welcome  those newly Confirmed members of our congregation.

Please pray for

Alex Miles

Olivia Miles

Quinn Taylor-Habgood

Elliana Covell

Adam Covell


Light Party – an alternative to Halloween!

Would you like an alternative to Halloween?

Join us for a Family Light Party on Tuesday 31st October from 6pm – 7.30pm, St Peter’s Church, Ashley Cross, BH14 0NN.

We will be having a UV light disco, so wear anything bright, neon, white or glow-in-the-dark. There will also be craft and activities and some refreshments.

Tickets are £5 per family, available from St Peter’s or Holy Angels church offices or call Sally on 07760 168998.

We look forward to seeing you!

Crosses tell stories at Baden-Powell and St.Peter’s School

All over Latin America Christians make crosses decorated with bright colours to tell stories. Often they will tell sad stories of Christians living under oppressive regimes who were martyred for their faith and their service to the communities. There is a famous one created to tell the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero, murdered while saying Mass in 1980. The bright colours tell of the hope in Christ that those communities still hold. Here is an example.

This is one that does not tell a sad story. We reckon it could tell the story of our school because it shows children playing and worshipping together with Jesus in the centre. There’s also a world which shows us looking outwards

Now, each class in the school has made a cross to tell the story of their class. Here are some of our class crosses. They will go up on classroom walls and doors for the coming year to remind us of the distinctive Christian ethos of our school.

Some of our crosses are made up of a collection of images representing each child in the class. Some tell us about the child’s likes or hobbies, others tell us what each child would like to change about the world. Some of the crosses focus on the Christian spiritual values shared by members of that class.

New Altar cloth for ‘White’ occasions


On the feast day of St.Benedict (11 July), the father of western monasticism, we dedicated this splendid new white altar cloth. This generous gift was given in thanks giving for the lives of John Cornish and Olive Pimperton.

The new cloth is similar to the new green one with  a similar cross placed centrally and images of growth and refreshment emanating from it. Superimposed on this one is one of the church’s traditional symbols of resurrection; the lamb holding a flag with a cross upon it.

White is used in church for the great festivals of which the festival of the resurrection is pre-eminent. It’s also used for some Saints’ days, among then the Blessed Virgin Mary, St.Benedict and St. Osmund who we shall celebrate on Sunday 16 July.

Our new Priest – Fr. Jonny’s Ordination

An Ordination is always a great occasion. You get a real sense of the Church being gathered together from many places and across the ages. Ordination happens through the laying-on-of-hands with prayer, as it has done since the very earliest days of the Church and Bishops have been Ordaining Priests in in Salisbury Cathedral for centuries.

Following a few days in retreat Jonny Scott came to the Cathedral as a Deacon to be Ordained Priest along with nine others form across the Diocese and with the Cathedral full of people. It was a profound and moving time for everyone involved and the coach load who went from St.Peter’s were delighted to be there (in spite of the coach turning up an hour late to take us! Never mind, all was well in the end) We sung some great hymns and heard a marvellous and accessible Sermon from Canon Peter Kerr who had conducted the Ordinands’ retreat.

On Sunday 2 July Fr Jonny Presided at the Eucharist for the first time and we all shared great Patronal Festival lunch. All in all, a great weekend of celebration. totally adrenaline fuelled for Fr Jonny, but a weekend he wont forget.

And nor will the rest of us.


It was nice to see our old friend Brigid again!

It was VERY sunny – not complaining!


“The Life of Christ” at Wintershall

“The Life of Christ” is a remarkable and moving theatrical experience and a group from St.Peter’s had a taste of it on 24 June. It is, as it says on the tin, a play about the life of Christ, and it uses material from all four Gospels to make up what that life might have been. All the great moments are there: Annunciation, Christmas; Jesus lost in the Temple at 12 years old; his Baptism, and a range of moments from his ministry; among them some miracles and some parables and a good deal of teaching. The climax of course shows the Last supper, arrest, trials and crucifixion and some of the resurrection appearances.

What makes this drama so different is that it takes place outdoors on the beautiful Wintershall estate and the action moves around the estate, from wooded glade to riverside and from grassy bank to lakeside. The shepherds brought real lambs and Herod’s soldiers rode real horses and of course there was a very cute donkey. Sadly no real pigs for the Prodigal Son to feed and no real flying for the ascension, but this was a marvellous theatrical production which told the story with wit and accessibility. It was intensely moving and many an eye needed dabbing as the action unfolded. It didn’t shy away from tough moments and it had areal warmth in the relationships it showed. Visibility was sometimes compromised by the beautiful Wintershall trees but the brilliant sounds system ensured that every word of the dialogue was crystal clear for everyone. Great care was taken to transport those for whom walking was a challenge too.

The Wintershall ‘Life of Christ’ is an experience not to be missed and those of us from St.Peter’s who went have much to contemplate and much to learn from it. Thanks to Jan for getting us going with it.

Quite a crowd

Breaking bread


…and a couple of Resurrection images

Summer Fayre – a great day, good weather, lots of people and real buzz


The 99th St.Peter’s Summer Fayre was a great day. Earlier fears about the weather proved unfounded as the sun shone and the people came out.

It was fantastic to hear the wide variety f different steel pan performances by children from Baden-Powell and St.Peter’s Church of England Junior School. Lucy Johnstone-Mcarthy is an inspirational music teacher who  who enables every child in the school to make music and about 300 of them performed at some point during the day.

There were lots of stalls selling books, white elephants, greeting cards and much else besides and we welcomed local charities including the RNLI, the Lions and the Dorset Wildlife Trust. This year an innovative development saw lots of exhibitors showing (and selling) local Dorset foods, among them our own local baker, Mark Bennett. All that plus some rides and scrumptious food added to the mix.

Thanks are due to the Mayor of Poole Cllr Lindsey Wilson for opening the Fayre for us and to Clive Deakin and Harry Jones a a great team for making it happen.

Check the date now

Saturday 9 June 2018

The Centenary St.Peter’s Summer Fayre 100 years old and counting!

Here are some pics


Ascension Day – A Bishop and an Archbishop

On Ascension Day 2017 we welcomed members of all the congregations in our East Poole cluster of Parishes: Transfiguration, Canford Cliffs; Holy Angels, Lilliput; St.Luke’s, Parkstone, and All Saints, Branksome as well as ourselves. It was a great celebration of one of the major moments of the Gospel story and one of the major doctrines of our faith.

But there’s more. Presiding and Preaching on Ascension Day was the Bishop of Sherborne, the Rt Revd Karen Gorham who spoke of Jesus’s departure as a moment of joy and celebration which led to his universal availability for us. she spoke of people seeing Him in all sorts of times and places.

We also welcomed Archbishop Moses deng Bol from Wau in South Sudan. Poole has a long standing link with the Diocese of Wau but reorganisation in South Sudan has seen that Diocese become a Province containing  a number of new smaller Dioceses and our old friend Bishop Moses is now ARCHbishop of the new province. It was good to see him again in what turned out to be a flying visit to Poole.

Here are some photos of an enjoyable evening

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

So we proclaim the resurrection of our Lord and the eternal life that he promises us.
So we proclaim a new relationship with God and a new relationship with ourselves.
So we proclaim that there are always new possibilities even when all seems dead.
So we proclaim that we shall live in faithfulness to the God who can raise us up; forgive our sins, and promise a new beginning no matter what.
Our world can seem a dark place and as we look around us now we see wars and threats of wars; we seem famine and terror; we see people turning in on themselves and getting more and more protective and tribal and it’s tempting to despair; but there is also much to be thankful for, and just as the springtime shows signs of new growth all around us so we can see signs of hope all around us. Let us allow the new life of Easter to remind us to keep our eyes and our minds open for the signs of hope God gives us and let us trust in his promise.
Trusting in his promise allows us to be hopeful for the future and it inspires us to work for a world which is closer to the Kingdom described and lived by Jesus.
St. John called Jesus ‘The Word’
When they crucified him they were saying ‘We don’t want to hear that Word’
When God raised him from death he was restating The Word and saying ‘Yes, that really was what I meant.’

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