Each week, we publish a few pages of notices with times of services and stuff and details of some forthcoming events.
You are welcome to St. Peter’s for worship during this holy time as we celebrate together the presence of God here among us.
Each Sunday there are celebrations of the Eucharist at 8am and 10am and during the 10am Parish Eucharist we light our Advent candles as we look forward in growing hope to the Christmas festival.
Here are some of the other things that are happening –
Sunday 2 December at 4.00pm
Christingle service with Carols my Candlelight, at which we shall raise money to support the work of the Children’s Society.
Saturday 22 December at 4.30pm
‘Carols on the Green’ We join with the Ashley Cross Green Community Association for Carol singing on Ashley Cross Green (also mulled wine and mince pies!)
Sunday 23 December
10.00am At the Family Eucharist our children will tell us the Christmas story as they present their Nativity Play.
6.30pm* The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, with organisations from right across our community represented.
4.00pm* “Christmas Starts Here” our Crib Service – we set up the crib, light the tree and get things going with the children
11.00pm Carol singing
11.30pm* Midnight Mass
8.00am* Christmas Holy Communion (traditional language service)
10.00am* Christmas Family Eucharist
26 December, St. Stephen’s Day
10.45am Holy Communion
27 December, St. John the Apostle
9.00am Holy Communion
1 January 2019, The feast of the Naming of Jesus
11.00am Holy Communion
Sunday 6 January 2019, Epiphany (Celebrating the arrival of the Wise Men)
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Family Eucharist
* At the services marked, half of the cash in the collection will be shared among three charities. This year they will be supporting the Church’s work among the people of Yemen; those seeking refuge from domestic abuse in Poole, and young people who are homeless.
Congratulations to Claire Brown, Sharon Palmer and Hannah Stedmon who were Confirmed by the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury at All Saints’ tide. Claire, Sharon and Hannah took part in a marvellous service of Confirmation in Salisbury Cathedral at which their Christian commitment was Confirmed by God and his Church. The following day they received Communion together for the first time here at St.Peter’s. Many congratulations to them. Do continue to pray for them as they set out on their Christian path.
On 31st October, St Peter’s hosted its second LIGHT PARTY. It was a fun, bright and sparkly event. The church was lit with four enormous UV lights, making white or neon colours glow like beacons. Sparkly fairy lights and neon bunting all helped to make the church look beautiful. The North Porch was lit with illuminated balloons and pumpkins, carved with smiley faces and words such as ‘joy’ and ‘love’. Our welcomer at the door had many a chat to passers-by, telling them about the party and inviting them in.
There was lots on offer for children and grown-ups alike. We made candles, paper lanterns, doves and crowns. There was neon face paint, the doughnut-on-a-string game and a prayer candle. There was delicious party food, tea and cake. We danced and boogied to disco music, had a limbo competition (which the three-year olds won) and played musical statues and musical bumps.
This was a wide-reaching community event which needed input from a variety of different people. So thank you if you loaned your fairly lights, baked cakes, helped put on the craft, threaded doughnuts onto string, decorated the church etc. All these jobs really helped it all come together.
A special thank you to Nick Ellis from Holy Angels Lilliput who donated lights, extension leads and carried out the necessary electric tests.
The Centenary St.Peter’s Summer Fayre – 9 June 2018. Great weather, great entertainment and a great day for the whole community
100 cakes for 100 years. Thanks to Jo Scroggie, they were great!
Tea and entertainment too. Time for a bop in the tea tent!
Thanks to our Mayor and Town Crier for opening the Fayre for us
See you next year – 8 June 2019
Mothers’ Union hosted a successful new event at St Peter’s centre on Thursday 12th April.
We thought that families might like something fun to do, especially if the holidays hadn’t been sunny (we predicted that one correctly) so we hosted an arty ‘sea adventure’. All ages came together to create; we made all sorts of sea creatures, seaweed, anemones, crustaceans, pebbles and boats and we put everything together onto a big blue sheet for all to see.
It was a great atmosphere. There were delicious home-made cakes, tea and squash to keep us refreshed. And lots of chit-chat as we drew, cut and stuck. Many thanks to all those involved.
A number of people asked us when this is happening again. We would really like to have a re-run but we can’t do it without help! So if you are you a baker, you enjoy arts and crafts, or you are just able to buy some materials (no cost to yourselves) please let Janet Everett know (01202 083245). We look forward to hearing from you!
Our Easter Garden this year was, to say the least unusual. Following our Lenten focus on the environment our youth group ‘SPY’ created this stunning garden linking the death and resurrection of Christ with our destruction and our hoped for regeneration of the world.
The garden was in two parts with the cross surrounded by waste in one and, in the other a show of natural flowers surrounded by artificial ones made from thrown away tin cans. The natural and the recycled together show us how to care for our common home
For some time now we have been working together with the other churches of Poole to offer a welcome to refugees and we have managed to place four refugee families in accommodation in the town. We employ a co-ordinator, Anita Dalkin, to manage this work and Anita ensures that the refugees have not only a house but social and spiritual support aswell.
On 23 April we’re holding a refugee forum where we can hear about what has been done and plan for the future.