SUNDAY, 31st MARCH 2019
ENCOUNTER GOD | ENCOURAGE OTHERS | ENGAGE OUR WORLD
Teaching: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS TO THE CROSS
Holy Communion, All Saints' Church
Family Service , St Peter's Church
Sung Eucharist, St Peter's Church
Sung Eucharist, All Saints' Church
Holy Communion, St Paul's Church
Lent Film, War Room, 8pm Sandra's house
Holy Communion, 10am St Peter's Church
Fair Trade Coffee Morning, 10am St Peter's Church Hall
Romans Study Group, 8pm Sheila Johnson's house
Lent Film, War Room, 2.30pm Elizabeth's house
11.00 to 11.15 - What do you think?
The transition period between the end of 9.30 and start of 11.00 services on Sunday at St Peter’s is rather congested. Some members of the 11.00 congregation like to arrive early and enjoy some peace. Time is required for clearing away and pastoral conversations as well as social interaction among the families at 9.30. With grace from all, it is obviously possible to continue as we are but an alternative could be to move the start of Sung Eucharist to 11.15. To ensure people still get away in time for lunch, the aim would be to finish at a similar time as now by perhaps making the first hymn processional and omitting the second communion hymn. Crucially it might also provide enough time for us to reset the hall and run a children’s provision alongside the 11:15. The ministry team would like to know your views.
Q. What is the APCM?
Electoral Roll 2019 - DEADLINE 5th APRIL Please remember to complete an electoral roll form. Being on the electoral roll demonstrates your belonging to church and enables you to vote on church decisions at the APCM. There is no charge, and we want your input!
The Lent Course Films
These continue this week at various locations with the film 'War Room'. These films are free to watch, just let the hosts know that you plan to come. See separate sheet available from a sidesperson for full details.
Parish Verger Vacancy We are looking to recruit a new verger for our parish. The verger plays a vital role in preparing for church services and leading a warm welcome to our churches. It is primarily a voluntary role, although fees are payable for weddings and funerals. You will need to be flexible in your availability, reliable, with excellent people skills, and a heart to help our church community flourish and grow. If you are interested, please talk to John or email email@example.com.
Breakfast Together Sunday 7th April 8.30 am We will be hosting another family breakfast before the 9.30 service on Sunday 7th April in the Parish Church Hall. All church members are very welcome to come along and share pastries, cereals, toast - and the occasional sausage before going to your various services. No need to bring anything, just hungry tummies!
Easter Lilies If you would like to buy a lily in memory of a loved one or for any other occasion, please add your name to the list which is now available in all three churches. £2.50 per lily. Contacts - Lil Ryder 01753 883738; Ann Middleton 01494 874287; Elizabeth Thompson 01753 888174
Volunteers Corner Churchyard Working Party - Please help with a churchyard clean up at St Peter’s from 2.00pm on Monday 8th April. Jobs for all - big and small.
Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ Thursday 19th April, 8.00pm All Saints' Church This is a special Maundy Thursday event featuring a professional string quartet playing Franz Josef Haydn's evocative musical reflections on the last words of Christ. Marked by the gradual extinguishing of candles, each phrase of Christ will be followed by a brief reflection, given by Rev. John Goodman, and then Haydn's musical realisation. A retiring collection will be taken in support of the quartet, led by Esther King (daughter of Richard King)
Good Friday Activity Trail
This will take place at 10am on Good Friday, starting in St Peter's Church Hall and encompassing a trail around the hall, church and church grounds. Open to anyone but especially children who will receive an egg on completion of the trail. Refreshments with hot cross buns will also be available. No need to book, just turn up and have fun at your own pace.
Hot Cross Bun Handout 20th April
This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the Chalfont St Peter community on Holy Saturday and hand out hot cross buns with an Easter message to passers by. Families with children are especially welcome! Just turn up at 9.30am outside Crumbs and lend a hand. If you fancy helping to pack the buns, speak to Sandra on 01753 880067 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Passover Supper Thursday 18th April, 5pm, St Peter's Church Hall Have you ever wondered why we have communion or why Jesus was eating dinner with his friends before he died? Our Passover Supper offers people of all ages the opportunity to celebrate communion with a difference. While sharing a meal we will tell stories and share in a tactile liturgy that will reflect the Passover meal that Jesus would have had before he died. A dinner of lamb, salad, and Simnel cake will be provided as well as drinks, colouring, and some other activities.
Book online csp.church/passoversupper/
Fairtrade Coffee Morning
The next event will be on Wednesday, 3rd April at 10am in St Peter's Church Hall. On Wed 1st May we will be hosting our annual Big Brew event with a coffee morning, lunch and a Q & A session on Traidcraft and Fairtrade. If you've got a question, please let Sandra know on email@example.com
Fairtrade Easter Eggs The ethical egg that shares the Easter story! These are now sold out but you might still be able to buy them at Tesco, Asda, Waitrose or Morrisons.
New Wine 2019 Sat 27th July - Fri 2nd August 2019 This is now SOLD OUT! Please consider going in 2020 and pencil the first week of the school holidays in your diary NOW and book in September for the best price. See www.new-wine.org for full information about this wonderful experience.
A. The APCM - Annual Parochial Church Meeting - to be held after morning service on Sunday 28th April is like our worshipping communities’ AGM. It receives, and can question and discuss, the annual report and accounts as well as, importantly, electing our PCC (Parochial Church Committee) and Deanery Synod.
Ladies Group - Relaunch!
The Ladies Group will relaunch on Monday, 29th April with a special 'Pizza, Prosecco and Pamper Evening'. There will be a charge of £12 to cover costs. This is open to ladies of all ages - let us know if you'd like a lift - and will be a great place to get to know others within the church and to bring your friends to. You can sign up and pay on ChurchSuite or see Sandra in the church office. A full programme for the year is available at the back of all churches.
Retiring Collections for Mozambique We will be taking retiring collections for Mozambique in all churches this Sunday, please give what you can. Your generosity is much appreciated.
Home Groups The Graham Home Group will meet on Monday 8th April at 10 am. We shall be continuing a study on David, A Heart for God. All welcome. For further information speak to Revd Wendy Graham. The Mums' Home Group meets at 10 am on Mondays, currently doing the HTB Prayer Course https://www.prayercourse.org/ We are a lively group of mums seeking to support each other in faith and friendship - babies and toddlers very welcome! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us. Wednesday Home Group We are a new group meeting to study Paul's letter to the Romans on Wednesdays at 8pm. If you would like to join us please contact Sheila Johnson on 01494 871679 or sign up on ChurchSuite.
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Readings - Following Jesus to the Cross
COLLECT God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
FIRST READING 1 Samuel 1:20-28 (NIVUK) 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, ‘Because I asked the Lord for him.’ 21 When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfil his vow, 22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, ‘After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.’ 23 ‘Do what seems best to you,’ her husband Elkanah told her. ‘Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his word.’ So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him. 24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, ‘Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he shall be given over to the Lord.’ And he worshipped the Lord there.
1 Happy the one whose transgression is forgiven, ♦
and whose sin is covered.
2 Happy the one to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, ♦
and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 For I held my tongue; ♦
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all the day long.
4 Your hand was heavy upon me day and night; ♦
my moisture was dried up like the drought in summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you ♦
and my iniquity I did not hide.
6 I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ ♦
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
7 Therefore let all the faithful make their prayers to you
in time of trouble; ♦
in the great water flood, it shall not reach them.
8 You are a place for me to hide in;
you preserve me from trouble; ♦
you surround me with songs of deliverance.
9 ‘I will instruct you and teach you
in the way that you should go; ♦
I will guide you with my eye.
10 ‘Be not like horse and mule which have no understanding; ♦
whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle,
or else they will not stay near you.’
11 Great tribulations remain for the wicked, ♦
but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.
12 Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; ♦
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.
SECOND READING Colossians 3:12-17 (NIVUK) 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And *whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
GOSPEL - John 19:25-27 (NIVUK) 25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing near by, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ 27 and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
POST-COMMUNION Loving God, as a mother feeds her children at the breast you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal life: help us who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace within the household of faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
KEY LEARNING POINTS
The pattern of Mary's life is an example of faith and devotion which brought her courageously to the cross of Christ.
Motherhood embodies the mission of the 'Mother' Church, sacrificially loving and caring for the children of God.
The church brings new life through the ministry of Baptism as new believers are born again.
QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE
Which of the regular church activities most embodies motherly love?
What difference does it make to think of motherhood as discipleship and discipleship as motherhood?
Next week - FOLLOWING TO THE CROSS - Lent 5
Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8
Wednesday 17th April
Compline, St Paul's Church
Maundy Thursday, 19th April
Passover Supper, St Peter's Church Hall
Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, All Saints' Church
Good Friday, 20th April
Activity Trail, St Peter's Church Hall
Last Hour of the Cross, All Saints' Church
Last Hour of the Cross, St Peter's Church
Easter Saturday, 20th April
Easter Vigil, St Peter's Church
Easter Sunday, 21st April
Holy Communion with Hymns, St Paul's Church
Contemporary Eucharist, St Peter's Church
Parish of Chalfont St Peter
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Vicar Revd John Goodman
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Revd Wendy Graham
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Children and Families Minister
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Open Mon - Fri: 9.30am-12.30pm
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MISSION OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Next week: Sunday 7th April Lent 5
Holy Communion All Saints' Church, Oval Way
Breakfast Together St Peter's Church Hall
Family Communion St Peter's Parish Church
Sung Eucharist w/baptism St Peter's Parish Church
Sung Eucharist All Saints' Church
Evensong St Paul's Church, Horn Hill
Wednesday 3rd April
Holy Communion St Peter's Parish Church