9th Dec – What’s on at Church

How to make the most of my life

One of the greatest complaints against millennials is their perceived laziness. Do any small amount of research and you will find articles full of complaints about the lack of resilience and drive found amongst many 18-35 year olds. There may be some truth to these claims, yet it is also true that many millennials are among the hardest workers when they have found their purpose.

Similarly research (most famously by Simon Sinek) has shown that organisations that understand the deeper purpose behind their business/product are more successful – Sinek refers to it as the ‘golden why’.

As Christians we find our purpose and meaning in Jesus, in his mission and heart for people. Jesus announced his mission statement in Luke 4 by reading from Isaiah 61. He gave his disciples a mission statement in Matthew 28 in the Great Commission.

In an age rhat searches for meaning in everything Christians have a clear identity and mission. We are those who Jesus has healed, set free, given sight to, and comforted. Our mission is to pursue his kingdom and live out his words.


Fun night is tonight! Don’t forget to pop to the St Nicholas fair and Christmas Tree Extravaganza between 6pm and 8:30pm.

Don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumpers to the 9:30 in order to get a chocolate coin!

Find out details of our Christmas activities here!


This Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Family Communion, St Peter’s Parish Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Parish Church
3pm Tea and Carols, Parish Church Hall
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church
6.30pm The Vine, Parish Church Hall

2nd Dec – What’s on at Church

 

Jesus is coming!

More than once I have seen t-shirts which declare “Jesus is coming – look busy!”
While the sentiment to some is amusing, it is actually a truth that Christians should be living out every day. Jesus is returning, Advent serves to remind us of that reality. We should be busy…not just looking busy but actually being busy with the work of the Gospel!


With that in mind we are turning our thinking toward how we tell others about Jesus this Christmas. Each service will be considering how we engage with our friends and neighbours in non-confrontational, welcoming ways to invite them to church and tell them about this baby born in a stable.


To make that even easier we have our annual Christmas cards listing our seasonal specials ready to be distributed. There is also a link below to our website’s Christmas section.


Don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumpers to the 9:30 in order to get a chocolate coin!

Everyone is welcome to Breakfast Together 8:30-9:30am.

Find out details of our Christmas activities here!



This Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
8:30am Breakfast Together, Parish Church Hall
9.30am Family Communion, St Peter’s Parish Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Parish Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, All Saints’ Church
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church
6.30pm Taizé Service, St Peter’s Parish Church
6.30pm The Vine, Parish Church Hall

25th Nov – Christ the King

Christ the King

The Bible contains irony in quite impressive quantities, yet perhaps the most ironic moments come in the gospel accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus.

In the Easter story Jesus is subjected to almost relentless mocking. He is ‘crowned’ and ‘robed’, ‘hailed’ and ‘enthroned’ by those who mean to embarrass the claim that he is king. The abuse goes as far as the creation of a famous inscription “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. The title is challenged by some who say that the sign should be corrected to read “who called himself ‘King of the Jews’.” The response of the sign’s author is again famous “I have written what I have written.”

The truth, it turns out, is irrepressible. Even if it arises in the form of derision, the truth is declared – Jesus is King.

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King by asking ourselves the question – “What is the Gospel?”

The answer, perhaps, is simply this – Jesus is King. In the face of violence, disappointment, loneliness, devastation, and scorn Jesus is King, and there is nothing that can change that.
There are a lot of wonderful events going on in the next few days, including Saturday’s Rethink breakfast and visiting speakers from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics at each of our Sunday services. Please follow the links below to find out more

You can find the full planned teaching programme for the parish here.

This Week’s Pew Sheet

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This Sunday

8am – Holy Communion (All Saints’ Church)
9:30am – Family Service (St Peter’s Church)
11am – Sung Eucharist (St Peter’s Church)
4pm – Holy Communion (St Paul’s Church)
5:30pm – Choral Evensong (All Saints’ Church)
6:30pm – The Vine (Parish Church Hall)

4th November – This Sunday at Church

 

We have a busy few weeks coming up in the parish, with exciting events across all 3 churches.

This Sunday is All Saints’ day and we are reflecting on the work of the Spirit, transforming us and working in us to build God’s kingdom.

On Sunday morning (4th November) there will be the opportunity to share Breakfast Together before the 9:30 service, between 8:30-9:30am.

A combined Sung Eucharist will be celebrated at All Saints’ this Sunday at 11am. There will be no Sung Eucharist at the Parish Church as we observe All Saints’ Day together.

At the Parish Church at 3pm there is a memorial service for those who have lost loved ones. This is a special opportunity to reflect on the hope we have in Jesus and remember those we have lost.

On Sunday evening at 7pm, the parish is hosting a special service of Holy Communion at All Saints’ Church, featuring the luminous musical setting by Gabriel Faure, performed by a chamber orchestra of professional and semi-professional musicians. Many of these musicians have either generously donated their time or have only asked for travel costs. We have created a  Chalfont St Peter Worship Appeal  to support this event and future ones like it. Please take some time to watch this video giving a greater context to the event.

You can find the full planned teaching programme for the parish here.


The Bible Course is an 8-session course helping you explore the world’s bestseller.

Accessible and interactive, it will enhance and inform your ongoing Bible study, whether you are new to the Bible or want to go deeper.

Using a unique storyline, the course shows how the key events, books and characters all fit together. You’ll get to see the BIG picture and discover how the Bible applies to your life.

Begins 31st October, 8pm each Wednesday Evening for 8 weeks leading up to Christmas. Sign up here.


 

This Sunday

8am – Holy Communion (All Saints’ Church)
8:30 – Breakfast Together (Parish Church Hall)
9:30am – Family Service (St Peter’s Church)
11am – Sung Eucharist (All Saints’ Church)
3pm – Memorial Service (St Peter’s Church)
4pm – Evensong (St Paul’s Church)
7pm – Requiem Service (All Saints’ Church)

28th October – This Sunday at Church

The World’s All Time Best Seller

I recently had the pleasure of watching a terrible American High School film.

In the film the main protagonist came into conflict with the school’s ‘Jesus Freaks’ about her behaviour. In an effort to understand their point of view she turned to the Bible – but of course she didn’t own one. She ended up going to a book shop and looking in the ‘Religious’ section but couldn’t find a Bible. When she went to a member of staff to find out where the Bibles were the answer was simple – “They are with the best sellers.”

The Bible is the world’s all time best seller. It has been lent, bought, and copied more than any other book. It has probably also been smuggled, stolen, burnt, and torn more than any other book.

It is powerful, enduring, and divisive. Yet surveys show that most self-identified Christians don’t actually read it. The figures vary but typically results show that only 30-40% of Christians read the Bible. That is a terrifying prospect if we believe that the Bible is one of the primary ways that God speaks to us and is a means by which he has revealed himself to people throughout history.

To be a Christian but not read the Bible is a bit like saying “I am a fish but I don’t like water.”

This Sunday we will be celebrating Bible Sunday in all of our services, asking why we should read the Bible and exploring a bit more what has left so many people fascinated with the same book for nearly 2000 years.

You can find the full planned teaching programme for the parish here.


The Bible Course is an 8-session course helping you explore the world’s bestseller.

Accessible and interactive, it will enhance and inform your ongoing Bible study, whether you are new to the Bible or want to go deeper.

Using a unique storyline, the course shows how the key events, books and characters all fit together. You’ll get to see the BIG picture and discover how the Bible applies to your life.

Begins 31st October, 8pm each Wednesday Evening for 8 weeks leading up to Christmas. Sign up here.

On 4 November (7pm), the parish is hoping to host a special service of Holy Communion at All Saints’ Church, featuring the luminous musical setting by Gabriel Faure, performed by a chamber orchestra of professional and semi-professional musicians. Many of these musicians have either generously donated their time or have only asked for travel costs. We have created a  Chalfont St Peter Worship Appeal  to support this event and future ones like it. Please take some time to watch this video giving a greater context to the event.






This Sunday

8am – Holy Communion (All Saints’ Church)
9:30am – Family Service (St Peter’s Church)
11am – Harvest Sung Eucharist (St Peter’s Church
4pm – Evensong (St Paul’s Church)

21st October – This Sunday at Church

Who is the Holy Spirit?

You are not on your own.

That is one of the core promises of Christianity.

God will never leave you or give up on you. He is clear on that. Time and again his people call to him and he reiterates that he has never left them.

A sense of loneliness was one of the great pains that Jesus’ disciples felt on Easter Saturday. Similarly after Jesus’ ascension they must have wondered what would happen next and how they would continue in Jesus absence.

But God promises never to leave us on our own. So he sends his Spirit. By his Spirit we are made free, by his Spirit we are given life, and by his Spirit we are assured that we are not alone and have not been abandoned.

The Spirit of God is freely available to all who accept Jesus and he is there to lead us forward in our lives with Christ.

Reminding us that we are never alone.


This Sunday we are reading John 16:1-15 in each of our services and asking the question ‘Who is the Holy Spirit?’ In our explorations we hope to find the reassurance that God offers that, even though we may not see or hear him, he is always there.


Our newly-formed St. Peter’s Children’s Choir is up and running! For children, ages 9-13, there is still time to join. For more information, contact Ben Ewert.

On 31st October from 4:30pm-5:30pm we will be hosting a Light Party in the Parish Church Hall. This will be a fun alternative for Halloween for families with a disco, games, and food. The event is free but spaces are limited so please click here for tickets.

On 4 November (7pm), the parish is hoping to host a special service of Holy Communion at All Saints’ Church, featuring the luminous musical setting by Gabriel Faure, performed by a chamber orchestra of professional and semi-professional musicians. Many of these musicians have either generously donated their time or have only asked for travel costs. We have created a  Chalfont St Peter Worship Appeal  to support this event and future ones like it. Please take some time to watch this video giving a greater context to the event.



This Sunday

8am – Holy Communion (All Saints’ Church)

9:30am – Family Service (St Peter’s Church)

11am – Harvest Sung Eucharist (St Peter’s Church)

4pm – Evensong (St Paul’s Church)

6:30pm – The Vine Youth Group (Parish Church Hall)

 

14th October – This Sunday at Church

How does God guide us?

In our Gospel reading this Sunday (Mark 10:17-31) Jesus meets a rich young man who is asking big questions about how to live in order to gain eternal life. He has been doing good things in his relationships with others and kept most of the commandments. Yet he fears he is lacking something and so turns to Jesus for answers.

The answer Jesus gives does not comfort this young man. He must give up what he has and follow Jesus whole-heartedly. Our rich gentleman decides that this is too much and walks away from Jesus.

The correct decision is not always easy, yet we believe as Christians that God will always guide us in the right way. The young man was wise in turning to Jesus but he could not follow through with it.

This Sunday we will all be faced with the question ‘How does God guide us?’ The answer in many ways is simple. God guides us by the revelation of the person of Jesus and by the moving of the Spirit. In practice this can be hard. What is easier to follow? A coin toss, friendly advice, financial forecasts, or the frank words of Christ?


This Sunday marks our first Choral Evensong at All Saints’. The service starts at 5:30pm and will feature a choir led by Ben Ewert.

Our newly-formed St. Peter’s Children’s Choir is up and running! For children, ages 9-13, there is still time to join. For more information, contact Ben Ewert.

On 31st October from 4:30pm-5:30pm we will be hosting a Light Party in the Parish Church Hall. This will be a fun alternative for Halloween for families with a disco, games, and food. The event is free but spaces are limited so please click the Light Party image below to book your tickets.

On 4th November (7pm), the parish is hoping to host a special service of Holy Communion at All Saints’ Church, featuring the luminous musical setting by Gabriel Faure, performed by a chamber orchestra of professional and semi-professional musicians. Many of these musicians have either generously donated their time or have only asked for travel costs. We have created a Chalfont St Peter Worship Appeal to support this event and future ones like it. Please take some time to watch this video giving a greater context to the event.




This Sunday

8am – Holy Communion (All Saints’ Church)

9:30am – Family Service (St Peter’s Church)

11am –  Sung Eucharist (St Peter’s Church)

3pm – Tea and Hymns (Parish Church Hall)

4pm – Evensong (St Paul’s Church)

5:30pm – Choral Evensong (All Saints’ Church)

6:30pm – The Vine Youth Group (Parish Church Hall)

7th October – This Sunday at Church

Happy Thursday everyone,

This coming Sunday we are celebrating Harvest!

In a jam-packed week the 9:30 will be hosting a baptism and celebrating communion and we see the start of an 11am Sung Eucharist at All Saints’ on a monthly basis. There will also be a harvest celebration at St Peter’s at 11am. For Harvest we will reflect on Jesus’ words urging us to take comfort in God’s care for us and his wider creation. It’s an amazing truth that since God has clothed nature in wondrous beauty and ordered provision for the birds of the air, so he is faithful and will provide for us. Join us as we celebrate Harvest together and give thanks for God’s good gifts. There will be a retiring collection after our services in support of Christian Aid and their relief work in Indonesia.

Our newly-formed St. Peter’s Children’s Choir is up and running! For children, ages 9-13, there is still time to join. For more information, contact Ben Ewert.

On 4 November (7pm), the parish is hoping to host a special service of Holy Communion at All Saints’ Church, featuring the luminous musical setting by Gabriel Faure, performed by a chamber orchestra of professional and semi-professional musicians. Many of these musicians have either generously donated their time or have only asked for travel costs. We have created a  Chalfont St Peter Worship Appeal  to support this event and future ones like it. Please take some time to watch this video giving a greater context to the event.

Finally, you are very welcome to join us at 8:30am this coming Sunday for breakfast in the Parish hall.

May God bless you as you go through the rest of your week.

See you on Sunday!

(Please note that readings for St Paul’s differ from those of St Peter’s and All Saints’ this Sunday because of Harvest. Please find the readings for St Paul’s here)







This Sunday

8am – Holy Communion (All Saints’ Church)

9:30am – Harvest Family Service with Communion (St Peter’s Church)

11am – Harvest Sung Eucharist (St Peter’s Church)

11am – Harvest Sung Eucharist (All Saints’ Church)

4pm – Evensong (St Paul’s Church)

6:30pm – The Vine Youth Group (Parish Church Hall)

Water and Wine

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb…” Jesus attended a wedding feast where he famously turned water into wine. He invites us to his marriage supper.

Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; 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. Amen

Sunday Worship This Week
8am – Holy Communion at All Saints’
9:30am – Contemporary Worship at St Peter’s
11am – Sung Eucharist at St Peter’s
4pm – Evensong at St Paul’s
6:30pm – Sung Eucharist at All Saints

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