27th January – What’s on at Church

What is God saying to you?

Are you listening?

Good, then I’ll start…

So often I talk to people who say that they are surprised when God says something to them. We believe that God spoke to people in the Bible. We believe that God speaks to people now – sometimes. But do we believe that he’ll speak to us? How often do we take the time to listen?

Have you read your Bible this week? Have you spoken to God? Asked him a question? You might have told him what is upsetting you. Have you asked what’s upsetting him? You could have been talking to God in the time you have been reading this email.

Go ahead, try it.

This Sunday’s Services – 20th January

8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Contemporary Service, St Peter’s Parish Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Parish Church
4.00pm Holy Communion with Baptism of Maisie Young, St Paul’s Church
5:30pm Choral Evensong, All Saints’ Church

 

20th January – What’s on at Church

What’s your gift?

One of the beautiful truths of Christianity is that God has called us to be his partners in the Gospel.

With all his might and power he could have created us to be his minions – indeed that is what other ancient religions (such as the Babylonians) taught. They believed that they existed to do their gods’ bidding or feel their wrath, they were enslaved by powerful beings who were fickle and tempestuous.

That, fortunately, is not his way. He loves with unchanging, self-giving love. He wants relationship rather than servitude and when we are called upon to participate in his cause in the world it is as children helping out around the house, copying good and loving parents as they set about cleaning, tidying, and maintaining.

This week we are considering the gifts that God has given us to aid that work and the unity we should share as Christians working toward a common goal – God’s kingdom. As we do so we recognise that all of us bring a wide variety of gifts to the family and each gift is as important as another.

What is your gift? What has God enabled you to do that you can use for his Gospel, his kingdom, and his people? Are you using it right?

This Sunday’s Services – 20th January

8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Contemporary Service, St Peter’s Parish Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Parish Church
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church

 

13th January – What’s on at Church

Hanging around like a bad smell

My dad and I agree on a great many things but one thing we can’t see eye to eye on is kippers. They are one of his favourite things to have for breakfast, I cannot stand them.

It’s the smell that I can’t stand. It gets into everything. It’s unshakeable. Whenever Dad had kippers the house would smell and so would we. It would get into our clothes and hair, it would follow us around all day. Windows would be opened, candles lit, washing done, but still the smell would remain.

I think sin can feel a little bit like the smell of kippers. I suspect that the smell didn’t linger as long as I thought, likely my paranoia about smelling like kippers was worse than the reality. Even after we have dealt with sin, even after we have been forgiven, the guilt and worry can cling to us like a stench. We need to wash properly to get rid of it.

That’s part of the beauty of baptism. It’s proper washing. When we ask God to forgive us he does. Not partially, temporarily, or with caveats. We are fully forgiven and our sin is gone. God wants us to be free from sin and from the lingering of guilt too. If the guilt hangs around it stops us from being free and whole. Baptism is a reminder that we are truly clean.

This week as we remember Jesus’ baptism we remember that because of him we are clean and free. Our sin is gone and so is the guilt. The bad smell has been washed away.


On Wednesday 9th January at 8pm we are starting a new course called Reason for God. This course is an ideal first exploration of the Christian faith… and also ideal for those who did the ‘Talking Jesus’ course and would like to take it further. The course uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth. Follow the link below to book your place 

This Sunday’s Services – 13th January

8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Contemporary Service, St Peter’s Parish Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Parish Church
3.00pm Tea & Hymns, St Peter’s Church Hall
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church

Reason for God

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6th January – What’s on at Church

I’ve had an Epiphany

Internationally renowned graffiti artist Banksy tells a story of the moment he realised he wanted to use stencils to speed up his painting. He returned home excited and told his girlfriend that he’d had an epiphany, she responded by telling him that he shouldn’t have taken one, “epiphanies are bad for your heart.”

The original Epiphany was equally as dangerous, wise people searching for God, taking a risk on a star, looking for a new king. They risked upsetting the balance of power in the region, creating religious turmoil, and most likely their own lives and reputations.

Fortunately for them, as dangerous as it was, it wasn’t bad for their hearts. They encountered God made man and worshipped him. They bowed before him and offered their gifts and their hearts to him.

It may feel like a risk to offer Jesus your heart this year but it’s well worth it. Have an epiphany and see what it does.


On Wednesday 9th January at 8pm we are starting a new course called Reason for God. This course is an ideal first exploration of the Christian faith… and also ideal for those who did the ‘Talking Jesus’ course and would like to take it further. The course uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth. Follow the link below to book your place

This Sunday’s Services – 6th January

8.00am Holy Communion All Saints’ Church
9.30am Family Service St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist All Saints’ Church
4.00pm Evensong St Paul’s Church

Reason for God

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23rd Dec – What’s on at Church

 

Merry Christmas

It’s here!

The last Sunday in Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day all rolled up into a 3 day festive marathon!

Carols are rehearsed, readings are chosen, chestnuts are ordered, costumes are selected…

This weekend will be the easiest weekend of the year to evangelise so invite your friends and families to church to share in the joy of the gospel!

Whether you are here for Christmas or are travelling away, we wish you the very best and pray that you will know the story of God’s love afresh this week and into the new year.

Sunday, 23rd December

8.00am Holy Communion All Saints’ Church
9.30am Family Communion w/Carols St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist St Peter’s Church
4.00pm Lessons and Carols St Paul’s Church
6.30pm Nine Lessons & Carols All Saints’ Church

Christmas Eve
2.30pm Nativity Service St Peter’s Church
4.00pm Contemporary Carol Service St Peter’s Church
5.00pm Festive Celebration St Peter’s Church Hall
11.30pm Midnight Mass St Peter’s Church
11.30pm Midnight Mass All Saints’ Church

Christmas Day
9.00am Holy Communion St Paul’s Church
9.00am Family Communion w/carols All Saints’ Church
10.30am Family Communion w/Carols St Peter’s Church
5.00pm Carols by Candlelight St Peter’s Church

Find out details of our Christmas activities here!

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16th Dec – What’s on Church

Why Church?

It’s time to get Christmassy!

This Sunday we are turning to Luke 3:7-18 to hear the wirds of John the Baptist as he declares the coming of Jesus. He calls people to make changes to their lives and engage with God in a fresh way. He challenges them to stop resting on the laurels of their forebears and instead to meet with God for themselves.

The danger of a well-loved story is that it becomes all too familiar and so loses its power and impact. This Christmas we will have the opportunity his Christmas we will have the opportunity to hear the story of the incarnation anew.

As we do so let us hear the challenge of John to approach with open hearts and with wonder.


At 4pm at the Parish Church we will be celebrating Christingle with the Children’s Society. It’s the perfect opportunity to invite a friend to church!

6:30pm at the Parish Church will be our first Nine Lessons of the Christmas season, come and warm up your carol muscles!

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!
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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
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church
4.00pm Christingle Service, St Peter’s Parish Church
6.30pm Nine Lessons & Carols, St Peter’s Parish Church

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.


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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)