Thursday, 19 July 2018

All Age Parish Mass - Sunday 22 July 2018 - Saint Mary Magdalene

This Sunday (22 July 2018) we will learn more about the 'apostle to the apostles', the first witness of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus, St Mary Magdalene.

As ever, at our ALL AGE PARISH MASS, there will be prayer and activity stations aplenty, as we all earn, reflect and pray...

All welcome!  See you there?  (Starts at 10.00am....finishes by 11.00am...)

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Sea Sunday 2018

On Sunday 8 July 2018, we held our Parish Mass in the morning, in part recognising that it was Sea Sunday.

The Vicar is a former worker with the Mission to Seafarers - having served in the ports of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Dunkerque, France - and is now one of their Honorary Preachers.
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You can find a link to the audio of his sermon, here.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

St Peter's Day sermon 2018

On Sunday 1 July 2018, we held our Patronal Festival Parish Mass in the morning, and then travelled to our neighbours in Wanstead parish, where a number of us from the church family gathered to pray, talk and listen, to help gather and express our refreshed Vision and Values as a parish...

More details of the latter will percolate through our life in the coming weeks and months, but for now we post the excellent morning sermon given by our Deacon, Sue Diplock.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Parish Vision and Values AwayDay - Sunday 1 July 2018

Join us for our St Peter-in-the-Forest Parish AwayDay!?...  
Sunday 1 July 2018, following our Patronal Festival Mass, and hosted by Christchurch, in the Parish of Wanstead...
This is a great chance for us to grab hold of a refreshed Vision for our Parish, and to establish our key Values.  Get involved!

Travelling to Wanstead by foot or carshare following our morning worship, we will have a lunch in the churchyard of Christchurch, followed by a facilitated conference.  We will conclude by 4.00pm.

Do please let us know if you are able to be part of this important gathering, by responding to this registration form.

We look forward to seeing you there.  Go well,
Fr Paul

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Data Privacy...and your Consent

Dear friends and parishioners,

The end of next week, Friday 25 May 2018, sees the introduction of new legislation in the UK, which considerably strengthens your rights to better control over how your personal details (data) are handled by others.
As a parish church, we are in contact with lots of people in our community, as we serve you in the many services, activities and partnerships we make through our two public buildings: the parish church building of St Peter-in-the-Forest, and the Peterhouse Church and Community Centre.

We would love to stay in touch with you, and to share with you all the exciting, community-building things going on in this parish.  Under the new law, YOU get to decide if and how we hold your details, and how we get in touch with you.

Do please use this link to take you through to an secure, encrypted online form, and send it back to us....

We look forward to hearing back from you.  Many thanks.  Go well,


Wednesday, 9 May 2018



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There are no decorated evergreens, no greeting cards, no gifts, no poinsettias or lilies, no coloured eggs, no chocolate bunnies, and no responsive salutation. There’s just a Thursday with an extra name: Ascension. It’s not just the world that has ignored the festival. The Church seems to have lost interest as well. Most congregations have elected to forgo a worship service on Ascension and those that cling to the tradition count on few to attend. Apparently, Ascension Day doesn’t matter.
But it does matter. In fact, it matters every bit as much as Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. It deserves to be celebrated. For those still unconvinced, here are seven reasons to rejoice on Ascension Day:

1. Jesus ascended so that the Holy Spirit could descend. 

The Spirit is the promised “other Comforter” essential to the life and growth of the Church—no Holy Spirit, no Church, no faith, no salvation. Jesus ascended to send the Spirit.

2. Jesus reigns now over everything. 

He has been enthroned at the Father’s right hand, and the full glory of the Godhead is His. The ascension is His coronation ceremony and highlights the splendour and authority of Jesus over every king, ruler, and nation.

3. The ascension was the plan from the very beginning. 

Just as the passion and resurrection were predicted in the Old Testament, so too was the ascension. Jesus’ extraordinary visible ascent is the essential capstone of his earthly ministry.

4. Jesus ascended bodily. 

Joined eternally to true God, a true human body is the object of honour and worship. This has profound impact on our understanding of God’s nature and also human nature. The material aspects of God’s creation are very good and endure forever.

5. The commission announced by Jesus is now in full force. 

Just as a death must precede the implementation of a will, so the ascension of Jesus must precede the implementation and empowerment of the command to the disciples (you included) to witness the reality of Jesus to the world.

6. The ascension of Jesus is a preview of the promised consummation. 

At the Last Day Jesus will return as He went: physically and visibly. It will not be a “spiritual” or metaphorical return, but an actual coming of His physical body. No one is going to miss it.

7. Jesus is Lord. 

Not only did Jesus come back from the dead, but He now reigns on high. He is Lord of all creation. He is Lord of your life.
Whether or not anyone else joins you, you’ve got much to celebrate on Ascension Day. At the very least, take a moment to gaze skyward, study a cloud, and offer a prayer of thanks and praise and anticipation to the one who now reigns on high and who is coming soon.