The Tower Tidy

At the end of January on a Saturday morning a group of St Peter’s ringers and helpers arrived at the Church with a collection of ropes, buckets, brushes, dust masks and hard hats. The occasion was “The Great Tower Tidy”: a clean-out of 50(?) years of debris, dust and rubble from the bell and clock chambers. By lunchtime some 20 bucket-loads had been swept and bagged-up ready for disposal, and the two chambers looked spotless. Even the floor boards under the bells were visible, and they probably hadn’t seen daylight for years. Well done and thanks to all who helped!

clock_beforeThe Clock Chamber before the tidy

clock_duringCleaning up the Clock Chamber (the clock mechanism is covered up)

 

The New Bell Ringing Band

The trainee bell ringing band at St Peter’s currently consists of Roger Noble (Steeple Keeper), Jenny Eades (Deputy Tower Captain), Lindy Brett, Ali Griffin, Emily Griffin, Nick Eades and David Eades. We are supported in ringing for special services by Keith Poulton of St Peter’s, by Trisha Halloran and by more experienced ringers from St Michael’s and Christ Church. The average age is NOT 14 but we do have a 13 and a 20 year old!

We are aiming to have a practice at St Peter’s about once a month, on a Thursday evening from 7 to 8.15. We rang for the Carol Service on December 20th and on Christmas Day and will next ring on Easter Sunday 27 March before the 9.30 service.

Visiting bands will be ringing during the day on Friday March 11 at 3.30 to 4.30, on Saturday April 16 at 10 to 10.45 and on Saturday 23 April (St George’s Day) at 2.30 – 3.30.

We are hoping to organize our next practice night for either Thursday 21 or 28 April. Beginners welcome. P1080707

Praying for the Appointment of our new Team Rector

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Advertising for a new Rector will begin again in this New Year. Please keep the recruitment in your prayers, in particular, praying that God will guide the person he has chosen for this role, to hear, and respond to, his call.  Would you also remember in your prayers those involved in the recruitment process, particularly Bishop Libby, those on the Selection Panel and our local lay representatives.

To help us pray together, St. Michael’s has decided that the Choral Evensong services on January 10th and in February (probably on Feb 14th, to be confirmed) will include times of reflection and prayer about how God chooses leaders in his church.  There will also be a day of prayer on Saturday 16th January at St. Michael’s, when the Savage Chapel will be available, early until late, for everyone to come and pray for a few minutes (or as long or as short a time as they like). Please note the dates.

For those of us at St. Peter’s, who won’t be able to attend the above events, the following prayers may help you, either in personal prayer or in our Intercessions on Sunday mornings:

O most Holy Trinity, come in your power upon your whole Church, and especially upon the one that you are calling to serve you in this parish; that the life and labour of our new Rector may always be guided, strengthened and upheld by your peace and your presence; who lives and reigns one God, world without end. Amen

Almighty God, You have given us the gift of life and the gift of your Holy Spirit. For these incredible gifts, we thank you. Help us to use them well. Deepen within us a desire to do your will. Help us to hear and answer your call to serve you. Guide us to the future that you have chosen for us as a community of your Church in this place. May your Holy Spirit keep us always close to your Son Jesus and help us to listen to Him and to follow his Word. Amen.