Church Life

ST SAVIOUR'S NEWS SHEET
16 February - 1 March 2020

 

More Messy Church

Our first Messy Church session (held on Saturday 15th February) is the first of a series that will be held between our two churches.

All timed on Saturdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm there are two more in St Saviour’s Octagon Hall on 21st March and 4th April, and alternating with these, three at St Peter’s Church on 28th February, 28th March and 11th April.

Messy church is a movement which has had widespread success in drawing young children and their parents to learn about the Christian Faith in a child-friendly and accessible way through craft activities, painting, drawing and informal prayer and singing.

There are plenty of flyers in each church to publicise these – please take some and let’s invite friends and neighbours along!

 

What Holiness looks like

Lent starts during the period of this News Sheet issue – on Ash Wednesday, 26th February. We mark its start at St Saviour’s with a special Eucharist at the usual time of 1.15pm that day, in which we will be marked with the sign of the cross in Ash at the Communion rail.

It seemed like a good preparation for this on the 3rd Sunday before Lent to hear part of Jesus’ ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Remember how this begins? ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit… the meek… those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… the merciful… the pure in heart… the peacemakers’. These, and other ‘beatitudes’ are the terms in which Jesus describes to those who would follow him what true holiness consists of – what are the values of his kingdom. These values are not those of the world around us, and we should remember this; one of our prayers for Lent reminds us, ‘in these 40 days you lead us into the desert of repentance that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline we may grow in grace and learn to be your people once again’. This is what, for the Christian, Lent is really about.

In the version of the Sermon on the Mount we find in Matthew’s Gospel (Matt. 5:1-20) Jesus makes a further bold statement about what his followers must be: ‘you are the salt of the earth….you are the light of the world…’. He appeals to them to maintain their saltiness, and not to hide their light. By this he means that we should be to society the kind of seasoning that salt is to food - the kind of people who by the way they live encourage all around them to flourish as God intends them to, and to reach their full potential; we should be people who demonstrate the light of love and compassion for others, and of hope.

What a different focus this gives us for Lent – instead of vainly striving for the body beautiful, simply being better Christian disciples and becoming salt of the earth and light of the world! As Jesus says, ‘Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven’.

 

Lent Study Groups

We will continue to reflect on the theme of Discipleship throughout the duration of Lent. Following the Ash Wednesday services there will be a series of Sunday sermons on different aspects of what it means to follow Jesus Christ, and on each subsequent Wednesday in Lent there will be an evening discussion group reflecting on these, posing questions and seeking to answer them. The aim is to help us all become more intentional in our response to Christ and to be more conscious of this every day. The sessions will alternate between St Peter’s and St Saviour’s each week (see details in ‘Future Events’ below).

 

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

For more information about any activities listed in this News Sheet, to enquire about baptisms, weddings, pastoral visits, or to arrange to discuss personal matters with Fr. Paul, please ring and leave a message on 0207 586 6522, or email stpandsts@gmail.com

 

DIARY

Weekday Worship, Prayer and Activities
(any occasional variations will be indicated on the weekly porch notices)

The church is kept open most Wednesdays from 8.30am – 3.30pm, and most Saturdays from 9.30am-11am

Morning Prayer (just 20 or 25 mins) is usually said in the church at 8.30am from Tuesday to Friday, and at 9.30am on Saturday.
You can join Fr. Paul where he sits in the Lady Chapel, or just come in and light a candle.

The Weekly Bible Study – shared with St Peter’s, Belsize Park - meets on Tuesdays at 10am for the month of February at St Saviour’s.

The Gardening Group is held each Wednesday morning 10.30-12.30. 
If you would like to join in ring Corinne on 020 7586 6869
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There is normally a service of Holy Communion – lasting just half an hour - most Wednesdays at 1.15pm. 
It is followed (for those who can stay) by a simple lunch, for which donations are invited.

The Church Singing Group meets 6pm each Friday, for the month of February at St Peter’s.
They rehearse hymns, a psalm and some special items of their own, for the Sunday Eucharists.
Join us any time! For more information, see ‘General Enquiries’ above.


SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY    2nd BEFORE LENT

9.30am  Parish Eucharist and Junior Church (with Children’s Minister, Fr. Petrica)
             Celebrant and Preacher: Revd. Paul Nicholson
             Readings: Genesis1:1-2.3; Romans 8:18-25; Matthew 6:25-end

4.30pm  Said Evening Prayer (Common Worship)


TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY

          10am  Bible Study at St Saviour’s Church (Luke 1: 26-45)


FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY

 6pm  Church Singing Group at St Peter’s
 

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY  NEXT BEFORE LENT

          

9.30am  Parish Eucharist and Junior Church (with Children’s Minister, Fr. Petrica)
             Celebrant: Revd. Paul Nicholson;
             Preacher: Revd Jan Rushton
             Readings: Exodus 24: 12 – end; 2 Peter 1: 16 – end; Matthew 17: 1-9

            4.30pm Taizé Worship with Taizé Chant, Prayer and Readings


TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY

          10am Bible Study at St Saviour’s Church (Luke 1:46-56)


WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY  ASH WEDNESDAY

          1.15pm Said Eucharist, with Litany and Imposition of Ashes followed by (optional) simple lunch 
         

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY

12pm  Church Singing Group at St Saviour’s
(NB time & place this week!)*
 

SUNDAY 1 MARCH  The 1st SUNDAY OF LENT

9.30am  Parish Eucharist and Junior Church (with Children’s Minister, Fr. Petrica)
             Celebrant and Preacher: Revd. Paul Nicholson 
            Readings: Genesis 2:15-17; 3.1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11     

          4.30pm Baptism of Ava Otto Radak

            

FUTURE EVENTS:

LENT DISCIPLESHIP DISCUSSION GROUPS

Each Wednesday at 7.30pm:

3rd March at St Peter’s

11th March at St Saviour’s

18th March at St Peter’s

25th March at St Saviour’s

1st April at St Peter’s

8th April at St Saviour’s


SATURDAY 7 MARCH

CONCERT OF BAROQUE MUSIC in memory of MARK RANSOM – harpsichord maker, generous helper and supporter of many musicians.

 

SATURDAY 14 MARCH

EVENING CONCERT by Primrose Hill Choir and Children’s Choir
conducted by Matthew Watts (details tbc.)

SUNDAY 29 MARCH 5.30pm (NB Start Time!)

CHARITY CONCERT BY THE FELLOWS SINGERS (Director, Bradley Smith)
Music by Purcell, Mozart, Gilbert and Sullivan and Cole Porter. Refreshments provided after the concert.

 

HOLY WEEK

PALM SUNDAY 5 APRIL

9.30am Blessing of Palms and Dramatic Reading of the Passion at the Eucharist

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY

8pm Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper followed by a Watch until 11pm

 

GOOD FRIDAY

10.30am Devotion at the Cross, and Holy Communion

 

EASTER DAY – SUNDAY 12 APRIL

9.30am Easter Eucharist and Renewal of Baptism Vows

5pm Easter Drama from the Mystery Plays
An enactment of the Visit to the Sepulchre from the fifteenth-century N-Town Plays, performed by members of the Players of St Peter.