Church Life

ST SAVIOUR’S NEWS SHEET

17 November - 1 December 2019

 

Booking for Mystery Plays now open

Booking for our annual Medieval Mystery Play performances (from 4th to 7th December) is now underway. The Players of St Peter would still be interested to hear from anyone willing to lend a hand with the shows - either technically or back-stage. And even now there may be openings for someone hoping to contribute dramatically in some way – you could check in with the Director, Gill Taylor on 07419 284128. General information on this year’s play selection, times and dates, and how to book in advance are added below/attached for email readers.

 

Christmas Services this year

 

You will see in ‘Future Events’ below that Christmas Eve Midnight Mass will take place this year at St Saviour’s at 11.30pm, along with our earlier Crib Service at 4.30pm. There is also a Christmas Eucharist on Christmas Day at 9.30am. I have sometimes been asked innocently by people whether I am ‘going away’ for Christmas – forgetting that I am responsible for seeing that that great Feast is marked by praise and thanksgiving in my churches! Even though it may not be a responsibility you share, may I encourage you (if you are not away yourselves) to remember to give thanks in church at some point over Christmas itself – I flag it up now to encourage you to factor it in to your Christmas programme. See also if you can get to our Christmas Carol Service, which is a little closer to actual Christmas this year – on Sunday 22nd December. at 4.30pm and, as usual led by Belsize Community Choir, who also contribute choral items.

 

Anniversary & Thanksgiving

 

A Festal Evensong marked the 160th Anniversary of the Dedication of St Peter’s, Belsize Park on 13th November, at which the Archdeacon of Hampstead preached. There was a specially invited guest choir of singers to sing a choral setting of the Canticles for Evening Prayer by Stanford, along with the Smith Responses and two motets. Belsize Community Choir framed the service with two pieces they had worked on, and added to the many past and present members and associates of the church who attended, there were also representatives present from St Peter’s interfaith and community relationships.

 

The ’festal’ nature of the service was also to give thanks for the completion of recent extensive repairs to the roof and fabric of the church, the commencement of the refurbishment of the interior, and the renewal of the Tower Clock. This picture shows the process of installing the re-painted clock-faces (before the gilded hands were added) – with one already in place, and another (wrapped for protection) being winched up to its final position.   

 

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 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 Church - meets on Tuesdays at 10am for the month of November at St Peter’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

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 November  at  St Saviour’s.  They rehearse hymns, a psalm, and some special items of their own for the Sunday Eucharists. For more information please ring Fr. Paul on 07971 223764

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SUNDAY  17  NOVEMBER        THE SECOND  SUNDAY  BEFORE  ADVENT

 

                  9.30am  Parish Eucharist            Celebrant and Preacher: Revd. Jan Rushton

 

                          Readings: Malachi 4:1-2a; 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13; Luke 21:5-19

                  

                  NO Afternoon Prayer

 

MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER

                8pm Local Residents Meeting in the Vestry

 

TUESDAY 19  NOVEMBER

                  

                  10am Bible Study          Lectio Divina on 1 Peter (St Peter’s)

         

WEDNESDAY 20  NOVEMBER

 

                  7.30pm      PCC Meeting in the Vicarage

 

FRIDAY  22  NOVEMBER

 

                  6pm   Church Singing Group (St Saviour’s)

 

 

 

SUNDAY  24  NOVEMBER           CHRIST  THE  KING

                                                          

                  9.30am Parish Eucharist        Celebrant and Preacher     Revd. Paul Nicholson

 

                        Readings: Jeremiah 23:1- 6; Colossians 1: 11-20; Luke 23: 33-43

   

                4.30pm   Taizé Worship for the Feast of Christ the King

            

 

TUESDAY  26  NOVEMBER

 

                     10.00am Bible Study      Lectio Divina on 1 Peter (at St Peter’s)

                

 

FRIDAY 29   NOVEMBER          

 

                      6pm  Church Singing Group (at St Saviour’s)

 

 

SATURDAY  30  NOVEMBER                 ANDREW  THE  APOSTLE

 

 

 

SUNDAY  1  DECEMBER         THE  FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT

 

                9.30am Parish Eucharist                 Celebrant and Preacher Revd. Paul Nicholson

                                                                                   

                       Readings: Isaiah 2: 1-5;  Romans 13: 11-end; Matthew 24:36 - 44 

               

    4.30pm   Music and Meditation for Advent Fr. Paul gives a sequence of Advent Meditations with

Musical interludes, framed with silence and ending in prayer.

 FUTURE EVENTS:

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 4 – SATURDAY 7 December  Annual Medieval Mystery Play performances by the Players of St Peter (see details below/attached)

 

SATURDAY  21 DECEMBER  10am – 12 noon   Christmas Church cleaning

 

SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER 4.30pm  Christmas Carol Service

 

24 DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS EVE

4.30pm Crib Service for young children and families

11.30pm Midnight Mass

 

25 DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS DAY

9.30am  Christmas Eucharist

 

SUNDAY 6 FEBRUARY 6.30pm  JAZZ TRIO CONCERT with Mark Crooks and friends (details to follow)