Current News to 7th October

               23 September – 7 October 2018

Auditions for this year’s Medieval Mystery Plays St Peter’s Players will be holding the second of two trial read-throughs and auditions for their performances this year on Friday 28th of September at 7pm. The flyer is once more attached for more information – as well as dramatic parts there may also be need for technical assistance; all are welcome to come along and participate!

Joint meeting with St Peter’s members

The meeting on Tuesday 18th September (‘Thinking beyond the Walls’) drew an encouraging 20 people to get together over wine and snacks to talk around the things both churches are already doing together (more than ever), to discuss how each church might become stronger over the next few years, and what associations they may like to develop together into the future. It was attended by the clergy connected with St Saviour’s and St Peter’s (Paul Nicholson, Jan Rushton and Harry Graham), but wisely chaired by Barbara Brend, St Saviour’s churchwarden, with a helpful paper by Celia Pachmayr forming the starting point of discussion. Everyone felt that the gathering was a good start to what should now be a continuing process.

Harvest Festival and St Francis of Assisi

St Francis is commemorated on 4th October. He was born around the year 1181 in Assisi, the son of a rich merchant. After a rebellious youth he underwent a conversion which led him – instead of taking over his father’s cloth business, to take to heart the words of Jesus in the Gospel to a rich young man – “go and sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Others joined him and he prepared a simple, gospel-based Rule for them all to live by. Saint Clare (Chiara) soon assembled an Order of women (‘The poor Clares’) based on his rule, and it has remained the basis for the Franciscan Order of today, which emphasises the poverty of Christ as an example to his followers, and His particular care for the poor of the world. Francis stands out as someone who reminded the all-powerful church of his day of the simplicity and humble way of Christ. He also had a close respect and affection for creation and all God’s creatures – his legendary ‘Sermon to the birds’ was captured by Giotto (above).

The poverty and generosity of Francis, and his self-denying regard for ‘mother earth’, forms a helpful lesson to take to our Celebration of Harvest shortly after his commemoration, on Sunday 7th October. The Octagon Nursery always collects a splendid array of produce as a visual focus for this celebration, to which we add our own gifts, and we distribute all the food to those in need in the week following. But it can be difficult to remain thankful for the fruits of the earth in our urban setting, with supermarket packaging and so much food-wastage in evidence, and the simplicity of Francis’ approach offers us one inspiring way.

 

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Weekday Worship, Prayer and Activities

Morning Prayer – lasting 20 or 25 mins - is usually said in the church at 8am 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. On Saturdays the church normally stays open until 11am.

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 stays open until 3.30pm most Wednesdays

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

The Weekly Bible Study meets on  Tuesday 25 SEPTEMBER at 10am  at  St Peter’s Church Belsize Park , and then for the month of OCTOBER  on Tuesday at  10am  in  St Saviour’s Church Vestry (entrance Eton Villas) ‘Encountering the Holy Spirit in Acts’

The Church Singing Group meets most Fridays at 6pm to prepare music for the following Sunday, a Psalm to lead, and occasional communion motets. It meets alternately at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s, Belsize Park. To find out more, ring Paul on 07971 223764 *

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SUNDAY  23 SEPTEMBER      THE 17th SUNDAY  AFTER  TRINITY

 

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

 

                  Readings: Wisdom 1: 16 - 2:1, 12-22; James 3: 13- 4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30 - 37

 

                  Coffee and tea after the service

 

                   4.30pm     Evening Prayer

 

 

 

MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

 

                   9.45-11.45am  Parent & Toddler Group with play and refreshments

                            Enquiries: ring or text Frieda on 07714 471336)

FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

7pm The Players of St Peter  2nd Read-through/Audition of this years Medieval Mystery Plays to be performed in December. You are invited to come along and participate!

SATURDAY  29  SEPTEMBER             MICHAEL  AND  ALL  ANGELS

 

SUNDAY 30  SEPTEMBER      THE 18th  SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 

                    9.30am  Parish Eucharist           Celebrant and Preacher: Revd. Paul Nicholson                    

                   Readings: Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29; James 5:13- end; Mark 9:38-end

                    Coffee and tea after the service

                    4.30pm  Evening Prayer

 

MONDAY 1 OCTOBER

                   9.45-11.45am Parent and Toddler Group with play and refreshments

                               Enquiries: ring or text Frieda on 07714 471336

TUESDAY 2  OCTOBER

10-11am Lectio Divina - Reflective Bible Study ‘Encountering the Holy Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles’  at St Saviour’s for this and each Tuesday in October

THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER   ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

 

FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER

                 6pm Church Singing Group

 

 

 

SUNDAY  7 OCTOBER    HARVEST FESTIVAL

 

         9.30am Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist      Celebrant and Preacher:  Revd. Paul Nicholson

 

                     Readings: Joel 2:21-27; 1 Timothy 6:6-10; Matthew 6:25-33

 

                     Coffee and tea after the service

 

      4.30pm  Evening Prayer