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Happy New Year to you all!



More Poetry online

Following the success of our Zoom series with readings and discussion of T.S. Eliot’s
Four Quartets, Mary Shakeshaft is once again hosting poetry sessions.
She has provided this invitation:

‘After our readings of Four Quartets some of you said you would like some more. 
This is a particularly bleak time so maybe they will cheer us a little.   
I should like to suggest the following programme. 
All readings will be on Tuesdays at 2pm on Zoom.

Following Eliot’s musings on time, memory and places, I propose that we read two of Wordsworth’s poems on the same subjects. Both of them are in any good anthology of English Verse such as Palgrave’s Golden Treasury or the Oxford Book of English Verse or you can find them on the web. You don’t need to buy an anthology of Wordsworth’s poetry but there is a cheap one, I am sure, appropriately, in Wordsworth Classics,

January 26 – Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

February 2 -   Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

February 9 – Discussion of the two poems

Wordsworth became Poet Laureate and so I propose reading in Lent six poems by our present Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage.  These are the Stanza Stones, poems written as he followed a walk in Yorkshire and which are engraved on stones on the path. 
They are in a collection The Paper Aeroplane if you want to read all the poems; a copy of the relevant Stanza Stones poem will be sent to each person offering to read one.
We will actually begin on Shrove Tuesday and finish on the Tuesday  before Holy Week.

If you would like to be one of the readers please email me – – and I will arrange the readings.

Everyone is welcome to come and listen.’                                                    - Mary Shakeshaft

Public Worship suspended, but churches open

Government Lockdown restrictions actually permit churches to hold public worship where risk assessment is carried out, but in view of Covid outbreaks in neighbouring churches the PCCs of St Peter’s and St Saviour’s considered it more responsible to cease our Sunday services and Midweek Holy Communion celebrations for now.

But each church is open every day Tuesday-Sunday for Individual Prayer:

            St Saviour’s Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am-11.30am, Sunday 2pm-3pm
            St Peter’s    Tuesday-Sunday       3.30pm-4.30pm

with Morning Prayer at St Saviour’s Tuesday-Friday 8.15am, Saturday 9.30am
and Evening Prayer at St Peter’s Tuesday-Saturday 5pm

Please check the websites or Porch Notices for any weekly variations to this pattern.
There is a FOODBANK COLLECTION POINT IN THE CHURCH PORCHES when each church is open (at St Saviour’s, in the Provost Road entrance)

Clergy collaboration to provide online resources

Before Christmas, priests of local Anglican churches worked together to produce Podcasts for each of the 12 days of Christmas which met with appreciation from those who listened.

Following the success of that collaboration the group of us who usually go into St Paul’s C.E. Primary School to lead Assemblies are recording videos to be played to children attending school during lockdown.
Our churches and people can also view these Video Assembly packages, and the first of these (already seen in school) is available on this link:
The talk on this is given by Revd. Canon William Gulliford – Vicar of St Mark’s, Regents Park.

The second video features the crib at St Saviour,
with a talk by Father Paul.
Here is the link:

The videos will all be edited and presented by
Revd. Emily Kolltveit – Curate of St Mary the Virgin,
Primrose Hill, and we will send
out links to subsequent ones as
they are prepared.

St Saviour’s Crib

There is also a plan during Lent to provide presentations and reflections for a Lent Study Course open to all parishes, which – in these challenging times might provide a journey towards Easter Day – one which, following Christ’s experience in the Gospels, seeks to journey along the rocky reality of suffering and death to Easter Day and Resurrection.
We meet soon to talk this through – I will report back!