Parish News Sheet

 

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PARISH NEWS SHEET 24 FEBRUARY 2021

 

 

 

Vaccinations and gradual lifting of restrictions

The Prime Minister’s announcement of phased lifting of the current lockdown restrictions, with the projected elimination of most of these by the end of June, is giving the glimpse of light at the end of a long tunnel.
Confidence has also been boosted by tests which have affirmed the effectiveness of the main vaccines across all age groups, and the prediction that all adults should have been offered a first COVID vaccine jab by the end of July.

Public Worship was not officially suspended by Government or the Church of England during the current lockdown, but after a period it began to seem right for us.
However, the encouraging signs mean that we can now prepare to return to live worship in the week following 8th March
              A vaccinated vicar               (when the schools return) starting with the midweek Holy
                                                              Communion services, and then Mothering Sunday (14th March).

Initially we will follow the Sunday pattern of services we established after the first lockdown – 4.30pm at St Saviour, 6pm at St Peter (to allow continuation of the Sunday morning Zoom Eucharist for both parishes), but after discussion by our church councils we are likely to establish new times for each church, and when they are agreed we will make these known.

We also note the expected re-opening of Concert Halls and Theatres from mid-May,
which will be our cue to plan safely for a return to concerts in our churches – more food for our souls!


Diocese of London Lent Appeal

This Lent St Peter’s is supporting the London Diocese’s Challenging Youth Violence appeal. A young person can be involved with youth violence as a victim, offender, or witness.
The lent appeal will focus on both raising awareness of the issue and raising money for three charities that challenge it.
Please connect to the links to find out more of how your donation to this cause can really make a different.
The great charities this appeal will help are:
XLP (the eXceL Project), TLG (Transforming Lives for Good) and Readthread.
Further information is available here

 

Major National Gallery Exhibition

Ken Robbie writes:

Albrecht Dürer, great artist of the northern Renaissance, will be the subject of a major exhibition at the National Gallery this year.   
The exhibition is currently postponed but is expected to open before long - perhaps as soon as May when museums and galleries will generally re-open if all goes well. 
It is worth keeping an eye on the website:  www.nationalgallery.org.uk 

The exhibition - 'Dürer’s Journeys' - will bring together loans from many museums and private collections.   
Through paintings, drawings, prints,
and letters, it will illustrate Dürer’s travels in northern Europe and across the Alps and his seminal importance in
art history.   
We hope it will include the mystical self-portrait reproduced on this page.   

            Self-Portrait with Fur-Trimmed Robe, 1500
                   from the Alte Pinakothek, Munich

It is good to have some cultural treats in prospect, and this one promises to be a feast. 

 

Online Lent Groups

Our churches - along with St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, St John’s Wood Parish Church and St Mark’s Regents Park - are joining together for a series of Lent Discussions on reflections stimulated by a recent book by Australian theologian Sarah Bachelard: Resurrection and Moral Imagination.                                                                                                           

Clergy from each church are teaming-up to prepare a series of YouTube video head-to-heads on questions raised by Bachelard’s book:  

  • what the gospels tell us about meetings with the risen Christ.
  • how our salvation is secured by the Resurrection
  • how the Resurrection should change the way we see the world
  • how to live in the light of the Resurrection
  • how Resurrection affects the language and practice of our mission as the Church

 

The videos can be viewed at any time before the discussions on these themes, which are being held each Wednesday evening at 7pm through Lent, starting from Wednesday 24th February.
To complete the series there will be a recorded devotional reflection in the Wednesday of Holy Week (the week before Easter).

This activity will give our people a chance to share experiences with members of other churches, and to let the Hope of Easter and the Risen Christ give light and purpose to our continued journey through the dark challenges of the pandemic.
It will not be essential to have read the book itself (published by Routledge) – which is quite expensive, and makes references to both philosophical and theological themes – to participate in and to enjoy this series, which aims to make its argument more widely accessible.

You can view a general video promoting this series on https://youtu.be/tqpB8gm86WI.
To join the series and receive the subsequent video and zoom links you should register your interest with St Mary’s Administrator: office@smvph.org.uk

The video for this first week’s discussion can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/evZdVFsism4