Bill’s Letter for June 2013

Thank you for those who prayed for my journey to Tanzania.  I have returned safely after a very fruitful trip.  I was able to travel      extensively around and learn a lot about the ‘Water for Life’ project.  It was also very encouraging to worship with Christians there.  Prayer is a very important part of peoples lives.  There is prayer before a meal and on arrival after a safe journey.  There is a hunger to know God and learn more about Him, especially among the young…

Film Club details for June 2013

Friday evening, 14th June, 7:30pm ‘Les Miserables’ (2012)  12 Rating Multiple award-winning ‘Les Misérables’ has just been released on DVD and is a deeply powerful film, conveying the grittiness of life in 19th-century France.  It tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.  Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for    decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks  parole.  When Valjean agrees to care for dying…

St Peter’s Parish Day – Jun 15th 2013

On Saturday 15th June, St Peter’s Church is organising a parish day for everyone who is interested to come together to develop friendships, have fun and think about what we want to achieve in the future as a church community.  The venue and details of the event are still being worked on; further information will be available later this month, and a sign-up sheet will be put on the noticeboard in the church centre.  Please put the date in your diaries and come along and…

Bill’s Letter for May 2013

I shall be spending most of this month—May—back in Tanzania helping with the ‘Water for Life’ Project that is part of the Diocesan link with Mara. It has been running for 5 years now and so far £63,000 has been raised and sent to the project. We began by helping to train people to build hand dug wells and fitting hand pumps to extract the water.  There is also an important element of health education, so that people understand the value of clean water.  The…

Film Club details for May 2013

Friday evening, 11th May, 7:30pm  ‘Zookeeper’ (2011)  PG Rating All the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kind-hearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James).  But realising that he prefers the company of wild animals to humans, Griffin decides the only way to get the girl of his dreams is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job to win her over.  The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honoured code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk. …

Bill’s Letter for April 2013

We are in interesting times in the church worldwide. We have just witnessed the appointment of a new Pope and a new Archbishop of Canterbury. The new pope comes with a reputation for avoiding pomp and a palace life and being concerned for the poor. The new arch-bishop is not well known, but I was fortunate to be at a conference recently where he was speaking. I was very encouraged by the conference as a whole and what he said in particular. At the conference…

Bill’s Letter for March 2013

For the last few years, the March magazine has been published as we begin Lent. Once again we have an opportunity to use this month as a preparation for the great festival of Easter. Lent can be seen as a time for growth. Not just growth for the sake of it, but growth into the likeness of Christ. It is all too easy to become complacent and stuck in our ways, so often we need some sort of jolt to change. This can make growth…