Bill’s Letter for May 2016

It is hard to believe that we are into May, when we recently suffered from heavy frosts and snow showers. It feels rather strange after such a mild winter. It is not only the weather that seems in chaos in the world around us. There are atrocities in Syria and ones not so well publicised in South Sudan as well as many other countries. People are fleeing for their lives into difficult and deadly situations, creating a crisis for their care. We watch in astonishment at…

Film Club – May 2016

Friday evening, 13th May 7:30pm ‘The Lady in the Van’ (2015) Two-time Oscar winner and star of “Downton Abbey”, Dame Maggie Smith, recreates one of her most celebrated roles – the singular Miss Shepherd – in ‘The Lady in the Van’, Alan Bennett’s big-screen comedic adaptation of his own iconic memoir and honoured stage play. Based on a true story, Miss Shepherd was a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.…

Bill’s Letter for April 2016

Easter is always a special time for the followers of Christ. We have walked with Jesus through the ups and downs of his last week on earth: the excitement of the crowds welcoming Him into Jerusalem; His weeping at seeing what would happen to that city; His anger at the profiteering in the temple; then the quiet sadness of the last supper, when He knew he would be betrayed. Nevertheless He did the slave’s job of washing the disciples feet, and used it as a…

Parish Magazine for April 2016

You can download the April 2016 parish magazine in PDF format using the link below. Click here to download The parish magazine is in Adobe PDF format, if you can’t view the magazine you can download a reader at adobe.com.

Film Club – April 2016

Friday evening, 8th April 7:30pm ‘After Earth’ (2013) “After Earth” is a science-fiction thriller film directed by M. Night   Shyamalan, starring real-life father and son Will and Jaden Smith as Cypher and Kitai Raige.   A crash landing on Earth, 1,000 years   after cataclysmic events that forced humanity to abandon the planet, leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) stranded. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help so they can return to…

Parish Magazine for March 2016

You can download the March 2016 parish magazine in PDF format using the link below. Click here to download The parish magazine is in Adobe PDF format, if you can’t view the magazine you can download a reader at adobe.com.

Easter 2016

Please join us at St Peter’s Church on Lake Lock Road and at the Methodist Chapel on Mount Road for our Easter services this month: we will be very happy to welcome you. Sunday 20th March, 10.30am Palm Sunday Parade Service:   The service will begin at Mount Road Chapel: half-way through the service the congregation will walk to St Peter’s for the rest of the service. Sunday 20th March, 7.30pm Holy Space: a relaxed and informal evening service during Holy Week with time for prayer…

Film Club – March 2016

Friday evening, 11th March 7:30pm ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ (2015) From acclaimed director Ridley Scott comes this epic adventure; the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire.   In ‘Exodus: God’s and Kings’, Scott bring new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Also starring John…

Bill’s Letter for March 2016

This year, from Lent through to the end of the summer term, we are looking at how as a church we might live with the priorities that Jesus taught. In Lent we are looking at the story of John the Baptist, and after Easter looking at how we might become ‘Jesus shaped people’. There is more about that on pages 14 and 15 of this magazine. John the Baptist, like Jesus, had a miraculous birth. His parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, were beyond child bearing age…

Bill’s Letter for February 2016

This is the first magazine of 2016, so I would like to begin by wishing you a Happy New Year. This is the season of Epiphany when we think again about   Christmas, but through the eyes of the ‘Magi’, mysterious visitors from the East. Epiphany can mean “revealing of Christ to the nations”, and these visitors are a powerful symbol of that. Matthew’s gospel gives us a brief crafted account that tradition has built upon. Matthew does not tell us how many there were or…