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Film Club – September 2014

Friday evening, 12th September, 7:30pm

‘Noah’ (2014)    12 Rating

Darren Aronofsky, the Academy Award winning director, takes the helm of this epic and somewhat controversial interpretation of the biblical tale of   Noah.  Russell Crowe portrays Noah as a tormented, dysfunctional man in a corrupt and ruined land.  The supporting cast features Jennifer Connelly,   Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone; in fact the women’s roles are greatly expanded and are made to be far more important than is   suggested in the Bible story.  The special effects are impressive, and help to invoke what life might have been like in those times, and during the time of an immense flood.  The film is both spectacular and intense but received some mixed reviews: whilst the characters and effects were praised, it strayed too far from the Bible for some people, and not far enough for others!  Come and see ‘Noah’, and make up your own mind!

Free admission, tea & coffee, but bring your own popcorn!

Film shown at St Peter’s Church, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

 

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Bill’s Letter Summer 2014

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our Summer Gala such a success, and thank you to all who came to support us, despite the rather miserable weather.

The gala is always timed to be as near as possible to the feast day of St Peter, our patron saint, which is celebrated every year on 29th June. St Peter’s school began the celebrations with a special service in school followed by a sleepover, which was a great success. It is always helpful to remember some of the stories about St Peter, and be encouraged in our own journey of faith.

I find that I am most encouraged by the times when Peter messed up. When we are honest we can all admit to doing things that we regret or are ashamed of, just like St Peter.  At the school service we retold the story of Jesus walking on the lake in the midst of a storm.  Peter, full of courage, follows Jesus’s call to step out of the boat and walk on the water too.  At first it goes well as he walks towards Jesus. Then he notices the wind and waves and becomes afraid and begins to sink. Fortunately Jesus is there to help him back into the boat as the wind dies down and all becomes calm.

Most people will remember that Peter famously denied knowing Jesus three times, despite saying he would always be there for him. Again Jesus lifts him up when he forgives him on the beach after His resurrection.

Therefore, we can identify with Peter’s  humanity and know that, as Jesus helped him, he can help us too.  I am reading a book about a church that has the motto, “No perfect people  allowed”.  It is really about being authentic.  This means if we have doubts it is good to admit them but also be willing to talk about them.  It means acknowledging that none of us are perfect, so we can accept each other as we are; but also that we can encourage each other in seeking the help of Jesus to become more like Him.

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Summer Gala 2014

SATURDAY 28TH JUNE 2014 FROM 1PM UNTIL 4pPM

St Peter’s Church Centre, Lake Lock Rd

Entertainment:

  • Stanley Starlights Majorettes
  • Dance Fever Academy
  • Normanton Dog Training Club with an obedience and agility demonstration

Stalls:

tombola, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, toys, children’s tombola, sweets, bottle tombola, greetings cards, crafts, soft toy tombola, plants, face painting, and much, more more!

Refreshments:

BBQ, cream teas, pop and crisps

 

Grand Raffle: 1st prize £60, 2nd prize food hamper, plus many other fantastic prizes. 

Draw 4pm.

Raffle tickets can be purchased from church members before the event and will also be on sale at the Gala

Film Club June 2014

Film Club – June 2014

Next Film Club : Friday evening, 13th June, 7:30pm 

“Little Shop of Horrors” (1986) PG Rating

A hit comedy-horror-musical from Broadway, this is a successful transfer to film with a bevy of big-name cameos and two perfectly cast leads: Rick    Moranis is the nerdy Seymour, who pines for flower-girl Audrey (Ellen Greene) while living in the basement of florist Mr Mushnik (Vincent   Gardenia).  Seymour buys a plant during a solar eclipse, christens it Audrey II, and discovers that it likes to drink blood! Audrey II soon grows to epic proportions and is hell-bent on world domination. The film features a fantastic musical score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and in addition to the two lead parts, Levi Stubbs Jr of the Four Tops provides the low-down, nasty-minded voice of Audrey II.  Cameos include Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, James Belushi, and Christopher Guest.

Free admission, tea & coffee, but bring your own popcorn!

Film shown at St Peter’s Church, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

 

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Bill’s Letter for May 2014

The first Sunday in May will see our Confirmation Service. This is when people make a public commitment to follow Christ, and receive a special prayer from our Bishop. I am thrilled that this year there will be 10 people standing up to do this.  It is encouraging and fascinating to hear about each person’s journey of faith.  For some this year, a key factor has been through being a parent and thinking about what is best for their children.  As they have thought about asking for God’s blessing and having their child baptised, it has encouraged them to think about their own faith.  As they have come to explore what they believe and experience worship, they have discovered the living God, who can enrich our every day lives.

It has been interesting to follow some of the debate about whether we are a Christian country or not.  What has emerged is a clear picture that our society is based on Christian values and laws.  While it is true that only a small proportion of our society go to church regularly, a very high proportion identify themselves as Christian.  This is  particularly true of the village of Stanley. It is of course important to emphasise the value of tolerance of other points of view without losing confidence in our own faith.

I believe that there are many people who are being nudged into thinking about what they believe about God and wondering about  coming to church. Let me encourage you to stop putting it off and come along. We are not perfect but are friendly and would love to meet you.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first World War.  While we do not celebrate war, we do remember those who have given their lives fighting for our nation.  The day I am writing this letter, is the day we have been planting poppy seeds in three places in the village; near the Church Centre, at St Peter’s school and at Stanley Grove School.  This has been happening throughout the diocese. We said prayers that the poppies would help us remember people who had lost their lives.  We will watch as the plants grow and witness the amazing transformation of a tiny seed into a beautiful flower.

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Film Club details for May 2014

Friday evening, 9th May, 7:30pm 

‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (2011) 12 Rating

From the director of Shakespeare in Love (John Madden) and featuring an all-star British cast, this is a charming, life-affirming comedy drama about life, love and new beginnings.  Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith, the film follows the experiences of a group of elderly British retirees who travel to Bangalore, India, to take up residence in what they believe to be a newly-opened retirement home.  However, despite  the glossy publicity campaign, the Marigold turns out to be rather different from the refurbished luxury hotel advertised in the brochures. Nevertheless, it soon begins to reveal some unexpected charms of its own, and the friends are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you begin let go of the past.

Free admission, tea & coffee, but bring your own popcorn!

Film shown at St Peter’s Church, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

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Bill’s Letter for April 2014

It is still very strange driving around Stanley without the old church as a landmark and reference.  It is going to be a while before we get used to its absence.  The Easter story reminds us of the possibility for New Life out of death: that painful loss can lead to a future with hope.

Plans are still being formulated for the site of the old church.  We will be looking at what can be done with the stone we are left with and ideas will be on display for peoples comment.

Looking to the future, there is the opportunity and challenge to continue to develop a place of worship in Stanley.  From the outside, architecturally, the church centre is clearly a school and is set back from the street so lacks visibility.  We are looking for ways to transform its identity so that it is clearly a place of Christian worship as well as a place to serve the community in other ways.

This is an opportunity to think about what is important for us, as we meet together to worship and perhaps looking at different ways from those we have used before. The church is not a building, but the people from the community who follow Christ.  We are the church when we gather to worship, and we are also the church when we scatter to our homes and places of work. We have rich symbols to aid our worship, the cross, water, lit candles, bread and wine, the bible and many more.  There is a challenge in using these symbols well to help our understanding of the living God.

The challenge of developing the Centre is for the whole community.  We want to develop a plan that will be inspiring and be one that people want to support. We will need to work with the council over getting long term security for the site. Then of course the resources to make the plans a reality. Please pray with us as we take these next steps in our life together and look forward to a future of new life and hope.

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Film Club details for April 2014

Friday evening, 11th April, 7:30pm 

‘The Miracle Maker’ (2007) U Rating

This animated feature-length film uses a mix of 3D models and 2D animation to tell the story of Christ through the eyes of a child.  Originally a BBC Wales production, it showcases the voices of some of Britain’s finest actors: Ralph Fiennes as Jesus, Miranda Richardson as Mary Magdalene, Richard E. Grant as John the Baptist and David Thewlis as Judas.  In    ancient Israel young Tamar (voiced by Rebecca Callard) meets Jesus, a carpenter, whose ability to perform miracles and teachings on God draw a band of loyal followers around him.  As his popularity grows, he challenges the authority of the established Judaic religious leaders, who begin to plot his downfall. The animation is complemented by a beautifully lyrical score, written by Academy Award winning Anne Dudley.

Free admission, tea & coffee, but bring your own popcorn!

Film shown at the Church Centre, Lake Lock Road, doors open 7pm

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