Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Our Worship

Following our worship consultation which we have been running since the APCM in April please be aware of 2 things:

1. Parish Services (when we worship as a Parish family) are moving from 4th Sundays to 5th Sundays. The first occasion that this will happen on will be Sunday 30th October when we will gather at 10.30am at St Thomas' West Hyde. ON that day as part of our worship, we will give thanks to God for 30 years faithful service by Anne Peat as a Reader, but also of Readers in our parish but also the ministry of all God's people. Please do join us on what will be All Saints Sunday for our worship.
2. In November the times of our services are changing. These changes are as a direct result of the feedback, forms and conversations we have had with many of you. Therefore please be aware that on Sundays our pattern of worship will be as follows:
8.00am service at St Peter's
9.30am service at St Thomas'
10.00am service at St John's
10.30am service at St Peter's
Where there is a 5th Sunday in the month *from November onwards*, the worship will be at the same time as the service at that local church.
Please take note of these new times. Please pray for our each other as we try this new pattern (which will include both Eucharistic and Non Eucharistic worship) for a period of 6 months initially; and please pray for your Readers and Clergy and soon to be licensed Lay Leader of Worship as we seek to provide acts of worship at the same time each week that meet our need to meet with each other and with God.

Monday, 10 October 2016

The Mission Is Dead! Long Live The Mission! New Groups and Chances To Learn

You probably have heard the expression ‘The King is dead! Long live the King!’ It was apparently first used in France following the death of King Charles VI and the accession to the throne of his son Charles VII in 1422. The old order is over. Let the new order begin.

The mission is dead! Long live the mission! could be a variant we could use. Our GROW mission week is concluded some 18 months after the idea was first banded around and prayed about. But whilst those involved in so many ways in the lead up to and during the week itself might be pleased that things are now concluded in reality our work as churches and as individual Christians is only just beginning as we seek to follow the God who is already ahead of us in mission.

The mission is dead! Long live the mission. Following our GROW week’s events there are several opportunities to become aware of: some which happened for the first time during the week and 2 are two new opportunities to discover more about the Christian faith.

Pints of View - we got to the gents of the parish together over a curry during GROW, now we're going to meet for a drink. We look forward to seeing you.

Ladies meal - ladies you gathered for a delicious meal at Dolce Caffè during GROW - it's happening again but book soon!

Alpha - some of you will have heard of or maybe been to Alpha before. This is the course rebooted for the 21st Century with new videos and renewed teaching.

START - 6 short sessions discussing the meaning  of life and faith

The week is over but the work begins. We really look forward to seeing you at some of these and other events - details of which will become available soon!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Harvest 2016

If you are wanting to give 'physically' as it were this Harvest (Sunday 2nd at St Thomas' and Sunday 9th at St Peter's), *please* can you have a look at the lists below.

These sorts of donations will make a huge difference to the lives of refugees - not just in Calais - but in Turkey, Greece and elsewhere.

Financial gifts will go to support the Bishop of St Albans Harvest Appeal which is supporting the work of Water Aid in Madagascar. More details can be found in the video below and at www.harvestappeal.org


Thank you in advance for your generosity

Saturday, 17 September 2016

GROW is here!!!

To mark the start of Mission Week, this Sunday 18th September there will be a Bring and Share Lunch in the Parish Hall from around 12.30pm.

Most of the Mission Away Team will be there for you to meet them and chat about the events this week.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Monday, 12 September 2016

GROW Mission Week - 18-25 September

Our GROW mission week is almost upon us and we are so excited to be welcoming a range of visitors to the parish to help us as we run a range of activities and events throughout the week which we hope will appeal to many of you!

Please have look at the fliers attached (there are also events aimed at the other Uniformed Organisations too!) plus the 'Seeing Salvation' event details of which are in the post below.

We are delighted to be welcoming:

The Right Rev'd Michael Beasley - Bishop of Hertford
The Right Rev'd Philip Wright - Bishop of Belize
Rev'd Sam Korn - Assistant Curate of St Mary East Barnet
Rev'd Emily Davis - Assistant Curate of St Michael Bishop's Stortford
Rev'd Emma Young - Assistant Curate of St Augustine Limbury in Luton.
Rev'd Daniel McCarthy - Vicar of Shenley
Br. Martin Price from Glasshampton Monestary 
Helen Kémi - Educational Specialist from the Diocese of  Linköping
Per - Parish musician from the Diocese of  Linking
Sam Frampton - Ordinand at Westcott House Cambridge
Christie Broom - currently exploring her vocation; based in Watford.

Please pray for us all:
Living God, may we reflect your love as we prepare to grow
In wild hope, in passionate faith and in outrageous generosity.
Let this week be a time of refreshment, renewal and joy.
May we be drawn into friendship with Jesus
Resource and bless us we pray.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Seeking Salvation - 20 September - 8pm

'Cross Reference' © Sheila de Rosa but used with kind permission

For many artists, their work is an outlet for their own search for meaning. It is a way of expressing the natural questions that arise from simply being alive. In that sense all art is a spiritual search and asks both artist and viewer similar questions to those of Spirituality and Theology such as: Why am I here? Does my life have any purpose? Why is there suffering?
Through a brief look at how some great artists approached this search and a chance to look at Hertfordshire based artist Sheila de Rosa’s own work, we will have a chance to discuss some of these big questions together.

St Peter the Apostle, Mill End


This event is free and is part of our GROW week and all are welcome to join us.

Refreshments will be available and there will be an opportunity to purchase some of Sheila's work too.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Sunday 28th August 2016

Just a quick reminder we worship this Sunday together as a parish family.

This month we are at St John the Evangelist church in Heronsgate. The service begins at 10.30am.  Parking is available.

We will be offering prayer for healing as part of the worship tomorrow.

Looking forward to seeing you.