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Nativity Service 2016

Christmas Eve Nativity Service - This year, the 5pm service on 24 December 2016 took the form of a playlet interspersed with songs and carols as we journeyed with Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the birth of the Christ Child. Children were encouraged to dress up as either Shepherds, Angels or Kings to join with the 'cast' and they did not disappoint.  The church was bursting at the seams with standing room only at the back.  This was a very special and enjoyable service.

Time for God Service 8 January 2017 - Epiphany

Epiphany Sunday 8 January 2017 - Epiphany is when the Church celebrates the coming of the wise men to visit Jesus. On Sunday 8th January in our service we explored the theme of Epiphany with activities - making crowns, decorating cakes and more .... 

Time For God Pet Service 11 September 2016

Time For God Pet Service

Took Place Sunday 11th September 2016 10.30am

Normally I go for a long walk on a Sunday morning, but this Sunday my owner took me to St Peter’s Church! I met other dogs plus two cats (they were in baskets - shame!) I also met some songbirds in a cage which were very chatty, but I didn’t really understand what they were saying! We listened to the people singing and the Vicar talking about the importance of pets to humans and the way they help many people come to terms with difficult circumstances in their lives. There were lots of things for the humans to do. The little ones had their faces painted expertly - a few of them looked like me! I had treats out in the sunshine while the humans had their drink and cake. Some were wearing the tee shirts that they had decorated earlier - it was great fun and all of us dogs were told there might be another one next year!

I understand there is another Time For God Service on 9th October, I’m not invited … but all the rest of the family are! I heard the Vicar saying it’s going to be about God’s Amazing Love for everyone, with lots of activities and cake again!

Rover - Special Correspondent for Ad Vincula

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A Note from the Treasurer

Yes, it is that time of the year.

As you may know Liz Atkinson stepped down this past September as Treasurer of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) after five faithful serving years. She conducted the financial affairs in a very clear and efficient way that has made the turnover in a very seamless and easy way for me to be able to take over the duties. Nevertheless, I still have some things to catch up on.

As a first duty, the PCC would think me remiss in my new role of Treasurer if I did not offer a short note at this time of the year about .....yes finance.

We are very fortunate at St Peters to have a very stable and solid financial support from its parishioners. In this past year of incumbent change we have continued our financial support to the diocese that was asked of us, financed our programmes and made significant gifts to many charitable causes in our outreach. On behalf of the PCC I thank you for that support.

Our financial picture at St Peters is sound and at PCC we do look to make efficiencies where possible and to look at ways to be as prudent as we can in caring for the resources that we have. However our expenditures do go up year on year and we would not want if at all possible to cut our programmes and outreach. For this reason I would urge you to continue and if possible increase your giving in the coming year. For your guidance the Government Pension increase (CPI) for 2016 will be 2.5%.

For those who give to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), thank you. This is the most efficient way in which to contribute, they collect in the donation, obtain the gift aid and send the funds directly to our account each month. For those who donate by direct debit themselves again thanks, but I ask if you would also consider taking up the PGS. In case you were unaware the bank does deduct a service charge for each DD. For those who generously give through the pew blue envelope also thanks and I would ask if you also would consider donating on a regular basis also through the PGS.

If you would like to know more about the PGS there is information on the web at www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk The PGS has over 10,000 parishioners and over 500 parishes participating, it is a very confidential service and donations can be made if you so wish on an anonymous basis and any gifts or changes can be made and communicated directly with PGS.

Please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information and I would be pleased to send you an enrolment form.

Thanks again for your parish support in 2015.

Tony Cook

PCC Treasurer

Palm Sunday 20th March 2016

The service started at the village pond and everybody then processed up to the church while singing the opening hymn - "All glory, laud and honour".

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St Peter's Festival Weekend

The weekend of 5 to 7 June 2015 saw 100's of visitors coming to Wisborough Green for a fantastic series of events - Flower Festival, Open Gardens and various music events.  More pictures here: photos

FLOWER FESTIVAL 2015

06 IMG 702118 IMG 7038From the ethereal beauty of a bridal arrangement, to the pastel shades of flowers dancing round a beribboned maypole, to the vibrant hues of "Colours of Day", the Flower Festival delivered the promised explosion of colour. 

The arrangers interpreted the theme of "Hymns of Glory" with skill and imagination and we received many encouraging compliments.  When the flowers were unpacked from the wholesaler and put into buckets you could have been at the Nice flower market such was the range of blooms from the exotic and tropical to the simple flowers of an English meadow.  However the church was soon transformed and we hope that the many visitors and friends who came to see our finished efforts enjoyed their visit. 

Thank you to all who contributed time and energy and creative talent.

 

OPEN GARDENS 2015

P1070887 ALThe annual Open Gardens weekend was blessed with glorious sunshine this year.  Eleven keen and extremely talented gardeners opened their gates for people to see their beautiful lawns, borders and vegetables.  With the Flower Festival in the church too there was plenty for everyone to feast their eyes on.

 

MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015

On Friday night Malcolm Brinson, our resident organist and choirmaster, treated us to a wonderfully varied organ recital which showed his talents off to a treat. We were able to watch his performance on a screen at the front of the church as the nave was filled with the rousing pieces of music.

1GleesOn Saturday night we had a concert of two halves. In the first we were entertained by local talent including the joyful Glee Singers, under the leadership of Victoria Smallwood and solos from Alice Warwick. Then followed some poetry, read by Richard Vause and Doris Smallwood, and music from WW1 sung by the church choir, finishing with audience participation in choruses such as ‘pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’, the whole given against a back drop of video clips from WW1 scenes.

Ferio 2In the second half the young and very gifted Ferio Saxophone Quartet amazed and delighted everyone with their wide ranging and uplifting repertoire.  At times it felt as though a whole orchestra were there such was the varied sound from their four saxophones. At the end, after a standing ovation, they talked to the audience before returning to London.

On Sunday evening, in the sun filled church, a short songs of praise took place. The congregation sang some of the hymns depicted by the beautiful flowers arrangements and learned a little about the origins of each very different hymn. This brought to a close a successful and enjoyable weekend.

The Festival Weekend made a wonderful profit in excess of £2,800.  A huge Thank You to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.

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