News

Thanks!

To all who helped with the spring clean today and this week – Jan Beal, Ann Elford, Wendy Noble, Hannah Hiscock, Karol Coper, Brian John. Lots of loft clearing, window cleaning, cobweb removing, gutter clearing, urinal fixing, wood staining and general maintenance achieved! And we can’t miss this opportunity of thanking Carl Kearns, our caretaker, for her diligent cleaning work week by week!


Generous June

At the last of our four week sermon series in the Generous June initiative Richard Wise shared with us the leaflet “Six Steps in Christian Giving” here is a link: leaflet download here. Having reflected on the sermon series, or on the leaflet, if you would like to start or change your regular giving to the Church please feel free to get in touch with Stephen.


The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer

At the ecumenical Churches Together service held in All Saints’, Eastleigh on 14 May, we heard news about a special monument being planned in the Midlands called the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer. You can read more about this wonderful opportunity of witnessing to God’s saving love by visiting the website linked here.


Are you being called?

We still have vacancies for the following roles in the church: PCC member, PCC secretary, PCC treasurer and Churchwarden. Please get in touch with Stephen if you are able to help with any of these vacant roles. Our grateful thanks to all who are playing any part in the life and mission of our church!


 

Report from the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

We had a good meeting last Thursday 7th April – nine people were present for the elections and consideration of the annual reports for 2021, which can be downloaded by clicking here. The results of the elections were:
Churchwarden – elected Stephen Collyer, leaving one vacancy
PCC members – elected Jan Beal, Jim Arnett, and Katie Arnett, leaving one vacancy
Deanery Synod member – elected Hannah Hiscock
Among all the discussions we expressed our gratitude to Pat Ball, present via Zoom, whose term on the PCC ended at the meeting, and who wasn’t standing for re-election. Pat has been a longstanding and faithful member of the PCC over the years, serving in many different roles. Most recently she has served as PCC Treasurer, albeit during this last year in an acting capacity while we identify her successor, and she will step down from that role at the next meeting of the PCC on 19 May. We are very grateful for all that she has contributed to the life of St Peter’s in many roles, and wish her well as she takes a well-earned rest!
At the next meeting of the PCC we will need to appoint a PCC Treasurer and a PCC Secretary – both key roles as we seek to live out our calling to be beacons of God’s presence in our community. If you would like to know more about either role, please ask any member of the PCC – please do be praying about whether you are being called to serve in one of these roles or whether you might encourage someone else to take up one of these roles. It is probable that those volunteering for these roles would be offered co-option on to the PCC, if not already a member.


Calling musicians – instrumentalists and singers!

A few of us are thinking that Easter Sunday would be an appropriate time for the St Peter’s Music Group to re-start its involvement in Sunday worship. If you would like to be involved, please get in touch with Stephen.



Do you feel called to get more involved at St Peter’s?

If your answer is “yes”, or you would like to talk this over, please get in touch with Sue Clarke or Stephen Collyer. Before we know it, it will time for our annual parochial church meeting, when among other things people are elected or appointed to various voluntary roles in the church family. Do pray about whether you wish to serve in a new way, or about whether you might encourage someone else to serve. There is always room for more! While our collective calling to share the love of God with the people of Boyatt Wood remains a constant, how we do this and who will be involved may change this year, as our vacancy comes to an end.

 


We have a new safeguarding telephone number

Katie Arnett, our recently-appointed Parish Safeguarding Officer, now has a dedicated mobile phone (provided by the PCC) for us to call her on with any safeguarding concerns. As we all know, keeping each other safe, and particularly children and vulnerable adults, is a responsibility which each of us carries – and should you have a safeguarding concern whether within the church community or not, please refer it to Katie on this number: 07513 377094. Katie has access to the Diocesan Safeguarding Manager and her team, giving us confidence that any referrals we make to Katie will be dealt with effectively and appropriately.


Climate change, global warming, carbon net-zero, declining biodiversity – what can we do?

These issues seem overwhelming at the moment – they have of course been growing on us for decades and centuries, and are reaching crisis point, especially for those living in poverty in those areas of the world most affected by climate change. While few of us can make a big impact on our own, if each of us changes our behaviour (reduce, reuse, recycle – switching to sustainable energy sources, using our purchasing power to reduce our carbon footprint) then together we can have that big impact. And we can pray (especially for the world leaders discussing these issues at the Glasgow COP26 conference next month), and make sure that we are well-informed. Richard Wise encouraged us along this road in his harvest sermon for us on 3 October. If you would like to re-read that sermon, please get in touch with Stephen Collyer.
Christian Aid is joining with the Young Christian Climate Network for Rise to the Moment – a journey of prayer and action in the run up to COP26. Here are some links to help us engage and change:
Prayer boat activity pack
COP26 prayers
COP26 breakfast briefings
And as always please consider giving to Christian Aid’s mission to help families around the world to overcome poverty and injustice, wherever the need is greatest.
Here are some more prayer resources for us as we support COP26 with our prayers:
Climateintercessors
Tearfund


Faculty Documents

For details of our faculty application download the zip file containing the documents using the link to the right – St Peters Faculty Application