Upcoming Events At St Peter's
Harvest Festival Service
Date: Sunday 10th October 2021
This is our annual opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for the Harvest. Donations of food this year will be for the Ludlow Food Bank. Their aim is to provide food parcels for those in crisis. Please leave your contribution at the Church.
Date: Sunday 14th November 2021
Join us for this very special service to remember the fallen.
'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon
"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. We will remember them".
'The Kohima Epitaph' by John Maxwell Edmonds
When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
Advent Sunday Service
Date: Sunday 28th November 2021
From the CofE website;
"Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The readings and liturgies not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement.
The Four Last Things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – have been traditional themes for Advent meditation. The characteristic note of Advent is therefore expectation, rather than penitence, although the character of the season is easily coloured by an analogy with Lent.
The anticipation of Christmas under commercial pressure has also made it harder to sustain the appropriate sense of alert watchfulness, but the fundamental Advent prayer remains ‘Maranatha’ – ‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Corinthians 16.22).
Church decorations are simple and spare, and purple is the traditional liturgical colour. In the northern hemisphere, the Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas. The lighting of candles on an Advent wreath was imported into Britain from northern Europe in the nineteenth century, and is now a common practice. The Moravian custom of the Christingle has similarly enjoyed great success in Britain since the latter part of the twentieth century, with the encouragement of the Children’s Society; Christingle services may take place before or after Christmas.
The Third Sunday of Advent was observed in medieval times as a splash of colour in the restrained atmosphere of Advent (Gaudete or ‘Rose Sunday’), and the last days of Advent were marked by the sequence of Great ‘O’ Antiphons, which continue to inspire modern Advent hymns and meditations".
Caring for the Churchyard - Early Winter
Date: Tuesday 30th November 2021
Time: All Day
We have had a long association with the Charity Caring for God's Acre and have appreciated hugely their work in helping us to care for the churchyard.
They are returning this year to carry on their good work. The inital focus in September was on removing our prize collection of nettles!
This visit in November will enable a general tidy up and we may even get a few bird boxes installed.
If you would like to join the team of volunteers please contact us; and, if you are able to join in, please remember to wear suitable clothing.
Tree of Light Service
Date: Sunday 12th Deceber 2021
We have had the Tree of Light since 2015 and each year it shines through the darkness from early December until Epiphany, giving us an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those we have lost and those we still have and are so grateful for.
On Sunday 12th December at 6.30pm we will be getting together in the Churchyard to light the tree and the crib, sing in Christmas and keep warm with mulled wine or spiced apple juice heated on fire pits.
Names to go on stars for the Tree will be available at the November Community Market, in the church, from any PCC member and available on the night.
Please join us.
Christmas Eve Carols
Date: Friday 24th Deceber 2021
Time: 3pm - 4pm
Venue: Stanton Lacy Village Hall
Date: Friday 24th December 2021