Upcoming Events At St Peter's
Date: 10th and 11th February 2024
Time: From 2pm to 4.30pm
Our beautiful Snowdrops are getting ready and beginning to emerge for their annual display.
Join us to enjoy this wonderful show and help raise funds for the Church.
Refreshments, homemade cakes and preserves all available to buy.
Parish 'Winter Warmers'
Venue: Stanton Lacy Village Hall
Supported by the Parish Council and St Peter’s Church, Stanton Lacy has set up ‘Winter Warmer’ soup lunches, operating from the Village Hall. The brainchild of Robin Gatehouse, local farmer and former chair of the Village Hall Committee, the aim has been to offer a place for hot food, warmth and companionship during the winter months.
The first event was held in December 2022. Such was its success that it ran monthly thorughout the winter of 2022/3. We are delighted to run the events again this year.
In these difficult times it shows real community strength and just what can be achieved by active local leadership and a range of volunteers.
So, soup makers step forward please!
To book your place and/or to provide help at the events contact Robin Gatehouse on 07977 913004 or Jennette Arnold on 07568 083322
Lent and Easter 2024
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 14th February. Rev'd Fr Justin says "We will mark that important day with a service of the Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at our sister Church, St Mary the Virgin, Bromfield at 7.30pm.
We remember that dust we are and to dust we shall return, so should get on with the important job of living well whilst we still can do so.
Lent will end in the joy of the Easter resurrection, so keep the faith and live in the hope, for Ash Wednesday reminds us too that the Easter hope and Spring are not far behind".
Holy Week is indeed a period of contrasts, with Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem being celebrated on Palm Sunday.
Lent 2024 will end on Maundy Thursday, 28th March, with Good Friday on 29th.
Our Easter Sunday service will be held this year at our sister Church, St Mary the Virgin, Bromfield at 9.30am.
You can see the 'Propers' for each of the Holy Week services held in the Benefice on our website here
Date: February through to April
Lent is the annual Christian time of reflection, fasting, prayers and penance, in preparation for the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. It lasts for 40 days and represents the period that Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.
“Lent will be the joy of the Easter resurrection, so keep the faith and live in the hope, for Ash Wednesday reminds us too that the Easter hope and Spring are not far behind”
Rev’d Fr Justin Parker - Rector of Bromfield Benefice
“Watch and Pray challenges us to seek God in both familiar and unfamiliar places: in darkness and in quiet; in movement and migration; in the healing and transforming work of the Spirit; in the weeping of Holy Week and in the joy of Easter morning.”
Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell
This Lent we are encouraged to wait expectantly for God to meet us and sustain us through the storms and trials we all face.
The Church of England’s Lent theme for 2024 is Watch and Pray: Wisdom and hope for Lent and life.
On the night he was betrayed, Jesus kneels in darkness in the Garden of Gethsemane. Though he pleads with his disciples, “Stay here with me … Watch and pray,” they all fall asleep, leaving him alone in his hour of deepest suffering.
This Lent all of us are encouraged to draw on the wisdom of Black Spirituality, particularly the practice of “tarrying” (waiting) as a community to draw closer to Jesus and to each other. Combining exuberant singing, fervent prayer and quiet lament, such services typically take place at night and last somewhat longer than the “one hour” Jesus asked of those first followers.
This year’s resources have been inspired and informed by the 2024 Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book, Tarry Awhile: Wisdom from Black Spirituality for people of faith by Selina Stone (SPCK). The daily reflections booklet for adults (CHP) exploring the same themes has been written by Carlton Turner, and there is also a daily challenge booklet for children and families (CHP).
Watch and Pray invites us to seek God in both familiar and unfamiliar places this Lent: in darkness and in quiet; in movement and migration; in the healing and transforming work of the Spirit; in the weeping of Holy Week and in the joy of Easter morning.
Date: Wednesday 13th March 2024
Time: From 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Venue: Stanton Lacy Village Hall
Please join us at the Village Hall to mark Lent with a simple meal of home made soup, bread and cheese provided by local parishioners.
Lunch is free, but donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to support our work to fund Kitchen and Toilet facilities in the Church.
This year the event is being held jointly with the 'Winter Warmers' programme on the same date.
Places are limited so please contact Jennette Arnold, Church Warden on 07568 083322 to book your place.
Previous Events at St Peter's
Image by J. S. Arnold
We managed to begin organising events again at St Peter's, post-Covid, from September 2021.
If you would like to see what we have been up to, please click on the link below;