Church

Rector: Reverend Adrian Datta

Contact: 266633/ 07781 177177 or amadatta@aol.com

Mon-Fri 9am-1pm – enquiries regarding weddings, etc., to be directed to:

Nikki Harvey – 238568 or nikki.harvey@deaneryofguernsey.onmicrosoft.com

REMEMBERING REMEMBRANCE 
The Centenary of the end of World War 1 has produced such amazing creativity as well as opportunity for reflection.  It has been so wonderful welcoming so many new people who have visited St Peter’s Church for the first time.   The poppy and picture exhibition has  attracted many new visitors as well as Peter Burkhardt’s talks, the film and the Remembrance Day Lunch.  Thank you all so much for supporting these events and being part of something so very memorable and special.  We are most grateful to Styx for allowing us to use their facilities at no charge and to Steve Wood of Woodies Cafe for donating much of the food.
 
Claire le Pelley’s folders of those who died in WW1 will remain in the Church and please do encourage others to add information.  We are pleased to see that people have been coming to look at this research.
 
We are delighted to let you know that we have decided to give Sunday’s Service collection of £600 to the Royal British Legion which will be ring fenced to support local service personnel.   Thank you for your generosity.   Simon Wood made a presentation on Monday evening at the Western Branch of the Legion.
 
📖DATES FOR YOUR DIARY📖
 
🎶We are once again delighted to hold a St. Cecilia’s Annual Concert on Friday 23rd November at 7 p.m. curated by Mary Cordall.   Our performers this year are well known to St. Peter’s. James, our wonderful organist, will accompany the choir and soloists and perform solo repertoire.  Rachel, cellist in the Family Service band, is Head of Vocal Studies with the Guernsey Music Service, tutoring 100s of  singers every week including the very talented Guernsey Girls Choir.  Harvey and Annabelle  contribute their talents to music at St. Peter’s, both in services and in the Music and Flower Festivals. They are in their final year at school and currently preparing for auditions for UK Music Conservatoires.   St Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and we are delighted to celebrate her feast day.  The concert is free but there will be a retiring collection to be split between the St. Peter’s Organ Fund and General Funds.  Please do come and bring your friends, family and neighbours!!
 
☃Only 2 weeks to go until the the St Peter’s Christmas Country Market which is on Saturday 24th November at 2.30 p.m at Styx.  Please do come along and support this event, enjoy a Christmas afternoon tea, buy a raffle ticket and some very unique stocking fillers and presents.  We still need donations of food and drink to make up the Christmas Hampers that we raffle.
 
🎄On Wednesday 5th December at 6 p.m. we will have have Community Carols around the Christmas Tree on the  Green – the La Houguette children and families will be invited to this occasion.
 
🍲Church Family Bring and Share Christmas Lunch on Sunday 9th December from 12 noon in the Rectory.    Please just bring a plate of your favourite food (sweet or savoury) or something to drink that can be shared and we will have a pot luck buffet.   All are welcome
💒NEXT WEEK’S SERVICES 💒
Sunday 18th November 2018 (2nd Sunday before Advent) 
 
8 a.m.  BCP Holy Communion (no sermon)
10 a.m. Family Service – The Parable of the Sower
6 p.m.  Evensong led by the Very Rev Tim Barker, Dean
 
Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. there is a CW Eucharist in the Lady Chapel
 
☎️CONTACTING ADRIAN☎️
If you need to contact Adrian, this can be done in the following ways:
 
  • By email – adriandatta@icloud.com
  • By phone – 07781 177177
  • Messages can be left for him with Nikki Harvey on 01481 720268

 

We also have a website: stpeterschurchguernsey.co.uk  which we will be updating regularly. On the website there will be the newsletters, talks, upcoming events and other information.  For those who are interested we also have a Facebook page and Instagram account.
 
Once again thank you so much for being part of the St. Peter’s community.  Please do not hesitate to let us know about any prayer requests or pastoral concerns.
 
As ever, with love and prayers
 
Adrian and Myfanwy

🍂AUTUMN LEAVES ARE FALLING🍂
 
The days are certainly getting shorter and the leaves of the trees falling.    We are reminded that part of life is change – a letting go and embracing a new season.  Such change is  not always welcome and sometimes we find ourselves ill-prepared and disturbed.  However, the promise that God is with us, in every season of the soul, in feasting and famine, is a hope that has sustained Christians throughout the centuries and can give us much hope and strength.  Many have found, like Elijah of old, that God is not found in the wind, earthquake or fire but in the still small voice.  Lord, open our eyes and ears that we might encounter you in the small and everyday things of life.
REMEMBERANCETIDE HAS ARRIVED
We know have certainly entered Remembrancetide here in St. Peter’s Church.  We express our special thanks to Peter Burkhardt for his well researched and excellent talk on Tuesday evening concerning his grandfather’s (VRB) experience of World War 1.  For those who missed the talk, we hope that it will soon be available on our website and Peter will be sharing his grandfather’s observation of the signing of the Armistice on Remembrance Day.  There are in the church a collection of some of VRB’s watercolours from 1916-1918.   Also, special thanks to Catherine James, local installation artist, and all the poppy makers for the poppy display that is in the church and outside the East wall – they look spectactular and have an almost ethereal quality.
On Saturday evening at 7pm  we will be showing the film All Quiet on the Western Front.  The film will finish by 9:30 p.m. – there is no admission charge and all are welcome.
On Sunday we will hold a Remembrance Day Service at 10 a.m. with an act of remembrance on the War Memorial on the village green at 11 a.m.  There is then a community lunch  🍲 at 12 noon Styx Community Centre who have kindly made available their facilities at no charge.  Again, all are welcome as we mark this important occasion in the life of our community.  (there will be no charge for lunch).
🎄CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER🔔
Please note that the St. Peter’s Church Christmas Market will take place at Styx Community Centre on Saturday 23rd November at 2.30-4.30 p.m.  There are a good number of stallholders, an excellent Christmas Cafe and crafts for children.  We do still need items for our Christmas hamper raffle – please do bring them along and leave them in the wicker basket at the back of the Church.
We will be distributing Christmas cards again this year to all of the parish and if you able to help with this task there will be a sign up sheet at the back of the Church soon.
🎼 CECILIA CONCERT🎶
This annual concert will take place on Friday 23rd November at 7:00 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. and we are delighted to let you know that this the Guernsey Girls Choir and Harvy Falla and James Henderson will be performing.
💒 SUNDAY’S SERVICES – SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2018 💒
8 a.m. BCP Holy Communion
10 a.m. Remembrance Service with address by Peter Burkhardt
11 a.m. Act of Remembrance at War Memorial
4 p.m. @ St. Peter’s – Parable of the wise and foolish virgins.
With love and prayers
Adrian and Myfanwy


 

WHAT WE ARE

The rural parish of St. Pierre-du-Bois is situated in the west of the island with an outstanding coastal area and a well-defined village locality. There is a population of approximately 2,090 living in some 788 households.  The primary school of La Houguette straddles the borders of St. Pierre-du-Bois and St. Saviour and principally serves those two parishes.  The Rector has habitually been a welcome visitor and traditionally the school’s carol service is held in St. Peter’s every other year. window

The historic Parish Church of St. Pierre-du-Bois is beautifully set on a slope below Les Buttes. The Church and grounds are extremely well kept and provide a haven for quiet reflection any time during the day. Entering the Church, one cannot fail to be aware of the peace and spiritual serenity. The impressive stained-glass window to the east, dating from 1871, three other modern windows (including one depicting St. Peter, and one installed in 2010, designed by a previous Rector), not to mention the idiosyncratic sloping aisle, serve to remind parishioners and visitors alike not only of the building’s history, but also of the care and attention devoted to the building. This is a very special place of worship, with a welcome for all.

Although the adjoining Rectory is now let to tenants, the Church enjoys the very useful facility of the Fellowship Rooms, a discrete wing of the Rectory comprising two large rooms, a small room with kitchen, toilets and a storage room. The Church and Philippi Counselling currently use the rooms on a regular basis, as do other groups. We also have use of the Rectory lawn for the annual summer fete.

WHAT WE DO 

Currently the services follow a monthly pattern of one 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP), two 9.30 a.m. Eucharist (CW), a 9.30 a.m. Matins, one 6.00 p.m. Evensong (BCP) and a 6.00 p.m. Eucharist (CW); we also have a Family Service once a month with particular emphasis directed towards children, with music supplied by our own talented band.  Every Wednesday at 11.00 a.m. Eucharist (CW) is celebrated and there are special services throughout the year such as the Petertide Beach service,  All Souls Day and the enormously popular Christingle on Christmas Eve.

There are, of course, services of baptisms (in 2015:19, 2016:13 to date), marriages (in 2015:12, 2016:8 to date) and funerals (in 2015:13, 2016:15 to date) as and when the occasion arises.

WHO WE ARE

Parishioners, in common with most of rural Guernsey, have a broadly traditional view of their Christian responsibilities.  We all share a whole-hearted commitment to St. Peter’s, with everyone contributing appropriately where his or her talents may be usefully applied.  The services are supported by a gifted group of musicians (whose age cover three generations!); we have a regular organist and an occasional choir. There are rotas for Readers and for those who lead Intercessions, for Sidesmen and for flowers. A Bible study home group meets regularly.  Refreshments are served after the Sunday morning services. The bellringers practice on Friday evenings on our ten bell peal, and ring prior to the morning services, as well as for weddings and public occasions. The Advisory Committee meets on average four times a year; there is an annual Vestry Meeting and the Church is represented on the Deanery Synod.

The need for fund-raising has resulted in the establishment of various events throughout the year including a Christmas Market and a traditional Summer Fete – complete with brass band. With its fine acoustics and recently refurbished organ, the church is occasionally used for recitals and concerts.  Our People’s Warden is wholly committed to the welfare of the buildings and oversees the on-going maintenance, assists the congregation and supports the officiant at services.church

 


General information

The Church today:

The historic parish church of St. Pierre du Bois is beautifully set on a slope below Les Buttes, where the local militia would have practised their bowmanship in times gone by.

The church and grounds are well-kept and provide the opportunity for quiet reflection during the day. The sloping aisle is often remarked upon. There is a newly installed stained glass window, designed by Maurice Strike, a previous Rector, and beside the altar another window depicts St. Peter as a fisherman wearing a Guernsey sweater. The colours of the local militia have been restored and are framed and on display.

The church runs a number of events during the year including a Christmas Market, recitals in the church, and Easter Art’s Festival, a harvest lunch and a traditional summer fete complete with brass band.

Welcoming to locals and visitors alike, the services on Sundays follow a changing pattern of early morning Holy Communion, Matins, Parish Communion, Evensong and a monthly family service.

 

A brief history:

In A.D.1030 our Church of St.Pierre du Bois (du Bosq) in the diocese of Coutances in the Cherbourg peninsular was placed under the patronage of the Benedictine monks of Mont St. Michel by Robert Duke of Normandy. Later in that century the diocese of Coutances organised parishes in the Channel Islands with the church in each parish being dedicated to a saint. The parish church was central to everyday life. Indeed today were our parish church to be mysteriously removed overnight its absence would be felt in many ways. Because our Rector shares with the diocesan bishop the cure (that is the care) of all souls in our parish regardless of their age, gender or creed, all have a call upon his ministry whether for Baptism, Marriage, Burial or for pastoral care and advice given in total confidence.

In 1927 with the departure of The Revd. James Ozanne as our incumbent, services in our church, long since in the diocese of Winchester, were no longer conducted in French. Some who no longer attend Church gave up because of the ‘churchy’ language of services. Others, although they believe there is some higher power and would like to know a clearer purpose in their lives are too shy to use their Church to find out.

Our Parish Church offers fellowship to all souls learning to follow Jesus’ way as they travel together, with him, helping each other and the needy (aren’t we all ?) in our parish, young and old.

It was Archbishop William Temple who said “The Church is the only society on earth that exists for the benefit of non-members.”

Richard Wheadon

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