Rector: Reverend Adrian Datta
Contact: 266633/ 07781 135828 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon-Fri 9am-1pm – enquiries regarding weddings, etc., to be directed to:
Nikki Harvey – 238568 or email@example.com
Dear Friends, 😊
🙏 ET LABORA 👷
This week we received a booklet from our friends Christian and Stefanie Wittwer from Thun in Switzerland. It is a booklet calling the church to pray and to develop a rhythm of life which includes prayer and work – ora et labora. This connects to a long tradition within the church especially with religious communities.
One way of thinking about this dual emphasis upon prayer and work is to think about walking. We have two legs to walk and inevitably if we are to move we will at moments be ‘unbalanced’ – the weight will necessarily be upon one leg and then the other. To be perfectly balanced is not to move!! There will be times in our lives when the emphasis is upon work and at other times upon prayer – both are needed.
This reality is beautifully captured in the story of Mary and Martha recorded in John 11 just before the raising of Lazarus. It is important that we learn and respond to the call to sit at Jesus’s feet and to wait and to wonder. However, after being there we are inevitably sent out.
Our prayer and hope is that the Prayer Room will increasingly be utilised as a place where people will feel at home and make it there own space. We are delighted that the Wednesday Bible Study Group which meets at 2:30 p.m. are now using this space on a regular basis as are the Ladies Book Group which meets on the last Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Other groups such as the Lydia Prayer Fellowship and Intercessors for Britain are also using the Prayer Room as a meeting place. The Deanery Prayer Weekend from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November 2017 will be a time when we can prayer across parishes in a focused way and we hope that members of St Peter’s Church will sign-up for six different slots to participate in the 72 hour prayer wheel that will be in the Prayer Room.
All are welcome to come to the Prayer Room and if you would like to know more please ask.
We are thinking about running a prayer course and if you are interested in this opportunity please let us or Chris Atkinson know and we will run it if there is enough interest.
📗DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES 📕
Please note the following dates for your diaries. You are warmly invited to all:
🍞Saturday 30th September 2017 at 8:00 a.m. ☕
We are hosting the Men’s Breakfast at The Rectory. This is a group led by Roy Sarre whose childhood and early years were in St Pierre du Bois. A time of eating, singing and sharing.
🌾Sunday 1st October at 12 noon onwards: 🍲
Harvest Lunch – Bring and Share Lunch at The Rectory. A time to gather together as Church family and to give thanks for God’s faithfulness and provision.
❤Sunday 5th November at 6:00 p.m. – All Soul’s Evensong❤
A service to remember loved ones by lighting a candle and refection.
⛪Saturday 11th November at 7:30 p.m. – Royal British Legion Western Parishes Remembrance Service ⛪
👪FAMILY NEWS 👪
We give thanks for Bill Gallienne returning home from hospital. He wrote to thank everyone for their kindness, prayer and support at this time. It will take several months for Bill to fully recover but both Doreen and him are delighted to be back together again. It is his 80th Birthday this Saturday – Happy Birthday Bill!
James and Amy will be married this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. 💒 Please hold them in your prayers.
⛪SERVICES THIS WEEK ⛪
Sunday 1st Oct (16th After Trinity)
BCP Holy Communion
Harvest Festival (C.W. Eucharist)
Intercessions: David White
If you would like to bring no perishable foodstuffs that will be given to Guernsey Welfare
Evensong – A service of Quiet Reflection
Readers: Chris & Nicky Atkinson
Wednesday 4th Oct
Midweek CW Eucharist
After this service there will be a hot lunch at The Rectory to which all are invited
Thank you so much for all you do and all you are in making St Peter’s such a special place.
With love and prayers
Adrian and Myfanwy
October 2016 update:
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.
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.
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.”