Online Services by Rev'd Chris & team including Bi

Sunday 29th June Service

This weekend we celebrate Petertide - the festival of St Peter, patron saint of our church in Geatstone, of popes, locksmiths and fishermen. Our service this morning reflects this.

The video can be found here:  
Three things I ought to mention about the video;
  • the tradition at St Peters is to sing a special hymn (to the tune of Lord For The Years) verse by verse - with breaks between each verse. This is what we've done in this service.
  • there is some wind noise which was unavoidable - my apologies. I'm working on it.
  • i wore a rather 'loud' jumper for the introduction for which I apologise. I hope it isn't too distracting!
Below is the order of service and Jacky's talk which she has put onto a document. If you know of anyone who doesn't have access to the internet and would like a copy please forward them a copy.
Petertide is also traditionally the time when people are ordained to become deacons or priests. Frustratingly this is unable to happen this year. Included amongst them is our own Rev'd Jacky Darling who would have been priested today (28th). It has now been delayed until the autumn, but I ask that you include Jacky and others in your prayers at this time. 
Patricia McCarthy from St Peters has asked me to include this;

Each year at our Patronal Service we have a Special Thank Offering and this year is no different from normal except that we are meeting remotely.

Our Thank Offering this year is to go to ‘Open Doors’ a Christian Charity founded by Brother Andrew author of ‘God’s Smuggler’. 

Our forced lockdown during this Covid19 pandemic reminds us of what it is like for so many Christians who face isolation and persecution because of their refusal to give up believing in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.  

What can we do to support the work of ‘Open Doors’?  We can pray regularly and give generously.

If you would like to give a donation to ‘Open Doors’ then please let our treasurer have your gifts. You will find further information in our online magazine.

Thank you for your support.

Tricia McCarthy

I would also ask that you remember Armed Forces Day which is marked today (27th June 2020) and pray for all who serve in the Armed Forces. For those who face danger and put their lives at risk so that others may live in safety.
Finally, you will have read that the government announced that churches will be permitted to open shortly. We await clarification and guidance. I have had conversations with members of our church council (the PCC) and there would appear to be a consensus to wait until August or at least until people feel sufficiently safe to return. We will keep you posted.
I have attached the transcript of Jacky's homily below.
Please continue to stay safe and to pray for one another.