13 May 2022

Thought for the Week

This Sunday is our Annual Meetings: this sentence isn’t over yet and you’re already bored!  It’s true that running through the reports and accounts, which are written in a particular format because the law and good practice say they must be, is a bit less riveting than your newspaper or novel or screen.  But this is an important moment in our church’s life and we do encourage everyone to come along.  Of course, these reports and meetings are part of our responsibility for the time, buildings, money, and people we’re responsible for as a parish.  But they’re also a chance to say thank you to God for the year that’s past and to pray for the year that’s to come.  So do be praying for these meetings, for those who serve us in different ways, and that we would be good stewards of the gifts God has given us as we walk together in the work he has for us to do.


Annual Meetings

The Annual Meetings will take place immediately after the 10am service on Sunday 15th May over coffee in the Church Hall.  We will be choosing churchwardens and SIX Parochial Church Council Members.  If you would like to stand for election, forms will be available from the back of church and should be returned to the Parish Office.  Parents: if it would help you attend the meeting, there will be activities upstairs in the Hall for children aged 4 and above.

The Agenda for the Annual Meetings, together with the Annual Reports, can be found online here.

The Annual Accounts and Financial Statements can be found online here.

Please contact the Parish Office if you would like paper copies of these documents.

Please do come to these meetings and continue to pray for the life of our church family.

This week

This week’s assembly is on ‘Healing’ and is available on FacebookYouTube and Twitter

Sunday 15th May
10am: Parish Communion with Baptism and Admission to Communion
Readings: Acts 11.1-18; John 13.31-35

4pm: [email protected]

6.30pm: Reflective Communion

Monday 16th May
9am: Morning Prayer on Zoom. To join, contact [email protected]

Tuesday 17th May
9am: Morning Prayer on Zoom. To join, contact [email protected]

Wednesday 18th May
9am: Morning Prayer on Zoom. To join, contact [email protected]

10.15am: Tots and Teddies

Thursday 19th May
9am: Morning Prayer on Zoom. To join, contact [email protected]

Friday 20th May
9am: Morning Prayer on Zoom. To join, contact [email protected]

During the 10am service this Sunday we are baptising Catherine and admitting a number of children to receive communion with us.  Please pray for them all.  If you would be interested in thinking about the next step in your own journey of faith, Hannah or Philip would love to talk with you.

A reminder that tea, coffee, squash, and biscuits are served in the Hall after 10am Sunday services.  An ideal chance to chat in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Do come over and ask those around you to come too!

Covid-19 arrangements: Wearing face coverings is now a personal choice for the congregation, please respect the decisions of others about whether or not they are wearing them.  Of course, those who welcome us to church or who distribute communion will continue to wear face coverings as they have close contact with large numbers of people.  We are also now offering wine at communion; again, we must respect everyone’s choices about whether or not we wish to receive wine, and we will arrange the distribution of communion so we can receive or not without fuss.  A reminder that dipping a wafer into the wine (intinction) is not permitted; the precious metal of the chalice, and the alcohol content of the wine, provide some protection against transmitting infection – but fingers are not so safe!

3C’s (Coffee, Cake, and Conversation) Platinum Jubilee Tea, 18th May: Those who don’t usually come to the 3C’s meeting are welcome to come to the meeting next week, but it would be helpful if you could let either Elaine Watts ([email protected] / 07773 182483) or Mary Brooke ([email protected] / 9262153) know that you are coming so that we can cater accordingly.

As we move back towards normal services, there will be short meeting for those who help distribute communion during services.  This will be on Saturday 21st May in Church from 10am for about 45 minutes.  If you have previously helped with this in church here, please come along.  If you would be interested in thinking about taking on this role (on a rota basis so about once a month) the clergy would love to hear from you!

Erleigh Cantors Concert: Saturday 21st May at 7pm, “Sacred Music through the Centuries”, to raise funds for Ukraine and for Earley St Peter’s, directed by Ian Westley.  They are delighted to be visiting St Peter’s again for their first post-lockdown concert, and as a bonus, the organist with be Paul Manley – for many years a chorister here and a superb organist. The programme will include Parry’s I Was Glad and Handel’s Coronation Anthem The King Shall Rejoice, as well as a piece commissioned by the Cantors from Andrew Millington to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2021. Previous concerts have raised up to £800, and it would be great to exceed that amount in 2022! Admission by ticket – suggested donation £10 for adults, £8 for students, under-18s free. Contact Maggie Nunn on 07946 620560 to reserve tickets or for more information.


There will be a thanksgiving service to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at 3pm on Sunday 22nd May 2022.  Civic guests and representatives from local organisations will join us as we hear some music from our Choir and Song School with a Royal theme, and mark this unprecedented milestone in the life of our country.  All most welcome.

Thanksgiving for the life of Bill Watts, Saturday 11th June at 3.30pm: Bill Watts slipped away peacefully after a short illness on Sunday December 12th 2021. There will be a Thanksgiving Service celebrating his life here at Earley St Peter’s Church on Saturday 11th June at 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome to the service and there will be refreshments in the church hall afterwards. There is no dress code so please free to wear whatever you feel is appropriate.

Elaine, John & Jess; Helen & Rob


Director of Music

Richard Meehan, our Director of Music, will be stepping down at the end of the school year to concentrate on his teaching and composing commitments.  We are very grateful to Richard for putting his skills to use here over the past five years.  There will be a special service of Choral Evensong at 6.30pm on Sunday 10th July to wish him well and we will thank Richard over a drink after the service.  There will be more information shortly about how we will maintain and strengthen the choir and the musical life of our parish.

Inspiration Group: Our young people in Year 7 and above have decided to call their group Inspiration. Please support them in prayer as they plan to find and be inspiration as they grow and learn.

Diary for May 2022

Morning Prayer is usually said on Zoom Mondays to Fridays at 9am. To join, contact [email protected]

Wednesday 18th May
10.15am: Tots and Teddies

2pm: 3 Cs – Coffee, cake, and conversation

Saturday 21st May
10am: Meeting for Communion Assistants

7pm: Erleigh Cantors Concert

Sunday 22nd May
10am: Parish Communion
Readings: Acts 16.9-15; John 5.1-9

3pm: Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee followed by tea and cake

NO [email protected] or Evening Service

Monday 23rd May
7.30pm: Parochial Church Council Meeting

Wednesday 25th May
10.15am: Tots and Teddies

Thursday 26th May
10am: [email protected]  Caroline Piller will talk about “Statues and Sculptures”, followed by coffee. All welcome.

7.30pm: Holy Communion for Ascension Day

Sunday 29th May
10am: Morning Prayer
Readings: Acts 16.16-34; John 17.20-26

NO [email protected]

6.30pm: Compline


Prayer Points

Please pray for

  • the life of our church and all those who give and serve in different ways as we hold our Annual Meetings this Sunday;
  • those being baptised and those being admitted to communion this Sunday;
  • all those who have died and those who mourn, among them the family and friends of Merle Heholt.

Prayer for the week

Spirit of God, make us sensitive to your guidance as we meet to review and plan the work of this parish.  Give us a vision of your kingdom, insight into your purposes, and understanding of the needs of your work.  Help us worship, serve, and share together for the good of your church and the glory of God’s kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Adapted from New Parish Prayers

With prayers and warmest wishes for Easter,

Hannah and Philip