The Parish of Walworth, St Peter

Walworth, London SE17
St Peter's Church has stood at the heart of this community for nearly 190 years, witnessing to the love of God. Come and see - all welcome!


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Sep 16
Yes, it’s that time of year again!!! Walworth’s Got Talent 4 will take place on Saturday 11th October. It’ll be a great day and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the performances and the party! However, you must live or go to school in SE17 to take part.

Yes, it’s that time of year again!!! Walworth’s Got Talent 4 will take place on Saturday 11th October. It’ll be a great day and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the performances and the party! However, you must live or go to school in SE17 to take part.


Jun 13

For the start of our local War on Wonga, we even did our own tiny #uniononthestreets video!!


On Wednesday evening, the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, OBE launched the rap video We Need a Union on the Streets, inspire by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s War on Wonga, performed and produced by Charles Bailey and featuring Question Musiq and Delilah. The launch in All Saints Church, Peckham, a parish church in the Church of England Diocese of Southwark, was a great evening, with moving stories of people’s struggles with money and how they had come through them, with help from groups like Christians Against Poverty and the London Mutual Credit Union. Lots of us were inspired to get out there and try to make a difference. Last night, three of us spoke to our Deanery Synod about these issues. Deanery Synod isn’t always the most activist forum, but people were inspired to see if we can really try to make a difference to help people who are struggling with money in one way or another.

First we want to share the video as widely as possible! Use #uniononthestreets and share the link bit.ly/uniononthestreets to share the video. Churches can encourage members to do this.

Second, we discussed ways of promoting good saving and borrowing through credit unions, and with advice from people like Christians against Poverty. We want everyone to know that it’s a disaster to go to Wonga or another payday loan shop (there are loads here on the Walworth Road). We’re planning lots of ways to do this, both in our churches, as well as out and about.

Third, we are going to plan to  do as much as we can to train members of our churches to help people with debts, budgeting, and getting good money advice and getting out of the cycle of bad debt.

So please share #uniononthestreets!


May 27

From Friday 30th May, the day after Ascension Day, until the feast of Pentecost, we make the Novena to the Holy Spirit: Nine Days of Prayer for the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Why not join in? You can collect a prayer card from St Peter’s or the Crypt to say on your own, with a friend, as a family, or however you like!

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians: Chapter 5 verses 22-23


Apr 11

Apr 3
Here’s the back of our Easter card with dates for Holy Week and Easter, and beyond! I’m really pleased that our Holy Week preacher this year will be Father James Walters, DPhil, Chaplain to the London School of Economics - it’ll be brilliant to hear Father Jim’s reflections on this mysterious, solemn, most important time in the Christian year!

Here’s the back of our Easter card with dates for Holy Week and Easter, and beyond! I’m really pleased that our Holy Week preacher this year will be Father James Walters, DPhil, Chaplain to the London School of Economics - it’ll be brilliant to hear Father Jim’s reflections on this mysterious, solemn, most important time in the Christian year!


Feb 28
Believe it or not, it’s coming soon to a church near you!
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Believe it or not, it’s coming soon to a church near you!

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1950’s - A memory shared!

"I can remember when our school, St Peters primary burnt down! We had our lessons in the crypt of the church. All our books smelt of wood smoke and when I smell it today, all these years later, it takes me back to those happy days. We also held all of our open days on the lawn of the church gardens. I used to play in the gardens a lot, it was magical. Thank you so much."

Wow, thanks so much for this, Val! What an amazing memory of St Peter’s you’ve shared!

Every blessing,

Andrew


Anonymous said: Do you still have children from the school dancing around a maypole during May. I remember doing it when I was at school there in the 1950's. Happy days - from Roger

Hi, sorry to have missed this! Sadly we don’t have a maypole any more, though lots of people remember it. It would be great to have a new one, wouldn’t it - who knows!!

Thanks for your message!

Andrew


Feb 27

ASH WEDNESDAY, 5th March: details of Services

 

5th February

9.10am Morning Prayer w Ash

10am School Mass

(Yrs 1-6)

11.30am-12noon Confessions

12noon Said Mass

2pm School Service

(Early Years)

6.45-7.15pm Confessions

7.30pm Solemn Sung Mass

with Imposition of Ashes

Everyone is welcome at any of the above services on Ash Wednesday.

If you will be away from the parish on Ash Wednesday, please go to www.achurchnearyou.com to find a service near your work or school.


Feb 4

Some photos of our Candlemas Procession this Sunday! The Archdeacon of Southwark, the Venerable Dr Jane Steen, blessed the gates and forecourt as the work to restore the gates and resurface the church forecourt began yesterday. Watch this space for further updates on the works, which have been made possible thanks to Cleaner, Greener, Safer funding from Southwark Council, though out local Faraday Ward councillors.


You (and I) are infinitely loved!

Father Andrew writes: These wise words (above and below) really sum up the whole meaning of life for me. In church I’ve been urging everyone to try praying at www.sacredspace.ie a prayer site run by the Irish Jesuits. It is simple and beautiful, and I am sure you will find it helpful and fruitful. As you’re online now, why not click here and then click ‘Begin the Prayer’.

In the meantime here is the Sacred Space ‘thought for the week’:

Your graced life

Each of us is infinitely loved – that is the simple message of the gospels and the core meaning of our lives. You, then, are a glorious mystery, and so is everyone else. It is good to keep growing in appreciation of this mystery, until it is fully revealed when you encounter God face to face. The mystery, Saint Paul tells us ‘is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27).

Your image of yourself may be of someone who plods along dully day by day. Nothing remarkable seems to happen. Yet God is busily crafting something glorious from the raw material of your years. So he did with Jesus: his life looked very ordinary; his glory shone out briefly on one occasion, in his Transfiguration. But in his Passion he looked anything but glorious, and as Saint Matthew says, when he died there was only darkness over the earth. But then came his resurrection.

So we miss the point by looking for glory in the outer shape of our lives. It is on the inside that grace is working its transforming power, making us truly like God in whose image we were made.

Amen! Have a great day!


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