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Candlemas - Sunday 4th February 2024

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Welcome to our weekly pew sheet and updates blog. Remember to try and keep this sheet digital but do print copies for those who may need them.

Sunday Morning:

The link for our readings:

Please note the complete readings are in full at the end of the blog.

Collect Prayer:

Almighty and ever-living God,

clothed in majesty,

whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple,

in substance of our flesh:

grant that we may be presented to you

with pure and clean hearts,

by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer: Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon and Anna,

who lived to welcome the Messiah:

may we, who have received these gifts beyond words,

prepare to meet Christ Jesus 

when he comes to bring us to eternal life;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Upcoming Dates This week:

Sunday 4th February - Candlemas

9.30am: St Peter's Holy Communion - live streamed on

11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion

Monday - Saturday

10.00am - 12midday: Food Collection at St Peter's

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

9.00am: live streamed Morning Prayer

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

9.30am-12.30: Daily Bread Cafe at St Peter's


9.00am: Morning Prayer in the Cafe

9.30am: Holy Communion at All Saints'

7.00pm: Bible Study


9.30am: Little Fishes in the Cafe


7.00pm: Older Youth at the Rectory

Next Sunday: 11th February - Sunday before Lent

9.30am: St Peter's Holy Communion

11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion

4.00pm: St Peter's Youth Group


Reminder the new Rectory phone number is 07860 156971.

Lent 2024

Ash Wednesday services will take place at 9.30am at All Saints' and 7.30pm at St Peter's.

Stations of the Cross will be held at St Peter's at 6.45pm, starting on Wednesday 21st February.

Lent Course will begin on Wednesday 21st February at 7.45pm at St Peter's, when we will be looking at the Beatitudes.

There will also be a session in the Cafe on Wednesdays, 11am - midday.

Course books will be available at the first session with a donation of £5.00.

If you cannot make Wednesdays, Tim & Sue Barfoot will be running a group at their home on Thursdays from 7.30-9.00pm, starting 15th February. Please contact the Parish Office for more details.

Please click here to sign up.

Older Youth Group (for Year 9+) meets on Friday 9th February at The Rectory, 7-8.30pm

Pancakes, games and discussion together in preparation for Lent. more info from

Revision of Electoral Roll

The annual updating of the Parish Electoral Roll of Church members for 2024 will be taking place during the period prior to the Annual Meeting. Provided your name appeared on last year’s Roll, your details will be carried forward automatically: no further action is required. Anyone not on the current Roll who wishes to be included should obtain an application form from a Churchwarden or from the Parish

Office. Forms are also available at the back of church. If you have changed address in the last year please notify the office.

Afternoon Prayer and Meditation

“Be still and know that I am God”. Psalm 46 v 10.

Quiet Prayer and Meditation on the 4th Wednesday afternoon of each month, the next meeting will be held on 28th February.

Easter Day, Sunday 31st March - First Communion & Baptism

If you are an adult or child (yr. 3+) and are interested in taking Holy Communion for the first time, please contact the Rectory with an expression of interest.

Please speak with the Clergy if you would like to be Baptized or would like to arrange an Baptism.

Rooted Community

Rooted will next meet 16th February for Lunch, please email for more information.

Bible Study

The first Monday of the month and the Wednesday evening group is the first and third Wednesday, next evening meeting is 7th February.

School Admissions - Church attendance:

If you are considering applications to either Becket Keys Secondary School or Hutton All Saints School in the next year, or another school application which will need Fr Andy to sign a Supplementary Information Form to verify your church attendance, please can you email

Becket Keys school are currently consulting on increasing the required attendance at Church for entry at Year 7 to fortnightly over 3 years. Attendance requirements for Hutton All Saints remain as monthly attendance over 1 year. 

In both cases, we strongly encourage parents to get involved in the life of the church, to get to know others in the congregations, join in with wider church activities and introduce themselves to the clergy, so that when the time comes for forms to be signed, it does not cause any embarrassment on either side. 

Depending on the outcome of the consultation at Becket Keys, we may need to put a more formal process in place in the future.

With every blessing, Andy

The readings in full

Malachi 3:1-5

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.[a] Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts

Psalm 24 1-10

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,    the world, and those who live in it;for he has founded it on the seas,    and established it on the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?    And who shall stand in his holy place?Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,    who do not lift up their souls to what is false,    and do not swear deceitfully.They will receive blessing from the Lord,    and vindication from the God of their salvation.Such is the company of those who seek him,    who seek the face of the God of Jacob.[a]Selah

Lift up your heads, O gates!    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!    that the King of glory may come in.Who is the King of glory?    The Lord, strong and mighty,    the Lord, mighty in battle.Lift up your heads, O gates!    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!    that the King of glory may come in.10 Who is this King of glory?    The Lord of hosts,    he is the King of glory.Selah

Hebrews 2:14-end

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[a] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2:22-40

22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[a] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[b] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[c] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[d] took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

29 ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant[e] in peace,    according to your word;30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,31     which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles    and for glory to your people Israel.’

33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

36 There was also a prophet, Anna[g] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[h] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him

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