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First of Lent - Sunday 18th 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 God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

through Jesus Christ your Son 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 God,

you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven;

by it you nourish our faith,

increase our hope,

and strengthen our love:

teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread,

and enable us to live by every word that proceeds from out of your

mouth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Upcoming Dates This week:

Sunday 18th February - First of Lent

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

11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion

6.00pm: St Peter's Seek First service with guest speaker Emma Jackson

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'

11.00am: Lent Course at Daily Bread Cafe

6.45pm: Stations of the Cross at St Peter's

7.45pm: Lent Course at St Peter's


9.00am: Men's Breakfast

Next Sunday: 25th February - Second of 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.

Seek First Prayer Service

Seek First Prayer Service this Sunday 18th February, 6.00pm at St Peter's. We are pleased to announce that Emma Jackson will be the guest speaker.

Lent 2024

Stations of the Cross will be held at St Peter's at 6.45pm, starting this 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. Please contact the Parish Office for more details.

Please click here to sign up.

Youth Group (for Year 6 - 10)

Next session 25th February at St Peter's, 4.00pm - 5.30pm for food, friendship, faith and fun.

Older Youth Group (for Year 9+)

Will next meet on Friday 8th March at The Rectory, 7-8.30pm

For games and discussion together, for more information please email

The Annual Parish Church Meeting

This will take place on Sunday 28th April, following a joint Parish service of Holy Communion, 9.30am at St. Peter’s. Please note this is a joint service and you are invited to join us for a simple soup lunch after the meeting.

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

Baptisms and receiving Communion on Easter Sunday

Preparation for Children in Year 3 and above has now begun. 

If you’d like to be confirmed at the Easter Vigil at Chelmsford Cathedral (Saturday 30th March) or baptised on Easter Sunday (31st March) here in Hutton, please be in touch with Fr Andy ASAP and at the latest by 25th February so preparation can begin.

Rooted Community

Rooted will next meet 1st March for lunch, please email for more information.

Bible Study

The first Monday of the month, next session 4th March. Please note that the Wednesday evening session will not meet during Lent and will resume after Easter.

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

Genesis 9:8-17

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, ‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.[a] 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ 12 God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ 17 God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.

Psalm 25:1-9

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.O my God, in you I trust;    do not let me be put to shame;    do not let my enemies exult over me.Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;    let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;    teach me your paths.Lead me in your truth, and teach me,    for you are the God of my salvation;    for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,    for they have been from of old.Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;    according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

1 Peter 3:18-22

18 For Christ also suffered[a] for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you[b] to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight people, were saved through water. 21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for[c] a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Mark 1:9-15

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved;[a] with you I am well pleased.’

12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news[b] of God,[c] 15 and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;[d] repent, and believe in the good news.

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