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Sunday 28th April 2024 - Easter 5

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,

who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good


so by your continual help

we may bring them to good effect;

through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer:

Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:

grant us to walk in his way,

to rejoice in his truth,

and to share his risen life;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Upcoming Dates This Week:

Sunday 28th April - Easter 5

9.30am: St Peter's Holy Communion joint service followed by APCM & lunch - the service will be live streamed on

11.15am: All Saints' NO SERVICE

4.00pm: Youth Group at St Peter's / Older Youth at the Rectory

Monday to Saturday

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

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

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

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

9.00am: Live streamed Morning Prayer


9.00am: Morning Prayer in the Cafe

9.30am: Holy Communion at All Saints

7.00pm: Bible Study at St Peter;s



Next Sunday: 5th May Easter 6

9.30am: St Peter's Holy Communion

11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion


The Annual Parish Church Meeting

This Sunday 28th April, following a joint Parish service of Holy Communion, 9.30am at St Peter's. For your information you can download the Minutes 26.02.2023 below.

APCM 2022 - Minutes 26th February 2023
Download PDF • 131KB

Planned Giving

If you give regularly via the collection plate or by card donation, would you consider Planned Giving by standing order or the Parish Giving Scheme? This makes administration easier and allows us to plan more effectively. Forms are available at the back of church, to be returned to the Parish Office.

Thank you all for your continued generosity.

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 session takes place this Wednesday 22nd May at St Peter's Chapel, 2pm-4pm.

Rooted Community

Our next Friday Lunch scheduled for 3rd May at St Peter's. Please email for more details.

Youth Group (for Year 6 - 10)

For food, friendship, faith and fun held at St Peter's, please email The first summer term session will be this Sunday 28th April at 4.00pm.

Older Youth

Join us for exploring faith, creating friendship and having fun, next session is at the Rectory 28th April. For more information please email

Bible Study

The next meeting is this Wednesday at 7.00pm at St Peter's. The Wednesday meetings will continue to be on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Please note that the next Monday session will be taking place on the 13th May.

Deanery Choir Festival - Sunday 5th May 6.30pm at Shenfield St Mary

All are warmly invited to attend this wonderful event. Also, are there any individual singers or choirs who would like to take part?

If so, please contact Alan Ball, the Director of Music at St. Peter’s

South Weald, who is organising the event. 07969 367789 or

Seek First joint meeting with CTHS

19th May - 6.00pm at St Peter's - details to follow soon.

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 email

In all cases, we strongly encourage parents to get involved in the life of the church 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. 

Men's Breakfast

For more information please contact

With every blessing, Andy

The readings in full

Genesis 22:1-18

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.’ Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘Father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together.

When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill[a] his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ 12 He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ 13 And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’;[b] as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’[c]

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16 and said, ‘By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, 18 and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.’

Psalm 22:25-31

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;    my vows I will pay before those who fear him.26 The poor[a] shall eat and be satisfied;    those who seek him shall praise the Lord.    May your hearts live for ever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember    and turn to the Lord;and all the families of the nations    shall worship before him.[b]28 For dominion belongs to the Lord,    and he rules over the nations.

29 To him,[c] indeed, shall all who sleep in[d] the earth bow down;    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,    and I shall live for him.[e]30 Posterity will serve him;    future generations will be told about the Lord,31 and[f] proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,    saying that he has done it

Acts 8:26-40

26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south[a] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ 31 He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,    and like a lamb silent before its shearer,        so he does not open his mouth.33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.    Who can describe his generation?        For his life is taken away from the earth.’

34 The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’[b] 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip[c] baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea

John 15:1-8

15 ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes[a] to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed[b] by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become[c] my disciples

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