This year we are happy to be able to welcome all to our Easter Services, a sign that things are better than last year if nothing else! Services as follows:
7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by the Watch (optional) until 9.30pm
1.00pm Stations of the Cross
2.00pm Liturgy of the Day
Allleluia! Christ is Risen!
10.30am Sung Mass with Easter Ceremonies
We are still using the side door (opposite Cobden) instead of the main tower doors, and have hand sanitizer available on entry. You are required to wear a face covering unless exempt. Service books are placed on the pews marking socially distanced places. If you are unable to get to church please see the Easter service from last year for you to go through at home https://www.stpetersstockport.org.uk/uncategorized/an-easter-service-for-use-at-home/
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Now that most of our vulnerable members of the congregation have had their jabs, we have decided to open for the ‘normal’ socially distanced services on Sundays.
Mass starts 10.30am from Sunday 19th February
Masks must be worn unless you have an exemption, and hand sanitiser is available near the door. We are continuing to use the side entrance (opposite the Polish shop) instead of the tower doors whilst restrictions are still in place.
With the majority of people at St. Peter’s being vulnerable or extremely vulnerable we have taken the reluctant decsion to close for Sunday worship. However, St. Peter’s will be open on Friday afternoons 12 – 1.30pm for private prayer and Mass on request. Hand sanitiser etc available on entry, toilets open. Please use side door (nearest to Cobden).
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
At this most unusual of Christmases we are keen to continue worship for as long as we can here in St. Peter’s. At time of writing (21st Dec) the following services will be going ahead. All are welcome…
12.00pm – 1.30pm Church open for private prayer and the shop.
12.30pm Vigil Mass
10.30am Sung Mass of the Nativity
Sunday 27th December
First Sunday of Christmas “The Holy Family” 10.30am Sung Mass
Entrance is via the side door, and hand sanitser is available on entry. Please wear a face covering unless exempt. Please sit 2 metres apart from others unless in your household or bubble. Hymns are included in our services but no singing – just enjoy the tune! The Sacrement will be offered in one kind only – the Host, and not the Wine; and must be received in your hands. If anyone does not wish to receive, that is fine, and you may stay in your place, or come forward for a Blessing during the Communion. All are very welcome…
Secret St. Peter’s – A Photographic View Inside the 18th Century Tower
St. Peter’s tower is in need of restoration and is unsafe for visitors, but you can take an exclusive look inside through our photographic exhibition – inside the church, and online.
Our amateur photographic exhibition will show you the interior of the long-hidden tower area. From the original 18th Century wooden staircase, entrance onto the gallery, the second floor where you can see into the vast roofspace, and up to the clock chamber where the Whitehurst clock was once housed. There are also a couple of views taken from the 40 metre high cherry picker used to conduct urgent repairs to the dome (an exhibition/book of the rest of these pictures is also planned in the near future).
Situated inside the church, you can view the exhibition and the main areas of the church, pause for a moment of peace/prayer and enjoy a hot/cold drink in our cafe area. The church is open Saturday 12th September 12pm – 4pm. The display is now available here.
(Please note – there is no physical access to the tower, view is the exhibition only!)
Despite appearances otherwise, we are still open for services and prayer with Covid-19 precautions:
Wednesday 29th July 12.00 – 1.30pm – peaceful reflection/prayer
Friday 31st July 12.00 – 1.30pm – 12.30pm Mass
Sunday 2nd August 10.30am Mass
Tuesday 4th August – 12.00 – 1.30pm – peaceful reflection/prayer
Tower Repair Update
Repairs were attempted from a very impressive ‘Cherry Picker’ but sadly it was just too short! The base had to rest on the sturdy ground outside of the graveyard, meaning that the arm wasn’t able to reach far enough to enable safe access. It was however, tantalisingly colse enough to obtain some informative pictures of the damage – not good.
We are now awaiting the arrival of an even more impressive ‘Cherry Picker’ from Bradford, which is cheaper than scaffolding! All being well, the emergency repairs will be carried out then. It is hoped that a large project to restore the tower and increase the use of the church in the local community will be under way in the near future.
We will be reopening for prayer first of all, and then Mass from Friday 10th July:
Friday 3rd July – 12-1pm private prayer
Friday 10th July – 12.30pm Mass
Sunday 12th July – 10.30am Mass 5th Sundy after Trinity
Following this we will continue with normal Mass times – Friday 12.30pm, Sunday 10.30am and Holy Days 12.30pm. The toilet and cafe area are still undergoing refurbishment but the toilets are fully functional and availalble! Please use the side door as the tower entrance needs some repairs and is fenced off. We look forward to welcoming back friends old and new.
Come, let us sing unto the Lord:
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the deep places of the earth:
the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it:
and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
Psalm 95 extract verses 1-6
This year is of course like no other, and the Feast of Corpus Christi has to be celebrated without partaking in the Eucharist within church. In this short devotional video on the theme of Corpus Christi (below), the Bishop of Fulham speaks powerfully of the vital role the Blessed Sacrament has in our spiritual lives. The film is a joint initiative between The Society and the Church Union and was made in accordance with the Government guidelines in place during the pandemic. It is the final film in a series of eight such films, covering the themes of Holy Week, Easter, Our Lady, Pentecost, praying for the dead and, now, Corpus Christi.
READ MARK, learn and inwardly digest
Chester Cathedral would like to invite you to join in with a course for 12 weeks at 1.10 -2pm on Wednesdays starting on 13 May and concluding on 5 August.
Clergy from around the diocese, including Bishop Keith Sinclair will talk about sections of Mark’s gospel each week and will take us through the whole gospel.
There are two ways you can join in
You can join the sessions live on Wednesdays at 1.10pm on Zoom and ask questions of the speaker. If you would like an invitation to be present please contact email@example.com, with READ MARK in the subject line, and you will be sent the link to enable you to connect for 1.10pm.
You will find it helpful to bring a version of Mark’s gospel for the session.
The speakers are following the sections from here, and some will use the material whilst others may refer to it. You may wish to read it beforehand or afterwards or simply listen to the speakers.
We look forward to joining with you in, ‘READING MARK, learn and inwardly digest’ this summer.
Update from St. Peter’s
Although many churches will be opening for private prayer this week, we unfortunately will not be able to at the moment. This is because the kitchen and toilet areas are being upgraded to provide much better facilities for everyone when we do reopen. We’ll keep you posted on works and any plans to reopen. In the meantime, we have a list of online resources you may find helpful.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May) for more people to come to know Jesus.
Praying for people to come to know the love, hope and peace found in Christ is at the heart of Thy Kingdom Come.
Daily Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come is a great way to set up regular, daily patterns of prayer to hold these people in prayer – whether you are doing so on your own, as a household, or joining with a small group or as a church virtually.
The resource is available in a range of offline and free online formats:
The booklet – in full-colour and complete with services, psalms and readings – is available now from Church House Publishing for just £1.99 with Free UK Delivery when you order online (with bulk discounts on 10s and 50s).
The free app for iOS and Android – containing audio for Morning, Evening, Day and Night Prayer from the booklet for all 11 days. The app has been updated with 2020 Sunday psalms and readings and a new feature that allows you to set reminders for any or all the services at times that suit you.
A podcast featuring all eight hours of the Daily Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come audio is also launching soon.
Smart speaker – from Thursday 21 May (Ascension Day), you can also get Alexa and Google Home to ‘Ask the Church of England for today’s Thy Kingdom Come’ to hear a short service of Prayer During the Day (before 7pm) and Night Prayer (after 7pm) throughout the 11 days.
Watch a special Thy Kingdom Come Pentecost Service with the Archbishop of Canterbury and a range of other contributors from 9am on Sunday 31st May here.
More new resources from Thy Kingdom Come
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, Thy Kingdom Come is going to look slightly different this year.
The Rt Revd Mark Tanner has been named by Downing Street as the next Bishop of Chester, succeeding the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster who retired in September 2019. Bishop Mark is currently the Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle.
“It will be hard to say goodbye to the North East,” he says, “however, Lindsay and I are really excited to return to Chester where I was ordained, and both of our children were born.”
We warmly welcome Bishop Mark and wish him and his family a happy and fulfilling time here with us in Chester.