St Peter’ Church

Monday 25th January 2021
Good Morning
some may wonder why we landed in St Paul’s letter to Philippians just for today in Morning Prayer – which is because the Christian Church celebrates the Conversion of St Paul on 25th January each year.
Moving words there: ‘Yet whatever gains I had I have come to regard them as loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord..’ Phil 3.8ff
And from my prayer book different words of inspiration as we prayed for people living on Aintree Close, Allington Way and Andrews Close:
How generous is your goodness O God,
how great is your salvation,
how faithful is your love;
help us to trust you
and to praise you in deliverance
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
our next opportunity is just a brief 15 mins prayer stop at Midday
maybe see you then
warm and prayerful regards


Midday Prayer with Zoom
Time: Jan 26, 2021 12:00 PM

Sunday 24th January 2021

An Invitation to a 10 day Prayer Journey – starting right where you are!

Morning Prayer for Epiphany 21.1
Midday Prayer 21.1
Evening Prayer 21.1

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Ahead of tomorrow’s traditional occasion of a St Peter’s Midweek Communion, currently in suspension.
I attach below for your attention the lectionary and a few well-chosen hymns by Pat for the 20th January.
So this week you are spoilt for choice as to where to dip into…
Among St Peter’s community we will have opportunity to experience some of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity text tomorrow evening in the Zoom gathering at 7.30pm –
access available tomorrow evening at 7.30pm with the blue text copied and pasted into your own active bar at the top of the page.
Andrew Gubbins is inviting you
Topic: St Peter’s Midweek Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 20, 2021 07:30 PM London
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warm and prayerful regards
Thanks to Colleen for showing me how to make life easier for the rest of the St Peter’s Faithful.
Hopefully tomorrow at 7.30pm, no longer will you have to copy and paste, now all you will need to do is click on the BLUE text under here – and it will spring into action. If that makes it easier to try praying with us – that would be great.. Maybe see you then.
Topic: St Peter’s Midweek Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 20, 2021 07:30 PM London
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Swiss community on behalf of Churches Together

I apologize for not lobbying each of you earlier to take advantage of this remarkable set of texts attached below and offered us all by a Swiss community on behalf of Churches Together for our reflections during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
I must hope that the axiom: ‘better late than never’ still holds. Perhaps you have found this resource for yourself in any case.
Whilst it is not the most straight-forward action to achieve a combined service of prayer under Covid conditions, the quality of these meditations and worship strike me as being capable of being experienced and honoured independently as well if we wish to do so. there is a meditation for each day from 18-25 January contained within.
If you wish to alert us to examples of collective worship that might still be accessible, please let me know.
warm and prayerful regards
WPCU-2021-English-pamphlet-FinalSunday 17th January 2021
This is not the reminder that I wished to be sending today, ahead of a much anticipated Family Service tomorrow on: ‘My First Prayer’. Sadly – the Church Council of St Peter’s Chippenham has decided Thursday Evening to suspend all Services of Worship forthwith due to Covid precautions – until at least a review date of the end of February.
Whilst the church will still be open for private prayer during the hours of 10-11.30am on Sundays and Wednesdays, would any attendees please remember to wear a mask, bring their own pen to record their visit, and sanitize their hands during their visit.
The work of the FoodBox will continue uninterrupted at this present time – any enquiries on this or any other matter are of course welcome via myself Andrew – on email, 07734 393906, text or St Peter’s Facebook Messenger account which is free of it’s earlier difficulties.
warm regards, especially at such a trying time – if you fancy a quiz on the evening of the 29th January, keep your eyes open in this regard…


StP News.2101.1

This weekend the St Peter’s Community is adjusting to the suspension of Services again for reasons of Covid.
In the week up to 11th January there were 26 known Covid cases in West Chippenham alone  We are also praying for a full recovery for Stephen the son of Jean Coates this weekend – in hospital in London with Covid.
However, ever so sadly I am passing on news now as well of the death this morning of Mrs Marlene Duff. Our heartfelt condolences go to her family and to Terence Bate for she was truly the loveliest of friends and companions, and someone who had the heart of a passionate worshipper, at home in Anglican, Methodist and Pentecostal settings here and across the world. Marlene will be greatly missed.
Do please feel free to take advantage of recorded worship from all kinds of sources – but you are especially welcome to use  the resources available below tomorrow. The church will be open for private prayer between 10-11.30am.
Do please be in touch whatever the prompt or need with either myself or the pastoral team
warm and prayerful regards
Wednesday 13th January 2021
Today the Government has changed it’s guidance about singing in church, excluding even choirs now. So I just wished to assure people that should you attend the Communion Service at 10 am tomorrow we will be up to speed on this – the hymns will be recorded on the screen. Similarly, the 10 am Family Service – not a Communion service – but instead a reflection on ‘Our First Prayer’ – will also rely on recorded music. After such a blow to all that comforts us…
I thought I would pass on suitable encouragement
received from an online Christian greetings card outfit.
I think the castle pictured below is a German ‘Schloss’ –
and I wonder if it might be Erfurt or another place
associated with Martin Luther.
In turbulent times during the early 16th Century, roughly 500 years ago,
he wrote the hymn ‘Ein feste Burg…’ translated:
‘A safe stronghold our God is still, a trusty shield and weapon;
he’ll help us clear from all the ill that hath us oe’rtaken.’

(Amen to that…!)

HC Resources 2101.3

Sunday 10th January 2021

Baptism of Christ.
Resources for 10th January

Wednesday 6th January 2021


Epiphany HC Resources 2101

Sunday 3rd January 2021

I do hope that you are all taking extra precautions to protect yourselves against infection with the new variant of Covid, especially at a time when infection in Wiltshire is rising fast. All over 70 or dealing with other conditions too are particularly vulnerable.
It is with this in mind that I am glad to offer you for use at home
the readings, collects and hymns of tomorrow’s service of Holy Communion
to be celebrated in Church at 9 am and 10 am.
Do please be in touch with me on any matters of concern, practical need or just for a chat this week.
It is always good to hear your voice and to catch up on where things are at
with you and those you love at the start of this New Year
in which, like the magi, we travel hopefully, faithfully with God
warm regards


Friday 1st January 2021

A very happy New Year to you all,
despite the current restrictions,
 I trust that this new year is a chance
to appreciate all that God has graced you with throughout the pandemic thus far,
and to dedicate the coming few months to those whom God calls you to love…
with thanks for the privilege of your company in the different ways that have been possible,
looking forward to seeing you again as soon as possible!
love and prayers


Wiltshire Council January Update

Friday 25th December 2020

A very happy Christmas  and a ‘Top of the Morning’ to you all
from a holy hearth of this St Peter’s Family.
Today we prepare to thank and praise God, to worship with all our heart
for love life and hope revealed

in the babe of Bethlehem.

Thanks to all the flower team, Pat for the crib, and everyone else
who has helped bring these Christmas celebrations about, but above all,
beneath all to the love of God revealed
in a child of Bethlehem. Gloria in excelsis Deo!

With love and prayers as well from the Vicarage,

Do please get in touch with friends and/or our pastoral contacts
should any need or challenge overface you at this time.
Words here to be used at St Peter’s 10 am,
but they are offered for you to use in your own time and space.
please feel welcome to join with us in your Christmas Devotions.
‘Redemption rips through the surface of time in the cry of a tiny babe.’  
(CS Lewis, set to music by Bruce Cockburn)
Thank you for all your Christmas greetings to the Vicarage this year
we are very blessed, not just to be together, 
but to be surrounded by such signs of affection,

please receive our heartfelt greetings in return.


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Christmas Morning 2020

Carolsheet 2020 25.12

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

Dear friends this next sentence might not surprise you….
Below this para is a load of gobbledegook in Blue, (When you move over it), but if you copy it all into your action bar at the top of the page – it magically transforms into the trigger for a live Carol Service shared between the CofE and Christian Aid tomorrow morning at 9 am. You can experiment with this before then, just to convince yourself that it’s a possibility. You do not have to watch it so early I believe that after that there will be an easy link to its recording…
warm regards


Let’s keep one another in prayer as once again the Covid Guidance changes, possibly wreck ing plans made previously,

but let us also remember members of our NHS etc who face challenging times across our nations
and across Europe and the World.

Friday 18th to 24th December 2020

Glad to forward for your attention the delightful trail available in Yatton Keynell – I believe there is also one around Lacock!
warm regards

Nativity Trail – Yatton Keynell.

To Book

Wednesday 16th December 2020

St Peter’s Reflective Communion (Midweek Advent 3)

We hope you are able to join with us at some point this week in what follows.
We would also be delighted if you felt able to join in any of the Christmas services,
do please let us know that you are coming so that we can ensure you a safe seat.

Advent 3 Resources midweek

Wednesday 10th December 2020

With little more ado – here are the words of hymns and readings for tomorrow morning.
Thank you to all of you who join with the visible congregation in your own homes.
Let us travel hopefully and with forbearance for the remainder of our separation.
There will be lots more to come as Christmas begins to break upon us.

Saturday 5th December 2020

Exciting source of Carols + atmosphere
available at 7 pm, Tonight and Tomorrow,

piped into your home from the computer: follow this link:


it will be interesting to know what you made of it…

Wednesday 2nd December 2020

St Peters Chippenham’s First live Service in Advent 2020 10 am Tomorrow & some papers if at home.
Advent Sunday 1.r
Resources for Advent 2012.2

Tuesday 1st December 2020

This simply looks beautiful material in the approach to Christmas.
Hope you all enjoy it.

Monday 30th November 2020

Hi folks,

I’m receiving these Advent and Christmas email reflections from the Church of England,
and although they are already pretty full-on, as they give us a kick start, I wanted to share them with you.
If looking at the attached/forwarded content triggers any practical thoughts or questions,
and certainly, if any of it jars or provokes any kind of upset – do please be in touch.

You can sign up on the Church of England’s website:

warm and prayerful regards

01249 448530

Transforming church. A message from the Bishop of Bristol

Sunday 29th November 2020
The Church is open for private prayer today, but on Wednesday at 10 am we will be able to hold our first Communion Service in 4 weeks. Until then, many thanks to Pat Rees for the creativity behind this week’s resources.
warm and prayerful regards

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Welcome everyone, to some special resources
forwarded for the Feast of Christ the King
(including a fascinating explanation of its origin)
and all put together by Pat Rees this week,
whilst down the road I ‘sun’ myself on leave.
Many thanks to Robin, Daphne, Ivan, Pat and all the team in this endeavour.
Do not forget to look out for the St Peter’s Parish Socials
at 10 am or 7.30 pm this coming Thursday via Zoom.
warm and prayerful regards

Sunday 15th November 2020

Somehow these resources seem to capture and address my mood
and what may be yours too on a very wet, windy even wintry weekend.
Please do not feel that you need plough through these conditions solo
you are most welcome to pick up the phone to the vicarage or drop me a line.
warm regards

Sunday 8th November 2020

Many thanks to Pat Rees for constructing these touching resources in my absence for our marking of Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. The church is open between 10-12Noon for such prayer – please be careful to maintain practices of cleansing hands, and social distancing whilst in the building, but of course these can be used at home as well, although there will also be excellent forms of worship available on TV and live-streamed online from other locations… it might be fascinating to hear recommendations around our own network of friends and fellow worshippers at St Peter’s in the weeks to come.
It is also worth reminding you that the Archbishops have called for prayer around our nation, and are providing prompts for such prayer on the C of E Website and on social networks all focused for a few minutes at 6 pm each day.
I am largely on leave just at the moment, supporting my parents, while Mum recovers from successful surgery in Southmead.
Pastoral enquiries are of course still able to be fielded by Daphne and the team this Weekend.
warm and prayerful regards

Wednesday 5th November 2020

On this the last day before a second lockdown, this comes with warm and prayerful greetings in all your preparations, and in any anxieties that might possibly assail you at this time.
With all the experience that we have gained,
and in days of continuing uncertainty on national and global fronts
it will make all the difference
if we can stay in touch with family, friends and one another,
and if we can continue to renew our faith
by worship, reflection and prayer through all possible means,
sharing the experiences of our different journeys with all humility
and yet with confidence that what happens to you matters to us and to God,
hour by hour, day by day, week by week.
Church will be open during the lockdown on two occasions each week for private prayer
 Wednesdays 2-4 pm; Sundays 10-12 Noon
but of course also for the continuance of the FoodBox ministry.
Please do not be shy to message me with any request for such help
either for you or for others.


 God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,

Not only of individuals but of nations and governments.

Lord, we thank you for your law of love and justice and grace

 recognized as higher than any human law.

May we seek to be true to your law above all else.

We pray for all your people,

may we be awakened to spiritual reality on this day.

to a knowledge that we are not called to flee this world

But rather to be a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken in us a renewed commitment to justice and equity

for the good of all God’s children and the betterment of the whole human community—of which we are one small part.

Awaken in us a renewed commitment to care for each other,

to steward the earth

and to share the many gifts you have bestowed upon us.

May our thoughts and actions

show us to be citizens of your kingdom—

People of hope in the midst of despair,

Joy in the midst of sorrow,

Faith in the midst of fear,

Truth in the midst of confusion,

Generosity in the face of need.

Indeed, we rejoice today

That we are citizens of your kingdom.

We pray that our spiritual citizenship will make us even more committed

To being faithful citizens of this earth.

And may we put our trust in you always.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord and for the sake of his love. Amen


Sunday 1st November 2020


Tracts for our Times

Wednesday 28th October 2020

Here, at last, is the resource sheet for worship midweek with St Peter’s Congregation online and in the flesh…
If any of you are missing a chance to gather face to face at the moment, drop me a line, and I will happily arrange another Zoom chat asap.
warm regards

Sunday 25th October 2020

As the water pours down outside, I am grateful that I can send this electronically.
Meanwhile, I hope and trust that the extra hour from the clocks going back tonight will bless you
and that it will seem easier to venture out in the showers tomorrow morning than it does now…
warm and prayerful regards


Wednesday 21st October 2020

Please continue to pray for the increasing portion of our (part of the) world that face growing restrictions because of Coronavirus, not least those who have the struggle to survive it. We also acknowledge the many other kinds of vulnerability that present such a challenge to us in these days, individually, as a church and society, and as a global community.
Even if you do not wish to join in accompanying us in worship tomorrow, I can particularly recommend the words of a couple of hymns this week drawn from the Methodist Hymnbook, ‘Singing the Faith’.
warm and prayerful regards
Tel.  01249 448530


Sunday18th October 2020

Morning Worship including St Peter’s Church Annual Meeting

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Wednesday 14th October 2020

Helpfully our focus midweek is on the Fruits of the Spirit, as this week leads up to Sunday’s Morning Worship incorporating the Annual Church Meetings.
You are welcome to attend on Sunday at 10 am, what will be an abbreviated occasion compared to normal – there may yet be a small benefit of this dreadfully prolonged crisis that is Covid;
Not to underestimate the significance of our church meeting this year – when it will be important to renew our council’s membership and capacity, so to continue the faithful and cheering example of leadership and service extended thus far by a somewhat shrinking team to growing congregations.
It was lovely to worship with around 40 people each of our last two Sundays.
And more than our church’s domestic agenda – do please take great care of your own personal safety, and please continue to hold the state of many parts of our country and our wider world in your constant prayer.
Meanwhile here below are the readings, hymns and a few pertinent words from the Iona Community.
warm and prayerful regards


Sunday11th October 2020

Thanks to all who lent support to Christian Aid last weekend, it is not too late to request access to the C Aid ‘TapSimple’ Digital Device if you wish to boost our parish’ response to their Autumn Campaign
In a week’s time, it would be great to share the physical space of church with as many as possible for a service appropriately socially distanced, and containing our official Annual Meetings starting at 10 am.
Attached is a printable Resource sheet if it is double-sided, and flipped on the short side.
warm and prayerful regards


Wednesday 7th October 2020

I do hope that the attached file is a useful reference for any accompanying from home the service of  Communion at St peter’s today, 10 am.
warm regards



Sunday 4th October 2020

Christian Aid 2020r

An active weekend trialling a digital device – which proved simpler than first expected – so if this would release generosity for you, or at your church please be in touch and I can set up additional givers or users for this year’s Autumn appeal. T: 448530

Delighted that both methods worked at Morrisons this weekend, and available at St Peter’s today in support of an important C Aid Autumn Appeal.

Liturgy Resources for Today

An inspiring setting for worship at Harvest.

I hope you feel able to benefit from the attached file, a printable 2 sided leaflet to be flipped on the shortside of an A4 sheet.It requires a copy of the Communion Service to be truly usable…May you take great joy in sharing in Harvest Praise & Prayer this weekend.



Wednesday 30th September 2020


Sunday 27th September 2020

Our Archbishops have been busy this past week offering up much food for thought in relation to these changing times for the Church, but even more importantly for the needs of our wider communities.
So below you will find not only readings and hymns, you will also find their work too.
Your responses are welcome too.
warm and prayerful regards


ABY Covid addresses 2009

Wednesday 23th September 2020


Sunday 20th September 2020

A huge thank you to the volunteers who have been so proactive in the stewardship of the site and pastoral care during my absence on leave recently.
It is remarkable just how much activity has been facilitated all week at St Peter’s.
Below you will find the hymns and readings first, but then also a reminder of the Holy Communion shape that we used on making our return to worship at the start of August…
We are still invited to focus on the needs of Creation this month, and on the 4th October St peter’s will celebrate its Harvest Service – especially remembering our Global Crises –  and the truth that ‘Love never fails’ even as we will be supporting the Autumn Fundraising appeal of Christian Aid.
I am delighted that Morrisons have also expressed a will to lean in and support this focus in 2020.
Thanks to their Community Champion Sarah.
warm and prayerful regards

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Its good to be back, but much is up in the air in order to keep up with many transitions on many fronts at this time.
So worship and prayer is a good medicine for now.


Sunday 13th September 2020

A Service of the word will be on today 10 am at Church, i.e. the 2nd Sunday rather than the 3rd Sunday. This will be lead by Pat Rees.

Andrew will be back for Wednesday from Holiday.

Wednesday 9th September 2020

Worship Resource in booklet form for Revd Rod Key’s visit at 10 am Wednesday.

Sunday 6th September 2020

Welcome to the booklet style production (flip on the short side of a two-sided printing)
of the hymns and readings for our services of Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 9 &10 in the morning.
I will be away this next week, so many thanks to Rod who will be covering Wednesday’s Communion; and to Pat for pulling together a lay-led team to deliver a ‘Service for Creation-tide’ at 10 am 13th September.
There will be no 9 am service on the 13th of September.
Meanwhile, I will be renewing my own energies at Sarum and on Dartmoor from Monday till the following Monday inclusive.
Neither is there any FoodBox operating this week – in case anyone should be wondering.
warm and prayerful regards,

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Here below is a booklet form of the service resources today. Thank you for joining in with us, its always good to understand who might be involved, so if you do find this helpful whilst you are at home, or away, will you please drop me a reply. Then we can make good plans going forwards.
warm and prayerful regards,


Sunday 30th August 2020

The following material is useful if you are staying at home tomorrow, and unable to be with us at either 9 am or 10 am. The first version works best on your computer screen, The second version is in an order that will print out as a booklet if you ‘print double-sided and flip the page on the short side’.
If you do not have access to a personal copy of St Peter’s Church Blue Service Books – let me know, and we will get one out to you, possibly not in time for tomorrow morning, but ASAP.
warm and prayerful regards,

2008.7 Resources
2008.7 BL Resources

Wednesday 26th August 2020

Its good to have escaped the gales and rain unscathed, how are you all doing?
There are encouraging signs here of some of our community partners returning to St Peter’s, such as Clogs and Clogettes early in September. The Tom Metcalf Centre hopes to be in before the end of next month and of course the school and playgroup will be back next week!
I wonder how you are rebalancing your options and time out – you are always welcome here, and you can find an image of how the inside of church looks at the moment on the front page of our website.
Please remember several of our bereaved members in your prayers this week: notably: Sally Powell, Brenda Gingell, and especially Richard Shurman who has now lost both mother and younger sister in recent days.
Here below are today’s worship resources, but also a login for you to catch up with us online over Zoom this evening at 7.30pm.
with warm and prayerful regards
Topic: Andrew Gubbins’ Zoom Meeting
Time: Aug 26, 2020 07:30 PM London,  Contact Andrew for the meeting link.

Church service resource link below.

20.8.6 Resources

Sunday 23nd August 2020

20.8.5 Resources

Wednesday 19th August 2020

Please use an earlier format of the Ante-communion alongside these hymns and reading words.

Sunday 9th and Wednesday 12th August 2020

This week, at St Peter’s church building on Sun 9th and Wed 12th at 10 am,  there will be a form of Morning Worship (not Communion) led by a Layperson. This is to cover Andrew’s holiday arrangements.

Wednesday 5th August 2020
Below are today’s order and resources, the former is the same as Sunday if you printed one off then.
Sunday 2nd August 2020
Just now, some things are ending, whilst others are just beginning (nationally), but something else really counts –
whatever is the state of affairs in your own household, in your own mind and heart,
and the knowledge that all of this known to God, all of us are precious loved children of God –
whose presence with God hour by hour, day by day is never taken for granted.
So whatever you are going to do to share your time with God over the coming weeks –
please do not slip into any place of judgement, certainly not in the eyes of God,
but also not from any human being associated with St Peters Church here in Chippenham.
Be gentle upon yourself as well –
as we each realise more and more the need we have to know mutual love and support in these testing times.
So here are some words like you have had many months now,
(actually in a booklet format – so you need to print them out to see the text in the order it is meant to have.)
but this time they will be the focus of our Services of Holy Communion on Sunday.
(Please enter church by the front doors only!)
If you are still vulnerable but wish to attend, you may like to prioritise the 9 am service.
At 10 am, not 9.30 am, the Parish Communion will include a wider mix of people.
The C of E advises you to bring sanitiser with you and a mask,
by next Sunday the mask will likely be mandatory.
do please get in touch with myself, Robin or the pastoral team if you have any concerns;
but also it is important that we get out the message
to all our own family, friends & networks that St Peter’s is OPEN again for worship!
warm and prayerful regards to you all,
Priest in Charge
Virtual Choir
Colleen has kindly sent me a recording by a ‘virtual choir’ in which she is one of the participants.
It is a beautiful recording, a delightful easing into any Sunday devotions that you may have planned.
Just click on the underlined text below.



This went out live Saturday morning. You might recognise someone in here:
We were not allowed to share this before it went out live during the service. Of course, all of it was pre-recorded by each of us and then all put together. It’s a LOT of work to compile something like this! And this is a full four-part harmony choir.
The music was very appropriately chosen for a time such as this.
SPC, by the way, is Stanborough Park Church up in Watford.

Wednesday 29th July 2020

Church is open on Wednesday for the last time in the recent series of dates between 3.30-5.30 pm – just so that you can acclimatize to its new look, and draw inspiration for your prayers.
From this Sunday, 2nd August Services return to St Peter’s:
9 am this week a Communion for the vulnerably shielding;
10 am this week Parish Communion for any who wish to come, places look limited to about 30 for the moment, which will probably suffice.
Next Wednesday 5th August, a Midweek Communion will be at 10 am.
I do hope you find yourself within the texts and readings tomorrow, able to participate in the intimate fellowship
that sustained our Lord even at the toughest period of his life.
warm and prayerful regards

Sunday 26th July 2020

Of course, people will be very welcome to use these resources below
whilst they engage in their own personal prayers
especially in the space at St Peter’s which will be open from 9.30-11.30am tomorrow.
Thank you to Jackie, John & Sharon for the times they have enabled this space to be safe and hygienic for our prayer.
The Church is next open Wednesday 3.30-5.30pm for the last occasion this week.
The first formal service, of Holy Communion in this instance, is expected to be next Sunday 2th August.
There will be two services that day:
a 9.00 am service for all who are most vulnerable, shielding and wishing to minimise their risks – depending on attendance this will either be in the chapel/church.
a 10 am Parish Communion will follow.
Please ensure you wear a mask during these occasions as strongly recommended by our Archbishops, and it would help if you brought your own sanitiser to use just before and just after approaching the sanctuary to receive the bread.
All these services will be shorter than usual, without singing, but hopefully still recognisable as an expression of the fellowship we have in the love of God, by the grace of Christ and in the unity of the Spirit in such challenging times.
warm and prayerful regards
After Trinity 2007.6
20.7.6 ResourcesWednesday 22th July 2020
A few words from this’ morning’s Morning Prayer got me thinking about my readiness to participate in worship,
and the springs of my spiritual joy, only little used of late…
So perhaps you would like to join me in reflecting on the following samples of scripture and prayerful words,
in anticipation of our coming opportunities to re-engage with St Peter’s as a place of prayer between 3.30-5.30pm tomorrow; and our hoped for return to eucharistic fellowship from Sunday 2nd August….
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Bless the Lord O my soul, 
and all that is within me bless his holy name.
Who redeems your life from the Pit
and crowns you with faithful love and compassion.  Psalm 103
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Come let us go up to the House of the God of Jacob;
that God may teach us his ways, and that we may walk in his paths.
O people of Jacob come: let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Spirit of God, teach us your ways, that we may walk in the paths of peace.  Isaiah 2
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A short OT reading (1 Samuel 6) for this is our season too…
Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley.
When they looked up and saw the ark, they went with rejoicing to meet it.
The cart came into the field of Joshua or Beth-shemesh and stopped there.
A large stone was there; then the people of Beth-shemesh
offered burnt offerings and presented sacrifices on that day to the Lord (watched by the Philistines).
~ ~ ~ ~
Words from a Psalm
Lord remember for David all the hardships he endured;
Now we heard of the ark at Ephrathah; and found it in the fields of Ja-ar.
Let us enter his dwelling place and fall low before his footstool.
Arise O Lord into your resting place, you and the ark of your strength.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness and your faithful ones shout with joy…
For the Lord has chosen Zion for himself; he has desired her for his habitation.
This shall be my resting place for ever; here will I dwell, for I have longed for her.
I will abundantly bless her provision; her poor will I satisfy with bread.
I will clothe her priests with salvation,
and her faithful ones shall rejoice and sing…
There will I keep a lantern burning for my anointed.  Psalm 133
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Praying together:..
Jesus, Son of David, make us a priestly people;
clothe us in righteousness, make us fruitful, 
and give us hearts to shout for joy in your salvation;
we pray in the power of your Spirit. Amen
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NT Reading
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was set with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said: ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down… But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls’ Luke 21
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So we can say…
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, born of the house of his servant David.
…you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people
knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on all those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet in to the way of peace.’  (Benedictus)
~ ~ ~ ~
And we can pray not only the Lord’s Prayer… but also today’s Collect:
Eternal God and Father,
you create and redeem us by the power of your love:
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves in love and service
to one another and to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
~ ~ ~ ~
Until tomorrow…
warm & prayerful regards, 
especially for all who face challenges at this time and are still isolating.

Mary Mag 2007
20.7.5 Resources

Sunday 19th July 2020
Service and resources available below – please see the notice sheet to understand the presence of a very rare visitor to St Peter’s context this week.

Wednesday 15th July 2020
We are back with the saints for our worship in the midst of this week – John Keble, 14/7,
a hymn-writer of the Oxford Movement – & Bishop Swithun (15/7).
You may be able to detect a nod in their direction through the hymns.
Church is open on Wednesday for personal prayer between 3.30-5.30pm.
You are welcome.
Sunday 12th July 2020 
Today’s readings immerse themselves in the realities of human nature, but also allow the winds of the Spirit to raise us up once again in the full confidence of all the riches available to us in the love and life revealed to us in Christ. May your worship be moved by the Spirit’s anointing… whether you are at St Peter’s tomorrow, at home or on the move.
warm and prayerful regards

Wednesday 8th July 2020 

Its been a funny few hours, full of interruptions, all for good reasons, but it knocked me off my intended delivery of the words for an act of worship before 10 am for possibly a traditional moment of worship in your diaries. All I can suggest now is that perhaps you would like to be praying at some point while others are praying in the church today 3.30-5.30pm?
No pressure – and I would add that in any case, I have found today’s readings very stimulating and highly relevant to our local identity as church and communities. So feel free to use the content of the Resource Sheet whenever / however you wish to do so. The service format is added for you again from Sunday,
with warm and prayerful regards
St Peter’s Church

Sunday 5th July 2020 

Worship this weekend follows after recent festival worship marking the contribution of serious figures in the life of the early Christian community: namely Peter, John the Baptist and Thomas.
So please remember all those clergy starting out today on their journey of ordained service – in various licensings that are far from what would have been expected at this stage if it wasn’t for Covid.
Despite the strange circumstances and restrictions, it is still largely a joy to be able to open St Peter’s Church, and you are welcome to pray in St Peter’s between 9.30-11.30am today of course, when you will also be able to draw on the text of our liturgy which is attached in one of the files below, as long as you promise to take it home with you, not leaving it behind for others.
I have been offduty this past week, so a huge thank you to Robin who supervised our building on Wednesday.
As I will also have to be present for the morning licensings tomorrow, kindly Robin will take over from me before 10 am tomorrow as well.
I hope that each of you will have found signs of hope to sustain you on the latest leg of a challenging communal progress through the crisis – it would be great to see some of you at least on Wednesday evening over Zoom at 7.30 pm – lots to catch up.
warm and prayerful regards

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Hi all
I am fresh back – haha ! – from reaching the Fosse Way from home on foot today.
I was that weary that the drizzle over the meadows down Biddestone Lane on the way home was restorative, even a reverie.
Thanks to the farmer that stretch of open field, now includes a stretch of ‘green lane’ with all sorts of meadow flowers just where the bikes speed past… and I can repeat that stretch twice a day if need be for its restorative effect…
I am aware that tomorrow is Wednesday, and not all of you will be timing your worship for a few moments in the church between 3.30-5.30pm. Thanks Robin for opening church!
So I wish to offer a link to a refreshing service from Iona – that I know Daphne and I heard on Sunday, but probably a few of you too.

Did you notice the vibrant Magnificat set to the folk tune of John Barleycorn? Its literally uplifting –  in a foot-tapping way. More to the point the wisdom of John Bell is timely for where we are at, just now. It bears repeating – whether or not its because of my absence this week.

I thank God for all the volunteers keeping up with pastoral contacts recently, as well as a brave team continuing FoodBox duties in a floodtide of surplus, and for you – Blessed be your name – in the love of Christ today!
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Sunday 28th June 2020 – Worship after Trinity: Petertide

Welcome to our shared twice-weekly fellowship space – where we meet ‘in the name of God’ drawn together by one Spirit by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who experienced that grace more than the patron saint of our Church: Simon Peter?
As we open up the church today between 9.30-11.30 am; and then again on Wednesday at 3.30-5.30 pm: 
each time it is for you to be able to return,
to be able to offer your prayers in a place
so precious to your own personal spiritual journey,
and to the collective life of so many saints who remained faithful,
each in their own leg of our shared journey.
whenever is the right time for you –
Welcome Home!
with warm and prayerful regards

Wednesday 24th  June 2020 – Feast of St John the Baptist

I do hope the following provides you all with some spiritual encouragement and refreshment even as the heat rises all around us
warm and prayerful regards

Sunday 21th June 2020

Greetings from the vicarage on this the weekend of Father’s Day.
Attached below is worship with this in mind, and for this reason, it uses a different gospel to the set readings.
I will be looking back at this week’s readings come Wednesday instead.
Feedback is always welcome. I hope that you are still digging into your reserves of resilience.
Just because a lockdown may be loosening, does not make it any easier to manage our own anticipation/expectations and pent up frustrations. But my gospel for Father’s Day includes a large element of waiting, as well as an adjusting of expectations to reality within the tale. Such things belong to the relationships of us all, and not just concerning the male figures of our lives.
Let us continue to develop our capacity for kindness, and notwithstanding the fluctuating rules and weather that we are all experiencing, find that space in our lives to welcome others Home one way or another.
warm and prayerful regards,

Father’s Day
20.6.6 Resources

For Families,

Of interest to families with young children may be the following addition.
I wonder if you have already felt a change in your COVID habits this week?
Perhaps you have benefited from new permissions to form a ‘bubble’ with someone else, or plan to shop sometime.
More than likely, you may have decided that its still ‘No Change’ for you.
I am really pleased to offer you an excellent collection of video snapshots from people commissioned by St Pauls Cathedral

Attached as well, is our usual service sheet and resource sheet for midweek worship.

Wednesdays after Trinity Ante-communion
20.6.3 Resources

warm regards

Sunday 14th June 2020

This Evening

Colleen has forwarded a link to an exciting prospect for this evening…

The Big Music Sunday Service from the RSCM—14th June, 6 p.m.

This year the RSCM annual event to celebrate the powerful role of music in Christian worship, Music Sunday, will be shown on-line as a virtual service at 6 pm on 14 June 2020. All are invited to join us in celebrating the role of music and musicians in church life. Full details, including a service book and rehearsal tracks, are available at:

Service Book

Free rehearsal tracks (halfway down the linked page)

The service can be found on Youtube at,

Daytime – 
Eucharist for the week of Corpus Christi
Welcome to St Peter’s virtual yet ever so real congregation…
Thank you to Ivan for some magnificent work on our newsletter again,
and to Daphne and other key members of the Pastoral Team for keeping up with many of us in the meantime.
I am sure that many of you especially take note of people’s wellbeing for your prayers.
We do not yet have details of plans for opening up St Peter’s building once again for prayer, it is a little complicated.
Around the country churches will or will not be opening soon depending on their resources and available people,
in a sense, you could say that the C of E will be ‘staggering’ its opening for private prayer.
For some of us that sounds about right…
as soon as we have definite news to offer you will hear more about how and when.
Meanwhile please do join in with us this weekend in worship from these scripts as best you can:
warm and prayerful regards

20.6.4 Resources

Sermon and set of music from the East End

I hope the following link brings you to a moving sermon and set of music from the East End.
warm regards

Wednesday 10th  June 2020

In the two files below are some prompts for your own worship in the midst of whatever surrounds you and your thoughts this week. In the resources is the next episode of Bishop Stephen’s pilgrim poetry – not may more chapters left now.
Whenever you manage to take a look at these, do remember that you are warmly invited to join us for a cuppa over Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm finishing no later than 8.30 pm.
warm and prayerful regards

Sunday 7th June 2020 – Trinity
I urge you to try this video of the Farwell Service to John Sentamu, retiring Archbishop of York. His talk halfway through helps us understand how Jesus made a difference in his life, and can do for us all, just before Huw Edwards reads the poem: Love bade us welcome by George Herbert, and we hear the modern hymn Cornerstone, as well as all about a remarkable charity ‘Acts 435’  Let me know how you found John Sentamu’s description of discovering Christ in his own poverty…

Great stuff, click below:

prayerful regards


Some of us had a go at developing confidence with one another over Zoom last Wednesday – and it was great to meet people face to face (as also experienced over FoodBox drop-offs),

Further Zoom occasions are available for all in this email community each Wednesday, 7.30 pm, and if needed, help is on hand to make it all possible.
Lets begin confidently of God’s blessing today if you wish to enjoy the following clip from Robin:

The words for our service are attached below as a Service of Ante-communion for Trinity Sunday, with additional resources to accompany, outside of this worship,

20.6.2 Resources

We also have a chance to listen to a new hymn for this season from Laura Griffiths below.

Living Spirit – Part 1

Living Spirit – Part 2
For Families, Barnardos has produced activities for all the family to sustain the well-being of our children: see the  3 PDF files below
Warm and prayerful regards for you today


Wednesday 3rd  June 2020 – Kindle in us the flame of your love…
So here we are, according to a Church calendar back in ‘Ordinary Time’, but if you are like me ‘changed by this journey’, and more recently determined to make the most of the presence of God’s Spirit in us, with us, before and surrounding us each step of the way…
So I am delighted to offer you another poem of Stephen Cottrell, a revised midweek service for after Pentecost, and the text of your readings tomorrow. Apologies for the size of the fonts.
I do hope that some will feel prompted to test the waters of ‘Zoom’ later on tomorrow (Wednesday) – and do seek assistance  – none of us are old hands at this stuff.
warm and prayerful regards

Scheduled Church Zoom meeting later on Wednesday 7:30 pm

Sunday 31st May 2020

This Evening

This evening sees the livestreaming of worship for the initiative Thy Kingdom Come in Bristol Diocese, and owing a little to input from Revd Tom Hunton here in Chippenham. Click on the following to engage at 7.30 pm:[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%5C%22[]%5C%22%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

Thanks to Laura and Ashley from the family of Ian and Judith Griffiths for this donation of two musical touches of differing kinds. They write:
Hi all

A couple of hymns here

The words for ‘She sits like a bird’ can be found at
Love to everyone
Laura, Ashley and Felix x
And prayerful regards in the fire of God’s love


It’s hard to believe that another 50 days has almost passed since a locked down celebration of Easter, but the experience of Lockdown has surely been appropriate to this time of year more than any other if we are to enter into the suppressed faithful expectation that accompanied those waiting for the promised gift of God’s Holy Spirit, little knowing how much of an outpouring it would really be. We know that we little know what is ahead… and in that dangling is our trusting, our availability and our heightened awareness of all that is going on around us. In it also is our empathy and compassion for all who may be head into uncharted waters this coming week…
In today’s provision of worship resources are two possible streams of inspiration for you – yes one from the grand ecumenical gathering through the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and others, finishing with a blessing from the retiring Archbishop of York.
Attached is a link to the script for you to print out and join in:
Followed by a link to the livestream service itself at 9 am tomorrow morning from the Church of England website:
However Pentecost is about multiple voices and languages, all bearing witness, so  I have purposely chosen today to offer you an alternative stream,  linking up again here with fresh voices from HodgeHill Church in the West Midlands with whom we worshipped over Holy Week and Easter.
Pentecost WAH liturgy 2020
The above script greets you and leads you on an extended meditation in the life of the Spirit. (A stone and some bubbles would not go amiss either….)
WAH Pentecost Sunday May 31st 2020
As this service is without a livestream version, above is a link to the scripts for you to read, (or the telephone number for their recorded version, 6 reflections, 1 for each day this coming week.) Thank you to minister Al Barrett and his team for deepening our reflections and our faith.
I wonder if you have been joining in at home with some who have been praying the readings for a journey to Pentecost these past 10 days… Just in case I am attaching this encouraging cycle of readings for us all in the coming couple of weeks – sometime Pentecost can feel as if it’s over in a flash… and these readings truly edify, sustaining hope at a time when anxiety, anger and fear can all to often pervade our landscape.
Short Readings after Pentecost
warm and prayerful regards this Pentecost Weekend
St Peter’s Church, & The FoodBox
Mob: 07734 393906
Tel:   01249 448530

Sunday 24th May 2020

Church great day in – Kids tent

2 pm Sunday 24th, 1:45 pm

Saturday 23rd May 2020

Andrew Gubbins is inviting you to a Prayer by Zoom meeting. This is a recurring meeting Meet.

Offering a typical moment of daily prayer to join in with on Zoom if you wish available at Noon today, and each other day to Pentecost.

Join Zoom Meeting
Sorry such short notice today – it’s taken a long time to get this prayer invitation set up.
Today and days following you are invited to join in a short form of daily prayer at Noon for 15 minutes.
Reply if you wish to join in, either today or one of the days ahead,
I may have to resend the invitation from my other machine!.
But here are the words we’ll be using.
Church Great Day In
You have a chance of something different, if you wish, of joining presentations on YouTube of the ‘Church Great Day Out’ now just for this year become ‘Church Great Day In’. This is an event attended previously by Sharon, Robin, the Weeks and others, any material is likely to brighten up your B/H weekend. Can watch from Freeview channel 65, Sky channel 582 and online. From 11.30 am and 8 pm Saturday
A revision to my earlier email about Praying Thy Kingdom Come.
I am sorry to say that I find my original suggestion of a prayer journal to use in these days to be unhelpful in practice.
Its wording seems less of a prayer journal, more of a guilt trip. Apologies!
HOWEVER, in contrast, I attach below an inspirational booklet for your 9-day journey of prayer and contemplation

to Pentecost which is that offered within the Roman Catholic Communion

I hope this leads you deeper into prayer for God’s Holy Spirit, and for others.

Friday 22nd May 2020 – 5 steps to mental wellbeing – NHS

I like the tone of this 5 point summary plus suggestions.. so am sending it around our community, please do not hesitate to get back in touch.
St Peter’s Church
01249 448530.

Thursday 21st May 2020 – Ascension Day

Ascension Day: An Exploded View
This is quite remarkable could almost be Chippenham’s engineering approach to fine art – great image, fantastic story of its creation, extra-ordinary use of the humble and ordinary.
Whilst the lecturer’s commentary is genuinely profound for Ascension Day
Ascension Day – Evensong
Listen to the first ever virtual choral evensong from St Paul’s Cathedral for Ascension Day, Click the link just below, then select the arrow to play. Select the pause button to pause at any time.

Here is the content for Ascension Day. Words and Hymns.

Hymn  –   Thine be the glory
http://Thine Be The Glory (with lyrics)

Hymn –  ~Can it be

If you follow a 10 am pattern, you may like to join in an event online this Thursday in which Bishop Justin will be leading intercessions with Cardinal Vincent Nicholl. Whilst you need to register with Eventbrite to be led by them at 10.30-11 am this Thursday 21st May, it’s not difficult. here is the link:
http://TKC Prayer w/ Archbishops of Canterbury and York & Cardinal Vincent Nichols

with my best wishes for a meaningful and prayerful set of experiences for the next few days,

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Greetings to one and all ahead of this last 10 days of our Easter Journey,

taking us from Ascensiontide to Pentecost a week on Sunday,
and all in the company of the Church of England, among its ecumenical partners, Pope Francis included.
This next part of the journey is being shared around the world as an experience of praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.
It all starts tomorrow:
There is a great family prayer initiative which we have informed all our Messy Church folk about,
(let me know if you wish to see more of the Family Prayer Adventure Map, etc) 
And for Adults Thy Kingdom Come has its own FREE app with something for everyone at

In this, there is so much content,

and from this, I am copying you in on a couple of links to get us started…

1) Ascension Day Service

2) Prayer Journal

3) Prayer prompts to guide our prayer for others – through a ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ App, available for smartphones/tablets: google it.

4) Hymns, not mine, so hopefully easier to download too which I will send on the next email so as not overcrowd you.
Of course, I have no idea what will please, inspire or frustrate you, so do please feel free to let me know more of what you think about following a Christian life under lockdown, praying for your family and friends, finding the resilience to tackle each day.
warm and prayerful regards
St Peter’s Church
01249 448530


Tuesday 19th May 2020

NEWS from Kingfisher Messy Church

This week a great family prayer initiative starts this Thursday running for 10 days (until a week on Sunday). Its called ThyKingdomCome – it has its own FREE app with something for everyone – so much content,
and from it, I am copying you in on a couple of links to a wonderfully interactive ‘Family Prayer Adventure Map’ – 

as well as a page of ideas for families to try. 

To get everyone in the mood – Thy Kingdom Come has also included a crazy and inspiring song by – Cheeky Pandas
http://Oh Wow! (Awesome God)But where to begin…?
The Archbishop is taking questions about praying for beginners – it’s half an hour at 11 am this Thursday on Facebook Live @churchofengland. would be great to imagine all sorts of prayer adventures starting out around Chippenham – a way of embracing the world, including 5 of your own important people for 10 days with or without lockdown,

Please feel able to circulate this among any family or friends.
with warm and prayerful regards from the Kingfisher Messy Church Team at St Peter’s

Sunday 17th May 2020 -Easter 6

Enjoy, be encouraged – lift up your hearts – Alleluia Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Today thank you Sarah Rolland-Jones for the best-recorded sermon of lockdown In my humble opinion, wrapped in great worship, set in St David’s Cathedral, another pilgrimage destination, one of great fondness for our family.
Worth catching this after the event!


(The programme is on iplayer from the BBC. It will ask you to sign in or register to create an account, then sign in to watch the programme. Also, it will ask you to click to confirm you have a TV licence. It is on the BBC and all of it is safe.)

 Good to be back in touch, just as it has also been a privilege to be out and about in the sunshine and breezes of this past week. Despite not all of us being able to enjoy the outdoors at the moment, we are probably all sensitized to the vulnerability of the natural world and its seasons.

So it seems highly appropriate to offer worship themed for the agricultural year this weekend. More explanation and prayer resources are available on the third page. The service itself is shorn of its previous canticles, offering instead songs/hymns, whose words are on page 2, and the most unfamiliar one hopefully linked up below. Look further down and you will find another step in Bishop Stephen Cottrell’s Pilgrim Poetry: ‘Striking Out’.

In order to be still
On the final few days of my pilgrimage, the Camino del Norte joins a more popular Camino Frances. Where I had been on my own, now I was among quite a crowd heading for Santiago. On the way to Arzua, I kept passing a lovely old Italian man named Antomio. He must have been at least 70. He walked slowly, and never seemed to take breaks. I would overtake him, then stop for a coffee or to say Morning Prayer, and he would overtake me; then I would start walking and pass him again, and so on throughout the day.
He din’t speak any English and I don’t have any Italian, but we always exchanged a greeting. ‘Piano,Piano,’ he would say to me. There is no precise English translation to this modern Italian usage. It means ‘gently, gently,’ or ‘softly, softly’ or ‘step by step’. It means we are getting there.
In Arzua, I went to Mass. Antomio was there. As he hobbled back from Communion, his feet obviously hurting, he was weeping. I don’t know why he walks or what sadness he carries.

At the end of the Mass, the priest invited all the pilgrims present to come forward. About 20 of us shuffled out. I recognized many of them, my fellow pilgrims. The priest sprinkled us with holy water and blessed us. Then I found I was weeping too. I didn’t really kow why. I think it was because life is so precious and beautiful; and you don’t need to go to Santiago to find this.

‘I am putting my best foot forward now,
not knowing where the next step lands, or how
these .multiplying steps together prove
the distance each from each, deceiving love.
So many miles travelled ad each stride
is an eternity. I’ve often tried
to fasten this conundrum down in words –
the long distance back to where I started,
the endless depths of each step. It is absurd.
Pilgrimage is not for the faint-hearted.
You walk and walk in order to be still
and emptied out of rational thought until
the road itself conspires to  fill your days
and all that you have left to give is praise.’
with warm and prayerful regards
especially as we head towards Ascension Day this Thursday,
and the start of a new phase to the prayer of the Church of England
in an initiative called: ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ until Pentecost Sunday.
St Peter’s Vicarage
Tel 448530.

Enemy of apathy – by John Bell

Morning Prayer – Rogationtide

Friday 15th May 2020

The Iona Community – 3 Minutes on ‘praying with the imagination’, Fiona Haworth

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Apologies for the delay in supplying this text of a ‘Thanksgiving for the Resurrection’ below in Easter 5 Resources. Do please use these words in conjunction with one of the previously provided Easter Services/Prayers and Ivan’s newsletter.
The mentioned link to Laura’s Christian Aid sponsored climb of Snowdon:
Warm and prayerful regards on the journey

St Paul’s Cathedral series by Prof John Swinton. Specially commissioned reflections by John Swinton on love in the time of Covid-19

Part 1. Be assured, love will win.

Part 2. A Picture of Love.

Part 3. Love and the Power of Small Gestures.

Sunday 10th May 2020 – Christian Aid Week, Easter 5
In an unprecedented set of circumstances that are so threatening! which test individuals and organizations alike,
Christian Aid Week is totally different this year.
It is right to open our account in the Chippenham area in prayer and worship,
to acknowledge with the psalmist that ‘The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it’
and that God’s heart for those most at risk in our world does – or will – prompt us to action;
just as it seems to take the determination of individuals to stir our politicians to think big too.

Please feel free to dip into this Special recorded worship, link below, or to linger for its entirety. (Thanks go to Dan Brown: FoodBox Volunteer)

It reminds us of the spiritual significance of our hands and the hands of others, as well as the hold of God.
It includes a welcome chance to pray with our own hands.
Further worship under the banner of Christian Aid Week, including a message from Rt Revd Rowan Williams, is on offer at 1300hrs. There will also be daily prayers online at 11 am from Monday.

I hope that you will take advantage of a great new set of offerings from Christian Aid throughout this week by clicking on any of these two links below, to stimulate your own actions.

This might be the first year where we actively send out invitations, e-envelopes, in the Christian Aid Scheme, identifying with this campaign, by offering its challenge and opportunity for generosity to our own friends and family. For me, this would be a first, prompted by these unique circumstances

Christian Aid Week

Whether you raise funds by exercise, joining in daily Quizzes with friends, family and celebrities, or wish to pray and give in the simplest way possible, may you know the presence of the Risen Lord with you, every step of the way; with you and with all who are worse off than ourselves.

with warm and prayerful regards
Revd Andrew Gubbins

St Peter’s Church & Christian Aid Chippenham

Friday 8th May 2020 – VE Anniversary Service, Live from Bristol Cathedral

In case an Act of Worship would add to your commemoration of this Anniversary: clicking on one of these links should get you there.


Wednesday 6th May 2020

Attached for your comfort and inspiration, a form of prayer regularly being used up and down the land, plus readings, psalm and intercessions for today, please use  Ivan’s prompts in the newsletter, (See the 3rd May newsletter at the very bottom of this webpage) and your own knowledge and concerns to fill out each intercession.
An appropriate excerpt for today below is from Bishop Stephen Cottrell’s Book ‘Striking Out’
entitled: ‘Even Shadows’.
Greetings, warm and prayerful regards today

Sunday 3rd May 2020, – Easter 4

It was not the most comfortable message to send out earlier this week appealing for us all to think and pray again about our part in St Peter’s finances. Before laying out our worship resource this weekend, I wanted to acknowledge the jeopardy, anxiety and even pain that many of you may well be wrestling within your own personal circumstances and finances too.
Thank you too to our finance and leadership teams, namely David, Ivan and Chris; Robin, Sharon, and Vivienne who wrestle with our Church’s realities. Soon we will have to grasp the nettle of modern communication possibilities to see how we draw together the whole Church Council, and later in the year even convene the delayed Annual Parochial Church Meeting.
Whenever we ask people to pray about the sharing/giving of money at St Peter’s, we should always invite you to consult all whom it concerns, and so to pray about it as well ! Your considered response may be to offer more, to offer less or to stay the same. But unaffected by all this we celebrate an abundance of the Father’s love, the grace of Christ and the life of the Holy Spirit at work in each person.
This Sunday’s gospel from John 10 teaches us to trust more in the Good Shepherd, and speaks of an abundance of life too. Quite what that looks like in these times is quite a thought, so in the sermon slot I have borrowed words that caught my attention to help us all. Topics for intercession and many other insights are available in the link to Ivan’s Newsletter below
Also mentioned below is a Sunday link for people with children in the family, let me know if it is helpful. There is more where that comes from.
Warm and prayerful regards: please do not hesitate to be in touch with any concerns, comments or news of yours
Parish Priest, St Peter’s Church,

01249 448530.

Eastertide Agape

Easter 4 Resources
(The Church newsletter is at the bottom of the page)

Wednesday 29th  April 2020,

Midweek Worship Material to go with Agape Easter or Stations 14-16 of the Resurrection

Resources Easter 2 midweek

Sunday 26th April 2020,  – Service of Reflections

It has been a privilege and a surprising well of grace to be involved in the funerals this week of John and Alan. We have so much to learn from the example of their lives, and in amongst a terrific sadness now we look forward to the future opportunity to accompany Bev and Audrey more closely on this road through the valley of the shadow of death to further resurrection joys.
I offer you an alternative Service of Reflections – in the form of these Stations of the Resurrection.
There is no need to go for the whole marathon this Sunday, as the completion of them takes us through Ascensiontide to the Conversion of Saul. However, you may like to use the Concluding words at the midpoint too if you do choose to pause there.
On this occasion I have left you to curate an appropriate accompaniment of music or song should you wish – so they may repay a little preparation beforehand, perhaps arraying a safe set of candles to light, one for each station… a coloured cloth for your table, an object that you associate with the events described – yes you could go to town – or you could venture forth in all simplicity…
Alleluia Christ is Risen. I hear you say: He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!
warm and prayerful regards

Wednesday 22nd  April 2020,  – Eastertide 1

I attach some special words from Alan Scotford within the resources for an Easter Agape in the middle of this difficult week.
Our love goes out to both Bev and Audrey along with their dear families at this sad, spiritual, hope and faith-filled moment.
prayerful regards,
Andrew, St Peter’s Vicarage.

Eastertide Agape

Midweek Agape Resources with words from Alan Scotford

For those unable to be present at a funeral

Sunday EasterTide 1, Evening
Never let it be called Low Sunday again,
not after the heights of faith have been scaled (if you click below)
such as in these beautiful words on Thomas and his Risen Lord.
Thank You so much Rod, for all your craft and love for our Lord.
From Rod
  Dear Friends, Thank you for all your responses so far to the “Best line of a the best hymn” challenge. Without any spoilers, I can say that Charles Wesley is well ahead with 3 different line…
Also by Dave Walker
Foodbox 12.40 pm on Radio Wiltshire today. 19th April
On a more superficial note, you may catch your parish priest on Radio Wiltshire today being interviewed about the trends in FoodBox at 12.40pm.
warm and prayerful regards

Hallelujah!  Christ is Risen

Radio Wiltshire Live

Radio 4 – Sunday Worship
Meeting in Lockdown’ – Peace be with you! This was a deeply moving source of inspiration, wider awareness and comfort. if you have not already heard it. Wonderful music and worship, a deeply reassuring message, delightful blend of male and female, local and global.

A virtual service from Holy Trinity Platt, Manchester, reflecting on the experience of the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection when Jesus came to see them.

Worth joining BBC Sounds App if you have’nt already, worth listening to this.

Sunday EasterTide 1,  19th April 2020

Pilgrim Sheet 8

Eastertide Agape

Eastertide 1 Resources

For those unable to be present at a funeral

WednesdayEaster Week, 15th April 2020
Pilgrim Sheet #7. The pattern of Agape that I have extracted for your continued use during Eastertide is from the Prayer Book for Holy Week and Easter 2  by Shellie Michelle Ward, It offers us a different resolution of the losses involved in isolation to a service of ante-communion. I hope too that you will draw on the Easter Resource Sheet, including words from Canon Paula Gooder of St |Paul’s Cathedral, London; and Bishop Stephen of Chelmsford Diocese.
Your feedback and conversation following such liturgical moments are, of course, most welcome as ever.
I rust that you experience in the coming days the joy, peace and hope of Easter in amongst all the challenges.

Alleluia Christ is risen!

Eastertide Agape
Easter Week resources (wed)

Easter Monday – 13th April 2020

The FoodBox took a break last week, but is getting back up and running this week.
A rather wonderful, Easter rewrite of Leonard Cohen’s well known ‘Broken Hallelujah’… surprisingly sustaining an unbroken lyrical integrity throughout.
Happy Easter

Easter Hallelujah 2020

Called by Name:
A reflection for the Monday of Easter Week, (Celebrating Easter in a Good Friday World),
Dr Paula Gooder, Biblical Scholar and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral.

All Age Celebration Spring Harvest – Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday – 12th April 2020

The prayer book many of you have used last week has one more entry for tomorrow.

Sign up to the Church of England’s #EasterPilgrim: The Lord’s Prayer reflections and receive exclusive emails over this special season:

Three Vicars Talking – Easter Special,
May need to create a BBC login to get to some programmes.

A New Poem – Easter 2020, by Malcom Guite.
This beautiful poem might just move you to tears, of truth and hope wrestling with jangling concerns about the news.

Easter Morning

Half light dawning. Women, grief scoured, fearful, go to the tomb. The earth quakes, the stone is rolled away. Terror blooms. An angel speaks, ‘See and go.’ They turn, frightened. Suddenly, he is here. They fall, holding warm feet. He is here. He is here. He is here… #EasterDay

Fiona Haworth, Iona Community.

Take a look at Pilgrim Sheet #6 right at the foot of this email, and as many of the links as will inspire you. Do join in with myself and the Greater Corsham today, and tomorrow at 10 am. Do please find an Easter Candle to light for your own home – safely of course. We will bring them all together when we return to the church building.
Andrew’s Easter pilgrim Sheet
Bishop Viv’s Easter Address

Bristol Cathedral Easter Service
, A service from Bristol Catherdal with Bishop Viv will be streamed at 10.00 am, as live on Facebook, Youtube and Bristol Cathedral web page. Here are included links:  The Cathedral’s Facebook page and YouTube channel  and  . A form of ‘Spiritual Communion’ is included at the end of this order of service.
Click here to download the order of service  so that you may join in this service at home as much as possible.

Joint Easter worship
with members of The Greater Corsham Team. 
On their page move to the right for the complete Easter Service.) Service and prayer booklet below.
Holy Week and Easter 2020 (2) Greater Corsham Team (1)

Easter Evensong
The RSCM, Royal School of Church Music in Salisbury, will be broadcasting a Big Easter Evensong at 6 pm Easter day.  To join in use this link below:

After Easter
Spring Harvest Home.

Spring Harvest Home is a completely free online conference programme with content suitable for everyone in the family. Lined up for the week after Easter, we have some amazing material all built around the 2020 theme of “Unleashed – The Acts Church Today“.13th to 17th April.

Saturday Evening
This night, tomorrow, for a whole 50 days, even for the rest of our lives we can celebrate how Christ has overcome! Hallelujah.

Good Friday – 10th April 2020
A Reflection for Good Friday by Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s, Piccadilly, London.
Six imaginative accounts of the Passion from people who were eye-witnesses to it by Dr Paula Gooder, St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Praise Song for the Pandemic.  Written and read by Christine Valters Paintner, from Abbey of the Arts and music by Giants & Pilgrims.

St Peter’s Church, Way of the Cross, Pdf – Way of Cross 2020,  Word – Way of Cross 2020

Artwork by Sieger Köder,  Stations of the cross including prayers by Padraig Ó Tuama.

12 – 3 with St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Good Friday

Service sheet –

Spectator – Walking the Way of the Cross.

A reflection is offered by Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough, Bishop’s Chaplain.
It can be viewed here on YouTube.

Maunday Thursday – 9th April 2020
Waltham group churches Maunday Thursday.
It is suggested that you may like to begin no later than 7 pm if you wish to also honour staff of the NHS this evening at 8 pm.
Then if you are up to delving deeper into the experience of Christ’s vigil in Gethsemane, you could resume that focus from 8.15 until 9 pm, for instance.
Livestream too tonight from our Cathedral community.
So God’s Peace, the Shalom of The Lord’s Table, then the Lord’s Presence this night be yours wherever you are, however you are and prayers,  Andrew.
Holy Week Humour –  Dave Walker.
Renewal of Commitment to Baptismal Vows and Ministry,

Officiant & Preacher The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull Bishop of Bristol.

This diocesan service will be broadcast at 10.30am on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Click here to download the order of service so that you may join in this service at home as much as possible.

Spy Wednesday – 8th April 2020
Holy week – April 2020
Just a nudge that Mon – Wed this week there is a delightful Cuppa based form of ‘Midday / daily prayer’ from page 11 in this download. You will need a bible.
journeying together.
St Peter’s Chippenham
Palm Sunday – 5th April  2020, Palm Sunday, Joint service with Sheldon Rd Methodist Church.
I hope that you gain something from this companion note – plus some worthwhile reflections on the Christian way with Trauma and grief. from an acquaintance of mine from college days.
There are of course multiple possibilities of places to turn for worship tomorrow, but I hope that you will at least take a look at the form of service created by Revd Pam Stranks on behalf of ourselves and Sheldon Rd Methodists. If we had been live we would have started at 10.30 tomorrow.
prayerful regards for Holy Week.
Andrew, Parish Priest, St Peter’s Chippenham.

Heading for Holy Week Pilgrim Pointer 4

Advance copy of Worship for Palm Sunday joint church

Palm Sunday 2020

Palm Sunday 2020

1st  April 2020,  – Midweek Passiontide.

It is a privilege to step out again with you on the journey today, or at any other point this week of Passiontide.

Passiontide anti-communion (1)

passiontide resources (wed)

28th March 2020, Lent 5 Theme – Passiontide.

Pilgrim Sheet #3

Passiontide anti-communion

passiontide resources


22 March 2020, Lent 4 Theme  -Live your faith.

National Day of Prayer and Fasting



Church service, 22nd march, – Streamed from Bristol Cathedral (facebook).

Bristol Cathedral (Facebook).

Church of England – Prayers and Services

Prayer of the day.


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