From the Honorary Assistant Priest

monthly thoughts by Peter Wintgens

We are well into Lent now, and I hope you are benefiting from the Study Groups and from
the Sunday Evening Talks. Judging from the group I am in and from reports from the others  there are positive reactions to what the speakers have to say, resulting in lively discussion  and conversation. Altogether there are about 40 people taking part in our groups, which is not a huge number but a very committed one.
Similarly, the Sunday Evening Talks are attracting regular numbers of about 20 to our  “Rivers of Life – Streams of Anglican Spirituality” theme. The more we move through this  programme, the more we are realising how much unites us when you look away from the  superficialities of different styles of worship. Please do come and support the remaining two  talks, on first the Fresh Expressions stream (March 30) then on the Anglo-Catholic one
(April 6).
Now we look ahead to Palm Sunday(and Simon’s return) and the events of Holy Week,
when we are fortunate to have the ministry of Revd Dr Stuart Hoke (see March newsletter)
to look forward to at all services, from Palm Sunday through to Easter Day. Our service plan  looks like this:

  • Palm Sunday April 13– Procession from Battersea Bridge at 10.45/11.00 in church and recital of the Passion of Jesus according to Matthew, followed by the choir singing the St John Passion (Bach) in the evening at 6.30pm, with Meditations Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 8.00pm– Night Prayer with Meditation
  • Maundy Thursday April 17 – Eucharist with Washing of Feet at 8.00pm and Vigil until midnight
  • Good Friday April 18– Children’s Workshop at 10.00 followed by the Children’s Service at 12 noon, then at 1.00pm “An Hour at the Cross” immediately followed by the Good Friday  liturgy at 2.00pm
  • Easter Saturday/Sunday April 19/20– the liturgy of Our Lord’s Resurrection on Saturday at 8.00pm and on Sunday at the usual times.

It is very important to attend all of these services (if you can) so that after the sombre mood of Holy Week you will be able to rejoice all the more when we arrive at Easter itself.
Finally, I would like to use this space to thank all of you for the great support you have given me over the past three months, and especially to thank the other members of the Ministry Team, the Churchwardens and Administrator. I couldn’t have managed without you.
God bless you !