Pew Sheet / Notices

25th June 2017 – Patronal Festival

Welcome to St. Peter’s. Please stay for coffee which is

served in the Parish Centre after the service. 

Sunday Worship 9.00am Eucharist; 10.30am Sung


Readings for today

Acts 12.1-11; 1 Peter 2.19-25; Matthew 16.13-19 

Readings for next week

Jeremiah 28.5-9; Romans 6.12-23; Matthew 10.40-42 

Hymns for today

9.00am Gradual Thou art the Christ; Offertory 409

10.30am Introit 876; Gradual Thou art the Christ; Offertory 409; Communion 144; Final 695 

Today 6.30pm Choral Evensong


10.00am - 11.30am Parents and Toddlers Group

6.45pm Bell ringers meet for their weekly practice

7.15pm Choir practice


9.00am Morning Prayer

10.00am Eucharist

1.30pm St Peter’s Years 1 & 2 at church – Baptism

6.00pm St Peter’s School Summer Fair


10.00am Good Companions Group

7.30pm Darwen Ladies Choir


10.00am – 11.00am Vestry Hour - Church open for refreshments and to discuss and book Baptisms and Weddings

This week we are praying for those who live and work in

Priory Drive, Priory Grange and Priory Place

and for those who are sick: Noah; Janet; Douglas Middleton; Aaron Wright; Kim; Dennis McDermott; Rita; Vick; Sister Catherine, Bob Wright; Chris Bell; Olwen; Laura Gisbourne; Brodie Myers; Margaret Barge; Irene; Raymond; Barbara; Michelle Farnworth; Glenda Dyer; Alfie; Sydney Wall; Mona Ainsworth; Zillah Griffin; Robin.

Pam’s 10k Run for Bloodwise Many thanks to everyone who sponsored Pam to run the Manchester 10k for the charity Bloodwise. The amount raised is approximately £750 including gift aid. 

St Peter’s School Summer Fair at School from 6.00pm on Thursday 29th June. BBQ, games, bake-off competition and lots more! 

PCC minutes and agenda The minutes of the PCC meeting of 8th May and the agenda for the next meeting on 3rd July are available for PCC members in the Parish Centre. 

Sunday Eucharist readings for July These are now out in the Parish Centre for July readers to collect. 

July Parish Magazines are also available in the Parish Centre. 

Lunch Club This is becoming increasingly popular and we are looking for any volunteers who could help by making some soup. Please speak to David. (NB the next Lunch Club will be on Wednesday 5th July). 

Darwen Ladies Choir Summer Spectacular with guest star James Loynes is at St Peter’s on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 and this includes refreshments. 

Church Cleaning To try and keep church clean we will be having some cleaning mornings. The first will be on Saturday 8th July, 10.00am – 11.00am. All are welcome! 

Pimms and Nibbles afternoon at the Vicarage on Saturday 29th July from 2.00pm to 4.00pm – tickets costing £2.50 each will be on sale soon. 

Buy-a-Stone Roof Appeal The ‘Buy a Stone’ appeal to generate funds for the necessary work to the church aisle roofs is going well, with £500 having been raised so far towards the target total of £1,000. Stones are still available to be ‘bought’, not just by people in our church family but also those in the wider community.

The stones have been numbered on the two large pictures in church which have been adapted from two original photographs taken by Phil Leather. Stones can be bought for £1 each and there will be a permanent record kept of those who buy them which will serve as a ‘thank you’. If you wish to buy a stone ‘in memory of’ or ‘in celebration of’ then the record will show this. For more details please speak to Phil Leather. 

Morecambe Bay Walk to D’Feet MND Allison Leach will be participating in this charity walk on Saturday 29th July 2017 to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association. If you wish to sponsor her please complete the sponsor form in the Parish Centre. Thank you in anticipation of your support. 

Charity Giving Till the end of June we are continuing to support The David Nott Foundation. Please see the notice above the Charity Giving box or speak to Anne for more information. 

Pew sheet Please note that the address you should now send an e-mail to if you wish to receive this pew sheet electronically is the Parish Office address,



Almighty God,

who inspired your apostle Saint Peter

to confess Jesus as Christ and Son of the living God: build up your Church upon this rock,

that in unity and peace it may proclaim one truth

and follow one Lord, your Son our Saviour Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



Acts 12.1–11 

About that time

King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church.

He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.

After he saw that it pleased the Jews,

he proceeded to arrest Peter also.

(This was during the festival of Unleavened Bread.)

When he had seized him, he put him in prison

and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover.

While Peter was kept in prison,

the church prayed fervently to God for him.

The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison.

Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared

and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’

And the chains fell off his wrists.

The angel said to him, ‘Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.’ He did so. Then he said to him,

Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.’

Peter went out and followed him; he did not realise

that what was happening with the angel’s help was real;

he thought he was seeing a vision.

After they had passed the first and the second guard,

they came before the iron gate leading into the city.

It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside and walked along a lane, when suddenly the angel left him.

Then Peter came to himself and said,

Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel

and rescued me from the hands of Herod

and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.’ 



1 Peter 2.19-25 

It is to your credit if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 

If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, where is the credit in that?

But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. 
‘He committed no sin,
   and no deceit was found in his mouth.’
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.



Matthew 16.13–19 

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,

Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’

And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist,

but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’

He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’

Simon Peter answered,

You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’

And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,

and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’



Almighty God,

who on the day of Pentecost

sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles

with the wind from Heaven and in tongues of flame,

filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel: by the power of the same Spirit

strengthen us to witness to your truth

and to draw everyone to the fire of your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.