Thursday, 18 January 2018

Two Upcoming Services

Thanksgiving for Marriage

Each year we give couples, whether they have been married a long time ago or recently; in a registry office, hotel or a church; in this country or abroad, to come to church and in a simple act of worship, give thanks to God for years of married life.

This increasingly popular service will be held on 11th February (full details below) and is followed by a reception. It would be wonderful to welcome you to join us.

Ash Wednesday 

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the season during which the church historically did the final preparations for new Christians to baptised at Easter. It is the season in which we recall Jesus' time in the wilderness in preparation for his public ministry. Now the church often encourages us to renew our trust in God and deepen our faith through fasting, prayer and study of the scriptures.

Our Lenten pilgrimage begins with two services on 14th February, details on the poster below. During the service we will each be given the opportunity to receive an ash cross marked on our foreheads as a sign that we wish to renew our trust in God and want to follow Jesus through to his death on the cross. Look out for details of other Lent activities.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Introducing Sam Frampton, our (soon to be) new Assistant Curate

“See, I am doing a new thing”

Hello one and all,

As you will know by now my name is Sam Frampton. I want to start by saying that I am delighted to have been offered to serve my curacy among you all at St. Peter’s, St. John’s, and St. Thomas’. I already know some of you because I was among you for the Parish Mission back in September 2016 and I am immensely excited to build on those existing relationships and making new ones once I am ordained in July. 

I was born in Portsmouth on the 13th February 1992. I spent most of my childhood in the surrounding areas of Portsmouth and Gosport and I have a great passion for the seaside because of it. When I was 10, the family and I uprooted and moved to France where we stayed until I was 15 and came back to Portsmouth. 

I always knew God had a calling on my life, when I was 6 I almost died from Meningitis and Septicaemia, and from then, I knew God was calling me to something. Coming from a non-Christian family, and in the most part stridently atheist, I chose my own faith journey. I was baptised as a Roman Catholic, and confirmed some years later. I discerned my vocation as a Catholic, but 6 years ago, after much prayer and discerning I was received into the Church of England and immediately knew that God had plans for me as an Anglican. 

I took on some pastoral assistant jobs and moved to St Albans to work at the abbey for a year, it was here that I began once more discerning my vocation to the ordained ministry. I was selected and recommended to begin training and started my training at Westcott House in September 2015. Having completed two years of formation, the time came to see where God was calling me to serve my curacy and I was offered to serve with you all in Mill End and Heronsgate with West Hyde .

I am looking forward to being with you all and discerning along with Fr Simon, and the congregations what things God has in store for us over the coming months and years and building further the kingdom of God in these  parishes. 

God bless you all. 


Introducing Kevin Shaw

During January, Dr Kevin Shaw will be on placement with us. Kevin is training as a Reader and lives locally. He introduces himself below. I know you will all make him welcome!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Christingle 2018

Christingle is a service celebrating the Light of Christ and is especially beautiful and meaningful in these dark days of winter.

There are two opportunities to share in this service which is increasingly popular with families and full details are on the poster attached below.

We look forward to welcoming you!