Parish News Sheet

 

 

ST PETER’S CHURCH

 

PARISH NEWS SHEET August 2021

 

 

In the long months since our last News Sheet we have changed the timetabling of our Sunday services and (following on from what we learnt in lockdown) incorporated livestreaming as a regular feature for the benefit of the housebound, or those who have moved away from the area.
I have resumed pastoral visits, and our churches are now open at more times during the week than they were before.

With more social freedoms now restored, we are at last able to send you information about other forthcoming events you may like to come to.

 

A group of people in a roomDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceSinging in our churches

As you know, indoor singing is now allowed again,
so long as suitable distancing and other precautions are in place.
Singing in churches is GREAT, and we missed it so much during the Covid restrictions! Music has always played a central part in Christian worship, and if you lift your voice up to sing in church,
the building does most of the work for you.
Now we are allowed to restore it to our services we are trying to enhance the experience in order to enjoy it all the more.
Our Churches Singing Group meets every Friday at 6pm to run through the hymns and Psalm they will lead on the following Sunday. Over the last weeks we have continued to record the hymns and Communion anthems as well, to provide an accompaniment track in the service.
This is proving more effective than just the organ, and makes others more confident in their own singing. Why not come along and join us? It’s an hour well spent at the start of the weekend, and a satisfying and valuable contribution to Sunday worship.
The weekly session is continuing through the summer apart from Fridays 27th August and
3rd September when I am away.

Meanwhile, in the autumn, the Belsize Community Choir will resume its Thursday evening rehearsals in St Peter’s, and at the same time at St Saviour’s The Royal Free Music Society Choir will now be meeting also.

 

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September Concerts
at St Peter’s

We are looking forward to hosting
a full arts programme at St Peter's this autumn, beginning with a piano recital
by Matthew Drinkwater on
4 September.   
Belsize Baroque will give their first concert of the season a week later.   Then another friend of St Peter's, Aryaman Natt, will give a recital on
25 September.   
Some Covid-safety measures, such as a reduced seating capacity will remain, but will not mar three evenings of sheer musical enjoyment (including drinks).      Admission will be by pre-booking, as shown below.  


Saturday 4 September, 7.00pm    

Matthew Drinkwater, piano performs works by Tchaikovsky and Chopin.   
Tickets £12 in advance:  tickets@stpeterbelsizepark.org.uk   

Sunday 12 September, 6.30pm 

Belsize Baroque directed by Catherine Martin perform works by Graupner, Corrette, Handel, Abel and Venturini.   
Tickets £15 in advance: www.wegottickets.com/event/521497  

Saturday 25 September, 7.00pm  

Aryaman Natt, piano performs works by Szymanowski, Debussy and Liszt.        
Tickets £12 in advance:   tickets@stpeterbelsizepark.org.uk 

Events planned for later in the autumn will be announced month by month. 

                                                                                                                        Ken Robbie

 

Drama at St Saviour’s

The long established ‘Players of St Peter’ (no connection with the above church!)
are reconvening to perform Medieval Mystery Plays in St Saviour’s Church.
Here is an invitation to get involved – apologies for getting information about the auditions
to you late.

Dear Friends,

We are very pleased to announce that we will be back on stage performing a selection of scenes from the York Cycle in our home at St Saviour Eton Road on Thursday-Saturday
9-11 December.

For those wishing to perform auditions will be held on

Friday 6 August 7-8.30pm

Saturday 7 August 3.30-5pm

Monday 9 August 7-8.30pm

All at St Saviour’s Eton Road, London, NW3 4SQ (nearest tube is Chalk Farm on the
Northern line).

Keep an eye on our website http://theplayersofstpeter.org.uk/ 
and social media - Twitter @PlayersStPeter
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pospmysteryplays over the next couple of weeks for more information; or contact the director on director.posp@gmail.com 
If you are unable to make either any of the audition dates we will try to arrange an alternative.

We would also welcome enquiries from people interested in helping backstage, front of house, or with costumes and props in the run-up to the performances.
Also from musicians (singers or instrumentalists) who could enhance our performance with appropriate music.

We are mindful that the situation is still fluid in many ways and are trying to plan for all eventualities. The production we are planning
will be simpler than some of our past performances and we will try
to conduct rehearsals in a Covid-secure environment.
We also intend to commit the performance to video during the Autumn and will make this available to audience members who are unable to attend in person.

We can’t wait to get back into our tights and wimples and look forward to seeing you again in the audience or onstage!

Yours sincerely, The Players of St. Peter.

 

Poetry Sessions online

Mary Shakeshaft continues to share her limitless enthusiasm and expert knowledge of poetry in Tuesday afternoon Zoom sessions and is currently working through the works of WB Yeats.
Mary writes:

We shall read as many poems as we can by the two Irish Poets who have won the
Nobel Prize for Literature but if you are fond of others e.g. Patrick Kavanagh Tom Paulin, Michael Longley, please bring them along to the sessions.

Both Yeats and Heaney wrote a great many poems.  These tend to be ones I like but please introduce us to others.

Yeats’s poetry developed from his early preoccupation with Irish folklore and his love for
Maud Gonne through a middle period influenced by political events to the deep poems
of his later years.

There will be three weeks on each poet.  
We shall meet on Zoom as before on Tuesdays at 2pm from 3 August to 7 September.

Here are my suggestions for Yeats.   I will give you my suggestions for Heaney shortly.

3 August - Down by the Salley Gardens; The Lake Isle of Innisfree; When You Are Old;
The Song of the Wandering Aengus; He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven; No Second Troy

10 August  - A Coat; The Wild Swans at Coole; In Memory of Major Robert Gregory;
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death; Easter 1916; The Second Coming; 
A Prayer for My Daughter

17 August – Sailing to Byzantium; Byzantium; Among Schoolchildren; An Acre of Grass;
The Municipal Gallery Revisited; Lapis Lazuli; The Circus Animals’ Desertion;
Under Ben Bulben

Look forward to seeing you!

Topic: St Peter's Belsize Park's Poetry reading
Time: 2pm Tuesday

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94764405575?pwd=V3k5OHNqWGo2cTZ1Z3NNTTFaOTF0Zz09

Meeting ID: 947 6440 5575
Passcode: M2sk08

 

Fun in our gardens

Another blow that Covid dealt to our church life was that the wonderful work Fr. Petrica Bistran,
our Children’s Minister, had done to establish Messy Church sessions could not continue.
But we’re immensely grateful that, with the help of local mum and St Peter’s member,
Eloise Wu, Petrica has started a Weekly Playgroup in each of our Church Gardens.
This is at St Peter’s each Wednesday at 3pm, and at the same time
at St Saviour’s each Thursday

DiagramDescription automatically generated with low confidenceThe two Junior Church Posters also serve
to display our new Sunday service times – with an alternating 10.30am Eucharist at each.
At 10.30am when there’s a 5th Sunday of the month the two churches worship together in alternating venues.                                               

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