Welcome to St Peter’s Titchfield, the oldest church in Hampshire, where Christians have been coming to worship God for more than 1300 years
Our Vision Statement
Welcoming all, Celebrating Life, Sharing the Journey
During the week
The Church is open for private prayer every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. There will be someone there to welcome you and explain the arrangements to facilitate social distancing and strict observance of ‘Covid-secure’ regulations
|9.00 am Tuesday & Thursday||Pray at home, with “A Reflective Service for Worship in Isolation.” Print the order of service here|
|Free at any time||Telephone ‘Daily Hope’ 0800 804 8044 for prayers, reflections and hymns|
|9.45 am||Morning Service on Radio 4. (Long Wave)|
|8.00 pm||St Peter’s Prayerline ~ Please join your fellow parishioners every day, at this time, praying for all who are fighting Covid-19.|
God of compassion,
be close to all who are unwell, fearful or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Letter from Susan
The Glory in the Grey
This message is being written on the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus, that wonderful mountain-top experience which gave Peter, James and John a glimpse of heaven’s glory, reflected in the face of Jesus. On my first and only trip to the Holy Land, the Mount of Transfiguration was pointed out to us as our coach drove past. Sadly, I missed the moment because I had fallen asleep.
The story of Christ’s transfiguration reminds us that heaven is closer than we may think, especially when we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who is the way to the Father and walks beside us every day to keep us in the right direction. God’s glory is usually revealed to us in short bursts which quickly fade, intimations of the greater glory that is yet to come. These brief glimpses sustain and help us keep our focus in times such as these. The key is that we have ears that hear, eyes that see, and of course that we stay awake!
The New Normal
At 9am last Sunday 31 people attended church while many more joined us by video link. It was very good to have Keith playing the organ again, for the first time since lockdown, and to hear a single bell being rung to announce that worship was taking place in church. Holy Communion has been taken out to several people who are unable to come to church because of health concerns. This is beginning to feel like the “new normal.”
We have been advised to offer hand sanitiser for people coming forward to receive Holy Communion. I suspect there may have been an unpleasant after-taste if the sanitiser was not quite dry. We have now changed brands to try and address this issue. The alternative is for communicants to bring their own sanitiser and for allow more drying time!
There will be a service of Holy Communion at 9am this Sunday, to which all are welcome.
Welcome to Leo Charles Michael Tuson who was baptised in our church last Sunday. “May God who has received Leo by baptism into his Church, pour upon him the riches of his grace, that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people he may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory.” From the baptism service.
Message for young families
For hygienic reasons, we have removed all items from the children’s area in church, which means we have not seen much of our younger members lately. We are missing you! We do have boxes and bags of toys and colouring materials to bring into church as needed, so please do not feel that our services will be an uncomfortable experience. You may be encouraged to know that they are only 40-45 minutes long these days. We would love to see you again!
We are delighted that two of our young parents have come forward to help Chris Oakley with streaming services for those unable to attend church. Thank you, Russell Streeter and Sarah Hurja. Thanks also to David Foster, husband of Revd. Julia, who will be giving his support to the team.
Living as Children of Light
May the glory of Christ’s presence surround our steps as we journey on and may we be faithful to our baptismal calling, to shine as lights in the world to the glory of God the Father.
With my love and prayers
Sunday 9 August
The Ninth Sunday after Trinity
The order of service sheet for this Sundays service can be found here
We have had to cancel Teddy Bear Praise, Cafe Connect, the Ladies Breakfast and our tea Parties because of the Coronavirus.
Our Prayer Diary
Our weekly Prayer diary is available by looking on the worship section.
Who we are
We are a lively, diverse and inclusive community, seeking to grow in the Christian faith and to live out our faith in the world around us.
Our services vary from traditional to modern, including “Fresh Expressions ” of church for those who prefer something less formal.
If you would like to know more about the Christian faith, talk to us about baptism, confirmation or arranging a wedding or funeral, please contact the church office which is open Monday to Thursday mornings between 9 and 12 Telephone 01329 847003
Or come along to one of our services. You will be very welcome!
Rev’d Susan Allman
Vicar of St Peter’s Titchfield