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Vicar's Musings for Ordinary Sunday 8

26 February, 2017

The St Peter's 2016-18 Mission Action Plan (MAP) focuses on seven ministry areas, through which we are seeking to "Grow in God's Love" as a parish: Catholic Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Children and Youth, Anglo-Catholicism, Faith Development, Social Justice and Stewardship. Over coming weeks the Vicar's Musings will reflect on each of these in turn.

Christian Education and Faith Development is another key element of our Mission and Ministry at St Peter's Eastern Hill. As individuals and as a parish we seek to "engage in learning and deepen in prayer." So this Lent, for example, there are a number of opportunities to do just that:

  • Wednesday 1st March (and every Wed. of Lent following) 2.30pm at the Vicarage, Fr Hugh will be leading a group looking at Archbishop Justin Welby's book Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace (2017)
  • Sunday 5th March (and Sundays following) at 1.00pm after High Mass, a study group led by Nick Browne will be reading American novelist Marilynne Robinson's collection of essays The Giveness of Things (2015)
  • Tuesday 7th March (and Tuesdays following) +Graeme Rutherford invites you to his and Caroline's home to study Rowan Williams' new book, God with Us: the Meaning of the Cross & Resurrection (2017)
  • Sunday 12th March (and Sundays following) 1.00pm after High Mass at the Vicarage, Fr Hugh will be leading a short course entitled Pilgrim for those adults preparing for confirmation, and others interested in joining us.

Saturday 25th March, there will be a Quiet Day at St James's Anglican Church, Point Lonsdale, from 10:30am to 3:30pm. During the day Carol O'Connor will give three addresses, drawing on poetry and the lives of saints from the Early Celtic Christian tradition, and acclaimed musician Cath Connelly will play the harp. Bp Graeme Rutherford will celebrate the Eucharist after lunch, and during the day there will be quiet times for personal reflection.

Bp Graeme Rutherford has led ministry in this area of our MAP at St Peter's since 2012, and earlier. Sadly he will be retiring on Pentecost Sunday this year, and he and Caroline will be taking a well-earned break from full-time work and ministry. The good news is that Fr Greg Davies will be joining us later in the year. Fr Greg is the national coordinator of "Education for Ministry" and the organisation will be based at St Peter's form 2017. The official launch of EFM her at St Peter's will take place in July. We look forward to Fr Greg joining the ministry team. Bp Graeme has been chair of the Institute of Spiritual Studies, and Parish Council member Nick Browne has kindly agreed to step up into this position following Bp Graeme's retirement.

The Rev'd Dr Hugh Kempster

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