COMMUNITY OUTREACH St Peters community Christmas spirit would like to thank our important VIP veterans within our community with a special gift this Christmas to show how much we value their support. If anyone has a friend or relative that fits this description, we would love to know their names so we can give them a gift.

St Peters church and school are collecting donations of simple toiletries. Donations can be made via the church or school, where by the children will then gift box them. This Christmas we would also like to gift our families with young children, who have been affected by COVID in any way, Sainsbury’s gift vouchers. These can then be exchanged for food or gifts for their young family. If you would like to donate, please do so by gifting money via the collection basket at private prayer, or drop it into St Peter’s School reception in an envelope clearly marked ‘C/O St Peters family Christmas vouchers’. With your help we can make this Christmas a little more special.

CHRISTMAS WINDOWS Thank you to all those who have signed up to decorate a window of your house this December. We have just over 30 houses now which is very exciting! Everyone that has signed up has now been sent an email with more details about how and when to decorate your window. (check junk mail as this is coming from a different email address to school). If you have not volunteered to decorate your window you can still complete the survey by following the link below but be quick as we will be creating the map over the next few days so that it is ready for sharing by November 30th.If you are unable to decorate your window you can still be involved by spreading the word and following the trail during the month on December! Any queries, please speak to Mrs Boyle via the school office.https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/78XHV3W

CHRISTMAS We plan to welcome as many people as possible to our Christmas masses this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The proposed schedules are as follows:

Christmas Eve – Thursday December 24th 2020

4PM Children and Christmas Family Mass

6PM Christmas Mass

10PM Christmas Mass

Christmas Day – Friday December 25th 2020

9AM Christmas Mass

11AM Christmas Mass

This year has had many challenges and we want to make sure that we adapt to ensure our community can give thanks at this special time of year. To meet the demand of increased attendance over the holidays, we are launching an Eventbrite application for conditional spaces. On December 6th this link will be live until the 14th of December. Full details of this process and the link will be on the church website. (https://www.st-peters-marlow.org.uk). For those who do not have internet access, please phone 07775795017 for information on how to apply for a socially distanced space. This is subject to current government regulations. Some will be disappointed as seating is limited. We look forward to hearing from you after the 6th of December.

PARISH GROUPS

 

THE SVP The purpose of this group is to befriend our local sick and lonely community members, providing company and a listening ear, especially important in the winter months. The St Vincent De Paul Society meets from 8.00pm – 9.00p.m. every other Monday evening virtually. New members are always welcome! Contact – Malcolm Thomas 01628 483450.

 

PARISH COUNCIL The new Parish Council has its first virtual meeting on Thursday at 7:30pm.

FINANCE COMMITTEE meet quarterly

STEWARDING TEAM Our stewarding team is run by Madeline Ndoci. We have a rota stewarding at private prayer and mass and meet up for a coffee on a monthly basis – the second Saturday of the month. Next meeting: Saturday 12th December at 9:30am. If you are under 70 and not in the vulnerable category and you’d like to join us, please email the parish.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

MASS ON YOUR PHONE – Dial 01642130120 for mass on your phone, whenever you want it! Dial the number and put it on speakerphone and enjoy the organ, singing, and responses from the congregation.

MAKING A DONATION The following  address/hyperlink can be used if you wish to make a donation to the parish via our account at the Diocese:   https://northamptondiocese.org/donate/ . Or over the phone: All you need to do is phone 01604 712065 and make a donation to the parish. You will need a credit or debit card to hand and you will be able to make a one-off donation to cover missed Sunday offerings or simply call each week to make an offering. ‘Giving Tuesday’ service will be available between 10am and 4pm each Tuesday.

FACE COVERINGS With effect from 8 August 2020 everyone attending a place of worship will be required to wear a face covering. We will have a supply of masks at the porch for those who forget and want one. Please note that someone not wearing a mask is very likely to be exempt, those with certain seen or unseen disabilities or health conditions, or if putting on wearing or removing a face covering causes distress, or children. Let’s be kind to our fellow parishioners regarding masks!

CONTACT DETAILS We are requested by the Diocese to offer to take your details upon entry and it is optional for you to give them. If you ticked the box to save your details, please let the stewards know your name. Or if not, the stewards will add you to the list for Contact tracing. This is so that if anyone falls ill with Coronavirus and comes to mass, others will be notified to self-isolate. Your details are safe, please ask a steward if you would like to remove yourself from the list.