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Dear friend,

Welcome to the June newsletter from St Peter's Church. In this newsletter you'll see the dates and times of our services this month, and details about what else we're up to as a church family.
Hi Everyone,

In a few days’ time we’ll be celebrating Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. This is a hugely significant date for the church as we ask God to fill us again with the Holy Spirit and inspire and empower us to share the good news of Jesus. It is also the day we will be celebrating our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

At first glance it seems like a clash of dates where one event is forced to detract from the other. However, on reflection maybe it is worth celebrating them together. Her majesty the Queen is not only the Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England, but she is also a woman of great personal faith in Jesus. Whenever she has the opportunity, she speaks movingly about her faith and what it means to her. I often think that she is a much better preacher than I.

Perhaps the best way to celebrate Pentecost and the Jubilee together is to follow her example and to make the most of every opportunity to share our faith with others.

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” Mark 16:15

With love

Early morning light strea,ing through the stained glass behind the high alter

Worship Review

The worship review is complete. Thank you all for your honest responses. The new worship pattern will be shared with PCC and those involved in leading worship first and will then be shared with the rest of the congregation. The intention is for the new pattern to start from 3rd July and I’ll explain a little more about what the new pattern will be and the thinking behind it in the next newsletter.
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Thy Kingdom Come

We are in the final few days of Thy Kingdom Come as we pray our way to Pentecost. I hope that you have found the Bible verses and prayer points for each day helpful. Don’t worry if this has passed you by you can still join in. Why not choose 5 friends or family members to pray for to come to faith. Maybe you could invite them along to one of our summer events or services.
Queen Elizabeth II

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Sunday 5th June is Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the worldwide church. We’ll also be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee by praying for the queen during the service.

After the service we’ll be having a picnic on the lawn and playing some garden games. Bring your own picnic, blanket and / garden chairs as we spend some quality time together. Please note the change of service time for this week, our service starts at 10:30am.
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Musica Youth Jazz

On Saturday 18th June we will be welcoming the Musica Youth Jazz and the Musica Batley Jazz Bats to church to perform. Tickets are £8 (£5 for concessions) and are available from Denise or from Musica Kirklees.
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Summer Fair

On Saturday 25th June we will be having our annual Summer Fair from 11am to 2pm. There will be stalls, games, food and activities for the whole family. Come and support us and please do speak to Denise if you can spare a bit of time to help staff a stall or serve refreshments.
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Coming soon...

On Saturday 16th July we’ll be having our Murder Mystery Evening complete with 3 course meal. Tickets are £25 each and will be available from Denise soon.
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For your diary

We hope that you can join us each Sunday in church for our 10AM service (10:30AM on the 5th June), with the Revd Jess.

Some of our less mobile members find it difficult to get to church on their own. If anyone can help with offers of lifts, or if you would like a lift, please let Leif or Wendy know and they will do their best to coordinate.

Details for all of these events and services are available on our website.
  • 1st June – 10am – Midweek Communion
  • 1st June – 11am – Meet and Eat
  • 5th June – 10.30am – Pentecost Service and Jubilee Picnic
  • 8th June – 10am – Midweek Communion
  • 8th June – 11am Meet and Eat
  • 9th June – 1pm - Playtime
  • 12th June – 10am – Traditional Worship with Holy Communion
  • 15th June – 10am – Midweek Communion
  • 15th June – 11am – Meet and Eat
  • 16th June – 1pm - Playtime
  • 18th June – 7pm – Swing Band Concert (tickets required)
  • 19th June – 10am – Contemporary worship with Holy Communion
  • 22nd June – 10am – Midweek Communion
  • 22nd June – 11am - Meet and Eat
  • 23rd June – 1pm - Playtime
  • 25th June – 11am – 2pm – Summer Fair
  • 26th June – 10am – Patronal Service with Holy Communion
  • 29th June – 10am - Midweek Communion
  • 29th June – 11am – Meet and Eat
  • 30th June – 1pm - Playtime
Prayer Ministry Team members will be available every Sunday to pray with anyone should the need arise. If you aren't in church for the Sunday service but would like prayer, please contact us - the Holy Spirit can cope with a telephone call. Please don't worry or suffer alone.

Prayer for June

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

St Augustine of Hippo

And finally

If you need support in any way - prayer, or practical help - please contact us on our special email address:

We hope you enjoyed this newsletter. If you have suggestions for things we can put in it please do get in touch.
Thanks for reading. God bless you all.

St Peter's Church, Birstall
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