Events

Easter Day – “He is Risen!”

Easter Day is the biggest celebration in the Christian year. Jesus Christ has defeated the forces of evil and death, and is alive for ever.
Come and see the newly lit Easter Candle being brought into the darkened church, and greet the risen Lord Jesus, whose light not even death could put out. Come and sing “Alleluia!” with us, and receive his life, in the form of bread and wine.

There is a tradition, the first time we sing the “Gloria” after Lent, to bring tambourines, rattles, shakers, even keyrings¦ and make as much noise as we can. Want to join in?

After the service, there’s a small Easter Egg hunt in the churchyard, for the children.

Easter Eve – the Light that nothing could put out

Come to St Peter’s for one of the most dramatic and atmospheric services in the year.

We start outside the church, as a bonfire is lit in the gathering darkness.

The Priest (this year, Mike Harrison, Director of Mission and Ministry in our Diocese) blesses the Easter Candle, which is lit and brought into the darkened church. The Deacon proclaims “Christ our Light!” and then sings a very old hymn (the Exsultet) while servers take the light from the Easter candle and use it to light candles for the whole congregation, and round the whole church.

Then the people renew their baptism vows and, if there’s a candidate, we baptise them. The service ends in quiet prayer, as we go home to wait for the Easter Eucharist the next morning.

Good Friday

On this day we remember Jesus’ death on the Cross.
Many people come together in the city centre, for “Christ in the Centre”.
For those who find that difficult, we have one or two provisional ideas…

10.30am Children’s Activity
In the morning we’re inviting children to come and help make an Easter Garden.

11.30am Hot Cross Buns
Then there will be a space for a drink and a bun, followed by…

Short service at 12 noon
Traditionally, the three hours between 12 noon and 3pm are kept as the three hours of darkness, when Jesus struggled to defeat the forces of evil. We will begin this time with a short service, then continue in silence. Come and go as you please – pray quietly, think about people or situations on your mind, and offer them to the crucified Lord…
There will be brief meditations every so often during the silence, led by Canon Mike Harrison and finishing at 3pm.

Maundy Thursday – “Do this to remember me”

On the night before he died, Jesus took a towel and washed the feet of his disciples. He gave them a “new commandment” (or mandatum, the Latin word from which we get “Maundy”) – the command to love one another as he loves us. And he took bread and wine, blessed them and told his disciples to eat and drink in remembrance of him.

Tonight we retrace these actions and share a light meal in the Hall: we aim to follow Jesus and live like he did, but as a community together, not on our own.
Please let Roz Burch know if you would like to come, so we know how many places to lay at the table.

Holy Week – space to think and pray

On the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week, we want to give as much space as possible to pray. The church will be open each evening for quiet prayer. You may like to come and light a candle, or look at the “Stations of the Cross” – pictures showing stages on Jesus’ way to his death on the Cross – or simply sit quietly and have some space…
There will be a short Bible reading and meditation to start off the period of silence, which will be led by the Revd Canon Mike Harrison.

Holy Week – space to think and pray

On the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week, we want to give as much space as possible to pray. The church will be open each evening for quiet prayer. You may like to come and light a candle, or look at the “Stations of the Cross” – pictures showing stages on Jesus’ way to his death on the Cross – or simply sit quietly and have some space…
There will be a short Bible reading and meditation to start off the period of silence, which will be led by the Revd Canon Mike Harrison.

Holy Week – space to think and pray

On the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week, we want to give as much space as possible to pray. The church will be open each evening for quiet prayer. You may like to come and light a candle, or look at the “Stations of the Cross” – pictures showing stages on Jesus’ way to his death on the Cross – or simply sit quietly and have some space…
There will be a short Bible reading and meditation to start off the period of silence, which will be led by the Revd Canon Mike Harrison.

Celebrate Candlemas at St Peter’s

We are celebrating the ancient festival of Candlemas – the proper name for this day is “The Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple” – at our Parish Eucharist on Sunday 29th January at 10am.
This is the nearest Sunday to February 2nd, when the Church remembers Mary and Joseph taking the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. Simeon and Anna, who were both quite old, saw Jesus coming and recognised his importance. Simeon had been promised he wouldn’t die till he had seen God’s chosen Messiah and called Jesus “the light to the nations”, which is why candles are used in this celebration.

Palm Sunday – the start of Holy Week

On the first Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. The crowds cut branches off the palm trees and spread them in front of him – a sort of “green carpet” to welcome their King. But a few days later, they were calling for his blood…

Our Parish Eucharist reflects both these parts of the story. We begin in the Hall, and march round the outside of the church, carrying palm crosses and singing God’s praises. But the mood changes – we read the whole story of Jesus’ suffering and death, as told us by St Matthew.

Ash Wednesday Communion

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, when we journey with Jesus towards his death on the Cross and his Resurrection to new life. Our service will start at 9.30am in the Chapel at St Peter’s, and includes the traditional ceremony of marking our foreheads with the sign of the Cross in ash.

Mothering Sunday

This is a great opportunity to remember and give thanks for your own mother as we celebrate Mothering Sunday at our Parish Eucharist. This is also a chance to “touch base” with the worshipping community at St Peter’s.
As usual there will be a cup of tea or coffee after the service.

Bishop Tim to visit St Peter’s

Bishop Tim will be preaching and presiding at our Parish Eucharist. In addition, we are delighted that he will be confirming two of our church community, one of whom will also be baptised.

Christmas Day Eucharist

Children are invited to bring one present to show us at this short service. We celebrate together God’s gift to us in the birth of Jesus.

Christmas Midnight Eucharist

Come and sing with the angels… and join us as we receive the Christ-child into our hearts, through the well-known story of his birth, and through the bread and wine of his Communion.

Christmas Eve Crib Service

The main characters of the Christmas Story are the focus of this short service, to which all children are particularly invited. Whatever your age you are welcome to join us for this ‘who’s who’ of Christmas.

‘Sing Christmas’ at The Shakespeare Inn

Join with us at The Shakespeare Inn, Braunstone Lane, as we in turn join with people across Leicestershire to sing carols and share in the retelling of the Christmas story as part of Radio Leicester’s ‘Sing Christmas’. The service will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Leicester from St Peter’s Square, Highcross, Leicester. More information about the carols, readings and guests can be found at www.singchristmas.org.uk

Last Sunday of Advent – All-Age Eucharist

We celebrate the final Sunday before Christmas – the last Sunday of Advent – with our All-Age Eucharist at 10am. Whatever your age you will find a warm welcome at this service.

Advent Sunday Parish Eucharist

The start of Advent is marked at our 10.00am Parish Eucharist. This is the beginning of a new church year, with a new colour for the time of year. It’s a good time to think about the way we prepare for Christmas, and to resolve to prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming.

Christmas Carol Concert

After last year’s enthusiastic response, back by popular demand yet again, we are welcoming the Burch Family Singers and Friends to our Carol Concert on Saturday 17th December, starting at 6pm.

Get in the mood for Christmas with popular carols to sing along to and some choir-only carols to listen to.

The Burch Family Singers usually perform only over the washing-up after family parties! But Chris’ family and friends include a few professional and semi-professional musicians – and, after the success of the past two years, they are all looking forward to joining us again for an evening of joy and, yes, beauty.

Entry free, with a collection for the work of St Peter’s. Drinks served in the interval.

Memorial Service

An warm invitation is extended to families and friends who’ve lost a loved one recently, especially during the past two years, to remember, to pray and to light a candle. Following the Memorial Service everyone will be welcome to stay for a cup of tea.

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