St Mary & St Peter – Latest News
LOVE YOUR CHURCH
You can find details of the latest church services here
On Thursday 26th July, starting at 2:30pm for half an hour.
At St Nicholas, Pett Level, on Thursday 23rd August, starting at 2:30pm for half an hour.
It was a very hot Sunday morning and over 100 people came to the Sea Sunday service on Pett Level beach. We were joined by people from four local churches and children from Guestling school who sang two songs and enacted a drama. Thanks go to the Rescue Boat crew for their hospitality and refreshments, and to everyone for their support and helping us to raise £260 for the Mission to Seafarers.
In the Christian Aid report at the end of May it was printed that the collection at the Methodist church was £14. This was a misprint; it was £114. Also Guestling School collected £300 from their ‘Big Brekkie’ event for Christian Aid.
Hopefully you have been reading the War Memorial renovation updates each month. Whilst the church is enthusiastically supporting this work, the initiative is being driven and partially funded by Pett Parish Council and private donations. If you haven’t yet donated then please do so in the many boxes in the churches and local businesses or call David Breakell, who will happily pop by to collect any donation, on 01424 812964.
You may have noticed that the Church Clock is running a lot better recently. This is in no small part to Christine Deacon who keeps her eye and ear on it and immediately calls “Dave the Clock” (as he is affectionately known) in to fix it as soon as it is a minute out! Thanks Christine.
GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS
You will be aware of concerns in the papers and on the news of the potential misuse of data through transfer to third parties. The Government will bring GDPR into effect on 25th May. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) does hold persona data. Some of this data is a legal requirement such as marriage registers and the electoral roll; some is to manage finance, such as gift aid and donations. The PCC’s Privacy Notice can be seen on the church noticeboards and on the church website. Please be assured we do not pass on any personal information but please let us know if you have any concerns at all or have any questions. If your information is held in any of our files you will be sent a consent form to sign in the next few weeks so that we can continue to contact you about anything which relates to the running of our churches.
THEFT FROM CHURCH
In the last few months it has been noticed that small items have been taken from Pett church, such as crockery, extension cord, and flowers from the churchyard, and other various items. So far nothing of significant value has been taken, but this is a worrying trend that needs to be curtailed if we are to leave the church open to all. Please let us know if you see anything suspicious. In the meantime we would ask that you contact a member of the church (at the back of the magazine) to pick up items rather than leaving them in the back of the church or in the porch. Or take them during a Sunday service where they can immediately be handed over. Thank you.
FAMILY SUPPORT WORK
If you have items for this very worthwhile charity, can you call Jan Marsh on 812737 to let her know when you might drop items off in the church porch so she can pick them up immediately? Thank you.
Thank you to Diane Sinclair for donating an almost new, large, portable gazebo for church use. This will come in very useful for many events, such as our upcoming Flower Festival.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING
The coffee morning took place in St Peter’s in Fairlight as a combined Benefice fundraiser. £241 was raised. The Christian Aid service was held at the Methodist Church and £14 was raised in the collection.
PETT CHURCH BUILDING WORKS
The internal church survey has been completed and the PCC have agreed to start the preliminary process for Church Faculty approval for an Archive in the vestry, more electrical sockets, and kitchen facilities at the back of the church. Work is being done to stop the leak from the spire into the porch and nave and once that is complete we will also be repainting the walls.
PROJECT REMEMBER- EXHIBITION NOW OPEN
The Project Remember Exhibition is now open in the church. Do come along and see the wonderful exhibits – and donate!
Project Remember, which is looking after funding for the War Memorial renovations is NOT a church project, but rather a community project undertaken via the Parish Council.
WILL YOU BE A FRIEND?
Last year we had a centrefold in the Village News magazine, which could be complete if you wanted to become a Friend. We have recently sent out renewals for this year. If you missed that opportunity and would like to help support the upkeep of the church there are forms inside both St Mary and St Peter AND St Nicholas. Please help keep our churches in good repair and support the projects we are undertaking.
St Mary & St Peter in Photos
(All photos courtesy of Fran Rogers)
St Mary and St Peter, Pett
St Mary and St Peter, Pett, exterior
St Mary and St Peter – Interior
St Mary and St Peter – Stained Glass Window
The church clock – from inside the spire
Members of the Parochial Church Council discussing what work needs to be done need to be done at the back of the church interior
The War Memorial in the churchyard – this will be the focal point for the centenary commemoration of the end of World War One later this year: it is scheduled for restoration – see here for further details