First three mornings of August come along to our Holiday Club for lots of summer 'Under the Sea' themed fun.
To register your child/ren please down load this form and either drop it off at church (there is a post box by the back door near the car park) or fill it in on your computer and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are 10 members of the ESOL class which began at the start of the summer term. ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages and this class has be provided specifically to help individuals who are beginners in English. This class has been made possible by an Lottery Grant from Awards for All and by a donation of £250 towards equipment from the Heart of England Co-operative. St Peter and St John's Church donate the room for free and have provided administration and printing.
As a result of the Lottery Grant we are able to pay the teacher Edwina Mohtady, (standing 3rd from left) who is a fully qualified and experienced teacher of English as a Foreign Language and yet also offer the class for free.
We were overwhelmed with applicants in the lead up to the course and every applicant was individually assessed so that the class could be tailored to the needs of those with the least grasp of English.
They are making great progress!
We maintain a waiting list should any students move on or fail to attend regularly. The funding is in place to continue this class until Easter 2018. For any further information please contact email@example.com
Come along this Friday evening at 7.30pm for a fund-raising and fun fashion show. Tickets are £5 on the door IF you email in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org
£6 on the night if you just turn up.
The fashions are all this year's styles with 20-30% percent off from Big High Street names.
Always a great fun night out for ladies who like to shop. See you there
REVD JOHN NIXON - was priest here at St Peter's and St John's church (when it was just St Peter's) between 1981 and 1986. It was John who had so much to do with the reconfiguration of the church hall within the church after the church hall over the road burnt down. To have had such a dramatic impact in his first post is quite a legacy. We here at St Peter and St John's will remember him with thankfulness and his family in our prayers.
I'm grateful for the following information which has been provided by Rev John Burniston.
John left Leeds in 1960 with a degree in Civil Engineering. For the next sixteen years he designed and built roads, bridges and drainage systems in Kent, Lancashire and the London Green Belt.
However, his father’s death in 1971 and a friendship with a onetime Tokyo bank manager led him to ask questions which in turn led, in 1976, to Lincoln Theological College.
Two years later, aged 40, John became a curate in Rugby, a parish with four daughter churches. When he left in 1986, Rugby Parish had become Rugby Team Ministry with six churches in the group.
Whilst there, John learnt a little of hospital chaplaincy; police chaplaincy; ecclesiastical courts; parish magazine editing and reordering churches. He also discovered how to work with seven clergy colleagues of whom two were women deacons waiting to be priested. His favourite occupation had become creating, what he hoped was, enjoyable and thought provoking liturgy. After an appointment in Bicester, in 1998 John was appointed Interim Pastor of St David’s Episcopal Church, Topeka with a congregation of over 500.
On Ash Wednesday 2001, John became Interim Pastor of All Saints Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri.
John’s third and last position with the Episcopal Church was not so much an appointment as a sidle-in. Discovering, in October 2004, a small, forty member, church suffering from a traumatic membership loss, John offered his services and was accepted. His ten year tenure was never official and can best be described as permanent supply priest.
Finally the Diocese found a local priest for St Francis’, Overland Park and John retired on Christ the King Sunday (once called Stir Up Sunday) 2014 after thirty six years of ministry. He returned to England shortly after.
John liked to describe his theology as vaguely radical catholic. His was thinking was based on the Book of Ecclesiastes; John’s Gospel with particular emphasis on the first fourteen verses; the prayer which begins “Teach us good Lord to serve you as you deserve”; the words attributed to Teresa of Avila beginning “Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours”; Jack Spong’s writings and John Betjeman’s poem Christmas.
For relaxation John enjoyed reading, listening to Radio 4 and jazz CDs, walked a lot, indulged in Industrial Archaeology which means playing trains (he drove several steam engines) and studying tramways and canals at close quarters; tune ringing s on hand bells; tower bell ringing (his favourite hobby) and solving the more difficult Sudokus.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Rev Sheila Bridge
Minister of St Peter and St John's Church, Rugby