The Parish Church of St Peter, Arkley Part of the Chipping Barnet Team Ministry







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The Parish Church of

St Peter,


Part of the

Chipping Barnet Team Ministry

St John the Baptist, Chipping Barnet; St Peter, Arkley; St Stephen, Bells Hill; St Mark, Barnet Vale Sunday 7th february 2021

2nd Sunday before lent

St Peter’s Church will be open this coming Sunday for individual private prayer from 11.00 to 11.30am. Public church services are

suspended during the current government lockdown.

Please note that whilst the current lockdown measures are in place, public services will not be held in church. It is hoped that church services will resume in

February 2021 subject to prevailing guidance from the government. This coming Sunday, Fr Tristan Chapman will preside over the Eucharist live

streamed on Facebook from St John the Baptist Church at 10.00am.

Collect of the Day

O Almighty Father and Lord God,

who seest that we put not our trust in anything that we do:

Mercifully grant that by Your power we may be defended against all adversity;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and rigns with You and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.


Please click on Nick’s photo


First Reading Proverbs 8: 1, 22-31

Does not wisdom call,

and does not understanding raise her voice?

The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.

Ages ago I was set up,

at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped,

before the hills, I was brought forth – when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil.

When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above,

when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit,

so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight,

rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

Psalm 104

Response - May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; may the Lord rejoice in his works;

O Lord, how manifold are your works; In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, spread far and wide,

and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great. R There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan

which you have made to play in the deep.

All of these look to you to give them their food in due season. When you give it them, they gather it;

you open your hand and they are filled with good. R When you hide your face they are troubled;

when you take away their breath, they die and return again to the dust.


3 and you renew the face of the earth. R He looks on the earth and it trembles; he touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will make music to my God while I have my being. R

Second Reading 2 Corinthians 11: 19-31

For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! For you bear it if a man makes slaves of you, or preys upon you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!

But whatever any one dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labours, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brethren; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie.

Gospel John 1: 1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.


St Peter’s Church Contacts

Vicar - Revd Nick WHEELER 8441 9316 ~ ~ Working days on Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Churchwardens ~ Mrs Sharon Butler Mrs Maureen STEVENS 8449 5874


Acting Rector - Fr Tristan CHAPMAN~ 8440 7490 ~

PARISH OFFICE Tony LONG 020 8447 0350 ~

Post Communion Prayer

God our creator,

by your gift the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise,

and the bread of life at the heart of your Church:

may we who have been nourished at your table on earth

be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross

and enjoy the delights of eternity;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our prayers this week are asked for:

All bereaved families & friends


The Anglican Church of Burundi

Next Week’s Readings

Sunday 14


February 2021 Sunday next before Lent




Vacancy Update

In late January the Parish Representatives (Laurie Little

and Tracey Ghori) joined the Bishop and Archdeacon

of Hertford and myself for a Zoom meeting to

shortlist candidates for the post of Team Vicar for St

John the Baptist. After prayer the applications were

reviewed and reflected upon, and after discussion

certain candidates clearly stood out for all. Those

candidates will be invited to interview in due course. Frustratingly, when

this will take place is not yet agreed, as it will have to be after the current

lock down ends - so we have to wait a little longer for circumstances

beyond our control to settle and change.

It is be hoped (restrictions allowing,) that their interview day will not only

involve meeting the interview panel, but also seeing the church and

parish and meeting with a number of other church members who will

also be able to offer the panel their thoughts, reflections, and feedback

on the candidates.

In the meantime, please continue to hold St John the Baptist in your

prayers as the vacancy continues and the pray especially for the

appointment process, that we might, by God's grace, in due course

welcome the right person into our midst as we seek to move forward

with hope and faith. And please also don't hesitate to share your hopes

and aspirations for the candidates with myself and the two

representatives, so that we will be best able to reflect the desires, needs

and wishes of St John the Baptist.

Fr Tristan

A prayer for the vacancy and appointment process

Almighty God, loving Father, you have welcomed each one of us in Jesus

and called us to be His Body in Chipping Barnet; Send us we prayer

your Holy Spirit, at this time of uncertainty and change, to fill us with

vision, energy, and faithfulness in prayer, that we may be true to our

calling to bring new life to our church and to our parish; And guide with

your heavenly wisdom those who are to choose a new Incumbent for

this parish, that the one who we receive may be a wise and gentle

shepherd of your people: ready to serve with joy, to build us up in faith,

and to lead us by example in loving obedience to your son, our Saviour,

Jesus Christ. Amen.



Complete the consultation by 19


February 2021 to let

Barnet Council know what improvements you want to see

in Chipping Barnet. Please share the project with people

you know locally.

If you have any questions or need assistance in viewing

the Community Plan please email:

If you would like to read Bob Burstow

s helpful guide

on how to navigate the plan, please go to:


The next GREEN CHRISTIAN-BARNET meeting is planned for Saturday,



March 2021, via a Zoom link. Full details to follow soon.

The following may also be of interest:

1) Rosemary in Kampala has compiled a new short YouTube item

about the Good Samaritan School which we saw online in

November. This professional piece provides insights into their

work with the children who are deaf. The link is:


2) Some of us are supporting a new project at this school, above,

which aims to to replace the dilapidated girls toilet block which is

an environmental hazard and a threat to the pupils' health and

safety. We need to raise a further £7500. The school has no cash

available to fund this themselves so any contributions are welcome,


however small. (Again: it is girls who are hardest

hit!) Please contact me for further details. Thank you.


Terry is starting a BRAND NEW SERIES for us called “TIPS AND


The first is “Chemicals down the drain” which has lots of

important information and good, practical ideas. You can read it as

a BLOG on



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