As the days began imperceptibly to lengthen, we have enjoyed a good variety of activities while we wait for the warmer weather to come.
What better way to spend a winter Sunday afternoon than soaking up the atmosphere of a concert full of Scandinavian music. Once again Sylvia Ellison and her friends brought us pieces spanning a timeframe from Sonata for Oboe and Keyboard by Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758) to the first performance of Jesper Appelgren’s Skisser. Jesper is from Stockholm and currently studying at Oxford and it was a pleasure to meet him at the concert.
Pianist Jakob Rothkoff accompanied not only Sylvia but also four of her oboe pupils as they played Grieg’s Solvejg’s song. Even more intriguing were Appelgren’s Four Children’s Pieces which required them to make ‘unusual sounds’ demonstrating their expertise at the instrument.
Further musical contrasts were displayed by The Girls Trio from St Thomas on the Bourne, April West, Izzy Edwards and Molly Beere who were accompanied by Andrew Harrap in pieces by Constantini, Mendelssohn, Couperin, Lassus and Faure.
The concert was all in aid of The Simon Trust, a local charity which works to support adults with autism.
A new job for a St Peter’s alumna
February’s all age service (third Sunday) was all about vocation. It was great to catch up with our former curate, Rachel Sturt, who is about to start her new job as an ‘Anna chaplain’ based at St Lawrence’s church in Alton. The work of Anna chaplains focuses on older people in the community, helping them to sustain their faith if, for example, they can no longer get to church, and especially combating loneliness. We wish Rachel many blessings in her new role.
Love is ..
Junior church this month was all about love, of course, as it was just before Valentine’s Day. They thought about people they loved, and those who are harder to love! The young ones shared their love at the end of the service by handing round bright red and pink chocolate hearts to the whole congregation.
In the beginning
Paul Smith, our accredited Occasional Preacher led an interesting discussion on An introduction to Genesis 1: the ‘first’ creation story. It was an excellent opportunity for enlightenment about this sometimes puzzling Bible passage. In the space of 40 minutes, Paul demonstrated a logic and significance to the account as he compared it with other creation stories, such as the Babylonian ‘Enuma elish’. The ‘creation versus evolution’ debate became irrelevant as we began to understand Genesis 1 from the view point of its original readers. We saw how distinctive the Bible story is, going beyond science and the explanations offered by other ancient near east religions. Some searching questions from the floor contributed to an altogether very illuminating and enjoyable hour.