Saint James



The Parish of

St. Peter,

Bushey Heath

November 2018


From the vicar


For the last few weeks I don’t seem to have been able to go anywhere without seeing pictures of witches, usually the cartoon sort with black pointed hats and missing teeth. On one occasion whilst out walking in a local beauty spot I saw real ones with hooded robes and staves. Some places seem to attract those who are drawn to the occult.


Witchcraft has had something of a renaissance over the last half-century or so. This has been accompanied by, and sometimes confused with, adherence to pagan religions such as druidism. It is no surprise that this has coincided with the decline of Christian belief and observance, particularly in Western Europe. It is axiomatic that where there is a failure of faith the devil will fill the gap.


Witches make their appearance in the Scriptures from time to time. A famous one is the medium at En-dor who was consulted in secret by Saul because the Lord had not sent him guidance by other means, either by prophets, dreams or Urim. She conjures up the ghost of Samuel for him, although it does him no good; he has been unfaithful to the Lord and must suffer the consequences. (1 Samuel 28: 3- end). Another reference (2 Chronicles 33: 1-9) is to Manasseh who practised divination, soothsaying and sorcery. He provoked the anger of the Lord, but was given the opportunity to repent.


Two incidents in the Acts of the Apostles make interesting reading. The first involves a false prophet called Elymas (13: 4-12) who opposes the proclamation of the Gospel in Paphos. The second concerns a fortune-teller at Philippi who is exorcised by St. Paul (16: 16-18). Subsequently Paul and Silas are set upon by the mob and flogged by the authorities, an event which is followed by their miraculous release from prison.


The problem with witchcraft is that it is an attack on the sovereignty of God. As such it is always condemned in Scripture (Deuteronomy 18: 9-13; Revelation 9: 20-21). When trust is placed in powers which are either human or supernatural then the Lord is relegated to second place. Practice then moves in one of two equally sinister directions. Either the practitioner’s trust in God fails because other forces are being relied upon, or there is an attempt to manipulate God through the use of magic. Both have disastrous spiritual consequences and should be avoided at all costs. The answer to apostasy and evil practices is persistent prayer and a renewed faith in God, who alone works great wonders.



Remembering the centenary of the Armistice

Requiem Mass

for those from Bushey Heath who gave their lives in the service of King and Country

Saturday 10thNovember at 12 noon

Celebrant and preacher: the Bishop of Richborough

Accompanied by St. Peter’s Church Choir and

The North London Military Wives Choir

Refreshments will be served after the service


Requiem for All Souls

Friday 2ndNovember at 8.00pm

There is a sheet at the back of church for the names of the departed to be remembered at the mass or hand your list to Father Andrew.



Pray for opportunities to meet new people and to proclaim the Gospel.


From the diary


Tuesday 30th October, 7.00pm              SSC Chapter Mass

Friday 2nd November, 8.00pm               All Souls Requiem

Sunday 4th November                           All Saints’ Sunday

Sunday 4th to Tuesday 6th November     Richborough Clergy Conference

Wednesday 7th November, 10.00am      Mothers’ Union Corporate Communion

Saturday 10th November, 12 noon         Requiem for the Centenary of the Armistice

Sunday 11th November                         Remembrance Sunday

Tuesday 13th November, 7.00pm           ‘Invest in Peace’ event

Wednesday 21st November, 10.00am     Said Mass (Presentation of the BVM)

                                               7.30pm     Bushey Inter-Faith Forum in the Parish Hall

Friday 30th November, 10.00am            Said Mass (St. Andrew, Apostle)


Invest in Peace

The Church of St. Peter, Bushey Heath and Bushey and District United Synagogue invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian.

Jews, Christians and people of all faiths and none, are invited to this free interfaith event, in partnership with ‘Solutions Not Sides’.


Date: Tuesday 13thNovember, 7.30pm. (Doors open and refreshments served at 7.00pm)

Venue: A Bushey location. Full address will be sent to registered attendees via Eventbrite.

Ticketing website: Enquiries: 020 7543 5407


Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and the Board of Deputies of British Jews


Advent Study Booklet

The Additional Curates Society has produced a study booklet for Advent. Written by Joan Whyman it is entitled ‘Star of Hope’ and costs £2-00. Please order your copy from Fr. Andrew by 4thNovember.


Ascot Priory 2019

A Quiet Day has been booked for Saturday 28thSeptember. Further details in due course.


Bushey Interfaith Forum


‘The Challenge of Living in a Secular Society’

There will be speakers from the Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish and Jain faiths. 

Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 7.30pm at St. Peter’s Parish Hall 


Charitable Donations 2018

At a meeting on 18thOctober 2018 the Parochial Church Council agreed to support the following charities from the 2018 charity budget most of which was provided by the Spring Fair.

Barnabas Fund (£250)

Church Army (£250)

Mission Aviation Fellowship (£250)

Bushey and Oxhey Care (£50)

A further £50 was sent to Watford Schools Trust to be spent on Scripture Union booklets for Bushey Heath Primary School and to support its work locally. New Hope received £98 from the Songs of Praise service in September and the Additional Curates Society received £185 from the Lent boxes.

In addition it was agreed that the following collections would be donated to charity.

Christingle:                                Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Carol Service:                             New Hope

Watford Peace Hospice

St. Peter’s also supported Red Trust Bushey at Harvest with gifts of food and toiletries for the food bank.


Civic Service

Sincere thanks to all who supported the Civic Service in September. Our cleaning team, gardeners and flower arrangers did a wonderful job preparing the church for the occasion. The bell-ringers heralded the event and Jonathan, our organist, and the North London Military Wives Choir lead the worship and entertained us. The Churchwardens welcomed the dignitaries and a number of members of the congregation supported the service. A great team effort!


Contact details:

Vicar: Fr. Andrew Burton SSC, a priest of the Society. (020 8950 1424). Usual day off Monday.

Churchwardens: Mr. Peter Mould (020 8428 8307); Mrs. Anne Swerling (020 8950 8923).