Saint James



The Parish of

St. Peter,

Bushey Heath

Lent 2018

From the vicar

In this newsletter you will find reproduced another letter, written on behalf of Barnabas Fund by George Carey, formerly Archbishop of Canterbury and the Marquess of Reading. Their Lordships introduce and commend a campaign to protect religious freedom in the United Kingdom – a petition may be found at the back of church. It is a matter of great sadness that such a letter is required.

Whilst reflecting on the events and trends of the times in which we live and considering matters of faith it is worth noting the terminology which is in use in society to describe our national understanding and beliefs. The most frequently used term is ‘values’ which refers to those aspects of our lives which we consider important and which in some way define us. Thus we hear talk of ‘British values’ to describe aspects of the British way of life which are significant and which may be deemed non-negotiable unless we are to decide to be a different people. Examples are the rule of law, sovereignty of the crown in parliament, tolerance in a pluralist state and so forth. Some of these values have been developed over centuries and have sometimes been won or defended at great cost.

It should be noted however that behind the development of such values are the virtues associated with Christianity. Virtues are similar to values, but introduce a moral element which for the Christian is rooted in revelation. To reflect on these would be a worthy task for Lent. As a reminder the three Christian virtues are faith, hope and love which can be taken along with the four cardinal virtues of justice, prudence, temperance and courage. Practical applications can be found in the scriptures and elsewhere: ‘going the extra mile,’ ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ and ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’ all of which have found their way into common parlance.

Values do not just appear otherwise they are no more than a reflection of our present existence or wishful thinking. Instead, at their best, they are aspects of our character which are formed from our deepest beliefs and which in turn are informed by the word of God. It is needful for the Church to stand up for this truth lest our nation slide further into the moral vacuum that is the secular state.


Pray for strong leadership within the Church of England so that together we may present a faithful witness to the nation and the world.

From the diary

Friday 2nd March, 8.00pm                   Stations of the Cross

Wednesday 7th March, 10.00am          MU Corporate Communion

Friday 9th March, 8.00pm                    Stations of the Cross

Friday 16th March, 8.00pm                  Stations of the Cross

Wednesday 21st March, 10.00am         Said Mass (St. Joseph, Husband of the BVM)

Thursday 22nd March, 8.00pm

Holy Hour for Lent with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday 23rd March, 8.00pm                  Stations of the Cross

Palm Sunday (25th March)

Holy Communion with distribution of palms

8.00am (said)

9.30am (sung, beginning with the procession in church) 

Hosanna to the Son of David

Monday 26th March, 12 noon              Chrism Mass at Chelmsford Cathedral

Tuesday 27th March, 8.00pm               Stations of the Cross

Wednesday 28th March, 10.00am         Said Mass (Wednesday in Holy Week)

Easter Triduum

Maundy Thursday      8.00pm                        Maundy Mass

Good Friday               9.30am            United Service at St. Andrew’s, Bushey Heath

12 noon            Devotions, ‘The Seven Words from the Cross’

2.00pm              Liturgy of the Passion

Easter Eve                   8.30am           Morning Prayer and Litany

7.00pm              Easter Liturgy

Easter Day                  8.00am            Low Mass

9.30am              Festal Mass


Liturgical provision

At the last meeting the PCC decided to try the provision of another BCP, 9.30am Sung Communion from April. The BCP will therefore be used on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. 

TURN THE TIDE: Reclaiming Religious Freedom in the UK

A message from Barnabas Fund…

Religious freedom is being significantly eroded in many countries throughout the world in a resurgence of intolerance and uniformity. One of Barnabas Fund’s has always been to highlight and challenge the worst and most violent forms of persecution. But the creeping and insidious marginalisation of faith and the shrinking of our hard-fought-for freedoms have also been a concern in recent years.

We hope that you will support our petition calling for a new law to enshrine fully and permanently the religious freedoms we have gained in the UK in the last five centuries. These are freedoms to:

  • Worship
  • Read Scripture in public
  • Interpret Scripture without government interference
  • Choose or change your religion
  • Preach and try to convince others
  • Establish places of worship
  • And the freedom from being required to affirm a particular worldview or belief in order to hold a particular job, stand for election or study at university

Over the last few years in the UK, there have been a great number of examples of these freedoms being interfered with. These include sackings of Christians for expressing their views, or wearing crosses, and even the arrests of street preachers for public evangelism – a practice going back centuries. Just as important are the increasing diktats that traditional views on Christian marriage, for example, are becoming a test which precludes traditional believers from holding public office.

We urge you to read the booklet ‘Turn the Tide’ which powerfully sets out the challenges and the reasons why a new law to protect religious freedom is needed in the UK. And then we also urge you to sign our petition to protect religious liberty in the UK.

This is not a demand for special rights for Christians, but arises out of a concern that the space for religious freedom is shrinking as an increasingly muscular and intolerant secularism takes hold. It is very easy to feel safe and secure as a Christian in the West compared with our brothers and sisters elsewhere. But our religious freedom came about as a result of brave believers standing up to totalitarian authority. We believe it is time to enshrine those hard-won rights in UK law, for followers of all religion and none.

Yours in Christ,

Lord Carey of Clifton

The Most Hon. The Marquess of Reading

Church Army

You are warmly invited to hear Captain Patrick Samuels, CA speak about his work as a chaplain to the police and his new post as Faith Co-ordinator for Surrey Constabulary. Thursday 8th March, 11.00am at St. Peter’s. Further details from Sister Diana Burton, CA (020 8950 8012).

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).


Text a prayer request to our Prayer Line on 07939 379018. Private prayer will be offered for 2 weeks.