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Pews News: This Sunday, January 20, there is Holy Communion at St Andrew’s at 10.45 am. This service will include ‘Origins of Mankind: 2’, based on Genesis chapter 1, verse 20 to chapter 2, verse 3, which covers the creation of animals and humans. At Pett Methodist Chapel, there is an all-age service, led by James Clephane-Cameron. This service starts at 10.45 am.

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Pews News: This Sunday, January 13, The day starts with Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 9 am, and then there is Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.13 am This service will include ‘Origins of Mankind: 1’, based on Genesis chapter 1, verses 1-19. The crèche and Junior Church, together with a Pyjama breakfast, will all be at this service. At Pett Methodist Chapel, the Chairman of the District, the Rev John Hellyer, will lead the annual Covenant Service at which the Methodists will be joined by friends from Pett Parish Church. The service starts at 10.45 am.

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Pews News: This Sunday, January 6, there will be a service of Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am, and then Informal Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 4 pm at St Peter’s with Rev K Burnett. The Pett Methodists’ Sunday service at 10.45 am on Sunday, January 6 will be run under local arrangements, celebrating Epiphany in Pett style.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: And it’s certainly time to wish all readers of Village Voice a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with thanks for sticking with us through thick and, sometimes, pretty thin. Personal thanks go to the small but ever-reliable platoon of stringers, who can be depended on to deliver interesting news and reports for publication week in and out throughout the year. The local paper provides a useful aide memoire on all sorts of subjects, longer lasting and wider reaching than an ephemeral bit of social media. The old adage applies to your Observer now more than ever before – use it or lose it! (And persuade others to buy it and try it!)

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Pews News: This Sunday, December 16, there is to be a service of Holy Communion and Carols at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. Thursday, December 20, will see a coffee morning at St Peter’s from 10.30 am until 12 noon. Pett Methodists’ Sunday service at 10.45 am will be led by the Rev David Freeland, but before that – tomorrow, in fact – the Chapel is host to music with the Beaufort Band, from 10 am until 12 noon, and there’ll be coffees, mince pies, a Fairtrade stall and others, plus face-painting and make-your-own Christmas decorations.

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Pews News: This Sunday, December 9, there is to be a service of Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 9 am. Then, at 10.30 am, there will be Morning Praise at St Andrew’s. There will be a crèche, but no Junior Church. Then, in a full day’s worship and activity so usual in December, St Andrew’s will be home to the Christingle Service at St Andrew’s at 4 pm, all in aid of the Children’s Society. In the meantime, Pett Methodists will be sharing the 10.30 am service at Pett Parish Church which will be a Toy Service.

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Pews News: This Sunday, December 2, there will be a service of Morning Praise at 10.30 am at St Andrew’s, to include Finance Focus, when John Relfe will be delivering an update on the current financial situation. The Crèche and Junior Church will both available. Regulars will have noticed that this is not the Family Worship service they might have been expecting. There is to be Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 4 pm, the earlier start time used when the clocks have gone back in order that much can have taken place before it gets pitch black.

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Pews News: This Sunday, November 25, there will be a service of Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. Both the crèche and the Junior Church will be there for you at this service. At Pett Methodist Church, starting at 10.45 am, the visiting Preacher will be Mrs Grace Garner. This will be an all-age service.

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Pews News: This Sunday, November 18, there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. Both the crèche and the Junior Church will be ready and waiting for you and yours. The service will see the start of a new series called ‘I believe’, which is based on the Creed. At Pett Methodist Church, starting at 10.45 am, the visiting Preacher will be the Revd Malcolm Peach.

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Pews News: This Sunday, November 11, there will be no service at St Andrew’s, as the focus on Armistice Day will be the 10.30 am Area British Legion Remembrance Service at Pett War Memorial. Methodist Minister the Rev Ian Pruden, who is also British Legion Chaplain, will be officiating along with Rev Richard Barron.

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Pews News: This Sunday, November 4, there will be Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. The Crèche and Junior Church will both be available. This is also Food Bank focus week. Every six weeks St Andrew’s has a Sunday when people can bring foodstuff along to the church to be given away to those who need it. It goes to the central collection point at Kings Church, so you are able to take food there directly if you are visiting the hospital, or crossing the Ridge for whatever reason! At Pett Methodist Chapel, the 10.45 am service on Sunday will be led by the Revd Neville Burnett.

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Clocks back: You’ll be reading it everywhere, that 2 am on Sunday, October 28 is the time when British Summer Time officially ends, so put your clocks back. If you follow every individual piece of advice you’ll find yourself getting up for breakfast yesterday. Perhaps the best way to enjoy the luxury of that extra hour, a sort of Groundhog Hour, is to read from 1 am to 2 am, and then promptly do it all again. Of course, this is really only the hour we all loaned to the Government last March. Heaven knows what happens when the EU gets hold of it next year!

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Pews News: This Sunday, October 21, it’s Holy Communion at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. The Crèche and Junior Church will both be available. The Harvest Festival, for which I gave copious details last Friday, was actually in Pett, not at St Andrew’s, who had theirs the week before. Mea culpa! At Pett Methodist Chapel, at 10.45 am on Sunday there will be an All Age service be led by Mrs Pen Willcock.

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Pews News: This Sunday, October 14, it’s the Harvest Festival at St Andrew’s at 10 30 am. If you are unable to be there on Sunday, you can leave your Harvest gifts in church tomorrow, Saturday. Fruit, vegetables and/or flowers will be distributed locally, while tinned or dry foods will be donated to Hastings Foodbank. At Pett Methodist Chapel, the 10.45 am service on Sunday will be led by the Rev David Freeland, and there is to be Holy Communion.

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Pews News: This Sunday, October 7, there will be an informal service of Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 6 pm. At Pett Methodist Chapel, the 10.45 am service on Sunday will be administered under local arrangements.

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Pews News: This Sunday, September 30, there will be a celebratory service at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am, with the Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of Rev Richard Barron’s ordination. Then, from 12.30 to 3 pm approximately, the celebrations continue over at Pett village hall with a Bring and Share Lunch. This will include a brief review of Richard’s past 40 years. This column joins with Richard’s family, friends and parishioners past and present in congratulating him on this notable achievement in his ecclesiastical career. At Pett Methodist Chapel, the 10.45 am service on Sunday will be led by Mrs. Joan Manwaring.

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Pews News: This Sunday, September 23, the 10.30 am service at St Andrew’s will be Morning Praise. At Pett Methodist Chapel, the 10.45 am service on Sunday will be led by Mrs. Jennifer Winnington.

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Pews News: This Sunday, September 16, the 10.30 am service at St Andrew’s will be Holy Communion. There will be both Junior Church and the crèche at this service.

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Pews News: This Sunday, September 3, St Peter’s will have a service of Holy Communion at 9 am Then the 10.30 am service at St Andrew’s will be Family Worship. There will be no Junior Church this Sunday, but the crèche will be up and running.

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Pews News: The 10.30 am service at St Andrew’s this Sunday, September 2, will be Morning Praise, not the Family Worship you might have anticipated. The Junior Church will be meeting as well. At 6 pm, St Peter’s will be host to an Informal Communion service. This will also be an opportunity to appraise the redecoration of the Church, and maybe to sample the sample chairs, too.

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