St. Peter’s is all about bringing people together.
Sharing life together as part of the church is about providing opportunities for people to build relationships, to learn and grow, and to share the love of God with one another. If we want to know God better and see His power move among us, we need to do it with each other!
There are several aspects of church life that we believe are vital for us to do this. That’s why we invite you to find out more and join us as we go on this journey together.
Children & Families at St. Peter's
We want our children to take part in inspiring and stimulating activities through which they can encounter Jesus for themselves.
Children and families work at St. Peter’s is planned and coordinated. Through all kinds of activities, we aim to encourage children – of all ages – to explore faith, to develop a relationship with Jesus, and to share their beliefs with others.
On Sunday mornings, children begin in church with their parents before leaving for their own groups after about 15 minutes. There are a number of age-related groups available.
We also make space for children to play an active part in church life. We have opportunities for children and young people to lead the congregation in singing or in prayer, and others to help us discover God’s Word by reading or presenting the Bible using drama.
During the week, Sparks meets on alternate Friday mornings in church. Sparks is our baby and toddler group, which follows a themed programme for each term with craft, music, story-time, and more! Refreshments are available.
Young people at St. Peter's
We want to ensure young people have a sense of belonging. That’s why we have unique groups for teenagers.
One way to make this happen is through our youth group. It offers young people – aged 11-16 (school years 6-11) – a range of exciting and engaging activities, both on Sundays and during the week.
On Sunday mornings, we meet during the 11.00am service. The programme consists of a wide range of activities, from discussion and Bible study to interactive games. Sessions focus on a different theme each term.
Central to all we do is to give young people the opportunity to explore faith for themselves. We encourage them to be curious and ask questions, to try and understand God for themselves, and to help them move towards regular prayer and Bible study.
On alternate Tuesday evenings we have a more informal get together. Often we’ll be playing games and reading the Bible together, as well as praying for one another. We are currently running a Youth Alpha on these evenings.
Our aim is to make faith real and create independent followers of Jesus – all helped along by a range of activities and involvement in the church and wider community.
Adults at St. Peter's
At St. Peter’s, we are enthusiastic about generating and celebrating community.
Celebrating together on a Sunday is great, but there are some things that can be missed. It’s really important that we commit time and energy to build community. Whatever your age or stage in life, we are committed to providing different opportunities for you to be in community with others as we journey in faith.
We encourage everyone to join a small group.
Small groups help people to come together. They offer you the opportunity to learn and pray, to study the Bible, to support and encourage each other, and at the same time, help you move forward in your relationship with God. They act as the building blocks of the church within the community.
To cater for different people and different schedules, groups meet during the week, some in the daytime and some in the evening. Normally up to about 12 people in size, small groups provide a safe environment for regular social and pastoral support.
Exploring life, faith and spirituality.
Encounter is for people who would like an open, informal space to think about life, faith and spirituality. It is a place to share stories and ask questions in a comfortable environment, around people who are curious to go a little deeper into these aspects of life.
We meet every other Friday morning at St. Peter’s. Tea, coffee and cake are served, followed by a short, thought-provoking film or talk. There’s then time to reflect and discuss – as well as plenty of space to get to know the people around you. It’s free to attend and a Crèche is provided for kids.
For details of these events and others at St Peter's, please check out our website - http://www.saintpeters.co.uk/events/