Caring for each other

Caring for each other


Loving our ‘neighbour’ is very much part of Christ’s teaching and many people, quietly and unobtrusively, are caring for, visiting and helping those in our parish who are in need of a little extra support for short periods or long term. Caring is the responsibility of us all, but below are some of our church’s ways of caring.

“CONTACT” Scheme


We have over 90 reps, one for virtually every road in our town. They welcome newcomers, and look out for anyone in need of support.

Personal Needs


Our aim is to “be there” to help in whatever way we can in times of personal need. All we do is on a confidential basis of course. Listening at a deep level plays a frequent role and also walking alongside those suffering terminal illness or a crisis in their lives.

Practical Help


We provide meals in an emergency, transport to church and do shopping.

Partners

We currently work with getmemymortage.co.uk who will be offering free mortgage advice to anyone that needs it, given the current circumstances it can be advisavble to speak with a specialist if you are struggling or looking at your current mortgage. Get Me My Mortgage have a nationwide network of mortgage brokers specialising in self employed mortgages, bad credit mortgages and commercial mortgages.

Visiting


If you know of anyone in our town who is housebound and who would like a visit please let us know. The clergy can also arrange visits to people in local hospitals.

Welcome


We hope that you will be made welcome at all services. Please stay behind after the 9:15 Sunday service for (real) coffee. It’s one of the ‘perks’.

Baptism


A member of the team visits and helps prepare those getting ready for baptism. Video sessions are held and anyone interested in Baptism can attend prior to making a booking.

Wedding Preparation


Couples are invited to attend marriage preparation sessions. Couples usually find the evenings useful and informative, and fun!

Home Communion


People in our town can receive communion in their own home when they are not able to attend the church services. In addition regular Communion Services are held at residential homes and sheltered flats.

Children and Young People

Children and Young People


There is plenty going on at St Peter’s for children and young people!


In all our groups our aim is to help everyone with their own story of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. So, fo all ages there are opportunities to be introduced to Jesus and to learn more about our amazing God, the Bible and what it means to be followers of Jesus and part of his worldwide church in the 21st century.
Come and share the adventure!

Sunday Groups:


At St Peter’s we provide a full fun-packed programme lead by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, all of whom are DBS (CRB)-checked.

All the Children and Youth are with their families for the beginning of each 9.15am services, and then leave for their own groups. Different age groups are escorted to these locations:
3+ to 5+ in the library next to the Church Hall
5+ to 8+ in the library next to the Church Hall
Under 3s are welcome to use the crèche facilities in the church hall with their parents.
Children are brought back to their families for the end of the services.

Sunday by Sunday at both our Churches we aim to encourage each one in their journey of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by using the Bible, songs, prayers, arts & crafts, games etc and our own stories of faith.

Our other Children and Young Peoples’ Groups


MESSY CHURCH – Every 3rd Monday of the month. 3.30 – 5.30pm.
Games, activities, celebration and a hot meal for families of all shapes and sizes. All welcome!
In St Peter’s Church Hall, Free Street, Bishops Waltham.

Teeny Tinies: meets every Tuesday during term time in the Stables Centre from 10.00 to 11.30am. A mother and baby group for all mums, carers and babies and toddlers. Plenty of toys, a chance to share advice, stories and refreshments too!

Junior Choir: This enthusiastic group of 7 – 15 year olds (girls and boys) meets in church on Fridays from 6-6.45pm in term time. We sing approximately once a month during a church service and perform in two concerts in the church each year.

Uniformed Groups: These groups often join us on festival days and special services.

The Group with no Name: For people in school years 6 to 9. 6-7pm every Sunday in term time @ St Peter’s Church Hall. Games, activities, Bible stuff, drinks, nibbles.

Prayer Group


We have an early morning prayer group to pray for the young of our church and our village. Everyone is welcome to come on a Tuesday morning, every week, from 8.25am in the church.

Education

Education


Housegroups


There are about ten Housegroups for study and prayer with a total of around a hundred members. A Steering Group ensures that the housegroups receive good support and guidance, and maintains a ‘bank’ of study materials and resources. The groups have between 8 and 12 members and usually meet twice a month in term-time.

Christianity Explored


We regularly offer this informal course for people who’d like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics. It explores who Jesus was, what his aims were, and what it means to follow him.

You won’t be asked to pray, sing or read aloud, and you can ask any questions you like. Or, if you prefer, you can just come along and listen.

Christianity Explored has been around for over a decade now, and it’s been designed to suit different age ranges and people.

Please contact the Rector for details of the next course.

Ecumenical Lent Groups


During Lent “Churches Together in Bishop’s Waltham area” organises a 5 week study course for small groups. About three hundred people take part and it concludes with a united act of worship on Palm Sunday.

Weddings and Baptisms

Weddings and Baptisms


Congratulations on your engagement or the birth of your child.

Thank you for looking at the St Peter’s website with thoughts of arranging a wedding, marriage blessing, baptism (christening) or thanksgiving service with us.

We are here to help and would be very pleased to discuss your thoughts and ideas of how you would like to celebrate in a church service.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Music

Music

The Band


The St Peters band is an all-age, all-ability group! It plays most weeks at the 9:15 modern service in the church hall, and sometimes a smaller group play on other occasions. The aim is to allow all musicians to use their gifts in worship in the church and especially to provide music for the more modern songs and hymns.

The Choirs


We have three choirs associated with St Peter’s:

Junior Choir – A lively group of 30+ 7-16 year olds.

Adult Choir – A slightly less lively group of about 17 singers aged 13 to ??.

St Peters’ Singers – A group of about 30 singers made up of the Adult Choir and other members of the congregation who sing for special services and concerts.

The Organ


We have a high-quality Wyvern digital organ.

The Piano


We are grateful to the Friends of St Peters (FOSP) for the donation of the Grand Piano and to a generous member of the congregation who donated the money for the new organ.

St Peters Church Hall and Stables Centre

St Peters Church Hall and Stables Centre


Our Church Hall is close to the Library down the main road from the Church. It is a spacious rectangular room with woodblock flooring and disabled access from the adjoining car parking area. There are two toilets, one for the disabled, and a full working kitchen with cooker, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator. There are soft upholstered chairs for 70 people and folding tables. The Stables Centre is near the Church and it has a main characterful, carpeted room with soft seating for 30 people in a circle, in rows or around folding tables. Facilities include tea and coffee making and two toilets including one for the disabled. The entrance is ramped from the adjacent car-parking area outside our Parish Office.


Both these venues are ideal for meetings of clubs, societies and informal groups as well as for special occasions such as birthday parties etc. Regular and one-off hire is available in the daytime and evening at very reasonable rates.

Church Services

Church Services

Church Services


These are the services held each week in St Peter’s. They occasionally change so it’s always best to check with us first.

Daily


Every Weekday 8:45am Morning Prayer

Weekly


Thursday 10:00am Holy Communion (1662 Book of Common Prayer)
Coffee and Cookie – 1st Thursday of the month.

Sunday


8.00am: Holy Communion A traditional said Communion service from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

9.15am in Church: Parish Communion A service with organ and choir using Common Worship. On the 4th Sunday of the month there is a Morning Worship Service without Communion.

9.15am in the Church Hall: St Peter’s @Free Street An informal service with a band. Communion on the 4th Sunday of the month.

Children’s Groups take place during our 9.15am services during term time. For more information refer to the Children & Young People page.

There are many other acts of worship in our church for all sorts of occasions. For more details of all that is going on this week please read This Week’s Pew Leaflet.

Weddings Baptisms and Funerals

Thank you for looking at the St Peter’s website with thoughts of arranging a wedding, marriage blessing, baptism (christening) or thanksgiving service with us.

We are here to help and would be very pleased to discuss your thoughts and ideas of how you would like to celebrate in a church service.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Revd James Hunt – Rector of St Peter’s Bishops Waltham and Blessed Mary Upham