Welcome to St Peter's
A very warm welcome to St Peter's Parish Church, Jersey, a church that has stood on this site for some 1000 years witnessing to the local community. You are very welcome to join us for any of our services, to use the church for private prayer or meditation or indeed just to wander around.
We are a church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England and welcome people of all backgrounds and traditions. Our work at the heart of the community includes very strong outreach to children and schools within the Parish including St Peter's Primary and St George's Prep. We also run adult study groups at various times throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.
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A Message from the Rector:
I’ve picked out just a few of the things that have been happening at St Peter's and one important event that is about to happen!
SCHOOL R.E. WEEK IN CHURCH
This was a wonderful week, resulting from a joint decision between the School and Church, to help the children to learn all about Holy Week and Easter, one of the absolute basics of the Christian Faith. I enjoy going to the school regularly to take assemblies, but this was all extra to that.
The week before Holy Week was when it all happened. It started with an assembly in school on the Monday, during which I outlined what was going to happen during the rest of the week. The idea was for each class to come over to the church and learn about Holy Week and Easter, so that in the following week [in Holy Week itself], when we had a service to celebrate this time of year, the children would understand what it was all about before coming, thus enriching the whole experience.
There were talks to each class, using the OHP and screen, work sheets suitable to each age, tours round the church and other activities. The children from each class asked loads of questions and genuinely wanted to know the answers, thus showing their interest in being there and in the subject at hand.
The thirty minute service in Holy Week itself was amazing and the singing wonderful! It was a huge amount of work but all worth it!
We are hoping to hold another RE Week in the next academic year on another subject, which is great.
My thanks to Mrs Sam Dixon [the Headteacher] and all the staff.
PETERTIDE WEEKEND [28-30 June]
I wanted this to be much more observed in the Parish and this year and indeed it was!
On the Friday, the school came to church for a 30 mins service, each class having made banners of the Coat of Arms of St Peter’s Church and Parish. A lot of work went into all these and there was healthy competion between classes to see whose was the best! There was a great long procession from the School to the Church, each class following it’s own colourful banner. Then, during the service each of the banner bearers [two per banner] escorted the Church statue of St Peter in procession up to the Sanctuary, whilst the whole school sang, so that it could be put back in it’s accustomed niche above the High Altar. All enjoyed this visually stimulating and colourful ceremony honouring St Peter, having before that learnt all about our Church and Parish patron saint. This will now become an annual event.
On the Saturday the St Peter’s Youth Club had arranged a St Peter’s Day Fete on the Village green, which was a fantastic event, with stalls from many different organisations including one from the church. £210 was raised from our stall for Church funds. My thanks to all who helped.
CLOCK MECHANISM REPAIRED AND CLOCK ARMS PUT BACK!
Father Michael goes up in the cherry picker to examine to clock face. He said, “You can clearly see the white of my knuckles reflecting the sunlight, due to absolute fear!
As I mentioned in the past, this year, for the first time, we held a non Eucharistic Sea Sunday Service in the open air down in ‘The White House’ garden along St Ouen’s Bay, having hired the House and garden for the purpose, thanks to someone’s generosity. In order to do this we decided not to hold the usual Sunday Eucharist in the church. It was a stunning place to hold it and the ‘backdrop’ of the blue, blue sky, the sea and the beach was beautiful.
Various organisations connected to the sea were invited and it was good to see them there. £220 was raised for the Mission to Seafarers, a wonderful Anglican Charity which helps Seafarers around the world, in a multitude of ways.
CEILINGS AND WALLS OF THE CHURCH
Just to say here, that this work will not now start until the first week of January 2019 instead of Sept 2018, owing to operational difficulties on the part of the contractor.
1000-1700 on Sat 01 Sept; 1300-1700 on Sun 02 Sept.
This fabulous exhibition in the Church, by the famous Jersey Iconographer Karen Blampied, was a great success. See the video below or click HERE for more photos.
Whoever said, things quieten down in the summer!???
Rector of St Peter
Note: All Anglican churches in the Deaneries of Jersey and Guernsey are legally in the Diocese of Winchester, but Episcopal Oversight and Care is exercised by the Diocese of Canterbury through the Bishop of Dover