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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.
Rector’s Letter Autumn into Winter 2019
A Pilgrimage Retreat to Walsingham and Christmas!
One of the favourite series of books and DVDs which our four children enjoyed
was ‘Thomas the Tank engine’ and I loved watching with them too!!!
To go on a train journey is or can be a great adventure, full of interest.
There is the steam, the noise, the clickity-clack of the carriages, the scenery
when the mind, the psyche and the body, gradually relaxes and the passenger
reflects on life, problems, joys, desires, times past and imagines what the
We ‘rub shoulders’ with one’s fellow travellers and learn that the journey is all
part of arriving.
A pilgrimage is, in microcosm, a bit like the train journey, during which we give
ourselves permission to just ‘be,’ as in those moments of just starring at the
view, as the world hurtles by: permission to love oneself a little and to feel and
be whole in His presence as we seek, in our fumbling way, to come closer to
It is not a lonely journey, for we are in good company all the way and will be
making new friends as we travel. Thirty of us went on Pilgrimage to
Walsingham in October.
Walsingham in particular, pulls the hearts of so many, from all over the world,
because Christians realise and accept that the Blessed Virgin Mary revealed
herself there in 1061 to the Lady of the Manor the Lady Richeldis, in three
visions, in which she was shown the house where the Annunciation to Mary
took place, being bidden by Mary, to build a copy of it, saying that, “All who
seek me there, will find succour”. And so it came into being.
There are holy places across the world, where God reveals Himself with
particular intensity: Walsingham is one of those places, ‘set apart’ for this
particular purpose by God.
As we pause this Christmas on our earthly Pilgrimage, may the prayers of Our
Lady aid us, that we be filled with the presence of her child and God’s: Jesus.
Yours in Christ,
Father Michael Phillips
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