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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Rector’s Letter Spring 2019
“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5.4)
In the well loved and famous account of Jesus preaching to the people, from the very boat of our own beloved patron, St Peter, we have, encapsulated in the incident, something which is at the heart of the Christian life and pilgrimage.
So many people gathered around Jesus to listen to him, that he got into the boat, so they hear.
We look to God in Jesus, and he fills us, if we let him, with the divine words of love. In turn this means we become enabled to do his work in the world, with and for him.
In the incident, Jesus told Peter directly what to do: ‘let down your nets for a catch’. St Luke places this story in his gospel as a figure, of what St Peter would go on to do with the rest of his life, which ultimately led to a martyrs’ death: a powerful witness to Christ.
Earlier this year I, and about 200 other priests, attended the National Pilgrimage Retreat at the Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham, the title of which was, “The message of Modern day Martyrs who are ‘God’s instruments’ ”.
….We listened for eg to Bishop Peter Ramsden, the retired Bishop of Papua New Guinea, telling us about the martyrdom of some of the early missionaries there, and then of those priests, who were martyred during WW2 by the Japanese, recently all declared saints of the church.
….We also listened to Bishop Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury) talking about the philosopher and nun Edith Stein, now Saint Theresa Benedicta.......who gave up her life for others in the Nazi Death camps
….Further we listened to Julian Filochowski a close personal friend of Archbishop Oscar Romero, now Saint Oscar Romero, who was shot dead in his cathedral in El Salvador, gunned down by an army death squad in the troubles there, because he stood up for the ordinary people in a country of great inequality and cruelty.
Each evening, all this was drawn together and related to the present day, by Father Bill Scott, former Sub-Dean of the Chapels Royal and Domestic Chaplain to HM the Queen.
The saints then are not just people from long ago. There are saints in each and every generation: People who remain faithful to the calling of Jesus.
How the words of Christ have come true: What a catch there has been! Billions and billions of people over the centuries turning to risen Christ proclaimed at Easter, doing their best to follow the God of love.
May God bless you this Eastertime.
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