People and Groups

THE STAFF

The Vicar: Revd Kate Byrom
Lay Reader: Kathryn Browne
Administrator: Claire MacKenzie

 

THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

The PCC meets every two months.  Meanwhile sub-committees made up of the members work on various aspects of planning and organisation and report back to the PCC.  These groups focus on different aspects of church life: Worship, Communications, Children & Families, Finance, Away giving, Social events and Church Fabric and we also have a group that works on our link with St John’s, Pinetown, Natal, and the Green Team.

At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting some members are constitutionally required to retire and their replacements are elected. Members occasionally resign before completing the three year term of office allowed and their replacements are elected for shorter periods. As the Electoral Roll increases or decreases so the number of PCC members is adjusted.

HOME GROUPS

“What are Home Groups?” you might ask. “Why should I be involved?” It has been estimated that more than one million Christians in Britain meet regularly for Bible study and prayer in small groups – about 70 of them belong at St. Peter’s! We meet together in homes around the parish, with groups running throughout the year, and others in Lent and Advent.

 

We have groups that meet in the daytime and others that meet in the evening. Each group tackles the material in its own way, and each finds the studies challenging, thought-provoking and rewarding.

We are pleased that Home Group membership is increasing. You would be very welcome to join a group at any time.

Contact Heather Young on 01623 453161

CHILDREN AND YOUTH WORK AT ST PETER’S

Pebbles

A drop-in for pre-school aged children and their carers with coffee and a chat.  It is held in the Centre from 9.15am to 11.15am every Monday in term time.

Rock Solid

Rock Solid is for 3 – 11 year olds and is held during the 11 o’clock service. The sessions are fun and free, and include crafts, songs, games and some input on a Bible theme. Sessions start in The Centre at St Peter’s at 11.00, run for about 50 minutes, and then the children go into church to join the latter part of the 11 o’clock service, which finishes at about 12 o’clock.

See the ‘Notice Board‘ for all dates and times.

Messy Church

Messy Church is aimed at children and young families and is held either at Abbey Gates School or in the Centre.  The session starts with games, crafts and activities.  Then food for us to enjoy together, and finally a Bible story, song and prayer. Check out the next session on our Noticeboard.

See the ‘Notice Board‘ for all dates and times.

Ignite

Ignite is a group for children in school years 6-11, looking at different sections of the Bible and how it fits in with our life today. There will be lots of opportunities to play games, have fun, win prizes but learn about God at the same time.  Check out the next session on our Noticeboard.

See the ‘Notice Board‘ for all dates and times.

MUSIC AT ST PETER’S

St Peter’s currently has a four-part, robed choir under the direction of the music leader. They help to lead the worship at the 9.30am and 4.00pm services.  They rehearse one evening per week and the high, regular attendance reflects the members’ commitment and dedication.

The choir’s repertoire of anthems is quite extensive as befits a group of experienced and able choristers, the majority of whom hold Bishop’s Awards (for either long service or merit). Of course, they lead the singing of hymns, songs, psalms and canticles and service settings used in our Sunday worship and St Peter’s counts itself fortunate to have retained this choir and, with it, the choral tradition of an Anglican village parish Church.

Choir practice is every Wednesday at 7pm in the Church Lounge

The Music Group is a small but enthusiastic group of musicians and singers who contribute to 11.00 am services and on special occasions. They play a fairly wide range of music and are always happy to expand the repertoire.

If you are interested in joining either group, please contact Greg Place (490758) for the Choir or Jeremy Hill (490492) for the Music Group

ALPHA COURSES

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eight to ten weeks. Alpha is run all around the world and no two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

Most Alpha sessions start with food because it’s a great way of bringing people together. Each talk then looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?

Finally, the topic is discussed in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Contact Margaret Oakey on 01623 793500