Welcome to St Peter’s! Whether you want to join a church, need banns calling for your wedding, are wondering if there’s more to life, or are just dropping in for a moment’s quiet during the week, you are welcome.
Our main service each week is at 9:30am on Sundays. If you come along you’ll find a church that’s much lighter and airier than you’d guess from outside. Most Sundays you’ll find a congregation of about 100 people of all ages at our service. There are nearly always two or three people who are new or visiting, so you won’t be the only one. Take a peek through the window on the High Street first if you’re not sure – but come on in, we really will be glad you’ve come!
If you’re coming with children we will do our best to welcome your whole family and put you at ease so you all have the opportunity to experience God’s presence as we worship. On some Sundays all ages worship together and on other Sundays there are Sunday Club groups (one for 4-11s, the other for 11-15s) that meet separately for part of the service. Children are always welcome all through the service if they don’t want to go to a group. They’re also welcome to take their grown-up to a group with them, if they’re not confident going on their own. If you’re bringing a baby you may be swamped by fascinated older children, but we promise you won’t get disapproving looks. We know babies sometimes cry and toddlers wander around and chat in the quiet bits – don’t worry, many of us have been there ourselves! You are welcome to feed your baby and to bribe your toddler with breadsticks in church as you see fit.
If you have mobility issues or another disability, please let our welcomers know as you arrive so we can help in the ways you find most useful. We will gladly move a chair to create a wheelchair space. If it’s a communion service we will be delighted to bring you communion at your seat – you won’t be the only one and we won’t think you’re making a fuss. We always have a couple of large print service sheets and we have a loop system if you use a hearing aid.
If there’s something on your mind, at communion services there is nearly always a trained prayer ministry team on duty who will pray with you or for you. You don’t need to say what it is unless you want to. Ask one of the welcomers at the door or one of the clergy if you’re not sure who they are.
When the service ends, it’s OK if you just want to slip out quietly, although someone will probably try and say hello as you go. If you’ve got time, do stay for coffee and a bit of a chat. We make proper coffee (tea for those who prefer) and we’d love to get to know you, even if you’re just visiting.
If you’ve got a question we haven’t answered here, feel free to come along on a Sunday and ask, or to contact us directly (click our photos on the contacts page for more info). For enquiries about weddings and baptisms please contact our team administrator on 01747 853060 or by e-mail to office@ShaftesburyCofE.org.uk