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Reordering St Peter’s

Our parish vision sees us Becoming a Christ-like community. Our mission plan calls us first to concentrate on hospitality. To help St Peter’s in both those aims and to overcome some immediate needs, we have set out on some reordering to the west end of the church.

The people of St Peter’s have discussed what’s needed and helped the project group compile a statement of needs (PDF file). Architects have been appointed and surveys carried out. Draft plans will be added to this page as they become available to keep us informed.

Some rationale

Hospitality is far more than the quality of our refreshments or the welcome on a Sunday morning. It is about how we engage with people wherever they find themselves, and how we open our lives and spaces to share them with the community around us. Sharing our lives involves responding to invitations from the community. Sharing our space involves inviting the community to join us in some way.

Inviting others to share our space at St Peter’s is not sincere if our space is unsuitable. Our space needs to be as accessible as possible, facilities like toilets need to be available to all, those cups of tea and biscuits, and much more, need to be possibilities, a welcome needs to be clear and visible.

So far, our openness to people beyond our congregation has seen a significant growth in children and young people. In 2014 there were perhaps 6-10 regularly in church, now we regularly have 25-30, including up to 10 small children and as many as another 20 up to 16 years old in our services. Most of them come to church with parents, so our age profile of the adult congregation has also lowered over this time.

We are a church that also has significant numbers of young children for baptism (usually 20+ a year), and the residential community around St Peters is one to which people move to start a family. We usually also have 10-15 weddings each year in church, with all the potential for on-going connections with those couples and their families. Our hospitality now demands we look for proper spaces for all of this work.

God is alive outside our church, as well as inside. Responding to what God is putting in our hearts, we need to look outwards, while ensuring what is inside suits our mission to the community.

Watch this space

As the reordering project continues, this page will keep you up-to-date with progress.

We hope to be able to display the proposed scheme in church at Petertide on Saturday June 28th, so please mark this date in your diary and come and see what we are planning.

If you have any queries on this project or would like to offer your support in fund raising for the work please see Richard Larkin or any member of the Church Leadership Team.