St Peters church. Hi, I’m Rose Durrant. I’m 16. I’m a member of St Peters church and have been since I was 2 years old. I am writing this presentation to tell you about our church, the people in it and the activities we do.
As a church we work hard at creating opportunities where people from the surrounding community can feel welcome to join us and get to know more about the people within our church family but also learn more about the experiences that come with being part of a church and we want to welcome you to join us too.
Typical of many Anglican churches in cities and villages in England, founded around a century ago to reach out to workers in local industry (including a copper mine which operated right next to the church!). Very recently the interior was redesigned to make it much more useful for church groups and for other local community groups who use it during the week
Following is three questions that I asked to a young member and a middle aged male member of our church congregation. Under the questions are some of the responses they gave.
“Services especially the more meditative ones, social action outside the local community.”
“Focus, the youth group on a Sunday evening and the Sunday services especially the ones with congregation participation.”
“also a place to celebrate the important times such as weddings and baptisms.”
“that the church provides a place to support them in time of emotional and spiritual need.”
“Scallies” - This is the nickname name for marginalized teenagers who can be socially challenged.
“all kinds of support so the community feeling like it is one.”
“has a good out reach programme”
“providing support for carers of children, outreach events,”
Band planning meeting (a band which features in social and outreach events
The vicar at Take-A-Break (mothers and babies event)
Eats and Beats, a band performance (a social event in the church which attracted people from the local community
A service about St Peters being a creative community (the church members created this design
Examples of the things that happen on a weekly basis at St Peters church are:
A Football match
One off’s. These are events that are used for either raising money or to welcome in other people from the surrounding community. For example:
Eats and Beats.
Hollins and the Ivy
I then I asked some questions to two of the leaders of our church about their thoughts on how the church is working towards helping the wider community.
“It’s about welcome, following Jesus, providing a place where people can connect to God and have an opportunity to give and receive support.”
“introduce people to the good news of Jesus, to help them live by the example of Jesus and to encourage them to go and share that good news further a field.”
in to account
spiritual and physical wellbeing.”
“the plans are to identify what needs there are in the church and in the community around the building and see what we can do to meet them.”
“it seems to come back to the 3 areas of worship (connecting with God), outreach (connecting with the world around) and pastoral concern (connecting with one another).”
3. What do you think is the future for the church with respects with helping the surrounding community?
“to see what we can do to be good neighbours and a friend to those around us.”
“…. parenting course with a view maybe to offering a course locally. I think that\'s a need in any community. ”
“I think it is quite promising. People in the church seem to be keen to engage with the neighbourhood around us.”
“I\'d like to see 3 or 4 regular events per year like the carol service/Eats and Beats.”
An example of something that our church has created to send out the message of some of the events St peters do and opportunities they offer is a recent welcome leaflet that was left out on the night of ‘Eats and beats’ when the church was open to the surrounding community. It was also a way of welcoming others to discover more information and to feel welcome as part of our family if so desired.
This leaflet is provided as a separate document.
Therefore it will show you a variety of the things I have previously talked about.
(available as separate download on site)