Services

SUMMER 2020

We’re slowly returning to worship in our buildings following the Covid-19 lockdown. We are currently offering one Service of Holy Communion each Sunday. Services are a little different to usual as we’re required to follow government guidance, but you are still very welcome to come along!

1st Sunday of the month – 9am at Good Shepherd

2nd Sunday of the month – 3pm at St. Peter’s

3rd Sunday of the month – 9am at Good Shepherd

4th Sunday of the month – 3pm at St. Peter’s

5th Sunday of the month – 9am at Good Shepherd

Please note that numbers at services will be limited due to the requirement for social distancing.

We’re also doing weekly ‘Worship & Coffee’ on Zoom, every Sunday at 10.30am. These have been the great success of lockdown! If you’d like to ‘pop in’ and see what we’re doing please email bridget@goodpeter.org.uk for the joining details, or sign up to our weekly email newsletter here.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of guidance we are required to follow, so we wanted to give you some idea of what to expect:

  • Social distancing (2m) must be observed within our buildings
  • Numbers at services will be limited: 20 people at the Good Shepherd, and 12 people at St. Peter’s
  • Once the maximum numbers have been reached, people will not be permitted to enter
  • We are required to record the names of those who attend
  • People will be required to use hand sanitizer or to wash their hands upon arrival
  • Services will be short, spoken Communion services, and will not include singing
  • We will not be able to offer refreshments after the service, and people will be encouraged to go straight home
  • Children will be welcome, and will need to remain with their parents, as neither the Crèche Room nor children’s corner will be available, nor will activities for children and youth be running

Our usual pattern of worship…

We currently have two services on a Sunday – 9am at St. Peter’s and 10.30am at the Good Shepherd. Both services include liturgy, music that’s old and new, engaging preaching, prayer for others, and the opportunity to receive from God. Services are led in an informal style, and are followed by coffee and refreshments.

In 2019 we launched the ‘6 O’clock Service’ – a new monthly evening service which includes homemade cake, space for discussion, and quiet reflection. Find out more about our Sunday Services below.

We also have a service of Morning Prayer that’s open to all, every Wednesday morning, from 9 – 9.30am at the Good Shepherd. It’s a great opportunity to meet with others, and to pray for the needs of our community.

Sunday 9am at St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s is the smaller of our two congregations, meeting in a newer church building, which offers a more informal setting for worship. Most weeks we hold a Communion Service, with our ‘All Age Service’ taking place on the third Sunday of the month. Services tend to be quiet and reflective, and include hymns and songs led by a pianist. Our monthly all age services are lively, creative and engaging – whatever your age! We have a children’s area at the back of church, and children of all ages are very welcome in our services.

Sunday 10.30am at Good Shepherd

Services at the Good Shepherd are friendly and welcoming, and offer activities for all ages. We have a crèche room for under 4s, Children’s Church for 4-11s, and a youth group for 11+. Communion services take place twice a month, and our ‘All Age Service’ is on the second Sunday of the month, when we welcome young people and families involved in the Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. There is a children’s corner in church, with toys available for young children. Services at the Good Shepherd include music led by the choir, organ, and other musicians and singers.

Prayer for healing is offered at both churches on the first Sunday of the month, as part of Communion.

To find out more about access and our facilities please visit the Find us page.

Monthly Evening Service