Home Groups


The Three Churches in the one parish of St Peter's Belper (St Peter's, St Swithun's and St Mark's) would like to introduce you to their fellowship groups.


Leader - Mavis Cresswell

Thursday evenings 7.30pm: Alternate weeks (weekly in Lent)

The Dovedale Group has 12 members and meets fortnightly on Thursday evenings at 7-30pm. It has a mixed agenda – Bible study, visiting speakers, slide-shows, games, quizzes, crafts (usually just before Christmas), outings, meals together, BBQs and special church services e.g. Ash Wednesday. During Lent the group meets weekly and studies a lent course from various sources most recently the Bishop of Derby’s course. The group from time to time will support, both with prayer and money, various causes as dictated by world events. In the past it has supported local individuals on specific missions for the church. 


Leaders:  Anne & Andrew Hardy

Wednesday evenings 7.30pm.  Weekly    

A typical meeting of this group includes Bible study, worship and prayer.  The Bible study uses material from a wide range of sources and is designed to be suitable for both new and mature Christians.

Recent Bible studies have include, 'Bringing Home the Prodigal',  'Meditations in the Desert' and 'Living with Questions'.

Our current study is based on the theme of the previous Sunday as we follow the Creed.  The group has about 9 members, of mixed ages  but more are welcome.

Mission interests include Open Doors, Care for the Family and the Church of South India


Shared Leadership - contact Angela and Philip Thomas

Wednesday evenings 7.30pm 

We are a small friendly group; our current numbers are 6/7. We usually meet weekly for about 2 hours and agree together when to take a break from meetings.  We enjoy fellowship, Bible study and prayer together, usually following the topics and scripture reading from the previous Sunday in church. We share food together about once a term and offer each other support to grow as Christian believers and through the ups and downs of life. We also laugh a lot! There is space for others to come and join us - you will be warmly welcomed. 


                          Shared Leadership - contact Kate Gough

2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays in the month 10am in St. Peter's west end

This group grew out of the monthly coffee mornings and appeals to those who prefer a day-time meeting, both young and not-so-young.

We study a variety of Bible themes and enjoy lively discussion; we grow in confidence as we learn from each other and  share our opinions in a loving supportive atmosphere.


Shared leadership - contact Lynda Dickens     

 Wednesday evenings 7.00pm   Pond Road, Holbrook

Our Group meets every Wednesday evening from 7-9.30pm (often deep in conversation till much later though!)  To date we have discussed ‘The Holy Spirit’, ‘God;s Amazing Grace’ and’Women of the Old Testament’. We had great  fun making models out of play- doh  (to demonstrate how God moulds us and shapes us. We also produced artistic amusing  and quite realistic drawings of a ‘typical churchgoer! We always start our night by singing a hymn of praise to the Lord, we believe we sound  fantastic not so sure what the neighbours think though! As well as our regular meetings we  have shared  meals held a ‘Biblical Quiz’ and Pie and peas night.We all value our meetings as one of  our  group says “I get a feeling of comfort and peace being with my Christian Friends and an overwhelming feeling of the presence of the Lord”


Leader:  Rev April Tomkins

Monday evenings 7.30pm

A small friendly group; we would welcome more members! 

There are also two study groups in the St. Mark's area and a parish youth Bible study, please contact the church office for details.

Home groups are often places where faith is deepened and where real issues can be discussed in a safe and accepting way.

If you would like more information or would like to join a group or help in any way please contact me through the Church Office Tel: 01773 828772