to St Peter's Parish in Belper
Please browse this website to find out more about us - you can even look at the Church diary and find out everything that is going on - just click on the Parish Life link. (Most regular groups and most events happening in our churches are suspended for the time being)
Covid Changes (updated 7/12/21)
For Carol services and other busy services everyone will be invited to wear masks when singing
For other services:
- The wearing of masks is optional, but encouraged whilst you are moving around and to sing, in respect for other people. If there is no-one in front of you, you may like to remove them.
- There will be an area reserved for those who still want to remain distanced from other people, or you may wish to indicate that you would rather there was a gap left between you and someone not in your family bubble.
- Communion will remain bread only.
- The peace will remain socially distanced.
Please use the offering plate at the back as it will not be passed (contactless payment will be available in St Peter's).
Sunday 12th December - 3rd Sunday of Advent
10 am Morning Worship at St Mark's
11 am Morning Worship at St Swithun's
St Swithun's are now serving refreshments on Sunday mornings, from 10.30am to 10.55am.
Theme: What then should we do?
Collect: God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.
On-line Worship Services
'Three in One' is the parish magazine (published monthly) View the December 2021 issue
If you would like to give to the work of the Parish, especially during this difficult time, you can do so via Paypal
You don't need an account, you can use any card, click on the Paypal logo for a link or QR code for Give a Little
Little Church is back!
Little Church pre-school playgroup, for children aged 0-4 years
meets every Wednesday in Term Time from 1.15 to 2.45 pm in St Peter's.
We play and have fun with stories, singing and craft activities all with the help of Jack.
All parents, grandparents and carers are welcome.
Come along and join.
We will be having a special Christmas 'Bring and Share' lunch and
party on Wednesday 22nd December (£3 per child) from
12 to 2.30 pm. Please contact the Parish Office on 01772 828772
to book a place or put your name down at Little Church.
Messy Church is back!
Messy Church meets on the second Saturday in the month at St Swithun’s Church from 4pm to 6pm. We have crafts, songs and stories – plus food!
Families with children of all ages are welcome. Come and join in the fun!
ZOOM PARISH BIBLE STUDY
Zoom Bible Study fortnightly, 7.30 pm, on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in the month.
The link is the same for all sessions. All welcome, we are a very friendly group! Please go to Enfold for Zoom info.
St Peter's Tower and Clock Before After
The work on the tower roof is now complete. We have
installed a new socket on top of the tower so we can put
our star up more easily.
One face has now been repainted and looks amazing. The
rest will have to wait for dry, abseiling weather which
may not be until next spring.
Many thanks to all those who have helped fund this work.
We raised around £10,000 through our Gift Day and
appeals to local businesses.
Coffee Mornings at St Peter’s
Our monthly Tuesday coffee mornings at St Peter’s are from 10.30 am - 12 pm, not 10 am as previously. Come along and meet friends old and new.
We are also meeting for Bible Studies again on the other Tuesdays in the month at 10.30am (note the new starting time but come for coffee from 10.15am) at St Peter's.
If you haven’t been part of a day-time study group before and would like to join us you will be most welcome; we’re a friendly, informal, often lively bunch who love to laugh and are eager to find out what God has to share with us through His Word. We use study books to help us and we decide between ourselves which Bible book or theme we want to explore next.
If you’d like more info do speak to Kate or one of the wardens.
Cut-off date for donations is 14th December.
Calendars £9.75 each from St Peter's and cards £1 each
St Peter's 200th Anniversary
St Peter’s 200th Anniversary starts on January 2nd 2022 with a joint Parish Service at 10 am. On October 30th is the Anniversary of laying the Foundation stone by the Duke of Devonshire. The current Duke and Bishop will be attending a special service that day.
Food Bank donations to be delivered to Morrison's or
one of the three Co-ops.
Thank you for your continued support of The Hub (food bank) - your generosity has kept us well stocked in these difficult times. If you are able to add to your shopping basket to support us you will find occasional updates on our Facebook page as to which items are most useful or that are we are short of – just click on the link http://facebook.com/hopeforbelper/
Refugee donations (Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity group) are collected at St Peter's.
URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT from DRS Derby volunteers 29.9.21 We are full Fuller than full.
We have a mountain of unsorted donations and a mountain of sorted donations that can't go anywhere due to the petrol crisis. Unless someone can donate storage space to us, there may soon be no space for English lessons etc at DRS! We did our first "official" sorting session at one of hotels housing Afghan refugees yesterday. There were lots of wonderful donations but also too much that was completely unsuitable; large, formal men's suits for example!
If you can, please hold on to your donations or donate them elsewhere.
STILL NEEDED (for Calais and for Afghan refugees) s/m men's hoodies, joggers, trainers, coats s/m women's winter clothes, coats children/teenagers trainers New underwear - all ages
Thank you, as always, for your kindness, patience and understanding!
Up to the minute information and pictures can be found on our Facebook page
and you may subscribe to ENFOLD our parish e-news
RECYCLING AT ST PETER'S is open Monday - Friday 10 am-12 noon, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-4 pm.
Please ensure crisp/biscuit packets are clean, dry and flat. Please bring your recycling during these times and do not leave it outside the church if locked as it often blows away and litters the churchyard. We are now accepting blister packs. We can no longer accept bottle tops for recycling. Thank you.
For an interesting report full of pictures about everything that goes on in the Parish please call in to any of the churches and pick up a copy to find out all about us, or click on the link St Peter's Parish pictorial report 2020 at the top of this page.