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)
Bishop Libby will be visiting the Deanery for conversations with as many people as possible on Wednesday 27th October. She will be at Christ Church at 10am and then there will be a presentation of the Diocesan Vision from 10.30-12.15. Opportunities for conversations with senior clergy will follow. EVERYONE is invited to come along, especially as there are potential major changes in the next three years in our Parish.
Covid Changes (updated 2/10/21)
For the moment everything will remain much the same in all three churches for our 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.
- There will be some singing but a reduced amount with screens for anyone facing the congregation
- 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).
Refreshments We will continue to serve refreshments with the server putting milk and sugar in for you. Only edibles that can be picked up without handling someone else’s will be provided. At St Mark's and St Peter’s you will be encouraged to consume refreshments outside. At St Swithun's refreshments are now being served at 10.30 am before the service at 11.00 am. As we run out of disposable cups we will go back to using mugs. At St Peter's we will ensure they always go through the dishwasher as they are often used during the week. At St Mark's and St Swithun's they will be washed as hot as possible and then put away for several days.
Services The current pattern of services will remain at least until the end of December. Sunday Services: 10am at St Mark’s and St Peter’s and 11am at St Swithun’s. Weekday Morning Worship will continue on Facebook at 8.55 am Monday to Friday.
Children Children’s activities at St Peter’s will continue outside whenever possible. Messy Church, Little Church and Sunday activities at St Mark’s have all restarted.
Sunday 31st October - 4th Sunday before 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: Love is.....
Collect: God of holiness, your glory is proclaimed in every age: as we rejoice in the faith of your saints, inspire us to follow their example with boldness and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
On-line Worship Services
'Three in One' is the parish magazine (published monthly) Please take a look - we can be together even though we are apart. View the October 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 meets every Wednesday
in Term Time from 1.15 to 2.45 pm in St Peter's.
We sing, have stories, do some craft and enjoy playing.
All parents, grandparents and carers are welcome.
Come along and join
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!
Parish Prayer Meeting
Everyone welcome to join us for online prayer on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7.30pm. Especially as we begin to approach a time when things can restart we need to spend time waiting on God for his guidance into our new future.
Important - Go to Enfold for the current meeting ID and passcode.
ZOOM PARISH BIBLE STUDY Zoom Bible Study fortnightly, 7.30 pm, on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in the month, Matthew's Gospel studying “Being discipled by Jesus” looking at his example to us as our King.
Bible study tonight 6th October, is the last one before we join the Living in Love and Faith course.
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 Clock and Tower Repair Fund For more information and details of how to donate please click the link at the top of this page.
The tower fund has now reached £47k. This means we are still around £7k short of our final target. There have been some gifts on our Gift Day but if you feel you can help please be generous. The Parish office can give you details of how you can donate.
The clock at St Peter's Church has been repaired and work has started on the Tower Roof.
That leaves us with four rather scruffy looking clock faces. Will you help us finish the renovations please?!
Coffee Mornings at St Peter’s
Our monthly Tuesday coffee mornings have re-started at St Peter’s but outdoors, from 10.30 am - 12 pm, not 10 am as previously. The next one will be on Tuesday 2nd November. Come along and meet friends old and new.
We can now also begin to meet 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 starting on 14th September.
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.
Parish Light and Hope Service Sunday 31st October at 3pm
An opportunity to spend some peaceful time remembering those we love who are no longer with us, but we also invite all the families that have had a funeral during the past two years. Also, anyone that has suffered a bereavement elsewhere and have not been able to attend as they would have liked to.
We like to offer tea and cake and give people a chance to talk and share. Please do come along and talk and share with others. If you can provide cake then please let Gill Reade or the Parish Office know.
Real Advent Calendar 2021
To mark the launch of the 2021 Real Advent Calendar,
the Meaningful Chocolate Company is offering free delivery to parishes in the
Diocese of Derby if they buy a case of 18 calendars.
The Real Advent Calendar is designed to support parish outreach work, mission and a great way to share the Christmas story. Each calendar includes a 24 page Christmas story activity book, the chocolate is Fairtrade, and it supports charitable causes including a baby clinic in Kenya and Fairtrade farmer community schemes.
Real Advent Calendars cost £4.50 each. Please contact the Parish Office to order.
You might also consider ordering some to go out via the Food Hub.
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/
If you’d like a stall to sell your
own goods and crafts, please contact Julie or Tracy as soon as possible. Stalls
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!
In the Christmas story, angels always come with a message to share so we wanted each Christmas Angels to do the same. The angels are for people to take and will each have a message on them. When they have been put out for someone else to find please take a photo and if you can tweet it or post it to Facebook with the hashtag #xmasangels. Knitting and crochet patterns are available in St Peter’s.
We will be giving out angels at the Christmas light switch on November 26th so please get knitting or creating.
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 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.