8 a.m. This is a quiet service, using the beautiful structure of the 1662 Book Of Common Prayer. There is no music – instead we worship through the language and structure of the ancient words. There’s a sermon every week, as well as the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. This service finishes by 9 a.m.
10 a.m. This service takes different forms depending on the week of the month. It finishes by 11:15 a.m.
On the first and third Sundays of the month we have a service of Holy Communion. This will usually use prayers from the Anglican Church of South Africa or from other Anglican Churches around the world. Our musical worship at these services is usually led on the organ.There’s a sermon about an aspect of being a Christian in today’s South Africa. During school terms this is for adults, with children and young people meeting separately.
On the second and fifth Sundays of the month we have a service of Morning Worship. This uses some set prayers, and usually a longer time of musical worship led on the piano or other musical instruments. There’s a sermon and the opportunity to respond to what God’s doing. During school terms this is for adults, with children and young people meeting separately.
On the fourth Sunday of the month we have our Community Worship service. This is a service for every age – we’re all together as a community. We have sung worship led on the piano and other instruments, a short talk, and the opportunity to share Holy Communion together as a church family.
At all our 10 a.m. services we aim to have sung worship in a mixture of languages, reflecting the diversity which makes St Peter’s such a special community.
Children and Youth
During the school term there are groups especially for Toddlers, Tweens and Teens at 10 a.m. to worship God and get to know Him and each other every Sunday except the fourth Sunday of the month, when we all meet together with the adults for Community Worship. During the school holidays the leaders of these groups take a well-earned rest and we all meet together in the 10 a.m. service.
This is a big part of our church life. At 6:30 p.m. every Thursday we throw open the doors of the church hall and everyone’s invited to join us for Community Supper. The catch is … there is no catch! You don’t have to book in, you don’t have to pay – just turn up, meet people and eat together. We finish by 7:30 p.m., sometimes with a short talk and a prayer. People are welcome to help cook, clean up or contribute to the cost, but there’s no expectation or compulsion to do so.
There are other things with which you can get involved. There’s a Bible study group which meets weekly during term time on a Wednesday evening; there’s a Women’s Fellowship which meets monthly on Saturday afternoons. We’re always on the look out for musicians and singers to help on Sundays or people who love working with children and young people to help with Sunday Club for Toddlers, Teens and Tweens. Then there’s the various practical things which need doing around a church.
What St Peter’s is really about, though, is being a diverse, Jesus-centered community which loves each other and the local community, equipping us all to live the lives Jesus wants us to in the places He wants us.That means we don’t run many courses or programmes – that’s great for some churches, and sometimes we as a church will share in what other churches are doing in that regard. But we don’t to be a busy church – we want to help us all be busy with doing what Jesus wants us all to be doing to honour Him and alert others to His reign in the world around us.