All are welcome to all acts of worship at St.Peter’s regardless of age or ability. Some services are specifically designed to involve children but children are welcome at all services. All the following services take place at St.Peter’s Church unless stated otherwise.
Here is the pattern of Sunday worship at St.Peter’s. There are occasional variations to this pattern so look at the calendar on the right for specific details for this coming Sunday.
8.00am Holy Communion
This is a fairly quiet and reflective spoken service lasting about 45 minutes and using traditional language.
9.00am on the last Sunday of each month in the Church Centre in Chapel Rd “Breakfast Worship”
Breakfast is served from around 9am; there are craft activities and play equipment for small children, and at around 9.40ish there is a brief and informal act of worship designed to engage the children. Breakfast Worship finishes at around 10.15 but do feel free to come and go as you please.
10.00am Parish Eucharist
This is the main event of the week and the time when most people come. There are hymns and choral music; colour and movement, and sometimes incense. It lasts just over an hour.
On the 1st Sunday of each month this is a ‘Family’ Eucharist and it is generally lighter and shorter and specifically designed to engage children.
On the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month there are groups for children and young people. Sometimes there are Baptisms on the 3rd Sunday.
3.00pm from Easter to the end of September at St.Mary’s on Brownsea Island
At Easter, Pentecost and the Sunday nearest to the Feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15 Aug) this is a celebration of the Eucharist. On other Sundays it’s an informal Family service. Sometimes Scouts or Guides who are camping on the island come. Day tourists and Hotel guests are always welcome. The service lasts 30/40 minutes.
6.30pm on Sundays we have Varied Evening Worship lasting about an hour
Choral Evensong sung by our excellent choir on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
A healing service on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The form of this service varies but there is always an opportunity to receive the Church’s healing ministry through the laying-on-of-hands with prayer and anointing with oil.
There is a varied diet on 1st Sundays. The service might use resources from Taize or Iona or it might be something experimental or intended for a particular group like young people for instance.
When there is a 5th Sunday we join in worship with our brothers and sisters of the other congregations in ‘Churches Together in East Poole.’ The venues for these services vary.
The main business of our worship during the week is the ongoing daily prayer of the Church and there are spoken services of Morning and Evening Prayer at 8.30am and 5.00pm each day (except Friday). These are small and quiet services lasting about half an hour.
There are regular weekday celebrations of the Eucharist on Tuesdays at 9.00am (10.00am on the 1st Tuesday of each month) and Wednesdays at 10.45am.
Each Monday at 10.00am there is ‘Pray for the Week’ a regular opportunity to reflect on a Biblical passage and pray for those who are in need.
There are additional Services on the Holy Days of the Church year and Saints’ Days, including a full programme of events during Holy Week and over Easter. On most Saints’ days there is a celebration of the Eucharist at 9.00am though sometimes this takes place during the evening. See the calendar for precise details.