This is where we’ll try to provide weekly items in addition to our other updates and letters – please keep coming back here regularly.
The latest pastoral message from Kip to the church family is HERE
It includes information about the children’s groups.
Please note that JAM Club will not be running on Sunday 19th September, and no groups will run on 26th September as we have a return of baptisms in the main service.
A message from Kip about Children’s and Youth Groups
First Steps, Smiley and Jam Club joining instructions
We are so looking forward to our re-start but please be aware that these first sessions will look slightly different to how they have previously operated. This is mainly to help you and your child/ren be comfortable and confident with our plans, but also because we are operating with a reduced number of session leaders available at this time. The reduced number of session leaders means that we have to limit the numbers of children attending each session for the time being, and until we can recruit more help.
So the main change will be the need to pre-book your child/ren into each session.
Please email [email protected] to reserve places – please include your name and your child’s name/s and the group you’d like to attend. We’ll message you back and let you know whether we can offer you a place or not.
We will also need a current parental consent form from you – you will be emailed a copy to complete – please pass this to session leaders when your child attends.
On Sunday 12th September, all sessions will start at 10.30am in the Simon Peter Centre and Church Hall, so please accompany your child. It would be helpful if just one parent attended please. You will be guided as you arrive and there will be an opportunity for you to discuss the format of future sessions with the session leaders. First Steps parents may wish to stay a little longer with their child/ren.
Session Leaders will be wearing facemasks and hand sanitizer will be available for everyone to use before coming into the buildings and for children to use between activities.
Sessions will run for around one hour to align with the church service.
At approx 11.45am, please gather in the courtyard to collect your children – each child will be sent out to meet you in turn.
Creche joining instructions
From Sunday 12th September onwards, during the 10.30am Sunday service there is a crèche available for children aged 0-3 years in the Centenary Room at the back of church.
Creche is a place for under 3s to play (and make noise) and we hope to welcome any who wishes to use the service. There may be some restrictions on numbers to begin with to ensure the safety of all, but we are hopeful this won’t have a significant impact. Creche opens after the first hymn and the team will explain how creche works.
There is currently no need to book a place.
Creche helpers will be wearing facemasks and hand sanitizer will be available for everyone to use.
Whilst some parents do stay, we would encourage you to enjoy some time and space with God for yourselves. If your child is unsettled or you are needed then one of the helpers will come and get you. The session is mainly open play and a simple craft and finishes with children’s worship songs and some favourite nursery songs.
There is no crèche at all-age services, but if needed you are welcome to use the Centenary Rooms with your child.
Minnows joining instructions
From Monday 13th and Thursday 16th September, the afternoon Minnows sessions will resume in the Church Hall between 1.30-3.00pm
Numbers able to attend will be limited to 30 families at each session so please bear with us if we reach our capacity and have to disappoint you.
We will encourage you to maintain good social distancing as you arrive, throughout the session and as you leave.
The leaders will be wearing face coverings and encourage you to do the same if you can.
We will encourage you and your child/ren to wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Only toys that can be sanitised easily will be provided.
No refreshments will be served but we are happy for you to provide your own drink and snack for your child/ren.
Singing will not be able to take place.
Please do not attend if you have symptoms of Covid 19 or have any infectious illness.
We will be reviewing our practices regularly and will keep you informed of any changes. Please ensure that all your contact details are up to date.
Thank you for your support and patience in helping us deliver these Minnows sessions safely during this unusual time.
Link Club joining instructions
From Tuesday 14th September JUNIOR Link Club is planning to resume in the Church Hall 6.30-7.45. Please email [email protected] if you’re planning to attend and we’ll give you further information. Please note that SENIOR Link sessions are currently being developed. You’ll find more news in the Weekly Updates section of our webpages in due course.
CYFA and Pathfinders
Plans to resume these sessions are currently being developed. You’ll find more news in the Weekly Updates section of our webpages in due course.
Kip and Team
We’re excited to announce the re-launch of Voice at St. Peter’s, helping children and young people make outstanding music whilst exploring and expressing faith in God. As of Monday 13th September we’ll be meeting fortnightly at The Simon Peter Centre. There will be two groups, a Junior Choir for anyone aged 8-11 and a Youth Music group for anyone aged 11-18.
To take part or for more information please contact [email protected].
Holiday blessings HERE from Kip!
Here’s a sunny summer postcard from Kip!
The Minnows Summer Swarm!
The Minnows team are piloting 4 sessions in July as they adapt to the the current COVID-19 secure arrangements that are necessary at the moment.
Please be aware that sessions will look quite different from normal so that we can help make everyone’s experience safe and COVID-19 secure:
- We will be managing the numbers attending and so sessions will involve smaller numbers. Monday sessions will be by invitation only – we hope that you’ll understand; Thursday sessions will be ‘walk-ups’ until the Hall capacity is reached.
- We will enable and encourage people to maintain good social distancing as they arrive, throughout the session and as they leave
- Adults should wear facemasks throughout the session, unless exempt
- We will encourage adults and children to wash or sanitise their hands regularly
- Only toys that can be sanitised easily will be provided
- No refreshments will be served but we are happy for people to provide your own drink and snack for their children
- Singing will not be able to take place
- In order to support the Government Test and Trace programme, we are taking contact details (name and telephone number) for all visitors, as well as recording times entering and leaving the Hall
The session dates are:
The Children’s Society:
If you’ve kindly been hosting a Collection Box for The Children’s Society House over the past period, Sue Whitaker advises that she’s been given permission to begin collecting them together. Please could you bring your boxes into Church on a Sunday or Sue could come to collect them from your home if you prefer.
Sue can be contacted on 283 9199/07956660856.
In case you missed the link on our Homepage, please watch Kip’s recorded message as he introduces the Campaign.
In his latest letter HERE, Kip provides more information on the new Stewardship Campaign at St Peter’s.
You can also read and download the accompanying message of Gratitude Generosity Growth HERE. Why not show or email it to your family and friends too?
Passcode: [email protected]
HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Following the sad announcement on Friday of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, a prayer of thanksgiving for his life was said at the beginning of our service of Morning Worship in church on Sunday, along with a prayer for HM The Queen and the Royal Family.
Service of Commemoration
On Friday 16th April, ahead of the Prince’s Funeral Service on Saturday, we will be holding a short service of commemoration in St. Peter’s Church. This will take place at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.
Online book of Condolence
Government restrictions to manage the Coronavirus pandemic means that we cannot have a physical book of condolence. However, you can leave a message on the national Church of England’s online book of condolence –
You can post your message here
Great work from Sue too in cramming the techie linky stuff in!
You didn’t think Kip did it all himself did you??
Here’s a recording of the latest update from ECD!
Meeting Recording via Zoom . Access Passcode: ?f==CJ%3
The formal Notice regarding the Revision of Electoral Roll is now HERE
In this week’s Pastoral letter, Kip shares the church plans for Easter and beyond.
The Electoral Roll application form Kip mentions is HERE . This form can be downloaded to your device and completed in a number of ways:
- It’s in PDF format and by using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app, it can be filled in and signed digitally, saved to your device and then emailed back to [email protected]
- You can print it out, fill in it by hand and then pop it through the letterbox of the Simon Peter Centre whenever it’s ready.
- You can pick up a ready-printed copy from the door of the Simon Peter Centre and return it once completed.
In his latest message to the church family, Kip anticipates the week ahead and reflects on the year gone by.
Living in Love and Faith
The Church of England has this year produced a course and other learning resources which focus upon issues of human identity, sexuality, relationships, and marriage. This material is entitled “Living in Love and Faith”.
All churches are being encouraged to engage with these resources, to have conversations in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
“This church-wide learning together, listening to one another, and listening to God is part of discerning a way forward for the Church of England …. The purpose of the resources is to enable the Church of England churches across the country to participate in a process of learning and praying together as part of discerning a way forward in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage”.
Here at St. Peter’s, we will be running the 5 week Living in Love and Faith course, which will start on Sunday 18th April at 7pm. Each session will run for an hour and a half and will be held on Zoom. If you would like to join this course, please email Julia Pratt ([email protected]).
Further details about Living in Love and Faith can be found on the Church of England’s website: Living in Love and Faith | The Church of England
Escape with us on Saturday 27th March @ 8.00pm via Zoom!
Join The Team @ St Peter’s for our virtual ‘Escape Room’ night.
You can join as an individual or as a household for an evening of code cracking and problem solving. Beat the clock to win your team’s escape, and try to out-perform the other teams to win the night!
Full instructions will be provided on the evening, no previous experience necessary to join in. Hope you can join us!
You may remember an earlier post where we explained that at St Peter’s we seek to embrace the world and its needs alongside our mission in the parish and on our individual ‘front lines’ in the local community and beyond.
In December we introduced the work of one of our partnerships, City Hearts (see earlier in this section), and now we turn the spotlight towards Voice.
Voice is a Christian charity that gives young people the opportunity to grow in their musical gifts whilst exploring and sharing their faith with others through music.
Voice activities include:
Five different youth music groups, throughout Merseyside and further afield, made up of singers and instrumentalists from years 7 to 13. These groups then come together to form a bigger choir and music group for larger events, recordings and residentials.
Four Junior Voice choirs, in Merseyside and greater Manchester, for children in years 3 to 6. “We sing great songs, have lots of fun and use our music to explore who God is and His incredible love for us!”
Voice Creative Artists provides mentoring and training to young people with the specific gift of songwriting and gives them the opportunity to get their own music recorded, published and shared, whilst being encouraged to live lives of integrity and sincerity that reflect the heart of worship expressed through their music
Every year Voice run residentials for primary and secondary aged children, bringing together young musicians from all over the country – “ to make exceptional music, have loads of fun and learn more about our incredible God”
Schools work – a range of projects have been carried out including the teaching of songs over several weeks ending in a performance; the creation of a voice choir within the school, song-writing, workshops and assemblies.
While it is not possible to meet face to face, the different voice groups have gone online with fortnightly zoom sessions. Voice has arranged mentoring for the members of voice to team up with other members/ leaders so they can watch out for each other, pray and discuss the bible and other matters together. There are also online meetings for worship, separate from the group meetings.
Voice has recently launched an online stream of called ‘Tuned In’ which, as well as incorporating mentoring, covers discipleship days, and focused social media content.
To help raise funds Voice undertook a sing-a-thon back in June 2020 and started a praise choir about the same time, that adult supporters of Voice could join on a Sunday afternoon, giving a contribution of £5 each to take part. The fund raising, together with regular funding and a £4,000 donation from St Peter’s has meant that Voice has been able to continue through this most challenging of times. To read more about Voice, hear some great music and see the groups in action, go to www.voicemusic.org.uk
In line with Church of England guidance, St. Peter’s PCC recently voted in favour of agreeing a parish domestic abuse statement. A copy of this can be found in the Safeguarding section of the church website, along with details of organisations who can offer help and support to victims, survivors, and perpetrators of domestic abuse.
There’s a great update HERE from Patrick at Encontro com Deus!
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St Peter’s Church Fairtrade Drawing Competition
Create a poster to celebrate something that is Fairtrade. You could also draw something that can be made with Fairtrade ingredients or materials. Such as Fairtrade pancakes! Older children and adults: have a look online to see what you can find in shops and supermarkets that can be bought Fairtrade.
On your poster please include three things:
- A picture of your Fairtrade item
- A nice big title with the name of your item
- A Fairtrade logo
What will happen to my poster? St Peter’s Church is applying to become a Fairtrade church. We want to celebrate the award with a window of all your posters. People who walk up Church Road will see all the Fairtrade things you can make and buy.
How do I enter? Simply pop your entry in an envelope through the door of the Simon Peter Centre no later than 21 March 2021.Please make sure you put the following information on the back of the poster.
- Entrant’s name
- Entrant’s age (if under 15)
- Category of entry
- Parent/carer’s name
- Parent/carer’s phone number
Easter egg prizes!
There will be three age categories in the competition, the winner of each category will receive a Fairtrade Easter egg.
- 0 to 7 years
- 7 to 14 years
- 15 years to adult
For inspiration for your poster or to find out more about Fairtrade then look here what is Faitrade and if you want to continue your learning then there are some great online Fairtrade games here for you to learn through play!
There’s a great competition poster HERE if you want to download and send it to your friends and family!
We are asking everyone, for Shrove Tuesday (16 February), in the run up to Fairtrade fortnight to get involved with making their pancakes fair!
This means using at least one ingredient that is Fairtrade in or on your pancake day celebrations!
This could be Fairtrade sugar, chocolate, bananas or anything else that fits the bill.
Post a picture of your pancake, and say what Fairtrade ingredients you used, on the St Peters virtual congregation Facebook or Instagram pages or send to [email protected] and we will share your wonderful fair pancake creations!
Tip: You could also have Fairtrade tea, coffee, or juice to go with your pancake!
Please be encouraged by Kip’s first pastoral letter for the new year.
Coffee and Chat
While we are no longer meeting for worship in church again, we thought that it would be good to resume “Coffee and Chat” on Sundays after the online YouTube service with effect from Sunday 17th January.
This is an opportunity to catch up on Zoom with church friends or to get to know people we might not have spoken to before.
So, if you would like to join us on Sunday mornings between 11:30 – 12:15 please email Julia Pratt ([email protected]).
We hope you and your families and colleagues all stay safe and well enough to join us as soon as we possibly can.
For those not on our mailing list, please see Kip’s latest Pastoral letter ,which includes details of the on-line services planned for January 2021 (please note that in-church services have now been suspended)
Following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court John Roberts, a former Rector at St Peter’s Woolton, has been found guilty on all counts against him. These relate to non-current safeguarding-related matters.
We are aware that that very many members of our congregations and community know people connected to this case. The verdict will have created strong emotions for many of them. We are particularly aware of, and grateful for, the courage of victims and survivors who have come forward to share their deeply painful experiences.
We want to acknowledge two things: firstly, that a verdict of guilty has been given, and secondly, that we recognise the hurt of many and the healing that is needed.
To contribute to this healing, we want to listen to all those affected by these things, and to do all we can support people in our community. We will therefore not be making any further public comment.
We continue to take safeguarding very seriously and we will continue to follow the best national and local guidance and practice to ensure that St Peter’s is a safe place for all. We assure you of our prayers, and ask for your own prayers for all involved.
If you, or anyone you know, want to talk to someone independently please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or email [email protected]. There are also other support services available. You could also contact the Diocesan safeguarding advisor: [email protected].
In St Peter’s we seek to embrace the world and its needs alongside our mission in the parish and on our individual ‘front lines’ in the local community and beyond. To give this a strong focus we have initiated partnerships with four agencies engaged in addressing a variety of needs, two in the city and two overseas: Encontro com Deus in Brazil, Christian Aid’s Pigeon Peas Project in Malawi, City Hearts Northwest and Voice. We are hoping to provide a short item here about each of these in turn on a monthly cycle. This month we are putting the spotlight on City Hearts.
City Hearts works to restore the lives of people who have been rescued from modern slavery. They run safe houses and, before the pandemic, had a regular drop-in facility which catered for people who had moved on from the safe houses, which offered social support and educational experiences. Their work in Liverpool is based at Hope City Church in Islington.
The need to suspend the drop-in service and the effect of lockdown on the safe houses has left many of their clients facing an extremely challenging situation. “Because of the similarities to their time in exploitation, we are concerned they are facing traumatic flashbacks and other symptoms which have a negative impact on their mental health, however we are doing everything we can to help alleviate the negative impact” says Development Manager Kirsty Allan.
To address this situation they have filmed tutorials for clients on everything from exercise to sculpting and embroidery. They are also distributing wellbeing packs for clients, which are full of exercises, mindfulness techniques, apps to download, games and activities for kids, ideas for home projects and health guidance.
We in St Peter’s donated £4,000 to them at the beginning of this year which was originally earmarked to extend a programme of educational and recreational group outings which they were starting. Again, because of the pandemic, this had to be suspended, so they have used some of our donation for these wellbeing packs.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Find out more by following this link.