Welcome to St Peter's
A very warm welcome to St Peter's Parish Church, Jersey, a church that has stood on this site for some 1000 years witnessing to the local community. You are very welcome to join us for any of our services, to use the church for private prayer or meditation or indeed just to wander around.
We are a church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England and welcome people of all backgrounds and traditions. Our work at the heart of the community includes very strong outreach to children and schools within the Parish including St Peter's Primary and St George's Prep. We also run adult study groups at various times throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.
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A Message from the Rector:
Sofas, cushions and money!!
Ever lose money between the cushions of your sofa?! There was an estimate produced by the UK Treasury many months ago when the pound coins were changed that there were hundreds of millions of pounds in between the cushions of our sofas, and in draws, cupboards and so on.
The letter of St James is a bit like those coins, ‘tucked away’ between the letter to the Hebrews and the three epistles of St Peter, it is a marvellous little work by the Apostle St James.
Very short, but what a gem! Packed with lots of good wholesome, common sense advice, practical in outlook, thought and view point, but none the less, founded totally on the faith of Christ.
It covers many different aspects of the spiritual life…. but perhaps most of all the phrase ‘Hearing and doing’ comes to mind. Listen to these words,“be doers of the word, and not merely hearers” (James 1.22).
James writes to us….… for he said, right at the beginning of his letter, “From James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: Greetings to all God's people scattered over the whole world”…..that‘s you and me! James meant that it is not good enough to just listen, piously to all that God says, for ‘Fine words are not enough’. Christianity is not an easy option as a way of living, but a hard one, for it is about self-giving love: that love shown to the whole world by Jesus in his living and in his dying for us on the cross. Through this way of living though, we can truly praise God in and through word and deed, and thus give Him the glory.
The whole of what Jesus was about, was love and in him God became a human being. His earthly life began in Bethlehem, which event we will all soon be celebrating. We will celebrate pure, unadulterated, self-giving love: God himself. Let us all worship him in our lives.
Have a great Advent and a very Merry Christmas to you all!
Rector of St Peter
Note: All Anglican churches in the Deaneries of Jersey and Guernsey are legally in the Diocese of Winchester, but Episcopal Oversight and Care is exercised by the Diocese of Canterbury through the Bishop of Dover