HOT OFF THE PRESS
Following the announcement of another national lockdown, the PCC has decided to close the church once more, for everyone's safety, and to comply with Government guidelines.
Sunday services will continue to be streamed on our Facebook page at 10am.
You can also follow services on the Church of England website here.
TRANSFORMING CHURCH. TOGETHER.
The Church of England is shaping a new vision and set of priorities for the coming years. We want to understand what we do well, what we can change for the better, and how to create a positive way forward together. Please get involved in this initiative. You can read a letter from Bishop Viv here, and find out more information on the Diocese of Bristol website.
LIVING IN LOVE AND FAITH
How do questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ? What does it mean to live in love and faith together as a Church? Bishop Lee introduced this initiative in November and you can read his letter here. He has now sent out more information, and you can read that letter here, and find out more from the Diocese of Bristol website.
HOPELINE - FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
During these unique and challenging times, many of us are struggling to access church services. The Church of England has set up a freephone "hopeline" which gives you free access to prayers, hymns, sermons and even full services, and all you need is a phone.
The freephone number is 0800 804 8044 and is available 24/7.
For more information you can visit the Church of England website.
YOUTH OF GOD IS BACK!
Are you in KS3 or 4?
Need your own space?
Join us on Zoom for good company, fun activities and great discussions!
First Sunday of every month 5 - 6pm
Zoom login 349 514 8166
Password 154 508
WORRIED ABOUT YOURSELF OR SOMEONE YOUR KNOW?
If you're finding this period of self-isolation difficult or you are missing company, give us a call for a chat.
Alternatively if you're worried about someone else, let us know.
We have a number of volunteers who are available to make deliveries of food or medication should you need it.
Please contact Revd Lizzie on 0117 931 2808
HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHURCH
Generous giving is an integral part of Christian discipleship. As Paul writes, "But since you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you - see that you also excel in this grace of giving."
2 Corinthians 8:7
The Parish Giving Scheme has been set up to best manage regular donations. Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis, and your money will always be used in your parish.
Through your generous commitment, we can be assured of a regular source of income, and you will benefit from a system that is secure, confidential and easy to use, supporting your church today and in the future.
You can find out more on the Parish Giving Scheme website or call 0333 002 1271 and someone will set up your direct debit for you. You will need your bank account details, as well as the following information:
Parish Name: Filton St Peter
Our PGS Code: 05 06 05 077
Lines are open Mon-Fri 9-5pm
Coming to Church
On Sundays and Wednesdays
Whilst the church can now legally open for acts of public worship and certain life-event services such as weddings, baptisms and funerals, there are still many guidelines in place to ensure Governmental & Public Health Guidance is followed. The safety of clergy, volunteers, members of the congregation, and the wider community will be kept paramount. The opening of the church for small acts of worship does not mean that the church is open as normal, or that people can come and go as they wish. Strict guidelines remain in place, and those wishing to come to an act of worship must adhere to the Community Covenant, accepting that worship will look very different for some time to come.
PROTOCOL FOR REOPENING
Please read before considering coming to church
The Covid-19 Protocol for Reopening can be found here. It tells you everything you need to know, and everything you can expect to see in church, and is essential reading before coming to church. It is summarised in the Community Covenant.
BOOKING A PLACE
Booking is essential
Once you have read the Protocol for Reopening (above), follow the link to book a place for your desired service. Booking a place assumes you have read and agreed to all the points in the Community Covenant. Booking can only be done online. If you know someone who would like to come to church but does not have access to the internet to book a place, please consider adding them to your booking.
Please note that booking only opens 3 days before each service, at 10am.
If you would like to book a baptism, in the first instance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find details of the next available date. You should familiarise yourself with the Covid-19 Baptism Protocol before booking.
The Church Hall and Coffee Shop
We understand that many of you come to St Peter's for fellowship and to meet with friends and church family. Regrettably the church can only open to provide short services, and you will be asked to go straight to your designated seat upon arrival, and leave promptly after the service. The Coffee Shop and the Church Hall remain closed for the time being and we ask you not to congregate in the car park before or after services.
The church will look quite different when you visit for the first time after lockdown is lifted. Certain areas will be closed. You will not be able to access the Lady Chapel or the Coffee Shop. There will be no children's play area.The sanctuary, sacristy and choir vestry are off limits, and there will be no toilet facilities.
A one-way system will be in place to help you move around the church safely whilst remaining one metre away from everyone at all times.
On arrival through the main entrance, your name will be checked against our list of everyone who has booked a place. You will be asked to use the central aisle only, and fill up the church from the front. The yellow ticks indicate available seats.
You should remain at your seat for the duration of the service. Communion will be brought to your seat.
After the service you will be asked to leave the church by the East Porch, following the one-way system as shown in the diagram, and keeping one metre away from everyone at all times.
Please visit our Facebook page which gives you helpful advice on how to book a place, and a "What to Expect" video which will walk you through the church. Click on the button below to go straight to our Facebook page.
OUR VISION & PRIORITIES
NEW VISION PLAN LAUNCHED
For the past year the PCC has been developing the vision plan for St Peter's.
Click on the images below to read all about our Vision and Priorities for the next couple of years and how we hope to serve the individuals, families and communities of Filton.
If you would like to help in any way please be in touch.
WHO WE ARE
A welcoming Anglican Church with its heart in the sacraments and its place at the centre of the community
St Peter's Church is a church devoted to developing a holy consciousness. We believe that worship is something that can be expressed in everything we do, whether that be nourishing our bodies with food, chatting with friends, playing music, or enjoying nature. Our philosophy is deeply rooted in the Holy Scriptures and Sacraments; life’s only guidebook. Whatever your age, gender, race or ability, there is a special place for you at our Church. We offer members a chance to become part of something greater, to grow their love for God and for one another in our beautiful community. Get in touch today or swing by for a visit.
No-one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another