Come to St. Peter's Methodist Church on weekdays and you will often find people there.
We like our Church and halls to be used by community groups and you may find coffee mornings, school assemblies, music concerts, parent and toddler groups, market research, scouts, drama groups to name but a few!
There are often people working in the Church office - our Ministers, Administrator or Caretaker. Our church is very people-centred!
Our Sunday activities centre around worship, Junior Church and creche at 10.30am. We are a diverse community comprising people of all ages and backgrounds, united by a common desire to explore the Christian message and to encourage each other in living it out.
We are an inclusive and affirming church - All people are welcome here and encouraged to play their part fully, regardless of gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, disability, mental or physical health, or social background.
There is a definite sense of togetherness in our Church. We worship together for some of the time each Sunday morning and then our forward looking Junior Church makes the most of the hall and other rooms for a variety of activities helping them to explore Christianity in ways appropriate to their age group.
About 11.30am as the Church Service comes to an end, the Junior Church prepares the hall for everyone to spend time together over squash, tea, coffee and plenty of biscuits. There is lots of noisy chatter, real friendship across the generations as well as the opportunity for peer groups to gather around the tables.
Everyone is welcome to all our Church Services. Many are led by Geoff, our Minister, but in true Methodist tradition we have an excellent group of Local Preachers and some retired Ministers, as well as Paul Glass, the Chaplain at Kent College (the Methodist Independent School in Canterbury) and Deacon Joy Everingham, our University Chaplain, who also lead Services.
We are a Fair Trade Church and there is always a well-stocked Fair Trade stall available. People are welcome to stay around for some time.
Occasionally there will be an Evening Service. Numbers are much smaller than the Morning Service but the sense of togetherness is so strong and the quieter style of worship provides time for deep devotion and more concentrated reflection on the Christian Gospel. Watch the schedule for timings and details of our next evening service as well!
On Wednesdays at 10am there is a short Service of Holy Communion in the church. This "spoken" service usually follows one of the Communion orders in the Methodist Worship Book and includes particular prayer requests from those present. Most people stay for coffee together in the hall foyer where they are joined by others from the Church, the local community or people visiting Canterbury.