Who comes to St Peter’s?
Anyone and everyone is more than welcome. St Peter’s has a very mixed congregation which comes together from a variety of backgrounds and traditions.
How many people attend?
St Peter’s is a fairly large church with over 300 adults on the electoral roll.
On a Sunday Morning we have three services and about 200 (plus many children!) attend throughout the morning.
Choral evensong service (once a month) is a much more intimate service, with around 60 attending on a regular basis.
Youth Worship (once a month) between 30 - 60 young people attend this service on a regular basis.
Celtic Morning Prayer (Friday) have between 10 – 20 people in attendance
Holy Communion (Thursday) have between 20 - 30 people in attendance
Morning Prayer (Monday / Wednesday and Saturday) have between 2 – 15 people in attendance.
What happens at your services?
While there are specific things we do at special times of the year (like Christmas or Easter), all our services tend to include some or all of the following:
• We sing a variety of songs, from the contemporary to the traditional (led by our music team)
• We have a time of prayer
• Church announcements
• We hear the Bible read to us, and then explained in a talk (lasting 15 - 30 minutes)
• We share Communion together (please check service information for which services this applies to)
After The 9:45 service and before The 11:15 service we have refreshments together.
Are there differences between your services?
You can view full details of our Services here
How long are the services?
The 8:00 Service lasts approximately 30 mins
The 9:45 and The 11:15 Services last approximately 60 mins
Choral Evensong lasts approximately 60mins
All other services last approximately 30mins
Do you collect money during the service?
A retiring collection is available at all services apart from The 9:45 and The 11:15
At The 9:45, we have a plate available at the back of church.
At The 11:15, we pass around collection bags
We encourage all of the St Peter’s family to take advantage of one of our envelope schemes or use a standing order. Regular giving using these methods really helps us to budget appropriately as we are entirely funded by gifts.
Will I be asked to do anything during the service?
No, nothing to fear! Whilst a number of people from the congregation play an active role in our services, we want St Peter’s to be as safe and as unthreatening a place as possible, so you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.
Can I bring my children?
Absolutely! Children's ministry is a big part of our work at St Peter’s. We offer several groups for children which take place during The 9:45 Service but all are welcome at the start of all our services.
All volunteers working with children have a current DBS (formerly CRB) certificate and we adhere to an up-to-date child protection policy.
What is the dress code?
The simple answer is, there is no dress code - we want you to feel comfortable, so just come as you are!
Can I park at the church?
St Peters is located in the midst of many Oundle School buildings and so parking is restricted as it is very limited. We are in the centre of town and so there are several parking locations near the church.
Do you have provision for the hard of hearing or partially sighted?
It is important to us that everyone feels welcome at St Peter’s and that our services and activities are as accessible as possible.
To help with this we try to ensure that all our printed literature and projected content use colour schemes and font sizes which are helpful for the partially sighted.
Folders with large print words to songs are available on request on Sunday mornings.
For the hard of hearing we operate a loop system.
How do I get involved?
There are all sorts of ways to get involved at St Peter’s, whether it is participating in a home group, or assisting in the various activities run by the church.
If you have an idea of what you would like to do, please have chat one of our welcome team about how you can get involved, or talk to one of the leadership and they'll point you in the right direction.
If you are unsure about how to get involved, simply complete our welcome form, and a member of the church staff will follow up with you to discuss the options and work out what would be most appropriate.