There is a place for you here.
Whatever your story, wherever your life’s journey has taken you.
You are beautiful. You are beloved. You are precious.
Just as you are, you are welcome.
We are two parish churches in the North East of Swindon. Each church has its own distinct identity, community and culture but both share a love of God, a pride in their community, and a Parish Priest. We worship, study and socialise together at various points throughout the year, rejoicing in both our unity and our diversity.
At both churches you will find a warm welcome and space to be yourself in the presence and grace of Christ. St Peter’s is a member of Inclusive Church, and subscribes to the Inclusive Church statement of faith. (See here for further information) Both St Peter’s and St Philip’s strive to be places of inclusion, of welcome, of grace, sharing Christ’s hospitality and love with ALL regardless of gender, sexuality, race, colour or story.
Covid 19 Update. 1 November 2020
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the National Lockdown beginning Thursday 5 November, both St Philips, Beechcroft Road, and St Peter’s, Penhill will be closed for public worship. The Foodbank at St Peters will remain open, as will the Pre-school at St Philips.
However private prayer is permissible in church, under strict guidelines.
Remembrance Sunday 8 November, St Philips Church will be open for private prayer from 10.30-11.30am. The Last post will be sounded at 11am
Armistice Day, Wednesday 11 November, St Peters Church will be open for Private prayer from 10.30-11.30am. The last post will sound at 11am.
Both Churches remain available for funeral services, with a maximum attendance of 30 people
Covid & Church Life
Worship upon return to Church – June 2020
Video walkthroughs of changes to the buildings are available:
Foodbank referrals continue, and I am pleased to state that St Peter’s distribution centre is once more open on a Tuesday Morning between 10.00-12.00
If you do not currently give by standing order, we are unable to collect your church gifts, but we still have some bills to pay. Please do consider changing to Standing Order or Bank transfer if you bank online – contact us for help setting this up.
We will move forward as a church, we will be changed, our world may be slightly different, but we are held in the grace and love of God.
Blessings to you all, and prayers ongoing, Ali
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Emergency baptisms can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible.
There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice. If your wedding is already booked we will continue to be in touch with you as the situation unfolds.
Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way. Memorial services can be arranged once meeting and isolation restrictions are lifted.
St Philips AGM/APCM is postponed until further notice. The Bishop has sought the appropriate legal approval for this. All current office holders (Wardens/Synod reps/PCC) members remain in place until the new meeting.
Confirmations will not be happening for some time.
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Our churches take their duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org
We are committed to:
- Promoting a safer environment and culture.
- Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
- Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
- Providing appropriate care for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
- Providing appropriate care for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
- Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
Further information is available here