St Peter de Merton Bedford

Worship at St Peters Church


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St Peters Bell tower, the oldest surviving structure in Bedford

The Organ was installed in 1895

Worship at the Parish Church of St Peter de Merton with St Cuthbert, Bedford

On all Sundays we have services at 8.00am, 10.15am and 6.30pm
and the pattern of worship at these services is as follows:

Sunday at 8.00am
Holy Communion (Common Worship, Order One)
This is a said service without hymns
There is always a short address.

Sunday at 10.15am
Parish Communion (2nd & 4th Sundays in the month)

We use a form of service from Common Worship . It is fairly traditional, but using a variety of music and hymns.

Sunday at 10.15am Morning Worship (3rd & 5th Sundays in the month)

This takes the form either of a morning service using some of the Celtic Christian tradition, or a more traditional Mattins service from the Book of Common Prayer, a sung service led by our choir.

First Sunday

This is a recent development at St. Peter's. An ‘All-Age' of ‘Family' service where children and adults worship and learn together.

It is generally less formal than other services, and may include a simple communion.

These mid-morning services are all attended by people of all ages.

They are services at which children and their families will feel very much "at home". The children join the rest of the congregation for the first part of the service before moving through to our Chapter House for the Sunday School. The children return to share in the last part of the service. For those toddlers who prefer to remain with their parent(s) throughout the service, we provide "Busy Bags" to occupy them if they get restless!

All services includes hymns for the congregation and a sermon.

After the morning service, there is a chance for people to meet over a cup of tea or coffee in the Chapter House.

Sunday 6.30pm (4.00pm in Winter)

Evensong (Book of Common Prayer) This opportunity for reflective evening worship is normally sung, with hymns and a sermon.

On the 3rd Sunday in each month our choir is joined by members of other choirs for a full choral evensong, when an anthem is sung in place of the sermon.

First Sunday in the month at 6.30pm

Holy Communion (Common Worship , Order One) with the laying-on of hands for blessing and healing
This service is normally a sung service of Holy Communion.
People who wish to do so are invited to come to the front for the ministry of laying-on of hands for blessing and healing.

One of the ways St. Peter's seeks to live out its Mission Statement is by being there for any who might need it.

Sadly, we cannot leave the church open all the time, but Morning Prayer is said there most weekdays, so the doors are usually open from 9am-9.30am.

This is a time when passers-by can come to share and enjoy the peace and prayer that our ancient space offers.

On Tuesdays, the church is open most of the morning, and Midday Prayer is said at 12 noon.

On Thursdays, Holy Communion is celebrated at 10.30am.

On Saturdays, St Peter's Open Church and Coffee Shop is open between 10am and 11.30am.

We extend a warm welcome to those who come for whatever reason.


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