We have a whole variety of groups and activities…
You will find St Peter’s is a hive of activity, with groups offering a range of fun, stimulating and social environments for all ages. Or perhaps, you would like to give some of your time to helping others in the community and would like to join the Pastoral visiting team? You do not have to be a regular church goer to join and many of them are free; or just ask for a small donation towards refreshments. Read on to find out more about our church groups, when they run and who to contact.
Meet on a Sunday evening in the Chapter House from 8.00pm. Meetings are also open to friends, relatives and professionals on the first Sunday of the month.
St Peter’s eight bells are rung each Sunday from 9.40am. Practices are at 7.30pm on Thursdays. New members welcome. Contact: Richard Entwhistle on 360095 TODAY
- A Bell ringer is what one ringer calls another ringer, whilst a Campanologist is what someone who does not ring bells calls a bell ringer (incorrectly since campanology refers to the study of bells, not the ringing of them). Ringing bells full circle devolved from the late 1500s onwards, and it is a uniquely English tradition which, although spread in small doses to other English speaking countries, remains firmly established in England where over 5000 towers have five or more bells for change ringing.
- Despite the large number of towers capable of supporting change ringing, and over 25,000 ringers across the country, there is an urgent need to recruit more ringers. Many towers are silent now due to lack of ringers, and it was the goal of ringers that all towers should ring out for the millennium.
- Bell ringing is sociable, good fun and of service to the Church. Bell ringers from all a local towers meet frequently in both ringing and social activity. A good spirit of Christian Fellowship exists, and everyone is made to feel welcome. This is especially so when visiting other towns and villages across the country, when a visit to a local band will immediately bring a welcome and an introduction to the local scene.
- Bell ringing requires a basic ability to be able to pull and catch a rope, with a surprisingly little physical effort. Other than that all one needs is enthusiasm, and commitment to eventually ring for Sunday services; this is the objective of every bell ringer.
- It takes a few weeks to become a novice bellringer who can join up with the team in ringing at rounds, and call changes. It can take a few months or even years to develop into a change/method ringer, depending on the speed which one wants to go, and how quick a learner you are. Your presence is urgently required, and a welcome awaits you at your local Tower if you would like to become a ringer.
Practice night Thursday 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Sunday 09:45am to 10:15am
Just call in and see us, or call Richard Entwistle on 01234 360095 (or if you live elsewhere, can also provide a list of towers where bellringers are needed)
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BEDFORD BEREAVEMENT BEFRIENDERS
Meets Every Tuesday from 10.00am – 12.00pm in the Chapter House. Contact 340321
Bedford Bereavement Befrienders run a drop-in support centre from the Chapter House every Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00pm providing both a coffee morning or the one to one counselling for adults whether recently bereaved or many years past. For further details of the services they offer either drop in to the Chapter House.
THINKING ALLOWED (formerly Doubters Anonymous)
Meet several times during the year (date agreed by group in advance) at 7.00pm in The Biffa Room, St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill. Contact church.
Thinking Allowed; we are a little group of people who come together to share our faith and some of our struggles with the church and all its baggage. You are very welcome, come and join us, there is no charge although a donation to help cover the cost of refreshments is welcome. The date and subject matter are listed on the pew sheet usually 2 weeks prior to the meeting.
Meets on the last Monday of the month at 7.00pm in the Chapter House to enjoy a diverse range of films and discussion over wine and nibbles after!
Have you ever been to the cinema and wanted to talk to someone after the film about what it meant?, what you like? what was your favourite part?, who was your favourite character?, what did that mean? The films range from black and white classics to cutting edge animation to world cinema. We meet in the Chapter House where the films are projected onto the wall giving a real sense of the cinema. Why not look at the programme and come along and join us – a great way to spend an evening in the company of friends with a similar interest.
Meet in the Chapter House every Wednesday. The group is called Bedford Wednesday 8.15pm – 10.15pm if you would like further information please visit www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
PASTORAL VISITING TEAM
Helps care for the sick, elderly & housebound. For those who would like to be visited or would like to volunteer please contact the Revd Kelvin Woolmer on 01234 360301
St Peter’s social committee plan a series of enjoyable events over the year for the congregation and visitors alike to enjoy.
They often provide the catering for events that take place in church. Some of the occasions the social committee plan are luncheons to mark significant times in the church calendar e.g. Harvest, Epiphany, Easter, family breakfasts; in the summer months there is a series of ‘Open Gardens’; trips and excursions to place of interest; With Great Pleasure – an evening of music poetry, prose and much laughter; quizzes; St Peter’s day events and much more. Although it is not the intention of the social events to make a profit we are often able to donate takings to charities and worthy causes. We are always looking for new ideas and of course extra pairs of hands to help are always welcome! Contact churchwardens
BEDFORD STREET ANGELS
Bedford Street Angels work from St Peter’s Chapter House (using it as a base camp) every Saturday evening between the hours of 10.30pm and 3.00am to help supplement the work of the paid emergency services and as part of the wider team of ‘official professionals’ whose role it is to help keep the town safe at night.
This amazing group of individuals volunteer from various churches within Bedford; if you would like to find out more visit including how to join, visit them at www.bedfordstreetangels.org.uk
Meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday’s of every month from 2.30pm to 4.00pm in the Chapter House. Contact the Administrator on 01234 360301 or use the Contact Form on the Menu.
The Fellowship group meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Monday from 2.30pm to 4.00pm in the Chapter House. The meeting opens with a prayer and a hymn, followed by a guest speaker once a month. The topics are diverse and have ranged from ‘Working in the QE2’, ‘Life in Africa’ or ‘Quilt Making’ and even a visit and entertainment from an opera singer. The talks are kept fairly short and followed by tea and catch up between the members. Funds are raised from a £1 sub and bring and buy sales. The fellowship is very dear to all members and new members are made very welcome.
THIS, THAT AND CHAT
Meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 2.30pm to 4.00pm in the Chapter House. A chance to work on your hobby or learn a new one (or just chat!) in the company of friends with tea and biscuits. Contact Dorothy Butchart on 01234 351612.