Fuelling the Fires of Faith covers:
Faith in Action
Eco Church: St Peter's is a member of the Eco Church network organised by the A Rocha Trust, an environemental charity enabling Christian communities around the country tackel climate change and care for Creation. St Peter's gained the Eco Church Silver Award in November 2020 in recognition of the steps the church community is taking to be environmentally friendly. A visible expression of this initiative is the turning of the eastern section of St Peter's church grounds into a Wild Gargen. Butterfly and bee friendly shrubs and flowers have been planted, a small pond created and 'bug hotels' created to encourage small animals of all sorts to take up residence and improve the environment. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our grounds throughout the year.
Henleaze Hospitality: support for Syrian Refugee Families in our community and elsewhere in Bristol.
Homeless in Henleaze: support for homeless people who seek help locally.
Faith in Prayer
For details of our Services, in which prayer is central, please see the Worship pages of this website.
Prayer Groups: Morning Prayer (a 30 minute said service using a Church of England service) is offered every weekday, Monday to Friday, at 9.15am on phone or device via Free Conference Call. Anyone is welcome. Joining details are on the Worship pages of this website. Prayer for the Parish and Beyond is a prayer group meeting monthly on Wednesday afternoons.
Silent Retreats: at Llangasty Retreat House near Brecon.
Faith in Culture
Poetry and Prayer: Once a month our Sunday 7.30pm Contemplative Service is a simple service of Compline in which we explore one or occasionally two poems and discuss what they say and show us about Christian faith and discipleship. Further details can be found on the Worship pages of this website and by contacting the Vicar.
Dante's Divine Comedy: On Zoom, 5.30-6.30pm every Wednesday, attenders of St Peter's, Henleaze and St Mary's, Stoke Bishop read three Cantos of Dante's Divine Comedy and discuss Dante's amazing portrayal of humanity's spiritual journey and relationship with God.
Art and Theology: From time to time St Peter's organises sessions in which a piece of fine art (usually a painting) is explored and discussed in relation to what it says and shows us about Christian faith and discipleship. A visual version of 'Lectio Divina', this is sometimes referred to as 'Visio Divina' or 'Imago Divina'.
Book Groups: Group members read a book and discuss its links to Christian faith
Faith in Community
Ale and Arty Charity Festival: Brings people from across Henleaze and beyond together to enjoy art and craft stalls, craft ale, prosecco and wine and live music. Venue: St Peter’s Church.
Lunches, BBQ’s, Cream Teas: arranged on an occasional basis to bring people together and raise money for particular charities.
Faith Seeking Understanding
Study Sessions: arranged on an occasional basis, enabling and encouraging people to explore possibly contentious subjects on a free-ranging basis e.g. ‘The Creed - can you believe it?’ ‘Come as you are’ – Inclusive Church materials on Mental Health, Access and Human Identity; 'Big Questions' - 'What is the relationship between Science and Faith?', 'Is the Bible more than a collection of brutal fairy stories?' and more besides.
House Groups: Groups meet for Bible study and fellowship. Some are long term, some are seasonal e.g. for Lent, Meetings may take place in the evening or afternoon, weekly, fortnightly or monthly.