The main way in which we express our belief in God is by worshipping together.
Though led by a Priest or other ordained minister, there are a variety of important lay ministries which all support the work of the community as it comes together to offer praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God. You can find out about these ministries below.
Serving in Church
Altar servers assist the Priest in the celebration of the Eucharist. They are responsible for the cross, candles and incense, and may assist the Priest in other ways, such as by holding the book, preparing the altar at the Offertory, and washing the Priest’s hands. They are responsible for setting up before the service and clearing away afterwards. Serving is a really important ministry in the Church in which all are welcome to share; there is no age barrier, but you should usually be of an age to receive Holy Communion. For more information on joining the serving team, contact Brian Lane on 01751 472571.
Singing in Church
Music plays an important role in our liturgy, and St Peter’s and St Paul’s boasts a large choir who sing at the 10 a.m. Sung Eucharist each Sunday and on other solemnities (feast days). If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact the Organist or one of the clergy.
Reading in Church
Each Sunday at our Sung Eucharist we hear three readings from Holy Scripture; two of these are read by members of the congregation. Members of the congregation also participate in the leading of the intercessions. We are always looking out for new people to join our band of readers and intercessors, so if you are interested in exploring this ministry, please contact one of the clergy.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
The ministry of the distribution of communion both in Church and to the sick and housebound is carried out by the clergy and those who have been given the express permission by the Bishop to assist. If you feel God may be calling you to exercise this ministry, please speak to one of the clergy.
We have a good team of people who come together to decorate the Church for the great festivals of the year, including Christmas, Easter and Harvest. If you are interested in helping with this, watch out for notices on our pew sheets.
Members of the Sanctuary Guild work hard every Friday morning to maintain the pristine condition of the silver, brass and altar linen as well as polishing the wood panelling and furniture. If you are interested in joining the Guild, which operates on a rota basis, please contact Valerie Batchelor on 01751 475758.
St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church has a fine collection of bells, and a good band of ringers who ring for the weekly Sung Eucharist, at weddings, and for other special occasions. Practice is Wednesday night, and all are welcome whatever their previous experience. For more information please contact Pam Robb on 01751 475814.
The Church bookstall has been running for over forty years, and offers all sorts of religious literature from prayer and spirituality, to history and theology. Also available are children’s books, cards, post cards and guide books. Do pop into Church and take some time to browse what is available. Money for purchases can be posted through the wall safe near the bookstall.
Each year the Parish makes a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in north Norfolk, where in the year 1061 the Lady of the Manor, Richeldis, received a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary showed Richeldis the house in Nazareth where the angel Gabriel had announced the news of the birth of Jesus, and asked her to build a replica of that house in the little village of Walsingham. This is how Walsingham became known as ‘England’s Nazareth’. After being dissolved by Henry VIII at the Reformation, the Shrine was re-founded by the Vicar, Fr Hope Patten, in the 1920s and has remained a popular Shrine for Anglicans and others ever since.
Parochial Church Council
Each separate Parish within the Pickering Benefice is governed by a Parochial Church Council. That is, a body of elected lay representatives, together with the stipendiary clergy, who make decisions on behalf of the whole Parish, particularly but not exclusively relating to the finances and fabric of the Parish and its buildings. Elections occur on an annual basis. To vote in an election you must be enrolled on the electoral roll. Contact the clergy for more information.