Belonging to the Church means belonging to a body of people who live to serve not only one another, but those outside the local Church too.

At St Peter’s and St Paul’s, we are therefore keen to be involved in the life of our local community here in Pickering, as well as in the wider Church, beyond our Parish and our own denomination.

Pastoral Group

Members of the Pastoral Group are there to respond to any needs in the community, particularly through the ministry of visiting the sick and housebound, and offering prayer support. Members of the Group are available after the All Souls’ and ‘Light for Christmas’ services should anyone wish to talk or need a friendly ear to listen. If you are in need of this ministry, or you know someone who is, or if you feel you would like to offer yourself to serve in this capacity, please speak to one of the clergy.

Food Bank

St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church is proud to support the work of the local food bank based at Potter Hill Methodist Church. The food bank is open on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In order to acquire food, you require vouchers. These can be obtained from various places including Ryedale District Council (housing section), and Ryedale Children’s Centre. A box is available in Church on Sundays and at the Monday Morning Coffee Mornings should you wish to donate food to help people and families in crisis.

Fundraising and Social Committee

The Fundraising and Social Committee meets on a regular basis to arrange events and activities. These raise money to support the work of the Church in Pickering. Recent events include concerts, the summer fair, and the Christmas gift fair (including the appearance of Father Christmas). The Fundraising Committee also organized a successful project ‘The Power of the Talents’, where each member of the congregation was encouraged to take £10 and challenged to increase it by using their own talents, skills and gifts. A wide variety of activities evolved which raised a very substantial amount of money for the Church. The Committee is always looking for new members, and for ideas of ways in which to raise much needed funds to support the work of the Church. For more information about joining the Committee, please contact one of the clergy.

Deanery Synod

The Deanery Synod meets approximately three times during the year, to receive reports from the Diocesan and General Synods, and consider deanery-wide matters. Each Church within the Pickering Benefice is entitled to supply a number of lay representatives to the Synod. The stipendiary clergy sit on Deanery Synod ex officio.

Pickering and District Churches Together

Members of five denominations in Pickering meet together regularly to plan inter-denominational activities such as fellowship, pilgrimage, study and discussion. Recently, Churches Together has also established the Open the Book scheme. For more information on the work of Pickering and District Churches Together, contact one of the clergy. For upcoming activities, please see the weekly pew sheet.

Ryedale Christian Council

Ryedale Christian Council seeks to draw Christians of various denominations from across the Ryedale district together.