This section of the site is a 'catch all' for a variety of different things, including information on how to join the church, giving, our mission partners, safeguarding, and forms and details for arranging baptisms, marriages (including Banns reading) and funerals.
Are you interested in becoming part of the church family?
If you are thinking of joining the St Peter's family then we would encourage you to come along to an intro lunch - these are a great opportunity to find out more about how you can be involved in life at St Peter's. Church family members are encouraged to:
- regularly join the church family for prayer & worship
- be part of a midweek community group
- give financially to support the vision of the church
- serve on a team
You can download a membership form here and return it by emailing 'hello @ spb.church' or pick a form up on a Sunday morning and pop it in the church post box. Someone will be in touch to follow up on the information you have provided on the form.
Find out about giving to the church's mission
God is incredibly generous and He calls us to join in the adventure of generosity with Him. Committing our money to something is a sign that we feel strongly about it - Jesus is always clear that we should give out of our love for Him, rather than out of guilt or trying to show off to other people.
St Peter’s is very reliant on the money received from its faithful regular givers and has financially stepped out in faith to fulfil its vision, under the guidance of the PCC. Will you join us in the adventure by becoming a regular giver?
You can give to St Peter's by downloading a pledge form (includes our bank details so you can set up a standing order with your bank) or by completing an online pledge form. One off donations can also be made through Lepton, and other ways to give include cash, cheque, or offering envelopes. Thank you for supporting St Peter’s in this way.
As a church we want to remain thankful for what God gives to the us and keep that giving going by being generous and giving to others. We don’t want to be a standing pool that just collects what God gives us but a flowing river of God’s generosity. We give away 10% of all money we get in as a church. Here are the four amazing mission partners we give to on a regular basis, and we also love to give one-off gifts to projects suggested by members of the church family.
Working with young people & families across London estates
Regenerate work in South London Estates to bring transformation from the inside out. They get to know individuals and help them uncover their potential and nurture their hopes for the future. They do this through various projects including The Bus (a mobile youth centre), the Mentoring & Coaching Collective, social enterprise (including The Feel Good Bakery), overseas trips and community festivals.
International Justice Mission (IJM)
Protecting the poor from violence throughout the developing world
IJM's vision is to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible. They are a global team of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals, working in partnership with local law enforcement and justice system officials, aftercare professionals, NGOs, churches, students, parents, friends and scholars. They work in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia.
Supporting persecuted Christians across the globe
Open Doors supports persecuted Christians in over 50 countries with Bibles, Christian materials, training, livelihood skills, advocacy - and in a whole host of other ways - so that they know they are not forgotten and can stand strong to serve their communities. They also seek to mobilise the church in the UK not only to serve Christians living under religious persecution but also to learn from them what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
Mark & Jess (in Rio)
Sharing Jesus & serving the church in Rio de Janeiro
Mark & Jess are mission workers with CMS in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil they were members of St Peter's. They seek to serve the church in Brazil in its job of evangelising by working in unity, educating people, raising up leaders and stewarding creation. Mark is chaplain of Christ Church, Rio de Janeiro, an international English-speaking church in the city centre. Jess is involved in the social outreach, children’s work and environmental activities of the church community.
While you will find most of these forms elsewhere on this site, we thought it might be helpful to have them in one place for you. Once completed you can send them to the church office by emailing 'hello @ spb. church'. Printouts of these are all also available at the St Peter's Centre in the week and on Sundays.
If you have any questions on these forms do get in touch.
A safe church for all
At St Peter’s we take our responsibility for safeguarding each other’s safety seriously. We want to show God’s love and care to all, create a safe environment to meet, and respond well to any particular situations of need or vulnerability. We encourage our volunteers to have an up-to-date DBS and appropriate training.
Our parish safeguarding officers (PSOs) are Ken Checinski, Verah Gondwe and Peter Wolstenholme, who are the first people to contact if you have any concerns about your own or someone else’s welfare, would like some safeguarding training, or have a question about DBS forms. They can be contacted by email (pso @ spb. church) or through the church office (020 7738 9943). Patrick, our vicar, and Kaf, our curate, are also always available to discuss any matter regarding safeguarding.
We work closely with Southwark Diocese’s Safeguarding Officers, and use their policy document A Safe Church. For urgent safeguarding advice you can always phone the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 07982 279713.
As a community church we want to be able to support and journey with people in all areas of their lives, and as a member of the Church of England we are pleased to be able to offer baptism, marriage and funeral services to those in our parish.
Are you getting married & live in our parish?
If you are getting married in a church and live in our parish (check here) then you will need to have your Banns read at St Peter's. Banns of Marriage are read out on three consecutive Sundays during the three months before the wedding. At the end of this you will receive a certificate to give to the minister who is marrying you. We would love to see you at one of the services when your Banns are being read.
You can download the application form here, and return it by email (to 'banns @ spb. church') or to the church office once completed. There will be a fee of £41 - if you are sending a cheque (payable to St Peter’s Church Battersea) please include this when you send your form, or if you would prefer to pay by bank transfer let us know and we will provide you with bank details.
Would you like to get married at our church?
We are looking forward to being able to host weddings in our new building from 2018. If you would like to get married at St Peter's then do let us know. We will arrange a time for you to have an initial chat with our vicar Patrick, and we can then move on to looking at dates, practicalities and paperwork. It is worth noting at this stage that it is normal practice for at least one of the couple to have a connection to the church where they wish to get married. For example:
- Do you live in our parish?
- Are you a member of St Peter’s?
- Do you have some other connection to St Peter’s such as your parents were married here or you were baptised here?
Do get in touch if you have any questions.
Would you like to arrange a baptism?
Baptism is a response to God's love - a desire and a commitment to respond to God's call to follow Jesus. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God's people.
In the baptism of young children, parents thank God for the gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and ask for the Church’s support.
At St Peter's we baptise both adults and children, and people often choose to dedicate babies. If this is something you are interested in then do get in touch with us, and we will arrange for someone to contact you to discuss further.
Would you like to arrange a funeral?
A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world.
Our clergy are available to take services of cremation or burial, and our new building will be able to be used for funeral services.
Funerals are normally arranged with the Church via your funeral director, but do get in touch if you have any queries or would like to talk to someone about your loss.