There are various education centres in and around Saint Peter's:
St Peter’s C of E Primary School
St Luke’s C of E Primary School
The Derby High School
Holy Cross Sixth Form College
Millwood Special School
William Kemp Heaton Centre
St. Peter’s Church and Education
St. Peter’s has a long tradition of work in education. The parish has
two controlled primary schools and under Pastoral Re-organisation
two more will be added in the amalgamated parish.
It has always been expected that the incumbent be a Governor of
both schools, although this may not be practicable in an enlarged
Parish. At present the Chairs of both Governing bodies are members
of the PCC and both schools have several governors who are church
The schools are regular visitors to church – for end of term services,
Christingle, Harvest and for Education Sunday as well as for class
lessons when appropriate. The church supports the schools in many
ways and past incumbents have regularly visited the schools both
pastorally and to lead assemblies.
Education within the Church
Education or nurture as we prefer to call it plays a very important
part in church life.
Adult nurture within the congregation has a major role too. It is the
focus of ministry of one of our Readers and over past years the 16
week Emmaus Course has been run three times and it has formed
part of the adult confirmation preparation in those years.
Approximately 50 members of the congregation have followed the
Advent and Lent courses are held each year and between times
there have been short studies including “What Is the Bible?” and “Four Studies and a Party”.
The aim continues to be to help people understand and articulate
Admission to Holy Communion
St. Peter’s was one of the first parishes to admit young people to
Holy Communion before being
confirmed. The Diocese of Manchester
asked parishes to try the scheme on
an experimental basis. The PCC
unanimously agreed the scheme so,
since 1984 we have allowed children to
be admitted to Holy Communion after
a course of instruction.
Initially the parish produced its own
course but more recently Margaret Withers’ ‘Welcome to the Lord’s
Table’ has been used. The children aged 7 to 11 years, attend worship or Keyfolk prior to the lessons each Sunday.
At St. Peter’s we believe in involving children in as many aspects of
church life as possible, so receiving Holy Communion as part of the
worshipping family is one aspect of this. The children take it
seriously and feel they are just as important as the adults.
A small number of adults have been
confirmed in recent years, often as
a result of their involvement with
the Emmaus Course. However an
increasing number of young people
have been confirmed, many of
whom have previously been
admitted to communion but who
feel that they would like to take the
extra step of confirmation. The
policy is to confirm any youngster who is at High School (11 years
and upwards) who wishes to be confirmed and who completes the
course of preparation. The course book used is ‘Faith Confirmed’ by
Peter Jackson and Chris Wright.
……and so I tell you, Peter, I will give
you the keys of the Kingdom of
Heaven… (Matthew 16.19)
Keyfolk is the name of our young
people’s group that meets during the
service on a Sunday. We use this
name to remind us that St. Peter
was offered the keys to God’s
We average around 25 children each
week between the ages of 5 and 11.
We have 3 leaders and 4 additional
helpers. All potential leaders or
helpers undergo CRB checks before
working with our young people.
Where possible, and space permitting, we have activities for the
different age groups. The children enjoy
sharing their work with everyone at the end of
the service, and regularly display their work
around the church. The children take part in
readings and prayers during the children’s
services and play a key role in the Leaves of
Life services, preparing hundreds of leaves as
invitations and to decorate the church. The
highlight of the year is the nativity play which
the children perform during one of the Sundays
during Advent and again at the crib service on
Christmas Eve. Every child plays a part, and the baby bay toddlers
form our choir of angels.
Child Friendly Church Award
At the end of 2008, St. Peter’s was thrilled to become one of the first churches in the Diocese to receive the
Child Friendly Church Award. This
award has been designed to
encourage parishes to ‘welcome and
integrate children and their families
into the worshipping life of their
Visitors seeing the Child Friendly logo on a church notice board are
assured of a standard of quality in the value placed on children
there. To get the award, we had to prepare a portfolio of evidence
to show that we met the range of set criteria relating to our church
building, services and support for our children and young people.
We were very proud to receive our certificate during our Education
Sunday service in 2009
St. Peter’s has an open baptism
policy believing that it is not the
church’s job to put obstacles in
the way of those who wish for
baptism yet at the same time
trying to help baptism families
understand more of what
baptism means. Several
different approaches have been
tried over the years and recently
a new policy has been produced but this has yet to be ratified by the PCC. So at
the present time some preparation is given prior to the baptism and
members of the Mothers’ Union are always present at baptisms
outside the main Sunday service. Families are invited back to some
specific services during the year such as Christingle, Mothering
Sunday, Harvest, Crib service and to Candlemas when they are
asked to bring their baptism candles with them for use in the
service. A birthday card from the church is sent each year up to the
age of 5 when they are then invited to join Keyfolk.
Baptisms take place in either the 10.00am Parish Communion on
the first Sunday in the month on a quarterly basis or at 12 noon on
the third Sunday in each month.
Education in Bury
Bury as an Education Authority is consistently producing results
above the national average and the schools of the borough have
very good reputations in both the primary and secondary sections.
The High Schools within or very close to the parish all stand proud
in the league tables and Bury Church High School is the local
Church of England school and one with an excellent reputation.
There are two Sixth Form Colleges – one in the parish which is run
by the Catholic Church and both have achieved ‘outstanding’ in
recent OFSTED Inspections.