St. Peter’s was built between 1844 and 1879 by the architect G.E Street and is the mother church of Bournemouth. The church is located in the heart of the town centre next to Beales department store. St. Peter’s hosts regular variety of events which you can view here.
Services at St. Peter’s are traditional and forward-looking, incorporating liturgy, traditional hymns, and choral music. On most Sundays, there is a Sung Eucharist at 10am and Choral Evensong at 4pm. St. Peter’s has four choirs: the church choir of boys, girls and adults, the St. Peter’s Singers, the Chamber Choir, and the Consort.
On the first Sunday of each month, the morning service is Goodnews@10, with a conversational emphasis on sharing how God’s word in the Bible relates to our lives, and including hymns. It starts at 10am for around 45 minutes, followed by coffee, and then at 11.15am there will be a short communion service in the Keble Chapel, beginning at the peace greeting.
We mark significant moments of the church year in distinctive ways, through our carol services on Advent Sunday, Christmas Eve and Epiphany Sunday; the Easter Sunday dawn eucharist on the beach; and the Ascension Sunday dawn eucharist with singing from the tower;
The church is open to anyone who has questions about the faith, and we make a point of trying to bring together the traditions of the Church of England with the enquiring nature of many people today. The central location of the church means that its prominent spire is one of the town’s major landmarks, and the church is open every day between 9am and 5pm, allowing visitors to wander in, prayer, read or explore the building for themselves.
Our hope is to respond to God’s love in three distinctive ways:
- To celebrate the God-given talents of all;
- To grow stronger as Christians;
- To encourage all to grow in the love of God.