Welcome to the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Wisbech.
The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul is part of the The Church of England within the Diocese of Ely . It has the privilege of standing at the centre of the historic Town of Wisbech as a witness to 900 years of Christian worship, prayer, teaching and service. It aims to be a welcoming and inclusive church opening its doors daily to enable people of all faiths and none, of all ages, backgrounds and traditions, to come and be still in its hallowed spaces. Our services are of the liberal- catholic tradition, with Holy Communion at the heart of much but by no means all of our worship.
We have an ‘open table’ which means that any Christian who receives Holy Communion in their own tradition is welcome to receive Communion at our Thursday or Sunday Eucharists and major and minor Festivals. Our Ministry Team and trained teams of lay people joyfully proclaim the gospel in local schools and nursing homes. We have a Youth Group and Sunday School, a Social Committee and a Prayer Group. We host a joint branch of the Mothers’ Union have a choir, a splendid Harrison and Harrison organ and welcome bell-ringers to our magnificent peal of ten bells.
Our Vision is the Ely Diocesan Vision: ‘We pray to be generous and visible people of Jesus Christ.’ We therefore aspire to be:
…an open church
It is part of the calling of St Peter and St Paul to have open doors: literally so, during the week, when anyone can come in and spend a little time in prayer and reflection, and metaphorically, as we also have the privilege of sharing some of our space with Orthodox and Catholic friends who come here to pray and worship. Our links with the Lithuanian Orthodox community are now well established and there is a delightful iconostasis on the south side of the Lady Chapel which is the focus for monthly services.
…a connected church
St Peter and St Paul is privileged to be regarded as the Civic Church, with formal links to the Town Council. We host major Town Services such as the annual Remembrance Day Service, the Dignity Group All Souls Service and the wonderful Christmas Eve Pilgrimage. We are active members of Wisbech Churches Together and are delighted to take our place as equal partners with other Christian Churches and Fellowships in the Town. This church has historic and lively links with Wisbech Grammar School and is honoured to be treated as The School Church. Our breathtaking flower festival is one of many attractions at the annual Wisbech Rose Fair.
…a changing church
Whilst we love our traditions and our heritage, we acknowledge that many of the old ways of worship and witness no longer speak to new generations. Under new leadership we aim to refocus our work on public service by building upon the successful work of the arts project Sensing Salvation as it re-forms as Pathways to Inspiration. We look forward to greater collaboration with other churches and local and national organisations in a range of exciting new projects for outreach and service. We invite you to keep a close eye on these pages and our Facebook Page over the forthcoming months as we invite the Holy Spirit to lead us into new works and ways.
An invitation to you
A church is not merely the stonework, stained glass and soaring arches; it is the people who worship there in fellowship throughout the year. We are pilgrims on a journey to know God through the teaching, life and works of Jesus Christ and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, through the calling of our baptism and the sacraments of the church. Some of us are life-long Christians, others of us are still cautiously exploring their faith; all of us have questions, many of us have found profound and life-altering answers. Whatever your belief or understanding we invite you to join us on the pilgrimage. ‘O taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34.)
We praise and thank you, God of the journey, for all your gifts to us in the past.
We look to you as a fellow-traveller and faithful companion on the way ahead.
Shelter and protect us from all harm and anxiety; give us grace to let go of all that holds us back;
and grant us courage to meet the new life you have promised us in Jesus Christ our Lord.