Children, young people and families

We welcome children, young people and families at St Peter’s: they are at the heart of our church life.

Every week there is a lively Sunday School and on the last Sunday of every month we pull out all the stops for an informal, interactive all-age family service.

Children are always involved in our social activities and fundraising events. There are also activities throughout the year for different age groups.

Teenagers from St Peter’s have attended the Provincial Youth Week at Glenalmond and Provincial Youth Sleepover events throughout the year.

Play Church comes to St Peter’s!

For Lent and Easter 2017 we are proud to host Play Church, a unique child-sized altar designed to help children have fun in church and explore their faith. It comes with everything that children need to learn about Holy Communion, baptism and more. They love the dressing-up clothes, which include a wedding dress and bishop’s robes!

This portable Play Church was created by Edinburgh Diocese to engage children’s interest and encourage them to learn through play about worship, God and the Church. The Bishop of Edinburgh, the Right Revd Dr John Armes, recently dedicated the Play Church altar at a special service in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. He said, “I love our new Play Church initiative. It underlines that children are welcome in our services and are encouraged to be involved in their own way. May it also offer us the possibility of seeing faith through their eyes.”
The Play Church is travelling around churches in the Edinburgh diocese, visiting St Peter’s Peebles and St Andrew’s Innerleithen for Lent and Easter 2017. Everyone is invited to pop into St Peter’s by the bus stop on the High Street and see the Play Church for themselves. Families are especially welcome: there will be a special all-age service to celebrate Play Church on Sunday 19 March at 10.30am, and it will play an important part in all-age Easter celebrations at St Peter’s from 13-16 April. For more information about Play Church, visit the Edinburgh Diocese website.