Welcome to St Peter's Church  


 Serving and being part of the community for over 200 years


We want to make you feel a real part of the Christian community here at St. Peter's - hopefully through our web site we can bring you all the information you need about us and encourage you to play a part in our worship and service of God.  

Contact No's:

Vicarage: 01254 248072 

Following guidance and directives from the Government and the Church of England please be aware that all regular services and gatherings at St. Peter’s are suspended until further notice.

UPDATE: 23 March 2020. Following further guidance, Church will be locked until further notice.

We will publish further updates as information becomes available.

If we can help or you just need to talk please contact Rev Martin on 01254 248072

 During this time of lockdown Rev Martin, Vicar of St. Peter’s, has been contacting members of the church family & local community via emails & phone. If you have not received an email from him, it is because he doesn’t have you email address. If you would like him to be in contact please email him on martinduerden@hotmail.com to let him have your email address and/or phone number.





John 17:1-11

I wonder who do you trust and rely on when things get difficult? At the moment we are being asked to trust our politicians and the medical experts.

In today reading from John 17, we find Jesus in a difficult position. Soon he will be arrested. Soon he will be unfairly tried and then crucified. But at this difficult time Jesus shows that he trusts God the Father – and he does so by praying. His prayer is not that God will help him to escape trouble, but that God's love may be shown through what will happen. Jesus prays that He will glorify God: "Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your Son, so that the Son may give glory to you.

Jesus realised that God would be glorified when He hung - dying on a cross. I guess that is not what we associate with the word 'glory'.

God shows himself on the cross - as a God of love. Who loved the world so much that he gave his only son to die and pay the price for the sins of the world. A God who would conquer sin and death. A God who works in a different way to the world. The world expected he Messiah to come in earthly glory and military might.

Jesus shows his authority - given by God to grant eternal life. 2 For you gave him authority over all humanity, so that he might give eternal life to all those you gave him.

But what is 'eternal life'. If it is just everlasting life, a life filled with conflict, sickness, disappointment, frustration, busyness, mourning and death then it isn't a very attractive proposition.

Jesus defines eternal life like this: 3 Eternal life means knowing you, the only true God, and knowing Jesus Christ, whom you sent. Eternal life is not about quantity but quality. The quality of life. a life lived in a right relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus. This involves trusting in what Jesus has done for us on the cross. It involves trusting in the rule and power of God in a world that seems to be out of control.

Let me ask you again, who do you put your trust in.

You may have seen or heard this before...

"To: Jesus, Son of Joseph

Woodcrafter's Carpenter Shop

Nazareth 25922

From: Jordan Management Consultants"

Dear Sir:

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests; and we have not only run the results through our computer, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.

The profiles of all tests are included, and you will want to study each of them carefully.

As part of our service, we make some general comments for your guidance, much as an auditor will include some general statements. This is given as a result of staff consultation, and comes without any additional fee.

It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.

Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew had been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.

One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. All of the other profiles are self-explanatory.

We wish you every success in your new venture.


Jordan Management Consultants"

Jesus was to trust the government of the gospel and the early church, to his disciples. Now perhaps we wouldn’t have chosen them! They would soon scatter and leave Jesus alone (16:31f ). Peter, their headstrong leader would deny Jesus three times (18:15-27). But they were given to Jesus by God, and they would learn to truly understand and trust Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. In John 17 we hear Jesus praying for them. He prays for their protection so they might be united. Father, protect them by the power of your name - the name you gave me - so that they may be one as we are one.

The message of the gospel, that unites humans to God, would depend upon the unity of the first disciples. This unity is to reflect the unity of God the Father and God the Son. It is to be bound by the gift of love, given by God who is the source of all love.

God calls us to trust in Him and in His purpose, which is entrusted in the church.

Jesus prayed for the unity of believers. We are to exhibit his love in the way that we love other believers.

John 13: 34-35:"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

God calls us to trust in him when things are difficult and the way ahead seems without hope. He brings certain hope through the resurrection of Jesus and, by implication, our own resurrection.

Like Jesus we are to trust in God.

To relate to Him by prayer, individually and corporately.

To trust in His rule.

To love those he has chosen for us to tread the journey of faith alongside.

                               Form 4A

(Rule 6.2)

Public Notice

(Reservation of Grave Space)

In the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Blackburn

Church of Saint Peter

In the Parish of Salesbury

Faculty Petition no. 29 of 2020

NOTICE IS GIVEN that we are applying to the Consistory Court of the diocese for the permission to carry out the following:





(Each petitioner to give name and office held in block capitals)



Date: ____20th May 2020__________

(Here the petitioners are to enter the date on which the notice was first displayed If you wish to object to any of the works or proposals you should send a letter stating the grounds of your objection to the Diocesan Registrar at:

The Registry, Napthens LLP, Darwen House, Walker Business Park, Walker Road, Blackburn BB1 2QE

So that your letter reaches the Registrar no later than _17th June 2020___ (here the petitioners are to enter a date 28 days after the date on which the notice was first displayed)

A letter of objection must include your name and address and state whether you live in the Parish and/or your name and address and state whether you live in the parish and/or your name is entered on the church electoral roll of the parish or any other capacity in which you object.





The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St. Peter, Salesbury

1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we?

The PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution;

  • To administer membership records;

  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;

  • To manage our employees and volunteers;

  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);

  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St. Peter’s;

  • To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and keep you informed about diocesan events.

  • Processing is necessary for carrying out legal obligations in relation to Gift Aid or under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;

  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -

    • the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and

    • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

6. How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

7. Your rights and your personal data

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury holds about you;

  • The right to request that the PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;

  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of St. Peter, Salesbury to retain such data;

  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time

  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].

  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;

  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]

  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact The Vicar at St. Peter’s Vicarage, 49a Ribchester Road, Wilpshire, BB1 9HU. Tel 01254 248072.

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

1 Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/libraries-and-archives/records-management-guides


 Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/libraries-and-archives/records-management-guides






*  An Altar Server is someone who helps the priest at church services, especially Holy Communion. They serve at the altar! They are on duty about once a month, at the 8.00am and 10.30 services.



*  Pick up a leaflet from the back of church, or ask the Vicar or an Altar Server for more information.




  *  Choristers help lead the singing and the prayers. There are weekly practices during term-time, and social events.

*  Junior members get paid a small amount for every attendance.



*  Pick up a leaflet from the back of church, or speak to the Organist and Choirmaster after the service.





During Advent there was a collection box/area at the rear of church for any food donations, that will then be passed on to the Foodbank project, to help those less fortunate.

Further details and a list of the type of suitable food items are available in church 

Thank you

Over the Advent period we managed to collect enough food to send 8 boxes to the Foodbank.
Many thanks for your generosity.


We will continue to collect in church, and thank you for any further donations.