St Peter

st peterOur church is named after Saint Peter, one of the Disciples of Christ. In June each year we celebrate his life and give thanks to God for his witness and example.

Peter was born Simon Cephas, son of Jonah and was a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee. He lived his life through many ups and downs of faith and apparent failure.

The Bible tells us of many moments of Peter's doubt, when his faith wavers, and Peter is often remembered most for his denial of Jesus when the cock crows before the Crucifixion. The origin of the phrase "O ye of little faith" is a rebuke of Peter by Jesus in Matthew's Gospel. In spite of Peter's weaknesses and doubt, Jesus had great faith in his disciple, saying to him "thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church" and giving him the nickname "the Rock" which in Greek is Petros - Peter.

Although he lived 2000 years ago, Saint Peter still reminds us today by his commitment to Christ that we can always make a fresh start with God, no matter what our weaknesses are.

Services at Petertide

Services for will be listed here nearer the time.

Our Petertide Fair, held in June, also celebrates St Peter with a day of festivities and charity fundraising for all the family.

Symbols of St Peter

keys of St PeterKeys are a traditional symbol of St Peter - in Matthew's Gospel, Jesus promised to give to Peter "the keys of the kingdom of heaven", and we use the image of keys today as the emblem of our parish of St Peter, Great Berkhamsted. Inside our church, if you look closely at the reredos behind the High Altar, you may notice that the second carved figure to the right of the Cross is that of St Peter. He is shown standing on a rock and holding a model church in his left hand; in his right hand he holds a key.




And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 16:18-19