The church of St Peter & St Paul is the oldest building in Kettering. It has stood on the present site for over 500 years, and has been at the centre of community life throughout that time. It is a Grade 1 listed building, and is a fine example of perpendicular architecture. The tower and spire stand 180 feet in height, and house a peal of 12 bells which were restored and re-dedicated in 2004 and are rung regularly on Sundays and special occasions.
The parish has a population of 18,700, and is the largest of five town centre Anglican parishes. As well as regular services of worship, St Peter & St Paul hosts a number of civic events for the wider community, and the church is also available for the sacraments of marriage and baptism to those who live within the parish.
Worship is offered here every day, and three times on Sunday, our principal service being at 10.30 on Sunday morning. Further details can be found in the Services section of this site.
In this parish we believe that Holy Communion is a gift made to all those who are baptised, whether or not they are confirmed. We have many children who receive communion alongside adult worshippers.
There is a thriving “Sunday Club” for children ages 5 – 11, which meets in the Parish Hall adjacent to the church, during the 10.30 service. There is also the Lighthouse Corner at the back of the church where younger children can play.
There is a monthly Parade Service held usually on the second Sunday of the month, at 10.30am, involving the uniformed organisations. This service is especially suitable for young people.
Music is very important to us at St Peter & St Paul. We are fortunate to have Bill Wright as our Director of Music, under whose direction the choir has steadily developed. Ably assisted by Mark Pescott on the organ, the choir leads the service on Sunday morning , and once a month Sung Evensong is offered. The choir is open to men and women, boys and girls – rehearsal is on Wednesdays from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. If you would like to know more, then Bill would be delighted to hear from you.
As part of our place in the community, we operate a weekly Soup Kitchen, where volunteers provide and serve a nourishing meal for those who might otherwise go hungry. This is on Thursdays, from 4pm to 8pm in the Parish Hall. We would welcome anyone who is able to offer assistance – please contact us.