What To Expect
St Peters is a community of Christians that strive to know God better and to live authentic Christian lives together.
As a community and gospel driven church, our goal is to help all people come to a greater understanding of, and relationship with, God. We want to be a place where people can come, be accepted, be loved, find hope and meaning, and get connected to a caring community.
Our “motto” is:
Upward, Inward and Outward in Christ
St Peters is a community that is committed to loving God, loving each other, and bringing Christ’s love to the world, for the glory of God.
St Peters is an Evangelical Anglican church that finds its home geographically and theologically in the Diocese of Sydney. This shows itself in the following core beliefs:
- At St Peters, we are convinced that Jesus is who he claimed to be – the unique Son of God – and that he also has the right to our ultimate allegiance. Our conviction is based on the historical claims made in the eye-witness documents of the New Testament, especially the claims that Jesus physically rose from the dead
- At each of our meetings, we focus on relevant and applied Bible teaching because we believe that what the Bible says, God says. This is one way we equip individuals to grow as God’s person, and our congregations to grow together as God’s people
- We believe that the Scriptures are right when they say, “all people have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. This means that all people are subject to God’s wrath and condemnation
- However, we also believe that forgiveness of our sin, as well as freedom from its penalty and power, can only come through the sacrificial death of Jesus, as our representative and substitute. This forgiveness and freedom comes as a gift of God’s grace to all who believe in Him
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is given to all Christians to guide, comfort, empower, and to help change them to be more like Jesus.
- We look forward to the day when Jesus Christ himself will return to take us home to live with him for eternity. This is the hope and joy for all Christians.
Steve Layson Senior Minister
Steve started his ministry at St Peters in 2003. He is married to Lorna and they have three children (Emily, Daniel and Nicholas). Before going into ministry, Steve was a High School Mathematics teacher in Sydney’s western suburbs. When he’s not working, he enjoys football, music, the beach, celebrating the Sharks winning the premiership, and spending time with his family.
Mike Hanbury Youth and Young Adults
Mike looks after our Friday night youth group 'Couch' and anything to do with young adults. He wants teenagers to grow up knowing Jesus, and have Him shape their lives. He's a bit of a coffee snob, and loves to bash away on a number of different instruments.
Shauna Noble Children and Families
Shauna is a mother of 3 adult children, Matt, Tessa and Samara and has been at St Peter's for 26 years. She loves going for walks, spending time at the beach and going to the movies with friends. Shauna is passionate for children and their families to know God's love and forgiveness.
Heather Hutchison Pastoral Care
Heather has been a member of St Peters since 2005 when she moved with her family from New Zealand to East Lindfield. She is married to Peter and they have three teenage children, Olivia, Caitlin and Alex. Heather loves talking with people, reading books, playing basketball and eating great food with her family and friends.
Tehrese Johansson Administration & Marketing
Tehrese has spent many years working in a range of industries including the legal, mining, shipping, retail, charity and education sectors. With qualifications in business administration, marketing and education, Tehrese has always enjoyed roles with a high degree of people involvement. Tehrese has a heart for people and seeing them find their purpose in life. When not spending her time at St Peter's, Tehrese works as a teacher.
We run a number of different small groups (called “Growth Groups”) during the week, which provide an opportunity to get to know and support each other better, as well as a chance to explore in more detail what impact the Bible has on our daily lives. Click here for more detail.
The Scriptures provide several reasons why God’s people should learn to give…
- It is a grateful response to the generosity of God
- It recognizes that our wealth and possessions belong to God, and are given as a gift
- We are partners in God’s gospel
We believe that all Christians should prayerfully decide how much they give. The amount each gives will differ from person to person.