The Story of Our Church

In the late 1930s the Westlands Helicopter factory was expanding rapidly and there was a need for houses for newly recruited staff. Thus the Westfield Estate came into existence and St. Peter’s was established as an outreach mission chapel just before the outbreak of W.W. 2. The church building had a dual purpose. It served as a church but a screen could be brought down in front of the altar and the building used for dancing and other social activities.  The hall was added in the 1950s. This was purchased as a chicken house from Hebditches in Martock and assembled by members of the church led by Gordon Taylor.

For many years the church was run by members of the Church Army including Captain Weston (1938-1955) and Captain David Gilbert as well as ministers from St Johns and St James. In 1986 St Peter’s separated from St John’s church but maintained its ties with St James’.    The church has never had large numbers but it had a good sized choir and at times a Sunday School of a hundred or more which met in the hall. The Sunday School was held every fortnight so that the children could attend church on the other Sunday.

In recent years there have been a number of major developments. Firstly, the lay reader Gordon Taylor had the vision to replace the brown wooden box entrance with a proper brick porch. In March 2009 the porch was officially opened by the local M.P. David Laws. The second development was the partnership with Yeovil Community Church to renovate the hall and use it as a base for a youth outreach programme to the neighbourhood. This was successful for a number of years but has now been replaced by a Tea and Toast club, aimed at teenagers, run by church members that meets on Tuesday afternoons after school and Messy Church aimed at younger children which meets monthly on Saturday mornings. Last year a Sunday Club was started meeting at the same time as the morning service aimed at the local children. In January a community coffee gathering began on Monday mornings in the church and has proved very popular.

The hall was heavily used by various local groups and the church realises that it is now time for a more modern structure to be built to serve the needs of the local community.