Father Ridsdale, the first incumbent of St Peter’s, was persecuted and indeed prosecuted, for his Anglo Catholic beliefs. Many of his successors likewise, suffered persecution. At the heart of the Anglo-Catholic faith lies a full understanding of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in His most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. It is from our devotion to the Most Holy Sacrament, as received from Christ our Lord, and its ministry in our Parish, combined with a rich sense of the inheritance of Christ’s Apostolic Church, that all Anglo-Catholic practices flow.
This Church will continue to provide succour to all the people of Folkestone and the area round about who continue – despite adversity today – to hold these beliefs. We will continue to maintain our orthodox Christian position, confuting the heresies of Arianism and Gnosticism and defending the Apostolic Order as traditionally received by the Church.
The PCC of St. Peter’s Church is determined to ensure that the Parish, rather than any other organisational structure, remains central to the ministry of St Peters, to try and assist all those who seek to maintain the traditional balance between Parliament, Bishops and People and above all to ensure that the different gifts given by God to each of us be used in His service and in the service of the Church of England – whether trained or untrained, paid or unpaid- and utilised to the full.