Church Opening and Resumption of Services

Services were resumed last December and the Church opened for daily individual prayer.  Online services continue on the St Mary’s website.  Further details below.

If visiting during the week please help to keep everyone safe by following the guidelines posted on the doors. Following funerals or maintenance work, the Church may need to be closed for 72 hours to allow any potential contamination to disperse naturally – notices will be posted if this is necessary.

To comply with Government and Church of England anti-virus policies, special arrangements apply at services.  Considerable planning by the Vicar and Church Wardens went into drawing these up and they included Risk Assessments to make the environment as safe as possible for everyone present.  No singing is allowed although music may be played.  Key provisions included use of hand gel, 2 metre social distancing, and seating only in marked pews..  Face masks are mandatory.

At the end of 2020 during very heavy rain water flowed in at the top of the tower and flooded the organ.   For some time major repair work has been carried out by our specialist organ repairer Tim Trenchard which has involved dismantling the whole instrument and drying out all the components.  It is perhaps fortunate that all this occurred during bans on singing .  The repairs are all now complete and it is anticipated that the organ will be working for the service on 6th June.


June Services

Sunday 6th June           9 30 am         Holy Communion – BCP

Sunday 13th June         9 30 am         Morning Prayer Lay Led

Sunday 20th June         9 30 am         Holy Communion

Sunday 27th June         9 30 am          Morning Prayer


Advice and information from our vicar Rev. Philippa Sargent is available on the St Mary’s website.  It also contains links giving access to a wealth of other information.

In the section called “While we are apart” you will find Sunday Services including readings, prayers and sermons including some by our Vicar.

All queries relating to support and services at St Peter’s should in the first instance be directed to either of the Church Wardens,

Mr. Robin Gibbs
7 School Lane,
Hinton St. Mary
Mr. Kevin Peto-Bostick
Vale View,
Bath Road
Sturminster Newton



The Rev Philippa Sargent, The Vicarage, Sturminster Newton
Tel No. 01258 473905


Festivals are very important times in the life of the Church and village. All major festivals are marked with a special church service: Christmas, Mothering Sunday, Easter, Harvest and Remembrance Day.

At Christmas time we go carol singing round the village to raise money for charities and now have the singing led by an accordianist John Harding..(Regrettably not possible this year)

On Mothering Sunday children give flowers to their mothers and special people in their lives.

At Easter, there are special services in Holy Week with a Maundy Eucharist on the Thursday and a service of devotion on Good Friday. The church is always beautifully decorated for the Easter Day service.

At Harvest time the Church and village come together after the Morning Service for a shared lunch in the Tithe Barn.

On Remembrance Day the Church holds a special service including The Act of Remembrance..

About Us

The People:

Churchwardens – Mr Robin Gibbs, Mr Kevin Peto-Bostick

Treasurer – Mr David Johnstone.

PCC Secretary
– Mrs Shane Johnstone.

Organist – Mr Gren Fraser

Getting Involved

Villagers are involved in the Church in flower arranging, brass cleaning, Church locking and Churchyard mowing and more volunteers are always needed.


Church of England:
Diocese of Salisbury:
St Mary’s Sturminster Newton:
Christian Aid:
Homestart North Dorset:
Dorset Historic Churches: April/