Sunday morning services all start at 10 am

1st Sunday of the month – Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion
This is a Service in traditional language with the Bible readings taken from the Authorised Version.

2nd Sunday of the month – Family Service
This is a Service of the Word, with a relaxed and informal style of worship and hymns. Children are fully involved in the Service and activities are provided for them during the talk. If you are new to Church this is a good service with which to start.

3rd and 4th Sundays of the month – Common Worship Holy Communion
This is a Communion Service in modern language, with the Bible readings in modern English.

5th Sunday of the month – Benefice Service
St Peter’s Church is part of the Benefice (Group of parishes) of Sturminster Newton. There are three churches in the group – St Mary’s Sturminster Newton, St Peter’s Hinton St Mary and St Thomas’ Lydlinch. On a 5th Sunday all the congregations meet in one of the churches for a united service.


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..

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 the Church and village come together after the Morning Service for a shared lunch in the Tithe Barn. In 2017 it will be held on 15th October at 11 am with the lunch following immediately after.

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

Services December 2017

Date Time Service Format
3rd December 10am Holy Communion Traditional Prayer Book
10th December 10am Family Service
17th December 10am Carol Service Family Service
24th December 10am Christingle Crib & Carol Service Family Service
25th December 10am Holy Communion Modern Language
31st December 10am No Service at St Peter’s; Joint Benefice
Service at St Thomas a Beckett – Lydlinch
Modern Language

Getting Involved

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

About Us

The People:
Vicar – Rev David Seymour 01258 471276. David usually takes the service on the third Sunday of the month and is the person to contact for Wedding, Baptism and Funeral arrangements or for any personal concerns. He is supported by Rev John Allen and other retired clergy who live in the area.

It is with regret that, after 16 years years as our Vicar, David is to take over a parish in Cornwall. David and Wendy will move early in February; his last Blackmore Vale Benefice service will be on the 28th of January 2018. He will be missed and we wish him well.

Discussions on the process of selecting and recruiting David’s replacement have already commenced with the Bishop of Sherborne.

Parishioners may take comfort that regular services will continue at St Peter’s Church, and throughout the Benefice, lead by our Curate, Kirsty Wells with the welcome support of local licensed and lay ministers, all who have served us so well in recent years.

Churchwardens – Col Alastair de Bretton-Gordon, Mr Robin Gibbs

Treasurer – With effect from 1st June 2016 Mr Dick Pemberton, who had been Treasurer for the last 14 years, retired and has been replaced by Mr David Johnstone.

PCC Secretary
– Similarly Mrs Jenny Pemberton who had been PCC Secretary for almost the same time has retired and has been replaced by Mrs Shane Johnstone.

Organist – Mr Gren Fraser


Church of England: www.churchofengland.org
Diocese of Salisbury: www.salisbury.anglican.org
St Mary’s Sturminster Newton: www.stmaryssturminsternewton.org.uk
Christian Aid: www.christianaid.org.uk
Homestart North Dorset: www.home-start-northdorset.co.uk
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