Church Opening and Resumption of Services
Following the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions in England and discussions between the Church Wardens and the Vicar, certain precautions will still be in place until further notice. The Church will continue to be open for prayer each day, hand sanitiser will remain in use and everyone is encouraged to use this and the doors will remain open during services to aid ventilation. Face masks are no longer required to be worn, but please be aware and considerate to those who wish to continue to wear face masks and be socially distant during services. Communion will continue for the time being, as we have become accustomed.
It is hoped that singing of hymns during services will be allowed, subject to the confirmation from individual celebrants and coffee will be reintroduced indoors after service. Full details of all the current precautions are available in the Church entrance. Online services continue on the St Mary’s website.
Sunday 5th December 9 30 am Holy Communion – BCP
Sunday 12th December 9.30 am Morning Prayer – Lay Led
Sunday 19th December 9 30 am Holy Communion
Friday 24th December 9 30 am There will be no Service at St Peters, but there will be Carols sung outside at the Tithe Barn, starting at 6.00 pm. If wet, we will congregate inside.
Saturday 25th December 10.00 am Holy Communion for Christmas Morning
Sunday 26th December There will be no Service at St Peters, but if you would like to attend church, you can join the congregation at St Mary’s, Sturminster Newton for Benefice Holy Communion starting at 11.00 am.
Due to recent increases in cases COVID-19 restrictions certain precautions will still be in place until further notice. The Church continues to be open for prayer each day, hand sanitiser will remain in use and everyone is encouraged to use this and the doors will remain open during services to aid ventilation. Face masks are again required to be worn, and everyone should be socially distant during services. Communion will continue for the time being, as we have become accustomed. Full details of all the current precautions are available in the Church entrance
All queries relating to Church-related support and services should be directed to the Church wardens in the first instance:
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..
Churchwardens – Mr Robin Gibbs, Mr Kevin Peto-Bostick
Treasurer – Mr David Johnstone.
PCC Secretary – Mrs Shane Johnstone.
Organist – Mr Gren Fraser
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: 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
Dorset Historic Churches: www.dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uknd April/