Church Opening and Resumption of Services

Since 16th June the Church has been open for individual prayer and this will continue. In addition weekly services at  9 30 am on Sundays recommenced on 19th July. Also for the time being online services will continue on the St Mary’s website.

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 will apply at services.  Considerable planning by the Vicar and Church Wardens has gone into drawing these up and they include Risk Assessments to make the environment as safe as possible for everyone present.  Many of the provisions are similar to those currently operating in supermarkets and shops.  No singing is allowed although music will be played.  Key provisions include use of hand gel, 2 metre social distancing, seating only in marked pews and service sheets issued on arrival.  Face masks are now mandatory. .

September Services

Sunday 6th September      No service at St Peter’s.  Benefice Morning service 11am St Mary’s Sturminster Newton

Sunday 13th September    9 30 am        Morning Prayer

Sunday 20th September     9 30 am       Morning Prayer

Sunday 27th September     9 30 am       Holy Communion


Dorset Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride 

12th September – Dorset Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride.

As in previous years, on behalf of St Peter’s, David Dunning will be visiting a range of local churches by bicycle and all monies raised by him will be shared between St Peter’s and the Trust.  If you are interested in joining with him or sponsoring him please look at which has been set up by  Kevin Peto-Bostick.  Monies raised for St Peter’s will go towards maintenance projects including repairs to the water-damaged timber vestry floor and safer access to the bell tower.


Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting 4th October

Each year the Church of England requires an annual election of Churchwardens, members and other officers including Secretary and Treasurer which is held during the Parochial Church Council, (“PCC”) Annual Meeting, (APCM), usually scheduled for April.

This year, Covid-19 safety considerations delayed the APCM which will now be held at 10.30am, at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 4th October. Notices for the APCM and (Parish) Electoral Roll Review have been placed on notice boards by the Church gate and inside the Church Porch.

Members of the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to attend, and are welcome at, PCC meetings and participate in the election of Churchwardens and members and officers of the PCC.  The Electoral Role is open to new members who are elected at the APCM.

Nomination forms are available in the Church Porch or from the current PCC Secretary, Mrs Shane Johnstone and should be completed and returned to Robin Gibbs by the 19th of September.

This year a number of long serving members of the PCC are retiring so new members are urgently required.  If you would like to be involved in the management of the Church and would like more information about the roles and obligations of being a Churchwarden, member or officer of the PCC, please contact Robin Gibbs, Churchwarden on 471493.


Other 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


Appointment of Kevin Peto-Bostick as Lay Worship Reader

Following the retirement of Col Alastair de Bretton-Gordon after 30 years in the role, in May 2019 Kevin Peto-Bostick took his place as Church Warden and on 7th January 2020 at a service at Hazelbury Brian, he was formally appointed a Registered Lay Worship Reader. (See photograph below.)  The service was led by Rt. Rev. Karen Gorham Bishop of Sherborne.  Kevin will now be taking the Family Service each month.


L-R  Sarah Peto-Bostick, Robin Gibbs ,Janet Bolton,  Bishop Karen, Kevin, Rev Philippa Sargent, Ann Garfit


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 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/