During the current emergency and in line with Church of England policy no services are being held at St Peter’s.  Advice and information is available on the St Mary’s website.  Here you will find advice and information from our Vicar Rev. Philippa Sargent and links giving access to a wealth of information.  In the section called “While we are apart” you will find readings, a prayer and believe or not sermons given by our Vicar.



From October 2019 Sunday morning services normally start at 9 30  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.

Appointment of New Vicar the Rev. Philippa Sargent

Our new Vicar, Rev. Philippa Sargent was licensed and formally appointed by the Bishop of Sherborne at a service at St Mary’s Sturminster Newton on 8th October 2018.

Before coming here she was Assistant Curate of Kempsey and Severn Stoke With Croome d’Abitot in the Diocese of Worcester. Consequently she has a good understanding of the life and needs of people in country parishes. She trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and prior to that, for 22 years was an officer in the Royal Navy, during which time, and somewhat unusually, she was stationed in Afghanistan. She specialised in Adult Education and Safeguarding.

She already has close family connections with the area and plans that her ministry here will very much focus on young families, pastoral care and community involvement.

All queries relating to support and services 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..

Services March  2020

1st March 9 30 am Holy Communion.     Traditional Prayer Book
8th March 9 30 am Lay-led Family Service Modern Language
15th March 9 30 am Holy Communion Modern Language
22nd March Service cancelled due to virus issues
29th March Service cancelled due to virus issues

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: 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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