Sunday morning services normally 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.

Appointment of New Vicar the Rev. Philippa Sargent

In early July the Bishop of Sherborne announced that Rev. Philippa Sargent had been appointed Vicar of Sturminster Newton, Hinton St. Mary and Lydlinch and Priest in Charge of Marnhull. These arrangements continue the pattern currently operating.

The recruitment process started in April and those who interviewed Philippa were unanimous that she is just the person needed to take the Benefice forward. Philippa is currently 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. Her licencing will take place 7.30 p.m. on Monday 8th October in St. Mary’s Church, Sturminster Newton and until then, for the remainder of the interregnum, the pattern of services currently running smoothly will continue

Until the new incumbent is appointed all queries relating to the Church and services should be directed to the church wardens.

Col. Alastair de Bretton-Gordon
Seymour Cottage,
Hinton St. Mary
Mr. Robin Gibbs,
7 School Lane,
Hinton St. Mary

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. In 2017 it will be held on 28th October at 11 am with the lunch following immediately after. For full details please see September 2018 Mosaic

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

Services October 2018

Date Time Service Format
7thOctober 10am Holy Communion Traditional Prayer Book
14th October 9 30am Benefice Service St. Mary’s, Sturminster Newton welcoming our new vicar,
Rev. Philippa Sargent. There will be NO service at St. Peter’s
21st October 10am Holy Communion Modern Language
28th October 11am Harvest Festival Family Service

About Us

The People:

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

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
Dorset Historic Churches: www.dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uknd April/