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.

Departure of Rev. David Seymour

The Rev. David Seymour who had been vicar since 2001 left in February to become Priest in Charge at Camel Side Cluster near Truro.  A special farewell service followed by refreshments was held on 28th January at St. Mary’s Church.  Many parishioners from Hinton were present.  Among several presentations made were two from Hinton made possible by a collection in the village to which many responded most generously.  Col. A. de Breton-Gordon presented David (a racing enthusiast) with a picture of race horses at Exeter painted by well known artist, Katie Scorgie who lives in Hinton.  Shane Johnson presented Wendy Seymour with a group of sculpture tools (please see the photographs in the Past Events section).

Subsequently, David & Wendy sent the following letter and we have since heard that the picture hangs in pride of place in his study.

“Thank you very sincerely to all our friends at St Peter’s Church for the wonderful gifts we received as we prepared to leave the area for our new post in Cornwall. Wendy is delighted with her vouchers for sculpture tools and we were both thrilled with the racing oil painting from the studio of our own Katie Scorgie. What a brilliant idea!

We have had 16 very happy years with you all and thank you for all your valued friendship and support.

David and Wendy Seymour”

There will now be an interregnum period and it is expected it will be early Autumn before a new Incumbent is appointed. Please note that it is fully expected that during this time the pattern of services at St. Peter’s will continue as at present. The process of finding possible candidates for the post is now under way and a Parish Profile has been prepared.  This describes the village, its life and what is expected from the new vicar. Adverts will be placed in the Church Times on 20th and 27th April.

During the interregnum and until a 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 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 April 2018

Date Time Service Format
6th May 11am Holy Communion Traditional Prayer Book
13th May 10am Family Service
20th May 10am Holy Communion Modern Language
27th May 10am Holy Communion Modern Language

About Us

The People:
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 – 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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