Church Opening and Resumption of Services

Following the reintroduction of Covid related restrictions no services will be held throughout November but It is hoped that services will be resumed on December 6th.  However the Church will be open daily for individual prayer and also online services will continue on the St Mary’s website.  An Act of Remembrance for the village has been compiled which includes the names of those from Hinton who lost their lives in the two world wars   For further details please go to Events.

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 have applied at services.  Considerable planning by the Vicar and Church Wardens went 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 allowed although music be played.  Key provisions included use of hand gel, 2 metre social distancing, seating only in marked pews and service sheets issued on arrival.  Face masks are mandatory. .

November Services

Sunday 1st November       9 30 am        Morning Prayer

Sunday 8th November to Sunday 29th November inclusive   No services


Dorset Historic ChurchesTrust – Ride and Stride held on 12th September

David Dunning completed a 44 mile sponsored ride in ideal weather. He visited 5 Churches before Sherborne Abbey and then took the train from Yeovil to Dorchester.  He then visited a further 10 Churches including those at Maiden Newton, Bradford Peverill, Frampton, Catistock, Chetnole and Milborne Port.  Congratulation and thanks to David for a prodigious effort.  (More details are in the October Mosaic).

It is still not too late to make a donation in support of his efforts and this can be easily and securely done by going to .  Monies raised for St Peter’s will go towards aintenance projects including repairs to the water-damaged timber vestry floor and safer access to the bell tower.


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/