St Peter’s Services

April (including Easter) 2023

Date Service
Sunday 2nd April at 9.30 am Palm Sunday – Morning Prayer
Friday 7th April at 10.00 am Good Friday – an Hour at the Cross
Sunday 9th April at 9.30 am Easter Sunday – Holy Communion
Sunday 16th April at 9.30 am Morning Prayer
Sunday 23rd April at 9.30 am Holy Communion
Sunday 30th April at 11.00 am Benefice Service with Holy Communion


The Church continues to be open for prayer each day and all Covid 19 measures have been waived.

In accord with practice now adopted within Salisbury (and other) Diocese, the common cup has been reintroduced for those wishing to receive the full sacrament. It remains entirely acceptable, however, for any communicant not wishing to receive wine to simply receive the bread. A presiding priest may, at their discretion, choose to offer the wine through a pipette as a continued precaution while a Covid threat exists.

On Tuesday 28th March 2023, the Revd Mary Gubbins will be installed as the next Vicar of Sturminster Newton, Lydlinch and Hinton St Mary by the Bishop of Sherborne.   The service at St Mary’s, will start at 7.00 pm and there will be refreshments provided after the installation.  All parishioners are invited, but if you are wishing to attend, please confirm this with the Church Wardens.  Parking is very limited at St Mary’s and attendees are requested to use the public carparking available in the town.

Until further notice, all queries relating to Church-related support and services should be directed to the Church wardens:


Robin Gibbs Tel: 01258 471493                                Kevin Peto-Bostick Tel: 01258 475469                                        



Getting Involved

Villagers are involved in the Church in flower arranging, brass cleaning, Church locking and Churchyard mowing and more volunteers are always needed.



As members of the Church, we commit our church community to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all.  The Parochial Church Council (PCC) acknowledge its responsibility for all who work with young adults and adults who may be at risk of abuse, that is done in the name of the Church.  The PCC requires all those in such work to be properly appointed and supported with current good practice and guidelines.  The full text of the commitment in the form of a resolution of the PCC is posted below and on the Church Notice Board along with contact details for the Parish Safeguarding Officer.  A copy of the full Safeguarding Policy is held within the Church and available to all.


About Us – the People

Churchwardens – Mr Robin Gibbs, Mr Kevin Peto-Bostick

Treasurer – Mr David Johnstone
PCC Secretary – Mrs Shane Johnstone

Members – Mrs Janet Bolton, Mrs Jill de Bretton-Gordon

Organist – Mr Gren Fraser



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