St Peter’s Church

Services in December at St Peter’s, Abbots Morton

• 1st Dec at 11:00am – Morning Service
• 8th Dec at 8.30am – Holy Communion
• 15th Dec at 4pm – Family Carol & Gift Service
• 24th Dec at 9pm – CHRISTMAS COMMUNION

Services in January at St Peter’s, Abbots Morton

• 5th Jan at 11am – Morning Service (Epiphany Sunday)
• 12th Jan at 8.30am – Holy Communion
• 19th Jan at 11am – Morning Service
• 26th January at 8.30 am – Holy Communion

Christmas Joy at St Peter’s Church

Carols on the Green

If you’re feeling in good voice (or any kind of voice, really) then do come along to the village green on Friday 20th December 2019.

People gather about 6.30pm around the brazier . Christmas Carol songbooks are given out and wonderful a cappella singing rings out across the village green…

(Above) Carols on the Green last year

Hot dogs are served during an interval and a bucket collection of cash is made to raise funds for the church’s Flower Fund. That fund pays for bouquets of flowers to be sent to anyone in the parish who has been hospitalised for whatever reason.

Christmas Communion

We used to call it “Midnight Mass” …but it starts at 9pm on Christmas Eve. Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with mulled wine and mince pies served at the end of the service. All are welcome.

Christingles Bring Light at the Carol & Gift Service

St Peter’s church was bathed in candlelight from seventeen Christingles at the end of the Carol and Gift Service on 15th December. Everyone assembled their own Christingle.. an orange representing the world, sweets and sultanas on four cocktail sticks representing the seasons, a red band representing the blood of Christ and the candle the light Jesus brought to the world.

Our thanks to everyone who brought gifts to be distributed to needy children by Action for Children . Their representative , Amanda Devlin, spoke of the crisis in child poverty with 88 children each day in the UK falling into poverty.

Harvest Supper

The Harvest Supper on Friday night 4th October was a delightful evening with 63 people attending, including many new faces from the community. It made just over £1,000 for  church funds.

Flower Festival at St Peter’s

St Peter’s church held a successful lunch to celebrate its Flower Festival weekend on 30th June

More than 30 people from Abbots Morton and neighbouring parishes gathered in the village hall (above) for the two-course lunch prepared by a team of volunteers. Proceeds from the lunch go to the parish church funds.

The annual Flower Festival marks the patronal festival of St Peter and is held in the three churches of Abbots Morton, Rous Lench and Church Lench .

Abbots Morton church was adorned with fabulous flower arrangements (some shown above), made by parishioners on the theme of “Water, Water, Everywhere”.

Open Church

St Peter’s Church welcomes everyone and is open every day of the year whether for worship, prayer or to look around and enjoy its ancient beauty. Many people take turns to unlock and lock the church every morning and night and if you’d like to join the rota to help, it would be much appreciated. Please contact the rota organiser, Lynda Payne on 792422

Chris Sheehan

Chris Sheehan will serve in the Arch Benefice, Evesham (Church Lench with Rous Lench & Abbots Morton & Harvington).

Chris is married to Carol and they have lived in Evesham since 2002. He was brought up in Worcester where his Mum still lives. Chris became a Christian at a Crusaders summer camp in his teens, but it wasn’t until he became a Street Pastor that he began taking his vocation seriously. He will combine his ministry with his career offering coaching for technology businesses who are launching new innovations in healthcare. He said:

“I’ve always felt called to focus my ministry outside the body of the Church, supporting those in the marginal, difficult places who often don’t have a voice. Jesus’ charge to ‘feed my sheep’ has always resonated with me. I completed a pioneer ministry diploma at Cuddesdon College and will be ordained as a ‘permanent deacon’ working with people in the local community.

“My paid role is about trying to get business owners to be the best they can be and realising their potential without telling them what to do. It involves listening and asking questions sensitively, skills which I know are going to be very useful as a minister. I’m not starting with an agenda, but am looking forward to seeing where God is already at work in the benefice and joining in, trying to understand where Christ is and where I can make a difference.”

Churchwarden Appointed

Kevin Clarke has been re-appointed churchwarden of St Peter’s Church.

Kevin farms at Goom’s Hill farm on Goom’s Hill . If you have any questions you would like answering relating to the church or the churchyard please contact him on 01386 792288.

The bell tower restoration is completed – A huge thank you to all who helped

The PCC and the Bell Tower Committee give heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped raise the £45,000 we needed to repair and restore the 14th century bell tower of Abbots Morton’s ancient Grade-1 listed St Peter’s church.

Picture of the bell tower thanksgiving service at St Peter’s, Abbots MortonA special Celebration and Thanksgiving Service was held on 15th November 2015 to mark the completion of the restoration of St Peter’s 14th century bell tower.

It was an opportunity to come together for all those who donated to the appeal for £45,000 either in terms of money, skills or enthusiasm in helping with all the various events put on during the two-year appeal.

It was a chance, too, for the Bell Tower Committee to express their thanks to everyone who helped them raise the money.

Thanks were also given to the stonemasons, Ian Bishop and his wife Becky Spanner, directors of Tewkesbury Conservation Ltd and the overseeing architect John Middleton, of John C Goom Ltd of Evesham.

St Peter’s Annual Report 2018