St Peter’s Church Still Open for Private Prayer but closed for Services until December
Under the Government’s latest Lockdown regulations, services at St Peter’s church in Abbots Morton will not be held from 5th November 2020.
However, the church can, and will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Service Plan for December and Christmas
If Government restrictions allow, we plan to hold the following services:
Sunday Dec 13th: Holy Communion starting at 8.30am
Thursday 24th Dec Christmas Eve Communion Service starting at 9pm
Gifts for Action for Children
On Sunday 13th December the church will be open to receive gifts for needy children.
There will be no Carol service but we don’t wish to deprive children of Christmas presents.
The church will be open all day but we would ask if you could particularly bring your gifts (unwrapped please) between 2pm and 4pm and leave them on the floor around the altar.
Covid-secure Procedures are in place
Please do not enter the church if you have symptoms of Covid-19 infection – fever, cough, headaches etc.
Please, at all times, keep a distance of at least 2 metres from other people who are not in your household.
Please use the hand sanitiser gel that is available in the porch before entry and on exit.
Please take a sheet of paper that is available inside the church and place it on the seat you wish to sit on. After prayer please leave the paper on the seat. It will be collected later.
You must wear a face covering. You may also like to use gloves.
If you have downloaded the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app to your Smartphone or tablet you can register on a QR Code displayed on the porch notice board .
If you do acquire symptoms of a possible Covid-19 infection within 7 days of your visit to the church, please alert NHS Test and Trace and also telephone our churchwarden, Kevin Clarke, on 01386 792288. Kevin will take appropriate action to ensure that the church remains a safe environment.
St Peter’s PCC would like to thank everyone who gave generously to the Harvest Collection on Saturday 3rd October 2020.
Many, many items were given from food to clothing to toiletries, all of which will be hugely appreciated by Caring Hands in Evesham.
Based at the Vale of Evesham Christian Centre in Bewdley Street (by the Waitrose car park), Caring Hands helps homeless people and others who need support and it also runs a food bank every day.
There’ll be a Thanksgiving Service this coming Sunday 11th October 2020 starting at 11am, led by the Rector, the Rev Richard Thorniley.
Thank you once again.
Services in November And December
ALL SOULS SERVICE
There will be an All Souls Service at St Peter’s Abbots Morton on Monday 2nd November. It’s a service of prayer and remembrance for the souls of those who have died during the past year.
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
This service will be held on 8th November, starting at 10.30am. There will be a maximum of 20 people inside the church and there will be someone there to take your contact details for Test and Trace purposes.
CAROLS ON THE GREEN
Due to Covid-19 restrictions on singing during the pandemic it is unlikely there will be a Carols on the Green event this year.
We’re sorry to disappoint carollers but until singing, either outside or inside, is permitted by Government we cannot go ahead.
If that situation changes we will let you know.
CAROL & GIFT SERVICE
There will not be a Carol & Gift Service but the church will be open for people to bring gifts for needy children.
The church will be open on 20th December from 2pm to 4pm for anyone to leave gifts (unwrapped, please). There’ll be nobody on the door but a CD of Christmas carols will be playing.
Each church in the ARCH Benefice will have a Communion service over the Christmas period. Details to follow later.
Christmas Joy at St Peter’s Church
Carols On The Green…In The Church
The amount of rain in December meant the village green was not in a good enough state to hold the traditional carols around the brazier on the green. So everyone went into the church and with a large number of singers there was a fabulous atmosphere. There were still hot dogs… and a great night was had.
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.
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 .
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 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.”
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.