Services in September at St Peter’s, Abbots Morton
- 1st Sept at 11:00am – Morning Service
- 8th Sept at 8:30am – Holy Communion
- 15th Sept at 11:00am – Morning Service
- 22nd Sept at 10.00am – Benefice Service Holy Communion
- 29th Sept at 11am Harvest Festival Service
Services in October at St Peter’s, Abbots Morton
- 6th Oct at 11:00am – Morning Service
- 13th Oct at 8:30am – Holy Communion
- 20th Oct at 11:00am – Morning Service
- 27th Oct at 8.30 am Holy Communion
Book now to reserve your place at St Peter’s Harvest Supper. It’s in the village hall on Friday night 4th October, starting at 7:30pm. For £14 per adult (£5 for children aged 11 and under) you’ll get a fabulous two-course roast dinner. There’s a licenced bar and The Great Harvest Raffle with fabulous prizes to be won. Booking is essential, to reserve your place call Lynne Pemberton on 01386 792 549 or Peggy Clarke on 01386 792288.”
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 .
Christmas Joy at St Peter’s Church
Carols on the Green
There was an excellent turnout on the village green (above) to sing Christmas Carols on14th December.
Hot dogs and mince pies were enjoyed around a very welcome glowing brazier. A collection raised £77 which goes to the church’s Flower Fund for bouquets to be sent to anyone in the parish who has been hospitalised for whatever reason.
Carol and Gift Service
More people came to this special service than at any time in the past ten years… and they brought so many gifts that they filled two cars, driven away by Action for Children to give to underprivileged children.
The congregation enjoyed a humorous, interactive story of the Nativity told through a grumpy innkeeper in Bethlehem.
Around 45 people came to the 9pm service on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed at the end of the service.
What is God Already Doing in Abbots Morton
The Rev Chris Sheehan hosted an informal chat/discussion in the village hall on 22nd January about how God may, or may not, already be working in the Abbots Morton Community.
It was illuminating to hear how good deeds and acts of kindness were taking place, most of it unsung, and that God’s place was not just in the church building.
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.