Earliest records of our Church date from the thirteenth Century. The Chancel is from this period; the tower, chancel arches, and the nave of four bays are from the fourteenth Century. The tower was rebuilt or altered in the fifteenth Century and the font dates from the sixteenth Century so we are a mix of different Centuries!
Our Church seats approximately 200 in the nave with additional seating in the choir stalls and we are one of the larger churches in the group. We had major works in 2014/2015 including electrical and improvements on our heating.
We have a regular Communion service at 9.00 am on the second Sunday of each month and an Evensong on the fourth Sunday of each month - this is at 6.00 pm in Summer time and moves to 3.00 pm over the Winter. Like other parishes, we also have special services at different times in the Church calendar. You are welcome to any of our services and we would love to see you.
Coming up at Stetchworth:
St. Peter’s Fund Raising and Community events for 2020 13th December - the New Year – Christmas Tree Festival
Unfortunately, our annual Quiz had to be cancelled along with all our other planned fund raising activities during 2020.
However, we have decided that we can go ahead with our usual Christmas tree festival, albeit in a slightly different form. The trees will all be decorated and on display in the church from 13th December until into the new Year (out by 5th January). The church will be open six days per week (closed Saturdays) and on some days in the run up to Christmas there will be a steward on duty with all the Christmas lights on. Dates and times for that to be arranged and will be published here. We will be holding a Christmas raffle with tickets available when a steward is on duty and there will also be a selection of jams, jellies and marmalade available.
Christmas puddings It may be an unusual Christmas time this year, and therefore why not comfort yourself or family/friends you are unable to see with a homemade Christmas pudding. All (much needed) proceeds go to St Peter's church. Please place orders by contacting Claire Thomas on 01638 507006 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org These cost £18 with a ceramic pudding basin and are presented gift wrapped on request.
Unstable gravestones: To comply with Health and Safety Regulations, The PCC has now had the older unstable stones (where no relations are now available to tend to them) repaired and stabilised. Thank you to those families who looked after their own family stones. The PCC carries out an annual check on all gravestones. If you are tending a grave please check it from time to time and ensure that it does not develop a 'wobble'. In the closed churchyard, the Parish Council has had unstable gravestone stabilised and some that had been leaning at an angle have been straightened up.
Adopt-a-grave On the same theme, PCC members wondered whether there is anyone in the village with a bit of spare time who might like to look after some of the older graves that have kerbs around and are no longer tended. The surrounding area can be mown but the area within the kerb has to be strimmed or cut with shears separately
Some additional village links which might interest you:
Christmas Tree Festival and BEM Presentation Thank you to everyone that supported this event - it was amazing to see so many people there to support and honour Lily's achievement - some photos below and more on our gallery pages: