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 At our recent PCC meeting it was agreed that we would be running/taking part in the following events – early dates for your diaries! 16th May – We will be serving coffee and cake at the Ellesmere Garden Club Plant Sale - CANCELLED 30th May – We are hoping to have a Preserves and Cake stall at the Etheldreda Fair in Ely - CANCELLED 13th June – We are hoping to organise a walk – all welcome including dogs and children – which will begin at the church and all walkers will end up at the church for welcome refreshment – probably a BBQ and drinks. It is hoped to map out a longer and shorter walk to suit all abilities. 5th July – We will be taking part in the Village Show with stalls and St. Peter’s Challenge. 17th October – Our Annual Quiz at the Ellesmere Centre 12th December – Christmas Tree Festival
In the current unique circumstances with all our churches closed for services and our Community Centre also closed we will obviously have to abandon our May events and, in all probability the June and July events too. We do hope that some form of normality will have returned by October thereby enabling us to hold the annual quiz. As we largely rely upon our fund raising to balance the books throughout the year this does not help our financial position!
Sadly, we have now had to close our church, even for private prayer. However, if you choose to make your exercise for the day a walk to the church you will find that the churchyard is looking good with lots of primroses, daffodils and violets in flower. If you linger a while, sitting on the seat in the churchyard, you will be able to hear various birds singing to brighten your day in these uncertain times.
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'.
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: