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St Peter's Church Cleaning

9:30am, first Saturday of every month.

An hour to keep the church clean and tidy.

Light refreshments available.

St Mary's Church Cleaning

10am to 12 noon, last Thursday of every month except August.

Coffee and biscuits supplied. All are welcome.

 

A Church for Disabled People

‘A Church for Everyone: Listening to Disabled People’ - a booklet based on  suggestions from disabled people about what they appreciate as members of the church, what they find difficult and what would be helpful to them. It provides practical insights about what might enhance the lives of disabled people and signposts useful addresses and resources locally and nationally.

 

Thursday Coffee and Drop-in

Come along to St Peter's Church after our 10am Eucharist on Thursdays to share refreshments and meet new friends. The Church hall is busy with people  - some regulars, some visitng Dorchester - from 10.30am til around 1pm. All are very welcome. Midday Prayer is said in church at 12noon for those who like to join in. 

 

Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs)

We currently have 5 LPAs at St Peter’s who regularly take communion out to the sick and do pastoral visiting. Edgcumbe Manor and Montrose Care Home are visisted on a monthly basis and other individuals are given communion at home.  LPAs also help with baptism visiting, children’s work and other pastoral concerns. If you know of anyone who would like communion at home do please contact Revd Claire McClelland on 01305 570733 or clairemcclelland@icloud.com  

St Peter's Church Choir

St Peter's has a fine, active church choir, numbering around 25 members. It plays a central part in worship, leading the singing of the congregation and contributing week by week from its own wide and expanding repertoire of choral works from the renaissance period to the present day. 

We believe that everyone who is interested in singing in the choir should have the opportunity to do so - adults, young people or children - no matter what level of experience they may have, and there are no auditions. However, the choir does strive for high standards, and professional training is provided in regular rehearsals to enable the choir to maintain those standards, and individuals within it to grow in confidence and ability. Two choral scholarships are offered each year for young people aged 16-18. 

Rehearsals are held on Friday evenings and before the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday mornings, which is the main service at which the choir sings. Other sung services include monthly Choral Evensong, an Advent Carol Service, the Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas, Christmas Midnight Mass and occasional funerals and weddings. 

 

St Peter's Bellringers

St Peter's Church has eight bells, the tenor weighing about 18 cwt. They are rung for morning service on Sundays usually from 9:45 to 10:25, and for various festivals. New ringers, with or without previous experience, and visitors are always very welcome to join us.

If you would like to learn to ring, please come along to one of our practices on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. when we would be only too pleased to introduce you (in easy stages) to the art of bellringing, from handling a bell to ringing Stedman Triples, and beyond. No musical ability, or complicated maths are required, just a willingness to learn, and you will become fascinated by the diverse aspects of this very traditional skill.

St George's Events Committee

Our Events Committee work thoughout the year organising various events to raise much needed funds for the church.

Our main event of the year is St George's Day Fair. This has been held for over 50 years on Fordington Green and in the church on the nearest Saturday to our Patron Saint's anniversary. It is a traditional old English fair with the town band playing all the old games and stalls and some new. We welcome all the people from the “village“ of Fordington and from far and wide.

Later in the year we organise a Barbeque, a Table Top Sale and a Bingo Evening.

In December we hold a Christmas Tree Festival in the church, which opens on the 1st Friday in December immediately after Carols on Fordington Green and finishes on the Sunday afternoon.

Further details of all these events will be advertised on this website and in Pews News.

St Martin's Bellringers

St Martin's Bellringers practice on alternate Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.

St Mary's Office Hour

Thursday evenings, 6.15pm - 7.15pm, in church (off Alexandra Road), to organise weddings or baptisms. Just drop in.

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