Welcome:

We warmly welcome all visitors to St Peter’s church. Please feel free to join any of our services and events, they are open to everyone. There is coffee and cake on a Thursday morning from 9.00 – 11.30 in the Village Hall. On Sunday afternoons in February there are usually short concerts in the church and home-made cakes and refreshments are available in the Village Hall when Benington Lordship Gardens hold their Snowdrop Sunday openings. During the Open Gardens and Flower Festival weekend (always the last weekend in June) lunches, home-made cakes, preserves etc. are available from 12-5pm in the Village Hall and in several of the open gardens.

For further details please see:  www.beningtonvillagehall.uk/whats

Our Mission:

St Peter’s is focussed on serving our community. Energised and inspired by our

Sunday worship, our Church is active in organising events and activities that bring the community together. In normal times these include a weekly coffee morning, a monthly lunch club and an annual Flower Festival with Open Gardens. The spin off from these events is the formation of many groups who meet weekly. The Village Hall is the social hub of the village and is normally in constant use.

An active and compassionate Pastoral Care team ensure that, for instance, new arrivals in the village are welcomed with flowers and they provide a listening ear to all who need it

We have a long-standing Local Ecumenical Partnership, comprising St. Peter’s, St. Mary’s Walkern, the Methodist Church in Benington and the United Reformed Church in Walkern. There is an annual programme of events where the churches work together to provide joint services, ‘Big Breakfasts’ for the week of prayer for Christian Unity and for Christian Aid week – with an annual pilgrimage between all Churches in the benefice. We have a Facebook page and a joint website with St. Mary’s, Walkern

Our Worship:

The Churchmanship at Benington is in the liberal tradition. We share the

service through use of intercessors, chalice bearers, servers and lesson readers. Our monthly Saturday Club, for children from 4 – 11 year olds, is run by an enthusiastic team and attended by around 22 even more enthusiastic children! We have a Bible story, games, crafts, singing and always enjoy eating tea together. Children participate in the Family Service the following day.

Our People:

Our PCC comprises the Priest-in-charge, 6 lay and 6 ex-officio members. We are lucky enough to have 1 retired but very active Baptist Minister, 1 Reader, 3 Lay Leaders of Worship, and 2 Churchwardens alongside the Treasurer, Secretary and a designated Safeguarding Officer. St Peter’s has an established pastoral care team. We also share a part-time Parish Administrator with St. Mary’s Walkern.

Our Church Building:

There has been a place of worship on the site of the present Church since the time of Beortwulf (d. 852). The present Church building dates from the early 14th century and is mostly in a good state of repair, except for the side chapel. The tombs of Sir John de Benestede (d.1359) and Sir Edward de Benestede (d.1432) are partly responsible for the Church’s Grade 1 listing. The ring of 8 bells is considered the

finest of their weight in the county.

We are looking forward to further work which will be part of an exciting vestry/parish office development hoping to start in 2021.

Services:

The church is usually open for private prayer on Thursday mornings, 9.30am-11.00.

Our ‘normal’ service pattern is as follows:

1st Sunday of the monthParish Communion11am
2nd Sunday of the monthBook of Common Prayer 1662 Communion

Family Service (non Communion)

8am

11am

3rd Sunday of the monthBook of Common Prayer 1662 Communion8am
4th Sunday of the monthParish Communion11am
5th Sunday of the monthBenefice wide service11am

For confirmation of the above please see the website www.ubbw.org.uk  or Facebook page: @St.PetersChurchBenington

Please contact one of the churchwardens for more information:

Christine Brown 01438 869468 christine_e_brown@icloud.com

Clare Wood 01438 869674 cwood154@btinternet.com