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Welcome to
St Peter's Stanton Lacy

The Saxon Church of St Peter has been serving the parish of Stanton Lacy since the early 11th century, and there was probably a church on this site for 300 years before that. It is one of the few churches mentioned in the Domesday Book.

St Peter’s is one of 6 churches that form the Bromfield Benefice within the Ludlow Deanery, itself within the diocese of Hereford. The church has an active congregation and calendar, although, like all other churches, we are currently constrained by Covid safety measures.

We have launched an important refurbishment project for St Peter’s; you can find out more about the work and how you can help here.

We look forward to welcoming you.

A message from Rector Justin Parker

SERVICES

St Peter’s has 4 sung services each month, as follows;

Ist Sunday of the Month

 

9.15 am
Holy Communion

2nd Sunday of the Month

 

6.30pm
Evensong

3rd Sunday of the Month

 

9.15 am
Family Communion

4th Sunday of the Month

 

9.15 am
Holy Communion

History

A beautifully proportioned cruciform church, St Peter’s was largely built during the Norman period (1066-1154), but parts of the nave and north transepts are Saxon (A.D. 597-1066) in origin. The churchyard is probably older than the church itself and its semi-circular shape suggests it was once round and contained a Celtic church.

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COMMUNITY

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has been keen to encourage the use of the church for wider community events. The church hosts a few concerts a year and an annual Snowdrop Weekend to showcase the churchyard, which draws large numbers of visitors from across the area. Other events have included Strawberry Teas and various photographic and art exhibitions.

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EVENTS

As restrictions continue to be lifted in respect of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are once again holding events on site and in conjunction with our colleagues at the Stanton Lacy Village Hall. 

Click on the link below for more details. 

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Refurbishment Project

Churches nationally are facing real threats to their long-term futures. Reductions in congregation size and shortages of funding for repair work, especially for historic churches such as St Peter’s, are increasingly challenging the sustainability of the buildings.

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Special Message concerning Covid-19

 

The Church of England continues to update its guidance on Covid in the light of changing government requirements. The latest version is available here.

 In summary, the C of E says;

 “The situation across England is that while coronavirus is present in most communities we have a population where previous infections and the national vaccination programme means the majority of people have some immunity. Levels of immunity do vary individually and for some people they will continue to be significantly vulnerable to the virus and its potential long-term effects. The removal of the remaining restrictions holds out the hopeful prospect of the end of the pandemic but will nonetheless raise concerns for some. While we are in the phase of moving from a pandemic to an endemic situation places of worship may decide to continue some precautions based on their own circumstances to protect others and themselves”.

 

In terms of what this means for us at St Peter’s, Rector Justin Parker makes the following recommendations;

 

  • Sanitising/washing of hands remains strongly encouraged; it works, is simple to do and an excellent protective measure
  • Face coverings are no longer mandatory in any setting but are recommended in enclosed or crowded places, particularly where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet
  • Congregational singing remains permissible and is a joy!
  • I recommend that hymn books are placed in the churches in the pews, with an order of service or prayer book if possible, so that people may speedily and safely take their place in church without causing unnecessary bottlenecks at the door
  • I will continue to wear a face mask for the administration of the Blessed Sacrament because I will be in close proximity to communicants. I encourage other clergy so to do. We have started to administer the Blessed Sacrament in both kinds, under the species of bread but intincted by the Priest.
  • None of you should feel in any way pressured to change your own personal practices beyond that which makes you feel safe and secure in Church.
  • I invite each church to place the/a collection plate at the entrance to the church before the beginning of the service so that the alms and offerings of the people may be made before the service and brought up and offered at the altar during the service although I recommend that the plate is not passed around for obvious reasons
  • Bellringing, in full, has recommenced, and I continue to recommend that as far as reasonably possible hands are sanitised, sensible distancing is maintained, and if in very close proximity the wearing of masks is considered and ventilation be increased by the opening of doors and/or windows

Please continue to keep in your prayers all those in our health and care professions who minister to the sick and the suffering, those who are sick with COVID or long COVID and those who are fearful, and give hearty thanks to God for the scientists and vaccinators who have helped to bring us to this point so speedily

Kind regards and every blessing

Justin

 

If you have any queries or concerns about attending St Peter’s do not hesitate to contact the Rector who will do his best to assist.