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St Peter’s Church

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Welcome to St. Peter’s Church – past and  present

History

A church on this site has existed since 1059, when Welford was given by Sweyn, Earl of Gloucester, to the Saxon priory of Deer Hurst (on the Severn below Tewksbury). Monks from Deerhurst built a small church on the present site of Welford Church. All that remains of that Church is the bowl of the font. Between 1100 and 1170 a Norman Church was built to repalce the Saxon one. After the Hundred Years War (1336 – 1441) St Peter’s passed to the Abbey of Tewksbury and the Benedictine monks restored the Church and rebuilt the chancel with its perpendicular decorated Gothic windows. The windows in the north and south aisles were replaced with pews and the two galleries were added.

Some Key Features

THE SCREEN: replaces one removed in the 16th or 17th century. It is a copy made in the 1920’s of a Benedictine screen carved by Joseph Northcott of Bearworthy in Devon.

EAST WINDOW AND CHANCEL: the window dates from 1924 and was made by a well-known artist: Geoffrey Webb. The chancel was refurbished with the carved oak choir stalls and organ was installed.

BELLS: Welford has always been noted for its bell ringing. Tradition has it that Welford bells rang out at the victory of the battle of Crecy in 1346. There is now a peal of eight.

LICH GATE: (Old spelling!) is a favourite subject for artists, painters, and photographers. It is a replica of the one built at the end of the 1300’s.

Church services take place as detailed below. You are very welcome to join us. Please check at the bottom of this web page or the noticeboard in the Church Porch for specific monthly service details. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or queries.

Rector: Rev. Ros Greenhalgh. Telephone: 01789 751546

Reader: Yvette Grundy. Telephone: 01789 750006

Church Wardens:

Ian Grundy (St Peters, Welford) Contact on Telephone: 07714 797771

Richard Bluck (All Saint’s, Weston) Contact on Telephone: 01789 750688

Church Services

First Sunday in the Month

ST PETER’S WELFORD:

  • 9.30am Morning Praise
  • 11.00am Family Communion Service

ALL SAINT’S WESTON:

  • 11.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Second Sunday in the Month

ST PETER’S WELFORD:

    • 9.30am Holy Communion
    • 11.00am Morning Praise
ALL SAINT’S WESTON:
  • No service this week

Third Sunday in the Month

ST PETER’S WELFORD:

  • 9.30am All Age Family Praise
  • 11.00am Morning Praise

ALL SAINT’S WESTON

11.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

Fourth Sunday in the Month

ST PETER’S WELFORD:

  • 9.30am Morning Praise with Holy Communion
  • 11.00am Morning Praise

ALL SAINT’S WESTON

  • 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)

Fifth Sunday in the Month

See Notices

St Peters 2

 

Services for Easter 2019

Special Services across the Benefice for Easter:

Mothering Sunday 31st March – do come along – all are welcome

Quinton               11am     All Age Communion

Long Marston    10.45      All Age Praise

Weston                              No Service

Welford               9.30am All Age Praise

 

Holy Week:

Sunday 14th April             Palm Sunday

Quinton               11am     Holy Communion

Long Marston                    No Service

Weston                9.30am Morning Prayer

Welford               9.30am Holy Communion

Thursday 18th April          Maundy Thursday

Gloucester Cathedral     11am     Eucharist & Renewal of Ministerial Vows (all welcome)

Long Marston                  7pm      Passover Supper (please bring ‘finger food’ to share)

Friday 19th April                Good Friday

Welford               2-3pm   The Last Hour (a service of music and reflection)

Sunday 21st April              Easter Sunday

Quinton               11am       Morning Worship Easter Praise and Easter Egg Hunt

(followed by a short ‘said’ Holy Communion at 12md)

Long Marston    10.30am    Breakfast Service ‘More than coffee’ with Easter treats.

Weston               9.30am      Holy Communion

Welford               9.30am     All Age Easter Praise with Easter Egg Hunt.