St Peter’s Greatworth
Our Church, St Peter’s, is a pretty 13th Century church with graveyard adjoining open meadow. It is described by Arthur Lee in his book “Northamptonshire” as the “Little Wayside Church” The church has a bell tower with a ring of six bells, three of which were cast in 2004 by Whitechapel Foundry. We have a proficient team of bell-ringers who practice on a Monday evening and adjourn to our pub afterwards. We also have some very ancient listed gravestones and a War Memorial.
St Peter’s is a Grade II listed building and so we are lucky to have the fantastic support of the Restoration and Improvement Fund. Over the years, they have raised more than £100,000 towards the upkeep of St Peter’s from regular coffee mornings and sales of home-made produce. We are about to embark on a drainage project which they are supporting. Once complete we hope to redecorate internally.
We have been without a vicar for almost a year but the very good news is that we will soon be welcoming our new vicar, the Reverend Nick Leggett. He is due to start in February 2018. He comes to us with his family from his existing urban Parish in Coventry but he has experienced rural ministry in the past.
Nick Leggett will also be joined by a house-for-duty priest called Carolyn Oley. This means that she is semi-retired and that she will work part-time to include Sundays. She will be based in Marston Rectory, whilst Nick will be in Middleton Cheney Rectory.
We currently hold two regular services on a monthly basis. There is a communion service on the first Sunday of the month and Coffee and Praise on the third Sunday of the month. Coffee and Praise is a more informal short service of hymns and prayers without communion. We also co-host with Marston St Lawrence a popular All Age Service on the second Sunday of the month. We will also be holding our Candlelight Carol Service with mulled wine and mince Pies on 17th December. For more precise times you can check The Glimpse or Pews News. Please come along and visit your Church.