The Church Team and Services

Flying the Saint George's flag
Welcome to the St. Peter and St. Paul Church
A view of the beautiful Baptistry

It is with great sadness that, due to the Covid-19 virus, we have been advised to temporarily only open the church for Food Bank (see notice board for further details)  purposes, and then on a restricted basis.  Consequently the church will only be open 10.00-12.00 each day (and at specified food collection times as arranged).  

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church of England is part of the world wide Anglican church and welcomes people of all beliefs and none. The Church is open every day to visit for quiet contemplation – or just be inspired by its interior. We have at least 2 services each month (10am if a morning service or 6pm if an evening one) – please see either the centre pages of The Chimes or click here for details.  The services are generally led by a member of the Melbury team (again the web link explains further detail); occasionally by ministers of other traditions within the Church; or Lay persons. The congregation is always very friendly and welcoming, indeed we invite all to stay on for coffee and biscuits after each morning Service. Currently the heating system is not terribly efficient – so wrap up warm when you join us!

The Church is available for special services, such as christenings, baptisms and weddings. Indeed it is a wonderful wedding venue, due to its size and magnificence, note you do need some connection to the Cattistock Parish – click here for the relevant C of E regulations.

Now for the boring administrative detail: St Peter and St Paul’s Church is run by the Parochial Church Council (PCC). The PCC is an executive committee of a Church of England Parish and consists of clergy, churchwardens and representatives of the laity. It is responsible for the financial affairs of the Church and its assets, as well as promoting the mission of the church. We are led by Rev Linda Wilcock, alongside 2 Church Wardens, Charlie Bladon and Mary Duff (contact details in The Chimes or on the web link). The remainder of the PCC are:- Ian Anderson, Meredith James; Marie Walmsley, Ruth Lale, Merrily Harpur, Sean Lavan and Cathy Evans and the PCC meets about 6 times a year.

We hold an Annual Parish meeting to which all parishioners are warmly invited, to have a say in key issues facing the Church as well as elect people to formal posts. You do not have to be a regular Church attendee to have a say!

The Chancel of St Peter & St Paul
A service, led by Linda Wilcock, Associate Priest, plus Ann Smith playing the church organ of 1869
The Choir
Bell Ringers
Matt Somerville preparing to raise the bee-kind log hive
The final stages, as Matt perpares to position and secure the hive
The bee-kind log hive in place in the Church yard. The hive was funded by the Church and the CCF
Diana raising the hive on a pulley system, watched by Sophie, Penny and Merrily
 Sean, Merrily, Mary, Sophie, Peter and Julia watching Matt preparing to raise the hive
Peter and Sean take the strain, watched by Ian and Mary
Exciting evidence that bees are using the bee-kind log hive
Bees entering and leaving their nest in the Church building
Gardens Open Day 2019 Flower arrangements 1
Gardens Open Day 2019 Flower arrangements 2
Gardens Open Day 2019 Flower arrangements 3
Gardens Open Day 2019 Flower arrangements 4
Ox-eye daisies growing in the churchyard