Welcome to the website for the united benefice of Ashburnham with Penhurst. Here you will find information about our churches, and the events and activities which are part of our church and village life. Our desire is to know, love and to follow Jesus Christ in our homes, our church family and in the communities where we live and work.
Our aim is to be a church that is accessible to everyone, wherever they are coming from, and to be a place where people can experience healing and restoration. We want to provide the opportunity for all to grow in faith and commitment to Jesus Christ whatever their age.
We have one service each Sunday at 10.30 am.
Our services are informal yet orderly, often following the liturgy of Common Worship. We seek to be led by the Holy Spirit. All members are given the opportunity to share what God is doing in their lives if they wish.
Families with children are very welcome, and we have activities for younger people each Sunday, except when there is an All Age service on the first Sunday of the month. there are two house groups which meet on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8.00pm.
You can find out about all the upcoming events on our diary page but some special events are listed below:
a special service to celebrate mothers everywhere and what 'motherhood' means to all of us. This will be a Communion service led by Bishop Richard with input from the children at the beginning and end of the service. There will be a Church Family shared lunch in the Church Hall after the service.
At St. Peter's we often join with friends at Ashburnham Chapel for shared services and events. To contact them and find out lots more about The Chapel see their website here
Find out more about activities, groups and events in Ashburnham and Penhurst on the village website here
In his various letters to churches, St Paul gave many instructions for the way in which the life and worship of a church should be conducted, but in almost all that advice, he was speaking not just to the leaders!! Responsibility for church life, witness and growth lies with all of us in His church family at Ashburnham Church as we move into the interregnum, and this is wonderfully illustrated in the Bible reading below. We really do understand that it is only by all of us working together as a church family, sharing the various responsibilities, helping with Sunday rota duties and continuing to love, care and forgive one another through our Heavenly Father that we will continue to grow and indeed flourish during this time without a vicar.
So please do your very best to join us on the coming Sundays at Ashburnham Church so we can worship, pray and support each other in love as one Church Family. In the coming weeks we are also so pleased that such familiar friends as Renee Durndell, Andy Proudfoot, Paul Wenham, Angela Cooke, Richard Steven, Janet Jennings, Charles Earwicker, Archdeacon Edward and Bishop Richard will also be sharing their and His message with us. Please do come along to St Peters with new and long-term friends who are always welcome !!
Please also be reassured that when a parish priest moves on, the rest of the life of the church does not stop!! What happens is that much of the legal responsibility now rests jointly upon the Churchwardens and the Rural Dean, with support from our Archdeacon and Bishop Richard too. We will be in regular communication with one another, and will be responsible for the parish during the vacancy. All enquiries regarding weddings, christenings and funerals should therefore be made to the Churchwardens in the first instance, and we will invite a Vicar known to us to perform these services. We will ensure that church services continue smoothly, seeking to sustain parish life and pastoral care with the help of the prayers of you all, and visits of the Pastoral Care Team. Our aim is to share leadership and work together as one united team with the Ashburnham PCC and you all, His wonderful church family.
Finally, the PCC as a team are fully committed to sharing many of the church duties between themselves and church members during the vacancy. Please as a church family support and come alongside them whenever you can to all share the work together. We will do our best to communicate with you regularly to keep you in the loop.
With Our Love and Every Blessing to Everyone,
Catherine Duggleby and John Cormode, Churchwardens of Ashburnham Church, John French, Deputy Warden and Richard Hann, Acting Chair of PCC
“In Christ we, though many form one body and each member belongs to all the others ...
encouraging...showing mercy cheerfully ...devoted to one another in love.
Romans 12 vv.5-10