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.


 St Peter's Church, Ashburnham

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.


During the Vacancy

All enquiries regarding weddings, christenings and funerals should be made to the Churchwardens


Contact details

Catherine Duggleby


01580 881816


John Cormode


01424 848415



Our Parish Profile tab gives more information about life at St. Peter's

What's on, what's new?


 Here is our advert for a new Priest-in-Charge


Diocese of Chichester

Battle and Bexhill Deanery, East Sussex

Benefice of Ashburnham with Penhurst

                                                                    PRIEST-IN-CHARGE (House for Duty)


The Bishop of Chichester and the Patrons, the Ashburnham Christian Trust, seek to appoint a Priest-in-Charge for the benefice of Ashburnham with Penhurst, with principal pastoral responsibility for the worshipping community atSt Peter’s Ashburnham (there is an Associate Vicar in post who takes responsibility for Penhurst).  In addition to the two village churches, a close partnership exists with the Ashburnham Christian Trust conference and prayer centre, and the Penhurst Retreat Centre, which welcome many people during the year, including many students and are both closely tied in with the parishes.


PCC Secretary

Ashburnham Chapel

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


Village Website

Find out more about activities, groups and events in Ashburnham and Penhurst on the village website here


St. Peter's vision plan

We are looking for a person who will be:


A good leader and effective communicator who is positive and energetic in seeking growth, building on existing initiatives and fostering new ones

Confident in presenting a personal faith in Jesus, in the evangelical tradition of the benefice; clear in teaching scripture; comfortable with both formal and informal worship, and with the ordained ministry of both men and women

Pastorally aware and willing to be involved wholeheartedly in a rural community but with the ability also to engage with the wide variety of people who pass through the retreat centres.


A delightful four bedroom house has been made available through the Ashburnham Estate.


Full details and an application form are obtainable from the diocesan website. Informal enquiries may be made to the Archdeacon of Hastings, The Ven Dr Edward Dowler archhastings@chichester.anglican.org.

Enhanced CRB disclosure required

Closing date for applications:  30 June 2017     Interview date : 19 July 2017.




A message from the Churchwardens and the PCC

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

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