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.





Since mid-June Revd Gary has been responsible for the worship at both Ashburnham and Penhurst Churches. As both churches have, in recent years, had their Sunday Service at 10.30 am it has been necessary, for both practical and pastoral reasons, to review the service times in order to enable Revd Gary to minister at both churches each Sunday. Consequently, both Penhurst and Ashburnham PCC’s agreed unanimously that from Sunday 3rd September 2023 the Sunday Services will be at 9.15 am at Penhurst and 11 am at Ashburnham. The pattern of the services will remain as previously, alongside the form of service – The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) at Penhurst and Common Worship (CW) at Ashburnham. These services reflect the traditional and contemporary breadth of liturgy in the Church of England and seek to offer services which are welcoming, meaningful and accessible to all. 




5th November    9.15 am Holy Communion (BCP) at Penhurst (Shoe-Box Service)

11 am Morning Worship at Ashburnham  (Shoe-Box Service)


12th November   10.50 am Village Remembrance Service at The Pavilion  

            (No Services at Ashburnham or Penhurst Churches this morning)


19th November  9.15 am Holy Communion (BCP) at Penhurst

11 am Morning Prayer (CW) at Ashburnham


26th November   9.15 am Morning Prayer (BCP) at Penhurst

11 am Holy Communion (CW) at Ashburnham


All these services are open to everyone. Refreshments served afterwards.








        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 Church Service each Sunday at 11 am, with a SUNDAY CLUB for children aged 4+, running at the same time. Children can enjoy craft, story-telling, songs and play in a safe and friendly environment. All Sunday Club leaders are DBS-checked and safely recruited. There is also a quiet area in the ‘upper room’ at St Peter’s that is available for parents/carers to take pre-school children out during the service, which has toys, books and colouring materials available.


For more information contact Julie Cregeen (01424 612324) 


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.


While no formal covid restrictions are in place, wearing a mask remains optional and everyone is encouraged us use hand sanitiser when entering the church building. Holy Communion is administered to people individually, with a wafer being dipped in the wine.


Everyone is welcome!


Private prayer


 The church building is open for private prayer every day. 

Please follow the guidelines to keep everyone safe from the risk of infection



Revd Gary Cregeen

Priest-in-Charge of Ashburnham with Penhurst

& Rural Officer for East Sussex

Agmerhurst Granary, Kitchenham Road, Ashburnham, Battle, TN33 9NA

T: 01424 612324

E: gary@gandjcregeen.co.uk


The local Church...

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

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 PCC Secretary

Fay Merrick

tel: 01424 359267


St Peter's Ashburnham Churchwardens


Catherine Duggleby


07801 634034


John French:


01424 892580




Safeguarding Policy


We are fully committed to the safety of everyone in our care; all our leaders are DBS checked, and occasional helpers are closely supervised. We aim to abide by Diocesan child protection and safeguarding guidelines





We produce a monthly newsletter for Ashburnham and Penhurst Churches and Ashburnham Chapel. If you would like an item including or you would like to receive a copy please contact the Interim Editor as shown below


The  Post

The monthly newsletter for Ashburnham St Peters and The Chapel 

Interim Editor: Tina French

Please send contributions by email to Tina at: j.french678@btinternet.com







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