St. Peter & St. Paul Church
St. Peter and St. Paul Church is situated on the edge of the village of Eythorne.
It serves the villages of Eythorne, Elvington, and the Waldershare estate. The total population is approximately 2500.
A Friends of St. Peter and St. Paul has been established and it supports the church with additional fund raising.
The church has one of the larger capacities of the five churches, having a main aisle, with traditional pews, and a north aisle with a small chapel at the east end. This aisle and chapel can be used with extra seating for large weddings and funerals, or for exhibitions, meetings or other events – concerts have been held in the past.
The 10.30am services are varied and attract a range of ages, including some under16s. Services held include Prayer & Praise, Morning Prayer and Holy Communion as well as special services at Easter, All Souls, Harvest and Christmas. In 2019 during the Christmas period a carol service took place during a Tree Festival in the church building, which was particularly enjoyed by the local communities.
The church bells had been silent for many years but in 2017 a new band of bell ringers have been trained to Level 2.. Bells are now rung for weddings, special services and are tolled for funerals.
The church runs a Resource Centre, adjacent to the church, which has been well used.
Activities include a twice monthly Lunch Club, Rainbows and Brownies, Craft Club, Ceramics Group, Women’s Institute and an annual Harvest Supper. Lent Lunches are held in the Resource Centre every Friday during Lent and raise money for a nominated charity. These lunches are supported by members from the community and other churches.
The church works with the local Baptist church. In particular for the annual Remembrance service and our Messy Christmas concert.
Sean Sheffield, 05/11/2020