St Peter's, Dunchurch

'Worshipping God, sharing the love of Jesus and serving our community'

NEWS FROM THE VESTRY AND PCC

Harvest Festival

We will be collecting tinned and dried food to help feed local people in crisis. Suggestions include: UHT/dried milk, coffee, hot chocolate, jam, marmalade, pasta, rice, tinned veg/ fruit/meat/ fish. Thank you.


Making St Peter's an eco church

Are you concerned about pollution and the amount of plastic? Would you like to help combat global warming? Then help us make St Peter’s an eco church. We'd like a couple of people to help us with practical ideas, if  you're interested, please have a word with Chris Sarson or Jackie Hesketh. 

Saturday Gardening

Saturday gardening finishes in early November and then will start again in late February/early March, so there's still time to join us. Anyone willing to help with the weeding, trimming, strimming, mowing etc., is very welcome. Coffee and doughnuts mid-morning. Come and join us!  


Our churchyard gardeners recently took part in Dunchurch in Bloom. Take a look at the photos in our photo gallery.

Churchyard Adventures

A few photos from our Churchyard Adventures family activity day on Saturday 28 June 2019. It was the hottest day of the year so far, but there were lots of refreshments to keep us cool!

Flower arrangers
The new flower rota for 2019/2020 is now on the noticeboard in church. If you would like an electronic copy please email Sian. For a paper copy, please also let Sian know and she will being a copy to church for you. If there are any flower arrangers out there who are not on the rota, but would like to help with the Easter flowers, please get in touch. Thank you.

Assistant verger required

Celia Jones needs an assistant verger to help at weddings. Please speak to Pat if you feel you could help.

Promoting a Safer Church

Please note that this policy: 'Promoting a Safer Church' is displayed on the church noticeboard.


Rugby Foodbank 

Rugby Foodbank urgently needs tinned carrots, meat (pies, ham, etc.), dried milk, but all contributions greatly received (there is a crate at the back of church).

Ride and Stride

A few photos from the Ride & Stride event on Saturday 8th September. Five of our congregation rode 20 miles and visited 7 churches to raise money for the Historic Churches Trust & St Peter's Church.

Planned giving

It costs well over £1,000 per week to meet the running costs of our church. Please consider making a regular gift or review your current contribution. This can be done in church or through a bank standing order. The account sort code is 30-97-17 and account number is 01089602. If you pay tax please use this Gift Aid declaration form as this increases your gift by 25%. And if you are considering making or amending your Will, please do think about us.

Junior church

If you would like to join the Junior church team (volunteers don't need to lead the children's sessions but can simply support our leaders, if they wish) do get in touch with the children's team. 

Bell ringers

Our bell ringers ring for Sunday services and practice on a Wednesday evening. If you are interested in having a go, please contact Mike Bennett, the Tower Captain on: 01788 814304.

The Dunchurch and Thurlaston Educational Foundation

Registered Charity number 528738

The Foundation was set up in 1967. It can make grants for educational or training purposes to young persons who have not attained the age of 25 years and who reside, or whose parents reside, in the parishes of Dunchurch and Thurlaston and who in the opinion of the Governors are in need of financial assistance. It can also make grants to voluntary organisations which provide educational or certain other benefits for such young persons. In addition the Foundation can help the Dunchurch Infant and Junior Schools with benefits which would not normally be provided by the Local Educational Authority.


The income of the Foundation is fairly modest ? about £2,500 last year, but if anyone wants to be considered for a grant please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Paul Smith at 11 Bilton Lane Dunchurch Rugby CV22 6PY or telephone 01788 810635 or email pppsmith80@hotmail.com.

Church organ

We are currently in the process of decision-making about the church organ. If you  would like to see the report from the APCM meeting in March, please ask a church warden for a copy so you can familiarise yourselves about the organ.

Church Library

St Peter's Church now has a small library of books to browse and borrow. Details of the borrowing system are on the blue index box on the bookshelf.

Church rotas

We really need help with new faces to go on the rotas for coffee, sides-persons and cleaning. The more people we have, the less often it comes your turn! If you would be willing to help and allow us to continue these important services at St Peter's, please contact Lucy Shaw at L_cleaver@sky.com

Coffee mornings

Every third Friday of the month there is a coffee morning in the Village Hall at Thurlaston from 10.30am to 12.00pm.

Funerals

Funerals or matters concerning the churchyard should be addressed to Rev Patricia Townshend on 01788 461987 or by email: revptownshend@gmail.com or Chris Sarson on 01926 632408.