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News from St. Peter’s Church


The Autumn Study Course Using the study book ‘cover to cover’ there are two opportunities to study St Mark’s Gospel.  In Newnham, fortnightly at Mike and Hazel Bacon’s house (516508) on Wednesday mornings between 10-11.00am beginning on 4th October then on 18th, 25th, November 8th, 22nd, December 6th, and 13th.In Blakeney fortnightly at Liz and Martin Spoor’s house (516668) on Thursday evenings on the 21st September beginning at 7.30pm

HARVEST FESTIVAL THIS SUNDAY AT 11.00 8TH OCTOBER   followed by our Bring and Share Lunch.  Please come along, and if you would like to bring a dish and are able, look at the list at the back of the church.  Please bring if you can Harvest Gifts which will go as usual to the Forest Food Bank and it would be helpful if you could bring packet and tinned food whch will be far more manageable for the organisers.

The Great Big Children’s Clothes Swop and Sale On Saturday 7th October 10.30-12.30 at The Armoury Village Hall Contact Rob or Jean if you have clothes to sell so that they can sort them before the event.  Call 516671

Date for your diary – 21st October – A Evening Concert in St Peter’s Church given by Ross Choristers.  Watch out for the posters.  Tickets are £10 and available at the Post Office and Cottonwood in the High Street.  In aid of the St Peter’s Bells Fund

Men in the Kitchen!  A great success raising over £550.

Christmas Shoe Boxes  Once again we are filling our shoe boxes and sending them out to Eastern Europe via Link to Hope.  Leaflets are out in the three churches, the post offices and various shops.  Do find time to fill a shoe box and return it completed to Cottonwood in the High Street of Newnham no later than mid-day of 8th  November.  They begin their journey on the 10th November.  Also if you have time, look at the new film on the web site and go into shoe box appeal to find the You Tube.  Well worth a view

Choir Practice is on the second and fourth Tuesday in the month .  Please check in the weekly Pew Sheets in the Church.  The next one is on  Tuesday  24th October at 6.30pm  For more information and best to call Nigel Haig 516545.   

Messy Church  Messy Church is a service designed with families in mind.  We meet once a month, on the second Thursday at 5pm in St Peter’s Church.  We tell a Bible story, sing a few songs, pray and do two or three craft activities related to the story.  The evening finishes with a simple meal together at about 6.00PM.  The next date we meet is Thursday 12th October.

BeneficePrayer Breakfast  Every 1st Saturday in the month at The George, Newnham 8.30-9.30am The next one is 7th October

Aimee Lowe, our  Children and Families Leader for the Benefice is running on TUESDAYS a Baby and Toddler Music Group 10.00-11.00am in St Peter’s Church.  Then on Saturdays, a Story Time and Games session in the Armoury Village Hall for 3-11 year olds at 10.30-11.30am. Then every 3rd Saturday of the month an Art and Crafts session for children and families in St Peter’s Church 2.30pm-4.00.  Aimee is also running BRANCH every Saturday of the month at 7.30pm  This is a church event for teenagers across the Forest of Dean and involves games, talk, worship, hot chocolate and food!  This is at the Forest Community Church, Cinderford.  For more information about any of these activities, please contact

MONDAY CLUB  Each week in the school term, children from St. Peter’s School in year 3 and above can attend Monday Club and is run by Rob and volunteers from St. Peter’s Church.  They hear a Bible Story, have different activities, have a drink and biscuit (!) etc etc.  There are a few spaces at the moment, so do contact Rob or Jean if you want to know more on 516671 or    

 TEENAGERS!  There are leaflets about Teenagers Activities at the back of the Church.  For more information call Rob on 01594 516671 or  on

Newnham Live! 

This series of concerts in June raised about £1500, which will be shared between the Church Bells Fund and general Church funds.

Watch out for Newnham Live 2018!!

Do take a look at the Church website on  

For detailed information on all Services go to Services at St Peter’s or see the Parish Magazine – The Fifteen Bells Parish Magazine – available in the Church or in Newnham Post Office priced 50p.  If you wish to have the magazine delivered to you or have it posted to you monthly, please contact Daphne Haig on 516545.

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