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News from St. Peter’s Church


The Funeral of Margaret Dawson will take place at 12.30pm on FRIDAY 8th December at the Forest Crematorium.

The Service to celebrate the life of Marjorie Neale will take place on FRIDAY 8th December in St Peter’s Church at 2.30pm

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. We have just got 2 more sessions to go, Wednesday 6th December and Wednesday 13th December.  It started at the beginning of beginning of October.  The course is also running in Blakeney fortnightly at Liz and Martin Spoor’s house (516668) on Thursday evenings.  Ring first to check the dates.

Christmas Shoe Boxes  We filled 338 which were handed over to Link To Hope at the beginning of November. We are very grateful to everyone who filled a box/es and who helped in any way.  For more information on the work of Link To Hope, go to their wed site

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MARKET  This year yet again was a fabulous success and so far raised £1,115 for church funds.  Big thank yous to Anna Fedden and her team of helpers.

Welcome back 4Front Theatre Goup who are presenting :

4Front Theatre Christmas Pantomime in St Peter’s Church, Newnham on 14th December at 5.00pm Followed by a meal.  Tickets are £5.  Tickets MUST be bought IN ADVANCE of the show and cannot be bought on the door.  Ticket forms are in the Church or available from Rob and Jean at The Vicarage, 1 Whetstones, Unlawater Lane, Newnham GL14 1BT or call  01594 516671.  Only a handful of tickets left

Choir Practice is on the second and fourth Tuesday in the month .  Please check in the weekly Pew Sheets in the Church.  There are extra practices now, so the next one is Tuesday 5th December and then on 12th December in the Church at 6.30pm.  The Carol Service will be on Sunday 17th December at 6.00pm  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 14th December with the 4Front Theatre (see above)

BeneficePrayer Breakfast  Every 1st Saturday in the month at The George, Newnham 8.30-9.30am

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

Do take a look at the Church website on  

NEWNHAM LIVE  Will be back next year – details on web site and on the calendar her on this web site.

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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