St Peter’s Church
Church Lane, Hepworth IP22 2PU

Rector – Rev. Cathy Bladen

Lay Elder – Chris Anderson (01359) 250944

Secretary – Maureen Bacon (01359) 254054

(The following is taken from the page of the United Benefice, of which St Peter’s is one church)

St Peter’s Church has served the village of Hepworth for over a thousand years. There was a church here at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086.

The present structure dates mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Over the centuries it has been gradually enlarged and embellished. As we look at its solid walls and buttresses, its hefty medieval door and its soaring windows, we can sense the care and devotion that has gone into building and maintaining it over the generations.

It may not be one of the famous showpieces of East Anglia, but it has a solidity and peacefulness which speaks to us just as strongly.

Whether you visit this building frequently for its weekly services, or only occasionally for a wedding, a funeral, or perhaps a concert, we hope you will agree that such an ancient and beautiful building is an asset which deserves to be looked after.

We warmly invite you to become a Friend of St Peter’s and take your part in caring for this wonderful place.

Recent News

St Peter’s Church, Hepworth – Opening Times

From now until the end of October the Church will be open Daily 10 – 4 for private prayer and reflection. You are most welcome.

A Retirement at Hepworth Church

Sunday 1st May saw Chris Anderson take his last service at St Peter’s Church. Chris and his wife Pat are retiring from church duties after forty three years of devoted and tireless work. Chris served as Church warden in the … Read More

Magazine letter June 2022 from Ken Smith, Benefice Church Lay Elder

Dear Friends & Neighbours When I was a young teacher I got to know our local Ixworth policeman quite well. My occasional visits to the police station tended to be to plead with him to give some lad or another … Read More

From the Benefice – A Time to Pray & Help

At this time of writing, the world is very concerned with the situation in Ukraine. The news is dominated with the terrible events happening since the Russian invasion. During one of the regular news bulletins, the correspondent moved inside a … Read More

Church Services Across The Benefice – March 2022

Date Church Time Service Wednesday 2nd March Ash Wednesday Service Hinderclay 7pm Holy Communion Sunday 6th March Barningham 11.00am Holy Communion Hepworth 9.30am Village Service Hopton 9.30am All Age Thelnetham 9.30m Holy Communion Sunday 13th March Coney Weston 9.30am Holy … Read More

Message from the Rector

Dear Friends & Neighbours, Happy March… According to the meteorological calendar, Spring starts on the 1st March…I think most of us are pleased to see the bulbs beginning to appear, the evenings drawing out, the hedgerows greening up and the … Read More

Carol Service

Village Service

Endings and Beginnings

Dear Friends and Neighbours … I can’t believe I’m already writing a magazine letter for December … where has the year gone? I remember people telling me when I was young that time went faster the older you get, so … Read More

Face to Face (Being together)

Perhaps in our modern world, communication has never been so efficient and immediate. We have the opportunity to communicate using the telephone, emails, text, etc, which means we can message people almost instantaneously anywhere in the world! There is no … Read More

Hepworth Angels

We are singing again with great gusto every Monday at 19.30 in the Church. No auditions – just come and sing! All abilities welcome

Letter from Rev Bladen – April 2021

Dear Friends & Neighbours, I don’t know about you, but I find mazes fascinating. Particularly those mazes where you begin in daylight and then walk through the paths in semi darkness until you emerge in the centre back into the … Read More

A Letter from Rev Bladen for March

Dear Friends and Neighbours, I recently read a story about some Missionaries in Africa who hired some local villagers as porters to carry some supplies. The porters were much slower than the Missionaries, so the Missionaries had to keep pushing … Read More

March 2021 Services in the Benefice

Date Church Time Service Sunday 14th MarchMothering Sunday Coney Weston 9.30am Holy Communion Hinderclay 9.30 am Village Service Hopton 10.00am All Age Stanton 11.00am Family Communion Sunday 21st March Barningham 11.00am Holy Communion Hinderclay 9.30am Holy Communion Sunday 28th MarchPalm … Read More

Services for Holy Week and Easter

Maundy Thursday 1st April Evening Service 7.00pm Barningham Church Good Friday 2nd April Benefice Bike Ride 9.30am… Starting at Barningham ChurchGood Friday Service 2.30pm Hinderclay Church Easter Sunday 4th April Family Services of Holy Communion at: 9.30am Hepworth9.30am Thelnetham11:00am Market … Read More

Easter Sunday Family Communion

Hepworth Village Church Clock.

An appreciation by John Carpenter. My wife and I moved to Hepworth from Duxford near Cambridge just before Christmas in 2012. We love it here and really enjoy the quiet rural setting. I’ve now reached that age where I have … Read More

Letter from Rev Bladen

Happy New Year! Hopefully it’s not too late to wish you a Happy New Year.But as I wish you a ‘Happy New Year’ my mind jumps to that quote from John Cleese (playing Basil Fawlty) in one of his episodes … Read More

Act of Remembrance at Hepworth Church Memorial on Sunday 8th November 2020

Due to the restrictions of the present lock down, Hepworth Church is presently closed and the usual service of Remembrance could not be held in the same way this year. But an Act of Remembrance led by Chris Anderson, our … Read More

REMINDER – Carol Service Booking Required!

A carol service is being held at St Peters on Sunday at 1800, but if you want to attend, you MUST book in advance. Due to social distancing there will only be room for around 30 people in the church. … Read More

Our Christmas Services will be different this year!

If you would like to attend any of our services across December, please would you book in with the churchwarden for your church (details below). We will ask you to please wear a mask (unless you have an exemption). We … Read More

Holy Communion

Food Banks

Thank you so much for the huge generosity that has been shown in the amount of food being donated to the food bank collection points in Stanton and Hopton church porches and in Barningham shop during the last few weeks and months.  Your generosity has … Read More

Churches Begin Re-opening

As I’m sure you will be aware by now, the government has said that we may open our church buildings for individual private prayer. There are strict protocols around how we open and the cleaning that is required. Our churchwardens have considered all … Read More

A letter from the Rector Rev Cathy Bladen – May 2020

Dear Friends & Neighbours, Hi … How are you doing in this strange time that we’re living through? For each of us our experience of this time is different. For some it’s providing a quieter time, a bit like an extended holiday. … Read More