St Peter, Arlesey

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Welcome to St Peter's Church.   

The church is one of the oldest buildings in the Parish, and is in use on most days of the week for various village activities as well as church services.  (See the Services and Events page)

St Peter's is a ,Grade 1 Listed Building, with a list of ministers going back to 1180.  The original building was constructed by monks from ,Waltham Abbey, in the early 12th century.  This is now the choir area with the main altar, used for Holy Communion every week.  (we don't actually have a choir!)  The main part of the building (the nave) was added over the next 100 years.  The church roof is original with carvings of many local people of the time. 

There are two ,'Leper Squints,' in the West wall & several other interesting features.

The wooden bell tower fell down and gave rise to the rhyme

Arlesey men are naughty people

they sold their bells to build a steeple.

However, in Victorian times a new ,tower, with 6 bells was a built by the widow of the local squire in his memory . , Bell ringing practice, is on Friday evenings and more ringers are always welcome (excellent training willingly given,) - for more details contact the Tower Captain, Peter Overfield, e-mail [email protected]

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The Vicarage
77 Church Lane
SG15 6UX
(01462) 731227 (Parish Office) or 01462 731227
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Holy Communion
Everyone is welcome, whatever your age, or denomination. Children are welcome too. They can sit with you for as much of the service as you like, or there are crayons etc for toddlers, a play-pit with soft toys for babies and a little study /activity session for school-age children.
on the second Sunday of each month, the service not usually Holy Communion and begins at 10.00 a.m.
Every first third fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
Morning Praise
This service is less formal than a Holy Communion Service so can vary from month to month. It is not always led by the Vicar, but sometimes by leaders from the congregation. There will be bible readings and hymns and songs and prayers and other activities which change each month
Every second Sunday at 10:00 AM
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Coffee


This is a 'Sunday School-on-Tuesday' for children in full-time school. It is an action-packed hour of songs, bible stories and games. There is usually a craft too. At teh moment teh children attending are between 5 and 7 years old. More children are always welcome.
Term time only.
Every Tuesday at 5:00 PM for 1 hour
Sunday School


Little Fishes
we meet in St Peter's Church for an hour. We begin with Christian simple baby songs then have a children's bible story, often told with puppets, then a short easy craft followed by a drink and usually some fruit for the children. The last part of the time is play for the children and an opportunity for the adults to chat together. It's an extrememly friendly group and new parents are always welcome.
Term time only
Every Thursday at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Coffee
Grade 1 Listed Building

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Clergy: The Revd Geoffrey Michael BOULT
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 7785
Built: 1300
Archdeaconry: BEDFORD (322)
Deanery: Ampthill and Shefford (32209)
Benefice: Arlesey w Astwick (32/010 T)
Parish Legal Name: Arlesey (320398 32/398)
CofE Church Info: (632398 32/398)
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The current editor is: Susan Edwards

St Peter : Church Lane, Arlesey, Bedfordshire, SG15 6UX

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