Church of England Diocese of Rochester Fordcombe

About Our Services


Welcome to Services at St Peter’s Church, Fordcombe

St Peter's church is a place of sanctuary for all seeking respite from the burdens and pressures of busy lives. If you are a resident in our parishes, new to Fordcombe or just visiting; all are equally and most warmly welcome. If you have a young family please don’t miss out on a blessing; we have a seating area to the rear of the church with a box of toys to cater for young ones if they become a little restless.

The schedule of services for the current month is published in the St Peter’s Parish Newsletter, a printed copy of which is delivered free to every home in Fordcombe Parish.

Services for special occasions, for example Easter, Christmas, Harvest, Remembrance Day are in addition to or replace our regular services.

Opening Time

St Peter’s is open at least 20 minutes before the start of each service. For special occasions we open 30 minutes before the start of service to ensure all are able to be seated.

The church bell sounds 10 minutes, and again at 5 minutes, before the commencement of each service.

Forms of Service

We praise and worship with thanksgiving God, our Father; His beloved Son, our Lord and our Saviour Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and seal.

Mainly liturgical in form our regular services follow the order set out in our service booklets. Firmly based on Holy Scripture and sound doctrine we follow the Common Worship pattern laid down in the Church of England lectionary. Our services are none the less beautiful and fresh when approached in a spirit of reflection and words spoken with understanding and meaning.

Regular Services

A brief overview of our services is provided below.

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Sung Eucharist           (view service booklet)

A service of praise, worship and preparation leading to the administering and receiving of the Holy Sacrament of bread and wine in memorial and thanksgiving of our Lord’s death and passion. Towards the end of the service we are joined by our Sunday club, where the leader gives a brief overview of what the children have been learning and the children share with us their work.

The service lasts 60 minutes.

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Holy Communion      (view service booklet)

A spoken service leading to the administering and receiving of the Holy Sacrament of bread and wine in memorial and thanksgiving of our Lord’s death and passion.

The service lasts 30 minutes.

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Family Service           (view service sheet)

A service where children from Fordcombe Church of England primary School form an integral part of our service and contribute with readings from scripture and prayers. In this service we remember the words of our Lord “... Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for such is the kingdom of God” - Mark 10.14; and “… except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” - Matthew: 18.3.

The service lasts 45 minutes.

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Harvest Festival        (view service booklet)

A traditional service of praise and thanksgiving where children bring forward produce in recognition of God's faithful provision for all mankind. The church is decorated with the fruits of mans labour under His blessing but we also remember that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. After the service all produce is gathered for distribution to the needy.

The service lasts 60 minutes.

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After Service

Coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits are served following the Sung Eucharist and Family service; an opportunity to find out more about us, chat with our Minister and other members of our congregation.