St.Peter & St.Paul's is the Parish Church of Somborne with Ashley, situated at the heart of the village of King 's Somborne. The Church provides regular Services on Sundays and Wednesdays, and has as its mission the responsibility of telling the good news about the love of God, offering friendship and service to all members of the community and the holding of baptisms, weddings and funerals. There is no dress code - some people dress smartly and others casually. The important thing is to feel relaxed and comfortable!
As of 1st January 2017, the parish is in an Interregnum. Services will continue as before, with some services continuing to be led by the excellent lay worship leaders and LLMs. Our Licensed Lay Minister is Mr Howard Rowe; Sue Holligan has permission to officiate, and our organists are Mr Guy Boney and Ms S Aynsley. We are indebted to the team of visiting clergy who are supporting & encouraging us in our church life, and to the Clerical Registry for their fantastic organisation.
We are currently advertising for a House for Duty Associate Priest. A copy of the parish profiles is published as a separate page on this website.
For enquiries regarding Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals please contact David Bevan (Churchwarden) on 07769682696 in the first instance.
Details of all Services and events can be found in the Parish magazine “The Gauntlet” which is managed by the Church and which is distributed freely to all homes in the community.
Current service information can also be found on the notice board & in the Church porch.
Together with our Church friends from other denominations in the parish and surrounding area we have signed a covenant forming the basis for Christians Together in the Sombornes and Ashley (CTIS) which now holds a number of ecumenical services, Lent courses, Autumn talks, Home and Prayer groups and social events such as a Drop in Club and an annual local walk. We also now have a successful Young CTIS group providing a range of activities for the large number of young people living in the parish.
For those more interested in the history and fabric of this beautiful Church, a detailed Guide is available.
Within the Parish there are two redundant Churches – All Saint's, Little Somborne and St.Mary's, Ashley which each hold two or three Services every year.
The Parish Church's monthly “ AliVE ” service aims to offer a less formal, more flexible form of worship with modern music provided by local musicians on a Sunday evening.
A “Tiny Tots” group meets each week for mothers and their youngest children as does an after school 'FunDay' club on Mondays together with a 'Messy Church' group run by our Methodist colleagues held on 3rd Sunday of each month in term time.
Over the past year, YMCA Winchester have been on a fantastic journey with the young people of King's Somborne. After distinguishing the need for some youth work within the village, the parish church and the YMCA youth workers set off with the challenge of finding out what our young people wanted. This initiative was funded by the parish church. The YMCA are no longer able to provide Youth Workers for this initiative and so sadly, for the next few months, we will not be able to support the village youth with a fortnightly club.
In addition the Church is supported by enthusiastic teams of singers, bell-ringers, needle workers and others and holds a number of regular Social and Fund-raising events.
This year we re-instated a path across the churchyard which provides a more accessible (and dry) route to the church porch. It also provides another safe route to the school. We are very grateful for all involved in re-instating the path, from funding it, to digging out the route, and for achieving the final, splendid finish.
During August 2018 we staged an exhibition of photographs of the church and the school, the school currently celebrating the 175th anniversary of its foundation in 1843 by the Reverend Richard Dawes.
During August 2017 we showcased the work of our talented Needlework team. The Visitors book records wonderful positive comments! We are so grateful for our dedicated team of needleworkers. In addition we attempted to complete a 5,000 piece jigsaw.
During August 2016 the Somborne & District Society hosted another exhibition in church - "The Sombornes at work, rest and play".
During August 2015 we had an exhibition illustrating the contribution that the many clubs and organisations make to the vibrant life of this community - the exhibition was entitled 'The Sombornes' Life'. This was a great success with many positive comments in the visitors book which is great!
During July 2014 we were able to remove six pews from the south aisle to enable the local history society to hold an exhibition marking the centenary of the start of the Great War. The exhibition took place during August and covered those men who served in the war plus villagers at home and their war effort - it was a great success and a great use of space for the community.