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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.
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.
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 Kings 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 is funded by the parish church and our hope is that with additional funding the hours spent helping our young people can be increased in 2017.
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.
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.
We recently displayed a series of Poster boards providing infomation on the refugee crises around the world and Syria in particular. We are able to use the open area created by the removal of six pews in the south aisle for displays of this kind - the lighting has been improved by the provision of LED floodlights.
SS Peter & Paul Church
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