Church of England Diocese of Norwich Neatishead

About Us

Whether you are a visitor or someone who wishes to join us in worship, a very warm welcome awaits you in our church of St. Peter's. We are a friendly group of Christians who are always happy to see new faces at one of our regular services. We usually have services on the first and second Sundays of the month at 9.30 a.m. with the first being a Holy Communion and the second a Morning Worship. Families are most welcome to either service. If you are unable to attend a Sunday service we also hold a regular communion service at 10.30 a.m. every Tuesday. Come and join us!

Children's Area

At the rear of the church is an area set aside for children. There are books to look at, a small table and chairs, coloured pencils and colouring sheets. Please feel free to let your children use them.

Children's Treasure Trail

There are copies of our children's treasure trail with the leaflets at the back of the church. There are clues to read and interesting things to search for inside the church. There are also pictures to colour in. You can take the pages away with you when you have finished.

Church Guide

With our leaflets there is also a free church guide prepared by the Friend's of St. Peter's. Find out about the history of the church and the interesting things to see inside and out.

Prayer Request Book

At the front of the church in front of the altar is a prayer requests book. If you wish for a prayer to be said for someone then please write your request in our book and we will include it in our services.

Searching for a burial

If you are researching a family history or want to find the location of the burial of a relative, then we have an alphabetical list of burials with grave numbers together with a churchyard location plan.

Roll of Honour 1914-1918 and 1939-1945

Prepared by our local history group, we also have a book at the back of the church which describes the history of those in the parish who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Church History

St. Peter's has been here for at least 700 years and is mentioned in the Diocesan records of AD 1301. The Church reached the peak of its glory during the 15th and 16th centuries as a result of the wool trade. At that time the Church comprised chancel, nave, tower with spire, painted screen depicting the 12 apostles and some stained glass. The building extended almost to the existing churchyard gates.

Unfortunately the Church fell into decay during the 17th century leading ultimately to the collapse of the tower and nave.

In 1790 the churchwardens and other local people undertook to extend and convert the chancel into the Church as we see it today. The church is a grade II listed building.

Friend's of St. Peter's

The Friends of St Peter’s Church (FoSP) is a group of local people whose aim is to help with the material upkeep of the Church and its churchyard. There is also a scheme, St. Peter's Keys, whereby you can set up a Standing Order and give regularly to help maintain the fabric of this lovely Church. Please look at their pages.

Accessibility

There is an accessible toilet as you enter the church on the left. There are also removable wooden ramps to help with wheelchair access to the church.

Cards, books and jams

There are a number of homemade greetings cards, second hand books and jams and marmalades for sale at the back of the church near the font. Monies raised go towards the upkeep of the church.

Refreshments

We regularly offer tea, coffee and biscuits after services. It is a good way to meet people in the church. We also offer cold drinks at the back of the church for visitors. Please help yourselves.

Foodbank

There is a black bin near the font where donations of food can be left to be collected by the Norwich Foodbank.

Parish Magazine

The NIB, our Parish Magazine, is available to download.  Find out about local events in Neatishead, Barton Turf and Irstead, and the other villages in our Benefice.

Visitors Book

If you visit our church please sign our visitors book. We would love to hear from you.