St Peter's Church, Aston-by-Sutton
St Peter's Church
We have a very friendly congregation of around 20 regular parishioners and others who join us, when they can. We hold a Church Service every Sunday morning. On the 1st and 3rd Sunday this is a service of Holy Communion, led by our Vicar Rev Collette Jones. On the 2nd and 4th Sunday we have a Service of Morning Prayer led by our Readers Joan Sears and Philip Littlemore. If there are 5 Sundays in the month, we join our sister Churches from Little Leigh and Lower Whitley to worship together.
Most months we also have a Holy Communion (BCP) followed by light refreshments in our Church Hall in Sutton Weaver. This is held at 11.00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.
From Easter to Harvest St. Peter’s is open each Saturday from 12.00 noon until 2.00 p.m. for private prayer, a quiet time or some fellowship and a cup of tea or coffee. Visits to the church at other times can be arranged through the Church Wardens and we always welcome history and local interest groups.
We are always pleased to have requests for Baptisms. These usually take place during our Communion Services as we always like the children to be welcomed by all of our church family.
Weddings also give us great pleasure and the historic church and grounds provide a perfect backdrop for those special photos. Arrangements for Weddings & Baptisms can be made with Rev Collette Jones.
Our church is fully accessible, with a kitchen and toilet and ample parking. This means we can hold various events in church which encourage parishioners to join us, even if they do not usually attend our services.
We have strong links with Aston Primary School and are always delighted to welcome them. They use the church for special services, including Easter, Harvest, Christmas and Leavers Services.
Throughout the year, we hold a Christingle Service in January when the proceeds are given to The Children’s Society. We encourage children from the local area to join us for this special service.
In the spring we hold our Lent services including our Mothering Sunday celebration when all the ladies are presented with flowering gifts.
On Palm Sunday we start our service at the Lych Gate followed by a procession, with palm crosses, into church.
Services are held across all our Churches in the lead up to Easter. At St Peters we hold a quiet ‘Last Hour’ service on Good Friday afternoon. Easter Day is a joyous occasion at St. Peter’s with beautiful floral decorations and often Easter eggs and cakes.
In the summer we hold our annual Gift Day. The Church Wardens write to every house in the parish inviting them to give a donation (Gift Aided if possible), to help with the upkeep of our beautiful building and to bring it to church and share some refreshments with us. We usually have some musical entertainment in the church during the afternoon.
In September we take part in Halton Heritage Open Day when we put on a display of various items related to our church history. This includes details of Chloe Gambia who was a slave girl taken in by the Aston family as a servant. She went on to become the housekeeper and is buried in our church yard. Refreshments are served throughout the day and Philip Littlemore will give a talk related to our chosen theme, which brings the history of the church to life. This is also the day of the Ride and Stride organised by Cheshire Historical Churches Trust.
During the autumn we hold our Harvest Festival. Apart from decorating the church we encourage the congregation to donate tinned and packet foods. All the gifts collected are donated to the local Food Bank.
On Remembrance Sunday we hold a civil service at the War Memorial when we have a trumpeter who plays the Last Post and then move into church for the religious service which is always very well attended.
From the first Sunday of Advent we have our Advent wreath and each Sunday a different member of the congregation is invited to light a candle.
Our Carol Service is usually held on the Sunday before Christmas and during this service we invite children to place the figures into the Crib scene. Our beautiful, colourful figures were knitted for us by Gillian Ditchfield. The rest of the Christmas services are alternated with our sister Churches in different years.
We actively encourage fellowship and social events for our congregation. This includes regular lunches in our Church Hall, a Craft Group and Fair run by Church Warden Karen Sandiford and refreshments at the end of every Church service.
St Peters is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building, with a committed and loyal congregation – we are always pleased to welcome visitors, do come and join us!