• St. Peter's, Little Thurlow

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Latest Online Service : Sunday 21st February 2021 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Welcome from Rev’d Christopher Giles.

Welcome to the Stourhead Benefice website. As of 6th May 2020 I have taken up the post of Rector to serve the eight parishes that make up the benefice.
I look forward to the coming months and years ahead and being part of these wonderful communities.


Important Notice –

It is with great sadness that we, as a Benefice have decided to suspend services (except funerals) in our churches at this time in an effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus until further notice.

We will be posting services and reflections on here so please join us for these.

We will keep you updated on any changes.



Please contact the Rector, Fr Chris Giles, who is happy to offer pastoral support and to receive inquiries about weddings, baptisms and funerals by email stourheadbenefice@gmail.com or on 01440 762901

Our pastoral work and prayer ministry remain active and working. We can all still be connected with one another through phone calls, emails and through our website, as we plan to post services and information here.  Hope, love and prayer are the three elements that will bring us strength in these difficult times.   Our churches have stood through many trials and tribulations over the centuries and we know that in Jesus Christ we find hope and love.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty, shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, My God, in whom I put my trust’. For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He shall cover you with his wings And you shall be safe under his feathers; his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.” – Psalm 91

The Church of England have a variety of resources online for use at home which may conveniently be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer and https://pray-as-you-go.org/

Prayers for the Nation 

In response to reaching the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Archbishops invite all to call on God in Prayer. Click here to read the Archbishops letter.

Starting on 1 February we invite you to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6.00pm each day. More than ever, this is a time when we need to love each other. Prayer is an expression of love.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral will include ‘Prayers for the Nation’ in its service of Evening Prayer, Monday to Friday, which starts at 5.30pm. The service will conclude with the tolling of a bell at 6.00pm.  To join this service online please visit their Facebook page here.


Thank you all particularly for your prayers and support for each other, and thank you to all of you who are supporting us financially.  Through the lack of our gatherings, weddings and funeral income, money coming in has fallen, but we still have regular outgoings and our parish share is about to be increased. If you are able to contribute financially, ideally by the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) or by standing order this would greatly be appreciated as we continue doing God’s work here. Please contact  me. 
Fr Chris

Please be assured of the prayers of the ministry team for all of you. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with us for prayer or conversation.

With every blessing                                                                                                                                                     The Ministry Team

Licence information CCL no 635929    Streaming licence no 1441713

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law to strengthen data protection for people in the UK and Europe. It will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. We are preparing within the parishes of the Stourhead benefice for the introduction of the new legislation, and working towards compliance. A data privacy notice is available upon request.


We are committed to ensuring that our churches in the Stourhead Benefice are a safe place for all.

In order to fulfil that commitment the Benefice Church Council (PCC) has adopted the House of Bishop’s

Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement


Promoting a Safer Church
For Diocesan safeguarding information see www.cofesuffolk.org/concerns-and-contacts

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