It was a busy Christmas season at St Peter which included two well attended and enjoyable carol services, one featuring the Laudamus choir and the other the Cottesmore Hunt choir. Our beautifully decorated church was bright with twinkling candles and strings of tiny lights. The congregations for both were in good voice and all enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies after the services.
Christmas now seems a long time ago as we start the second month of 2023 and begin to think about and plan future services and events for this year. St Peter’s normal service pattern continues as usual with two Holy Communions and two Evensongs each month.
Early January saw Plough Sunday celebrated at evensong on Sunday 5th January with The Rutland Plough, c1840s, kindly loaned by the Rutland County Museum, being brought into church for the service. Rev Chris led the service, the earth, seed and plough were blessed and prayers said for them to produce a fruitful harvest. Local farmer Robert Eayrs read the lesson and the bellringers rang an appropriate peal called ‘The Plough, Bob Minor.’
St Peter’s next special service will be a memorial service on Sunday 5th March to remember family and friends and those who passed away during the pandemic. It will take the the form of a Choral Evensong sung by the Tudor Choir of Leicester, with refreshments served afterwards.