St Peter's is a fine and fascinating old 13th century (possibly 12th century) stone church that has examples of three phases of medieval architecture: Early English; Decorated and Perpendicular. Later additions and repairs have altered the building further. The 8 sided spire sits on a square tower with no parapet. There are 5 bells within the tower.
Inside there is an organ loft and gallery at the west end. Clear windows (only one has some stained glass) give plenty of light to the interior but an unusual feature is the dark carved oak 17th century wall panelling obtained from other properties and from furniture panels and installed during Victorian times. Also look out for a Green Man corbel. Floor levels vary and no two walls are parallel. Stone 13th century coffin slabs can be found in the gently sloping floor of the chancel.
Although an ancient building, St Peter's has been fitted in recent times with a disabled standard toilet and a kitchen area and an effective heating system. A sound system is installed.
It is surrounded by a spacious churchyard which is still open to new burials.
The church is usually only open when there are services, or when other work is being done there. If you wish to look around the church and you find it locked, then please contact a churchwarden or the vicar. Pavenham: Population 600; Households 280;
(Approx) (2001 Census)
and styles of services
1st Sunday in month: 11.15am – Holy Communion, using words from Common Worship.
2nd Sunday in month: 11.15am – Morning Worship. (A less formal service.)
3rd Sunday in month: 11.15am – Holy Communion, using words from Common Worship.
4th Sunday in month: 11.15am – Morning Worship. (A less formal service.) Usually followed by refreshments.
For 5th Sundays see diary listings page for details.
All regular services at Pavenham use modern language. If you want a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) traditional language service, there is normally one on the 4th Sunday at 8am at Milton Ernest to which all are welcome.
NOTE: Variations to service types and times occur during holidays and festivals, so please check the diary listings on this website and on church notice boards for details.
Click here for the Diary listing of Forthcoming Services and Events.
Click here for Notices and Latest News across the Benefice.
Children are welcome at all services.
Adventurers and Explorers Sunday Clubs are not operating at the moment (see the Children and Youth page).
Therefore children are invited with their parents into our Sunday services. In particular the ‘Morning Worship’ services (2nd and 4th Sundays in the month in Pavenham and also at the other churches) are less formal and children will learn more easily from these. At a future date the Adventurers and Explorers will resume in some form and details will be here.
Real coffee and other drinks usually served after the 11.15am Morning Worship services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. This gives an opportunity to chat and get to know each other.
A house group runs in Pavenham every Tuesday during term time at 10.30am for about an hour. Informal discussion on Christian topics. You don’t have to attend every week, but whenever convenient. Refreshments afterwards. For more details see the Diary Listing of Forthcoming Services and Events page on this website or please talk to a churchwarden or the Vicar.
|How to find us|
From the centre of Pavenham, turn up Church Lane. St Peter’s Church is about half a mile up the hill on the right. The double gates will be unlocked for services which then gives limited car parking at the top of the steep drive on the grass. If there’s no room at the top of the drive, or you don’t fancy the steep incline, then please park in the road. The postcode MK43 7PU may be used to get fairly close if using Sat-Nav. Alternatively, on road parking in the Bury gives easier access via a level footpath into the top of the churchyard.