St Peter’s Winchcombe, ChristChurch Gretton, St Michael's Stanley Pontlarge and St Mary’s Sudeley are the spiritual home of several hundred Christians, worshipping and serving God together in this lovely part of north Gloucestershire.
We are part of the Church of England (because that’s where we live), and enjoy happy relationships with churches of three other denominations in the town – Winchcombe Methodist Church, St Nicholas’ Roman Catholic Church and Encounter Church. We are also partners with Christians in the surrounding villages, in the Winchcombe Team of parishes – the Team comprises twenty villages and hamlets, and the town of Winchcombe - an area of almost a hundred square miles in the north of Gloucester Diocese - which is itself part of the Tewkesbury & Winchcombe Deanery in the Diocese of Gloucester.There are seventeen churches in the Team, and the team is currently served by 4 licensed clergy, full-time and part-time [a Team Rector, three Team Vicars and a Curate-in-training] and several retired clergy with permission to officiate. In addition there are three licensed Readers, two Readers-in-training, a Youth Minister and a mandated lay Ministry Team in the southern group of churches.
The churches are managed in four groups, each with its own designated Team Vicar:
- North - John Thompstone (retired with permission to officate)
- South - John Partington and Julia Hook
- East & part of North - John Newcombe
- West - Nick Carter
The clergy also have various non-geographics responsibilites within the Team. Much of the life of the various churches is organized at a parish level through PCCs etc. but there is also a Team Council, responsbile for co-ordinated oversight of the team.
We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to worship with us and to attend our various activities. Like the Church of England as a whole, our style is broad and inclusive, celebrating diversity in outlook and theology. While we encourage one another in committed Christian discipleship, we are also glad to welcome any who wish to join with us, however uncertainly or agnostically. In much of our worship our style is fairly traditional and culturally elevated – at St Peter’s, for example, we benefit from a first-rate organist and choir. But we are also exploring a greater variety of worship and expression, and are pleased in the process to be welcoming a growing number of teenagers and families with children.
We believe that in Jesus, God has intervened uniquely and decisively in human history. Journeying with him through death and resurrection, we celebrate new life in the power of God's Spirit - a Spirit with whom we seek to work for the coming of God's kingdom on earth.