Festivals, Special Days and the Church Calendar:




Time and Date 

Epiphany Sunday

Epiphany is a Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi and it is celebrated on 6 January. The service on the first Sunday after Epiphany normally includes hymns like ‘We three kings’

Plough Sunday

Plough Sunday is a traditional English celebration at the beginning of the Year. It is traditionally held shortly after Epiphany, The local community is invited to Harper Adams University to ‘Bless the Plough’ for its work in preparation for the growing season which will eventually lead to harvest

Ash Wednesday and


Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and is a day on which many Christians receive a mark of ashes on the forehead as a token of penitence and mortality. It precedes a six week period before Easter when Christian people may fast from favourite foods and drinks to ‘clean the soul’ before Easter.


Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother’s Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. At St. Peter’s it is a favourite family service and the Mothers’ Union prepares small bouquets of flowers for the children to give to their mothers


Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that always falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his Passion.

At St. Peter’s, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm crosses.


Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. St. Peter’s Church commemorates this in the evening with Holy Communion followed by the stripping of the altar and then the overnight watch into Good Friday.

Good Friday

Good Friday is observed by the Christian Church to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death for the redemption and salvation of sinners. St. Peter’s Church has an early morning Mattins Ante-Communion and a Watch at the foot of the Cross in the afternoon. A large floodlit crude wooden cross dominates these services. The Church’s altars are still stripped and bare, and the religious symbols are covered with black cloths or removed.


Easter Day

Easter is the oldest and the most important Christian Festival, the coming to life again (resurrection) of Jesus Christ after his death. The dawn of Easter Sunday with its message of new and everlasting life is the high point of the Christian year. St. Peter’s has an early morning Holy Communion 7.45am and a sung Eucharist at 10.30am.


Rogation Sunday

Rogation comes from the Latin “rogare” which means to beseech. At this service we beseech God’s blessing for the seed, for the soil, for those who labour in the fields and for all of God’s creation. It is the tradition at St. Peter’s that we proceed in a procession outside the Church to higher ground to ask for this blessing on the countryside.


Ascension Day

Ascension Day celebrates Jesus’s ascension to heaven after he rose again on Easter Day. At St. Peter’s it is the custom for those that wish it, to can ascend the church tower early in the morning and sing hymns. Later in the morning there is a short service.



(Whit Sunday)

Pentecost is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ. The feast is also called Whitsunday. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Sunday, hence its name. Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday. It is said to be the beginning of the Christian church.

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday is when the Christian church commemorates the Holy Trinity –God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit –the mystery of the ‘three in one person’.


Patronal Festival and Clipping

The Edgmond Church’s patron saint’s (Peter) day is at the end of June. On the following Sunday at Edgmond Church we celebrate this and also have our annual ‘Clipping’ where the people of the parish circle the church holding hands to embrace it. This is a unique event to Edgmond said to bring good luck in the year ahead


Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival is a thanksgiving for the food grown on the land. Celebrations for a successful harvest are both worldwide and very ancient. At St. Peter’s we celebrate this day by singing well known and triumphant hymns, praying and decorating our Church with flowers fruit and food.


All Souls

A Requiem Mass will be held

Service of Commemoration

St. Peter’s Church invites all close relatives of those who have died, particularly in the last year, to attend a quiet service and light a candle in memory of their loved one.

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women. In St. Peter’s Church the names of the villagers killed in the main conflicts are read and a silence observed, which is broken by the sound of a bugle or trumpet. The flags of local organisations are brought to Church and presented.

Advent Sunday Candle Lit Service

Advent is from the Latin adventus meaning “coming”, It is a season observed in the Christian church as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Advent Sunday is the beginning of the western liturgical year St. Peter’s holds a candle lit evening service where candles are progressively lit –‘from Darkness to Light.’,

Carol Service

A candle lit carol service with choir items and with readings from the bible and prayers is held at the Church during the week before Christmas. The Church also holds carol services for Harper Adams University and St, Peter’s Primary School just before the Christmas break.


Christingle Service

During a Christingle celebration the children receive a Christingle which is made of an orange, a lighted candle, a red ribbon and sweets on cocktail sticks, each part acting as a symbol of the Christian faith At St. Peter’s the Christingle service is an inspiring, candlelit celebration which brings together into a packed church people of all ages. Christingles are ordered in advance and collections go to the Children’s Society.


Christmas Midnight Mass

The Christmas Midnight Service is equally as popular with adults, who come to celebrate the start of Christmas Day. As the clock strikes twelve midnight the baby Jesus is symbolically put into the manger in the stable. Carols are sung and everyone is invited to take Holy Communion


Christmas Day

The birthday of Jesus. The date may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after Christians believe Jesus to have been conceived, the date of the Roman winter solstice, or one of various ancient winter festivals. Carols are sung at the Holy Communion service in St Peter’s.

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